Thrashers rumored to have signed veteran forward Fredrik Modin

There’s a report coming from Sweden that the Thrashers have signed veteran forward Fredrik Modin to a one-year contract. I’ve yet to see any official confirmation of the signing, however Dan Kamal tweets and TSN reports that the deal has indeed gone down. Regardless, it wouldn’t surprise me that the rumors are true, given the fact that the 6’-4”, 223 lb forward has past ties with both Craig Ramsay and Rick Dudley. All three were a part of the 2004 Stanley Cup winning Tampa Bay Lightning team.

Modin will be 36 years old on October 8 and is currently a UFA coming off a three-year $9.75 million contract which brought with it a $3.25 mil cap hit. Last season he split time between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Los Angeles Kings, netting a total of 5 goals and 6 assists during 44 total games. He was a –6 in 24 games with Columbus and a –2 in 20 games in LA. Last spring he played in 6 playoff games with the Kings during their round one loss to Vancouver, scoring 3 goals and 1 assist while finishing a –3.

Fredrik Modin played in only 44 games last season with the Colubus blue Jackets and LA Kings. There are rumors that the Thrashers have signed him to a contract (AP Photo)

Fredrik Modin played in only 44 games last season with the Colubus blue Jackets and LA Kings. There are rumors that the Thrashers have signed him to a contract (AP Photo)

For most of Modin’s career, he’s been looked upon as a 20+ goal scorer. In 2000-01 he scored 32 goals and 24 assists, in 2003-04 he had 28 goals and 29 assists and the following season he netted 31 goals and 23 assists. However after leaving Tampa and heading to Columbus, injuries have limited his play for the past three seasons. In 2007-08 he played in just 23 games, 50 the season after that and only 44 last year.

In 858 career NHL games he has 225 goals, 227 assists, 439 PIM and is a +3. He’s appeared in 57 playoff games where he’s scored 14 times and chipped in with 12 assists. In 2004, he scored 8 goals and 11 assists during 23 playoff matches to help earn him a sip from the Stanley Cup.

So now, the big question is…why would Dudley bring in a player who will turn 36 on opening night? Especially after saying he wants prospects like Patrice Cormier, Spencer Machacek and Alex Burmistrov to have every opportunity to earn roster spots during training camp.

Well, I have a possible suggestion…insurance.

First off, Modin could add a little more veteran presence to this lineup. Yes, it’s good to have a good amount of healthy, hungry youngsters on the team, but the stability that comes with a number of “been there, done that, got my name on the Cup” types doesn’t hurt either. Possibly he, along with Patrick Rissmiller, could be on the roster filling the roles of healthy scratches in the press box while providing the occasional spot start.

But if one or two of the young-uns are not able to prove themselves ready in preseason or are not able to handle playing everyday at the NHL level this fall, Dudley and Ramsay need a player like Modin to fall back on…giving a young player a short break to regain his stride.

Another possible reason to bring in Modin in the mane of insurance is that Dudley and Co. are very concerned about the contract impasse that the Thrashers find themselves at with Nic Bergfors. If they are not able to come to terms with the RFA and he chooses to hold out, or the Thrashers feel the need to trade away his rights, then Dudley needs a left wing to fill Bergie’s vacancy on one of the top two lines.

Maybe Modin takes that top-six spot, or maybe Andrew Ladd does and Modin plays on the third line.

Are there drawbacks to bringing in Modin? Sure…

His age and recent health issues are certainly a cause for concern. If they are looking to have a backup plan in case Bergfors in unavailable at the beginning of the season, there is a 13-year gap between those two players.

Of course, there is also the financial part of the equation too. I highly doubt the organization is offering up anything close to the $3.5 million Modin made last season. But a 1-year deal at or around a mil wouldn’t be out of the question for such an insurance policy. Certainly the Thrashers have the room under the cap for it, but anything more would be too much in my opinion.

Regardless… as is the case with any type of insurance… people tend to go with those they know and trust. And I don’t think it’s too much a stretch to think this would be the reason why Dudley and Ramsay might opt to bring in Fredrik Modin for just such a purpose.

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alex

September 7th, 2010
1:23 pm

sure we added some depth, what about scoring, asg think we are stupid, depth price – 800000, scoring price – frolov in ny – 4 mil, or poni in la – 3 mil. imagine asg somehow assembled defence with: chara, lindstrom, pronger, phaneuf, doughty, keith. still not to many games can be win by score 1:0, we in the mix got valabic and sopel. really, who going to score some goals. instead of point predictions what about total goals predictions, kovy, max, kozy, army all gone, nobody know how antro will fit after surgery, he still not 100%. are we going to hit 200 mark in total goals and what lottery number in draft we going to pick up this is only question remained if current roster stays. and please don’t expect more than 9 from burmi. he be a hero if he score 10. miracle with #8 pick does’t happen in current nhl. by the way, on any real nhl team not on levenson cheap one, he need at least one, probably two years to develop. sorry i am finished asg cheap idiots get my blood pressure boiling.

Zoomo

September 7th, 2010
1:31 pm

With his shot, it’s true that Modin might be wasted in the crease. But, with him advancing in age, I wonder if they may experiment with that. If he were used in the slot/far-side shooter, we could really go big, with him, Buff and Antro, coupled with two guys at the point.

As I said, it’ll be interesting to see the oombos in camp. Many ways it could go. Unlike years in the past where we bascially knew the top 5 for the PP befor camp started.

Red Light

September 7th, 2010
1:32 pm

In my mind, signing a depth player for a team that has one playoff appearance is laughable. Yes, this roster is improved in many regards. Yes, this team should be able to compete for a spot in the Top 8 of the East. Yes, I am looking forward to a new style of play that combines the type of strong-willed behavior that both the head coach and the GM displayed back in the 70s and 80s.

There are two points that I feel need to be made, and one is which I stated before…1) this team needs a playmaker, and 2) if Antropov’s hip or some other malady befalls him during the course of the season, where are the points coming from and who is going to distribute the puck?

You go into a new season with a guy who has far surpassed his zenith (Peverley) in terms of point production, a guy who has yet to take his first professional face-off (Burmistrov), a guy who is projected as a solid checking line center (Cormier) who still has an upcoming court date, a guy with a career high of 14 assists (Slater), a 20-year-old who has played in three AHL games (O’Dell) and another guy who primarily has played wing in his 206 NHL games with 51 assists (Little) who could move to center, and of course, the speed merchant (Kane) could be called upon to move to center as well.

In my view, that’s one hell of a lot of uncertainty at the center position. If all works out for the best in all these scenarios, then Dudley’s wielding a huge horseshoe. If not, no matter how many wings or depth players you have, someone still has to get them the puck. Pure and simply, there’s a shortage of playmakers, and in this day in age of puck possession and distribution, it helps to have centers that can do both.

That’s the main reason I don’t like the Modin signing, because this team is missing something. Perhaps it won’t be an issue, but I’d sure as heck would like them to close the gaping hole rather than patching any potential leak.

CA Thrashers Fan

September 7th, 2010
1:33 pm

Frolov took less than market value to go to NY, Poni is arguably overpaid for what he put up last season (he was scratched in the playoffs on a team with NO wingers). What really jumps out at me about this team is less the concern over goals scored, but the likelihood of those gaudy goals against numbers going down. Down the stretch last year, with no Kovalchuk, this team was let down by a lack of consistency and composure on the defensive side and in goal, not due to any lack of firepower.

SomaAtl95

September 7th, 2010
1:33 pm

TSN is the Jeff Schultz of Canada. Grrrrrr… and most of the people who post on there about our team make Sage look like miss congeniality.
Zombie, I am excited NHL 11 is out, picked my copy up on my lunch break :)

CA Thrashers Fan

September 7th, 2010
1:39 pm

Red Light, you make valid points about the center position. What center, that you think reasonably would have come to Atlanta, would you have liked to seen, or would still like to see signed? I’m pressed to think of any that were available, save for someone like Matthew Lombardi, who does not really fit in with the style of the new Thrashers build.

World Be Free

September 7th, 2010
1:40 pm

Zombie-Cheechoo needs someone feeding him pucks int he slot on a regular basis-no Joe Thorntons here.
Alan R-Modin has some intangibles that may halp the team.
Reference by some folks as to what happened in 2002-it’s history.

GaVaHokie

September 7th, 2010
1:57 pm

Sage… um, no I understood it just fine before. I just forgot what the ridiculous “conspiracy” was.

Lehtonen was not a bad pick. It only became a bad pick because of injury. This team never finished above .500 until Lehtonen jumped in net. I’d say that’s a considerable impact.

The Thrashers and Lehtonen made the playoffs before Rick Nash and Columbus.

The Blue Jackets are a perfect example of what you wanted. You want to see what it looks like to take a goalie off the open market (Marc Denis, Fred Braithwaite) and then draft high-end forwards (Zherdev and Nash)for more depth? There you go… worked out great, didn’t it?

Red Light

September 7th, 2010
2:05 pm

This summer was brutal for centers, CATF, no question. At this point options are scarce. I thought the move should have been made during a prior trade or around July 1. However, I would have taken a flier on a struggling 30-year old like Comrie, or even Morrison who had 30 assists last season before Modin. A deal could be forthcoming, but strong up the middle is my personal preference particularly since wing was already addressed.

hip czech

September 7th, 2010
2:19 pm

I’m still holding to the Bergfors for Zajac deal going down…thus providing us with a center.

Zajac is due 3.9 million I think…trade Bergfors to NJ, they sign Bergfors for 900K and they have their cap problem solved.

I would be OK with that (I’m also OK if Bergfors is here for the long haul).

Prediction – 90 pts, tied with TB for 2nd in the SE, 8th or 9th in the East (I always hope the SE gets 3 teams in the playoffs to shut the Canadian media up).

Carolina, TB, Atlanta, anyone of them could finish 2nd. Does Carolina do their every other year thing? Can TB get any kind of consistent goaltending? We know the questions around the Thrashers.

R. Stroztradamus

September 7th, 2010
2:35 pm

Anyone want to start taking the over/under on games played and goals by Modin?

kracker

September 7th, 2010
2:47 pm

Freak accident.

jmanasso Sounds like something out of a farcical movie. RT @PasteMagazine: ELO Cellist Killed by Rolling Hay Bale http://bit.ly/crbdHi

Smoothie

September 7th, 2010
2:48 pm

Wow, the cup of hope runneth over. Lots of predictions for the Thrashers to win 40 or more games (north of 86 points). Obviously we lost a lot of close games last season, but will Craig Ramsay and Torch coach them up to the point where they can a) better protect a lead and b) not play so carelessly in the OT?

I do think they will be improved and a fairly well-rounded team, but I don’t see such an improvement where they win 6, 7 or 8 games more this season. Right now, I’m thinking a record of 39 – 43 – 6 for 88 points is very realistic. But I’m not ready to commit to that just yet. Wanna see training camp and late Sept developments (e.g. Mad Max coming in on 9/20).

CA Thrashers Fan

September 7th, 2010
2:50 pm

Red Light, I agree 100% with the need to be strong down the middle. I think Dudley has taken steps to start securing the center with guys like Cormier and Burmistrov, but it takes time to build that stability from within. If it turns out that Cormier isn’t ready for Prime Time by the end of camp, I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see us picking up a guy like Morrison, or maybe even a trade for someone like Jarret Stoll (who may be available depending on if Brayden Schenn makes the jump for LA).

hip czech, I would be shocked if NJ gave up Zajac. I only see that being possible if Josefsen or Henrique are really on the upswing and Lou thinks Zajac has hit his ceiling.

kracker

September 7th, 2010
2:50 pm

It will be interesting to see if Burma can maintain his game carrying a new 20 lbs or so.

dankamal Burmistrov weight watch update: He eked over the 180 plateau to 181 at a recent weigh-in. Asked if he still felt fast as, Alex said “Yes.”

Smoothie

September 7th, 2010
2:52 pm

*I’m thinking a record of 39 – 43 – 6 for 88 points

Ummm, I meant to hit the ‘3′ key, not the ‘4′…mi scuzi.

39 – 33 – 10 would be nice. Hell, 39 – 35 – 8 would be a good indication that they are trending in the *correct* direction. ;-)

hip czech

September 7th, 2010
2:57 pm

Jersey has to move somebody…NOBODY is going to touch Rolston’s contract. Zubrus would be a reach too at his salary. Langenbrunner only makes 2.8 so that’s not quite enough to move.

Zajac may HAVE to go. At least they could get a young asset in return in Bergfors, not to mention a player they are already familiar with.

Makes too much sense to me. But then again I’ve never even won our fantasy league :-)

Zombie Steve

September 7th, 2010
2:59 pm

Kracker:

Hay, Hay, Hay…..Gooooodbye

Smoothie

September 7th, 2010
3:03 pm

http://video.bluejackets.nhl.com/videocenter/console?hlp=8460556

http://video.bluejackets.nhl.com/videocenter/console?hlp=8460556

If Freddy can score goals like this, he’ll be very popular here in ATL. I just hope he doesn’t piss off Big Buf by trying to take his # 33!

Smoothie

September 7th, 2010
3:11 pm

Oh, and here’s one where he fronts the goalie and re-directs a PP goal.

http://video.bluejackets.nhl.com/videocenter/console?hlp=8460556

In fact, if you watch his hi-lites on NHL.com, you get a sense for why Dudley “hired” him as he scores in the paint, either on put-backs or on re-directs on 70-75% of his goals. He’s a load in front of the paint and makes us that much harder to play against. He may in fact be just what we need on the PP.

Modin in front, Antro roaming, Pevs at the half-wall with Bogosian and Enstrom. Me likey.

GaVaHokie

September 7th, 2010
3:16 pm

hip czech… I think we can keep Bergfors for cheaper than Zajac’s current salary.

Thrashers27

September 7th, 2010
3:20 pm

That TSN rating is total BS. You can tell they didn’t do their homework. Claiming the departures of Slava, White, Army and Max were wholly detrimental to the team. PFFFFFTTTT!!!! I don’t think all of those guys combined scored as much as Ladd and Buff last year. Give me a break, TSN! You want to rank us at #26, fine, but at least back it up with legit information. I really like our neighboring country to the north, but in this case I gotta say…Cana-DUH!

Zombie Steve

September 7th, 2010
3:21 pm

Soma – same here. What flavor did you get: PS3 or 360?

hip czech

September 7th, 2010
3:23 pm

Hokiie – agreed, and I’m OK with keeping Bergfors. But if we really were looking for a center that would seem like a decent deal to me. I don’t know the length of Zajac’s contract, but he is still only 25. I’d rather trade one young player for another to fill a need then sign a Comrie or a Morrison.

I’m not sold on Antropov as a top line center, still think he would be better on the wing. If anything, move Little to center and see how that works out. Would we be comfortable with Little/Peverley/Cormier or Burmistov/Slater down the middle?

kracker

September 7th, 2010
3:24 pm

Bergfors for Zajac perhaps could be possible, hip czech, who knows? CA Thrashers Fan mentioned above a couple of centers in the NJ system that might be ready either now or soon. “Next year” (meaning the 11-12 season) isn’t so long a time when you are penciling in Kovalchuk in your lineup for the next 10 or 12 years.

GaVaHokie

September 7th, 2010
3:24 pm

Smoothie… you’re right about Modin being great around the net. He’s a guy who can put home loose pucks. With Enstrom, Bogosian, Oduya and Hainsey taking shots from the point… between Modin, Antro and Buff, we’ve got a lot of guys who can put home any rebounds, deflect shots, or just screen the goalie in general.

Not to mention just playing garbage man to guys like Jimmy “I can’t finish a shot” Slater.

CA Thrashers Fan

September 7th, 2010
3:38 pm

I just don’t see how NJ justifies trading their young #1/#2 center for any reason. That leaves Arnott, at the very end of his career as their top true center. That’s just not a move Lou makes. They do have cap issues, but that is as easily resolved burying Rolston or a similar bad contract in the AHL if they have no trade options. Even if Zajac was on the move, New Jersey is winger heavy (and trading Zajac would make it more so), so Bergfors is not nearly as attractive a piece for them as Cormier would be.

Zombie Steve

September 7th, 2010
3:44 pm

Time for Lou to cough up some talent. Who we gettin’?

CA Thrashers Fan

September 7th, 2010
3:48 pm

Unless you’re interested in Zubrus, Rolston, White or Salvador…nobody.

kracker

September 7th, 2010
3:52 pm

Yep…Well, the NJ owner probably can afford to flush $5 million up to Albany. Must be a nice position to be in as a GM.

CA Thrashers Fan

September 7th, 2010
3:57 pm

No kidding kracker, makes me respect a GM like Poile, considering his resources, that much more.

kracker

September 7th, 2010
4:04 pm

The Preds are our model, I think. A reasonably talented team playing hard most every night.

Smoothie

September 7th, 2010
4:20 pm

I do believe Rolston has a NMC and no one will want Salvador or Zubrus. Well, someone might want either, but Waddell ain’t callin’ the shots! ;-) NJ has too many guys with NTC or NMC which is going to make it a bit dicey for them getting under the cap.

Damn, I’ve watched about 42 of Modin’s goals and when he’s healthy, he is a lot more dynamic than I recalled. Of course, he hasn’t been totally healthy since 2007, but playing on a line with Nash and Federov or Vyborny and Zherdev, he was a very good “finisher” with some occasional flair or “sauce” when streaking to the net or utilizing his long reach on power moves. He *could* end up being a steal.

"Rammer"

September 7th, 2010
4:28 pm

As soon as Nash and Federov or Vyborny and Zherdev show up in a Thrashers uniform, please let me know!

Smoothie

September 7th, 2010
4:34 pm

Nevermind, Rolston has a NTC, not a NMC. Welcome to the Lowell Devils Brian!!

Brendan

September 7th, 2010
4:47 pm

Anyone else call Comcast today, only to hear that the “early bird” special for Center Ice has expired? WTF? It’s a month before the season starts, and the “early bird” is gone???

SomaAtl95

September 7th, 2010
4:52 pm

Zombie – PS3. Past few years I had both but its a million times easier to do custom soundtracks and playlists on the PS3 so I’m PS3 exclusive this year.

R. Stroztradamus

September 7th, 2010
4:55 pm

The over/under numbers are as follows 14 goals and 56 games.

You pick over or under for each.

Brendan – I figured you needed something else to keep up with.

Brendan

September 7th, 2010
5:02 pm

R.Stroztradamus, I’ll go with under 14 and under 56 on Modin. My actual guess is 12 goals and 50 games on the nose.

Brendan

September 7th, 2010
5:05 pm

EastPointBob, you’re in at 60-points, but you really should specify a division rank and conference rank.

Paminski, you’re in at 91-points, 2nd in SE, and 8th in Conference.

Jack, buddy … you didn’t make a point total selection. But I have you down for 2nd in the SE and 8th in the Conference. Picks aren’t due until puck drop of the 1st Thrasher game, so… you still have time.

Glovesave29, your guesses are always super close. In 2009, you nailed the points, but lose on a tie-breaker to Don. You only missed by a point or two in 2010. But you’re in at 92-points, 3rd in SE division, and 9th in the Conference. Chipper’s Love Child, you’re in at 83-points, 4th in SE division, and 13th in the Conference, with an opening night budget guess of $49.3 million. Good luck.

Paminski, are you also known as “Pam on Weck?”

Jack

September 7th, 2010
5:07 pm

Sorry Brendad lets go with 93. :)

Smoothie

September 7th, 2010
5:14 pm

Stroz – I’ll take the over on both, what the heck?! 16 goals and 76 games played. I feel crazy today!

Mikey

September 7th, 2010
5:16 pm

Brendan, put me down for 91 points, (although I think I’m a bit optimistic), and an opening night cap of $45.1 million.

Oh and I think I know what Rawhide was doing in Duluth while on assignment. He tweeted a little earlier “Spent about an hour with coach Ramsay this morning. The man has a definate sense of what he needs to teach this team. Details to come later”

Rhythmpenguin

September 7th, 2010
5:54 pm

Put me down for 92 points, 2nd in the SE, 8th in the East and $47.5 mill on opening night.

Rhythmpenguin

September 7th, 2010
6:04 pm

Can we change our guess before opening night?

glovesave29

September 7th, 2010
6:20 pm

Smoothie – The Lowell Devils moved back to Albany. The logo is a hoot…its SUPPOSED to be an “A” in the same style as the NJD logo…but to me it looks like a devil, um…pleasuring himself.

http://www.sportslogos.net/logo.php?id=2h0n5ksngzhak39566aheqmyt

World Be Free

September 7th, 2010
6:41 pm

I would have taken Jeff Halpern over Modin, just cuz I like Halpern’s grit.
Save $200 grand too

Brendan

September 7th, 2010
6:45 pm

Rhythmpenguin, you can change your budget guess until September 20th. At that time, the budget contest closes, and no more guesses, except R.Stroztradamus’, will be accepted. You may, however, change your points guess until puck drop of the 1st regular season Thrasher game. No guesses will be accepted after that.

Sorry, but it’s not fair to accept a guess on October 30, when the guesses were due 3 weeks earlier. Yet, it doesn’t stop people from trying, even as late at December 30, to squeeze in an entry. Doesn’t work like that, son.

Mikey, you’re in at 91-points, but you don’t have a SE division finish, nor a Conference rank. And sadly, that means if someone else guesses 91-points and correctly ties it to the 1st tie-breaker criteria, “division rank,” you will lose. But, it’s up to you to submit a SE division rank and 2nd-set of tie-breaker criteria, “Conference rank.” I can’t and won’t force you.

Jack, your “new” official guess is 93-points, 2nd in SE Division, and 7th in the Conference. Good luck, Jack.

Brendan

September 7th, 2010
6:47 pm

Smoothie, I have not entered a guess for you, or Joe Friday, since I know you both want to evaluate camp and the preseason before submitting a guess. And that’s a wise strategy. The roster is NOT set.

World Be Free

September 7th, 2010
6:59 pm

Lou Lam was once a great GM. But when you look at his current aged lineup, with the no movement clauses and overpaid players – the Devils are clearly a team that is not going to contend for a Stanley Cup anytime in the future. Roloston’s contract is one of the worst pieces of paper in the league. Add Elias, Zubrus and Salvador too. How in the world are the Devils going to sign Parise next year?

Lou, like his team, is past his prime.