Thursday, September 07, 2006

ATLANTA SIGNS #1 GOALIE / MARTIN ISSUES STATEMENT

The Thrashers have signed Kari Lehtonen to a 2-year $3.7 million deal today.

"It was critical for us to get this done for two reasons," Thrashers GM Don Waddell told The Canadian Press on Thursday. "Kari missed a lot of time with injuries last year so for him to miss any time in camp (which opens next week) would have been disastrous on both ends. Secondly, we have everybody signed now, which is huge. Last year we didn't have (Ilya) Kovalchuk signed and that was obviously a distraction."

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Panthers Coach and new GM Jacques Martin has issued a statement about Mike Keenan's departure today, defending their friendship and deflecting any blame.

"No, I don't think there was a breakdown with my relationship with Mike," Martin told The Canadian Press in an interview Thursday. "I think I've always had a good relationship with Mike. I think we worked well together. I think the organization, the ownership, for whatever reason, listened to Mike when he came to them."

"All I know is that ownership came to me, Mr. Cohen, and offered me the dual role. At that point I wasn't planning on that but when I sat back and looked at it, I said sure, it's a challenge. But I feel good about this challenge."

So why was Keenan forced to resign as GM last weekend?

"I can't answer that," said Martin. "I don't have that answer."

Then what the hell really happened? The answer is being narrowed down to Keenan and Panthers ownership. Keenan still isn't returning anyone's phone calls.

9 Comments:

At September 7, 2006 at 9:22 p.m. , Blogger reality check said...

Marc Denis was the Blue Jackets goalie and was traded to the Lightening for Fredrik Modin and Mika Noronen.

 
At September 8, 2006 at 12:01 a.m. , Blogger zanstorm said...

Oh shit....that's what I get for rattling that out without thinking.

 
At September 8, 2006 at 12:07 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I corrected it...so everybody please, don't think RC is talking hockey to himself!

 
At September 8, 2006 at 12:10 a.m. , Blogger reality check said...

Yes, I only do that in my own sight! LOL

 
At September 8, 2006 at 12:38 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

HAHAHA, yeah right!
Thanks for saving me some humiliation!

 
At September 8, 2006 at 6:24 a.m. , Blogger reality check said...

It's alright - Milt Schmidt was #33 and #39 on my all time top 50 - beat that!

 
At September 8, 2006 at 10:56 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

33 an 39 are close together...that is a tough one to beat! LOL!

 
At September 8, 2006 at 8:36 p.m. , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

It's alright - Milt Schmidt was #33 and #39 on my all time top 50 - beat that!

Wow. He must have been quite a player.

 
At September 10, 2006 at 12:27 a.m. , Blogger Doogie said...

Did he have two "stages" to his career like Dit Clapper? That might explain it.

 

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