Thrashers have offer to Afinogenov on table

According to Maxim Afinogenov’s agent, Donald Meehan, the Thrashers have made a one-year contract offer to the unrestricted free agent forward.

Meehan said he and Afinogenov are currently reviewing the offer.

Meehan also represents forward Colby Armstrong. He reiterated what GM Rick Dudley said earlier this week. The two sides had initial discussions and did not agree on the  parameters of a potential new contract for Armstrong, also an unrestricted free agent. Meehan said since there are no further plans to talk with the Thrashers, he and Armstrong will proceed to July 1 to field potential offers from other teams.

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Jason

May 26th, 2010
3:50 pm

TableHockey

May 26th, 2010
3:56 pm

Good to see Duds moving on our UFAs – hopefully an offer is headed to Kubina.

I’m a little surprised that Max’s offer is only for one year though.

Telfo

May 26th, 2010
3:57 pm

nice work Dudley… let the overpaid third liner leave

[...] Thrashers have offer to Afinogenov on table – Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)According to Maxim Afinogenov’s agent, Donald Meehan, the Thrashers have made a one-year contract offer to the unrestricted free agent forward. Meehan said he and Afinogenov are currently reviewing the offer. Meehan also represents forward Colby [...]

KLS1

May 26th, 2010
4:13 pm

curious to see the $…must be fairly high for a year offer to be at all attractive?

french army

May 26th, 2010
4:19 pm

I wouldn’t have wanted to lose Army had he been as advertised. He was a ferocious hitter who gave 100% every shift, instead he was a watered down version of that unless he was playing a Canadian team, then he seemed to bring the fire. All in all, Colby was a huge disapointment, IMO. Pay Max, the one year is a smart move, just because he was healthy last year can’t erase all those Buffalo years where he was hurt constantly. One year is fair.

Adam

May 26th, 2010
4:36 pm

Can anyone think of a notable Colby Armstrong highlight other than when he lit up James Van Riemsdyk and Marian Hossa? Two hits don’t equate to $3+ million per season.

Adam

May 26th, 2010
4:40 pm

Max would be crazy to accept a one year deal. I don’t see him signing this contract.

Acer

May 26th, 2010
4:58 pm

Both players should have been dealt at the deadline. Afinogenov may prefer a long term deal over a higher paying one year deal.

Smoothie

May 26th, 2010
5:00 pm

Yeah, I really don’t understand why we are only offering a 1 year deal. I would have expected at least 2 years.

@CViv – can you ask Duds when you get the chance why they aren’t offering more than one year? I would think Max has enough leverage with his bounce-back year to get at least 2 or 3 years from another team.

Smoothie

May 26th, 2010
5:11 pm

More interesting tweets from Russia via Genadi Boguslavski of sovsport.ru:

Today – “According to Kovalchuk Russian agent Yiuri Nikolaev,two KHL team Salavat and SKA offered him 3 years deal of 30 million dollars value total”

5/19 – “SKA Peterbourgh continues to negotiate w Kovalchuk & Frolov. They seriously consider this offer. Final answer will be given after Worlds”

5/17 – “Martin Gerber will return to NHL. He spent last season in KHL. According to Gerber he ready to be even back up goalie in NHL team.”

5/17 – “Slava Kozlov close to signing a contract with CSKA Moscow”

Alan R.

May 26th, 2010
5:17 pm

I’m a little surprised that Max’s offer is only for one year though.

I’m not. Preliminary discussions have probably already taken place, to find out where the two sides are. Max probably wanted a payday, while the Thrashers wanted to see more of what he’s got. Hence, a one year deal. It probably has a pay raise in it as incentive, with more years and money to come later on down the line.

It’s what the people here wanted, anyway, and it looks like that will become reality.

Acer

May 26th, 2010
5:18 pm

Gerber to the Thrashers? It’s an interesting idea in case Hedberg is gone.

Smoothie

May 26th, 2010
5:25 pm

Alan – what do you mean? There can’t be any incentives built into the deal. Or do you mean a lucrative 1-yr deal is the carrot for more years down the road?

I don’t know how many people wanted 1 year. I think the consensus was 2 in order to improve our chances of getting him back. Most folks were scared of anything longer-term (i.e. 3 or more) for a player who has had a recent rash of injuries in the last 4 years.

kracker

May 26th, 2010
5:33 pm

Agree, Acer. Gerber is a possibility.

Jack

May 26th, 2010
5:39 pm

if we sign gerber which goalie will leave?

Flagstaff

May 26th, 2010
5:48 pm

Jack: Hedberg would be the odd man out. However, I don’t really see him leaving… I think that the Moose still has some gas left in the tank. On the other hand, Gerber doesn’t seem too bad.

Why is the offer only one year? I guess that he is still a bit of a gamble, due to all of those poor years with the Sabres, but he really was great last year. We’ll just have to wait and see, I guess.

[...] Thrashers have offer to Afinogenov on table – Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)According to Maxim Afinogenov’s agent, Donald Meehan, the Thrashers have made a one-year contract offer to the unrestricted free agent forward. Meehan said he and Afinogenov are currently reviewing the offer. Meehan also represents forward Colby … [...]

GaVaHokie

May 26th, 2010
7:23 pm

It’s all part of the dance… let’s say it’s 1 year $3 million… They come back with 2 years $4 million… etc

Alan R.

May 26th, 2010
7:52 pm

Or do you mean a lucrative 1-yr deal is the carrot for more years down the road?

I mean that, we’ve seen he packs quite a punch for $800k. We bump him up to $2m and see if he can still perform.

joedaiceman

May 26th, 2010
8:44 pm

Hey – Max played well for us last year but it is legitimate to question if he can play with discipline and within a system. I’m not sure he can and certainly Buffalo did not think so. Good idea to offer 1 year and see if he can play under the new coach and system.

Barry

May 26th, 2010
8:44 pm

My thought on the one year deal is maybe Dudley wants to make sure last season wasn’t a fluke and see if he can perform again like he did last season. I mean he did come back from a couple of seasons of injuries before he came to the Thrashers. My guess is dealing with a player who had injuries keeping him from playing for a long period of time Dudley is probably being a little cautious.

Kari Lehtonen stayed hurt

May 26th, 2010
8:50 pm

I’m sure Maxim will be fine.

The Thrashers conditioning coaches will see to that…

Mooseberg

May 26th, 2010
9:42 pm

Max won’t sign a one year deal, he had a good enough season last year to warrant atleast a 2 year deal. Someone will give him 2 years if the Thrashers do not.

Lee

May 26th, 2010
10:16 pm

If Max doesn’t sign, I’ll be very disapointed. He’s a great guy, with mad skills. Sometimes, when I watch him, I see Kovy moves come out of him. What is it with the Russians? He’s waay better personally than Kovy though. Hopefully he won’t be asking for a deal like Ilya Notworthabuck did.

Swami

May 26th, 2010
11:12 pm

Kovy no coming back? Boo-hoo-hoo.

Brendan

May 26th, 2010
11:32 pm

I’m actually fine with a one-year deal for Max. If we offer him ’stupid money’ for that year, we might be jumping up and down to be rid of him at the trade deadline. But if Max is willing to be reasonable, I have no objections over a 2-year deal. And if he gets hurt, we put him on longterm IR, and replace his salary, as is permitted under the current CBA.

Oh. I’m sorry. I forgot who own-da-team. “Ohhhhnnzzzz. Ohhhnnnzzzz.” Sometimes, I wonder if the Charestown Chiefs weren’t a better-run organization.

JLH

May 27th, 2010
1:29 am

1 yr is a slap in the face, whether its part of the dance, we can only speculate …. I can’t believe no one will offer him something better after last year……. Either, Dudley must believe we have something better in the pipeline (Morin?/certainly nothing at Chicago), or that the league-wide response to Max’s last year in Buffalo is still in effect, or, that we’re gonna be successful relieving one of the cap-strapped teams – Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia – of some prime talent (Versteeg/Wheeler/Giroux)…..

Dwayne

May 27th, 2010
6:03 am

I like the one year offer, hope he takes it. Would like to know the $$ amount. If we can give Pevs a 2 year deal, yes I know, less $$, surely Max is worth a 2 deal 2 million per. Either way will be fine, as long as Max is signed. The longer this goes without a coach, the more it looks like The Torch will be our next coach. Any rumors out there about a coach???

Putting On The Foil

May 27th, 2010
6:39 am

Anybody know anything about Stephen Rollins and does he have the capital to run the team right? Don’t laugh, I know we have the ASG group now.

Darkhorse

May 27th, 2010
8:10 am

Based on several different reports , it sounds like Rollins goal is to be a majority owner. So that implies to me he would still need financial contributions from the minority owners to properly run the team. Could be wrong about that assumption though and Levenson says there are other interested parties currently out there for the Thrashers.

Nice to here some positive pub though.

J.B.

May 27th, 2010
8:16 am

Smoothie ~ Ive seen all those tweets and others from Genadi Boguslavski regarding current and former Russian Thrashers. If that guy refers to us as the Trashers one more time, I’m going to scream. To be fair, I’m pretty sure its just a spelling error due to English being a second language because there are others too, but it still pi$$es me off.

J.B.

May 27th, 2010
8:24 am

The story about Rollins possibly buying the team and being dedicated to its success in Atlanta has absolutely made my day.

Putting On The Foil

May 27th, 2010
9:05 am

Any owner willing to COMMIT CAPITAL and is DEDICATED to SUCCESS IN ATLANTA has my vote.

Smoothie

May 27th, 2010
9:21 am

J.B. – I think that guy is a chick judging by her tweet photo. At any rate, you’re right, spelling isn’t her forte. Hopefully, rumor mongering is her forte and Ilya ends up in Russia…spoiled brat.

On the subject of Rollins: sounds like he is mega-passionate about hockey in ATL (what a refreshing breath of fresh air!) and if he can find the loot, then bring it on. However, we better hope he’s a trust-fund baby cuz there isn’t any evidence to support his success as a movie producer as documented by our friends over at the Chronicle: http://bluelandchronicle.blogspot.com/2010/05/asg-has-suitor.html

Midfield

May 27th, 2010
9:27 am

Rumor has it that the deal is predicated on one condition: Don Waddell will remain in the front office.

J.B.

May 27th, 2010
9:32 am

Smoothinator – Can’t see twitter profile pics on the cell phone. Thanks for the correction! Had no clue GB was a girl.

There are a million unknowns about this Rollins guy but as long as he’s got $$$, could he really be any worse than the ASG?

I agree about his passion for the thrashers. At the very least, he’s got one thing going for him current ownership does not.

Interesting side note… Reading this story on all the major sports websites, especially the ones based in Canada, is hysterical. Canadian hockey fans are getting all touchy and vehemently spewing about this because this guy wants to buy the thrash and keep them in Atlanta.

I’m deriving great pleasure out of this and even if he doesn’t end up buying the team, at least I got some entertainment out of it today.

Smoothie

May 27th, 2010
9:46 am

Yeah, after perusing the web trying to dig up some info on the guy, it seems as though his resources would be too limited unless he is second to only Clark Howard in how to save money and plan for the future. I can’t imagine the royalties from his limited TV and movie appearances would be enough to build a hundred million dollar portfolio, but perhaps he bought nothing but real estate, flipped it before the bubble / crash and then switched to gold and movie production!

And he hardly looks like a former hockey player, but then again, some of our former Flames look pretty rotund these days too!!

Unfortunately, this is probably just a publicity stunt or his attempt to garner more attention from would-be investors who might be willing to include his “vision” and participation in the proceedings. I don’t see him being the majority owner in this venture.

Lee

May 27th, 2010
9:51 am

One year is better than none!

GaVaHokie

May 27th, 2010
10:03 am

I gotta think that this one year offer gets spit back to us like a crumpled dollar bill in a vending machine.

J.B.

May 27th, 2010
10:15 am

I guess I’m an optimist… I would think if it wasn’t at least a good offer the article would indicate Afinogenov rejects offer from thrashers. The fact it’s news he and his agent are reviewing it indicates it’s likely worth a look. If they come back and say the dollars are good but we want it for 2-3 years, not just one, I’d bet duds would agree to it.

Fan from Carolina

May 27th, 2010
10:16 am

I hope this Rollins didn’t take ownership lessons from Oren Koules.

Smoothie

May 27th, 2010
10:17 am

J.B. – my bad! That chick really is a dude! For some reason I had it in my head that he was a she, probably because of the first name Genadi. And from the way he was posing in the picture, I assumed he was a she without clicking on the picture.

GVH – how do you risk insulting the player like that when you know you are in need of Top 6 scoring and he’s coming off a 61 point season? How many UFA’s are there who can net 60+ points for less than $3.5 M?

GaVaHokie

May 27th, 2010
10:21 am

Re: Stephen Rollins… he looks familiar to me. I think I remember seeing him around the games in the past.

http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/_G99vBZrhSI/Premiere+American+Identity+Arrivals/CtAvDBrfz3B/Stephen+Rollins

GaVaHokie

May 27th, 2010
10:27 am

Smoothie… it’s going to be a very strange summer getting used to a new GM’s signing tactics. You kind of get a feel for Waddell’s tactics after 10 years. I’m sure Dudley has a different strategy.

Smoothie

May 27th, 2010
10:32 am

Hokie – perhaps it’s just his way of assessing how much a player really wants to be here. If Max’s agent doesn’t come back with any interest for a longer-term deal, then I guess we have our answer on that. Then it’s just a matter of who is offering more money, period. I would hope that the 1 year offer is pretty hefty then in order to show some good faith reward for his efforts in 2009-10. If we lose him it’s not the end of the world, but I’m not sure how it’s supposed to instill confidence when it comes to the persuasion of other UFA’s.

Dwayne's brother

May 27th, 2010
11:16 am

I like the one year offer, hope he takes it. Would like to know the $$ amount. If we can give Pevs a 2 year deal, yes I know, less $$, surely Max is worth a 2 deal 2 million per. Either way will be fine, as long as Max is signed. The longer this goes without a coach, the more it looks like The Torch will be our next coach. Any rumors out there about a coach???
I have not heard anything about any more interviews. Is there anyone on the Flyer staff worth looking at?

Old Time Hockey

May 27th, 2010
1:07 pm

I’m betting the Rollins dude can’t even lace his skates, or even see them.