Archive for February, 2011

Video: Lots of questions for Thrashers

CineSport’s Noah Coslov turns to the AJC’s Chris Vivlamore for answers to questions the Thrashers are facing on and off the ice.

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Dudley not likely to trade Bogosian

Here are a couple quotes from interview with Thrashers GM Rick Dudley following Friday’s trade with Boston.

On possibility of more trades before deadline: “I can’t say that happen. I can’t say that it wouldn’t either. If someone said the right thing to me. I would like to win a championship. I’d like to do it over a period of time. I can’t honestly say at this time that we are a Stanley Cup favorite so any deal that we make the definition of it has to be both present and future. We won’t do anything to take away our chances of making the playoffs this year. We also won’t trade for a 35-year-old player. If a deal comes along that can meet that criteria, then we will certainly entertain it.”

On possibility of trading Zach Bogosian: “People ask me that all the time. I say the same thing. Wayne Gretzky was traded. There are no untouchables that I know of. Certainly not in Atlanta. I’m not actively looking to trade Zach and I don’t expect to trade him.”

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Updated: Thrashers acquire Wheeler, Stuart from Boston

It was time to make a move.

With their playoff chances fading, the Thrashers acquired Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart from Boston on Friday. By adding a forward and defenseman, two pieces general manager Rick Dudley has been targeting, he hopes to snap a slump that has seen just six wins in the past 24 games.

In exchange, the Thrashers sent forward Rich Peverley and defenseman Boris Valabik, a former first-round pick, to the Bruins.

“I’ll start with the fact that we’ve won three of the last 15 games,” Dudley said on the reason for the trade now. “We needed to make a change. … “We want to make the playoffs. Right now, we have not played very well. The deal today was clearly made to give us a jump start and try to get on a roll. We’ve proven this year that we can get on a significant roll but we like to get back it.”

The centerpiece of the deal for the Thrashers is Wheeler, a former first-round pick (No. 5 overall) by Phoenix in 2004. The 24-year-old had 11 goals and …

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Filmmaker not considered candidate to purchase Thrashers

An investment group led by Los Angeles filmmaker and Atlanta native Stephen Rollins has not made an offer to purchase the Thrashers and is unlikely to do so, according to several people familiar with the situation.

While Rollins said he represents a group interested in purchasing the majority interest in an NHL franchise, a claim first made in May 2010 in a press release, there has been no movement in regard to the Thrashers. The franchise has been for sale or in need of investors since it was purchased by the Atlanta Spirit in 2004.

According to a league official, there are no buyers currently in line to purchase the franchise. According to two other people familiar with the situation, Rollins’ group is not considered a viable candidate.

Thrashers co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this week that the team may be sold and moved to another city if it does not receive financial assistance. He said the organizations first choice is …

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Thrashers-Oilers preview

Next for Thrashers

Who: at Oilers

When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday

TV; radio: FSSO; 680 AM, 93.7 FM

* The Thrashers, losers of two straight, are coming off Thursday’s 4-3 loss to the Coyotes. They have won just once (1-5-1) since returning from the all-star break and six times (6-13-5) in the past 24 games.

* The Oilers are coming off Thursday’s 4-1 win over the Canadiens, their second straight victory for the team with the fewest points in the NHL.

* Andrew Ladd has three goals in the past two games for the Thrashers and leads the team with 20.

* Tobias Enstrom has three assists in three games since the defenseman returned from a broken finger.

* Alexander Burmistrov, Freddy Meyer, Fredrik Modin and Jim Slater are out.

- Chris Vivlamore

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Thrashers re-call Dawes; Burmistrov and Modin on IR

As I mentioned in by other blog, I am not with the Thrashers one this road trip to Phoenix and Edmonton. However, I can report they made several moves today.

Nigel Dawes was re-called from AHL Chicago. I understand there my be some players with flu-like symptoms but I don’t have all the details.

Also, forwards Alexander Burmistrov(foot) and Fredrik Modin (upper body) have been placed on injured reserve.

That is all for now. I will update as I get more news.

Don’t let the trade talk with St. Louis and working on deal with Andrew Ladd news get lost in the other blog!

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The question to you: What’s next for the Thrashers?

First, my apologies for not posting a blog for almost two days. As I hope you can understand it has been a loooooong and eventful stretch with my story on owner Michael Gearon saying there is a ’sense of urgency’ to find investors to keep the Thrashers in Atlanta. Oh,  and the Dustin Byfuglien signing. I got first word of the signing very shortly before my lengthy interview with Mr. Gearon. As you might imagine with a story of this magnitude, I spent quite a bit of time reporting, writing, fact checking, talking to many people about what it all means, etc. I hope you understand.

I want to thank two people in particular who helped greatly over the past two days.

Colleague Carroll Rogers stepped in and wrote the Byfuglien story for me so I could continue my reporting work. That’s not always an easy thing to do and she did it well. Thanks Carroll!

I also want to thank our Thrashers fan blogger Rawhide. He stepped up with an excellent posting that gave the many, many folks …

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Thrashers-Coyotes preview

Next for Thrashers

Who: at Coyotes

When: 9 p.m. Thursday

TV; radio: SPSO; 680 AM, 93.7 FM

* The Thrashers are coming off Sunday’s 3-2 loss to the Hurricanes they dropped them out of playoff position. The Coyotes have won five straight, including Monday’s 3-2 win over the Capitals.

* Captain Andrew Ladd leads the team with 19 goals after scoring twice against the Hurricanes. Dustin Byfuglien, who signed a 5-year, $26 million contract Tuesday, leads with 43 points.

* The Thrashers have been outscored 68-51 in the third periods. The goals allowed are the second highest in the NHL for the final period.

* Alexander Burmistrov, Freddy Meyer and Jim Slater are out. Fredrik Modin is questionable.

- Chris Vivlamore

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Burmistrov, Meyer injury updates

A couple of other notes from Tuesday’s practice.

I caught up with rookie Alexander Burmistrov, who is out with a cracked bone in this left foot. Burmistrov was on crutches with his foot in a boot. Both Burmistrov and Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said there was no timetable for his return. The injury is to the inside of Burmistrov’s foot.

The injury occurred when Burmistrov was struck in the foot by a shot from teammate Zach Bogosian. Burmistrov said he played for a couple of shifts after being hit but after making a turn he said “it hurt so much I wanted to cry.”

* I also caught up with defenseman Freddy Meyer briefly. He was placed on injured reserve Sunday and has missed four games with an upper-body injury suffered as a results of two hits – which caused him to lose consciousness – against Calgary last week.

Meyer said he does not have a concussion or headaches but is suffering from “other issues” from the hits. There is no timetable for his return.

* The practice lines …

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Updated: Thrashers re-call Postma

The Thrashers re-called defenseman Paul Postma from AHL Chicago on Tuesday. The move comes a day after the team re-assigned defenseman Arturs Kulda to Chicago.

The move was made for two reasons. GM Rick Dudley said he feels both Postma and Kulda are NHL ready and they wanted to give Postma his chance. Also, Postma brings an offensive element. He is second among AHL defensemen with 37 points (eight goals, 29 assists).

“They’d like to see him get a chance,” Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said. “We wanted to make sure we had an extra player, especially going out on the road for a couple of games. He can skate. He can shoot. We could use some goals if he happens to get his chance to play. We’d like to see him shoot some pucks and add a little something to the offense.”

The Thrashers play at Phoenix on Thursday and at Edmonton on Saturday. Ramsay would not say when Postma might make his NHL debut, but it sounds like it could by against the Oilers. Postma said he was not told when he …

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