Archive for September, 2009

An update on Zherdev

Checking back in from my last few days of vacation. Took a few hours off  from putting a rather large indent in my couch to speak with Don Waddell for a series of training camp preview stories I am working on. I will be talking to John Anderson also.

I know you guys are eager to hear news about Nik Zherdev, but according to Waddell nothing is immediately on the horizon. 

Despite the reports from Russia, Waddell confirmed that the Thrashers have been in talks with Zherdev’s representatives. “At this time, nothing is imminent,” Waddell said.

I think a lot might depend on the progress of Evander Kane. The top draft pick had three goals in three games in the Prospect Tournament in Michigan. Waddell said he considers the team to have 7 or 8 top forwards. If Kane continues to improve, he would add to that mix. If not, Waddell said they could go out and see what players are available to fill a need – like a Zherdev.

That’s most of the news that came from our conversation. Ilya …

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And then there were five …


Sorry for the long delay between blogs, but those days are almost over. I have just finished the last of five stories that I had on my plate this week before I take the last few remaining vacation days I have left. Then it’s the start of training camp and non-stop until April – or beyond?

Despite the title of the last blog, about four goaltenders in the mix at training camp, there are now five. As Kevin Allen of USA Today first reported, and I have since confirmed myself, Manny Legace will be invited to camp for a pro tryout. There are other players that will get a pro tryout – namely Dan Fritsche and Mark Popovic. Don’t be surprised if they are one or two others.

Just to keep you updated on the Ilya Kovalchuk negotiations. They are on hold for the moment. Don’t be alarmed. Both sides are waiting for Kovy to return to the states to continue the talks. Like I had in my last story, there doesn’t appear to be any major roadblocks at the moment.

I spent some time with …

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