40-Year-Old Defenseman – Free Agent
Joel Kwiatkowski Contract Information:
Signed to a one-year, $600,000 deal in July of 2004. Unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2007. Agreed to a contract with the Thrashers in August of 2007. Re-signed with the Thrashers in July 2009, but had already committed to another season in the KHL.
Kwiatkowski will not be rejoining the Thrashers this season despite signing a contract with the team last Monday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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Kwiatkowski is the Thrasher's insurance in case youngsters Mark Popovic and/or Tobias Enstrom aren't ready for the show this season. It's a definite -- probably the most likely -- possibility that Kwiatkowski will make the team but he won't provide any fantasy value. Expect around 10 points as the Thrashers 6th or 7th defender.
Only an offensive threat in the AHL, don't expect any fantasy value from the Panthers' depth defenseman.
Kwiatkowski quietly had a very productive 2004-05 season, splitting time between two AHL teams. The word on Kwiatkowski was that he needed to work on his offensive production to stick on the NHL level. He responded by putting up 20 goals in the minors while maintaining a positive plus/minus rating (on two not-so-great teams, to boot). Jacques Martin has some experience with Kwiatkowski when the pair were in Ottawa, so the coach knows Kwiatkowski is an ideal seventh defenseman.