Waddell Ready To Test The Water In The UFA Talent Pool

The buzz surrounding last weekend’s entry draft has barely subsided, but Don Waddell and the rest of the NHL general managers are preparing to dive head-first into unrestricted free agent pool of talent today. Soon, after weeks of speculation and rumors, we’ll be able to see just how the Thrashers roster…and others… will take form for the upcoming 2009-10 NHL season.

As we did this time last summer, we gather poolside to watch and observe the events as each team attempts to procure that big-name player needed to help shape their lineups for this fall’s campaign. Our friend Five_Hole has agreed to DJ the pool party…playing an assortment of tunes from the Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffet, Bob Marley and others. And please feel free to stop by the open bar to partake of a wide assortment of adult beverages complete with little umbrellas as we take in the day’s festivities. Tending the bar is the lovely and talented Joyel from TJ’s Bar and Grill!

Hey…and it’s all on the AJC’s tab!

But before we begin…looking around scoldingly….I want to be very clear in the fact that I do NOT want another incident like the one that happened during last year’s UFA pool party happening again today. So I’ll thank everyone for keeping any and all Baby Ruth bars away from the pool…got it!

Oh…and Trixie has informed me that she has been adequitely covered in tanning lotion…so there will be no need for the long line of willing assistants this time.

Now then… as we begin our day, last night it seemed as though a deal as been worked out between the Senators and Oilers that would send former Thrasher…and soon-to-be former Senator…Dany Heatley from Ottawa to Edmonton. Heading back east would be Andrew Cogliano, Dustin Penner and Ladislov Smid. All Heater had to do is agree to waive his no-trade clause and he’d be able to once again force the team he’s under contract with to deal him elsewhere. But this morning…we find out he didn’t do it.

Also, one big name player who has been yanked from the pool recently is Jay Bouwmeester. Just yesterday Cal-GARY was successful in inking him to a 5-year contract worth $6.6 million per season. So he’ll be sunning himself from the deck today.

However, one player who’s been officially tossed into the pool is Nik Antropov… given the Rangers have conceded that they cannot afford the 5-years at $5.25 mil per season price tag he had placed upon himself. So…where does he eventually wind up?

And, who will come away with Marion Hossa? Will Detroit re-sign the winger? If not, where then might he end up?

Speaking of Detroit…don’t expect the Red Wings to make a big splash in the UFA pool this summer, per Ken Holland.

What about the Sedin twins? Are they going to stay in Vancouver or is there a team out there…say Toronto…that will be willing to invest in both of their services? Canucks GM Mike Gillis recently visited with them and left with an offer on the table.

Do the recent rumors surrounding Atlanta’s interest in Mike Cammalleri have any basis in reality and we will see the 27-year old playing on the top line with Ilya Kovalchuk?

What of the future destination Thrasher…or is that, former Thrasher…Eric Perrin?

Will Don Waddell actually be able to emerge from the waters with a big-name, top-four blueliner that will help anchor this defensive corps or highly coveted top-six forward to play alongside of Kovy…or will his swim trunks remain dry until the most coveted among them are already snatched up?

And, though I guess he’s not technically a UFA, The Monster will be making a decision on where he’ll be playing this fall sometime as well. teams like Dallas, Colorado, Toronto and San Jose are currently in the market for his services.

Many of these questions and issues will be answered over the course of the next several hours. So stick around…grab a drink and some sun tan lotion…it’s sure to be quite a day here at the UFA Pool Party!

UPDATE - 7/1 11:28 am: Sedins twins will stay in Vancouver…signing 5-year $6.1 million deals.

UPDATE – 7/1 12:52 pm: Kovalev re-signs with Habs $8.8 mil over 2 years per 990 AM in Montreal.

UPDATE – 7/1 2:12 pm: Hossa signs with Chicago. 12 years, $62.4 million. Holy crap…that will take him to the age of 42!

UPDATE – 7/1 2:32 pm: There is a buzz going around about the Thrashers trading for Kubina of the Maple Leafs. We would send Armstrong and a 2nd round pick to Toronto.

UPDATE – 7/1 2:59 pm: Per Craig Custance…”Colby Armstrong is not part of the Kubina deal. Thrashers not interested in trading Colby”.

UPDATE – 7/1 4:10 pm: The Oilers have signed goalie Nikulia Khabibulin to a 4-year, $15 mil. deal.

:!: UPDATE – 7/1 6:55 pm: ATLANTA TRADES GARNET EXELBY AND COLIN STUART TO TORONTO IN EXCHANGE FOR PAVEL KUBINA AND THE RIGHTS TO TIM STAPLETON!!!

506 comments Add your comment

Joshgekko

July 1st, 2009
2:25 pm

While they wont be paying him much in the 12th year his cap hit will still hurt! Especially considering his chances of still playing by then are slim!

Alan

July 1st, 2009
2:26 pm

I noticed that, Sara. Personally, though, I’m reserving judgment for when a deal takes place. As long as what we give up is reasonable, I’ll be okay.

Giving up Armstrong doesn’t make sense for either team. Giving up a second rounder as well makes things worse.

TableHockey

July 1st, 2009
2:27 pm

wow – twelve years the Blackhawks won’t win the cup – bummer for those guys…

Sara

July 1st, 2009
2:28 pm

It’s interesting that there has been no confirmation of this.

Sara

July 1st, 2009
2:29 pm

Hey Alan – Kopecky signed w/ Chicago too

Rick Dudley

July 1st, 2009
2:31 pm

Brian, I’m in control now. Donny boy is taking a long nap.

B. Thenet

July 1st, 2009
2:32 pm

I heard the deal is conditional on Army signing with the Leafs.

Which is strange since he is an RFA.

R. Stroz

July 1st, 2009
2:32 pm

Kubina was a negative 15 last season. Who gives a $hit if scores 15 goals if he was on the ice giving up 30.

Darkhorse

July 1st, 2009
2:33 pm

Pierre McGuiure(obviously a Toronto homer) is licking his chops on TSN right now that Waddell would be crazy enough to give up Army for a decent dman with a big cap hit and only one year left on his deal.

Don’t deal Army!!!

Spud Webb

July 1st, 2009
2:33 pm

If this trade goes through we’ve been Waddled, hopefully for the last time. Major cap relieve for toronto. Wonderful, Thanks Don. I’m going to bed. This is depressing.

R. Stroz

July 1st, 2009
2:34 pm

Lets trade with Edmonton, they need a goalie and we could use Cogliano.

MB

July 1st, 2009
2:34 pm

So it looks like that year in Detroit cost Marian just shy of $20 mil., right?

Alan

July 1st, 2009
2:35 pm

Sara, so far these deals have “Scotty Bowman” written all over them. Just wanna know how they’re going to fix their salary cap problems now and in the future.

Rick Dudley

July 1st, 2009
2:36 pm

Brian, I’m sorry our fax machine isn’t working and Donny boy is out to lunch, permanently.

Smoothie

July 1st, 2009
2:36 pm

Good suggestion Stroz! Pavy for Cogliano straight up!! Hopefully, EDM will be desperate now that Rollie the Goalie has defected to Long Island.

ThrasherNY

July 1st, 2009
2:38 pm

Hossa signs with Blackhawks 12 year $5.2 per

Kovalev did not sign the $8.8m 2 year deal according to his agent

NHL Live (Pierre) rumored Armstrong is linked to Kubina

R. Stroz

July 1st, 2009
2:38 pm

Didn’t that idiot Waddell just finish saying he would not trade a young player for a 34 year old. Does Don have Alzheimers?

Alan

July 1st, 2009
2:39 pm

I like the way you think, Stroz. It’s almost as if Edmonton called up Waddell Dudley and said “We’re not re-signing Roloson. What do you all have for us? Name your price.”

Toby

July 1st, 2009
2:39 pm

Stroz…He is their version of Little. I don’t see them giving him up without a 1st.

Sara

July 1st, 2009
2:39 pm

My thoughts too Alan. With the kids needing new contracts soon…that could get fugly in a hurry.

Sara

July 1st, 2009
2:41 pm

Ahh hell Stroz – you just made me spew Mtn Dew on my puter!

Alan – EDM likely to be sniffing after Josh Harding.

Toby

July 1st, 2009
2:41 pm

Well…since this trade is not yet confirmed…so far Wads has done zero so far….

ChippersLoveChild

July 1st, 2009
2:41 pm

I think I just threw up in my mouth. If we trade Army and a high pick for Kubina I am officially on the Fire Don Waddell bandwagon and I might have to seek out the ASG to punch them all one by one in the face.

Alan

July 1st, 2009
2:42 pm

I wouldn’t doubt it, Sara. It’s called “free agent frenzy” for a reason, though, and it’s not just ’cause of all the free agents. ;)

Toby

July 1st, 2009
2:43 pm

ummm…did I say so far?

Alan

July 1st, 2009
2:43 pm

and I might have to seek out the ASG to punch them all one by one in the face.

No complaints here, so long as you start with Levenson.

Buzilla in CT

July 1st, 2009
2:43 pm

I wasn’t all that fond of Army anyway. He was Okay. At least Kubina is a decent D-man. I don’t know about that one year left on his contract and the $$ is a bit much. Hopefully Army was asking for too big of a raise to keep him

LAC

July 1st, 2009
2:44 pm

Looks like LIAR waddell is at again, to trade Armstrong for Kubina is 110% NUTS !!! Why would he even think of that let alone DO IT, That deal would STINK, Kubina is NOT needed in Atlanta Period !

Plus we have a number of YOUNG defensemen in our system, this is crazy talk, but then with LIAR don, what else can you expect ?

Does good atthe draft then starts to ruin the team by making a trade that kills us and only aids toronto…. Gee Whiz !

GaVaHokie

July 1st, 2009
2:45 pm

Kubina is far more valuable than Army… it’s just the contract situation that bothers me… giving up a RFA for a 1-year player.

If Kubina were to sign an extension, I’m all for this trade.

Toby

July 1st, 2009
2:46 pm

Looks like Brash signed with NYR. He won’t have Bogo to kick around as much…

Bob

July 1st, 2009
2:48 pm

“Kubina is far more valuable than Army… it’s just the contract situation that bothers me… giving up a RFA for a 1-year player.”

“If Kubina were to sign an extension, I’m all for this trade.”

Go buy bread and milk and head for the shelters. I agree 100% with the Hokie.

Buzilla in CT

July 1st, 2009
2:48 pm

If the trade is true, we just got bigger

Tom Lysiak

July 1st, 2009
2:48 pm

Knuble to Washington

Sara

July 1st, 2009
2:48 pm

And maybe that’s the hold up Hokie?? I also don’t get why the hell we’d give up a draft pick in this…seems to me that Burke would be the one owing a draft pick – starting with a 1st rounder!!

It’s just awfully weird that all the chatter about this went dead. Driving me nuts.

I’d like to have Kubina though – just not for Army. Someone on hf suggested for Thorburn and a 4th – I like that idea. ;)

Buzilla in CT

July 1st, 2009
2:49 pm

Montador toBuffalo 2 yrs 3.1 mil

Sara

July 1st, 2009
2:49 pm

LMAO – what is the world coming to?? First Bob and I agree, now Bob and Hokie…Bob are you going senile?!? :p

Bob

July 1st, 2009
2:50 pm

stroz, Tronna was awful last year and Kubina played on their top d pair if I recall, so -15 on a bad club playing against other top lines is not too bad

Sara

July 1st, 2009
2:50 pm

Canucks and Leafs chasing Cammalleri – why don’t WE go chase Cammalleri?? Oy.

Toby

July 1st, 2009
2:51 pm

Caps got Knuble

R. Stroz

July 1st, 2009
2:52 pm

Bob – Kubina only has one year left on his contract. BIG PROBLEM.

GaVaHokie

July 1st, 2009
2:52 pm

Kubina, as a defenseman, had the same amount of points as Armstrong… 40 pts.

Buzilla in CT

July 1st, 2009
2:53 pm

anybody have a live tracker? This refresh thing on TSN blows

Toby

July 1st, 2009
2:53 pm

If they want some toughness, lets send them Bolts and our 2nd. I like that waaaaay better :)

B. Thenet

July 1st, 2009
2:54 pm

I think we are starting to overrate Army a little bit here.

I think Kubina for Army is a pretty fair deal. My issue is that Kubina doesn’t exactly fill a need. He is certainly not a defensive defenseman, and I doubt he is going to help on the PK all that much.

This deal doesn’t match up with what I had thought our gameplan was for the offseason.

Buzilla in CT

July 1st, 2009
2:54 pm

Toby

July 1st, 2009
2:55 pm

I really like Kubina, but what kills me is the $5 mil per. We can prob sign Gabs or Camm for a million more

J(Z)

July 1st, 2009
2:56 pm

From Custance’s twitter – Craig Custance – Colby Armstrong is not part of the Kubina deal. Thrashers not interested in trading Colby.

Thrashy Thrashy

July 1st, 2009
2:57 pm

Kinda figured Colby wouldn’t be going anywhere.

Sara

July 1st, 2009
2:57 pm

Plus on top of all the cap stuff, contract length stuff…it will mean we have to find TWO RWs for next season. We were going to have enough trouble finding one.

That said – I’m calming down for now. Without further confirmation from somewhere that this trade has even happened…don’t need to have a coronary

gretschdrum

July 1st, 2009
2:57 pm

Relax Armstrong lovers, per twitter/craigcustance:

Colby Armstrong is not part of the Kubina deal. Thrashers not interested in trading Colby.