Goaltending decison coming soon

My apologies for not putting up a blog yesterday. I got to the office after morning skate and got caught up in a bunch of little things and totally forgot. I didn’t realize it until I was driving home after the game.

Enough excuses.

I did get some time with Don Waddell before the game, talking about a variety of issues with colleague Jeff Schultz. He’s not talking about the Ilya Kovalchuk situation in an effort to stop rumors and keep the negotiations betwen himself and Kovalchuk’s agent.

One of the issues I did raise was the pending move concerning the goaltending. With Kari Lehtonen due back from AHL Chicago next week (he starts again tonight) the Thrashers will be back to three. Does this sound familiar?

Waddell said the team will not carry three goaltenders. It’s too many, he said, to get everyone enough practice time. So expect a move, preferably a trade, Waddell said. One of the three – Lehtonen, Johan Hedberg or Ondrej Pavelec will be on the block.

Zach Bogosian only healthy player not at Wednesday’s practice.

Here are the line combinations:

Blue: Kovalchuk-Antropov-Little

Gray: White/Kozlov-Peverley-Afinogenov

Orange: Kane-Slater-Armstrong

Red: Boulton-Reasoner-Thorburn

Off to Philadelphia after practice for tomorrow’s game. Each game keeps getting bigger as the Eastern Conference race is so tight. A single point separates six teams from sixth to 11th place.

I will post this now and update from the airport.

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Check your facts please

January 28th, 2010
12:02 pm

Kovy hasn’t done a damn thing since the Toronto game. No one says that he’s not capable of dominating a game. But he often chooses to keep his “give a crap” meter dialed down below 80%.

Thrasher_Ed

January 28th, 2010
1:33 pm

Is there not going to be a morning skate update from Philly? Chris are you sleeping in today?

Mike

January 28th, 2010
1:59 pm

Ben Wright says Kozlov sits again tonight. I hope he is back in the lineup by the time Tampa comes to town next week.

Brendan

January 28th, 2010
2:08 pm

Bob, I think you are right. Moose is the oddman out. I like the guy. But I’ll readily admit that I misread the Todd White situation last year. When others, perhaps even yourself, said last offseason, “trade White–trade him NOWWWWW–while his value is still high,” I shrugged it off, thinking Todd White isn’t part of the problem. He had just had a “career best” type of season, and wasn’t killing our cap.

Segue, Hedberg is what? Nearly 37? Is that right? I like him. I do. I wish it was in our best interests to keep him. But the only way that can happen is if this organization lands a true #1 goalie, while Moose mops up in relief. And really, what are the odds that’s going to happen? No, folks. What we’re seeing now is “Moose’s LAST, best effort” of his career. His trade value will never be HIGHER than what it is right now. I say, “fire!” Don’t give him away. But his numbers are GOOD this year. Hold out for more than some 4th or 5th round pick. Try for a promising prospect. We just saw plenty of fine young talent at the World Juniors. Try to get one of them … that isn’t completely “untouchable.” You’re NOT prying away Jordan Eberle, for example. That’s not what I mean. But scour the rosters of players from the World Juniors. There are good players there that can be plucked. Any team “thin” in net … that is contending … would do well to land the Moose. I think his prorated salary would be $500,000 or less at this point. Who couldn’t AFFORD that?? The “key” is finding a team in DESPERATE NEED. If the stars will align for us like that, the return on Moose could be quite pleasant.

Brendan

January 28th, 2010
2:11 pm

Mike, are we “nudging” Kozlov to waive his NTC? This might be ONE WAY to get him to relinquish his right to stay. How much would that free up our cap? If Levenson/Gearon are to be taken seriously, that they intend to be BUYERS at the deadline, them moving Kozlov for a slightly more expensive than Kozlov-type player could be attempted, if Slava would acquiesce to the deal.

Expect an Atlanta Goalie Trade

January 28th, 2010
2:46 pm

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