LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have re-signed defenseman Jaroslav Modry to a one-year contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Friday. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced. Check out the Kings' "Insider's Edge" for exclusive information on this signing.
Modry, 36, played in 76 games this past season with the Kings and the Dallas Stars and he recorded 18 points (1-17=18) and 54 penalty minutes. He began the season with the Stars before he was acquired by the Kings on February 27 along with a first-round draft choice in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, a second-round choice in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, a third-round draft choice in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and the rights to defenseman Johan Fransson from the Stars in exchange for defenseman Mattias Norstrom, right wing Konstantin Pushkarev, a third-round draft choice in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and a fourth-round draft choice in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Modry, who played with the Kings from the 1995-96 season through the 2003-04 season and was an All-Star in 2002 when the Game was played at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, recorded 10 points (1-9=10) and 32 penalty minutes in 57 games with the Stars and he had eight points (all assists) and 22 penalty minutes in 22 games with the Kings. On the Kings’ all-time scoring list among defensemen, Modry ranks 10th in points with 158, 10th in assists with 124 and tied for 10th in goals with 34.
A veteran of 12 NHL seasons, Modry is a 6-2, 220-pound native of Ceske-Budejovice, Czech Republic. He has recorded 241 points (48-193=241) and 460 penalty minutes over 645 regular season NHL games with the Kings, Dallas, Atlanta, Ottawa and New Jersey. He has also played in 19 career NHL playoff games and has three points (1-2=3) and six penalty minutes.
During the 2005-06 season, Modry’s lone season with Atlanta, he led the team in assists (31) and points (38) among defensemen. In 2003-04 with the Kings, he led the club in plus-minus (plus-11) and average ice time (24:23). In 2002-03 he was fourth in the NHL in total shots among defensemen (205) while in 2001-02 he led all Kings defensemen with a career-high 38 assists and 42 points. In 2000-01 Modry was named the Kings’ “Unsung Hero” in a vote by his teammates.
Modry was originally selected by New Jersey in the ninth-round (179th overall) in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.