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

Tom

February 28th, 2011
12:07 pm

Schremp Stats with Islanders

10 goals – 12 assists – (-19)

HEIGHT: 5′ 10″
WEIGHT: 184
SHOOTS: LEFT

Supes

February 28th, 2011
12:10 pm

We now have less and less to show for dealing Kovy last year to the Devils…I wasn’t happy with Bergsy’s production either…I guess it had to be done, but who is going to address the issue of goal scoring?

When we dealt Kovy, we departed with our only top tier goal scorer the team had and he hasn’t been replaced by anyone else.

Mooseberg

February 28th, 2011
12:12 pm

Rammers last jab at Bergie, sent him to the Big Doghouse in the Sky(The Florida Panthers)….if he didn’t like it in Atlanta he will LOVE it down there. Marginal pickups, not really loading up for a playoff run are we.

David

February 28th, 2011
12:15 pm

I’d rather not move any of our D-men. Hainsey was our best d-man all of last night constantly bailing out his partner. I think the group of guys we’ve got back there is solid…in fact, it’s the best we’ve ever had.

Toby

February 28th, 2011
12:16 pm

This trade and waiver pick-up both suck. Good signing.

Brendan

February 28th, 2011
12:20 pm

Arbitration might not have been the Thrashers’ friend. If the arbiter’s award is “too high,” then Atlanta simply walks away from it. Bergfors is then UNRESTRICTED, and will sign elsewhere. So, RFA’s aren’t “exactly” trapped here, if they possess arbitration rights.

So, another Maxwell enroute before the day is out?

Are there Nik Antropov detractors out there?? If so, you can move him to another team for their bad contract, if you think the deal is better. There are lots of “bad” contracts out there. Sometimes, a “bad contract” is the only way to get a (better)player here. Want Brian Campbell? Maybe the Blackhawks take Antropov for him? Want Jason Pomminville at $5.3 million?, for the next three (3) seasons, you can deal Antro to the Sabres for that player right frekkin’ now, if you want Pomminville. Trading for bad contracts is, generally speaking, pretty stupid. But if there’s no other way to get that player her … and having that player actually makes your team BETTER, then it’s at least “something” to consider.

Moonpie

February 28th, 2011
12:24 pm

This deadline day has been a “dud” thus far.

Brendan

February 28th, 2011
12:24 pm

So, what is the “new” return on the Reasoner, Morin, Crabbs trade with Chicago?

hip czech

February 28th, 2011
12:25 pm

I’m all for moving Antropov, and if you can package in Modin all the better. I just don’t see Antropov fitting in here long term…too slow.

Can’t think of any bad contracts off hand that I would want. Spezza? maybe?

Brendan

February 28th, 2011
12:28 pm

Moonpie, truthfully … this deadline should be ALL ABOUT THE FUTURE. Don’t Dvorak acquisition in that regard, but I’m hoping there’s a player with 2-3 years left on his deal, who is 29 or younger, that could be headed our way. I’m hoping some team with salary cap issues will toss us such a player, so that they can clear space for a MAJOR MOVE. I’m here to say … “Let’s help those salary cap-issue teams out!” For them, they just have to lose the player in the worst kind of way. All some of those contracts will cost us … is money! I love “money” deals. We don’t lose draft picks and we don’t lose prospects, plus we get an NHL player, ideally under contract for many more years.

Jake

February 28th, 2011
12:32 pm

Dudley’s trying to find components for a system when the system is the problem. Ramsey’s offense-first concept will only work if you can overwhelm other teams with high-caliber offensive players like Ovechkin, Malkin and Crosby — and even then it’s questionable. It’s defense that wins championships because it’s always there and always works, even when the shots don’t find the back of the net.

Sorry, Rammer, that dog won’t hunt.

Brendan

February 28th, 2011
12:33 pm

Hip Czech, I’d take Spezza’s deal. We’ll never get a player of his caliber here, any other way. Not until we’re a contender, anyways. I think there’s an NTC involved in that one. Alfie’s a little old. I wouldn’t have minded Chris Phillips from the Senators, but Ottawa just locked him up on a 3-year deal. Phillips is a former 1st overall draft pick.

Look at the Oilers. Hemsky? Moreau? Horcoff? Bad contracts. Cristobal Huet is a bad contract. Brian Campbell is a bad contract. Not that I’d take Wade Redden under any circumstances, but that’s a bad contract. There are plenty of bad contracts out there. Gotta see if one of them would make some sense here, then get ownership to ‘greenlight’ it. Hey, they’re doing 3-year deals, so …. It’s not as if they’re trying to clear the 2012 payroll down to $10 million. They committed 5-years to Byfugline, 3-years to Stuart, and 3-years to Thorburn. While they’ve got the contract writing pen out, let’s see if there’s a player to be had, simply because he’s overpriced and can’t fit within the cap parameters elsewhere in the league.

Brendan

February 28th, 2011
12:36 pm

Panthers just made another trade. They give up Dennis Wideman for a 2011 3rd round pick and F Jake Hauswirth. Full on sell mode for the Cats. Anything out of Florida that we’d want, other than Dvorak? Despite the concussion history, I’d take a long look at David Booth.

MASHAPlayer7

February 28th, 2011
12:37 pm

Schremp is a good pickup. At the very least he’ll help on shootouts, which we are terrible at. He’s got more moves than the entire rest of the Thrashers team. Google or YouTube “Rob Schremp”.

kent

February 28th, 2011
12:40 pm

this trade illustrates how little the Thrashers got for kovalchuk. One of the centerpieces of the trade went for the inestimable Radek Dvorak!

Brendan

February 28th, 2011
12:46 pm

Kent, wait until Oduya is sent packing later today.

Snoman

February 28th, 2011
12:50 pm

I love the Stuart signing!! He is my newest favorite Thrasher. The physicality that he brings has been missing since Slater has been sidelined. And, it is rubbing off on others. Last night, Bogo and Kane both had big hits and even Antro had a couple hits, including the crappy charging penalty on that wuss, Colby, who folded like a broken lawn chair.

Thrashered

February 28th, 2011
12:54 pm

Almost twelve years of shuffling around third and fourth line players continues. And, the results will be the same as usual. Too bad you didn’t have an all star UFA that you could have shipped off to a contender for a bunch of names that will soon be forgotten. Wait, you’ve already tried that a couple of times and it hasn’t worked.

Thrashy Thrashy

February 28th, 2011
12:57 pm

The only thing I can assume is that Radek Dvorak is much more likely to come to work and put in a full game’s effort from one day to the next. If my assumption is correct, then this is a good trade. Bergfors is the type of player who can thrive on a good team with stars. If he’s relied on to be a star, he fails. We needed him to be a star.

I wonder if we could have gotten more for him. Unfortunately, he’s not a vet with a track record of potting some goals over several seasons. That, and his RFA status, was probably enough to keep his value down at the deadline.

Krust

February 28th, 2011
12:57 pm

Rob Schremp, Bubba Schremp, Schemp Scampi another 3rd or 4th liner. Radak Davorak, not that bad. He will help and he played well against us Friday Night, I think he scored a goal.

Chris Vivlamore

February 28th, 2011
1:02 pm

Anyone what to guess the new line combinations? I’m thinking
1. Ladd-Little-Wheeler
2. Kane-Antropov-Stewart
3. Modin-Schremp-Dvorak
4. Boulton-Stapleton-Thorburn

BMF

February 28th, 2011
1:06 pm

So far I like the moves that Duds has made. Yeah, nothing to really boost our chances for playoffs this year, but none of the moves have come at the expense of our future, as far as draft picks or prospects are concerned.
Peverley and Boris for Wheeler/Stuart: Thank you VERY much Boston. We just gave Stuart a 3yr contract, he fits here well, and we’re happy to have him. Wheeler looks like a realy player, don’t understand why he wasn’t getting minutes in boston, but we’ll take him, and his rights for next season. Look for a similar contract for him, 2 or 3 years. Hope he wants to stick around here.
Sopel/Nigel for Maxwell and 4th rd pick: Fine with me. Sopel is decent but nothing more, not a vital part here. Maxwell is young and has potential. If he blossoms, great, if not, the earth will not crash into the sun.
Bergfors/Rissmiller for Dvorak and 5th rd pick: i’ve been trying to digest this one. On the surface i didn’t like it, but I’m not sure Dudley could have done any better under the circumstances. Bergfors didn’t fit in here, and would have likely been awarded a arbi salary that the Thrash would not have wanted to pay and then walk away form (ala McCarthur), so instead of watching that happen again, bag the draft pick and kick the tires on Dvorak. You could do a lot worse than Dvorak. If he shows that he has some skills that Duds/Rammer think could be useful for this team for the next couple years, see if he wants to stick around at a modest salary. Sign him, and if done cheaply, he could turn into a decent trade chip at next season’s deadline.

I’ve mentioned this before, but I’d still like to see the Thrashers absorb one or two “bad” contracts from other teams. Thrash can do this because of our unused cap space. A team might throw in a cheap young player or a high draft pick to go along with a bad contract, as a sweetner. Spezza would look very good in a Thrasher uni.

BMF

February 28th, 2011
1:10 pm

CViv, yeah that looks about right. Hopefully next year that will be about the same, with hopefully upgrades over Modin and Stapleton (and btw, congrats on your first goal of the season last nigh).

Can you level with us about Slater’s condition? Is he done for the year? Still having lingering headaches? Every time I watch those brutally good time commercial, Slater is all over those delivering hits. I think we’ve missed him more than we thought we would…

Always Hoping

February 28th, 2011
1:23 pm

C-Viv……do I detect some sort of Twitter feud between you and Kincade? You say the sky is blue and he says it’s not.

Gwinnett Fred

February 28th, 2011
2:01 pm

Trading dog turds for cow pies – bottom line is “With the 7th pick of the 2011 NHL draft, the Atlanta (hopefully) Thrashers select….”

Smoothie

February 28th, 2011
2:07 pm

Y’all do realize that Bergfors could be a flight risk? I wouldn’t be surprised if he takes his troubled soul back to Sweden and the SEL.

Smoothie

February 28th, 2011
2:08 pm

C-Viv – switch Stapleton and Antropov and now you’re cookin! Speed kills. That is if Antro is still a Thrasher by 4 pm this afternoon.

ashtray

February 28th, 2011
2:25 pm

Shemp is dreadfully slow and terrible on defense. Don’t put him anywhere in Atlanta. Send him to Chicago to thank them for developing our kids.

Put him on a line with Curly and Larry and we’re done.

Penner just went to LA for a ton.

Brendan

February 28th, 2011
2:35 pm

Yeah, if I’m Florida … how confident am I that I can keep Bergfors in Sunrise, FL? Surely, he’ll take them to arbitration, barring hearing an offer that wows him, for next season, or his remaining RFA years. However long that might be. Florida must then accept the arbiter’s award to keep Bergfors.

Generally speaking, I don’t like trading within the division. But, I don’t think Rissmiller and Bergfors are going to come back to haunt us.

BMF, I’d like to tackle some bad contracts, due to cap space, but it’s not my money. It’s the “Rich, but won’t spend it on hockey” Heptacluster’s money. When you land a “bad” contract, all is usually costs is money. It won’t cost any draft picks of value or any prospects, or any roster players that matter to us.

hip czech

February 28th, 2011
2:37 pm

Penner went for:

d Colton Teubert
2011 1st-round pick
Conditional 2012 3rd-round pick

Brendan

February 28th, 2011
2:41 pm

Panthers moved D Bryan Allen to division rival Carolina for F Sergei Samsonov.

The Blues sold Brad Winchester to the Ducks for a 3rd round pick.

Ottawa found a home for Chris Campoli, with a conditional 7th round pick, to the ChiHawks. Ottawa nets a 2nd rounder in 2011 and F Ryan Potulny.

Two non-playoff teams made a trade. Edmonton sends D Shawn Belle to Colorado for the Avs’ D Kevin Montgomery.

The Coyotes and Blue Jackets consummated a multi-player trade. It’s Klesla and Dan Byers going to the desert from the Buckeye State in exchange for Scottie Upshall and D Sami Lepisto. It’s probably nice for Columbus to get Upshall. Hope they can keep him a while.

Boy, this sure is a DEAD trade deadline day, until there’s a flurry of activity in these next 20 minutes or so.

BMF

February 28th, 2011
2:41 pm

That seems like a lot for Penner. I mean, he’s good but maybe not THAT good. But then again, if this coming draft looks weak, then the value of that pick isn’t so high. So maybe that’s about right. Good haul for Edmonton though.

Brendan

February 28th, 2011
2:42 pm

ZAvalanche, weigh in on getting Shawn Belle from the Oilers.

Brendan

February 28th, 2011
2:44 pm

Kings gave up a lot for Penner. They’d better make the playoffs and win a round, for that price. For Edmonton, this is a good recovery for the RFA offersheet they made to get Penner.

alex

February 28th, 2011
2:48 pm

so far all dud deals suck. need to catch some big fish. remember ladd been in Chicago seventh best forward after toews, kane, hossa, sharp, wersteeg, buff., here he is the best. no good. in order to compete Atlanta need upgrade forwards position with at least 3 people with skill level higher than ladd, bring 1-2 top defenders, get rid of asg, get new owners here with desire to spend, fire dw, etc,. a lot to do. no other way to be out of bottom feeders. good luck, but dvorak is no answer.

Tom Lysiak

February 28th, 2011
2:56 pm

So alex, we’ll let you play GM for the day. Tell us what assets Dudley has here today that would return us “3 people with skill level higher than ladd” and “1-2 top defenders”???? You trading all the 1st and 2nd rounders until 2020 for those players?

Joe McGrath

February 28th, 2011
2:57 pm

DUDS! You got 5 minutes to get something of substance

Brendan

February 28th, 2011
3:02 pm

Annnnd, the deadline is over. Well, I’m sure some of the deal consummated at 3PM won’t be announced until 6PM or 7PM tonight.

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Rob

February 28th, 2011
3:06 pm

This trade is a DUD….Its basically Bergfors for a 5th round pick and a marginal NHL player (although better than Tim Stapleton). I know Bergfors is an RFA, but he’d probably go play in Europe before signing with Atlanta as long as Ramsey is the coach.

He’s like Peverley: If Ramsey requires you to go into the corner and use the body, and you won’t do it, then you’re not a good fit. Atlanta needed some sort of Roster player in return, and Devorak was all they could get.

Brendan

February 28th, 2011
3:09 pm

Tom Lysiak, I was hoping that Atlanta would agree to take someone’s “bad contract” off their hands. Oh well.

Tom Lysiak

February 28th, 2011
3:16 pm

Brendan, I agree. I just think prices were high. Too high. Would you have wanted Dustin Penner for Bogo, our 1st rounder, and a conditional 2nd rounder. Now, I know Bogo > Tuebert, but you get my point. We’ve already seen panic moves, over-payments, (see Tkachuk).

JSR

February 28th, 2011
3:18 pm

Modin traded to Calgary

JSR

February 28th, 2011
3:20 pm

No details on who if anyone coming back

JSR

February 28th, 2011
3:21 pm

7th round pick lol

SportsFan

February 28th, 2011
3:29 pm

Some big moves late…Arnott to the Caps, Higgins to the Canucks…

BMF

February 28th, 2011
3:31 pm

Iginla to Thrashers for Modin and a dozen jelly doughnuts. Waiting for that one to come across the trade-ticker.

Brendan

February 28th, 2011
3:34 pm

O…M…G. We found a home for Frederick Modin. Thank you, Calgary! Even got a 7th rounder back!!

JSR

February 28th, 2011
3:34 pm

Best we could have hoped from for Modin

Atlanta trades for Brett Festerling

Tripple Lindy

February 28th, 2011
3:46 pm

Have we signed Ladd long term yet?….