The two underachievers banished to Atlanta are now in a place where their every move won’t be watched so closely. They will provide some leadership and offensive skill to a team that desperately needs it. And the good thing is Atlanta will not expect them to both be great offensive weapons. If Kozlov only helps Kovalchuk become more comfortable on the ice, then he is worth it. Don’t care if he scores five goals or twenty five goals. And I just have this feeling he won’t whine as much in Atlanta; call it a hunch.
What might have been two busts last season for their respective teams will give the Thrashers a boost. Playoffs, doubtful. But any improvment will help.