Thrashers make moves … on the golf course

I just got back from playing in the Thrashers golf outing. Had to cut the event short to race back home and write the story on the signing of Max Afinogenov and Mark Popovic and the release of Nathan Oystrick.

I found out about the moves while on the golf course, but had no way to let everyone know. It might be time to invest in a blackberry. I just didn’t think the moves would happen today while on the course course. I live and learn.

The roster may not be set just yet.  There are other possible moves to come. The obvious move to get to the 23-player limit is to put Kari Lehtonen on injured reserve. Other moves – including a trade – could still happen.

While it was good news for Afinogenov and Popovic, Oystrick also found out he was waived while on the course. There are several scenarios, but it’s possible he could end up in Chicago if he passes through waivers. That’s just one scenario. I had just completed a lengthy story on how he found his biological mother over the summer. It’s an incredible tale. It was to run in Sunday’s paper. I’ll let you know what happens, but I may post it here if he moves on to another team.

I did ask Don Waddell and John Anderson who will start in goal on Saturday, but they weren’t giving that information up. I will discuss it with them again on Wednesday and try to get updated line information.

I tried to tell Rawhide that Evander Kane had an excellent chance of making the team. Did he listen?

As for the golf tournament, I’m told Todd White’s group won at 18-under par. He was in the group behind me and must have eagled the final hole to get to that score. I believe he was helped some by his player partners – from the PGA Superstore.

My group, which included Channel 5’s Russ Spencer, finished at 5-under. I believe I have secured my spot as the worst golfer in history. The 80 I once shot at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island is becoming a distant, distant memory.  Anyone want to buy a set of Ping G-10 irons?

My apologies for taking a half day off after covering the Tour Championship. I’m back and will report from Thrashers camp on Wednesday.

11 comments Add your comment


September 29th, 2009
8:07 pm

Thanks for the update, Chris. Sounds like a good time was had by most at the links today.


September 29th, 2009
9:02 pm

Great deal on Max…I was guessing closer to $1.5. Nothing new with Kovy?


September 29th, 2009
10:18 pm

While some folks here were not in favor of Max getting a deal, I think they would have to be at least pleased with the fact it’s only one year for 800k. If the experiment fails at some point during the season, it won’t cost us much to get rid of him in some way, nor adversely affect our cap. I think it’s a small risk/high reward experiment worth taking a shot at.

I’m glad Pops stepped up and showed the organization the strides he has made since being here last. Hope he plays well enough to be with the big club all season. I want to see that from all our guys though in reality. Sorry for Oystrick, though he played pretty good and aggresive at times. Maybe it just came down to a jammed dman roster with similar skills. Maybe he will be Chicago bound.

Chris-Thanks for the updates. Dropping hints on the trade front? What might you think would be in the realm of possibility? Sounds like the golf tournament was a blast. It was a beautiful day here, very fall-ish. Starting to feel like hockey weather.


September 29th, 2009
10:34 pm

Chris-don’t even think about a Blackberry: you’re only feeding Balsillie!


September 29th, 2009
10:46 pm

Afinogenov is one of my favorites..glad to have him in ATL


September 29th, 2009
10:50 pm

I wonder whats going on with lehts! Right after he had the op done teflon don was saying he would be able to take part in camp after a while and be ready fo the start of the season. Now we are being told a few weeks into the regular season. Chris what can you find out?


September 30th, 2009
9:03 am

Enter your comments here Too bad Valabik is on the starting roster. He is more of a problem than a solution.


September 30th, 2009
9:29 am

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Glad to see Max signed. I don’t really see a downside and it looks to me that we might actually end up with 3 scoring lines!


September 30th, 2009
9:40 am

What’s the latest on the pending negotiations with Kovalchuk? Can we expect something before the season starts this weekend?

the Sports Buffet


September 30th, 2009
9:48 am

I have finally figured out Don Waddell master plan. He does not want to continue to pay Ilya Kovalchuk tons of money. Neither does he want to be tarred and feathered then run out of Atlanta on a rail by the handful of remaining Thrasher fans for directly causing the best player on squad to defect/escape/leave/fill in blank. The bogus general manager knows the Russian will pack his gear if team remains well, uh, how to phrase this nicely, bad. With a capital “B”! I know the truth hurts! How does he allow star to leave without blame attaching to him? Simple. Play the part of someone who wants team to succeed but have different nefarious private agenda. GM is aware team will be fortunate to net three goals per game. Sori Letemin, ahem, Kari Lehtonen, trying to be good, allows that many in pregame skate! So when Thrashers miss playoffs again, which they will, GM shrugs shoulders then tells dwindling fan base, hopefully with a straight face, that he did all he could. I hope Manny becomes comeback story of NHL during upcoming season. Do not get too mad at KL guys and gals. Hangnails and chapped lips can be damn agony. Either should good for a few months on DL. Oh well. Enjoy season all. I will cheer fanatically for Thrasher except when KL returns. I will still scream loudly when Finn is between pipes. Only not for guys with birds on their shirts! Peace.


September 30th, 2009
1:07 pm

Yeah..Stendec is back, blogs were getting boring.