This is the second time Fredrik Modin’s been part of a Jay Feaster trade, but he’s a bit more excited about this one.
Back in 2006, Feaster shipped Modin from Tampa Bay to Columbus and away from the group of players he helped win a Stanley Cup with two years earlier.
So Monday’s deal that sent him from the struggling Atlanta Thrashers to the thick of a playoff race in Calgary has much better timing.
“We’re good again,” Modin said about Feaster with a laugh.
“You never see anything coming. At the same time, you are always sitting there looking at the clock during deadline days.
“It’s part of the business. I’ve been around a few years and I’m aware of the possibility of being traded again. It’s part of the game. I’m here and I’m excited to be part of it.”
Modin will head to St. Louis Tuesday morning to be with his new team and it won’t be until he skates for head coach Brent Sutter before the Flames decide where he fits.
Although he likely won’t dress Tuesday night against the Blues, Modin will give the Flames some flexibility down the stretch.
He’s no longer the player who helped the Lightning win the Cup in 2004, when he had 29 regular-season goals and another eight in the post-season.
But he’s healthy and ready for a six-week playoff push.
In 36 games this season with the Thrashers, the 36-year-old Swede has seven goals and three assists. He just returned from a back injury but feels ready to go when needed.
With Calgary, Modin joins fellow former Bolt Cory Sarich. They played together for five years in Tampa Bay, where Modin twice hit the 30-goal barrier.
“There isn’t anybody I’ve played with that doesn’t like him or hasn’t gotten along with him,” Sarich said. “He’s a real personable guy.
“He has lots of experience and has a great shot. He will do whatever he’s asked in whatever role. He knows what to do in order to be successful because he’s done it before. I think he will come in and fit right in.”
Modin knows he’s joining one of the hottest teams in the NHL and the last thing he wants to do is spoil the broth.
“I certainly don’t want to go in and disrupt anything,” Modin said. “I’m not that kind of guy that will do that. I look at myself as pretty easy to get along with.”
Modin doesn’t have a contract past this year and in that respect the Flames didn’t take much risk on him. Feaster just sent a seventh-round draft pick to get him.
In that respect, there isn’t much pressure on Modin to become what he was five years ago.
“He’s in the twilight of his career right now,” Feaster said. “He’s been plagued by injuries over the years. Injuries have been a factor, even during his time in Tampa.
“From our standpoint, we don’t need him to score 20 goals for us in the month of March and April. It’s a depth forward move.”