The Last Original Thrasher is Gone

The Atlanta Thrashers were busy around the NHL draft, moving the last remaining first-year Thrasher, Patrick Stefan and defenseman Jaroslav Modry to Dallas for Niko Kapanen. The move should improve us a bit at center while freeing up a lot of salary cap. The loss of Modry will hurt the Thrasher’s powerplay, but as that is a team strength it looks like a pretty good move. My son is pretty sad – Modry is one of his favorite players, who he got to work with on skating drills at the Thrasher’s hockey camp last summer.

The Thrashers then added a batch of forwards in the actual draft – four centers, a winger and goalie in the first 6 rounds: Bryan Little (C), Riley Holzapfel (C), Michael Forney (LW), Alex Kangas (G) , Jonas Enlund (C). Sports Illustrated gives the Thrashers a B in their draft review.

Now on to the free agent season.

1 Comment so far

  1. Alex (unregistered) on June 26th, 2006 @ 5:57 pm

    I have to disagree. This trade has not done anything to improve the Thrashers. The only improvement will be if the money saved is able to be spent on free agents. The salary cap will be raised to 44 million next year, although the Thrashers intend to keep their salary structure the same as last years @ 39 million. The Thrashers may improve their roster for next year, but at this moment in time, it’s still a big IF.

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