Contract talks with UFAs continue

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.

86 comments Add your comment

J.B.

May 23rd, 2010
4:14 pm

What about Afinogenov?

Flagstaff

May 23rd, 2010
4:14 pm

Have you heard anything about Afinogenov? He seems like he wants to return, but Colby did say that, too.

The Real Thrash

May 23rd, 2010
4:28 pm

Issues: Not willing to pay again for talent, No surprise.Armstrong.
Also looking at coaches with no NHL experience because it’s cheaper.

Same ole same ole.

Will we ever learn? Do we want to win?

J.K. Sockey

May 23rd, 2010
4:50 pm

It shouldn’t take you too long to pack your crap and leave Armstong, you didn’t bring anything with you last season! Downtown Cleaners just called, you skirt is ready.

http://twitter.com/jksockey

kracker

May 23rd, 2010
4:54 pm

Not surprised about Army. Not sure if RD really wants to sign him.

(This is my first comment from my new Droid. Great way to assure short entries!)

TrueBlue

May 23rd, 2010
4:59 pm

Please, please, please do not throw money at Armstrong. That project is over. Move along. There are better players out there.

Jack

May 23rd, 2010
5:06 pm

Send Army packing, and use that money to sign Afin or Kubina

Joonas

May 23rd, 2010
5:35 pm

If Army wants more than he’s making now, let him hit the market.

4 jacks

May 23rd, 2010
5:46 pm

Atlanta Spirit Group is pitifil. The absolute worse ownership in all of sports. Nothing but a bunch of moron’s running the teams on the cheap. Atlanta deserves a hell of alot more than these so called owners, what a effing joke they are. I will find some other way to spend my money than to throw it away on a lousy cheap product that will never compete for championships. This ownership gives no one hope of ever really competing for championships.

Brendan

May 23rd, 2010
5:52 pm

Congrats to Chicago, for sweeping out Heatley and the Sharks.

kracker

May 23rd, 2010
5:53 pm

Enter your comments here

kracker

May 23rd, 2010
5:56 pm

Oops, sorry about that…was trying to say “Goodbye, 4 jacks”

Smoothie

May 23rd, 2010
6:07 pm

Not sure what Colby did to merit a raise, but we never should have doubled his salary last year. If he were a legit top 6 guy, I’d be okay with $2.5 to $2.8 M but he’s nothing more than a tweener. I wish him luck wherever he ends up. But who knows, he may not be able to get the overpmt he thinks he deserves, but some GM will throw $2.5 M at him. It just won’t be Duds.

Brendan

May 23rd, 2010
6:10 pm

As I’ve said before, on these blogs for months, “I won’t cry over Colby Armstrong. He got traded here. He refused to re-sign beyond his remaining RFA years. So, if he doesn’t want to stay, we should let him go.” Of course, I suggested we move him at the trade deadline, too. Bygones. I’m encouraged that Kubina’s agent hasn’t told Atlanta to ‘pound sand.’ If Atlanta can re-sign Pavel Kubina, that’d be a major step, moving forward, assuming we don’t overcommit years or excessive salary to do it.

C’mon Dudley. Give me a reason to believe. Wheel and deal in this draft. Move up. Or trade for an RFA or two with those picks. But get ‘er done!! If you’re really in charge, Dudley, do your thing.

the TRUTH

May 23rd, 2010
7:34 pm

LOL…just like KOVY demand more than you were worth knowing full well you will not be signed. Kiss my arse Colby.

S Hawks Fan

May 23rd, 2010
9:01 pm

It makes no sense why it has taken so long to pick a coach!!! It better be someone that is involved in the playoffs!

Alan R.

May 23rd, 2010
9:07 pm

Also looking at coaches with no NHL experience because it’s cheaper.

I’ll say it again, since people don’t like to read.

Arniel has NHL experience as an assistant coach. From 2002 to 2006, he was an assistant in Buffalo.

I guess I don’t expect that to change anyone’s mind who seems to have their mind made up, but this is the truth of the matter, and it should be accepted.

Game On

May 23rd, 2010
9:18 pm

Hawks fan, its quite obvious that they want to talk to somone like Chicago that is still in the playoffs. As Dudley said they have plenty of time to get it right.

drmondo

May 23rd, 2010
10:32 pm

Spirit, just sell the team to somebody who cares about hockey. You should focus on fixing the Hawks. Running both on the cheap (moreso with the Thrashers) just hurts both teams. I used to root for the Flames even after they moved. I pretty much have given up on the Thrashers. Their ownership has lost every “superstar” they’ve ever had and has shown no willingness to put a quality team together.

Tim

May 23rd, 2010
11:08 pm

From what I heard, unless if you move up to top 2 in the draft (no chance), the rest is pretty much so so. Not really worth it. However if we can get a good player for that picks, just go ahead.

KLS1

May 23rd, 2010
11:20 pm

Army was a nice piece but we can plug a young guy in that role and let him develop. I don’t blame him for wanting to leave…good luck to him wherever he goes.

And hopefully better luck to us….

scottbravesfan

May 24th, 2010
3:11 am

I don’t really blame anyone for not wanting to sign with the Thrashers the ownership is terrible and doesn’t seem to really care. They get an owner who cares and the Thrashers will do better in the attendance. Look at Chicago they were last in attendance for years and now that they have an owner that cares they sell out every game and are in the finals.

AJ

May 24th, 2010
7:11 am

Seems we had a lot of competition for the slots that were open this year. I’d rather see someone like Bergfors get a place on our roster then Armstrong. I like Armstrong, he’s funt to root for, but let’s get someone who stands a chance of winning the fights he provokes.

AJ

World Be Free

May 24th, 2010
8:12 am

Army is overpaid at $2.8M. Get a raise for 29 points? Armstrong takes too many games off, not enough hits or game changing points for an energy player. Torchetti, Arniel or Ramsay, take your pick they would all be good selections for the next Thrashers’ coach.

Agree with AJ-get Bergfors the money he deserves and lock him up long term.

bugman

May 24th, 2010
8:20 am

Is Army REALLY wanting a raise or just out of the ATL???

Flames

May 24th, 2010
8:46 am

I agree! Let Army go and sign Kubina & Afinogenov. We have a lot of young talent like Cormier that can fill his spot.I talked to Esposito Saturday night and I think he is still a year or two away. He still has a problem with his knee. I think the moves that are going to be made at this years drafts are going to surprise all Thrashers Fans! Welcome to Atlanta Mr. Sharp!

Barry

May 24th, 2010
10:21 am

Ya let Army walk. He had a good year in 08-09 but this past season his production along with many others were way down and he wants a raise? Wow. Surely there are much better options out there on FA market or in our own system that’s cheaper or as much as Army made last season and who can produce more consistently.

Smoothie

May 24th, 2010
10:31 am

Flames – I hope you are right about Sharp…would love to see him wearing the cobalt blue this fall. Dudley has the connections to work such a deal but let’s hope he doesn’t get out-maneuvered by his old pal Dale Tallon.

World – Colby made $2.4 M last season and he shouldn’t have made more than $2.25 in my opinion. He certainly didn’t earn a raise to even merit consideration for the upper 2’s. But some idiot will cave in and wave that carrot under his jacked up nose.

@CViv – can you find out for us if Duds has conducted an interview with Craig Ramsay by now? Boston’s been done for over a week, but we haven’t heard anything about Rammer. Wasn’t he a strong candidate?

Lee

May 24th, 2010
11:02 am

Colby didn’t have the season I expected, but it will be unfortunate to let him go. He’s been a great member of the team but we need to amp up the talent. He hasn’t gone yet, but I expect that he will be soon. Hopefully we can pick up some talent to replace the lost players of our team. (Right, Dudley?) Thanks again Colby. ;)

KLS1

May 24th, 2010
11:13 am

Any chance of getting Patrick Marleau as an UFA?

Brendan

May 24th, 2010
12:37 pm

The only way Marleau could come here was if it were by his choice. Is Marleau about to choose the Thrashers? If SJ cannot re-sign Nabakov, they’ll do everything they can re-sign Marleau. I have no idea what Marleau’s intentions are, but he’s looking at a pretty sweet pay day, where he signs to play.

Lee

May 24th, 2010
2:12 pm

Marleau? Heck, I’ll take him any day. But that’s not legit. Even if the Sharks couldn’t re-sign Marleau, he wouldn’t come to ATL. He’d probably go to a place where the pay is good and so is the team. Atl = :(

Telfo

May 24th, 2010
3:24 pm

2.4 million is already too much for a third liner…and he had a bad year. no way he gets a raise

alex

May 24th, 2010
5:43 pm

to get coach with no head coaching nhl experience we have to be lucky like pittsburg or capitals did. history tells us most of such experiments had no luck including with previous thrashers coach. why we are not looking on decent guys available now like former raingers who run over us in only appearance in playoff, or ramsey, or stevens. we know why, because asg have no money. so levenson please go to the corner marietta st. joint some folks and beg for pennys or get out of this busines asap. enough lies and depression on thousands hard base fans of thrashers. most likely scenario on cheap coach hiring-
he get fired two years from now, but don waddell get routine promotion. it’s a shame.

Old Time Hockey

May 24th, 2010
5:59 pm

Nabakov has looked good at times, but not overly impressed me. He totally lost sight of the puck in overtime of game 3. The replay shows he was staring behind the goal when the puck was ON Byfuglien’s stick in the slot. What the heck is Coburn’s deal? Has he had a concussion problem? He is making some glaring errors and horrible decisions. I thought he was going to be a star. I used to laugh at the salaries baseball relief pitchers made for doing very little. The discussion of Armstrong reminded me of that. To paraphrase “Never has one done so little for so much”. Here’s the door Colby…
Marleau is a machine…when his center is Thornton. That’s the kind of guy you sign on numbers and he scores 18 goals with a different (lesser) center. Speaking of Byfuglien, now THERE is a guy who has impressed me. Niemi has also looked sharp (it’s a shame we got the fat, lazy finnish goalie).

ex-STH

May 24th, 2010
7:36 pm

hey old timer. are you going senile? remember we got rid of that fat lazy finnish goalie! he went to dallas.

Jack

May 24th, 2010
8:30 pm

speaking of goalies. A little concerned about goalie situation. I like moose(if he comes back) but Pav at times is the anti christ. Any thoughts on the goalie situation. Dont believe we can get to the playoffs with Pav.

Old Time Hockey

May 24th, 2010
11:10 pm

ex-STH- I was referring to the luck of the draft…I’m not that old…what were we talking about..oh yeah..I wish I had about 15 Chris Prongers on my team. That, my friends, is an old time hockey player!

J.B.

May 25th, 2010
8:55 am

Random link to pass the time…

Lots of Dudley quotes in this article regarding drafting Russian prospects:

http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2010/05/24/teams-questions-russian-draftees/

GaVaHokie

May 25th, 2010
9:17 am

I’d give Afinogenov the money freed up from Kozlov… $3.8 million

Kubina, I’d give him what he made last year with the standard 12% raise… $5.6 million.

If they can do it for less than that… gravy!

GaVaHokie

May 25th, 2010
9:24 am

J.B… thanks for the link! I have no problem taking one of the Russians with the 24th pick, but certainly not the 8th. Would be great is someone like Burmistrov, Galiev or Tarasenko dropped to the end of the 1st because of the Russian ’stigma’.

Schroeder

May 25th, 2010
10:37 am

I am not going to get all amped up about Dudley talking to minor league coaches at this time,IMHO he is probably scouting for asst coaches and waiting for the season to end to talk to coaches with a lot of NHL time. Besides if this was ASG business as usual we would have already hired someone that was a stick boy from a QMHL team to be our head coach. I would recommend everyone relax until all is said and done,if memory serves me didn’t RD say that he was going to hire assistants as well as a head coach. Is there a law that says you MUST hire a head coach first?

GaVaHokie

May 25th, 2010
10:45 am

Schroeder… usually your Head Coach picks his own assistants, but have to be approved by management… so yes, hiring Assistants before your Head Coach is ‘putting the cart before the horse’.

Dudley said he likes to get his Head Coach first and then have an assistant that is somehwhat a polar opposite… if you have a modivating Head Coach, then you want a hard-ass Asssistant… and vice versa.

Dwayne

May 25th, 2010
11:32 am

what kinda crap did we have behind the bench last year? no motivation, no hard asses, no sense, no logic…..

Schroeder

May 25th, 2010
11:33 am

GVAHOKIE- Point taken,I hope though that these interviews are him being proactive for possible candidates to put to the new head coach to speedup that process of building a staff that he would also be comfortable with.Operative word here is HOPE. As for the thought of Marleau coming here,would be great but I would not hold my breath.We need a history of winning hockey with a solid mgt team. For years the Braves were the laughing stock of MLB,now look what a winning history with a well run front office will do.Billy Wagner stated that he wanted to play for that organization before he retired.It would be nice if one day top tier NHL players WANTED to play here.I am excited about the changes that have taken place,efforts to sign Kubina and Max and the possibility of going after a UFA or two,but I will reserve my excitement until I see the actual products of all this posturing.

Spud Webb

May 25th, 2010
11:51 am

I love it, is Colby drunk….Armstrong made $2.4 million last season and is looking for a raise.
FOR A RAISE?? Why in the world would he ever think he’ll make more than 2.4 mill per season? If anything he should take 800k a season. Thats more like the type of player he is!! Good luck Colby, bye, don’t let the door smack you in the &ss on the way out!!

Lee

May 25th, 2010
12:00 pm

This is Colby: “I swear to drunk, I’m not God.”

Lee

May 25th, 2010
12:10 pm

Klonk….OW! >(

Ted M

May 25th, 2010
12:21 pm

Does anyone know if the Blackhawks’s Duncan Keith wearing a mouth piece when he lost his teeth?

GaVaHokie

May 25th, 2010
12:35 pm

I would think Anderson bringing in Todd Nelson was Anderson’s decision, but I would have to think Cunneyworth and Weekes was more of a Waddell decision.

So, it’s POSSIBLE, you might see Dudley hire John Torchetti as Head Coach, but also push for Scott Arniel as an assistant…etc.

GaVaHokie

May 25th, 2010
12:38 pm

… but I can’t think of any time where the Assitant was hired, or announced before the Head Coach. (to finish my thought)

rob

May 25th, 2010
12:41 pm

GVH,
3.8 per for Max?!?!?! I like the guy but he was a walk-on. He had a good season under JA and his all-offense style, but didn’t like the defense system in Buffalo and may not want to work as hard under a defense oriented coach here. I don’t know, hope it isn’t so, but I don’t think we should throw big money at him just yet. 1.5-2 tops.
As for Colby, he can go play in the KHL with Ilya since he likes him so much. Something wrong with a guy that’s living the dream and can’t stay focused enough to play hard consistently. Maybe Duds offered him what he SHOULD be making instead of what he actually stole from us last year and he got upset for being called out. He should be happy getting 1M per with the heart he showed this year.

GaVaHokie

May 25th, 2010
1:15 pm

rob… Max was making 3.5 per year in Buffalo and had to sign cheap last season to prove he is healthy and still worth that kind of money. I think he easily gets $3 million offers from around the league… it might take $3.5-3.8 to keep him… just my opinion.

Spud Webb

May 25th, 2010
1:42 pm

Hokie, you maybe right about Max, I don’t dispute that. I just hope that somebody isn’t the Thrashers! 1 mill, maybe 1.2 a season, Colby should be asking for the same price, even though much less goal production. I don’t wanna hear that colby is gritty or an agitator, because he simple isn’t. He’s no avery, carcillo, kaletta, or any other agitator out there. I’m not saying I want him to be a goon or dirty, I just want him to get folks riled up and get guys to take dump penalties.

rob

May 25th, 2010
1:45 pm

I know, and this season was a good proving year for him, just not sure it warrants quite that much money. And he seems to like it here so that should at least be a part of the equation I would hope, since we gave him the chance to play here this season, in much the same way as Pevs did

Jack

May 25th, 2010
1:50 pm

Ted M. He was wearing his mouth piece

Smoothie

May 25th, 2010
1:53 pm

I predict Max takes $2.8 M to stay in Atlanta as long as he gets 3 years or more. I think Max is genuinely thankful that ATL, the only team to do so, gave him a chance to try-out and walk-on at the 11th hour. Max seems like a loyal guy and I don’t see him being as selfish as some of the other Russian stars. Hell, every season he accepts a diminished 4th line role in the Worlds, kills penalties and still scores clutch goals.

On the open market, someone might be willing to give him in upwards of $3.5 M, but I honestly see us taking Kozzie’s money and using it to re-sign Max ($2 M) and sign a veteran replacement for Colby Armstrong such as Dominic Moore ($1.6 – 1.75 M) or someone of his ilk.

Yes, Cormier and perhaps even Klingberg will get a chance to make the team, but I still think we’ll look for a veteran as insurance for the checking line. My gut tells me Clarke Mac is going to get a look at second line RW minutes with Pevs and Kane.

Bergie / Antro / Max
Kane / Pevs / C-Mac
Slates / Moore or Lits / Lits
Machacek / Reasy / Thor (Cormier & Stewart??)

Ted M

May 25th, 2010
2:19 pm

Dave

May 25th, 2010
2:23 pm

I think cormier is a dirty player. He does not deserve to be on a fair-playing team like the thrashers. We should trade him to the flyers or canadiens where he can play cheap and dirty hockey there. Look on youtube “patrice cormier”. The first thing that comes up is his dirty and cheap hit on another player. He is a thug and should go to a dirty city like philadelphia!

GaVaHokie

May 25th, 2010
2:27 pm

Let me clarify… I don’t WANT to pay him $3.8 million. Just thinking he might be looking at the $3 million mark this summer.

Max is coming off a great performance at the World’s too… he got MVP for the Russia v. Canada game (side note).

Smoothie… I’d be pretty happy with that deal. I’d be even happier putting that Kozlov money to a legit 2nd Center and went with Little and Bergs at RW.

Kane/Antro/Bergs
Pevs/Sharp/Little
Kling/Cormier/Slater
Thorsy/Reason/White/Machacek

Tony C.

May 25th, 2010
2:29 pm

Dave-I don’t know if you’ve been watching Le Thrash get pushed around the ice and disresepected for the past 10 years, but I sure do….I also would say that if all you’ve seen of Cormier is that hit he was suspended for (which I agree was as dirty as dirty gets!), then you’re missing the bigger picture. I see the guy as a Top-9 center….(probably 3rd)… but I wouldn’t call him a “dirty” player…a la’ Matt Cooke or Ruutu

GaVaHokie

May 25th, 2010
2:32 pm

Pretty nice that both teams in salary cap trouble are in the Stanley Cup final… should guarantee that one of them will blow up the roster this summer when they win.

I’m cheering for Chicago… should make it easier to get Patrick Sharp or Versteeg… they won’t have to come here thinking they got cheated out of a Cup.

Tony C.

May 25th, 2010
2:33 pm

Sorry I left out a huge piece of that paragraph-basically, I’m ok with having guys that are going to hit you after the whistle sometimes-tired of seeing our guys have liberties taken with them and rarely did anyone not name Boulton try to send ‘em a bill for it….

GaVaHokie

May 25th, 2010
2:34 pm

Smoothie… when making your line combo’s, you have to account for White. Until he’s bought out or traded, you have to use him. Sorry, those are the rules. :)

Spud Webb

May 25th, 2010
2:43 pm

GD Hokie, just ruined my day bringing up White!!!!!!!!!! ugh. thud, makes me sick to my stomach!

Smoothie

May 25th, 2010
3:19 pm

GVH, true, I did leave White out…ha, get it! ;-)

White will be bought out if not waived and claimed off re-entry waivers, which would be best case scenario.

He used to have the game to play 2nd line C, but no more. And if he can’t be more physical, which he really can’t, he has no business clogging up our bottom 6.

Sianorah to the “Accountant”…someone else can account for him.

Jock itch

May 25th, 2010
3:40 pm

Colby, are you kidding me, I can’t believe anyone would give you 1 million let alone 2.4. You sucked this year, I have a 20 yr old with more skill than you. Don’t let the door hit your arse on the way out. Good riddance.

KLS1

May 25th, 2010
3:46 pm

I’ve never seen so many people whine about Cormier throwing an elbow. I get it, its a dirty play, but if the guys doens’t go into spasms its 4 minutes.

He was an 18 year old kid that made a mistake and now everyone wants to kill him, give me a break. That same stuff goes on every game and usually worse. And I dare not even mention the Heatley example or Roethilisberger…but keep cheering for them because they are clean players.

This team needs to do more than play fair. Get over it, let the kid get on with his life and play hockey.

rob

May 25th, 2010
4:26 pm

If he can play the game I am OK with Cormier here. If he is straight goon, which I don’t see, then sayonara. That being said a tough guy who can play isn’t a bad thing, and Bolts, much as I like him, is a wasted spot until we need a fight because he does little else for us.

On a separate note, no one is saying anything about Artyukin….did I miss something? I thought he looked good and had some welcome size for us and would like to see him stay in Thrasher blue.

Smoothie

May 25th, 2010
4:34 pm

rob – there was a rumor floated by a Russian journalist (a la Dimitri Chesnokov) on twitter who said Arty was a likely candidate to go to the KHL because he has a much higher value and top 6 potential there.

GaVaHokie

May 25th, 2010
4:45 pm

Arty and Bolts will be a tough decision… I’m thinking one or none, and I don’t think either are willing to battle it out in a camp tryout. Dudley will have to make a judgment call.

Arty gives you size and scoring but didn’t give us any ‘fight’… Boulton gives you ‘fight’ and ‘energy’ but not much in scoring and size.

GaVaHokie

May 25th, 2010
4:46 pm

Smoothie… agreed.

He’ll probably be facing two-way offers in the NHL, which will make him more likely to go to the KHL.

Smoothie

May 25th, 2010
5:10 pm

Yeah, too bad we can’t combine the two and create a droid called Ergheny Boultyukhin!! That would be one bad-azz mofo!! :cool:

rob

May 25th, 2010
6:06 pm

Dam! well that is too bad but if he wants to play top line minutes against inferior players that is his call. Maybe Duds can sway him LOL still don’t see Bolts here again. The importance of having a 4th line that can play may be his undoing IMO

Jack

May 25th, 2010
6:17 pm

We need another enforcer, especially if Bolton leaves. So let Cormier play. Besides an elbow a day keeps the oponent goals away.

ex-STH

May 25th, 2010
9:57 pm

Its safe to say Armstrong is gone. I preached to trade him at the deadline! You can’t depend on a kid (Cormier) to step in his place, though. Not sure who could fill those skates. Would like to see Artuykin back. His size and skill is awesome. Hey, what about all you bloggers last offseason saying that Antro couldn’t play center??? He is a big bodied STUD!!! Hope to keep Max for at least 3 years (to play on Antro’s line). Bring in Ponikorvarsky (spelling?) and let those 3 play the first line!

Dave

May 25th, 2010
10:00 pm

@ Tony- i totally agree with you on the amount of disrespect the thrash have received but i don’t want a thrashers player on NHL Headlines in a negative way. I think he’s OK he’s no sidney crosby but i don’t want him to ruin the career or life of another player. If he plays hearty, fair hockey my level of respect for him will go up but rite now its low. Again, he’s no sidney crosby so don’t expect instant impact from him…

fanfan

May 26th, 2010
9:05 am

Wow, look at all these frustrated fans. I admire you guys who still believe that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I have lost my interest long time ago. The ownership, poor choices, the issues of Teflon Don, low budget, etc… Just sell this team, and perhaps we can concentrate on NBA (providing different approach, attitude, and desire). But at this point – no way…

Smoothie

May 26th, 2010
9:33 am

Fanfan – if b’ball were only as good as hockey eh? And if my aunt had balls! Screw the lame-ass NBA. It has even managed to ruin college basketball.

Bill

May 26th, 2010
10:24 am

If anything Army should be giving back some of his money from the past year. No way did he earn $2.6 Million with his on-ice results, never mind feeling as though he deserves a raise. He’s a guy who, if he’s willing to play for about $1.5 a year, would be a good guy to have on the roster. If someone else is willing to pay him what he wants, then good luck to him!

Lee

May 26th, 2010
11:06 am

Smoothie – Like the combo. ;)

Hockey Biltong

May 26th, 2010
11:20 am

I’ve never seen Pronger throw an elbow!!!

Lee

May 26th, 2010
12:59 pm

Understanding what Colby is asking for, what is Colby promising to us? Is he asking for a raise because he deserves it? If so, I wouldn’t pay a cent more. But on the other hand, he could be saying: “Look, I had a horrible year this year, give me one last chance and I will really try my best.” Then, I would give him a REASONABLE raise and see what he can do.

Thrashers27

May 26th, 2010
1:06 pm

Smoothie, I really hope C-mac isn’t our second line RW next season. I really didn’t see anything from him that I was impressed with. He’s a third liner.

Eugene

May 28th, 2010
12:12 pm

Armstrong and his agent have been smoking some serious crack. The Thrashers are better off tanking the next 5 seasons and drafting high draft picks. That strategy paid off for the Blackhawks, the Penguins, the Capitals, etc.

Hockey Steve

June 10th, 2010
1:08 pm

Peace out, Army.