Modin agrees to terms on multiyear deal

Updated: August 9, 2004, 11:27 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning avoided arbitration with Fredrik Modin on Monday, agreeing to a multiyear contract with the left winger.

Modin, who earned $1.87 million last season, agreed to a three-year deal worth $2.9 million each season, ESPN.com has learned.

In his fifth season with the Lightning, Modin finished third on the team with 29 goals and fifth with 57 points as he helped the Lightning to their first Stanley Cup championship.

He had eight goals and 11 assists during the team's playoff run.

"We are thrilled to have Mo back with us, especially at a multiyear term," general manager Jay Feaster said. "Not only has he used his big shot and size around the net to become one of our top goal scorers, but he also has emerged as a much more complete player."

An All-Star in 2001, Modin has 152 goals and 156 assists in an eight-year career with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Lightning. He has 114 goals and 118 assists with the Lightning.

"I'm obviously happy to have this settled," Modin said. "Now I'm just looking forward to getting back on the ice and starting the chase again."


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