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.

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.

[...] trade Dennis Wideman, Radek DvorakWEEI.comThrashers acquire Dvorak, draft pick for 2 wingersCBC.caAtlanta Journal Constitution (blog) -TSN -ESPNall 296 news [...]

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?….

Brendan

February 28th, 2011
3:46 pm

Wow, Canucks get Higgins in a nice move, from the Panthers. Florida gets Oberg and a 3rd rounder.

Brendan

February 28th, 2011
3:48 pm

Canucks also get Maxim Lapierre from Anaheim, for Joel Perrault and a 3rd rounder. That’s not a ‘conditional’ 3rd rounder Anaheim got, but the full on 3rd rounder.

Brendan

February 28th, 2011
3:49 pm

Devils got D. Steckel from aging Jason Arnott. That might turn into a nice move for the Capitals. McPhee must have really wanted him.

Brendan

February 28th, 2011
3:50 pm

Thrashers trade goaltender prospect Drew McIntyre to Montreal for Brett Festerling, a defenseman.

Smoothie

February 28th, 2011
3:50 pm

Freddy Pettersson….come on up!! ;)

I reckon we’ll see Maxwell centering Schremp and Dvorak tomorrow??

Brendan

February 28th, 2011
3:52 pm

Devils actually picked up a 2nd rounder, along with Steckel, from the Capitals, for Jason Arnott. Kindova nice deal for Lou Lamoriello, I think. Then again, if the Capitals reach the CF or SCF, that 2nd rounder might be pick 57, 58, 59, or 60. That’s not nearly so good.

Buff-n-stuff

February 28th, 2011
3:57 pm

Folks – let it be heard….Trading Bergfors does 2 things, one, it gets a guy that the other players on our squad do not care for, because he does not play hard even 50% of the time, and replaces him with a guy that can, for the last 19 games anyway, serve a solid roll on the penalty kill…..likewise, getting rid of Modin, for a 7th rounder, does the same thing, it gets rid of a guy that is old, slow, and hurt 50% of the time, and seeing how we were going to walk away from him at season’s end, its gets a a “sweetner” to throw in for other potential deals this summer or next season. Picking up Schremp, gives a former #1 pick “life and hope” after being on a mostly bad Islander team, which could translate into positives for the stretch run here.

I say we sit Antro…..play the rest of what we have, and see what transpires. If we play anywhere close to what we played like in the 2nd 20 games this season from here on out, we could be that “hot” gel-ing at the right time” 8 seed that sneaks up on somebody !

Good Job Duds !!!

Mooseberg

February 28th, 2011
4:01 pm

Brett Festerling = Stanley Cup Champions

Tincup9

February 28th, 2011
4:24 pm

Kinda sad that the only thing we can say about the days trades are we got better via “addition by subtraction”… how does any of this make us a better team now or next year.

Joe McGrath

February 28th, 2011
4:27 pm

Vancouver Giants HC Don Hay on Festerling from a 2007 article: “He really cares about the hockey team. He’s not the most talented guy on our team. But as far as determination and character and caring, he’s right there at the top. The most important thing about Brett is he leads by example. He just keeps competing. He’s a warrior.”

BMF

February 28th, 2011
4:28 pm

Who the heck is Festerling? Anybody have a readers digest scouting report on him?

Joe McGrath

February 28th, 2011
4:35 pm

Hockey News eval of Festerling
ASSETS: A hard-working and smart rearguard, he makes good decisions. A leader in the locker room, he can also chip in on offense when needed.
FLAWS: While good in his own end, he is not an intimidator and should use his 6-1 frame more to his advantage. Lacks offensive flair.
CAREER POTENTIAL: Depth defenseman.

Iron League 13s

February 28th, 2011
5:06 pm

I guess Modin was the kind of 35 year old Duds didn’t want in the line-up. Say there, Mr. Dudley I think there’s a dozen or so very affordable (i.e., FREE) consultants to be found here on AJC next offseason if and when the F.A.S., LLC won’t give you the means to pursue the no-brainer free agents. Just make up an anonymous poster name and start asking questions like this one that could have been “would any of you pick up Modin for your fantasy teams?”. Simple.

Iron League 13s

February 28th, 2011
5:13 pm

Buff n Stuff – I say try Antro on the 3rd line. The guy’s been in recovery mode ALL YEAR and may never return to form, plus he’s always soft for his size. I do like him, just saying.

Anyways how’s this for a second line?
Kane – Thorbs -Wheeler

Michael "The Abbreviation"

February 28th, 2011
6:28 pm

these trades are freakin garbage, or muff cabbage! I will miss bergy, he never got his fair share here, and I think he is super talented. We needed a top 6 forward, cause our offense sucks, as evident by recent play and we got a 33 year old washup and Shremp???? I hate this crappy organization, uhhh so frustrating..

Michael "The Abbreviation"

February 28th, 2011
6:28 pm

they shoulda got rid of antropov and kept bergfors and put him up on a top line with more minutes, antro is slow and worthless

Michael "The Abbreviation"

February 28th, 2011
6:29 pm

iron – why would u mess with the only line producing moron.. keep little, wheels and ladd together, duh

Michael "The Abbreviation"

February 28th, 2011
6:31 pm

the last thing im gonna say before i go throw up, by the way , i cannot believe some of you are trying to put a positive spin on this garbage, but whatever
WE ARE THE CLEVELAND BROWNS OF THE NHL
BYE

ben

February 28th, 2011
6:38 pm

@”The Abbreviation” — you’re nuts.

Buff-n-stuff

February 28th, 2011
6:40 pm

Iron League – I say go with this:

Ladd – Little – Wheeler (played great last night)
Kane – Schremp – Stewart (addition by subtraction stapes for Scremp)
Dvorak – Antro – Stapes (Speed on the wings + clog the front of net)
Thorburn – Maxwell – Boulton (why not, maybe maxwell plays like slater)

kracker

February 28th, 2011
6:52 pm

alex…before Dudley can do any of the stuff you (and we) want done, you should have had this as the first thing on your list: “…get rid of asg, get new owners …” Dudley is doing about as good as he can do with this team, the ownership situation and the budget he has been given.

Btw, on Ladd…stop using last year’s stats. Ladd is much improved over last season, he is a Captain, he compares much more favorably this season to the players you mentioned, is solidly out-performing Versteeg and is even or better w/ Hossa, factoring in Hossa’s injuries. Ladd is doing this on….well, the Thrashers, not on the Stanley Cup B’Hawks. Don’t slam the guy just because he was young and under-utilized on a stacked team last season. Plus, he will only get much better as Captain on a maturing team.

Tim

February 28th, 2011
6:57 pm

I just read where Dudley passed up a trade with the Penguins… straight up Malkin for Bergfors.

If I read one more time that there must have been a better deal out there…

We got a player who is good on the PK, in the locker room and is a good skater and has some playoff experience… in exchange for a young, unmotivated player who wasn’t fitting in with the system/coaching staff.

Seems like a GREAT deal to me!

kracker

February 28th, 2011
7:02 pm

Let me repeat this for all the no-nothings that expect Dudley to be signing Crosby-type players today or next summer:

Dudley is doing about as good as he can do with this team, the ownership situation and the budget he has been given.

Get a grip, people! If you want to see a team full of NHL superstars, then put your own quarter-billion dollars down to buy the Thrash, the Hawks ans Philips Arena. Then give Dudley an unlimited budget to spend to the cap, upgrade all aspects of scouthig, player development, etc. and to stash his high-priced failed signings in Chicago, if needed.

Otherwise….ok, well, I will be nice and not say stfu because I want you to support the team.

kracker

February 28th, 2011
7:03 pm

“I just read where Dudley passed up a trade with the Penguins… straight up Malkin for Bergfors.”

[rolling eyes]

DaveR

February 28th, 2011
8:08 pm

I am a longtime Devils fan.

I have followed this team since Bergfors was traded to it, especially since the Devils have been having its worst season since the 1980’s.

Now things have become very interesting in NJ, and it’s frankly been pretty painful to sit thru Thrashers games since January.

Bergie was not given a decent chance to produce in Atl. On the nights he was allowed to play on the 1st or 2d lines, he was productive. Too often, he was scratched, or relegated to 12 min or less of ice time, or little PP ice time, or bumped off of the skill lines where he is most able to help the team. Hopefully with a fresh start in Fla, their coach will give him a chance to fully display his offensive skill set.

ATL’s attitude that Bergie “didn’t fit” – turned into a self-fulfilling prophecy. Hopefully his production with FLA will make Duds and Ramsay regret this decision.

KLS1

February 28th, 2011
8:15 pm

These moves do 2 things…give us a fresh look to try to make a run this year and also cost nothing going into free agency next year.

There it is…we’ve got a slim chance still with nominal upgrades to the line up whoes biggest piece is an UFA next year with no hit to the cap.

A thankless job well done considering the circumsatances….

Hope

February 28th, 2011
9:39 pm

Bergy will not be playing in the league within 3 years….
Duds made some great moves

Honest

February 28th, 2011
9:44 pm

Dave R
Thanks for your color
You do not know what you are talking about

hope and honest

February 28th, 2011
10:13 pm

asg owners are rich and want to become richer….guess how they do that? sell the thrashers to canada and convince everyone that atl is not hockey market….why do you think they would come up with a marketing campaign labeled “brutal”?
brutally bad owners
brutally bad waddell
brutally misled dudley
brutally bad organIzation
brutally ripped off customer

start digging chris

hope and honest

February 28th, 2011
10:15 pm

one more thing

what about the kids who love the thrashers?

Of course, the brutally rich owners need more money

Iron League 13

March 1st, 2011
7:59 am

KLS1 – I agree that this might just be enough to make a dash. Renewed optimism in the locker room? Four points, guys. LET’S DO THIS!!!

I think the best part of Duds was like KLS1 said was the dumping of the free agents Dvorak is one too I think, but I see these pieces as better fits and not upgrades per se, which is actually the same thing. Duds has looked more smart than not since the Buff signing. I wasn’t big on the Sopel deal, because of WHEN it was done, I think more could have possibly been had earlier for him (he was plus 7 on this roster and coming from last years cup winner), but I do think he had to go this year in order to get something for him.

Rob Shremp, what is he -19? I didn’t just check, but I think I saw that. He must be a fit somehow and possibly in a situation with the Isles that Modin or Bergie was in here where he couldn’t play his game (hopefully a gritty grinder). I don’t know much about him other than he looks like 3rd-4th line material with a bad +/-. I really hope that current stat isn’t a true reflection of him. Better to plug a guy with those kind of points in than an AHLer if he can play two ways.