Seven Thrashers RFAs receive qualifying offers – Four do not

The Thrashers have extended qualifying offers to seven players slated to become RFAs later this week. Four did not get offers and will become unrestricted free agents.

Thrashers RFAs Receiving Qualifying Offers

Nic Bergfors– Forward obtained during the trade last February that sent Ilya Kovalchuk to the Devils. He was a first round pick by New Jersey in 2005. Bergfors is coming off a contract that paid about $800K.

Nic Bergfors celebrates his game-winning goal against the Florida Panthers last season. Two of his eight goals scored as a Thrasher were game-winners (AP Photo/John Amis)

Two of the eight goals scored by Nic Bergfors as after joing the Thrashers were game-winners. He is shown here celebrating one of those against the Florida Panthers last February (AP Photo/John Amis)

Bryan Little – Forward, first round draft pick by Thrashers in 2006. He has 50 goals, 51 assists and is a –13 in 206 NHL games. Little’s contract paid him $900 K last year.

Ben Eager – Forward acquired last week in the multi-player deal with Chicago. He was the Phoenix Coyotes’ 23rd overall pick in 2002. eager is coming off a contract deal that paid just under $1-million.

Clarke MacArthur – Forward who the Thrashers got by way of trade with Buffalo last March. The Sabres took him in the third round in 2003 and has 88 overall points in 208 NHL games. MacArthur’s contract paid $1.4 million last season.

Ondrej Pavelec – Goalie who was drafted in second round of 2005 by Atlanta. He is 20-28-7 with a 3.33 GAA and .902 SV% in 61 games played. His cap hit was $1.43 million last season.

Peter Mannino – Chicago Wolves goalie who was 26-5-1 with a .921 SV% and 2.34 GAA last season. He has 3 NHL games played while with the New York Islanders.

Anthony Stewart – Forward signed last summer by the Thrashers. Played last year with the Wolves scoring 13 goals and 18 assists in 77 games. He had 9 goals and 3 assists during 13 AHL playoff games.

Thrashers RFAs Not Receiving Qualifying Offers

Chad Denny– Defenseman drafted by Atlanta in second round of 2005. That 49th overall selection was acquired from San Jose when Atlanta traded their 8th overall pick to the Sharks. Last year with the Gwinnett Gladiators he scored 9 goals and 15 assists in 56 games played.

Rylan Kaip – Forward who was drafted by Atlanta in 2003 with the 269th overall pick. Last year in Chicago he scored 4 goals and 7 assists in 68 games. He had no points in 9 playoff games.

Scott Lehman– Defenseman taken with Atlanta’s 76th overall selection in 2004. He played in 104 games with Chicago over 4 seasons, only 11 games last year, and 75 with the ECHL Gladiators over 2 seasons. Lehman has played in one NHL game with the Thrashers.

Matt Siddall– Forward taken with the 270th overall pick in 2004. He has played 20 total games with Chicago and 92 ECHL games split between the Gwinnett Gladiators and Victoria Salmon Kings. He played fours season with Northern Michigan State.

60 comments Add your comment

Badger Bob

June 28th, 2010
1:52 pm

Chad Denny’s release helps cement the beautiful legacy of the 2005 draft (2nd rounder)!

Telfo

June 28th, 2010
2:17 pm

no big surprises. I dont want Macarthur back but i imagine he still has some value left

kracker

June 28th, 2010
2:20 pm

twitter – BenThrashers Good to hear. RT @dankamal: Asked if there was a chance the Thrashers would sign pending UFA(s) before Thurs Dudley answered quickly, “Yes.”

Yes, good to hear. It will be better to hear of the actual signings. I expect we will hear them soon.

Dan, ask Dudley about Torchetti.

Your Mammy

June 28th, 2010
2:22 pm

Just curious Ice Man: What do you see happening with Moose Hedberg?

Former AIZ-er JD

June 28th, 2010
2:25 pm

Chad Denny ate his way out of his career. I saw him play for the glads in Charlotte. He was huge. I couldn’t believe he was a second rounder. He was slow and out of shape. He’d come to the bench and was literaly huffing and puffing like an 80 year old.
Why do I have the feeling that someone other than Pavelic or Moose will be our #1 goalie this year? Mannino maybe? Carrozzi? Pasquale?
As much as I was unimpressed by Clarke, we paid too much to have him not offered anything. He better step it up this season.

Rawhide

June 28th, 2010
2:43 pm

Just curious Ice Man: What do you see happening with Moose Hedberg?

Your Mammy – Last I heard the Thrashers and Moose were still talking contract. Dudley has said he was “comfortable” with his return. I guess we’ll see. One thing I do know, though, is that I’m not at all “comfortable” with giving Pavelec the the starting job just yet…so for me it needs to be Hedberg again or someone else.

Jameson

June 28th, 2010
2:45 pm

I’m not big on MacArthur, but if I choose between him or White being our backup player, I choose MacArthur. Plus, he’s cheaper than White.

Badger Bob

June 28th, 2010
2:54 pm

MacArthur is a double-whammy – the two picks were too much to give up, and the $1.4M is too much to pay. Hopefully it’s a 1 year contract so he knows he’s competing for a job and playing for his next contract.

TableHockey

June 28th, 2010
3:02 pm

I was wondering about Moose myself. I read a blurb after the Chicago trade that said Dudley wanted to add a 20 goal scorer and a 2nd goalie. I assumed that meant Hedberg was either out or becoming the goalie coach.

Badger Bob

June 28th, 2010
3:05 pm

TH – Duds stated in the post-trade teleconference that he wanted a 20 goal scorer and a “second round draft pick”.

Rawhide

June 28th, 2010
3:06 pm

Your Mammy & TableHockey – regarding your comments about the situation with Hedberg…in C-Viv’s latest blog entry, he quotes Dudley as saying “We are a little ways apart. Not insurmountable but a little way”.

TableHockey

June 28th, 2010
3:09 pm

Thanks Bill – I was just reading that. I’m surprised by some of the folks that want to test the free agency waters. I thought Schubs and Arty would be easy to resign. I do appreciate Dudley being frank with the fans though.

Rawhide

June 28th, 2010
3:37 pm

I’ve heard that Craig Ramsay will be on 680AM The Fan with Buck and Kincade at about 3:40

J.B.

June 28th, 2010
3:40 pm

Chris’ article indicates another trade for a goal scorer may be coming prior to Thursday’s free agency deadline. I wonder if the organization kept MacArthur in the mix to use as a piece in an upcoming deal. I would think, while not terribly valuable by himself, he could more easily be used as an effective “sweetener” in a deal to close.

jack

June 28th, 2010
4:18 pm

Moose please come back. Having and trusting Pav in goal is like giving all your credit cards to your wife/girlfriend.

Seriously, Rawhide thaks for all the information, it will be very interesting what happens in the coming days.

goose

June 28th, 2010
5:17 pm

I don’t think that dudley will trade C-Mac. I would look to Little as the one to be traded

POTF

June 28th, 2010
6:53 pm

Need to resign Kubina and go after a goalie. What are the odds of bringing Savard back?

World Be Free

June 28th, 2010
7:21 pm

POTF-Savard won’t be back, he has a short list of teams he can be traded to and we are not one of them. I think his style of play is catching up to his body. The goaltending situation is worth watching for sure. I think Dudley will go outside the organzation, if the “Moose talks” fall apart.

20 goal scorer? Lee Stepniak

jack

June 28th, 2010
8:28 pm

WBF Good Point. Savard has had some nasty concussions, and I really not sure he is a gtd to be productive moving forward. However if he can be productive, he rocks. :)

Virginia Flowers

June 28th, 2010
8:36 pm

I’m a glutton for punishment…I liked Chad Denny. I’ll be sad to see him go lol.

Tony C.

June 28th, 2010
9:16 pm

I dunno. It’s not like we’re big spenders WBF, and the word is Stempniak wants well more than the ‘Yotes are prepared to offer. If I were to pick which former Leaf ends up here, my money would be on Ponikarovsky and not Stempniak… ALthough I’d be happier with Stempniak-I just don’t see what the big deal about Ponikarovsky is… big, with soft hands who plays about a half-foot smaller and softer than he is…I mean why not re-sign Armstrong if we’re looking for a guy like that?

Tony C.

June 28th, 2010
9:19 pm

Wonder if we could get Ray Whitney? It seems that he’s not fitting into the ‘Canes picture-and at this point of his career you know being close to his family is going to be a big factor….plus how many point-per-game guys do you know of that’re available this summer? Not to mention he has a great reputation of being “good in the room”… maybe to play the Dave Andreychuk role in Dudley’s “vision”????

POTF

June 28th, 2010
9:24 pm

WBF- Stempniak might be a good addition, however kinda small. Who takes a chance on Olli Jokinen?

Spud Webb

June 28th, 2010
10:24 pm

Jokinen has burned some bridges, it’ll be interesting to see where he wears his welcome out next.
I wouldn’t mind having ray whitney at all.
I’m excited to watch how things pan out in the next week.

MB

June 28th, 2010
10:47 pm

Wow Virginia, you must be a glutton for punishment. Saw Denny play in the Glads last game of the season and he was simply horrible. Actually, maybe I’m being a bit harsh…outside of being slow, clumsy, and making bad decisions, he had a great game.

Couldn’t believe that he was the same prospect we thought would make the big team some day. I swear I’ve seen better street hockey players.

World Be Free

June 28th, 2010
10:58 pm

Tony C-I was real disappointed on how Ponikarovsky played in Pittsburgh after the trade. He had more time than most last season additions to get it going, it just didn’t work out. He’s a big guy with good skills, I thought he would thrive when he got out of the weight of Tronna, like Antropov and Stepniak did. I am dead set against resigning Colby Cheese. He dogged it here for half the season, picked it up around the trade deadline. Let Pittsburgh have him back, or Tronna. He won’t be able to dog it in either place. Hot or score, Colby did neither.

POTF-the other thing about Step is that his hot streak was pretty short lived. I’d like having him at the right price, like Spud’s suggestion, Jokinen. He made $5.25M last season and will be lucky to get $3M this season, for maybe 2 years.

Lombardi is still my favorite, good skills, speed and some upside. He’s another player Calgary gave up on too soon, like Marc Savard and Martin St. Louis.

On UFAs-the closer you get to July 1 and not signed, the closer they are to being gone. Kubina will get his money in free agency, Max too. It’s almost too late, unless both sides really want a deal done and they are really close. Agents are more apt to push a player to the open market.

World Be Free

June 28th, 2010
10:59 pm

That’s hit or score Colby

World Be Free

June 29th, 2010
6:04 am

Jack-would really like to have savard back, but that’s a big commitment for a guy who might still be feeling the effects of that Matt Cooke hit. or knowing Savard, he’ll work hard to rebound and have a solid season.

Badger Bob

June 29th, 2010
7:48 am

Do Finns mesh well with Swedes? Jokinen might be interesting at 2 yr, $3M per, but then again Duds may not have room to experiment given his “win now” mandate from Octocluster. I’m with WBF on Lombardi being the best fit.

And I am wary about that mandate – it led DWad to the Zhitnik trade (actually, before Sagegrass corrects me, DWad’s lack of talent evaluation played a big part too). Memo to Octo: you want to win now? Give the GM the checkbook now.

World Be Free

June 29th, 2010
8:04 am

Looks like Max is headed to the KHL. Interesting story if it is true that he is leaning towards the KHL before the UFA season starts. Does that mean his agent does not anticipate receiving any offers from NHL teams that may be to his client’s liking? If so, that sez a lot about Max’s reputation as a player than needs to be on a short term contract to keep him motivated. Max played some of his best hockey last season on a short term commitment. On the other hand, the KHL is not into long term contracts either. Interesting to lean towards the “Old Man’s League” before the frenzy starts.

Badger-I like Jokinen, but he seems lost the last 2 seasons. He was a Thrasher killer in Florda, but three more teams in such a short time something is wrong there. You’ll need to commit $6M for 2 seasons to get him; he has no upside and may have a downside, kinda risky. Lombardi will require a greater commitment, I think 4 years at approx $4M/season. I’d do it, to have his speed, hockey sense and potential upside. He’s the kind of player that has learned alot over the past 2 seasons, so he might want to play for a teacher like Ramsay.

Does anyone have a link to a site that will show how much every team has to spend on free agency?

World Be Free

June 29th, 2010
8:17 am

Trixie-pls help

Trixie (Rawhide's Secretary)

June 29th, 2010
8:21 am

Mr. WBF - Your very insightful 8:04 am post has been freed from Blog Purgatory.

World Be Free

June 29th, 2010
8:46 am

Viking

June 29th, 2010
8:56 am

Badger Bob, Swedish and Finnish players are used to each other since they have played together in Scandinavia. Some Finns even speak Swedish.

Red Light

June 29th, 2010
9:04 am

World Be Free: http://www.capgeek.com breaks it down in a lot of different ways. I like http://www.nhlnumbers.com too.

If anyone can sort out Jokinen’s problems, it’s Ramsay. I think Olli simply played with too many different people and four teams in 12 months is tough for anyone to overcome. He did get lots of assists playing with Gaborik, but Gabby was banged up too. Whether or not Jokinen will forecheck is a whole different matter.

Jack

June 29th, 2010
9:13 am

If Maxim is not with the Thrashers. then I’d rather see him in the KHL. Where ever he goes this season. I think he will be very productive

Badger Bob

June 29th, 2010
9:18 am

WBF – agreed! Also, there are a few cap calculators out there, but my favorite (stays up to date; sortable; has some contract details) is http://www.capgeek.com/index.php

Badger Bob

June 29th, 2010
9:24 am

Regarding the cap, the Ducks are certainly in good shape. To go along with their excellent draft, they are $21M under the cap with only 4 positions left to fill. Even with big contracts for Wisniewski and Ryan, they could be buyers.

World Be Free

June 29th, 2010
9:55 am

Red Light

June 29th, 2010
10:10 am

Badger Bob:

No question about it, the Ducks are laying in the weeds and will make a splash before week’s end.

Rawhide

June 29th, 2010
10:14 am

No question about it, the Ducks are laying in the weeds and will make a splash before week’s end.

Red Light – That’s a pretty humorous statement…if you think about it. :grin:

Red Light

June 29th, 2010
10:16 am

Almost lyrical right Bill?

Red Light

June 29th, 2010
10:23 am

Hey, I was just looking over some standings I saved from this past season. On Dec. 22 after 35 games, the Thrashers were in 6th place with 40 points, eight points ahead of the 14th place Flyers and had the same number of points as the Western Conference’s 10th place team, Vancouver.

Alan R.

June 29th, 2010
10:25 am

Red Light, don’t count on any splashes if this little guy has anything to say about it. ;)

Red Light

June 29th, 2010
10:32 am

Thrown to the dogs Alan R.?

The thought occurred to me that the value of 1st- and 2nd-round draft picks is becoming more valuable since Burke’s trade last year for Phil Kessel. How else can you explain that those teams looking to free up cap space couldn’t find a suitor for the following players…Mueller, Fleischmann, Bergeron, Roy, Ribeiro, Carter and Spezza?

GMs know that in order to keep their payrolls manageable, that entry-level contracts are their only saving grace. And, having coaches like Rammer, Boudreau, Bylsma, etc. who can teach the game are vital when you play guys who shouldn’t be in the league in the first place.

World Be Free

June 29th, 2010
10:39 am

Red Light-we were looking good until the Kovy situation became an overwhelming distraction. This team started to go south when it became obvious to everyone that Kovalchuk was not going to resign. Add to this how poor the Flyers looked when we swept them in the home and home, putting ourselves back in the playoff hunt before we laid that turkey against the Broones.

kracker

June 29th, 2010
11:02 am

kracker

June 29th, 2010
11:03 am

Is anyone getting tweets? I haven’t gotten one in about 2 1/2 hours. The twitter site seems to be having some trouble today.

Alan R.

June 29th, 2010
11:15 am

kracker – Last one I saw was four minutes ago. Otherwise, the only “tweets” I’m getting are those damn birds trying to break through the window on the side of the building.

game on

June 29th, 2010
11:17 am

just got a non hockey tweet that venus lost.