Catfight, Trade Deadline And Other Stuff

Saturday morning brought us heavy rain on the last day of February…I was in short sleaves later that afternoon. Snow showers Sunday afternoon…sunny and windy today. I hear 70 degrees will come our way this weekend. Ahhhh…March in Atlanta. If you don’t like the weather, just wait a day.

And with that…a little information overload for your Monday reading pleasure.

Catfight In Blueland

The Florida Panthers will come prowling around Blueland Tuesday night looking for a couple of very important points. The Cats are in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff hunt, sitting at 32-23-8 for 72 points. That’s good enough for second place in the Southeast Division but, seeing as they are 13 behind first place Washington, their sights are really on positioning themselves to be one of the five non-conference winners that will compete in this spring’s quest for Lord Stanley’s Cup.

Currently, Florida sits in the #6 position, three behind Montreal, four behind Philly and tied with the New York Rangers, (who have played a game more than the Panthers). Pittsburgh seems to have gotten back on track of late and hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the east with 70 points. Buffalo and Carolina sit just on the outside looking in with 69 points…the Sabres having played 63 games, the Canes 64.

So, as you can see, with only a seven-point gap between fourth place and tenth…and only three between sixth and tenth…points are a precious commodity to the seven teams slugging it out for those five spots.

Florida will enter into the game 6-4-0 over the past ten games.

The Panthers have allowed only 175 goals all season…the fewest of in the Southeast Division. Only Boston, (142), and New Jersey, (153), have surrendered fewer in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers and Buffalo have also given up 175.

So, the Thrashers and their fans can look forward to a good ‘ol catfight tomorrow evening.

The Threat Is Real

If Florida is looking beyond Tuesday’s game in Atlanta…they have another thing coming. The Thrashers have seemed to embrace their role as spoilers lately. Last Saturday’s thriller against the Hurricanes denied them any points as they continue their playoff struggle. During the west coast swing two weeks ago, they hindered Anaheim’s post-season aspirations with an 8-4 win and allowed L.A. only a point in a 7-6 shootout win. A month ago, the Rangers dropped a 2-1 shootout decision to the Thrashers.

So, when it comes to making life uneasy on playoff hopefuls…the threat posed by these Thrashers is not something to be taken lightly.

Trade Deadline-A-Palooza Upon Us

Tomorrow is the 2009 trade deadline and, as per-usual, there are trade rumors flying around like bugs at a summer BBQ. I’m sure you’ve read of many…but just remember, this time last year the word was that Marion Hossa was heading to the Montreal Canadiens…the team the Thrashers were playing that night.

The players most likely to be shipped elsewhere from the Thrashers’ roster are Eric Perrin, Marty Reasoner and Nic Havelid…all UFAs this summer. Mike Hoffman is also slated to be a UFA.

There are a number of RFA’s that currently play for Atlanta that could also be moved, depending on the return. These players are Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, Jimmy Slater, Chris Thorburn, Nathan Oystrick and Kari Lehtonen.

The biggist name in that group obviously is Kari. Last season Don Waddelland the Thrashers chose to go the route of a 1-year $3 million contract for the 2002 second overall draft pick. If indeed this was his year to prove worthy enough to continue to carry the title, “Thrashers’ Top Goalie”…is a record of 13-19-3 with a .908 SV% and 3.17 GAA…combined with 21 games missed due to injury… enough to accomplish that?

For the Month of February, Lehtonen went 5-4-1 with a 3.46 GAA and .911 SV%.

Of course, if Don Waddell is of the frame of mind to move a goalie, there is the option of dealing away Johan Hedberg and going with the tandum of Kari and Opie for the remainder of the season and next.

I Call That A Bargain

If I had to pick just one of the Thrashers’ UFAs that I’d most like to

 see re-signed and return next season, it would be Reasoner. He was picked up last summer, signing a 1-year, $1 million contract and was brought in primarily to fill the hole left by Bobby Holik as the third line center.

He’s been just about the best bargain one can get for a cool mil…scoring 10 goals and helping out on 13 others in 60 games played. His 23 points are good enough for seventh place on the Thrashers’ roster and his +9 leads the team. He plays solid defense and is a tremendous help on the PK. Also, his 26 PIM puts him on a pace for only 34 for the season. Compare that to Holik’s numbers with 90 minutes spent in the sin-bin last season and you can see he’s been a great asset.

Can’t help your team when you’re in the box.

Congrats Jarome

Sunday night in Calgary, Jarome Iginla became the Flames all-time franchise points leader…surpassing Theo Fleury. Iginla finished the night’s work with 2 goals and 3 assists for the night in Tampa Bay’s 8-6 win.

At first, it looked as though he surpassed Fleury’s record at the 13:02 mark of the second period when he assisted on Michael Cammalleri’s power play goal…but the scorekeeper later credited him with a helper on Craig Conroy’s goal that came 4 minutes and 55 seconds prior.

Jarome’s big night wasn’t over with that milestone reached as he notch career goal number 400 with a tally 14 seconds into the third that tied the score at five apiece.

Congrats Marty

Marty Brodeur and the Newy Jersey Devils blanked the Flyers 3-0 Sunday. It was Brodeur’s 100th career shutout. Since returning from his four-month absence due to injury, Marty is 3-0 with a pair of shutout, allowing only two goals on 68 shots….that’s a .971 SV%.

Brodeur now needs only 3 shutouts to tie, and 4 to break, Terry Sawchuk’s NHL record.

The win moved the Devils into the second spot in the Eastern Conference standings. Watch out for this team in the playoffs.

 

Wanna Get Away?

Tim Thomas is having himself a career season. He’s been a huge part of Boston’s conference-leading success. Thomas is 27-8-6 for the Bruins with a .933 SV% and a miniscule 2.06 GAA with 4 shutouts.

Bottom line…he’s been flat-out awesome in the Beantown net.

But Tim could also star in a Southwest Airlines “Wanna Get Away?” commercial with this blooper that allowed the Washington Capitals to defeat the Bruins in overtime Saturday night.

Embarrassing? Oh…sure. But if and when he and the Bruins lift the cups this June, I just don’t think it’ll matter much.

Monday Night Stinker

Versus just has to be thrilled that they have the privilege of airing tonight’s game between the two teams that occupy the basement of the East and West Conferences. The Colorado Avalanche, (28-34-1, 57 points) travel to Lonnnn-Gisland to take on the New York Islanders, (19-36-7, 45 points).

Normally, the interest of such a thrilling matchup would be to see who can gain the inside track in the Tavares Sweepstakes. But the Avs’ 57 points is good enough for only 5th worst in the NHL…ahead of the Islanders, Lightning, Thrashers and Senators.

Besides, with the Islanders still yet to record win number 20 and currently on pace for only about 59 points, they and they alone are speeding down the John Tavares Freeway with their foot fully on the throttle.

Fortunately for Versus… but unfortunately for the rest of us… it’s the only game on the schedule…so NHL’s Center Ice cannot be relied upon to provide relief for hockey viewers.

63 comments Add your comment

R. Stroz

March 2nd, 2009
12:01 pm

FIRE WADDELL

Brendan

March 2nd, 2009
12:16 pm

Yeah, what Stroz said.

Congrats to Iggy. Those are great milestones for him. He remained “loyal” to Calgary when he could have made more by going elsewhere. Plus, he’s such a fixture in the Calgary hockey community.

Marty Brodeur … what’s left to say? Gone for four months, he returns with two shutouts in three (2/3) games. The Brodeur watch is on! I would have though his injury at least put the shutout bid on hold, if the the career victories was met this season. I think the Devils will win the Atlantic division.

Anyone noticed how well the Florida Panthers are playing lately? They just spanked the Capitals. They’re not only in playoff position, they’re angling for #5 spot. I’m starting to think that the Panthers think the best way to keep Bouwmeester … is to have a “memorable” run in the playoffs with him. If it were me, I’d trade Bouwmeester, since he won’t re-sign. And if Bouwmeester is upset with that, I’d tell him, “Then re-sign with us! But I’m not letting you ‘walk for nothing.’”

FormerIslesFan

March 2nd, 2009
12:55 pm

Trixie is a blonde? Why does that not surprise me…

LAC

March 2nd, 2009
1:01 pm

I liked the one on the bottom myself !

Rawhide

March 2nd, 2009
1:33 pm

OK then gentlemen, speaking of Trixie… while I apparently have your attention, check out the feature in the upper right corner titled, “Trixie’s Corner”. She’s done a very nice job with it and I’m sure you’ll enjoy her work.

Glovesave29

March 2nd, 2009
2:54 pm

Rawhide…nice “Who” referrence.

The 59 points the Isles are heading for brought back to mind the 77-78 Colorado Rockies who qualified for the playoffs, finishing 2nd in the Smythe with those same 59 points. The good ‘ol days – when 16 of the 21 made the playoffs. THN is suggesting that the playoffs should be expanded from 16 to 20 teams. Great…we even miss then, too.

Wonder if stendec is on the Bruins blog. Can only imagine how he would lay into Thomas about that one.

Smitty

March 2nd, 2009
3:14 pm

How do you get any work done?

Brendan

March 2nd, 2009
3:44 pm

I don’t mean to get all ‘technical’ here, but if my eyes don’t deceive me, Trixie is using a “choke hold.” I thought that was illegal. Although, maybe not in Georgia. Also, those stilettos are not ’standard, regulation’ attire for the feet. And to complete the trifecta of illicit maneuverings, she’s also ‘pulling hair.’ Which, again, is against AJC rules. Apparently, trying to work things out, civilly, has failed. I’m a big advocate of diplomacy. I say Trixie should get 2, 5 and 10 for that display. Two minutes for instigating, five-minutes for fighting, and 10-minutes for misconduct.

Anyone second that motion?

When Maurice Richard did a commercial for “Just for Men: Grecian formula,” the ref gave him 2-minutes just for ‘lookin’ so good.’ And to think, who knew he the Pocket Rocket had gone grey?

Lew 318

March 2nd, 2009
4:04 pm

Rawhide: What do you expect, if anything, to come out of Friday’s Town Hall Meeting?

Tony C.

March 2nd, 2009
4:05 pm

I’d like to see Marty return as well. I think his influence on one Jim Slater could be huge-we know that Big Bobby kind of took Slates under his flipper (nobody that slow has wings), showing him that being consistent in the circle and strong positionally can keep you in the NHL long after your legs are just legs and not “wheels”. I hope Slater’s paid attention to Reasoner’s game-solid, in position and hardly a penalty resulting from coasting into or out of the xzone and having to resort to a hook or hold.

I’d like to see both Reasoner and Slater back. But I know that Reasoner would bring a decent return in a trade-I just hope that that Marty enjoyed his time here well enough that he’d re-sign.

As far as extending Peverly-DO IT NOW. his value isn’t going to go down (barring injury), and I think that continuity in the room is going to be critical for any sort of success on-ice next year. We’re all pretty sure FUBAS isn’t going to roll the ol’ Brinks truck out this summer right?

Glovesave29

March 2nd, 2009
4:19 pm

Congrats to Kaptain Kovy – he EARNED the NHL player of the month for February.

Agree with ya Tony…sign Rich NOW. Don’t give him the chance to get into a “disagreement” with Waddell a la Marc Savard and walk…that hard cut in the Carolina game to use his teammate and the Dmen as a screen while using Ward’s momentum against him was a thing of beauty.

Rawhide

March 2nd, 2009
4:22 pm

Lew318 – I dunno…maybe the 2009 version of “We’re moving in the right direction”. I mean, outside of that, what is there to say?

Brendan – You wanna put her in the box with a misconduct, be my guest. But I have personally approved the stilettos. :cool:

Tony C. – The dream scenario would be to trade Reasoner for what he can then resign him this summer. That would be sa-WEET!

Smitty – Wrote that yesterday while hanging out at the theater the youngest tax expemtion and wife are performing at … then finished it last night while watching the Cal-GARY vs. Bolts game.

Plus…I don’t sleep at nights.

R. Stroz

March 2nd, 2009
4:24 pm

Looks like Trixie could take Cindy Crotchby.

Tony C.

March 2nd, 2009
4:25 pm

*gLoVEsAve*: Exactly, I think we’ve already seen what the guy can do “out of the box”. I’ve seen some flashes of real creativity out of the guy, and I would think that as he becomes more comfortable with the rest of the boys, that we’ll see even better things from him.

Certainly, I saw him pull a nifty drop-pass to #17 that caught him by surprise on Saturday-I’d like to see what could happen after a full camp with the team. Also, do yall get the feeling that ARmy doesn’t like working with #17? I wonder what the deal is. I’ve been pleased with the line of #17/White/Little…but I would like to see the return of the AK-47 line.

ALso, want to see Hoffman come back.

Tony C.

March 2nd, 2009
4:30 pm

Stroz: c’mon. No Way Cindy would win that fight…besides he’s more about being “the 3rd man” right??? maybe if his mom (Gary) tangled with Trixie 1st.

Smoothie

March 2nd, 2009
4:36 pm

Tony and Glovesave: do y’all think Pever can be our # 1 C? Kovy and Little seem to be developing good chemistry and I don’t see why Pever wouldn’t mesh well with Kovy as he has speed, grit and good hands. And he’s not afraid to crash the net.

The problem is our 2nd line if you move Pever up to C Kovy and Litts. Kozzy — White — Armstrong or Kozzy — Reasoner — White / Army isn’t going to strike fear in any defense…too soft even with either Marty or Colby in the mix. Can we convince (and are there enough available UFA’s) a bona fide 2nd line C with a mix of skill and defensive prowess to sign with us just for the privilege of playing with Kozzy and Army?

Or do you extend Peverley and commit to him as your # 2 C? He can protect Kozzy’s lack of speed and physicality, gets to the net and can finish the opportunities Kozzy gives him.

This is what I’m thinking:

Kovy — UFA — Little (which UFA though?)

Kozzy — Pever — Army / young Wolf / UFA

What do you all think?

Tony C.

March 2nd, 2009
5:05 pm

Smoothie: I do think that #47 can be the center for our “top” line…I’d like to see one of the following things happen:

1)[prefered case] Scenario: Army hits a cycle or two this summer and gets strong enough to back up his nasty streak effectively. #1′A’: Machachek impresses enough to make it out of camp and gives this line the “big” that #17 obviously plays best with.

2)We sign an honest-to-God POWER forward-somebody like a Kunitz/maybe the Hockey Gods smile on us and we get a real quality UFA (Franzen) or trade for a big guy with decent hands (Knuble).

3) Let the combo of Little and #17 on the same line ride, and put Peverly in the middle.

I’m really very anxious to see what exactly we extended Sterling for? His skill-set seems to have parked him in the AHL indefinitely…because we can all remember how poorly he did play RW.

Also, we MUST become bigger up front. Just look at the top teams in the east: BOS. WSH. & NJD are all big up front (yes, Parise isn’t huge, but look at his linemates. Savard’s my size but Ryder and Lukic are far from small). Too many smurfs in the line-up for my taste. We’ve got a bunch of skilled guys, but outside of #17, they’re all water-bugs (OK, Little’s solid but still not what anybody would call “big”).

Trixie (Rawhide's Secretary)

March 2nd, 2009
5:19 pm

Mr. Rawhide just called me on his cell to tell me he just heard the following:

Havelid to Devils per Mike Ross of XM’s “In The Slot”

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 2nd, 2009
5:24 pm

..for Anssi Salmela, 5′11 190 with 17 games at the NHL level (this season). He’s 24 and is a RFA this offseason.

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 2nd, 2009
5:25 pm

He is a defender.

Tony C.

March 2nd, 2009
5:29 pm

Wow.

Lameirello hosed us. Unless there’s some sort of pick coming are way too, then Waddell got hosed.

Salmela isn’t chopped liver, but I was hoping for somebody a little more imposing. But he is a nice skater, and certainly coming up through Albany you WILL learn to play proper positional D (perhaps he could tutor X).

Still I’d hoped for more return for one of the key cogs of this team over the past 5-6 years.

Tony C.

March 2nd, 2009
5:34 pm

“… our* way…” my bad grammar nazis

Alan

March 2nd, 2009
5:34 pm

I’ll reserve judgment until I see him play.

Brendan

March 2nd, 2009
5:35 pm

The Atlanta Thrashers traded defenceman Niclas Havelid to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for blueliner Annsi Salmela.

The 35-year old Havelid is heading to his third NHL team in nine seasons, including five seasons with the Anaheim Ducks who drafted him in the 3rd round (83rd overall) in 1999.

Scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, the Stockholm, Sweden native has two goals and 13 assists with a plus- 4 rating in 63 games this season.

In 613 career games in the NHL, Havelid has 34 goals and 133 assists with a minus- 29 rating.

Havelid’s resume also includes being part of Sweden’s gold medal effort at the 2006 Torino Olympics. He also helped Sweden capture the silver medal at the 2004 World Championships.

Signed as a free agent by the Devils on May 30, 2008, rookie defenceman Salmela has three assists in 17 games played. The 24-year old Nokia, Finland, native also represented his homeland at the 2004 World Junior Championship and 2008 World Championships.

R. Stroz

March 2nd, 2009
5:36 pm

And now the Thrashers have the lowest payroll in the league.

*uck the A$G.

R. Stroz

March 2nd, 2009
5:48 pm

The A$G has finally succeeded in moving in the right direction, the lowest payroll in the NHL.

I wonder if Waddell has realized that he has made a trade yet?

Brendan

March 2nd, 2009
5:49 pm

Stop for a minute, okay. Let’s just put what just happened into “the big picture.” Ready?

Don Waddell just made a deal with Lou Lamoriello.

Okay … maybe I should repeat that, for clarity sake. Don Waddell … just made a deal … with … LOU LAMORIELLO.

Who thinks, conceptually, without even knowing who the players are/were, that we won?

Get those hands high, high up in the air. Now, put ‘em down. And quit airing out your pits.

All I can say is … I have no idea who this guy is. I can only hope, like any good Thrasher fan can, that this will be a move that bears some success for Atlanta. And, might I add, that … our success with Salmela ‘may’ include trading him on the morning of the draft for a different player or another draft pick, in some round or other.

And if you stop to think about that … then how does Havelid for a high 3rd rounder sound? About right? Maybe it’s Havelid, via Salmela, for low-end 2nd rounder? You have to stop and look at the aggregate of what Salmela might bring. As I’ve said, I don’t know this player. Maybe he’s good??? And if he is good, then credit Waddell for ‘getting what he could’ for Havelid. I do that. If a Waddell move turns out to be “okay,” or “salvaged,” then I state as much. Where Waddell flubs up bad, I state that, too.

I can’t declare a winner or a loser just yet. And bear this in mind, also. New Jersey, in my opinion, and perhaps in my opinion ONLY, was ALREADY going to win the Atlantic Division before they made this move.

So??????

So, when we discuss, in the offseason, the Waddell trade deadline moves, I don’t think it’s fair to say that ‘Don handed the Devils a division title with Havelid.’ Again, I think the Devils were already well on their way to that. Especially with Brodeur now back and shutting teams out left and right.

Let’s see what DWad does with Salmela. I’m not condemning this trade just yet. But neither am I brimming with confidence about it. After all, it’s Waddell … vs. Lamoriello. I’ve probably said enough.

Don Waddell

March 2nd, 2009
5:56 pm

Nic Havelid is a big part of our plans for the remainder of the season.

NASCAR Dave

March 2nd, 2009
6:20 pm

Another undersized D-man… Great! (sarcasm)

I would have been happier with a 7th Rounder instead. What’s with PERRIN demanding to be traded???

Rawhide

March 2nd, 2009
6:27 pm

OK, let me get this straight. Don Waddell just let Nic Havelid go to the Devils for a 5′-11″, 190 lb defenseman who was not even drafted…has 17 NHL games worth of experience?

BRILLIANT! …God-ALMIGHTY!

OK, we are already below L.A.’s salary cap I believe…so we are the leagues lowest in that regard, right? How close are we to the floor now????

Is this what Bruce Levenson meant by “moving in the right direction” a year ago?

David Hooton – Nice article…way to go!!! Let us know what kinda responses you get! Thanks for sharing!

Brendan – You had me at “Don Waddell just made a deal with Lou Lamoriello”.

NASCAR Dave

March 2nd, 2009
6:43 pm

Uhh RAWHIDE… We sent HAVELID AND MYLES STOESZ for a guy who has played 17 games and is under contract for about 4 more months…

We didn’t just get hosed, we got FLEECED!!!

I hope the SHEEP are happy! They’re still getting what they pay for – Quality Don Waddell Hockey!!!

LOL! This guy (FRAUDell) must be on drugs or something…

Tony C.

March 2nd, 2009
6:45 pm

My point about Salmela isn’t about his ability-he’s pretty darn good, but uhhh… Unless it’s something where Cheap Lou was grumbling about the fact that Nic re-signs here in the summer, (IMHO even given that) we should’ve gotten a pick AND a player.

As ALAN pointed out above, Salmela may be a very pleasant surprise-IF he gets TOI while here. I think we’re good on smallish, puck-moving defenders. Again, I’m biased and would’ve hoped Nic fetched a higher return.

Don Waddell

March 2nd, 2009
6:51 pm

Remember Lou, if I lose my job, you’re on the hook for 100 tiolets.

Don Waddell

March 2nd, 2009
6:52 pm

Spud Webb

March 2nd, 2009
7:10 pm

I’m happy for Nic, good guy.
Waddell sucks.
Not much else to write at this point.

Tony C.

March 2nd, 2009
7:10 pm

Not that I thought that Stoesz was going to be an important cog of future teams, but damn…

I was debating about brown-bag Friday-Now I’m convinced. Say it loud, say it proud:

FIRE WADDELL

I’m c’mon dude, you’re sending one of the most underrated stay-at-home defenders in the conference AND a prospect (albeit not a barn-burner) for…. A UFA Swede who’s played 17 TOTAL NHL games.

What a great deal. I mean C’MON! At least get a 5th rounder back as well. Geez.

Now if you look at Salmela’s SM-Liiga numbers, he’s no slouch (let’s remember that one Tobias Enstrom came fromo this same league, unheralded to the NHL), but honestly, we sent two guys and got one back? Oh, and he hasn’t even played a third of a season? Even better.

I knkow Coach has been a little disappointed with Nic’s stay-at-home tendencies, but is getting ANOTHER smurf on the blueline the answer?

Geez.

Kari Lehtonen

March 2nd, 2009
7:18 pm

Now I have a Finnish drinking buddy.

More Finns and less stendecs are always good.

Sara

March 2nd, 2009
7:27 pm

Look, this kid was picked up and signed by a GM and scouting staff that consistently nail it every year…particularly when it comes to defensive talent. In my book, if Big Lou thought enough of the kid to sign him in the first place, he’s worth a looksie before automatically writing him off as useless. That said…he could have been a bit taller….

Rawhide

March 2nd, 2009
8:32 pm

Grandmaster Thrash just posted thi link on the Thrashers Message Board.

http://i-voyager.blogspot.com/

Nice quote from Havs, eh? Does this sound like a guy who would want to re-sign here this summer? :roll:

EDIT: 8:57am 3/3/2009 – After looking at that statement again, I don’t see anything that says Havelid made that statement. Please take it for what it’s worth!

five_hole

March 2nd, 2009
8:40 pm

I’ll reserve judgement on the kid until I see him play, but if/when Waddell does make moves, he had already said he wanted players, not draft picks. Should we be surprised? Anssi Salmela does seem to fit the mold the Thrashers are going after; puck moving with a shot from the point.

I’d like to wish Nic Havelid luck. He played his heart out here. He isn’t the flashiest defensemen, but he was the best defenseman we’ve had here to date.

Brendan

March 2nd, 2009
11:03 pm

Oh c’mon now, five_hole. You’re totally underestimating “Mandy” and Jaroslav “Slowdry.” And as Bob would point out, What about Adam Burt! And Smehlik? And Todd Reirdon! Uwe Krupp, truly a steal, he was, says Yoda. I wonder what Yannick Tremblay and Chris Tamer are doing these days?

Well, if you’re looking for silver linings, (and who isn’t,) it’s that Nathan Oystrick and Toby Enstrom will continue to develop. And Chad Denny and Grant Lewis might make this club out of training camp next year. And if they do, I guess we congratulate the scouting department for those original Thrashers draft picks.

kracker

March 2nd, 2009
11:06 pm

Best line I saw so far from a Devils fan regarding Annsi Salmela. “You guys got the best player ever to wear the Devils crest. Congrats.”
Personally, I’m OK with only the 2nd or 3rd best player ever.

Hockey’s Future player profile on Salmela http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/anssi_salmela

Brendan

March 2nd, 2009
11:11 pm

Rawhide, nice find on that Havelid quote. But ya know what? Havelid re-signed here. So, really … what’s his excuse? Hope Eric Perrin gets a shot at a playoff-bound team this year.

Rawhide, what’s the deal with Keith Tkachuk? Are the Blues going to keep him, instead of renting him? I think that’s a mistake, on their part. Tkachuk would be rented for a pretty good deal. Ohh, maybe not as good as they got from Atlanta, but nonetheless, a good deal could be had. Time is short for the Blues to decide. Same goes for the Panthers, with Bouwmeester.

R. Stroz

March 2nd, 2009
11:54 pm

kracker

March 3rd, 2009
12:14 am

Nice rread, Stroz…from all the comments, I like this kid in that most ppl think he has a lot of upside potential, he has a shot to play in Atl next season, especially if he looks at least fair the rest of this season. He’s got to learn the NA pro game & rink, apparently. Beats getting a guy where all the comments say he’s too old/too green/too slow/7th d-man at best, etc. or a 2nd or 3rd and in 3 years you know you have nothing special.

Sharon

March 3rd, 2009
3:27 am

I wasn’t expecting the world, but I thought we’d get more for Havelid than this.

I’ve read a mixed bag of comments tonight about Salmela in various articles, blogs, etc. I really don’t know what to think about his potential at this point, but I’m sure he’ll be a key component of Waddell’s third 5 year plan (coming soon). Ok, which 5 years was he talking about, exactly? Will they be in a row? For crissakes.

Good luck to Havelid, I hope it works out well for him. Given his comments, it doesn’t look like he’ll be coming back to Blueland after all.

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 3rd, 2009
4:04 am

What comments? All I see is him saying his favorite memory from his stint in Atlanta was seeing Philips rockin’ during the playoffs. The i-voyager.blogspot is a fan comment.

LAC

March 3rd, 2009
5:16 am

I have about thrown up listening to the On The Fly guys tell the hockey world how GREAT the Devils trade with Atlanta was. They did not say one damn thing about the guy we got, another MIDGET 5′11″, 190 WOW just what we need on the defense… We have been FLEECED yet again !

Why did we not get a pick too ? Tell us that don, you got had by a GREAT GM who knows how to make a wannabe GM…a.k.a. waddell, look like a complete FOOL ! Which BTW don waddell is.

Here we have a chance to improve and we get a guy who will play a couple games and never be heard from again. Just like the guy we got for Williams… WHO IS HE AGAIN don ?

As long as waddell is in charge we will NEVER be a winning franchise,
we can only hope the lawsuit makes these clown owners sell, and the new OWNER FIRE Worthless waddell once and for all, if a team ever needed a new direction it is US. The waddell train wreck needs to END !

five_hole

March 3rd, 2009
7:43 am

Hey Brendan, don’t be a hater, dude. I was talking about the current Thrasher makeup. They went after Campbell (although he signed with Chicago), then they signed Hainsey. Look at the current Thrasher defense and outside of Exelby & Valabik, all would be considered offensive type defensemen. My prediction is that X won’t be here next year, and Valabik is a tree stump, and doesn’t really belong in the NHL.

BTW, I forgot last night to include FIRE WADDELL!!!!!!!

. . . . . doesn’t seem to have the same emphasis without bolding it.

I do wonder if we could have gotten more than Salmela (Salmenella?) for Havelid. And why did we need another young defenseman?

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 3rd, 2009
7:44 am

LAC: I understand your frustration with the trade, but Waddell got exactly what he wanted out of the trade (though, it doesn’t make us fans pleased). He said to Knobler he wanted “live bodies” in trades this season, an indication that he is looking for someone who can play sooner rather than later (assuming the draft pick actually develops into AHL or NHL talent).

So, assuming Waddell will be the person drafting for the Thrashers in the coming draft, would you trust Waddell to be the person making the pick, or would you rather he have an already developed prospect/AAAA caliber player that could possibly fill a role sooner rather than later?

I understand his philosophy too — a draft pick takes time for development, and doesn’t always pan out. A live body is a somewhat proven commodity that could use an infusion from a scenery change, or merely a boost in the positional depth chart. However, my problem is that he’s stocking the cupboards with young players, and not preparing the team for the long term by stockpiling draft picks and taking the ~18 year old instead of the ~24 year old seems to be seeking.

I personally would rather he have gotten a package for those 2nd rounders he mentioned that were offered, but those picks would’ve been in the “crap shoot” realm of the draft (bottom of the second round due to the trade partner being a playoff bound team). With this scouting department I’m not so sure a 2nd round ~50ish pick is ANY BETTER than an undrafted 24 year old Finnish defender with 17 NHL games under his belt.