Never seen the Ducks in person, so tonight should be interesting, if only for that reason. I've long dreamed of seeing future Hall of Famers Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne in the flesh; looks like I'll finally see Niedermayer tonight, but Selanne is still out with some kind of horrific fencing injury. Sigh.
Hedberg is said to be in goal.
Meanwhile, I'm still trying to decipher this article by THN's Ken Campbell. He's not wrong about the Thrashers being badly run (because they are badly run; in fact, let's say that again: THE THRASHERS ARE BADLY RUN), but the article is full of weird statements about the Kovalchuk situation proving that the post-lockout cap era doesn't work and that it should just go die in a fire. He also says something about the Thrashers never finding a center better than Todd White to play with Kovalchuk (he's clearly never heard of the Savard years), and he seems to think that Dany Heatley and Marian Hossa left the team in exactly the same way. Certainly a contender for "Most Bizarre Hockey Article of the Year." Or just the quickest-written.
UPDATE: Good piece by Wyshynski on this whole gigantic horrorfest. I pretty much agree with every word. At the end of the day, losing Kovalchuk would be a disaster, and it looks increasingly like we'd get very little back for him. Might as well just give the man what he wants, even if it is a colossal overpay. I'm not optimistic that the Thrashers could recover with young "pieces" if they traded him. Whatever does happen, it's past time Don Waddell moved out of the GM office to some respectable upstairs semi-retirement job. The fact that it's taken this long is an actual disgrace.