2:13 pm March 28, 2011, by Chris Vivlamore
CineSport’s Noah Coslov asks the AJC’s Chris Vivlamore what the Thrashers will try to accomplish in their last few games, and which questions await in the offseason.
March 28th, 20114:33 pm
Another season…same result.
March 28th, 20115:33 pm
Here’s what the Thrashers must accomplish in their remaining games. They must inspire citizens of Atlanta to be motivated enough to spring for season tickets next year. Moses parted the Red Sea, so anything’s possible.
The players, through their effort on the ice, must show the fans that hating the ownership doesn’t mean the fans should hate them, too. A re-signed Andrew Ladd, before “Shirts Off Our Backs” game … would be a big help. Announcing the sale of the Thrashers to a local interest, with hockey championship aspirations, would sell a LOT of tickets, and rather quickly.
Truthfully, I don’t know if Ramsay will be back next year, but I do suspect he will. If that’s the case, then many of these players are/should be playing for roster spots next year. GM Rick Dudley has stated that he doesn’t like Coaches to tell him what to get at the Draft. Hmmn, interesting strategy. I’d want the Coach I hired to tell me what he wants BEFORE I go to the store (Draft) … to buy the ingredients (selections) that the Coach will use to cook the meals.
Ramsay and Dudley will surely be watching these final games … to try to determine what is of paramount need. Once the requirements are finalized, (another goalie, Tier I blueliner, Tier I Center,) Dudley can go about about trading away draft picks or making selections based on his draft requirements. I know I harp on this a lot, but there are “bad contracts” out there … that could actually make our team better. We do have $19 million in cap room, if not more, with which to go fill out the roster. Brian Campbell is a bad contract. Would the Thrashers be better off with him, or without him? Matt Cooke is hot potato. Is Cooke an upgrade over Slater or Boulton? Does Matt Cooke make the Thrashers better? Yes or no? Would it cost ANNYTHING beyond the cost of these contracts to have these players? Target the teams that want to go spending in free agency, that would love to unload some of what they’ve got, just to free up the cash. This idea isn’t pure garbage. We’re Atlanta. We have non-desireable ownership. How are we supposed to get players here, if not by either drafting them and trapping them through their requisite RFA years … or plucking them, via trade, with substantive time remaining on their deals. Somewhere out there … in the vastness of the NHL … there are GM’s who are sorry about some of the contracts they made. They need someone, ANYONE … to take them off their hands.
I have absolutely no idea if Cristobal Huet is still NHL-worthy. But if Dudley called up his pals back in Chicago and said, “I’ll give a 6th round pick for him,” they’d probably do it. Is Huet better than Chris Mason? I can’t answer that. Mason costs nothing, which is principally why he’s here. Huet, on the other hand, is probably a $5 million deal, with plenty of time left on it. You have to ask yourself, does a Huet make us better? If the answer is no, you don’t trade for him. If the answer is yes, find out what, aside from a bag of pucks, it’d take to get that contract, with $19+ million in cap room next season.
East Point Bob
March 28th, 20118:12 pm
Said before, need a real NHL goalie, a couple defensive defensemen and 5-6 guys who can score. Maybe a goon too, but we are too nice for that, right ? If we do not do that, the Dudley needs to go.
March 28th, 201110:32 pm
3 responses in 5 hours. Not bad.
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