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Flyers obtain defenseman Modry from Kings

The Flyers, having failed in their attempts to get Tomas Kaberle who would not waive his no-trade clause with Toronto, struck a deal today for Kings defenseman Jaroslav Modry.

The Flyers, having failed in their attempts to get Tomas Kaberle who would not waive his no-trade clause with Toronto, struck a deal today for Kings defenseman Jaroslav Modry.

The Flyers gave up a third-round pick in this year's draft.

"He's a sturdy two-way defenseman that would give us experience and depth," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said of the 6-foot-2, 220-pound defenseman. He is tied for second on the team in plus/minus at plus 2.

A number of team were interested in getting Kaberle.

The Flyers would like to be able to get potential free-agent defenseman Dan Boyle from Tampa Bay but it appears he may be on the verge of re-signing with the Lightning.

Modry helps the Flyers but he is not the stud defenseman they need.

"We might not be able to get that kind of guy right now," Holmgren said.

Modry has only six points, including one goal, in 61 games this season. He will turn 37 on Feb. 27. He has a total of 49 goals after starting his career with the New Jersey Devils in 1993.

The Flyers had some interest in Kings defenseman Brad Stuart but general manager Dean Lombardi does not appear willing to trade him.

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