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.

[...] probably shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone, but Chris Vivlamore is reporting that Slava Kozlov has asked to be [...]

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!

Kaat

February 26th, 2010
5:22 pm

Now the Thrashers have broken my heart forever. I can’t believe this. Don’t want to.

JR

February 26th, 2010
5:36 pm

he has played like his 38 years this season. not sure that he could help anyone except in a very limited role. having said that, i’d rather see white sitting.

Roscoe P. Coltrane

February 26th, 2010
5:37 pm

RE-READ this comment by the Slav…

“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. …”

Me, Me, Me. Sounds like he’s either warming up for a song or getting ready to play hockey for the Russian Olympic team.

Thanks for all you did in Atlanta, good luck on your next endeavor, don’t let the lack of return slow you down Donnie. Clear the way for motivated, grateful youngsters.

East Point Bob

February 26th, 2010
5:50 pm

Can’t blame Slava, a franchise with no class, a franchise with a demwit stupid MF as GM and what
player in their right mind would even consider playing here ? This franchise is the dump of the league
and the one single person who needs to be removed from his position because of being the worst at what he does, remains to F up things even more.

Slava, you desreve better, though you play has been off this season, but now you too have had enough of this team and it’s Mickey Mouse GM and owners.

Sage of Bluesland

February 26th, 2010
5:54 pm

Laughing at some of the sheep around here and their comments! Ya’ll are priceless at times! One joke who can’t chant for someone ‘losing their job’…

My, my–how utterly pathetic.

Reading some of these comments simply reinforces why we are precisely where we are in the league. You represent this “organization” very well, folks who continue to subsidize the incompetence…

Robert

February 26th, 2010
5:57 pm

This is the best news for the Thrashers. Kozlov is horrible. Too many times has he had open net to shoot and he passes. He isn’t even that great at passing. He was a waste of space for this team.

Jack

February 26th, 2010
5:59 pm

Don’t worry about the backup. Yes it would of been nice for 2 staright shutouts but a convincing win is a win. All that matters is that we are going to be playing for gold against Canada. Sage you have a point

JR

February 26th, 2010
6:00 pm

sage of bluesland: i don’t get your drift. please elaborate. thanks

Zulu

February 26th, 2010
6:06 pm

Why is there is always advance notice of any Thrashers roster move? Whether trade, cut or signing they are like a group of 8 year olds that can’t keep a secret. A major league organization keeps this info out of the news until it happens.

ex-STH

February 26th, 2010
6:51 pm

Come on Zulu….what about Heatley??? Dion Phanuff???

ex-STH

February 26th, 2010
6:55 pm

Any one that follows hockey could see this coming. They only benched Kozy the past month because he does not have to be showcased for a trade. We all know White should have been the one benched but JA was told by DWad to play White and try to get him going so he may be able to bring a little better return. I kept saying all last summer that White should have been traded while his value was as high as it ever would be in his career!!!

Mike

February 26th, 2010
7:46 pm

Slava has been a great Thrasher and I’ve enjoyed watching him play here, but he isn’t having a great year and if we can trade him to a contender than it is a win win for everyone. We free up a roster spot for bringing in Versteeg or bringing up Crabb. By bringing in Versteeg or Crabb, we can sit White more as either of those two guys would play better than White.

I still think the Thrashers have a chance for the playoffs and the energy from Crabb with how they have been playing lately is a great combo in my opinion.

kracker

February 26th, 2010
8:08 pm

JR – Please don’t feed the trolls.

Telfo

February 26th, 2010
8:58 pm

why is anyone upset about this? Kozzy has clearly lost it, it is clearly time to turn this team over to the kids

Kovyoverrated

February 26th, 2010
9:28 pm

That silence you hear is the excitement of all the other teams’ GMs when they heard that SLAVA FREAKIN” KOZLOV did them a favor and waived his NTC. If we can get 2 cases of Bud Light for him, take it!

Kovyoverrated

February 26th, 2010
9:29 pm

No More Russians!!!!!!

Jimbo

February 26th, 2010
9:36 pm

Unfortunately, another good guy and former contributor at the end of the road and clearly not worth $4 mil a year. Joey Crabb playing great in Chicago. He deserves Slava’s spot.

Lee

February 26th, 2010
9:46 pm

Waddell should try playing Russian Roulette.

What will we get for Kozzy? Hmm, maybe a minor leaguer that got suspended for the year *cough cough, Ivan* and a 5th rd. pick

Tony C.

February 26th, 2010
10:03 pm

Well, I think as someone else pointed out, this follows Slava’s pattern of the past 10 years or so-good one year, bad the next. I’m more interested in who yall think a likely trading partner would be… Edmonton’s desperate to get rid of Souray, and moving Kozlov should be able to allow us to swallow that contract for example. Personally, I see Anaheim, Boston & LAK as possible destinations (LA for his veteran presence and unflappable-ness.

He’s been a treat to watch during his tenure here-a class act and a sneakily funny guy. I’ll never forget his “rally-helmet” move a couple of seasons ago-he’s a hockey player’s hockey player and I wish him well. I’d also hire him as a coach/scout once he hangs ‘em up.

StateBird

February 26th, 2010
10:17 pm

Let youth be served. However I would prefer that White be shown the exit first. Hopefully both will be gone in the coming week.

GaVaHokie

February 26th, 2010
11:55 pm

Stumpel, Zednik, Satan, Handzus… what is this? 2003?

GaVaHokie

February 26th, 2010
11:56 pm

Oh, and Palffy.

HNIC

February 27th, 2010
12:05 am

Tony C

Grow up…no one wants Kozzy..i’m glad you you have a man crush on a guy whom has not broken a sweat and does not give a crap… he is going to ask his wife?

HNIC

February 27th, 2010
12:07 am

east point bob

koozzy and kovy both suck

rone

February 27th, 2010
12:13 am

Canada got away with one tonight. Lack of composure with the snow farmers tonight. They were ten inches away from overtime.
All pressure is now on you guys!
Can you imagine losing to your southern friends?
I can.
The Canadians put on a good show in the first, and second.
But… you almost blew it, and now you have to play the only team that bested you in these games.
Good luck, and as you chanted in the start of the 3rd, “Bring on USA!, Bring on USA!, Bring on USA!”
Well… you got us…

rone

February 27th, 2010
12:16 am

Your game to lose Canada!!!!

rone

February 27th, 2010
12:23 am

Where’s the Olympic blog?

It`s About Time

February 27th, 2010
2:04 am

Good ole DW signed Kozlov to a contract that was too lengthy at the time, and now`s the time to pay the piper. We`re stuck with him, while the rest of the league kicks back and knows that this is the Thashers problem, and they want noooo part of it.

BubbaDaStickman

February 27th, 2010
8:16 am

Hey Slava, don’t let the door hit you in the Arse on the way out…Best way to get playing time on a young team is to assist & score goals…Not pout…

PMC

February 27th, 2010
8:52 am

you could just note everyone employed by the Thrashers requests trade to relevant team with owner who gives a crap. Geez.

PMC

February 27th, 2010
8:54 am

yeah trade him for a pick… that’s gone so well for the GM in town.

Lee

February 27th, 2010
9:30 am

[...] Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Unhappy with his lack of playing time, Thrashers forward Slava Kozlov has requested a trade. He’s been a healthy scratch of late, and the Kings, Bruins, and Red Wings could be interested. “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. … [...]

Hotrod

February 27th, 2010
10:07 am

Kinda knew that would be coming. His shootout work will be missed.
He had a couple of good years here.

JEff

February 27th, 2010
10:53 am

Instead of working harder and getting your starting position back you ask for a trade? You got to love professionals, sometimes they are like a 3 year old that doesn’t get his way

Barry

February 27th, 2010
10:58 am

Some of you guys need to pay attention and actually watch this team to realize what is REALLY going on. Okay Waddell was basically forced to trade Kovy. A player that is one dimensional, over stays his shift, and is sometimes a bit selfish. For all the goals Kovy scores he is always either a 0 in the +/- or a negative. That means that Kovy scores as many goals as he allows to be scored. Waddell tried to months to re-sign Kovy and him and his agent were not willing to accept anything but the league max, which they knew they wouldn’t get that offer anyway. It was obvious Kovy and his agent didn’t want to be here anymore. They just forced Waddell to trade him in a nicer way. Kari is traded after not ever living up to his full potential and is ALWAYS injured for a month or more each season. He can’t be counted on. Good riddance. Now you guys are whining because a 38 year old player who is getting outplayed by a 18 year old rookie complains about playing time? Like I said, this team needs accountability and a coach that is serious about winning and putting the best players out on the ice, and you guys complain? Kozlov has been a great player for many many years but it’s obvious he is not able to play like he used to and when he starts to be a defensive liability on the ice like Kovy, and he’s not really generating much on offense it’s time for him to move on. We all want this team to be winners, for a coach to have players playing that actually want to be here, and for everyone to be serious about trying to make the playoffs and some of you whine and complain when we trade away the players that don’t want to be here??? I fail to grasp your logic.

[...] forward Slava Kozlov has requested a trade (cough, [...]

kracker

February 27th, 2010
1:00 pm

My God, this thread sure is full of a bunch of loser-whiner-no nothings! Most of which have never even been on a pair of skates or owned a business and dealt with a payroll.

Kozlov was a good signing for the Thrashers. He was also a good re-signing for the team. A capable player and a good influence in the locker room, on the ice and in the shoot outs. At age 38, it’s clear he has lost some of his game and/or he is not meshing with his line mates in Anderson’s game. He’s not whining/b!tching (like the bloggers here) but has made it known he will waive his NTC if a trade is available. The language about “if it’s to the right team” etc, is just boilerplate. Kozlov wants playing time. He’d prefer to get it on a playoff bbound team which is most likely the sort of team that would be interested in trading for him.

But I imagine he would approve a trade to most any team if it gets him ice time. He really does need to show (and know) if he can still play, if he can get another NHL contract or if it’s time to move over to Europe or Russia or if it’s time to retire.

Thanks for your services here, Slava, but we all know it’s time to part company. Good luck to you!

Brendan

February 27th, 2010
2:44 pm

I’d to thank Slava for his years of service here. He’s one of the longest tenured Thrashers. I think, with departure of Kovalchuk, Kozlov and Slater have played the most games as a Thrasher.

I appreciated that Kozlov stayed with us through those terrible building years. But in the 2007 offseason, the organization needed to size up where it was headed, after a 1st round sweep by the Rangers in the Opening Round of the playoffs. The team was one of the oldest in the NHL at that point. But it decided to reward Kozlov with a 3-year deal. And not exactly at a discount. When it became clear that Kozlov wasn’t getting the numbers he wanted, he hopped a flight to Dallas, to interview with the Stars. Though, I hardly thought he was serious about playing there. The trip was designed to help Mr. Waddell find his checkbook. What I said at the time was, “we may come to regret the LENGTH of this deal, in that 3rd year.” Well, here we are. I don’t think that I harped on the “value” of the contract that much, since the cap was growing rapidly. It very much appeared that Atlanta had the money to afford Kozlov. I’m a person who thinks that every team needs some form of veteran leadership. That said, there were too many veterans on the Thrashers. (Mellanby, Holik, Tkachuk, Sim.)

And I want to highlight something here, while we’re still talking about it. When the Thrashers were swept out, Don Waddell said words to this effect, “A lot of veteran leadership let us down in this postseason. Guys like Belanger and Kozlov had to play better.” Once I heard that, I was almost CERTAIN Waddell had abandoned Kozlov from his plans, moving forward. The normally player-friendly Waddell doesn’t usually drop names. And he, in the same interview, DEFENDED Marian Hossa’s invisible performance, saying, “it really wasn’t his fault.” Now, obviously, Waddell was still courting Hossa to be re-signed before the 2008 season began. But the point is, the organization hadn’t really begun its youth movement yet. I wanted Kozlov to stay. But I wanted him on a 2-year deal, at a discount. Kozlov’s trip to Dallas got him 3-years, at market value. Oh, Tkachuk did slightly better, at $4 million cap hit, as opposed to $3.75 million for Kozlov. But the difference was negligible.

Thrashers27

February 27th, 2010
2:55 pm

I just noticed that Mannino was sent back to Chicago. Looks like he was brought up for the youth skills competition.

World Be Free

February 27th, 2010
3:32 pm

Slava has had a good career. He’s lost a step, which is one of the reasons he was upstairs.

Remember, Kozlov WANTED to be here, he didn’t want to leave like a lotta other players until such time as he did not have a spot anymore. We’ll get something for him.

Good luck Slava.

Brendan

February 27th, 2010
3:35 pm

WBF, I agree that we’ll get something for him. I don’t it will be a lot. But, at this point, who EXPECTS a lot?

Thrashers27

February 27th, 2010
5:26 pm

Anyone ever hear if Belkin ponied up the 2 mill, or not?

kracker

February 27th, 2010
6:38 pm

We would have heard for sure if Belkin did not pay the $2M.

Thrashers27

February 27th, 2010
6:47 pm

Kracker, you’d think we’d hear one way, or the other, unless there has been no announcement. Maybe Chris could ask around about that.

Here, here, WBF! Slava is great. I wish him the best wherever he lands. Some folks have quickly forgotten how awesome he is every other year.

Delbert D.

February 27th, 2010
7:27 pm

I really do not understand this sport. If he’s not playing in the top 12 in Atlanta, will he do that with a playoff contender?

Jimbo

February 27th, 2010
9:07 pm

Some one will want him for spot duty on the power play and for strategic use in the shootout. My guess is Boston. He is a classy guy and represented us in a solid professional manner. He’s just not worth $3.75 mil as he heads toward retirement.

Thrasher 1

February 27th, 2010
11:31 pm

Kozlov has been a hard working, first rate player for the Thrashers. How pathetic that he has to ask for a trade.

A few years back the Thrashers appeared to be turning the corner; two of the best young players in the game and a solid foundation to build around. One car wreck, death of a player – the club has slid ever since.

Really believe that this is our last year as an NHL City…

Rogie

February 28th, 2010
12:41 pm

Slava is winding up his career. He’s lost a step and some quickness on his shot. He seems timid on the power play, not taking the sneaky wrist shot from the half boards that he had been so good at for most of his career. He is a creative playmaker and great passer but has shied away from going into the corners or in front of the net — doing the muckwork. I loved watching the Slava of 5 years ago, but now, his role is limited to specialty playtime….maybe a shift on the power play. He’ll be attractive to a team needing a player like that — plus he’s money in shootouts. Of course, in the playoffs — no shootouts and the muckers are of far more value. Good luck to Slava….maybe a prospect or a 5th round pick I would think…

we lost

February 28th, 2010
7:50 pm

Canada won gold medal 3-2 today on crosby overtime Goal give canada there 2nd gold medal in hockey…..Oh well Usa did very well be glad Don Waddell was not runnin Usa team….We Trade slava Kozlov go to a team and show teflon Don he goof!

David

February 28th, 2010
11:07 pm

Thank God! He’s been useless all year. There’s a reason he isn’t playing. He’s been slow, timid, and costly. His play on the powerplay has been AWFUL, he’s a liability full strength and he doesn’t even seem to care about his play. let him go or let him retire.

[...] Atlanta Thrashers – Veteran winger Slava Kozlov, who has suited up for just two of the past ten Thrashers games, has requested a trade from Atlanta. A year after posting 76 points playing alongside Todd White and Bryan Little, Kozlov has suffered through a miserable season, recording just 24 points in 52 games and registering a career worst -16 rating. He is willing to waive his no trade clause in order to go to a contender [Atlanta Journal-Constitution] [...]

Viking

March 1st, 2010
11:14 am

Here is what i think is going on:

Slava is planning a couple of years in the KHL before retirement. However, the recent benching and the possible continuation of press box appearances for the rest of the season would be devastating for his contract negotiations with an KHL club. He has already won the ultimate hockey goal – the Stanley Cup – and I doubt that it is just eagerness for playing time that is behind his trade request.

Slava has been one of my favorite Thrashers players and still is, but if production declines together with high hockey age and salary, a trade to a team that values him and his excuisite penalty shot ability is only a good thing. (Provided we get something decent in return). Someone wrote about Slava or White on the bench, and alluded to a possible White trade reason. Maybe so, but there might also be so that they value White’s PK or face off profieciency higher than Slavas shoot-outs.

johnny

March 1st, 2010
12:37 pm

hi guys, i am permanent reader but never participant directly. this outcry because yesterday accidental met current Thrasher acquinted couple years ago in lobby of private massager. below our conversation with little change to protect him.
“hi, how are you
hi, what about yourself
what going on with thrashers
please don’t ask, this is a swamp
it’s because of waddell?
not only. the owners even worse.
sorry god luck”
ok, nothing new but still revelation because information from inside. what can i say. hand off from atlanta sports team dirty ASG mafia gang. how even we can think about keeping or signing decent UFA, if players, not fans having such opinion. god luck extending kubina, army, max. in current situation i see only waddell and white going to be extended. no light at the end of tunnel.

ChippersLoveChild

March 1st, 2010
2:23 pm

Thanks, Johnny, and welcome. I look forward to reading more of your incoherent ramblings in the future.

Thrasher_Ed

March 1st, 2010
2:50 pm

Chris Viv or anyone else who may know the answer. How many pick do the Thrashers have at present for this years Amatuer draft. I know we swapped picks in the Kovy 2nd rounder’s this year and gained a 4th from Dallas. What else do we have? Do we have all our picks or have any been traded in previous seasons?

ChippersLoveChild

March 1st, 2010
3:21 pm

Also gained a 1st from the Devils in the trade.

mike

March 2nd, 2010
11:00 am

Nice guy, great teammate, but he doesn’t fit into future plans. Get a drft choice for him, and bring someone up from Chicago to get experience.