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.
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.
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.
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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.