Stars C Mike Modano, who strained neck ligaments after being sent head first into the boards last week, said the NHL is growing increasingly violent and if it doesn't change, he'll retire.

Modano, who also broke his nose and had a mild concussion after Anaheim D Ruslan Salei cross-checked him from behind in Saturday's game, admits he's nervous about playing again and taking another hit.

"It was a scary incident," said Modano, who was knocked unconscious and remembers waking to find doctors and trainers hovering over and yelling at him to try to move his arms and legs.

"If things continue, I'm not going to play anymore.

* 3RD OPINION?: Bruins F Jason Allison has torn cartilage in his wrist, and he could need surgery if it worsens. Allison said one doctor told him to rest, while another told him he needed surgery.

* MOVES: Holdout Darren McCarty has signed a contract to remain with the Red Wings. . . . LW Esa Tikkanen signed a minor league contract with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs, the Oilers' top affiliate. . . . The Devils acquired Lightning C Steve Kelly in exchange for a seventh-round pick in next year's entry draft.