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Kozlov Stays In Atlanta

from the Atlanta Thrashers,

The Atlanta Thrashers have re-signed forward Vyacheslav Kozlov to a multi-year deal, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell.

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Thrashers Sign Ken Klee

from the Atlanta Thrashers,

The Atlanta Thrashers have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent defenseman Ken Klee on a multi-year contract, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Todd White To Atlanta

TSN reporting White signs with Atlanta- 4 years, $9.5 million.

Update 1:53pm ET:

TSN,

The Atlanta Thrashers kicked off the free agent season with the first official signing, landing centre Todd White with a four-year contract worth $9.5 million.

continued… *more later

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Thrashers In Need Of A Center

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Instead, look for the Thrashers to focus on second-tier centers, including Detroit’s Robert Lang, Minnesota’s Todd White or Alexei Yashin, whose contract was bought out by the Islanders. If Kozlov doesn’t sign, Atlanta could be in the market for a higher-priced center like New York’s Michael Nylander.
Right now, the Thrashers have 12 players under contract for more than $31 million. They have extended offers to restricted free agents Garnet Exelby, Jim Slater and newly acquired forward Chris Thorburn. The three likely will be on the opening night roster.
That doesn’t leave a lot of spending money for free agency if the Thrashers stick to a budget similar to last season’s – around $40 million.

read on... and the Thrashers are hoping Kozlov will be back…

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Blues Get Rights To Tkachuk

from Shawn P. Roarke at NHL.com,

Atlanta traded the rights to Tkachuk, an unrestricted free agent, and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2008, back to St. Louis on Tuesday in exchange for the conditional first-round pick in 2008 that was sent to St. Louis as part of the February trade.
St. Louis receives the conditional fourth-round pick only if Atlanta signs Tkachuk before Nov. 1.
But, that seems unlikely. By obtaining Tkachuk’s rights, St. Louis holds sole negotiating rights with the player until free agency opens July 1. That suggests that the Blues will work diligently to get Tkachuk signed before Sunday’s free-agent frenzy begins.

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All Waddell

from the Atlanata Journal-Constitution,

Q: The salary cap was created in part to level the playing field between big market and small market teams. With the rise in league revenues, the cap keeps rising. Doesn’t that defeat the original purpose?
A: It’s a good question, and I like how you put that because revenues are growing in the league, the cap is going up. But our team revenues are not growing as fast as the league revenues are. Your question is, are we headed into a dangerous thing as the league cap continues to go up? If our revenues don’t meet or exceed that, it’s going to start putting us, and many teams in a very difficult position.

much more from Waddell, covering all the bases…

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Kozlov A Hot UFA

from Craig Custance at the Thrashers Blog,

Slava Kozlov and not Keith Tkachuk, is looking like the potential Thrashers free agent who will be drawing the most interest come July 1st (assuming the Thrashers don’t get him locked up in the next couple of weeks, which isn’t out of the question).
The rumors of Kozlov’s return to Detroit continue to circulate, as James Jahnke points out in the Detroit Free Press roundup. The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson says the Florida Panthers are interested in Kozlov, but there are concerns down in South Florida that his asking price might be a little too high. The other Southeast Division team with some cash to spend, the Washington Capitals, might be a Kozlov suitor as well.

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Waddell & Hartley Returning

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

The expectations of ownership were met. That’s why Atlanta Spirit co-owner Bruce Levenson said that Thrashers general manager Don Waddell and coach Bob Hartley will be back next season.
“They are the coach and GM today,” Levenson said by phone on Thursday afternoon. “Don and Bob took us to within one games of the playoffs our first season and the second season they made the playoffs. That’s in line with the expectations that we’ve expressed to them. I’d expect them to continue to improve on that.”

continued (reg. may be req.)

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Mellanby Retires

from the Atlanta Thrashers,

Atlanta Thrashers captain Scott Mellanby announced today that he has officially retired from the National Hockey League.
“I’ve been fortunate to live my dream for the past 21 years, and it’s with a heavy heart that I’m retiring from the National Hockey League,” said Mellanby. “I’d like to thank all of my great teammates, the fans who have supported me, and all the wonderful people I have met along the way.”

read on

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Atlanta Review

Ben Wright at Blueland Blog has a great recap from the exit interview process with Don Waddell and Bob Hartley.  This from Hartley,

On what went wrong:
“On our side we simply had no answers- for their puck control. That Hossa, Jagr and Nylander line- they took away lots of our energy and after that their support players which are great players, they played very well. It seemed that every game they got big goals from everyone.”

read on

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