SaintAngerBH wrote:Modano was never great outside of the late 90's. Before that, he was lazy, took games off (sound familiar?), and was horrible in the d-zone. Everyone commented on it from the Minnesota days and early Dallas days.
After the late 90's, Modano reverted back to this, perhaps because of advancing age instead of pure lack of effort but, nonetheless, he became a floater again. The only time Modano could even be considered "great" was when Hitchcock rode his ass and forced him to be.
That and his whiny, moaning attitude that permeated throughout the "country club" locker room of the Tippett era along with Ott, Turco, and company really soured me on him.
I've always been intrigued by the fact despite being the US leader of all time and the supposed face of the franchise, Modano never had the unanimity towards fans, journalists and people gravitating around the team and league. In the Stars early days, it was more Churla, Hatcher, Tinordi, even Broten who were in the front-end of the team. Back in in 2010 when he made his retirement tour and skated with a North Stars jersey against the Wild, a lot of Minnesotans didn't stand up and cheered him even if the team moved 17 years ago, feelings remained pretty harsh not only due to the Stars' departure, but because it was Modano.
And there was the fact that Nieuwendyk didn't signed him, causing resentments; after that he was in the Stars organization and he suddenly quit to go to Arizona, and then to the Wild. Stars management remained brief and just posted like "ok, he's no more here, good luck to him" and that's it.