Hardly A Boffo Beginning
NAPLES, Fla.--Well, it's one more trade so far than was actually consummated at the winter GM meetings last year.
Jaroslav Modry, needless to say, is hardly a household name nor the type of NHL star that most hockey fans are anticipating will be on the move over the next week. So having the 37-year-old defenceman move from L.A. today to Philadelphia for a third round pick this summer didn't exactly shake the earth at this gathering.
It may be important to the Flyers, who have lost seven straight and have injuries on defence. Moreover, Kings GM Dean Lombardi is looking to dump a few bodies before next Tuesday's trade deadline, so he was undoubtedly pleased to get that process started.
But given that the Cory Stillman deal between Carolina and Ottawa stands as the only deal of any significance this month, the Modry deal stands alone if only because it represents some level of activity and not just idle chatter.
Otherwise, the announcement that Peter Forsberg isn't coming back this season may have loosened some tongues, but not yet spurred any teams into major action. Columbus GM Scott Howson has found himself a popular man here, with Sergei Fedorov, Adam Foote and David Vyborny among the players the Blue Jackets could move.
Howson said yesterday he's monitoring the progress of his team over the next few days, mindful of the fact Columbus fans have grown weary of never making the playoffs and might not be happy to see the team dumping vets if the playoffs are still a realistic possibility.
Fedorov has been linked to Detroit, while Foote would have any number of teams interested, although Howson said the team is still negotiating with the veteran blueliner and could sign him to a new contract. The Columbus GM huddled for a long time with Minnesota GM Doug Risebrough yesterday, and the Wild were one of the teams thought to be in the running for Forsberg before he informed one and all he wasn't returning this season.