|Atlanta thought they got Zhitnik, instead they got Shitnik|
The Thrashers traded former 2003 first round pick Braydon Coburn (No. 8 overall) to the Philadelphia Flyers for veteran defenceman Alexei Zhitnik.
At first the deal looked pretty good for the Thrashers with Zhitnik putting up 14 points in 18 games to end the season, and helped Atlanta win the Southeast division.
Unfortunately, the sixth seed New York Rangers handled the Thrashers easily, sweeping them in four quick games. Zhitnik didn't record a point. The Thrashers had traded away their future and reaped little in the way of playoff success.
Zhitnik played one more season for Atlanta producing eight points in 65 games before buying him out of the final year off his contract. After the Thrashers released Zhitnik he went back home and was captain of the Moscow Dynamo in the KHL before the team folded after the 2009-2010 season. At the age of 38 Zhitnik is currently a free agent, or unofficially retired.
Braydon Coburn is still only 26 years old and is on a first place Flyers team. The 6"5 hoss has been a rock in his own zone and has shown he can put up points as well. His best year so far was in the 2007-08 season when he scored 9 goals and had 36 points. His offensive stats have dropped off with Chris Pronger logging all those power-play minutes, but he is still a force on the Flyers blueline.
It was a great deal for the Flyers, and another Shitnik move by the Thrashers.