Thrashers 2009 Preseason Schedule

The 2009 Thrashers Preseason schedule has been announced. There will be a total of six preseason games…three home and three away…as well as a pair of prospect games. The Preseason home games will be at Philips Arena, the prospect games will be held at the Duluth Ice Forum.

Preseason Schedule
Thursday Sept. 17 @ Nashville Predators 8:00 pm eastern
Friday Sept 18 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 pm eastern
Monday September 21 vs. Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 pm eastern
Wednesday September 23 vs. Nashville Predators 7:00 pm eastern

Friday September 25 @ Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 pm eastern
Sunday September 27 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 5:00 pm eastern

Prospect Games
Monday       September 14 vs. Nashville Predators 7:00 pm eastern
Tuesday      September 15 vs. Nashville Predators 1:00 pm eastern

Folks…that means only about ten more weeks before we get to go watch a Thrashers hockey game!!!

XLB on 680 The Fan

Also as a reminder…Garnet Exelby will be John Kincade’s guest on 680 The Fan today at 4:50 pm to say goodbye to the classy fans in Atlanta. Don’t miss your chance to hear this as I’m sure it’ll be great!

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Glovesave29

July 7th, 2009
10:00 am

Toronto got “The Monster” – 1 yr / $900,000.

Sara

July 7th, 2009
10:01 am

ranallo you can read the speculation here: http://www.faceoff.com/hockey/nhlnews/story.html?id=694632eb-30f5-473b-970d-ee869f183785 (sorry, haven’t taken the time to learn the fancy method of embedding links in the text).

There’s some strong bias in that article and he takes pot-shots at non-traditional markets and revenue sharing, which is annoying (typical Canadian media coverage). But the logic on the Ohlund argument is sound. That deal went down pretty darn quick and some of the comments are rather revealing. Whether or not the ‘Nucks or anyone else opts to look into this further remains to be seen. As pointed out – stuff like this goes on all the time – most people just manage to keep it on the down-low.

Alan

July 7th, 2009
10:11 am

glovesave, that’s why I linked to the article. It goes more in-depth behind the reasoning, including as you said, the alleged buyout of his contract in the SEL.

Speaking of Toronto, it is believed that “The Monster” has signed a one year, $900k deal to back up Toskala.

ranallo10 (in AT)

July 7th, 2009
10:22 am

Ahh, Frogren, I remember that drama.

I’d say that’s a good contract length and amount for Gustavsson. Once he proves his NHL value he will get a better contract via free agency or renegotiation with Toronto.

Regarding Ohlund, it seems like speculation only with no solid evidence to prove tampering. We can all assume something happened before noon for them to get a contract agreed upon within 15 minutes, but unless one can prove it happened it’s mere unfounded speculation and no punishment will be levied upon Tampa Bay.

Glovesave29

July 7th, 2009
10:32 am

Sara – i’d be interested to know if Americans take similar swipes at the Canadian teams as “non traditional” markets in baseball, football, soccer and basketball. I for one could care less that Toronto has warm weather sports in a place it snows 7 months out of the year. It’s just so silly…

Brian Burke

July 7th, 2009
10:35 am

I wasn’t in Sweden to recruit those identical sisters. I want REAL men on my team, goons and monsters. If I need women for my Irish goons, I’ll go to Montreal and take their women.

R. Stroz

July 7th, 2009
10:43 am

The Atlanta Hawks just saved 9 million per season on Bibby’s new contract. His old contract was for 15 million/year and the new one is for 6 million/year.

That should have freed up a little ASG money. Oh look, it already did. Lets see Kubina’s contract added 3 million/year to the Thrashers payroll and Antropov’s contract added 4 million/year to the Thrashers payroll.

The difference of 2 million/year can be allocated to the difference between Jamal Crawford’s contract with the Hawks and the movement of Acie Law and Snail Claxton’s contracts to the Golden State Warriors.

Money is fungible.

Ice Meister

July 7th, 2009
11:28 am

Glovesave, Sara-having grown up in wester New York, I can tell you that the Canadian media sends a consistent flow of negativity of America in general. It does not begin or end with sports teams. Hard to understand when Blue Jays’ games are half empty in the self-proclaimed “10th wonder” known as SkyDome.

Who really gives a damn what Canadians think-Canada is the 51st state anyhow.

Brendan

July 7th, 2009
11:46 am

I was about to ask R. Stroz what he thought of Bibby’s $6 million-per-year deal. I am still hopeful that the Thrashers will learn that #17’s future is at stake, and get that payroll up around $52.5 million. Dreeeeaming. Dreeeeaming. Sigh. Well, Kovalchuk should speak up right now. He’s allegedly, supposedly in negotiations with Waddell. Kovy must state, specifically, what still remains to be done.

I saw that Ron Wilson went on 590 AM radio in Toronto and speculated about the Sedin Twins. I don’t know that it will result in anything. He didn’t say, “We’ve contacted them, and anticipate signing them on July 1.”

As for Cam Barker’s deal, I agree with Ranallo. It should be voided, then re-signed by Chicago. Why? Because the market place was never opened. If Chicago wants to re-sign Barker, fine. If Barker wants to re-sign in Chicago, fine. But the market must set the value. How can the market set the value, if the opening bell never sounded on Wall St.? Or, is this instance, Rush St., in Chicago. No GM ever got the chance, including Waddell, to make Barker an offer. Shouldn’t Atlanta, or any other market, at least get the opportunity to toss its hat in the ring? Even if it’s just to be utterly ignored? Maybe Waddell could at least drive up the price on Barker’s deal. Chicago has the potential to be a very good team, for a number of years, with Barker on its roster. I have no ax to grind with Chicago, point of comment, I sympathisize with no Cups since 1961, but I sure don’t want to make it easier for any other team to win a Cup before Atlanta does. Ranallo is right.

Hockey Biltong

July 7th, 2009
11:47 am

Anyone see Tanguay?? Did he crawl under a rock?

Glovesave29

July 7th, 2009
11:51 am

Thanks Ice Meister – thing is, it really only seems to be coming out of GTA – the rest of Canada SEEMS to be relatively normal. Should be interesting to see the reactions to team USA in Vancouver next February.

ranallo10 (in AT)

July 7th, 2009
11:59 am

It’s considered tampering just because Wilson mentioned the players by name, before they were unrestricted free agents. Mentioning the player is considered tampering, and that’s why asking Waddell any question such as “who will you target in free agency” is responded with “it’s tampering for me to say any names, but we’re looking at top 4 defenders and big bodied top 6 forwards”…he knows better, as do most GMs in the league.

Wilson should have known better than to say “Sedins”, and could’ve simply said “a couple Tier I UFAs”. Seems silly that they’re picking nits, but the line must be maintained.

Glovesave29

July 7th, 2009
12:10 pm

I am sure Wilson knew exactly what he was doing. He took a calculated risk – knowing the penalty was likely to be a slap on the wrist, and that the upside was landing the Sedins. Let’s face it – they were pretty brazen last summer in giving a player money to buy himself out of a contract. What did that get them? Oooooh, they lose a fouth round draft pick. If found guilty, I am sure the NHL will punish them by losing a seventh rounder, or something similarly horrible.

Ice Meister

July 7th, 2009
12:12 pm

GTA is no surprise. The rest of Canada gets into the whine fest sooner or later, especially when it comes to hockey.

Don’t mean to be so insensitive here Glovesave, but I have heard it all before.

Glovesave29

July 7th, 2009
12:25 pm

Not insensitive at all. I find it all laughable.

The Hockey News just posted a blog about resigning Kovy. Actually pretty positive, they don’t like the recent signings, but feel we have a decent core of good young talent…

Alan

July 7th, 2009
12:28 pm

Interesting? Hardly. The Boo Birds will be out in full force, booing any and every Team USA player who so much as looks at the puck.

Brian Burke

July 7th, 2009
12:31 pm

Who cares about rules, I’m Brian Burke. No one did anything to Ken Holland when he tampered with Hossa last season.

If Bettman tries to fine me, I’ll kick his penguin a$$ to the curb.

Ice Meister

July 7th, 2009
12:40 pm

My experiences go allot deeper guys. I played a few tournaments in Canada as a kid. The hockey “fans” there were a–holes to us most of the time.

You can call us Americans arrogant and insensitive from time to time. But Canadian hockey “fans” take stupidity to a higher level.

Look at all the crap about putting an NHL team in Hamilton because they “deserve it”. Based on what? If you are going to put a team in Hamilton, you might as well put one in Omaha or Austin. No offense to either city, for mentioning them in the same breathe as Hamilton.

Just listen to Don Cherry cry, bitch piss and moan for 3 minutes every Saturday night during hockey season. You will get the picture.

Hamilton is scum-51st state, but we have no room on the flag for ya.

Glovesave29

July 7th, 2009
12:43 pm

Ice Meister – I played up there as a kid…we did a tour of the country one summer with the Atlanta Jr. Flames, so I too have seen it all from BC to NS. I never really noticed any anti-American sentiment, but then, I was 12 years old!

Brendan

July 7th, 2009
1:02 pm

If just mentioning the name is “tampering,” we’re all guilty of tampering! Good thing we’re not NHL Scouts, Coaches and/or GM’s, huh?

They don’t hand out Nobel prizes for “attempted” chemistry, do they? If I walked into a police station and announced, “I’m thinking of trafficking drugs for a living.” Would I be arrested?, with no overt act? And no fellow drug traffickers with whom I’ve supposedly colluded. I would hope that the NHL requires evidence more substantive than public interview speculation. Would the Sedins even be aware of Ron Wilson’s comments, if someone hadn’t brought it to their attention?

It’s quite another matter to summon the Sedins to the league offices, and in sworn affadavit, ask them if Ron Wilson, or any member of the Toronto Maple Leaf organization, contacted them while Vancouver still held their rights, with an AFFIRMATIVE answer. That’s undeniably TAMPERING! But hey, if mentioning names commonly known to be in free agency is “the line of demarcation,” then Wilson should have known better. I’m always told that “ignorance is no excuse.” Of course, we don’t really know what Wilson said, specifically. What if he said, “We all know there are some big names out there. And if you’re asking me if I’d be shocked to discover we’d landed some, … no I wouldn’t be.” And the next question were, “Like the Sedins?” And Wilson replied, “Could be someone like the Sedins.” Is that really tampering? If it is, that’s pretty sad.

Ice Meister

July 7th, 2009
1:13 pm

Glovesave-they are just jealous!

Smoothie

July 7th, 2009
2:31 pm

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=283975

Hmmm, per chance there is an opportunity here for the Thrashers if Colby and the Don reach an impasse in their contract talks. If Talbot is out for 5 months and won’t probably be back to top form until the stretch drive, perhaps the Pens would be interested in Colby for his secondary scoring? And they need a back-up goalie too don’t they?

Hey Don, call up your old pal Ray Shero and offer him Colby (~ $2.5 M), Pavelec ($1.4 M), Jim Slater (~ $950 K) and a 2nd round pick in 2010 in return for C Jordan Staal($4 M), LW / RW Pascal Dupuis ($1.4 M) and RW Craig Adams ($550 K).

The deal could help free up roughly $1.1 M in cap space for the Pens and we would get PK help and bottom line depth in Adams and Dupuis. The Pens would then have enough money to bring in another RW and address their paucity of bottom 2 D-men. We could then entertain the notion of flipping Todd White to another salary cap strapped team for draft picks and then go after another UFA like Satan or to sure up the right side of the 3rd line.

Potential Line-up After Trade:

Kovy — Pevs — Antropov

Kozzy — Staal — Little

Dupuis — Marty — UFA Satan (more Russian love for Kovy)

Boultsy — Thorburn — Adams

Satan showed last year that he could play very solid 2-way hockey when motivated. While some would argue that he would rest on the accomplishment of last year and just coast into retirement with this next deal, I see Miro coming into his own as a 2-way role player who can bolster a young team with his experience and leadership similar to what Federov did for the young Caps. Dupuis only has one year so we don’t have to worry about him clogging up the LW for our young prospects like Kane and Machacek. Satan can hold down the fort until Klingberg is ready to come back over from Sweden.

In 2012, our starting line-up may very well look like this anyway:

Kovy — Pevs / Staal / UFA — Antro / Little

Kane / Kozzy — Pevs / Staal / Espo — Little / Antro

Machacek — Pevs / UFA — Klingberg / Adams

Enforcer (Sol?) — Holzapfel? / Thor — Thor / Adams

Wow, am I bored at work or what?? Just thinking what it would be like to get a young 2nd center for the future to replace White. Staal has all the skills and upside for the Top 6 and the prospect of having Staal, Kane, Peverley, Esposito and Holzapfel up the middle looks pretty good to me. Just don’t know what other scenario would help us procure a young up and coming C with Top 6 potential without giving up a Bryan Little or Toby Enstrom.

Hockey Biltong

July 7th, 2009
3:00 pm

The Falconer or Bird Watchers Anony just reported Krabbe and Oysteriser on the Thrash Menu..

Midfield

July 7th, 2009
3:03 pm

Satan is a Slovak, not a Russian

Buzilla in CT

July 7th, 2009
3:31 pm

What’s up with Kovy’s happening Bruce Jenner hair doo?

R. Stroz

July 7th, 2009
3:58 pm

Waddell must have decided today was seafood signing day.

LAC

July 7th, 2009
4:15 pm

Gee Whiz “chris” sorry I offended you by putting up something I thought might be of interest, In the future I will contact YOU first to see if it is ok not to put up stupid stuff, but then again
after seeing your comments…;. Who is Stupid ?

Glovesave29

July 7th, 2009
4:22 pm

According to TSN, the Avs have called a 3PM news conference for Thursday where it is being speculated that Joe Sakic will retire.

Glovesave29

July 7th, 2009
4:25 pm

And now Chris Pronger signed an extension with the Flyers for 7 years / $35M

Brendan

July 7th, 2009
4:33 pm

Sev-ven years? He’s what? 33-34? I guess that’s a $5 million-a-year cap hit, probably front loaded. By my question is this, Glovesave29? “Won’t Lauren be cold in Philly?” She likes warm, Anaheim temperatures. And NYC is too way away by train or car for her convenience. You watch. Pronger will, eventually, request a trade out of Philly. But it’s important to the Flyers that they firm Pronger up longer than one season. I don’t know that 7 years was all that necessary, but I suppose they did what they had to.

Glovesave29

July 7th, 2009
4:39 pm

He’s 34 – and by the time this contract is half over, he’ll be a shell of his current, dirty self. It’ll be like watching Derian Hatcher all over again. Meanwhile – in Anaheim, Lupul and Sbisa will just be coming into their own…

Tony C.

July 7th, 2009
4:47 pm

Sweet Oysterick got rewarded…and Mr.T sorry, but Evander’s playing for the Giants next season, barring a miraculous camp-Crabb is your 3rd line winger we were “missing”

At least that’s the way I see it.

ranallo10 (in AT)

July 7th, 2009
5:16 pm

I guess that solves the riddle of who will share 7th defender duties with Valabik this season. Good to see both resigned, I think they’re both fine depth players who are still relatively young. I think Oystrick could still improve but I have a feeling Crabb’s ceiling isn’t too much higher than his current skill.

And I’d agree with Tony C. here…looks like Kane will have to do very well in camp in order to secure a spot on the Thrashers roster. I don’t have a problem with that.

h

July 7th, 2009
5:30 pm

If Crabb plays on the 3rd line, we will be drafting in top 5 again this year. We have to be able to do better than that.

ranallo10 (in AT)

July 7th, 2009
5:35 pm

Well if that’s your opinion, who would it take in that spot so the Thrashers didn’t draft in the top 5 again?

Smoothie

July 7th, 2009
6:43 pm

Happy as hell to see Crabb and “Rocky Mtn” Oystrick back on the Thrashers roster menu! Hopefully, Crabb got the message from JA about how hard he needs to work in order to stay up with the big club. I still think he is a better option than both Boulton and Thorburn when it comes to lower line “energy” players as he seems to have more skill. I don’t think we’ll see Crabb fighting too much though.

As for Oystrick, I was beginning to wonder what was happening with him. Very happy to see him back with the club as he seemed to play much better after he wasn’t “saddled” with the free-lancing Schneider on his pairing. He obviously understands JA’s system quite well and brings a bit of an edge to the blueline; I recall at least 2 instances were he dropped gloves and fought admirably on the ice.

Good luck Joey and Nate! We’re gonna need ya!

Rawhide

July 7th, 2009
7:23 pm

Tony C. & ranallo – You may be right about Kane playing with the Giants this fall…barring an incredible training camp and preseason. If so… here are the lines as they stand now as I see it:

Kovy – Peverely – Antropov
Kozlov – White – Little
Crabb – Reasoner Armstrong
Boulton – Slater – Thorburn

So…the battle may be for that magical spot in the press box & the occational start. If given the choice between that and playing everyday in Vancouver for Kane…I would agree that I’d rather him be in in Vancouver.

On defense…

Bogosian – Enstrom
Hainsey – Kubina
Valabik – Salmela/Oystrik

OK folks…how does that shape up for you??

Smoothie

July 7th, 2009
7:47 pm

Keep in mind Rawhide that Thorburn will be paid less than Kane by about $250 K so I would not be surprised if Kane started out on the 3rd line in October with Marty & Colby while Thorburn and Crabb fight it out for the RW spot on the 4th line. If EK can bring effective spot mins on the PK in the pre-season as well as hold his own at ES, I would not be surprised to see either Thorbs or “Shacky” sitting in the pressbox for the first 2 weeks of October.

R. Stroz

July 7th, 2009
7:53 pm

Considering Philly’s cap problems, who/whose contract would you take off their roster in order to alleviate their cap space issues?

Dwayne

July 7th, 2009
8:07 pm

Bill, I’m not sold on Boris yet, Salmela-Oystrik. With Kari in goal, that’s a playoff team. I like the Vets and I like tha fact that JA got a few of his Chicago boys with him. A whole year of Kovy as Captain, Pevs for a whole year, Bogo’s breakout year(this year)BL building some stregnth for a long season, seems he faded a little down the stretch. Lots of other reasons to feel good. I’m an optimist when it comes to the Thrashers.

Smoothie

July 7th, 2009
8:09 pm

Stroz, how about Todd White, Jimmy Slater and Holzapfel for Claude Giroux and Simon Gagne? A salary swap of roughly $2.5 M. Then they can go out and sign Sykora or Satan to fill the hole left by Knuble.

Dwayne

July 7th, 2009
8:16 pm

Hey Stroz, when you are thru with the trade with Philly, see if you can get Broduer from New Jersey.

Rawhide

July 7th, 2009
8:22 pm

Smoothie – Point taken…but what if Espo is ready to go and impresses in camp? That throws another possibilty into the mix. Then…who’s out?

Dwayne – I hear ya…I’m all jazzed about the season too. And get this…what about Kulda and Lewis and Denny? These guys are gonna come into camp with slim chances of playing themselves into a roster spot. Hard to believe we are saying that about a Thrashers defense, eh?

Smoothie

July 7th, 2009
8:31 pm

I hear ya Rawhide, but didn’t Angelo JUST start skating in late June? Won’t it be a minor miracle for him to compete for the big club with only 3 1/2 mos of rehab?? Just sayin’.

I would love it if Angelo could crack the line-up and put pressure on the bottom 3: Slater, Thorby, Crabb, Kane & Machacek. I exempt Boulton because someone has to bust some a$$!! ;-)

ben

July 7th, 2009
8:32 pm

is there a kovy update?

Rawhide

July 7th, 2009
8:40 pm

Smoothinator – Good point!

Ben – Looks like there has been some movement in the right direction there. From Mark Bradley’s recent writeup about Waddell and Kovy…

“I’ve had very good conversations with Kovy, and I talk more with his agent, Jay Grossman,” Waddell said. “And the best thing about this is that the core of our team is all young players. When we won our division [in 2007], we were a much older team. We took some lumps, but we’ve gotten younger.”

Is there a timetable for discussions about Kovalchuk’s extension to begin in earnest? “I’d say over the next six weeks,” Waddell said.

And take this for what’s it worth. On the day Waddell signed Antropov, the GM received a two-word text message from No. 17. The two words: “Good job.”

So, hopefully, this will be sooner rather than later.

Fingers crossed

Knocking wood

Avoiding black cats and ladders

ben

July 7th, 2009
8:46 pm

so . . .

all is quiet on the kovy front.

ben

July 7th, 2009
8:47 pm

other than what’s already been reported

World Be Free

July 7th, 2009
9:16 pm

Have we lost our love for Colby Armstrong? The boys just need to get a deal done, then go forward what’s left out there. Quality free agenst are drying up.

Remember picking up Marty Reasoner last year? Didn’t seemt o be a big thing at the time, turned out to be a great move.

Don/Duds, it only takes one of you to negotiate with Kovy!

R. Stroz

July 7th, 2009
10:25 pm