Thrashers rumored to have signed veteran forward Fredrik Modin

There’s a report coming from Sweden that the Thrashers have signed veteran forward Fredrik Modin to a one-year contract. I’ve yet to see any official confirmation of the signing, however Dan Kamal tweets and TSN reports that the deal has indeed gone down. Regardless, it wouldn’t surprise me that the rumors are true, given the fact that the 6’-4”, 223 lb forward has past ties with both Craig Ramsay and Rick Dudley. All three were a part of the 2004 Stanley Cup winning Tampa Bay Lightning team.

Modin will be 36 years old on October 8 and is currently a UFA coming off a three-year $9.75 million contract which brought with it a $3.25 mil cap hit. Last season he split time between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Los Angeles Kings, netting a total of 5 goals and 6 assists during 44 total games. He was a –6 in 24 games with Columbus and a –2 in 20 games in LA. Last spring he played in 6 playoff games with the Kings during their round one loss to Vancouver, scoring 3 goals and 1 assist while finishing a –3.

Fredrik Modin played in only 44 games last season with the Colubus blue Jackets and LA Kings. There are rumors that the Thrashers have signed him to a contract (AP Photo)

Fredrik Modin played in only 44 games last season with the Colubus blue Jackets and LA Kings. There are rumors that the Thrashers have signed him to a contract (AP Photo)

For most of Modin’s career, he’s been looked upon as a 20+ goal scorer. In 2000-01 he scored 32 goals and 24 assists, in 2003-04 he had 28 goals and 29 assists and the following season he netted 31 goals and 23 assists. However after leaving Tampa and heading to Columbus, injuries have limited his play for the past three seasons. In 2007-08 he played in just 23 games, 50 the season after that and only 44 last year.

In 858 career NHL games he has 225 goals, 227 assists, 439 PIM and is a +3. He’s appeared in 57 playoff games where he’s scored 14 times and chipped in with 12 assists. In 2004, he scored 8 goals and 11 assists during 23 playoff matches to help earn him a sip from the Stanley Cup.

So now, the big question is…why would Dudley bring in a player who will turn 36 on opening night? Especially after saying he wants prospects like Patrice Cormier, Spencer Machacek and Alex Burmistrov to have every opportunity to earn roster spots during training camp.

Well, I have a possible suggestion…insurance.

First off, Modin could add a little more veteran presence to this lineup. Yes, it’s good to have a good amount of healthy, hungry youngsters on the team, but the stability that comes with a number of “been there, done that, got my name on the Cup” types doesn’t hurt either. Possibly he, along with Patrick Rissmiller, could be on the roster filling the roles of healthy scratches in the press box while providing the occasional spot start.

But if one or two of the young-uns are not able to prove themselves ready in preseason or are not able to handle playing everyday at the NHL level this fall, Dudley and Ramsay need a player like Modin to fall back on…giving a young player a short break to regain his stride.

Another possible reason to bring in Modin in the mane of insurance is that Dudley and Co. are very concerned about the contract impasse that the Thrashers find themselves at with Nic Bergfors. If they are not able to come to terms with the RFA and he chooses to hold out, or the Thrashers feel the need to trade away his rights, then Dudley needs a left wing to fill Bergie’s vacancy on one of the top two lines.

Maybe Modin takes that top-six spot, or maybe Andrew Ladd does and Modin plays on the third line.

Are there drawbacks to bringing in Modin? Sure…

His age and recent health issues are certainly a cause for concern. If they are looking to have a backup plan in case Bergfors in unavailable at the beginning of the season, there is a 13-year gap between those two players.

Of course, there is also the financial part of the equation too. I highly doubt the organization is offering up anything close to the $3.5 million Modin made last season. But a 1-year deal at or around a mil wouldn’t be out of the question for such an insurance policy. Certainly the Thrashers have the room under the cap for it, but anything more would be too much in my opinion.

Regardless… as is the case with any type of insurance… people tend to go with those they know and trust. And I don’t think it’s too much a stretch to think this would be the reason why Dudley and Ramsay might opt to bring in Fredrik Modin for just such a purpose.

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Thrashers27

September 5th, 2010
3:33 pm

Rawhide,

I’m sorry to be the one to point it out, but I think you have “Morin” on your mind.

As for Modin, “eh.” He can play either wing, so there’s some flexibility and he brings some more size, otherwise I don’t think he’s got much left in the tank. As long as he doesn’t keep one of the kids from getting ice time, I’m fine with him being here.

SomaAtl95

September 5th, 2010
3:41 pm

Took forever to type in the last post and I see you posted a new blog, so here goes:
I see it like this – The team is going to do what they want to do in any way that they see fit. While we can show our surprise/unhappiness at the changes that have been made their overall M.O. is to put butts in the seats. STH’s and rabid fans (like all of us, including sage) are only one part of the equation. If they can manage a team with the fairy tale vibes of the 91 Braves or 98 Falcons they will get more butts in seats, which is the ASG’s overall goal. The Thrashers and Hawks want (or should want) to win their respective Championships, the ASG just wants the revenues and benefits that come from building excitement. In the law of averages, give anything enough time and its number will be drawn – Both Falcons and Braves came to Atlanta in the 60’s, had a brief taste of playoffs in the 80’s but waited till the 90’s to do anything significant. The Flames were contenders in Atlanta and won the cup within a few years of being shipped out of town. The fact of the matter is that there will be no ownership group interested in keeping Hockey in Atlanta until there is a fan presence. Anyone that disagrees should look at the fate of the Yotes. Last year they were about to be “Tom Cousins’ed” out of town, they got new ownership (the NHL) new management and a purpose. They won. They put butts in the seats, and now they have a buyer interested in keeping them in Glendale.
I will have blind faith in the Thrashers (and I don’t usually have blind faith in Anything) regardless of if they are contenders for the cup or contenders for the toilet. Give any team enough time in Atlanta and our city will catch on. In the meantime the teams need their “Sheeple” to keep the same grazing area.
I know some will disagree and some will want to argue my point, but I will be damned if Canada steals another one of our teams. At least we know that our team made the most moves and some of the biggest waves in this off season, and while some signings have not been preferred, at least they are doing something (and they jettisoned a lot of dead weight players who were obviously unhappy to be here).
Modin will bring experience and may be able to provide leadership for our younger players, which was sorely missing from the Kovalchuk years.
This has been an offseason like no other for our Thrashers. That means something, right?

Rawhide

September 5th, 2010
3:44 pm

Thrashers27 – Good Lord…I typed “Morin”, what, seven or eight times??? :roll: Sheeze!

Thanks…corrected.

SomaAtl95 – Consider yourself “Ranallo-ed”.

Inky Binky

September 5th, 2010
3:48 pm

this has the stench of Wadell

Toby

September 5th, 2010
4:01 pm

Brutal signing. I believe this means Buff starts the season on D.

SomaAtl95

September 5th, 2010
4:01 pm

Consider yourself “Ranallo-ed”. (sniffle, sniffle) OK. (wipes tear away) Took long enough for that to happen too – does Ranallo still post?

Cornbread

September 5th, 2010
4:05 pm

The Thrashers are very young up front. They lack veteran leadership from a proven winner. This signing is filling a big hole. Up front, the Thrashers have lost their Captain along with 30+ year old forwards Kozlov, Afinogenov, Reasoner, and White. The only 30 year old who will see significant ice time is Antropov. The next oldest players are a 27 and 28 year old born in 1982. 34 year old Boulton’s games played are likely to decrease big time this season.

Anyone care to take a look at the age of the veteran forwards on Stanley Cup Playoff teams? They all have several who are in their early to mid 30’s. Practically the whole team on the Red Wings is in their 30’s… or 40’s. Older and wiser players can beat speed and skill.

If Modin stays healthy and produces, great. If not, you still get his locker room leadership.

Rawhide

September 5th, 2010
4:06 pm

SomaAtl95 – He hasn’t for a while…but he tells me he still lurks in every once in a while.

chipper

September 5th, 2010
4:21 pm

For the record, there’s still a Morin in there.

Brendan

September 5th, 2010
4:31 pm

I don’t know what the thinking was, here. Then again, I don’t how much the guy will get paid, either. If it’s $880,000, might be okay. But, the previous GM, one Don Waddell, was notorious for his “let’s give this ‘on the decline, oft injured player’ a shot here, at minimal pay.” Worked perfectly, every time, no? Let’s count up the playoff wins. You carry the one, right?

Modin is a big boy, at 6′4″/220 pounds, but don’t we have about enough of those already. It’s Byfuglien’s job to be the big man. Now, it looks like he’ll play defense. D’oh. In 2007, Modin missed most of the season with a serious shoulder injury. He hasn’t played over 50 games in a season since 2007. The upside is … he’s still “a point every other game” type of player. I don’t know that he will get 16 minutes a game. We’ll see. Modin has scored 15 or more goals a season eight times (8x) in his career. I think we’d settle for 15 goals, and 60 games, from Modin. As always, I hope it works out. I said that about Ken Klee. I said that about Steve Rucchin. I said that about Uwe Krupp. And Byron Dafoe. And Jani Hurme. And Smehlik. Seems like we could have found a player from the farm system for a bottom six forward.

BjGpikapp83@yahoo.com

September 5th, 2010
4:58 pm

This would make A LOT more sense if it was an invite to camp and not an actual signing…

The Smooth Spark

September 5th, 2010
6:02 pm

Modin will only make his $800k if he makes the team. Still a big IF. Perhaps I’m mistaken but he’s not a hit against the cap unless he’s on the Opening Night roster, n’est-ce pas?

At any rate, he’s probably nothing more than insurance if some of our young guys don’t pan out during camp. There’s no way both Rissmiller AND Modin end up on the roster. I’m curious to know if his deal is a 1-way deal as I don’t know why wed pay Modin that much coin to play in the AHL when Rismiller may be headed there too.

Worse case scenario is that Bergfors gets traded (Nick may have been miffed from early on when we brought in a Bergfors clone in Freddy Petersson) and Modin ends up on our 3rd line.

But I still don’t see Ramsay playing Big Buff on the blueline as his size is too valuable on the front line. With DB in the top 6, no way Modin cracks the top 6. Everything is gonna work out but don’t be surprised if Duds is loading up for another trade. That’s how he rolls.

Sage of Bluesland

September 5th, 2010
6:22 pm

“Brutal signing….”

That about sums it up.

Isn’t that our new slogan this year?

Yep….and some actually think that the ASG’s “goal” is to win the title! Now THAT is funny…

Cornbread

September 5th, 2010
6:24 pm

I don’t know, maybe Modin’s wearing the “A” for two teams, winning the World Championship, Olympics, and Stanley Cup while compiling 858 NHL games and 452 points commands a little more deference than a try-out.

I don’t see a lot of risk in this but it has the potential for high reward. If he gets hurt or does not produce wave goodbye and a young gun fills the slot. Produce 40 points while providing leadership for the 10 starting forwards in their 20’s and it will be a great signing that makes Dudley look like a genius.

Cornbread

September 5th, 2010
6:41 pm

Rawhide, Modin had 3 goals and an assist in 6 playoff games last season.

SomaAtl95

September 5th, 2010
6:44 pm

Sage – you must have missed what I typed earlier, re-read it here – “The Thrashers and Hawks want (or should want) to win their respective Championships, the ASG just wants the revenues and benefits that come from building excitement”
All I said is that they wanted the REVENUE from excitement, all it takes is an ounce of giving a spit and they can build excitement, they ONLY WANT THE MONEY FROM BEING SAY, EVEN MILDLY SUCCESSFUL because thats more than they have yet done! The TEAMS should want the championship. I wasn’t bashing your point of view yet you’re still bashing mine. I (like most people here, god knows including you) do agree the ASG isn’t in it to win it, their inability to do or retain any significant progress/player has shown that. However, I really like watching NHL Hockey in my hometown, even if sub-par, and do not want the team to depart for the great white nothing known as Canada.
So if I disagree with you, I am mocked. If I agree with you, I am mocked. Make your mind up man – do you want people to agree with you or not?
Let me put it this way, I despise the people in Canada who covet our team like you despise us sheeple. Difference is I don’t say that in EVERY post and then relentlessly mock everyone who disagrees.
If you’re unmarried I really hope you don’t take the same attitude on e-harmony.com! What does it take to get the great and mighty Sage to agree with anyone with a valid point outside of his own?

Fan from Carolina

September 5th, 2010
7:39 pm

Totally off-topic but I need to vent somewhere. I went on-line yesterday to buy Thrashers single game tickets and was stunned at the prices. I haven’t been for a few years (and bought tickets outside Philips for cheap). I really wanted to get back into live action instead of TV and I wanted choice good seats in the lower level near the blue line but they were $90 each!! Who can afford $180 per game for 2 seats plus parking, serious gas $$ for me to travel from NC, and any snacks?? I used to have full season tickets in another NHL city in the 90’s. The blue line lower level tickets were HALF the price. Have ticket prices really doubled in 10-15 years? Have the salaries gone up double?? Ouch!! How can anyone support hockey at these prices? I did buy some seats in the 2nd level at $45 per seat but what a disappointment. It’s not like the Thrashers just won the Cup. Sticker shock!

Sage of Bluesland

September 5th, 2010
7:51 pm

“…I (like most people here, god knows including you) do agree the ASG isn’t in it to win it, their inability to do or retain any significant progress/player has shown that….”

Now that I will agree with. Their acceptance of incompetence and their disdain for the fans is beyond comprehension to me.

“…However, I really like watching NHL Hockey in my hometown, even if sub-par, and do not want the team to depart for the great white nothing known as Canada….”

I can understand this, to a degree. You’re a fan of hockey. You will put dollars in the pockets of those who give you that product.

That’s fine. I understand it completely.

However, it’s when ’some’ (I don’t know if it’s you or not) actually complain or are vexed about why this team is so pathetic…It’s when some gripe and complain about how pitiful this organization is…

It’s those I have the problem with–as they are the ones subsidizing the incompetence. They are effectively enabling the lack of accountability to continue.

Wonderfully enough, then there are some who spew such ignorance as “Donnie hasn’t made a bad move yet”…or “My spreadsheet shows that our drafts are above league-average!”…they are the ones which really make me laugh–and scratch my head at the same time…

Some think all we have to do is collectively ‘wish’ really, really hard and our dreams will be realized! Some think it’s all a spin of the roulette wheel–i.e. it will be “our turn” soon!

Nope–it has everything to do with ownership and leadership…It has everything to do with commitment to winning and accountability…

Thus, we’re doomed, with this group in charge.

goose

September 5th, 2010
8:20 pm

Could Modin be a replacement for thorburn? He has a cap hit of 660K kills penalties, has some size, fights (tries to at least) and is still young enough to have some potential left. I smell a trade.

goose

September 5th, 2010
8:24 pm

I just noticed on Cap Geek, that the devils have no trade clauses for Rolston and Langennbruner, and no movement clauses for Elias and Arnott.

SomaAtl95

September 5th, 2010
8:35 pm

Wow. Thank you sage. We now have common ground. If they can manage a few good years here, the Thrashers will indeed find better ownership. The ASG is to the Thrashers what the Smith family was to the Falcons. The Smith family finally sold their team to a great owner, it took them showing signs of improvement and putting a team in the Superbowl as well before there was a buyer that was going to keep the team in Atlanta. I wish Mr Blank could purchase the Thrashers, I do. Since he has owner the Falcons there has been at least one prognosticator each and every season to say they will be contenders, and still, we celebrated the fact that for the first time in forty years they have back to back winning seasons.
I don’t complain that the team is bad, they’re my team. All teams in Atlanta go through being HORRID. It takes a lot of suffering to love a sport in this city, but look what happens after a period of being a laughing stock – the Braves had the 90’s, the Falcons had much of this past decade and the Hawks have made repeat playoff appearances. The law of averages is on our side. Keep the Thrashers here long enough, they will win. People will come to the games. Then your dream of an “ASG free” Club will happen. The ASG will sell the Thrashers at the point they feel they can get the most return on their investment. If they are sold to someone who has a clue on how to run a hockey club, D-Wad will be sure to go.
I want the team to stay. I want them to succeed and I want them to have a real owner, not an ownership group. All of this will happen when they become winners. I support the crest on the front of the jerseys. I do not support the ownership group. Just because its their team does not mean I am subsidizing incompetence – it just means I want the team to stick around long enough to get real ownership.
Sage, I’d love to buy you a beer during a game this season and just discuss the game of hockey itself. I believe you have as much loving passion for the sport as vile hatred you carry for the ASG. You aren’t alone.

Rawhide, ever thought of having an **official** get together before a game? I’ve met you at a viewing party before but it would be cool to meet everyone fact to face at philips during a weekend game this year. The debate face to face would be a lot of fun!

Hockey Biltong

September 5th, 2010
9:35 pm

want better, younger, faster….

World Be Free

September 5th, 2010
10:29 pm

Depth signing folks. I doubt Modin is part of any five year plan moving forward.

Rawhide

September 5th, 2010
10:56 pm

Rawhide, ever thought of having an **official** get together before a game? I’ve met you at a viewing party before but it would be cool to meet everyone fact to face at philips during a weekend game this year. The debate face to face would be a lot of fun!

SomaAtl95 – Not a bad thought. Maybe the upstairs part of the Taco Mac at Philips?

BTW…Chris Vivlamore tweeted tonight, “Thrashers likely to make signing of Fredrik Modin official on Monday”.

Hokie P. Clisters

September 5th, 2010
11:08 pm

I hope we have lots of Motrin stockpiled for Modin. I hope we are calling Duds a genius for this signing in January. I have to give Duds props for getting as much depth on the team as possible and if Bergie signs its even better.

However, I’m concerned that Rammer won’t have enough time to get a feel of the chemistry on this team by the end of camp. We can’t afford a slow start wandering in a flux of discombobulation with numerous depth guys.

Red Light

September 5th, 2010
11:13 pm

Aren’t you missing the point? The point is not that Modin isn’t or hasn’t been a decent player during his career. The point is not that Modin can’t help or be insurance for this team if the young guys can’t contribute right away, the point is that he is a 36-year-old forward who has done diddly during the past few seasons. The point is that he is the 170th free agent forward signed since July 1 leaguewide and this team had plenty of cap space, knew they needed several forwards when negotiations with others faltered and they wind up signing Fredrik Modin.

Insurance is typically used as a safeguard for a potential catastrophe, so while Rawhide makes a valid point about the signing as the policy, the insurance in this case could be its own catastrophe: 1) if he plays here at all 2) if he gets enough ice time to score 20 goals and 3) if he beats out other previous signees for a roster spot.

Sorry, I simply don’t get it.

Wayne stuck in AL

September 5th, 2010
11:24 pm

Yawn…not you Bill, but this signing.

These constant trades for 3rd line, 4th line, Chicago Wolves material is really testing my patience, and we still can’t get the most offensive player (Bergfors) signed.

The more I’m seeing, Dudley is turning this team into the Nashville Predators: a team that plays defense, but can’t score, and because no one will be able to put up good offensive numbers, no one can ask for a large salary (which makes Atlanta Spirit happy).

R. Stroz

September 5th, 2010
11:54 pm

Red Light – Don’t you hear the bird outside your window singing…CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP.

I’m with Joe Bob Friday on this one. This smells like over the hill dumpster diving by Wadley.

R. Stroz

September 6th, 2010
12:02 am

Forget the Motrin, get him a walker with wheels, seat, and basket.

ben

September 6th, 2010
8:05 am

If Modin makes the team, the team will be bad, friends, very bad. Let this team go to Canada! We will eventually get another team. Modin’s best years are behind him. Brendan, are you tabulating point predictions this year? If so, mark me down for 94, 10th in the East.

DWTOO

September 6th, 2010
8:13 am

When you think about all the forwards we passed on to pick this guy bewilders the senses. There’s no reason for it. Would rather see someone with potential from Chicago. The only possibility here is that Modin had his best years with Dudley and Rammer in Tampa. Duds is showing a bit of mispalced loyalty here?

J-man

September 6th, 2010
8:37 am

Modin is over the hill. If true, this is really uninspiring. So much for “letting the kids play”. Modin isn’t even insurance. He’s a waste of a roster spot. We already tried this tactic with Rucchin a few years ago. Those who don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat it.

Mrs. DWTOO

September 6th, 2010
8:40 am

Like Red Light, and R/L doesn’t get this way often, I’m just as mystified as to what the logic is behind this deal. Does Dudley know something or has something up his sleeve? What does one do with a soon to be 36 year old hockey player whose better years are behind him? Provide leadership on the ice and in the locker room to a bunch of youngsters? I’m afraid that’s the only role I see Modin playing.

R. Stroz

September 6th, 2010
9:00 am

Isn’t Gordie Howe available?

five_hole

September 6th, 2010
9:09 am

Is this an NHL contract or a ‘tryout’ contract, like what Max got to come to camp last year?

Also, if you want to see a young player use his head (wish I had a better joke for it), take a look at this:
http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Video-Goal-with-soccer-style-header-looks-cool-?urn=nhl-267462

Red Light

September 6th, 2010
9:27 am

It’s unfair to compare Modin to Rucchin. Prior to coming to Atlanta, Rucchin had played in 236 games during the prior three seasons before being signed by Waddell, and had 53 goals and 84 assists in those games, although his production had slipped a bit for the Rangers the previous year. His injury was simply bad luck and couldn’t be foreseen. Modin’s last three seasons don’t come close to Rucchin’s numbers.

In mid-April, Dudley said when discussing a potential deal for established veterans, that “we want our players to grow together. And, when I say an older player, I mean one way over 30. If it was someone who could contribute a lot to our team over the next three, four or five years, maybe even two years, then there would be some interest.”

OK, then Modin fits how?

Modin has never really been valued highly. When Dudley acquired him from Toronto in ‘99, he gave up Cory Cross and a 7th-round pick to get him. When he was dumped in June of 2006 to Columbus from Tampa, the compensation was Marc Denis for Modin and Noreena. On March 3, the Kings gave up a 7th-round pick for him.

Depth? Leadership? Value? I’m still looking for the evidence.

Dwayne

September 6th, 2010
9:29 am

Freaking Freddy….the Cup is ours.

Flames

September 6th, 2010
9:31 am

Modin is from Sweden and Bergfors is from Sweden. Moose was Bergfors best friend on the team last year. This might also play a part in signing Bergfors. A mentor maybe? The entire NHL was surprised when we signed Max with his health issues. Then when we didn’t resign him this year everyone on this blog was upset. I really believe that Duds knows exactly what he is doing. The main goal here is to re-sign Bergie to a long term contract. The Thrashers feel that he is the real deal. Competition only makes everybody better.

On a different note. I have a friend who is very wealthy and will own a sports team in Atlanta. He almost purchased a team about four or five years ago. I approached him about the purchasing the Thrashers. He stated that he was interested and that he has already researched the team finances. He said that the ASG was making money of the Hawks and Philips arena. He told me that the Thrashers lost over 20 million dollars last year. He said that he is watching the progress of the team and it’s ownership. With this being said, there is people who are interested in purchasing the team that are in Atlanta.

Thrashfan01

September 6th, 2010
9:52 am

What is next, Dudley trying to talk Aaron Ward out of retirement?

Modin does not fit the style Ramsey has stated he wants to play, he has averaged fewer than 40 games a season the last 3 years and at 35 is not getting faster.

This looks like wasted money and more importantly a wasted roster spot.

ben

September 6th, 2010
10:13 am

I wanted MAD MAX. This guy, unless bergfors needs a mentor is a waste. As has been gone through ad nauseum on this blog, this team will loose money until it has 2 back-to-back winning seasons or moves into an area where people feel safe. This is not a show-up-in-person and root for your team kind of a town. This is what sociologists call a doughnut metropolis, i. e.: lots around the edges and a hole in the center.

Listen, I live in midtown, so I’m not one of these I hate Atlanta people. I go to Phillips regularly, and I’m saying this team will not draw well here because

1. A perception of unsafety.
2. Years of bad management.
3. For all things other than NASCAR / COLLEGE FOOTBALL / AND MAAAAAAAAAAYBEEEE THE BRAVES this is a bad sports area.
4. It is an expansion team which has no history.

however if the arena were moved, the unsafety perception went away, or if committed owners showed up it could be better.

GaVaHokie

September 6th, 2010
10:14 am

Modin was someone I had considered at the deadline last year. Big player, scores around the net. I’ll agree with Kevin Allen on this one, if healthy, this could be a steal.

I have to laugh everytime a bad signing equals Waddell, and any good sign/trade is Dudley… this is a Dudley decision folks. It’s a typical move of giving a coach guys he is familiar with. If you want to point to “lying”, how about Dudley saying he doesn’t want Coaches to pick players?

Brendan

September 6th, 2010
10:27 am

Fan From Carolina, 76-percent (75%) of the NHL’s profits come from ticket sales. That means, in addition to the luxury booths, the burden of financing does fall on us, the paid attendance. Now, there are some remedies to help you. One of the posters here knows of a website that sells Thrashers tickets at about 1/3 the value. I don’t happen to remember its URL. But someone has it, and can post it. Second, places like Kroger or Publix will occassionally have discount coupons for Thrashers game. Go to customer service and ask. Third, (if you can wait to attend games until December,) if you bring an unwrapped toy or two to the December game you attend, the “Toys for Tots” campaign tosses you back TWO ABSOLUTELY FREE LOWER LEVEL SEATS for each toy you bring, for an upcomg game in January. No, you can’t use it for some premier game, like Crosby and the Penguins. But they do give you a choice of two to three games that are not coveted opponents. A game’s … a game, right? Fourth, during the year, the team will start to seriously discount tickets if things aren’t going well. Fifth, if you have one of those “Entertainment 2011″ books, they usually offer Thrasher tickets at buy one get one free pricing. Sixth, absent any of that, the seats up in the 400’s only cost $10. And if you happen to get sections 409, 410, 411, or 412, you’re essentially sitting at Center Ice, a few scant rows above a person who paid $35 for the same view. That $25 savings will surely pay for parking and some food at the venue. Seventh, the Thrashers usually offer a Coca-Cola Family Fun Pack or Chick-Fil-A package where you get 4 seats, 4 cokes, 4 hot dogs, for $89. I don’t know if that’s a “go” for this season, but a simple check of the Thrashers website should locate it.

Brendan

September 6th, 2010
10:36 am

ben, you’re entered in the contest at 94-points, 10th in the East. However, you did not specify a Southeast Division rank, which is the 2nd set of “tie-breaker” criteria. Also, would you like to submit an “Opening Night” budget contest entry? The deadline for that September 20, at 5PM. You have a great shot at winning it, as so far, there have only been two guesses. Mine, at $51.4 million and WBF’s, at 50.0 million. Guesses for Thrashers point totals are due by “puck drop” of Opening Night of the 1st game of the 2010-11 season for the Thrashers. Good luck. For now, you’re just registerd at 94-points and 10th in the East. Last year’s winner was “Pam on Weck.” The 2009 winner was “Don,” via tie-breaker over “Glovesave29.”

kracker

September 6th, 2010
10:52 am

The blogosphere off-season roadshow is in high gear as we approach another hockey season!

Our armchair GMs (AGMs) are their usual vocal selves. You have heard the saying that a “team looks good on paper” but what looks so good then may look less appealing when competing on the ice. Otoh, each year usually brings us a team or two that looks like a group of not-ready-for-prime-timers combined with a few veterans and some misfits “on paper”, then they perform better than expected. Sometimes a lot better, sometimes a little better.

We have a sort of similar situation here with our blogging friends, the AGMs. Their GMing “knowledge” is flawed, it is all of the on-paper variety. Which is to say that it is incomplete, ill-sourced and out of date. How accurate will their devinings prove to be? Only time will tell but the future will surely follow its own path.

Yes, we are here again, camp has not yet started and already our AGMs have spoken. For that matter, rookie camp has not started. Rosters are incomplete, coaches have yet to begin determining the current capabilities of the hopeful and the established players. Lines and pairings are unmade. These unknowns are not a problem for the AGM. They see with a clarity that leaves this mere armchair fan awestruck. Best yet, they will continue to devine the future until the last puck is dropped in the 10-11 season.

The summer AGMs love to pontificate about the certain failure of the local club in the coming season. I like poking fun at our AGMs. They are the low-hanging fruit of the hockey blogs.

kracker

September 6th, 2010
11:00 am

Oh, Flames, thank you for mentioning that a factor in the Modin signing could be as an inducement in getting Bergfors inked. I was thinking that as both were Swedish, that could be the case.

Dudley said early on that he wanted to sign a veteran as a locker room presence. Modin looks to be that signing.

And Flames, your info about a wealthy friend having an interest in investing in the Thrashers is very encouraging. For a guy in the mail room, you do get around!

GaVaHokie

September 6th, 2010
11:06 am

Rawhide… You might want to reread your last sentence of Paragraph one and your Paragraph two… you stuttered. :)

Sage of Bluesland

September 6th, 2010
11:12 am

“…I really believe that Duds knows exactly what he is doing….” [per Flames]

We’ll see. Each opinion and a dollar gets you a cup…

“…The summer AGMs love to pontificate about the certain failure of the local club in the coming season. I like poking fun at our AGMs….”

Nice empty–yet arrogant–bluster; Donny would be proud. This “AGM” could have won just as many playoff games this past decade than the alleged “expert”, too.

How does that grab ya’? Please pontificate from your lofty perch further!

(I need the laugh, that’s for sure)

Barry

September 6th, 2010
11:25 am

I just have two things to say. 1) Why are we signing him? and 2) This BETTER not mean Byfgulien moves to defense. I’m totally and sincerely opposed to that idea.

Brendan

September 6th, 2010
11:25 am

Kracker. It’s a blog. If posters didn’t talk about the future/past, what would get written here? And with diminished posts or website hits, the place would disappear. Let people have their fun. Everyone has a right to an opinion, even one that differs from yours or mine or Rawhide’s.

Rosters aren’t set. Camp hasn’t started. And no one knows what will happen until it does. There’s a lot to be determined for the upcoming season. How will the new strategy, post-Kovalchuk, workout? Will our goaltending be better? And our defense? This is why they play the games.

I know this much. It’s going to be a different approach this year. And that, alone, should warrant some optimism, even from the pessimist set. I also think there are some posters who want/expect this team to peak in November. I cannot support that. Any team that peaks in November, is done for the year. But I do think, by Thanksgiving, we’ll know if this roster is a capable one, or will be headed to another bottom third of the conference finish. Honestly, I think the Thrashers are in a favorable position. The expectation isn’t high, which means that if they put it all together this season, there is that “1991 Braves” potential for team interest. In 2005-06, the team made its first MAJOR MOVES outside of lottery draft selections, and expectation level rose very high. Unforuntately, things didn’t go as planned. I think the first game of that season was 2-0 shutout, by Florida. In other words, the waters were chummed up, but there weren’t any fish to be eaten. By the end of the season, the team lost Savard for nothing and missed the playoffs. So, honestly, I think these Thrashers are in a better position, in that fan expectations are low, in a year where there is a new GM and new Coaching staff. Well played, by the organization. There hasn’t been some “super hype machine” about this upcoming season. Good. If the team gets all hyped up, with maxed out cap, then the expectation levels rise and there’s nowhere to go/hide if the season doesn’t result in playoffs. Now, the budget isn’t anywhere near maxed cap, but changes have been made. If Eager, Ladd, Byfuglien, Sopel, Bergfors, Cormier, and Oduya, all players that were traded here, work out for our benefit, this could be a terrific season. To comform to the playoff formula, however, the team must improve its goal differential by 44 goals from last season, to be a +22, and playoff bound. Sans Kovalchuk and Afinogenov.

five_hole

September 6th, 2010
11:27 am

Brendan Put me in for 92 points and 8th in the east.