Then on Wednesday, the Thrashers made a huge pre-draft splash, acquiring forward Dustin Byfuglien and three other players from Chicago as the Blackhawks tried to pick up some much-needed cap room.
The team also appears close to finally filling its coaching vacancy. Reports have the Thrashers on the verge of hiring Boston assistant Craig Ramsay to take over the team.
The Thrashers are also expected to hire Chicago assistant John Torchetti as the associate coach.
Ramsay, 59, is 16-27-6 in two separate stints as an interim coach in Buffalo and Philadelphia. Those 49 games represent his only NHL head coaching experience. Torchetti, 45, was an interim coach in Florida and Los Angeles for a total of 39 games. He was thought to be a candidate for the head job in Atlanta, but the team has decided to bring in Ramsay's vast experience as a coach.
It's probably not a bad idea.
Ramsay and Torchetti both have experience as NHL coaches, even if neither has been a full-time head coach. That NHL experience is something Anderson -- hired from the minors -- couldn't offer the team, and it's something Dudley seems to have set out for in his search.