Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Modin on NHL Radio/TV - How the trade went down...

Kings newly acquired winger Freddy Modin was on the NHL Power Play earlier this afternoon and had the following to say:

* The transition to the Kings has been easy (3 goals in 6 games, what do you expect him to say?). Lots of good young kids.

* Anybody impress you or that's been better than you expected? Kopitar and Doughty. Playing with Wayne Simmonds has opened his eyes to how good he is too.

* Injuries have hampered him the last few years. He's feeling great right now and knock on wood he'll be in good shape for the rest of the season and the playoffs.

* The Kings were doing well before he got there. The team has several great leaders in the room, that's one area where the Kings aren't lacking. Come playoff time, he thinks he is one of the guys that some of his teammates will lean on (because of his experience).

* Some of the veterans that helped him in Toronto were Doug Gilmour, Larry Murphy, Wendel Clark, Kirk Muller, etc. Mats Sundin came in later and he learned a lot from him too.

* He had a no trade clause in Columbus, so how did the deal go down? Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson approached him saying he had some calls from some "peeps" (real quote) and Modin said he was willing to work with him. The deal with LA came up right at the last minute and he had to make a decision quickly. He said it was a "no brainer" to come to LA, even though he and his family only had a few minutes to think about it.

* They had a lot of expectations in Columbus this season after their success last season. He got off to a rough start and the coaching change was difficult. He still believes in goalie Steve Mason, who has struggled this season.

* How was your Olympic experience? It was a lot of fun, Vancouver did an amazing job with the games. It was an amazing atmosphere. Having Peter Forsberg back was fun and "I thought he played well for us."

* How important is it for LA to finish in 4th place in the West and get home ice in the first round of the playoffs? Its huge. That's what we're shooting for.

* When he was in Tampa Bay Phil Esposito was always on him to shoot the puck more. In fact, he still tells him every time they cross paths.

You can listen the full segment by clicking here.

Not the most in-depth interview ever...but, hey - at least the Kings are getting some national attention for a change.

The Mayor

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