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?

  • Thumbs DOWN! (9%, 22 Votes)
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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

World Be Free

August 2nd, 2010
2:54 pm

kracker-Sabres most screwed up team in the league.

kracker

August 2nd, 2010
2:59 pm

The analogy may not fit but I’m thinking Dudley knows GMing like a WWI or II pilot knows flying “by the seat of his pants.” They just know how to do it, it’s in their blood and in their mind and their daily concern was the health and servicability of their airplane.

Waddell…well he was a career 2nd seat guy in charge of the plane, constantly referring to the checklist, the flight manual and fiddling with the radio looking for help. He made do with over-worn parts. His plane, when it flew at all, flew erratically and he was constantly over-correcting for his last mid-flight wrong-way heading.

The owners of the airline are at last breathing a bit easier and wondering why they didn’t push Waddwll out at 30,000 feet at the end of the lockout.

kracker

August 2nd, 2010
3:07 pm

Capgeek update RE Rissmiller: capgeek Please note, an earlier Tweet was not meant to confirm Rissmiller has been bought out. It was to show the cap impact of a potential buyout.

[Lame explanation, Imo]

Rangers Fan

August 2nd, 2010
3:09 pm

The Cup is ours

R. Stroz

August 2nd, 2010
3:13 pm

I bet Nikita voted Thumbs Down.

kracker

August 2nd, 2010
3:16 pm

BenThrashers Byfuglien, Eager, Ladd & Mason will keep their jersey numbers from last season. Sopel switches to #3. http://bit.ly/bYSNSn #Thrashers

#3 was Pops wasn’t it?

Russian

August 2nd, 2010
3:16 pm

Niemi might be OURS. Atlanta is one of other team to try to get Finn Goalie.
Do we want HIM???
He has one Stanley Cup. He was great in PO. He is young also.
Do we want HIM???
We have Mason and Pavs for 2 years. Pavs was playing half a season here. He did play very well one game and blow second one. Mason is old goalie. But we did not see him in Atlanta. I do not know how he will play here.

kracker

August 2nd, 2010
3:22 pm

Was Neimi in Chicago or on the farm when Dudley was in Chicago? I’m asking, does Dudley know Niemi’s character and attitude, work ethics, etc??

Russian

August 2nd, 2010
3:27 pm

**to kracker**
I do not know about Dudley and Niemi, But Torch was with him all the time.

Red Light

August 2nd, 2010
3:30 pm

If Niemi is a significant upgrade, then Dudley would have gotten him in one of the prior deals if Bowman the Younger was expecting a $2.75 million cap hit, and from all indications he was. Unlikely he lands here as a UFA. To me, it makes little sense that the Blackhawks didn’t get something in return for him prior to arbitration ruling. Maybe Bowman has too many balls in the air at once. Sure, Niemi will be 27 later this month and was undrafted, but an asset is an asset and this one could have been worth at least a 2nd rounder IMO, if not more.

kracker

August 2nd, 2010
3:38 pm

Red Light and Russian, those are good points. I forget the Torch is here also. I suppose Bowman was perhaps gambling on winning the arbitration…but then again, people seem to know how the arbitor will rule beforehand.

Nikita (in PA)

August 2nd, 2010
3:43 pm

Nikita votes meh. When I got the alert from a friend of mine this morning, it simply said “White traded to NYR for Brashear and Rismiller.” I turned to my husband and said “if it’s true, that team is dead to me.” I detest Brashear. He’s a pathetic player and a bully. And he’s actually a pretty sad enforcer who hugs people rather than pummeling them. I doubt I’d watch any game in which he played.

As for the White portion, keep in mind I also watch NYR. So I wish him luck. I think in the short-term he’ll help stabilize their roster — they need it.

Rawhide

August 2nd, 2010
3:44 pm

Per Jeff Schultz tweet… “Thrashers GM Rick Dudley just clinched NHL Executive of the Year. He traded Todd White”

Agreed!

Thrashers27

August 2nd, 2010
3:48 pm

A nice write-up on Kari’s beginnings in Dallas.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=535352

Badger Bob

August 2nd, 2010
3:51 pm

kracker and WBF: there is stiff competition for most screwed up team. All my buddies in Calgary would resent Buffaloers assuming they get the reward. NYR, TO and Columbus have very strong resumes.

One way to evaluate most screwed up team award – bang for the buck. I’d say a good GM can build a strong contending team with $55M in salary. That’s where Washington, Detroit and San Jose all are. Now consider there are 12 other teams with a salary higher than $55M. Among those, Calgary, Minnesota and Toronto have little chance to contend for their division title, let alone anything else. There will be at least three cap max teams from both the Atlantic and Northeast Divisions that don’t win their division. Those are some messed up teams. It sucks to have an internal cap like the Thrash do, but it really would suck more to be cap max and no even contend for a division title.

Thomas Magnum

August 2nd, 2010
4:01 pm

With this move freeing up a little more money, its looking more and more like there is still a move to be made that brings in another player. Who do you think Duds will attempt to sign? Think he is gonna give Max a 2 year deal now? Another trade in the works? If so, with who? Something is happening…

TODD WHITE

August 2nd, 2010
4:12 pm

YOU WON’T HAVE TODD WHITE TO KICK AROUND ANYMORE.

Mikey

August 2nd, 2010
4:13 pm

I would like to raise a glass in toast of the New York Rangers. Not only did they just take Todd White off of our hands but remember they were the team that helped us rid ourselves of Alex Bourret back in 2007.

If memory serves correctly we got Pascal Dupuis in that deal.

Nikita (in PA)

August 2nd, 2010
4:19 pm

Please god, don’t give Max a 2 year deal. He works best when motivated by a short-term contract.

alex

August 2nd, 2010
4:21 pm

the sad part story is: imagine poor don had been fired 6 years ago (any nhl owners, but asg did this in a blink of eye). so atlanta got some not joke gm in 2005. and we in playoff year after year, because only don is capable of so terrible record. my point this real gm could be fired here couple of times for reason asg got spoiled and not satisfied with for example exit in first round opposite division champ in previous year. ok dw still here thank god not in gm role

Darkhorse

August 2nd, 2010
4:29 pm

It would be likely to assume the Todd White deal has nothing to do with the ability,(or not) to sign Max, as he should have been a doable option before this trade happened anyway. I would really love to think it was a small part of bait leading to much bigger catch soon.

schroeder

August 2nd, 2010
4:38 pm

I think there should be enough left now to sign both Stempniak and Max and let them all fight it out at camp,younger players and all. I don’t think you can have too many quality players. If you lose one 20-30 goal scorer to injury,are you gonna turn to the likes of Thorburn to pick up the scoring slack? Nah, not his role, Now you look to have depth,one of the myriad of things this club has lacked. WOW now I’m gonna have to change brands, I got use to not buying Charmin,because I would look at the wrapper and all I saw was #12. THIS MAKES MY DAY COMPLETE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Flagstaff

August 2nd, 2010
4:42 pm

We’re not the only ones fantasizing about Niemi. NHL radio listed four or five teams where he might go, and the Thrashers were one of them. I say to sign him and to deal Pavelec to the Leafs for their first rounder (if they are stupid enough to trade another one away. But Colby Armstrong? The cup is THEIRS!), or if not them, then some other crap team.

Chainshaw

August 2nd, 2010
4:51 pm

We are now rid of Todd White and Natalie Taylor. This is going to be a GREAT year!

schroeder

August 2nd, 2010
4:57 pm

Hey we could sign Niemi and trade Pavelec to the Leafs for Versteeg. Did I just hear Rod Serling…………..” Submitted for your approval, the team you see before you once played in Chicago but now 70% of this team now skates in Blueland, a place in the suburbs of THE TWILIGHT ZONE”

Nikita (in PA)

August 2nd, 2010
4:57 pm

Chainsaw, you know they’re the same height, right?

schroeder

August 2nd, 2010
5:11 pm

Nikita, they may be the same height,but I bet she would not be so easy to bump off the puck or turn away from the corners.

kracker

August 2nd, 2010
5:16 pm

Funny, schroeder, though I think we are trying to escape the decade long TZ episode we have been treadmilling. …..Or has it been Groundhog Day?? Is that Bill Murray I keep seeing over in section 104?

kracker

August 2nd, 2010
5:18 pm

This is a joke, maybe? Well, he is a BIG pylon….

icemancometh Ducks are expected to sign free-agent D Andy Sutton, who played with NYI and Ottawa last season.

AThrashrfan13

August 2nd, 2010
5:57 pm

LOL….chainsaw you are correct. That dimwitted Taylor was absolutley awful…..at least get her some decent script-writers and question-crafters. Iif I had to hear “So, what do you have to do to win this game…” come ot of hr mouth at every game for one more season, I was going to go down and throw her in the back of the net so she would see where it is and answer her own damn question!

Hokey P. Clisters

August 2nd, 2010
6:05 pm

I always thought Brashear deserved some type of “payback” for jumping Bogie a few years ago but this was not what I had in mind.

Yung JB from Montreal

August 2nd, 2010
6:08 pm

Thank godddddd and its a great addition in Rissmiller. WOW is what my message to Duds will be, hes amazing… Next year looks delicious

Milk Carton

August 2nd, 2010
6:28 pm

I miss Todd White already.

Brendan

August 2nd, 2010
6:31 pm

Good job, Dudley! Must have been Glenn Sather. No other GM would take White. Can’t wait to hear Marian Gaborik’s reaction to being reunited with Todd White.

E

August 2nd, 2010
6:45 pm

I just have to say how EXTREMELY happy I am with Dudley after this move, not to mention all the previous ones he has made, but this one really thrills me. I agree with him completely about dumping veterans to make room for younger players. Cormier should be an improvement over White in not only size, grit, and speed but also in his price tag. Dudley just dumped our last main dead weight issue. I still think I would have went with R2 over Bolts but this move even makes up for that imo!

Mrs. Zoomo

August 2nd, 2010
7:17 pm

I bet you’ll find someone else for the milk carton

ex-STH

August 2nd, 2010
7:21 pm

With the much asked for trade of White, I will now be known as ex-ex-STH. Just wrote the check to “Service and Retention” for my sect 111 season tickets! Thanks Duds.

World Be Free

August 2nd, 2010
8:47 pm

Teams with major cap issues-
Boston, Blackhawks, Toronto, Calgary, Flyers, Vancouver, NY Rangers, Devils (depending on Kovalchuk).

Hokey P. Clisters

August 2nd, 2010
9:49 pm

Is there any thought of Trixie replacing Natalie? Mr. Rawhides should strike while the oven is hot! I can just hear Darren saying…..now for our 1st intermission interview we have Trixie with Antro. Trixie says: “Hey Antro – how bout shooting the puck!” Then for the 2nd intermission Trixie interviews Buff. Trixie says “Hey Buff, what time are you gonna start playing?” That would be priceless……

hoosier_hoser

August 2nd, 2010
9:55 pm

Rawhide!
What are you going to do about your jersey? I assume #12 will be coming off the back. Whose number will you co-opt for 2010-2011?

Rawhide

August 2nd, 2010
10:02 pm

Hockey P. Clisters – That’s actually not a bad idea. I’ll ask her.

hoosier_hoser – Actually, the number on the back of my jersey is 65

R. Stroz

August 2nd, 2010
10:26 pm

I can now retire from writing Charmin Songs, well one more:

(To the Cadence of You’re Happy And You Know It)

If you’re a Ranger and you suck,
You’re Todd White,

If your GM is dumber than Waddell,
You’re Todd White,

If you’re softer than Charmin,
and every shift you show it

If you’re finally out of Atlanta,
You’re Todd White

Tom

August 2nd, 2010
10:26 pm

Mandy Sutton got signed by Anaheim for 2 years. Another safe bet for not winning the Cup.

Red Light

August 2nd, 2010
10:53 pm

And, Darcy Regier made the best move of the day by signing Shaone Morrisonn to a two-year deal. C’mon World Be Free, Smile!

DB

August 2nd, 2010
11:00 pm

One suggestion, refer to White’s tenure as the Todd White error. Kind of like the DW error.

Brendan

August 2nd, 2010
11:36 pm

Applause for Darcy Regier. C’mon, WBF. Give it up.

Before the topic of the day’s event dies, the Blackhawks walked away from Niemi at $2.75 million. I thought they might re-engage at a lesser price, but Chicago just signed Turco for $1.3 million. So, what goalies are left? I don’t think Theodore has a contract yet. And I’m a little surprised.

Brendan

August 2nd, 2010
11:39 pm

Tom, Mandy might actually do well in Anaheim. Of all the teams he could have gone to, and helped, and “fit” their system and style, Anaheim was one of the few that seemed to make any kind of sense. Imagine how bad the Ducks felt, however, knowing that their 1st rounder they acquired from Philadelphia in the Pronger trade … would up being # 29 overall. That’s just some bad luck.

Brendan

August 2nd, 2010
11:45 pm

Red Light, I know the ship has sailed, but I really wanted Simon Gagne from the Flyers. Didn’t seem like a huge asking price, either. What was it?, a 4th rounder and a middling 3/4 defender. Too late now.

Is there a center out there for the plucking? We have cap room.

Brendan

August 3rd, 2010
12:04 am

Mandy got $2.125 million per year, for a cap hit. It was a 2-year deal worth $4.25 million. I don’t know what website you go to find a player’s “career earnings,” but let’s try to piece it together. I think Sutton was with Nashville before Atlanta, if I’m remembering correctly. Then he spent a number of years here. Then the Islanders gave him $9 million for 3-years. Now, he’ll make $4.25 million more. Mandy has probably made well over $20 million playing hockey in the NHL. What has “possessed” these GM’s to do? Sutton has to be one of the luckiest players who ever played. Maybe even luckier than Jaroslav “Slowdry.”

Thrashy Thrashy

August 3rd, 2010
12:47 am

The cap room situation for other clubs will probably help us solve any roster spots we have open for players making a little more cash. No reason to be too hasty. The team looks to be in pretty good shape. Find the right fit.