Thrashers get permission to speak to Torchetti

On the head coach search front, I can report that Thrashers general manager Rick Dudley has asked for and received permission from Chicago to talk to Blackhawks assistant coach John Torchetti about the team’s head coaching position. No word yet on when there will be an interview but I’m working on it.

Torchetti is considered one of the top two candidates for the Thrashers job, which has been open for two months after John Anderson and his staff were not retained following the season. Dudley said he would wait to talk to a candidate until his season was over. The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup last week.

Boston Bruins assistant Craig Ramsay is considered the other front runner. The Thrashers also interviewed Scott Arniel, who subsequently took the head coach position with Columbus, and Chicago Wolves coach Don Lever. Bill Peters, of the Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate Rockford could also get an interview.

Not huge news on the search for a new coach, but I wanted you folks to know when I got something confirmed.

Also, my apologies for not updating the blog yesterday after I got contract numbers for Fredrik Pettersson, the winger from  the Swedish Elite League. His two-way deal is worth $500,000 in the NHL and $65,000 in AHL. I put the numbers in our print story, but forgot to come back and update the blog. Sorry. I was covering the Braves game yesterday because some third baseman said he might retire after the season.

The Thrashers made the hiring of Barry Brennan as new Strength and Conditioning coach official Wednesday. Brennan spent the past four seasons in the same position with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The team also promoted Ryan Bowness to Manager of Player Development and Hockey Administration. Bowness joined the Thrashers as a hockey operations assistant in January. According to Dudley, he will primarily work with the organization’s amateur and minor-league prospects, assist with advancing their off-ice training, nutrition and skill development.

Hope you all saw the Catching Up With … Chris Thorburn story that was online yesterday.

I will be at Braves game again today, but am still working to bring you Thrashers news in June.

52 comments Add your comment

Flagstaff

June 16th, 2010
10:23 am

It’s about time!

Smoothie

June 16th, 2010
10:38 am

C-Viv – thanks for the update and the story on Thorburn was a very lively read, BOFFO!! Also, are you sure about those contract figures? Don’t see why a FA from SWE who refused to sign with EDM for entry-level salary would take less than what a journeyman AHL’er would make. Capgeek, usually quite reliable is reporting an avg of $615 k with a signing bonus of $180 k. That would make more sense.

Also, and no offense is intended in this question, but why do the Braves need 3 people from the ajc to cover them? Isn’t Carroll Rogers DOB’s back-up? Or is one of them chronically on vacation?

Lee

June 16th, 2010
10:51 am

C – Viv – Thanks. And I saw the Catching up With Chris Thorburn….

The Real Thrash

June 16th, 2010
11:19 am

I’m with you Flagstaff! Why the wait?

Jack

June 16th, 2010
11:22 am

Thank you for the update. Hopefully coaching decision will come soon

kracker

June 16th, 2010
11:48 am

Viking or anybody…Petterson will earn $65K in the AHL. As a young, developing player, I’m wondering how that compares to his salary playing in the Swedish Elite League.

Chris Vivlamore

June 16th, 2010
11:50 am

Smoothie: Not sure about a signing bonus. I can check on that. But the salary breakdown I gave you is correct. Very reliable source. Also, I am usually the second person in on Braves coverage when either Dave or Carroll are off or on another assignment.

Chris Vivlamore

June 16th, 2010
11:53 am

Flagstaff, The Real Thrash: Dudley was waiting for the Blackhawks to finish season – and as it turns out have their victory parade. He has been clear about not wanting to be a distraction. He has said in the past his not in a big hurry to make a coaching hire and that it didn’t need to be done by the draft. I suspect things will pick up now, however.

Lee

June 16th, 2010
12:04 pm

He wanted to let Torchetti party a little bit. It’s been a hard season, and Dudley did the kind thing and let Torch rest.

fjh

June 16th, 2010
12:31 pm

dudley wanted to give the torch the false impression that he too could lead the thrashers to the cup and have his own parade.

gcs

June 16th, 2010
1:07 pm

Going cheap again, huh? I just love ASG.

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Schroeder

June 16th, 2010
1:23 pm

gcs,going cheap?What the hell does that mean?Wanting to talk to the 2nd in command of a reigning Stanley cup champion is going cheap?For cyin’ out loud who do you think we should want to talk to,Scotty Bowman? Did I mention I am sick to death of TROLLS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brendan

June 16th, 2010
1:32 pm

I haven’t seen the “roll call” of new NHL coaches hired during the offseason, but so far, none of the names I have heard have had me pounding my fists in lament that the Thrashers didn’t get ‘im. My preference is Craig Ramsay, for his checking line prowess history, with Buffalo, back in the 1970’s, when the game of hockey was very wide-open. But if it’s Torchetti that gets the job, I won’t cry about it. I’d love to get Ramsay as an Assistant Coach. But I’m dreaming enough, as it is.

kracker

June 16th, 2010
1:33 pm

You and me both, Schroeder! Along with most of the real hockey posters on these blogs.

Brendan

June 16th, 2010
1:33 pm

Chris Vivlamore, thank you for the story on Thorburn.

kracker

June 16th, 2010
1:39 pm

Why would Ramsay make a lateral move and take the asst. coach job in Atlanta?

Reunite with his friend Dudley.
For the challenge of making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.
He (and/or wife/family) is tired of wintering in Boston.
Perhaps a raise thrown in.

I don’t see that it’s out of the question to land both Torchetti and Ramsay. It’s just not likely

Rich

June 16th, 2010
1:48 pm

Sweet. Hope it turns out to be worth the wait.

the TRUTH

June 16th, 2010
1:50 pm

ASG is going to spend the least amount of money possible. I am surprised they don’t put D-Wad behind the bench again.

the TRUTH

June 16th, 2010
1:53 pm

Maybe promote a bench coach like Weaks to the head coaching job, similar to the ATL Hawks.

rob

June 16th, 2010
2:00 pm

Still haven’t seen much on Torch’s style or philosophy or, well anything honestly. I’m sure he must bring something good since they waited, and I hope Ramsey equates somehow….this should at least be close to the end of our wait for a coach?????

74Dawg

June 16th, 2010
2:04 pm

My thought exactly TRUTH. They are already paying the Wadd, so they would be getting a coach for free. They will of course interview several respected coaches first, some of the twice, and then announce the return of Waddell as head coach to better evaluate the team again. On the other hand, aren’t they paying Dominique Wilkins also ?

erock

June 16th, 2010
2:20 pm

Any word on buying out Todd White ? I will pass the hat around here at work to collect enough $$$. If the Thrashers stand pat on everything and do nothing that has got to happen

Iceman

June 16th, 2010
2:45 pm

Torchetti would be a great hire…pray that ASG does the right thing for once.

Lee

June 16th, 2010
5:10 pm

Cheap? It’s the assistant coach of the team that won “THE CUP!” Ok, so he’s not the head coach…so what? Obviously, they wouldn’t be willing to trade the head coach, and the assistant coach has done a lot for the team. I say sign him asap.

James

June 16th, 2010
6:16 pm

Between those two choices, I’d go with Craig Ramsay. He’s had success as an NHL coach, he knows how to coach defense and he’s very technically sound, all of which this team definitely needs going forward. My ideal candidate was Guy Boucher, I thought he would’ve fit like a glove and it’s a shame that he’s now with a division rival that we’ll be seeing six times a year.

Pittsburgh Pirate Fan

June 16th, 2010
6:57 pm

Torch or Ramsay – I am fine with either. They both would be upgrades from John Anderson, both are respected throughout the league. Ramsay was one of the best defensive forwards of his era.

Sara

June 16th, 2010
7:28 pm

My question is, what is the “not cheap” option?

Viking

June 16th, 2010
7:34 pm

Kracker, I believe the highest salaries in the the Swedish Elite league are in the $400 000s. But I think the median salary is much less than that. If I am not mistaken there could also be some “hidden” perks in the shape of retirement pay to ease the tax situation.

Tom

June 16th, 2010
9:03 pm

They still play hockey in Atlanta? And somebody really cares?

Pittsburgh Pirate Fan

June 17th, 2010
7:39 am

Tom-sounds like you are a pretty intelligent guy

rob

June 17th, 2010
8:00 am

PPF,
you give “Tom” too much credit :) ….I wonder what site he was really looking for when he stumbled upon a hockey blog and said “wonder how I got here? Oh well while I’m here let me write something witty.”

kracker

June 17th, 2010
8:01 am

Thanks, Viking. I forget about the high taxes there which must really impact the high earning athletes. So, as a young developing player, it sounds like Petterson will be earning as much or perhaps more on his AHL contract. I am assuming he pays US taxes and does not pay any Swedish tax for out-of-country income?

Of course, for young players with NHL aspirations, the amount they are paid for playing in any of the minor or Euro leagues is of secondary importance.

Pittsburgh Pirate Fan

June 17th, 2010
8:23 am

rob-you wonder how Tom was able to hack through his parent’s kiddie controls on the computer.

GaVaHokie

June 17th, 2010
8:26 am

World Be Free

June 17th, 2010
8:26 am

Sounds like the promotion of Drew as the new Hawks coach has been well received in the NBA. Most are calling it a smart hire, not sure it was motivated solely on saving money. Torchetti or Rammer should be median hires, from a cost perspective. If the Thrashers wanted to go cheap, we’d be talking about current minor league coaches and we are not.

Lee

June 17th, 2010
10:31 am

Whether Torch or Ramsay, we’ll find a different style or play……

Rochester Hill

June 17th, 2010
11:41 am

Rammer would be the perfect Head Coach!

Toby

June 17th, 2010
11:50 am

Torchetti would be the better PR move. New GM brings in coach with fresh Stanley Cup ring….media and the casual fan will like it anyway.

Pittsburgh Pirate Fan

June 17th, 2010
12:16 pm

Toby, reminds me of the movie “Glenngary Glenn Ross” when Alec Baldwin gives his “see this watch” speech. It’s a classic!

Torch can walk around and say – “see this ring”.

fjh

June 17th, 2010
12:25 pm

asg will be interviewing drew for the thrashers job to save a few bucks. hey nba or nhl, it is still 5 on 5

Sage of Bluesland

June 17th, 2010
12:44 pm

I wish we could go back and see the comments when Coach Sunshine [the recently fired Anderson] was hired…

Does it matter at all who they bring in???

It all–ALL–starts at the top. Period.

Thus, your answer…But, hey, keep dweaming the dweam, by all means…

mike

June 17th, 2010
2:07 pm

asg not looking for best option, they looking for cheapest option, even for lovly child hawks they prefer go cheap for most imprtant part of every team sport position – head coach, can you imagine what they going to do for this unwanted bestard thrashers. so what they going to get from real fan of this team in exchange. you wright – midle finger. real attendance for 2009 – 2010 season been less than 9000. hey asg in new season it’s not increasing but oppozite. if you OK, we OK. tv for red wings and capitals is still available.

rob

June 17th, 2010
2:08 pm

ZZZZZZZ, stop messing up my dweam all knowing Sage

rob

June 17th, 2010
2:10 pm

True fan of team will support team and give octotards the grief they deserve while letting the players know we support them

Toby

June 17th, 2010
2:35 pm

Hey mike…what language is that?

Pittsburgh Pirate Fan

June 17th, 2010
7:18 pm

Sage///same comments as the last time you were here. We’ll be ready for you to post the same garbage tomorrow.

rob

June 17th, 2010
8:02 pm

BAH!!!! is it pre season yet? I beweive. I beweive I’m gonna go watch some live hockey as soon as I can and cheer loud, and boo the refs, and cover my ears when I see a vevezula or however the hell you spell that loud obnoxious horn over there around section 222! May even break down and put a number on the back of my jersey….might even change my screen name on here to the “antisageofbluesland”

Sage,
Question: What do you think about the draft choices coming up, should we pick or trade?
Answer: I think the sheep will beweive the lisping liar president and continue to subsidize the incompetence and it would change if only we would come together and boycott in front of the arena and stop going to see hockey altogether THEN we would show them who was boss around here and they would have to meet our demands!!!
Question: If Kubina doesn’t resign, who would you like to see take his place?
Answer: The sheep will continue to subsidize the lisping liar president in their quest to beweive. We should boycott the sport of hockey in it’s entirety until they meet our demands.

Maybe we could just add that answer to the comments for every blog automatically…..maybe even make it 1st and take all the suspense out of seeing who is 1st, and then Sage could find a new obsession to harp on. Can’t you take up a new sport, NASCAR or UGA football? You will fit right in.

Sorry I took up space with that….just one of those days.

Pittsburgh Pirate Fan

June 17th, 2010
9:28 pm

rob//you wonder why Sage bothers.

tony uminski

June 18th, 2010
1:08 am

Torch believes in rewarding effort. he once benched Luc Robittaile in LA for coasting through some shifts. He’s a great teacher — connects great with young and old players. He had a special relationship with Patrick Kane and Dustin Buyfuglin in Chicago. He pretty much ran the PP in Chicago. And he’s been a winner wherever he’s coached when he got a chance from the start of the season. And he knows how to relate to the media and fans. He’s a winner — isn’t that what Atlanta wants?

rob

June 18th, 2010
7:41 am

tony,
thanks for the insight….I haven’t heard any of that previously, and it is encouraging to hear