Dallas Stars defeat Minnesota Wild, 4-3

The Met Center is long gone, imploded years ago to make way for a sprawling furniture store and a weedy parking lot.

Still, every time Mike Modano comes to the Twin Cities, a loyal corps of fans from the old days remind him of where his NHL journey began.

He came to Minnesota as an 18-year-old kid, charged with resuscitating a North Stars franchise failing in the standings and at the box office. For all his immense talent, no one could have imagined the imprint he would...

The Wild allowed Marian Gaborik, the most productive offensive player in franchise history, to leave as a free agent with nothing in return last summer. The team responded by spending roughly a half-hour of a 190-day season as a long-shot playoff contender.

The schedule finished with the St. Paul lads standing No. 13 in the 15-team Western Conference. This stretched to seven years (and six seasons) the drought since the Wild won a playoff series.

Much attention was b...

He's not 19, but Mike Modano still looks good in a North Stars sweater.

Following what might have been his final NHL contest -- a 4-3 Dallas Stars shootout victory over the Wild -- Modano emerged from the visitors' locker room and waved goodbye to the Minnesota faithful in a white No. 9 Modano North Stars jersey.

"Sometimes I really wish I was in my prime playing here -- to have that high level of playing in front of the fans here," Modano said afterward.

Modano, ...

For the second time in 22 years, the NHL Entry Draft is coming to Minnesota when the Wild is host to the 2011 draft at Xcel Energy Center.

"The event will be a great opportunity for the State of Hockey to see the future stars of the NHL and to support the drafted players that were developed in Minnesota's youth hockey associations and high schools," Wild owner Craig Leipold said. "For hockey fanatics and Wild fans, it will be a great experience. This place will be fille...