Veteran suprised by team's approach

The Stars payroll slashing has not trickled down to Mike Modano, who will make at least $9 million this season.

Updated: October 3, 2003, 3:24 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Here's a quick look at some notable news from around the preseason in the NHL:

Dallas Stars -- Dallas fans weren't the only ones disappointed in the Stars' sudden halt in free spending this summer.

Stars center Mike Modano suspects the claims of $40 million in losses by the Texas Rangers, which is also owned by Stars owner Tom Hicks, were to blame for cost-cutting that led to the departure of free agent defenseman Derian Hatcher to Detroit.