Peter Bojarinov Signs a Big Contract with the Atlanta Thrashers

Peter BojarinovAnalyst IOctober 6, 2009

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 21:  Nik Antropov #80 of the Atlanta Thrashers skates against the Carolina Hurricanes during a preseason game at Philips Arena on September 21, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Being a free agent is tough.

What do you do? You have no family, you look left and right, and there’s no one to back you up, no one to lean on and no one to talk to.

You work as hard as you can to sharpen your skills, figure out what your next moves are, and look for further employment.

You’re basically looking for the right fit, an organization that is going where you want to go.

After that faithful day five years ago, I've always still been huge a Leaf fan, but I've chosen not to live and die about it. I've probably become a bigger NHL fan, and still just cared and followed my Leafs slightly more.

I became more of a fan of certain players. Cheering for an awful Leaf’s team means, you have to find ways to care. I chose to care about Kaberle and Antropov.

Being part Russian and living in Canada, I've always followed Russian (and Canadian) players the most. I loved the Red Army line in Detroit in the 90's, and players from Sergei Makarov to Alexander Ovechkin. I once in awhile cheered for players I had a connection with, Pittsburgh Penguins since Mario Lemieux and I share the same birthday and yes the Detroit Red Wings having many strong Russian players. 

Then the straw broke, last season when the Leafs traded one of the few Leafs that I truly like, Nik Antropov.

In the off-season, Nikolai Antropov then signed with the Atlanta Thrashers.

I then looked at the opportunities in the organization, the direction of the team, their goals and accomplishments.

This looked and felt very much like my own.

So I've moved on, I will always still hold a place in my heart for the Leafs, but will now cheer for the Atlanta Thrashers.

I genuinely feel that the Thrashers are moving in the right direction, and the addition of former Maple Leafs in Antropov and Kubina will only help this.

They have a great core team, with Ilya Kovalchuk, the great producer and leader that he is, and have great members in the likes of Todd White, Slava Kozlov, who as well provide great leadership.

Then they have a great future in Bryan Little, Kari Lehtonen, Zach Bogosian, and the newest member Evander Kane.

I have signed a big contract with the Atlanta Thrashers, and will bring all my skills, experience and teamwork to this organization.

I myself will help in anyway I can.

Someone once said "if anybody else wants to come with me, this moment will be the ground floor of something real and fun and inspiring and true in this godforsaken business and we will do it together! Who's coming with me besides...”Flipper" here?"

Anyone else?