I have a couple of small contract updates to report after last weekend’s Braves games and a father/son trip to Springfield, Illinois to visit some Abraham Lincoln historic sites.
USA Today had a report last week that the Thrashers were unlikely to re-sign forward Colby Armstrong due to contract differences. After talking to both sides, it doesn’t quite appear a deal is dead, but they are not close.
“Colby has been a solid contributor to our club and we do have interest in him as a player, but after some initial discussions with the agent and our understanding of what he would be looking for we’re too far apart at this time,” Thrashers GM Rick Dudley told the AJC.
Armstrong said he was letting his agent handle negotiations.
Armstrong made $2.4 million last season and is looking for a raise.
There have also been more contract talks with defenseman Pavel Kubina, but at this time nothing is imminent.
There is nothing new to report on a coaching search. I suspect that Chicago assistant John Torchetti is still a leading candidate. Dudley has said he won’t talk to potential candidates until their season is over. With the Blackhawks on the verge of the Stanley Cup Finals, it could talk another two weeks before he is available to interview. I will stay on it.
Thanks to those who had kind words on my Rick Dudley feature – on the blog and by e-mail. They are very much appreciated. It was quite a fascinating story. His path to NHL management was just as interesting as his road to NHL player. I plan to put up a blog on that journey next week. I’m still trying to collect on some off days from the season and I will be at the Braves’ upcoming weekend series.
I will keep you posted with any news.