Thrashers employ ‘less is more’ thinking at trade deadline

OK…raise your hands if you thought the trade deadline would come and go Wednesday with Colby Armstrong, Pavel Kubina, Maxim Afinogenov, Christoph Schubert and Mark Popovic all remaining on the Atlanta Thrashers’ payroll?

looking around the blogosphere…uh-huh, not too many.

I didn’t add Kozlov in that list of players because, quite frankly, I didn’t hold any hope that anyone would make any real offer for him, even though he was willing to waive his no-trade clause.

As Don Waddell put it, “We never had a offer to bring him”.

Clarke MacArthur, seen here battling Sidney Crosby Tuesday night, has 13 golas and 13 assists in 60 games this season (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Clarke MacArthur, seen here battling Sidney Crosby Tuesday night, has 13 golas and 13 assists in 60 games this season (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

However, like so many of you, I was somewhat surprised at yesterday’s lack of major moves by the Thrashers…but I have to admit, I’m absolutely OK with it. At the end of the day, it appears that the organization was not impressed enough by whatever offers they did receive for any of our players and decided to say, “thank but no thanks”. In doing so, they have chosen to keep these pending UFAs to make their playoff run over the rest of the way.

Regardless, compared to what was speculated for weeks, Waddudly opted for the ‘less is more’ theory and have decided that what they had in house was what they are willing to go with down the stretch.

It’s a gamble of course, as we could see these any number of these players depart Thrasherville with nothing to show for it than the service provided during the course of their contracts. In essence, instead of trading Army, Kubina and Max and then try to fill their spots…they have become Atlanta’s rentals.

But the panic button wasn’t pushed like it was in 2007, and as such Waddell didn’t “Zhitnik-ed” this go around. That in and of itself is a step in the right direction.

In keeping with the “less is more” philosophy… what the Thrashers are left with after ‘”less” deadline dealing than thought is “more or less” much the same as before…only a little “more”.

By that I mean…Opie and the Moose will remain to keep the goal, although not necessarily in that order. The seven defenseman in which John Anderson can ‘pick-six’ from are still Kubina, Hainsey, Oduya, Enstrom, Bogosian, Schubert and Popovic. Up front, Anderson still has the same players to pick from…in addition to now the newly acquired Evgeny Artyukhin and Clarke MacArthur. That means the coach has 15 forwards to choose from in order to fill out his lineup card…12 will play and 3 will view the action from press row.

To me, that means 12 play while one other join Slava Kozlov and Todd White at the press box buffet counter.

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Lineups could look something like…Antropov-Little-Bergfors…Kane-Slater-Armstrong…Peverley-Afinogenov-MacArthur…Reasoner-Boulton-Thorburn. Sure, you could mix and match a couple of those lines… maybe even sit Clarke in favor of Artyukhin’s size out there and we’d see…ahem…MacArthur park next to Slava and Todd in the press box.

sorry…

But either way, clearly Anderson has some options today that he didn’t have when the week began.

As for Wednesday’s pick up from Buffalo…C-Mac played in 60 games for the Sabres this year and has scored 13 goals and just as many assists…four goals and three assists came while on the power play. The big number, however, that has been pointed out is the Todd White-esque minus 14, which was the worst +/- rating in Buffalo this season. The career numbers for the 74th overall selection by Buffalo in 2001 is 41 goals, 38 assists, 127 PIM and a –11 during 187 NHL games.

MacArthur will be an RFA this summer and is coming off a contract that paid him $1.4 million for the season.

In comparison, Artyukhin has 4 goals and 9 overall points in 37 games played in Anaheim with 41 PIM and an EVEN +/- rating. In his career, he’s amassed 14 goals and 28 assists along with a –3 and 282 penalty minutes in 182 games. He’s slated to be a UFA on July 1 and his contract has been worth $950,000 this season.

Returning to the Afinogenov, Kubina and Armstrong situations…as discussed previously, Waddudly will have between now and June 30 to talk contract with these players and other pending UFAs. Waddell has indicated that he intends to discuss a deal with Kubina’s agent and maybe that played a big part in his decision not to ship him off. Could the same be true for Armstrong and Afinogenov…maybe even Schubie and Pops?

Maybe…but right now there is this little thing we call a playoff hunt to deal with. And these guys have been retained to help get the Thrashers back there for the first time since their one-and-only excursion past 82 games three years ago.

And how they perform toward that goal could…more or less…dictate if they want to stick around for a little while longer.

118 comments Add your comment

rob

March 4th, 2010
5:42 pm

Only people DW can play hardball with are the ASG, but I actually think we have a good squad here, except in between the pipes.

Somaatl95

March 4th, 2010
5:44 pm

LOL @ Bob. Nice way to celebrate Winnipeg Day! makeitfour.blogspot.com will have an “official” announcement about what team is “moving” next. I will keep you guys posted!

Oh and GO THRASHERS!

rob

March 4th, 2010
5:47 pm

Not gonna watch the whole game and peek in halfway to see how it’s going? I stayed for the entire Caps 8-1 trainwreck. You learn just as much about the guys when they lose as when they win. Watched too many games this year they quit on or didnt give it their all, but I haven’t seen that postKovy, wonder if it’s a sign? Either way, u gotta watch the WHOLE game!!! c’mon, I mean, even standec is happy (sort of) with the recent play, and this is a different team going against the Isles tonight. LOL

Nikita

March 4th, 2010
5:53 pm

Ok, ok. I’m convinced. But is it starts to suck, I’m going to go walk my dogs.

Thrashers27

March 4th, 2010
6:28 pm

For those who would like to watch the game tonight…Gamecenter is offering free access for tonight. Here’s the link.

https://gamecenter.nhl.com/nhlgc/secure/registerform?free=true&CID=6543105&CMPID=NHL0970-186275

rob

March 4th, 2010
6:33 pm

Nikita,
OK deal.
Hey standec…….. when r ya comin out to see the boys in blue LIVE?!?!?!?

Yung JB from MTL

March 4th, 2010
7:16 pm

every1 come to Gamecenter Chat and watch the game free! what a goal by bergfors!

erock

March 4th, 2010
7:32 pm

Direct T V Channel 773 is showing

Tom

March 4th, 2010
7:48 pm

4-1 at the end of the 1st period. Tough goal to give up to end the period but the Thrashers outskated the Islanders in the 1st.

rob

March 4th, 2010
8:04 pm

Center Ice but lord the Isles announcer is dry!!! He did say the Armstrong penalty that led to goal was BS but thanked the ref for the goal LOL

Yung JB from MTL

March 4th, 2010
8:29 pm

R2 whaaatttt a goaalllll baby

Get The Puck Out

March 4th, 2010
8:40 pm

Is that Billy Jafee working the Isles announcing?

Tom

March 4th, 2010
8:47 pm

What a great night for the new guys. R2, McArther Park, and Bergdorf Goodman all on the scoreboard.

BG33Brown

March 4th, 2010
8:49 pm

thrashers27, THANKS!!! I’m stuck in my hotel, just listened to the 1st 2 periods. Now, i can watch the 3rd.

thanks.

rob

March 4th, 2010
8:54 pm

6-1 after 2!!! Hey Schultz stick that in front of you glasses and digest that!!! Only thing I’m NOT liking is the dam Isles announcer saying DW sure has to be liking all his trades producing. grrrr LOL
Nikita,
Hope you walked the dogs on intermission or something and didn’t miss this game!

somaatl95

March 4th, 2010
9:34 pm

My lord what a great game!

stendek

March 4th, 2010
10:29 pm

Hi Bill. Wahoo! Was watching third period of Pengwhines overtime victory over Ranjerks when I heard one of announcers praise Atlanta Thrashers. Why? For being a much better team after trade of, uh, what’s his name, oh yeah, Ilya Kovalchoke. I agree wholeheartedly! A 6-3 home triumph is a 6-3 home triumph. Be it the Canada national hockey team or Francine’s Figure Eight Skating School For The Blind! Offense excelled with six goals. Goaltender was on edge with three goals allowed. Would like to see that goals against total in the 1.5 to 2.5 average range. Oh well. Still contend this group has a shot at playoffs! Would have had no shot with that former captain. Except for bronze in the figure skating event with all Russian judges of course. Solid HOME win. It is mandatory that Thrashers hold serve (win in Bluesland) in order to secure a playoff berth. I do like what I am seeing. Hope the guys keep it up! ++STENDEC++

Rawhide

March 4th, 2010
10:50 pm

stendek – Great game indeed…and whats with the trading of the C for a K there???

OK, kids…here’s a new blog where we can discuss Atlanta’s flushing of the Islanders.