Modano should have retired a Star

Glen Cuthbert, Hamilton, Ont.

Mike Modano has let me down. When he came out on the ice for a farewell lap at the Xcel Energy Center wearing a North Stars jersey, he had me and most of the hockey world believing that he had played his last NHL game.

It was the storybook ending.

Modano was a model of loyalty, much like Steve Yzerman before him. He had stayed with the franchise that drafted him through the good and the bad.

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But now he decides to ruin it.

When Brian Leetch was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, he had no choice but to leave the Rangers. Modano had a choice to finish his career in Dallas, but instead he chose to sign in Detroit.

Players who play their whole career for a single organization are rare and Modano had to a chance to be a member of that elite club.

You blew it, Mike, you should have stayed a Star.