Devil Rays sign Modin

July 16, 2002 at 3:27 PM
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TAMPA, Fla., July 16 (UPI) -- Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Fredrik Modin, who endured an injury-plagued season, signed a one-year contract Tuesday.

Financial terms were not disclosed. Modin was eligible to file for salary arbitration, but elected not to.

The 27-year-old Modin led the Lightning with 32 goals and added 24 assists in 2000-01. That season, he won the hardest shot competition at All-Star weekend and collected four assists in the All-Star Game.

This past season, Modin was limited to 54 games as he was sidelined by a broken toe, charley horse and a wrist contusion that landed him on injured reserve in February. He finished the season with 14 goals and 17 assists and had an even plus-minus rating on a team that gave up 41 more goals than it scored.

"Fredrik Modin is a very integral part of the Tampa Bay Lightning," general manager Jay Feaster said. "In order for us to make the playoffs next season, we need Freddy to come back from what was an injury-plagued season and return to the 30-35-goal form he showed us two years ago. As a cornerstone to our team, his contributions will be significant for us and we are very confident that he will return to being the All-Star player we all enjoyed watching in 2000-01."

Modin was acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs in October, 1999 and is sixth on the Lightning's all-time list with 68 goals and seventh with 135 points in 210 games. He has 106 goals and 105 assists in 427 career games.

The Lightning have 13 remaining unsigned restricted free agents.

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