Heatley, Hossa not likely to return

Just finished an interview with Don Waddell about what’s next for the Thrashers now that the draft is over and free agency begins tomorrow. I will be writing a story for Thursday’s paper. It will be online tomorrow.

He’s obviously not going to tip his hand about what’s in the works, but something could get done with Toronto. They are still in talks.

So, I asked him what are the chances that Dany Heatley, who wants to be traded, and Marian Hossa, who becomes a free agent tomorrow, could return to the Thrashers.

After reminding me he could not speak specifically about each player because they are under contract with another team, Waddell did add: “That probably doesn’t make a lot of sense for us.”

There you have it. Stay tuned because I really think there will be movement if not this week, then next week.

106 comments Add your comment

TheFan79

June 30th, 2009
1:01 pm

First.Come on Thrashers make a move

bigjohnthrashfan

June 30th, 2009
1:07 pm

It’s time to make a splash and land a star center.

Wow, the same could be said for the Hawks!!

Darkhorse

June 30th, 2009
1:14 pm

I hope he knows bringing in old washed up guys(McKee, Spachek) and second/third liners(M. Sammuelson) to play on the first line and top D pairings are not going to impress Kovy one bit into signing an extension. I’m not sure how we are going to be able to get a top forward and/or top four dman here, but they better get creative and figure out a way to do at least one, if they want to satisfy Kovy and start selling season tix again.

B. Thenet

June 30th, 2009
1:14 pm

Does that mean we are going after Kaberle? I doubt the Leafs want a goalie, and if we want to add a defenseman we will need to move one considering how many we have under contract right now.

I do not think we can pay the price the Leafs would be asking for Kaberle.

Perhaps Stajan for Exelby +?

Thrasher 1

June 30th, 2009
1:19 pm

More like it doesn’t make a lot of sense for them. Why would either of those players return to Atlanta. This team is struggling and both of those guys want to win. Heatly in particular who is always welcomed with a chorus of boos.

Go young, play with energy, win as many as you lose and build ground up and lay out a plan that the public can understand. You do that and hockey will flourish in Atlanta.

Spud Webb

June 30th, 2009
1:20 pm

Has to be Kaberle doesn’t it from toronto???
Thanks for the info Chris. I’m interested to see how tomorrow shakes out!

Spud Webb

June 30th, 2009
1:21 pm

Have to think Burke is licking his chops, rading DW like most GM’s do? My fingers are crossed that we don’t take one in the pooper on any deal, but I’m very, very scared!!!!

Sara

June 30th, 2009
1:36 pm

Spud, so far Waddell’s ahead in the TO negotiation – Burke didn’t come away with the 4th overall pick. I think he was really counting on Donnie taking Kaberle for that pick so TO could either get up to #1 from #4 or at the very least snag the younger Schenn. (I know, boo hoo right?)

I would say Kaberle is the prime suspect which is fine by me. He isn’t going to cost a fortune, he still has two seasons on his contract, he’s still an All-Star. As long as he doesn’t cost the farm…I’d be happy with it. :)

NASCAR Dave

June 30th, 2009
1:39 pm

“Heatley, Hossa not likely to return”

GEEE, YA THINK??? MORON.

Dave

June 30th, 2009
1:39 pm

I have been a big Waddell supporter through thick and thin but both Hossa and Heatly make a ton of sense and would put us at least into the second round of the playoffs if not the conference finals!

NASCAR Dave

June 30th, 2009
1:42 pm

I liked how DONNIE FRAUDELL said KANE would be a Number 1 Center next to KOVY… LOL… I heard that one in 2002 about SLATER!!!! Silly DONNIE and his stupid quotes… Why are they bringing back that WORTHLESS player SLATER??? And why is DONNIE still here??? FIRE THE FRAUD!!! ATLANTA SPIRIT ARE CHEAP A$$ COWARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NASCAR Dave

June 30th, 2009
1:43 pm

DAVE, neither one of those players WANTS to come back, or WOULD EVER come back… And you can blame your GM for that…

Darren Elliot

June 30th, 2009
2:15 pm

NASCAP Dave…back in full force

five_hole

June 30th, 2009
2:16 pm

I don’t want Hossa back; especially for what he’s going to ask.
1. He’s invisible in the playoffs.
2. He’s going to ask for more than we can afford to pay.
3. I didn’t like the way he wanted out of here. F*#$ him!

I think Heatley got a bum rap leaving here, but the fact is that he wouldn’t want to come back either.

The moving hand writes, and having writ, moves on.

Darren Elliot

June 30th, 2009
2:16 pm

excuse me. “BACK IN FULL FORCE….NUFF SAID”

Chris Vivlamore

June 30th, 2009
2:18 pm

NASCAR Dave: I may be a moron for asking the question, but I’m pretty sure you don’t spell gee with three e’s. Thanks for playing.

GaVaHokie

June 30th, 2009
2:23 pm

Did anyone hear the Evander Kane interview this morning on Rude Awakening? I missed it.
I’m hoping they’ll post the audio sometime today or tomorrow.

http://www.680thefan.com

kovypleasestay

June 30th, 2009
2:31 pm

Wow, way to break some news there, Chris. I don’t mean to be so critical, but I don’t think any fan who knows anything about the Thrashers, or hockey for that matter, ever believed they might come back. They both burned rubber out of here so fast the bridges behind them are charred beyond recovery.

I know news is slow, but dayum.

ThrashDawg

June 30th, 2009
2:34 pm

Welcome back NASCAR Dave, I rarely post on any of the blogs but I had to point out how entertaining your posts are! Where have you been?

stendec

June 30th, 2009
2:35 pm

I sure as Hell would not want Maryann Hosebag back! Have enough slackers on THIS team as it is. Well, I see ignorant Thrasher fans wanted Kari Letenmin back! Congratulations. You have the untalented Finn space cadet! Get set for another season on the outside looking in as far as playoffs go. I guess some jerks just NEVER learn! Most sports fans are very intelligent. NOT THRASHER FANS! Pity.

Spud Webb

June 30th, 2009
2:41 pm

Agreed Sara, I would love to have Kaberle, I’m just scared what we will be giving back?? A goalie?? Picks??
What do you think??

Toby

June 30th, 2009
2:48 pm

Sara…do we need another puck moving D?

sisu

June 30th, 2009
2:53 pm

I hope that Kaberle does not come here…we had one and let him walk so why bring in another? Also, how quickly we forget what happened last season when the older guys were shipped out?

Sara

June 30th, 2009
2:57 pm

Sisu I don’t think anyone is forgetting but the D has been so weak that 1/3 of a season doesn’t suddenly guarantee a permanent fix and Waddell is intending to go fetch another one.

Toby – does Anderson like any other kind? ;)

LAC

June 30th, 2009
2:58 pm

Right on NASCARDAVE & Stendec, You both are RIGHT on with your Valuable comments, too bad others like this gava & alan cannot see the forest for the trees… But then one of those trees may fall on them and they will wake up and become believers not dreamers !!!!!!

B. Thenet

June 30th, 2009
3:09 pm

Chris V.

Do not feed the trolls. Guys like NASCAR Dave just want your attention, don’t give it to them.

Spud Webb

June 30th, 2009
3:11 pm

sisu, that logic is horrible. One was NOT a good d man, which is why he was let go, the other is, which is why it would be good to have him.
Make sense?
Like Cal Ripken was great, billy ripkin sucked. Same last name, different players.

Alan

June 30th, 2009
4:05 pm

too bad others like this gava & alan cannot see the forest for the trees

Don’t drag me into your little hatefest with Hokie.

Alan

June 30th, 2009
4:26 pm

I would love to have Kaberle

I wouldn’t. What do we need another offensive D-man for? Water boy? Puck bag carrier?

Nikita

June 30th, 2009
4:33 pm

Anyone have any predictions on what’ll happen to/with Eric Perrin?

Barry

June 30th, 2009
4:33 pm

As far as a stay at home defenseman goes…what you guys think about Hal Gill? He’ll be a UFA I believe.

Alan

June 30th, 2009
4:41 pm

Hal “Slower Than A Speeding Snail” Gill? No thanks. Scuderi, on the other hand…

Frosty the snowman

June 30th, 2009
5:04 pm

We aren’t gonna get a top 6 forward. We might get a dman through a trade, but we will overpay or give away too much in exchange. Would not be suprised if our 1st pick next year is involved, and prospects, and a roster player. Any free agents we sign will be the leftovers. Every offseason it is the same story. Maybe this coming season we can finish 5th from last with 76 pts!

Frosty the snowman

June 30th, 2009
5:07 pm

Rangers are gonna go after Heatley or maybe Hossa
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=283329

MB

June 30th, 2009
5:11 pm

Gomez to the Habs for Higgins…though there may be more to it than that.

Tony C.

June 30th, 2009
5:19 pm

Get LaRose!!! Carolina still hasn’t made an offer from what I know.

Sara

June 30th, 2009
5:46 pm

Alan I get the point w/ Kaberle being an offensive d-man, but I’m looking at this from the context of Anderson’s system and what I think he is more inclined to be looking for. A guy with good puck-handling skills with offensive proclivities is likely to be rather prized.

Besides…think of this advantage..Kaberle can run accuracy drills with the team and maybe teach these boys not to hit the dang glass so often! ;)

Darkhorse

June 30th, 2009
5:53 pm

Tony C-LaRose reminds me of Armstrong somewhat. Gritty aggitator. Would love to see him take Thorburn’s role and spot. But we hear Thor’s coming back unfortunately.

Bogotown

June 30th, 2009
5:53 pm

Montreal got killed in that trade! They gave up Mcdonagh too!

NASCAR Dave

June 30th, 2009
6:07 pm

Hey… I hear ZHITHEAD and KLEE are available… LOL…

This KANE kid won’t even make the roster… he’s not ready yet…

Guess we’ll have to settle for another season of Silly DONNIE’s CHRISTINA THORBURN/ERICA PERRIN/and JENNY SLATER Roster… LOL

And where’s that (OTHER)BOB aka ATL Spirt (non) Sales Rep telling us how 112 is sold out with all those INVESTORS???

NASCAR Dave

June 30th, 2009
6:08 pm

Why is THORBURN coming back??? What did he contribute??? Didn’t BOGO have more goals than that PANSY who loses EVERY FIGHT???

NASCAR Dave

June 30th, 2009
6:09 pm

“I wouldn’t. What do we need another offensive D-man for? Water boy? Puck bag carrier?”

Come on, ALAN… We need him “TO REACH THE CAP FLOOR”… LOL!!!

Pretty pathetic what we have to suffer dealing with, HUH, ALAN???

Sage of Bluesland

June 30th, 2009
6:13 pm

Some “news” there…Who would have thought that Heatley or Hossa are not likely to return?! Really?!

As our esteemed beat-writer blustered to another: Thanks for playing.

This has been a waste of a few minutes of my life.

(Maybe I’ll get an admonishment via personal email like I did from another AJC beat writer?)

“…Maybe this coming season we can finish 5th from last with 76 pts!” Frosty–excellent point…Hey-ho, the sheep would consider that “incremental progress”…They have before–well during the first of bumbling Donny’s “Five-Year Plans”…

Sharon

June 30th, 2009
6:29 pm

“Welcome back NASCAR Dave… Where have you been?”

Incarcerated?

LAC

June 30th, 2009
6:49 pm

Found this bit in The Hockey News about Atlanta’s second round pick…
Sounds like this kid could really be a missing piece ofthe puzzle here.

What we lack is a real in your face type guy,and Carl seems to fit the bill !

2. Carl Klingberg, LW – Frolunda Jr. (Swe.): Atlanta will not be an easy team to play in the future, as both Klingberg and first round pick Evander Kane know how to punish with extreme prejudice. And for the young Swede, coming over to the smaller-sized North American rinks will only improve his results.

“It fits me good,” Klingberg said. “I’m a very North American player in style – I’m always looking for the closest way to the net.”

His physicality is a calling card, but skating and net play are right up there, too. Something of a mercenary this season, Klingberg played for three different teams in three different circuits – junior hockey and the top two Swedish Elite League rungs. The youngster already knows where he would like to develop next year.

“My expectation is to play Elite League 2,” Klingberg said. “But my goal is to play Elite League 1.”

As for coming to a non-traditional hockey market in Atlanta, Klingberg is very positive about his future home, even if his knowledge base is shallow.

“I know it’s very warm in June, July,” he said. “That will be good for me, because I have a very weak tan.” Drafted 34th overall by Atlanta in 2009.

kracker

June 30th, 2009
7:36 pm

There’s a lot of people to scroll past on the blog today.

Darren

June 30th, 2009
7:37 pm

LAC: Call me crazy, but I really can’t find any questionable draft picks this year. Every year, there seems to be some super tall and immobile defenseman they’d draft, or some tiny, speedy, forward that would seem like a bit of a gamble, but particularly the first three picks seem (from what all is known at this point in their careers) to be as good as they could have done. Of course, five years from now, we could all be saying, “but of COURSE Magnus Svensson Paajarvi was the right way to go…” but perhaps we’re already seeing dividends from the Dudley Effect.

PB

June 30th, 2009
7:45 pm

Wow. Good read, if you can get over the speedbumps.

Completely agree with Don that neither Dany nor Hossa would be a good fit here. In large part for the same reason that Heatley is now not a good fit in Ottawa – they both expressed a strong desire to not play here. But also in part because Don will probably not be able to afford either of them even if we wanted to (and I don’t think we do). Isn’t it funny that the two players who would otherwise be the best possible options at forward are unavailable to us for reasons that have nothing to do with cap and trade.

On defense, I think Kaberle would fit into Anderson’s system very well. And to answer the question posed above “What would we need another offensive D-man for?” Well, some more offense. He plays both well, and although it sucks to have to think of it this way, his value for the dollar makes him a good fit here.

On the forward side, I have to agree halfway with Frosty, my main concern at this point is that we will not be able to obtain a forward that can push our top six to a much better place. I don’t want someone to fit in, he has to make them better.

Here’s hoping Don finds a way. We will find out very soon.

Toby

June 30th, 2009
7:50 pm

At least Don isn’t Gainey….Montreal just got destroyed!!!

LAC

June 30th, 2009
7:55 pm

Darren, I agree this is most likely waddell’s best class ever.

I was concerned he would trade the pick, for some older player who would be here a couple years at best… But he did NOT and the franchise is better for it… You see what Pittsburgh has done, they were awful, they rebounded through the draft for the most part and we all know the rest of the story…

Also no under six feet guys which is a marked improvement, we need to get BIGGER and tougher to play against…

Let’s hope the spend “some” money and get some quality talent and make
a run at the playoffs next season, because #17 is watching all
of this and taking notes…

I really the first second round pick,Carl, he sounds like the ideal type guy we need !