How big of a splash will Dudley make in UFA talent pool?

It’s been a busy week or so in Thrasherville. Big trade with Chicago…followed by Craig Ramsay being named new head coach…the NHL entry draft…RFA qualifying offers…then all the chatter throughout the week regarding UFAs and RFAs contracts.

Yup, very busy indeed. That, plus it’s been extremely hot and humid around these parts as well. So it’s the perfect time to have a pool party…the annual UFA “Talent Pool” party, that is.

That’s right, kids…today we make our yearly mid-summer trek to take a dip in the cool water of the NHL community talent pool. But for the first time in the Thrashers’ history, Don Waddell will not be the one looking to fish out UFAs from the pool…instead it’ll be new GM Rick Dudley.

The question is… just how big of a splash does he intends to make?

Here on the deck surrounding the pool, our good friend Five_Hole has once again agreed to DJ today’s extravaganza while the lovely Joyel from TJ’s Bar & Grill will be serving up drinks behind the bar. Also for those who might, shall we say, overindulge…Tony C. will be proving cab rides back home.

And the best part… it’s all on the AJC’s tab!!

Now…Dudley has indicated that he’d like to snag a 15-plus goal scorer this summer and there are a few to choose from today. But if he’s not able to pluck out such a player from the pool, he’s also said that a trade could be on the horizon to procure one.

But for me, the top priority is finding a #1 goalie for the upcoming season. Dudley has told us that he’s “comfortable” with having Johan Hedberg return…however, the veteran Swede netminder does not seem to be “comfortable” with the terms and conditions of the contract that was extended to him.

The one I would most like to see Dudley & Co. snag is Evgeni Nabokov, who was informed just last week that he will not be factoring into San Jose’s future plans. I’m sure he will be the prize target for those looking to upgrade between the pipes.

The All-Star is netminder is 293-178 with 29 ties and 37 OTLs. He owns a 2.39 GAA, .912 SV% and has posted 50 shutouts in his 563 total regular season games played…all with the Sharks. In the playoffs he is 40-39 with a 2.29 GAA, .914 SV% and 7 SO during San Jose’s nine playoff appearances since 2000.

Nabokov is coming off a four-year deal that paid approximately $21.5 million.

What type of splash will Rick Dudley make in the UFA talent pool?

  • Cannon Ball - Big splash with huge signing or two (26%, 22 Votes)
  • Like Platform Diving - Dives in but no big splash (53%, 46 Votes)
  • Belly Flop - Not pretty and it'll hurt just to watch (21%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 86

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Around the rest of the NHL, Ilya Kovalchuk looks to be the big free agent fish in this year’s UFA talent pool. Joining the long list of superstars who have done so in the past, the Russian winger departed Atlanta last winter for New Jersey but now gets to select where he’s heading next. Could it be the L.A. Kings, Toronto, another NHL team…or even back home to play in the KHL? 

Keep in mind he turned aside an offer by Don Waddell last winter that would have paid him $10 million as season for three, five or seven years. He also said “nyet” to a 12-year deal that was worth $101 mil. It’ll be curious to see what he gets elsewhere.

Oh, and for those of you who still clutch to the hope that Kovy might return here…don’t hold your breath. Well, unless you’re swimming underwater, that is. Sure I’m trained in First Aid and CPR, but I really don’t want to be bother with such things today.

I thank you in advance for your understanding.

One last note before we crash the pool and join in the fun… I will once again warn each and every one of you that a repeat the infamous “Baby Ruth Bar Incident of 2008” will not be tolerated!

Yes, I’m looking at you, Smoothie…

It takes a lot of time and expense to drain, clean, disinfect and re-fill these things, ya know.

UFA Signing Updates

UPDATE 4:55 pm: Thrasher trade Evgeni Vishovskiy and 2nd round draft pick to Chicago for forward Andrew Ladd.

UPDATE 4:40 pm: Thrashers sign goalie Chris Mason…2-year deal paying $1.6 million this year and $2.1 million next year.

UPDATE 1:36 pm: Thrasher killer Antero Niittymaki is now a San Jose Shark.

UPDATE 1:34 pm: Colby Armstrong is now a Toronto Maple Leaf. 3 years, $9-million.

UPDATE 9:01 am: Kevin Allen of USA Today Sports reports via twitter, “Thrashers making another run at G Johan Hedberg this morning, and they will shop for a forward (and maybe a goalie) later today”

617 comments Add your comment

Dwayne

July 1st, 2010
11:26 am

Red Light

July 1st, 2010
11:26 am

schroeder: We all had a shot at her!

Dwayne

July 1st, 2010
11:26 am

Dwayne

July 1st, 2010
11:27 am

Smoothie

July 1st, 2010
11:29 am

King Henrik of Tallinder!! Praise thee and bestow upon him the glass rod of prosperity.

Pass on that p____. I want Shaone Morrisonn! Or Z Michalek, which is obviously not gonna happen.

Flagstaff

July 1st, 2010
11:29 am

Interesting… Big Pu$$y never looked like much of a hockey player to me.

kracker

July 1st, 2010
11:31 am

Twitter is over capacity.
Please wait a moment and try again

Are there that many hockey people on twitter??

glovesave29

July 1st, 2010
11:31 am

Tom, I can hear Neal Boortz in my head right now…”Flames goal…scored by number 12, Tom Lysiak. Assists to number 27, Eric Vail, and number 16 Guy Chouinard. That’s Lysiak, his 25th of the season from Vail and Chouinard at 16:29″

GaVaHokie

July 1st, 2010
11:31 am

Saying Michalek is a great way to hock up a loogie.

schroeder

July 1st, 2010
11:32 am

I don’t want to bring this up,but why in the hell have we not put Todd White on waivers? Does Ramsay have some crystal ball that says this will be the year that #12 comes back w/ 30 goals and 45 assists? I guess I am getting antsy ’cause it is getting closer to 12:00. HEY WHITEY WHERE’S YOUR HAT?

World Be Free

July 1st, 2010
11:36 am

Betcha they give you a free bowl of soup with that hat.
Smoothie-still on the Morrison kick? He’ll sign somewhere.

Rawhide

July 1st, 2010
11:39 am

I don’t want to bring this up,but why in the hell have we not put Todd White on waivers?

schroeder – It’s because…well, it has to do with…er, um….well, it all revolves around the fact that….if you conder his contributions …uh…I think it’s due to…uh, err…umm…

%$#&#@!

I have absolutely no freakin’ idea.

Jack

July 1st, 2010
11:41 am

maybe its the fact he is involved in a trade to get a top Forward.

Red Light

July 1st, 2010
11:41 am

Oh, you buy a hat like that and get a free bowl of soup. It looks good on you though (eyes rolling)!

Classic Rodney!

Smoothie

July 1st, 2010
11:43 am

Whitey has pictures of Duds with his Russian mistress and DWad’s puppet from Sesame Street. He and Snuffy had a triste back when Snuffy was strung out on heroin.

Russ

July 1st, 2010
11:44 am

I don’t want to bring this up,but why in the hell have we not put Todd White on waivers?

Because he is going to be packaged with Little and next year’s first round pick for Iginla.

five_hole

July 1st, 2010
11:44 am

glovesave29 If I’m a professional athelete like Nabokov (and earning millions of dollars) I have a lifestyle geared towards fitness and extending my career as long as possible. As for me, I’m a software developer, so I drink scotch & eat pizza.

Bill I wasn’t even considering Boris as part of the mix. But, given the defensive 6 you just named, if we were to acquire another (or reacquire Pavel) we would need to subtract one of the other defensemen.

Considering the time; I think putting on Carole King singing “Anticipation” would sound good about now.

Darkhorse

July 1st, 2010
11:47 am

Unfortunately, we may need White to help get us to the cap floor. JK…

Viking

July 1st, 2010
11:48 am

Red Light, Tallinder = Giant Vagina?

Nope. At least not in Swedish. Tall = Pine, Lind = Linden

Maybe they have farfetchedly derived the not so pretty translation from Swenglish with a hint of Norwegian spelling through “Tall in der” or “Tall in there” Tall (English) In (Swedish or English) Der (Norwegian for There).

I hope we go to bed tonight happy with how our team is shaping up. 12 min left…

glovesave29

July 1st, 2010
11:48 am

That is true…in a perfect world five_hole. In every profession, there are those who work harder than others. Johan Hedberg is a work out fiend. Norm Maracle took your route!

I am in purchasing…so I do it all (on someone else’s tab!) HA

Jack

July 1st, 2010
11:49 am

were trading Todd White and 2 cases of Jim Bean and Johnny Walker to UGA AD Damon Evans for 2010 UGA Football season tickets.

:)

five_hole

July 1st, 2010
11:49 am

glovesave29 Bortz did play-by-play for the Flames? Did not know that.

Red Light Perhaps the funniest comedian I ever saw live was Rodney. We were laughing so hard at the joke he just told we missed the next two. But in honor of that movie, we should play “I’m all right”.

Smoothie

July 1st, 2010
11:52 am

Ha! Looks like Philly is forced to dumpster dive by trading for Meszaros. That means Tampa is going after Nabby.

Hamhuis? Bwa ha ha ha ha ROTFLMAO

World Be Free

July 1st, 2010
11:52 am

five_hole-Rodney is the funniest ever!
“I’m all right now, but I was in rough shape last week.”

glovesave29

July 1st, 2010
11:52 am

No – Jiggs McDonald did ply-by-play with Boom Boom handling color on radio and TV (WTCG 17 – pre-Turner days when it changed to WTBS). Boortz was the Omni PA announcer.

kracker

July 1st, 2010
11:54 am

DarrenDreger Meszaros to Flyers for a 2nd. Confirmed.

glovesave29

July 1st, 2010
11:54 am

Smoothie – what site are you on to get all this info?

POTF

July 1st, 2010
11:54 am

five_hole-Balvenie and pizza?

five_hole

July 1st, 2010
11:55 am

WBF
“My wife cut our sex down to twice a week. I’m lucky; 2 other guys, she cut out altogether!”

“I don’t want to say my daughter’s easy, but her picture in the yearbook was horizontal!”

Thank you; I’ll be here all week. Try the veal & tip your waiters.

Lee

July 1st, 2010
11:55 am

Dudley will try to dive into the water, but Mr. Lifeguard (Waddell) will stop him.

TableHockey

July 1st, 2010
11:55 am

glovesave29 – didn’t know about Bortz either – thanks for the interesting trivia bit

Joe Friday

July 1st, 2010
11:56 am

“Because he is going to be packaged with Little and next year’s first round pick for Iginla.”

Sounds good to me, Russ. Hey, Cal-gary has that presser scheduled for some reason and they’ve cleared cap space. Explain Iggy out to us and showcase their new superstar, Ilya Kovalchuk? giddyup

POTF

July 1st, 2010
11:57 am

No one likes Jokinen for 2 years at 3 mil per?

schroeder

July 1st, 2010
11:57 am

Wow,I thought Waddell was the only GM that would let a top scorer go for a 2.375 mil dollar powder puff? IS IT 12;00 yet?

five_hole

July 1st, 2010
11:58 am

POTF Scotch with anything. However, it does go better with some things than others.

BTW glovesave29 the wife & daughter went to StL this week. She said you wouldn’t recognize it.

kracker

July 1st, 2010
11:58 am

Eklund Dan Ellis could still sign in Montreal, Atlanta, or Philadelphia

duh

glovesave29

July 1st, 2010
11:59 am

Jokinen – sure, I’ll take a shot. But at $2M – $3M…no way. He’s gonna have to come way cheaper than that with his baggage.

Red Light

July 1st, 2010
12:00 pm

Last year, everyone coveted Meszaros. Now, it’s a dumpster dive?

Rawhide

July 1st, 2010
12:00 pm

OK…noon has arrived!

LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED!!!

Smoothie

July 1st, 2010
12:00 pm

glovesave – just have the right twits on the twitter machine. Dreger, Allen, Lebrun, Friedmann etc.

hip czech

July 1st, 2010
12:00 pm

POTF, I’d take Matt Cullen over Joke-a-nin

Chris Vivlamore

July 1st, 2010
12:01 pm

C-Viv jumping into the pool. Heard from Boulton today. Nothing new on him. Looking for a fair deal. Also heard from Armstrong. Said he hasn’t heard anything about where he might end up.

TableHockey

July 1st, 2010
12:02 pm

wow we already know who we will be facing in goal when we play the rangers – lends credibility to Brendan’s theory on tampering before deadlines

TableHockey

July 1st, 2010
12:03 pm

Biron I forgot to add

Smoothie

July 1st, 2010
12:03 pm

R/L – hey man, it ain’t Hamhuis, Volchenkov or Michalek. Relatively speaking it is for Philly! That’s what happen when you sign Pronger for life!! Dumbasses.

POTF

July 1st, 2010
12:03 pm

My wife and I wanted to give up smoking so we agreed only to have a cigarette after sex. Well, I have the same pack of cigarettes since 1974 while she’s up to a pack a day………….

Smoothie

July 1st, 2010
12:03 pm

Armstrong will end up in Jersey living above a dark alley in Hoboken.

Smoothie

July 1st, 2010
12:04 pm

Wow, Biron really wanted to got to the Big Apple. Only $900 k per year!

Joe Friday

July 1st, 2010
12:07 pm

So did the Rangers hold the negotiating rights to Biron? If not, this is just further proof of what I just said I’ve suspected all along, that they negotiate ahead of time with these guys. There is no way that in the first 30 seconds of free agency that they contact Biron for the first time, negotiate a contract, and sign him. No way.

five_hole

July 1st, 2010
12:07 pm

“I went to see my doctor – Doc, you gotta help me. Every morning when I get up, I got into the bathroom, look in the mirror & throw up. What’s wrong with me?” The doc says “I don’t know, but your eyesight’s perfect”!