Freddy Modin is an interesting situation. He was brought in as a rental for a playoff boost. He cost the Kings literally nothing in the trade, other than cap space. He made $3.5 million last year, just barely played half of the season, is old, injury prone, rapidly declining in productivity. And he kicked some serious ass during his 6 playoff games with the Kings, and kicked some minor ass during the last 20 games of the regular season. Modin developed almost instant chemistry with Michal Handzus and provided the Kings another sorely needed large body in front of the net.
What do you do?
I think there is no doubt that you can’t bring Modin back at his previous salary. However, if the 35 year-old (36 by the start of the 2010-11 season) is willing to take around $2 million for a year or two, suddenly the risk of a guy who hasn’t played anything close to a full season since 2006-2007 may very well be worth the gamble. And Modin is exactly that, a gamble. The man is a tireless worker, so his ethic and presence is not in question, but his ability to play an important role on a consistent basis is, almost purely because of his injury history.
It is unclear whether or not Lombardi is interested in bringing Modin back for another year. One would think that no, he is not. However, Modin’s performance against Vancouver in the playoffs is something worth keeping around if you have the faith it can be replicated. I’m not sure that I do. In the end, for the right (read: low) price, the thought of Modin riding shotgun along Handzus and Wayne Simmonds for another year is one worth entertaining.
Although, the thought of Kris Versteeg jumping into the checking-line car is much more intriguing.
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