In his most recent blog posting for THN.com, defenseman Jaroslav Modry mused about the trade deadline from a player’s perspective.
“Even if you see it coming, being traded still is not comfortable,” he wrote. “But it’s part of the game and it’s part of the business.”
Well, Jaroslav, it’s business time.
The veteran blueliner has been shipped from the Kings to the Flyers reportedly for a third round draft pick in 2008.
For the Kings, the teardown begins. Modry was slated to be an unrestricted free agent in the summer, so a third round pick is better than nothing.
For the Flyers, this is a solid move. Heading into the playoffs, you can never have too many defensemen (just ask the Sabres) and Modry gives them an insurance policy should someone go down – in fact, he may even slide in on the team’s third pairing.
As one of only two Kings regulars with a positive plus-minus (he and Derek Armstrong were both plus-2), Modry clearly still has gas left in the tank.
Considering how volatile the Senators’ situation is in Ottawa, both on and off the ice, Philly can be considered a contender in the East and the time to strike is now. The pick the Flyers gave up will end up being in the latter half of the round (say, 90th overall), so it’s pretty low risk.
There are still some questions in Philadelphia – Simon Gagne’s health, unproven post-season goalies – but the Flyers have enough young talent and toughness to be on their way.
Expect them to make more moves, however.