-- An NHL general manager on and off for the last 12 years, Rick Dudley has a reputation as a tireless scout and for his willingness to make bold moves. Twice he has traded the first overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft.
"Nowadays, first-round picks don't mean what they used to … I think it's the demand is for a more and more immediate impact. Even if you sense that there's a chance in the draft that there's somebody there that could be special -- if you can get a player who's special or very, very good in the next year or two -- a lot of people are going with that. I have a tough time doing it."
-- Rick Dudley
Entering Thursday night, the Thrashers sit four points out of the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot, as they have won just six of their last 26 games. That boldness makes him an intriguing manager to follow during the week leading up to the League's Monday trade deadline. This week, he discussed his approach toward the trading deadline with NHL.com.
from Ottawa for a first-round and a conditional draft pick on Feb. 10. He said most managers will make a list of seven players at every position that they covet. Once those players start to go -- and the best ones often go first -- for prices that a manager might not have been willing to pay, the market heats up.