Stars' Modano opts to remain in Dallas

Dallas Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk said three teams inquired about the availability of center Mike Modano before the March 3 trade deadline, but Modano did not want to waive his no-trade clause and leave Dallas.

"We were right there in the playoff race, just a point out of eighth," Modano said. "It would have been tough to leave. It just would have been hard. I didn't like the idea of leaving the city and going off to be a loaner for two months or so. There was no guarantee that if I left that the team that got me was going to win anyway."

Nieuwendyk said he didn't negotiate with another team on any specifics, since Modano said he didn't want to leave. Nieuwendyk said he respected Modano's wish to stay with the only organization he's played with since he was drafted No. 1 overall in 1988. Modano said Washington was one of the teams interested.

"I told him from the get-go that I would be open and honest with him," Nieuwendyk said. "I let him know when teams called about him to see if he was interested. He decided to stay. We would have pursued some of them if Mike said he wanted to go to a specific team."

Nieuwendyk added that the idea of seeing Modano in another uniform would be odd.

"It wouldn't be the first time a guy that played a long time with one team finished with another," Nieuwendyk said. "It would have been strange to see Mike somewhere else. He's been playing 20 years now with this organization. That's why he elected to see this thing through. It's important to be with one franchise to him and I respect that."