Update II: Thrashers trade for Clarke MacArthur

The Thrashers obtained Clarke MacArthur from Buffalo for a third- and fourth-round pick this year.

MacArthur, a left wing, has 13 goals and 13 assist in 60 games. He is a minus-14 this season. The 24-year-old is 5-foot-11, 191 pounds and is a restricted free agent. He makes $1.4 million.

Over four seasons with the Sabres, MacArthur has 79 points (41 goals, 38 assists) and is a minus-11.

The move was the only one of the day for the Thrashers, meaning Slava Kozlov will remain with team despite his request to be traded. Kozlov said today that he would considering playing in the KHL next year to continue his career if he doesn’t land with another NHL team.

New addition Evgeny Artyukhin has arrived and skated. He practiced along with Rich Peverely and Max Afinogenov. Coach John Anderson says don’t read too much into that yet. He was just getting a look at the new forward.

Chris Chelios cleared waivers, assigned to Chicago.

Nik Antropov did not skate, which is not unusual as he nurses a nagging hip injury.

Lines:

Bergfors-White-Little

Artyukhin-Peverley-Afinogenov

Kane-Slater-Armstrong

Boulton-Reasoner-Thorburn-Kozlov

UPDATE II:

Here are some quotes from Waddell about the acquisitions and team. Think what you will:

On the trade: “We said all along going into the trade deadline that we believe in our team, we really like our team. We are going to be buyers and not sellers. The last couple of days we made a couple of acquisitions picking up Evgeny Artyukhin and Clarke MacArthur that strengthen our group of forwards. When you look back at the trade for Ilya Kovalcuk we added [Johnny] Oduya and [Niclas] Bergfors. We really liked the way our team had been playing and we weren’t going to take away from that team. We wanted to make sure we kept adding to that team.

“I think this is a strong statement to our players, to our fans, that we believe we can make the playoffs and that’s why we were buyers and not sellers.”

On MacArthur: “Really good skater, good puck sense, good hockey sense. Plays hard. Not overly big, but he plays bigger than his size. … Speed is becoming really important in the game and our team gets around the ice as well as anybody else. Having bring that speed and bring the forecheck, you are going to make it hectic on another team’s defense.

“I think he’ll be a second- or third-line guy. The way we look at our top nine forwards are right now, we’d be hard press to say what is our number one line, our number two, our number three line is. I think if you are going to have success in the NHL you have to have three lines that can score. … We’ll find a spot in there for him and go from there.”

On Artyukhin: “We all think his skill level is greater than what he’s been able to show. We think he skates very well, a very physical player that can forecheck. Given a chance to play more minutes in certain situations will be more positive. Starting off with us here, he’ll probably start off in a fourth-line role and see where we go with it.”

On possibility of other trades: “Not really. We talked to a lot of teams. The prices were high and we really wanted to add a forward with speed and grit and MacArthur is the kind of guy that we focused on. We stayed in touch with everybody out there that was available. At the end of the day we felt this was the deal that was best for us. We had a lot of calls from teams that thought we would sell off guys, especially our UFA guys. I made it clear that was not the avenue we were going to take.”

On so many forwards: “We’ve got 15 forwards. We recognize that’s going to be an issue. Everyone is healthy right now which is a very good thing. We have 17 games this month and to think we are going to get through this stretch thinking we are going to be healthy we’ll be very fortunate. We’ll address it. Now we’ve got competition for jobs. I look at it as a very healthy situation. If you play well, you’re going to continue to play. If you have a bad night or a night off, there are other guys waiting to take your job. I look at it as a very competition and healthy situation.”

On not trading Kozlov: “There wasn’t a buyer for [him]. We had small interest early in the day and as the day went on that weeded. We couldn’t move him so he’s still a Thrasher and is going to be one for the rest of the year.

“We never had an offer to bring to him.”

123 comments Add your comment

Tale of Woe

March 3rd, 2010
2:49 pm

Pierre LeBrun:
Just got a note from Bruins front office saying Tim Thomas will NOT be traded

Got a note from Thrashers front office saying Slava Kozlov and Colby Armstrong “still in play” with minutes ticking to 3 p.m. ET

Mike

March 3rd, 2010
2:54 pm

Glad to hear that Kubina is not still in play. Guess they really are working to resign him.

Dwayne

March 3rd, 2010
2:55 pm

MacArthur’s park is melting…

erock

March 3rd, 2010
2:57 pm

MCARTHUR IS A GOOD PICK UP…. YOUNG 24…. CRASHES THE NET AND JUST SIGNED A MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT.

ChippersLoveChild

March 3rd, 2010
2:57 pm

I hope Army stays… the chemistry on that line has been solid, I’d hate to see them broken up while we are in this race. Who cares if we lose Colby in the offseason, it’s not like he is going to bring a huge return if traded.

Lee

March 3rd, 2010
3:04 pm

Deadline passed

Brendan

March 3rd, 2010
3:05 pm

Awesome trade for MacArthur. I can’t believe it. Waddell fleeced the Sabres. Why on EARTH would Buffalo do this trade???

Tale of Woe

March 3rd, 2010
3:06 pm

And now we wait on Slava and Armstrong

Old Time Hockey

March 3rd, 2010
3:08 pm

Armstrong is overrated. Every now and again he does something and I’ll think “wow what a play….why doesn’t he do that more often?” But then he disappears for a while. Great tools, but show me the money.

Gwinnett Fred

March 3rd, 2010
3:09 pm

erock:

Reading MacArthur is a RFA after the season, not under contract. Still a good pickup, but not as good as if he was under contract!

James Brown

March 3rd, 2010
3:09 pm

Clarke M. deal looks good to me…………………….He will help us down the stretch big time…………….still waiting on word about Slava

Brendan

March 3rd, 2010
3:10 pm

Sabres coughed up Nathan Paetsche + conditional 2nd rounder to get LW Raffi Torres. I like Paetsche, and wonder what the condition is of that 2nd rounder, but Buffalo did well to get Torrest. But I cannot approve of Buffalo moving MacArthur to the Thrashers for some ‘throw away’ 3rd and 4th rounders. I don’t care HOW HIGH they might be, coming from Atlanta. If you’re Buffalo, you should keep MacArthur.

Hey, it’s good for the Thrashers! And anything good for the Thrashers, is A-okay in my book.

James Brown

March 3rd, 2010
3:13 pm

The Thrashers are really starting to stockpile a lot of good young players that can play in the NHL right now……………..I like this base of talent

Sage of Bluesland

March 3rd, 2010
3:14 pm

Finally, the missing piece to the Stanley Cup puzzle!!!

(maybe we’ll even make the playoffs this year…any “promises” from Donnie on that?)

Brendan

March 3rd, 2010
3:14 pm

Another thing, I think MacArthur is going to play more minutes here. So, he’s gotta to like that aspect of this trade. Now, I cannot comment on whether he likes leaving a playoff-bound team in contention for a division title to come to Atlanta for the next few seasons. But hey, that’s the way the cookie crumbles, MacArthur Park.

I welcome Clarke MacArthur here. I hope he likes it here. And I hope he’ll re-sign here, when his contract comes due. I love this move. I really, truly do. See?? See how when Waddell does something GOOD, I give him credit. I’m not just a “basher.” I like this trade. MacArthur park still needs some work. But he’s young! A former 3rd rounder, 74th overall, I believe. In Buffalo’s shoes, I wouldn’t have quit on this guy. But hey, Lindy Ruff and Darcy Regier must have felt that he was expendable, if they pulled the trigger on this deal.

Gwinnett Fred

March 3rd, 2010
3:17 pm

Regarding MacArthur:

Don’t everybody be THAT stunned Buffalo dealt him when you see:

(a) He was 17th on that team in ice time and (b) on a team with an overall +13, he was a team worst -14.

Doesn’t mean he won’t help the Thrash, but I think most folks are overstating how much Buffalo is crazy for trading him.

Jack

March 3rd, 2010
3:29 pm

I thought he jest resigned to a multi-year deal with the Sabres

brett

March 3rd, 2010
3:33 pm

Look like no more trades for the Thrashers. Slava, Kubina and Army stay.

WJ

March 3rd, 2010
3:34 pm

J(Z)

March 3rd, 2010
3:34 pm

Here’s what I put together

Bergfors-Antropov-Little /
Afinigenov-MacArthur-Peverley /
Kane-Slater-Armstrong /
Thorburn-Reasoner-Artuykhin

Tale of Woe

March 3rd, 2010
3:35 pm

Thrashers will be considered losers of the trade deadline if Slava isn’t traded. I would have given him away for a 7th rounder just to make him happy. Also disappointed we didn’t get something for Armstrong. DW lets us down again

Gwinnett Fred

March 3rd, 2010
3:36 pm

Reading from the Buffalo press:

MacArthur was offered to Carolina last week (not said what for, but obviously the Canes didn’t want to give up a 3rd & 4th for him).

Fan vote is running 2-1 in favor of liking what the Sabres did (though only 600 votes) – so obviously that -14 didn’t make him a real fan favorite.

The Buffalo News also states that indeed he is a RFA next year and the Sabres had to dump him to clear cap space.

All this says to me that hopefully, he’ll be happy to come to a place that will (hopefully) welcome him and give him a fresh start since he was on the outs in Buffalo (and hey, they are a better hockey team, but it’s STILL located in Buffalo!)

The Real Thrash

March 3rd, 2010
3:38 pm

13 goals and 13 assist in 60 games. He is a minus-14
That will propel us into the playoffs!

Mike M

March 3rd, 2010
3:39 pm

So that is 15 forwards can anyone be sent down with out waiving them?
If not why pick up rental players just to waive RFA and get nothing back and if that is the case why stop playing Slava to put White in as bad as he has played all season?

Tale of Woe

March 3rd, 2010
3:39 pm

Pierre LeBrun:
Thrashers GM DOn Waddell confirms Slava Kozlov and Colby Armstrong stay put

The Real Thrash

March 3rd, 2010
3:42 pm

Needs more time?
“Over four seasons with the Sabres, MacArthur has 79 points (41 goals, 38 assists) and is a minus-11.” That will certainly help replace the Kovy scoring.
When will the fans expect more than just “hope.”

James Brown

March 3rd, 2010
3:51 pm

Was it last year Kovy was a -15 or so at one point…………that being said, I will always agree with Bob Hartley that the plus minus thing “doesn`t mean a hill of beans”. I agree with Brendan……….. Mac will get more minutes here so let the show begin and see what he does.

CA Thrasher Fan

March 3rd, 2010
3:52 pm

This is a good deal going forward. MacArthur will easily slot into Army’s spot on the 3rd line, providing better speed and a bit more offensive upside. I would expect to see an increase in his production simply by virtue of moving from a defense-first system in Buffalo to the more uptempo style of the Thrashers. This is all about continuing to build young depth as a TEAM and nothing to do with replacing Kovalchuk’s production.

StateBird

March 3rd, 2010
3:56 pm

Watching the Brian Burke press conference on NHL Network. Would love to have a real GM with a solid plan and straight talk.

StateBird

March 3rd, 2010
3:59 pm

Not a fan of the MacArthur trade. Undersized, non-scoring threat, and defensive liability as indicated in his +/- numbers (worst on team). Would prefer to give Dudley a shot with those 2 picks.

J-man

March 3rd, 2010
3:59 pm

Buffalo is easily under the cap. My best guess is that they didn’t really like what they saw and didn’t potentially want to pay more (MacArthur didn’t make a lot over the minimum) to re-sign him in the summer. Not exactly a ringing endorsement.

David

March 3rd, 2010
4:00 pm

You want a team that’s 2nd to last in the NHL too StateBird? Brian Burke is hands down the most overrated GM in the business.

KLS1

March 3rd, 2010
4:05 pm

Whatever is going on with Kozlov, they will need him to make the playoffs. He and Anderson need to bury the hatchet and let him go score some goals.

Scoring is going to be hard to come by down the stretch, if Vokoun played last night we would have lost.

Emerald green couch

March 3rd, 2010
4:11 pm

How come these guys are missing so many teeth?

Tincup9

March 3rd, 2010
4:12 pm

Neither a borrower nor lender be eh Don?
so we essentially, “Picked up Armstrong” to be a rental role player on our 3rd line, and signed Kozlov and Chelios as insurance? I mean, that is what not moving Slava or Colby really equates to. I still have no idea why we signed Chelios and where someone MUST be sent down at this point? Who gets waived? White? Kozlov?

Mary Ann Hossa

March 3rd, 2010
4:15 pm

Pierre LeBrun: Thrashers GM DOn Waddell confirms Slava Kozlov and Colby Armstrong stay put

Why the hell does DW always put his business out there and doesn’t do anything? Meaning he said a week ago Slava wanted out and he was going to accomodae that. Then with Armstrong today he confirmed he was being shopped. DW needs to shut up and make the moves. He looks like a complete idiot when he can’t get anything done. Armstrong does not like ATLANTA. He is just like Kovy.

Mary Ann Hossa

March 3rd, 2010
4:16 pm

further, DW said we were buyers. I didn’t have this Buffalo player in mind.

kracker

March 3rd, 2010
4:17 pm

Looks like quite a good pickup in McArthur. He’s a known asset because he played for Cunneyworth, who’s good working with young talent. He cost us not much (a 3rd and 4th). He will get more minutes in JAs system so signing him as RFA next summer shouldn’t be a problem.

So…with 15 forwards now, we will see how the lines form up, who lives in the press box, who gets sent down (if possible) or who gets waived.

MB

March 3rd, 2010
4:31 pm

Statebird, saw the same press conference and thought the same thing. Sigh.

Was NOBODY interested in Slava? I mean, given the situation, wouldn’t you take just about anything…even “future considerations”…just to let the guy go to a different situation?

Good work by both Shero and MacPhee…both Pittsburgh and Washington should be tougher outs after today.

Bob

March 3rd, 2010
4:37 pm

“You want a team that’s 2nd to last in the NHL too StateBird? Brian Burke is hands down the most overrated GM in the business.”

And with clueless fans like this, we wonder why Don Waddell still has a job? lol

chief of smoke

March 3rd, 2010
4:48 pm

MB.. my guessing is no team wanted Kozlov’s $3.7M contract. We may need to waive him perhaps someone may claim him on Re-Entry Waivers where the Thrashers and his new team would each pay half od his contract

Jimbo

March 3rd, 2010
4:55 pm

Armstrong is one of the slowest skaters in the NHL and really doesn’t show me much. Don’t know much about MacArthur but he can’t be as slow. Suspect that Kozlov drew little interest and will be released to cut his own deal. Don’t be surprised if Chelios ends up here to add veteran presence to the playoff push. Could be a Keith Tk. type of spark.

Always Hoping......

March 3rd, 2010
5:15 pm

What I like is the Islanders will be without Andy Sutton tomorrow. This may give us more chances to get the puck to the net. The guy is a shot blocking machine.

White did well last night. Besides the goal he did great in the penalty kill and won a few key face-offs. That being said it should be an interrsting line up tomorrow.

MB

March 3rd, 2010
5:19 pm

CoS, I think you’re right. Even at a third of that $3.7 for the remainder of the year, that’s still a lot to pay for a rapidly-depreciating asset, though I kinda believe that Slava would be more motivated in a different environment and put forth a better overall effort. Appreciative of his contributions over the years and would rather see him go out on the ice as opposed to the press box, but we clearly have no need for him here.

Brendan

March 3rd, 2010
5:26 pm

People, we shouldn’t expect MacArthur Park to hang the moon. He’s not a “hang the moon” kind of player. But I genuinely believe we did very well in this acquisition. Any moment now, someone will post it’s a good thing I’m not a GM because I’d be fleeced in a poker game, forver tipping my hand.

Here’s how I think it happened. Waddell calls up Buffalo to ask, “anything for sale?” Buffalo says, “We’re shopping MacArthur, you interested?” Waddell says, “We’re always ‘interested.’ What are you asking in return?” Buffalo says, “A second rounder.” Waddell says, “C’mon. For a 2nd rounder, we can find better than MacArthur. How ’bout a third rounder? We’ll do that.” Buffalo counters, “How ’bout 3rd rounder ANNND a 4th rounder?” Knowing what garbage is available at picks #98 and #128, Waddell agrees.

Rocket science? I hardly think so. I think Atlanta won this trade. And I don’t mean maybe. But I’d be lying to you if I said MacArthur doesn’t still need to be “coached up.” He does. Maybe Cunneyworth will do that for him? Players, even at the NHL level, still need to be developed, and developed properly. It’s not a task left exclusively to Juniors, the NCAA, some U-17 or U-18 developmental program, or the many and various minor leagues.

Brendan

March 3rd, 2010
5:38 pm

Final thoughts on Slava. If we bump him to the 4th line, playing “Eric Boulton-like minutes,” I think we’ll be fine. If we wind up in a shootout, he’s still there for us. And you just KNOWWWWWW … that at some point … Atlanta will be in another shootout. And Kozlov will take the shot. And Kozlov will score. And bloggers will post here, “Good thing he wasn’t traded.”

That’s just how things go, ’round here. And well, if no one was biting on Kozlov, or Kozlov wouldn’t go to Nashville, Minnesota, Phoenix or Anaheim, then that’s that. It’s his NTC. And it’s up to him to waive it or not. Like I’ve said all along with Kozlov, there’s almost nothing we can do with a 3-year contract that contains a no trade clause, at that salary, for a player his age, when we signed him back in 2007, post NY Rangers sweep.

Want My Floor Seats?

March 3rd, 2010
5:41 pm

First, just because he was offered to Carolina last week doesn’t mean they weren’t willing to give a 3rd and 4th pick for him. They probably wanted more last week than Carolina would give and when you’re trying to clear cap space and move someone with an hour or so til deadline, you take what someone will give you. I agree a change of scenery may be what Mac needs to open up. Clearly Dudley’s seen something in him that he likes or they would’ve passed on him at any price.

Second, scoring may or may not be hard to come by down the stretch…But nearly EVERYONE was taking shots last night and they weren’t just one-timers. BOLTS even took 3 shots last night!! WTH?!? There were some serious, high-quality shots made from just about everywhere and their goalie (Clemmensen) really made some great stops. It could’ve easily been 6-2 or 7-2 even with Vokoun in there. There were PLAYS being run other than just “get the puck to Kovy…” The neat part about this is how other teams really have NO IDEA where the next shot is coming from post-Kovy. That leads me to believe we could be seeing this team score 4, 5, 6 goals in any given game…And they could come from 4, 5, 6 different players! What a CHANGE…

For the most part, passing was crisp and I got the feeling even some of the guys were *surprised* at some of the passes that ended up right at their feet. On the other hand, FLA often looked like they were kicking the puck around like a hacky sack, just trying to get it near the net. It felt GOOD to be watching the team that was passing, setting up shots, exhibiting patience and taking good, quality shots…And that team was actually OURS!

So don’t think this team can’t score…They can. Within the first 4 mins or so, WE had a 2-0 lead which is a complete reversal of fortune. Moose made 2 great plays that opened up goals 1 and 3. Max took the puck from BEHIND our goal and blew by everyone to set up Peverley on the first one. These are GREAT, alert & innovative plays that show this team is capable of much more than some of you give them credit for. And it’s not just offense. How long’s it been since they’ve had 7 PKs in a row? (And some of those penalties were just BS!)

Dudley’s built winners before and we’re watching it happen right before our very eyes again. These guys are believing they can play with anyone and win. That’s the perfect atmosphere for a playoff run. Not doing a blockbuster trade today was probably the best thing that could’ve happened right now. And who would’ve thought that the biggest key to this teams current SUCCESS was the biggest trade of the year in the entire league?

Don’t forget Koz had to approve any trade. Obviously he was being shopped. It was in the AJC for crying outloud! chief is right: $3.7M is BIG. I keeping seeing the real interest was in Kubina. I’m glad we kept him…He’s a beast!

East Point Bob

March 3rd, 2010
6:23 pm

Nothing for Nothing means Nothing with the Atlanta Thrashers GM… What a total loser he really is !

Sage of Bluesland

March 3rd, 2010
6:26 pm

I’ll give our bumbling, lisping fraud of a GM credit for one thing in this trade: at least the guy he got has PLAYED in the NHL…His history of draft picks after the first ten selections of the 1st round indicates they won’t make it past Chicago–and forever be relegated to “Legends of Blueland” status (you know, on the back of your silly wittle fwee game bookwet)…

See, I gave credit where it is due. Has there been another of Don’s playoff “guarantees” yet this year?

What a joke. Those who continue to put money into these owners’ pockets are a bigger part of the problem now. You have heard the owners’ words, but most importanty, have witnessed their ACTIONS. Do you honestly believe we are more than mere fodder for the ‘real’ teams in the league?!

(Countdown to more of SmoothieLamb’s inane bleating…10…9…8….Make it a good effort, I beg of you!)

Jack

March 3rd, 2010
6:48 pm

So since we only have 4 lines what are we doing with 15 forwards.