Modano still toying with NHL comeback

Former Minnesota North Star Mike Modano is in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. But it sounds like where he'd really like to be is on the NHL ice -- at least for one more season.
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Former Minnesota North Star Mike Modano will officially be inducted to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Oct. 15 at a ceremony in Dallas. Modano is the highest-scoring U.S.-born player in NHL history. He was elected to the Hall of Fame last month -- his first year of eligibility.

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Mike Modano said an emotional goodbye to the NHL on Friday. Dallas GM Joe Nieuwendyk presented Modano with a one-day contract so he could retire as a member of the Stars. He said he was most proud of playing for one franchise for 21-years.

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Fletcher knows the Wild still needs to add top-end NHL players

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