Did Dudley do right with deadline deals?

Yesterday, Thrashers general manager Rick Dudley pulled the trigger on a trio of trade deadline day deals. He also re-signed newly acquired defenseman Mark Stuart and snagged a center off the waiver wire.

Here is a brief recap of what went down:

Sent to the Florida Panthers were forwards Niclas Bergfors and Patrick Rissmiller in exchange forward Radek Dvorak and a 5th round draft pick. Dvorak is 33 and has scored 7 goals and 14 assists in 53 games played. He’ll be a UFA come July 1 and is currently being paid $1.7 million this season.

Bergfors was a part of the deal with the Devils last winter that sent Ilya Kovalchuk to New Jersey. He scored 11 goals and 18 assists in 52 games and compiled a –11 rating. After coming to Atlanta last year he looked as though he could become a major piece in the Thrashers future, but things started to head south with him and the organization last summer during contract talks and he seemed to reside in coach Craig Ramsay’s doghouse all season. Hopefully this change will bring a new beginning for this promising young talent.

As for Rissmiller…his biggest accomplishment for the Thrashers is that he helped the team send Todd White to the Rangers.

Dudley also shipped Fredrik Modin to Calgary in return for a 7th round draft pick and swapped prospect goalie Drew McIntyre to Montreal for prospect defenseman Brett Festerling.

Lastly, there was the acquisition of Rob Schremp from the Islanders. He was plucked off the waver wire.

Did Dudley do right with his deals over the past two weeks?

  • Yes! the team is better now and the future looks bright (41%, 93 Votes)
  • No! He didn't help the team at all (16%, 37 Votes)
  • Feh...Only time will tell. (43%, 95 Votes)

Total Voters: 225

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All this caps off a very busy two weeks for Dudley and Co. as we have seen several transactions that have modified the team’s roster. Starting with the trade that sent Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik to Boston for Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart, Atlanta then moved Brent Sopel and Nigel Dawes to Montreal for Ben Maxwell and a 4th round pick. Then came yesterday’s deals.

What all of that leaves us with is this…

Where there was once Sopel on defense, you now have Stuart. Where there was once Peverley and Bergfors up front there is now Wheeler and Dvorak. Also, where there was Modin we now will see Maxwell/Schremp…at least until Jimmy Slater and Alex Burmistrov get healthy.

I’ll let you debate whether or not the team is in better shape now for a stretch run then they were two weeks ago. Personally I think ultimately that will be decided by how they perform over the remaining six weeks of the season.

However, looking beyond that I think Rick Dudley has done a very good job as far as the future is concerned. He did not deal away any significant prospect for an aging vet with multiple years left on a contract, nor did he conduct a fire sale in which he in essence threw in the towel on this season.

But even more than that, he was able to ink Stuart to a 3-year $5.1 million contract extension that will keep the soon-to-be 27 year old blueliner around here for the foreseeable future. The deal is not only a good one where the team’s payroll department is concerned, but it will also go a long way in helping to solidify the one area of this team that has always been a major issue…defense. Stuart has performed well since coming over here, showing a great deal of hustle and grit, and he can be a vital piece in the puzzle that is the Thrashers future.

Also not to be overlooked is the fact that Stuart was traded here only about a dozen or so days ago, but apparently has already seen enough to say, “Yeah, I like what’s going on here and would like to stick around for a while”.

We in Thrasherville aren’t exactly used to that and it came as very welcome news indeed.

183 comments Add your comment

World Be Free

March 1st, 2011
12:53 pm

I think JVR would be a left wing, so do we move Kane back to center, his natural position and teach him how to pass? That’s the place to us his speed, open some holes for his wingers. Plenty of options here; we would need a center from Philly to go with JVR, not sure who that would be at this point. Stirring the pot ! You and K have fun at the game tonight.

Smoothie

March 1st, 2011
12:55 pm

WBF – one more thing, I’d still go after Glencross as a UFA especially if we don’t re-up Dvorak. He’d be a nice compliment to Cormier and Thorburn on the 3rd line if we go “young” on the 4th with Klingy-Slates-Macho\Stapes.

Tincup9

March 1st, 2011
12:58 pm

smoothie – interesing trade analysis. original thinking. i do disagree with one thing: We still need top line center. Apply within:

Smoothie

March 1st, 2011
1:00 pm

No, no, Burmistrov will be your 2nd line C next season. Belieb dat! ;)

This is how I see it:

Ladd – Litts – Wheeler (potentially Kane moving up & Wheeler going down)

JvR – Burmy – Kaner

GlenX – Cormier – Stewy (Dvorak may be able to return to FLA)

Klingberg\Boults – Slates – Thorbs (Stapes & Macho as fill-ins)

Chances are Maxwell and Schremp won’t pan out but it’s good depth to have in the event Slater doesn’t return to form and Cormier needs more time in (Gwinnett??) honing his skills. If we can’t unload Antropov to another team who needs forward depth, then perhaps we let Antro play RW on the 2nd line and move Ladd down to play with Nik & Burmy.

JT from Columbus

March 1st, 2011
1:02 pm

I think if Ladd signs long term Wheeler will sign also. Looks like they have good chemistry together along with Little.

Smoothie

March 1st, 2011
1:03 pm

tincup – while Little is not ideal as a top line C, keep in mind he is 3rd overall in Takeaways behind only Jumbo Joe and Toews. Give him time to gel with Wheeler and I think that line could be quite good even against top competition over time. Burmistrov will eventually be your top center once he learns how to win F/O. Little’s progressing there but he still has a long way to go.

Sidebar: Burmistrov has missed 6 games now but he’s still T-31st in Takeaways for the year. That’s how good he’s been defensively. Wow.

Dwayne

March 1st, 2011
1:12 pm

8-5-1 for the month of March will get us to 80 pts. yikes.
Leaving 5 games left in April. We need a Nov 19th thru 30th run, yall remember those games. sigh…….

Old Time Hockey

March 1st, 2011
1:26 pm

Iron League, the basketball team earns a substantial amount from the tv contracts. The hockey tv contract earns the Thrashers…..um…nada.

Sage of Bluesland

March 1st, 2011
1:29 pm

As for the trades, meh. Relative junk for junk swap. Bergfors was the ‘crown jewel’ obtained in the Kovy trade, right? Now, he’s gone.

Guess he wasn’t all that, was he? The same will be said for some of the junk we acquired about one year from now, I predict.

Junk-for-Junk. Churning of unwanted, replaceable, parts.

It is what it is.

alex

March 1st, 2011
1:31 pm

all this talk of this trades not make any sense for this season. season already had been lost like previous 8 under this terrible bunch with letters asg. again sometimes miracles happened and thrash still mathematically in playoff run. but i am not believer in miracles. now go to read some of this floggers suggesting how to save thrashers and i totally agree: 1 – new owners here with passion for hockey and deep pockets, 2 – dud have to operate with budget at least 10 mil. more than current to bring 2 or 3 top forwards with skill level higher than captain ladd, 3 – extend ladd contract of course. nothing less is unacceptable for surviving hockey in college football mecca. and with serious salary cap limit we going to able finally judge who is our current gm genius, idiot or just so so.

jimbo

March 1st, 2011
1:31 pm

Moriler- Agree that we did not mortage the future in any of the recent deals and came out stronger with Wheeler and Stuart. Still feel that Antro’s past medical history makes him more of a liability than an asset. The Rangers gave up on him for just that reason. If he had some trade value, we should have taken it. 12-6-1 is a REACH BUT DOABLE. Still hopin.

ThrasherTim

March 1st, 2011
1:38 pm

Wheeler and Stuart are junk?

ZAvalanche

March 1st, 2011
1:45 pm

TT, I don’t think either are junk, brilliant pickups.

Sherry Taylor

March 1st, 2011
1:52 pm

It’s good to see so much positive attitude toward the changes of the last couple of weeks, all I saw yesterday was complaints and gripes . . . different group of people, I guess. I agree with most that by sending Peverley and Bergfors off, not to mention Modin, we didn’t lose a lot. Bergfors, as stated by many, just didn’t change his attitude or his play. He reminded me of another flashy, fast player who went north last year when he, Bergfors, came south–both very fast, both capable of scoring but neither could be bothered with defense or any pesky things like that. Bergfors tried the patience of many of us with what appeared as laziness but maybe was just a very long running tantrum and apathy. Peverley brought this team a huge lift when he joined it a couple of years ago. He’d been languishing on the bench in Nashville and not doing much and got his chance here and really made a difference, but that difference was less noticeable lately. He’s a nice guy, and I hated to see him leave, he brought a nice spirit to the team, but spirits don’t score goals evidently and he was in the minus column.

What Dudley didn’t do, and has been done in the past, is mortgage the future seasons for the next six weeks. Yes, it would be great to make it in to the play-offs, but at what cost? Better we keep our eyes not only on the future but the present as well. I think Dudley did that. Amazing isn’t it, being able to know we didn’t come away from three or four trades still the low man on the totem pole.

ThrasherTim

March 1st, 2011
1:56 pm

19 games left, 5 with Philly and NJ. If we were to make the playoffs somehow, we’d need to beat Philly in the 1st round anyway, as I don’t see us getting to the #7 spot. So…if we make the playoffs, it’s because we played Philly well to get there….then we have a chance to make a serious run!

OK. That is ridiculous.

If we don’t take 4 of 6 pts. from Philly, we might as well miss the playoffs and improve our draft position. Who’s with me?!

Smoothie

March 1st, 2011
2:04 pm

Junk is as junk does! ;)

Anyone want to celebrate the departure of Freddy Modin by toasting a beer tonite at the game?? This is how bad he was: on the PK, which he never should have been on in the first place, the Thrashers gave up as many goals in 40+ mins (12 PP GA) as Burmistrov & Slater did combined in 99.4 mins of SH TOI!! When dividing goals scored by SH TOI to get SH GA / game, Modin was far ahead of the pack at 17.9 G/gm allowed. Our best guys who have played more than 40+ mins of PK are Laddy (7.0), Pevs (7.14) and Burmy at 7.17. Thorbs is at 8.42 just FYI.

A2B

March 1st, 2011
2:08 pm

Umm actually the sticking point on the NJ trade was getting cormier and the first round pick. NJ only wanted to give Atlanta the pick, not both, and Dudley straight up said Cormier is part of the deal or we are taking it elsewhere. Bergie and Oduya were given to us to cover the bump Kovy would get if he signed NJ.

Joe Friday

March 1st, 2011
2:08 pm

Ladd – Litts – Wheeler (potentially Kane moving up & Wheeler going down)

JvR – Burmy – Kaner

GlenX – Cormier – Stewy (Dvorak may be able to return to FLA)

Klingberg\Boults – Slates – Thorbs (Stapes & Macho as fill-ins)

Cripes, I sure hope you’re wrong on that lineup, but it may well depend on if ASG is still our owner or if we have a new owner ready to compete.

Burmistrov will not be a top center next year, mabye 2 or 3 years down the road, but not next. We need Little at 2nd line center and we need a new top line center. Kane could be ready for top line minutes, but we need another top line winger as well, both Wheeler and Ladd should be on the 2nd line, and if we can get a new owner this summer ready to up the payroll $10m then we should be able to do it, it all really depends on that. If ASG still controls the purse strings next summer, then your lineup above is probably all we could expect.

Cliff Fletcher

March 1st, 2011
2:12 pm

oh no, it’s alive
speaking of junk

Joe Friday

March 1st, 2011
2:30 pm

“I just have a feeling-too much money tied up in defenseman, for this team that is.”

Ditto. But please allow me to fantasize for a moment that we have a new owner who gives Dudley $10m more that he uses this summer in the UFA market. There’s more d available in the UFA market next summer than quality forwards so let’s say we sign Brad Richards as our top line center at $6m per (3 year deal) and Bieksa at D at $4m per (5 year deal). Team salary is $53m and you move Buf up front and you have this:

Kane-Richards-Buf
Ladd-Little-Wheeler

your d pairs are then:

Bieksa-Enstrom
Bogosian-Oduya
Hainsey-Stuart

if you can’t sign Bieksa, there’s several other quality d out there this summer like Markov, Ehrhoff, etc. (but again, that move only makes sense if you move Buf up front).

Pavelec-Mason

That’s a lineup that could cause some serious trouble.

J-man

March 1st, 2011
2:48 pm

Stuart may just like the security of a 3 year deal as that may be as good or better than he expected to get on the free agent market. I have no problem with the signing but I wouldn’t necessarily conclude from it that he thinks everything here is great. His primary concern is job security.

Joe Friday

March 1st, 2011
2:49 pm

Let me fill out the rest of my lines:

Kane-Richards-Buf
Ladd-Little-Wheeler
Schremp-Burmistrov-Thorburn
Maxwell-Slater-Cormier

Bieksa-Enstrom
Bogosian-Oduya
Hainsey-Stuart

Pavelec-Mason

World Be Free

March 1st, 2011
2:51 pm

Bieksa would be totally cool, one of my favorites and rumored out of Vancouver first 1/2 season because of salary cap concerns. Good offense, hits and fights.

Joe Friday

March 1st, 2011
2:53 pm

Actually that lineup above would be $55m as Ladd is due a $2m per raise. Are Richards and Bieksa/Markov/Ehrhoff signable for $10m combined.

Bottom line, we need new owners to take the next step but Dudley had done a good job assembling the core, just as he did a good job assembling the core that led to the Tampa Cup and the ‘Hawk Cup (although a different GM put the finishing touches on each).

Joe Friday

March 1st, 2011
3:00 pm

Shoot, I forgot completely about Antropov, I think he’ll still be here next year and be much improved health wise, here’s with him:

Kane-Richards-Buf
Ladd-Little-Wheeler
Antropov-Burmistrov-Thorburn
Maxwell-Slater-Cormier

Bieksa-Enstrom
Bogosian-Oduya
Hainsey-Stuart

Pavelec-Mason

That’s enough time wasting for me today but I think we can see a light at the end of the tunnel, there is a good young core here, and we’re going to get new owners. It’s no guarantee that the new owner is going to spend the $53m plus necessary to take this core to the next level, but I think a reasonable person would look at the big picture and feel pretty good about the chances a new owner would understand they need to put some money into a beat down product to bring the fans back in.

Hope springs eternal, and there is, for the first time in a long time, real hope here with this franchise. No bad contracts, the cancers have been removed from the lineup, there’s a young core, there’s new owners on the way, of that it’s clear, ASG is done with this club.

Suck an egg, Winnipeg, we’re going to enjoy our runs in the Stanley Cup playoffs right here in the South, this year or next year and then the following year, it’s coming . . .

Smoothie

March 1st, 2011
3:27 pm

“Cripes, I sure hope you’re wrong on that lineup, but it may well depend on if ASG is still our owner or if we have a new owner ready to compete”

One thing’s for sure: we’re NOT getting Richards. He’ll probably end up in NY or Dallas. Secondly, Buff ain’t going back to forward anytime soon so you might as well forget that and come up with a trade that will get us a 2nd line replacement for the wing.

There is a dearth of good UFA centers below the age of 29 this summer and good luck winning a bidding war for any of them outside of Connolly maybe. So we might as well get Burmy used to playing top 6 minutes so we can be a serious threat in 2 – 3 years rather than overpay for Richards, who doesn’t really play defense that well. Not that we would, not as long as Joe Johnson is on the dole.

I wish I could be as optimistic as you, but even with new ownership with deep pockets, I think we’ll be rather selective in which UFA’s to consider and look to fill the scoring void without sacrificing too much D and worrying about top-flight centers. I agree with you that Ladd and Little are not ideally suited for top line minutes, but in Ramsay’s system, the top two lines are easily interchangeable and the minutes are spread pretty even.

Connolly might be worth considering because he’d be very useful as a puck handler on the PP, but again, unless you expect Rammer to get canned, I don’t see us deviating too much from the current scheme and plan. Connolly is too soft and doesn’t play the kind of D that Burmy, Little and Cormier play, so I wouldn’t get your hopes up too much on free-agency.

Smoothie

March 1st, 2011
3:30 pm

From Ben Wright’s blog and Ramsay’s philosphy in a nutshell, doesn’t sound like somewhere Brad Richards will want to play:

“It doesn’t matter who you’re playing against. It’s matter of just playing with your teammates. If you get on, get off. Do it fast, play fast, then everything will fall into place. Don’t try to look for anything special- if you get a chance to shoot, shoot. Especially the young players- they want to be a setup man and get it to some veteran player. It’s far more important I believe that they just throw the puck at the net if they get a chance. It might even go in, and if it doesn’t somebody might score on a rebound and then everybody is happy. It’s just a matter of going out and playing.” — Craig Ramsay

GaVaHokie

March 1st, 2011
3:38 pm

Never thought I’d say this, but I would target Brandon Dubinsky this summer in a trade. Every year the Rangers try to replace him as their top line Center, and this summer will be no exception (ie. Brad Richards rumors). Once again Dubinsky will want more money and the Rangers won’t want to give it to him.

Flagstaff

March 1st, 2011
3:42 pm

Random Duds trivia: When he debuted his 1975 single Natural Man, backed by I Don’t Want To Cry Anymore (These songs are so HORRIBLE, they’re AMAZING! I highly recommend them.), he published them under his own Do Right Records label.

Iron League 13

March 1st, 2011
3:49 pm

Old Time Hockey – Ok, thanks for that nugget. So does a tv contract amount to anything that could facilitate a $70 plus million roster? I dunno, that’s a serious question, but I HIGHLY doubt it. That would essentially entail TENS (as in $10 or better) of millions in revenue from said tv contract IF in fact you are insinuating that the tv deal IS the justification is such an astronomical figure. Otherwise what is your justification for such a high number? I haven’t seen the Hawks tv rating, but I doubt they’d be awarded such a handsome some. Speaking bluntly I don’t believe the Hawks are much more popular than the Thrashers and I’ve been here a pretty long time,

Again it’s simple, the Hawks have about $30 million or more in roster overhead then the Thrashers do. They draw about the same in attendance mind you the Hawks have LESS home games and IF league average ticket prices are true to these teams then the Hawks have CHEAPER tickets and sell a smaller percentage of the arena’s capacity. So what’s wrong with this picture besides a tv deal?

Iron League 13

March 1st, 2011
3:50 pm

$10 million or better (rather)

Red Light

March 1st, 2011
4:01 pm

Hokie:

Tortorella has been playing Dubinsky on the wing during the past month or more because he likes his straight ahead, North-South style. Boyle, Ansimov, Stepan and Christensen are the Rangers centers at this point in time. Another mid-pack team weak up the middle, which is the main reason that Gaborik has been less effective than normal. That and the fact that he just doesn’t get it.

If Little is the Thrashers top line center, then Burmistrov must move up to No. 2 next season so that he can play with more skilled players than what he was paired with this season. If Maxwell or Cormier can hold down the 3rd line spot, then Antropov could conceivably move back to wing, which I believe would be best for him in the long run. I believe Wheeler is destined for the second line, as Kane likely will take over one of the top line wing spots next year. Still need another top-6 forward or two (dreaming) and preferably someone who can dish the puck. Would love to see Radek re-signed for at least one more year.

Again, if the forwards join in the defensive posture, the defensive-6 looks pretty darn good going forward.

Glencross won’t be available to the Thrashers as Cherry has been singing his praises from the rooftops north of the border. His price is likely to be 2.5 times what it currently is, so $3 million for four seasons is my guess. If you re-sign Ladd, Bogosian, Dvorak, Stewart, Maxwell, Schremp and Wheeler, not sure the budget will allow room for Glencross unless you purge Antro or Oduya or Hainsey. His goal totals over the past three seasons have gone from 13, 15 to now 20 this season, and he does a lot more than score too.

While we’re at it, before Oduya enters his final contract year, maybe he will be moved prior to or during the draft?

Niemi signed a $15.2 million, four-year contract extension with the Sharks today.

Iron League 13

March 1st, 2011
4:03 pm

Seemigly wrong about the basketball cpacity. 500 some odd more seats for basketball? That seems low.

Red Light

March 1st, 2011
4:04 pm

Iron League

NBA US TV rights pays each team at least $30 million a year! NHL US rights are less than $5 million per team.

Brendan

March 1st, 2011
4:14 pm

Where there was once Sopel on defense, you now have Stuart. Where there was once Peverley and Bergfors up front there is now Wheeler and Dvorak. Also, where there was Modin we now will see Maxwell/Schremp…at least until Jimmy Slater and Alex Burmistrov get healthy.

It sure is different. I try to imagine what a productive Rich Peverley might have done for us, this season. I try to imagine what a healthy Nik Antropov could have produced for us, this season. I try to think of what an improved Chris Mason might have done for us, this season. Though, Mason’s recent games have been better.

The year began with Pavelec fainting in the first few minutes of opening night. That’s not the start that he envisioned or Thrasherville envisioned. But Pavelec has displayed moments of brilliance this season, and is largely credited for keeping the Thrashers in the playoff hunt, at all. I’m sorry that he’s hurt (wrist). The task/blame for making or not making the playoffs may now just have to rely on Chris Mason, moving forward.

Rawhide, for me, the most important thing is … that Atlanta still possesses its 1st round draft pick. That pick could be # 5 overall to # 12 overall. Anywhere in that range is ‘fertile ground’ for finding a noteworthy player for the coming years. If it does turn out to be pick # 5, that’s a lottery draft pick. That pick can either be used to draft some 18-year old … or … it can be used to snag a young, fast, highly-skilled, ideally ‘tough’ player aged 24-28, with 4-6 years left on his current contract. It might even be traded for a high-salaried player that some other team with cap issues is now forced to jettison, against their will.

What about the possibility of taking on some bad contracts, around the league? Spezza and Michalek, in Ottawa? Campbell in Chicago? Vanek, Roy or Pomminville, in Buffalo? Jay Bouwmeester, in Calgary? Patrick Elias in NJ? Alexandre Semin in Washington? Scott Gomez or Mike Cammalleri, in Montreal? Dion Phaneuf, in Toronto? Martin Erat in Nashville? How little would the return have to be … for those clubs to be rid of some of those contracts?

Smoothie

March 1st, 2011
4:22 pm

Man, what’s the blinding red light and echo I hear???

Is it the goal horn ringning in my ear for the 6 goals we’ll score tonite and the constant whir of the goal lights??

Damn, it’s just Red Light echoing the sentiments I shared above. Thanks big guy, glad you and I agree on something! ;) p Trade Bogosian!! LOL

Zoomo

March 1st, 2011
4:24 pm

Flagstaff with some great trivia. If you’d like to hear Dud’s dulcet tones, they can be accessed here:

http://thatsallritemama.blogspot.com/2009/06/rick-dudley-on-do-right.html

Red Light

March 1st, 2011
4:50 pm

The free agent forward market is crap, as my esteemed colleague Smoothie indicated above (as if anybody reads his tripe :) ), HAH!

So, with the UFA market defensemen in great shape, particularly several under the age of 28 (White, Babchuk, Erhoff) to mention a few, maybe it’s the ideal time to use the positional depth to acquire a top-6 forward. Did someone else already day that too?

Brendan: Not sure what your definition of a bad contract is, but I wouldn’t presume to place Vanek, Roy, Semin, Michalek, Cammaleri, Erat or maybe even Pominville in that ilk. And, I don’t think Dudley would have any interest in the others mentioned. Now, if he could steal a guy like A. Kostitsyn for a defenseman, I’d be OK with that because Montreal has a number of expiring contracts on the backline this summer.

If you want to make yourself cringe, go look at CapGeek.com and see just how well positioned, all of a sudden, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Toronto, Ottawa, Buffalo, the Rangers, Islanders and Florida have become over the course of the past month. If I am one of the top players available this summer, I am smiling from ear to ear about the cap space all of a sudden available. Very few teams (Philly, Boston, Pittsburgh) are in deep trouble cap wise. GMs have done an admirable job of clearing space.

Should be a very interesting summer!

Zombie Steve

March 1st, 2011
4:50 pm

Some folks don’t seem to want to give up on the whole “move Buff back to forward” argument…

Red Light

March 1st, 2011
4:52 pm

Restore my latest post Oh Mistress of the Atmosphere! Smoothie is chomping for it!

ThrasherTim

March 1st, 2011
4:59 pm

I don’t think Dudley is a guy who is going to take on a “bad contract”. Remember, guys like Kane and Bogo, etc. will need their raises over the next 2-3 years and so you have to save room for their raises.

I like Bogo’s game lately and hope we are seeing the improvement we all hoped we would see at the beginning of the year (the pre-season run-up counted on Zach to be a ‘monster’ this year and step up. Hasn’t happened). The next 19 games could be an audition for him on his future here…or being shipped elsewhere during the summer for a top line center.

Sage of Bluesland

March 1st, 2011
5:04 pm

I seem to recall the acquisition of Bergfors was shouted out to the Heavens by some (umm, here) as a ‘great acquisition’.

Uh-huh.

I’ll start the “over-under” on this recent spate of junk-trading at 12/1/11.

Be wary of false prophets…especially when singing the praises of GMs who have nothing to give….Some even sang the praises of Don Waddell for many years….Laughable, isn’t it?

Thrashy Thrashy

March 1st, 2011
5:04 pm

If Bogo were 24 or 25, I’d ship him out in a heartbeat. He’s 20. He’ll only get stronger and, if he has any interest in the game at all, smarter. He’s a keeper. We don’t like the growing pains because we’ve seen almost nothing but crap hockey from this squad since the franchise started. Most of us have so little patience for those “growing pains” that our view of everything is skewed. I believe this kid is going to be a very good D-man for a long time. I’d rather him do it here than ship him out because he wasn’t a star at age 20.

Red Light

March 1st, 2011
5:07 pm

Sage…Love to hear you weigh in on the recent acquisitions…Like them? Hate them? Uncertain?

Wheeler? Stuart? Dvorak?

Hockey Biltong

March 1st, 2011
5:11 pm

Lightning in a bottle!!! Here we go!!!

jerry

March 1st, 2011
5:11 pm

If payroll is any indication of success on the field and the Yankees appear to be an example that it is, then Dudley must be commended for taking the 29th lowest payroll and turning it into the 11th best team, according to their record, in the NHL.

Hockey Biltong

March 1st, 2011
5:12 pm

Uh Red Light, I believe SOB was quoted as saying,”junk for junk”…

Red Light

March 1st, 2011
5:14 pm

Jerry: They are 11th in the conference, not in the NHL. They are 24th in the NHL currently.

Smoothie

March 1st, 2011
5:15 pm

Aren’t we more like the 8th or 9th worst team in the league going on records? If the slide continues, we’ll be looking at a lottery pick. Reason enough for Dudley to hold onto it, perhaps he’ll draft the next coming of Brad Richards for Joe Friday! ;)

Red Light

March 1st, 2011
5:16 pm