Torchetti close to being officially named new Thrashers coach?

Is Thrasherville close to getting it’s new head coach? Well, according to Andy Strickland… who covers the St. Louis Blues over at Hockeybuzz.com… the answer is ‘yes”.

 Strickland tweeted last night that the Thrashers and Torchetti are close to a deal that would bring the Blackhawks assistant coach to Atlanta to fill the head coaching here. He cited that a close friend of Torchetti told him that a “deal is all but signed”.

To be honest, I raised an eyebrow when I learned of this “twitter rumor” given that I haven’t heard or read anything about the two parties even meeting yet. It was only recently revealed that the Thrashers received official permission by the Blackhawks to talk to Torchetti about the job.

 But if this is true, then the timing of any announcement could coincide with the NHL entry draft this weekend…something Don Waddell and the Thrashers wanted to do two summers ago when they announced John Anderson would be the new head coach in Atlanta.

UPDATE: Chris Vivlamore says that the Thrashers have indeed spoken with Torchetti.

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World Be Free

June 21st, 2010
9:16 am

It would be nice to have a coach at the draft, especially if we are looking to trade with Chicago for some established players.

World Be Free

June 21st, 2010
9:17 am

Hamhuis to Philly; does that mean Braydon Coburn is the odd man out?

Jameson

June 21st, 2010
9:26 am

WBF- I read something that I think Custance tweeted a link for that said Carter was the odd man out in Philly, and that Hamhuis was going to be an addition to the blueline. Coburn may see less minutes, but I don’t think he’s out of the picture.

Smoothie

June 21st, 2010
9:39 am

Interesting that Philly added Hamhuis potentially at the expense of Braydon Coburn. Coburn is due a big raise as he is a RFA for the final time. Perhaps he will await UFA status patiently so he can continue on as an important cog on a Stanley Cup aspiring contender. But chances are, Philly will need to move some salary in order to sign him to a fair market value deal.

Not surprising to hear that the Torchetti deal is all but done as he has been the consensus front-runner in the minds of many of the most well-regarded hockey writers. Bigger question is will Dudley be able to pull off the bigger coup of luring his old pal, Craig Ramsay, to ATL as 2nd in command / associate head coach.

For those who can’t get enough of the mock draft, I’ve done my best to make my draft order predictions a bit more, hmmmm, tantalizing? Okay, some might say I made a mockery of the mock draft! Here’s the top 5. I’ll be doing 6 – 14 and 15 – 24 throughout the week. Please check back from time to time if you are hungry for more draft hype!

http://thrashingbirds.blogspot.com/2010/06/making-mockery-of-mock-drafting.html

GaVaHokie

June 21st, 2010
9:43 am

Alan, cover your ears… I saw Eklund has Vancouver interested in Coburn.

GaVaHokie

June 21st, 2010
9:44 am

Bob McKenzie will have his Top 75 Player rankings out today at noon… http://www.TSN.ca/nhl

World Be Free

June 21st, 2010
9:46 am

GaVa – I saw the same thing about Coburn but didn’t have the Eklund heart to repeat it. I have Eklund on Twitter too, along with Conan and Jim Gaffigan-all 3 are comedians.

Matt

June 21st, 2010
9:59 am

It’s a great move to bring Torchetti in as head coach if it happens, but I would rather hear it from an Atlanta blogger instead of someone from ST. LOUIS. I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’…

World Be Free

June 21st, 2010
10:09 am

Smoothie on Rammer–
I think (not sure) that Ramsay’s deal with Boston states that he is allowed to leave the Bruins to accept a head coaching job. This would eliminate his avialability for an assistant or associate coach’s position.

I think this is the case-so much information the last 2 weeks on coaches.

Rawhide

June 21st, 2010
10:27 am

:!: BLOG UPDATE :!:

C-Viv tweets that the Thrashers have indeed already spolen to Torchetti

Smoothie

June 21st, 2010
10:34 am

Not much of an update Bill. We already knew they were going to talk to Torchetti. Don’t see why Dudley would wait more than a week. They’re pretty tight if you read anything that Russo has ever writtern about Duds and his hockey background. One thing I did learn just this morning though: Torch coached in the “Q” in 2006-07 as the HC of the Moncton Wildcats. While they had a good record, they weren’t too good at keeping pucks out of their net…uh oh?

GaVaHokie

June 21st, 2010
10:53 am

WBF… haha… I have Conan as well, but not Gaffigan.

Tom

June 21st, 2010
10:56 am

Smoothie

There is always a big difference between officially talking and just talking, if you know what I mean. As old friends there is nothing that stops Torch and Duds from talking about family issues. You know those issues that include if they were interested in moving to ATL next year I am sure you would be able to qualify for a $2,531,152 mortgage here. Or that if you rented for a year you probably could pay cash for the home.

Nothing to stop family discussions like that at all.

So don’t worry about the officially talking stuff. That is only for strangers.

Smoothie

June 21st, 2010
11:23 am

Okay Tom, thaaaannnks. Duly noted I guess.

Dwayne

June 21st, 2010
11:43 am

Eklund told us last year Torch would be the coach
Here is the link..http://www.TSNeklunddumdass.ca/nhl

Dwayne

June 21st, 2010
11:53 am

Thank you Trixie!!!!

World Be Free

June 21st, 2010
11:53 am

GaVa-I need both Conan and Gaffigan around to provide human to get through all the lunacy of the world. Duds is probably working on a few things this week; it is between Torchetti and Ramsay and neither of them is going anywhere.

Hockey Biltong

June 21st, 2010
12:08 pm

The USA beat writer is usually more accurate than Eklund…

World Be Free

June 21st, 2010
12:18 pm

Biltong-which writer for USA Today?

Clarence Campbell

June 21st, 2010
12:28 pm

World Be Free

June 21st, 2010
12:29 pm

Hockey Biltong

June 21st, 2010
12:40 pm

That’s the guy! Kevin has his stuff together more than most. Check his tweets for good info. Thanks Clarence!
WBF, looking forward to seeing you next season!!!

GaVaHokie

June 21st, 2010
12:45 pm

Kevin Allen is far more accurate, but you won’t get him to say ANYTHING until it’s practically done.

Allen is a good “buffer” for anything Eklund is saying.

Speaking of “buffer”… Kevin Allen is reporting that Byfuglien is available.

Hockey Biltong

June 21st, 2010
12:53 pm

He would be nice if not too costly…

Red Light

June 21st, 2010
12:57 pm

Been doing a little light reading this morning. Apparently from what I’ve read, Torchetti’s contract with the Blackhawks will expire this month and another report said that Ramsay can’t leave Boston unless it is for a head coaching position. So, if that’s the case then the only package deal where Dudley gets them both for Atlanta, it will be with Rammer as head man and Torchetti as his associate head coach.

World Be Free

June 21st, 2010
1:01 pm

Biltong-same here, we have been wonder where you have been! Have Kevin Allen on Twitter now too.
Red Light-what you have stated about Torch and Rammer is my understanding as well. I woukld trade pick #24 for Buff anyday!

GaVaHokie

June 21st, 2010
1:03 pm

Eklund has no pride. He’s a hockey tabloid… he’ll throw out absolutely everything he’s hearing… I think a lot of his information is from player agents trying to create buzz for their players. I think McKenzie, Strachan and Duthie probably throw him a few hat-tips too that they’re too professional to dish out themselves.

More credible writers, like Kevin Allen, will restrain until they get more concrete information.

DWTOO

June 21st, 2010
1:26 pm

HB – Been watching Bfana Bfana?

Jeff

June 21st, 2010
1:52 pm

Face it…the ASG is not really interviewing seriously that wouldn’t fit the larry Drew model: CHEAP!

Badger Bob

June 21st, 2010
1:58 pm

I’d have said we would need to give up more than pick #24 for Dustin B, but then the Huet trade happened, so I guess the up-against-the-cap crowd may not have so much negotiating power (or Gauthier is a weak GM, but hopefully the former).

Tom

June 21st, 2010
4:00 pm

Badger Bob, Huet got traded?

Rawhide

June 21st, 2010
4:09 pm

:!: 2010 Schedule Announcement :!:

The NHL has released all of the home openers for the 30 teams. The Thrashers home opener will be on Friday Oct. 8 vs. Washington.

They will be in Tampa Bay the next night for the Bolts home opener. Also, they Thrashers will be in LA on Tuesday October 12 for the Kings opener and then in San Jose on Saturday October 16 for their home opener.

Here is the complete list of NHL home openers:

ANAHEIM – Wednesday, Oct. 13, Vancouver.
ATLANTA – Friday, Oct. 8, Washington.
BOSTON – Thursday, Oct. 21, Washington.
BUFFALO – Saturday, Oct. 9, NY Rangers.
CALGARY – Sunday, Oct. 10, Los Angeles.
CAROLINA – Wednesday, Oct. 27, Washington.
CHICAGO – Saturday, Oct. 9, Detroit.
COLORADO – Thursday, Oct. 7, Chicago.
COLUMBUS – Friday, Oct. 15, Chicago.
DALLAS – Thursday, Oct. 14, Detroit.
DETROIT – Friday, Oct. 8, Anaheim.
EDMONTON – Thursday, Oct. 7, Calgary.
FLORIDA – Saturday, Oct. 16, Tampa Bay.
LOS ANGELES – Tuesday, Oct. 12, Atlanta.
MINNESOTA – Thursday, Oct. 14, Edmonton.
MONTREAL – Wednesday, Oct. 13, Tampa Bay.
NASHVILLE – Saturday, Oct. 9, Anaheim.
NEW JERSEY – Friday, Oct. 8, Dallas.
NY ISLANDERS – Saturday, Oct. 9, Dallas.
NY RANGERS – Friday, Oct. 15, Toronto.
OTTAWA – Friday, Oct. 8, Buffalo.
PHILADELPHIA – Monday, Oct. 11, Colorado.
PHOENIX – Saturday, Oct. 16, Detroit.
PITTSBURGH – Thursday, Oct. 7, Philadelphia.
ST. LOUIS – Saturday, Oct. 9, Philadelphia.
SAN JOSE – Saturday, Oct. 16, Atlanta.
TAMPA BAY – Saturday, Oct. 9, Atlanta.
TORONTO – Thursday, Oct. 7, Montreal.
VANCOUVER – Saturday, Oct. 9, Los Angeles.
WASHINGTON – Saturday, Oct. 9, New Jersey.

Thrashers27

June 21st, 2010
4:47 pm

Kevin Allen w/USA Today is saying that The Thrashers were chasing Halak before he went to St. Louis. Interesting…soudns like they wanted Cormier and Duds doesn’t want to part with him.

World Be Free

June 21st, 2010
6:18 pm

Tom-that Huet statement sent me scrambling too.

Thrasher27-I still think the Thrashers are going to make a play for a goaltender . There will be plenty out there in the next 2 weeks. The Broones want to move Tim Thomas badly, they need the cap space if they are going to do anything. Thomas is less than one year removed from winning the Vezina. He lost his job to a kid that was in the zone and never complained about it. Some would say that why should he complaint with that contract. I think he has too much class and knows that h’ll get a chance somewhere. It would not take much to get him, an American boy.

Sounds like Gonchar is going to hit the open market too. Once signed, he would be the best defenseman the Thrashers ever had.

Getting ready for your responses

World Be Free

June 21st, 2010
6:37 pm

Red Light-yesterday we conversed about Hamhuis and Grebeshov yesterday, the latter being possible insurance if Hamhuis leaves Nashville. Now, it looks like David Poile is not going to send a Denis Grebeshkov a qualifying offer, making him a free agent. Sounds like Poile has something up his sleeve.

World Be Free

June 21st, 2010
7:15 pm

Staibitz traded to Minnesota means Boogaard will be available July 1.

Jason

June 21st, 2010
10:33 pm

0-4 start, here we come….

Brendan

June 21st, 2010
11:41 pm

WBF, how old is Gonchar? And how much is he going to cost out on the open market? And who still owns the Thrashers? Sometimes, I suppose, having cheap and inept owners can work to a team’s benefit. That is, they can’t attract top tiered Free Agents to go OVERPAY, in their twilight years.

Although, certainly Bobby Holik comes to mind. One of the greatest moments in Thrasher history occurred when Holik’s $4.25 million-per-year contract came off Atlanta’s books. Gonchar may very well be the best defender Atlanta has ever had, but he’d also be 36. Which is the age Kubina would have, at the ENNNNND of his contract, should he accept a 3-year deal from Atlanta. Gonchar is already that age, and not getting any younger. In Gonchar’s shoes, what would attract you to Atlanta? Now, I hear ya, whoever just said, “Well, there is that yelling of “Knights!” during the Anthem that is so very appealing. You only see the desacration of the anthem in a few other markets. That’s got to be a HUGE PLUS for Atlanta as FA contemplate their future years.

Brendan

June 21st, 2010
11:44 pm

WBF, are you still sold on Josh Harding in net, for Atlanta? I am hoping we get Biron. I have this sinking feeling, it’ll be Moose and Pavelec, again. Actually, wouldn’t it be cool if Pavelec’s nickname were “Squirrel?” Then would have Chris Vivlamore corner Valabik and say, “Boris, have you seen Moose and Squirrel?”

Barry

June 21st, 2010
11:57 pm

Haha the Rocky and Bullwinkle goalie tandem of the Atlanta Thrashers. That’s interesting that certain people are reporting a deal is close to being done for Torchetti but isn’t Dudley also supposed to interview Craig Ramsey also? Has that even happened yet? If a GM is planning on interviewing someone else I would think they would at least weigh that option before agreeing on Torchetti unless Dudley feels Torchetti is THE MAN!

Red Light

June 22nd, 2010
2:46 am

World Be Free: My prediction is Shea Weber will be named captain and the Preds are clearing all the cap space possible to sign him to a long-term deal prior to the start of his last season under contract. He’ll be a 25-year old RFA next season and is due to make $7 million per year or so. Hornqvist will be signed to a substantial RFA deal as well and Nashville will focus on those two as part of their core long term. Poile always has a plan because of his low-end budget.

Sara

June 22nd, 2010
6:57 am

The friggin’ Caps for the home opener again? Sheesh …

That LA game certainly has the potential to be very interesting.

Barry – Ramsey was interviewed shortly after the Bruins were eliminated from the play-offs. Vivlamore had blogged about that. So far as everyone knows, Torchetti was the last guy on Dudley’s list to interview.

GaVaHokie

June 22nd, 2010
8:21 am

I’d rather have Kubina then Gonchar.

The Halak rumor is interesting. I think Dudley will go after a goalie if it makes sense. I don’t feel that he’s “desperately seeking” one, IMO.

BlueSpark

June 22nd, 2010
8:49 am

I’d also take Kubina over Gonchar.

The only way I see Dudley going for a goalie is if Moose is moving on.

Cormier is interesting. We’ve got way too many centers: Antropov (should be a winger!), Peverly, White, Slater, Reasoner, Little (now plays wing), Thorburn (now plays wing). Cormier is a 3rd line center. Le Thrash have at least 2 of those already. What about a fourth line of Boulton-Cormier-Artyukhin?

Rawhide

June 22nd, 2010
8:53 am

What about a fourth line of Boulton-Cormier-Artyukhin?

BlueSpark – Oooooh…now there’d be a nasty 4th line with more than just a little bit of an edge to it!

jimbo

June 22nd, 2010
8:59 am

Have any of the posters ever really watched Gonchar? True, he’s a machine gun from the point on the PK but he hardly earns the title of “defenseman”. He’s constantly out of position, timid, and a bit of a bonehead. He doesn’t get to play in shut down situations. “The best defenseman the Thrashers ever had?” What in the world are you smoking, inhalling, chewing?

BlueSpark

June 22nd, 2010
9:05 am

“The best defenseman the Thrashers ever had?”

Exactly, Jimbo. We all know the best Thrashers defenseman ever was Chris Tamer!

/me ducks

lola

June 22nd, 2010
9:17 am

Blue Spark: Lola’s Luvin’ your 4th line. And 77 is my lucky number!

GaVaHokie

June 22nd, 2010
9:18 am

Interesting… like Heatley last summer, Jason Spezza is due a $4 million bonus on July 1st.

Anyone still want him?

kracker

June 22nd, 2010
9:21 am

Canes to low-ball budget?

tweet – mirtle Very close to floor. RT @CanesCountry: Jim Rutherford: Next Season’s Payroll To Be Between $43 to $45 Million http://sbnation.com/e/1293639