Here is Joe Nieuwendyk on a few things:
On how Modano reacted:
``He's been terrific. We've talked all throughout the season, at trade deadline and end of the year. He's got a lot of emotions and feelings. He's been an icon in this city for a long time, so he's still wrestling with those decisions."
On whether he considered the impact of losing Modano's presence for the fans when making this decision:
``My job is on the ice. I realize the impact Mike has on this franchise from a selling point. You're not going to replace Mike Modano. He's been a special person and a special player for so many years in Dallas. But like all great players, at some point you have to turn the page. I feel like it's time we turn the page."
``I think Mr. Hicks hired me because I do what I think is right for the franchise.''
"I realized taking this job I was going to be faced with difficult decisons. I've had to face some very tough decisions because I've played with some of these guys. They are my friends. I have to do what I feel like is necessary. The strength is with our young players. We have to find the next Mike Modano. We won't find the same Mike Modano, but we have some young players that want to push it to the next level. In my mind, we have to move forward."
On the depth at the center position:
"That's really the strength of our team with Brad Richards, Mike Ribeiro, Jamie Benn at center. Steve Ott can play there and the guy everyone forgets about, Tom Wandell is a great addition to have him back (from injury). So that's a strength of our team."
On whether Modano can still play:
``We see him skating out there and playing on the power play and he's certainly capable of playing. Mike is a talent. The role we had him in doesn't really satisfy him. With Wandell coming back, I'm not so sure the role would have been better or increased. If we're going to move forward, we have to put our young players in position."
On Modano and how he felt last season when he didn't always get top line minutes:
``There were many times when I sensed his frustration. He wanted a bigger bite, and that's difficult with the players we have, because they also want a bigger bite.''
On Modano playing for another team:
"I respect that, and I've indicated that to him. If he wants to pursue that, much like Ray Bourque did by going to Colorado, that is certainly his prerogative. He's one of the best players I ever played with. I know what he's going through because I've been there. He's certainly capable of playing. He's a talent."
On whether Modano can still be a part of the organization going forward:
"I'll be the first guy knocking on our new owner's door in order to have Mike part of this organization, and I don't think anybody would have an issue with that. I've said to Mike repeatedly that he has to know what direction he wants to go with this. Mike has to decide which area he wants to get into, and I think we'll make a fit in whatever he wants to do. If and when he decides to stop playing, the door will always be open for him here."
Where are the Stars in building the franchise in regards to ownership:
"I do feel good about the youth of our team. We're positioned now to have a very competitive team. I'm talking to GMs (about trades), but it has to fit in with what we have right now. If we can do something that makes sense and to better our hockey club, we'll do it. If (the ownership change) happens next week, three months from now, we're going to be well positioned if we have certain things to spend. We will have flexibility."