7:35 pm July 1, 2009, by Chris Vivlamore
OK folks, it is official. The Thrashers just announced that they have acquired defenseman Pavel Kubina and the rights to forward Tim Stapleton from Toronto for Garnet Exelby and Colin Stuart.
I had a pretty good idea the Thrashers had something planned with Toronto. Don Waddell was very forthcoming that they were talking to the Leafs when I asked about Tomas Kaberle. And he said they would act fast with the groundwork being set at the draft last week.
Certainly they are not done making moves, but the roster is starting to take some shape with Marty Reasoner and Anssi Salmela signed, Evander Kane drafted, qualifying offers made and now this trade. Still, I would look for Kari Lehtonen or Ondrej Pavelec to be traded soon and then Waddell may look at the remaining free-agent pool.
So, tell me what you think.
AJC hockey beat writer Chris Vivlamore\'s perspective on the Atlanta Thrashers
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