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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bartdunwoody

April 12th, 2011
7:46 pm

Not much of a surprise in that statement. It could be considered an understatement. A couple of scorers and this team might be in the playoffs. If they get that ownership thing changed.

Brian

April 12th, 2011
7:51 pm

Agreed on both parts Bart!

jebediah

April 12th, 2011
8:46 pm

Thashers need to move to the peg and end this error!

whiney pegboy

April 12th, 2011
8:53 pm

Thrashers need more ‘peggers on their blogs.

I mean, what’s one more moose-humper?

You Can Have Them

April 12th, 2011
8:57 pm

Thrashers need to rest during these playoffs and save up. Next year is the year they raise the Lord Paul Stanley’s Cup.

UGASlobberknocker

April 12th, 2011
9:13 pm

It’s gonna take a lot more than that Im afraid

Dave

April 12th, 2011
9:34 pm

I said this last offseason after the two trades with Chicago. I guess I’m smarter than Dudley, or quicker than Dudley, or Dudley just found out his scoring by committee theory wasn’t working

You Can Have Them

April 12th, 2011
9:45 pm

LOL. We need someone who can score…genious.

Mooseberg

April 12th, 2011
9:55 pm

Wow, that’s deep thinking there….How about “Thrashers need a top line”….there isn’t a top 3 player on the team.

kovy

April 12th, 2011
10:37 pm

if rest were the only thing the trashers need to win the cup, they should have gotten it about 5 yrs ago

bob from account temps

April 12th, 2011
10:38 pm

you got to love dudley – were 1 scorer away from where we need to be. sounds like he and ramsey share post game loser bs news conference pr.

East Point Bob

April 12th, 2011
11:06 pm

I wonder is there are anymore small Russians to draft ? Look at our Number #1 from last season Burmistrov, 4 goals all season, Pitiful to say the very least. I remember Cam Fowler could have been here and that would have been a giant difference over a small Russian. I just wonder how Dudley will screw this draft up, I look forward to it. Final word, Winnipeg, a bust at the very best, Canada does not own hockey, all NHL teams should move to the USA and end this discussion once and for all.

Brendan

April 12th, 2011
11:40 pm

Dudley can move pick # 7 for a ready-made, NHL star.

4 Jacks

April 12th, 2011
11:42 pm

The Thrashers need new owners period! There owners are pathetic sorry azz losers and buffoons. They are the worst owners in the history of sports and if it was legal they should all be shot for what they have done to the Atlanta sports fan. I hope the effing LOSERS all in up in bankruptcy!! That is the best they deserve.

Barry

April 13th, 2011
12:07 am

Thrashers need a top 6 scorer, a top 6 centerman, trade Oduya, let Kulda or Postma play full season, trade Mason, and bring in a solid consistent back up goalie.

Wayne stuck in AL

April 13th, 2011
1:34 am

How are they gonna get another scorer when ASG is financially starving the team while we’re all waiting for “the Balkan”?

ben

April 13th, 2011
5:43 am

swap that pick Duds. Get a star

The Real Thrash

April 13th, 2011
8:00 am

No kidding. Where was this DURING the season?

The Real Thrash

April 13th, 2011
8:02 am

Yeah, our guy plays in NJ, remember?

surgeobanana

April 13th, 2011
8:14 am

Good thing is that we no longer have Kovalchuk skating around scoring goals. I’ll take all those 1 goal losses any time rather than having Lovalchuk on my team. I bet Andrew Ladd will have a 85+ points next year.

Matt

April 13th, 2011
8:18 am

Thank you, Captain Obvious. And in related news, the sky is blue.

surgeobanana

April 13th, 2011
8:34 am

It was a fluke that Kovalchuk had more goals/points (in a historically, disastrous NJ season) than any current Thrasher this year. There is no reason Burmistrov can’t take the place of Kovalchuk for all of you wishing he was still on the team. Burmistrov is smaller, lighter, and loves to shoot the puck, even after the whistle blows. I love that! I predict Burmy having a 50+ points next year.

GaVaHokie

April 13th, 2011
8:48 am

They could have had Hemsky back in February.

Mass Dawg

April 13th, 2011
8:56 am

Seriously, how could Don Waddell still be involved with the Thrashers organization? He has been an unmitigated disaster, in talent evaluation, coach selection, and player personnel. The Thrashers need to cast him aside and bring in some new manageemnt. I know he has been moved upstairs, but with him even remotely involved in the organization, the only thing that is going to happen is the team is going to be moved to KC, or Quebec.

TrueBlue

April 13th, 2011
9:06 am

Hey Dudley………..

TrueBlue

April 13th, 2011
9:06 am

Hey Dudley…..NO KIDDING!

WTF?

April 13th, 2011
9:09 am

hey dudley you need a new coach first, then a scorer you Dbag!!!!

lanier

April 13th, 2011
9:41 am

why should we care these dogs will be somewhere else anyway

J-man

April 13th, 2011
10:00 am

Dudley is right, but everything depends on the ownership being changed as quickly as possible. There are no solutions to all of the problems facing this team as long as the ownership remains in place.

SCHUBERT

April 13th, 2011
10:05 am

move buff upfront. that is a no brainer. there is ample depth on defense, especially if they resign me.

KLS1

April 13th, 2011
10:06 am

I agree, but there are not many teams willing to give up a consistent scorer. That means a big trade…and I’m not sure what we have to give up that anyone would want other than our #7.

ThrasherTim

April 13th, 2011
10:18 am

The issue with our needs is that up in Toronto, Brian Burke is saying the same thing…and which market is more attractive to a player? And which franchise is willing to open their wallets more? So…free agency is not going to bring in a ‘top’ scorer, just more 3rd liners. Duds needs to try and extract a young guy with potential from a cap-strapped team — just like he did in getting Wheeler from Boston. Is Boston a top line guy? Well, he played that here and we all liked what we say –but we probably need 2-3 more Wheelers to help with scoring.

Personally, I don’t think Burmistrov will blossom into some offensive monster next year at all. It would a nice story but those usually don’t occur here in this franchise. But…I am hoping Kane really takes off next year. I really liked what I say from him all year and with some more talented and consistent linemates, he could be a stud.

Signing Ladd for multiple years is really key to this franchise IMO (duh). Why? Well, it would be nice if guys could play together for multiple years and learn from each other and gel instead of the revolving door of players we have had here in the past – minus the 2-3 years when we had Hossa, Savard, Kovvy and Kozlov.

We also have to hope that Buff and Bogo really up their D games next year. I know Buff had a slower 2nd half of the year, but he had to have been banged up for most of that. He also had a lot of goals go off him into the net. With some better positioning (and better goaltending please!), perhaps we can knock down a few goals against.

Speaking of goals against, I think we had like 15 empty-netters against us this year. That’s like almost 0.2 goals a game. That is an opportunity, as well as the PK with Wheeler, Dvorak (he will sign for 1 year) and hopefully, a healthy Slater back.

Bobby G

April 13th, 2011
10:32 am

If you think Ladd is not a top 3 forward your crazy….he had 25+ goals and plays both ways…

Larry

April 13th, 2011
10:37 am

I just hope that another buyer comes in to keep the Thrashers. And the first thing they need to do is fire Don Waddell. This guy has been a sore on this teams ass. I hope he never gets another job in hockey. This guy has ddone nothing but put this team in the crapper.

Michael B. Shapiro

April 13th, 2011
10:43 am

I like Burmy, but if he’s going to produce serious numbers, he’ll have to get a pass from the 4th line to the 1st (unlikely) or 2nd. In order to do that he MUST improve his faceoff numbers. By moving up to one of the top lines he also should skate with more consistent linemates. Still need to shore up defense and figure out goaltending. Of course we need to FIRE WADDELL (sorry, just had to say that), get new owners and an NHL level coach who can adapt as situations change. Oh, and getting a top line scorer to get us 20+ goals would be nice (would also be nice if Little and Kane joined the 20+ goal squad next season). Ah Christmas comes early to Thrasherland if most of this comes true by pre-season.

JD

April 13th, 2011
11:15 am

Defense wins games – sure you need a scorer, but until you plug that hole in the crease we’re never going to get the stops we should be getting. I’d rather look/trade for that shutdown tender that will be a consistent force in the net, then worry about getting some front line help.

Yuvno Ballzerdik

April 13th, 2011
12:48 pm

Good thing none of you are the GM..I’m sure Dudley is sitting there knowing he has had a hand in being the architect of two cup winning teams..whereas fans on here seem to think he has no clue of what he is doing and they somehow know better considering they watch the games on tv..rather than make a living by being in pro hockey. yep..armchairs know best. Right Dave? What NHL teams have you been the GM of? PS3 and XBOX360 seasons don’t count..i’m pretty good in those also.

GaVaHokie

April 13th, 2011
1:08 pm

While spending to the Cap doesn’t guarantee you a playoff spot (TOR, NJ, MIN), no team who spent under $52 million made the playoffs this year.

For what it’s worth, Dudley won the Stanley Cup in Tampa on $35 million in team salary when there was no salary cap.

Slick

April 13th, 2011
1:09 pm

The Thrashers need another scorer…..Genius, pure genious.
And we season ticket holders are expected to renew for another train wreak season?

East Point Bob

April 13th, 2011
2:22 pm

Burmistrov will be damn lucky to score ten goals a season once during his career, which should be a short one, he is not what we need and he proved it this past season,4 goals, you have to be kidding, me. He was ineffective and never showed he could score, with the exception of that highlight goal against Washington, he did zip over the rest of the season. He will be a good addition to throw in when Zach is traded, addition by subtraction, those two are bust’s at the very least.

Scotty Bowman

April 13th, 2011
2:59 pm

Anybody interview Don Waddell recently, so we can hear HIS explanation as HIS team heads into the back end (pun absolutely intended!) of its third “five-year plan?”

Virginia Thrash Fan

April 13th, 2011
3:26 pm

Another scorer? Has he looked at the rest of the division? The Lightning have great mix of young stars and experienced players. The Canes are young and upcoming (amazing how the well managed clubs can turn the roster around so quickly and effectively). And, of course, the Caps look to be the class of the division years to come. What used to be the weakest division in hockey is quickly becoming packed with talent. We need another scorer (or two); another set up man (or two); better defensive depth and on and on….

You Can Have Them

April 13th, 2011
3:58 pm

Buff, ladd, little and Kane – the rest is rubbish which can be let go. Rammer – “Burmi sure looks good out there”

You Can Have Them

April 13th, 2011
4:01 pm

East Point Bob: A trade of Burmi and Bogo is trading our last couple of 1st round draft picks. But might as well, both are terrible.

Midfield

April 13th, 2011
4:46 pm

Burmistrov certainly has more upside than Little skill wise. Granted, he shouldn’t have played as much in his first NHL year at 18. Little, on the other hand, would never be playing on the first line of any playoff team. The situation here is actually detrimental for him and a few other guys, because they face unfavorable matchups night after night.

Icemelter

April 13th, 2011
4:47 pm

Hey Duds, add 6 to 1 and you get 7! Seven scorers we need, of course after we overhaul the defense. Get a grip. New owners. New GM. Start over, again.

thrash head

April 13th, 2011
5:12 pm

Duds is correct. We do need another scorer.
But nobody is stating the obvious. The other thing we need is depth!
We kicked a$$ the first part of the season until injuries kicked in.

thrash head

April 13th, 2011
5:14 pm

Oh and I forgot.
Get Don W the hell out of town. It just amazes me that guy still has a job. Must give a good …..

Yuvno Ballzerdik

April 13th, 2011
5:36 pm

“Buff, ladd, little and Kane – the rest is rubbish which can be let go”

Wheeler and Enstrom are rubbish? Who are you Mike MIlbury?

Steve-o

April 13th, 2011
7:36 pm

The perfect comment, from Matt:
April 13th, 2011
8:18 am
“Thank you, Captain Obvious. And in related news, the sky is blue.”

Now for my 2 cents, I actually think this team has promise, with gritty and talented players like Byfuglien, Ladd and Kane. However, Dudley needs to get rid of Nik Antropov, a complete underachiever who plays with no passion whatsovever.

tom

April 13th, 2011
10:07 pm

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

Brendan

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.

Acer

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!

Midfield

April 14th, 2011
4:01 pm

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

Brendan

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.”

Midfield

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.”

joedaiceman

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

Michael

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.