Thrasherville experiences White flight in deal with Rangers

Sunday night I was out in Suwanee attending a surprise birthday party for an old high school buddy of mine. We were at the Mellow Mushroom located near City Hall…and if you’re ever there ask for Jill. She runs the place, was also in our graduating class and an all-around great gal.

Anyway…needless to say I got in a little late. Because of that, I had planned on sleeping in just a little this morning before heading into work.

But NOooooOOOOOoooooOOOOOooooo…

At 6:30 A-frickin’-M my phone lights up like the goal light behind Kari Lehtonen during that game-three playoff massacre back in ’07. I grabbed it and through my blurry eyes I thought I read a text message that went something like “Todd White traded to the Rangers”. I rubbed my eyes, reached for my glasses…yes, glasses. Wanna make something of it?…then I looked again.

But the clarity that comes with my prescription spectacles only confirmed what I had originally read. Indeed it was true…Thrasherville was experiencing White flight.

As we now know, White will be winging his way to New York city to become a Blue Shirt and coming this way is Patrick Rissmiller, a 6-4, 215-pound winger who played primarily in the AHL last season. Long time NHL tough guy Donald Brashear was also part of the deal but, as Chris Vivlamore points out, the Thrashers have put Brashear on waivers and will buy out remainder of $1.4 million contract.

Another little-known part of the deal that has flown under the radar here is that a yet-to-be-named New York Rangers fan blogger will recieve my official Todd White Missing milk carton. However, it will be my responsibility to cover any shipping costs.

Don’t worry…I dug into the deep pockets of my AJC Sports.com expense account and ponied-up the necessary funds to have UPS ship it up north by way of a refrigerated truck.

The official Todd White milk carton will be shipped to New York via a refrigerated UPC truck. I had to pay the shipping charges, however

The official Todd White milk carton will be delivered to New York via a refrigerated UPS truck. I had to pay the shipping charges, however

So in the end, the Thrashers dealt away White… who has one season left on his 4-year, $9.5 million contract… for a 38-year old bruiser whose will be bought out and a soon-to-be 32-year old depth forward who will earn one million this season before becoming a UFA next summer.

I like it.

I say that for multiple reasons. One…well, it finally brings to an end the Todd White era in Atlanta. Had Rick Dudley simply gotten anyone to take White and his $2.375 cap hit off our hands, then that was addition by subtraction in my most humble opinion. If the Thrashers were to get even as much as a seventh-round pick in return, I’ve often said, then that would have just been gravy. But Dudley and Co. will wind up with a depth forward with size. In fact, Rissmiller’s resume contains 45 points in 182 NHL regular season games as well as 7 points in 30 NHL playoff games.

Dudley did right.

By adding Brashear in the mix, even if just to buy him out, what Dudley has accomplished in essence is to buy out a $1.4 million contract as opposed to White’s $2.375 mil contract. Remember, White’s shoulder surgery last spring made it impossible for the Thrashers to buy him out had they been so inclined.

Again, Dudley did right.

What do you think of Todd White traded to the Rangers?

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Another reason why I like this deal is because it opens up a roster spot for someone like Patrice Cormier. If the 20-year old center is indeed able to make the squad this fall, the center corps for the Thrashers could be Antropov, Peverley, Slater and Cormier. Dudley has indicated previously that he does not want veteran players taking spots away from up-and-coming prospects. This deal backs up those words.

Once more…Dudley did right.

This trade will no doubt get the week off to a good start for most in Thrasherville. As for me personally,  I give it an official “thumbs up”. No…make that two thumbs waaaaaaaay up.

In fact, as soon as Trixie makes her way in the office I’ll grab her thumbs too and make it a first-ever Rawhide Four Thumbs Up-er.

169 comments Add your comment

Joe Friday

August 2nd, 2010
12:05 pm

Yep, good deal by Wadudley, thumbs up here. Still think we have more moves to make to bring in some scoring.

Tom

August 2nd, 2010
12:05 pm

{Copied from previous post}

A shellshocked goaltender typically does not have a very good go of it. That is why I think the Thrashers would be a good fit for Niemi right now.

– They have a coach and 4 teamates that he played with on the STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP team to make him feel comfortable.

– He would get as much or as little playing time needed to get back into shape mentally for the playoffs as the team would be very deep.

– The team would be able to pay him well as we need to get to the cap minimum.

– He even knows the GM of the team as they worked together in Chicago.

All in all it would be a good fit for the young goaltender even on a 1 year deal.

Jack

August 2nd, 2010
12:05 pm

It will be interesting what the next move will be. First

Smoothie

August 2nd, 2010
12:07 pm

Great blog Bill! Very well written. And fun! I get a chuckle picturing you with some big thick bi-focals! ;-)

rob

August 2nd, 2010
12:11 pm

Who allowed Todd White and his mom to vote thumbs down?

rob

August 2nd, 2010
12:15 pm

Rawhide,
If you can read this, I suggest holding onto the milk carton and auctioning it off to charity. The fact that there are folks voting thumbs down leads me to believe I am on to something here.

World Be Free

August 2nd, 2010
12:24 pm

Todd had to go, if for no other reason that he reminded us how bad this organization has been for 10 years+. Now he joins Holik, Rucchin, Ruman Ndur and the other in our mediocre (at best) past. Didn’t matter what we got back, as long as it wasn’t Wade Redden. I guess this means Dudley is not a lap dog after all.

And I agree, there are other moves out there.

Mikey

August 2nd, 2010
12:27 pm

“At 6:30 A-frickin’-M my phone lights up like the goal light behind Kari Lehtonen during that game-three playoff massacre back in ’07″

You just had to go there, didn’t you?

“Rawhide, If you can read this, I suggest holding onto the milk carton and auctioning it off to charity. The fact that there are folks voting thumbs down leads me to believe I am on to something here”

rob, I wouldn’t worry too much about that. Todd only has so many family members.

Spud Webb

August 2nd, 2010
12:30 pm

Bye todd, what till those fans get a load of him.
WOW so the hawks sign turco for 1mill less than Niemi!!! Walk away from the court appearance!!!!!! Best part, turco turned down 2 mill a season with the flyers, very, very interesting.
http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/The_Grinder/entry/view/73203/blackhawks-decline-arbitration-on-antti-niemi-sign-marty-turco-instead

Toby

August 2nd, 2010
12:30 pm

Great trade. We freed up $800,000 in actual $$ spent and freed up a roster spot for Cormier. I see the Flyers and Sharks racing to free up space for Neimi. Lets trade Thorburn for a top-6 scorer : )

AThrashrfan13

August 2nd, 2010
12:33 pm

As I posted in another blog a short time ago, Dud’s is dfinitely not done yet. He wants his 25-30 goaler and is taking baby steps to get there. Even with Cormier up and signing a couple of RFA’s, he’s still under the floor. Does he take a chance on Max? Stempniak? The next few weeks will be a hoot, I think. Dud’s is in the pocess of trading paperclips on the proverbial NHL ‘Craigs List’…..and he will end up with his Porsche……

AThrashrfan13

August 2nd, 2010
12:39 pm

Bring in Cormier and Postma, Sign Bergfors at 1.25m, Max at 1.75 mil and we are at 23/$45.5 Mil…..just a thought

World Be Free

August 2nd, 2010
12:41 pm

If White thinks we were hard on him, wait till the Ranger fans get ahold of him. Yet another nail in Glen Sather’s job status in New York.

hip czech

August 2nd, 2010
12:44 pm

Would Waddle have had the intelligence to pull off the White trade?

I don’t know all the behind the scenes stuff, but seems to me Dudley has a lot more pull in dealing with other GMs then Waddell ever did.

I guess that’s what happens when you are taken seriously.

Red Light

August 2nd, 2010
12:45 pm

If there is one, the next acquisition has to address one of the top six forward slots. It’s apparent that Dudley has done everything in his power to make the bottom six one of the most formidable groups in the game. Can’t touch Washington’s bottom six yet, but then again, who can?

Rawhide

August 2nd, 2010
12:49 pm

Still think we have more moves to make to bring in some scoring

Joe Friday – Yup…I agree.

I get a chuckle picturing you with some big thick bi-focals!

Smoothie – Whatch it, ya young whipper-snapper! I’ll beat your @$$ with my cane!

You just had to go there, didn’t you?

Mikey – Just tryin’ to paint the visual for ya’ll.

If White thinks we were hard on him, wait till the Ranger fans get ahold of him

WBF – He has nooooooo idea what he’s in for should he repeat his performance of last season. Yikes! :shock:

kracker

August 2nd, 2010
12:49 pm

hahaha No rest for the wicked, Bill!

Alan R.

August 2nd, 2010
12:55 pm

Don’t forget, guys. Brashear’s contract is of the “35+” variety. This means he signed his current deal when he was age 35+.

The entirety of his salary will count towards the salary cap. We buy out Brashear and keep this other guy on the roster as a spare part, and we’re that much closer to the cap floor.

I can’t believe I just said that: “closer to the cap floor.” Sigh.

Rawhide

August 2nd, 2010
1:01 pm

kracker – If it means anything to you, your’s was the first text message that got through!

World Be Free

August 2nd, 2010
1:03 pm

hip czech-think about how long Dudley has known Glen Sather? They played against each other in the 70’s. This is one of the advantages to having a guy like Dudley as your GM (and Rammer as your coach). These guys are known commodities. So to add to your point, would Don have had the relationship with Sather to make this deal that Dudley enjoys?

Rawhide-The East River isn’t far from Madison Square Garden.

ben

August 2nd, 2010
1:06 pm

Give Max some of White’s money. This team just got younger and better. It got more skill just by White not being here. I still don’t think we’re making the playoffs, but I don’t think we’re going to be a joke either.

Todd White

August 2nd, 2010
1:07 pm

I leave you gentleman now and you will write it. You will interpret it. That’s your right. But as I leave you I want you to know — just think how much you’re going to be missing. You won’t have Todd White to kick around any more, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference in Thrasherville.

Smoothie

August 2nd, 2010
1:17 pm

Bill – ha ha LOL You know it, you know it! Don’t worry, there’s no age limit in the Blueland Chronicle perch of crazed, drunken fandom!! ;-)

Gotta give Mike Russo from the Star Tribune (he’s always looking out for us due to his friendship with Duds) the ol’ tap of the stick for breaking this news at 1:30 am on twitter. Problem is: no one was awake to read it!!

Mikey

August 2nd, 2010
1:18 pm

Per Vivlamore tweet: Todd White says, “”I’m excited to be going to New York. It’s a great opportunity and a great team. I think I can add a lot”

OK Todd, Buh-bye

lola

August 2nd, 2010
1:18 pm

No rest for the BlogMaster! especially when you’ve got great news like that to share!

Sage of Bluesland

August 2nd, 2010
1:20 pm

Wow–I have to give Dudley credit here, no matter what the details are (and the “cons”–as there are several ‘thumbs-down’ votes?).

It’s a matter of principle sometimes. This guy epitomizes so many misfires of the Don Waddell seemingly neverending reign of incompetence…

(too bad, as I DID like the milk-carton picture–that was clever indeed)

Smoothie

August 2nd, 2010
1:24 pm

OMG!! Sage and I actually agree on something! I just posted the same sentiments he expressed on my blog! Wonders never cease.

Dudley will not only make us better but he will unite the entire Thrashers universe!

Cornbread

August 2nd, 2010
1:26 pm

This has got to be the happiest day of Rawhide’s Thrasher blogging career.

World Be Free

August 2nd, 2010
1:28 pm

A lola sighting! I thought they were bringing in Brashear to replace Boulton-Bolts is resting easier this afternoon!

I agree with Sage, more often then not-he certainly been correct about our past!

lola

August 2nd, 2010
1:32 pm

WBF: Bite your tongue …. or typing fingers!

James Brown

August 2nd, 2010
1:41 pm

Next couple of deals or additions will be interesting……….I say bring Max back……..a top six foward and one of the fastest skaters in the league………..the money is there now

Smoothie

August 2nd, 2010
1:46 pm

WBF – I’m starting to worry about you man! ;-) Too many hits to the head playing hockey. j/k Don’t think anyone has said that Sage’s take on Waddell was off-base. We’re just sick of hearing it and he never gave Donnie any ounce of credit in the rare instances he did something right. By the way, anyone who doesn’t think Dudley had a large role in orchestrating the Kovy deal is probably living in a paralell bizzaro universe of ignorant bliss.

Rawhide – still can’t believe you didn’t use “flushing the Charmin into the East River” for your headline. No, that wouldn’t be nice. Unfortunately nickname for a good dude and a class act. He had a bad string of luck and we actually got our money’s worth for 1 of the 3 years he was here.

World Be Free

August 2nd, 2010
1:55 pm

Smoothie, yeah is gets old but he sure is on the mark when describing the past. Let’s hope we have turned the corner.

lola-I knew that would get you going! No worries, Bolts is the man hear, Brashear is long in the tooth.

Smoothie

August 2nd, 2010
1:59 pm

I suppose, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure that out! And I think the majority of the folks who post here would prefer to not live in the past. Hopefully the ASG has learned a little bit from their past mistakes, but more importantly, let’s hope we can find a buyer or another big investor who care(s) more about hockey in Atlanta and growing the sport into what it can / should be.

glovesave29

August 2nd, 2010
2:01 pm

Duds has more freedom to do what he wants because he has options. He has a track record that makes him a desireable asset to any team. DW…quite the opposite. He had to be a lackey for the Octotards because he knew he could not get another equivalent gig elsewhere. Rick works from a position of strength as opposed to one of self preservation.

So the money is freed up now. Go get Max and Stempniak and lets get going!!!

Oh, and Mr. White? Enjoy Hartford.

kracker

August 2nd, 2010
2:02 pm

Tweet: capgeek Buyouts of Rismiller, Brashear cost #thrashers $1.533m. Savings of about $842,000 from White’s $2.375m

Have we/do we intend to buy out Rissmiller?

World Be Free

August 2nd, 2010
2:04 pm

Yeah let’s hope Dudley has us on the 5 month plan

Smoothie

August 2nd, 2010
2:04 pm

Interesting, did not think we would buy out Rismiller. But then again, doesn’t he have to clear waivers first? Is he on waivers?

UPS driver

August 2nd, 2010
2:05 pm

Yo. I just put dat Tod White milk carton thingy on da truck and ready to haul it all up to New York. But somebody also placed several dozen cases of Charmin on the shipping order ta go wid it too.

Wazzup-wid-dat?

Red Light

August 2nd, 2010
2:27 pm

kracker:

Cap Geek failed to mention what it would have cost to buy out White. If they bought out White instead of Brash and Rissmiller, at a cost of 67 percent, the buyout figure for White’s salary for this season would have been $1.742 million, so the savings is $209k not $842k.

Mikey

August 2nd, 2010
2:34 pm

“BlogMaster”. lola, is that meant like “TalkMaster” ala Neal Boortz? LOL

It should be a good battle for some open roster spots between Cormier, Klingberg and few others. Good old fashion competition. Got to love it.

Midfield

August 2nd, 2010
2:36 pm

A $209K savings deal? Levenson and Sydell must be very pleased. Who said this franchize is not run sharply?

hip czech

August 2nd, 2010
2:38 pm

Rissmiller will not be bought out…he’ll either be in competition for a 4th line spot or be sent to Chicago

Rawhide

August 2nd, 2010
2:39 pm

This has got to be the happiest day of Rawhide’s Thrasher blogging career

Cornbread – Nah….I’m really gonna miss that milk carton.

kracker

August 2nd, 2010
2:40 pm

Red Light, Some people have posted that the Thrashers could not buy out White because of his shoulder injury and surgery/rehab, per the CBA. I don’t know if that’s true or not but if so then Dudley was figuring based on White’s cap number of $2.375M (if that is correct.) For the owners wallets, Dudkley removed an unwanted salary of $2.75M for the lesser amounts coming back, where one or both can be bought out.

kracker

August 2nd, 2010
2:44 pm

For our Buffalo Boys: Twitter – HockeyJoePHT In Buffalo, when you can’t walk away, you can always waive good-bye. RT @TSNRyanRishaug Tim kennedy placed on waivers, likely buyout coming.

Red Light

August 2nd, 2010
2:44 pm

I think that’s true today kracker, but once he is medically cleared I think they could have. I think the move was a solid one because now we should get a chance to witness the development of a younger player here rather than in Chicago. One of these “kids” should get around 12-15 minutes per game here.

Smoothie

August 2nd, 2010
2:45 pm

No one has reported that we have bought out Rismiller. Why buy him out when he can help you stay above the floor and play here and in AHL. I know it’s not like the Thrashers to pay a guy a full NHL salary to play in CHI, but it’s not that much money. Besides, if we didn’t get rid of White, we’d be paying him $2.6 M in cash to play spot minutes. Not a good idea. Thus a savings of $735 k in cash.

Smoothie

August 2nd, 2010
2:47 pm

Ben Wright tweeted last week that Todd White hadn’t been cleared medically yet to play hockey. Perhaps the trade is pending a physical?

But regardless, even if cleared medically, I thought I recall Ben saying that the team for which he played the year of the injury could not buy him out. Perhaps I’m remembering wrong.

Hockey Biltong

August 2nd, 2010
2:51 pm

RH- Trixies car would not start this am , so she will be late.Waiting on jumper cables.