After Luke Glendening signed a 2-year, $3 million contract with the Dallas Stars, he spoke with the media regarding his decision to leave his hometown Red Wings, and MLive’s Ansar Khan took note of Glendening’s remarks:
“It was probably one of the toughest decisions of my life, leaving what I’ve known, what’s been comfortable to me,” Glendening said. “But you never know if you don’t try.
“Obviously, going to miss the people, the fans in Detroit. I’ve created some unbelievable friendships here. I grew up in Grand Rapids, so to have my friends and family be so close was great, but really excited for this opportunity in Dallas. It’s something I couldn’t pass up on.”
Glendening, 32, has spent nearly his entire hockey career in the state, playing four years at Michigan and then signing with the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins.
He has a connection to Stars general manager Jim Nill, who was the longtime Red Wings assistant GM in charge of Grand Rapids when the Griffins won the Calder Cup championship with Glendening in 2013.
“When I first got to Detroit, we were still battling to stay in the playoff hunt,” Glendening said. “Last couple years have been hard. I’m really excited. I have a chip on shoulder, and I think these guys do, and that’s part of the reason I thought it was a great fit.”