Dudley would like to speak with pair of AHL coaches

My apologies for being scarce these past few days…there was much to do around the house and time to be spent with the family. Given the schedule over the past several months with work, hockey, the younger tax-exemption’s ROTC schedule & the stage production he has been rehearsing for, the older tax exemption preparing to graduate from high school…knocking wood…and getting things set to transition into college this summer, things have been a tad helter-skelter.

So, the Devine Mrs. R and I simply decided to take a big “time out” from any and all things not directly affiliated with the family and home this past weekend.

Bruins cnter Marc Savard celebrates his overtime goal against Philadelphia. It was his first game played since suffering a head injury on March 7 (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Bruins cnter Marc Savard celebrates his overtime goal against Philadelphia. It was his first game played since suffering a head injury on March 7 (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

However, I have been able to catch a good deal of the playoff action as well. I thoroughly enjoyed watching game-one between Boston and Philly…very dramatic ending as Marc Savard returned to the lineup and scored the game-winner in overtime.

Interestingly enough, this marked the third time so far this post-season that a player who used to be employed by the Thrashers organization has engaged in overtime heroics. On the final Saturday of round one, Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis…both of whom traded from Atlanta to Pittsburgh in 2008 for Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, prospect Angelo Esposito and a first round draft pick…also ended games in overtime.

Now, in news directly regarding the Thrashers…there is this story in the Winnipeg Free Press from late last week. Tim Campbell of the WFP reports that the Atlanta Thrashers are one of a few teams that would like to talk to Manitoba Moose head coach Scott Arniel. Here is a part of the article posted on April 29…

The Columbus Blue Jackets are first in line, but Manitoba Moose head coach Scott Arniel is on a wider radar for an NHL job in 2010-11.

The Blue Jackets and their GM Scott Howson have received permission from the Vancouver Canucks, Arniel’s official employer, to speak to the Moose coach about their head-coaching job for next season.All inquiries must go through Canucks GM Mike Gillis or it’s tampering under NHL rules.

Arniel’s interview with Howson is likely to take place within the next three days. The Moose coach is scheduled to join the Canucks on Monday to help their coaching staff, particularly with the extra skaters, or “black aces.”“We have talked to each other and we’re trying to work out a game plan,” Arniel said Wednesday afternoon when asked if he’s heard from Howson.

“I have to go to Vancouver for Monday, so we might try to get that done before.”

There will be other teams in the mix, however. There are also coaching openings in Tampa Bay, New Jersey and Atlanta, and the Thrashers and new GM Rick Dudley are confirmed as parties interested in Arniel’s services, two NHL sources said Wednesday.If he already hasn’t, expect Dudley to make the permission-seeking call to Gillis any time.

Dudley and Arniel have a long connection, dating from Dudley’s head-coaching days with the Buffalo Sabres when Arniel played there. He also coached Arniel in San Diego of the IHL.

Arniel was the 22nd overall draft pick by Winnipeg in the 1981 draft and played in 730 NHL games…splitting time with the Jets, Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins. He scored 149 goals and 189 assists in the regular season at the NHL level and 3 goals and 3 assists during the playoffs.

During Arniel’s four seasons coaching in Manitoba, the Moose are 181-106-33 and have made the playoffs all four years. Last year following a 50-win performance, he was awarded the Luis A. R. Pieri award as AHL coach of the year. The Moose then advanced all the way to the Calder Cup Finals where they fell to the Hershey Bears four games to two.

Between 2002 and 2006, he was an assistant coach with the Buffalo Sabres.

Also reportedly on Dudley’s list to discuss the coaching vacancy here is Don Lever, the head coach for the Thrashers’ AHL affiliate in Chicago. Currently, he’s busy with the Wolves as they take on the Texas Stars in round two of the AHL playoffs after advancing there by defeating the Milwaukee Admirals in seven games.

In 2007 Lever was the head coach for the Hamilton Bulldogs, who finished the season 43-28-9 on their way to the Calder Cup, AHL championship. Between 1987-’89 and 1992-2002 he was on the coaching staff for the Buffalo Sabres. He held an assistant coaching position with the St. Louis Blues for the 2002-’03 and 2003-’04 seasons before taking over the head-coaching job with Hamilton following the lockout. In the 2008-’09 season, we was an assistant coach in Montreal.

Lever played in 1,020 NHL games after being drafted 3rd overall in the 1972 draft by Vancouver. During his NHL career, he scored 313 goals and 367 assists during the regular season…spending time with the Canucks, Flames, (both in Atlanta and Calgary), Colorado Rockies, New Jersey Devils, and Buffalo Sabres and was an All-Star player in 1982.

During 30 playoffs games…as a Canuck and Flame…he scored a total of 7 goals and 10 assists.

I’m sure there are others on Dudley’s short list of candidates…some we’ve discussed here recently. But these are the two names I’ve read this weekend that the new Thrashers GM has shown definite interest in.

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May 3rd, 2010
1:52 pm

On a completely different topic…..Can you yell at the boneheads in charge of the Thrasher page at the AJC where it lists in the MORE ON search our faithfully departed John Anderson, Ilya Kovalchuck, and Kari Lehtonen? How about getting, I don’t know, current players who we might follow like Kane, Pevs, Slater, et al up there instead? Oh and I would assume Slava will be off soon also? Just a thought, I know the AJC doesn’t really care too much about hockey in general and the Thrashers in particular, but at least keeping somewhat up to date too much to ask them? LOL

R. Stroz

May 3rd, 2010
2:00 pm

Why Dicky Pevs signed for only $1.3 M / season is beyond me

Smoothie – I think the answer to that question resides in Pev’s mini-Christmas tree that was being auctioned last Christmas by the Fan Club.

Pevs had a newborn baby girl and had dressed the tree as a sort of tribute. My guess is he was willing to guaranteed income instead of chancing getting hurt and having no income.

i.3 million a year for two years looks pretty good to a new father that has put years in the minor leagues.

R. Stroz

May 3rd, 2010
2:03 pm

That should read 1.3 million.

The migraine is starting to really set in.

World Be Free

May 3rd, 2010
2:03 pm

Alan R-remember my rule, assistants buy the first round of beers!
But that means that Rawhide might start picking on us at some point in the season-we’ll have to man-up from the start.

rob-McLellan had a couple “what the hecks” last night, officiating in the San Jose-Detroit game was real bad. I’ll replace WTF with ooooohhhh, man! Keep it G-rated for the kids, until we get on a west coast swing.

Someday, maybe someday Dany Heatley will through a body check instead of slashing someone with his stick. Pansy ass!


May 3rd, 2010
2:14 pm

Alan R-remember my rule, assistants buy the first round of beers!
But that means that Rawhide might start picking on us at some point in the season-we’ll have to man-up from the start.

WBF – You got that damn straight! :cool:

rob - Your suggestion and concern has been noted and logged.

Sage of Bluesland

May 3rd, 2010
2:15 pm

…We also don’t have any evidence that Don Waddell is ‘only’ on the business side of the operation now, do we? If anything, we have more evidence his putrid hand is back in operations as opposed to not, as it was reported he was at a minor-league game recently…

Maybe he was checking out their business model? Being at a minor league environment, I’m sure it was one he could fully relate to and understand…

What a joke. Well, the one good thing is that I’ll have more years–YEARS–of laughs upcoming…especially at those who wish/want so badly that they solidify perception at the expense of reality…

I’m sure a few years from now, when Don fires Dud, I’ll hear from those who knew “all along”…Uh-huh…


May 3rd, 2010
2:25 pm

Off topic, but… anyone watching The Pacific?

Red Light

May 3rd, 2010
2:28 pm

Chippers: I am. Interesting stuff much more “personal” than the Band of Bros.


May 3rd, 2010
2:36 pm

Alan, thanks for posting the link to the Dudley interview, Part 1. Nice hearing about our prospects. I assume we get the meatier stuff tomorrow. Or actually, probably not because Duds won’t be able to speak openly about the upcoming hirings, signings and draft choices.

Speaking of draft choices, I was bored yesterday and looked up a few mock drafts and copied the text about the Thrashers choices to kick around:

mynhldraft.com – #8 Vladimir Tarasenko – Ht/Wt:5.11/200 lbs – Position:LW – Team: Sibir (KHL)
[KHL?? Don't think I like the sound of that, brings back thoughts of the Nikulin debacle.]
#25 Jon Merrill – Ht/Wt:6.03/200 lbs – Position:D – Team: USA U-18 NTDP [hfboards has the Rangers picking Merrill at #10]

This next is odd. I thought the Thrashers draft at #8. These next five NHL.com bloggers have us at #9. TSN says #8.
MIKE G. MORREALE – #9 Mikael Granlund, F, HIFK (Finland)
Skinny: A boatload of skill, good work ethic and effective on face-offs.
#25 Jeff Skinner, RW, Kitchener (OHL)
Skinny: Great scoring touch to complement leadership qualities and feistiness.
SHAWN P. ROARKE – #9 Vladimir Tarasenko, LW, Novosibirsk (KHL)
Skinny: Questions remain about bringing him over, but Thrashers can’t help but gamble on him. [NO!! Definitely sounds like Nikulin. On the other hand, the KHL is falling apart, right? With the Dynamo folding, etc.]
#25 Dylan McIlrath, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)
Skinny: Positionally sound, with an accurate shot to compliment his big frame.
JEN RAIMONDI – #9 Riley Sheahan, C, Notre Dame (CCHA)
Skinny: A playmaker, he held his own against older competition in the NCAA this season.
#25 Quinton Howden, C, Moose Jaw (WHL)
Skinny: Positionally sound, with an accurate shot to compliment his big frame.
ADAM KIMELMAN – #9 Brett Connolly, RW, Prince George (WHL)
Skinny: Hip injury slowed him all season, but when healthy has elite-level skill.
#25 Jeff Skinner, RW, Kitchener (OHL)
Skinny: Needs some work but 50 goals this season speaks to his talent.
BRAD HOLLAND – #9 Nino Niederreiter, RW, Portland (WHL)
Skinny: Nobody helped himself more at 2010 WJC, and 36 goals in 64 WHL games means talent is for real.
#25 Calvin Pickard, G, Seattle (WHL)
Skinny: With dynamic Niederreiter in the bag, Atlanta can gamble on their second first with a goalie.

#8 Atlanta Thrashers: Nino Niederreiter (LW) – Current Team: Portland Winterhawks – Ht/Wt: 6’1”/205 – Stats: 65GP, 36G, 23A, 59P
Skinny: Niederreiter has really proven himself this year in his first year playing in North America. The next Suisse superstar is a complete package; he has size, speed, agility, and a hard accurate shot. Nino really wasn’t on a lot of radars, but he completely blew scouts away in the World Juniors. Niederreiter was one of the best players in the tournament, and proved to be a clutch player in key scenarios. Niederreiter could develop into a strong power forward.
#25 This was a top 10 only list.

hfboards projects the Thrashers draft:
Round 1 8 Mikael Granlund C 5′09 171 FIN
Round 1 25 Jeff Skinner L 5′10 190 OHL
Round 2 55 Martin Marincin D 6′4 168 SVK
Round 3 72 Dalton Smith L 6′1 195 OHL
Round 4 101 Andrei Kuchin R 5′10 184 USHL
Round 5 128 Jacob Fallon F 5′09 168 NTDP
Round 5 148 Andy Iles G 5′08 164 NTDP
Round 6 158 Jonathan Parker C 5′10 189 WHL
Round 7 188 Taylor Peters C 6′1 185 WHL


May 3rd, 2010
2:39 pm

Stroz – my point was that he and his agent might have been prudent to wait until the quarter pole of the season as he was leading the team in scoring after 20 games (IIRC) with 8 goals and 24 points. Instead, he signed after 5 games in which he potted 2 GWG and 7 points. Although I would think that his point / game pace (42 points in 44 games) might have given him enough leverage and a strong case for something a bit higher than $1.3 M considering Todd White was stealing $2.5 M / year from the ASG. With our penchant for overpaying, I was guessing Rich could’ve gotten $1.6 – $1.8 M at that point.

But yeah, in his shoes with a new baby and all, I could see his rationale for taking the $2.6 M guaranteed over 2 years.

Alan R.

May 3rd, 2010
3:03 pm

WBF: I’ll start buying when I get my first check, assuming it doesn’t bounce. ;)


May 3rd, 2010
3:04 pm

kracker… the nhl.com drafts were from March, I believe… it was before the final draft rankings were determined. It was assumed that we would finish ahead of NYR.

Holland’s mock, I think, was the most realistic. However, I think Neidereiter might go even higher. Holland was being “outrageous” by moving Nino to 8th based on World’s (Nino was mid-term ranked at 14th) but Nino is carrying a lot of hype now, and he might go 5th or 6th.

The biggest problem with Holland’s mock draft is he completely forgot to put Tarasenko in the first round, at all.

As for the others… I don’t think there is a chance in hell we take Tarasenko at #8… I’d bank on Johansen or Burmistrov if Connelly and Neids are off the board.

I won’t cry, but I think drafting Calvin Picard in the 1st would be a waste… we’ve got a lot of young goalie depth already (Carozzi, Pasquale). I’d rather take Tyler Bunz in a later round if we’re going on potential and the “always draft a goalie somewhere” theory.

… and FYI, I posted the link to the Dudley interview. ;)


May 3rd, 2010
3:13 pm

WBF – Good call on Boston. I knew I’d leave someone out. I just think it’s important to take a longer look at guys that were assistants on succesful post-lockout NHL teams if the team decides to go the AHL head coach route again. Neither AHL coach in Rawhide’s article can really claim that. Arniel had one year ‘05-’06 with the Sabres and Lever has zero. Not good enough in my opinion.


May 3rd, 2010
3:14 pm

I want on the new staff, I’d like to manage the Ice Girls. Also be responsible for hiring/firing, which would be based on performance. (wink/wink) Would also include taking them on all road trips. I will book all their flights/hotels and Limo service. I will pick there outfits too, you think they are skimpy now? Wait till you see my design.


May 3rd, 2010
3:25 pm

omg! Sorry about that hokie! You’re right, the NHL mocks were from March 14th, I think, so that explains the draft position error.

And yes, I don’t have warm fuzzy feelings about drafting another KHLer that’s thought to be reluctant to come to the NHL. If Duds feels the same it could possibly be a trade down opportunity.

Dudley says Klingberg, went a lot lower than he thought, maybe Neidereiter is there at #8, who knows. Anyway, sounds like from his intervire RD will be picking forwards for sure, though he seems to think Cormier is really close.

The goalie, I don’t know but I doubt Duds selects one higher than mid-draft. He sounds confident on Pavs but then again, he’s high on ALL our players lol…he’s the GM now and he will talk them all up in the press during the off-season. That’s simply the smart thing to do.

World Be Free

May 3rd, 2010
4:06 pm

Pacific – I have not seen it but my son sez it is very good. Band was awesome! Bill-we’ll give you more “coach’s interviews” than Anderson did.

Sage-we don’t know, just hoping for the best at this point.

Alan R-in the Bud Light Party Zone. Just as long as I don’t have to drink Bud Light.

Nate-had Rammer in mind when I was thinking of Boston. I have heard alotta good thongs about Arniel in the minors. He will get his shot someday, might not be this season.

Tony C.

May 3rd, 2010
4:09 pm

Why not keep Artyuhkin? He’s got better hands, speed and size than Thorburn? (and I like Thorburn-the guy’s shown he’s prepared to do everything within reason to be a regular in the NHL).

Colby really wants to stay? fugginawwsum! The Kane/Slater/Armstrong line was en fuego from the jump, and I personally feel if Evander hadn’t gone down, that line would’ve provided the playoff-clinching goal. If the report is true, AND Armi’s agent doesn’t have an over-inflated sense of his client’s worth, then you’d be foolish to break that trio up.

I’m all for drafting the Swede, should he fall to us, and I feel you can’t go wrong with a scoring forward from the WHL. Denfensemen-I want to see a premium placed on Speed & Grit- I believe that proper coaching and development time can bring the positional and technical/finnesse skills of a motivated youngster up to speed-You can’t teach fast & you can’t learn to be physically bigger.

Goalies-let’s hire the Beezer first, an then let him tell us which kids he feels he can teach.

Cliff Fletcher

May 3rd, 2010
4:14 pm

Not sure what to make of the Dudley/Waddell relationship, just because it doesn’t make any sense to hire Dudley and keep Waddell around in any capacity whatsoever. You hope he’s not going to get involved in the player – coach decisions, but it is tough to figure out what he’s doing.

Joe Friday

May 3rd, 2010
4:16 pm

“The migraine is starting to really set in.”

I feel your pain, literally. I get cluster headaches, it’s middle age I guess. Mine come and go, could go 6 months, or a year, without one, but they come. Ask your doctor for Imitrex, you self admin. a shot, and it works in 10 minutes.

“anyone watching The Pacific?”

Heck yea. So into it we watched it last night (even though we DVR it) instead of the hockey game. Loved Band of Brothers, this is almost as good. Love the history. Should be mandatory watching for all school kids (and liberals) to learn what our forefathers did for us so we have the freedom to sit around and bitch and moan about Waddell. Those were men. John Basilone would have made a hell of a checking line forward. Ooh rah.

I don’t think Colby is really interested in re-signing here. He’s not telling some jamoke he met at the coffee shop his plans. He knows anything he says winds up on the internet, he quit twittering as well, someone told him to hush up. He indicates he likes it here and it just drives up the offer sheet he gets, smart man to give that answer to a fan he runs into out and about. I have him pegged to go back to Pittsburgh and be one of the first guy’s signed July 1st.


May 3rd, 2010
4:54 pm

sorry atlanta thrashers could’t afford nhl calibr coach. nhl coach will demand more money oppozite ahl coach. and asg policy is cheaper is better. they neve will understand simple thing: littlle more invest now going to be bigger dividents in future. dud. is working for asg. what he can do? just pray he got lucky like pittsburg or capitals. unfortunatly atlanta never got luck with this cheap owners. again just pray.


May 3rd, 2010
6:19 pm

Allright. Here it comes. I don’t really want Colby Armstrong back. I won’t cry if he is re-signed. But he’s not “high” on my wish list. I’d rather keep Artyukhin, a Dudley acquisition, if we’re to believe what we’re being fed about trade deadline moves being exclusively Dudley’s doing. If Duds wanted this guy (Artyukhin), the price isn’t high enough to preclude his re-signing here. R2Kin just has to WANT to be here. Thornburn wasn’t a Dudley move. Maybe Thorburn stays? Maybe he goes? Shrugs. I don’t know.

I do know this much. When Colby Armstrong was an RFA, he signed a 1-year deal to bridge the gap to being a UFA. Colby was traded here. Which means he didn’t come voluntarily. At the RFA crossroads, no offersheet came, and wasn’t going anywhere, anyway. So, Armstrong was pretty much obligated to re-ink for one year. Which is what he did. If he wanted a nice 3-4 year contract, I’d guess Waddell would have acquisced to that. But that keep Colby in Thrasher blue, instead of giving him an “out” to go test the waters of Free Agency. I bear Colby Armstrong no ill will. If he wants to leave, let him go. The goal ought to be to sign player who actually want to play here. I think Dudley can find better than Armstrong at the Entry Draft, via trade. We have two first round picks, and a 2nd round pick, and a 3rd round pick to use in trade discussions, if it comes to that.

We can also look to the farm system for Machacek, Holzapfel, Kaip, Klingberg, Stapleton, O’Dell, etc, etc., etc. We do have options. It’s not as if Colby Armstrong’s departure is a grave misstep in the future of the franchise. Again, if he wants to stay, fine. So long as it’s a reasonable cap hit. Nobody put a gun to Colby’s head if he does re-sign here. I want to see what Dudley does. I want Dudley to have exclusive control over the team. I want him to give the team an identity, which it hasn’t had for a decade. I want to see what Dudley’s objectives are. I’m willing to be totally open-minded. If this team gets grittier and starts winning puck battles, at the expense of some speed and goal production, I can live with that. I want to see a “team concept” put forth. And, above all, I want accountability over results.


May 3rd, 2010
9:31 pm

AWWW $^#&%% crap….f’n internet sucks! well I’m not typing all that over again…My post got lost due to some ‘net problem. Very short version: I laid out why all the paranoid worriers should just get over it and get a grip. DW is OUT of the on ice personnel decisions. No way Duds even comes here to begin with if he wasn’t assured he’s the man this season.

Think about it: What better way is there to move into a GM position than to get a whole year to observe and assess what’s going on with the Thrashers, what they have, what they need w/o having to publicly be on the hook for any decisions?

Dudley is the man in charge. DW may assist as may be necessary due to scheduling, etc., but Duds is defiitely in charge.

Sage of Bluesland

May 3rd, 2010
10:22 pm

…and I’m sure many believed Donny when he stated that Damian Rhodes was the true ‘cornerstone’ player…or when he promised to make the playoffs…or when he stated that Alex Bourret was the player he wanted all along…or that we were ahead of Philadelphia’s progress of a few years ago…

Shall I go on?

Don’t bewieve everything the organization feeds you, for Heaven’s sake. After–if you do–you know what THAT makes you, don’t you?

(But, sometimes, you gotta be what you are, I guess…Oh well, like I said, it will make for some fine humor in the years to come…)


May 3rd, 2010
11:34 pm

What a turn-around in Chicago!! The Blackhawks were staring at 0-2, headed to Vancouver, down 2-1, after 2 periods. But a shorty by Patrick Sharpe and magnificent “team goal” by Kris Vesteeg to give the Blackhawks the win. Patrick Kane added an empty-netter for a 4-2 Chicago win. The series is now tied, 1-1.

Cliff Fletcher

May 4th, 2010
7:33 am

Waddell couldn’t attract a top flight or even middle of the road NHL coach if he tried. Dudley has a reputation; as long as he has the funds to secure the right coach, he’ll get ‘em.

I agree with several of you who have stated that this time is crucual for this organization. No time for on the job training and we better get the right goalie coach-not “Steve Weak”.

World Be Free

May 4th, 2010
7:37 am

Smoothie/Brendan-I am with you on Colby, let him walk and keep Arty. Artuykin played very well after his arrival at the trade deadline. Colby played when he wanted to, took after Kovy’s lead.

Flags of Our Fathers and the Pacific-all great stuff

World Be Free

May 4th, 2010
7:47 am


1. Ilya Kovalchuk 2. Patrick Marleau 3. Tomas Plekanec
4. Teemu Selanne 5. Alex Frolov 6. Alex Ponikarovski
7. Ray Whitney 8. Matthew Lombardi 9. Pavol Demitra
10. Olli Jokinen 11. Paul Kariya 12. Bill Guerin
13. Marek Svatos 14. Jere Lehtinen 15. Craig Conroy
16. Saku Koivu 17. Tomas Holmstrom 18. Adam Burrish
19. Lee Stempniak 20. Colby Armstrong 21. Matt Cullen
22. Doug Weight 23. Matt Cooke 24. Chris Higgins
25. Owen Nolan 26. Jeff Halpern 27. Brendan Morrison
28. Todd Bertuzzi 29. Glen Metropolit 30. Ruslan Fedotenko
31. Raffi Torres 32. Mike Comrie 33. Fernando Pisani
34. Alex Tanguay 35. Eric Belanger 36. Miro Satan
37. Scott Walker 38. Dominic Moore 39. Arron Asham
40. Frederick Modin 41. Jason Williams 42. Scott Nichol
43. Kyle Wellwood 44. John Madden 45. Jon Sim
46. Taylor Pyatt 47 Jamie Lundmark 48. Steve Begin
49. Jody Shelley 50. Rob Niedermayer 51. Manny Maholtra
52. Robert Lang 53. Dean McAmmond 54. Adam Mair
55. Evgeny Artyukhin 56. Jed Ortmeyer 57. Matt Hendricks
58. Wayne Primeau 59. Shean Donovan 60. Richard Park

Here’s an interesting list, top 60 UFAs for this summer. No Max on the list. I do like Pyatt, Burrish and Scott Walker. Maybe one or 2 others, but I bet half the guys on this list will still be looking for NHL jobs on September 1.

World Be Free

May 4th, 2010
7:49 am

Throw in Belanger on the good side too, replacement for Jimmy?

Red Light

May 4th, 2010
8:05 am

The only ones on the above list that fit Dudley’s age profile, in the 20s with the ability to contribute for at least 2-3 years, are:
Kovy, Marleau, Plekanec. Lombardi, Svatos, Burrish, Stempniak, Army, Higgins, Torres, Wellwood, Pyatt, Begin, Malholtra, Arty and Ortmeyer. Of those 16 players, how many do the Thrashers realistically have a chance to sign? Outside of the three they have a relationship with, I’d say 5. And, there are only three guys on the list that are actually top-6 forwards. Agreed?


May 4th, 2010
8:24 am

That list brings up a burning question to me… What the hell is wrong with Kyle Wellwood?! That kid needs to grow a heart or something… so much wasted talent. He stands out to me on that list as a steal, but I have zero faith in him now.

Marleau, Stempniak and Holmstrom stand out to me… not sure you can get Top Line minutes from Holmstrom at this point, but would love to see what we could generate with Antropov and Holmstrom on a top line.

Stempniak could mesh with any line combo involving Kane, Little, Max or Peverley.

Savannah Blueland Fan

May 4th, 2010
8:38 am

Boston won and Chicago won; life is good for me this morning……….although I STILL say Detroit was robbed.


May 4th, 2010
8:52 am

World Be Free

May 4th, 2010
8:59 am

Savannah-I agree with them getting robbed, but Marleau’s “boarding” penalty was a joke too. It all works out in the end.

GaVa-Stepniak is the guy that stands out to me. Marleau is alot like Nabokov–it’s going to take alotta money to get here. What other motivation does he have to come to ATL other than money? Marleau and Wellwood both have some motivational issues. wellwood was cut by Toronto, the recessed his career in Vancouver. Now he’s falling back. The guy isn’t very big either.

Here’s another player that I would be keen on-Sergei Gonchar. Still a good defensive defenseman that is a great power player point man. He’s already told PIT he’s not taking a hometown discount.
RL-I pushed pretty hard for Malholtra last summer. He signed in SJ for $700K, alot less that supposedly SJ was offering at the time. He uis one of the best faceoff men in the league, can play all 3 forward positions. Like Beklanger, another potential replacement for Jimmy if we decide to move in a different direction.


May 4th, 2010
9:29 am

I think it would be worth the risk to throw a few million at Tomas Holmstrom to finish his career in Atlanta. Put him on a line with Kane and Peverley and look the eff out! Talk about your hard-working lines! If Lidstrom doesn’t retire, DET will be hard-pressed to keep Holmstrom happy and in the fold at fair value. Even though he is getting up there in age, he is the type of savvy, gritty veteran you want on your team to round out your top 6 line-up.

So how does the “brain”-trust at HockeyBuzz fail to include Mad Max? Perhaps they figure his return to ATL is a foregone conclusion, but that is a really egregious oversight!

World Be Free

May 4th, 2010
9:32 am

Smoothie-they forgot Gonchar too!
Jokinen at #7? Talk about a flame – out!

Gonchar on the point, Holmstrom in front of the net.


May 4th, 2010
9:42 am

WBF – why not? Let’s go for broke! Tell Holmstom he can have $3 M to rest for 4 mos until Feb. Have Gonchar start the year so we can get off to a flying start, but then have him rest for a couple months so he’s fresh down the stretch and into the playoffs! Wow what was in my coffee!?

Shoot it

May 4th, 2010
9:42 am

Anyone know of a watering hole where the Red Wings game will be shown this evening?

World Be Free

May 4th, 2010
9:44 am

Smoothie-I agree, let’s do it! Hope Duds is reading.

Shoot it-do not, but you might want to go to the Wings web site, maybe contact their offices in Detroit maybe thry might know.


May 4th, 2010
9:46 am

Shoot it – I know of a hole that will be showing the game, its known as Detroit! Ba dump bum! Please tip your waitress!


May 4th, 2010
9:56 am

Duds’ Interview Excerpt: “In Tampa when I hired John Torterella there was no doubt we’d need someone different as an assistant. I was very proud of that coaching staff. When I handed John the reigns I knew I had to get Craig Ramsey. John was a very abrasive, in-your-face guy who would challenge players and he had some negative motivation to him. He was a very good coach, but he needed someone to soften his message and someone to follow up. Craig was an inordinately smart guy who knew what the player was thinking, and after a guy had been dusted by Torts Craig would go around and build him back up. He did that with regularity and if you talk to anyone like Pavel Kubina or Dan Boyle they’ll tell you how much that meant to that team.”

Sounds like a pretty strong endorsement for your boy Rammer. Well, he’s hardly a boy, but if he’s our HC, who’s the hard ass that will tear into the team when they are loafing / playing lackadasical?


May 4th, 2010
9:59 am

Shoot it – in all seriousness, if you are looking to get out of the house to watch the game, your only real options in this town are Twain’s, Manny’s Tavern and TJ’s. You might be able to get a screen at Taco Mac changed to the game, but I doubt you’ll get any dedicated volume for the Versus feed. Another option might be RiRa Irish Pub in midtown. It’s huge and if they aren’t real busy, you can get the bartender at a satellite bar to hook you up with the game.

Mister Phelps

May 4th, 2010
10:12 am

Who’s going to be the locker room spy now that Weeks is gone?


May 4th, 2010
10:19 am

FYI- Belanger was here for one season. I believe the first season Hossa was here and he left soon as he could afterward. I seriously doubt he would want to come back.


May 4th, 2010
10:27 am

Carl Klingberg models his game after Tomas Holmstrom… would make for a great mentoring opportunity.


May 4th, 2010
10:42 am

GVH – word is bond! I love it! If we’re planning on keeping the roster intact (Duds seems way optimistic about retaining Max, Kubes, C-Mac of course, Moose and even Army), then why not go after a guy like Holmstrom? Due to his age, he can’t expect more than 2 years at a time so it’s relatively low risk. Klingberg would probably LOVE to play with a childhood hero or at the very least, someone with the same skill-set and style of play.

Now who can we get to tutor Morin?? ;-)

World Be Free

May 4th, 2010
10:49 am

Rightshot-Not sure if we decided not to resign him or if Belanger left on his own.

Arneil and a Winnipeg newspapaer-is this the same newspaper that had the Thrashers announcing they were moving tio Winnipeg “any day now”?

Clingberg-I think we need to save 2 roster spots for the guys on the farm. we need to make sure the farm boys know there’s a chance to make it to the NHL through ATL.


May 4th, 2010
10:50 am

Smoothie… Reading between the lines from the Dudley interview, I don’t think Morin is ready to make the squad yet… from what I remember from Central Scouting, he needs to work on his positional play and skating. I see the Wolves in his immediate future.


May 4th, 2010
10:56 am

GVH – I don’t doubt that, but I’m not even sure Klingberg will play for the big club this year. I’m thinking he starts in CHI (Duds seems convinced he needs to come stateward) and gets a couple of call-ups when the situation fits. Holmstrom brings him along slowly this year and then we unleash the Swedes the following year with Bergie playing C between Klingy and Holmstrom! Okay, that’s a stretch. Morin will be in CHI next year and perhaps the following year…he’s 20 is he not?

World – Belanger was thrown under the bus by Waddell after the playoff debacle in 2007. He was non-plussed to say the least. Belly will not be coming back unless it’s a road date for another team. Sorry.


May 4th, 2010
10:57 am

RE Holmstrom – Dudley wants to bring in an older veteran for leadership. Holmstrom is certainly a solid veteran but does he fit the veteran leader profile?


May 4th, 2010
11:20 am

Holmstrom = leadership by example.

Kane = leadership by example.

Kubina (hopefully) = stoic, calm leadership.

Hainsey = vocal, not afraid to say what he feels leadership.

Army = class clown, keep the room loose leadership.

Slater = resident recycling guru.