So who received the sweeter part of the trade that brought Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart to Atlanta, sending Rich Peverley to Boston? Well we’ll get to see these guys one-on-one this afternoon at 1PM on Fox Sports South. The two teams haven’t played eachother since the trade, so what better time than now? The Thrashers hold the series lead at 2-1 so far this season and have no plans on ending in a draw.
While the Thrashers lead this series 2-1, the only time they were visitors, in Boston, they were manhandled 4-1. Times have changed, players have changed, and standings have changed. The Bruins currently sit in 3rd in the Eastern conference, securing a playoff position. On the other hand, our Thrashers are hanging on by a thread, just waiting to be eliminated. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again. There’s nothing to lose at this point. Just play your heart out and show everyone that we have the pieces now that it takes to have a playoff contender. We just have to put those pieces together.
There’s something more to prove in this game, however. Which team got the better player(s). Well, according to the stats since the trade, that would be you’re Atlanta Thrashers. Blake Wheeler is really making making himself adapt to this team. His size and strength are amazing and he’s proven that he is a top-3 forward for the team. In 18 games, “Wheels” has had five goals, eight assists, and a +1 rating. He is, so far, doing a phenomenal job and I, for one, can’t wait to see what he brings to the future of the franchise.
Mr. Peverley….He sure was a crowd favorite while he was in Atlanta, but sometimes, you have to give some good to get something better. It seems like the Thrashers did just that. Since his time in Boston, Rich has had two goals, two assists, and a -3 rating. His most popular goal thus far, came in Columbus(which can be seen below). I think all of Blueland has had time to get over the fact that “Pevs” is gone and have realized that, though he was a well-liked player, he didn’t really fit in with this team and needed new opportunities. We still wish you the best of luck Rich!
Then there were the two defensemen that were part of this deal. Mark Stuart and Boris Valabik. Though Stuart has only tallied one goal, zero assists, and a -1 rating, he’s made a huge impact. His big body and force on the defensive side has been noticed. He’s not afraid to drop the gloves, and certainly is not afraid to drop anyone on the open ice. He has recently signed a multi-year agreement with the Thrashers and has the opportunity now to be a solid first or second line defenseman. Then there’s Valabik. Well, that’s about all I have to say about him. I don’t know where he is or what he’s up to, but one thing’s for sure. He’s not in the NHL.
Again, I, amongst others, think Atlanta has gotten the better part of this deal. Though, Boston wasn’t necessarily trying to gain anything in the trade, it’s still nice to show what talent they had to get rid of. We’ll see if these guys can bring it tomorrow and tally another “W” in the column before they head to Nasvhille on Tuesday.
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