Something to think/blog about

Folks:

I am off on assignment for a week or so, so wanted to leave you with a new blog.

Got an e-mail from someone that wanted to discuss the possibility of Dany Heatley returning to the Thrashers since he is reportedly not happy in Ottawa, but I see you folks have already been talking about that.

So, let’s throw this out there for discussion: There may not be a rich history here, but as Thrasher fans you certainly must have a favorite moment, favorite goal, favorite hit … Let me know what it is.

When I get back from my assignment, I’ll compile a list of some of the most noted moments. Then we’ll put up a poll to come up with the most memorable moment in Thrashers history.

Thanks for your help with this. It could be fun.

137 comments Add your comment

Hockey Biltong

June 12th, 2009
6:02 pm

Damn, I’m getting all misty now… when does hockey start again?????

DB

June 12th, 2009
6:17 pm

Darren, your last name is Eliot. Heatley asked to be released at first.

sisu

June 12th, 2009
6:24 pm

Pasi’s comments on what Byron Dafoe meant to his starting job was classic. Pasi fighting and the team playing with no goalie for over two minutes because the other guy was hurt.

Snyder’s passion for the game and the tribute to him….

Kaat

June 12th, 2009
6:59 pm

The Point is up there for sure. That was an awesome game in general.

One of my favorite memories may not be Top 10 list material, but when Heatley came back to Atlanta for the first time and the fans cheered: “Hossa! Hossa!” There were boos for Heatley that day, which I don’t support but understand; but I loved that the fans cheered Hoss loudly and often during that game. And Kozlov — my favorite player — got a hat trick. It was a great atmosphere at that game.

Logan

June 12th, 2009
8:42 pm

Way to steal blog ideas from the Thrashers message board Vivlamore. They started this conversation weeks ago.

Brendan

June 12th, 2009
10:17 pm

Anyone else sense all that “nervous energy” in Hockeytown, during the 2nd intermission? It was a low murmur, grumble. It’s still 2-0, Penguins, nearly midway through the 3rd period.

The Penguins drafted 1st overall in 2003, then 2nd overall in 2004. Back to 1st overall in 2005, then 2nd overall in 2006. And when things still weren’t going right, they fired their GM. They fired some coaches during that stretch, including THIS YEAR! And they “ate” Therrien’s contract, which expires in 2011. Very telling, isn’t it?

Why does this sound familiar? Didn’t Atlanta draft 1st overall in 1999, then 2nd overall in 2000? Then 1st overall in 2001, and 2nd overall in 2002? Didn’t we fire a couple of coaches along the way, when things still weren’t going right. But the difference is … Atlanta still has the same GM.

stendec

June 12th, 2009
10:54 pm

THERE IS JUSTICE IN SPORTS! Maryann Hosebag will not have his name enscribed on Lord Stanley’s Cup. He quit on the Dead Wings the same way he quit on the Thrashers! Son of a betch scumball. How wonderful to see those rude and arrogant Dead Wing fans sit as another team skates around their ice with the holy grail of hockey. Damn loudmouth blowhards! Life is good! Good night all. God bless you every one.

LAC

June 12th, 2009
10:57 pm

Boy it must be nice to have Professional Sports owners Like Pitt & Detroit, while we have ZERO chance to WIN with Atlanta STUPID Group and pea brain LIAR the worst GM in the history of hockey DUMB don waddell !!

Just awful here, maybe best to shut it down and move, we will never win with these losers in control… Just sick !

Alan

June 12th, 2009
11:09 pm

maybe best to shut it down and move

Let’s not and pretend we did. I rather enjoy hockey here in Atlanta, and would really like to keep it here.

StateBird

June 12th, 2009
11:10 pm

For the first time in my life I agree with Stendec.

rightshot

June 12th, 2009
11:16 pm

right now, if it counts, is watching Hossa lose the cup a second time!

rightshot

June 12th, 2009
11:19 pm

But for this list, “The Point”, the first win against detriot, and a few seasons ago (04 or 05?) we were playing St Louis and down 3 or 4 to 1 when Tchuck (sic) mouthed off to the atlanta bench. We proceeded to wipe the ice with them 7 to 4. I was laughing the whole time we were kicking their a$$e$.

bigjohnthrashfan

June 12th, 2009
11:19 pm

Sorry, Hossa: NO CUPS FOR TRAITORS!!!

LET’S GO THRASHERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ted

June 12th, 2009
11:22 pm

Waddell ran out of town…….(favorite moment still to come)

LAC

June 12th, 2009
11:29 pm

alan does it again… must have watched game 7 at don waddell’s house !

Krust

June 12th, 2009
11:32 pm

Oh oh oh, well Hossa is in the same place he was a year ago. A looser. In fact he could have signed here and he still would have been a looser but, he could still shoot a round of golf in December. I heard his name about a dozen or so times tonight. Can we say tank it! Totally out of it. Hossa;s goal was to win a cup, well he picked the best team to do it with. Who’s next for Hossa? Looser. For once I agree with Standec “There is justice in sports! It showed tonight.! Big time! As Melrose has said in the past “It sometimes takes more than talent to win the cup, it takes heart” Hossa wake up!

12345

June 12th, 2009
11:38 pm

I gotta say watching the Pittsburgh owner and GM, I thought how would it be here in Atlanta to have an owner who wants to win and a GM who knows how to go out and get the right players to win with. But I have to agree with several of the above posts, as long as Don Waddell is in control we will never win, and with the asg they are a nightmere
from hell as owners, I guess if you ever wanted to see the worst of ownership and GM, you need look no futher than Atlanta Thrashers,
just wish someone would make some management changes, after all change is good !

Marian Hossa

June 12th, 2009
11:39 pm

FOR FUX SAKE!!!!!!

Alan

June 12th, 2009
11:50 pm

must have watched game 7 at don waddell’s house

If he were my neighbor, he would have been run out of the neighborhood by now.

Strike one.

Ogie Oglethorpe

June 12th, 2009
11:56 pm

I’d still take Hossa back before Heatley-because on July 1, Hossa will be free!

Folks, Don is not going anywhere so live with it!!!!!!

Brendan

June 13th, 2009
12:18 am

Look folks, I’m not gonna rub salt in a fresh wound for the Detroit fans. It’s very painful for them right now. Few things suck more than ending the year with 15 playoff wins. And they’ve got to ask themselves, “Is Hossa worth keeping?” I think he had six (6) goals in the whole playoffs. In the Finals, I don’t think he had any. And the in the biggest game of his life, he once again didn’t put his team up on his shoulders and carry them to the promised land.

Does everyone know what “shadenfreude” is? It is also known as “shameful joy.” It is said to occur when a person takes delight in the sufferings of others. I’m not so much happy Hossa lost as I am thrilled for the Penguins to have won. I think we saw a tremendous upset tonight. One for the ages. Really, truly, this reminds me of Mariano Rivera in 2001. That year, Rivera blew one save opportunity all year. Guess when it was? Answer: Game Seven of the World Series vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks. Tonight’s game made me think of the time when the New England Patriots, huge underdogs, upset the St. Louis Rams in the Superbowl, on a last second field goal by Vinatierri. When I watched that … I thought … “Holy Schnike!! They did it!! They pulled off the upset!! This NEVER happens anymore (at that time). Well, in Super Bowls, there hadn’t been an upset in quite some time. So, I am very much in awe of what the Penguins have just done. They battled history tonight. Home teams were 12-2, lifetime, in SCF Game Sevens, and the home team had won the last six (6) in-a-row, until tonight’s stunner.

I do find myself having to pinch myself. It really happened for the Penguins. I rooted for it, and screamed as the final seconds ticked off, holding my breath as Lidstrom had that final chance. But I hardly want to come here to belittle Red Wing fans. Good gracious, we all know what losing feels like in Atlanta.

TableHockey

June 13th, 2009
12:36 am

My favorite recent moment was the shoot out victory over the Pens last season when Recchi got the game winner. There was electricity in Phillips after that game!

As for the SCF – I’m glad the Pens won – considering where they were in mid-February they accomplished MUCH!

While I would have loved for Hossa to stay here – he clearly didn’t want to. For that matter he never wanted to come here so I have no hard feelings towards him. I hope his rumored contract with the Wings works out. Maybe we can grab a player or two that they have to shed to make cap space.

MB

June 13th, 2009
12:45 am

Great series, and I have to admit the household here is a lot happier what with the wife being a Pittsburgh native. The Stanley Cup and Super Bowl in the span of five months…not bad for a small market, eh? Maybe the game-used towels she received at Heinz Field and Civic Arena brought both teams good luck…goodness knows she’s done her best to wave both teams on to victory.

Quite an accomplishment for the Pens, to win a game 7 against the home team (without their captain/one of their 2 best players for half the game) and to win 4 of 5 against the Red Wings…that’s not going to happen very often for any team. Looking back at where they were midway through the season just makes it that much more impressive.

A tight (other than game 5), well-played series…great team play, strong individual performances…a pleasure to watch.

Brendan

June 13th, 2009
1:19 am

MB, you know the rule. And now, the Red Wings do, too. It’s either (1) you win or (2) you don’t. Up 2-0 in the series, the Red Wings didn’t keep winning. The result was … they lost four outta five (4/5) to drop the series. That’s a fairly substantial collapse at the most critical moment of the season. I’ll shut up, now. As I’m not wanting to rub salt in fresh wounds. So, I’ll say this. Detroit is an awesome hockey city. They are well-run, well-managed, with excellent fans. And there’s virtually no chance they won’t be back next season. Unless the cap takes a nose dive. And the NHL accountants will finagle a way to empower their larger markets. Just watch.

PensFan

June 13th, 2009
1:32 am

Another thing, as a pens fan, this is easily the most impressive of the three cups, in terms of effort. Detroit’s skill level is better than the 91 Northstars and 92 Chicago Blackhawks combined(the last two cups for Pittsburgh).

Did anyone catch Sykora saying “yaaaah fu***** ey” before getting silenced by NBC when he hoisted the cup?

MB

June 13th, 2009
1:48 am

Brendan, I’m not too worried about Detroit. Great hockey club, great organization. And, as we saw throughout the playoffs, some very good young talent in the wings (if you’ll pardon the pun). They have shown great proficiency at pulling players into their system and making it work, and it ’s my strong belief that that’s why they have more success than most with their later draft picks…they develop players to work within their system.

They remind me of the Braves of the ’90s. Players would come and go, but the team would continue to enjoy success, centered around a few main cogs, if you will, and a basic system for winning. No telling how long the Wings will continue to be among the NHL’s elite clubs, but for now I wouldn’t bet against them.

Dwayne

June 13th, 2009
6:28 am

Brilliant blog Stendec.

Brendan

June 13th, 2009
10:10 am

I totally agree, MB. Just look at Helm, Kronwall, Filppula, Cleary, and Draper. Detroit knows how to fill out a roster. They’re not just Franzen, Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Lidstrom. How much do they pay Chris Osgood to tend goal? I haven’t looked, but I’d bet he’s one of the lowest paid goalies of the upper echelon teams in the NHL. I think they’ve got a prospect named Jimmy Howard, or some similar-sounding name, ready to come up. Chelios will return for a song, if he doesn’t retire. Look at guys like Lebda, Hudler, and Ericsson. With Rafalski and Stuart. That’s a Stanley Cup winning roster, if one were ever assembled. Detroit will be back again next year. With or without Hossa.

Every year, since 1993, the Red Wings have been among the 4 teams most considered to win the Cup from training camp. That’s no accident. That’s why their moniker of “Hockeytown” fits. I am, honestly, surprised Detroit doesn’t have even more Cups than the ones they won in 1997, 1998, 2002, and 2008.

Sage of Bluesland

June 13th, 2009
12:46 pm

How about the AJC Sports headline, “Do You Believe in Debacles?”…from our debacle playoff flameout against the Rangers.

How sad.

How about Don Waddell’s neverending bluster, including “Five-Year Plan”; “Building through the draft”; playoff “guarantees”???

This organization is an abomination and joke–and those who subsidize it make me laugh!

Midfield

June 13th, 2009
5:01 pm

I have plenty of shadenfreude, but not enough, since – as someone suggested here sometime ago – both of these teams just could not lose. I’m glad, Hossa choked as expected, and I’m kind of glad that the Pens won as Crosby was rehabing on the bench all game long. Call me a dreamer, but I hope – perhaps in vain – that the league treats his contribution to winning the Cup appropriately, i.e., second tier level. It was Malkin and Co who won the day.

Brendan

June 13th, 2009
8:43 pm

Crosby wore the Captain’s “C,” but it was Malkin who LED. Definitely. He was the best selection for MVP, even if the Pens had lost.

Bob

June 13th, 2009
9:39 pm

“Crosby wore the Captain’s “C,” but it was Malkin who LED”

Did anyone else notice that when Crosby went down, the entire, to a man, Pens’ team stepped it up? It was almost a lucky stroke that he went down, every man said, I have to do it.

Sometimes leadership is more about having the respect of other guys to make them want to jump out of the foxhole and take charge, rather than leading the charge yourself

World Be Free

June 13th, 2009
10:19 pm

Bob, I also noticed that Brad Stuart became the Brad Stuart of old. He was the goat on both Pittsburgh goals.

Midfield

June 14th, 2009
12:08 am

Oh, yeah, Bob. Crosby musters a lot of respect among the players around the leage. Also, you can simply call me Your Holiness.

JLH

June 14th, 2009
12:31 am

World Be Free – Stuart was the difference. Detroit’s weak link was exploited and Pittsburgh didn’t expose theirs. That was quite an injury report on Detroit. Ruptured disc, speared testicle, torn throat cartilage, groin pulls,Geez Louise!

World Be Free

June 14th, 2009
7:41 am

I did not see the injury report-it’s probably a long list by end of playoffs!

Stuart has played real well since coming to Detroit, but Friday was flashes of old.

Alan

June 14th, 2009
10:41 am

Bob, I also noticed that Brad Stuart became the Brad Stuart of old. He was the goat on both Pittsburgh goals.

If the officials had called the icing on the first goal, that wouldn’t have happened and the game would have gone to OT. It would have been Brendan’s dream come true.

But, really, bygones. I don’t know if the officials just ignored the icing or didn’t catch it. Not catching it has happened before, after all, so I’m not saying there was malicious intent or anything. Fact of the matter is, Stuart was quite suspect out there these entire finals, and really became one of the goats.

Alan

June 14th, 2009
10:45 am

On topic:

Favorite moments include:

Kovalchuk pointing at Crosby after scoring a power play goal
Game one of the playoffs
Thrashers first ever goal scored
“The shift” at the Toronto game this past season.

Brendan

June 14th, 2009
11:32 am

I must give the Penguins credit. They did step it up, at the most critical time of the year, Game Seven, of the Finals. Not that I think any of the players needed any special motivation to play their best game. But certainly, the absence of Crosby, in that situation, forced the Penguins to focus even harder on the task at hand. I never checked Max Talbot’s contractual status. Is he under contract next season, and the coming years? He joined Fedotenko and Alex Tanguay as guys netting two goals in Game Seven of the Finals. Sometimes, Stanley Cup clinching goals come from the most unlikely of sources.

Ex-Thrasher Frank Kaberle got one for Carolina, in 2006.

Crosby, to my surprise, only had a goal and two assists in the Finals. Can that be right? But even with that diminished production, his PRESENCE demanded the attention of the Red Wings.

One thing is still bugging me about the Finals. Why are THE RULES … THE RULES for 82 regular season games and 3 rounds of playoffs, but not THE RULES in the Finals? If you’re a GM, later on this month, do you draft players to play by THE RULES of the 82 regular season games and 3 rounds of playoffs, or do you draft players to play by THE RULES OF THE FINALS? I think it’s a fair question. Maybe it’s just meee, but the Finals seems like “old” NHL, not the post lockout “new” one.

Discuss.

wasleppard

June 14th, 2009
12:42 pm

MY fav. time at the Thrashers game is when 13,000 or so fans forgot to yell “KNIGHTS” during the national anthem. OH wait that never happens!

Brendan

June 14th, 2009
1:26 pm

Yes, it does, Wasleppard. When they arrive LATE.

Thrashers27

June 14th, 2009
1:52 pm

Take it for what its worth, but Eklund is saying that Philly is wanting to package James van Riemsdyk along with a big ticket player to free up space for J-Bo, or Komisarek. That screams for Waddell’s attention…if it’s true.

World Be Free

June 14th, 2009
3:52 pm

The linsmen missed a couple icings Friday night. There’s the one Alan referred to, another in the 3rd period against Detroit. It was so obvious, even Eddie Olczyk saw it. Olczyk and McGuire are horrible.

I wonder why Philly is so willing to trade van Riemsdyk? Is he not panning out like they thought he would? I keep hearing the Flyers want to include Briere as the big ticket item.

Thrashers27

June 14th, 2009
4:21 pm

Yeah, I figured Briere was the other piece fo that. I’d be just fine if he were. Not sure who else it would be. It would be funny to get them to throw in Coburn.

Thrashers Recaps

June 14th, 2009
5:16 pm

Moment: Kovalchuk points at Crosby

Goal: The third goal in the 3-goals-in-under-a-minute against the Bruins

Hit: Exelby’s hit on Prucha in playoffs game

Fight: Kovy’s fight late in 08/09 season

Alan

June 14th, 2009
8:18 pm

another in the 3rd period against Detroit

I noticed that one, too. I didn’t mention it because it didn’t result in a goal against, but I recall hearing the NBC guys mention them both.

It’s really sad when even a couple of horrible announcers can point out missed calls. And they did during the whole series. I really hope the NHL takes a good hard look at officiating this off-season. There were a lot of games played in the playoffs that could have ended differently, had the officiating been as close as the officiating during the regular season. It could have been a Pittsburgh-Anaheim or Detroit-Boston matchup instead.

PensFan

June 15th, 2009
5:23 am

Talbot signed a contract extension this season for two more years at the bargain rate of 1.05M per season. An absolute bargain considering he is always clutch in the big games. I think Crosby, Malkin, and Staal need to buy him an expensive car because he deserves “superstar” treatment(just youtube his superstar ads).

World Be Free

June 15th, 2009
8:03 am

You are correct Alan-the NBC are horrible. Milbury should on the play by play team instead of Olcyzk. Not that I like Milbury that much, but Eddie O is useless!

I thought that’s why we have 2 refs and 2 linseman-so there will be no blown calls, ESPECIALLY ON ICING! Where’s John D’Amico when you need him!

Rayford Aaaron Lanham

June 15th, 2009
10:02 am

We need heatley back, but we also need this ownership team to “get real” about this team and bring in some quality free agents. the team payroll must be increased to be competetive in this league.

PensFan

June 15th, 2009
10:50 am

Personally, I feel Emrick is the best part of NBC and Milbury/PierreMguire are the worst part of the telecast.

Pang is much preferable to Mcguirre.