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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Ice Meister

June 9th, 2009
12:05 pm

I just think Antropov would raise his game playing with Kovy.

Smoothie

June 9th, 2009
12:12 pm

Tim, I don’t think anyone here is delusional enough to think Tanguay would consider leaving MTL for ATL. We’re just bored and having fun speculating at what it would be like to have another savvy skill forward in the same vein as Kozlov, but younger to round out our Top 6. It’s a much more palatable idea, albeit a pipe dream, than signing the overrated giant, Nik Antropov. However, considering what options are avaialble to us this year in FA, Antropov may be the best we can do. If DW does go that route, I hope to God he doesn’t get more than 2 years and $3.0 M per year!!

Kovy — White — Little

Kozzy — Antro — Pevs

Stuart — Marty — Army

Boultsy — Slates — Crabb(?)

Thorbsy or Machacek

If we don’t break the bank on a Top 6 guy, draft Kane for the future, then we can invest in the more important Top 4 blueliner to round out our defensive corps. With $3 – $4.5 M to spend on a D-man, there is no reason not to go after Ohlund, Oduya or Nick Boynton.

Ice Meister

June 9th, 2009
12:28 pm

Everyone-2 names that keep popping up that are of interest-

Briere (salary dump-Philly wants Bouwmeester) the playmaker
Mike Komisarek (UFA not going back to Montreal) the thumper

Thoughts?

Thrashers27

June 9th, 2009
12:31 pm

Thrashers sign Andrew Kozek. (AtlantaThrashers.com)

GaVaHokie

June 9th, 2009
12:46 pm

Ice Meister… I respect your insight… don’t want you to think I’m attacking you with my comments. ;)

Tanguay is one of my favorite playmakers… I love the guys with great “hockey sense”.

Smoothie… if we sign Antropov, you can bet it’s gonna be at least a 3-year $12 million deal… every year, there’s some Tier 2 guy that gets coveted by 5 teams and gets overpaid… like Ryan Malone, Vrbata, and Huselius last year.

I’m getting intrigued by the possibility of Ville Koistinen out of Nashville… Philly seems to be interested in him, and seems to liken him to Kimmo Timonen.

FED UP!

June 9th, 2009
12:48 pm

Look at Silly Sean praising his Sheep Herder Idol, LOL. Redemtion? Do Competent GM’s always need to redeem themselves each year, Silly Sean?

Darkhorse

June 9th, 2009
12:48 pm

Ice Meister-I just think Briere is too small and injury prone for the length and size of his contract left. Since this team can only afford maybe two large contracts like that on the team at once, Kovy being the other, I wouldn’t want to be hamstrung from making other moves with Briere’s 5 or 6 years remaining. If he only had maybe 2 years left on his deal, then I would have to seriously consider it if the asking price was low, but that’s not the case.

As far as Komisarek, he’s worth exploring at least. His price tag would be the deciding factor for me, but I like him. Lose Slater and Ex’s salaries and maybe you make up some cash you might lose by bringing in someone like Komisarek.

FED UP!

June 9th, 2009
12:50 pm

This time of year is hilarious with Sheep like Gava and Sean Disgrace spouting out their wild, pie in the sky predictions! Too funny! You have watched this team for the last decade, right? What makes you fools think ANYTHING will change? My Goodness.

GaVaHokie

June 9th, 2009
12:56 pm

re: Kozek… good stuff. Saw him play a little bit in the Frozen Four tournament this year. Definitely an aggressive guy who goes to the net.

Darkhorse

June 9th, 2009
12:57 pm

E.J Hradek was just on NHL Live and said Heatley has asked for a trade from Ottawa. Not much else was said about it, other than they speculated he might prefer the Western conference. He has 5 years left on his deal at about 7.5 per season.

Would anyone here like to make a push for him to come back, or do you think that bridge was burned as far as DW and fans are concerned? If his head was straight and he had matured better, I would love to see him on the right side with Kovy.

GaVaHokie

June 9th, 2009
12:57 pm

FED UP… go ahead an use your normal log in… it’s okay.

GaVaHokie

June 9th, 2009
1:01 pm

Darkhorse… gotta imagine Edmonton is on the phone right now offering Hemsky and Horcoff.

Seems crazy to me that Heatley would want out of Ottawa… he must be getting sick of Bryan Murray.

Ice Meister

June 9th, 2009
1:09 pm

Thanks for your input guys-it’s all good. Good conversation.

Again, no issue with Tanguay. Just not sure he’s what we need, but I respect everyone’s input. I have been wrong before-once or twice

I have no respect for Heatly, the way he went out the back door here. That wasn’t Waddell’s fault, he did what he could to get something for him. Dany is a snake and I’ll argue that one anytime.

GaVaHokie

June 9th, 2009
1:25 pm

This Heatley thing is picking up steam…

http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=281356

GaVaHokie

June 9th, 2009
1:29 pm

Would be interesting to see if Heatley gets traded to Edmonton for Horcoff and Hemsky… then Edmonton goes out and signs Cammalleri.

I would like Ottawa in that situation… Alfreddson Spezza and Hemsky with Horcoff as your 2nd line Center? Not bad.

Tim

June 9th, 2009
1:43 pm

Did I just read that Colorado have 44 millions tied in 13 players? Wow, they have serious cap issue. If we exploring a trade, Colorado would be a possibility, especially with a new GM, despite the fact that Vlad Putin is in power there.

DW said that he have interest of getting a dmen. Looking up on Colorado roster, I would said that we could trade for J.M. Liles and again, it will depend on the cost. Not sure if he have a NTC however.

Milan Hedjuk could be another possibility. He could solve our RW situation. However, his age bother me. But considering Kozlov age, he is not too bad.

GaVaHokie

June 9th, 2009
1:48 pm

J.M. Liles has fallen off my “desirable” list the last couple years, but wasn’t he paired up with Hainsey during the Worlds this year?

Sara

June 9th, 2009
1:49 pm

Darkhorse I think everyone in ATL would take Heater back in a heartbeat if he actually wanted to come here…but that ain’t happening.

If I were Doug Wilson in SJ, I’d be on the phone with Murray yesterday finding out if Dany does in fact want out. Wilson’s got plenty of primo pieces he’s willing to part with at this point and I think Heater would be a good fit on that team. Of course the Wings fan in me screams bloody murder about that thought, but from an analytical standpoint, I think it’s a win-win for everyone involved.

GaVaHokie

June 9th, 2009
2:18 pm

I think Heatley would be happy in LA… it’s pretty socially acceptable to burn down Sunset Blvd in a Ferrari.

Frolov and Jack Johnson for Heatley, perhaps?

Smoothie

June 9th, 2009
3:04 pm

I wouldn’t take Heatley back if he gave up half of his salary. He turned his back on ATL after most fans did nothing but support his sorry azz after the tragedy involving Dan. We boo Hossa simply for not wanting to play for an “inferior” organization; why would we want back a guy who asked in no uncertain terms for a change of scenery. The Western Conf can have him.

Moose

June 9th, 2009
3:11 pm

La premiere d’douchebag – DANY HEATLEY. Dany enjoy that reception in Ottawa.

Spud Webb

June 9th, 2009
3:37 pm

Ok, good, we got reasoner. Good job DW. That doesnt mean I will stop ripping the guy. Yes I wanted that to happen, but he is our 3rd or 4th line center, a good 2 way player that plays hard. He has his role & does it very, very well.
Now lets get ready for July 1st. Tanquey, the only way I say we sign him is if we get some grit and muscle elsewhere. Tanquey is finesse which is fine, but we have a lot of finesse and not much toughness. Kovy can hold his own, but what would we do when someone runs Alex??? NOTHING because we have nothing to give. God I’m just hoping/wishing we do some exciting things this offseason, please DW please do something BIG!!!!!!!!!!!

Spud Webb

June 9th, 2009
3:44 pm

wow, just saw the heatly thing. WTF??????????? thought he “loved” Ottawa?? What a great hockey town it was, unlike Atlanta???
Well yet another prima donna (spelling??), I didn’t expect that from him. Nancy strikes again.

Smoothie

June 9th, 2009
3:53 pm

“Yes I wanted that to happen, but he is our 3rd or 4th line center, a good 2 way player that plays hard. He has his role & does it very, very well.”

Not to pick on you Spud, but c’mon, Marty has always been our 3rd C and will continue to be. 4th C play less than 10 min / game. I don’t think Marty has ever played less than 10 / game in his career. In fact, Marty is capable of playing 2nd line mins in a pinch.

He’s got better hands than Franken-bobby and while he may not be as effective on short-handed draws, he was 57% FOW for even strength F/O, which is probably in the Top 10 for guys with over 1,000 draws. I understand folks’ penchant for bashing Waddell, but I don’t see any reason to throw Marty under the bus as well when he has done nothing to play better than his $1 M salary.

Y’all should be thrilled that we locked up our 3rd C for less than $1.5 M / season. Me thinks Marty understands the reality of a cashflow hampered ownership group that cannot afford to overpay at every key position. Marty wants to win and I would not be surprised if he sacrificed some scratch so there would be more money available to attract a Top 6 forward and a Top 4 D-man.

GaVaHokie

June 9th, 2009
4:04 pm

The best thing about Reasoner being signed for $1.5 million, means we have a lot further to go to get to the cap floor. ;)

Brendan

June 9th, 2009
4:29 pm

Hokie, thank you for that link about Heatley wanting out of Ottawa. It’s rather telling, isn’t it? He couldn’t get his way, so he wants to put up his pucks and sticks and go elsewhere. I never thought I’d say this, but maybe we really are better off for having lost Heatley. I once saw Heatley as “essential” to the future of the Thrashers. Now, I’m inclined to suspect he’ll be a problem where he goes … that he can’t have what he wants, when he wants it.

Hokie, Ottawa would be better off with Hemsky and Horcoff while shipping out Heater to Alberta. Didn’t Heatley grow up in Calgary? Imagine if Edmonton really got Heatley and Cammalleri for next season? That’d be interesting to watch.

Hey, where are we, cap wise, right now? How far until we reach the FLOOR?

Smoothie

June 9th, 2009
5:15 pm

Brendan, I’ve got my own tracking sheet for the Cap and with the help of nhlnumbers.com, I’ve got the Thrashers currently at $29,769,000 including a guess of $725 K per season for Anssi Salmela. So we’re roughly $11 M under the floor of $40.7 M if that number is right.

Alan

June 9th, 2009
5:21 pm

$40.7m was the cap floor for last season. It’s probably going to be somewhere between $37m and $39m this coming season. Regardless of that, D-Wad has a lot of work left to do.

HAD ENOUGH?

June 9th, 2009
5:41 pm

D-Wad says his dream job is in Detroit. Guess what, Don? Detroit would NEVER let you in. Besides, now that I see that comment from you, I feel like I did when Jim Mora said his “dream job is in Washington”. And guess what happened after Mora said that?

Brendan

June 9th, 2009
5:45 pm

In Game Four, I think, Commissioner Bettman came on TV during the 1st intermission to talk about the cap. Not specifically, but as one of the issues. The Commish was quite candid. He said, “Either the players take their 5% incentives, and the cap stays the same as last year, or they don’t, and it drops a couple of million.” Now, I can’t recall, specifically, if he said, “by $3 million.” But that figure wouldn’t shock me in the slightest.

Tell ya what? My “guess” is that the cap stays pretty much the same. Might go to $57 million. Might drop to $56 million. If so, that’s fairly stable, either way. My other guess is that it won’t go under $53 million, if it decreases. But what do I know? NHL accounting leave a lot to be desired, in my opinion.

Smoothie

June 9th, 2009
5:50 pm

Thanks Alan! If that’s the case, we prolly will have a self-imposed cap ceiling of $45 M, which leaves us just about $15M to spend on 5 forwards (slater, army, crabb, thorby and a FA), 2 d-men (big bo and a FA) and of course an ext for kari ($3.5 M cap hit?). Let’s say colby gets $2.5 M per and the combo of slates, boris, crabb and thorby costs around $3.25 M total. Then that leaves only $5.75 M for two FA. Let’s hope the ASG is willing to spend more like $48 M so we have a better chance at a top 4 d-man and a serviceable 25 goal scoring RW.

Ogie Olglethorpe

June 9th, 2009
6:03 pm

Brendan on Heatley – Didn’t Heatley grow up in Calgary?

Problem is, he never grew up!

ranallo10 (in AT)

June 9th, 2009
6:59 pm

Sometimes the longevity of what I consider asinine grudges simply astounds me.

Kovalchuk was asked during the All Star Game if he would like to play with Heatley, again (or something to that effect). His response was (paraphrased) “yeah, I’ll talk to Dany and see if he wants to come back to Atlanta”. I’m pretty sure such a conversation is tampering, but the point I’m trying to highlight is that if Kovalchuk is willing (even jokingly) to accept his former teammate back, why can’t all of the Kovalchuk worshiping Atlanta fans want the same?

I understand disliking players because of playing style, personality, etc…but saying you wouldn’t take a 80+ point scorer simply because he at ONE time made an ambiguous statement that hurt your feelings is, in my opinion, asinine.

I dislike Daniel “Sir Dives A Lot” Briere, but adding his talent to the roster would be amazing. The same goes for Sidney Crosby. I will never agree with booing Heatley, nor will I agree with the bad wishes or comments spewed his way whenever his name is mentioned. To me it’s childish that one cannot look past a comment made four years ago by a 24 year old kid.

If Atlanta was lucky enough to have Heatley don a Thrashers uniform again, we all would be happy to have a player of his talent on the roster.

ranallo10 (in AT)

June 9th, 2009
7:10 pm

I guess I should’ve closed with “steps off soap box”.

Smoothie

June 9th, 2009
7:16 pm

Ranallo, u should know better, fandom is never completely rational. As for heatley, how was his request ambiguous?
I reckon mgmnt might have tried to persuade him a bit more if he was ambiguous or ambivalent in his stance? Besides that, what good would it do Heater to come back here and open old wounds?

ranallo10 (in AT)

June 9th, 2009
7:50 pm

“Besides that, what good would it do Heater to come back here and open old wounds”

I definitely agree, but wouldn’t that be his decision to make? I’m not disillusioned into thinking it’d be business as usual for him coming to Atlanta, nor am I delusional and believe it’s possible Atlanta could or would pull off such a trade…but why should fans close the door simply due to something that happened four years ago?

Was what he said really that bad or hurtful or inaccurate that a fan can not look past it? I don’t feel it was.

Ogie Oglethorpe

June 9th, 2009
8:18 pm

Heatley to Calgary for Dion Phaneuf and Elisha.

Ottawa is looking for a defenseman to replace Chara’s minutes and toughness. Heatley will replace Mike Cammalleri’s goals when he leaves for free agency on July 1.

Dany will not be coming back to Atlanta.

Smoothie

June 9th, 2009
9:01 pm

Ran, there wasn’t really anything hurtful in his comments, but I think a lot of passionate fans felt betrayed by a young man who gave up on his team becuz the mental stress of the guilt was too much to bear.

Now if Ottawa’s mgmnt were the ones shopping him becuz they were ready to give up on heatley, I still think a lot of fans would prefer that he never wear thrasher blue again.

Funny thing is that more fans seemed willing to forgive his poor judgment on that fateful nite than there are who would be willing to forgive him for making a deliberate choice to leave without giving it more time for the wounds to heal.

World Be Free

June 9th, 2009
10:43 pm

Right on Smoothie- I couldn’t have said it better

World Be Free

June 9th, 2009
10:46 pm

Ran-it would be best if Heatley didn’t come back here. What happened here was different than other player/team separations.

Let him go out west where he’ll be happy. We can concentrate on other players.

LAC

June 10th, 2009
5:23 am

Gee Whiz Smoothie, with that lineup we “might” increase our point total next season by TWO. That lineup has been tried, for the most part and FAILED… Next ?

Alan

June 10th, 2009
6:50 am

Tell ya what? My “guess” is that the cap stays pretty much the same. Might go to $57 million. Might drop to $56 million. If so, that’s fairly stable, either way.

Which goes against his own words saying the cap could fall to $54m… which would cause an almost equal fall in the cap floor.

dwayne

June 10th, 2009
8:45 am

Accidents happen all the time, people handle them in different ways. Dany back in Atl would be great…Just ask Kovy…wait…i’ll ask him, I got him on speed dial. We singed Kozek?? Our troubles are over.

Russian

June 10th, 2009
8:46 am

I will take Heatly back with his Contract. If he wants to come back. KOvy and Heatly will be great pair forwards. They are friends. We have money and Don just pick up a phone and make call to Agent. :-)

dwayne

June 10th, 2009
9:51 am

amen Russian!!!!

GaVaHokie

June 10th, 2009
10:31 am

Nah, if Heatley came back, he’d have to do his community service. ;) …plus, I’m sure he’s been scared off enough by the “pitch fork and flaming torch” justice down here… this town would NEVER let him forget that accident. I’m sure he hasn’t forgotten everyone’s “warm” reception of him over the last couple years.

Yeah, I would say Atlanta is still #30 on his list, right behind staying in Ottawa at #29.

Thrashers27

June 10th, 2009
11:51 am

At one point the TSN.com article on Heatley gave a list of teams he said he would not accept a trade to and Atlanta was one of those teams. I don’t see that bit of info on that page anymore.

Brendan

June 10th, 2009
12:15 pm

Alan, the Commissioner was pretty consistent. He said the players either take their incentives, and the cap stays the same. Essentially. Or they don’t, and it drops a few million. If they take the incentives, does the cap stay, precisely, at $56.7 million? Shrugs. Maybe. Maybe not. But it should be fairly close to that figure. If they don’t take the bonuses, then the figure drops by a few million, per the Commish.

Hokie, I agree with you. Heatley isn’t coming back here. There’s perhaps as many as 10 reasons that he won’t. But his “failsafe” reason is that “the memories are too painful in Atlanta.” Fine. I’ll let it go. I’d love to have a player of Heatley’s caliber in Atlanta. For sure. But … I don’t think we’ll ever see him here again.

NASTY NEST

June 10th, 2009
12:25 pm

OSGOOD, OSGOOD, YOU SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alan

June 10th, 2009
1:15 pm

Heatley gave a list of teams he said he would not accept a trade to and Atlanta was one of those teams

Not that we really want him back, anyway. From what I’ve been hearing, he has a history of wanting out when things don’t go his way.