Have the Atlanta Thrashers Established a Core with Offseason Moves?

November 13th, 2010 by Randy Holt Leave a reply »
The Atlanta Thrashers have clearly made an attempt to move forward and become more competitive, which is no easy task in a division with Washington and a rising Tampa Bay team.  It's hard to imagine the fact that this was once a team with both Marian Hossa and Ilya Kovalchuk.  Less than a year after trading the latter, the Thrashers finally appear to be moving in the right direction.

While they traded their franchise player last season, the Thrashers got a good return for him, bringing back forward Niclas Bergfors and defenseman Johnny Oduya.  Bergfors has already had an impact early, with 11 points for a team that already looks better than it has in years past.

This past summer provided an opportunity for the Thrashers to improve that they couldn't pass up.  With the Blackhawks struggling with cap issues, Atlanta jumped on the opportunity to take on some of their talent from the Cup winning team.  The first wave included playoff hero Dustin Byfuglien, goon Ben Eager, and PK specialist Brent Sopel. After further cap trouble, Atlanta was happy to take on Andrew Ladd as well.

With all of the talent they acquired, the Thrash ...

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