It’s strange times these days around an NHL team. Nobody’s sure whether the guy next to him in the locker room will be there a week from now. The trade deadline is Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Niclas Havelid’s five years (four seasons) with the Thrashers are almost certainly about to end. He told me he hasn’t had any input on where he will go and that experience has taught him not to get too worked up about things he can’t control. He’s not the No. 1 defenseman on the market, but he’d be a great addition for a team needing a veteran stay-at-home guy.
Marty Reasoner and Eric Perrin also are unrestricted free agents this summer unless they re-sign before July 1. Reasoner could be useful enough for a playoff-contending team to be willing to give up a draft pick to rent him for the rest of the season. It probably would be tougher to find a taker for Perrin.
Erik Christensen remains in the lineup tonight with Jim Slater out again. They’re both restricted free agents this summer. Maybe Christensen, like Jason Williams did, would benefit from a fresh start with a new team.
There are two games before the deadline, tonight and Tuesday. By the time the Thrashers play Montreal on Friday, the uncertainty will be over.