Friday, February 23, 2007

What to do with Freddy Mo

Now that Anson Carter is safely in the Eastern Conference where he can pollute somebody else's line-up, there are still two guys left on the block: Bryan Berard and Frederik Modin. Of the two, Modin's value has to be infinitely higher, since he's actually played more than 10 games this season, and his back didn't just come off surgery.

Rumors in the paper are that the Jackets are trying to retain Freddy Mo, and honestly I'd be OK with that. The guy does it all - top 6, PP, PK, natural leader, etc - and never, ever takes a shift off. Ever. In this train wreck of a season, Modin has been one of the few bright spots. No, it doesn't show up on the score sheet, but the Jackets are 29th in the league in scoring, NOBODY is showing up on the score sheet. (29th for now, we're locked in a battle with Chicago and are separated by a goal at the moment.) As a building block, having Modin around for 2 or 3 more years wouldn't be a bad thing.

On the other hand, I hear today that the only serious offers coming in to 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. involve dealing Modin. Not that this is all that shocking. Other people will want him for the same reason we'd like to resign him. But, are these offers worth considering? Will they outweigh what Modin will bring to the table next season in Columbus? Could he be traded and resigned in Columbus in July?

I'm still on the "keep Freddy" bandwaggon, but wouldn't be upset if he was moved in the right package.

Stay tuned...

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