Here is today’s interview with Fredrik Modin, after he completed his first practice with the Kings…
Question: As a guy who has won the Stanley Cup, is there any particular advice you would offer to the young guys on this team?
MODIN: “These guys are having a great season, and playing so well. I’m sure they don’t need anyone coming in here telling them how to do things. They’re figuring things out, and they’ve been playing such a great type of hockey and playing. There’s nothing that I’m going to come in and start preaching about. I’m just going to fall in here and see where I fit in. I’m very excited to be here. It’s a young team, but they’re playing some tremendous hockey. I’m very excited to get a chance to be a part of this.”
Question: What was your reaction when the trade happened?
MODIN: “It kind of came down to the last half hour there. We knew that there was interest and we knew that I might be involved in a trade. It’s hectic, those last few minutes before the deadline. You get some calls, and it’s a matter of minutes before you need to make up your mind (on his no-trade clause). It was a new experience for me, but I’m very confident that this is going to turn out well. I’m just thrilled and excited to be a part of this group of guys.”
Question: Are you feeling OK now? Apparently you had some type of virus?
MODIN: “I’ve been having the stomach bug here for a little while, but it feels like I’m starting to get my fluids back and I’m starting to feel better. It should not be of any concern here, at all.”
Question: What were some of the other issues you were dealing with, and are you OK now?
MODIN: Yeah, I’m feeling good. No complaints, knock on wood. It’s been a struggle for a while, but I’m feeling good and I’m looking to stay healthy as long as I can. … I started out the season with a MCL sprain, and I missed 31 games with that. I had a SI joint problem right before the Olympic break too, and I missed a few games. I’m feeling like all that is out of the way right now.”