Monday, December 8, 2008

Your Thrashers-Related Required Reading

Some dandies today, all about the possibility of trading Ilya Kovalchuk.

First, the Falconer:

The future is hard to tell but moving Kovalchuk and Lehtonen for more young talent would broaden the base of inexpensive young talent (see Chicago Blackhawks) to which you could add a couple of pricey free agents and suddenly you could have a very impressive squad playing in Philips Arena.

I certainly see where he's coming from, but like I've said before, I have zero confidence that DW could pull off a halfway-reasonable Kovalchuk trade. And I wonder why "pricey free agents" would in their wildest dreams want to come to Atlanta after the sadistic media spectacle that would follow a Kovalchuk trade.

Anyway, read the post and the incisive comments. Interesting stuff.

Elsewhere, Rawhide writes: the Thrashers’ are facing the possibility of another “have to” situation. Two years ago they traded away a promising defender because they “had to” make the playoffs. Last year they “had to” trade away one of the most high-profile scorers the team has ever had because he refused to re-sign. Now it’s the possibility of “having to” trading away Ilya Kovalchuk for the exact same reason Waddell “had to” trade away Hossa. That we are even approaching this point yet again and “have to” even give such a notion serious discussion is…to say the least…un-good.

So I ask you…exactly what is it in the history of Don Waddell’s dealings that makes anyone believe that he is capable of bringing in the highest yield in exchange for Ilya Kovalchuk?


I've recently scribbled (typed) some thoughts about a Kovalchuk trade here and here, but just to make things extra-clear: I happen to think that the Czar is irreplaceable, and that trading him would be the final disaster that demolishes the Thrashers forever. It's not that I don't think there is such a thing as roughly equal return value for Kovalchuk (all the under-25 players on the San Jose Sharks), it's just that I honestly don't think Waddell could get roughly equal return value.

If Kovalchuk was traded for draft picks and/or young prospects that won't make an impact for a few years, the Thrashers' already-depleting fan base would disappear completely. If the Thrash traded him for players who more or less immediately spurred the team into a playoff position, things would be different, of course.

Why do I feel like Don Waddell would either get draft picks or about seven ineffectual players?


Anonymous said...

I think it is seriously time for those that belive in blueland to consider assassinating Don Waddel (and to show whata good candidate for this I am I think I just misspelled assassinate), but seriously dose this guy have some pictures from the annual spirit group midget orgy free for all or what. ! want that kind of job security.

Anonymous said...

For every good thing that Waddell has done(Hainsey signing, Kovy and Little draft picks, Heatley trade[very difficult situation]), he has erased all of it by the constant blunders that have continued to set the franchise back(Stefan pick, Coburn/Zhitnik trade, Hossa trade, letting Savard go). He has to go, and quite frankly, probably most of the scouts should go as well. They're the ones who are informing Waddell on who they should target to go after. Every position above Anderson should be evaluated and action should be taken.

Mortimer Peacock said...


Couldn't agree more.

Mr. Jointhead-

Now, now, violence won't be necessary. All we need to do is find some to cut off the ASG's supply of sex midgets.

Anonymous said...

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also anyone know where i can get my hands on some ewok costums?

Big Shooter said...

Runts candy!