Thrashers Future Uncertain…

In what I willl dub the dumbest trade of this season (at least until now), the Thrashers received Keith Tkachuk for their entire future. I recently posted an article about the Craig Rivet trade, in which I stated that Montreal ripped off San Jose. I believe that the Blues have done the exact same thing to the Thrashers. Although Tkachuk has 20 goals and 23 assists in 61 games, Atlanta gives up Glen Metropolit, who has 12 goals and 16 assists in 57 games, a 2007 1st round pick, a 2007 3rd round pick, a 2008 2nd round pick, and conditional 2008 1st round pick (if Tkachuk re-signs with Thrashers).
I don’t know about you but I would be willing to part ways with 15 points to acquire all of those picks. The Thrashers aren’t even a top team, and to see them throwing around middle of the pack draft picks like this is kind of scary. If the Blues will trade Bill Guerin as well, then Toronto, as a habs fan, I’m begging you to send them Steen, a 1st, a 2nd, and a 3rd round pick along with a 2008 1st, and 2nd rounder for Bill Guerin.
To finish this thing off I’d like to congratulate the Blues on a job well done.

12 Responses to Thrashers Future Uncertain…

  1. chanman says:

    this is insanity…

         Waddel is killing his organization. How do these guys keep thier jobs? Tkachuk will not save this team; what they need and have alwasy needed was Dfence. Pick up Klee or someone. Laroque would help you to add grit in the front, but scoring isn't a big issue with the thrashers. Chris Gratton could be had cheap and he would put the big body in front that you need…
    sacrificing your future is not smart for an average club.

  2. WeedIan says:

    It was a panic move, if Atlanta hadn't been dropping like a rock out of 1st then maybe they would not have made this move.

  3. big_booty says:

    Don Waddell is doing what he has to do. 

    Sure, it's tough to give up a young player like Coburn, but it's something Atlanta needed to do.  No slight to Coburn, but Zhitnik is going to be much better on the power play – that's a definite need for a team headed to the playoffs.

    I know there are issues with Tkachuk, but the Thrashers only gave up one roster player – a thirtysomething journeyman who's having his one good year – for a guy who knows how to score goals and will probably do so even more now that he'll be on a line with Kovalchuk.

    Draft picks in 2007 are being thrown around, as many should have known they would have.  This year's draft is widely regarded as having a pretty shallow talent pool and if a weak franchise like St. Louis wants a bunch of selections this year than they are welcome to them.

    Like I said in a previous post – give credit where credit is due.  Don Waddell is doing what he needs to do and getting his team what they need. 

    People said Neil Smith was crazy for giving up on Tony Amonte in '94.

    Ken Holland took tons of heat for taking on Larry Murphy in '97.

    No way that Edmonton reaches the finals last year without Dwayne Roloson.

    Wait and see – don't pass instant judgement.

  4. SabresFan220 says:

    The Thrashers have singlehandedly given the Blues a very bright future assuming John Davidson doesn't screw up the picks they got. Don Waddell is a joke of a GM who will lose his job in the next few seasons as a result of this trade and the Coburn deal unless he makes up for them with a real steal trade next season. What a moron, I hope Atlanta likes getting bounced in the 1st round for all their troubles, then Atlanta fans will demand Waddell's head on a stick.

  5. Habfanforever says:

    Atlanta still gave up way too much for Tkatchuk. A 1st, 2nd and 3rd rounder with conditionnal 1st rounder in '08 and a roster player is a lot for an aging, underachieving rental. His medical history isin't too reassuring either, if he gets hurt Waddell should change his name to Santa for GIVING up so much. Metropolit and a 1st rounder should have been enough.

  6. wingerxxx says:

    Zhitnik and Tkachuk are not difference makers.  They never have been.  Atlanta should have made a bigger play for Peter Forsberg, if htey wanted a player who could make a difference.  Heck, they could have gone for Bill Guerin.  That is a player who can put up something resembling effort in the playoffs. 

    I don't know how you can praise Waddell for bringing aboard arguably the most disappointing playoff performer in recent memory.  Tkachuk did nothing to make St. Louis a better team when the Blues acquired him.  And with Atlanta free falling, they now expect him to be the missing piece?  I don't care how shallow this year's draft supposdly is, bringing in a player like Tkachuk to be something he never was and probably never will be for potentially TWO first round picks…I'm sorry, but that is just crazy.  Not to mention that he really isn't the player he was two, three, four years ago. 

  7. TheDonkey says:

    I agree that St. Louis rapes Atlanta on this deal.
    But, I think Atlanta is beyond desparate to make the playoffs.  From what I hear, they cannot sell season tix if they don't make it.  And they have been patient for a long time. 

    Nashville is another team that is supposedly desparate for success just so they can raise the profile of the team.  They are doing awesome but can't sell seats.

  8. wingerxxx says:

    If Waddell had acquired Bill Guerin with that package of picks, I wouldn't be as dumbfounded as I am.  Guerin can at least play in the playoffs.  Tkachuk?  It almost makes me grind my teeth, to think of what he was (and maybe still is) capable of.  The Blues expected Tkachuk to help push them over the edge when they acquired him some years back.  Didn't work.  And it's not like they were a bad team back then.  The Blues gave up a very pricy package to land him.  Now, here is Don Waddell doing the same thing. 

    I also don't buy this nonsense about "just making the playoffs."  You don't go to the playoffs just to make them, you try to win the whole thing.  Atlanta could acquired Guerin, if they were willing to give up a package like that for Tkachuk.  Or even make a bigger play for Forsberg, who would actually address a glaring weakness they have.  Sure, hindsight is 20/20, but it is what it is. 

    Going back to Guerin…think of it this way, if Tkachuk could fetch a package like that, what could Bill Guerin bring in??  A player who can actually play, come playoff time.  If I am a St. Louis fan, I am very happy right now. 

  9. mojo19 says:

    I think it was too much too, but its a sellars market and sometimes a smart GM has to take a chance to win a stanley cup. Everyone said Rutherford was stupid last year for picking up Doug Weight for 3 young guys and a 1st round draft pick, but he won the Stanley Cup. If Waddel feels his team is close this year, it wasn't a bad move at all.

    TSN said Tkachuck will play Centre:

    Kovalchuck – Tkachuck – Kozlov
    Hossa – Holik – Melanby
    Hamel – Belanger – Sim
    Vigier – Kapenen – Boulton    *Rucchin injured

    Zhitnik – Hnidy
    DeVries – Exelby
    Sutton – Havelid/McCarthy

  10. Just-Checking-In says:

    "Ken Holland took tons of heat for taking on Larry Murphy in '97."

    I really do not remember anything like that at all. Toronto pretty much traded Murphy for a bag of used hockey sticks. The Leafs couldn't wait to ship Murphy out of town, the cost was very-very inexpensive for the Wings. Larry Murphy upon arriving in Detroit was paired with Nicklas Lidstrom and most Red Wings fans thought it was a masterful move.

  11. KovyFanatic says:

    This trade isn’t as dumb as people think. Atlanta’s an established team, and desperately needs to make the playoffs. Of course Waddel will hit the panic button, he has no choice.

    He’s tried to make the playoffs without trading his picks, and it’s not worked. He’s trying to shake things up, and try new things. I think he’s also trying to save his job, but he’s got no other choice…

    I love Atlanta, favourite team, but they’ve got to make the damn playoffs. And our GM seems to panic, as he’s done again, but no other choice, really…

  12. dmatos says:

    I'm not sure how many of the commentors above actually follow the Thrashers or have followed them since their inception, but this team has talent that runs very deep.  We have never traded top prospects or top picks in the past (with the exception of Patrick Stefan, glad he's gone). 

    We have an excellent team in Chicago with a very powerful offensive presence.  We also run deep in the Defense department in the farms teams.

    This team needed a center that crashes the net, passes to and can keep up with Kovalchuk.  Tkachuk – check.

    This team needed a power play quarterback and a strong hard hitting quality defenseman so we didn't continually wear Havelid out.  Zhitnik – check

    …and we've managed to grab another seasoned winger and get Krog back off of waivers.

    We gave up 2 draft choices in what is looking like the weakest draft class since 1999 (see Patrick Stefan, above) and possibly one the following year.  We don't really need them.

    See you all in the playoffs.

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