Bondra to the Thrashers?

Eklund claims that according to “an Atlanta Based source” Bondra signed a deal late sunday night to play with the Thrashers. There currently is no mention of either the term or value of the contract.http://hockeyrumors.blogspot.com/

He also says that “Kovalchuk isn’t far behind.”


28 Responses to Bondra to the Thrashers?

  1. nordiques100 says:

    Eklund says alot of things. we can only wait to find out if he is right for once.

    If kovalchuk gets the big money he seeks, I dont know how they can fit in Bondra unless he came really cheap. I see him signing for 2 mil at least. combine that with the at least 5 that Kovalchuk would get (which is roughly Rick Nash money), the Thrashers will be maxed out in cap room. someone will have to go. perhaps kozlov, savard or stefan. No team will max out their cap before training camp. all teams will want wiggle room mid season.

    but the team has all the makings of a playoff club.

    if all this turns out to be true, the team should be fairly dangerous on offence. see the top 2 lines:

    kovalchuk-holik-hossa

    kozlov-savard-bondra

    if lehtonen is as good as advertised, the Thrashers should be a playoff team.

  2. quick_stick says:

    Yeah, doesn’t leave them a lot of wiggle room. Bondra apparently declined a 1.5 mil offer from the Caps, so not sure where that leaves his personally value. (Though, who would want to play for the Caps this year?)

  3. bleedingblu says:

    That is if Kovalchuk signs with Atlanta. It looks like he may go to Russia.

  4. habsoverserver says:

    It is more sensible to come to an agreement with Kovalchuk prior to signing Bondra.

  5. muckies says:

    Makes sense. hossa loves this guy and had the Sens trade for him last year.

    they didn’t get to play together because Martin wanted Bonbra not to score in the playoffs, so he is probably going there to play with Hossa and make a pretty dangerous line.

  6. Deke says:

    I really hope Eklund is right for once…It would be a refreshing change and Atlanta would look much better.

  7. Bishop7979 says:

    I dont see holik as their first line center, that was tried in ny and even holik said it was a bad idea. He might be their second line center and spend some time on the PP camped out front, but you’ll see Savard playing more scoring line minutes than Holik does

  8. TheCanadianHozer says:

    This just boggles me. Unless bondra settles for less money….

    Their Cap is at 32 Mil (actually a little bit higher) add on the 2 mil Bondra wants and then Kovalchuk will have to be signed for lower than I think he deserves (unless lower this season and BOOMING next season). Or I guess they are going to trade a few players away… I guess if they trade some of those 900 000 guys away they could pull it off.

    Even without Bondra tho…. WHAT A FIRST LINE! lol

    well… maybe apart from Holik (let’s hope he proves me wrong)

  9. collegeflyer says:

    Eklund claims that Bondra signed a one year deal with Atlanta.

  10. shawn_habs says:

    Eklund claims lots of signings will be announced even though they dont happen. Damphousse to Pens anyone?

  11. shawn_habs says:

    Eh? Looks like he may be right..this is obviously his source.

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that free agent right wing Peter Bondra is en route to Atlanta where he is expected to complete a contract with the Thrashers.

    Bondra’s agent Ritch Winter told the paper that the contract, a one-year deal that has been agreed to in principle, would be done by the end of Monday or sometime on Tuesday.

    “We’re working on details,” Winter told the Journal-Constitution. “But I can confirm we’re getting very, very close to finalizing it.”

    Bondra, 37, has 477 goals in 984 career games with Washington and Ottawa.

  12. DomiforPrimeMinister says:

    A coach did not want a player to score in the playoffs, you really are retarded. Go back to sluuurping your lunch through a straw.

  13. Hills420 says:

    Found this on ajc.com:

    Free agent right wing Peter Bondra is en route to Atlanta where he expects to complete a contract with the Thrashers, if not by the end of the day then by sometime on Tuesday, Bondra’s agent Ritch Winter said.

    Bondra, 37, has 477 goals in 984 career games and while he has slowed down a bit, he has still managed to score an average of almost 32 goals over the last three NHL seasons, which is probably plenty more than the Thrashers would expect from him.

    Winter said the parties were working on a one-year contract.

    “We’re working on details,” Winter said. “But I can confirm we’re getting very, very close to finalizing it.”

    Winter said part of what took so long to finalize a deal was that Bondra needed to make up his mind where he wanted to play, but there was another factor after the Thrashers took on $7.223 million in salary after trading Dany Heatley to Ottawa for Marian Hossa and Greg de Vries.

    “Their interest was the same, but they didn’t know if they had any money left,” Winter said.

    With their top six forwards of Hossa, Bondra, Marc Savard, Slava Kozlov, Bobby Holik and Ilya Kovalchuk – assuming he signs – Winter asked rhetorically, “Is there a better top two lines in hockey?”

  14. Tim_Silver says:

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that free agent right wing Peter Bondra is en route to Atlanta where he is expected to complete a contract with the Thrashers.

    Bondra’s agent Ritch Winter told the paper that the contract, a one-year deal that has been agreed to in principle, would be done by the end of Monday or sometime on Tuesday.

    “We’re working on details,” Winter told the Journal-Constitution. “But I can confirm we’re getting very, very close to finalizing it.”

    Bondra, 37, has 477 goals in 984 career games with Washington and Ottawa.

    SOURCE: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?id=136114

  15. muckies says:

    ummmm, actually i’m not retarded, but the smoothie thing sounds like a good idea, the point was Hossa dreamt of playing with Bondra his entire life, and so Muckler traded for him, and Martin puts him on White’s line. Hossa was on Bonks line

    And just to prove to you that Martin didn’t want his players scoring in the playoffs, HE BENCHED SPEZZA explain that one

  16. goleafsgo1991 says:

    and how about petrovicky-stefan-mellanby…

  17. titans says:

    Son of A Beoch!! Why didn’t the Flyers sign him?!? We are too thin on wing! Come on Clarkey we need at least one wing who can put the puck in the net!!

  18. pens_fan says:

    because no one wants to go to phily……………………………………

  19. leafs_r_a_joke says:

    its not like he didnt want him to score, he just wanted him to play defence first and at the time vermette was better defensivily then spezza

  20. Hollywood666 says:

    I find Eklund to be about 50% accurate, and a few sources are reporting this signing now.

  21. muckies says:

    Right, so when Mario was leading the Pens and didn’t play defence, you bench him for a guy that won’t score but will play good defence.

    If i remeber correctyly, nobody on the Sens was playing good defence and nobody was scoring, so i guess it makes sense to take out your #1 center and put in a rookie left winger who did nothing.

    O.K. i see your point now, put the team into crisis so you can teach someone a lesson, put your job at risk, and take out the biggest game guy on the team out.

    nothing against Vermette, but Martin screwed up royally on that one, no matter how you look at it.

  22. noty87 says:

    Wow, this is the sleeper team of 2005-06. Lehtonen is as good as advertised and will outshine Fleury, garanteed. No question a playoff team.

    Holik will probably start at first line, but for no other reason than that his name is Holik. Hartley will eventually smarten up and complete the fearsome trio of Kovalchuk-Savard-Hossa. If it wasn’t for so much inexperience throughout this team, it would be a cup contender. but we’ll all have to wait and see.

  23. splendidchink says:

    But then again, you guys HAVE NO CAP ROOM to sign anybody of consequence. Wouldn’t you just love to have the Pens lineup right now, STILL BE AT ONLY 28 million, and pretty much able to go out and get anyone you need to fill out the roster?

  24. leafs_r_a_joke says:

    dude i’m a sens fan, and i didnt say i agreed with martin in fact i’m glad to see him go but in his defence

    at that time spezza was a rookie too, and not the leader of the sens like mario was the pens

    another thing bonk was the number one center

    and vermette is a center not a winger

    do u even follow the senators?

  25. muckies says:

    Explain to me why Vermette was on Fishers wing in the playoffs?

    Spezza wasn’t a rookie, he played 3 playoff games the year before against NJ, and turned the Sens around in game 5, the greatest game the Senators have ever played in their history, i was there.

    And check the Stats, Bonk was the number one guy, (if you want to argue about it, White was the number 1 guy) but like i said SPEZZA was the number 1 scoring center.

    And Vermette will probably play left wing this year with Spezza and Heatley, if not on the second line with Alfie.

  26. wayne2 says:

    Very good signing if they sign Kowalchuk as well,

    they would have two great offensive lines and a

    pretty decent third line.I believe that if they do

    sign Kowalchuk they make the playoffs and create

    upsets.

  27. cwthrash says:

    Looks like Bondra will get $500k in base pay (with a possibility of up to $2.9M total if he reaches every performance bonus). No specific details about what the bonuses are, but a decent amount has to do with something about making the playoffs.

    Not bad. This way Atlanta doesn’t have to worry about getting rid of someone right now. They can wait for several months to see how he does and what bonuses he might reach, then they can get rid of salary if it’s necessary. Of course, they might want to get rid of someone now anyway just to give themselves a little buffer.

    Too early to tell they’ll play it. I’d be nice if someone could actually give us accurate “cap” numbers instead of salary numbers. Even without an accurate numbers to go on, it looks like Kovalchuk will fit under the cap even if he signs for $7M (though I’m still thinking it won’t be that high, $5.5M-$6M is my guess).

  28. leafs_r_a_joke says:

    vermette will prolly center the 4th line cause they only have 4 nhl centers(excluding kelly)

    on the traing camp roster it says havlat, heatley, shcaefer and varada are left wingers

    as for spezza being a rookie i thought u were refering to the nj series

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