We knew this was about to happen, but it is official now: Modin off the IR, Derek MacKenzie back to Syracuse.
I know a lot of Jackets fans don’t have much time for Modin, given his almost constant string of injuries since becoming a Blue Jacket. But I’m happy to see him returning now. If he can stay healthy for a stretch (and I know that’s the $64,000 “if”), he adds some secondary scoring punch. And perhaps more important, he has a lot of experience and has been a part of winning teams in the past. Many people (including me) have questioned whether some of the ups and downs this season have been the result of a vacuum in veteran leadership. And as such, it’s good to be getting some veteran leadership back out on the ice. Looking forward to seeing #33 on the ice tonight (and not just on the back of that guy with the “SEX” jersey…)