Stuart named to U.S. roster

Colin Stuart, king of the shorthanded goal, is joining Thrashers teammates Zach Bogosian and Ron Hainsey on the U.S. team for the World Championships in Switzerland.

You can find the entire roster here: http://usahockey.cachefly.net/Media/041509MWCroster.doc

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GaVaHokie

April 15th, 2009
4:09 pm

Robert Esche and Al Montoya… it’s gonna be a short trip.

Smoothie

April 15th, 2009
4:40 pm

How can there not be a better goalie than those two availabe in this expansive country of ours? Mike Richter out of retirement would be better or even Jim Craig!

Mike, do you know what your last day and / or assignment will be working as the Thrashers beat writer? Will you have one more interview with Don Waddell?

I’d really like to know if he is actively working on re-signing Marty Reasoner, Nate Oystrick and Joey Crabb before too long. Obviously, he needs to wait until 6/25 to work on the RFA’s but I’m not too worried about those…I think we’ll hold onto Colby, Boris, Anssi and Slates. Thorbsy might be in jeopardy.

MashaPlayer7

April 15th, 2009
4:43 pm

I think its pretty impressive for Colin to be named to the team. Congratulations!

I was trying to figure out his place with next year’s team. If the Thrashers obtain a top 6 forward, perhaps moving Colby to Reasoner’s line, and Slater and Boulton stay, and the Thrashers are serious about adding one more big body and have an open forward spot for a younger guy (Crabb, Michalek (sp?), Esposito, whoemever our 4th pick is) then that leaves one other current roster out. Hmmm…

If you had to decide who would take one roster spot between Colin or Jim Slater, who would you take?

Smoothie

April 15th, 2009
4:49 pm

Oh yeah, almost forgot, hearty congrats to Colin Stuart!! Good luck to all three of our Thrasher Americans representing the red, white & blue!!

mknobler

April 15th, 2009
5:00 pm

Smoothie Monday was my last day, but I have blogged today and yesterday to keep things going during the transition. (Consider it evidence I really do enjoy this, or that I’m a bit nuts.) I checked my e-mail and saw Colin listed and thought you guys would want to know about it.

I wouldn’t bet heavily on Oystrick being re-signed. He sure was scratched a lot on a team that needs to get another top-four defenseman and isn’t losing any to retirement. I hope I’m wrong about that; Oystrick is a great guy.

I think the Reasoner contract will get done. Both sides want it to happen.

Boulton stays. He’s under contract, and he fills his role, and that’s not a spot where a budget-conscious team will throw away money by buying out a contract.

Kaat

April 15th, 2009
5:05 pm

It’s awesome that you’re still bloggin’ Mr. Knobler. Color me impressed. Now if you could just find out about Slava and Team Russia for us! ;-) Ha ha. I’m obsessed, thank-you-very-much.

mknobler

April 15th, 2009
5:18 pm

On the U.S. goalie issue, remember that this is the initial roster. Maybe Montreal knocks off Boston and Tim Thomas joins the U.S. team.

Smoothie

April 15th, 2009
5:36 pm

Thanks Knobs!! You are a class act…we will definitely miss you here in blogland, but I guess there is nothing that says you can’t keep blogging in a public forum even from Law School!!

I guess we need to pull for MTL over Boston for a myriad of reasons. However, I think Timmy Thomas may be one of the primary reasons the B’s get to the Cup Finals. Sigh. Bogey and Ronsey will just have to do major work to keep shots off Montoya! Wonder if they’ll get paired due to familiarity.

One last thing, what is your hunch on Crabb? I’m sure he’ll get a contract, but do you think JA really does *want* him to make the Top 20 next year?

kracker

April 15th, 2009
5:52 pm

Sweeeeeeeeet!!!!

NASCAR Dave

April 15th, 2009
5:57 pm

FIRE WADDELL

Thrashers27

April 15th, 2009
6:26 pm

Good for Stuart! I look forward to seeing him for a full season next year.

As for Crabb and Oystrick…Crabb hustled all season and would definitely be a good player for a team somewhere, but I just don’t think there’s room for him here any longer. Thanks, and good luck, Crabber. Oystrick: I really liked what I saw from him, but we now have a glut of young D. Unfortunately, I think he’s odd man out. Same with Thorby…we’ve enjoyed having you here, but it may be time to move on, kid. Good luck!

Brendan

April 15th, 2009
7:34 pm

Huzzah for Mike Knobler. That’s certainly going above and beyond the call of duty! We’ll miss ya, Mike. You did an excellent job this year.

Congrats to Colin Stuart. I’ve always liked him. I wouldn’t hold my breath for a proactive contract with him, but I hope when his contract does come due that he is renewed.

sisu

April 15th, 2009
8:07 pm

Great to hear! On team Finland Kari is not going as it stands due to injury? I think that was outdated but he is not in the top 3 goalies available. Rinne is probably the front runner for #1

kracker

April 15th, 2009
11:00 pm

Stop by and post, Mike! Help keep it going during the slow summer. I guess you can throw out a “Fire Waddell!” statement now, should you want to. :) I’m guessing you will be following the team wherever you are. Thanks again for your fine body of work this season. You made it seem like you enjoyed your job.

Tony C.

April 16th, 2009
1:45 am

Knobes-you’re a sick sick man…

Super-Duper Props!!!!

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 16th, 2009
7:09 am

Miller and DiPietro are both recovering from injuries sustained during the NHL season. Thomas is in the playoffs…the next best option, I guess, was Esche (played in KHL) or Montoya (Phoenix did not qualify for the playoffs, obviously). Another option could have been Jordan Parise, but I guess he’s not much of a step-up on Esche.

GaVaHokie

April 16th, 2009
8:24 am

Yeah… so many think Lehtonen is a first round bust… how about Al Montoya?

http://hockeydb.com/ihdb/draft/nhl2004e.html

He’s 24 now, and hasn’t seen any regular action… only 5 NHL game appearances.

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 16th, 2009
8:45 am

Montoya was stuck behind Blackburn and surprisingly Lundqvist. He had no chance of making the NHL while in New York. Now that he’s in Phoenix he is AGAIN log-jammed behind Bryzgalov.

For such a high pick, my feeling is that he’ll never get a legitimate shot of taking over the starting goalie spot, and may be nothing more than a backup. I hope for his sake I’m wrong.

GaVaHokie

April 16th, 2009
9:00 am

He got platooned behind Tellqvist in Phoenix as well… he probably won’t even start ahead of Esche at the World’s either.

Pretty strange… his AHL numbers look pretty decent.

Blackburn left after 2003 before Montoya was drafted (2004).. Weekes and Valiquette were the back-up’s for the last several years.

GaVaHokie

April 16th, 2009
9:02 am

Tellqvist was traded to Buffalo this year… so it looks like Montoya will get a back-up role behind Bryzgalov this coming season.

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 16th, 2009
9:17 am

I remembered incorrectly, I thought Montoya was drafted after Blackburn’s injury as the heir apparent. Regardless, he had no chance once Lundqvist started playing in New York. In my opinion Lundqvist is a top goalie in the league, and Montoya would have needed to be extra special to top him.

Bryzgalov is pretty good too, but maybe he’ll have a chance to outshine him. I wont be surprised to see Montoya bounce around some more before finally finding his niche in the NHL.

Blitz

April 16th, 2009
9:41 am

As for the US goalies, Dipietro and Miller are the Olympic goalies that are recovering. Most others are currently in the playoffs. Personally I think Craig Anderson of the Panthers should be given a shot.

GaVaHokie

April 16th, 2009
10:19 am

The Ottawa Sun had reported this early this month…

“It’s been another lost season in Phoenix and don’t be surprised if G Ilya Bryzgalov is shopped. Bryzgalov, who will earn $4.25 million (all terms US) next season, has fallen out of favour with the Coyotes. The Coyotes have recalled G Al Montoya and he who has posted a 2-0 record with 0.50 GAA. He will get a chance to push for the top job next season. The club has been making C Martin Hanzal a healthy scratch lately and he could also be a candidate to be moved … “

NASCAR Dave

April 16th, 2009
2:29 pm

HOKIE is right… It’s gonna be a short trip for Team USA, especially if WADDELL is involved in any way, shape, or form.

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 16th, 2009
4:31 pm

“The 2009 U.S. Men’s National Team is under the direction of Brian Burke, general manager; David Poile, associate general manager; and Jim Johannson, assistant executive director for hockey operations at USA Hockey. The U.S. Men’s National Advisory Group, which includes Burke, Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia), Johannson, Dean Lombardi (L.A. Kings), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh) and Don Waddell (Atlanta), is charged with leading the selection of players for the U.S. Men’s National Team.” — USAHockey.com

Alan

April 16th, 2009
4:48 pm

HOKIE is right

It’s not every day you see this posted up on any of the blogs from our favorite race fan.

FormerIslesFan

April 16th, 2009
5:56 pm

Mike,

Sorry so long in posting this, but thanks again for everything you have done (and continue to do apparently). As I am one of the attorneys on this board in RL, if you want to chat about what you’re getting yourself into, just drop me a line. However, my log-in email is no longer my email address. Ask Rawhide for the new address and he’ll give it to you.

Best of luck and please keep blogging along with the rest of us!

NASCAR Dave

April 16th, 2009
6:58 pm

Yeah ALAN it’s gonna be pretty funny… Who do you think we should draft at # 4 ??? I haven’t done too much research yet, but this KANE dude sounds like he would be a good fit… But no matter what, I want OFFENSE… We don’t need to take a D-Man with this pick…

Alan

April 16th, 2009
9:03 pm

If Duchene is available below #3, we should take him. Otherwise, I heavily favor Kane, but wouldn’t mind seeing Paajarvi-Svensson drafted.

Duchene and Kane are centers, while Paajarvi-Svensson is a left wing.

GaVaHokie

April 17th, 2009
10:40 am

I think Duchene sounds like he’s better suited for our Offense… fast, good hockey sense, good two-way player, quick hands and, according to E.J. McGuire… “a threat to score short-handed”… so he’s right in line with guys like Stuart, Slater and Perrin as far as creating turnovers on the PK and taking it the length of the ice.

So, for all you Slater detractors… here’s a guy, at least in the short term, that could send Slater packing.

… that said, I don’t think you can go wrong with a guy like Kane either… as long as Waddell takes on of the two, it’s win-win.

GaVaHokie

April 17th, 2009
10:51 am

Watching most of Kane’s clips, you don’t see him trying to do anything overly fancy… which is a good thing. There aren’t any “Oh My Gosh, did you see that?” moments. He’s a “stuff it home” kind of player… similar to Armstrong.

Kane has played with Spencer Machacek and Atlanta has already interviewed him in the past… so, 1 + 1… I think he’s our guy.

Here’s a very long read on him…

http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/10763/2009_top_prospects_evander_kane/

GaVaHokie

April 17th, 2009
10:56 am

Oh… one other thing… Evander Kane got his name from Evander Holyfield, who lives in Atlanta… for what it’s worth.

Tony C.

April 17th, 2009
4:16 pm

Nice link Hokie!

MB

April 18th, 2009
12:49 pm

Shane Malloy at TSN has been ranking prospects for all the teams for awhile and finally got around to the Thrashers. Interesting to see his perspective.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=275445

Kaz

April 19th, 2009
8:42 am

Thrash needs a center now. Trade next to nothing to Philly for Briere. Philly will give him away because they have major cap issues. Briere and Kovy will scare the heck out of the rest of the division.

Spud Webb

April 20th, 2009
11:53 am

God Kaz, I’d love to see Briere here, unfortunate but true, our owners will NOT take that salary.
Miller should be in the World Championships, he was fine for the Sabres and has had an additional week off.

NASCAR Dave

April 20th, 2009
2:49 pm

Yeah right now I’m thinking KANE is our guy… Good fit it seems… Unless DONNIE tries to trade down… Hmm…

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 20th, 2009
2:52 pm

Miller missed 13 games with a sprained ankle and didn’t return until late March…meanwhile Esche led his team to the KHL championship.

I’m guessing Miller wasn’t interested in playing because rehab is more important to his career. I’d bet he only played at the end of the season due to the playoff race, and would’ve sat had they been out of the playoffs sooner.