Free Agent Window Shopping

When The Fourth Quarter recently came out with its “Top 30 Unrestricted Free Agents” for this summer, I…as I always do this time of year… found myself scrolling down the page muttering to myself, “Oooh, I’d like to see that player in Atlanta”, and, “Oh my, he would work great on Kovy’s Line”, or, “Dang, he sure would be an asset on our blueline”!

Yes…free agent window shopping season is upon us as the stores will be open a couple of weeks from now on the first on July. So, as we stroll down the cyber-mall of NHL players for sale, what’s catching your eye?

Is it Jay Bouwmeester… who, not surprisingly, tops the list? The 25-year old blueliner was the third overall pick in 2002…just behind Kari Lehtonen. He is coming off a contract with the Florida Panthers that paid him $4.875 and he’ll no doubt be able to rake in far more than that from whomever he chooses to play for over the course of the next several years. What are the chances Don Waddell could land Bouwmeester?

Seriously…I think there’s a better chance of seeing it snow in Atlanta during the month of July than seeing J-Bo sign here.

Second on the list…former Thrasher Marian “Desperately Seeking The Cup” Hossa, who last summer signed a 1-year $7.45 million deal with the eventual runners up in the Stanley Cup Finals. So, what about the return of Hossa to Atlanta?

Hahahaha…Yeah, yeah, I know…very funny. Rumors I’ve seen and heard having him re-signing again in Detroit. But look at it this way…if Hossa were to come back and play for Atlanta, it would dramatically improve our chances of being good enough to lose in the Stanley Cup Finals!

Just sayin’…

Third on the list is another Marian…Marian Gaborik, who’s $7.5 million contract is set to expire at the end of this month. Would you like to see Gaborik sporting Thrasher-blue nest fall?

Me? With his health history…not for more than a one-year deal.

Rounding out the top five are the Sedin twins…Daniel and Henrik…who have been earning $3.575 million each in Vancouver where they’ve played since being drafted right behind Patrik Stefan in 1999. They no doubt will want to stick together…same team and same line. The Thrashers already have a first-line left-winger so if they played here it would probably be on the second line with Army…moving Peverley up with Kovy and Little and probably moving Todd White out of Atlanta. I wouldn’t have a problem with this…if the Spirit Boys allowed Waddell to shell out the money to bring them here.

Again, the snow in Atlanta analogy is in play here.

Further down the list there are such names as Mike Cammalleri, Martin Havlat, Saku Koivu that stick out as those that could fill a spot on the top line with Kovalchuk… and how about Nik Antropov?

On defense…there’s Mike Komisarek, Johnny Oduya and Rob Scuderi to name a few. But I think Pittsburgh is really gonna want to keep Scuds in their lineup if at all possible.

One player that is on the list in which the Thrashers are speculated to have interest in is Mikael Samuelsson of the Red Wings. Last season the 32-year old Swede notched 19 goals and 21 assist. In 466 total career games he has 86 goals. 122 assists and in a +38.

Yup, I enjoy free agent window shopping…it’s fun and it doesn’t cost anything. Come July first…well, that’s a different story.

127 comments Add your comment

Riceowls8891

June 17th, 2009
8:00 am

Looking at the only UFA’s on the list we are rumored to be interested in:
Mikael Samuelson: 6-2 210. Definitely the size Kovy wanted. Other teams: Detroit (no cap room); Buffalo (budget team). At least a possibility.

Toby

June 17th, 2009
8:13 am

Prediction: We offer Gaborik a 5 yr/$35 mil contract the first day and he pulls a Campbell and takes less to sign elsewhere. Dub panics and overpays Antropov at $4.5 a year.

I personally would love to see Gabs, Sedins, or Cammalleri, but not sure if another sniper would fit anywhere near Kovy.

I guess at the end of the day, it only matters who would keep Kovy in Thrash blue for as long as possible.

Dwayne

June 17th, 2009
8:16 am

fire boobie COX !!!!

Toby

June 17th, 2009
8:16 am

Oh…I did panic a little seeing that the Thrash aren’t “rumored” to be interested in many of the player, however, it only says “Speculated Teams Showing Interest”. I wouldn’t look too far into that.

Sara

June 17th, 2009
9:05 am

Something to keep in mind is that Waddell has heavily hinted that he is looking at a trade to get us the top-calibre talent, versus free agency. I also expect that said trade would go down before July 1, as he may be dealing with other teams trying to clear cap space prior to the FA period. Fact is, we aren’t going to see much action at least in terms of quantity – the roster isn’t going to change much. I think he’s hoping to bring in two pieces perhaps, and that will be that.

GaVaHokie

June 17th, 2009
9:08 am

We could always throw out an $8 million offer to JayBo like we did with Campbell last summer and see if it sticks… essentially making NO changes to our forward lines, which I’m okay with if you can add someone like JayBo… Philly, Calgary and Toronto are in no position to throw out that kind of money for JayBo without making major roster decisions.

This would give us another year to further develop guys like Colin Stuart and Joey Crabb.

GaVaHokie

June 17th, 2009
9:09 am

Sara… stay on subject… we’re window shopping. ;)

GaVaHokie

June 17th, 2009
9:10 am

Toby… yeah “speculated”… as you can see by the list, Edmonton and Montreal will be acquiring every player mentioned. :)

Toby

June 17th, 2009
9:13 am

Another year for Stuart and Crabb??? Stuart is 27 and Crabb is 26!! How long do they need? With the Thrash having a 4th overall and 2 other 2nd round picks, spots are getting more valuable. These two as well as Sterling have had their chance IMO.

Toby

June 17th, 2009
9:14 am

Hokie…LOL. Agreed. They also have the Pens interested in Havlat. Did the cap go up to $65 million overnight?

Sara

June 17th, 2009
9:23 am

No Hokie I get it. I just don’t want people to think that’s the only shopping list – it’s not like those are our *only* options this off-season.

Certainly J-Bo would be nice but let’s face it – if he’s running as fast as he can from FLA, he’s going to get a lot farther than Atlanta. It’s about the same difference really from his perspective. And most indications are that he’s hoping to get north of the border anyway.

Sara

June 17th, 2009
9:33 am

Ok – my shopping list would be something like…

D: Komisarek, Backman, Oduya, Scuds

F: Cammalleri, Antropov, Samuelsson, Neil

Frankly, I think the FA options are much more promising on D so if I were Waddell I’d use that goalie trade bait to get us a top-line forward and focus on a couple of those D guys on July 1.

Riceowls8891

June 17th, 2009
9:37 am

Mattias Ohlund (D): 6′2″ 220. According to sportsnet.ca: “Is capable of shutting down the very best forwards in the NHL.” That would be a perfect fit, IMHO.

Don Waddell

June 17th, 2009
9:42 am

Jason Williams is available.

ranallo10 (in AT)

June 17th, 2009
9:50 am

My shopping list:

D — Ohlund, Oduya, Komisarek, Beauchemin
F — Gaborik, Koivu, Sedins
A more realistic F list (read: Tier II) — Samuelsson, Afinogenov, Antropov

Of course I don’t enjoy shopping too much, as everything is far more expensive than I perceive it’s value. I also don’t anticipate seeing any of those names on a Thrashers uniform next season…color me pessimistic with Atlanta’s ability to attract Tier I/II talent in a weak UFA class.

Hokie — The only reason to offer Bouwmeester $8M is to raise his price tag for whatever team signs him. If it was about money I’m guessing he would’ve re-signed in Florida for however much he wanted, but I think it’s a Hossa situation where he wants to play where he has a chance to win, not just a place that will pay him top dollar. If Hell froze over and Bouwmeester took a realistic look at an Atlanta offer, I woudn’t be bothered in the least bit if he was the only UFA signing this offseason. Granted he’s not the “shutdown defender” the team needs, but his presence would be very beneficial to the defensive corps.

Rawhide

June 17th, 2009
9:51 am

TobyPrediction: We offer Gaborik a 5 yr/$35 mil contract the first day and he pulls a Campbell and takes less to sign elsewhere. Dub panics and overpays Antropov at $4.5 a year

The scary part of that is how probable it sounds…

Sara – I agree with you regarding Waddell making much more headway via trades this summer than free agency.

Riceowls8891 – Mattias Ohlund would be a very good addition to our defense!!!

“Don Waddell” – Un-funny!

Hockey Biltong

June 17th, 2009
10:03 am

Gaborik is the toy in the shop window that looks the coolest and then you finally get to play with it and it breaks within 5 mins…
Arthropod has size as does Samuelson.. we need the beef to offset our more dimunitive players.
Afinogenov would fit here too.

Glovesave29

June 17th, 2009
10:23 am

Sara – from the last blog…totally agree. A happy home life (re: happy wife) makes for a much happier player.

This is a bit off topic, but what do you think about the NHL allowing teams to go over the cap (by lets say 5%) on a player-by-player basis to keep players they currently have on their roster. Players stay on teams longer, fans get a sense of stability and familiarity with the team, and player can make a bit more. For instance, let’s say the Wild want to keep Gaborik. Due to injury, his market value is $5M. The Wild would be able to get a “stay home” advantage of 5% or $250,000. I mean, as long as we are he wishing…

GaVaHokie

June 17th, 2009
10:29 am

With regard to Antropov… a suggestion I made yesterday that would be cheaper, and possibly just as effective that can be made via trade, would be Hedberg to Columbus for Fredrik Modin ($3.5 million)

He’s a big physical forward.

Dwayne

June 17th, 2009
10:34 am

Hockey B….the best toys always break first.
Glovesave….wouldn’t that hurt our cheap arse owners even more?
wishing?? I wish the owners would sell to someone who wants to stay in ATL. and wants to build a winner.
I wish Don W. builds a winner this year, at least make it to the playoffs(2nd round/thats a stretch) then gets fired.
Oh yeah….FIRE boobie COX

Don Waddell

June 17th, 2009
10:38 am

Those Sedin boys sure look alike. I wonder if they are related.

Darkhorse

June 17th, 2009
10:42 am

Other than maybe Komisarek, I don’t see us going after any “new for the summer” window shopping items, unless whatever trades DW has in mind fall through beforehand and he’s back to the drawing board July 1st.

He swung and missed the past two offseason when FA started, even with rumored big offers to Gomez, Drury, Briere and Campbell. With what those teams paid to get those guys though, I’m glad they snubbed us.

Christy

June 17th, 2009
10:44 am

An artilce on CNN I thought you all would enjoy – about a men’s league in Boston for players 60+… it’s a fun read.
I can never get the links to work right, so with apologies, please copy an paste…
http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/wayoflife/06/17/hockey.seniors/index.html

Glovesave29

June 17th, 2009
10:48 am

Dwayne – how would that hurt us? The cheap are the cheap. If they chose not to use this option than so be it. They were going to let that player walk anyhow. This is to give the current team an advantage in keeping a player they do not want to let get away. Top it off at 5 players per team and contacts must be at least 3 years. If NYR comes calling for Ilya next season at $8M, we can offer $8.4. Must be the last offer, and the player cannot use the home town bonus to get more from the other suiter. It is 5% on top of the FINAL offer. If a player wants to leave, he can reject it.

ranallo10 (in AT)

June 17th, 2009
10:50 am

Glovesave — I’d prefer to tweak that idea to homegrown talent, or cap it by an age. I’d rather promote developing your own talent within the league than support keeping players you acquired via trades.

It also reminds me too much of the NBA salary cap system, which is absolutely horrendous in my opinion.

Darkhorse

June 17th, 2009
10:50 am

I meant to say we may only go after one, if any, tier 1 guy. Samuelson and Antropov types depend on what we were or weren’t able to do via the draft and trades.

I think we have enough decent assets in things like picks and prospects to make the offseason really entertaining over the next two weeks. The only problem we have is who is orchestrating these deals.

Glovesave29

June 17th, 2009
10:53 am

Ranallo – how do you define “homegrown”? Angelo Esposito will go through our system, but he was also acquired via trade.

Darren Elliot

June 17th, 2009
10:58 am

**breaking new** Heatley wants to finish what he started in Atlanta. He said he would prefer to be traded to the Thrashers, the only place that he ever felt comfortable. He loves the city and the fans

Brendan

June 17th, 2009
10:58 am

I don’t even think Jason Williams would return Don’s call, this time around. I’m inclined to agree with Toby, here. When Waddell can’t get who he wants, he’ll “settle” Ron Hainsey-style for what’s left. My guess is that … he’ll wind up overpaying for Komisarek or Beauchemin, then adding Afinagenov. And that’ll be it.

Koivu, I think, won’t come. But I think Waddell would like him. I doubt the Sedins have any interest in Atlanta. Havlat took a nasty hit in the CF. I hope he can still be the same player he was. But he’s not coming here. Mike Cammalleri would be a heck of an acquisition. If Waddell pulled that one off, I won’t complain, even though he overpaid for him. I’ve said, for YEARS now, “there’s no chance Kovalchuk and Cammalleri could fail.” But I think Cammalleri wants $6 million as the “starting bid.” That’s risky. There are plenty of players I’d like to see in Atlanta, who would make our team better, but not at the price they’re being paid. And when a team is concerned about the floor of the cap, this really puts the kaibosh on many designs.

Mattias Ohlund would also be a very good acquisition. Clearly, he’d make our team better. What’s he gonna cost? And he’s 32. And won’t be getting any younger anytime soon. I think Oduya will be re-signed by NJ and same deal with Scuderri, with Pittsburgh. I think the Penguins will let Hal Gill go. The Pens have a decision to make on Satan, Sykora, and Fedotenko. Plus Bill Guerin. I think the Penguins will jettison Philippe Boucher, too. Boucher is 35, and a “Waddell special” if I ever saw one. I’d kinda like to have Sykora or Fedotenko, if the price is right.

Sara

June 17th, 2009
11:02 am

Glovesave to be honest I don’t see how that helps anyone but the “rich” teams anyway. The only benefit there is that some portion of a contract won’t count against the cap. That benefits only teams who are spending to the cap anyway – which a) isn’t us and likely won’t be for quite some time if ever and b) doesn’t really jive with the whole “parity” movement.

Russian

June 17th, 2009
11:05 am

I will take a TWINS. They are asking around 7 mln for each pease. Kind of expencive, but Look what Anderson can do:
Kovy – Peverly – Little
Twin1 – Twin2 – Slava
Army – Reason – Stuart
Bolton – White(Slater) – Trourbon. Actually for 4-th we have lot of players.

If Twins will not working out, which is happend. I will take:
Kovy – Antropov – Afinogenov
Slava – White – Little
Army – Reason – Stuart
Bolton – Pever – Trourbon

Glovesave29

June 17th, 2009
11:16 am

Sara – any team can use this for any player. Even a team near the bottom of the pay scale. Let’s say Nashville is going to lose a $3M player they want to keep. This allows the offer to jump to $3.15M – not exactly going to break the bank. This allows teams to stay together longer and builds chemistry. Alot is gained with familiarity…think of those Russian teams in the 80’s clobbering the NHL all stars. We had better players, but they had teamwork and a system based on years of playing together.

ranallo10 (in AT)

June 17th, 2009
11:19 am

Glovesave — That’s a good point, and I would define “homegrown” based on professional experience. Esposito has not played one game of NHL hockey and is still within the rookie contract restrictions, so Atlanta shouldn’t have to worry about losing him to free agency. However, when that time comes I would say he qualifies as “homegrown” because his NHL career will have started within the Atlanta system, even if he skips the AHL.

Obviously the definition of homegrown is where my tweak has problems.

And I’d agree with Sara, there’s no benefit to the teams out of reach of the salary cap ceiling.

The interesting thing about the Sedins is that a team would likely profit the most if they were their SECOND scoring option, and not leaned on as heavily as they are in Vancouver. I think they’re fine complimentary players who have a ton of talent, but I don’t think they have the ability to take over a game like a player similar to Kovalchuk has. With the Sedins on a second line behind Ovechkin, Kovalchuk, Iginla, etc, their team would have two lethal lines (much like Pittsburgh and Detroit have currently due to their depth of top line talent). Monetarily it’s not realistic to see the Sedins taking top line money and playing second line minutes, but that is where I see them playing at their best and helping their respective team the most.

Dwayne

June 17th, 2009
11:26 am

i’d like the Coors Light Twins please

Dwayne

June 17th, 2009
11:37 am

glovesave…didn’t say it would, was asking “if” it would.
plus..i did add cheap owners.
why not pay the Sendins top line money if they deserve top line money..just because they are on the 2nd line does not mean you cant keep their minutes the same as what the first line gets. You can change lines,,,doesn’t take a Barry melrose to figure that out.

ranallo10 (in AT)

June 17th, 2009
11:47 am

With a salary cap it’s not feasible to pay for 6 first line forwards…it doesn’t take Mike Milbury to figure that out. Thus, it’s unrealistic to pay top line money to talent that you’re placing on your second or even third line. It’s possible to fit such players onto a cap strapped team, but such instances should be viewed as oddities.

Toby

June 17th, 2009
11:52 am

I agree with Brandan that Mattias Ohlund would be a very good acquisition. Defense is still one of the worst in the league and him paired with Hainsey would be real nice. I believe (I have to double check) that the Thrashers were 9th in scoring last year. We may not need to add a high priced piece to the offense.

Maybe $2 mil a year for Mikael Samuelsson and offer Ohlund $4 a year???

Brendan

June 17th, 2009
12:03 pm

I sincerely hope we do not pursue Marian Gaborik. He, almost single-handedly, derailed the Minnesota Wild at the height of their success (2003 CF), with a contract holdout. He seems like a “Heatley-type” to me. Pass. I know that angers some. Perhaps it angers many. But I don’t want Gaborik here. He’ll just whine and complain, then demand to be traded. And there it is.

If other Marian wanted back in, I’d listen to that one. But I’m sure he has no interest in this market, or ownership. He had plenty of opportunity to re-sign at maximum dollars.

I’d like to beg an indulgence from Rawhide to ask a poll question, “Which of the four expansion teams, Minnesota, Columbus, Nashville, and Atlanta, do you think has been the most intelligently constructed or run?”

I’m curious to see the response. I think some will say Minnesota, while others will scream, Nashville. Obviously, Minnesota has had the deepest playoff success, reaching the CF in 2003. But Nashville has been in the playoffs with more frequency, despite never winning a series. Don’t forget, though, the year they traded for Forsberg, the Preds were actually a Stanley Cup Contender at the time of the trade. I think they were the #4 seed, only because they didn’t win their division over Detroit. But they did host that 1st round playoff series. Minnesota has also won a Division title, just like Atlanta has. Columbus just made the playoffs for the very 1st time this year, but it still looking for its first playoff win. Leave it alone. Minnesota just fired its GM, Doug Risebrough, in favor of Cliff Fletcher’s son, Chuck Fletcher. Wild Head Coach Jacques Lemaire resigned. In 2007, Columbus fired its GM, Doug MacLean, in favor of Scott Howson, a former assistant GM with Edmonton. Columbus moved a 1st round pick for R.J. Umberger at last year’s draft. Atlanta has finished in the lottery draft for the past two seasons, adding blueliner Zach Bogosian, pick #3 overall, and Center Daultan Leveille, Michigan State, pick #29 overall, at last year’s draft. This year, obviously, the Thrashers will pick 4th overall, and have the same GM since inception, just like Nashville does. Okay, vote!!

Darren Elliot

June 17th, 2009
12:04 pm

I can still play goal. I was/am awesome in net. I am like a gray cat. A grinning old gray cat…I should be goalie coach instead of Weeks.

LAC

June 17th, 2009
12:12 pm

NO MORE jim slater PLEASE !!!!!!!!! He has never been of any help to the team and is a player from teams that were not good.

Why is everyone wanting to resign guys like him anyhow ? He needs to go somewhere else.

Oh… I see Ken Klee & Brad Larsen are available don… Just your kind of move !

Sara

June 17th, 2009
12:23 pm

Glovesave I’m just not getting it here. If a player chooses to go into FA and sign a contract with some other team it’s either because a) he doesn’t want to play for his original team anymore (see: Hossa, Marian or Bouwmeester, Jay) or b) because that team cannot pay them what they want. Obviously your suggestion applies to option (b). However, a team cannot pay a player for one of two reasons – either there are cap constraints (Detroit) or the team just doesn’t have the cash flow (Atlanta).
Your suggestion only helps in that first situation where there are cap constraints.

Based on your example of the $3M player. If another team has come in and wants to pay the player $3M, Nashville can either up their offer to $3.15M or not – and the only reason they *wouldn’t* is because they can’t *afford* to pay $3.15M – which means the cap relief is meaningless.

It all comes down to the difference between cap payroll and actual cash flows. And unless you are a team with unlimited fundage that can spend to the cap, the actual cash flows are the only numbers you are concerned with when making offers.

Tony C.

June 17th, 2009
12:26 pm

Can Modin keep up nowdays? I realize The Borg have a way of making most guys look like they’re skating on trashcan lids, but he seemd awful slow from what I saw… Fedotenko is an intriguing option… I would love to make a trade for Bobby Ryan, but it ain’t happening… Ryder seems more and more like the “duh” move to make… one pending UFA I’d like to trade for but don’t think we have the pieces to make it work, would be for Hedjuk from Colorado, the guy has some of the best hands in the league, can play whatever type of game you like, and is deceptively good in his own zone. He’s a UFA at the end of this coming season I believe… I know that Colorado is looking for a netminder-hell they’re looking for everything except their top 2 Defenders…. I wonder if Pavelec, and a 2nd rounder would be enough to get him out here, and do yall think that’d be too high a price to pay (for Hedjuk)???

Tony C.

June 17th, 2009
12:31 pm

I also meant to include Mike Vernace(spl?) from their blueline in the above Hedjuk deal. Again, IDK if Lacroix will go for it, but he’s making all the wrong moves for the past couple of years so….

Jacques Strapp

June 17th, 2009
12:32 pm

Monsieur LAC….eef Waddell did bring back ze Klee and Larson, would he then tell us zat Schneider waz just ze rental player?

TableHockey

June 17th, 2009
12:34 pm

Probably a stupid question – but I’m not clear on the free agency process.

If a team has $10M cap space and make an offer of $6M to a player on day 1. Can they only make additional offers equal or less than the remaining $4M to other players until that first player makes a decision? Or can a team make whatever offers they want up to their cap?

Sara

June 17th, 2009
12:40 pm

TableHockey – they can make all the offers they want – they can even sign all the contracts they want. But ultimately the final cap payroll cannot be above the maximum when the season starts. Now would GMs actually do that? Probably not because that’s all kinds of borrowing headaches…but they *could*.

TableHockey

June 17th, 2009
12:47 pm

Thanks for the clarification Sara. I was afraid that if there was a limit we might get hamstrung waiting to hear on back on a big offer.

What do you guys think about Pahlsson? Would his two-way playing style be a good fit for Anderson’s system?

ranallo10 (in AT)

June 17th, 2009
12:50 pm

“Why is everyone wanting to resign guys like [Slater] anyhow ?”

Well, LAC, I’d say it’s because he can skate, logs less than 10 minutes of ice time, is still young and cheap, and doesn’t complain about his role. He shows up to play every game and I doubt you could find a game in which he “didn’t try”. For a fourth line player that’s exactly what you want until said player is blocking the development of a younger and equally able player. Maybe when Kozek is NHL ready will Slater be blocking a talent, but right now I don’t consider him anything more than a depth player who fills his role admirably. Sure, he might be expendable, but until someone better comes along is it really worth complaining about his roster spot?

Out of curiosity, what more do you want out of a 4th liner making less than $1M per season? Feel free to tell me other feasible and realistic options that will improve upon his 10 minutes per game. I really am curious who you envision logging that ice time.

Brendan — It would be wrong of me to let you forget that Ilya Kovalchuk has also held out during contract negotiations. It is within the players right to sit out a game due to contract squabbles…there are penalties for doing such a thing, but it’s within their rights. I don’t look differently upon Gaborik than I do Kovalchuk when it comes to signing a contract, because after all it’s HIS career he’s fighting for, not his team’s. Gaborik gave his salary expectations and the Wild were seemingly unwilling to meet him near them…if those expectations are unreasonable it’s the agent (I believe that’s Allan Walsh) you should be upset with, not the player.

I appreciate your feeling for Gaborik, but don’t let your love of the Thrashers cloud your judgement on a player who is in a different and comparatively unknown situation…if Kovalchuk and his agent demand $10M will you be happy to see them walk away from Atlanta?

Besides that, why can’t a player request a trade? I don’t recall Gaborik demanding to be traded, but if he did so what? If he is unhappy with the team’s direction and management, why can’t he say “it’s better for everyone if I’m not here, because I’m not happy”? Really, what’s the problem with doing that? (wow, four sentences all ending with question marks, I’m on a roll)

Just a few things for you to comment on, thanks.

five_hole

June 17th, 2009
12:51 pm

Let’s see what we’ve got to work with:
A. We’ve got more holes than a Krispy Kreme factory.
B. Zero budget to work with.
C. A reputation that will keep top-tier players from wanting to come here.
D. A clown-fish for a GM.

Am I missing anything?

I would prefer we concentrate on forwards over defense. Samuelsson would look really good in a Thrasher’s uniform. He might be affordable, but will simply use us to get a better deal somewhere else.

I predict that we will end up with some over-the-hill minor league talent and trumpet our success.

Darren Elliot

June 17th, 2009
1:00 pm