Detroit Red Wings center Mike Modano will be getting the stitches removed from the deep laceration on his wrist on Thursday. But he has a long recovery and rehab process ahead of him.
As previously noted, Modano’s arm will be in a cast that runs from hand to elbow for six to eight weeks. When speaking with the press on Monday, he joked that he needed his mother to cut his steak into small pieces for the first time since he was a child.
Modano became far more serious when talking about being cut by the skate of Columbus Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger. The laceration was deep enough to cut a tendon and cause nerve damage.
“As I was laying there, they were looking at it, the doctors in Columbus were really good,” Modano said. “But then at one point, he said, ‘I’m not touching it any more until you talk to some doctors.’ So knew at that point that I was going to be coming home to get re-evaluated and possibly have surgery. So at that point, I knew – talking tendons and nerves, you know it’s a long time.”
Modano went on to talk about the possibility that his season — and possibly his career — might be over.
“You just feel the door is closing on your career, and you have an opportunity here,” Modano said. “I was starting to feel good here, getting more comfortable with the situation here, physically feeling great at the time."