Another Thrashers signing

Marty Reasoner has returned.

The Thrashers have re-signed the center, making the announcement on Monday. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The 10-year veteran was to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He earned $1 million dollars last season after signing a one-year deal with the Thrashers. Reasoner, 32, had 14 goals and 16 assists last season and was given the Thrashers’ Players’ Player Award by teammates. He was seventh on the team in goals and ninth in points.
“This team is starting to build in the right direction,” Reasoner told the Journal-Constitution after last season’s NHL trade deadline. “I can be part of that. We’d like to produce some more wins. That will come. I don’t feel it’s as far away as it seems at times.
“For me to help this team come back and be a contender, be a team that’s feared, that’s a good thing to shoot for. It’s nice to be part of something from the ground up.”
Reasoner has played 544 career games with the Thrashers, Edmonton, Boston and St. Louis with 78 goals and 128 assists. He was a first-round pick by St. Louis (14th overall) in 1996.

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ranallo10 (in AT)

June 8th, 2009
2:29 pm

I think that’s his first multi-year contract in several seasons, I’m sure he’s excited about that. He can now delete U-Haul from his contact list.

GaVaHokie

June 8th, 2009
2:56 pm

Congrats Marty… if you’re in town reading this, it’s great to have you back next year! Enjoy the warm weather with your family! :)

Found my prediction from a month ago… here’s what I said.

I’ll say June 10th… Marty Reasoner extended. Then, the next week, an extension for Armstrong, Valabik, Salmela and Slater.

I was close… off by 2 days! ;)

GaVaHokie

June 8th, 2009
2:57 pm

Smoothie

June 8th, 2009
3:07 pm

Hip hop hooray!!! I will drink a few tonite in honor of Marty’s decision to re-sign. And a tip of the hat to Don Waddell as well for being pro-active…now I won’t have to track you down Donnie and rough you up Boulton style!! ;-)

According to the Thrashers website, it’s a two-year deal. Very happy to lock him up for 2 years. I would bet the deal is worth $3 M or so.

Looks as though GVH and I were correct that they were waiting a bit to finalize the deal and announce it on a slow news Monday!! Then again, it may just be coincidence!!

I think I now know what jersey I’ll be sporting this season!! :-)

Smoothie

June 8th, 2009
3:08 pm

http://thrashers.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=425054

This is more like it ASG!! Bravo on the thorough write-up and all the quotes from Marty the Party!!

GaVaHokie

June 8th, 2009
3:11 pm

I don’t think there’s any question he wears an “A” this season.

Kovalchuk “C”
Kozlov “A”
Armstrong “A”
Reasoner “A”

Smoothie

June 8th, 2009
3:22 pm

GVH: WORD!!

Talk about a strong locker room of leadership. Quiet and stoic leadership by example in savvy veteran Slava Kozlov. Vocal and comedic fresh-air breathed into the room by “class-clown” Colby Armstrong. Steadying veteran presence by a grinder who plays with a youthful exuberance as demonstrated by one Marty Reasoner, who seems to be well-liked by anyone who comes into contact with him. And finally our esteemed Captain who can lead not only by example, but through his ever-expanding role as voice of the team and steward of the organization. Kovalchuk seems really comfortable in his new leadership role and has really embraced the idea of being a more animated and vocal presence on the ice where he will even drop the gloves and stand up for the honor of a team-mate who has been wronged by an opponent (see McCabe fight after Pevs was knocked in the face against Fla).

I am stoked!! Now we need to go get a scrappy, physical RW with a proven ability to score (in the vein of a Mike Knuble) along with a lock-down 2nd line D-man to round things out on this roster. Now that Philly has supposedly committed to Emery over Biron, do you go after another Marty and trade Pavelec for that proven RW??

Toby

June 8th, 2009
3:29 pm

YES!!!!

D Wad has a pulse. Maybe he’s ready to get active for the most important weeks in Thrashers history….June 27th (Draft) – July 9th (Made-up date. I figure a major move needs to take place by then).

dwayne

June 8th, 2009
3:50 pm

Marty resigning, I predicted 6/8, but I didn’t write it down. You beleive me, don’t you??

Brendan

June 8th, 2009
3:51 pm

OMG, did I actually win one of these things? I never win.

ranallo10 (in AT)

June 8th, 2009
3:59 pm

Haha, Smoothie…maybe you should read the original statement again and see if it coincides with your last statement. http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-thrashers-blog/2009/06/04/thrashers-signing/#comment-2475 :)

Seems to me they hashed out the final points of the contract and immediately announced it, as we all assumed it would happen (and basically how Waddell and Reasoner’s agent said it would work out). Doesn’t matter, it’s just one more contract out of the way. Let’s see if Armstrong and Lehtonen can be locked up proactively so Waddell can focus solely on scouting reports and speaking with other GMs in order to bring in a few pieces which can ultimately convince Kovalchuk to stay.

GaVaHokie

June 8th, 2009
4:13 pm

Eklund’s latest has us interested in Alex Tanguay… that would certainly be sweet, but I won’t keep my hopes up for that… but talk about adding even more “intelligent” players to guys like Kozlov, Peverley, White and Little? Man, oh, man.

Ice Meister

June 8th, 2009
4:57 pm

This ones for all you guys that rag on Waddell all the time.
He’s 2 for 2, not huge signings, but positives signs nonetheless.

Brendan

June 8th, 2009
4:59 pm

Ice Meister, let’s hope he keeps it up all the way to the draft. If Waddell gets Kovy re-signed on July 1, he’s already earned a “B” on his offseason report card.

Smitty

June 8th, 2009
5:02 pm

Is it possible the ASG learning curve is beginning to slope upward?

Smoothie

June 8th, 2009
5:03 pm

Ranallo, we still don’t know when the terms were agreed upon or when Marty actually re-signed. All we know is that they announced his new contract today. Hell, if it wasn’t for Ben Wright we wouldn’t even know how many years. I still think this deal may have been done as early as last week or the end of the previous week. I still don’t know why the Anssi announcement took so long (and then it got buried on the Thrashers website as if it happened weeks ago), but perhaps Mr. Salmela was just super confident that he would get the deal he wanted?

Anyway, moving on. I would not mind in the least if Alex Tanguay became our prized FA forward acquisition. Like you said, he is a very intelligent player and a fine passer. However, would he have a problem playing on the right side? Does he shoot lefty? Says he is listed as a LW but don’t know how set in stone that is.

Kovy — White — Tanguay would be very nice indeed or even Kovy — Little — Tanguay if you wanted to move White down to 2nd line to play with Kozzy and Pevs. But I would hesitate if it meant taking Little off of Kovy’s line. The future upside for Mr. Little is tremendous.

Chris

June 8th, 2009
5:21 pm

The terms of the deal were 1.1 million this year and 1.2 million next year…if I read Ben Wright’s tweet correctly. 2.3 million for Marty is a STEAL, and hopefully this will lay the groundwork for Colby to get an extension in the next few weeks.He may cost a little bit more (got paid 1.2 million last year), but if we can lock him up for at least 3-4 years, I’d be unbelievably stoked.

And I’ll give credit where credit’s due…Good job, DW.

Hockey Biltong

June 8th, 2009
5:23 pm

Today is a great day!

Sara

June 8th, 2009
5:47 pm

Brendan all due respect dude but if Waddell manages to get Kovy to sign on the dotted line on July 1, he gets an A. As much as we need a top RW or C or another top four D, this club needs Captain Kovy way way way more.

And Yay on the Reasoner contract. See, all you nervous nellies worrying over nothing. ;)

Thrashers27

June 8th, 2009
5:49 pm

I would love to see Tanguay here, but I just don’t see where he’d fit in. We are much more in need of another top line RW.

I just took a look at the roster and as it stands there are 12 forwards listed. Eight of them are listed as centers. Perrin, Little, Thorburn, White, Reasoner, Slater, Peverly and Stuart. I’m sure Perrin won’t be wearing a Thrasher’s Uni next season and I don’t mind seeing Stuart and Thorbs on a wing, but we really need to unclog the drain at the pivot.

Thrashers27

June 8th, 2009
5:50 pm

Forgot to mention Little on the RW, but still seems like there are too many centers.

Ice Meister

June 8th, 2009
6:25 pm

BRendan-just trying to stay positive. Kovy’s giving DW his marching orders. He knows what he has to do and hpoefully ownership knows that their fans base is already dwindling!

I would be shocked to see Kovy signed by July 1.

Ice Meister

June 8th, 2009
6:27 pm

Just don’t see Tanguay making a difference here. Tanguay is a scorer; he needs someone to feed him. He did nothing in Montreal this year. No more Joe Sakic to Forsberg to feed him.

We still need help down the middle.

LAC

June 8th, 2009
6:31 pm

Before we ALL get too excited… Remember this and think to yourselves what the GM said about the $46 million… We did not win last season with what we had and even though two signings have taken place, there is NO new blood here that will make a BIG difference yet !

READ THIS and THINK !

Comments by The Captain !

Off-Season Game Plan looks at what Atlanta may be able to do this summer in an effort to put forth a more competitive team, which could help keep Kovalchuk in Thrasher blue.

“We need to sign some free agents, spend some money,” Kovalchuk told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I don’t want to compete just for the playoffs. I want to compete for the Cup. I think this city deserves it.”

That’s laying it on the line, in no uncertain terms, for Thrashers management. With Kovalchuk heading into the final year of his contract, he’s taking a wait-and-see approach before getting into talks about an extension, since he wants to see significant improvement on the roster.

Next think will worthless waddell do ANYTHING tobeing in the RIGHT people for a change ?

Jameson

June 8th, 2009
6:45 pm

re. Lane Manson from the previous blog: The Carolina draft pick that was used to choose him was acquired from St. Louis. And the last I heard he was playing basketball for a Canadian college.

Smoothie

June 8th, 2009
7:15 pm

I love how some folks will turn their nose up at a guy (Tanguay) who avg 23 goals and 55 assists coming out of the lockout before missing 30+ games in 08-09. He’s not a prolific scorer but he is a smart, savvy player who knows how to pass the puck and set up his teammates. I would gladly welcome a guy who has scored at a .85 pt per gm clip most of his career!

Jameson

June 8th, 2009
7:41 pm

Brendan- I’m with Sara on this one. If all Waddell does between now and July 1 is make a qualifying offer to Armstrong, draft Kane, and re-sign Kovy, he gets at minimum an A for this off-season.

Thrashers27

June 8th, 2009
7:49 pm

Where do you put him, Smoothie? He’s a left winger. Last I looked our scoring line LWs are set. Are you suggesting putting him on a line with Reasoner and Army? I just don’t like the idea of bringing in a guy on the LW when the RW is the weak point. Little is great on a top line and Army is decent, but he’s not a top line guy. Kovy and Kozzie have the left covered. Let’s find somebody to add on the RW with Little.

Smoothie

June 8th, 2009
8:45 pm

He’s left handed so you have more flexibility than everyone thinks. If asked he might be okay with playing on the right which wood be an easier adjustment for a lefty shot. Also, he has played C as well just like B-Litts.

These players don’t have to be pigeon-holed. Heck, even Slava has been thought to have said that he wood slide to the right side if it were best for the team. And guess what? He’s a LW who runs the PP from the right circle!

English Teacher

June 8th, 2009
10:20 pm

Outstanding! Now let’s sign a couple of FA studs and get the Kovy business settled.

Darkhorse

June 8th, 2009
10:49 pm

I hope we hear about a few more RFA signings this week or next. Don’t really care either way about Slater, even though he should be cheap. Would rather that spot go to one of the young guys in the system.

If all that’s settled then DW can focus compleatly on the draft, trades and FA.

World Be Free

June 8th, 2009
10:52 pm

Smoothie-I agree Tanguay is a good player, desirable for any team. I just don’t think you pay top dollar (which he wil get) for a player that we will have to fit in a role that might not fit his skills. You pay a UFA to fill a defined fill.

I am not outting a nose up to the guy, I just don’t think he he’s what we need. That would change in Slava’s spot, if he decides to retire next year.

World Be Free

June 8th, 2009
10:53 pm

That’s a defined need!

Smoothie

June 8th, 2009
11:30 pm

Fair enough WBF! Chances are he won’t leave MTL since he grew up a Habs fan.
In other news, do the braves ever hang onto a lead? I can’t watch this kind of choking for 3 months! Are there any summer hockey leagues?? ;-)

NASCAR Dave

June 9th, 2009
12:12 am

Good one, LAC, on RAWHIDE’s BLOG about bringing back former players for the Shootout!!! HEY, Maybe we can bring back KOVY after he Retires after a Long Career elsewhere after he gets Traded at the Deadline because DONNIE [[FAILS]] to get him to SIGN…

REASONER signs… So we got our 4th Line Center… So, I guess that means SLATER should be GONE, RIGHT??? His Time is WELL UP!!! There is clearly NO PURPOSE ANYMORE for this guy on THIS TEAM!!!

It’s TIME TO REBUILD… [[[AGAIN x 5]]]

If they haven’t already cut DUM-BASS DONNIE yet, I really hope they are EYEING HIM LIKE A HAWK!!! No more of the same old CRAP ROSTERS!!!

Hey DONNIE… Go ask ask KOVY what he thinks of your CRAP ROSTERS!!!

MORON.

It’s WELL BEYOND TIME to CUT THIS CLOWN LOOSE and MOVE ON with NEW BLOOD!

World Be Free

June 9th, 2009
6:10 am

Smothie-you know, nobody has talked about trading a goalie on this blog for about a week! Lots of teams are zeroing in on the Minnesota backup, Josh Harding. Pavlec is as good, maybe better than Harding.

We are talking about UFAs and salary bumps from the cap idiots, I just wonder if the real deal will be moving a goalie around the draft.

That would open up our options for players under contract, you think?

Sean Grace

June 9th, 2009
6:59 am

This is huge. Marty does the dirty work, he plays each shift at 100%, he is sound. Hopefully this is the first of a few moves that make us a legit contender. I predict a season of redemption for Mr. Waddell.

ranallo10 (in AT)

June 9th, 2009
7:42 am

Pavlec is as good, maybe better than Harding.” — Based on what? Harding has been consistent at the NHL level and has proven he can start if needed. On the other hand Pavelec hasn’t, for the most part. Maybe Pavelec will eventually, but at this time I’d rather have Josh Harding (24, 58 NHL GP, .920 SV%, 2.49 GAA) than Ondrej Pavelec (21, 19 NHL GP, .890 SV%, 3.42 GAA) if I were in charge of acquiring a goalie who can start and help win games now.

I like Pavelec but I don’t consider him heads and shoulders better than many of his relatively young/unproven NHL piers.

World be Free

June 9th, 2009
8:07 am

Ranallo-you bring up some good points, but remember that the Wild are a defense first team. Minnesota limits odd man breaks, quality shots and rebounds. I am not disputing your numbers, but a goalie has a much better chance of being successful in the Wild’s system that in the Thrasher’s setup.

Scouting lists Pavlec as a top prospect. He doesn’t have Harding’s numbers, but Harding has never been forced into the No. 1 spot like Pavlec was last year. Harding has always been a backup.

I think both goalies will fetch a nice return in trade.

Sean-redemption? He has a long way to go, but he’s on the right track.

Crazy Ivan

June 9th, 2009
8:09 am

@Sean Grace – The Marty signing is good news but Waddell doesn’t get a redemptive pass for one signing which should have been accomplished months ago.

BTW, do you really trust Waddell after years of BS? Come on man, don’t lose any sense of objectivity because you are an officer in the fan club.

Now, if Waddell re-signs Kovy, I’ll be more inclined to look on Waddell somewhat more favorably. Until then, Waddell hasn’t done anything spectacular.

GaVaHokie

June 9th, 2009
8:09 am

Ice Meister… I don’t think you’re taking into account the amount of games Tanguay played in Montreal… he was almost a point per game player.

GaVaHokie

June 9th, 2009
8:19 am

ranallo… I would trade Pavelec to Minnesota for Harding straight up… that’s how I feel about the subject… no offense WBF.

The goalie chatter has dampened now that Philly is looking at Emery… the only two teams desperate for goaltending now are Colorado and Edmonton… both seem to be targeting Biron and Roloson.

Crazy Ivan… why should it have been done months ago? That is my next argument for everyone who thought we’d overspend for Reasoner closer to the deadline and free agency… he agreed to $1.1 and $1.2 million a year on a two year deal. That’s a standard raise.

Crazy Ivan

June 9th, 2009
8:29 am

@Hokie – Why shouldn’t it have been done months ago. Many teams get their depth players signed during the season. Reasoner had already said he wanted to stay during the season. Why procrastinate?

This signing should have never turned into a big deal. I’d like to see RFA re-signings such as Armstrong and Lehtonen.

GaVaHokie

June 9th, 2009
8:31 am

In reference to Pavelec and Harding again… looking closely at their careers… it’s amazing how similar they are.

Pavelec… Drafted 2 Round 41st overall…2005
Harding… Drafted 2 Round 38th overall… 2002

It took Harding 5 years to get regular NHL playing time (29 games in 07-08)… by this measurement, Pavelec isn’t due for regular NHL playing time until the 2010-2011 season.

Pavelec, 21 years old, has more starts then Harding did at his age.

Where am I going with this? Pavelec and his agent, Allan Walsh, need to shut the hell up and see things through the right way. Pavelec is getting more chances then they think.

I think we should stay the course… Pavelec in Chicago… Moose and Lehts on the big team.
Besides, Pavelec has one year left on his contract with RFA at the end, he doesn’t have much of a choice.

GaVaHokie

June 9th, 2009
8:34 am

Crazy Ivan… how was it a big deal? Besides people clamoring about it on message boards. Marty wasn’t worried about it… Waddell wasn’t worried about it… we’re still 3 weeks from the draft and free agency… I see it as pro-active.

We’re technically still in season. ;)

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June 9th, 2009
9:28 am

[...] According to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta Thrashers have re-signed center Marty Reasoner to a two-year deal.  The extension is reportedly worth $2.3 million over the next two seasons.  Reasoner would have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. [...]

Ice Meister

June 9th, 2009
9:49 am

Hokie-don’t get me wrong, I like Tanguay. I just think we have more pressing needs, like a center or winger to compliment Kovy. I’d still take Antropov, because he’ll create morer space for Kovy and I think he’ll be cheaper. July 1 is a crap shoot, I just hope we have our crap together.

But if Tanguay is our primary option on July 1, I’d support getting him.

Tony C.

June 9th, 2009
10:13 am

Antropov has never played as big as he is.

Still, I wouldn’t be upset if we signed him.

GaVaHokie

June 9th, 2009
10:29 am

I would take Tanguay over Antropov 11 times out of 10… he’s one of the few guys out there that plays as smart, if not smarter than Slava Kozlov.

Doesn’t matter… I still think he stays in Montreal… they love him, he loves Montreal, they’ve got plenty of cap space.

Tim

June 9th, 2009
11:43 am

I think we should all forget about Tanguay. Unless the Canadiens don’t show any interest at all for Tanguay, he would stay in Montreal. Back in the day when he was playing in Calgary, he made it clear that he wants to play for the Canadiens. And I am pretty sure he would accept a hometown discount just to stay with Montreal.