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The Atlanta Thrashers have re-signed defenseman Mark Stuart to a multiple-year contract extension, according to General Manager Rick Dudley. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Stuart, 26, has seen action in four contests with the Thrashers this season after being acquired by team in a trade with Boston on Feb. 18. Prior to arriving in Atlanta, the 6-2, 215-pound defenseman played in 31 games for the Bruins, totaling five points (one goal, four assists) with a plus-8 rating and 23 penalty minutes. In 287 career NHL games with Boston (2005-06 to 2010-11), Stuart has 40 points (13 goals, 27 assists) and 294 penalty minutes.
per Bob McKenzie on TSN Deadline Show. Going to Florida are Niclas Bergfors and Patrick Rissmiller and Florida also gives up a 5th rounder.
via Bob Duff tweet,
#thrashers asking price for Bogosian - Hudler, Ericsson or Kindl and high draft pick - too big a price for #redwings to pay at this point.
from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
At this point, here is what I can report on the ongoing Thrashers ownership issue. I caution that there is still a lot of reporting to do but according to people familiar with the situation there is an investment group that is progressing in an effort to buy the Hawks, Thrashers and Philips Arena and will keep the Thrashers in Atlanta.
There is one main investors with others in the group, some of whom are from Atlanta. The group is not only interested in purchasing the three properties but there is a “development element” to the deal, possibly involving the area around the arena.
via Bob McKenzie tweet,
ATL trades Brent Sopel and Nigel Dawes to MTL for Ben Maxwell and a 4th rder. Done deal.
(Atlanta) - The Atlanta Thrashers have re-signed General Manager Rick Dudley to a multiple-year contract extension, according to President Don Waddell.
“Rick has a proven track record of building successful teams and is dedicated to improving the Thrashers and constructing a perennial contender,” said Waddell. “He has already taken great strides with our club and is committed to infusing our roster with key players. He has truly earned this opportunity and we look forward to his continued leadership.”
Dudley, 62, joined the Thrashers as associate general manager on June 22, 2009 and was named the second general manager in franchise history on April 14, 2010.
“I’m excited to be part of this transformation and look forward to achieving our objective,” said Dudley. “I firmly believe this team is heading in the right direction and we are continuing to piece the puzzle together in the proper way.”
The next time we see Rick Dudley should be when he thanks Rammer (Craig Ramsay) for his service, wishes him nothing but the best, reminds us all that it wasn’t all his fault…then introduces the next head coach for the Atlanta Thrashers, John Torchetti.
We can then only hope that the head coach’s exit door can at least stop swinging before we begin to think he needs to be shown it too.
-Bill Tiller of the Atlantal Journal-Constitution where you can read more on this topic.
A look around at the Southeast Division teams in action tonight:
Atlanta at Buffalo
If Rick Dudley is deciding between buyer and seller mode, this might just be the game to shove him swiftly in one direction or the other.
Atlanta has been in a tailspin in the new year, with just three regulation wins since we said farewell to 2010. Currently, the Thrashers have lost seven out of their last eight and are just 2-10-4 in their last 16.
They sit five points behind eighth place Carolina and are tied, points-wise, with tonight’s opponent, though their meeting with Buffalo becomes is that much more pivotal with the Sabres having two games in hand on Atlanta.
New faces Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart, acquired last week from Boston, will each play in their second game as a Thrasher tonight. Both made an impact in their Atlanta debut in Edmonton Sunday, despite the team’s 5-3 loss, with Wheeler assisting on an Andrew Ladd tally and Stuart scrapping with J-F Jacques in the second period.
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With the trade deadline approaching, might a Southeast team or two peddle one or more of their AHL prospects for some immediate help? We’ll know in five short days. For now, let’s take our latest look (a belated one this week – apologies…) at results and stats for the Southeast Division’s AHL affiliates from the week gone by:
Click for individual box scores
Tuesday, 2/15/11: Albany Devils 3, Charlotte Checkers 0
Charlotte goal-scorers: none
Charlotte goaltenders (saves/shots): Justin Pogge (25/28)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Dave Caruso, ALB; 2 – Adam Henrique, ALB; 3 – Brad Mills, ALB
from Randy Turner of the Winnipeg Free Press,
So some NHL players are reportedly balking about coming to Winnipeg—even before the city gets a team, or may never get one?
That’s a head-scratcher for Manitoba Moose head coach Claude Noel.
“You know what? People with no-trade clauses in their contracts dictate where they want to play,” Noel said. “But for me, it isn’t about location. That’s all fine and dandy, but I think it’s about the environment and that’s what you create. I mean, is Detroit a better destination that Winnipeg? And players want to play in Detroit.
“I have nothing against Detroit (ravaged during the current recession), but I’ve been in cities that were maybe not ideal. You go where the winning becomes the environment. And I think if Winnipeg got a team they’d have to re-establish themselves as whatever that is. (But) Players want to have success.”
Noel was reacting to a Free Press question relating to comments made by Hockey Night in Canada analyst Glenn Healy on the Hot Stove segment Saturday night. The topic was the tenuous financial situation surrounding the Atlanta Thrashers and Healy, a former NHLPA executive, said it’s common for higher profile NHL players to have lists of teams where they can’t be traded
“Guess what name is appearing on a lot of players’ no-move teams? Atlanta,” Healy said. “Why? Because if the team goes to Winnipeg, it’s not a desirable place for them to play their winters.”
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