COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed left wing Fredrik Modin to a multi-year contract, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Modin currently ranks third on the club in goals and is fourth in points with 15 goals and 15 assists for 30 points with 42 penalty minutes in 60 games this season. He has added four power play goals and two game-winning goals. He was acquired by the Blue Jackets, along with Fredrik Norrena, from Tampa Bay on June 30, 2006, in a trade that sent Marc Denis to the Lightning.
"We are very excited to get a deal done with Freddy," said MacLean. "He has been a very solid player for us, a leader and has good character. He is a tremendous fit for our team. He's a quality person and a winner."
Modin, 31, is in his 10th season and has played in one All-Star Game (2000-01), helped Tampa Bay win the 2004 Stanley Cup and won a gold medal with Team Sweden at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. He has appeared in 722 career NHL games, registering 198 goals and 194 assists for 392 points with 357 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +9 with the Blue Jackets, Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs.
The 6-4, 220-pound Modin tallied 31-23-54 and 56 penalty minutes with Tampa Bay in 2005-06 and was an integral part of the Lightning team that captured the Stanley Cup championship in 2004. After notching 29-28-57 and a plus/minus rating of +31 in 82 games during the 2003-04 regular season, he added 8-11-19 in 23 playoff games. In 47 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, he has registered 10-11-21 and 34 penalty minutes.
Toronto's third pick, 64th overall, in the 1994 Entry Draft, Modin spent his first three NHL seasons with the Maple Leafs and posted back-to-back 16-goal campaigns before joining the Lightning prior to the 1999-00 season. After tallying 22-26-48 in 80 games that year, he scored a career-high 32 goals on his way to 56 points in 76 games in 2000-01. He scored 30 or more goals in a season twice and added a pair of 20-goal campaigns during his six years in Tampa Bay.
In addition to the 2006 Olympic Games, the Sundsvall, Sweden native has also represented his country at the World Junior Championships (1994 – silver medal), World Championships (1996, 1998 – gold medal, 2000, 2001 – bronze medal) and World Cup of Hockey (2004), where he led the tournament in scoring with 4-4-8 in four games.
The Blue Jackets return to action Tuesday when they visit the Colorado Avalanche. Game time from the Pepsi Center is set for 9 p.m. ET with live coverage on FSN Ohio beginning with the IceBreaker pre-game show at 8:30 p.m. Coverage also includes the Blue Jackets Ice Cap post-game show immediately following the game. The game will also be broadcast on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.
Individual game tickets for 2006-07 regular season home games are on sale now at Nationwide Arena, The Blueline at The Chiller Ice Rinks, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. For information on season tickets or mini-plans call (800) NHL-COLS and for group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK.