Prospect Camp Day 4 … and two more signings

I will report on Monday’s 4-on-4 scrimmage a little later, but first wanted to let you know about two more signings.

The Thrashers signed free agent defenseman Noah Welch and free agent forward Anthony Stewart on Monday, adding depth to the roster. Welch split time between Tampa and Florida last year. Stewart is a former first-round pick of Florida.

I will file an update after the scrimmage.

Update, 5:30 p.m.: The Blue Team won again, 5-4 in another shootout.

Carl Klingberg and Victor Sapanari scored in the shootout for the Blue Team.

Scoring regulation goals were:

Blue: Riley Holzapfel, John Albert, Andrew Kozek and Drew Paris

White: Spencer Machacek (2), Eric O’Dell and Kyle Reed.

36 comments Add your comment

Go Wolves

July 13th, 2009
3:22 pm

I’d say these are “depth signings” for Chicago. Welch can have Kiwi’s spot there.

GaVaHokie

July 13th, 2009
3:37 pm

Big guys who don’t fight and can’t score… must be Checking Line/PK depth… can’t say I know much about them.

Brendan

July 13th, 2009
5:18 pm

Gotta think this is an “appease the Wolves” kind of signing. Lord knows, with the Blackhawks in the CF last year, there’s a battle at the box office for hockey ticket dollars.

Nate

July 13th, 2009
6:30 pm

I was there today in my Kovalchuk army shirt. It was cool to watch the guys practice. First time ever going to the Forum or a hockey practice for that matter. I was really impressed by the overall skill level of the players.

bert

July 13th, 2009
6:43 pm

Does anyone have anything to report on Finkle Binkle? If he makes the team we could maybe finish 6th from last!

Sara

July 13th, 2009
7:19 pm

One thing I’m liking about this draft class is these guys all seem to be very tuned in not only to their strengths but also their weaknesses. I also like how much I’m hearing guys talking about being strong on both sides of the puck. We all know how much of a key that is with this franchise and based on Anderson’s system, it takes not just the D but all the forwards to commit. Glad to know these guys are buying in at their age.

Hockeyfan

July 13th, 2009
8:42 pm

Hey Chris,

Would love to hear more from the Sapanari brothers

Chris Vivlamore

July 13th, 2009
8:46 pm

Hockeyfan: Ask and you shall receive. I did an interview with Riley Holzapfel and Spence Machacek today for a story and will interview the Saponari brothers Tuesday for another story. Who says this isn’t a full service blog?

sisu

July 13th, 2009
10:05 pm

thanks for the great coverage! Any feedback from coaching staff on some of the less know players?

Brendan

July 13th, 2009
10:24 pm

Good job, Vivlamore! Didja corner Will O’Neill yet, to ask him if he even remembers who Patrik Stefan was? And if he feels any sense of pressure from being part of that trade?

Thrasher_Ed

July 13th, 2009
10:31 pm

Really nice to see so many Hockey/Thrashers articles up this week. Chris, I certainly hope this is a sign of better things to come down at the ole AJC. The fans deserve this coverage of the Thrashers, whether the team is good or bad. Hockey is a sport in this town and it’s coverage should not take relegated to a brief 3 sentences a day.

The Thrash have certainly gotten younger. I would like to hear from other ideas on potential trading partners from salary cash strapped teams like Chicago. Personally, I’d love to get a Patrick Sharp away from them. Any others with ideas???

ranallo10 (in AT)

July 13th, 2009
10:58 pm

No offense Brendan, but that is a really weak storyline/line of questioning in my opinion. If I was O’Neill I’d laugh and ask the reporter if he/she was serious (about linking me to the Thrashers first ever draft pick though I was drafted by a completely different team). As a reporter I would imagine the line of questioning goes nowhere because how much more can be expounded upon that one question/topic?

Maybe I’m off and Vivlamore sees some merit in such a question…but to me it’s rather weak and I wouldn’t roll with it. It’s too “fluff” for my liking.

kracker

July 14th, 2009
8:56 am

I have your Morin article in the paper yet to be read :)

Russian

July 14th, 2009
9:09 am

Thanks for updates. Everything is very profesional.

kracker

July 14th, 2009
9:55 am

Nice article, Chris. I’m excited to have Morin in the system. It’s clear that he and a lot of hockey folks thought he could go in the 1st round so getting him at 45 is sweet. Perhaps in a couple of years he will be challenging for a roster spot.

Spud Webb

July 14th, 2009
10:40 am

Interesting, Stewart is 6′2 and 240, but not many penalty minutes. CAN he fight? Says he “finishes his checks”, which is awesome? Is he our potential 4th line winger?????? I would love for him to be a closet fighet and come out and give us some aggressive, SMART, tough minutes. 10 a game is fine by me as long as he sticks up for everyone. I am hopefull.

Spud Webb

July 14th, 2009
10:40 am

sorry, that was supposed to say closet fighter.

Brendan

July 14th, 2009
10:43 am

Ranallo, whatever happened to your sense of humor? The question is designed to get O’Neill to chuckle, open up and relax. His answer should be something along the lines of “Really?,” followed by a hearty laugh. O’Neill’s a WHAT ROUND draft pick? He’s not expected to do anything. If he makes to the NHL and plays three seasons, he’s fantastically overachieved.

Brendan

July 14th, 2009
10:45 am

So, Chicago has fired GM Dale Tallon, according to NHL.com. Wonder if Dudley regrets leaving? Although, were they really going to choose him over Stan Bowman as the next GM?

Chris Vivlamore

July 14th, 2009
12:14 pm

Nicole: I have not spoken to Kyle Reed. He is at Thrashers camp as a non-Thrashers property invitee.
Was the fastest skater in camp during their time trials. He plays at Ohio State. It’s my impression that he will be invited to rookie camp in Michigan and may come to the big camp. The Thrashers do have those prospect games against Nashville.

Sara

July 14th, 2009
12:39 pm

Brendan the more I’m reading about the situation in Chicago, the more it *doesn’t* surprise me that Dudley left. Sounds like a lot of behind-the-scenes drama.

Toby

July 14th, 2009
12:59 pm

On Cap Central, Chicago is listed as being $4.5 over the cap. Considering the Dudley factor, is this the opportunity we’ve been waiting for?

Smoothie

July 14th, 2009
1:17 pm

Toby, you may be on to something as the Blackhawks would certainly be a good trade partner. I’m not so sure they are feeling all that great about their back-up goalie situation as Antti Niemi has only 3 games of NHL experience and some very un-inspiring numbers in the AHL. Certainly not nearly as impressive as say, Ondrej Pavelec!

A swap in which we took Sharp along with either Kopecky or Ladd (PK specialist everyone!) for Pavelec, White and a prospect would help the Hawks free up around $1.5 M to get them $3 M or so below the cap.

Don’t forget their is a bonus cushion up to 7.5% of the cap max of $56.8 M to help them out so they are still under the cap by $1.4 M. But I’m sure they would appreciate the additional breathing room.

Hell, if they want even more room, trade them Pavelec, Oystrick or Lewis, Krog (who’s quite familiar with Chicago I might add!) and a forward prospect for Sharp and Ladd. That would free up $3 M + for Toews’ or Kane’s raise.

Wow, they are in some serious trouble thanks to the Campbell, Huet and now Hossa deals. Yikes!

Hossa for Pavelec straight up?? ;-)

Ice dog

July 14th, 2009
1:29 pm

“I would love for him to be a closet fighet and come out”

Spud, we know you meant “fighteR” but do you really want him coming out of the closet?

Brendan

July 14th, 2009
2:03 pm

I agree with you, Sara. I found a Yahoos sport article just using search terms “Stan Bowman” that laid out all of the drama, behind the scenes. I think Dudley knew they were going to can Tallon and promote HIM. If the canned Tallon, it was to hire Scotty. Which begs the question, “Why did Scotty Bowman ever leave Detroit?” I think, here now, we have our answer. The Yahoo article I read suggested that Stan wouldn’t be in power. Daddy would be. And that’s, honestly, great news for Chicago. Whether Stan or Scotty Bowman were the GM or “closeted GM,” the franchise is in good hands. What a transition Chicago has made under new ownership perspective.

Speaking honestly, I thought Chicago might make the playoffs last year. I certainly didn’t expect the #4 seed, and reaching the CF. That they achieved so much … is a good indicator of the direction of the team. If they must move some players, I’m confident Stan and Daddy Bowman will find the right exchange for it.

Brendan

July 14th, 2009
2:05 pm

Make that “weren’t going to can Tallon to promote Dudley” as the concept. I got new fingers this month. I’m still breaking them in.

Brendan

July 14th, 2009
2:06 pm

Hossa did get a no trade clause, correct?

Smoothie

July 14th, 2009
2:20 pm

It was a joke. I certainly don’t expect us to inquire about Hossa.

But yes, I believe he still has a no movement clause.

Spud Webb

July 14th, 2009
2:28 pm

hahahahahaa, very good ice dog!!!!

Christy

July 14th, 2009
4:56 pm

Chris – good article on Spencer and Riley – but you might want to double check – seems like Holzapfel name succumbed to a spell check error correction and went from Riley to Ryan in the first sentence… unless that was just a mental hiccup on your part after 5 straight days of hockey stories…

Brendan

July 14th, 2009
5:13 pm

Smoothie, I was kidding, too. I do that, sometimes. Maybe not enough. I think levity and light-heartenedness can be a good thing. I’d find it very strange for a team to lock up player for 12 years, then trade him. It’d be the most memorable sign, then trade, in recent NHL history. And it’d be the second time it happened to Hossa. I’m sure he learned his lesson, after Ottawa.

nicole

July 15th, 2009
2:43 am

Thanks Chris for the info on k reed

ranallo10 (in AT)

July 15th, 2009
4:35 am

Brendan — I guess I never saw that as a funny line of questioning…but I’m guessing O’Neill would give you the chuckle you so desired, seeing that it’s such an obscure question. He’d definitely give you a “WTF” type answer.

Re: Tallon — This wasn’t exactly a surprise, I think all the writing has been on the wall that Bowman was the next GM in Chicago (both Bowman’s to be precise). I’m sure Scotty Bowman is there to help Stan Bowman along the way, as opposed to forcing his will upon the kid.

World Be Free

July 15th, 2009
8:14 am

Sounds like we added veteran depth while I was gone.

H-Mom

July 15th, 2009
11:09 am

Thanks for the great coverage from camp. Love to see hockey in the AJC in July.

Brendan

July 15th, 2009
12:13 pm

Well Ranallo, I couldn’t think up a more obscure question to ask him, to give rise to laughter. Hopefully, it will.

I once posted that we got Niko Kapanen for Patrik Stefan, then promptly got “called out” for not remembering that a 7th round pick, via Dallas, was part of the deal. The very same sort of posters will point out, “You left out Modry!” Well, gee. Thank you, for that. (I’m trying to be pre-emptive.)

In conclusion, Don Waddell’s alma mater is Western Michigan, in Kalamazoo. (C’mon. Laugh. We need more laughter on this board.)