This just in: Jim Slater has re-signed with the Thrashers. He accepted his one-year qualifying offer.
Wanted you to know first. I should be talking to Slater later this afternoon, so this time I really can come back and update the blog.
Update: Just got off the phone with Slater. Hopefully, the complete story will be online soon. Obviously, he’s pretty happy to be back. I think he knows his role, although he said he could score more. He’s willing to do whatever the team needs.
He likes the Thrashers’ off-season moves, but was sad to see his friend Garnet Exelby go. “To get a good player, you have to give up a good player,” Slater said.
We joked a little bit if he would take over XLB’s role as a physical presence.
One of the other things we talked about was last year’s finish. Nearly everyone of talked to so far is really encouraged by the 12-6 end to the season. I’ve asked a couple people if the team really had gotten the new system by the end of the year or could it have been just a hot streak. They all, including Slater, said it took the team awhile to learn – and buy into – the system.