Modry to Europe

From the Canadian Press…

“Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Jaroslav Modry is leaving the NHL and going home. Czech club HC Liberec said on its website Thursday that the 37-year-old Modry signed a two-year contract with the team.”

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  • Matt George

    Guess I wont be seeing him at the hockey tournament this weekend.

    Is it just me or is it time for the NHL as a whole to start getting a new crop of (super)star defensemen?

    Here’s to hoping drew comes thru!

  • anthony

    Good, I’m glad DL didn’t take a chance on him again.
    He just played horrible with Flyers after the trade.

  • Dan H.

    One less “teaching” defenseman available.

    I don’t agree with Anthony often but it would appear DL is asleep at the switch.

    Remember when he said that they would hire a coach only after they figured out the free agent market? Well that came and went and we got nothing.

    I’m not saying the sky is falling as I love the core of this team but not adding anything at all, and subtracting 30 goals a year doesn’t help much.

  • Quattro

    best of luck to Jaro, he always seemed like a good guy, despite all the fan abuse he got.

  • Quisp

    You’re not subtracting 30 goals when you remove Cammy…and Lubo? I’m not sure if you meant both of them or only #13…but in either case, I think you’re leaving out the following math:

    (1) making a commitment to going with Purcell, Moulson and Boyle on the front end, and Doughty on the back end. It remains to be seen what will happen to total goals with those guys being given a full season to do what they can do. With Cammy in the line-up, one of those guys — probably Purcell — misses out on a lot of shifts with the top two lines.

    (2) PP — goals from the point or generated from the point are likely to improve with Stoll, Doughty, Johnson and maybe Harrold taking the place of Lubo, Blake, Modry and whoever it was.

    (3) more production is expected from Kopitar, Brown, POS, Frolov and Handzus. It’s not unreasonable to expect 20 more goals from those guys alone.

    (4) the unleashing of Jack Johnson.

    Obviously, 3 and 4 would happen independently of what Cammy and/or Lubo might have done. But 1 and 2 are about opportunities that would have been Cammy’s or Lubo’s, that now fall to others who may well be able to rise to the challenge.

    Last, what I would call the Jim Fox point:

    (5) The Kings didn’t have trouble scoring goals last year (even without much production from Cammy/Lubo). The issue was goals against. The Kings fortunes this season may hang on how well they do in their own end, and — despite everyone’s predictions of doom — the jury is still out on how 2008’s d responds.

    Just the departure of Blake signals (for me) an improvement on team defense. Lubo was crappy last year, so his absence doesn’t hurt us compared to last year. Stuart was bad for half a season, so even though I like him and I’m happy for him in Detroit, I think that’s a hole that can be filled.

    I don’t know if we will make the playoffs. That would obviously be fun. But I do think it’s actually reasonable to expect that the Kings will score more, give up less and get better goaltending this year than last year. And that’s got to translate to something.

  • yesitscal

    Goodbye to a good guy. Those of us who appreciated intangibles will miss Jaro!

  • wavesinair

    Wow Quisp, I don’t even know where to start. Your post couldn’t be more contradictory if you tried. You spent over half of it saying well get the same amount of goals or more (many from unproven players) only to then finish your post by saying scoring doesnt matter, its all about having a better defense. Ill tell you what your rosy picture translates into: if we do better than 28th place, were doing ok. That sums up what you said. The fact is, were far more inexperienced and less proven this year than any other year in recent history. Well play the games and hope we progress quickly, but to expect a good solid hockey club this year is totally unfair to these kids.

  • JDM

    wavesinair said:

    “You spent over half of it saying well get the same amount of goals or more (many from unproven players) only to then finish your post by saying scoring doesnt matter, its all about having a better defense”

    Thinking the scoring will be better given the line-up and that defense is ultimately more important than scoring are far from mutually exclusive opinions. Of course, they are just opinions, but they don’t contradict one another.

  • Quisp

    Of course, we will soon see if the Kings have trouble replacing those 30 goals. I think they won’t. I expect the Kings to finish about 20th overall, but hope for higher, and playoffs. Since these comments are archived, we will be able to check back and see who’s right.

    (last year, I was miserably over-optimistic…)

  • 24diving

    My wishes for the best of everything to a really nice guy. It will probably be the best situation for him and his family to recover from the loss of his father earlier this year.

  • wavesinair

    JD, I couldn’t agree more. Scoring and defense are not mutually exclusive. But thats not what Q or Dan were arguing. Whether or not they are mutually exclusive is irrelevant here. Q was illustrating how Dan was wrong using math! The subject was about losing top scoring players and not replacing them will mean less goals. Period. If Q stopped at point 4, he would have made that argument, albeit a very weak one. But what he said in point 5 undermined points 1-4. Now if he only argued 5, then it would be another valid argument, but again weak. In this case, arguing one or the other is valid, but arguing both is a contradiction in this context. The fact that D and O are obviously connected doesnt make it less so. (And Q, I was miserably over-optimistic last year too, but the wool is no longer over my eyes. As Ive said before, the path the team is on now is a very dangerous one without solid veteran leadership. It could work, but then again, it will more likely blow up in their face. I hope it doesnt! Either way, AEG isnt spending any more money to help make a winner.)

  • cristobal

    to expect this team to finish anywhere above 29 is, in my opinion, foolish. Despite wavesinair’s lack of understanding of the concepts of shortsightedness, and contradictoriness, he’s correct that the ‘season’ may blow up in the face of AEG because it remains to be seen if they will be able to fill the building based on what they have got. The defense is just scary at this point, it can take a good puck moving defenseman like doughty a long time to adjust to the speed and intelligence of play at this level. Not to mention, he’s going to have Thornton, R. Neidermyer, Iginla, Kunitz, Perry, and Getzlaf breathing down his neck when he goes to get the puck out of the corners.

  • Dale Denton as Seth Rogen

    WAY TO MANY Kings fans with way too much time on their hands, conversing in irie banter, on this blog.

    Chill people.

    The Kings are building a franchise. It takes time (1-2 years), and the right pieces. Not this year, maybe not next.. Ya’ll will be VERY happy, in time.

    So for now, GO see my movie!

    Back to the couch, and my water pipe.

    GO KINGS!

  • Dale Denton as Seth Rogen

    WAY TO MANY Kings fans with way too much time on their hands, conversing in irie banter, on this blog.

    Chill people.

    The Kings are building a franchise. It takes time (1-2 years), and the right pieces. Not this year, maybe not next.. Ya’ll will be VERY happy, in time.

    So for now, GO see my movie!

    Back to the couch, and my water pipe.

    GO KINGS!

  • Dale Denton as Seth Rogen

    WAY TO MANY Kings fans with way too much time on their hands, conversing in irie banter, on this blog.

    Chill people.

    The Kings are building a franchise. It takes time (1-2 years), and the right pieces. Not this year, maybe not next.. Ya’ll will be VERY happy, in time.

    So for now, GO see my movie!

    Back to the couch, and my water pipe.

    GO KINGS!

  • Quisp

    Well, I guess my point is/was, not only do I think we will score more this year, but we will get scored upon less.

    The wool is still firmly over my eyes, apparently. I also thought the Bruins were going to beat the Canadians in ’79.

    Anybody ever read W.P. Kinsella’s short story, “The Last Pennant Before Armageddon”? I find myself thinking about it a lot when mulling over the future of the Kings. In the story, the Chicago Cubs appear to be about to win their first world series since 1908, and the manager is having a recurring nightmare that they win it all and then the world blows up. He believes it’s a premonition; so he has to decide between throwing the series in order to save the world, or win the series and let the world blow up.

  • DellaNooch

    Quisp – don’t get upset about Cristo’s comments, he’s just frustrated about that bet he lost in 1980, the one where Team USA beat Russia in the Winter Olympics. You know that team with no veterans, just a bunch of college kids with an incredible but unknown coach. They were the ones that beat one the greatest hockey teams ever assembled. It’s foollish to believe that hard work and dedication will yield anything more than last place….you cannot be a team of mostly no namers like PHX was last year and expect anything but last place…oops, PHX didn’t finish dead last like everyone predicted…don’t worry, I’ll do my research that will show we should be as pessimistic as some commenters on this site about our team

    All kidding aside, who knows what happens this season, our expectations are low right now and we probably won’t make the playoffs, but I think we’ll see a much better team end this season than when it begins. If we can learn to win in this league against any team by the last 20 games and hold the momentum into the following season, that will be encouraging…if we totally fall on our faces and are forced to pick Taraves in the next draft, oh darn. Reality is we’ll be stockpiled with young developing talent and that gives us options.

  • cristobal

    the 2008-09 Kings compared to the 80 olympic team. classic. it would be incredible to see them do that well. can the Kings jersey be compared to that of National team jersey, though? hehehe

    How do our young defensemen compare in potential to Erik Johnson of St. Louis. I can’t say I got a chance to see him much last year and don’t know what kind of impact he had. Do those that have seen Doughty or Hickey think they can have an impact?

  • BluLine77

    Well, so much for DL’s big left-shot FA pick up. . .
    But, sad to see “F@#k’n Modry” go. Really a class act and I loved the professional way he handled himself despite not being too happy with being traded back to the Kings. Good luck back home Jaro!