It’s been a fairly quiet week for the Dallas Stars compared to the previous week as no new big free agent deals were announced. The Stars development camp was this past week and the Stars are busy evaluating their prospects at the different positions. But the real Stars news this week came on Friday, when perhaps the best player in Dallas Stars history, Mike Modano, was voted to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. NBC analyst Ed Olczyk and New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello will be joining Modano at the induction ceremony.
Modano spent all but one season (his last NHL season) with the Dallas Stars franchise. He was on the original Minnesota North Stars team before they moved to Dallas at the end of the 1992-93 season. The team used the number one overall pick on Modano in 1988. The hockey world saw the start of a star in Minnesota. Modano carried that to Dallas, too, helping win the Stars a Stanley Cup in 1999.
Modano played twenty-one seasons in the NHL. During that time he became one of the best players ever to play the game from the United States. His 561 goals and 813 assists, for a grand total of 1374 points, places him second all-time for U.S. born players behind former Stars teammate Brett Hull.
Modano carried himself as a true professional both on and off the ice. He is one of the best players to ever to put on the Stars sweater and he has to be right up there on the list of most beloved players by fans. There is no doubt that Modano deserves this achievement in making it to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Now we just have to wait and see if Modano is elected to the NHL Hall of Fame. Considering he sits in 23rd place in all-time points and is one of the top two U.S. players ever to play the game, I think it won’t be too long before Modano is inducted.
Other NHL notes
Talks between the NHL and NHLPA continue with the NHL presenting the first deal to the NHLPA. Proposed changes include:
- A 19 percent reduction in total-hockey related revenue for the players, from 57 percent to 46 percent.
- Limit contracts to five year deals. This also includes eliminating signing bonuses and making the salaries the same every year.
- Have players accrue ten seasons before becoming unrestricted free agents.
The two sides must compromise, but this is only the first step on the path to compromise. The NHL should fully expect the players not to accept this deal. The NHL has made a lot of progress since their last lockout in 2004-05. Revenues are near record levels and TV ratings have dramatically improved. The 2010 Olympics in Vancouver really helped boost the game’s popularity. It would be a huge mistake and utter disaster if the two sides don’t agree to a new deal in time for the new season to begin. You don’t need anymore bad will and anger from fans. Both the players and the owners need to learn from their mistakes and past history. That is what both sides will do in this case. But much work remains and the start of the regular season is less than three months away. They need to continue to keep dialogue open and get a new deal done. We’ll continue to offer our analysis as developments occur.
The fate of this NHL season is yet to be known, but we do know that the answer is written in the stars.