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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Thrashers sign White

This is what Carolina gets for playing the "wait and see" game.

Todd White has signed a four year deal with the Thrashers. The first signing of the free agent period. Carolina said that it would wait to see how things panned out before they got active, and according to today's N&O, maybe as much as 10-14 days. This is unacceptable.

Todd White was the player that I really wanted us to get, and now he's in the division, just not in the right sweater.

Obviously, Carolina isn't in the Danny Briere or the Chris Drury or the Ryan Smyth or the Scott Gomez sweepstakes, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be aggressive. I'm frustrated with this.

Now Carolina will have to go hard after Dainius Zubrus or Brian Smolinski.

Something tells me we'll end up with Bates Battaglia, which wouldn't even fit our need of a third line center.



magnolia_mer said...

Why'd we get rid of Bates in the first place?

d-lee said...

Battaglia wasn't playing to his potential, there was a bit of a row with then coach Paul Maurice, and he needed to go. We traded him to the Avalanche for the much more versatile (and Czech) Radim Vrbata at the trade deadline in 02-03.

I only brought him up because he is a UFA, Toronto won't re-sign him, and he still lives down here and owns a crappy bar.
After an inglorious decline all the way to the ECHL, Bates has made a nice return to the NHL largely because he and Paul Maurice kissed and made up.
There was a little bit of Battaglia talk last summer, but thankfully not much.


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