Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Kari Lehtonen Gets Traded: Don Waddell is Proud of Himself
In the words of Walter Sobchak: "Alriggghhhtt! Way to go, Donny!"
But seriously, just when I was ready to pass Waddell off as the dullest marble in an unimpressive bag (let's be honest, there are a lot of dolts running teams nowadays) he "totally redeemed [him]self." I'm exaggerating, really, but there's enough for the Thrashers to like here.
- Ivan Vishnevskiy
- 4th round pick
- Kari Lehtonen
There will be some that say the Thrashers gave up on a franchise goalie, but the risks for Lehtonen are there, too. He hasn't played a full season in a few years, he's been good but not great when he did play, and frankly the Thrashers have bigger fish to fry. They need to overhaul this team and distance themselves from the all-offense, no-defense past. The return is solid: as according to Puck Daddy, Vishnevskiy was the top Stars defensive prospect, and has had a decent year so far in the AHL (51 games, 24 points, +4 at age 21). He's a little smallish, but plays a pretty good physical game without taking too many penalties. In general, a former 1st rounder and a great building-block for this team. The draft pick is generally a lottery ticket deal by the fourth round (boom-or-bust); in a sense, Lehtonen is a bit of a lottery ticket himself. Not saying they're equal, but it helps cushion the blow.
So here's to what appears to be a rebuilding effort by the Thrashers. By the by, I've got this damn song in my head, so I'm throwing it down here to disperse my misery. Enjoy calm Germans:
P.S. I'm proud to say I understand what they're saying; I took 3 years of German. We are the robots, indeed.