Thrashers acquisition of Artyukhin begins Trade-A-Palooza 2010

OK…by now I’m sure you’ve seen C-Viv’s report that the Thrashers made a trade with the Anaheim Ducks. Heading this way is 26-year old Russian Evgeny Artyukhin…a 6’-4” forward who was Tampa Bay’s selection with the 94th overall draft pick in 2001…the first of what is sure to be other transactions to come this week Trade-A-Paloosa 2010.

Artyukhin has scored 4 goals and 5 assists so far in 37 games played for the Ducks with an EVEN +/- rating and 41 PIM. Last season for the Bolts he played in 73 games and produced 6 goals and 16 overall points, was a +1 with 151 PIM. In 2005-06, he played in 72 games scoring 4 goals 13 assists, was a –4 with 90 PIM while with Tampa Bay…in between he played in Russia.

He is slated to be a UFA this summer and is finishing off a contract that pays him right at $950,000. Last January 26, he played in Atlanta when the Ducks were in town…goose eggs across the score sheet in just 5:49 minutes of play on the ice.

From what I’ve come to understand about this kid… he has very good speed for someone of his size but tends to take silly penalties too often. If he could learn to use the size more to his advantage and cut down on the time in the sin-bin, he’ll be an asset on the lower lines.

Moving on to SoCal is defenseman Nathan Oystrick, and he’ll be carrying a conditional pick in 2011 in his luggage as well. Oystrick has played the entire season with the AHL Chicago Wolves after his one and only NHL tour last year where he appeared in 53 games scoring 4 goals, 8 assists while collecting 50 penalty minutes and was a –2 on the season.

With this trade, the Thrashers are carrying 14 forwards with the addition of Artyukhin. So maybe it’s possible he his here to take Kozlov or Armstrong’s spot…if either are to be moved this week.

Looking at the deal at face value, what I see is the Thrashers bringing in some beef for the lower lines as we make our run for the postsea…uh, excuse me…as we make our March to the Playoffs this month. That never hurts

Plus, and let’s just be honest, Nathan wasn’t likely to get another shot up here anytime soon…what with Kulda, Postma and Vishnevskiy currently in the system.

Regarding giving this deal a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down”… to me, any true overall judgment will rest with what the team looks like at 3:01 pm on the fourth. But that being said, it looks like Waddell was able to get a pretty good return here.

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Tim

March 2nd, 2010
12:37 am

First… Whatever

Telfo

March 2nd, 2010
12:50 am

good move, we needed size and basically gave up nothing

Stevo

March 2nd, 2010
1:05 am

Don’t forget the Ducks don’t have an AHL team. So Oystrick will stay in Chicago to help the Wolves.

Game7

March 2nd, 2010
1:12 am

I hope C Viv got my hat tip for being the first to report this trade. He’s a reporter yet others report it as their own. Not a big loss if Oystrick wasn’t going play in the bigs. Can’t see another Russian being all that popular with the Thrasher fans but If nothing else Artyukhin will be more of an asset to the Wolves as well as getting a good look by the Thrashers. It just depends if he makes the club what the conditional pick is.

Game7

March 2nd, 2010
1:36 am

As well, since Artyukhin will be an UFA maybe the pick depends ion the Thrashers making the playoffs. It was just last year that Anaheim gave up a third round draft pick to get him from Tampa.

Game7

March 2nd, 2010
2:08 am

Of course…The pick depends if he resigns with the Thrashers. It must be getting late. For the sake of the Atlanta fans I wish you luck making the playoffs., You are a fan base unfortunately small in numbers yet loyal with some of you cheering back in the 70’s ( that was a fine hockey team for those that can remember). What do you fans need to bring up the numbers? A new owner? A new GM?
For now, can you imagine a Kovalchuk less team making the playoffs. That would just be too poetic.

World Be Free

March 2nd, 2010
5:38 am

You never have enough thumpers

Badger Bob

March 2nd, 2010
6:38 am

Yep, at least keeps the other thumpers playing hard to stay out of the press box, while not giving up anything that hurts Le Thrash.

Red Light

March 2nd, 2010
6:49 am

Ho-hum. Shall we start the Stanley Cup parade preparations yet?

Lee

March 2nd, 2010
6:51 am

Cool….I guess

GaVaHokie

March 2nd, 2010
6:59 am

If he can create traffic in front of the net, he’ll be an asset for Kane and Peverley. He’ll have the speed to keep up too.

GaVaHokie

March 2nd, 2010
7:00 am

… If he does nothing more than that, he’s still worth a Nathan Oystrick trade.

HookyBob

March 2nd, 2010
7:24 am

Game7: I like your line aboutif the Thrashers could make the play-offs without Kovy. It would be more than poetic. Perhaps it could be inspirational,…I could see something like that on the lockeroom bulletin board,..to rev up the players.

Lets get Poni, another big body (and Russian?,) from Toronto now.

Go Blue (er burgandy) beat the Panthers.

World Be Free

March 2nd, 2010
7:42 am

He just needs to get rid of the visor. That’s why I favor Boulton and Thorny. Tough guys don’t wear visors.

The Real Thrash

March 2nd, 2010
8:11 am

A trade for an overpaid rent-a-player

moriler

March 2nd, 2010
8:15 am

Not much wrong with that trade. I especially like (as Rawhide noted) the EVEN in plus/minus — so while he does seem to mostly have hands of stone, he also isn’t out there skating around with his pants around his knees.

Fan from Carolina

March 2nd, 2010
8:17 am

Geez, now the Thrashers are taking Lightning rejects. We saw enough of this ‘thumper’ sitting in the penalty box when he played in Tampa. The Ducks gambled they could straighten his game out and failed. Atlanta thinks they can do it?? Get the penalty killers ready for some serious action.

GaVaHokie

March 2nd, 2010
8:31 am

We are definitely not going to be a fun team to play against… when’s the last time you’ve seen Jarkko Ruutu crying to the ref after getting his a$$ kicked?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTvaSULC77U&feature=related

… or take Chara down with a punch to the face?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdVKNsePOso&feature=related

LAC

March 2nd, 2010
8:32 am

Nothing for nothing, he is big… But that is about it. Will play in a FEW games and be gone after season… Just a waste in my book.

Toby

March 2nd, 2010
8:38 am

If this guy is expected to play tonight, either Army or Kozlov is gone today…

Smoothie

March 2nd, 2010
8:40 am

Hey, does anyone know why Chelios hasn’t played since Feb 20th? A reporter on sportsnet.ca says he signed a deal with ATL. Was CHI doing us a favor by resting him or purely coincidence?

kracker

March 2nd, 2010
8:47 am

Artyukhin might not play tonight…that would be less than 24 hrs after the trade. Not much time to pack your gear, fly across the country and get here for a pre-game physical. It’s possible, though, if he was told he’s playing tonight, so get moving, your ticket is waiting on you at LAX.

GaVaHokie

March 2nd, 2010
8:49 am

kracker

March 2nd, 2010
8:52 am

hmmmm…How solid is the Chelois rumor?? The Thrashers with an-on ice D coach that everybody respects!? That’s a wow in my book. He would also be a factor in a trade, yes?

joyaman

March 2nd, 2010
9:11 am

The Chelios player/coach thing is far more interesting than this deal with the Ducks. Kudos to Viv for tipping us off that the deal was a “minor” transaction, as it clearly turned out to be.

Bob

March 2nd, 2010
9:12 am

Stanley Cup, here we come!

Zoomo

March 2nd, 2010
9:13 am

Chelios for the stretch run? Hmmm… that’d be interesting. Can’t wait to go tonight’s game…it’s been almost a month since the last home game (Feb 6th)

MASHAPlayer7

March 2nd, 2010
9:15 am

I think with Chelios, he had run out of 25 game contracts. In the AHL you are only allowed two I believe. So for him to stay with the Wolves, he would have to sign a standard players contract with the Wolves or Thrashers.

If true, I like the fact the Thrashers signed him. He’ll probably stay in Chicago, but could be a good guy to bring up for the playoff run strictly for locker room presence. I dunno.

I like the Artyukhin trade as it brings 255 lbs of body mass to this team. If nothing else changes (I hope it does), I’d rather see him on Peverly-Max line than White. Regardless, I think Artyukhin should be planted directly in front of the net on the 1st or 2nd PP unit..we need traffic and ugly goals for this stretch run!

MASHAPlayer7

March 2nd, 2010
9:21 am

At the end of all this trade deadline, if we still need a scoring left winger, let’s give Brett Sterling one more chance. He leads the AHL with 34 goals.

StateBird

March 2nd, 2010
9:21 am

Had we been able to add White to the package leaving town I would have been thrilled with this trade. DW needs to ship him out to prevent JA from playing him.

Rawhide

March 2nd, 2010
9:22 am

I hope C Viv got my hat tip for being the first to report this trade. He’s a reporter yet others report it as their own.

Game 7 – Indeed. That guy has done an outstanding job this season bringing us reprots and insight to the team. He’s busted his butt doing his job.

Don’t forget the Ducks don’t have an AHL team. So Oystrick will stay in Chicago to help the Wolves

Stevo – I did not realize that when posting this…great point.

GaVaHokie – Thanks for the link…I’m checking with C-Viv to see how solid that is. Verrrrrrrrrrrrry interesting, however.

MASHAPlayer7

March 2nd, 2010
9:24 am

Man, checking out the AHL stats. Has anyone seen the record of the Hershey Bears, the Capitals’ affiliate? They’re tearing up the AHL, like the Caps are tearing the NHL up.

Combined NHL-AHL record is 87-25-10; 504 goals scored over 122 games, for an average of 4.13 goals scored a game. Yowsers!!!!

World Be Free

March 2nd, 2010
9:24 am

The “Art” trade is OK, in the sense it gives us more depth without giving anything up. It’s not major, but it is something.

Getting Chelios would be great.

kracker

March 2nd, 2010
9:35 am

If MASHAPlayer7 is right about the AHL contract thing…well I don’t know either way. If Chelios isn’t coming to help the Thrashers as a player coach, why would he not just sign a contract with the Wolves? Surely he wouldn’t get clamied off call-up waivers. Well, I guess we will know soon….

Rockem Sockem Thrasher

March 2nd, 2010
9:36 am

Here’s video of Evgeny Artyukhin vs Chris Thorburn

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZSi3HW3uIM&feature=related

R. Stroz

March 2nd, 2010
9:41 am

I’d rather watch the Atlanta Chiefs than the Atlanta Smurfs.

Stevo

March 2nd, 2010
9:44 am

I wouldn’t mind seeing Chelios in Atlanta. If for nothing else, he would be a great mentor for a young team trying to make a playoff run.

Smoothie

March 2nd, 2010
9:49 am

I hate to speculate on stuff like this but it seems rather odd that Cheli a) has not played since 2/20, b) is not hurt by any acct or record and c) his last PTO (supposedly with CHI) was signed on 2/22 I believe.

I realize his situation is special but who gets to leave his team to go to the Olympics after signing a new contract? He’s missed more than just a game or two.

Hmmmm, scratching head.

Buzilla in CT

March 2nd, 2010
9:52 am

Nice link Hokie. He is a brute. Waddell should put together an all-goon squad. Bring back all the old bad @sses. Probert, Baumgardner, Vukoda, Ray, and my personal favorite, Troy Crowder. Maybe Olgie Oglethorpe from the Syracuse Bulldogs.

Just goon it up and get in

Stevo

March 2nd, 2010
10:14 am

Looks like nothing to the report about Chelios. Nothing listed on this page with every transaction – http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/transactions

Spud Webb

March 2nd, 2010
10:35 am

yawn…wooopie…a fighter who wears a visor. what a move.
Nathan has to be happy.
It appears im in the minority here, but I don’t want chelios here as anything but a coach. Like it or not, the man is almost 50 years old and can’t play anymore.

World Be Free

March 2nd, 2010
10:40 am

This team needs a defensive leader on the ice. We have NEVER had one and Chelios fits the bill. He’s free too.

DWTOO

March 2nd, 2010
10:46 am

Count me in the pro Chelios camp. Even on a part time basis – think he could mentor Bogosian similiar to Schneider last year. Plus he has the playoff experience.

And Spudd don’t dump on 50 year old men – we can still hold our own. LOL!

Midfield

March 2nd, 2010
10:49 am

So far, the only trend I’m picking up on Waddell’s trade strategy here is ‘Save more, spend less and avoid rip-offs.’ But I can listen to Clark Howard for this kind of stuff, actually. I was really hoping to watch quality hockey instead.

Smoothie

March 2nd, 2010
11:05 am

For what it’s worth, this is the first time in a while that the “web guy” for the Thrashers, Ben Wright, hasn’t denied this type of rumor. He said he’d look into it. There’s no reason to bring him to ATL until after the deadline when we may end up dealing somebody. I just pray that Cheli isn’t our front-line replacement if we trade Kubina.

Chances are, if this is true, he will play every other game, alternating with Schubert, on the 3rd pairing with Bogosian.

Smoothie

March 2nd, 2010
11:07 am

Pops and Slava are the scratches tonite…no surprise there.

I wouldn’t expect Slava to get dealt til the last minute when all the other available (and there aren’t many) scoring wingers are gone. IOW, when his price is the highest. Going, going, gone!

Schroeder

March 2nd, 2010
11:12 am

Mike Augello has stated that Burke is looking to get a 2nd & 4th round pick for Poni,or maybe a Army for Poni straight up.Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is DW waiting for? Pull the trigger,a big body and scoring winger and is close to Antropov? I take the chance to re-sign him as well after he has seen how nice it is here in Atl and hopefully he looks beyond the octocluster. MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!!

kracker

March 2nd, 2010
11:17 am

BenThrashers twitter – Mark Popovic and Slava Kozlov are expected to be the scratches tonight.

kracker

March 2nd, 2010
11:17 am

oops…I should have updated first

Smoothie

March 2nd, 2010
11:32 am

Thanks kracker for giving Ben the credit, I should have done so.