Dallas mainstay Mike Modano moves on

LeBron ... Oswalt ... Modano?

So far this summer, Roy Oswalt and an NBA superstar (I think his name is LeBron something) made headlines by leaving the only teams they have ever known in order to pursue a championship elsewhere. Oswalt left Houston after over nine years, winning 143 games, good for second in franchise history. Meanwhile, LeBron James has long been Ohio’s native son, starring at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s High School in Akron and later carrying the title of Cleveland Cavalier’s savior after being drafted #1 overall in the 2003 NBA Draft. He leaves the Cavaliers as their all-time leader in points, steals, free throws, and minutes played. Needless to say, both Oswalt and James are icons for their respective franchises.

But when it comes to longevity, neither can hold a candle to Mike Modano.

Last week, Modano agreed in principle to a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings after spending 20 seasons with the Dallas Stars. Modano has been such a mainstay on the ice that he was with the team before they moved to Dallas, back when they were the Minnesota North Stars and he was doing cameos with Emilio Estevez on the Mighty Ducks. After being drafted first overall in the 1988 NHL Draft, he went on to set franchise records for points, goals, assists, and games played. Additionally Modano ranks 21st all-time in NHL goals, the highest ranking of any American-born player ... ever.

In keeping with the theme of franchise players moving on from the only team they have ever known, here are a few more examples which quite frankly, blow James and Oswalt out of the water. Each of these athletes played at least 15 seasons for their original team before leaving in the twilight of their career.

Mike Modano

  • 20 seasons with Dallas Stars (previously Minnesota North Stars)

  • Dafted #1 overall in 1988 NHL Draft

  • 7-time NHL All-Star

  • Won 1999 Stanley Cup

  • Leads American-born players in all-time goals (24th overall)

Franchise Records:

  • Points, Goals, Assists, Games played

Active Player Ranks:

  • Points: 2nd (1,359)

  • Goals: 3rd (557)

  • Assists: 3rd (802)

  • Games Played: 4th (1,459)

Karl Malone

  • 18 seasons with Utah Jazz

  • Sgned 1-year contract with L.A. Lakers summer of 2003

  • Dafted 13th overall by Utah in 1985 NBA Draft

  • 2-time NBA MVP (1996-1997, 1998-1999)

  • 14-time NBA All-Star

  • Career averages: 25.0 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 3.6 APG, .516 FG%

  • AVGs in one season with Lakers: 13.2 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 3.9 APG, .483 FG%

Franchise Records:

  • Points, rebounds, minutes played, field goals

NBA Career Player Ranks:

  • Points: 2nd (36,928)

  • Games Played: 4th (1,476)

  • Free Throws: 1st (9,787)

  • Rebounds: 6th (14,968)

Ray Bourque

  • 20 full seasons with Boston Bruins

  • Traded to Colorado on March 6, 2000

  • Drafted 8th overall by Boston in the 1979 NHL Draft

  • Inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004

  • 19-time NHL All-Star

  • 1979-1980 Calder Memorial Trophy (Rookie of the Year)

  • 5-time winner of James Norris Memorial Trophy (top defenseman)

Franchise Records:

  • Games played, Assists, Points, Power-play goals, Shots

NHL Career Player Ranks

  • All-Star Games: 2nd (19)

  • Assists: 4th (1,169)

  • Shots: 1st (6,206)

Jerry Rice

  • 16 seasons with San Francisco 49ers

  • Signed as free agent with Raiders; played 3 seasons with them and split a 4th season with the Raiders/Seahawks

  • Drafted 16th overall by 49ers in 1985 NFL Draft

  • Inducted into Football Hall of Fame in 2010

  • 13-time Pro Bowler and 10-time First Team All-Pro

  • Super Bowl XXII MVP

  • 2-time AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1987, 1993)

Franchise Records:

  • Receptions, Rec yards, Rec TD, Total TD, Rec/G, Yards/G, games played

NFL Career Player Ranks:

  • Receptions: 1st (1,549)

  • Rec Yards: 1st (22,895)

  • Rec TD: 1st (197)

  • Total TD: 1st (208)

  • Yards from scrimmage: 1st (23,540)

Tim Brown

Franchise Records:

  • Receptions, Rec yards, Rec TD, Total TD, Games played

NFL Career Player Ranks:

  • Receptions: 4th (1,094)

  • Rec yards: 4th (14,934)

  • Rec TD: 6th (100)

  • All-purpose yards: 5th (19,697)