An Interview with Thrashers Beat Writer Chris Vivlamore

July 21st, 2010 by Todd Cordell Leave a reply »
First off I would like to thank Chris Vivlamore of AJC for taking the time to do this interview.

Q: What is the Thrashers biggest remaining need heading into the regular season?

A: At this point, I would say they would like to have another goal-scorer, maybe in the 15-goal a season range. In Ilya Kovalchuk, Colby Armstrong; and if Maxim Afinogenov doesn’t return, they’ve lost more than 60 goals from last season. They have obviously added some pieces in Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd and Brett Eager. Getting a healthy Todd White back and a return to form of Bryan Little will help. Goal scoring was an issue at times last season, so I think if they could add another piece the Thrashers would look to the offense. I was recently told by GM Rick Dudley that there are “irons in the fire.”

Q: What is the latest on Ondrej Pavelec and what are the Thrashers plans for him this season?

A: Ondrej Pavelec will be back next season. The team made him a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent. He does not have arbitration rights. Rick Dudley said at the time of the Chris Mason signing, that both goaltenders will receive significant ...

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