Trade deadline comes day after Thrashers finally find a way to win

Today the news wires and twitter feeds will be buzzing throughout the NHL world as yet another trade deadline day is upon us. And with that, just as I do every trade deadline day, I will turn the blog over to you the cyber-reporters of the hockey blogosphere to report and discuss in the comments section below the deals from around the NHL as they happen.

As always, AJC Thrashers beat writer Chris Vivlamore will be on the job bringing us any news of trades involving the home team. You can follow him on twitter –>HERE<–.

Today’s player swap- meet comes just a day after our Thrashers managed to pull off only their second win in the month of February. Trailing 2-0 entering into the third period, Captain Andrew Ladd injected life into the team with a power play goal just 53 seconds in. Then, the Thrashers unleashed their secret offensive weapons on the Leafs…Tim Stapleton and Ron Hainsey.

Ron Hainsey and celebrates his game-winning overtime goal Sunday evening with his teammates. The win was only the second this month for the Thrashers (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Ron Hainsey celebrates his game-winning overtime goal Sunday evening with his teammates. The win was only the second this month for the Thrashers (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Stapleton, who was placed on waivers just last Saturday, tied things up with 4:36 remaining in the third. It was his first goal of the season and only the fourth of his NHL career. Hainsey then finished off the dramatic come back with a goal halfway through overtime.

I would call yesterday’s outcome a big win for the Thrashers, but after losing five straight and nine of the previous ten games in the month of February…really any kind of win is big. We’ll take what we can get in Thrasherville these days.

Not to be overlooked here is the fine play of Chris Mason…not just in the win Sunday but also Friday night after coming in to relieve Ondrej Pavalec to start the second period against Florida. Mason stopped all 25 Panthers shots he face in two periods of play and overtime then turned aside 22 of the 24 shots faced against Toronto. That’s a .959 SV% to help his team net three points over the weekend.

So as we enter into NHL Trade Dealine-A-Palooza 2011, both Atlanta and Toronto sit at 63 points after playing 63 games. Ninth place Buffalo is two points ahead of them but have a pair of games in hand while Carolina remains in eighth place with 67 points.

Is the win enough to get this team back into the playoff race? I dunno, but yesterday’s hero seems to think they’re still in the thick of it.

“[The win] puts us four away and, hey, we are in business here”, Hainsey said after the game. “If we are getting any further away the we are going to have problems. We are back in it”.

Honestly though, I think they’re gonna have to slice off a few more Ws in the coming week or so before the Thrashers are really “back in it”,

As far as being “buyers” or “sellers” today, we’ll have to wait and see. However, General manager Rick Dudley did tell C-Viv before the game yesterday that he’s expects to be actively pursuing trades today. So maybe a deal or two in the offing for the Thrashers.

Time will tell just what, if anything, will come of such pursuit. But if Dudley could get anyone to take… say… Fredrik Modin off our hands for the remainder of the season, then that would be nice.

And with that, I now turn this little online hockey forum over to you and the trading begins.

323 comments Add your comment

Dwayne

February 28th, 2011
5:51 am

Trade Stapleton while he is hot.

Alan R.

February 28th, 2011
6:18 am

We’ve allowed less SOG lately. I like that.

Sadly, we’ve allowed quite a bit of quality chances against good opponents. I don’t like that.

I hope our D gets solidified a bit more, or at least we ship off the pieces that aren’t helping for pieces that are (like Oduya). If we have any hope of making the dance, we need a scorer and another superb D-man. I love what Stuart and Wheeler have brought to us, but those aren’t enough.

Baldheaded Thrasher

February 28th, 2011
7:11 am

Rhythmnpenguin

February 28th, 2011
7:31 am

I think Bogo to the Oilers is a rumor.

Tom

February 28th, 2011
7:43 am

If Edmonton will play this game, so will I.

Bogo and Thrashers First Round Pick for Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall…

Rhythmnpenguin

February 28th, 2011
7:48 am

Rhythmnpenguin

February 28th, 2011
7:56 am

How about trading owners? I don’t know anything about the Oilers owners, but they have to be better than ASG.

BlueSpark

February 28th, 2011
8:00 am

Bogo for Hemsky and a prospect? No way.

Dwayne

February 28th, 2011
8:02 am

Rumor,,,,Stapleton to Pittsburgh for Malkin

BlueSpark

February 28th, 2011
8:02 am

@Rhythmnpenguin: Oilers’ owner Katz is actually fighting the city to get a new arena. Without public funding, it won’t happen. It could interesting in Edmonton in the next few years, just like Hempstead.

Dwayne

February 28th, 2011
8:02 am

Stapleton to Winniped for a couple of those small ice cubes.

R. Stroz

February 28th, 2011
8:04 am

Modin to New Jersey for Parise.

The dream….the impossible dream.

KLS1

February 28th, 2011
8:06 am

Trade or no trade, this team needs to compete down the stretch…playoffs are unlikely but to go out with a whimper is unacceptable.

cheif of smoke

February 28th, 2011
8:25 am

Bergfors, Odulya and first round pick for Penner

World Be Free

February 28th, 2011
8:32 am

Stroz from la mancha

While it’s always nice to beat the Maple Loafs, it’s time for us to be sellers. Get ready for next season, just like Tronna is doing now. The playoffs are lost, even if we made it we would not win a series. Go to the playoffs when you are series to do some damage. Congrats to Sabres for getting Boyes, a #2 for a guy with 1 more year on his contract.

Is is just me or did Stapleton look like Theoron Fleury last night? Yeah I guess not.

I see Oduya moving today with Kulda taking his spot in the rotation, probably not Bogosian but you never know. Today is the day Dudley earns his paycheck.

Rhythmnpenguin

February 28th, 2011
8:32 am

BlueSpark, Wish we had owners who would fight for the team and not with each other…what a nicen dream…

World Be Free

February 28th, 2011
8:41 am

And please do not trade our number one pick today unless it is for a top 3 forward, less than 24 years of age. No Matt Moulon cuz he is barely a top 6 forward.

Rawhide

February 28th, 2011
8:55 am

We won’t do anything to take away from our chances to make the playoffs this year. We also won’t trade for a 35-year-old player either. If a deal comes up that meets that criteria we will certainly entertain it.” – Thrashers GM Rick Dudley as quoted in Chris Vivlamore’s story Sunday 2/27/2011.

This is as close to to a pledge that we’re ever going to see that we will not get “Zhitnik-ed” today.

DWTOO

February 28th, 2011
8:58 am

Perhaps we should put Stapelton on waivers everyday. He was relentless last night. Think he plays with much heart – just not enough size.

Red Light

February 28th, 2011
9:10 am

Wake-up calls?

Three guys who were placed on waivers figured in their team’s scoring for big wins or OTLs recently…
• Stapleton ties the game vs. the Leafs
• Bernier beats the Thrashers with a shoot-out goal
• Hagman gave the Flames a 3-2 lead vs. the Sharks.

Jason

February 28th, 2011
9:15 am

Pleasure finally meeting you last night Rawhide. Now, because I am superstitious, we must shake hands as we walk in the door of Philips before every game or we will never win again.

But seriously, the game yesterday was just such an emotional relief to finally see us play hard and get breaks to go our way mostly over the final 22:31. Was really happy to see Stapleton come ready to play a day after getting put on waivers.

As for trading day, I think Antro and Oduya are the most likely pair to go. Who do we get? I’d almost take a bucket of used practice pucks for #80 at this point.

Badger Bob

February 28th, 2011
9:20 am

Some decent talent is showing up on the waiver wire. So how about we give Winterpeg an expansion team that can build itself strictly from the waiver wire, and once they have 20 guys they are a go? It might be a mess of a team, but probably not the worst team in the league. And, more importantly, it would shut them up!

Mike

February 28th, 2011
9:23 am

Unfortunately, it appears ESPN NHL Rumors is keeping the Bogo rumors going this morning and even mentions that Stuart is on the block again.

I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t want to see either guy go. Bogo is still young and Stuart has used his body and stuck up for teammates in his short time here, something this team hasn’t been doing for most of the year. If we have a defensive core of Stuart-Enstrom-Bogo-Buff-Hainsey-Kulda, I’d be very happy. I say package Oduya (who had a good game last night) with Bergors and that should get us something pretty good. Then call up Kulda for the last few games.

Joe Friday

February 28th, 2011
9:24 am

We won’t be sellers today, can’t pull the rug out from under the team the morning after a big win.

Only move I can see Dudley making is to move the 1st rounder to someone for a NHL player with at least a couple years left on his contract or RFA status.

No way he moves Bogosian unless the return is huge and who’s going to overpay for Zach?

World Be Free

February 28th, 2011
9:24 am

Badger-nobody wants to go to Winnipeg, the players do not want to play there. Might was well put a team in Yellowknife. I have met some real nice people from Winnipeg, but as far as being an NHL city in the 21st century?

Hockey Biltong

February 28th, 2011
9:25 am

Hainseys’ name has come up on the blogs.
Love to see Modin, and Berfors get us something of value back…
Nik of the Arthropods[look it up], should be of value to a centre depleted playoff team. He is healthy and will fill some teams needs….

BlueSpark

February 28th, 2011
9:29 am

LAC

February 28th, 2011
9:29 am

Brad Boyes to Buffalo for 2nd round pick… Looks like DUDS dudley is asleep at the wheel once again !

Mike

February 28th, 2011
9:37 am

Blue Spark…thanks for the link. Glad to see the offer has been made.

Looking at Cap hits, especially for next year, you have to expect Hainsey or Oduya goes today, but I agree with Joe, you can’t do anything too crazy that will kill the momentum gained last night.

Rawhide

February 28th, 2011
9:40 am

Pleasure finally meeting you last night Rawhide. Now, because I am superstitious, we must shake hands as we walk in the door of Philips before every game or we will never win again.

Jason – Deal!

Flames

February 28th, 2011
9:41 am

We can still make the playoffs… We have Carolina Twice and another game with Buffalo..A playoff appearence and a win would be a good start for next year.. Who knows anything can happen in the Playoffs.. The team has to strive for something.. You can’t always say we need to get ready for next year.. I hope we are buyers and not sellars..

World Be Free

February 28th, 2011
9:45 am

Stuart rumored to Chicago? Can we have Morin back?

Hoof Arted

February 28th, 2011
9:45 am

The Thrashers should be holding a big “Swede Sale” today.

Dudley should be out on the corner shouting, “Modin….get your Modin here. Fresh Nic Bergfors, too! Get your Modin and Bergfor right here, folks”!

JSR

February 28th, 2011
9:46 am

Bogo to the Islanders?

Bogo to NY Islanders(e4) for…. It appears Garth Snow is in hot pursuit of Thrashers D-man Bogo and is willing to give up a current top line forward as well as a prospect in Bridgeport.

World Be Free

February 28th, 2011
9:48 am

LAC-if a 2nd rounder is what it took, well we did not have one thi syear to offer.
Boyes is owed $4M next season too, so the budget restrictor plate may have kept us from making this deal. Like I said before, today is the day Duds earns his dough.

JSR

February 28th, 2011
9:49 am

Hainsey Could be Moved

“Despite his hefty contract (his salary cap hit is $4.5 million per season through 2012-13) an NHL source tells Sporting News there is ’some interest’ this morning in the defenseman.”
Source: Craig Custance

BlueSpark

February 28th, 2011
9:52 am

Reasoner is in play but wants to stay close to Florida since his wife is expecting. Can’t see an ATL-FLA deal when they’re so close in the standings, but I always liked Marty.

Mike

February 28th, 2011
9:58 am

I wonder what kind of combination would be necessary to get Weiss and Reasoner out of FLA. I’d really like to have Reasoner back, especially considering our injury situation right now.

Smoothie

February 28th, 2011
10:00 am

BlueSpark – Katie is expecting again? Sure it wasn’t McCabe you’re thinking of cuz I know someone in the media said his wife was expecting but the lure of Long Island was too great for Bryan. Perhaps both are, if so, congrats again to the Reasoners! Would love to see the “Party” return to ATL, but alas, we’ve lost too many games to be that much of a deadline buyer right now. But ya never know cuz Tallon and Duds are buds. We shall see.

Kevin Allen is reporting Thrashers and Stuart are very close to a new 3 year deal.

Mike

February 28th, 2011
10:02 am

Kevin Allen says we are close to a 3 year deal with Stuart. Sweet! Get him signed, Ladd signed.

Joe Friday

February 28th, 2011
10:05 am

“Confirmed that Thrashers are close on a 3-year deal with Mark Stuart”

Love the way Dudley operates. Awesome, but this probably also means if they don’t sign him today, Dudley will move him. LAC you’re off on Duds, I was highly skeptical given that Waddell was left as his boss, but WBF was spot on, Duds is his own man and his dealmaking and proactive stance in signing his RFAs during the season proves he is operating with the freedom from Waddell’s touch.

I also like Dudley dangling Hainsey out there, I doubt there’s interest, but good job by Dudley chumming the waters by claiming there is. $4.5m next year to play 3rd pair minutes? No sir, take those minutes up with a first year guy coming up (Kulda, Postma, YoMa) and spend the leftover on the front line forward we need.

Russian

February 28th, 2011
10:06 am

I like Stu. He is solid D-man. I hope we can trade Hainsi and Oduya. We can bring Kulda and Postma back for rest of season.

SportsFan

February 28th, 2011
10:06 am

What happened with the big Thrashers rally?? 25 people? Ouch.

http://fans.thrashers.nhl.com/community/topic/16918-the-rally/ents here

JSR

February 28th, 2011
10:08 am

Oduya moving??? Per Eklund, the Habs may be interested in the 29 year old blueliner. Eklund

Smoothie

February 28th, 2011
10:09 am

“LAC you’re off on Duds, I was highly skeptical given that Waddell was left as his boss, but WBF was spot on, Duds is his own man and his dealmaking and proactive stance in signing his RFAs during the season proves he is operating with the freedom from Waddell’s touch.”

Duds is most definitely his own man: just look at his mafia duds and his crazy raccoon hair!! ;) But seriously, anyone who basically tells Keenan to go pleasure himself in the executive bathroom is most certainly his own man.

j nes

February 28th, 2011
10:09 am

If Stuart is signed for considerably less than the 4.5 that Hainsey is scheduled to make, then I see him as an economical replacement for the overpaid Hainsey. Good move by Dudley if he gets his top 6 forward for Hainsey.

Joe Friday

February 28th, 2011
10:19 am

Here’s my wish list today, if Dudley can pull this off I’ll buy my season tix back for next year before close of business:

Bergfors and Hainsey for Penner and their 2nd

Then we can root the boys on the rest of this year, they could make it interesting if they can pull off 5 wins in a row or something to get back in it.

New owners this summer that will green light $53m payroll, sign Brad Richards July 1st, and you’ve got a club that can be seriously competitive next year.

How was the rally yesterday? Probably sparsely attended, I think word is out they’re not moving, go suck an egg, Winnipeg!

Thrashfan

February 28th, 2011
10:21 am

Chicago needs a Dman… let’s go after Toews!!!

kj

February 28th, 2011
10:22 am

If you look at who we have to put in play to trade without sacrificing the future (for the 12th year), Antro, Hainsey and Oduya have the most potential of getting a valuable return that can help now. I’d keep Oduya over Hainsey and keep him paired with Stuart…..just sayin’, I think a lot of people underestimate Johnny O.

Antro/Bergfors/Modin/Stewart/Hainsey/Stapleton/Machacek…….not very appealing but I hope that’s all we’re dangling out there (maybe Mason now that he’s had 2 decent games in a row?).

World Be Free

February 28th, 2011
10:24 am

Rallies-do you remember the big rally to keep the Nordiques in quebec City in 1995? 50 people showed up, and it does not matter if 500 or 5000 showed. This team needs to pony up for some players and show dedication and commitment. If they do, I am sure folks will march to the ticket office, just like did the first 4 seasons here.

Too bad Hainey might go, he has finally found his place int he lineup. I agree Joe, it is nice to see the player, any player dangled out there. You can’t catch a fish unless you toss your line in the water.