Perrin clears waivers

Eric Perrin cleared waivers. The next step is up to the Thrashers, who can keep him, assign him to their minor league affiliate in Chicago or release him.

No other Thrashers news yet as the trade deadline looms at 3 p.m.

The players in the locker room have been monitoring TV coverage of deadline day on TSN. They’re discussing the trades and signings — Gerber to Toronto, Leopold to Calgary — and waiting to see if one of their names or the name of a teammate or friend pops up.

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mknobler

March 4th, 2009
2:44 pm

The post was written at about noon. Players lingered a little longer than usual but then went on about their business. No news, still, with 20 minutes to the deadline.

NASCAR Dave

March 4th, 2009
2:52 pm

MIKE, was PERRIN put on waivers as some sort of “punishment” for spouting off to the AJC??? It would not surprise me at all with this franchise… But it’s probably best that he is released now…

mknobler

March 4th, 2009
2:57 pm

I think it’s more a situation of the team saying to the player, if you don’t want to be here we’re going to remove every obstacle to another team taking you. Not being claimed off waivers doesn’t necessarily mean you have no value as a player; remember that Mathieu Schneider wasn’t claimed off waivers in the preseason but was acquired by the Thrashers in a trade that enabled the Thrashers to dump some salary in exchange for taking Schneider’s off the Ducks’ hands. Of course, Perrin doesn’t have a big salary.

Stevo

March 4th, 2009
3:01 pm

Now that we are past the deadline, is there any news out of the front office or is all quiet?

mknobler

March 4th, 2009
3:08 pm

Quiet. We’ll have a deadline post-mortem story this afternoon.

Ribby

March 4th, 2009
3:12 pm

Atlanta has dealt Erik Christenson to Anaheim in exchange for prospect Eric O’Dell — the Ducks’ second pick, 39th overall, last year.

mknobler

March 4th, 2009
3:15 pm

Yes, Christensen gone. He had been playing better lately. Maybe that helped the Thrashers get something for him.

Smoothie

March 4th, 2009
3:17 pm

Yep, it’s been announced on TSN Trade Tracker…EC is a goner!!

Sorry it didn’t work out Erik…thanks for playing so much harder over the last couple months…guess you really wanted out and got it!

Anyone have anything on O’Dell??

mknobler

March 4th, 2009
3:21 pm

Sudbury Wolves leadiing scorer. OHL player of the week in early January.

Jason

March 4th, 2009
3:22 pm

Mike-Can you find out if Waddell was/is trying to resign Reasoner? I’m suprised he wasn’t moved, to this point, if they can’t resign him. Thought he for sure would have fetched something worthwhile. You can get a second rounder from last year for EC, but nothing else for the others?

Don’t get me wrong, I love Reasoner’s play here. I would love for them to keep him around.

Oh well, at least we got something for EC.

Smoothie

March 4th, 2009
3:23 pm

Well, now that EC is gone and EP is likely “in the doghouse”, who will play # 3 C for the next month? Can’t see them breaking up the chemistry of the “Greek Gods” or moving Marty from the 2nd line as I would think they would want to give Marty every clear indication that he is a valuable asset with a future in ATL if he wants it.

Perhaps Holzapfel will get his chance alongside Stuart and Army?

mknobler

March 4th, 2009
3:24 pm

30 goals, 29 assists.

mknobler

March 4th, 2009
3:25 pm

That’s in 59 games. He’s actually now two points off the team lead.

Sara

March 4th, 2009
3:26 pm

Smoothie he’s been in Juniors this year, currently the OHL. Has 88 pts in 60 GP, is 6′ and a C.

Mike – Perrin is virtually free of charge at this point – wouldn’t cost anything to add him to the roster and his salary at this point must be nominal. Today of all days teams are stockpiling depth at the trade deadline and yet no one picked him up – not even for added depth. That to me *is* pretty telling about Perrin’s value…for whatever reason. I didn’t think he’d clear waivers but apparently at the moment no one else is real enthused either apparently.

mknobler

March 4th, 2009
3:26 pm

Sara

March 4th, 2009
3:28 pm

Wow Knobler and I have some totally different numbers….well…

here’s where mine came from…

http://ducks.nhl.com/team/app?page=PlayerDetail&playerId=8474603&service=page

Ribby

March 4th, 2009
3:29 pm

O’Dell was playing junior “A” hockey when the 2007-08 season began, having committed to play at St Cloud State University starting in the fall of 2009. However, after the OHL Oshawa Generals traded his rights to Sudbury, O’Dell determined that major junior hockey was the correct path for him, and he joined the Wolves in January 2008. In 26 regular season games with the OHL team, O’Dell posted 32 points (14 goals and 18 assists). He lead all Sudbury rookies in scoring and was 15th overall among rookies in scoring, even though he played less than half the games of most of the other first year OHLers.

Talent Analysis
A rising star in the OHL, O’Dell has outstanding hockey sense and a pro shot. In addition, his puck-moving skills are good, and O’Dell has very good on-ice vision. O’Dell needs to add weight and build strength, as well as work on his skating, which is average at best.

Future
Future Analysis Coming Soon…

Stats
SEASON TEAM GP G A PTS PIM
2007-08 Cumberland Grads (CJHL) 34 23 33 56 12
2007-08 Sudbury Wolves (OHL) 26 14 18 32 19

Sam

March 4th, 2009
3:29 pm

Whew. I was sweating out a Reasoner loss, along with Nic. I know Marty’s not a “top line” guy, but what he brings in effort..reflected in his plus numbers in +/- , blocked shots, PK work, character…those intanglibles…sure make me hope he’s going to be re-signed.

I imagine Waddell has spoken to him about it and gotten an encouraging response since Marty didn’t move. Who knows? Don might have kept Nic, too, if Nic had not wanted to go back to Sweden.

Ribby

March 4th, 2009
3:31 pm

I didn’t write it. It’s from Hockeysfuture.com

Sam

March 4th, 2009
3:32 pm

Whatever this O’Dell guy is like he better be worth a good chunk of “Marian Hossa”, since Crusher was a big part of that deal last year.

mknobler

March 4th, 2009
3:33 pm

My numbers came from the OHL Web site, and they appear to be up to date, based on the game by game log.

Ribby

March 4th, 2009
3:34 pm

ERIC O’DELL
SUDBURY WOLVES
January 5, 2009 []

Wolves’ O’Dell named Boston Pizza OHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that forward Eric O’Dell of the Sudbury Wolves is the Boston Pizza OHL Player of the Week for the week ending January 4. O’Dell scored five goals and three assists for eight points with a plus-minus rating of plus-7 in four games.

O’Dell opened the scoring 41 seconds into the game Tuesday night leading the Wolves to a 3-1 home win over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. O’Dell and the Wolves had a great start to 2009 on Friday night defeating the Peterborough Petes 5-2. O’Dell scored a goal and an assist and was named the second star of the game. On Saturday night O’Dell registered his first four-point night of the season scoring two goals and two assists but the Wolves fell to the Niagara IceDogs 6-5 in a shootout. O’Dell kept the shootout close scoring on his shot and was named the second star of the game. His week ended on Sunday when he scored another quick goal opening the scoring 15 seconds into the game in Mississauga. The Majors would beat the Wolves 3-2.

O’Dell, an 18-year-old from Ottawa, ON is in his second season with the Wolves and currently leads the club in scoring with 20 goals and 21 assists for 41 points in 37 games. His 41 points has him ranked 20th in OHL league scoring. O’Dell was drafted in the second round, 39th overall at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Anaheim Ducks

mknobler

March 4th, 2009
3:34 pm

Ah, your numbers are career numbers.

SickofWaddell

March 4th, 2009
3:48 pm

Don, do us a favor and resign. Next thing you will do is trade Kovy for two first round picks and a forward out of Hershey. I have seen children manage a fantasy team better than you. The people that run this blog will probably delete this post but I really hope someone emails it to you. Don, why is your office in the locker room with the players? GET OUT! Let the boys play, read a book on managing, and turn the team over to someone who knows what they are doing. I know it is a trying economy Don, but I really hope to see you at the unemployment office. Hey Mike, ask Don why he is sticking around. Also, there is an old Atlanta Flames goalie still living in Atlanta that would be a great general manager, look into it for us.

Sara

March 4th, 2009
3:48 pm

Not really career numbers – he just spent the first part of the year in the CJHL. But those were all points in the 2007-2008 season.

Either way, he looks promising as *something* even if it’s a 4th line center a couple years down the road.

*Sam* based on everything I’ve seen, heard, and read, the pieces of the Hossa trade rank in this order: Army, first round draft pick, Esposito, Crusher.

Joey

March 4th, 2009
3:50 pm

Mike, I don’t understand why we keep picking up prospects when other teams, namely Detroit, seem to pick up veteran players and making the playoffs. Our strategy doesn’t seem to be working out well while theirs is solid. Shouldn’t we try and provide solid proven players and work in the prospects?

Nikita

March 4th, 2009
3:55 pm

*Perhaps Holzapfel will get his chance alongside Stuart and Army?*

Please, Santa.

GaVaHokie

March 4th, 2009
3:58 pm

Waddell is creating some huge depth for the coming years… Esposito, Bogosian, Leveille and now O’Dell from the 1st and 2nd rounds of the last two drafts… not to mention Holzapfel, Paquette and Machacek in the 3rd rounds.

B. Thenet

March 4th, 2009
3:59 pm

Holzapfel or Machacek might get the call.

Barring any late Thrashers trades, I think Waddell did OK. I like the EC deal, the Havelid deal could be interesting, and I think the Scheider deal was OK.

Smoothie

March 4th, 2009
3:59 pm

Mike, have you had a chance to talk to Marty to see how he feels about his future prospects with the Thrashers? Does he even like this city?

Stevo

March 4th, 2009
4:05 pm

I like this deal. I thought Christensen was a mediocre player at best and this prospect seems like he could be a productive player. I’m not one to defend Don Waddell, but at least he didn’t screw us this year. He might have gotten a little more for Havelid had he waited until today, but all in all I thought he did ok, which really is saying something.

James

March 4th, 2009
4:07 pm

Perrin would be an asset to any team. Personally, I like to see him back in Tampa with his friend St. Louis. I don’t know why he got the shaft from Atlanta thsi year.

mknobler

March 4th, 2009
4:12 pm

Have not talked with Marty since the deadline. The Thrashers are going to try to re-sign him and already have had initial conversations toward that end.

Perrin will be playing the rest of the season with the Thrashers, beginning Friday night. Nobody can be sent down to Chicago now. (The Thrashers sent Grant Lewis back today because of that rule; he couldn’t play again in Chicago this season if he was still on the Thrashers’ roster post-deadline.)

mknobler

March 4th, 2009
4:14 pm

The Thrashers plan to make their three-game trip next week — Colorado, Edmonton and Buffalo — with seven defensemen (including Anssi Salema) and 12 forwards. Rich Peverley probably goes back to playing center, with Perrin returning as a winger.

Thrashy Thrashy

March 4th, 2009
4:14 pm

Yeah. It is strange that Waddell looks like he made some decent moves this year. It’s obvious that he wants to go younger. What confuses me is this: Why did it take him so long? Why wasn’t this done properly back in 2000 or 2001 after the flotsam and jetsam in the expansion draft were due to be jettisoned? Oh well. I guess if you’re allowed to keep your job for, oh, four or five years longer than you should have, maybe you can figure out the right way to do things. Certainly isn’t normal, though.

mknobler

March 4th, 2009
4:16 pm

You will see guys come up from Chicago sometime after the team gets back from Buffalo. The Thrashers can bring up three more after Salema.

Moose

March 4th, 2009
4:25 pm

My theory on the team going younger. Anderson probably feels more comfortable teaching the younger players than dealing with the older players. Hartley as much as he helped grow this team had a reputation of not wanting to deal with the younger players. He was tuned out in Colorado and then it happened here. Notice he’s not been picked up to coach any team this year. Then again if I had that salary guaranteed, not sure how hard I’d look either.

Smoothie

March 4th, 2009
4:35 pm

Thanks Mike for the update on waiver wire movement between CHI and ATL.

Grant may get another shot later on, but he’s probably too valuable for the Wolves Calder Cup run in the short-term. He will get another chance at training camp to make the team.

Tony C.

March 4th, 2009
4:47 pm

KNOBES: Great work out there today. Any chance on parting words from Christensen (I expect it wouldn’t be kind-every time I saw him he seemed sullen-off ice I’m talking about).?

Also, is Salmela in town? Any word on how the room feels about the move (obviously loosing Nic is a body blow, but I’m curious for a scouting report any of our Euros might have on Salmela)?

T-Bone

March 4th, 2009
4:48 pm

Heard DW on XM’s Hockey Channel today around lunch and they asked him why do the two d-men trades prior to today. In the case of Schneider, he said it came down to getting the draft pick they wanted (2nd round) and saving about $500k in Schneider’s salary by not waiting until today. Always the company man that DWad.

GaVaHokie

March 4th, 2009
4:51 pm

Moose… I think you’re right, and I also think it’s the scouting team and Waddell getting better at evaluating young talent.

GaVaHokie

March 4th, 2009
4:55 pm

T-Bone

March 4th, 2009
4:57 pm

Quite a change a year makes in deadline day. Last year we’re all waiting with baited breath till the last second to find out about Hossa. Today, not so much. I guess next year we’ll have the Kovy deadline sweepstakes to keep us on the edge of our seats again.

Tony C.

March 4th, 2009
5:11 pm

mknobler

March 4th, 2009
5:20 pm

Tony C.,
Salmela is scheduled to arrive from Chicago on Monday. I asked Kari Lehtonen about him and IIRC he said he didn’t know much but what he had heard was good. They never played together on the Finnish national team, and their paths didn’t cross.

Erik was always very hard on himself. I don’t think what you saw — head down, negative body language — was a reaction to anything external. He’s a very self-critical guy.

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 4th, 2009
5:30 pm

T-Bone: I’m sure I wasn’t the only person streaming the TSN Trade Center and listening to some interesting hockey discussion for free, hoping to see a glimpse of a few Thrashers on the trade board. Christensen being the ONLY Thrasher dealt today was surprising to me, because I honestly expected Reasoner and possibly even Sterling to be dealt.

You’re right though, it wasn’t the same dread filled stomach turning hours like last year, but that’s the difference between selling a star forward and selling some tier II or tier III role players.

Brendan, what’s your take on the O’Sullivan trade? Personally I think LA got a great player, but “injury” may as well be his middle name.

Sam

March 4th, 2009
5:50 pm

Edmonton got the best out of that 3-way deal, IMO. O’Sullivan’s got the tough, hardworking style they love on the Oilers.

Eric Cole, not so much.

mknobler

March 4th, 2009
7:33 pm

Ducks general manager Bob Murray said he had been talking with Don Waddell for about a month about a trade for Erik Christensen. As I pointed out in my soon-to-be posted story, Murray sees much of what the Thrashers once saw in Christensen. They plan to give him the top-two-line chances the Thrashers gave him, too.

Tony C.

March 4th, 2009
7:59 pm

O’Sullivan’s going to be a great fit in Edmonton…I wonder if Lombardi took Williams just for salary-cap concerns

Bryan

March 4th, 2009
8:41 pm

Was pleased with everything until I read that Perrin will be back. Keeping a player who doesn’t want to be here is ignoring a cancer. Would prefer to let youth be served and evaluated for the remainder of the season.