The Detroit Red Wings have signed unrestricted free agent center Mike Modano to a one-year, $1.25 million contract.
Modano, 40, is the highest scoring American-born player in NHL history with 1,359 points and will be entering his 21st season. He currently ranks in the top five among active NHL players in 10 separate categories: games played (1,459), goals (557), assists (802), points (1,359), power-play goals (156), shorthanded goals (29), game-winning goals (92), overtime goals (9), and shots on goal (4,194).
Born in Livonia, Michigan, Modano was the first overall pick in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota North Stars. He began his NHL career in 1990 and tallied 75 points, including 29 goals, en route to being named runner-up in the Calder Trophy race (Sergei Makarov) and earning a spot on the NHL's All-Rookie Team.
In his 20 NHL seasons with the North Stars and Dallas Stars franchise, Modano was selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game eight times. In 1999, Modano helped lead Dallas to a Stanley Cup Championship.
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