Thoughts on Modano/Gagne Rumors
The Blues have their man in net, signing Halak to a four-year contract. They have their muscle squared away through the likes of Cam Janssen and the newly acquired Vladimir Sobotka. These stories all broke in the past week, but one area – the offense – has remained strangely quiet. Now is the time to start asking the tough questions concerning the team’s forwards and what issues this side needs to address.
With plenty of rumors and names surfacing in the hockey world as possible targets for the Blues (Simon Gagne and even Mike Modano), what will this team do to address the obvious problem concerning scoring?
The Blues hoped that Perron, Oshie and Berglund would all take their next step in 2009-10, which obviously did not happen. Perron and Oshie had pretty solid years, but Berglund really trailed off. As we all know, Boyes was a shadow of himself and Backes saw his scoring numbers dip as well. Is this group going to stick together and be the machine that drives the Blues in 2010-11?
This team needs to bring in another part up front. I love – yes, love – what the Blues have done so far this summer. Halak is a HUGE addition and Sobotka has plenty of talent and should be a very positive addition. Things look bright at defense with Erik Johnson healthy and the likely addition of Alex Pietrangelo to the everyday roster. Let’s take a walk around some of the names being tossed around Twitter and I’ll give my thoughts on each one and how they may or may not fit into the team’s scheme.
Supposedly Modano retired when the year concluded in Dallas, but the veteran is finding his name at the heart of plenty of rumors of late. If his playing days aren’t over, should the Blues make an offer? In my opinion – no. Modano get’s an A+ in leadership and a gold star for appearing in the original Mighty Ducks movie, but beyond that I don’t think he has much left to offer. He skated in just 59 games last season and scored just 30 points. Take a look at some of his numbers the last few seasons.
2005-06: 27 goals, 50 assists for 77 points.
2006-07: 22 goals, 21 assists for 43 points.
2007-08: 21 goals, 36 assists for 57 points.
2008-09: 15 goals, 31 assists for 46 points.
2009-10: 14 goals, 16 assists for 30 points.
It should be noted that the 2006-07 season and the 2009-10 season saw Modano skate in just 59 games, so that skews the numbers a bit. Clearly, his 70+ point seasons are behind him and he now looks to be a 40-50 point threat. No one really knows aside from Modano and his agent if he is indeed looking for a new team and what the price to land him might be. Personally, I’d look elsewhere. Modano has definitely entered the final stage of his career and looks to have roughly the same production that David Perron might have although without the upside.
PHILADELPHIA – MAY 18: Simon Gagne #12 of the Philadelphia Flyers celebrates after scoring a goal in the second period against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wachovia Center on May 18, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.