To Zherdev Or Not To Zherdev

The hot-button rumor topic surrounding the Atlanta Thrashers these days swirls around whether or not the team is pursuing one Mr. Nikolai Zherdev…the 6′-2″, 195 pound free agent forward who will turn 25-years only on November 5. And from these speculations rise from the mouths…or in this case, keyboards…of fans the burning question that asks, “Should the team actually take this course of action or not”.

Sparking a lot of this chatter has been this Zherdev quote last week reported in a Russian news source…

Would you like to see Nikolai Zherdev in a Thrashers uniform?

  • Yes! What an offense we would have (91%, 118 Votes)
  • No! Not a good fit (9%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 129

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“I have offers from few NHL teams but nothing has signed yet. I think I’ll find new team within 2-3 days. I would like to play for Thrashers because there are few Russian players there. I talked to Kovalchuk and he really wants to see me at the team. Probably I will sign one year deal with Atlanta”.

The link was forwarded to me by a contact I have over there and he verified the translation. So, obviously after reading a statement like that…people are gonna start talking.

After spending four seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, he played last season for the Rangers. He has 99 goals and 140 assists in 365 total games and is a -46. 29 goals and 49 assists have come on the power play and he has one short-handed goal. He saw his highest point production during the 2007-08 season while play with the CBJs when he notched 25 goals and 61 points…22 of those points coming while on the man advantage.

Earlier in the summer he was awarded a $3.9 million deal during arbitration…and the Rangers decided to pass.

Now then…obviously the first question regarding bringing him in or not is, “Would he help the team”? Personally, I think the answer to that question is…yes. I would probably even make that…Oh-Hay-ELL YES if certain rumblings are true that Ilya Kovalchuk is lobbying for his services.

The next question would then be, “What would that do to the lineups”? Needless to say he is going to be on the top-two lines… quite possibly even creating a first line centered by Antropov with Kovy and Zherdev on either side. However, I don’t know if I’m a big fan of that thought as it seems better to have Antropov on the right boards instead of in the middle. Regardless…and assuming a White-Kozlov-Little second line…then what becomes of Peverley?

Either way you line ‘em up, though…someone gets pushed to the third line. If it’s not Peverley, then is it White…or Kozlov? It certainly isn’t going to be Little or Antropov. But let’s be honest here… in the big scheme of things, I just don’t think having to make such a decision would be a bad problem for John Anderson to have.

The biggest knock that I’ve heard regarding Zherdev is that he tends to pull a “Casper” or a “Houdini”…or some might even say a “Hossa”… during big games. For example, he went pointless in the seven-game series versus the Caps last April in the opening round of the playoffs. Zero goals, Zero assists, -3 with 12 shots on goals…one-fourth of those dozen coming in game six alone.

Rumor has it the Thrashers are interested in Nikolai Zherdev not Backstrom

Lots of chatter surrounding the Thrashers' possible interest in Nikolai Zherdev, seen here in action against Niklas Backstrom of the Wild (AP photo/Frank Franklin)

Price? Well, the Thrashers have the cap room to bring him in…which would probably cost closer to the arbiter’s $3.9 mil than the two and a half he earned last year. To this question of actual cost, the Falconer has opined, “Can the Thrashers afford Zherdev“.

The Thrashers can indeed afford him…the question is do they want to budget for him? And by “they”, of course, I mean ownership.

As we are now just days away from the start of training camp and but a week and a day from the first preseason game…yeah, I know…one has to figure that something is going to happen soon…if it’s actually going to happen at all.

With all that that said, I officially toss the issue out to you…YES or NO on Zherdev. And if you vote in the affirmative, tell me what you would like to see in the way of lineups.

203 comments Add your comment

R. Stroz

September 9th, 2009
1:24 pm

FIRST, OR GOLD

Smoothie

September 9th, 2009
1:26 pm

Nice Bill, no ranallo alert this time? Trix still on vacay? Slacker.

Brendan

September 9th, 2009
1:26 pm

Since Kovy WANTS him, that’s the operative thing, Rawhide. So, I’d say YES, since that’s delivering a SPECIFIC player acquisition in the attempt to re-sign him. With Zherdev onboard, I’d place him on the top line, with Kovalchuk, centered by Bryan Little. I’d move Peverley to the 3rd line, keeping White as the pivot for the second line, between Kozlov and Antropov. If that doesn’t work, I’d swap out Todd White for the Pevs dispenser.

The fourth line probably stays Boulton, Slater, Thorburn. And it’d be Reasoner, Peverley and maybe Kane or Crabb on the 3rd line. I’d prefer not to have Kane playing on the 3rd line, since that’s not properly developing him for his future role, as a “Top Six” forward. Also, Kane won’t possible win the Calder Trophy playing 3rd line minutes. I’d rather see the 18-year old back in Juniors for a year. It won’t be the end of the world.

I’ve had people ask, “Why not experiment with Kozlov on the 3rd line, with Kane on the second?” I don’t know. Maybe. But it doesn’t feel right. Kozlov, centered by Reasoner, with the Pevs dispenser on the other wing would make our 3rd line more potent. My bottom line is this: I trust John Anderson to find the combinations that would work best. If Zherdev is here, and WE HOPE TO KEEP HIM, the best way to do that … is to bump Antropov to the 2nd line and give Nikki his top line minutes, with his “workout buddy,” Ilya Kovalchuk.

Smoothie

September 9th, 2009
1:36 pm

Gut feeling says “NO!”, but Stroz makes some compelling arguments in favor of Zherdev on the previous blog. So my stubborn head is starting to come around to the idea. But it’s a virtual fact that, while the Salary Cap numbers may indicate we can afford it, our conservative, revenue-sharing budget cannot. Unless we jettison a player of consequence…say Todd White? Who has never been more valuable on the trade market considering his career year last season.

As for lines, I would not want to see an all Russian top-line. If Kovy and NZ were to play together, I would want either Bryan Little or Rich Peverley between them. We would need a pivot with a blend of speed, skill and defensive savvy (Peverley to a tee) to try to cover up the other two’s free-wheeling, gaffe-prone style.

Kovy — Little — Zherdev

Kozzy — Peverley — Antro (me really likey this potential line!)

White \ Kane \ Other — the Party — the Court Jester

Boultsy — Slatesy — Fritsche \ Thorby

Smoothie

September 9th, 2009
1:40 pm

Hey, something just dawned on me…if Fritsche does make the roster, we will have a forward to go with our D-man Hainsey in the category of nick-name proof last names. Then again, I kind of like the idea of having a “Fritsy” to give other teams “fitsies” on the penalty kill.

steve

September 9th, 2009
1:42 pm

Thrashers27

September 9th, 2009
1:46 pm

I say “YES” to picking up Zherdev!

I’m not sure how he’d take to it, but I gotta think you move Kozzie to the 3rd line LW. As Brendan mentioned that would certainly add another dimension to our scoring abilities.

You can’t move Pevs to the third line because he was relegated to the third line in Nashville and wasn’t offensively productive at all.

So, this leaves you with:

Kovy White/Pevs Antropov

Zherdev White/Pevs Little

Slava Reasoner Army

Boults Slates Thorburn

Honestly, that’s a lineup that oughtta scare the beegeezus out of opponents. The thought of it has gotta make a Thrashers fan smile. :)

Smoothie

September 9th, 2009
1:48 pm

RStroz — did you send your eloquent missive from the previous blog to Don Waddell, Bruce Levenson et al? You’re preachin’ to the choir here on this blog eh? It was indeed thought-provoking and well-written…kudos to you my friend!

Shifting gears a bit cuz I’m going through such witdrawal when it comes to real hockey action: I’m setting the over / under on goals allowed today against the Canes at 4…I’m thinking we lose 5 – 3 and Kane pots two of them. Anyone care to hazard a guess?

El Bravo

September 9th, 2009
1:54 pm

I don’t think we can afford NOT to sign him if only for the reason that it may increase our chances of re-signing Kovy. Add to that the fact that he is willing to sign a one year deal and I think it’s a no-brainer. Your top three lines would be Kovy-Zherdev-Antropov, Little-White-Peverley, Kozlov-Reasoner-Kane. I think the team benefits from having Kozlov’s experience on the 3rd line…

Rawhide

September 9th, 2009
1:58 pm

El Bravo – I like those lines…but where do we place Armstrong?

Jarndyce

September 9th, 2009
2:01 pm

Yes, please. As for lines, I’ll leave that to chemistry and mix/matching, but here’s what I do know: The Thrashers have had gaping holes at RW and Center for the last, well, forever. Bringing Zherdev gives the team so many options, but importantly means real scoring depth like we have never seen. You’ve got legitimate scoring threats two deep at LW, C, and RW (if you consider either Antropov or Little at C). When has that happened here?

Brendan

September 9th, 2009
2:08 pm

God, I hate to sound like such Todd White protector, but I don’t know that we’d get enough back for Todd White in a trade. I suppose … that it’s true that you don’t know what you could get … unless you SHOPPED him. But for less than $2.5 million, in terms of cap hit, Todd White is excellent value for the money. White paired with Kozlov seems to work. White “could” work with Kovalchuk. But I just don’t see Todd White as a Top Line Center. Peverley, I think, would be better than White, as the pivot for Kovalchuk. But, in my opinion, the team’s BEST CENTER … is Bryan Little. So, not surprisingly, I’d want to see Little, flanked by Kovalchuk and Zherdev, in this little hypothetical. (No pun was intended there.)

I like Nik Antropov. Truthfully, he wasn’t on my offseason shopping list. But I’m fine with him being here … since Kovalchuk specifically asked for him. Or, rather, he texted Waddell to say, “Good job!” after the team hired Antropov. Either way, Kovalchuk was pleased by the move. That’s good. If Kovalchuk wants Zherdev, too. I’ll second that motion, precisely because Kovalchuk wants him. In my opinion, the team needs a Tier I blueliner more than it needs Zherdev. But I can’t see a way to make that happen. It would take a trade. And I don’t like trades, unless we utterly fleece the other team. And even then, we’re still acquiring a player who never agreed to play here of his own volition. And I’m not giving up a Top 10 overall pick, that could be our 2010 First Rounder. Forget it.

I like our prospects, too. I’d rather keep Machacek, Holzapfel, O’Dell, Chad Denny, Grant Lewis, Ondrej Pavelec, etc. I’d be willing to part with Brett Sterling, but that’s not attracting a Tier I blueliner, even as “sweetener” in the deal. Angelo Esposito … I just don’t know. I guess I could trade him, in the right situation. But I digress.

The topic is Zherdev. As long as he doesn’t turn into a lockerroom cancer, and he learns how to play defense, I’ll welcome him here.

Smitty

September 9th, 2009
2:19 pm

Peverly and White should remain the top 2 centers. They are both adequate offensively but more importantly the 2 are defensively responsible to offset the defensive skills of Kovy and Zherdev should he decide to sign here. Bumping Kozlov to the third line is possibly the best answer. It would cut down on his ice time (even if he played on the second unit PP) which might help him during the grind of a long season and hopefully the playoffs.

Here would my top 3 line combinations:

Andropov(Zherdev)-White-Kovy
Zherdev(Andro)-Peverly-Little
Kozlov-Reasoner-Army

My concern then would be what to do with Kane. Another year of juniors is not going to help him develop. He needs to be up here with the big boys. Having him around will help keep up the competition. I really feel if this kid gets his foot in the door, it we be extremely diificult to move him out. But that would be a nice problem to have to deal with.

J.B.

September 9th, 2009
2:23 pm

Dmitry Chesnokov of Puck Daddy fame tweeted the following about an hour ago when asked about Zherdev to ATL:

A source from NYC close to Zherdev told me yesterday that Nik’s move to Atlanta is still on

Granted, it’s just a tweet, but its from @dchesnokov and not Ek, so there’s some decent credibility there; not to mention the fact that it’s a pretty black and white statement with the “move to Atlanta” wording…

Viking

September 9th, 2009
2:27 pm

Yes! I remember being very impressed by Zherdev while watching a Blue Jackets game on TV a few years ago.

But I am still worried about our Penalty Killing. What players should perform our main PK?

Hip Czech

September 9th, 2009
2:30 pm

There are also some rumblings about Sykora coming down to either Nashville or Atlanta.

Let’s assume for arguments sake that we could get either Sykora or Zherdev, who do you take? I’d take Sykora’s track record, but Zherdev is younger. The question is, can John Anderson get Zherdev to perform here when Hitchcock in Columbus and Tortorella in NY could not.

I think we say yes to either one. If either were to land here the forward lines are at least equal to the ‘05-’06 team (Kovalchuck, Savard, Hossa, Kozlov, Bondra, Holik) and probably better in terms of the third line.

Zoomo

September 9th, 2009
2:30 pm

I think it all depends on what the PTB think about Kane’s development so far and if he’ll make the team out of training camp. If Kane looks like he’ll make the team, I think we’ll end up passing on Zherdev.

If we do sign Zherdev, I think we’ll need to balance the lines to compensate for the lack of D skills by the Russians – Kovy is a bit loose with the puck, Antro is slow footed, and Zherdev is just not a defensive forward.

Offensively tho’ you’d have to think we’d light the lamp in bunches.

If Zherdev comes, like:

Kovy Peverley Antropov

Zherdev White Little

Slava Reasoner Army

Boults Slater Thorburn

Toby

September 9th, 2009
2:32 pm

Smitty…I disagree about Kane. I think another year in the juniors would do him a world of good. He’s listed at 185lbs. power forward. There is no way a 185lb rookie can be a dominate PF. I say send him back to juniors and have him lead Vancouver again and tell him to pack on another 15-20 for next year where he starts on the 2nd line.

Scotty

September 9th, 2009
2:33 pm

Yes, yes yes and a thousand times I say YES! I agree with Jarndyce’s comments as well. Get him and let team chemistry sort out the lines. But just go get him if he wants to play here!

Smoothie

September 9th, 2009
2:41 pm

Smitty — good thoughts on the subject…Kozzy on the 3rd line could work but I think I’d leave him on the top PP unit…we need his puck passing and right-wall QB’ing to get the puck to Kovy and Antro. Put Bogey at the left point on unit 2 and move Kovy around to keep teams off balance and guessing.

Zoomo — agreed on Kane, but I think Zherdev coming to ATL doesn’t necessarily hinge on Kane’s camp performance. The sooner he gets indoctrinated into JA’s system, the better don’t you think? I like your line combos too…obviously, as has been stated, chemistry will be the ultimate decider, but it’s fun to speculate on the kind of depth we could have if NZ to Atlanta is true.

One important thing: no one from the ASG nor Waddudley has flat out denied this rumour. Take it for what it’s worth (see Zhitnik comments 1.5 years ago), but that could be a good sign.

TableHockey

September 9th, 2009
2:46 pm

I would like a Zherdev signing. I’m all for anything that forces the team to compete harder for spots. And if it doesn’t work out he could be moved at the trade deadline for a decent return.

DWTOO

September 9th, 2009
2:47 pm

Moving Slava to the third line makes the most sense. He’s defensively responsible and would add scoring punch to the line. Add Nik Z. to the second line.

R. Stroz

September 9th, 2009
2:48 pm

Smoothie – I’d be willing to bet that the ASG has read the “eloquent missive” already. You’ll have to trust me on that one. That said, I think I’ll forward it anyway.

Midfield

September 9th, 2009
2:53 pm

Did anybody ask Waddell if Zherdev is on the radar? And if he is, who is really negotiating – DW or Kovalchuk himself?

J.B.

September 9th, 2009
2:56 pm

Midfield- Kevin Allen from USA Today asked DW about Zherdev coming to Atlanta last week. He admitted thrashers management had discussed it but declined to comment on the status.

Smitty

September 9th, 2009
3:01 pm

Can they put GM on Kovy’s jersey next to his “C”

R. Stroz

September 9th, 2009
3:04 pm

Smitty – Would that make Kovy a “GMC”?

J.B.

September 9th, 2009
3:11 pm

Stroz – And if Kovy is GMC, can we pay him with bailout money?

Russian

September 9th, 2009
3:14 pm

I will say for Zherdev, not because he is Russian.
1. He is 4-th Draft pick by Columbus. That’s mean he talented player.
2. He is young and fast forward.
3. He did not score any goals in Play Off. But He never been in PO before.
4. Our Coach will be great person and friend for Zherdev, because he will trust him and let him play.
5. He has size.
I like to get contract for him for few years. I would like to give him $4 by 4 years. I will explain why I want to him for long time. If Thrashers will not play good and we loose Kovy at next summer, Zherdev and Expo will be a First line.
For openning night I like to see lines:
Kovy – Pever – Antro
Zherdev – White – Little
Slava – Reason – Armi
Bolt – Slater – Tromb
4-th line can be change and edit for other players.
I like to see Kane playing in Junior one more year. He is not ready to Big Action.

Jarndyce

September 9th, 2009
3:16 pm

Just to set the record straight on Zherdev. Someone above mentioned that neither the BJs nor the Rags could “get him to play” or something like that.

Last year, Zherdev was the leading point producer for the Rangers (tied with Scotty Gomez). He was the second-leading goal scorer (1 goal fewer than Naslund), and at +6 was second only to Ryan Callahan on a team where practically everyone else was a minus player. I would say that he definitely performed, and could easily have been considered one of the best players on that team last season. He was consistently, with Nash, the best of the BJs. He’s 25 years old. This is a player I would be thrilled to add to the roster.

LAC

September 9th, 2009
3:18 pm

I completey agree getting Zherdev, one or two years, we DO need more offense from my viewpoint.

There are several EX-Mtl defensemen out there, are they worth
a look and Two EX-Carolina Dman are still without a team.

I’d still like to see Afenaganov on the Thrashers, would be interesting.

Smoothie

September 9th, 2009
3:21 pm

Russian, you seem convinced and I can’t really blame you.

Are you familiar enough with Zherdev to know if he has played any RW with either Columbus or NY (doubtful in NY) or even in Russia?

RStroz — let’s hope some Thrashers management lurks here from time to time to get a general sense for how the fanbase is feeling in regards to its strange and unhealthy addiction to hockey!

Russian

September 9th, 2009
3:23 pm

One more thing about Zherdev. He wants to play in Vancouver 2010. If he will with Kovy he get a chanse to go to Olimpic Team. :-)

Ark

September 9th, 2009
3:26 pm

Hi guys. As a Rangers fan I had to see a lot of Z last season. He was by far the most talented Ranger (Lundqvist aside), and was really good all around (scoring, playmaking, defense, hits, etc.). He was probably on his way to about 75 points.

In the middle of the season Rangers started talking a long term contract with him, but something went wrong. At about same time Renney started loosing the team altogether. The team fell apart. Z played some nights but disappeared the others. Still he was probably the most notable Ranger then. In the 2:11 defeat to Dallas he scored both goals.

Then Tortorella came, and they didn’t click. Tortorella wanted him to play a simpler, more physical game. He benched him for not backchecking, etc. While technically he was fare, I think Z deserved benching not more than anybody else. But he was made a scapegoat.

Z didn’t respond well to this kind of treatment, and eventually disappeared completely wich resulted to awfull end of season that hunts him up to this point.

So, my point is, Z has his issues. And this issues make his own life difficult. But he can turn out to be a tremendous asset in the correct environment. He is not only a scorer, but mostly an awsome playmaker, and will probably be very good with Kovy. Plus, Kovy may have a good influence to Z, in terms of his work ethics.

So I would definitely like to see these two together. Z’s playmaking + Kovy’s goal scoring may turn out to be sick.

ben

September 9th, 2009
3:36 pm

i’m the contrarian here, unless kovy requested him, i say we have that roll thanks. unless kozlov on the third line. it would add some punch but that punch might well be added by kane. i mean in a video game i’d do it. but also keep in mind that the cap will fall next year. and we’ll be paying kovy and little and we’ll find money to keep letimin around and so on also there are two three or four franchises getting sold i’d bet at least two will move. and if the yotes move to las vegas they’re as good as on the move again.

i guess what i’m saying hamilton will get a hockey team. blackberry boy might not be the owner but they’ll have one by 2025. i hate to say it but if you read the reports coming out of that trial the league is in bad shape. as fans of a sunbelt team, we should really keep an eye on that trial. if that judge rules in balsille’s favor, other than 5-10 teams, the rest might be snapped up at any moment.

ben

September 9th, 2009
3:38 pm

anyway i guess that’s a round way of saying no

Rawhide

September 9th, 2009
3:42 pm

Ark – Thank so much for chiming in with your thoughts from a Rangers fan perspective. As you can see, there are many around here that are definately jazzed at the thought of having Zherdev here.

ben – No problems being the “contrarian”…we’re looking for both sides of this subject. Well done.

Midfield

September 9th, 2009
3:54 pm

I don’t understand what Zherdev has to do with Hamilton and the falling cap. I thought that the consensus here is that the falling cap favors Thrashers, since ASG is cheap, or should I say Seinfeldnesque, extremly careful with their money. Right, Brendan?

kathy

September 9th, 2009
3:54 pm

also a Ranger fan and completely back up Ark…i too thought Z was the most talented guy out there and the most exciting to watch…just you tube the 10/25 game vs. the Pens where he scored with 8 seconds left.True he didn’t score in the play-offs but it was his first time in the post season and the whole team tanked,not just him.Also,plenty of others players could have been benched besides him,but for whatever reason,the coach and the media made him the scapecoat.I’d think he’d be kick-ass in Atlanta…plus.I live in Raleigh and can’t stand the canes so it works out for me!!!!

kracker

September 9th, 2009
3:55 pm

Zherdev played for the CBJ, so he was perhaps less than consistently motivated his first four years in the league (Yes, I think any professional player should become motivated when they sign the contract.)

Zherdev then played for two coaches on the Rangers. Renney got booted and perhaps Torts wasn’t a good coaching fit with Zherdev (Repeat disclaimer.)

My point is that this season the Thrashers could likely be in the playoff hunt. Zherdev will probably like and play well in JA’s offensive minded system. With Kovy and Antro verbally kicking his butt in Russian every day, a highly motivated Zherdev could be something to see. Factor in Slava & Kubina and between the bunch of them, they’re bound to be able to come up w/ a good cop/bad cop routine if needed to successfully counsel the kid. If you can call a five year vet a kid.

Having to decide where and how much to play a lot of good players would be a good problem to have. OTOH, unless the team has great sucess in the W column, it could bring on it’s own set of problems in trying to find enough roles and minutes to keep everyone happy.

kracker

September 9th, 2009
3:58 pm

LOL, I posted after about 2 more hours of entries came onto the thread, so likely somebody had already made my points. (Hey, I’m at work and can’t keep up)

mutton

September 9th, 2009
4:01 pm

While I might like to see it if Kovy wants it (read: if it gives DEE-dub a better shot at re-signing Kovy), I gotta say, Im not entirely thrilled with the possibility of having Zherdev in a Thrash uni. Yeah, it could give us a more long-term top-6, but I dont think itd be fair to Whitey or Pevs or Kozzy to stuff one of em on the third line LW simply because we brought in a shiny new toy (Zherdev). It just strikes me as disloyal. I mean they all were on pace for 70 pts or better. Why reward someones hard work and great season in order to bring in someone completely new? So I guess what Im getting at is Im not sure what to think of this. I mean if it makes Kovy happy then it might very well be worth it. I just dont see how it could work out and still have us sitting pretty.

UnLESSSSS…. Suppose we roll 3 lines all playing (essentially) top 6 minutes? Could that work? It takes time away from everyone but gives you a solid 3-line attack… If you move Kozzy to the 3rd line but keep Army’s ES time consistent youre more or less rolling 3 lines capable of being considered 2nd line or better… Hmm… Might also see a pts increase for Reasoner too… And I agree with whoever said that 3rd line would be pretty responsible defensively.

Smoothie

September 9th, 2009
4:04 pm

Wow, 25 – 3 in favor of Zherdev! That’s what I would say resounding sentiment in favor of getting him.

Nik Zherdev for Czar of Hi-Octane Hockey and the Movement to Render Goalies Helpless!!

Sara

September 9th, 2009
4:06 pm

Dangit JB – you stole my thunder!!! That was my tweet … :p

Stroz – check your inbox.

Brendan

September 9th, 2009
4:10 pm

Midfield, a shrinking cap does favor a market like Atlanta. It means the big spenders have to cut someone loose … that they’d really prefer to keep. Meanwhile, the budget of the Atlanta Thrashers has room to ADD, not subtract payroll, even if the cap shrinks. This is a “benefit” of being extremely careful with money.

Another “benefit” of a Zherdev contract, if one-year is the term of it, is that it doesn’t impact the 2011 budget. Just like Saku Koivu’s new deal out West won’t impact that team’s budget NEXT season. There’s almost nothing to lose by signing Zherdev to a 1-year deal. The only thing lost … is money.

R.Stroz reminds us, from time to time, that money is fungible.

Sara

September 9th, 2009
4:23 pm

HAHAHA tweet from our old pal Craig Custance:

Was trying to pry Thrashers contract offer to Kovy out of Waddell. 6 years? 7 years? “I don’t even tell my wife that,” he answered.

Rawhide

September 9th, 2009
4:25 pm

Kathy – A warm welcome to you as well. Thans for your thoughts.

Sara – I see you’ve been our busy little field reporter again…good job!

Everyone – 1st intermission in Traverse City…Atlanta 2 Carolina 1. Goals by Andrew KozEk, with an assist from Arturs Kulda…and an unassisted one from Mike Forney. Josh Unice is in goal again for the Thrashers.

Sara

September 9th, 2009
4:28 pm

BTW, current CAR-ATL score: Thrash lead 2-1 in the 2nd period. Goals from Forney and Kozak.

http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/boxscore.html?gameid=1089664

Toby

September 9th, 2009
4:48 pm

Whoa…Chris (Grandpa) Chelios is considering playing for the Wolves!! Awesome…Go for it Chris!

http://www.mlive.com/redwings/index….ers_offer.ht

PuckedUp

September 9th, 2009
4:57 pm

Here’s a question to ponder. If the Thrashers do well – with this team I always leave that question open ended – could Kovy wind up with GM of-the-year honors? It’s looking more and more like he would deserve that nod.