Bergfors and Oduya coping with ‘it is what it is’ situation

During his intermission interview during last Friday’s game in Washington, newly acquired forward Niclas Bergfors was asked his thoughts about being traded the day before from the New Jersey Devils to the Thrashers.

Johnny Oduya, celebrating his first goal for Atlanta, has 8 SOG and is a +1 in his two games since the trade (AP Photo/John Amis)

Bergfors, celebrating his first goal for Atlanta, has 8 SOG and is a +1 in his two games since the trade (AP Photo/John Amis)

Incorporated in his response was the phrase, “It is what it is”.

To be honest… Johnny Oduya, who also came to the Thrashers in the deal that sent Ilya Kovalchuk to New Jersey, as well appeared less-than-thrilled with the transaction. Oduya and Bergfors both looked like soldiers who had just been re-assigned from a base in Key West, Florida to somewhere in Siberia. Oh, they were polite and all…gave the customary “Want to help my new team succeed” kinda responses…but there wasn’t a whole heckuva lot of joy plastered across their faces in doing so.

Yesterday during a brief interview on NHL Live, heard on XM’s Home Ice Channel, Bergfors was asked the same question and he again used the “It is what it is” line a couple of times…hardly a ringing endorsement of the situation he finds himself in.

“It is what it is” is a phrase that pretty much means, “I don’t like the situation…I would rather not have to deal with…I do not care for the circumstances I find myself in…but I accept the fact that there is nothing I can do about it and so I’ll tough it out”.

I use it quite a bit myself, much to the dismay of the Divine Mrs. R. She normally hears me use the phrase after asking what I thought of the latest chick flick I was forced to endure with her.

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Now, one can understand why Bergie and Johnny might be somewhat disappointed in last week’s transaction. They were sitting atop the Atlantic Division with the Devils and certainly on the way to post-season play. In Bergfors case, New Jersey was the team that drafted him in the first round back in 2005 and Oduya was leaving the only NHL team he’d played for… even though Washington selected him back in 2001.

Then they learn they’re departing the “first class organization”…as Ilya Kovalchuk put it…to play for a team that is run by Donnie and the Great Octocluster. And with that comes no guarantee of playing beyond the scheduled 82 games.

“It is what it is” certainly could sum up one’s feeling given the situation.

But if Bergie and Johnny were in fact upset about the trade…they certainly have not allowed that to affect their play for their new team. Oduya has stepped in and made a big impact on the Thrashers blueline and Bergfors has hustled his butt off on the other end of the ice…taking eight shots on goal and scoring the game winner last Saturday against the Panthers. In doing so, both have shown a great deal of maturity and professionalism.

Those are qualities this squad needs as much as their talent… and it goes a long way towards winning over both your new teammates and the fans.

Oduya defends against Alex Ovechkin. Johnny has averaged 20:42 TOI while with the Thrashers (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Oduya defends against Alex Ovechkin. Johnny has averaged 20:42 TOI while with the Thrashers (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Ya know, if…if…IF…IF…the Thrashers are able to pull off a successful playoff run after the Olympic Break, it is entirely possible that New Jersey and the Thrashers could square off in a first-round matchup. The Devils currently lead the Atlantic Division and Atlanta could only hope for a low-seeded position in the hunt for Lord Stanley’s Cup.

That would be interesting, eh?

And if…if…IF…IF…the Thrashers were to pull of the upset in that series, I could just imagine…while the two teams are going through the post-series hand shakes…as the two players pass, Kovy would remark to Bergfors, “So, who would have thought this would happen last February”?

Bergie could then look Ilya in the eye and reply with a smile, “Well you know…it is what it is”.

122 comments Add your comment

R. Stroz

February 9th, 2010
9:21 pm

World Be Free

February 9th, 2010
9:33 pm

Stroz, I heard he was a scorer! That clip confirms it!

Alan R.

February 9th, 2010
9:41 pm

Stendec is going to be devastated. :P

R. Stroz

February 9th, 2010
9:50 pm

stendec just crapped his pants he’s so happy.

Rawhide

February 9th, 2010
9:51 pm

I guess Patrik Stefan could take lessons from Vishneskiy on how to to put the puck into an empt net!

stendec

February 9th, 2010
9:52 pm

God does answer prayers. Amen. ++STENDEC++ WAHOOOO!!!!!!!

R. Stroz

February 9th, 2010
9:56 pm

Rawhide

February 9th, 2010
10:02 pm

C-Viv tweets that the trade is official…Kary to Dallas for Vish and a 4th.

Last week I posted this up at HockeyBuzz…and now, it’s complete. All of the Thrashers top picks in thier first five drafts are now gone.

This is why I don’t buy into the theory that goes, “If you aren’t going to go deep in the playoffs it’s better to tank for the better draft pick”. I mean, how many lottery picks did Don Waddell have to start this franchise off and what do we have to show for it?

Badger Bob

February 9th, 2010
10:02 pm

“You just lost a #1 overall” Bob, that doesn’t mean we should hang on to him indfinitely. With that thinking we’d still be shoving Stefan out on the ice.

Badger Bob

February 9th, 2010
10:19 pm

Gotta believe they aren’t intending to re-sign Kubina, which sucks. I doubt they plan to leave only one roster spot for Vish / Kulda / Valabik next year.

R. Stroz

February 9th, 2010
10:20 pm

Does anyone else smell a salary dump?

The next two trades should be Armstrong and Kubina based on pending UFA status and contract amount, in return, more low paid RFA prospects.

Actually, I smell something else coming…new ownership.

World Be Free

February 9th, 2010
10:22 pm

Stendec is speechless!
Craig Ludwig just on Dallas Stars between period show, sez Ivan is an offensive minded defenseman that needs to work on his defensive zone coverage. From a d-man that knows his stuff.

Smoothie

February 9th, 2010
10:36 pm

The only way I trade Kubina is to CHI for Versteeg and Barker.
Army could net a good return as well just as Kevin Allen says. Now that I think about it, we might even be able to get another # 1 pick. I have no problem with that as Crabb or Machaek can do his job for less money. Fo’ shizzle.

Brendan

February 9th, 2010
10:40 pm

World Be Free — Thank you. Bowing.

Ivan Vishnevskiy

February 9th, 2010
10:50 pm

It is what it is

Rawhide

February 9th, 2010
11:00 pm

OK…here’s a new blog to discuss the Lehtonen trade.

LAC

February 9th, 2010
11:03 pm

Gee Whiz another Russian who looks to not be much help anytime soon…

Just more of waddell Tornado destroying this team, we should have gotten more OFFENSE, but waddell knows what he is doing, building us a New CHEAP team… Next they will want the FANS to start playing and making them pay to play !!! What a concept, PLEASE Mr.Betteman Take over this MESS NOW !

2025

February 9th, 2010
11:03 pm

After breaking every goaltending record in the NHL, Kari Lehtonen is retiring. Lehtonen, who was initially pressed into service too early in his career by a struggling Atlanta hockey franchise, really turned things around after successful back surgery and a trade to the Dallas Stars. With the Stars, Lehtonen broke Marty Brodeur’s all time win record and once posted an unbelievable eighteen game shutout streak. Lehtonen led the Stars to six Stanley Cup titles in his fifteen year tenure. He will surely be remembered as the best goalie in NHL history.

Brendan

February 9th, 2010
11:07 pm

See Bob’s 8:53PM post. http://blogs.ajc.com/iceman-thrashers-blog/2010/02/09/bergfors-and-oduya-coping-with-%e2%80%98it-is-what-it-is%e2%80%99-situation/comment-page-1/#comment-20630. That’s right on the money.

And Rawhide stole my Thunder, as I was going to post that ALLL FIIIIIVE of this franchise’s 1st round picks are GONE, just GONE, by its 10th season. You tell me if Atlanta’s franchise knows what it’s doing.

1999: Patrik Stefan, traded to Dallas, for Niko Kapanen and Will O’Neill. I guess Will O’Neill is still here, right?

2000: Heatley, traded to Ottawa, for Hossa and DeVries. DeVries walked in free agency, I believe. Hossa = Daultan Leveille (#29 overall, 2008), Erik O’Dell (via Eric Christenson), Colby Armstrong (Stay tuned, dealin’ Don is about to part ways with him, too. As he should), and Angelo Esposito (the new Kari Lehtonen, Uwe Krupp and Jani Hurme of the organization).

2001: Ilya Kovalchuk, traded for Nik Bergfors, Johnny Oduya, 2010 2nd round pick (think #54 overall), and prospect Patrice Cormier

2002: Kari Lehtonen, traded for Ivan Vishnevski (sp?) and a 4th rounder

2003: Braydon Coburn, traded for Alexei Zhitnik

And can we project 2004’s: Boris Valabik for ?????

What was the purpose of these picks? I want an answer. No, I want a SERIOUS answer. Don’t say, “Don Waddell is like a mule with a spinning wheel. No one knows how he got it, and d*mned if he knows what to do with it.”

Folks, let Stendec have his fun. Part of me actually is hopeful that we’re now ‘turning the corner,’ but the other part of me thinks this. And this is straight from my heart. I thought it was the wrong move to pick Lehtonen in 2002. Not because we should have taken Cam Ward instead. If I posted that, I’d be lying. Kari Lehtonen was the top goaltender prospect of his draft year. No, my objection over his drafting was the requisite number of YEARS and YEARS and YEARS it would take to develop him. I felt thennnn, as I still do Nowwww, that we just didn’t have the TIIIIIME to wait for him to be ready.

Flash forward to 2010. Okayyyyyyyy, it’s 8 years later. We’re done INVESTING TIME in Kari’s development. I guess it’s time for some other organization to SWOOP IN and take him from us, with THEIR THANKS to Atlanta for developing him for them. Sheesh. I’m sorry, folks. Even if you believe Kari stinks. The handling of that 2002 draft stinks more. And don’t scream, “But Brendan, without that deal, we wouldn’t have Jim Slater, today. And Jim Slaters … they just don’t grow on trees. You can’t replace them.”

My gosh, what would it have cost to retain Lehtonen? $2 million? He’s back from the surgeries. He’s supposedly this high pedigree goalie. “Don found his man.” Is this, or is this NOT, an admission of FAILURE by Waddell, yet again, in his goaltender decision-making? Yes … or no.

It’s a “yes or no” answer. I can’t wait to hear Waddell’s take on this. When he traded Jason Williams, he said this, “I guess I can’t say we were entirely happy with the player, since we are trading him.” And Williams was merely a ‘try out’ free agent signing. Make no mistake about this, Don Waddell hung his hat on Kari Lehtonen. We were going to sink or swim with him. Guess which one we did?

Well, I’ll give you a hint. Zero playoff wins.

Mark

February 10th, 2010
11:48 am

Iceman,
Did you see or hear about the article in one of the Toronto newspapers about the possible sale of the Thrashers and move to Hamilton?

gategirl

February 10th, 2010
2:10 pm

Chris 16 We thought about making a drinking game out of every time the announcers said Kovy’s name during the NJ – Philly game

Deborah Madey

February 10th, 2010
7:22 pm

Quoted from the article:

We are talking New Jersey here folks, chemical dump central, located in the dark shadow of New York City

mmmm…….When I first moved to New Jersey, I feared that it was full of factories and co-generation plants. Fast forward to now. It is the Garden State and thee is no place I would rather live. I could live anywhere, and choose to live here, and help others do the same.