Dudley: Thrashers need another scorer

At the end-0f-season wrap-up, Thrashers general manger Rick Dudley said one of the priorities this offseason would be to find another scorer.

“I think we have a pretty good situation [with a core of young players],” Dudley said. “We obviously don’t have a perfect situation. What I see that we don’t have currently, that a lot of teams have, is a guy who scores with regularity. You look at a team like Calgary that made a run at the playoffs much because of Jarome Iginla. Take a look at Anaheim, who decided they wanted to play at a different level this year with three players [Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan], all of whom are basically superstars and they carried their team into the playoffs. We can go down the list and every team has one. We may have one in one of our young players like [Alexander] Burmistrov or [Evander] Kane. We should have one in [Dustin] Byfuglien, [Tobias] Enstrom. But up front, we could really use somebody who can score if we want to expedite the process.”

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April 13th, 2011
10:07 pm

Thrashers need new owners and maybe a new city. Oh yeah, get rid of that no name coach.


April 13th, 2011
11:30 pm

Well, Mr. Dudley … if it’s a bonafide scorer you seek, you do own the # 7 pick overall. Let it be known that the pick will go to the GM willing to give up the best roster player, around the league.


April 14th, 2011
4:03 am

Just a friendly reminder for Mr.Dudley and the pro-trade-ATLs-draft-pick crowd. Perry, Getzlaf and Ryan were all acquired via the draft. Iginla wasn’t a Flames pick, instead he came over as a prospect at the time for the current GM of Dallas.

Old Time Hockey

April 14th, 2011
9:35 am

EPB, you really are clueless. Sometimes your posts make me think of George on Seinfeld when he realized doing the opposite of what popped into his head worked. You should try that with your next post and it will probably make more sense than the normal whiney crap you post.

Yuvno, great xbox moniker BTW, you hit it on the head. Bunch of people who have never played, coached or managed seem to think they are smarter than those who have been there.

Brendan, who would you target to trade the #7 pick for? Why would a GM trade a proven scorer for that pick and the uncertainty of production? Maybe a salary dump, but that doesn”t really mesh with the penny pinching ASG. Would you make the trade for a scorer in the last year of a deal? From last year’s draft two players scored more than 20 goals (ironically the #7, Skinner, hit for the 31). 2009,8,7 #7 not in NHL. ‘06 #7 scored 2 goals his rookie year. ‘05, 4, 3 didn’t play rookie year. ‘02 #7 scored 13 his rookie year. Interestingly, no #7 pick since at least 2001 has scored more than Skinner’s 31 in any year since they were drafted!


April 14th, 2011
4:01 pm

And that brings up the key point. A meaningful upgrade is unlikely unless the team is sold.


April 14th, 2011
11:06 pm

I’m fine with a salary dump, so long as the player a) isn’t old, b) isn’t washed-up, and c) has YEARS left on his deal. We meet those 3 criteria, I’m good with the trade of # 7 overall. I haven’t gotten specific enough to have someone in mind, but even if I did, Dudley’d never do it. He’s gonna do … whatever he’s gonna do … irrespective of what anyone on a blog has to say about it. Only a GM can truly meaure the market, since they’re the ones who answer the phone! They’re the ones who hear the offers. We “outside observers” can then ascertain, “Oh, so that’s the market value for ‘x,y,z’ at this time.

I’d love to be privy to what GM’s actually ask, when they call each other. Sometimes, I would imagine, it gets downright insulting. As in, “call me back when you’ve got a serious offer.”


April 15th, 2011
8:07 am

When I read through “I would imagine, it gets downright insulting. As in…,” I thought the next bit would be, “you must be thinking that I’m dumb as a sack of hammers, pal.”


April 17th, 2011
8:52 pm

What we need are new owners and a new GM. Dudley is overrated. Why? Look at the team he put on the ice and their record. No coach could overcome that group of lackluster talent.

Poeple say Dudley had a hand in building cup winning teams. So what. I had a hand in the last presidential election and it didn’t mean a damn thing


April 18th, 2011
1:51 pm

I always thought the biggest problem for the Thrashers was their goaltending and that has not changed. They had Ilya scoring regularly and still only made the playoffs once. Success starts in the crease. Dudley needs to learn that once a reliable goalie is signed, then step two is acquiring a regular scorer.