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

Toby

July 1st, 2009
5:05 pm

HockeyLeaks (whatever that is) Says the Kubina trade is done…..

Bogotown

July 1st, 2009
5:09 pm

What is Hockeyleaks and are they credible?

Bogotown

July 1st, 2009
5:11 pm

“The Maple Leafs GM has signed enforcer Colton Orr to a four-year, $4 million contact and has traded defenceman Pavel Kubina to Atlanta, a deal that should free up about $3 million in cap space, The Star has learned. (Update: A trade call is scheduled on the trade, and details over what the Leafs are getting in return have yet to become clear as of 4:45 EST. The deal is still expected to happen, but after the Phil Kessel-for-Tomas Kaberle swap didn’t end up materializing on the weekend, no trade is a trade until it actually occurs.)”

-Per Damien Cox of The Star

LAC

July 1st, 2009
5:16 pm

Buzilla in CT, Just what is YOUR problem ?

Toby

July 1st, 2009
5:22 pm

According to Darren Millard’s Twitter (http://twitter.com/darenmillard):

Hab’s are puttin the ‘final touches’ on a deal for Mike Cammalleri.

CKAC/Sportsnet also reporting. :(

ranallo10 (in AT)

July 1st, 2009
5:26 pm

Watch out Buzz, he’s like 7′ 300lbs of PURE MAN and he’ll whoop you. Plus he owns about 15 different companies all profiting despite the failing economy, which somehow is relevant though I’m just not yet sure how.

R. Stroz

July 1st, 2009
5:27 pm

Kubina for Exelby

Alan

July 1st, 2009
5:27 pm

TSN says: Kubina to ATL for Exelby. “There are other components to this deal.”

Chris

July 1st, 2009
5:27 pm

Kubina for XLB? That’s it?

theratio

July 1st, 2009
5:28 pm

Kubina for Exelby and ??? per TSN.

Wow. Depending on the ?? this makes me pretty freakin happy.

Get The Puck Out

July 1st, 2009
5:28 pm

Xlb is part of the Kubina deal. Whew!!

ranallo10 (in AT)

July 1st, 2009
5:28 pm

TSN-Moderator: The Leafs will get Garnet Exelby from Atlanta as part of the Kubina package, but there are apparently more parts involved.

Toby

July 1st, 2009
5:29 pm

Cammalleri to Habs
According to Darren Millard’s Twitter (http://twitter.com/darenmillard):
Confirmed. $6M/yr for 5 years.

We Could of paid that!!!!

Toby

July 1st, 2009
5:30 pm

XLB??? YES!! I’ll drive him there!!!

Glovesave29

July 1st, 2009
5:31 pm

Why on earth would a free skating sniper like Cammalerii want to play in the boring, defensive system of Jacques Martin in Montreal?

Sara

July 1st, 2009
5:32 pm

XLB?? Seriously??? WOW!

Bogotown

July 1st, 2009
5:33 pm

anyone know what the other parts of the trade are yet?

theratio

July 1st, 2009
5:33 pm

Toby, best comment of the day, haha ohhh man!

Toby

July 1st, 2009
5:35 pm

I say we now go sign Kovy and Tanguay and go night night.

Get The Puck Out

July 1st, 2009
5:36 pm

I’ll second that Toby.

ranallo10 (in AT)

July 1st, 2009
5:37 pm

Cammalleri in Montreal is strange, I guess he really doesn’t know much about Martin’s past record as a coach. $6M/year is too much in my opinion.

Sara

July 1st, 2009
5:37 pm

Toby – honestly I’m not sure we could have afforded the $6M. Keep in mind we have to give Kovy a raise (potentially – for now they have to plan for that). We’ve also got to be able to retain Little, Bogosian. Those are contracts that would come up during a 5 year deal to another player. And since we have no way of knowing if payroll could come up significantly in the future, you have to plan for the future based on the present parameters.

Sara

July 1st, 2009
5:38 pm

Tanguay was rumored to FLA

Chris

July 1st, 2009
5:38 pm

Good thing we got Kubina, cause Zanon looks like he’s headed to Minnesota.

Tony C.

July 1st, 2009
5:39 pm

X To Toronto for Kubina more pieces to follow, but that’s the deal.

Tony C.

July 1st, 2009
5:40 pm

Rawhide

July 1st, 2009
5:42 pm

XLB to TML for Kubina…I’ll take that.

Cammalleri to Montreal? Damn. Just…DAMN!

Alan

July 1st, 2009
5:44 pm

I’m happy to see Exelby go, but I’m scared to find out what else we gave up.

And it’s something I’ll be pondering on my trip home… It’s sure going to be a long ride.

Tony C.

July 1st, 2009
5:44 pm

Why is everybody so excited about Zanon?

B. Thenet

July 1st, 2009
5:46 pm

Knowing Burke, it will probably be Lavallee. Hope it is not Kulda.

Bogotown

July 1st, 2009
5:46 pm

Bill…Is it straight up, or are there other pieces involved?

Sara

July 1st, 2009
5:48 pm

And scores of Thrashers fans flip out….

I like the trade pending other offerings but we talked about this before w/ the XLB/Oyster debate – X is a HUGE fan fave. There are going to be some very upset people. Honestly, this may be the hardest sell Don has ever had to make to the fans. (which is nuts in the context of Coburn/Zhitnik)

Rawhide

July 1st, 2009
5:48 pm

Bogotown – Dunno…if it’s straight up, I like it. But I’m sure there are other items that’ll be involved.

Chris

July 1st, 2009
5:49 pm

Damn! Colin Stuart’s the other part of the deal.

Sara

July 1st, 2009
5:50 pm

Stuart is the other part of the Kubina deal

hawks & thrash

July 1st, 2009
5:50 pm

just announced kubina & a player for exelby and stewart

GTthrashfan

July 1st, 2009
5:50 pm

XLB and Colin Stuart for Kubina and the rights to Tim Stapleton according to TSN

Bogotown

July 1st, 2009
5:50 pm

Thrashers get Kubina and Tim Stapleton. Leafs get X and Stuart
Per TSN

Darkhorse

July 1st, 2009
5:50 pm

Colin Stuart too? Hmmmmm….We’re getting a prospect back to.

Per TSN/Dreger

English Teacher

July 1st, 2009
5:51 pm

TSN is reporting Exelby and Stewart for Kubina and another guy.

Sara

July 1st, 2009
5:51 pm

I like Stuart but honestly it’s not like it’s going to kill us to lose him. I really like this deal. OMG people – we actually have a legit top 4!!!!!

B. Thenet

July 1st, 2009
5:51 pm

Stuart?

I thought we were supposed to improve our PK this offseason?

English Teacher

July 1st, 2009
5:52 pm

Missed it by that much.

theratio

July 1st, 2009
5:53 pm

I agree with you on that Sara.

Sara

July 1st, 2009
5:53 pm

Stapleton – 27 yo center w/ 4 games of NHL experience. Put up good numbers in AHL and in Europe (Jokerit). But again, not much NHL experience so not real sure what we’re getting w/ him.

Dandylions

July 1st, 2009
5:53 pm

Colin Stuart goes with him

LAC

July 1st, 2009
5:54 pm

All the praise for Toronto how they got Atlanta, now Stuart is TERRIFIC
pickup and as tsn ALWAYS does say NOTHING about Atlanta other than kubina is going there…

This trade was STUPID ! waddell doing his best to SCREW this team, #17 is as good as GONE ! This day really turned into nothing, but with a nothing GM, what could one expect !!!!!

Thanks waddell, you have once again proven you $UCK as a NHL GM !

hawks & thrash

July 1st, 2009
5:54 pm

still waiting on a top 6 forward now.
while i would like to have a top tier forward im thinkin antropov is the most likely.

B. Thenet

July 1st, 2009
5:55 pm

Stapleton= Brett Sterling tiny AHL scorer

If he can’t PK, he doesn’t help the Thrashers.

Sara

July 1st, 2009
5:55 pm

Oh 5′9″ 160 lbs – so we aren’t getting much from *that* standpoint.