The Thrashers have said multiple times what they are looking for; a top six winger and a top 4 defensive defenseman. They're going try to get one via trade and the other via free agency. The whole process is kinda hindered by their internal cap, which they state will be around $46M. If they can get the right deals, I have little doubt they'll they'd spend an extra million or so more.
This is likely what Kovalchuk is waiting for; if Atlanta gets these players, it's definitely a step in the right direction. And the past couple drafts have been good, this draft looked awesome. Kane is likely a year away, but then again he was one of the youngest in this draft; when it puts on some muscle, he will be a force. Klingberg and Morin in the second round were great picks. Their prospect pool is growing in strength, and they definitely addressed a weak area this year (wingers).
Waddell said contract talks were going very well for a long term deal, though Kovalchuk will wait until after he sees what moves are made. Personally, I think a two year extension is more likely. Gives him an out in a few years if he wants it. But then again, the cap is very likely to stay near the same level this year and go down next year, so he might want to cash in now. Tough to say. But I'd put down a 20 spot that he stays; he went on a tear after being named captain, seems to love being "the man" on the team and would love nothing more than to take this team from the bottom to the very top.]]>
Apparently Clouston asked Dany 'Milkbag' Heatley for his "A" back to give it to Volchy, Fish, Smith, Kelly or Spezz. Milkbag was pissed and that is what triggered the snowball that led to Milkbags trade request.
Milkbag is looking like he will not get any kind of decent return for his value. Milkbag's trade demands and new labelling as uncoachable, out of shape and only concerened about scoring and not winning make him very unattractive to almost every team.
This could be the best wakeup call of Milkbags career. His Team Canada spot is in jeoperdy, non-playoff teams do not want him, and if they cannot trade him by Tuesday, he will have to come back and play for a coach who is all about team and winning, and who will own his ass all season, and he is not a very nice guy if you arent a team player or a commited to be a winner
Most Sens fans I talk to would welcome Milkbag back, hoping he comes in to play Cloustons style and realize he isnt bigger then the team or the coach. Milkbag wants his own line, be the guy the puck goes through. If the Sens could somehow sign a decent forward to help get Milkbag the puck, it may turn out to be a blessing in disguise that they can't trade him. They'll have 2 lines that can score and Milkbag will be playing a completly different type of game under Clouston. Winnign is the bottom line, and hopefully come Game 1, the Sens will have a winning team.]]>
I like the trade for Kyle Brodziak. He's not more than a 3rd liner but he's defensively responsible and has a small amount of offensive ability. He's a good idea to have if your starting a run and gun style.
As for getting Vinny. As much as I like the guy and would love to have him I think we'd have to give way too much.
It's my personal opinion that we should concentrate on incorporating more youth into the club. Not a rebuild per say but rather just play out the next few seasons without sending the youth away for a star and see where we end up. The Wild are kind of stuck in the middle I guess. They have potential to make the playoffs however they also have the potential to be a bottom team next year if things don't go according to plan. I am expecting the Wild to miss the playoffs again next season. And end up about where the leafs have finished last two years. This changes slightly if Gaborik chooses to stay. Which makes him a very dangerous player if they go run and gun style.]]>