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01-14-2007, 08:30 PM
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Will Atlanta re-sign Slava Kozlov?

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I speculate that they will. Maybe $3.5mil per for 2 years?

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I speculate that they will. Maybe $3.5mil per for 2 years?
So you see him taking less to play for Atlanta than he would likely get on the open market? Why is that?

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I am not good at guestimating salaries, but I would think DW/BH would like to keep Slava around for a number of reasons...his playoff experience (hopefully gaining more of that this season ), his leadership in the locker room (from what I hear, he helps kovy alot, for example, and counseled Dany Heatley after the accident), in addition to his work on the ice, obviously.

I certainly HOPE we keep him around!!

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01-15-2007, 10:16 AM
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So why didn't the Thrashers sign Perreault?
14-11-25, +5 in 32 games, he would have helped us...unnggh...

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01-15-2007, 12:07 PM
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deVries (2.28m) and Mellanby's (1m) money will pay for Kozlov's raise. He deserves a three year contract for at least $4m...he can't be signed for more than three years thanks to the ownership issues.

Also...keeping Kozlov for three years makes it possible to trade Kovalchuk IF (a huge if, btw) the team wants to be more defensive minded (that might be the way to go with Kari in the fold: he could be Brodeur light). Three years from now, we'll need Kari more than Kovalchuk.

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Also...keeping Kozlov for three years makes it possible to trade Kovalchuk IF (a huge if, btw) the team wants to be more defensive minded (that might be the way to go with Kari in the fold: he could be Brodeur light). Three years from now, we'll need Kari more than Kovalchuk.

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So you see him taking less to play for Atlanta than he would likely get on the open market? Why is that?
A hunch?

I'm hoping his contract negotiations won't be all that different from last time 'round (when he finished in the top-30 in the points race). In the 'old' NHL he signed a 3 year deal (averaging ~$3.1m) with a further team option year of $2.65m.

There are plenty of similarly talented players out there who were recently signed in the $3.5m range too. He could easily get more, definitely, but I dunno - I guess I'm just optimistic.

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So why didn't the Thrashers sign Perreault?
14-11-25, +5 in 32 games, he would have helped us...unnggh...
Hindsight's 20/20... Who would have thought at the time he was signed by the 'Yotes he would have made such an impact.

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If they dont, ill seriously have to consider why I cheer for this team if they are dedicated to losing. Losing to Kozlov would be a massive loss to the team, both on and off the ice, and would really show that the Thrashers arent commited to winning anytime soon. Kozlov is basically the leader of this team, and I assume would be a shoe-in for captain next season. I can't really see a scenario where the Thrashers dont resign Kozzy, theres no reason not to. If cap space becomes an issue, place Rucchin on waivers, or trade him for anything. A sixth round draft pick seems like fair compensation.

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He is the number 1 player in the NHL in shootouts. That translates into a lot of standings points. He won't be cheap. I want him resigned. But for the life of me, I have no idea why they gave that piece of crap Rucchin a two year contract. They're paying Rucchin and Holik combined over 6.5m next year.

OUCH!

(I like Holik, and I think he'll be huge in the playoffs, but he's not worth what he's paid.)

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Aww...but Rucchin's always near the puck. Kinda like Slater is always on the ice..even when he's skating with his hiney.

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Aww...but Rucchin's always near the puck. Kinda like Slater is always on the ice..even when he's skating with his hiney.
Hahaha. Nice one, Toxo. Congrats, btw.

I keep hearing that DW is a "chemistry" man. If there's one thing Slava's got in ATL it's chemistry. With the whole team.

He's an invaluable mentor to Ilya in teaching him to be multi-facited and to use his brain, he and Hoss are electric together, he's the Slavinator in the shootout...I could go on and on.

Today at practice was fascinating because he spent a good 10 minutes with Captain Mellanby demonstrating some moves. He has to stay.


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If they dont, ill seriously have to consider why I cheer for this team if they are dedicated to losing. Losing to Kozlov would be a massive loss to the team, both on and off the ice, and would really show that the Thrashers arent commited to winning anytime soon. Kozlov is basically the leader of this team, and I assume would be a shoe-in for captain next season. I can't really see a scenario where the Thrashers dont resign Kozzy, theres no reason not to.
I could not agree more. If management lets Kozlov go ... ugh, I don't even want to contemplate it.

I hope they can re-sign him long-term, so he can retire a Thrasher. Wouldn't it be great to see his No. 13 in the rafters at Phillips someday? I think so.

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Hindsight's 20/20... Who would have thought at the time he was signed by the 'Yotes he would have made such an impact.
I know...and I remember the talk "We don't need another 35 yr old small, slow center...". Some others advised us to sign him, I guess they were right.

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Of course, if they don't I'll, I'll protest...

Man it just can't happen... not resigning him I mean...

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I am not good at guestimating salaries, but I would think DW/BH would like to keep Slava around for a number of reasons...his playoff experience (hopefully gaining more of that this season ), his leadership in the locker room (from what I hear, he helps kovy alot, for example, and counseled Dany Heatley after the accident), in addition to his work on the ice, obviously.

I certainly HOPE we keep him around!!
If i may, I'll add: not just some playoff experience, but also 2 rings that come with that experience and he was money in playoofs!

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Kozlov still holds the Red Wings franchise record in GWG in the playoffs, one ahead of Gordie Howe. Think Kozzie's $$$ in the shootouts? Just wait until the playoffs!

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Kozzie, are you serious? What are the exact numbers, do you know? I would have thought Fedorov would be up there.

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Kozzie has 12 GWG in PO
Howe and Fedorov have 11

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