UFA Options: Atlanta Thrashers

Reasoner

UFA Options is a continuing series that gives a brief run-down of the unrestricted free agent market this summer, team-by-team. Our next team for consideration is the Atlanta Thrashers.

Ignoring a trio of minor-league journeymen, the Atlanta Thrashers have two unrestricted free agents that should be of interest to NHL teams: Marty Reasoner and Eric Perrin.

Notes

  • Age is calculated based on how old the player will be during the 2009-10 season.
  • QualComp/QualTeam are the Quality of Competition/Teammates rankings from Behind the Net; the number appearing is each player’s ranking by position (forward/defense) on his own team.
  • Def/Off Faceoffs is a comparison of the total number of shifts starting in the defensive and offensive zones, courtesy of Vic Ferrari’s Time On Ice. A positive number indicates starting more in the defensive zone, a negative number the opposite.
  • All advanced statistics are courtesy of Behind the Net.

Marty Reasoner

Vital Stats: 33 years old, 6’1”, 205lbs
2008-09 Cap Hit: 1,000,000 US$
2008-09 Basic Stats: 79GP – 14G – 16A – 30PTS, +11
2008-09 Contextual: 5th QualComp, 7th QualTeam, +94 Def/Off Faceoffs
2008-09 Advanced Stats: -5.9 Corsi/60, 1.52 EVPTS/60, 2.17 GFON/60, 1.84 GAON/60

Marty Reasoner’s season has been something of an eye-opener. In 2007-08 he was one of a trio of forwards (Jarret Stoll and Raffi Torres being the others) who were tossed out against first-rate opposition with very little support, and were consistently sent out for defensive zone faceoffs while very rarely seeing time in the offensive zone. Oilers fans were often overly critical of Reasoner, percieving him as a coach’s favourite; often failing to recognize that MacTavish was playing him a lot but in the worst possible situations. When the defensive forward was not re-signed this summer, many were pleased.

Reasoner went on to have an incredible season in Atlanta, and was one of only three regulars to finish above the even mark in plus/minus. He is an elite penalty-killer with a solid reputation as a character guy, and he’s also one of the better faceoff men in the league (52.8% this past season). Edmonton missed him this past season and there are any number of teams who could use him as a depth player and to shore up their penalty-kill.  Don Waddell stated that he did not trade Reasoner at the deadline because he hoped to re-sign him in the summer.

Eric Perrin

Vital Stats: 34 years old, 5’9”, 180lbs
2008-09 Cap Hit: 750,000 US$
2008-09 Basic Stats: 78GP – 7G – 16A – 23PTS, -2
2008-09 Contextual: 9th QualComp, 5th QualTeam, +50 Def/Off Faceoffs
2008-09 Advanced Stats: -6.5 Corsi/60, 1.23 EVPTS/60, 2.08 GFON/60, 2.69 GAON/60

Eric Perrin’s scoring disappeared this past season; in the two seasons previous he’d managed 12 and 13 goals and 45 and 36 points. His shooting percentage, which usually hovered just below the 10% mark, dropped to 6.4%, but he also took fewer shots (from 151 and 121 down to 109 this past season). He doesn’t play particularly difficult minutes and he doesn’t add size, so he may be hard-pressed to find another NHL job this season. Some team may roll the dice on him given his undoubtedly low contract demands, but it probably won’t be a particularly good team.

  • I know alot of us really harped on Reddox, but at least he brought it every night. Which is more than we can say about Brodziak, Penner, Pisani, and hell even sometimes more than Hemmer and Cogs. The day I finally see an Oiler win a battle in the corner I'll probably shit myself! We need to get meaner and stronger and I think Tambo's going to finally bring it via trades and UFA's.

    Who's the toughest scorer available in the draft?

  • i can not help but wonder, if MacT had Marty Reasoner this season would we have made the playoffs?

    I say YES! Oiler fans love to beat up on guys like this but if he was on the team to take face-offs, kill penlties, and check the other teams best line I say no questions we are in.

    Yet all I read and hear is that we need a scorer??

    The Oilers problems where in the face-off circle and the PK.

    YOU FANS ARE WHAT COST THE OILERS THE PLAY_OFFS AND MACT HIS JOB!!!!!

    YOU WOULD NOT KNOW A GOOD PLAYER IF HE BIT YOU ON THE NOSE

  • MB wrote:

    YOU FANS ARE WHAT COST THE OILERS THE PLAY_OFFS AND MACT HIS JOB!!!!!

    I'm pretty sure MacT lost his job because he missed the playoffs 3 years in a row and averaged only 38 wins a season over 8 years. That and the fact that he couldnt get his players to put in the effort to win every night.

    MB wrote:

    YOU WOULD NOT KNOW A GOOD PLAYER IF HE BIT YOU ON THE NOSE

    Are you talking about Marty Reasoner? The fans didnt see him off. Turn your rage towards Lowe, who let him walk away.