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.

219 comments Add your comment

Brendan

September 7th, 2010
7:07 pm

WBF, your contempt for Lou Lamoriello is ever consistent.

Red Light

September 7th, 2010
7:25 pm

Like Halpern too, World Be Free, as I grew up five minutes from Princeton where he played his college hockey and I loved playing on that rink as a Pee Wee or Bantam because it was one of the few that was enclosed in those days. Also had a cousin who worked at the rink. He used to let me sneak in the back door for games, through the Zamboni room to save the $1 to get in. Another benefit, he used to sharpen my skates for free, and got me an occasional stick and all the pucks I could fit in my pockets.

Saw Syl Apps and Co. play against Ken Dryden in 1968 there, and about 17 years later… Joe Nieuwendyk, also for Cornell. Then, on a visit to see my folks 30 years later, saw Halpern play too, whose teammate was Syl Apps, Jr. Ah, the aging process.

Red Light

September 7th, 2010
7:27 pm

Actually, it was Syl Apps Jr. in ‘68 and Syl Apps III in 1998. See, my memory is fading.

Mikey

September 7th, 2010
7:30 pm

Brendan, OK then put me down for 2nd in the division and 7th in the conference.

World Be Free

September 7th, 2010
8:31 pm

Brendan-I had alotta respect for Lou until recently. His deal with Kovy is bush league, his team is old and out of cync. They will win their fair share of games next year, but they are not Cup contenders. Kovy hitched his wagon to the wrong mule, but he got his money.

Red Light-growing up in the north, there were 2 great places to have friends-at the bowling alley and the hockey rink. Our “buddy” let us skate from free from 2AM to 3AM on Wednesdays-one of 2 hour slots our twin rinks had open all week during the season. He also got us ice time at Memorial Auditorium during the Sabres’ homestands.

thrashersuperfan88

September 7th, 2010
9:02 pm

I really smell a strong stinch of a trade coming up anyone??????

Smoothie

September 7th, 2010
9:07 pm

glovesave – thanks, didn’t think that sounded right, but I don’t understand why they ever left Albany to begin with. Their run to greatness all started there, right in my old backyard in Albany. At the Knickerbocker — now Pepsi or Times Union — Arena, 4 or 5 short miles from my old ‘hood.

At any rate, I’m happy my former fellow citizens of the Capital District will get to enjoy a hybrid trapping style of play and perhaps the occasional appearance of an old aging vet like Rolston or Dainus Zubrus. Bring back the River Rats!!

World Be Free

September 7th, 2010
9:21 pm

Red Light, I think Halpern is under rated, also a bit old now too, like Modin. Halpern will be for the Habs what Dom Moore was for them last year and Steve Begin before him. Grit and sandpaper.

rob

September 7th, 2010
9:49 pm

ANY PROMO PEOPLE FOR THE THRASHERS MONITORING THIS BLOG WE NEED SOME REAL PROMOS TO GET THE SEATS FILLED!!!!!!! There is a recession going on here and we are rebuilding and need all the help we can get here! Get you A$$ES together and fill the arena please! I know this sport is really foreign to most of you but PLEASE don’t let this change in progress be for naught because you can’t find a way to get reasonable seats out to the fans! BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! The Boys In Blue will be fun to watch this year!
LET’S GO THRASHERS!!!!!
Is it 10-8-2010 yet!?!?!?!?!?

Brendan

September 7th, 2010
10:39 pm

Mikey, your adjusted guess is now 91-points, 2nd in SE, and 7th in the Conference. Your budget guess of $45.1 million is the lowest of all those presently registered. The highest, believe it or not, is mine. And I never COULD HAVE GUESSED that my opinion of the Atlanta Spirit, LLC would be the best guess they got, at $51.4 million. Ahhh-stonishing. Joe Friday is next, at $51.0 million. And neither Joe nor I are particular fans of the current Thrasher ownership.

Brendan

September 7th, 2010
11:12 pm

R.Stroz, still here? If so, I assume your vote is “under” on whether or not Modin will score 14 goals and play 56 games this season. I’ve got Smoothie at “over,” with 16 goals and 76 games. I’m in at “under,” with 12 goals and 50 games. R.Stroz, all I need is an over or under, but if you’d like to predict an exact goal total and game total, have at it. Of course, you can defer to R.Stroztradamus, after Game 82, to cast your vote.

Brendan

September 7th, 2010
11:22 pm

Rob, I’ve said it before, if the Thrashers offered two FREE season tickets for the purchase of THREE at FULL PRICE, I think they’d be doing great, and that fans would band together to divide out the cost of three (3) season tickets by five. Imagine that you work in an office. You and four buddies could take advantage of this deal quite nicely. Imagine that you’re a member of a Church/Synogogue/Mosque situation. You can’t find four members of the congregation to split season tickets 5-ways? Neighbors? Family members? Three season tickets, to get two FREE, is a great way to fill the arena, in a bad economy, with a team whose history includes far more failure than success. Winning fixes everything. But until then, if the Thrashers want to move the merchandise, they’ve got to offer deals like this. All you can eat seats are a nice concept. So is Coca-Cola Family Fun Packs and Chick-Fil-A nights, etc. But for a team that is trying to qualify for higher revenue-sharing, the 5 for the price 3 deal is a plan that will work. But, so far, this deal is not on the table. Who knows? Maybe someone will read this, and suggest it at their next meeting.

SomaAtl95

September 8th, 2010
1:07 am

Love NHL 11. Hate the fact that its Canadians that set the roster so far. The oilers appear to be rated better than the Thrashers! WTF? They need to fix that when they start updating the roster! Last year Mason was a decent goalie in NHL 10 in STL. All of the sudden that he has a Thrasher Uniform on he seems to suck in this years game. Since when does putting a different teams uniform on make you a worse player? My roommate played me (first game for years has always been Thrashers v Thrashers) and he beat me by one point… the game winning goal was his and was by his first star… Todd White. Does that show you guys how off their player stats are so far? I really hope that get the first roster update out and its a little more realistic – they’ve decided that the Thrashers suck out loud and we all know that isn’t the truth! A game is a game and of course will be slanted towards certain teams, if EA insists on calling it a simulation then they need more lifelike stats for the players!
Any of you that have played have any thoughts?

World Be Free

September 8th, 2010
5:29 am

I haver decided to boycott TSN and Hockey Night in Canada’s between period shows all season. I had enough of their Canadian propoganda last season. Might as well set the standards before the season starts.

Rhythmpenguin

September 8th, 2010
5:39 am

I think we have a some work to do before the Canadians realize that we are not as bad as they want us to be. They seem to need to rag on other teams (in “nontraditional” hockey markets) to make themselves think that they are better than they really are. =)

Fan from Carolina

September 8th, 2010
8:15 am

Brendan, thank you for taking the time to write all that info about the tickets BUT most of it does not apply to me or anyone that lives in western NC. No Publix, no Kroger, no Entertainment books here. A game is not just a game to me. I don’t want to see the Panthers or Wild or Islanders. I want to see the clubs I want to see at a fair price. The Canes (Raleigh is 5 hours away), the Caps, the Rangers, etc.. I do NOT want to sit in the 400 level. I’m accustomed to the lower level seats from my past and I had to settle for the 2nd level as it is. I was just trying to attend some games that were worth the 2 hour drive and to see the clubs that I wanted to see in decent seats. I can’t do it at a reasonable price. I’ve already bought my $45 2nd level seats for this year so it is settled, but attending NHL games this year will probably be my last. If I lived in the Atlanta area I could probably manage more games as you have pointed out many opportunities, but amazingly I’ve gone from season ticket holder in the 90’s to non-attendance in the future. Fortunately NHL Center Ice is available at a cost of less than 1 attended game for me. I am grateful for that. Thanks again for your time Brendan. You are a good guy!

Brendan

September 8th, 2010
10:49 am

Fan From Carolina, maybe while you’re here, you could stop by the ticket window and if the Thrashers would offer you any kind of deal for ‘Canes games, if you explain your situation, of being 5 hours away. Sometimes, but not always, a ticket representative has a hook with another club on discounted airlines, hotels and seats. If that’s the case with the Hurricanes and Thrashers, there might be a nice package out there for you? But, if history is any guide, you’d have commit to doing it now, to get the discount. Sometimes, I find, that I can shop my own airlines/transportation and hotel for cheaper than the Hurricanes or Thrashers might be able to provide.

I know you’re in sticker shock. It happens to the best of us. When I see the salary cap rise to $59.4 million from $39.0 in the space of six years, while the league AGREES to “dollar cost averaging” player’s contracts between the ages of 21-40, it sort of makes cringe. That’s why the tickets are so high.

I’m not going to lie and say I’ve never bought a $10 seat, just to get in the building. Once inside, … if ya know what I’m sayin’. Just sayin’. The arena often has 9,000 fans that seats 18,545. You might just find the seat you want, after all.

Paminski

September 8th, 2010
10:56 am

Brendan – Yes. I used “Pam on Weck” for a minute. But Paminski is my usual alias.

Brendan

September 8th, 2010
2:01 pm

I like the handle, “Pam on Weck.”