We hope you'll smile again in the ATL, Slava.
I never imagined the Atlanta Thrashers wouldn’t be able to offload Slava Kozlov. I am amazed to be sitting here writing that he’s still a Thrasher after all that. Will he play? Will he be waived? That’s what I imagine is going to happen: It’s waiver watch from now on. They can still waive after the deadline, no? (Apologies, I am no expert in this area.)
I am hopeful, ever so hopeful that Slava can get back in the good graces of John Anderson (loathsome man!) and be back on the ice playing like we know he can. I’d hate to see him buried in the AHL.
And could they lose him on re-entry after the trade deadline? (Or in essence — in a roundabout way — grant his request out of Atlanta by waiving him and, if nobody claims him, subject him to re-entry waivers and pay half the freight of his salary.) I don’t know the rules on this, unfortunately. Feel free to comment and set me straight.
The unselfish part of me is sad for Kozlov. I know he wanted out and hoped to be traded. And a teeny-tiny part of me wishes he’d gotten his wish.
The selfish part of me really wants him to get that one chance and totally play himself back onto the team and prove J.A. wrong because you know what? J.A. is wrong unless Slava has suddenly become a head case or belligerent. (Maybe he has? Kozlov’s Fall Out With the Thrash. In which case, maybe they are both wrong?)
Anything to do with Kozlov is written from my heart, not my head. I love him as a player. I’ve loved him since NHL hockey appeared on my radar screen back when he was first starting out with the Red Wings; and I will love him no matter where he goes. Maybe it’s a Goddess kind of thing to say, but I just want this particular person to be happy. I think he’s, as the colloquial saying goes, “good people.” But you know, I know a man who once told me he cried his eyes out when Wendel Clark was traded from the Maple Leafs, so it’s a God AND Goddess way to feel. That is, everyone — man, woman or child — has one or two special players that they live and die with. Slava is mine.
¡Bienvenidos (otra vez)! del Thrashers, Slava? ¡Te amo, mi amor (del hockey)!
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