The Thrashers have reportedly signed free agent Fredrik Modin to a one year, $800,000 contract. I looked at the line-up ramifications on SBNation Atlanta, which may be the only news report linking to the original source instead of mentioning it in passing. My question is this: he’s 35, he’s been hurt constantly the past three seasons, and Bill Guerin was availible. If we HAVE to sign an older guy for veteran presence, why not Bill Guerin? Yes, a lot of his success the past few seasons came on Crosby’s wing, but at least he has a better track record of not imploding.
Dudley has stated over and over again that the “youth will play,” but this takes a roster spot away from youth – namely Burmistrov. Burmistrov could score as many if not probably more goals than Modin could, plus he’ll be playing in the league for significantly longer, seeing as how many thought Modin’s next move was back to Sweden. I understand Dudley wanting to assemble a team of people he’s familiar with, but I think that he’s focusing too much on the Modin that played for Tampa and had two 30 goal seasons, and not enough on the newer model that has blown out his knee.
I’m not a huuuge fan of this signing, but then again, I’m not a GM of a hockey team. Here’s hoping that this works out – no one wanted us to take a risk on Afinogenov last year, and look how that turned out.