Lundmark hoping to get big break in Hollywood

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

A fresh start -- another fresh start -- helped Jamie Lundmark deal with yet another move.

The centre shipped by the Calgary Flames to Los Angeles yesterday, along with a pair of draft choices for Craig Conroy, will be joining his fourth team in two seasons but he was happy with the swap.

"I'm excited. I wasn't really expecting it but it's a good place to go and a good opportunity for me," he said.

Certainly Lundmark didn't make the most of his opportunity here. Acquired from Phoenix at the trade deadline last spring for a fourth-round draft choice, he struggled throughout the season, failing to score and registering only four assists in 39 games this season.

The first-round draft choice of 1999, dealt from the Rangers to the Coyotes early last season, was at a loss as to why he'd struggled so badly, especially after posting 10 points in a dozen games down the stretch last season for Calgary.

"Just the way it works, I guess," he said. "Last year, I came in and played really well and thought I had a pretty good chance of having a good year this year but things change. It's just the way it works out."

Flames GM Darryl Sutter had high hopes about the initial trade last year but said the time had simply come to move on.

"Jamie played really well for me last year and for whatever reason that wasn't happening this year," Sutter said.

"We traded for Jamie close to the deadline last year and he gave us the centreman we really needed at the time and put up good numbers for us and it was well worth it."

TRETIAK EYES SUMMIT:

Vladislav Tretiak would like to see another Canada-Russia Summit Series.

Tretiak, who starred in goal for the former Soviet Union squad in the 1972 series that gripped the hockey world, said he hopes to propose a new eight-game event to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

"This year is important for us because 35 years ago we played -- four games in Canada and four games in Russia," said Tretiak, president of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation. "I'd like to see us make eight games again."

A new series, however, is unlikely so long as Tretiak's Russian federation holds out of the International ice Hockey Federation's player-transfer agreement with the NHL.

MODANO MIGHT PLAY:

Mike Modano is close to returning to the Dallas Stars lineup for the first time in more than a month.

In fact, he could be back as soon as tonight.

Modano, who has missed 23 games with a hip-groin injury, skated hard again during practice yesterday in San Jose where the Stars play against the Shark in their next two games. The former captain felt good after the workout and said he would play if he felt the same today.

"I'm as close as I'm going to get, so the sooner I can get back in, the better," Modano said.


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