Updated: Pavelec agrees to terms with Thrashers

Ondrej Pavelec has agreed to terms on a two-year contract worth a total of $2.3 million with the Thrashers. Pavelec was quoted on a Website in the Czech Republic about agreeing to a new deal and his agent, Allan Walsh, confirmed the agreement this morning via Twitter.

I’m told the deal will pay Pavelec $1 million this season and $1.3 million in 2011-12.

The Thrashers will not officially announced the deal until the contract has been signed. That was not expected to happen Thursday.

“This corresponds to my performance. I’m quite happy it turned out according to my expectations,” Pavelec told the Website iDNES.cz.

That would set up the goaltending tandem of Pavelec and Chris Mason, who signed a free-agent deal with the Thrashers, for the next two seasons.

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Toni

July 22nd, 2010
10:26 am

Smoothie

July 22nd, 2010
10:29 am

Wow! Great value for the Thrashers if the total of the deal is $2.3 M. Thought he might try to negotiate that amt per season. Seems as though he realizes he has work to do in terms of earning a starter’s pay.

Good luck Pav! Great to have you back for 2 years with Mace.

Hockey Lover

July 22nd, 2010
10:42 am

Seems like the new GM is doing alright, making the right decisions. I wonder what he would have offered Kovy…?

Alan R.

July 22nd, 2010
10:58 am

I listened in to your interview on TEAM 1260, Chris. Pretty good stuff. Finding a “listen live” link was actually a slight challenge.

Glad my Google Fu was strong this morning.

Despite the fact it was stuff we already knew, it was still great to hear the Thrashers being discussed on Canadian radio without the term “relocation” being thrown around.

Jbsnadb

July 22nd, 2010
11:00 am

To help pack his bags?

Lee

July 22nd, 2010
11:00 am

Nice! Mason and Pavs should be great!

Matt

July 22nd, 2010
11:23 am

Any word on Bergfors? I guess MacArthur isn’t coming back…

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For The Record

July 22nd, 2010
11:28 am

Smart move by Pavs…He just raised his level of respect a couple of notches with me.

Hockey Lover: I happen to think Dudley was behind the $101 Mill final offer to Kovy. Grossman & Kovy never budged from their max contract demands. Dudley is a savvy guy, whereas Waddell wouldn’t know savvy if he ate lunch with it. I can see Dudley being behind a “we need to fish or cut bait” with this guy kind of approach to Waddell/Ownership: “Let’s offer him more than $100 Mill and if he turns it down, we HAVE to deal him for whatever we can get.” I believe Waddell never wanted to trade Kovy because it would make him look like an utter failure in the negotiations…Which anyone would’ve looked like, even by giving in and offering a max contract.

Of course the downside was once everyone found out he turned down $101 Mill, then very few teams were even interested. The fact that we got so much for Kovy tells me Waddell wasn’t the lead on that one. Waddell never could’ve orchestrated that deal. I’m still amazed at what we got when we would’ve had nothing if he was still a Thrasher on June 30th…

kracker

July 22nd, 2010
11:55 am

Yeah…what could (would, I think) Dudley have gotten trading Kovalchuk by the middle of January? Or December?? A stronger organization would have probably traded Kovalchuk following the failed July-/Sept 09 negotiations.

stendec

July 22nd, 2010
12:04 pm

GREAT!!! More Siberian bullshet!!! Why sign this oxygen waste anyway??

World Be Free

July 22nd, 2010
12:10 pm

Dudley and Kovalchuk would not have gotten along-I can just hear that phone conversation-

Duds-”Kovy, I’ll give you a max contract, but you have to backcheck and play defense in your zone.”
Kovy-”Lou will let me do what I want.” Hang up, dial tone

tigerbtl

July 22nd, 2010
12:22 pm

Two years of Pavelec playing here is cheaper than one year of Clarke MacArthur doing the same. That is just so wrong on both sides. Great deal for the Thrashers on Pavelec.

Alan R.

July 22nd, 2010
12:42 pm

Stendec, you do know where Siberia is, right?

Pavelec isn’t from there. Nowhere close.

Back under the bridge! Go!

stendec

July 22nd, 2010
1:23 pm

Fine, Bohemian bullshet!! Now YOU get back in the barrel, it’s Thursday.

Alan R.

July 22nd, 2010
1:27 pm

What’s in the barrel? I hope it’s ale, and I hope you left enough for me.

kracker

July 22nd, 2010
1:29 pm

Beware! The bottom of the barrel is full of bullshet.

Brendan

July 22nd, 2010
1:30 pm

Nice signing on the Pavelec deal. He’ll still be restricted at its conclusion, correct? I hope this tandem of Pavelec and Mason will work out. So, what goalies are left on the market? Turco? Theodore? Who else?

MASHAPlayer7

July 22nd, 2010
1:42 pm

I will go on record – and will look incredibly smart for saying this – but the Mason/Pavelec tandem will be a top 5 NHL goaltending tandem in two years! Of course, it’s nothing more than a wild guess, and it’s assuming the Ramsay/Torch/Stothers coaching staff emphasizes some team defense. So I may look incredibly stupid, as well.

Point is, we have two very talented goaltenders with no durability issues (knock on wood) locked up for 2 years! When have you seen that in Thrasherville? Never!

MASHAPlayer7

July 22nd, 2010
1:49 pm

Brendan – I saw a tweet that said Turco was looking for a 5-6 year deal. Ugh, what? Seriously? In this goalie market? At his point in his career?

Sage of Bluesland

July 22nd, 2010
1:52 pm

More bluster to keep the sheep interested. Who’s running this circus anyway?

Hotrod

July 22nd, 2010
2:25 pm

That should give us time to see if Pavelac will become a great
consistant net minder he is capable of being. I thought his glove
really showed big improvement last year. I saw him make
a few really wicked nasty glove saves.

Lord Stanley

July 22nd, 2010
2:39 pm

Well at least we have a back-up signed. Sorry don’t have confidence in Pav that he can be consistent enough tobe a number one goalie, but I hope I am wrong

Brendan

July 22nd, 2010
2:48 pm

MASHAPlayer7, I can definitely appreciate that Turco has come to the realization that this offseason *might* be his final contract in the NHL. And, as such, he’s going to be looking for some security. But if he’s seriously after a 5-6 year deal, then his price tag has to come down, to reflect just how old and potentially unviable he may be in those latter years. Turco turns 35 on August 13th. Five years from now puts him at 40. And six years at 41. They say the KHL is an old man’s league. Evgeni Nabakov got his six-year deal, at the same age, by going there. Did I mention that the KHL “fines” its players for poor play? It’s not the good ol’ USA, or even Canada, in terms of labor practices.

To the best of my knowledge, Marty Turco has only been to the CF once in his career, and that happened in 2008. That’s not nothing, mind you. That’s an achievement. And 21 playoff wins are another. To be certain, six years of 30 or more win seasons adds to his resume. But when you factor that he played on some very fine Dallas Star teams, including some after they recently won the Cup, he bears some stigma of underachiever. At this point of his career, in this goalie market, he’s going to have to weigh job security/contract length with what his best payday might bring. He might just find that signing a 1-year deal at what the market will bear … is his best option. Certainly, Marty doesn’t want to walk away without a Stanley Cup. But what contending team still needs goaltending? Who just screamed, “San Jose!” Tampa Bay needs goaltending, too. But how much cap space do they have left, after all their moves??

For The Record

July 22nd, 2010
3:06 pm

WBF: You’re right that Lou would let Kovy do whatever he wanted – last season. He still had FA coming up July 1st, so Kovy was in a pretty strong position. Assuming they work out something “acceptable” to the league, Kovy’s gonna have to change his habits. If he truly becomes a Devil for life, then they own him. And this is where it gets interesting. Remember how Kovy & Koz were trying to tell Anderson how to do things? Anyone who signs a $100 Mill or so contract tends to think he’s on a level different than the other players. There was a lot of courting going on and Lou was saying everything he needed to get Kovy to sign…I can’t wait to see what happens after the contract is worked out and he’s expected to perform on D too, just like everyone else. I predict some hurt feelings along the way and it could get ugly from time to time…

And Pavs DOES have a lot to prove. Any NHL goalie who gets a 150ft goal scored against them clearly isn’t “there” yet.

J.B.

July 22nd, 2010
3:10 pm

I read somewhere today that Lou said the Devils aren’t going to try to restructure the deal as it complies with the current CBA.

george

July 22nd, 2010
3:27 pm

Have to believe Bergfors and Little are next up in signing

Michael

July 22nd, 2010
3:48 pm

According to TSN: The Florida Panthers traded forward Jeff Taffe to the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday in exchange for forward Marty Reasoner.

Darn. Now we are going to see a lot of Marty next year.

Brendan

July 22nd, 2010
6:55 pm

Michael, I hope for Marty Reasoner’s sake, that isn’t true. He just went from traded to the defending Stanley Cup Champions to the basement of the Southeast Division. Geez, Reasoner was better off here! I can see, now, why players lobby so hard for a no-trade clause.

sisu

July 22nd, 2010
9:10 pm

I take the wait and see in Pavs…he started well and faded quickly. It is his time to prove something. Another two year deal with the upcoming labor dispute in mind.
Reasoner is a Panther…

World Be Free

July 22nd, 2010
9:18 pm

For The Record-I agree with your post. Add to your points, that Kovy is at his best when he can freelance. The Devils’ style does not lend itself to freelancing, it is a rigid, disciplined and defensive style. And the $100M is buying Kovalchuk’s offensive numbers. Still disappointed in Lou big time.

Sheep-I guess on these blogs, sheep are defined as fans that are reasonably positive about the direction of the team (compared to the last decade).
Goats-those who come on this blog and have nothing original or refreshing to say, positive or negative. They basically regurgitate the same garbage over and over again.

Girls think sheep are cute and cuddly – goats are ugly, smell and have hair on the chin. You decide which one you want to be.

NHL Ready

July 22nd, 2010
10:05 pm

I am not a big Pav’s fan will see if he even makes the team as a back up??? Thanks Dud for finally getting a real Goalie.

Jake

July 22nd, 2010
10:46 pm

I think Alan R. and Stendec oughta do a radio show. Can’t be any worse than Buck and Kincade….

Kovyoverrated

July 22nd, 2010
11:46 pm

Look people, Duds and Waddell knew that Kovalsuck would not sign here, no matter what the offer was. He was gone, period. After 10 years of misdirection, 2 weeks in June TOTALLY changed the direction of this franchise. We are strong in goal, BETTER over 3 lines on offense, and with the overhaul of the coaching staff, hopefully we are MEANER on defense. Last year’s game vs the Avs has haunted me. Bogosian standing there watching as they took the faceoff and went right to the goal was pathetic. Hopefully, the new staff will stop that crap.

EA

July 23rd, 2010
8:45 am

I am so happy to see Pavs back. He is still young. The next two years will prove whether or not he is the real deal. He deserves a chance with a much improved team in front of him.

Alan R.

July 23rd, 2010
9:24 am

Jake – Someone would end up defenestrated. It wouldn’t be me. I daresay I could do a better job flying solo than Buck and Kinkade do together.

At least with me, you won’t hear 5-10 minutes of Thrashers news, and four hours of UGA crap.

Alan R.

July 23rd, 2010
9:31 am

Go Dawgs….woof woof

Alan R.

July 23rd, 2010
10:03 am

As should be quite obvious, the above is not me. Impersonating others is in poor taste.

Lord Stanley

July 23rd, 2010
10:38 am

Well it is uga crap. Go JACKETS!!! :)
Seriously, if 680 is going to carry the games they need to talk up the thrashers. They did it with the braves. Kincaid needs to go

Jeff97

July 23rd, 2010
10:55 am

We need a real sports talk radio station down here. 680 and 790 both stink.

Dawg fans must hate it when Ole Buckaroo has taken a day off. That means a lot less UGA discussion as Kincaid is not a big UGA fan. They should just give Buck his own show at 8pm and let him talk about Dawg football until he is blue in the face.

Go Jackets!

Jeff97

July 23rd, 2010
10:55 am

We need a real sports talk radio station down here. 680 and 790 both stink.

Dawg fans must hate it when Ole Buckaroo has taken a day off. That means a lot less UGA discussion as Kincaid is not a big UGA fan. They should just give Buck his own show at 8pm and let him talk about Dawg football until he is blue in the face.

Go Jackets!

Sports Radio in Atlanta

July 23rd, 2010
11:37 am

I'm sorry Alan R., it was me

July 23rd, 2010
12:58 pm

Impersonation is a form of flattery.

Brendan

July 23rd, 2010
1:16 pm

Buck Belue does a decent job on baseball. College football, too. I cannot rightly tell you that “Buck knows hockey.” Although, he did argue, vociferously, with Kincade that “That Kubina, pal. He’ll make all the difference. You’ll see.” To which, Kincade said, “Well, no. Buck. You’re wrong. You’re just plain wrong. Kubina’s here a year, then he’s gone.”

I guess both were right!

Ilya Kovalchuk had a nice compact swing

July 23rd, 2010
1:47 pm

Suddenly, I’m getting a little excited about this team.

And the Hawks making one bonehead move after another has suddenly freed up my sports budget. See you in Thrasherville!

KLS1

July 23rd, 2010
4:54 pm

In fairness, hasn’t been a whole lot for talk radio to discuss with the Thrashers. I Remember when Chris Cotter (790 Zone) did the post game show from headline grill and nobody would even call in.

By the way has anyone seen him on Fox Business Channel…very odd

English Teacher

July 23rd, 2010
6:47 pm

Seems to me that intentionally or not, the Thrashers made FA really difficult for Kovy by offering him the contract they did. He said he wanted to stay if they could work out a deal. Atlanta offered him the Sun and the Moon, and he turned it down. While he will never admit it, he wanted out of Atlanta – most likely because he wanted to go somewhere he had a chance to win a championship. I don’t fault him for that; winners want to win. The problem now is he’s got to get more money or look like a jerk for not being straight in his dealings with Atlanta. No competitive team is going to have the money he wants without trying to do what NJ tried, and now we know that the NHL won’t let that happen. Personally, I’m glad he didn’t sign here. We need people who want to build a winner not just join one.

JR

July 23rd, 2010
10:45 pm

680 the fan needs to power up so that it can be heard outside of the perimeter.

Brendan

July 24th, 2010
12:55 am

English Teacher, it’s difficult to ignore … that when it comes time to decide WHERE to play, in unrestricted free agency, that the big name players don’t pick the Thrashers. I have no doubt that each player who didn’t chose Atlanta … had a reason, or reasons, why they didn’t. And quite possibly, not one them was the same.

Worse yet for fans of this team … is the ‘political process’ that it entails. For S-E-V-E-N long, agonizing months. A player simply CANNOT come out and say, “There’s no chance I’m reupping with this team.” And yet, each marquee player that didn’t re-sign here … played that game with us. They say, “The negotiations are ongoing.” “I prefer not to discuss the contract.” “I pay my agent to handle all aspects of my contract. I’m just trying to focus on hockey.”

And if a reporter tries to press the matter, the player is obligated to say, “The fans here are great. I love the City of Atlanta. Right now, I’m focused on trying to help us win, and reach the playoffs.” These answers work … EACH and EVERY TIME. Don’t they? Think of it this way. Imagine you meet your future mother-in-law for the first time … and she’s wearing a dress so green that it’s only missing chalk stains and pockets for billiards. And then, you’re asked to comment on it, by your betrothed. What CAN you say … other than, “It’s a wonderful dress … such a lovely shade of green.” And if someone ever asks you, “Just how do you put up with your mother-in-law?” You reply, “She’s a wonderful woman. I’ve always respected her.” And then the conversation turns. Crisis averted.

Look what happens when players get traded here. They sometimes say, “It is what it is.” Or “It’s a business. Anyone can get traded. It’s important not to take it, personally.” Ya know what that is? It’s just a euphemism. For Harlem. As in, “I wouldn’t be caught dead in.” And what do you possibly say to someone who’s just be reassigned to Harlem, NY? “Well gee, Phil. I hear Harlem can be lovely in the Spring?”

And my point to all this was? Well, in the end … it’s that players chose where they want to play when they hit UFA status. And they’re not allowed to say, while under contract to their current team, that they won’t return. They can’t say, “I’ll re-sign if they fire the Coach and hire one I like.” They can’t say, “If they fire the GM, I’ll think about staying.” They cannot say, “With this ownership running the team, there’s no chance I’ll be back. I want to win.” As fans, we don’t like to hear that. We want to hear, “Everything’s wonderful. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my career here, making Atlanta a winner.”

English Teacher

July 24th, 2010
2:52 pm

Kovy didn’t have to say it to the press, he could have said it to the GM. I’m not going to sign. Trade me.