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So Marian Hossa has decided to openly announce that his chances of re-signing with the Atlanta Thrashers are "slim". I'm here to tell you that I've had enough. If I'm a general manager and my player openly says something like this, c'est au revoir mon ami!

GM's and fans alike don't need this kind of attention around their team. The Thrashers are in the heat of battle for 8th place in the Eastern Conference. And now their best player tells them he is likely to move on. What kind of reaction does this attract from the locker room? He's abandoning his team and what's worse; he's comfortable in announcing it to the media. So what does Don Waddell do?

Well, you start by trading Hossa immediately. The Thrashers have to look for help elsewhere, and trading Hossa as soon as possible will only strengthen their playoff hopes. Get rid of the attention, get their motive back on track, and most importantly, get rid of the player. If Waddell waits until the Trade Deadline, other teams will know that he is even keener on moving him and the Thrashers will more than likely get fleeced.

In the Thrashers case, I am not suggesting unloading him for picks and prospects, because quite frankly, they’re not the Leafs. I am suggesting swapping him with others players that will help the club attain the playoffs. Considering Hossa’s contract, why not aim big for players like Martin St-Louis, Brad Richards, Mats Sundin and Olli Jokinen, just to name a few.

On the other hand, the Thrashers can attain a multitude of players by swapping Hossa for a package deal. This kind of thing can smooth out more holes on an inconsistent Thrashers club and place more responsibility on the young and super talented Ilya Kovalchuk.

With that said, the Thrashers -- if they believe it is best for their club -- can call the season quits, trade Hossa and attain a hefty package of draft picks and prospects. This would all but obliterate their playoff hopes but assure them an even brighter future.

However, I don't believe that would be fair to the fans that held their Thrashers allegiance with pride even after the club missed the playoffs for 10-straight years. They deserve better. The city hosts a club that can be competitive and with a little tweaking and quick decision making, they could turn this ship around.

Waddell, the ball is in your court.

A similar situation resides in Buffalo Sabres defenseman, Brian Campbell. The young and offensively gifted Campbell is uncertain of his future with the Sabres, his contract negotiations have erupted from one extreme to the next. And now reports are suggesting he is done negotiating until the end of the season.

Darcy Regier has a huge decision on his hands. If you wait until this season passes by -- which could very well foresee the Sabres out of playoff contention -- Campbell could end up walking for nothing. Like Daniel Briere and Chris Drury before him, he would be another star departed from the passionate city of Buffalo.

If I am Regier, I give Campbell one more contract offer, if he declines, then I trade him at the deadline for some much needed assets. Campbell is a vital piece to the Sabres defense, but the asking price would be quite surprising. But if the Sabres do not want to risk missing the playoffs, then swap him. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle comes to mind. Aim high, because you never know.

Sure, it's risky business considering all that has happened to the Sabres this past year. But it is a painful decision which needs to be done. It is now time to put their foot down and establish a foundation for players to come.
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February 16, 2008 12:50 PM ET | Delete
the predators have lots of first round draft picks and are overloaded with good young defensemen throughout the organazation.we really could use a marian hossa we are a little top heavy on our scoring.first line is the only line producing on a consistent basis right now and we definitely have the cap space.
February 16, 2008 1:13 PM ET | Delete
well written. i agree that players should not try to include the media in their contracts. and besides... actually atlanta is still very much in contention for the 3rd seed.
February 16, 2008 1:17 PM ET | Delete
Totally with ya, what a knucklehead thing to do coming out with that. All the talk about people trading for Hossa, I wouldn't want a guy who speaks negatively in public about his current team, which is basically what he is doing.
February 16, 2008 1:58 PM ET | Delete
um dont take hossa's words out of context he said the chances resigning in the next 10 days are slim, he has by no means ruled out resigning in the offseason and he has not abondend the organization as you claim
February 16, 2008 3:26 PM ET | Delete
i think Atlanta Should Trade Hossa 4 a good offensive dman picks
February 16, 2008 4:07 PM ET | Delete
And what kind of message is that manbearpig (lol awesome name) ? He knows that Atlanta can pick-up a lot for him if they would trade him yet he's saying his chances are ''slim'' before the deadline. He could make Atlanta miss out on a grand opportunity and he's supposed to be one of the leaders. Make a decision, if not, trade him.
February 16, 2008 4:56 PM ET | Delete
Dude, if I was Waddell, I'd have traded him already. Sure he's a great player, but you could possibly fill a couple holes if you trade him to the right team.
February 16, 2008 9:33 PM ET | Delete
Good read, Ron. I must agree with you.But Jsaquella raises a good point as well. Trading him to the right team doesn't make you a worse team immediately and will allow you to still contend for the division lead.
February 16, 2008 10:14 PM ET | Delete
well the message is nothing new really, even before the comment everybody knew he wasn't going to sign before the deadline, but it still leaves the possibility open of him getting traded and then coming back as an free agent in the summer. Say for instance he goes to Ottawa or Detroit and wins a cup there, then DW can say in offseason discussions "I traded you to a contender, I scratched your back now you scratch mine and come back to Atlanta since you have your cup and we have a better team because of the players we got in exchange for you" obviously it's a risky scenario but I just don't think the situation is as bad as you may make it seem. Personaly i think we should hang on to him, and acquire some real nhl defensemen at the deadline. with some actual D and kari playing the way he is its not so unreasonable to think Atl couldn't make it a few rounds deep. And that would make resigning Marian alot easier. But yea i see what your saying and any way you look at it this is a huge decision no matter what DW does.
February 17, 2008 11:57 AM ET | Delete
i still would love to have hossa. how this for your first line arnott dumont hossa.second line erat legwand and radulov.i would take that in a minute.
February 17, 2008 11:38 PM ET | Delete
great post RG... I'm glad the Leafs players are classy enough not to do this, although I'd imagine lots want out1 thing though... Hossa is definitely not their best player...
February 18, 2008 11:17 AM ET | Delete
LOL Manbearpig! Gotta stop em'. BrilliantNice blog Ron
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