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Modin and Feaster reunited

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:19 PM ET

This is the second time Fredrik Modinís been part of a Jay Feaster trade, but heís 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 Mondayís deal that sent him from the struggling Atlanta Thrashers to the thick of a playoff race in Calgary has much better timing.

ďWeíre good again,Ē Modin said about Feaster with a laugh.

ďYou never see anything coming. At the same time, you are always sitting there looking at the clock during deadline days.

ďItís part of the business. Iíve been around a few years and Iím aware of the possibility of being traded again. Itís part of the game. Iím here and Iím excited to be part of it.Ē

Modin will head to St. Louis Tuesday morning to be with his new team and it wonít be until he skates for head coach Brent Sutter before the Flames decide where he fits.

Although he likely wonít dress Tuesday night against the Blues, Modin will give the Flames some flexibility down the stretch.

Heís 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 heís 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.

ďThere isnít anybody Iíve played with that doesnít like him or hasnít gotten along with him,Ē Sarich said. ďHeís a real personable guy.

ďHe has lots of experience and has a great shot. He will do whatever heís asked in whatever role. He knows what to do in order to be successful because heís done it before. I think he will come in and fit right in.Ē

Modin knows heís joining one of the hottest teams in the NHL and the last thing he wants to do is spoil the broth.

ďI certainly donít want to go in and disrupt anything,Ē Modin said. ďIím not that kind of guy that will do that. I look at myself as pretty easy to get along with.Ē

Modin doesnít have a contract past this year and in that respect the Flames didnít take much risk on him. Feaster just sent a seventh-round draft pick to get him.

In that respect, there isnít much pressure on Modin to become what he was five years ago.

ďHeís in the twilight of his career right now,Ē Feaster said. ďHeís been plagued by injuries over the years. Injuries have been a factor, even during his time in Tampa.

ďFrom our standpoint, we donít need him to score 20 goals for us in the month of March and April. Itís a depth forward move.Ē

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