The 40-year-old center, who signed a one-year, free agent deal with the Red Wings worth $1.25 million and the possibility of $500,000 more through performance-based bonuses, joined most of his new teammates during an informal skate.
“It feels good. Feels great to be at the Joe skating again,” said Modano, a native of the Detroit suburb of Livonia who has spent his entire 20-year NHL career with the Dallas Stars/Minnesota North Stars organization.
He talked about getting accustomed to new routines each day and how he had tearful goodbyes with several of the close friends he made in Dallas.
“Little by little, I’m getting accustomed to things,” Modano said.
“Just wanted to make sure I was OK,” Modano said.
“Obviously he’s a real good skater,” Cleary said. “He’s excited … He’s back in his hometown.”
Modano, the highest scoring American-born player in NHL history with 557 goals and 1,359 points, left the arena as a passenger in Todd Bertuzzi’s SUV. Bertuzzi was one of the Red Wings‘ players who Modano knew well and talked to before signing with Detroit.
The eight-time All-Star led Dallas to the Stanley Cup title in 1999. Modano played in the Olympics three times and helped the Americans win silver in 2002.
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