Final update: Thrashers obtain Dvorak for Bergfors on busy day

The Thrashers have a new look for the 19-game push for the playoffs.

In: Radek Dvorak, Rob Schremp, Ben Maxwell, Brett Feasterling. Out: Niclas Bergfors, Fredrik Modin, Patrick Rissmiller, Drew MacIntyre.

The team made several moves at the NHL trade deadline Monday with the biggest the acquisition of Dvorak from Florida. To obtain the forward, and a fifth-round draft pick, the Thrashers sent forwards Bergfors and Rissmiller to the Panthers. The Thrashers also sent Modin to Calgary for a seventh-round draft pick. They claimed Schremp on waivers from the New York Islanders. In a final trade of mainly minor-leaguers, they sent goaltender MacIntyre to Montreal for 24-year-old defenseman Feasterling.

In the first move of the day, the Thrashers signed newly-acquired defenseman Mark Stuart to a three-year contract worth $5.1 million.

“We improved our penalty kill,” Thrashers general manager Rick Dudley said. “We got a little younger. We think we added pieces that can help us. We think we added versatility. We allowed a couple of things to happen for a player who might have been the odd-man out. We added some depth on the blue line. We are pretty happy with what we got accomplished.”

Dvorak, 33, had 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in 53 games with the Panthers this season. He will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season after making $1.7 million this year.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound right wing has 555 points (215 goals, 340 assists) in 15 NHL seasons with Florida, the New York Rangers, Edmonton and St. Louis. He also has playoff experience with Florida and Edmonton. He was originally a first-round pick (No. 10 overall) of the Panthers in 1995.

Dudley said Dvorak will help the team’s beleaguered penalty kill unit.

“I think he’s a talented guy,” Dudley said. “I think he’s a very good skater. We have certainly added speed. As we said, he’s a great penalty killer. … We think he can be a 20-goal scorer if he comes in and lights it up and has some fun. I think he will have some fun playing in this system. Speed in an important part of this system and he adds that.”

Bergfors never seemed to fit into coach Craig Ramsay’s system. He had 11 goals in 51 games this season and was a healthy scratch 11 times. Most recently, Bergfors was skating on the third line and he averaged just over 10 minutes of ice time over the past eight games. Bergfors, who signed a one-year, $900,000 deal before the season, will be a restricted free agent. Bergfors came to the Thrashers last season from New Jersey as part of the Ilya Kovalchuk trade. He had 46 points (19 goals, 27 assists) in 78 games with the Thrashers.

Dudley said claiming Schremp made it easier to move Bergfors.

“He’s been struggling,” Dudley said. “He had one goal in his last 14 games. Bergy is a streaky player. We were in a situation where we needed him to be streaky the other way.”

Dudley called Modin the “odd-man out” and sent the unrestricted free agent to be to Calgary for a chance at increased playing time.

The Thrashers re-called Maxwell from AHL Chicago Monday. He was acquired from Montreal last week for Brent Sopel. Goaltender Peter Mannino was also re-called to back up Chris Mason with Ondrej Pavelec injured. Spencer Machacek was re-assigned to Chicago.

The Thrashers acquired the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Stuart from Boston, along with Blake Wheeler, on Feb. 18. The 26-year-old has appeared in all four games since the trade and has 16 hits and is a minus-2.

Stuart will make $1.6 million next season, $1.7 million in 2011-12 and $1.8 million in 2112-13. He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent following the season.

The deal came together over the last few days, according to Stuart, and was finalized Sunday night.

“Coming here I didn’t really expect anything, just to come in here and play well and help the team,” Stuart said. “It was nice to get a deal done. I like it here a lot. I’ve very comfortable here. I like the people a lot and I think the team has a lot of potential.”

Schremp has 10 goals and 12 assists and is a minus-19 in 45 games for the Islanders this season. Thrashers forward Tim Stapleton remained with the team after clearing waivers.

Dudley said he believes the moves are enough in the final six weeks of the season to make the playoffs.

“It has to be,” Dudley said. “We wanted to make changes. We did. I think it looks good, very good.”

131 comments Add your comment

Charlie

February 28th, 2011
10:51 am

Bye bye, Bergie.

johnny

February 28th, 2011
10:53 am

not sure i like this deal.

Charlie

February 28th, 2011
10:54 am

From the NHL.com Trade Blog (please, please let someone relieve us of this burden): Hainsey has two years left with a $4.5 million cap hit, and the Thrashers have Dustin Byfuglien, Tobias Enstrom and probably Bogosian to anchor the team’s defense corps. ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun reports teams have shown interest in the 29-year-old veteran who hasn’t produced at the same rate in Atlanta that he did with Columbus.

chc4

February 28th, 2011
10:55 am

We need scoring and Dvorak is marginal at best. Hope there’s a bigger one in the works otherwise we can look forward to next year…. for the millionth year in a row.

amanda

February 28th, 2011
10:56 am

so what exactly happened to “we won’t trade for a 35 year old player” back last friday…

Sopel has no neck

February 28th, 2011
10:57 am

Hainsey or Antro’s gigantic contracts will be tough to move, but it’d be nice. Very similar to Bergfors in that at times their effort is questionable. We didn’t get a fair return for Bergfors but he just didn’t fit Rammers system, he has been in the doghouse all year..I think he has only been playing because of so many injuries.

Greg

February 28th, 2011
10:57 am

I am NOT a fan of this deal. Why did Dudley go out and get a 33 year old with only 7 goals and 14 assists? Plus he’s a UFA? I know Ramsey disliked Bergfors, but seriously?! There had to be better deals out there than that!

duder

February 28th, 2011
10:58 am

I don’t even get why we got Dvorak. If you want to dump Bergie, fine. Do it for a third rounder or something, because Dvorak is a rental. Reminds me of Artyukhin. Somebody who can occasionally do something good, but overall just another bottom six guy to throw on the pile of 25 we already have

Daculafan

February 28th, 2011
10:58 am

I would bet that the Bergie deal has more to do with the fact that he was probably not going to re-sign here anyway…better to deal him away and get something than letting him walk in the summer.

johnny

February 28th, 2011
10:58 am

the only thing i can guess is they thought bergie would get more in arb. then they wanted to pay and figured to get something for him(5th round pick), Dvorak was just a throw in to kill some cap for the Panthers. Didn’t want to lose him for nothing like McAurther.

Charlie

February 28th, 2011
10:59 am

Duds was holding out for the 33 year old with minimal production, Amanda. He got his man!

Icemelter

February 28th, 2011
11:01 am

Panther fans say Tallon has just taken Dudley on this deal.

duder

February 28th, 2011
11:03 am

Bergie sucked. Look at his numbers over the last few weeks, even last night. Just not a good fit here. Totally fine dealilng him, but why for a worthless player?

Super Tacks

February 28th, 2011
11:03 am

Dvorak is a good penalty killer, and we definitely need help in that department.

duder

February 28th, 2011
11:03 am

But at least we have another deal in the works, “possibly for a minor leaguer” that makes it all better…another Ben Maxwell on the way.

Charlie

February 28th, 2011
11:04 am

How much more would it have cost to get Weiss? He is likely to move today, and chances are it could be to one of the teams right in front of us. One has to wonder if we even went there. Then again, we don’t exactly have much more to offer.

duder

February 28th, 2011
11:04 am

Super Tacks,

Yes, but we technically need help in every department…the biggest need is hands down scoring. not even up for debate. We need a top six scoring forwad.

GaVaHokie

February 28th, 2011
11:06 am

Daculafan… Bergfors was RFA this summer, he wasn’t going to ‘walk’.

Not crazy about this trade, but we’ll see how the day plays out. I believe Dvorak is a good PK’er. Still need to land a Top 6 scorer.

hip czech

February 28th, 2011
11:07 am

not sure I follow this one…unless Dvorak is only here for a few hours and is turned around into something else.

Super Tacks

February 28th, 2011
11:08 am

duder — No doubt about that. But who/what do we have to give up for a top 6 forward without mortgaging our future?

Also, this deal makes me think we won’t see Slater any time soon.

Charlie

February 28th, 2011
11:08 am

This shuold make everyone feel good: Here’s some instant analysis from the NHL Network’s Brian Duff on the Bergfors-Dvorak deal: After letting Michael Grabner get away from them for nothing in October, the Panthers have to be hoping that a third team in 13 months will be just the kick start that young forward Niclas Bergfors needs. He fell out of favor early under Craig Ramsay this season, was repeatedly a healthy scratch, and yet is just a week away from his 24th birthday, with plenty of ice-time and opportunity staring him in the face in the final weeks of this season.

As for the Thrashers, their comeback win Sunday boosted their playoff hopes. I’m not sure Radek Dvorak can do the same. It was a decade ago when he reached offensive expectations as a Ranger. Hard to imagine he finds an offensive groove all of a sudden in Atlanta.

Sopel has no neck

February 28th, 2011
11:08 am

Honestly is anyone going to miss Bergfors effort? He flat out didn’t care most of the time from what I saw on the ice. He doesn’t battle at all. If Dvorak isn’t an enmpy jersey it might as well be an upgrade but again..I wanted more of a return for a player that can score goals. And we don’t score many last I checked. If Bergfors plays with some sort of passion in Florida they will have won this deal easily, but is he has the effort he had here, they are gonna hate him like some of us did, including our coach.

Jack

February 28th, 2011
11:09 am

Bergfors was never happy here, and not really sure if we could of signed him even if he was a RFA. Rather would like to have people that want want to be thrashers.

duder

February 28th, 2011
11:13 am

Super Tacks,

This team is in desperate need of a future, and if there is a deal that requires draft picks but yields a decent player that can stick around for a few years then they have to do it. We don’t have the luxury of drafting good players for the next three years. we need to be good, or at least better, now. Brad Boyes went for a second round pick…that’s it. Even a guy like that would make this team better

hip czech

February 28th, 2011
11:15 am

Bergfors had probably his best game as a Thrasher Friday night…he was all over the forecheck. I guess he was trying to impress the scouts.

If we were making a trade for a playoff push we couldn’t afford a second rounder for Boyes???

Lanier

February 28th, 2011
11:18 am

Dvorak is speed and size, well liked by coaches and team. That doesn’t sound like Bergfors.

East Point Bob

February 28th, 2011
11:33 am

I will not defend Bergfors, but I remember Dudley saying he would… Not give up youth for a 35 year old rental. Well, Devorak is 33 and a UFA. He is not going to help us at all, just a 19 game rental and we do not need him now or in the future. Dudley is showing he is not very good at his job.

AtlFlamesFan

February 28th, 2011
11:40 am

On the other news of the day, I am ecstatic about inking Mark Stuart, ans so quickly. Being traded from Boston to ATL could kill someone’s attitude, but not his. I am so impressed with his presence on the ice. Good job here Duds!

Joe McGrath

February 28th, 2011
11:40 am

I smell a parlay.

East Point Bob

February 28th, 2011
11:40 am

Do have to say the tsn coverage is a joke at best. This Duffie is terrible, awful and now they have some clown on yelling. It is simply nuts, they are acting like children. Duffie asking this guy if he is going to get dressed today ??? What kind of crap is this ? Really sick to watch tsn and their Canada teams only coverage, I understand their stance, but it is stupid as hell. This Duffie is the worst I have ever seen on TV ever.

AtlFlamesFan

February 28th, 2011
11:41 am

I never did understand what went on with Bergie. I am afraid that we will see with him what we did with MacArthur; now that he is gone, lots of goals.

Lanier

February 28th, 2011
11:41 am

East Point how many stanley cups have you won? Seriously..we are all armchair GM’s..but how do you come up with “he isn’t good at his job” by getting rid of a cancer who has been on the block for most of the year. I’m assuming the market for Bergfors and his putrid effort wasn’t very high because he has been on the trading block for a while. I agree the return isn’t anything special but neither was Bergfors.

ThrasherTim

February 28th, 2011
11:42 am

“Dudley is showing he is not very good at his job.”

Maybe the funniest statement of the year on any ajc.com blog.

Tim

February 28th, 2011
11:43 am

On a side note, TSN just report that Mark Stuart just sign with the Thrashers for the next 3 years.

Sherry Taylor

February 28th, 2011
11:43 am

Bergfors was -11, Dvorak is +2, I’ll take a + player over an unproductive, unhappy – player any day.

ThrasherTim

February 28th, 2011
11:43 am

Lots of revisionist history above. Please remember that Toronto signed McArthur for like $1.1MM after an arbitrator awarded him $2MM+ annually and we said “No thanks”.

duder

February 28th, 2011
11:44 am

I don’t think anybody cares that we traded Bergie, I think most people just want something a little more formidable out there…but what fan wouldn’t?

Iron League 13

February 28th, 2011
11:44 am

I like the Stuart signing a lot. Sorry to see Bergie go, but he can’t play his game here so hasta la bye bye and good luck, plus I don’t think he wanted to be here. Duds is looking like an improvement over Waddell even though I

moriler

February 28th, 2011
11:48 am

Eh, Dvorak for Bergie is a wash. Bergie was going to try to escape anyway via arbitration, and Dvorak may be only a rental but at least he isn’t a perpetual downer anytime he’s on the ice like Bergie was. At the start of next season we won’t have Dvorak and we wouldn’t have Bergie, so I figure we got a fifth round pick for Rissmiller out of this.

Brendan

February 28th, 2011
11:51 am

Bergfors being traded is no shock to anyone. The guy’s been in the doghouse all season long. Sopel’s already been traded, as has Eager been moved. The loss of Rissmiller is absolutely nothing. A 5th round pick can be leveraged at the June Draft for something, as sweetener.

Well, Dudley said he wanted two (2) forwards and a defenseman (1), he got them. Dvorak, Wheeler, and Stuart. And now Stuart’s been locked up. So, we know that’s not just a rental. And this makes three (3) contracts, now, that Dudley has negotiated DURING the season the season. So, the Waddell policy is dead.

Red Light, can you now break down the Ilya Kovalchuk deal, as I can no longer remember it all. Same thing with the Blackhawks deal, now that Sopel and Eager are gone and only Byfuglien and Akim Alieu remain. Ladd was a separate deal. Thanks Red Light.

Zombie Steve

February 28th, 2011
11:54 am

Did Bergie try to date Rammer’s daughter our something?! Geez…

AtlFlamesFan

February 28th, 2011
11:54 am

@ThrasherTim
Thanks for the info. I could not remember the details of how that happened. It looks like the arbitrator wasn’t quite there with the marketplace. Meanwhile, the Loafs ended up with a high goals/$$$ find.

Cornbread

February 28th, 2011
11:55 am

This is about the PK and Atlanta’s paltry 77.3% that has cost them games over the past two months. It is not about scoring. Dvorak will also most likely see third line even strength RW minutes which is what Bergfors was getting. Dvorak eats big minutes on the PK and will free up Ladd, Little, and Kane from doing so. Many people have been clamouring for Marty Reasoner again; you just got him.

Iron League 13

February 28th, 2011
11:56 am

Well I like the Stuart deal A LOT. This team is getting bigger and meaner as of late and that’s very welcome.

I think Duds had to move Bergie, he didn’t want to play here and didn’t fit in. That said, I though Bergie had an upside he would never reach under Ramsay. I wish him the best of luck.

Got rid of Patrick who? Well, godspeed to him too.

Dvorak, ehhh I don’t think this is a big improvement, we’ll see. I’m not so keen on this roster being all that european up front anymore as they tend to be soft no matter their size. I think with the skill levels and pay scale to match this roster has they’d do FAR better with another Ladd, Wheeler type forward. Dumping Bergie was necessary since he’d never re-sign, but I’m not doing backflips over here. I wonder how long Dvorak has on his deal.

Brendan

February 28th, 2011
11:57 am

If you trade Bergfors for a draft pick, those who actually think the Thrashers are in a playoff push will cry foul. Their argument? How can a 3rd rounder, this June, help the Thrashers make the playoffs in 2011? As far as an argument goes, that’s correct. That 3rd round cannot help THISSS year’s playoff push.

Me, personally? I call the ‘time of death’ after the loss at Edmonton. It’s mathematically possible, but very unlikely. To me, a 3rd rounder for Bergfors still isn’t exactly “replacing” him. Most 3rd rounders wind up in the ECHL or AHL, and never make to the NHL. Or, they make it, but play less than 2-3 seasons.

Could we have gotten better for Bergfors?? Maybe, yes. I don’t know what is being bandied about, however. We’ll know by the end of the day … what the price tag was for players like Bergfors. The market sets the value. The market’s value hasn’t exactly been set yet.

Mr. Obvious

February 28th, 2011
12:00 pm

Wow.

Rick Dudley is handing out 3-year-plus contracts like candy lately.

Matt

February 28th, 2011
12:03 pm

I don’t think Dvorak makes too much of an impact, but this team DOES need to be adding veterans. We’ve got enough young guys. So, from that angle, I like the deal, but I’d have preferred a better player who’s more of an offensive threat, but he’ll compliment Slater (when he comes back) very nicely on the PK. So, it’s not a bad deal, just not a very “sexy” trade.

Overall, I think it makes the team better. There’s definitely a place for Dvorak on the Thrashers roster, I just don’t think it’ll make much of a difference in us getting to the playoffs (although, our PK has been awful and this is much needed help). Unless the Thrashers can go a MAJOR win streak, stick a fork in this season…

Remember when we fell out of playoff contention and we were talking about the upcoming schedule as “favorable?”

*slaps forehead and shakes head*

Iron League 13

February 28th, 2011
12:05 pm

Looks like Dvorak had a 2 year deal for $3.4 million back in 09…I’m not sure this deal was all that great at all then seeing as he could be gone after this year too. He is 33 years old too, so what’s the big diference between 33 and 35 anyways? I don’t get that logic there, Duds. We’ll see, I really think this was about dumping Bergie for a couple obvious reasons, A) Ramsay’s system and B) Dud’s didn’t hand pick him for a specific purpose. And since I said that, I wonder if there’s 15 or 16 pieces in place in Duds eyes after Wheeler and Stuart?

Tom

February 28th, 2011
12:05 pm

Atlanta has claimed Schremp off waivers via Kaus

Lanier

February 28th, 2011
12:06 pm

Just picked up rob schremp off waivers.