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

Nikita

March 3rd, 2010
3:37 pm

I’d love to see Koz waived. White, possibly, as well.

I’m trying to remember the rules, though — Koz can still get picked up till when? If there’s any chance of his bieng picked up, he needs to go. Morale is poor, support for the coach is poor, and play is poor. So why’s he still here?

Smoothie

March 3rd, 2010
3:38 pm

World – one more thing, do you have any idea if he has any shoot-out prowess? If we get real desperate, we should send out Arty and have him skate as fast as possible right at the goalie and wait for him to flinch as he crashes the net and tries to jam the puck thru the goalie.

Zoomo

March 3rd, 2010
3:41 pm

Yeah, our shootout crew is not too good right now.

Red Light

March 3rd, 2010
3:47 pm

Here’s what Rutherford got for Cullen, Corvo, Ward, Walker, Alberts and a 5th round pick:
D Brian Pothier
F Oskar Osala
(3) 2nd-Round Picks
3rd-Round Pick
7th-Round Pick
G Justin Pogge
4th-Round Pick
D Alex Picard

World Be Free

March 3rd, 2010
3:48 pm

Smoothie-don’t know about shootout record

World Be Free

March 3rd, 2010
3:49 pm

Red Light – agreed, toss in Shero too.
Ray probably went golfing today!

Red Light

March 3rd, 2010
3:51 pm

Yep, another budding GM superstar, WBF.

Badger Bob

March 3rd, 2010
3:51 pm

Smoothie – I’m with you on just getting into the playoffs, for the young-uns AND so that Sage can’t whine we’ve only made the playoffs once ;) .

Viking

March 3rd, 2010
3:53 pm

I see that Colby is born in the same place as MacArthur. Do they know each other since childhood?

GaVaHokie

March 3rd, 2010
3:55 pm

Hmmm… Brian Burke just said, “we turned down a 2nd and 4th round pick from a team [for Ponikarovsky] because we were high on Luca Caputi.”

Atlanta, I wonder?

Adam

March 3rd, 2010
4:01 pm

Imagine this: The top 4 in the east stay in the same positions and the Thrash somehow, by the grace of the hockey gods, squeak into the 7th spot. How many here think Kovi goes down for the series in game 1? ;)

If it happens I like our chances of getting swept by the Caps in the 2nd round.

Badger Bob

March 3rd, 2010
4:01 pm

Viking – MacArthur and Army were 4 years apart. Both played in WHL, but again were separated by 4 years, so there’s no history of the two of them playing together. But I bet they know a lot of the same people, seeing as Lloydminster is about the size of Dalton, GA!

Badger Bob

March 3rd, 2010
4:09 pm

GVH – my thoughts exactly when I heard Burkie say that.

Red Light

March 3rd, 2010
4:12 pm

Rawhide:

So, at the end of this day and during the past 2-3 weeks, the Thrashers essentially have acquired Artyukhin, MacArthur, Bergfors, Oduya, Chelios, Cormier, Vishnevski, and a 1st-round pick for Kovalchuk, Salmela, Oystrick, a 3rd-round pick, a 4th-round pick and a conditional draft pick in 2011. They also now have 10 expiring contracts on July 1.

Are you… Thrilled? Confused? Resigned? Disgruntled?

Red Light

March 3rd, 2010
4:14 pm

Rutherford wasn’t done! He also dealt Stephane Yelle and Harrison Reed to Colorado for C Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll and a sixth-round pick.

Badger Bob

March 3rd, 2010
4:14 pm

Tweet from Army: “We didn’t lose anyone today and got a western boy!! Sick!! Can never have enough!! Hahaha”

Red Light

March 3rd, 2010
4:15 pm

And, Staios goes from Edmonton to Calgary for Aaron Johnson and a third-round pick.

GaVaHokie

March 3rd, 2010
4:21 pm

Saw that too Badger… we’re hitting all the same spots today. LOL.

I’m still curious how Army feels… we’ll probably never know until it shakes out on July 1st.

Smoothie

March 3rd, 2010
4:26 pm

@armdog “We didn’t lose anyone today and got a western boy!! Sick!! Can never have enough!! Hahaha.”

Colby seems pretty happy and relieved he didn’t get traded and we brought in some Western CA grit.

Smoothie

March 3rd, 2010
4:30 pm

Out of the 10 expiring contracts, 5 are the following:

Boulton
Slava
Popovic
Schubert
Hedberg (with all due respect, he’ll be 37)

All of these players we can live without if Mannino pans out and Pavelec progresses. But we’ll have $ for a goalie in UFA.

The other 5 expiring contracts are:

Kubina – in the process?
Colby – may not want to stay
Slates – perhaps expendable but very sign-able
????
????

Who am I missing?

World Be Free

March 3rd, 2010
4:31 pm

Red Light-it is easier to egt more when you are dumping players for hte future. Our people went into this stating they were in it for a playoff run. The General will help.

jt

March 3rd, 2010
4:31 pm

I think Colby may want to stay in Atl. He’s got a good thing going with Slates and Kane. He may be happier here than we think.

Smoothie

March 3rd, 2010
4:31 pm

Wow, looks like we’ll be playing Cam Ward, Eric Staal and the Albany River Rats on Sunday! Watch them beat us. They have actually been playing really well since we beat them 5 to 3 in Raleigh.

Red Light

March 3rd, 2010
4:32 pm

Max and Artyukhin

MB

March 3rd, 2010
4:37 pm

Was more like Deadline-a-Snooza 2010

Badger Bob

March 3rd, 2010
4:47 pm

Imagine, playing on a line with Crosby and Iginla winning gold one day, suiting up with a half-AHL line up the next. Sorry, Eric Staal…

Smoothie

March 3rd, 2010
4:52 pm

Duh, mental overload. Max, of course! We may be able to bring him back, but let’s be reasonable, no one expected to have him next season. But then again, no one expected a 60-65 point season either! Let’s hope Dementieva likes visiting Atlanta!

As for Arty, we shall see, but in all likelihood, it won’t be a big loss. The core is in place and with a few key re-signings as well as 2 or 3 shrewd UFA signings this summer, this team could be coming into its own over the next couple of seasons.

Badger Bob

March 3rd, 2010
5:02 pm

Red Light, we’ve already seen we got better (chemistry, at the least) with those deals in the short term. Looking at next year’s roster, and assuming we don’t re-sign the UFAs we got or traded away, I see we’ve acquired 3-4 players who suit up here (Oduya, Bergie, the General, plus Cormier or Vish?), 1-2 players suiting up in Chicago (Cormier and/or Vish?), plus a low 1st round pick, while losing Salmela and Osytrick. Looks okay to me. Not thrilling, but younger and tougher isn’t such a bad thing.

Brendan

March 3rd, 2010
5:12 pm

McPhee deserved credit for the team he assembled last year. And this one surpasses that one. No one ever said repeating was easy, if you’re Pittsburgh. But the Penguins did well, too. I think Buffalo got better with Raffi Torres.

The amazing move of the deadline was the Islanders finding a home for Mandy in Ottawa. Stunning. I have to give the Isles some credit on that one.

Yung JB from MTL

March 3rd, 2010
6:03 pm

kracker- i gto the copyright for the R2 ;-)

As for MacArthur, what a trade! He’s at least woth a second rounder! Anyways we werent going to do anything with those 3rds and 4ths since we have like 3 in the top 60. But the R2 pickup makes me wonder… If he plays with pevs and finy then great! But i dont want him battling with Thorbs for the 4th line spot, cause Thorbs is the hardest workin player ! Here’s my projected depth chart ATD (after trade-deadline)

Same 1st
MacA- Pevs- FInn
Kane-slater-army
R2-reasoner-Tjorbs

White, Kozzy waived, Boulton sits till army gets out then R2 takes his place as the 3rd RW.

Same D with Cheli comming in at the end of the year + playoffs if he pklays well

Go Le Thras

LAC

March 3rd, 2010
6:30 pm

Where will that BIG announcement about moving to winnipeg be held Thursday March 4th ?

Gary Bettman going to be in winnipeg to announce it ?

Will we ever see Atlanta Thrasher owners in the flesh ever ever again ?

Where and Why are they Always HIDING ????

What are THEY afraid of ?

Will they ever GROW UP ?

Watch Thursday same blog, same Blogmaster !

World Be Free

March 3rd, 2010
8:00 pm

Yung-agreed, I like the move
Brendan-where you been today?
Smoothie-do you think we can (along with others) get back to work tomorrow?

Jeff Schultz-what a total D-bag. Make me happy and sign onto his article today and tell him to audition for a role in the Three Stooges movie.

kracker

March 3rd, 2010
8:25 pm

Yung JB – check, you get the copyright on R2 for Artyukhin. Looking over the Thrashers roster I don’t see anyone we can nickname as D2…thinking about a Star Wars line. Considering this team’s history, I’m good with picking up Darth Vader if he can bring a healthy dose the Force from the Dark Side. I nominate Todd White as Yoda lol…cept Yoda probably has a lot better wrister.

Rawhide

March 3rd, 2010
8:54 pm

kracker – Don Waddell and Rick Dudley…Don and Dudley…D squared..or “D2″.

Just sayin’…

Smoothie

March 3rd, 2010
9:55 pm

World – I hear ya man, work won’t be the same…it will be WORK! Ugggh, but at least we have a game to look forward to. Just hope we don’t go up against the same Roloson that stopped 41 shots in Chicago! Rolo is old and he needs he rest…perhaps we get Biron.

BTW, since Kovy’s departure, this team has averaged a hair over 34 shots per game. Better yet, they’ve been eclipsing the ever important 10% shooting mark more often than not. Let’s see, adding in my head, we have 18 goals (19 if you include Kaner’s EN) in 6 games. Take away the WSH game in which we only had 2 goals on 45 shots and that’s 16 goals in 5 games or 3.2 per. In those 5 games, we’ve averaged around 32 SOG and whatta ya know? 3.2 / 32 = 10%

Keep that up along with the goaltending we’ve been getting since January 6th and you end up with quite a few more wins. 1 down, 12 more to go!! 12 out of 21 doesn’t seem so daunting does it? ;-)

Rawhide

March 3rd, 2010
9:58 pm

Brendan

March 3rd, 2010
11:05 pm

WBF, helping the BOSS. I tried my best to keep up with it all today.