Pavelec returns

Ondrej Pavelec is back with the Thrashers, and that’s bad news, because it means the Chicago Wolves are out of the playoff hunt. The Wolves have fallen to seventh place in their division. Their season ends Saturday, just like Atlanta’s. A playoff run for the Wolves would have given some valuable experience to a few Thrashers prospects. As it is, they’re going to have long summers, just like the guys on the big team.

Pavelec replaces Dan Turple, who didn’t play a minute as Johan Hedberg’s backup. Pavelec is sure to play and give Don Waddell one last pre-summer look. There’s a decision to be made — if it hasn’t been already — about who will be the goalies on the Thrashers’ roster next season. Kari Lehtonen, Pavelec and Hedberg can’t all be on the team, and it’s difficult to justify leaving Pavelec in the AHL.

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stendec

April 5th, 2009
5:46 pm

Moose did his best Carrie Letemin impression. Bye bye winning streak! Against a group of marginally talented losers. What a painful defeat! Four of the five goals were of the marshmallow variety. An empty netter just added insult to injury! Guess I got spoiled by solid effort. This was a completely uninspired debacle by the guys with fowls on their uniforms! Dreams of winning out are now history. Guess guy with issues will be back next game. Now instead of winning out it will be losing out! Oh well. It was nice while it lasted. Reality has set back in! More is the pity.

Matt

April 5th, 2009
6:46 pm

Oh look, another post from Mr. “The Sky is Falling” Stendec.

Dude, you are sooooo boring. Do you have anything better to do than rag on the goalies? Have you even ever played the game?

You are a hoot, really.

Disappointing loss to be sure, but glad to see Armstrong get to 20 for the year.

As to goalie situation, Kari has not proven himself this year. I vote for Hedburg and Pavs, and use the extra money to get Kovy to re-sign.

sisu

April 5th, 2009
6:47 pm

A good game overall but the better team won this one. I am not surprised that with our back up goalie we did not win but it was not Moose’s fault…

Knobbler, do you really feel that Pavelec is ready for the NHL?

sisu

April 5th, 2009
6:48 pm

Oh, Mike any chance Hedberg becomes a player/goalie coach?

Brendan

April 5th, 2009
7:06 pm

Why can’t they ALLLL be on the team? There’s tons of cap room for three goalies. Moose being up in the pressbox probably works, since Kari is injury-prone. Moose will still get in his 10-12 games. And he won’t complain about it. Let Pavelec and Lehtonen split the rest.

If it’s simply IMPOSSIBLE to retain all three, Kari Lehtonen has never publicly expressed a desire to leave. In fact, he custom-made a home here in Atlanta. Ondrej Pavelec, on the other hand, let his agent give Waddell some grief in the preseason, about his role and future in Atlanta. Well, if Pavelec does, actually, want out, then that seems to be the “easy enough” decision to make. One goalie is happy to play here. The other wants out. And the “happy to be here” goalie is a former 2nd overall pick.

I said, “iffffffffffff.” I don’t really believe Pavelec is unhappy. And I further think it’s important to retain him. He’s only 21. And it wouldn’t hurt him to be in the AHL another year, if that’s the way it goes. We saw this season. He wasn’t ready. Granted, the team wasn’t playing well either. But, there it is, nonetheless. His stats are what they are.

Terptwin

April 5th, 2009
7:24 pm

The Thrashers played a good 40 minutes against the Caps. They exploited inconsistent defense and, sadly, continued poor goaltending. They also showed how playoff opponents might take turn the tables on the aggressive Caps on the penalty kill.

The Thrashers didn’t lose for lack of effort. They were overwhelmed by a motivated Caps team that still had a few things to play for: 1. to reclaim sole possession of 2nd place; and, 2. to win on fan appreciation day.

The good news for Thrashers fans is there are good pieces in place for the future. Bogosian and Oystrick are future all-star D-men. Peverley is a find. He deserves to stay as well. They simply must find a way to keep Kovalchuk. The future of the Thrashers–and hockey in Atlanta–is riding on that.

kracker

April 5th, 2009
7:30 pm

Great game!…well, thru two periods, it was. I think the radio guys had it right: The Caps were playing their final home game, their Fan Appreciaton game, and they came out very determined in the third period and hammered us 14 to seven SOG and of course 4 to 1 in goals scored. Kozzy got us back to within one with less than a minute to go but it was a bit too late to really make a push for the tying goal and the Caps finally got the EN goal with a few seconds remaining.

Round number shout-out to Army (20 goals), Whitey (50 assists) and Kovy (90 points). At least they kept Ovechkin out of the net. He did get assist #50.

I reallyed enjoyed cheering the team on at TJ’s! Big thanks to Rawhide and the staff at TJ’s for having us there. I look forward to more big screen hockey there next season.

May the summer be a short one for us all!

kracker

April 5th, 2009
7:54 pm

OH! And Bryan Little got his 20th assist, too!

The 409ers

April 5th, 2009
7:54 pm

just keep thinkin bout next years goalies. 1) kari 2) Pavs. pavalec will play 20ish games next season. moose to be player/goalie coach or who knows maybe bought out then be coach. time will tell. just our opinion. go thrash!

JAmes_kovyboy

April 5th, 2009
8:09 pm

We lost…

Finally!

Sometimes we get too hot and we might lose our good draft pick
Plus this was a great lose cause it was hard fought

GO THRASH

Oh and I wanna see Pavs play soo bad

Alan

April 5th, 2009
8:40 pm

Why can’t they ALLLL be on the team?

Roster limitation. Only two goalies per NHL roster. Hedberg can either coach or play in the AHL, under what you’re proposing.

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 5th, 2009
9:03 pm

Uh, I’m pretty sure you can have more than two goalies on the roster, you just can’t have more than two dressed. In fact, I believe Edmonton had three all year until they traded Garon (Roloson, Garon and Drouin-Deslauriers) because sending D-D down meant him going through waivers (and likely being claimed).

Alan

April 5th, 2009
9:49 pm

I’m pretty sure you can have more than two goalies on the roster, you just can’t have more than two dressed.

Strange, that. Oh well. There goes that, then.

I was really looking for an excuse to push Hedberg for goalie coach.

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ranallo10 (in AT)

April 6th, 2009
4:43 am

I can’t be the only person who not only doesn’t click the links, but gets annoyed by their daily appearance. At least contribute to the conversation if you’re just promoting a website other than the AJC…maybe feign interest.

Alan

April 6th, 2009
6:17 am

It’s weird, ranallo. I do believe that’s just a linkback. A lot of blogs will scan for them. I don’t know about this blog software in particular, though.

But you’re right, it would be nice if there was a person behind the daily appearance of that sort of thing, and that said person would contribute to the discussioni.

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 6th, 2009
6:21 am

It’s a promotion for a goalie magazine…

Dwayne H. Johnson

April 6th, 2009
9:34 am

Boris has been horrible since his return. Will Salmela be back for the last 3?

GaVaHokie

April 6th, 2009
9:57 am

Boris and Oystrick have both been questionable to me lately… that was a horrible turnover Oystrick had yesterday on the first Caps goal.

Smoothie

April 6th, 2009
9:57 am

We could have really used Anssi’s puck moving acumen and skill yesterday in the 3rd period when Washington was bringing the heat. If you split their forecheck by moving the puck through the gaps, you could create an odd-man rush opportunity through the neutral zone. For whatever reason, the team did not adjust well and refused to chip the puck out eventhough doing so led to Armstrong’s goal in the 1st period.

Alan

April 6th, 2009
10:03 am

If you click the link, ranallo, and look under “goalies in the blogs,” you’ll see this blog listed. It’s just a linkback. It’s just like what happens when the Penguins blog, Empty Netters, links back to us. That’s not an advertisement either, it’s just an indication that another blog has linked back to this one. It’s also something Knobler can disable.

What’s bad is when you get the corrupt individuals who link our names while posting a double of our posts, and linking the name to a dubious credit card site, or some weight loss site. There’s a difference between a linkback like this and those aforementioned dubious comments.

Dwayne, I thought Valabik looked ok vs. Florida, but he kept pulling himself out of the play, ala Exelby, to make big hits yesterday. The Caps used that to their advantage. Hopefully, Valabik is shown the game tape and he can see what he did wrong and what he needs to do to be better. Remember too, that Valabik has been out, so he’s obviously had zero ice time to help maintain his development.

Valabik was, however, one of the reasons we lost the game yesterday. Pay more attention to your man, and less to making unnecessary hits.

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 6th, 2009
10:54 am

I’ll take your word on it, Alan, because as I said previously I don’t click on the links. I floated over it and the status bar said something about a goaliemag, so I merely guessed. To me it’s just a way to generate hits for a website…I don’t play that game.

kracker

April 6th, 2009
11:22 am

My comment on the goalie website link above is that generally I don’t mind links and ads, etc., as long as they are not obtrusive. I very much dislike the pop up ads, ones that play sound or flash graphics in an annoying manner.

Website ads keep access to the web sites we visit mostly free. If the AJC can make money from advertisers one way or another, and do so quietly, I’m all for that. The link above doesn’t generate ad revenue, perhaps, but it may help a hockey website survive. If Mike and the AJC doen’t mind it, I’m good with it, too.

Dwayne H. Johnson

April 6th, 2009
11:31 am

I always look at games this way, if Thrash win, its all good and I dont look at the negatives as much as most. It seems Boris’s clearing attempts are alway weak, like he is scared to rip it for fear of throwing it over the glass. He takes alot of “penalties”?? Some look like 2 guys fighting for the puck, and since he is bigger, he gets the 2 minutes. I posed this qestion some time ago and did not get any responses, so I’ll try again. Who remembers how bad or good Chara was in his first couple of years in the NHL??

Barry

April 6th, 2009
12:02 pm

stendec you’re a moron. You can’t blame Moose for those goals. How about blaming guys like Oystrick and our very own captain for turning the puck over TWICE IN OUR OWN ZONE that lead to 3 of those goals. Caps turned up forechecking pressure in the 3rd period and Thrashers had no answer. They could barely get the puck out of their own zone or even must any kind of offensive drive of their own. The first two periods were great, but the third period was just painful to watch.

Sara

April 6th, 2009
12:35 pm

I can’t say that I ever really watched the Isles or Chara all that closely back in those days. But you can look at his stats for yourself and see what his numbers looked like. Not all that many points (though more than Boris), his +/- was equally bad if not worse in his early years, and he definitely racked up some PIMs – though not quite as many in years 1 or 2 and Boris, but then again those were also back in the days when clutching and grabbing were an acceptable part of the game.

Chara went several seasons before he put up consistently good numbers across the board – in fact it really wasn’t until his first season with Ottawa which was ‘01-’02 – year 5 of his career.

Dwayne H. Johnson

April 6th, 2009
1:09 pm

Thank You Sara.

Ron Mexico

April 6th, 2009
3:05 pm

Yeah, I think some of us are way too hard on Boris. Its his first full season here, give the man a chance to get fully acclamated to the league and pace of play. At least he has the one thing you cannot teach — size! We knew when he was drafted he was going to be a project. Some of the penalty calls aginst him (especially the borderline ones) are just merely because of his size. I hate to use a basketball analogy, but Shaquille O’Neal often gets the same treatment on foul calls again just because of his size which can be difficult to officiate at times. I think over time the frequency of calls will go down. Nobody knows if he’s gonna be the next Chara, but with some hard work in the offseason, especially on his lateral movement, he can be a very serviceable NHL defensemsn. He deserves a good 2-3 full seasons to prove his worth and then we can give a true assessment of whether or not he is a bust. So just take it easy on him.