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.

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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

Cornbread

August 3rd, 2010
2:10 am

Brendan- “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.”

I’d say the Ducks are counting their lucky stars after having #12 Cam Fowler and #29 Emerson Etem fall in their laps in this year’s draft. Hard to argue that they were not big winners.

World Be Free

August 3rd, 2010
5:33 am

Cornbread-12 and 29 were good numbers for the Ducks this year. Cannot believe Fowler fell that far, I was hoping we would have taken him but we will see how this works out. I remember when Petr Sykora fell like a rock; he had a better NHL career than alotta guys taken before him.

Red Light/Brendan-I clap for Darcy when he resigns. But on he other hand, I am so glad we have Dudley and Ramsay. Looking forward to this season.

Saw a license plate in TN this weekend-was it John Anderson’s?
plate stated -OM WTF

Smitty

August 3rd, 2010
6:44 am

How about giving Kennedy a shot here in Atlanta? He was one of the few Sabres I was impressed with during the Boston series last spring. I think he could be a top six forward in spite of his size. He is a gritty 2-way player and not that expensive. Cannot believe Darcy did this to this kid.

World Be Free

August 3rd, 2010
8:07 am

Smitty-Darcy has to go. He pays Pominville $5M+ year and let’s this kid go for $1M? I hope Kennedy signs here or wherever he exact his revenge on Darcy and his Charmin-like team.

Stroz-it’s one thing to have a player that is soft(Charmin)-it’s another to have 3/4 of a team that’s soft like the Sabres!

World Be Free

August 3rd, 2010
8:16 am

Brendan-Theodore is still unsigned. I do not know what he is asking, but I think he will go unsigned until mid season, when somebody needs a goalie due to long term injury. The Thrashers are candidates if an injury occurs, since they do not have an NHL ready goalie in the minors that is ready for prime time.

I do not know what teams see in Mandy. He fought early in his career, but refuses to drop the gloves at this stage in his career. The Ducks just moved a young defenseman to the Islanders then paid for Mandy; makes no sense. But that’s the league today.

Midfield

August 3rd, 2010
9:37 am

Sutton is a decent shot blocker and has reasonable skills in transition. Good coaches could milk some value out of him, I’m sure.

hockeymom92

August 3rd, 2010
10:24 am

Had no time to write yesterday since it was first day back from vacation, but I will say our household is thrilled with this move. Can’t wait to see what else Dudley has in store for us.

This is sorta off topic, but I wonder what it says about my priorities when I am sitting on the balcony watching the sunrise over the ocean and the beach cleaning dude is out there with his tractor raking the sand and all I can think of is that it really resembles a Zamboni and when the heck are they gonna drop the puck! Sad, I know…….

Red Light

August 3rd, 2010
10:51 am

Is Andy Sutton the second incarnate of Rod Langway or Larry Robinson? Of course not.

Is he a capable NHL defenseman? Yes.

By the time his two-year deal end with Anaheim, he will have played in 700+ games in the NHL and has averaged 18 minutes of ice time. Despite playing here and on the Island in some lean years, his career plus/minus rating is -26, and his +13 in 2005-06 ranks 3rd highest in club history among Thrashers defensemen (Hnidy +15 & Enstrom +14), and he was +6 in the playoff season. In fact, Sutton, Enstrom, Havelid and Hnidy are the only four d-men to have played in 100-plus games for Atlanta and managed a plus rating.

For a guy who was undrafted out of Michigan Tech, I’d say that’s a pretty good career.

kracker

August 3rd, 2010
11:24 am

For a laugh….Eklund Footballbuzz: Brett Favre retiring. Imagine if Favre and Forsberg had to pick out wallpaper together.

On Sutton: We all like to rag on him but he sure would give it up kneeling on the ice to block shots, hobble off, then come back and do it again.

Cornbread

August 3rd, 2010
11:26 am

Stay at home blueliners get no respect.

Joe Friday

August 3rd, 2010
11:47 am

He died his hair blue before our first playoff game. ’nuff said . . .

Red Light

August 3rd, 2010
11:51 am

OK Joe Friday…forgot about that, but…

Midfield

August 3rd, 2010
11:55 am

I thought it was Lehtonen who died his hair.

Alan R.

August 3rd, 2010
11:58 am

Don’t know if anyone has seen it, but our very own Pevs Dispenser has been interviewed recently. It’s a great read, and you can find it by clicking –> here <–

ben

August 3rd, 2010
12:10 pm

Congrats to Andy Sutton. That’s more NHL games than a lot of people. White was clearly past his prime while he was here. But things’ll get better for the team. We have a solid goalie for the first time since Pasi, and I think he’s better than that. Kari’s best days were in Europe as a child. Oh, he’ll keep on inflicting his “potential” for years. But AT BEST he’s a #2 at this level.

BlueSpark

August 3rd, 2010
12:20 pm

The saddest thing is that at one point, Mandy was our best defensemen.

I’d say that worse than being a pylon, he has a penchant for making borderline hits on opponents when his team already has the lead, thus riling up the opposing team and then losing the game.

Then again, I’m not an expert…

Thrashers27

August 3rd, 2010
12:32 pm

I agree, Spark…

During the summer, I usually get a bit of a Thrasher fix from Youtube. Yesterday I came acrossed video of a game against the Caps in ‘06, I believe…The Thrashers were beating the Caps soundly and it turned intoa brawl…mostly because Mandy took a cheap shot at a Caps player. Next thing you know everybody’s fighting. I remember several similar incidents where he had less than honorable hits. Was it Domi that he smashed into the glass that time? I know it was a Leafs player.

kracker

August 3rd, 2010
12:51 pm

Simmer squeezes another contract out of the BMs…two-way, though

ChrisBottaNHL Islanders give one-year, two-way contract to Jon Sim. Garth Snow praises Sim’s “unmatched work ethic.”

World Be Free

August 3rd, 2010
12:51 pm

hockeymom-I was at Harrah’s last weekend surfing Twitter as I was sitting in front of a slot machine. Zamboni on the brain is a good thing!

World Be Free

August 3rd, 2010
12:53 pm

Cornbread-to your point, Brendan Witt. Looks like a alot of the pre-lockout stay at home d-men are getting the hook.

glovesave29

August 3rd, 2010
1:21 pm

WBF – you can chalk that up to the removal of the center ice line for two line passes, and the tightening of the rules as to what a d-man can do in front of the net. If you are a cement footed d-man (cough, cough Valabik) you can no longer make up with it by being positionally sound. Either you join the rush and leave yourself open to the breakout via the long pass, or you stay back and leave your team outnumbered in the attack zone. And unless your name in Chris Pronger, the days of hacking an pushing in front of your own net are long gone. Stay at home d-men are not dinosaurs by any means, they just need to be really great skaters.

World Be Free

August 3rd, 2010
2:08 pm

glovesave-one of my biggest problems as a player is that I did not have the speed to compete at higher levels and you can’t replace footspeed that’s for sure. You noted something really important-the removal of the center line. That had a greater impact on the game than any other rule implemented. No center line is like removing “two steps” for fast guys and adding two steps for a defenseman.

Guys like Witt are outdated, except in the corners. That’s the place you really don’t want to run into a physical defenseman, more so than in front of the net. Harold Snepets, Ken Daneyko, Lee Fogolin or a bunch of other guys you see in those 70’s and 80’s retro games on NHL Network. They say the days of the enforcer are numbered, throw in the days of the stay at home D-man too. A real shame

Brendan

August 3rd, 2010
2:16 pm

Red Light, just like Exelby, Andy Sutton has far exceeded expectations for his career. Amazing to think Mandy was a + player here. How much did we pay him, for his years in Atlanta? I wonder if Sutton is pushing $30 million in career earnings.

glovesave29

August 3rd, 2010
2:30 pm

WBF – if ya have a cannon from the blue line, and are smart positionally – I can use you on my team. No one would EVER confuse us with, as you say a “higher level” squad!

I like the red line being taken out of the equation. It allows skill players to maximize their talents. And for the equally OPPOSITE reason, the trapezoid behind the net is a dumb rule as it takes away a talent from a player. As a goalie, I love to pass it up to a winger at the red, or even far blue line to start a break out. Usually it is a dump to my end to get in a line change, so often I forgo the icing to hit a teammate on the fly while the other team is shorthanded in the middle of a change. Gotta keep ‘em on their toes!

Harold Snepts…theres a name from the past. I remember him, the original “porn ’stache” while playing in those awful bright yellow “Duraflame log” unis the Canucks used to sport. If you can somehow use former WHA Jet Lars-Erik Sjoberg next time…then I will bow to you as the ultimate (after Brendan) hockey braniac!

glovesave29

August 3rd, 2010
2:40 pm

OK, sometimes a writer hits a thought you have dead on, and says it in such a way that you wish you could have thought of. Scott Burnside…kudos! Great quote on Brian Burkes silly desires as to what he wants in trade for Kaberle…

“GM Brian Burke would like to turn Kaberle into a top-six forward (and we’d like to turn that bale of straw in the backyard into a pile of gold, but we digress) before his no-trade clause kicks back in on Aug. 15″

Ha!

kracker

August 3rd, 2010
2:45 pm

BenThrashers Thrashers prospect Julian Melchiori has signed with the Kitchener Rangers (OHL). Thanks to @MLalancette for the tip. http://bit.ly/aViMcC

Brendan

August 3rd, 2010
2:48 pm

Bloggers, who would we say is our “all-time” best defenseman? I’m kind of at a loss. The second I come up with a name, I try to justify it with a plus-minus stat, or TOI, or points, or situational play. That is, could we use him in the PP unit, too?

And I’m hesitant to pick a player who was only here a year, like Kubina. When Zhitnik first arrived, he provided an immediate bandaid to some of our problems. Technically, our 1st ever All-Star was Petr Buzek. I can’t really feel that Exelby or Sutton was it. I’m sorta leaning towards Nic Havelid, but I haven’t looked at his stats yet. Gosh, off the top of my head, I might just go with Kubina.

glovesave29

August 3rd, 2010
2:51 pm

Brendan…easy, Adam Burt!

Tom Lysiak

August 3rd, 2010
2:53 pm

GS29, great description of the old Canucks unis, “duraflame” – HA!! I briefly thought about them the other night. I saw a Houston Astro player on ESPN and flashed back to the nasty old Astro jerseys. Then, somehow my mind wandered off to the old Canucks jersey. I don’t really like the current Canucks uniforms either, but those old ones SUCKED.

Red Light

August 3rd, 2010
2:56 pm

Brendan: No way he’s pushing $30 million, but it’s probably $20 million. I seem to recall we were all shocked at the contract Sutton signed with the Isles, as I believe he made $1.5 to $2 million in Atlanta the year before he departed.

You can still make up for a lack of speed with good reads, but I agree that it’s much more difficult now without the center line and the curtailing of clutching, grabbing and hooking.

Without a doubt, the Thrashers best ever defenseman has yet to play, but I’ll go along with Havelid for now.

GaVaHokie

August 3rd, 2010
3:07 pm

Interesting, wasn’t Melchiori the one dead-set on playing college?

Thrashers27

August 3rd, 2010
3:23 pm

Really good bit on the Thrashers. It’s nice to see that others have high hopes for our boys in Blue too.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=535218

Joe Friday

August 3rd, 2010
3:27 pm

“I thought it was Lehtonen who died his hair.”

Yep, and it was Mandy who talked him into it, they went to the salon together (wonder if they got mani-pedis while they were at it?). Who was our captain then, Mellanby? Whoever it was probably read them the riot act, what a couple of ninnies . . .

Brendan, David Harlock?

Havelid or Kubina. Let’s hope Bogosian makes us change that answer next summer.

Midfield

August 3rd, 2010
3:58 pm

I used to see Sutton in Buckhead a few times back in the day. He did not strike me as a hair-dying type. He looked more like a parking-an-SUV-in-three-parking-spaces type to me. But I may be wrong too.

World Be Free

August 3rd, 2010
4:12 pm

Glovesave-my 2 favorite pointmen had great “cannon” wrist shots-Denis Potvin and Chris Pronger (in his younger days). I saw Pronger blow one by Grant Fuhr in Buffalo one night-Prongs was 20 at the time, just a quick snap of the wrists-what a shot. The value of a great wrist shot when you have a winger on you is great than the booming slapper.

My mind wants me to play again, but my knees are telling me to keep the blades in the bag and the “ax” in the shed.

Red Light

August 3rd, 2010
4:19 pm

Mike Weaver will be back in the Southeast Division again. Signed a two-year deal with Florida today. $900k per season.

Tony C.

August 3rd, 2010
5:15 pm

A27

August 3rd, 2010
5:30 pm

Havelid and Shane Hnidy very underated and under utilized IMO. also WBF i feel the same way to… I miss playing very much:(

glovesave29

August 3rd, 2010
6:23 pm

No need to give up playing…our league has 10 levels of competition that include co-ed rec league and over 35 leagues. I’m in my mid-40’s and still playing the net. There are a ton of players in their 50’s and a few in their 60’s. Keeps ya feeling young.

Brendan

August 3rd, 2010
6:49 pm

I liked Shane Hnidy, too. He was very professional, A27. In the same season, he went from the pressbox to the top pairing blueliners. I forgot how we got ‘im, and I forgot how we lost ‘im. Probably trades or waiver claims. Hnidy was always in shape. I have to give him credit for that.

kracker

August 3rd, 2010
7:13 pm

WOW!!! twitter

dankamal In a chat w/Fanhouse’s Chris Botta, Rick Dudley suggests Dustin Byfuglien may move back to D. That would certainly mean more moves up front

Jack

August 3rd, 2010
7:34 pm

Kracker, saw that yesterday. He would obviously replace Kubina’s size, and a d man that could go to the crease. That would open up many options..

Red Light

August 3rd, 2010
7:49 pm

Brendan:

The Nashville Predators traded Shane Hnidy to the Atlanta Thrashers for a 4th round selection in 2006 (Niko Snellman who hasn’t played in the NHL). He signed with Anaheim as a free agent in 2007. He was then sent with a 6th-round pick to the Bruins for Brandon Bochenski, He played in Boston until last season when he signed as a free agent with the Wild. He is a free agent again this summer and has yet to sign. He made $750k last year and will turn 35 in November.

Not sure of his eye color!

Jack

August 3rd, 2010
7:52 pm

Thank you Red.

H.P. Clisters

August 3rd, 2010
9:19 pm

Slowdry and Mandy are featured in a new horror film: Attack of the Killer Pylons.

World Be Free

August 3rd, 2010
9:29 pm

glovesave-had a guy in our Buffalo group that was playing at 73 when I left in 1995. A27-maybe glovesave can talk us into coming out, even if for just one gave. Most of my gear belongs in the Smithsonian. Can’t forget the container for the falsies.

Havelid was my favorite-which just shows how pathetic our defenive core has been up till now.

Hokie P. Clisters

August 3rd, 2010
9:35 pm

Seriously, I have to agree that Sutton was decent while here. The only real dig I had was that he would instigate trouble without backing it up. I remember him causing a few ugly games but he always seemed to be off the ice when the rucus broke out. As for Slowdry….well I can’t remember too much there. And Kari….well let’s not go there. I’m still in therapy from reading Stendec’s rants.

kracker

August 3rd, 2010
9:43 pm

We should sign Niemi just for Stendec’s benefit.

Hokie P. Clisters

August 3rd, 2010
9:56 pm

Red Light and Tony C – I agree, Nick Havelid was solid and dependable most of the time he was here. Also he was a good mentor for Toby.

kracker

August 3rd, 2010
10:20 pm

And Nic is a nice guy, too, as well as a solid defenseman.