Bergfors, Oduya will be here … later

Greetings from a darkened Verizon Center. As I wait for the morning skate I am told that Niclas Bergfors and Johnny Oduya will not make it here in time for the morning skate. They were delayed leaving. They are due to catch up with the team at the hotel and I’m told will be available tonight. I hope to know more later.

There is no decision yet where they will play – what line for Bergfors and what pairing for Oduya. Discussions have begun, but no decision made. Stay tuned on that.

I am trying to arrange to catch up with them either at the team hotel or before tonight’s game.

Let me get this posted and I’ll come back later to update.

There could be a guest appearance from one Mike Knobler – Georgetown law student – at this morning’s skate.

93 comments Add your comment

KLS1

February 5th, 2010
11:10 am

If you talk the new guys, tell them they don’t need to score 30 to cover Kovy…just don’t let as many in.

Collin

February 5th, 2010
11:14 am

I’m pretty excited to see bergfors, and also to see how the team reacts to the trade. I really feel like this is a great chance for some of the other players to step up into leadership roles and start to define more of a team oriented mentality.

Bravos33

February 5th, 2010
11:15 am

As a Thrashers fan stuck in DC the past few years, it will be my distinct honor to be able to attend the first AK game in team history. I will miss him, but I hope this allows us to play more team-oriented hockey on BOTH ends. Go Thrashers, and I hope the snow doesn’t kill the game tonight! They are predicting 28 inches. It is already crazy up here. NO WAY the Hawks play up here tomorrow in the back end of the ATL vs. DC sports showdown!

GaVaHokie

February 5th, 2010
11:20 am

I just hope these guys are as positive about the trade to Atlanta as Armstrong and Christensen were.

J.B.

February 5th, 2010
11:22 am

I’m really anxious to read quotes/interviews with these guys. There’s got to be dissapointment about leaving a cup contender but possibly some excitement about playing much bigger roles on a team like ours.

EA

February 5th, 2010
11:30 am

Can’t wait until tonight! It will fun to see where and how these new guys fit in.

Bob

February 5th, 2010
11:30 am

Say hey to Knobs!

Bob

February 5th, 2010
11:31 am

Predictions on tonight’s game? Caps blowout or do the boys rally and keep this one close?

Yankee

February 5th, 2010
11:32 am

GaVaHokie – not meant as a poke to you but I hope they don’t think about Armstrong and Christensen too much seeing as how one is gone and the other is counting the days…

Russian

February 5th, 2010
11:33 am

Chris,
Do you know any news about Kari? Are they going to try him? Or trade him?
Please let us know.

Smoothie

February 5th, 2010
11:45 am

I’ll say they rally a bit and keep this one close. But no one can match Washington’s firepower right now. We go down 4 – 2, but it takes a very good goaltending effort to do so. But we win our first game back on home ice against Fla 3 – 2. Bergfors scores his first as a Thrasher.

ChippersLoveChild

February 5th, 2010
12:02 pm

Pavs stands on his head, Thrash rally and win an impressive one 2-1.

Alan R.

February 5th, 2010
12:04 pm

I hardly ever join the predictions thing, but here goes.

I say we win this one. Unified team effort stops a lot of good chances Washington has against us, while we pot a few. Still, we end up winning 4-3 in overtime.

Smoothie

February 5th, 2010
12:19 pm

Alan – and I thought I was being wildly optimistic!! :wink: Hope you’re right my man, hope you’re right. I’m not even sure Bergfors and Oduya are gonna play tonite. It’s snowing like the end of the world up there so unless they take Amtrak, they may not even make it to the Verizon Center without killing themselves in a wreck.

StateBird

February 5th, 2010
12:20 pm

Caps win straight up and I’ve put my money behind it. This is a 5-star pick.

StateBird

February 5th, 2010
12:21 pm

Where are the analysis gurus? With the loss of Kovy’s salary how do the Thrashers meet the league minimum?

12345

February 5th, 2010
12:24 pm

GaVaHokie

February 5th, 2010
12:25 pm

StateBird… I’m sure we’re still way above minimum… we were at $50 million and the difference between Oduya and Kovy is only about $4-5 million.

http://nhlnumbers.com/overview.php?team=ATL&season=0910

Buzz

February 5th, 2010
12:35 pm

Ladies and Gentlemen, your 2010-11 Thrashers!

Kane-Little-Bergfors
Sterling-Peverley-Stapleton
Krog-Reasoner-Machanek
Boulton-Slater-Thorburn

Bogo-Enstrom
Oduya-Schubert
Vlabik-Welch

ENJOY!

(everyone not listed above will be traded for bad draft picks)

Alan R.

February 5th, 2010
12:38 pm

Buzz, I actually like that line-up, for the most part. Except for Krog. Career AHL’er will continue his AHL career.

GaVaHokie

February 5th, 2010
12:42 pm

Buzz… funny, but we can’t meet the salary requirements with that. :)

DW

February 5th, 2010
1:01 pm

Any word about the game itself tonight and getting home? I heard they were expecting some really nasty weather up there?

Ned Braden

February 5th, 2010
1:03 pm

That’s what it says in the yearbook Jim…a little reality check:

http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=309019

5 Holer

February 5th, 2010
1:18 pm

How is it possible that we got so little talent in return for a top-notch sniper? Simple – - Don Waddel waited too long – could have traded him months ago and refused to let other GMs talk to Ilya about signing a contract extension making it impossible to get maximum value for a world class caliber player. Therefore, as a “rental” player, Don got very little in return.

Much like Marion Hossa, this was not well played by Don…

R. Stroz

February 5th, 2010
1:24 pm

I just hope these guys are as positive about the trade to Atlanta as Armstrong and Christensen were.

The same Christensen who said he was having scoring problems because of the bad ownership situation with the ASG?

Mike

February 5th, 2010
1:34 pm

I am excited to see how these guys react. I don’t think there is a need to play either of the two new guys. Slava steps in and Odu is a scratch with Schubert. Enstrom-Kubina, Bogo-Hainsey, Boris-Pops on D and why not put Slava on the first line with Antro and Little? Let’s see if Kozy can step up and show he’s pissed about having been benched.

Rockem Sockem Thrasher

February 5th, 2010
2:02 pm

I’ve heard that DW plans to active with even more trades. Anyone heard if someone else might be moved?

Alan R.

February 5th, 2010
2:09 pm

I don’t think there is a need to play either of the two new guys.

Only if you’re trying to lose. I don’t think the coach wants to hop into an Abrams yet… even if the GM and Owners are already driving the thing around Philips.

Sage of Bluesland

February 5th, 2010
2:27 pm

“…As I wait for the morning skate I am told that Niclas Bergfors and Johnny Oduya will not make it here in time for the morning skate. They were delayed leaving….”

Either that or they are mired in the depths of depression, being sentenced the abomination otherwise known as the Atlanta Thrashers.

This organization is an abomination and an offense to my intelligence. Why anyone–ANYONE–continues to put dollars in this group’s pockets simply blows my mind.

Stop enabling them–boycott this completely unacceptable product.

Stop being such sheep…Have some self-respect, for Heaven’s sake…

R. Stroz

February 5th, 2010
2:40 pm

A must read:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news?slug=ap-devils-kovalchuk&prov=ap&type=lgns

Kovy may like Atlanta, but apparently he prefers playing for a first class organization.

There it is, Kovy has called a spade a spade, the ASG isn’t a first class organization. And the truth shall set you free.

ChippersLoveChild

February 5th, 2010
2:47 pm

Stroz,

Please copy and paste for those of us that have work filtering everything fun out… minus the blogs of course!

ChippersLoveChild

February 5th, 2010
2:47 pm

“Either that or they are mired in the depths of depression, being sentenced the abomination otherwise known as the Atlanta Thrashers.”

I love my team and its players… but sometimes the truth is just funny.

NASCAR Dave

February 5th, 2010
3:03 pm

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GaVaHokie

February 5th, 2010
3:04 pm

The same Christensen who said he was having scoring problems because of the bad ownership situation with the ASG?

I’m talking about when they first got here, before their spirits were broken… pun intended.

Lee

February 5th, 2010
3:08 pm

If I were in Oduya’s and Begfor’s shoes, I would be waiting at the airport hoping the airplane would never come.

GaVaHokie

February 5th, 2010
3:20 pm

Hopefully they won’t pull a “Chad Kilger” and not report. :)

http://ballhype.com/story/chad_kilger_supended_by_team/

KLS1

February 5th, 2010
3:23 pm

Did anyone see the one handed goal Ovechkin scored last night going around two players? That is a player worth max $.

Kovy and Ovechkin names shouldn’t be used in the same sentence. I like Kovy but he has so many holes in his game…he couldn’t have scored the same goal in the shoot-out, let alone against acutal defenders.

R. Stroz

February 5th, 2010
3:30 pm

CLC – Here you go:

Shortly after stepping on the ice at the Prudential Center, Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) and New Jersey Devils coach Jacques Lemaire skated around the rink a couple of times, cracked a couple of jokes and shared some laughs.

The smiles on their faces were evident from one end to the other, and they said it all.

Coming to the Devils in a blockbuster five-player deal with Atlanta will give the 26-year-old Kovalchuk his first real chance to compete for a Stanley Cup.

“I am very excited,” he said after taking part in the pregame skate for Friday night’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. “This is the first time in my career I got a chance to play for a first-class organization, the team who won three Stanley Cups. You just look around the locker room, and guys like Marty Brodeur, legends in this game, and it’s very exciting.”

For Lemaire, the joy is just as great. A very good defensive team that has struggled scoring lately now has one of the NHL’s top scorers. His 328 goals since 2001 leads the league.

“He is a guy that can change a game, a player that can make other players score,” Lemaire said. “Strong athlete, good skater, a great shot, so there is no doubt that he is going to make this team better. I talked a lot about having one line that is a threat on the ice, but I think we will be able to get two.”

Kovalchuk skated with Dainius Zubrus(notes) and Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner(notes) on Friday morning, although Lemaire refused to say whether the trio would play as a line against Toronto. Expect him to play the point on the power play.

Kovalchuk, who has 31 goals this season, didn’t seem to care.

“I just want to play my game, step on the ice and play my hardest and help the team win,” said Kovalchuk, who made the playoffs once while in Atlanta.

“You are adding a guy that can change games and does change games quite often,” said Langenbrunner, the captain of the U.S. Olympic team.

In joining the Atlantic Division-leading Devils, Kovalchuk comes to a franchise that has made the playoffs 12 consecutive years. It last won the Cup in 2003.

The trade engineered by Devils’ chief executive Lou Lamoriello created a lot of buzz in the locker room. Not only was there a media throng worthy of a playoff game, but there was a sense among the New Jersey players that expectations are greater now.

“We feel our organization is making that push,” Zubrus said. “You don’t get a guy like that if you don’t believe you have a chance, so obviously him coming here gives us a better chance. He is one of those guys who will make our team better. We have a lot of good players here, and no matter what your role, everybody has to be better.”

Goaltender Martin Brodeur(notes) was ecstatic about the trade, in which the Devils shipped defenseman Johnny Oduya(notes), rookie forward Niclas Bergfors(notes), junior prospect Patrice Cormier(notes) and a first-round draft pick this year for Kovalchuk and defenseman Anssi Samlema. The teams also swapped second-round draft picks this year.

“He is up there with (Alexander) Ovechkin with how he can release his shot and how hard it comes,” Brodeur said. “There aren’t many guys in the league who can shoot like that and his stats show it all.”

Zach Parise, whose 25 goals were leading the Devils until the trade, said Kovalchuk is one of those players who creates matchup problems for opponents.

“He has the ability to take over a game, dominate a game and go end to end,” Parise said. “There are only a couple of guys who can do that in the league and he is one of them.”

The trade ends a couple of hectic weeks for Kovalchuk, who can still become a free agent after this season. He rejected a 12-year, $101 million contract extension offered by the Thrashers and spent the last 48 hours knowing that he was going to be traded.

Kovalchuk did not know whether the Devils would offer him a new contract. He’s just happy to be here now, noting he enjoyed his time in Atlanta and that it will always be his second home.

“My wife is expecting, but she said it’s a great opportunity for you to win the Cup, and that’s why I am here,” Kovalchuk said.

ChippersLoveChild

February 5th, 2010
3:48 pm

Thanks! Interesting stuff… sad to see him leave and speak the truth, but happy for him and Anssi to have a shot at winning it all.

Hockey Biltong

February 5th, 2010
3:51 pm

Ahhhhhhhhhhh crap.

Hockey Biltong

February 5th, 2010
3:52 pm

Just not happy with history repeating itself…

5 Holer

February 5th, 2010
3:52 pm

…. Just wish Don played his hand earlier and got a little more for such a talent!

Bob

February 5th, 2010
4:13 pm

Ladies and Gentlemen, your 2010-11 Thrashers!

Kane-Little-Bergfors
Sterling-Peverley-Stapleton
Krog-Reasoner-Machanek
Boulton-Slater-Thorburn

Bogo-Enstrom
Oduya-Schubert
Vlabik-Welch

What, are we getting relegated to the AHL? Might as well, lower prices, and we might be competitive.

So Kovy comes clean and says it’s nice to play for a 1st class organ-I-zation. Any of you sheeple still suffer under the delusion that he ever wanted to re-sign here? This was not about money, this was simply about getting out from under Waddell and this cluster of an ownership group.

And Waddell is so dim that he couldn’t even figure that out and thought all along he could re-sign him and went and got Max and Antropov to appease him. What a tool.

puckhead

February 5th, 2010
4:18 pm

Leaders pull their teams into the playoffs – followers get traded to teams that have already done the dirty work. This was true for Hossa and it is true for Kovy

ChippersLoveChild

February 5th, 2010
4:23 pm

“Leaders pull their teams into the playoffs – followers get traded to teams that have already done the dirty work. This was true for Hossa and it is true for Kovy”

So what you’re saying is, we need to get Bobby Holik and Scott Mellanby out of retirement?

Jandy

February 5th, 2010
4:40 pm

Don: You should have stayed with the Spitfires…another minor league teams!

GaVaHokie

February 5th, 2010
4:42 pm

Something I’ve been meaning to say all day. I almost forgot… ahem… BOSTON?! Seriously, where were you yesterday?

If any team needed Kovalchuk to stay alive it was Boston… you’re telling me they couldn’t give up Wideman, Wheeler and their 1st Round pick when they’re sitting on Toronto’s 1st round pick?

I’d probably still take the New Jersey package, but c’mon son!

GaVaHokie

February 5th, 2010
4:49 pm

… or perhaps, Boston DID make an offer but Waddell turned them down since we’re in direct competition with them. The only teams conceivable to trade with in the East are the runaway winners like New Jersey and Buffalo.

Washington is a division rival and everyone else is only a few points apart.

JimG

February 5th, 2010
5:05 pm

I wonder if Lemaire and Brodeur will be quite so happy when Kovy turns the puck over and fails to defend?

BTW, couldn’t we have thrown Kozlov in to sweeten the deal? maybe get some pucks or sticks in return for that POS?

Tee

February 5th, 2010
5:29 pm

Why can’t this group of ASG owners finally realize that they don’t have to stay married to the old hag that currently sits in the GMs office? Why can’t they see Waddlebutt is the town drunk of Mayberry?
Why don’t they fire Waddlebutt and get someone who knows hockey to come into the GMs job and totally clean house of any player who is over 25; trade them for whatever low round draft choice they can get — release the deadwood players and START OVER!! Yes, for three years the Thrashers would be the WORST/YOUNGEST team in hockey….but in the long run they could possibly model themselves after….lets think for a minute…….THE PITTSBURG PENGUINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND IF THE ONE IS TOO “FAR” FETCHED FOR THE ASG TO KNOW ABOUT — JUST LOOK INSIDE PHILIPS ARENA ON NIGHTS WHEN THEN ICE IS COVERED!!!

ISN’T THIS EXACTLY WHAT THE HAWKS DID FOUR/FIVE YEARS AGO? THEY TORE EVERYTHING OUT THE FRANCHISE AND STARTED OVER……..

EITHER START OVER —— OR ——- LEAVE AFTER THIS SEASON FOR CANADA!!!! DON WADDLEBUTT IS WORSE THEN A SKUNK UNDER A CHURCH HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!