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Modano Signs Extension

The Dallas Stars signed center Mike Modano to a one-year contract extension Wednesday. Terms were not released. Click on the headline for more...
Modano is the Stars' all-time leader in goals (444), assists (618), points (1,062), games played (1,025), game-winning goals (71) and shorthanded goals (27).

For Modano, this offer by the Stars was a welcome one, allowing him to put his contract situation out of his mind as he prepares for training camp, which begins Sept. 12 in Vail, Colo., and his first full season as the team's captain.

"I would like to thank the Stars organization for getting this done so I can concentrate on the upcoming season," said Modano. "I love the city of Dallas as we have the greatest fans in hockey and I wouldn't want to play anywhere else. I am ready to accept the challenge of being the captain, stepping up on and off the ice for the team and doing whatever it takes to win another Stanley Cup."

While Modano was clearly touched by the Stars' offer, Dallas General Manager Doug Armstrong was equally complimentary of Modano's desire to get a deal done.

At 33, Modano -- recently ranked the No. 7 player in the NHL by The Hockey News -- easily could have scored big time with his first opportunity to test the free agent market from the unrestricted level.

However, Armstrong said, Modano showed just how much this organization, and this city, mean to him.

"This shows the character of Mike Modano and his intention on being a Dallas Star for life," Armstrong said. "Mike could have very easily decided to test the free agent market at the end of next season, yet his loyalty to the organization and to the city of Dallas won over."

Last season, Modano finished with the third highest point total of his career (85) and became just the second U.S. born player to record 400 goals and 600 assists over a career (Jeremy Roenick). He also collected his 13th 20-goal season, his 11th 40-assist season, and his eighth 80-point season, which are all franchise records. His 57 assists in 2002-03 were the most since coming to Dallas and the second most of his career (60 in '92-93). Among league leaders last season, Modano ranked tied for fourth in assists, tied for sixth in plus/minus (plus-34), seventh in power play assists (26), tied for 10th in points and tied for 15th in game-winning goals (six).

Over his 14 NHL seasons with the Stars organization, Modano has been named to the NHL All-Star Game seven times (unable to play twice due to injury). The 6-foot-3, 205-pound center was the first player in franchise history to be named to the Second Team NHL Postseason All-star Team at the conclusion of the 1999-00 season. He has also been a finalist for the Lady Bang Trophy (2002-2003), the Seek Trophy (2000-2001), and the Calder Trophy (1989-90).