NHL Trade Deadline-A-Palooza 2010

Well kids…its Wednesday March 3, 2010 and NHL Trade Deadline-A-Palooza 2010 is reaching its much-anticipated climax. Here in Thrasherville, we’ve already witnessed a few moves already by the organization…the trade that brought in Evgeny Artyukhin from the Ducks Monday night and the signing of Chris Chelios Tuesday. And while the Chelios move wasn’t necessarily a “trade”…it may be the precursor of something that will come down later today.

Does it mean somebody like Pavel Kubina or Ron Hainsey is being shipped out, and Chelios is heading this way to fill the roster spot? Or is it like what Don Waddell said…he’s simply there in case of an emergency situation. I guess time will tell.

As the day progresses, I will update this blog post with news related to any Thrashers trades and or any other news of interest. It’ll be down below under the heading “Trade Deadline Updates”.

Pavel Kubina battles Florida's Gregory Campbell along the boards Tuesday night. But will Kubina be a Thrasher after today? Well...stay tuned. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

Pavel Kubina battles Florida's Gregory Campbell along the boards Tuesday night. But will Kubina be a Thrasher after today? Well...stay tuned. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

Oh, and let’s not forget last night’s 4-2 win against the Panthers…a game that saw Todd White score the game-winner on the power play during the third period. I guess Whitey picked a pretty good spot to net his one goal for the month of March, wouldn’t you say?

Johan Hedberg stopped 34 of 36 shots to earn win number 15 on the season… Rich Peverley scored the games opening goal, his nineteenth of the season…and two players that many have speculated  will not be residents of Thrasherville after today also scored, Armstrong and Kubina.

With the win, Atlanta moved Atlanta into tenth in the east over Tampa Bay, who were thumped by Philly 7-2 Tuesday night. The Thrashers are but one point behind the Rangers and Boston, who hold 8th and 9t place in the Eastern Conference as the Bruins lost 4-1 to Montreal and New York beat Ottawa by the same score.

So with that…let’s sit back and watch as today’s NHL Trade Deadline-A-Palooza unfolds during what could be a very interesting day indeed.

TRADE DEADLINE UPDATES

:!: 10:45 am – Per Ben Wright’s twitter…”Despite Chelios signing, just told that Thrashers are not interested at all in dealing Pavel Kubina”

:!: 12:41 pm – Per c-viv’s twitter…”Slava Kozlov says he may play in KHL next year if not in NHL”.

:!: 2:39 pm - Thrashers and Sabres make a trade. To Atlanta, forward Clarke MacArthur…to Buffalo, 3rd and 4th round pick.

237 comments Add your comment

Sage of Bluesland

March 3rd, 2010
6:17 am

The Florida Panthers? One team that is, remarkably, worse than the Atlanta Thrashers…It’s amazing how giddy some are for achieving a “goal” where over half the teams meet the criteria every year.

Here are the fruits of your ten-year plan–and all that ‘building through the draft!’.

Wow. Well, you know what the old saying is: You get what you deserve.

Indeed, you do. You’ve accepted this abomination–and actually subsidized it. The laughable even try to ‘defend’ it!

Maybe that blustering fraud of a GM we have will do better this next decade? He can hardly to worse…

R. Stroz

March 3rd, 2010
7:24 am

Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines.

Zoomo

March 3rd, 2010
7:40 am

>>I guess Whitey picked a pretty good spot to net his one goal for the >>month of March, wouldn’t you say?
Must’ve been all that practice he had in the skills competition shooting at the cones with Rawhide’s picture on them ! :)

Zoomo

March 3rd, 2010
7:47 am

Does “Oduya” mean “Lazy” in Swedish? I hope it’s a post-Olympic hangover. The guy barely had any effort last night.

World Be Free

March 3rd, 2010
7:54 am

Chicago and Toronto looked horrible last night, I mean real bad. Toronto lost to Carolina, the Canes held the puck in the 2nd period on the Leafs’ zone for over 2 minutes, looked like a 5-3 power play at even strength. Chicago’s goaltending is awful at best against the scoring-challenged Islanders. Serves the Hawks right for overpaying Huet and Campbell, they have no room to move.

Nice to see Ray Shero doing what he needs to improve his team without giving up an no. 1 pick or a core player. He’s showing people how it’s done. All his deals were completed before the last day. He can sit back and watch people overpay today.

Bob

March 3rd, 2010
8:09 am

Enter your comments here

puckhead

March 3rd, 2010
8:11 am

Sage is a plant BAA

Red Light

March 3rd, 2010
8:12 am

WBF: Shero has done it for three years straight. Very savvy.

Toby

March 3rd, 2010
8:19 am

I agree with Bob.

Smitty

March 3rd, 2010
8:19 am

WBF

Shero just picked up Ponikarovsky without giving up much. Hope DW is taking notes.

Toby

March 3rd, 2010
8:20 am

Brad Boyes
Kris Versteeg
Peter Mueller
Wojtek Wolski

Any one of these four needs to be a Thrasher by the end of today. That NJ first is looking pretty sweet right now…

Toby

March 3rd, 2010
8:21 am

Not sure Smitty…Caputi is apparently a really good prospect…and for a UFA? I’m somewhat glad we didn’t give up that much…

J.B.

March 3rd, 2010
8:31 am

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Stooge of Bluesland

March 3rd, 2010
8:33 am

The Thrashers beat the Panthers??? Are you kidding me?? The Panthers?? Seriously??

Florida is a team the Thrashers SHOULD beat…..so as you can se, it’s all a hideous plot by the Spirit Grroups and Don Waddell to get you to come to Blueland! It’s just a trick to get more of your money.

They know if the Thrashers win, against teams they SHOULD win against, they just might make the playoffs. In doing so attendance will rise and if, God forbid, they do make postseason, that’s just a few more games they can fleece you of your money.

Don’t subsidize the incompetency. If they continue to win, don’t fall for the ploy.

BAHHHhhhhh – BAHHHHHhhhhh – BAHHHHhhhhhhh

Toby

March 3rd, 2010
8:36 am

J-man

March 3rd, 2010
8:45 am

Smitty is quite right about Ponikarovsky. Really, if that was all it took to get him, DW could easily have matched it. Schubert, Cormier and maybe a 3rd or 2nd round pick would have been enough. Luca Caputi is a high risk prospect in that the odds are pretty high that he’ll be another Erik Christensen type player and nothing more. I hope DW has something decent in the works because I remain unconvinced that the team can make the playoffs without adding another top 6 forward.

World Be Free

March 3rd, 2010
8:49 am

Toby-any of those players would look good in a Thrashers’ uniform for the game tomorrow night against the Long Gi-landers.

Not a bad trade for the Leafs. As Toby noted, Caputi is a good prospect vs a draft pick which is rolling the dice. How good is Pittsburgh’s scouting? Caputi was a 4th round pick.

Smitty’s point is based on the fact that Shero did not give up a roster player to get Poni. Looks like Pitt’s roster is starting to hit their stride, now they have a 6′4″ winger to play on one of their top 3 lines.

GaVaHokie

March 3rd, 2010
8:56 am

If you want to watch Tradecentre live today, here’s the link… TSN has it blocked for “canada only”.

http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=616&id=61166&navid=DL|NHL|home

Pittsburgh Pirate Fan

March 3rd, 2010
9:05 am

Thanks to the Pittsburgh Pens fans last night.

They gave Ryan Miller a louder standing ovation than Cindy Crosby. Nice to see them cheer and American over a Canadian, just like Canadians would do to Americans.

This “I hate America” BS from Canada makes me sick.

Somaatl95

March 3rd, 2010
9:22 am

I can’t believe I am about to say thanks to the Pens fans as well but yes that is nice they cheered their own countryman instead of their “Star” man-child. And I have a retort to this “I hate America” crap as well – makeitfour.blogspot.com

Nikita

March 3rd, 2010
9:31 am

…yes, the Thrash should have beaten the Panthers. But they can be challenging, and a win is a win is a win. I was not thrilled with the pace of the game — both teams looked sluggish and to put it frankly Clemmensen sucked. I was also not thrilled that some of our usually more active players were practically invisible. And Toby Enstrom was off, though an off night for Toby is still a pretty good night. But I was totally thrilled to see Peverly and White on the upswing — I’ve been worried about both.

Hopefully that relatively easy win will pave the way for some crucial wins in the weeks to come.

DWTOO

March 3rd, 2010
9:34 am

Smoothie – Like your blog site, but, the picture of the cat is just nasty!

Stan Drulia

March 3rd, 2010
9:35 am

Stooge of Bluesland is an idiot. His post says it all. Did a Thrasher’s player sleep with your wife or something?

GaVaHokie

March 3rd, 2010
9:37 am

The best thing about hockey is any team can beat any other team any given night of the week… if teams won everytime they were supposed to, I’d be a millionaire in Vegas.

frenchy

March 3rd, 2010
9:38 am

Can someone remind me what the deal is about “I hate America” comments? I thought the crowd in BC was real nice and classy when they chanted USA USA when the US girls received their silver medals in the women’s final gold medal game…

And yes I am a french canadian… and we usually are classier than that… Where does that come from?

J-man

March 3rd, 2010
9:48 am

Frenchy – I stopped watching the women’s gold medal game as soon as it was over (man, that was some bad hockey – looked like 2 US high school teams playing), but there were plenty of boos from the Canadian crowds at ALL games the US men played in the tournament. You probably heard the 1000 or so US fans cheering during the medal ceremony. Frankly, as a viewer if I took anything away from the Olympics it’s that Canada hates the USA a lot. I can’t answer where this comes from, but I would like to remind you of the incident a few years ago where Montreal fans booed the US national anthem during a Canadiens game. Thanks Canada. Appreciate that. We keep your border safe so you can spend pennies on national defense and all we get out of it is hate. Thanks.

Saga of Bluecheese

March 3rd, 2010
9:49 am

I hate the Thrashers.
Nobody likes me.
But I need the attention, so I think I’ll post my flystrike ridden cr&p here.
Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Smoothie

March 3rd, 2010
9:50 am

DWTOO – thanks, I appreciate the feedback! Glad you like the content even if the lion-cut hell cat was a bit much to stomach. But alas, we are done with the Panthers this season…thank goodness.

According to David Pagnotta of the Fourth Period, ATL along with LA were linked as having strong interest in Ponikarovsky (duh). I’m glad DWad stuck to his guns as we should have a realistic shot at him in UFA if necessary this summer. Would rather have Wolski or Versteeg due to their RFA status and upside, but for the right price, I’m okay with a rental. We have tons of cap room to play with in July.

Go Thrash!

PS – We didn’t play all that well last night and still took care of business. Good to finally see some fruit harvested on the PP and the D put the clamps on in the 2nd half of the 3rd after staying pretty aggressive on the forecheck. Gotta beat the Isles now!

Rawhide

March 3rd, 2010
9:53 am

Must’ve been all that practice he had in the skills competition shooting at the cones with Rawhide’s picture on them

Zoomo – LOL!! :lol: If it helps him score more, I’m OK with that.

Thanks to the Pittsburgh Pens fans last night.

They gave Ryan Miller a louder standing ovation than Cindy Crosby. Nice to see them cheer and American over a Canadian, just like Canadians would do to Americans.

PPF – Classy move indeed…I plan on doing the same FOR HIM when Buffalo is in town a couple weeks from now.

Stooge of Bluesland is an idiot. His post says it all. Did a Thrasher’s player sleep with your wife or something?

Stan Druila – If I’m not mistaken, that was a satiristic jab at Sage of Bluesland. Kinda linke “Sage of Bluecheese” too.

drajax

March 3rd, 2010
9:55 am

Team looked good last night considering the layoff; it was an easier win than most of our other wins. In the last 30 minutes of the game the power play produced some good chances, the defense played adequate and Hedberg did his part. Overall, the Panthers are a team we should beat and we beat them, not easily, but close to it.

Pittsburgh Pirate Fan

March 3rd, 2010
9:56 am

Frenchy, read the Canadian blogs, CBC Nightly News or any newspaper in Canada. America bashing is their favorite exercise. It’s been going on for years. Betcha most of the people yelling “USA” at the women’s game were Americans.

If I remember well, your fans in Montreal booed the American anthem loudly when the US invaded Iraq to depose Sadaam Hussein. Could you imagine what the Canadian reaction would have been if we did the same?

I am sure you’re a nice person and I appreciate your posts on this blog. But I can’t avoid the obvious; sick and tired of hearing what a great NHL city Hamilton and Regina would be and that we have to give up our team so they can stop crying like little babies.

J(Z)

March 3rd, 2010
9:58 am

Don’t the Thrashers typically play down/up to the level of their opponents??? A win is a win!

Hopefully Miller also gets the night off when they come here in two weeks :)

J.B.

March 3rd, 2010
10:00 am

I’m thinking DW would have pulled the trigger on Poni, but didn’t because there was an indication he would not re-sign after this season if traded here. Just a thought… nothing to back that up at all.

Somaatl95

March 3rd, 2010
10:10 am

Frenchy – go to TSN.ca/nhl and look at any southern or “Non Traditional Market” team – you’ll see why we all get ticked off – read the comments – most of them are as nasty as possible…

kracker

March 3rd, 2010
10:25 am

kausatoday tweet Phoenix Coyotes kicked tires on Slava Kozlov, nothing imminent there, but it shows Coyotes are out in the marketplace looking for scoring

kracker

March 3rd, 2010
10:26 am

BenThrashers tweet RT @CraigCustance: Despite Chelios signing, just told that Thrashers are not interested at all in dealing Pavel Kubina.

frenchy

March 3rd, 2010
10:47 am

Thanks J-man. From what I could hear from the broadcast, the entire building was chanting… but that might just be my perception of things. It sure looked like high school hockey and I suppose the IOC committee has a point regarding women’s hockey in the olympics…there are really only 2 maybe 3 teams that can compete.

As for the Mtl incident, you know as well as I do that there are some dumbasses everywhere(from any country for that matter). I personally don’t think Canadians hate americans. For the record, our anthem has been ridiculized often enough too… If they can sing it at all…

frenchy

March 3rd, 2010
10:54 am

Pitt Pirate fan,

been here for 13 years now, I would hate to lose our franchise to Hamilton or any other market(not quite get why they would put a team in Hamilton though)

I won’t get into politics…that would be for another platform…

Lets get in the playoffs! Go Thrashers!

kracker

March 3rd, 2010
11:04 am

C Viv – ajcthrashers tweet Artyukhin skating with Afinogenov and Peverley.

GaVaHokie

March 3rd, 2010
11:04 am

Per Viv… Artyukhin practicing with Pevs and Max today.

Bob

March 3rd, 2010
11:06 am

Ok, today is the first useful day I have found for Twitter, but it’s funny watching McKenzie, Custance, Dreger, TFP, DamoSpin, et al all post the exact same things one after the other . . . it’s like watching a bunch of hyped up lab rats running around the wheel chasing one another to tweet something 5 seconds before the next guy.

Bob

March 3rd, 2010
11:08 am

I mean, is it really necessary to know within microseconds of a trade going down? Is our society going to come to an end if we have to wait an hour for it to show up in the paper online? lol, I call it the Starbucks iPhone Generation. Must have information now!

GaVaHokie

March 3rd, 2010
11:08 am

Bob… agreed… I’m tempted to roll it back to just McKenzie. Dreger seems to be the farthest behind.

DWTOO

March 3rd, 2010
11:11 am

Good points frenchy – there are DA’s on both sides of the border and the most obnoxious always seem to post the most. After sunday’s game I was perusing the CBC boards and the comments from both countries citizens bore this out. Most were positive and congratulatory, but, there’s always a fool. (Rawhide we need a spellchecker)

However, I do wonder why most Canadians would cheer for a a Euro team rather than the States. I’ve seem this numerous times.

Bob

March 3rd, 2010
11:13 am

that’s what I noticed, McKenzie is the only one worth following, but it’s funny watching them chase each other’s tails (and McKenzie gets irritated by it as well, you can tell he hates this hyped up twitter nonsense). Slow down, enjoy some rest and quiet, read a book, grab a paper, talk to your friends and family (you know, really talk to them with words coming out of your mouth), put down the iPhones people!

J(Z)

March 3rd, 2010
11:20 am

It always cracks me up to see ESPN about 3 hours late on all these trades

Smoothie

March 3rd, 2010
11:30 am

Dreger is usually the safest because he is the most accurate of the TSN guys. However, you can usually count on whatever Kevin Allen tweeting to be fact or soon-to-be fact.

Gut with sportsnet is reporting that Kubina may be close to an ext with the Thrashers…talks with mgmt are ongoing!!

Sweeet!

TableHockey

March 3rd, 2010
11:33 am

Interesting interview with Kozlov, though the translation is a bit rough: http://english.sport-express.ru/summary/1_4887/

Smoothie

March 3rd, 2010
11:36 am

That should be “guy” with sportsnet…same one who broke the Cheli deal.

BTW, MacKenzie’s last tweet was a re-iteration of Dreger’s work. Count on Dreger. Mac is the speculator, Dreger is the fact-checker.

Stan Drulia

March 3rd, 2010
11:38 am

I guess I didn’t catch it Rawhide… but I will stick to my original post and apply it to the real Sage anyways… for someone who hates the Thrashers so much, he spends a ton of his time discussing what’s wrong with them an this message board.