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Mike Modano to retire

Mike Modano has made it official: He has decided to retire. Modano tweeted a short time ago -- since confirmed by ESPN Dallas' Richard Durrett -- that he had reached his decision and offered this explanation on his Facebook page.

After a long summer of thinking about my future, I've come to the decision that it's time to retire as a player from the NHL. There's way too many people to thank here at this time and too much to say, so I have a press conference scheduled for early Friday afternoon.

Here's the story. I am out in Frisco, so I'll have some reaction and more later.