A few (small) pieces of offseason news

I wanted to get a new blog up – in between too much yard work and some Braves assignments – and post a few items of news. Nothing big, but I thought the loyal Thrashers readers would be interested in them.

* Not much to report on the coaching search right now. The one name that I have heard mentioned by several people in the NHL is Blackhawks assistant John Torchetti. We may know more about his status once the Blackhawks season is over.

* I’m hearing that SportSouth has re-upped to do Thrashers television for three more seasons. Not sure if that has been out there or not. My understanding is the new deal also includes an increase in the number of games aired each season with up to 75 in the third year. I will let you know if I find out something more.

* Also the radio deal with 680 The Fan expired after this recently completed season. My understanding that a deal there is being worked on and may well get done, but nothing official yet so stay tuned.

* Rich Peverley has joined Evander Kane as Thrashers that will play for Team Canada at the World Championships next month in Germany. The two were on the list of 15 players announced by general manager Mark Messier last week. Ondrej Pavelec will be playing for the Czech Republic and Maxim Afinogenov will represent Russia.

* I talked to Slava Kozlov recently about his status for next season. He told me he has been contacted by “five or six” KHL teams. However, he fully intends to wait until July 1 when he becomes an unrestricted free agent to explore all his options, including the NHL.

* I had an interesting quote from new GM Rick Dudley that I was unable to get into the story last week. I asked him how close he thought the Thrashers were to where the Blackhawks were a few years ago when he was the assistant GM. Here is what he said:  “Very similar [to what he built in Chicago]. In fact I see this team, this year, as fairly close to the team that got 88 points in Chicago (2007-08). They are both in the same point in their evolution. At that point we added Brian Campbell [in Chicago], which certainly helped us. We are at a very similar point. We’ve got three lines that are capable of scoring, or we have the capacity of having three lines capable of scoring. We have a good defense, which we had in Chicago. We may have as good, or better, goaltending. [Johan] Hedberg had a brilliant year and [Ondrej] Pavelec’s got a great capacity. We haven’t signed Hedberg yet, but we’ll see.”

* Dudley had a big part in determining what the Thrashers got from the Devils in the Ilya Kovalchuk trade – Johnny Oduya, Niclas Bergfors, Patrice Cormier,  a No. 1 pick and a swap of second-round picks.

I hope that gives us a little to talk about. I’ll start transcribing my notes from exit interviews and start getting them posted early next week.

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April 30th, 2010
10:15 am

{Same with the fans – those who go to the game just to see any fight should have no business to be there. Look at the great ones – they would never fight. The broadcasters should be promoting hockey when it comes to a hockey game. Unfortunately, low IQ Americans do not see it this way…}

Teflon you are a tool! Fighting, hitting, and rough contact is a part of hockey and has always been, you might as well watch figure skating if you take that out. I always love how you “oh so righteous fighting doesn’t belong in hockey” people seem to think that IQ has anything to do with playing contact sports. I had straight A’s through undergrad and graduate work and love hockey fights, rugby, lacrosse and hurling.


April 30th, 2010
10:29 am

i guess gordie howe wasn’t a great one. or perhaps, my memories of his sharp elbows and fighting are clouded with time. shall i name another few doxen greats who would fight if necessary?


May 1st, 2010
12:03 pm

Mindfield- I thought Bogosian turned down an invite to the national team to further rehab his wrist.


May 1st, 2010
3:26 pm

What an overtime, between the Flyers and Bruins, this afternoon, folks. Bruins took a 3-2 lead into the third, and extended it to 4-2, but the Flyers fought their way back. What heart by Philadelphia!!! There’s 16:00 left in the 1st overtime, if you just now reading this post. The game is on NBC.


May 2nd, 2010
12:55 pm

It sure would’ve been nice to have Marc Savard these past four seasons…


May 2nd, 2010
5:18 pm

I’m really sorry, Jameson. If Bogosian turned down an invite to the second hand World Championship roster spot on the US team, he must be scary good.


May 3rd, 2010
11:30 pm

What goals by Patrick Sharpe and Kris Versteeg to give Chicago a 3-2 lead, with less than a minute left in the 3rd period. Empty-netter! 4-2!!


May 4th, 2010
5:02 pm

Come on, Red Wings! Get back in this series!!


May 5th, 2010
5:06 pm

Has there been any word on a new coach for next year. Hopefully they are just waiting uintil after the playoffs to name the replacement….Speaking of fighting earlier. i watched a special on HBO last night about the Broad Street Bullies…Great show if you enjoy old time hockey..Those guys in that era were simply brutal…Dave “The Hammer” Schultz”, Bobby Clarke…just to name a few. Worth watching


May 6th, 2010
4:58 pm

i loved bob kelly of the blackhawks [the flyers also had a bob kelly: he was one of their goons with schultz, saleski, etc.] because he beat hell out of schultz and took on all comers from the flyers. anyone remember the beating that schultz threw at dale rolfe and none of his ranger teamates tried to help. that was it for rolfe’s career.


May 8th, 2010
9:58 am

Midfield- I’m not really sure what you’re getting at. What does having an injured wrist have to do with how good someone is or isn’t?