Evander Kane signs

Sorry folks, took a couple days off and juggling several balls today.

Just found out Evander Kane signed his contract. Three year entry level deal. I’ll know more in a bit and will write a story.

There should be a Q&A I did with John Anderson coming soon (if not already).

I’ll check back, but wanted you guys to know first.

29 comments Add your comment

Brendan

July 20th, 2009
5:21 pm

YAY. Waddell’s been busy. Kane, Lehtonen, Armstrong, Thorburn, Salmella, Slater, Crabb, Oystrick, etc. He even “un-Kiwi’d,” to foster better NHL relations with Russia. Or is, “de-Kiwi’d?” Someone look that up.

Welcome back, Chris Vivlamore.

Nate

July 20th, 2009
6:04 pm

*Vivlamore* – Anything new on Valabik? Boris seems to be about the only guy the team hasn’t re-signed yet.

World Be Free

July 20th, 2009
6:26 pm

Great news but I can’t believe Brendan beat me.

Bob

July 20th, 2009
7:36 pm

Interesting article with Coach, Chris. I suspected that they signed Antropov to play center on Kovy’s line, and that’s what Coach said there, so Little on RW? Kovy-Antropov-Little? That’s a decent top line. 2nd line of who though, Kozlov-White-Armstrong?

Chris Vivlamore

July 20th, 2009
7:39 pm

Thanks for the welcome back. It’s a bit of a crazy week for me as I’m working on several non-Thrasher stories. I will find time to put up new blogs through the week. I have a couple updates on prospects that were at the development camp.
I do have a little news. Nik Antropov was in the area over the weekend shopping for a house and looking at schools. He will wear No. 80. In case you you wanted to know, Pavel Kubina will wear No. 77, Noah Welch will wear No. 26 and Anthony Stewart will wear No. 22.
Nate: Still no word on Valabik.

Brendan

July 20th, 2009
7:46 pm

I’ve been keeping a wayward eye on the L.A. Kings and the Jack Johnson situation. Seems he’s re-signed for two years. I didn’t catch the terms, as yet. I’m sure the RFA compensation would have been too much for him, anyway. Are Grier and Goc taken yet??

World Be Free

July 20th, 2009
8:12 pm

Grier and Goc-still out there from what I know. Grieir is a leader.
Brendan-waht about Dom Moore? I threw him out there before, no reaction.

Thoughts?

Ice Dog

July 20th, 2009
8:34 pm

Bob (& Chris), 50% of me agrees with you on Antropov in the middle. And obviously the other half doesn’t. It would be nice because he would develop the most chemistry with Kovalchuk there. And we all think that this will help us re-sign him. Also, I think back for that short period where Kovalchuk had Tkachuk and how he did well with a big body up the middle.

But, where does that leave Peverley in your lineup? I thought he can continue to blossom especially between those two (Kovalchuk & Antropov). And that 2nd line you have can put up great power play numbers but without Little they won’t do much at even strength.

It’ll be fun to see how this shakes out. Whichever way Anderson decides will have its positives so it should be good.

World Be Free & Brendan I think we first have to see if there’s any truth to the Malhotra signing. If there is, you can forget about any of those guys coming here. Chris welcome back but now that you are here again can you help us out if there’s any truth there?

Brendan

July 20th, 2009
9:36 pm

I like Dominic Moore. I think he’s got potential. But I don’t want to make any serious commitment. I’d rather have Grier. I’d settle on Goc. Truthfully, I’d like Grier and Goc. But forget what I want. What does KOVY WANT??? That’s LW, Captain who must be appeased.

Brendan

July 20th, 2009
10:10 pm

Chris Vivlamore, excellent Q&A with John Anderson. I liked the part where he said, “My system is to play 2-3 systems, using some against some teams, and another system against others. The problem was getting everyone to buy into the system I was using.” That’s paraphrased a bit. No wonder the players got confused a little. It’s a system … that’s a system of systems. But as long as all 22 guys get on the same page on game day, I suppose it’s allright.

Anderson likes the word, “frekkin.”

Anderson said his system(s) take talent to make work, with speed. And full player commitment. Well, he’s got a younger team, with speed. We’re a long removed from the 2006 and 2007 teams, that ranked among the NHL’s oldest.

World Be Free

July 20th, 2009
10:16 pm

Chris, I am waiting for you to do a bad interview, haven’t seen one yet.

John Anderson-very underrated and rarley mentioned on the AJC blogs. Maybe that’s a good thing. Pretty soon playing for Anderson will be a selling point for Atlanta.

Brendan and Ice Dog-don’t know who we are going to get, but it is getting clear the Thrash management are thinking what we have been saying all along. Never hurts to obtain veteran depth, especially if it doesn’t cost you anything (see Marty Reasoner).

But I think if Malhotra sits on the fence any longer, we need to move on. Commitment works both ways.

Darkhorse

July 20th, 2009
10:31 pm

Nice Anderson article Chris. I can’t say I’ve ever heard a coach explain his “system” as a system of systems.

Chris-When you have a chance I am wondering about a comment Armstrong made on a Toronto radio station last week. He told them he wanted a longterm deal here, but because of arbitration looming and being squeezed on negotiation time they agreed to a one year deal. That just strikes me as very strange. How long does it take to throw a multi year offer to him? His agent counters several times, and then both sides meet somewhere around the middle. What is DW’s explination to this, and does it mean he will consider opening negotiation during the season sine he will have so many FAs next summer? Would love to here Armstrong’s take on this with you as well. Maybe in a new blog sometime soon?

DW known since the offseason started that he wanted Armstrong here longterm. Just doesn’t seem that complicated in this paticular case. I’m sure it came down to $$$$. But he did agree on a one year deal for 2.4, so it seems a three or four year deal wouldn’t have been that much more of a stretch to complete IMHO.

Sage of Blueland

July 20th, 2009
10:32 pm

You call this news??

The sheep of Blueland, or whatever Loserville On Ice is called these days, should make you mayor, or at least write up a 5-year plan to make you mayor.

Suckers.

World Be Free

July 20th, 2009
10:38 pm

Sage has to wet in our cereal every few days.

Ice Dog

July 20th, 2009
10:47 pm

Interesting. That Sage guy managed to insult all the readers and our beat writer in only 3 sentences, 2 of them very short. I guess this is what Tiller refers to as a “troll” in his letter from Trixie.

Brendan

July 20th, 2009
11:17 pm

I think what Sage is getting at, perhaps, is that it’s very EXPECTED that Evander Kane would sign with the team. And sayyy, not pull a Wheeler. I guess I agree with that. I am, somewhat, relieved to hear Kane’s been signed to the standard entry-level contract.

I’ve gathered that Sage is not convinced that Kovalchuk will like all the Waddell offseason moves. All I can say is … I hope Kovalchuk is expressing his views on more moves the team should make. If he is, great. If he isn’t, why isn’t he? On the one hand, Kovy’s not the GM. And his job as GM isn’t on the line. On the other hand, if Kovy wants to help mold and shape this team into something he wants to be a part of for many years to come, he must speak up now.

ranallo10 (in AT)

July 20th, 2009
11:25 pm

I’m guessing the Sage impostor is Canadian simply from the “You call this news??” quote. It’s the exact same crap that you see on every TSN post about a player re-signing…”Guess it was a slow day”, “START THE PARADE”, “You call this news??”. If it’s not a superstar signing or blockbuster trade, some d-bag with a keyboard will go on and give his quick line to show how uninteresting the story was (so uninteresting he read it entirely and then commented on it).

If you’re going to be an impostor for a person on these boards who already has a persona despised by many, you may as well spell his name correctly. Otherwise you just look foolish (which isn’t hard based on the comments you’ve been making under the guise of the usual SOB).

R. Stroz

July 20th, 2009
11:25 pm

Sage – Last summer, I was in favor of trying to procure Antropov when the UFA market opened up this summer in order to center Kovy’s line. The team lacked size and needed a player capable of screening the other team’s goalie.

Now, everyone knows I’m not a Waddell fan, but he has improved the quality and size of the roster this summer.

With the salary cap decreasing next year combined with the extra cost of re-signing Kovy, Little, and Peverley, what would you have done as the GM this summer to improve the roster given the aforementioned conditioons?

Personally, if the Thrashers play their cards correctly, they will be in a position to re-sign their key players and raid other teams young talent next summer, when teams, such as Chicago and Philly, are forced to dump salary.

In other words, I’m asking what moves you would have made this summer and what your plans would entail next summer.

R. Stroz

July 20th, 2009
11:35 pm

Good spot ranallo10, we have a troll pretending to be Sage.

My apologies to the true Sage. That said, for the true Sage, what do you think of the roster moves this summer?

StateBird

July 21st, 2009
12:00 am

Chris – The article on the Kane signing says he will be back in September. Now that he is under contract can you inquire into where his conditioning program will take place … in Atlanta under team’s supervision, back home or somewhere else? Having attended the development camp last week he has the skill to play at the NHL level but his size and strength at this stage of his career could hold him back this year.

Ice Meister

July 21st, 2009
6:15 am

Sage must have been a Phidelphia Eagles’ befome coming to Atlanta.

LAC

July 21st, 2009
9:12 am

NHL.com has a list of the top ten teams who will move up in the standings… Even Toronto makes it, as well as Tampa & NYI… But Not
our Atlanta Thrashers. There simply has NOT been enough done this off season to make any marked inprovement, yes Kane and one defenseman and one center are something, but with guys like slater still around it shows we have little chance of making the playoffs… One defensman does not improve the defense…

GaVaHokie

July 21st, 2009
9:42 am

Why does every Sage post get followed up by Brendan saying “What Sage is trying to say is”?

Brendan, just let Sage’s remarks float off into space… they hardly need follow-up.

GaVaHokie

July 21st, 2009
9:44 am

Chris Viv… interesting that Antropov and Kubina are wearing those numbers… Waddell must be easing up on his policy of guys not being able to wear anything higher than #50.

I wonder if Kovalchuk will want #71 now, like he wears for Team Russia?

GaVaHokie

July 21st, 2009
9:48 am

I think what Sage is getting at, perhaps, is that it’s very EXPECTED that Evander Kane would sign with the team.

If this is what Sage is getting at, then well… duh… what is the AJC supposed to do? Not mention it because it’s obvious news?

“Michael Jackson died today, but you already knew that”, no text and no picture to follow because we all know what he looked like.

The Earl of Bud (aka Ice Dog)

July 21st, 2009
10:28 am

“Michael Jackson died today, but you already knew that”, no text and no picture to follow because we all know what he looked like.

Point well made.

World Be Free

July 21st, 2009
12:39 pm

LAC, I tend to agree with what you are saying here. That’s why some of us have been pushing for veteran help to compliment our current roster. Sounds like the Don and Duds agree on that front if the rumors are true.

As for NHL.com, I do not know what they use as criterion for moving up in the standings. If it’s the acquisition of alotta free agents, other teams have done more. I question as to whether they are taking into consideration how well Atlanta played in the 2nd half last season, especially when they had nothing to play for other than pride. The current players played well as a team down the stretch and soon they will be back for more.

Toronto has made some improvements, but they still have questions in goal along with a number of players they would like to trade. They look more like a Don Cherry team than a playoff team. The Islanders were the worse team in the league last year (except againmst Buffalo), so they have nowhere to go but up.

We still don’t know if any of the young guys are going to step up and challenge for a roster stop this year. I am sure other teams on the list have similar considerations with their young players. It just seems early to try and effectively predict who is going to be better for the upcoming season.

I hope you understand where I am coming from.

Brendan

July 21st, 2009
1:48 pm

A Sage imposter. (Shaking my head.) I knew this day would come. Hokie, all I’m saying is … “it’s okay to be mad at the results.” Which is what … a fairly decent percentage of the real Sage’s posts are about.

If we were tasked with writing a blog about why Waddell should be fired, it would eat a lot of bandwith. I think people know and understand the situation a lot better now. But … there’s still a bitter, resentful crowd out there, who is outraged over a lack of accountability at the GM position. Sage usually fills that voice for them. I don’t seek to suppress those opinions. That’s a perfectly natural fan response to seven seasons in the bottom third of the Conference, out of nine completed. I’m frustated, too. I’m not doing cartwheels over those results.

But I’d encourage the naysayers to look at the positive things that ARE happening now. This team is younger. It’s faster. And if it continues on the slow build plan, without any reckless trade deadline moves, it’ll eventually be a very deep, highly skilled team. Heck, even Sage, himself, says he’s fine with Jim Slater at 4th line Center. That tells me he understands the framework of the Thrashers organization and where they are in its evolution. The Boultons, Thorburns, and Slaters won’t be here FOREVER. But they’re necessary now, for where they are, in the process. I know. I know. “Seems like we’ve been ‘building’ forever!” Well, missteps occurred. Unlike the 2007 Flyers, not every team can make that kind of calculated resurrection. (From DEAD LAST to a CF berth within a year.) Our markets are different. Our strategies are different. Our budgets are different. It takes LONGER to do it the way the Thrashers are, but in the end, if it’s done correctly this time, there ought to be a 3-5 window for making a run at a Cup, rather than a “shotgun” playoff berth, with no advancement.

I thought we’d be farther along than we are, after nine seasons, but hey … it is what it is. I’m not angered by people were are upset by what has taken place. I don’t think that voice should be suppressed. I don’t know that it needs to be dwelled upon, either. I believe in the principles of accountability. To a very large extent, that hasn’t happened. Head Coaches have been accountability casualties. Some assistant coaches, too. I just continue to hope for improvement. And I also know that there will be life, after Kovalchuk, for hockey … in this city … if the unspeakable should happen next July. The Thrashers would have to devise a new strategy, in a post-Kovalchuk era. Wins fix everything.

Kreeco

September 6th, 2009
6:08 am

I was wondering where you see Rich Peverley playing this year. Do you think Kane will make the team and if he does, will that knock Peverley off of one of the top two lines? Maybe Armstrong could take his spot. The way I see it, Peverley was too good for the Thrashers last year not be playing on one of the top two lines and the White-Little-Kozlov was also too good to break up. That means Peverley will probably play between Kovalchuk and Antropov and Armstrong will probably play on the third line. Thoughts?