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

Not Blind

August 3rd, 2010
10:44 pm

Wasn’t it Sutton that LEVELED Sundin up in Toronto???? Huge open ice hit and I seem to remember it being in Toronto’s zone. Might have been Ex but I’m thinking it was Sutton. That is my all time favorite hit by a Thrasher.

Sparky (Smoothie)

August 3rd, 2010
10:50 pm

Actually, that was XLB who damn near killed Mats Sundin with his blindside hit. At least I think it would have been penalized under the new “head-protection” rules. Let’s see if I can youtube it.

World Be Free

August 3rd, 2010
10:50 pm

You just wish Sutton would have dropped the gloves more often. Isn’t that one of the issues we have with Doris?

World Be Free

August 3rd, 2010
10:52 pm

Sabres folk-Darcy gave a 16 minute explanation today as to why he cut Tim Kennedy. He should have just said “I am an idiot” and saved the world 15:50 seconds that we might need later in life.

Thrashers27

August 3rd, 2010
11:00 pm

Oh yeah, I remember that XLB hit on Sundin. Nasty! Speakin’ of which…Anybody heard if he has signed anywhere, or not. Call me sentimental, but I wouldn’t mind seeing him back here as a depth signing…say a two way deal.

WBF, I have really high hopes for Boris this year. He showed great improvement last year and I think he’s finally learning to use his size without drawing the ridiculous penalties. He’s still young!

Sparky (Smoothie)

August 3rd, 2010
11:03 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IPifDAomzQ

Yes sir, XLB done it. Sundin got lit up Salmela did when Carter plastered him in the crease after he scored a goal.

Problem with Valabik is he’s big, but his balance sucks and he’s a worthless fighter.

Smitty

August 3rd, 2010
11:15 pm

I believe Quinn had a big part in the Kennedy decision. Golisano and Larry Quinn must have gone to the same management school as the ASG. Hopefully ASG is learning something from Dudley.

Brendan

August 3rd, 2010
11:45 pm

I hate to sound like such a Darcy Regier apologist, but I have to believe this was Larry Quinn’s doing. The whole thing makes absolutely no sense to me. But I’m an outsider, for the Sabres. I need Rob, Tom, Smitty, WBF, Spudd Webb, Smoothie and others to explain to me, like I’m a 4-year old, how the Buffalo Sabres would cut ties with a “local boy” over $200,000, when the team is $6-7 million under the cap?

This has to be Quinn’s doing. Here’s my guess. Quinn got angry that Kennedy elected for arbitration, after such little time in the league. The way I see it, the player, any player, has the right to try to make as much money as he can. So, Kennedy thought he was a $1 million guy, for his 10 goals. Or whatever. Maybe he saw the Jim Slater contract and had visions of grandeur. Slater actually has 6 NHL seasons under his belt. Okay, so … I can’t blame him for trying. But Quinn can, and does. The arbitration award is $800,000. Instead of just paying him, Quinn hypothetically figures, “I’ll fix Kennedy’s little red wagon. It was his lifelong dream to be a Sabre. Well, that ends now!!” So, now, Kennedy is a free agent. Because of $200,000. LOL. It’s kinda funny. Would we do this with Saponari? (Is that his name?, who is from the Atlanta area.) No, I doubt it. And R.Stroz says the songbird sings, “cheap, cheap, cheap.”

Ya know, rubbin’ my chin … Buffalo must NOT CARE what their image is around the league. Look at the list. It’s staggering. Brian Campbell, Jay McKee, J.P. Dumont, Chris Drury, Danny Briere, Toni Lydman, Henrik Tallinder, Mike Grier, Marty Biron, Ty Conklin, etc. And one wonders if Vanek would still be there, without the RFA offersheet. I’m starting to wonder if the Sabres’ ownership is any better than the Octocluster. I’m trying to think of who STAYYYYYED in Buffalo. Let’s see … Derek Roy. Pomminville. Ummmn. Ummmn. Patrick Lalime. Okay, Ryan Miller. Is Mair still there? Gaustad?? Paetsche?? Ellis?? Sekera?? Ahhh, what’s his face, with concussions. One hit away from a permanent drool cup. Connelly, I think. He re-signed. Well, I guess that’s better than we’re doing, with our awesome track record of re-upping Eric Boulton and Jim Slater. And until Slava Kozlov signs somewhere else, which I’m sure he will, he’d be the 3rd guy we hang onto in perpetuity.

stendek

August 4th, 2010
12:43 am

Hi Rawhide. Hope all is well for you and yours. Missed ya big fellow. Still deeply hurt over fact that gutless arrogant selfish Maryann Hosebag has his name enscribed on Stanley Cup. True travesty! No just in sports whatsover. Glad Ilya Kovalchoke showed his true colors. Did New Jersey proud huh? Well. Could not have happened to a nicer bunch of Devils! Wonder who powers that be have chosen as predetermined champions this season? Wish I had inside track on choice. Lots of money to be made! Gear up for season Bill. Should be some nice moments to come. Son in harm way. I know you understand friend. Blessed be. Drop the puck already! Getting set to jeer, uh, huh, aw, oh. All gone! Getting ready to cheer. GO THRASHERS!

World Be Free

August 4th, 2010
5:59 am

Smoothie, “Mr. Video” and you are right on with Valabik’s balance. How did this guy get drated 10th overall!?
Brendan and smitty-you are correct on Quinn, but if I were as good as Darcy is supposed to be, I would get the heck out of Buffalo. Raise ticket prices are cut talent, unbelieveable. Glad we have Duds!
Who is the stentek imposter?

Rawhide

August 4th, 2010
7:21 am

stendek - Please extend my best wished and gratitude to your son the next time you speak with him.

Not Blind

August 4th, 2010
7:42 am

Ex’s hit: I don’t know if it would be penalized or not with the new rule. It WAS a body check and that is what knocked MS on his backside but his head did snap back. Still my favorite Thrasher hit. Sundin didn’t get punished enough imo.

World Be Free

August 4th, 2010
7:58 am

Brendan-just makes you happy to be cheering for the Thrashers, knowing that there are teams out there that have bigger problems than us. Tronna, Calgary, teams with cap issues that don’t make the playoffs! We complain about not spending enough (so far), but I am pleased to cheer for a team that manages the cap compared to those who have dead money on their backs. How are these teams supposed to improve if they cannot bring in players to their NHL rosters? I still say our internal cap is $50M, which is OK for now.

FYI-Mair and Ellis are UFAs, Gaustad is overpaid for a 3rd liner, Paetsch is gone and Sekera looks like a bust. Less money for Buffalo payroll is more money in Larry’s pocket.

rob

August 4th, 2010
8:05 am

Brendan,
Sabres will always be one of those teams with an outside shot. The fans there have to single handedly be responsible for at least several wins a season. Something to be said for a packed place all screaming for the home town team and dogging the opponents. Makes an overall ordinary group play over their heads and find a way to make things happen. And Ruff behind the bench as an ex-player, captain, and fan favorite, there himself adds to it also. Goes to show there is no rhyme or reason to the passion of hockey fans, they support the TEAM there and villify the ones running it at the same time. I can only hope Atlanta one day supports it’s team(s) with that kind of enthusiasm.

World Be Free

August 4th, 2010
8:07 am

rob

August 4th, 2010
8:14 am

AND Kennedy had that HORRIBLE turnover in his own zone that lead to a game winner this playoff season. I can see the team thinking it bad business for someone who let this happen asking for a raise. I honestly think these guys are overpaid anyway, as are all pro atheletes, but that is another story altogether.

Smitty

August 4th, 2010
8:26 am

Buffalo’s case of RDD is a lot worse than the Thrashers. They sell out almost every game and get a few thousand in the plaza outside the arena watching on the big screen. Quinn was a bust his first time around the Sabres and he has not improved.

Gotta give ASG a little bit of credit for bringing Dudley in.

rob

August 4th, 2010
8:37 am

WBF,
none of that article is news. they have always done things on the CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP there, getting the most out of it. I thought the most relavent part of it, in regards to the Thrashers, is the money they say was “wasted” on Max.
I know there are a lot of people here saying sign him, I am not one though. Don’t panic and sign someone just to sign someone. Wait, be patient, and find someone who is going to fit into what Duds is trying to make this team into……a tough, solid, hungry group who will be no fun to play against. Hard hitting, forechecking hockey is exciting to watch, and if this team can play that way, that play will lead to more turnovers and scoring chances. I won’t mind watching a hard working group lose games if they play with some pride. I look back at that DREADFUL Caps game last year and watching the pathetic effort put out by the whole team, my memory of that game from the 7th row was Evander Kane, a rookie, coming into the corner late in the 3rd period and throwing a solid check and following it up with another one. He did that a lot last year and the reason it stuck out to me at that time was he didn’t give up. There were plenty of “veterans” who were out there coasting but Kane seemed to take it personally, and threw several good checks that game even though it was obvious the team was not there to play. That type of game cannot be exceptable, not to the fans, players, coaches, management, or owners. I think Duds has put in place a group who will not do that……not without there being repercussions anyway.

Rawhide

August 4th, 2010
8:45 am

We take our discussion from RDD to SSS (Sophomore Slump Syndrome)