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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GaVaHokie

June 10th, 2009
1:45 pm

Brendan… he wants to play out West to even FURTHER reduce his trips to Atlanta. It has nothing to do with Ottawa itself. ;)

Spud Webb

June 10th, 2009
2:39 pm

Smoothie I dont disagree, Marty is decent & I’m not knocking him. I just wish/hope/pray that DW doesnt think that he’s done enough. We need a number 1 legit center in my opinion. I don’t want to see todd white as a number one.

Brendan

June 10th, 2009
4:14 pm

I hadn’t thought of that, Hokie. Playing in Calgary or Edmonton, he’d certainly reduce those trips to Phillips Arena in Atlanta, GA. Would Heatley really go to the Oilers? I don’t know. I think he’d rather have Calgary or Vancouver. It’d be fewer games in the United States, too.

Smoothie

June 10th, 2009
4:20 pm

I hear ya Spud, but I don’t think we’ll see any new C in the ATL unless DW decides to trade White while his value has never been higher. You may have to settle for White on the top line and 82 games of the Pevervivacious one, which in my humble opinion, is a good thing. Get Pevs a more rugged, crash-the-net style of RW to complement his supreme speed and puck-handling skills and I think you’ll see at least 60 points from both Kozzy and Rich. And I’m feeling pretty good about the potential chemistry between the Professor and the Pevs Dispenser!

GaVaHokie

June 10th, 2009
4:42 pm

Brendan… I think a straight up trade of Phaneuf for Heatley makes sense for both sides… they should do that immediately.

However, I think they’ll wait until July 1st to see if Bouwmeester will sign with Calgary, which I believe he will, then we’ll see Phaneuf and Heatley swapped.

Question will be, how does Calgary handle having two RW’s in Iginla and Heatley?

ranallo10 (in AT)

June 10th, 2009
5:21 pm

How does losing Phaneuf help Calgary?

Brendan

June 10th, 2009
6:17 pm

I’d rather have Phaneuf than Heatley. Apples and oranges, I do realize. But Heatley seems like he’s got some “personal issues.” Come to think of it, I remember an article that said Heatley fired several agents right about the time frame of the swap for Hossa process. Maybe I’m reading too much into that? But when a player switches agents frequently, wants to be traded frequently, irrespective of the reasons, it doesn’t give the impression of stability. If I’m Calgary, for sure I want a player of Heatley’s caliber, but do I really think he isn’t going to ask to be traded again at some point? And how much “fun” is that, if you’re the GM? Such requests should be kept private, when made, to give the GM as much advantage in trading the player as possible. How much “sayso” does Heatley really have in this trade? What if Ottawa traded Heater to Florida, or some other place he didn’t really want to be?

If the Flames have Iggy and Heater, I think they play on separate lines. Try to keep Cammalleri in the mix, and see with which one he cliques the best.

B. Thenet

June 11th, 2009
8:17 am

I have to admit, I am really enjoying the way Dany Heatley is being trashed in Ottawa by the fans and the media.

It’s not so nice being in a real hockey market anymore, is it Dany boy?

GaVaHokie

June 11th, 2009
8:55 am

Ranallo… Calgary wants to sign Bouwmeester. Granted, they’d probably be better off keeping Phaneuf and ADDING Bouwmeester than trying to shuffle around two elite RW’s like Iginla and Heatley… but I’m just going off of trade chatter that was saying Calgary is willing to move Phaneuf for the right pieces. And this was before the Heatley issue came up.

GaVaHokie

June 11th, 2009
9:55 am

Nice… here we go… everyone’s favorite chart! :)

http://thefourthperiod.com/freeagents/top30ufas.html

Midfield

June 11th, 2009
10:52 am

Brendan, are you hinting on Heatly’s subliminally paranoic wish to restrict the number of trips to Atlanta?

Brendan

June 11th, 2009
11:26 am

If Heatley truly wanted to avoid Atlanta entirely, he could go play in Europe. He won’t. And he’s under contract. A fact which Ottawa’s GM has grimacingly reminded him. Before we leave this topic entirely, the GM holds the cards there. Murray can “start the bidding” with Heatley. And if/when he hears an offer he likes, then he’ll trade him. But if Dany Heatley, at the end of the day, is the best player Ottawa can field for the money, he’s got to show up to training camp and play the season. If he doesn’t, he’ll get fined. Possibly even suspended. To quote Ilya Kovalchuk, “I have to do what the little slip of paper says.” Dany Heatley must do likewise. He signed a legally, binding contract. No one put a gun to his head. He chose to re-sign with Ottawa, for the terms and dollars that were agreed upon.

Hey, maybe Ottawa will offer Heatley to the Islanders for the 1st overall pick in the draft. Ha,ha,ha. Then again, I’d wager the Islanders did make “Heatley’s list” of non-trade teams. Wait, Heatley allegedly wants to go out West, right? Heatley to Colorado for pick #3 in the draft. Kidding. I tease. I kid.

Brendan

June 11th, 2009
11:27 am

Hokie, nice list. I can’t help but notice that Atlanta doesn’t even appear on the radar for the top 30 free agents, or any of the honorable mentions.

GaVaHokie

June 11th, 2009
11:54 am

Brendan… they are listed for Samuelsson.

Ice Meister

June 11th, 2009
12:11 pm

Antropov is not listed as a top 30 UFA or honorable mention?
He’s not 2nd tier, maybe 3rd tier?

I do not see Calgary trading Dion. They do not have a defenseman to replace his minutes. Besides, why trade a hard hitting team player like Dion for a one-way wuss like Dany.

dwayne

June 11th, 2009
12:45 pm

if heatley really wanted to avoid playing against Atl. in Atl. he could whine his way into a healthy scratch and stay home. With the arrival of Pevs last year and White playing as well as he did, a top Center should not be a priority, unless one falls in DW’s lap(fat chance) with emery signing with Philly, what happen to Biron or that other goalie that Lehtonin cant beat??

ranallo10 (in AT)

June 11th, 2009
1:23 pm

Ice Meister — Antropov is #17 on the list.

GaVaHokie

June 11th, 2009
1:31 pm

Dwayne… we were just joking about Heatley not wanting to play against Atlanta.

GaVaHokie

June 11th, 2009
1:49 pm

Wow… from FourthPeriod.com… for Dany Heatley:

It’s believed the Kings are willing to put together a package that could include such assets as defenseman Jack Johnson, forward Alexander Frolov and the fifth-overall pick in this year’s NHL Entry Draft.

Sara

June 11th, 2009
3:29 pm

I’d take Heater back simply because if he came back at this point, it would be because he chose to do so. Him making the choice to come back to ATL would supercede everything else that happened in the past. That said, I have zero expectations he would come back to ATL, even if we were the ones in the SCF right now instead of the Pens.

Hokie – that trade would be moronic – eclipsing even Milbury standards of moronic. To give up three prime young players for one guy is insane – no matter how good that one guy is. I still think the best bet is San Jose – I think they have to most to spare given the roster changes Wilson has indicated he wants to make and I think Heater fits into the identity of that club.

GaVaHokie

June 11th, 2009
3:37 pm

Sara… I agree… I would hope it’s a “swap” of 1st round picks and not JUST the Kings giving up their first pick. That would give Ottawa 2 picks in the Top Ten, Frolov and Johnson… that’s insane.

I agree on San Jose… that’s a team that needs a superstar RW… they can easily let go of Clowe and Pavelski and not miss a beat… I also wonder if Marleau would waive his NTC for Ottawa?

ranallo10 (in AT)

June 11th, 2009
3:41 pm

I think it’s more sensible to see Cheechoo plus prospects involved if Heatley were going to San Jose.

Ice Meister

June 11th, 2009
4:59 pm

Ice Meister

June 11th, 2009
5:02 pm

The problem with Heatley is his contract. That’s going to be quite a burden for some club at a time when the cap is going down.

Dany scores alot, but that’s all he really brings to the table. That may sound silly, but a $7.5M guy has to be able to do alot to justify the bucks. He’s also go some baggage.

Look for st. Louis as a dark horse here (no reference to DarkHorse)

Brendan

June 11th, 2009
5:07 pm

I stand corrected, Hokie. Glad to see Atlanta made the list, after all. I hope Heatley doesn’t wind up in SJ. That’d be the second time he finagled his way out of his obligations and onto a Stanley Cup contender.

Alan

June 11th, 2009
5:38 pm

If you’re counting championship teams, Brendan, it would be his third. He left from playing for SC Bern (Swiss-A) during the lockout to come here for court. Upon leaving, he wound up in Kazan. The Berns fans weren’t happy, as one can imagine.

For the record, the Ak Bars Kazan team also featured the likes of Kovalchuk, Kozlov, Datsyuk, and Lecavalier. They finished 4th with a record of 37-17-5 and were eliminated in the first round of the RSL playoffs.

Meanwhile, SC Bern finished 8th that year with a record of 18-18-8, and was eliminated in the second round of the Nationalliga-A playoffs.

GaVaHokie

June 11th, 2009
9:49 pm

Eklund’s latest has us interested in Phil Kessel, as well as other teams… stating that Boston is making him available.

Gotta think after they sigend Krejci, they’re in a tough spot looking ahead to Lucic negotiations next year.

Darkhorse

June 11th, 2009
11:21 pm

I heard Kessel’s salary demand were what was in question. If the Kings gave up that much for Heatley, I would suspect they had the Clippers GM doing double duty. No way we could, or should match giving up that much, even if he wanted to come back here.

When are we supposed to hear the final cap numbers for next season. The more it goes down, the better it helps us.

dwayne

June 12th, 2009
6:16 am

uh…thank you for pointing that out.

Janna

June 12th, 2009
12:23 pm

Hey Thrashers fans. Ottawa fan here. Can we have KOVALCHUK?? LOL. That guy can shoot circles around Heatley…ok, so wishful thinking on my part…I can dream, right??

Alan

June 12th, 2009
12:33 pm

ok, so wishful thinking on my part…I can dream, right??

You’re welcome to dream!

… He’s ours, though. Sorry! ;)

(You can keep Heatley!)

Alan

June 12th, 2009
12:34 pm

Oh, damn. Forgot to close my italics.