Our old pal Craig Custance twittered …or is it twitted…or twittled…anyway, he informed us by way of “twitter” yesterday that the “Thrashers have made qualifying offers to at least three potential restricted free agents – Kari Lehtonen, Jim Slater and Colby Armstrong.”
This now leaves Jordan Lavallee, Scott Lehman, Grant Lewis, Chris Thorburn, Dan Turple and Boris Valabik as impending RFAs that the team will need to extend offers to.
However, as Ben Wright of the Blueland Blog writes, “The Thrashers have a lot of RFA’s and it won’t shock me if some of them don’t receive qualifying offers”.
If so…who amoung those renaining might be left out in the Thrashers’ plans for the future? Well, we’ll find out come Monday.
Would You Like To Play A Game?
Here’s a little activity to keep you busy today…you know, instead of actually working!
See if you can name this team I’m describing.
This NHL franchise finished a season with a record of 22 wins, 46 losses and 14 overtime losses…good enough for 58 points in the standings. They had the worst goals against average of 3.78, surrendering a league-high 316 goals for the season.
This team had the second worst penalty kill unit, (78.8%)… third worst shots on goal average, (28.8), fourth worst shots-against average, (33.2) and won only 45.9% of the faceoffs taken, an NHL low that season.
Although this team had a rookie phenom who scored 39 goals and 102 overall points, the second most productive skater only had 12 goals and 58 points. Their young goalkeeper that played in 50 games, starting 45, compiled a record of 13-27-6 with a 3.25 GAA and .898 SV%.
Name the team and season.
Hint: It’s not the Atlanta Thrashers.
Long Term Performance
Here is a very interesting piece done by timmyf of the Thrashing About blog titled “Long-Term Team Performance And The ‘5-Year Plan’”. Great work on the graph chart there Timmy…and a good write up too.
TJ’s Draft Party Update
For those of you choosing to enjoy the NHL Entry Draft Party with the gang and I over at TJ’s Friday night , I’ve been informed that my contact person at the Atlanta Spirit L.L.C. will be providing a few goodies to add to the prizes that’ll be raffled off. Those items include mini hockey sticks that have been signed by Garnet Exelby and Zach Bogosian as well as tickets to upcoming Thrashers games this season.
Tim and Mark Ecclestone have already graciously provided a prize package that includes four premium seats to a Thrashers game…and the lucky winner of that prize will also be treated to a ride on the Zamboni between periods of that game.
Oh…and that’s on top of the $1 draft beers that they’ll be serving up and the chance to meet new AJC Thrashers beat writer Chris Vivlamore as well chat with some of the former Atlanta Flames.
Uh-huh, I know…I know.