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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Sam

June 29th, 2010
6:57 pm

Sam

June 29th, 2010
6:58 pm

They need to keep Johan. He is an amazing goalkeeper. Does anyone else agree?

Not Blind

June 29th, 2010
7:00 pm

He did a lot for this team last year. Do we owe him something ?? I don’t know.

kracker

June 29th, 2010
7:07 pm

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kracker

June 29th, 2010
7:08 pm

Well now that the habs have acquired the rights to Dan Ellis, maybe they will up the offer to Moose?

jack

June 29th, 2010
7:13 pm

WE NEED MOOSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
I trust what Dudley has done so far, so I am sure he has a good backup plan, just really worried about his backup plan.. Moose please dont go.\\\\

jack

June 29th, 2010
7:14 pm

Chris thank you for the moose update.

mutton

June 29th, 2010
7:15 pm

He stated a year or two back that he wanted to be a part of this team turning itself around, but he is not a young goalie, and it isn’t wise to bank on that being the kind of year he turns in this year. If the hangup is dollars, management may not think he’s worth what some of the early 30’s backups get. If it’s length of term, even two years may be too much. Personally, I’d like to see him back for one year. The man is probably one of the best locker room presences this team has ever had, but unfortunately it may be time to move on. Either way, with the team or on his own, I wish him the best.

Brendan

June 29th, 2010
7:15 pm

Maybe the offer to Moose is subpar because they only want him at a discount or for a 1-year deal? My gut is telling me … that Dudley wants a young, but proven netminder. There will be UFA goalies out there on the market. Let’s see what we get. I love the Moose, but I just don’t think we can keep going to that well. He’s 37. And he stood on his head for us last season. Can we really count on a repeat performance? When Moose does retire, I hope that the Thrashers can find a spot for him somewhere within the organization. Hedberg is one of my favorite Thrashers of all-time.

Brendan

June 29th, 2010
7:17 pm

mutton, I’ll tell you this. I will never boo Moose Hedberg, if he arrives at Philips Arena in an enemy jersey. There’s no call for that. Hedberg is a class act.

Mike M

June 29th, 2010
7:20 pm

One good year out of four is not what the thrashers need in a goaltender. With the limited scoring ablity that is going to be a problem this year if they can attract a better goalie the thrashers realy need to. At 37 a career backup for the starter is a bad choice Pavs is no where near ready and he might only be of back up quality at the NHL level. It is time to let Hedberg go if ever their was a time to let some one test the free agent market it is now even if Atlanta wants him and I hope they don’t after he finds out how little he is worth he might sign for less. But in truth I do not think anyone else in the NHL will offer him a contract so I look to see him agree to this one soon.

Telfo

June 29th, 2010
7:36 pm

i am fine either way with Moose. There will be plenty of suitable replacements available

GaVaHokie

June 29th, 2010
7:40 pm

I’d rather have someone like Chris Mason that can carry a heavier load; continue to bring Pavalec along slowly until he steals the job, ala Tukko Rask.

jack

June 29th, 2010
7:45 pm

I say if we get rid of Moose then we get a number one goalie and make pavelec #2

TrueBlue

June 29th, 2010
7:53 pm

I honestly feel that it is about time to part ways with Moose. We need a consistent goalie that can serve as a # 1 until Pavelec can get some type of composure (will he ever?). Moose was far too inconsistent when called upon to play more then one or two nights a week.

jack

June 29th, 2010
8:03 pm

Good Point I just dont see pav is the answer, if we want to go to the playoffs. Maybe we can clean house in the goalie department if moose goes. It possible could be good for Pav. Thoughts???

Darkhorse

June 29th, 2010
8:18 pm

Chris-Really enjoyed the Ramsey story. Nice work…

Do you feel a trend developing with what it appears are underwhelming offers to our free agents so far? Just seems like the word on the street seems to be the same story for each guy, like Moose above. Do you get any indication this is a tactic Dudley is doing on purpose, or an issue with avalible money from the owners? Hope for the former, and that he knows what he’s doing. Can’t see anyone decent beating down our door come Thursday….

Don’t have a problem if Moose stays or goes. I prefer to see him become our goalie coach fulltime instead, but understand he still feels he has a few years left.

Mike M

June 29th, 2010
8:20 pm

That is a good point jack I still do not think Pavs will be ready to be starter any time soon. But, Moose is no help with developing young goaltenders. He has not played that many games outside of Atlanta and he seems to be more intrested in getting that number one job than helping out the team long term.

B. Thenet

June 29th, 2010
8:21 pm

Well we need another goalie who can be a 1 or 1a with Pavelec. I just do not see Hedberg repeating last season’s performance.

Sara

June 29th, 2010
8:23 pm

Based on all the comments Chris has been passing on, it seems like Dudley is being very cautious about the older FAs. And he should be. There’s talent in the pipeline and there is no reason to sign 30+ players to long-term contracts when they could and should be soon replaced by someone younger in the system. We need to stop being the retirement home of the NHL.

Barry

June 29th, 2010
8:25 pm

I echo B. Thenet’s statement. Who’s to say Moose can repeat the kind of year he had last season? Guys in their prime have a good chance to do so, but Moose is on the tail end of his career. I feel he would not have the same kind of season this upcoming one. I honestly think if Dudley and Moose can’t work out a deal there are still good goalies on the FA market that can serve as a #1 or #1a when times dictate him to play as such.

Mike M

June 29th, 2010
8:43 pm

I would almost prefer picking up a young questionable goalie sign him to a two year contract and try to develop him than keep Moose at least then they are working toward building a better team. In the end Moose will take what they offer because he has no where to go.

Thrasher

June 29th, 2010
8:48 pm

I think we need to stop making dumb decisions. We started them by letting Kari go. Now Kovy. Keep Moose and Ondrej and get your rears in gear suits!

gormer

June 29th, 2010
9:00 pm

Keep Moose, give him whatever he wants! Bring back Damian Rhodes to be our 1a keeper. Also lets bring back Kelly Buchburger and we will win the cup!!!

kracker

June 29th, 2010
9:02 pm

Mike M, Moose has the option of going home to Sweden to play.

Curly

June 29th, 2010
9:12 pm

The trend for underwhelming offers to our free agents is right on. With no playoffs the past two seasons, no one deserves a raise and Dudley is likely dishing out pay cuts. It’s time for accountability and pay for performance.

How many people here have had to take a pay cut the last 18 months?

Kovyoverrated

June 29th, 2010
9:29 pm

Keep Moose, trade Pavs, sign Nabokov.

KLS1

June 29th, 2010
10:27 pm

I’m ok with Moose and Pavs going into next year…other than Nabakov I don’t see any upgrades out there.

Darkhorse

June 29th, 2010
10:43 pm

I don’t have an issue with the lower offers as long as it’s about not overpaying for older talent, as some of you suggest. I just automatically raise an eyebrow that it may be due to cheap ownership when I read reports like this.

Jeff

June 29th, 2010
10:52 pm

Moose isn’t “excited” about the offer because they lowballed him. They’re just going through the motions with Hedberg and Kubina. This is a mistake that will likely cost them both players.

Anyway, I don’t think either Moose or Kubina will have trouble signing elsewhere in the NHL. They’re both coming off very solid seasons, Moose was great last season.

PS: If we lose Moose, we’ll miss him come playoff time the most, if we even get there. Moose is who I’d want in a seven game series, he’s at his best in the playoffs. He’s not “just a backup” when given a fair chance as the idiots around here say.

Seth

June 29th, 2010
11:02 pm

We need to keep Pavelec but not Hedberg..he is way to inconsistent he can go from being amazing one game to terrible the next..Pavelec is somewhat the same but he is young signs show he will grow out of it…I say let Hedberg go and go after a decent veteran goalie or we will once again not make the playoffs..not with our current goalie core anyway.

NHL Ready

June 29th, 2010
11:21 pm

I am waiting for July 1st to see if we pick up a real Goalie. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed. Like I said before invest the money in the money player spot and that is in Goal. We should have plenty of money since Kovy did not resign so spend it where in counts.

Wayne stuck in AL

June 30th, 2010
12:19 am

Any news on the Torchetti situation?

Norm Maracle

June 30th, 2010
1:36 am

Bring me back.

“All you need is Norm Maracle. All he neeeeeeeeeeeeeds is foooooooooood.”

Norm Maracle

June 30th, 2010
1:42 am

http://www.eishockey.info/eishockey/WebApp?cmd=displayArtikelSeite&artikel=19585

Norm can’t remember how to post links right now, but copy and paste that sucker so you can get a good look at a goalie who knows how to stay in shape. Waddell knew what he was doing, folks.

Norm Maracle

June 30th, 2010
1:43 am

Wow. Norm didn’t have to copy and paste. Time to eat another dozen crullers.

Jeff

June 30th, 2010
4:29 am

Seth is one of those I was talking about, he doesn’t know goaltending but he talks like he does anyway. I’ve always been annoyed by those that talk about a position they clearly don’t understand well. Furthermore, Hedberg was very good overall last season, and very consistent too. He’s one of the main reasons we almost made the playoffs.

Regarding Pavs, Pavelec truly isn’t even a solid back-up at this point. If he had been we’d made the playoff this past season. And personally, I seriously doubt Pavs ever becomes a true number one. I figure at best he’ll one day become good enough to split 50-50 with another NHL goalie. However, there’s nothing wrong with that either.

The Real Thrash

June 30th, 2010
8:08 am

Every year we have the same comments on these blogs about salaries. It’s always about jealousy. The players should accept whatever the club offers and be happy about it. This is as if the bloggers blame the players for having more freedom than they do. The players get to say yes or no and move on to a club that values their skills at a better worth. The bloggers are stuck in jobs they hate and are afraid to ask for a raise. “Those greedy players!”

Get over it! We have a team that low-balls contract offers every year. The players know it, the league knows it. We trade for players in the last year of contracts so we don’t have long term investment. See the players in the Chicago deal for the recurring theme. We are projected to have at least 16 million under the salary cap for 2010-2011.

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

sisu

June 30th, 2010
8:49 am

one thing to keep in mind, Pavs agent has not done many favors for this team so let’s see if he will agree to a deal here.

Brendan

June 30th, 2010
9:28 am

Sisu, I had forgotten that Pavelec is an un-signed RFA. But, I do feel confident that he will re-up here. If he took us to arbitration, I’m not so sure he’d like the decision. His best offer might just come from the Thrashers. And to request a trade … would make everyone uncomfortable. Though, Nathan Horton got out of Florida. Enough of that. The Frenzy is but a few short hours away. I don’t expect much activity from Atlanta on July 1. I’d look to July 2 or 3 for a signing.

Hockey Steve

June 30th, 2010
9:45 am

Any rumors on if Duds is targeting Nabokov??

Atlanta Spirit

June 30th, 2010
9:47 am

If you think we are going to give ANYONE a fair market offer, you haven’t been paying attention.

brg

June 30th, 2010
10:17 am

Nabby isnt comming to Atlanta. he wants to on a team that can contend right now, not in 2 years. Johan is playing the cards he was dealt and earned. and he is obviously confident that the thrashers would table another offer, since he prob. doesnt want to hit free agency with the goalie market so inflated with talent. now i like him, but anything more than an additional 500-750K would be overpaying.

Chris Vivlamore

June 30th, 2010
10:36 am

Thrashers just announced they have re-signed defenseman Noah Welch. It’s a two-way deal worth $550,000 in NHL, $105 in AHL.

KLS1

June 30th, 2010
10:44 am

We didn’t lowball Hainsey or Todd White and look what that got us, two contracts you will never be able to move…can’t have it both ways people.

Remember the Holik contract or Steve Rucchin?

Nobody is being lowballed, we are making offers based on need and other players available on the market.

Kubina may be an exception but the others have not stood out to command higher salaries from the Thrashers or anyone else in the leaue. Gotta win some playoff games if you are a middle of the road player and want to cash in a la Drury and Gomez.

gcs

June 30th, 2010
10:44 am

Here is the Atlanta Spirit negotiation handbook:
1. Make low-ball offers
2. Pray they don’t accept.
3. Watch as they sign elsewhere.
4. Tell the press, “we tried to sign him”.
5. Take early summer vacation.

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jack

June 30th, 2010
10:46 am

Thanks Chris

GaVaHokie

June 30th, 2010
10:55 am

Dudley said he doesn’t budge much from his initial offers… so, if Hedberg doesn’t like the offer, don’t expect the situation to change much.

We’ve already seen Max, Kubina and Army get offers with no back and forth counter offers. So, I’m not expecting one for Moose either.

brg

June 30th, 2010
11:28 am

good depth signing in welch, if we lose Johan to free agency, i feel like Nitty from TB might be a great fit.

Chris Vivlamore

June 30th, 2010
11:29 am

More news: Dudley and Ramsay are talking to AHL Rockford coach Bill Peters about joining staff as an assistant coach.