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Shakeup in Atlanta Written by GM Heald - January 14th, 2011



To PHO: Daniel Girardi + Travis Zajac + Tomas Vanek

To ATL: Olli Jokinen + Nathan Hortoon + Jeff Schultz


Every year since Simon Heald took over in Atlanta he has made at least 1 major trade mid-season he thought he would never have to make. Only 32 games into his 2nd full season as GM he has again traded some valuable pieces of the future for some assistance today.

Travis Zajac and Daniel Girardi were 2 young and talented players acquired by Heald presumably to guide the Thrashers onward and upward for years to come. However, these 2 potential game breakers were traded away, with another potential filled player in Tomas Vanek, to Phoenix for 3 guys who’ve been moved around a lot themselves lately.  The reason behind the trade was painfully obvious – this Thrashers team was severely lacking in the consistency department and the influx of new talent was needed tout de suite if this team had any hopes of turning things around. With an all-star goalie, the best top 6 forwards in years, a decent defense corps and a lot of optimism, this Thrashers team was looking for some success in S7. But, as has been the case in the past, this team has been a major disappointment.

Coming in to show what they can do are Olli Jokinen, a CMHL star with a solid reputation for putting up points, Nathan Horton, a young forward with oodles of upside just looking for a chance to be a star and solid rearguard Jeff Scultz, an almost polar opposite to the slick skating offensive dman Girardi who he was traded for.

Horton will get his chance to play alongside the Sedins and if he can find his scoring touch he could be in for a breakout 2nd half. His career numbers wont WOW anyone but his potential, the word so often used on young snipers, is real. He just needs to find the confidence at the CMHL level and there should be no better opportunity to find it than with Daniel and Henrik.

Jokinen is on pace for one of his worst offensive CMHL years and with his recent struggles in the NHL he is a bit of a gamble for Heald. However, he has shown in the past he has the tools to put up excellent numbers and playing on the 2nd line in Atlanta he might just be able to light the fire under Mason Raymond and Jonathan Cheechoo and do some damage. I guess we will see which Jokinen shows up in Atlanta.




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I had to look at this several times before I realised there was a write-up.

So who got her in the deal, Atlanta or Phoenix?

Seriously though, nice write up Simon.

Written By: Dave (2011-01-14 08:54:52)

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