Freddy Modin Retires

Pat Steinberg
May 19 2011 03:15PM

After playing just four games with the Calgary Flames, forward Freddy Modin has announced his retirement after 14 seasons in the NHL.  Acquired at the trade deadline from the Atlanta Thrashers, Modin contributed next to nothing in his short time.  I said at the time the deal was rather risk free, involving a seventh round selection, but even with the low price paid, the trade ends up not working out at all for the Flames.

I won't back too far off my sentiments at the time, which were basically a "risk free depth move" for a team trying to continue a push and make the playoffs, rolling on from an incredible run started in January.  Sure, some seventh round picks turn into Joe Pavelski, but that would be very much the departure from the norm.  So, in theory, a player of Modin's stature made sense...a veteran who had been to the playoffs and who could theoretically step in as a 13th forward and fill a small role if needed.

Now, that didn't pan out, or anywhere close to it.  In the short amount of time Modin did see, he was ineffective at best and a detriment far too often.  He had played 36 games already that season, putting up 10 points with the Thrashers, so from a merit standpoint, it was a little shocking to see him struggle on the ice like he did.  Until you realized injury issues were part of the picture.

That's where the criticism begins, as many wonder if Jay Feaster did proper due dilligence in fleshing out Modin's injury past before giving up an asset, albeit a small one.  I, for one, take Feaster at face value and believe that proper channels were explored before finalizing this deal, and it just so happens the team ran into a little bit of bad luck with this specific player.  That said, the questions are fair ones to ask, because in hindsight, a seventh round pick for a guy who played four games is still poor return.

1cd23297a0d13720ec2fc6d9740ce395
Pat Steinberg can be heard daily on the Fan960 in Calgary at can be read at the FAN 960. Born and raised in Calgary, Steinberg considers himself a huge fan of all sports including the CFL, MMA and 13 round bare knuckle boxing matches. Follow Steinberg on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Fan960Steinberg.
Avatar
#1 Kent Wilson
May 19 2011, 03:25PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

He should have retired a couple of years ago. Wet toilet paper is more durable.

Avatar
#2 Wittmeier
May 19 2011, 05:12PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

In recognition of his stellar tenure with the Flames, let's hope they retire jersey number, um, what number did Freddy wear?

I'd put this news up there with Kris Chucko progress reports.

And I still say the annoying part of the Modin trade was that they pushed Conroy out just weeks before.

Avatar
#3 Sean Elekes
May 19 2011, 05:39PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

About time, what a pile of crap he was. At least Jay Feaster came out and said sorry for making that stupid trade.

Avatar
#4 Bob Cob
May 19 2011, 07:14PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Well that's one way to get out of Calgary, do what you have to do I guess.

Avatar
#5 Nolan
May 20 2011, 04:03PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Shouldnt have made this trade at all. Sure little risk, but why make a move with low risk? For the sake of making a move? So far Feaster has made the following: Forced Conroy into retirement - dont like the way he was treated and forced into it. Sent/brought up/sent down Kotalik - Uh? why? send him and keep him down. Picked Carson off waiver - could have had him for nothing too, again low risk, but nothing too bad, more of a minor leaguer. Traded for Modin - enough said Signed average player Glencross to long term deal with a NMC - Should have walked when Curtis demanded a NMC. No one deserves one, especially a 3rd liner with some 2nd line upside.

Comments are closed for this article.