Kozlov requests trade from Thrashers

Thrashers forward Slava Kozlov has requested a trade due to his lack of playing time and would be willing to waive his no trade clause, he told me on Friday.

“I don’t know if I’m going to be on this team or another team,” Kozlov said. “If we can find a team which I like and which is good for me and my family I will go. If not, I’m going to be here. …

With coach not playing me, what can you do? That’s why I feel I could go play for somebody that needs my help. Is so, I’ll waive my no trade clause.”

Kozlov’s agent met with Thrashers general manager Don Waddell in Chicago before the team’s final game before the two-week Olympic break.

“He’s disappointed with his reduced role of the ice,” Waddell said. “Like I explained to his agent, coaches make a decision and that they are trying to win games. They feel like right now he’s not in the top group of 12 guys and other guys are giving us more.

“I told his agent you control it because you have a no-trade. If you guys are willing to waive your no trade than I will explore and that’s how we left it.”

Waddell said he has had little contact with other teams because executives are just starting to return from the Olympic break.

Kozlov said he would waive the no-trade clause to join a playoff contender.

“We are waiting right now,” Kozlov said. ” I will think about it, talk to my family and my wife and see.”

Kozlov had his franchise record 251 consecutive starts streak snapped when he was a healthy scratch on Jan. 23 at Tampa Bay. He missed the next four games before returning to the lineup for two games on Feb. 5-6. He was also a healthy scratch the three following games leading to the Olympic break and the meeting in Chicago.

“He’s done a lot of great things for us,” Waddell said. ” He’s been a good player for us. Right now, we give our coaches 23 players and they make up the lineup. Right now, they have other players they would rather play in front of him. It’s part of the business, not the fun part. I know Kozzy wants to play next year and if it won’t happen here, he wants to look at other options.”

108 comments Add your comment

cadreamin24

February 26th, 2010
1:28 pm

Remove the foundation (kovy) and the house of cards begins to fall. Very sad to hear this.

GSUFan

February 26th, 2010
1:29 pm

Man. I hate to see Slava leave. He’s a good guy, but, I guess sometimes you just gotta cut your losses.

Hockey Ken

February 26th, 2010
1:30 pm

Hey Chris,
Can we include Waddell in this trade, time for him to move on as well!!!

Thrasher_Ed

February 26th, 2010
1:30 pm

First,
Sad ending for a truly excellent Thrashers player. Slava has been a class act here in Atlanta.

ben

February 26th, 2010
1:34 pm

this is sad, but he doesn’t want to play on an ahl team. I can’t chant for one man’s firing. So, I’ll follow Kovy’s team now until things change

Smoothie

February 26th, 2010
1:38 pm

It’s the manifestation of the cruelest kind of reality check in professional sports…Kozlov’s time has come to an end. Unfortunately for Slava though, he’s not the only one not pulling his weight on this team. And he’s probably a better option than a certain someone wearing out his welcome as well. While Slava could probably be a moderately productive 4th line forward for this team, it seems like it would be most fair if Waddell found someone else who could utilize his services a little more often before he is forced into retirement. Slava’s no Mark Recchi and I hope he realizes that before he drags his wife and kids somewhere else to play every 4th or 5th game as a 4th line PP specialist. I wish him well wherever he ends up going forward but the Thrashers have got to move forward to further solidify their new identity under JA.

yzerman414

February 26th, 2010
1:38 pm

I hate it that it’s come to this but he’s played with complete apathy ALL SEASON LONG. I’ve been a huge fan of Kozzy for a long time (Russian 5 baby!!) but we need players who are willing to leave it all on the ice, every game and he’s just not that guy anymore. I wish him luck wherever he lands.

GSUFan

February 26th, 2010
1:38 pm

Why would you even call for the firing of Don Waddell on this one? Slava wants to leave to play more. We’re not the Leafs or the Oilers, people.

And all of you that think that things are going down the drain because of Slava — Think again. You people that will leave now until things get better truly disgust me. Have some loyality, have pride.

Toby

February 26th, 2010
1:41 pm

Can’t blame Koz or the Thrashers here.

Trade him for a 5th and free up a roster spot. Then we can trade picks straight up for someone. NJ’s 1st for Versteeg?

quickwitt

February 26th, 2010
1:42 pm

Ho hum. A former great past his prime apparently can’t help the team move forward now. Hope it will work out for Slava elsewhere.

J.B.

February 26th, 2010
1:44 pm

Umm yeah… this is a GOOD thing. I’m a huge Kozlov fan but he is in his twilight and if you can’t see it, you are blind. If we can trade him for something… make that ANYTHING… more useful, I’m all for it. That said, he is a class act and I’m really glad he played for us as long as he did.

J.B.

February 26th, 2010
1:46 pm

… oh and GSUFan is right. As much as a bunch of us would like to blame DW for this one, it’s pretty obvious he has nothing to do with it, so we can’t blame him.

Now if he totally F’s up the trade, then we can throw him under the bus again.

GaVaHokie

February 26th, 2010
1:48 pm

Slava is my absolute all time favorite Thrasher… one of my favorites in the league. I would have rather seen him playing lately than a few others, but he’s not pulling his weight on the top two lines where he is needed most… too bad there’s not a DH position for the shootouts. He could have stolen a few extra points for us the last handful of games.

I would still love to see his number in the rafters someday… not sure if he’s done enough to warrant that though.

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kracker

February 26th, 2010
2:09 pm

GaVahokie – “…too bad there’s not a DH position for the shootouts.”

shhhhh! Don’t give them any ideas ;)

Bob

February 26th, 2010
2:10 pm

Waddell needs to make a decision on Kubina and Armstrong. Does he move them now or try to hold them for a playoff run? Neither of those guys will be back next year with us.

DB

February 26th, 2010
2:10 pm

Slava has been a wonderful and loyal player for the Thrashers since we traded for him. He stuck with Atlanta for less money several years ago. That being said, his skills have decreased over the past few years, this year most notably. More than likely, this is his swan song and I’d love for him to have a chance with a Cup contender. Thanks for you service and good luck Slava.

Brendan

February 26th, 2010
2:15 pm

Saints be praised! We might finally be RID of Slava “I like to hide in Atlanta for NHL pay” Kozlov. Make it happen, boys!!

JLC

February 26th, 2010
2:17 pm

Just please get the whole organization out of here. Atlanta does not need the Thrashers. Hockey blows!

Brendan

February 26th, 2010
2:19 pm

Bob’s right. Decisions have to be made on Army and Kubina. I sae both as straight up rentals when we got them, including Armstrong. That said, if they WANT to stay, that’s different. Then, let’s talk Turkey, boys. What are your demands.

GaVaHokie

February 26th, 2010
2:23 pm

A Kozlov and Armstrong package to Pittsburgh could be pretty valuable, I would think.

Bob… I expect Waddell is talking with Kubina’s agent this week. I’m hoping to see an extension reached before the deadline.

Gwinnett Fred

February 26th, 2010
2:27 pm

Great – free up the $4 million to spend on someone that will give a damn on the ice.

That is, of course, assuming the owners won’t just pocket the money.

Darren

February 26th, 2010
2:32 pm

If people want to “blame” Waddell for Kozlov’s lack of production begetting less ice time, then they should “blame” Waddell for acquiring him in the first place.

We fleeced Buffalo in that deal, in my opinion.

At this point, trading him appears to be the best move for both sides. I hope this gives a younger player a chance to compete at this level and prove they’re NHL-ready.

The Real Thrash

February 26th, 2010
2:36 pm

I just love Waddell’s take on the situation. It’s all the coach’s decision. Did the coach pick the players or the GM? Did the coach sign the players or the GM?
Geez!

GAY4SLAVA

February 26th, 2010
2:47 pm

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Smoothie

February 26th, 2010
2:58 pm

Do y’all realize Army’s first child is due in June or somewhere in that time-frame? That could, and I stress the could part, influence his decision to stay in ATL a bit longer if he can get an above avg salary to stay for 3 years. But if he sees this as his time to cash in now on a big contract to take him to his 30’s, then he’s probably gone. Not only do I see Army not wanting to be here that long, I really don’t see this team wanting him that long either since they are supposedly THAT committed to their younger players (whatever the motivation may be) for the next 3-6 years. Guys like Machacek, Crabb and eventually Klingberg will be able to do what Army does for less money. And that isn’t necessarily just a cost-cutting move, it may prove to be good business sense when Army’s value may be a bit inflated as it is.

MB

February 26th, 2010
3:12 pm

With all due respect to Slava (and there’s plenty due), this is great news, albeit a couple of years too late. Not likely to get too much for him now unless he’s packaged with someone else, but at the very least it will free up some $$.

And if Kozzy ends up on a contender where he’s contributing and valued, all the better. Heck, if the guy gets to hoist the Cup one more time, I’d certainly be cheering for him.

Smoothie

February 26th, 2010
3:20 pm

Calgary could use Slava for their struggling offense, especially the PP.

How about Slava for Colin Stuart and a 5th round pick?

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barons

February 26th, 2010
3:32 pm

6-0 USA over the fins!

Lee

February 26th, 2010
3:39 pm

Man, that’s disapointing. It won’t make a difference for the team, but, It’s still sad to see him go.

Thrashers27

February 26th, 2010
3:42 pm

The worst part of Kozzie leaving is that you know he’ll put up numbers next year. That’s the way he’s always been.

Best of luck Slava! I hope you land on a team that makes a good run. Thanks for all you’ve done here in Atlanta!

Jack

February 26th, 2010
3:42 pm

That sucks hopefully we will get somehting in return. I know it won’t be ovechkin but hopefully it will be something positive. Wadell time to redeem yourself

GaVaHokie

February 26th, 2010
3:50 pm

Smoothie… Calgary is already overloaded with Wingers right now. But, you’re right… he’d be a perfect PP guy for them… Someone to help set up the zone.

gcs

February 26th, 2010
3:52 pm

Smoothie

February 26th, 2010
4:04 pm

WTH is going on in Vancouver?? Law of averages finally evening out for the USA? Hope they don’t catch up to Ryan Miller in the final if we end up advancing to the Gold Medal game!!

ex-STH

February 26th, 2010
4:05 pm

Kozlov has always been one of my favorite Thrashers. Nothing but class. However it is time to part ways. How about trading him to the Canadians with Army and the Moose for Halak? Have you seen Halak in the Olympics?? against NHL players!!!!!

Smoothie

February 26th, 2010
4:08 pm

GVH – they may have a lot of forwards, but how many of them are good forwards who can score and run a PP? Then again, can Slava start hitting the twine again? I think so, but he’ll have to be on a line with better and grittier players. He’s certainly as good as Kotalik!

Want My Floor Seats?

February 26th, 2010
4:09 pm

So when can Todd White just go away?

GAY4SLAVA

February 26th, 2010
4:13 pm

You do not bench THE SLAVA.

You do not underutilize THE SLAVA.

You do not squander THE SLAVA.

You do not trade THE SLAVA.

WJ

February 26th, 2010
4:13 pm

Bottom line: Kozlov doesn’t simply want more playing time. If he did he wouldn’t worry about where he was being traded. He only wants a trade if he can go to a definite playoff team with a better chance that the Thrashers and less desirables have. Good luck and good-bye. Find him a team Donnie boy!

WJ

February 26th, 2010
4:16 pm

Am I last here also?:

Thrashy Thrashy

February 26th, 2010
4:37 pm

Might as well get something for him if we can. He’s old and isn’t doing much to help the club. Maybe Todd White can be traded? I’m sure a team would like to have him as an experienced eye in the stands. That’s gotta be worth a pick, right?

GaVaHokie

February 26th, 2010
4:38 pm

Smoothie… Kozlov is a much better set-up option for Iginla than Hagman.

Matt

February 26th, 2010
4:42 pm

What, exactly, would you get in return for Kozlov at this point in his career? A bag of pucks? I mean, he’s had just about the worst year possible statistically, disappeared for long stretches and been benched. Who is going to want him?

GaVaHokie

February 26th, 2010
4:44 pm

Kozlov is one of the more physically fit old men in the league… somebody might be getting a steal from us, but I’m still okay with moving him.

Barry

February 26th, 2010
4:45 pm

I love Slava and all and appreciate all he’s given this organization and what he’s done for this team, but it’s obvious this year he is past his prime and should seriously consider hanging up the skates. I can tell from watching him this year he’s not able to give it all this year that he did in years past. He just seems a step slow and not as creative on the ice. It seems when he has a chance to shoot he’s just putting pucks on net and not really trying to score. He’s also been a defensive liability out there. It’s not a knock against the person and player he is, but he just doesn’t seem to be able to “bring it” at the NHL level like he used to. I also don’t blame Anderson for scratching him. I wouldn’t have scratched his as much as he did, but it’s nice for the coach to start holding players accountable and be serious about this team actually winning.

Thrasher Trasher

February 26th, 2010
4:48 pm

I dont know how the Thrashers keep any fans. Waddell is a joke. All the good players are bailing like rats off of a sinking ship. I dont blame em, Id want out too ..who wants to play for a team that is OK with losing and OK with having the smallest payroll in the league?. And who wants to watch em? the attendance figures and lack of fan commitmemnt is reflective of the ownership’s lack of commitment in putting a decent product on the ice. Fans will come if the product is decent.If not, just please move the team and put us out of our misery.The Thrashers are the NHL version of the Pittsburgh Pirates..except at least you can watch the Pirates outside in the sunshine.

Jack

February 26th, 2010
5:03 pm

Regarding the trade question, no way they will depart with Moose, which is a good thing. They pretty much just announce him as the #1 goalie, which is good because pavelec is worthless. Maybe ship white and koslov off in a combo deal.

Somaatl95

February 26th, 2010
5:14 pm

I posted this on TSN.ca because their posters are all about the NHL deserting Atlanta. Want to chime in?
http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=311613
somaatl95
2 hours ago

Sigh. For the billionth time, Cool your Jets Winnipeg. Enjoy your little junior Winnipeg Thrashers and stop poaching on mine. And last time I checked the standings there happens to be 2 out of the 6 Teams in Canada who do not even have 50 points when Atlanta has 62. Why don’t you all start mocking them mercilessly (more than you guys already do) and for once stop this childish slamming of non northern, non Canadian teams. I seem to remember a year ago there were people posting on here that Phoenix would be in Hamilton and would still be in the cellar. Look at where they are now…. and they are doing quite well. Someone will always come back with the ‘Well, you guys have horrible attendance’ Winning and going to the Playoffs will bring the people. Atlanta has been a town that has suffered under all pro sports – and they ALL have eventually got to winning games, creating excitement, and PACKING THE PEOPLE IN. I will be the first person to admit I am wrong if the Thrashers establish repeat playoff performances and there are no people there – but since I know how people in Atlanta are I know for sure that winning puts the Butts in the seats. Look at the Braves (Before 1991 and After) The Falcons (before 1998 and after) The Current Hawks Teams, and oh yeah, The Flames before their owner screwed us over for a quick buck and the team relocated to Calgary. There are GENERATIONS of people here in Atlanta that love Hockey and wish we would get a fair shake instead of always having to defend ourselves about relocation. That being said, Kozlov will be missed if he goes – but this season we have been missing the Kozlov of old. Report this comment!