Thrashers GM looking to trade after latest loss

Thrashers general manager Rick Dudley is actively looking to make a trade to shake up a struggling team on the verge of falling out of the playoff race.

Dudley told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday that there is a heightened sense of urgency following a 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday.

“As of [Tuesday] night, yes [we are seeking a trade],” Dudley said. “Are we looking to do something? Absolutely. We don’t want to let this go. Obviously we haven’t given up on the season. It would be ludicrous. We haven’t given up on improving either. If it doesn’t come from within, it will come from outside.”

The Thrashers hold a tenuous one-point lead on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference even after the loss to the Islanders, who are 14th in the conference. The Thrashers have won just seven times in their past 22 games, erasing a once comfortable playoff margin.

Dudley said that ultimately, he would like to add two forwards and a defenseman.

“Those could happen now. They could happen later,” Dudley said. “Obviously we feel a sense of urgency because we think we are a better team than we displayed [Tuesday] night. We think we are capable of making the playoffs but it may take a move here or there.”

Dudley said he is concerned with individual commitment to winning and the loss of tempo that the team displayed during a 10-2 streak earlier this season, a span that included wins over Washington, Detroit, Colorado and Boston.

“The people that are here can in some way, shape or form make the decision for us,” Dudley said. “If they play like they did [Tuesday] night, it’s an easy decision. If they play at the level we were at once when we had a tempo that was second to none in the league, they make that decision for you because then, they are good enough. We have to make decisions on what we see. What we’ve seen so far is that we are not there yet.”

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