Hedberg not excited about Thrashers’ offer

I just spoke Johan Hedberg as part of my preparation for the start of free agency on July 1.

The Thrashers goaltender, scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in two days, categorized the on-going contract negotiations with the team. “I have not been excited about what they have offered. I hope they make another offer before July 1,” Hedberg said from Sweden.

Trying to keep you updated.

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June 30th, 2010
11:34 am

Thanks Chris how does that relate to Torch.

World Be Free

June 30th, 2010
12:21 pm

I bet the issue with Kubina is term, not so much money. If this is the case, you have to ask yourself what kind of $4M/year defenseman will he be in 4 years? any footspeed? See Mattius Ohlund in Tampa Bay.


June 30th, 2010
12:33 pm

It’s noon!


June 30th, 2010
12:44 pm

Congrats on Lee telling time. :)

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June 30th, 2010
1:15 pm

Jeff is probably the least knowledgeable person about hockey on this planet and should not even be allowed on this blog..he is making a fool of himself. Lets go with the facts. Heberg is 37 years old. HE did have 21 wins but that only got him 25th ranked in the league. He did not rank better than 20th in the league in Games Played, Wins, Loses, Overtime Loses, Goals Allowed, Saves, Shots Against, Shut Outs, and Minutes. So how in the world can you say he had a good season if he only ranked in the top 15 of all goalies in Penalty minutes and one good stat Save Percentage (only because he faced 50 shots a game)..Look i give it to Hedberg he is good but he is not great by any means..And what have the thrashers not had in the past seasons in which they have not made the playoffs. They have had the offense ( Kovalchuck, Hossa, Heatly) They have had the defenses ( Colburn, Kubina, Enstrom) but they have lacked a good, solid, CONSISTENT, goaltender every year..So Jeff dont tell me i dont know anything about the position because i have played it before and also i have played hockey for over 10 years..They only thing you play with is yourself..

Mike M

June 30th, 2010
2:58 pm

It is true that Hedberg has benefited from a better defense than in years past and while the shots on goal are still a little high the quality of those shooting opportunities has to be considered. The fact that the Thrasher had at least one center that plays a little defense is a big part of the equation also. With more players that can press the offense goalies do not have to work as hard and in this case Hedberg came out smelling like a rose. But you must look at his entire body of his work. In nine seasons in the NHL he has had one that he ranked in the top 15 goaltenders in save percentage. It is unlikely that at 37 he has hit his stride and is going to improve. No let him play in Sweden where the frozen little children can watch this “big time NHL goaltender” play out his final years while they eat pickled fish or what ever they do at games. Here Hedberg is not a has-been Hedberg is a neverwas.


June 30th, 2010
3:31 pm

C-Viv, thanks for the article to update things from Rick Dudley’s point of view, but I think I’m a bit confused thanks to the typo below. Can you clarify the second sentence? Are you saying we are close to re-signing one or two of the UFA’s? Or are we trading someone’s rights? Running out of time for such a deal to be made. Thanks for the help!

“It may be the 15-plus goal scorer that general manager Rick Dudley still covets. It will definitely involve in the nine players from last season’s team who will become unrestricted free agents.”

Sage of Bluesland

June 30th, 2010
4:07 pm

“…Then instead of having a fan base that demands more from ownership we get a bunch of whiners and the type team we deserve.”

Truer words have never been typed on this blog. I’d like to add (alongside “whiners”) the word, “enablers”…or whatever the proper word is for those who continuously make excuses for poor performance.

You get what you pay for–and you get what you deserve. I stopped paying a long, long time ago.

I encourage you too, as well.


June 30th, 2010
4:15 pm

I wonder if Dudley’s criterion “may be good but dumb as a sack of hammers” applies to goaltender position as well.

For the Record

June 30th, 2010
4:41 pm

C’mon Sage (Mini-Wad)….Surely you can tell everyone the TRUTH about why you stopped paying to go to Thrashers games so long ago, can’t you?

It’s simply because Don Waddell didn’t respond to your 3 e-mails you sent him 10 years ago. THAT’S THE ONLY REASON you’ve refused to attend a Thrashers game in the past 10 years! So if you’re going to encourage others to not go to games (which is what you live to do), then at least man up and tell everyone WHY you don’t go. “Subsidizing incompetence” is just a mind frig you put on yourself and tell others in an effort to justify your unending anger at Don Waddell for ignoring your dumb e-mails.

If he had responded to your e-mails 10 years ago, you two would probably be BFF now…..And that’s the truly frightening thought of the day. Of course, you’d still be Mini-Wad, but just a Waddell Puppet of a different kind……

As for goalie, Duds has a plan if he’s letting Moose walk. Wouldn’t be surprised if it comes in the form of a trade. If not, the FA market is awash with decent goalies. We’ll be fine.


June 30th, 2010
5:07 pm

Jack-Haha. I thought it was July 1st then like five minutes ago I realized it was June 28. :)


June 30th, 2010
5:08 pm


June 30th, 2010
5:28 pm

keep sending us back him time. I like your methodology

Hockey Steve

June 30th, 2010
6:03 pm

Sage, if well all stop paying to go to Thrasher games, then the team will have no choice but to pack up and move to Canada. Is that what you want?

What will you do with all your time without a Thrashers message board to spew your bitter nonsense on? Disney World?


June 30th, 2010
6:18 pm

I wasn’t very excited with all the games we had leads in and he let slip away, granted Pavs did the same thing but at least Moose should have the experience to be better at holding leads. Not sure what kind of money he thinks he’s worth but we need the talent of a Dan Ellis over Moose right now.

Get The Puck Out

June 30th, 2010
7:20 pm

The Spirit Boy’s aint gonna spend no money on hockey. Look what they offered Joe Johnson. Six years at $119 million. Ain’t gonna be anything left if he takes it.


June 30th, 2010
7:47 pm


As Kevin Allen just tweeted: Is it just me, or is Hedberg playing with fire by pushing Atlanta for more dollars? Don’t see anywhere else where he can compete to be No. 1

I would prefer if we had another goalie….Again, HEDBERG WILL NOT REPEAT THE SEASON HE HAD LAST YEAR!!!


June 30th, 2010
8:08 pm

Alright, Hedberg is a classy guy and has been a real assset to a team that has not made the playoffs. But, he is 37 and has always been classified as a “serviceable NHL back-up”. Time to build around someone else.

Chris Vivlamore

June 30th, 2010
8:39 pm

Smoothie: I think something got changed. I’ll look into it. The meaning is the roster is about to change. Thrashers may be add a player, but nine will definitely hit the open market.

Chris Vivlamore

June 30th, 2010
8:46 pm

Smoothie: Thanks. Extra word (in) now deleted. You get an assist.


June 30th, 2010
9:33 pm

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June 30th, 2010
10:56 pm

C-Viv, got it! Thanks for clarifying. I’m still holding out some hope for Kubina for continuity’s sake in the locker room, but I’m not going to gnash my teeth too badly if he moves on for more money. Just the nature of the business. I just hope we do add a low-cost D-man for additional competition and insurance for Kulda and Valabik. Perhaps a Shaone Morrisonn or Jay McKee if we go real cheap.


July 1st, 2010
12:36 am

Chris Vivlamore, I have loved the pieces on Craig Ramsay that you have done. Thanks. I really think the Thrashers got the right guy.


July 1st, 2010
1:01 am

gcs, that 10:44 am comment had me in stitches. http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-thrashers-blog/2010/06/29/hedberg-not-excited-about-thrashers-offer/comment-page-1/#comment-15153.

Hockey Steve, I’ve been reading Sage of Bluesland’s stuff for a long time, and rightly or wrongly, Sage has stated that his position is not to force the team to relocate, but rather, to force them to make positive changes. You can hash it out with him whether or not you think his ideology is flawed. But, uhh, I doubt it’ll change his mind. I’ve never seen Sage change his tune in six or more years.

Not to take any sides here, but it wasn’t just Sage of Bluesland who screamed for changes after the 2007 sweep at the hands of the Rangers. Several of the posters and bloggers you see here, on this very message board, called for the kinds of changes that we are finally now beginning to see, over 3 years ago. No one was talking about relocating the team, other than the Chicken Little, “The sky is falling!” types. The people who realize this team isn’t leaving prior to 2019 also saw, even back in 2007, that change was necessary. But none came. Waddell lingered at a time that screamed for a complete overhaul of management/personnel.

I don’t know if it’s just ‘wishful thinking’ on my part, (and it probably is,) to think that had a new GM and new Heach Coach and new scouts come to power back in 2007, that we might still have Hossa and Kovalchuk, etc., etc. Really, speaking honestly and from my heart as as I ALWAYS do, I doubt that Hossa and Kovy could have been retained, due to the Spirit still owning the team. That counts, too. Let’s say Dudley and Ramsay do a great job. Still with me? But when contracts come due, if the Spirit doesn’t pony up, then the players are gone. Now, I hear ya. “Give these players a reason to believe there could be a Silver trophy sitting at Center Ice for them, watch them take a discount.” Yeah, that happens in Detroit, and markets like Detroit. Buffalo is a great hockey market that drafts well and develops talent well. I further think Darcy Regier is a decent enough General Manager, but the Sabres’ ownership is inept and won’t pay to retain players. It is seemingly their view that the constant windfall of the draft can replace the Brieres, Drurys, Campbells, Tallinders, Lydmans, Dumonts, of their roster. Players don’t simply ignore that. They see Buffalo, and markets like Buffalo, as a temporary stop on their trip around the NHL, since they cannot get either (1) the pay day or (2) the commitment necessary to win the Cup from ownership.


July 1st, 2010
10:36 am

gcs’s commet is ALL TOO TRUE !!!! Sadly . . .

Ken Klibaner

July 1st, 2010
1:55 pm

The Thrashers have always shafted their goalies. I was an original season ticket holder, and after facing 45+ shots per night, the geniouses at the Thrashers tried to hard ball Milan Hnilckca. The same thing happened with our greatest goalie Pasi Nurminin the next year. Until a stake is driven through Don Waddell’s heart, this will always be the case.
Waddell Must Die


July 2nd, 2010
9:38 pm

Ken Klibaner, don’t hold back. Let it all pour out. I remember Milan Hnlicka. Waddell wound up paying half his $1.5 million salary to watch him play for the L.A. Kings ($750,000). But, in fairness, Hnilicka did not have the stellar year he had back in 2001. Pasi blew out his knee, practicing for the Finnish National team. Had he not done that, Pasi and Kari would have been the 1-2 punch in net for Atlanta, for the 2005-06 season. Instead, it wound up Kari-Dunham-Shields-Berkhoel-Garnett. Bygones.