Center Marty Reasoner said he would like to play in Atlanta long-term. He hopes to sign a multi-year contract and put down roots in the city he and his wife, Katie, enjoy and where his daughter, Allie, was born last month. The Thrashers could have dealt him, knowing he would become an unrestricted free agent if unsigned by July 1, but general manager Don Waddell chose to keep Reasoner and said he plans to sign him.
Reasoner had this to say:
I had a feeling [a trade] wasn’t going to happen, but you never know, Reasoner said. I’m obviously happy to be here. This team is starting to build in the right direction. I can be part of that. We’d like to produce some more wins. That will come. I don’t feel it’s as far away as it seems at times.
For me to help this team come back and be a contender, be a team that’s feared, that’s a good thing to shoot for. It’s nice to be part of something from the ground up.
Well how do you like that? Reasoner is an excellent player, and if we can keep him that'd be amazing. Like Kovy, just having a child, this could make him want to sit still and remain. Sure, Reasoner is truly a third line center, but he is a true professional and work horse. Like Havelid, he doesn't make too many mistakes and you know what you are getting from him every game. I'd love for him to stay. Sounds like a top-notch guy as well.