Thrashers still active in trade talk

The Thrashers have already made two deals in advance of the NHL trade deadline.

You can expect more.

The league trade deadline is Monday at 3 p.m. and general manager Rick Dudley recently said he expects to be involved in additional talk.

“I’d like to win a championship,” Dudley said late last week. “I’d like to do it over a period of time. I can’t say right now that we are a Stanley Cup favorite so any deal we make the definition of it has to be both present and future. We won’t do anything to take away from our chances to make the playoffs this year. We also won’t trade for a 35-year-old player either. If a deal comes up that meets that criteria we will certainly entertain it.”

Dudley made no secret that he wanted to add two two-six forwards and a defenseman. He got two of those when he acquired forward Blake Wheeler and defenseman Mark Stuart from Boston on Feb. 18. The Thrashers also traded veteran defenseman Brent Sopel to Montreal on Feb. 24 for minor-league forward Ben Maxwell.

Dudley has a penchant for tweaking a roster. He said midway through the season that he expected to do so with the Thrashers this season.

“We think we put a couple of pieces in place so we are not looking for quite as much as we were,” Dudley said. “If we could make a deal to get another Blake Wheeler type player, we would do that.”

Dudley also said last week that he is “constantly looking for scoring” and wants to “get bigger.”

The Thrashers entered Sunday’s game against Toronto 11th in the Eastern Conference, five points behind Carolina for the eighth and final playoff spot with 20 games remaining in the regular season.

22 comments Add your comment

buzzz

February 27th, 2011
4:21 pm

GaVaHokie

February 27th, 2011
4:37 pm

If he wanted to get bigger, why did he draft Burmistrov?… just sayin’.

East Point Bob

February 27th, 2011
4:48 pm

Could we trade our current Thrashers players for Vancouver’s current players ?
Then switch ownership for Detroit ownership, then all would be good here, rather than the mess we have ?

East Point Bob

February 27th, 2011
4:50 pm

Question I forgot… Dudley quotes not wanting to trade fo a 35 year old player. But he signed Modin and he is 35 or 36. Tells me Dudley has no clue and now we are stuck with him for four years,
Championship with Dudley as GM, Not !

Mike

February 27th, 2011
5:06 pm

Signing a 35 year old at the beginning of the season is different than a 35 year old at the trade deadline. Basically, Dudley is saying they aren’t going to trade away assets simply for a 35 year old veteran for the stretch run as it won’t help the team long term which I totally agree with.

JC44

February 27th, 2011
5:06 pm

East Point Bob – Signing a 35 year old off the street is not the same as giving up young talent/draft picks for a 35 year old. He knows you have to have veteran leaders on the roster, but he is not going to give up the future to have it.

JC44

February 27th, 2011
5:07 pm

What Mike said…

East Point Bob

February 27th, 2011
5:48 pm

Gee you guys don’t get it. Why would you even think about signing a 35 year old at all ?
Point being, he signed a 35 year old and now won’t have another. dudley makes no sense.
Plus who after this first period would go spend a cent watching this group of losers.
Toronto played last night, we did not, and they are skating rings around us. Mason is terrible.
Again no defense to speak of and we cannot score for love or money. Time to fold the tent, this team is finished and the future looks a bleak as it ever has. I expect a sale and the team moving and I cannot say I would be that upset, all these years of losing, have been too much for any hockey fan to stomach.

Brendan

February 27th, 2011
6:24 pm

Dudley was basically saying, “For last frekkin’ time, we’re NOT trading for Brian Rolston. Stop asking if we are.” At least, that’s my take on it.

If Dudley gets a prospect, that’s risky. If he get a player with only a year left on the deal, it’d better be an RFA. If it’s a play in his mid to late 20’s, he’s got to have years left on the deal, or he’ll hit the open market within 2 years, also.

El Gordo

February 27th, 2011
6:31 pm

I take it no one wanted mighty mouse off waivers because he is playing..right now.

Alan R.

February 27th, 2011
7:27 pm

El Gordo – No. Waivers from yesterday are 48 hour waivers. Therefore, no one “cleared” yet.

El Gordo

February 27th, 2011
7:44 pm

sisu

February 27th, 2011
7:47 pm

so this is a what a win feels like! :)

Iron League 13

February 27th, 2011
7:50 pm

Yeah yeah, great. It’ll be interesting to see. The whole trade deadline thing bothers me, not because I wanna p*ss and moan about the Thrashers taking so long, but because I think it occurs WAY too late in the season for anybody. Personally I think owners/managers like it this way, but I think trading players with about 1/4 of the regular season left is bad for fans and possibly even desperate organizations. Can you say Tkachuk? I’d prefer the deadline occur no later than 2/3 of the way through the season in fact just make it esy and say January 31. That way you the amped up pace of all teams will have been adequately assessed. Just sayin. Yeah, tomorrow will be interesting.

Brendan

February 27th, 2011
7:58 pm

Hey, I gotta call it like I see it. That’s the biggest Thrashers celebration scene I’ve seen all year. It was a “maybe some of us won’t be getting traded, afterall” kind of celebration.

So, we caught the Leafs and elevated ourselves into a 10th-place tie. Nicely done, from down 2-0, with Mason in net. It’s ALWAYS GOOD to beat the Leafs

Iron League 13

February 27th, 2011
8:01 pm

GaVaHokie – Exactly, plus I hate to say it, but let’s not call Cormier or Burmi our future just yet. There won’t be anything to protect in those two for years and that should be obvious, therefore I’d have to say they’d be trade bait for any would be takers.

Donovan McNubb

February 27th, 2011
8:26 pm

Burmy’s the real deal! Cormy … meh.

DavidR

February 27th, 2011
8:43 pm

hey EastPoint Bob….. i think ya stuck our foot in it today. while the first wasnt great.. the 2nd and 3rd were pretty darn good. some stupid penalties but all in all very good. now if we can just get out of the first period scardy cat crap and play 60 min life would be excellent.

hey CViv any news on slater? I am REALLY missing him on the ice.

Buff-n-stuff

February 27th, 2011
9:37 pm

Ga Va Hokie…..Burmy is only 18 pal….Just how big were you when you were that age? I didnt hit my growth spurt until my sophmore year in college. Grew 4+ inches and put on 35 pounds. So don’t be so quick to use “size” as a barometer. The truth is, he propbably should not have been playing this season, but we were so desperate to have young talented players on the team.

Time will tell, but I think he will fill out nicely. It just may take a few years.

lordstan57

February 28th, 2011
1:55 am

It’s the “new NHL”…. young guys play, and Burmistrov’s a keeper!
Oh, and Stapleton was responsible for setting up the game winner with hustle, and heart.

I like his game… maybe he’s our Marty St. Louey.

GO THRASHERS!!!!!!

Acer

February 28th, 2011
3:55 am

@East Point Bob: Dudley is no Don Maloney who won’t sign any 32+ year old FA’s IIRC. I’m sure that Dudley has a thing for Modin, after all he traded for him when he was the GM in Tampa.

@Iron League 13: WTH is wrong with some of you? Are you still living in the old NHL? Prospects, young players and draft picks are *extremely* important in today’s NHL!!! I’d only trade them for similar players with multiple RFA years left on their contract or near/ NHL ready prospects.

Acer

February 28th, 2011
4:05 am

@Buff-n-stuff: Burmistrov was listed at 5′11” at the draft. Now, he’s up to 6′1” according to the Thrashers website. Scouts normally look at the size of the prospect’s parents to make an educated guess of their size down the road. Oh, Burmi’s dad is 6′1”. What does it mean for the son? He may stop at 6′2” or 6′3”.