Thrashers UFAs: Should they stay or should they go?

With the Thrashers 2010-11 season coming to a merciful end this week, we once again set our sights ahead towards a new season and fresh start next fall. One of the first steps in doing this is to take a look at those on the current roster who are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on July 1 and consider whether or not they should be re-signed or allowed to skate off into the Thrasherville sunset.

There are three such Thrashers players slated for UFA status this summer…Eric Boulton, Radek Dvorak and Freddy Meyer. No, they’re not exactly the types you expect on the top of anyone’s UFA wish list. But nonetheless, they become our participants in this year’s “Should They Stay or Should They Go” free agent debate.

Eric Boulton

  • He should stay (57%, 175 Votes)
  • He should go (43%, 133 Votes)

Total Voters: 308

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Eric Boulton:Finishing his sixth season as a Thrasher, Boulton has found a niche as the team’s enforcer over the years. He’s been involved in some of the most memorable, and sometimes lengthy, fights during his time here. That, plus he’s become somewhat of a fan favorite in these parts. He is coming off a contract that paid $650,000 this season.

Boulton has played in 375 games here scoring 21 goals, 34 assists with a –17 rating and has racked up 625 PIM. Also, it can be noted here that he along with Anthony Stewart have been the only two to score hat tricks for the Thrashers this season.

My take…given Bolts celebrates birthday number 35 in August, I would not be surprised if we are watching the last few games with him on our roster.

Radek Dvorak

  • He should stay (28%, 85 Votes)
  • He should go (72%, 215 Votes)

Total Voters: 300

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Radek Dvorak: Along with a fifth-round draft pick, the 34-year old Dvorak came over in the deal that sent Niclas Bergfors and Patrick Rissmiller to the Florida Panthers back at the trade deadline. The 10th overall pick in the 1995 draft has had a respectable career…playing in 1,118 NHL games scoring 215, 341 assist with a +1 rating. 

For the season, one in which he was paid $1.7 million, he has 7 goals, 14 assists and is a +2 in the 66 games split between the Thrashers and Panthers.

Unfortunately, none of the goals have come in the 13 games played here since the trade.

My prediction here is that he’ll skate away somewhere else this summer. If so, then the Thrashers will be left with Florida’s fifth-round draft pick as the only token for Rissmiller and Bergfors’ departure.

Freddy Meyer

  • He should stay (14%, 40 Votes)
  • He should go (86%, 256 Votes)

Total Voters: 296

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Freddy Meyer:This undrafted defenseman inked a one-year, $600,00 contract with the Thrashers last August. He played in 15 games before being placed on injured reserve on February 4 withan upper body injury. He’s scored one more goal than Dvorak in just two more games played, has added an assist and is a –7 with 8 PIM.

Meyer has more or less been what many might call “serviceable” for the Thrashers. But with defensemen like Arturs Kulda, Paul Postma and Andrei Zubarev waiting their turns, I’d image Freddy will be playing elsewhere next fall.

And of course, you’re more than welcome to discuss the unrestricted free agents that make up a portion of the Thrashers roster depth. Those players include Jason Krog ($550,000), Noah Welch ($525,000), Jaime Sifers ($525,000), and Jared Ross ($500,000).

Or you could discuss last night’s 6-3 pounding at the hands of the Predators.

135 comments Add your comment

SomaAtl95

April 7th, 2011
1:46 pm

Even though I’m not a big fan of the Clash I don’t think I saw anyone answer Bills question… Should they stay or should they go? If they go there will be trouble, if they stay there will be double, So c’mon and let us know, Should they stay or should they go?

Cliff Fletcher

April 7th, 2011
2:55 pm

sage///

thanks alot for your daily flush

Frosty the snowman

April 7th, 2011
3:10 pm

Tom, I believe the problem is that thrashers dont have a good track record of developing talent. If we traded Bogosian, which I am not saying I want, I think we would get a good return because they COULD develop him

World Be Free

April 7th, 2011
3:40 pm

Frosty-our track record is absolutely horrible.
Betcha Coburn would have half as good here as he turned out in Philly.

So had we kept Coburn, who is to say he would not have been a flop, in the same position Bogo is right now?

jimbo

April 7th, 2011
4:02 pm

Boulton is -17 and a few of you want to keep him? Better to bring White back.

ZAvalanche

April 7th, 2011
4:10 pm

Sage got into the Kool-aid again.

GaVaHokie

April 7th, 2011
4:17 pm

In memorium of the countless sheep who have come and gone…blustered and then disappeared…prepared spweadsheets and then stopped gracing us with their presence and “wisdom”…

Ummm… I don’t think that’s why people leave and don’t comeback. At least not me personally… this blog has been overrun with “experts”.

http://www.getoutdoors.com/goblog/uploads/farside_push.gif

ZAvalanche

April 7th, 2011
4:22 pm

GaVaHokie, LOL! thanks for the cartoon, made my day!

Tom Lysiak

April 7th, 2011
4:44 pm

Frosty – I couldn’t agree more with what you are saying. My point is how ridiculous it is to rant over and over how bad a 20-year old player sucks, how he has cost us the season, how he is a bust, how he coasts, how he doesn’t hit anyone. Then in the next breath, you say let’s trade him for some good assets. You can’t have it both ways. Either he sucks and you wouldn’t get anything at all back in return. Or, he is just not working out and let’s sell while his value is still high. If he really sucks, the people who make their money in the hockey business would not give you squat back for him.

Tom Lysiak

April 7th, 2011
5:13 pm

Trixie, do I have one hung in blog purgatory??? If you could set it free I would appreciate it!

HookyBob

April 7th, 2011
5:19 pm

For what it is worth: Game 1 of the frozen four semis is currently on ESPN-2. Later tonight it’ll the UND and Michegan. Final is Saturday.

Bit of a topic change,..but I sure hope we can beat the Rangers tonight. After being swept by them a few years back,..few things in hockey would give me more pleasure than to help them miss the play-offs. Also, wouldn’t mind helping the Canes slip into the 8th spot. Guess that would mean losing to them tomorrow,…eh?

Go Blue,..tonight anyway.

Trixie (Rawhide's Secretary)

April 7th, 2011
5:58 pm

Mr. Lysiak – Your 4:44 pm post has been freed from Blog Purgatoy.

Red Light

April 7th, 2011
6:05 pm

This season and last, Eric Boulton is -1. Not sure where you got your figures jimbo!

Red Light

April 7th, 2011
6:33 pm

Who said the Thrashers wouldn’t be playing meaningful games in April? Too bad they aren’t meaningful for them.

Brendan

April 7th, 2011
6:59 pm

Anyone remember the 2007 playoffs? I do. Wouldn’t some revenge on the Blueshirts be nice? I think Carolina can still catch them for 8th. Someone double-check that.

Brendan

April 7th, 2011
7:03 pm

ZAvalanche, I really feel we must give that Blues-Avs trade a full three years. Otherwise, after every game when McClement outshines Shattenkirk, or Stewart does Erik Johnson, we’ll be changing opinions of the trade. In the end, and this is just meeee, I think it’s far more difficult to find a Tier I blueliner, who can play 23-25 minutes a game … than it is to find quality 3rd line Centers and 3/4 defenders. So, in my way of thinking, Colorado won the trade, conceptually, since I don’t buy into this “Johnson is the second coming of Patrik Stefan for a BUST of a 1st overall pick” thinking. Three years from now, if Erik Johnson is in the minors somewhere, then we know the Avs messed up, bad. But if he’s anchoring their blueline, playing the lion’s share of the minutes, then I’d say they faired very well.

Fan from Carolina

April 7th, 2011
7:05 pm

Brendan, yes they can, and I’ll be pulling for the Canes if they can sneak in. The only trouble is that they would be playing the Caps in the 1st round. Bye bye.

LAC

April 7th, 2011
7:25 pm

I could not believe my ears just a few minutes ago… When Sam Rosen quoted Craig Ramsey as saying, “He thought the Thrashers had played BETTER the second half of the season, than the first.”

WHAT ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Is that for real ? If so I am all for getting rid of ramsey, that is unbelievable, totally.

We need a Winner as coach… Not a whiner !

ZAvalanche

April 7th, 2011
7:38 pm

Nice couple of plays by Bobo on the PK.

ZAvalanche

April 7th, 2011
7:40 pm

Brendan – I agree. And they will build the D around Johnson. I was just saying what a nice play Stewy had to beat off 2 D and score and how well Shatty played.

ZAvalanche

April 7th, 2011
7:51 pm

If Dallas loses one of their last 3, in regulation, and Chicago gets at least one pt then Dallas is out. If Chicago gets zero pts in their last 2 and Dallas gets 4 pts in their last 3 then Dallas is in by virtue of tie breaker. Gonna be a big game tonight for Dallas with the Avs in town. At least both of my teams are trying to play spoiler :) .

Alan R.

April 7th, 2011
8:05 pm

My concern now is that ownership change isn’t going fast enough as there’s been no news as of late.

Seriously? It takes a lot of time to sell one hockey franchise. In the Sabres sale, there was nine months of silence before things were finalized.

Now, that’s just one hockey team. Throw in a basketball team and an arena.

People who think this is supposed to be quick, like a trip to Rite Aid, is mistaken.

ZAvalanche

April 7th, 2011
8:14 pm

ZAvalanche

April 7th, 2011
8:15 pm

And AGAIN!!!!!! Ranger Fan is nervous.

Tom

April 7th, 2011
9:09 pm

Boults WANTS TO STAY! GOAL!!!!

I have to say the Thrashers are playing some excellent hockey against some very hostile refs. The waved off icing and the offsides are amazing not to mention the mystery calls on Buff. Even the announcers are having a hard time justifying the calls.

R. Stroztradamus

April 7th, 2011
9:30 pm

I predict Jethro will be eliminated from the points contest tonight.

jim

April 7th, 2011
9:42 pm

Bettman was on his weekly XM radio show today and in response to a question regarding the Phoenix situation he responded that “the NHL doesn’t give up on its fans in the markets we are in and that we absolutely try not to move teams if we don’t have to.” I assume that includes Atlanta and hope that there is at least another positive update one of these days.

LAC

April 7th, 2011
9:51 pm

I rarely watch versus, I did tonight, with Atlanta playing. Where on Earth they found this keith jones, PLEASE go stick him back in his HOLE, this guy may as well just come out and say something like this… “I hate Atlanta, Their team, The city and really HATE their fans.” He comes across as a complete one sided goof as I ever saw. It was ALL Rangers tonight, he even had the GALL to start talking about their (NY) two best defensemen. And their goalie is SO good, HA !

Who took the season series ? Who scored More Goals ? Who played BETTER in this series and esp tonight, Atlanta. I know this jones is from Philadelphia, but the hate in his comments, saying Carolina should win Friday night… keith jones you scum, get off the air, because YOU $UCK !!!!

ZAvalanche

April 7th, 2011
9:58 pm

LAC, I saw the same game and I don’t recall hearing Keith Jones saying anything inflammatory. You just have to realize that the NHL has their “princess” teams, just like every other sport, and they are going to talk up to the larger markets.

Alan R.

April 7th, 2011
10:12 pm

Also, remember that Versus picked up the MSG feed tonight. All NY, all the time.

World Be Free

April 7th, 2011
10:22 pm

The Versus guys are not accustom to seeing ATL play on their network. I am not a Keith Jones fan anyhow. Thre things come to mind-

1-Most bloggers giving Dudley a hard time when he picked up Schremp. Looks not too bad out there, the last chance Robbie may have needed to get it going.
2-Great seeking Pavs back his old confident sell-he was very good tonight.
3-If that’s Bolts last NHL goal, well let’s say is was a beauty, nice feed from Johnny.

Now let’s knock off Carolina, that would be a great win.

Rawhide

April 7th, 2011
10:33 pm

New blog time, kids as the Thrashers leave the New York Rangers hoping for a repeat perfomance Friday night.

ZAvalanche

April 7th, 2011
10:38 pm

I am not a big Keith Jones fan either, even though he is an ex-Av. But like I said, the league announcers have their “princess” teams. I wish the announcers would be objective and give props to the team that is smoking the other team – Atl looked good tonight, wish it would have happened 2 months ago. The Rangers are in a tight spot and didn’t compete. Conversely, Dallas is in a tight spot and is taking it to Colorado tonight in a must-win game. This game has a very exciting way of separating the good from the bad. Love it.

R. Stroz

April 9th, 2011
8:46 am

Rawhide

April 12th, 2011
9:28 am

R. Stroz – Nope.