In a wonderful move by the Dallas Stars, Mike Modano will retire as a member of the team on Friday, when he signs a supposed one-day contract and officially announces his retirement at a press conference.
We've heard in the past that the CBA doesn't allow one-year contracts. Ted Leonsis used that reasoning when explaining why his Washington Capitals didn't sign Olaf Kolzig for a day. (Hat tip to Japers' Rink on the link here.)
The new CBA does NOT allow us to sign any player for a day. If we did that, the signing would count against our 50 contract limit for NHL contracts. So we cannot do as some of you request. Sorry, nothing personal here.
But now the Stars are doing it? Nobody is complaining because it's awesome, but we are curious. Perhaps ESPN's Pierre LeBrun has the real answer.
Modano's one-year deal will be for $999,999 (his number). Of course he won't collect since he's retiring. But cute.
Cute indeed. Maybe it's really just a one-year deal that's not going to impact the team at all? Although if that were the case, it would be an over-35 deal and thus would count against the salary cap regardless of Modano's retirement. Or maybe Leonsis was wrong with what he said back in 2009 about Kolzig's situation.
Who knows. Regardless, we doubt the NHL is going to give the Stars a hard time about the situation. It's an awesome gesture and we're glad to see the team do it.
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