Flyers acquire Modry
The Flyers, having failed in their attempts to get Tomas Kaberle who would not waive his no-trade clause with Toronto, struck a deal today for Kings defenseman Jaroslav Modry.
A few things here: (a) Philadelphia just found out they'll be without Derian Hatcher for six weeks due to a knee injury, (b) Modry's played an entirely defensive role all season with the Kings, and (c) He's actually done pretty well in that regard.
Playing a shutdown role at even strength, with rookie Jack Johnson to start the year, and lately with Tom Preissing, Modry is one of only two plus players on the last-place Kings' roster (among regulars) this season. He's also been a solid penalty killer, and has far better defensive numbers than Rob Blake or Brad Stuart, two other pending UFAs who have been rumoured to be on the move.
A third-round pick doesn't bring you much these days, but Modry can still play — and the Flyers need help on the back end given their recent seven-game losing skid.