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Slumping Thrashers need a late-season spur

Updated: February 19, 2007, 8:57 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

NAPLES, Fla. -- These next few days, maybe even these next few hours, might define Don Waddell's career as a general manager.

Of all the GMs at this week's annual winter meetings, none faces the pressure Waddell does to fix his ailing team.

In what seems like an instant, Waddell has seen his explosive Atlanta Thrashers go from a comfortable lead atop the Southeast Division to a team hurtling toward oblivion with a playoff berth now in jeopardy.

For much of the first three months ...

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