Thrashers signing

OK, it’s official now. The Thrashers may have re-signed defenseman Anssi Salmela. Just got the word.

Still working on getting the details but it’s a multi-year deal.

Spoke to Don Waddell briefly about him. Obviously, they like him a lot. I know a lot of you  folks were eager to hear that the Thrashers were going to re-sign him.

He’s young and big with upside. Waddell said will be part of the seven-defenseman unit. Looks like he won’t start the season in the AHL.

The complete story should be posted soon, but I wanted you guys to know as soon as I did.

110 comments Add your comment

Brendan

June 8th, 2009
2:10 pm

I do see Horcoff as overpaid. Which isn’t surprising in Edmonton. I’ve always liked Hartnell, Hokie. Would Horcoff be a 1st line Center in Atlanta? I see Horcoff as a Tier II kind of player.

GaVaHokie

June 8th, 2009
2:21 pm

ranallo10 (in AT)

June 8th, 2009
2:36 pm

I’d rather see Little centering Kovalchuk than Horcoff and his exorbitant contract. I’m sure he’d fit in nicely with the line, but that’s way too much money for so little in return. From the monetary perspective (keeping the cash strapped ownership in mind), there’s no point in taking Horcoff at the beginning of his front-loaded contract, in which he’s owed $7M in his first year (2009/2010).

GaVaHokie

June 8th, 2009
2:42 pm

Brendan… if Horcoff is NOT the 1st Line Center in Atlanta, why make the trade? For whatever it’s going to take to get him or anybody else, you better make sure they’re Centering your top line.

dwayne

June 8th, 2009
3:46 pm

shawn h. 17 g 36 a +7 thats alot of jack for that

dwayne

June 8th, 2009
3:46 pm

Brendan

June 8th, 2009
4:01 pm

Just musing out loud, here. I agree with what’s been put forth. I don’t see Horcoff leaving Edmonton. And I’m inclined to agree with Ranallo that Little is the #1 center, for Kovy’s line. Kovy seems to like Todd White, however. And, at the very moment, with contract negotiations pending with Kovalchuk, I’d want him to be as happy as he can be made happy, here in Atlanta. If Little has to play with Kozlov, so be it.

I really like Bryan Little. I hope he can be our #1 center for next season. But if the organization intends to gun for the playoffs in lieu of YEAR THREE of the building project, some Free Agent center (or some traded player) will be our #1 guy. Unless someone thinks the very recently re-signed Marty Reasoner is our #1 center. We’ve got Little, Reasoner, Peverley, Slater, and Armstrong, right?

Brendan

June 8th, 2009
4:09 pm

Wait, Thorburn and Armstrong haven’t been re-signed yet, correct? They’re RFA’s. Anyone think either one might get traded? We trace Thorburn back to Alex Bourret, pick #16 in the 2005 draft. Bourret was traded to the NY Rangers for a 3rd round pick used to acquire Thorburn (from Pittsburgh) … and Pascal Dupuis. In 2008, Dupuis was packaged with Hossa to Pittsburgh for (you pick) Colby Armstrong or Erik Christensen. If you picked Christensen, then his return is prospect Eric O’Dell.

How confident are you that Chris Thorburn will return to the Thrashers this season?

Alan

June 8th, 2009
4:26 pm

I don’t want either one of them.

Ice Meister

June 8th, 2009
6:33 pm

I think Thorburn may be back. He brings toughness and the occasional goal.

Depends on push from the prospects. Remember, we have the 8th beast prospects in the league!