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

GaVaHokie

July 1st, 2009
2:57 pm

And we’re not exactly “locking up” our defense like I suggested before… I would like to see an extension on Kubina.

J.B.

July 1st, 2009
2:57 pm

Per Craig’s Twitter y’all:

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

Bob

July 1st, 2009
2:58 pm

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

Yes, but the delay in this deal may be contingent on both guys signing extensions. Yes, it’s a typical Waddell old dman that he’s bringing in on UFA day, but at least Kubina can play (not like Adam Burt, Ken Klee, et al)

I agree that Army is way overrated around these parts, I give him up no problem for Kubina, if we can ink Kubina to an extension. No way we also have to give up a 2nd in the deal though, that’s just crazy talk (mabye we give a 2nd if Kubina signs the extension?)

Sara

July 1st, 2009
3:00 pm

Thank you lord. so…since it appears that Kubina is coming here but Army is not going back…who’d we give up?

kracker

July 1st, 2009
3:01 pm

1/2 a minute abo: Twitter

BenThrashers Colby Armstrong is not involved in any trade talks.

Toby

July 1st, 2009
3:01 pm

If we do HAVE to trade Army, I bet we could get someone great for Pavs + Army + 3rd

Sara

July 1st, 2009
3:01 pm

Ben just verified what Craig said – no Army in any trade talks

kracker

July 1st, 2009
3:03 pm

gotta love signing day! haha

Smoothie

July 1st, 2009
3:04 pm

Another thing that makes no sense is that we have perfectly fine PP quarterbacks to choose from in Toby, Bogey and Hainsey. Why would Pavel want to come here to play lock-down defense? There’s no way he would sign here LT. If Don is wasting his time with this crap, it is beyond foolhardy. We just lost Knuble to a division rival and we are bound to lose out on Zanon and Scuderi if he doesn’t pull his head out of his arse!!

Darkhorse

July 1st, 2009
3:04 pm

I’m with Toby on that. Bring in that flashy much younger high dollar guy for near the same money, forward or D. I don’t think we’re overvalueing Army when that’s the supposed return.

Dumba** Waddell says last week to the media that he doesn’t want to trade young guys/high picks for a “thirty something year-old”. But now he’ll do a 180 and take a guy almost 10 years older with a big cap hit, and only a year left. Brilliant. :(

Now Ex and a lower pick, let’s do it.

Darkhorse

July 1st, 2009
3:05 pm

Thank god….I was ready to punch the wall.

Sara

July 1st, 2009
3:09 pm

Kevin Allen is the third to confirm no Armstrong in any trades whatsoever

J(Z)

July 1st, 2009
3:10 pm

And more – Kevin Allen (USA Today) via Twitter – Have it confirmed that there is NO CHANCE the Thrashers will part with Colby Armstrong in any trade. He is considered an essential piece.

R. Stroz

July 1st, 2009
3:10 pm

Wadley needs to stop playing with Burke and start dealing with Quinn in Edmonton. Edmonton must get a goalie.

Toby

July 1st, 2009
3:11 pm

Scott Niedermeyer Re-Signs With Anaheim (1year, 6M + Bonuses)

Come On Wads…DO SOMETHING

Rick Dudley

July 1st, 2009
3:11 pm

I told you I was in control. Donny is still sleeping, that bump on his head is starting to get bigger.

Sara

July 1st, 2009
3:12 pm

Per Custance – Kubina to ATL is still not done

kracker

July 1st, 2009
3:14 pm

The team board is a total joke…but I bet nobody’s laughng. They have totally stopped working. Maybe they need to get some of No-bama’s non-stimulus money and get some decent equipment over there.

kracker

July 1st, 2009
3:21 pm

Well, at least they won’t have to change the pic w/ Slava, Kovy and ARMY on the team website page :) …well, not so far.

Toby

July 1st, 2009
3:27 pm

Midfield

July 1st, 2009
3:27 pm

By the way, Kovy and Kubina are not exactly on friendly foot. They had a few run-ins here and at the Olimpics.

Toby

July 1st, 2009
3:32 pm

Maybe Dub is busy trying to get Kovy to sign today

Sara

July 1st, 2009
3:32 pm

Philly goaltending for 2009-2010: Emery and Boucher – HAHAHAHAHAHA

maybe we can win some games now

Toby

July 1st, 2009
3:33 pm

LAC

July 1st, 2009
3:35 pm

Good Point Sara !!!!!

GaVaHokie

July 1st, 2009
3:38 pm

This would be a great time to go after Cam Barker… give them some of our defensive prospects.

Buzilla in CT

July 1st, 2009
3:39 pm

What did they do with Nittymaki (however you spell that)

Sign him (if a free agent) and let him rot in Gwinett (however you spell that too)

Alan

July 1st, 2009
3:40 pm

The team board is a total joke

There’s a reason why I don’t venture into that part of the internet neighborhood…

12345

July 1st, 2009
3:40 pm

How about a big no confidence vote for Don Waddell, The do nothing GM here in town !

R. Stroz

July 1st, 2009
3:42 pm

Do an offer sheet on Cam Barker. Chicago can’t match it.

LAC

July 1st, 2009
3:42 pm

Donald Brashear to NYR, him & Avery togather…… 2year deal…

Mel Brooks

July 1st, 2009
3:43 pm

12345 That’s my locker combination.

Tom

July 1st, 2009
3:44 pm

Just in – Hossa signs with Chicago, then traded to Ottawa straight up for Heatley. News at 11…

12345

July 1st, 2009
3:45 pm

mel brooks, little children not allowed on the blog please !

Buzilla in CT

July 1st, 2009
3:45 pm

12345 is what’s left of my 401k

five_hole

July 1st, 2009
3:45 pm

Stroz That would suggest that Waddell could fleece another or-gan-i-zation. What do you think the odds would be of that?

Alan

July 1st, 2009
3:49 pm

$123.45 is my grocery bill.

five_hole

July 1st, 2009
3:49 pm

Could the combination of Waddell & Dudley be paralyzing the ability to make a deal? “I’d like to sign this, but I gotta check with the other guy first.”?

Alan

July 1st, 2009
3:50 pm

Spacek signed in MTL, 3y 11.5m

GaVaHokie

July 1st, 2009
3:50 pm

Spacek to Montreal… 3 years, $11 million

Jacques Strapp

July 1st, 2009
3:51 pm

Rawhide, You need to go tell zee Don Waddell to geet out of zee kidee pool and geet over to zee big boy pool beefore eet iz too late.

Glovesave29

July 1st, 2009
3:51 pm

…and somewhere in Atlanta, Kovy is calling his agent and telling him not to accept any calls from DW. Because if this is how we are improving this team to keep #17 around, he must already have one foot out the door. If we do not overpay for someone like Cammalerri or Havlat right now, we are going to have TONS to spend next July 1 just to get up to the league minimum.

GaVaHokie

July 1st, 2009
3:52 pm

Stroz… on Cam Barker… anything over $3 million, we have to give up our 1st Round pick next year… it gets worse each million after that.

Buzilla in CT

July 1st, 2009
3:52 pm

Spacek to Mtl for 3yrs 11.5

Buzilla in CT

July 1st, 2009
3:54 pm

I stopped listening to Hokie once a two girls finished ahead of him in fantasy hockey….so sad

GaVaHokie

July 1st, 2009
3:55 pm

Bouwmeester is about to have his press conference… this should be interesting… he’s a horrible speaker.

GaVaHokie

July 1st, 2009
3:55 pm

I believe you were in that league too Buzzilla. ;)

chc4

July 1st, 2009
3:57 pm

So since we haven’t signed someone less than 4 hours into FA people assume it’s over? A bunch of “sparky the sportscaster” types on here. Y’all listen to Mike Bell way too much.

Sara

July 1st, 2009
3:57 pm

TO is apparently still working the Kaberle for Kessel angle…

GaVaHokie

July 1st, 2009
3:57 pm

Here’s a preview of Bouwmeester’s press conference… :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seJ-FdeXg_I