Star winger Marian Hossa wouldn't even negotiate a contract extension with the Atlanta Thrashers during the 2007-08 season, so he was traded to Pittsburgh. Jay Bouwmeester took the same path out of Florida this season, ending up in Calgary last week. Unless something changes in Atlanta, the Thrashers risk losing Ilya Kovalchuk before or after next season, too.
Helpful to research crap before you write it. Hossa and Waddell were in some sort of negotiations for a good bit of the season before Hoss decided to leave so he could join a ready made winner, lose, join another ready made winner, lose, and then leave to torture Chicago.
Kovalchuk basically had to tell Waddell "I want Antropov" and he gets Antropov. He probably had some sort of say in the Kubina signing. Talks start with his agent halfway through July... things are seriously looking up for the Thrashers and there's a good chance Kovy re-ups here.
What is exactly with this guy and his need to rip on the Thrashers? Same amount of time in the league - 10 years. Same amount of superstar talent coming and going. Same number of actual superstars - 1. Same number of phenom goalies - 1 (I give Kari benefit of the doubt). Same number of playoff wins - 0. Is he trying to make the BJ's into something they're not? "Yeah, we're not amazing, but at least we're not Atlanta - har har har!"
Nice inadequacy complex. Hm. At least we've managed to have a Divisional Championship banner hung. The highest you guys have ever finished - 3rd place, is it? We might not be the best team ever, but we really don't deserve the pot-shots taken at us by a columnist whose team name is an abbreviation for oral sex.