Where has the penalty kill gone?

Remember just a short time ago when the Thrashers were top five in the NHL on both the power play and penalty kill?

Well, not anymore.

The Thrashers have slipped to 19th in the league on the penalty kill with a 79.7 success rate. They have allowed seven goals on 13 power-play chances during their current five-game losing streak (0-4-1). That might explain the recent woes. The Thrashers have allowed 22 goals over these five games. That means 32 percent of their goals allowed came on the opponent’s man advantage.

The power play is slowly working its way down the statistical leaders. The Thrashers now are tied for sixth in the NHL (with the Rangers and Blue Jackets) with a 21.6 percent success rate. They are 0-for-7 over the past three games and 2-for-15 during the five-game slide.

Special teams, which was just a strength early in the season, have become problematic.

What are your thoughts on the recent slide? With road games remaining with the Bruins, Sabres, Islanders and Penguins remaining during this tough month-long stretch, the Thrashers will be hard press to come home with a record over .500. The Thrashers are 4-8-1 so far on the stretch of games where they will play 13 of 17 on the road.

Go ahead, vent.

51 comments Add your comment

Russian

December 29th, 2009
11:09 am

First of all Anderson has to change PP unit. As I said in other Blog that First PP unit should be:
Antro-Pever-Maks Kovy-Tobi
Secon PP unit:
Little-Slater-Kane Kovy-Pasha

Second thing what Anderson must do that sit White or Slava.

5 game left on road trip and I think we will get 3 points. We will lose to Boston and Buffalo. Get one point in New York and hopfully win in Pittsburg. This is a VERY Optimistic and unrealistic way. :-(

Lee

December 29th, 2009
11:13 am

First! Ugh, it’s just our offence is just lazy and messy. It seems that we make bad passes and a good amount of turnovers. Sometimes the players get selfish and try and take a shot in the slot, that is not open at all when they can pass to the point and get a good shot or goal. I just saw it yesterday, that uh, frankly, they couldn’t get the shos in the slot at all. The blue line was open and I guess they didnt want to pass there. That’s in general, but our game las night was okay, not great, but okay. They are playing a fairly good team and they scored, but some of those goals were lucky, and just broduer let in an easy goal. I hope the new year will start with new plays, new players, and a new record. OR WHY DOESN’T THE NEW YEAR JUST START NOW???!

Lee

December 29th, 2009
11:14 am

Oh sorry, Second!!!

Lee

December 29th, 2009
11:20 am

Russian, agree with you that we’ll win to Pittsburgh. It’s funny, the first time I saw the schedule before the season started I was like Pens=Loss, but now it’s like a lot easier to beat them, I mean they lost to Toronto for pete’s sake! Um, it’s almost half way through the season if it’s not already ( I don’t keep track) but do you think the thrashers will make the playoffs??

stendec

December 29th, 2009
11:44 am

Georgia Bulldogs won. Atlanta Falcons won. Even Atlanta Hawks won. Guess who did not win? GOOD GUESS! ++STENDEC++ Not just losers but quitters which is far, far worse! Hamilton Quails has a nice ring to it. Make it a reality

[...] Chris Vivlamore pointed out that the Atlanta PK has dropped down to 19th in the NHL, and the PP has been slipping as well. While it would be nice to blame the recent five-game winless skid on special teams, the Thrashers have been outscored or even when playing at even strength in four of the five losses. The Thrashers have dropped to 13th in 5-on-5 scoring and all 12 teams ahead of them in that stat are also ahead of them in the standings. On December 10 The Falconer wrote that the Thrashers were doing well in part because they were thriving at even strength. Now they’re struggling to outscore the opposition at ES and they’re struggling to win games. That’s not a coincidence. [...]

Russian

December 29th, 2009
12:12 pm

**to Lee**
I was absolutely sure until December that Thrashers make Play Offs this year. After December our chances went down fast. I still hope they can make it.

stendec

December 29th, 2009
1:28 pm

I can do more than rant. For whatever the Hell it is worth! I have been fan of professional sports teams in Georgia all my 50 plus years. Sick to death of uncaring, overpaid, prima donna, crybaby, heartless and unloyal quitters. Parades of them have gone through Hawk, Falcon, Brave and Thrasher organizations. Loved Atlanta Knights. Respected Atlanta Chiefs. Still idolize Atlanta, yes, Atlanta, Flames. Want to save Yardbirds? These steps must be taken:

1 – Sale squad to buyer or investment group which is serious about building Stanley Cup champion. Relocation mandatory. Hamilton or some other market which will draw more than 2,500 per game. This step will not be taken. Needs to. Oh well. Onward.

2 – Fire General Manager Don Waddell immediately. This is an absolute necessity. Failure should never be rewarded! Better off without GM.

3 – Obtain the best trade possible for Ilya Kovalchuk. The team captain puts forth only limited effort when the mood strikes him. Reason his scoring is passable is due to constant feeds from teammates. Russian gets passing marks for scoring. Maryann Hossa clone complete waste in defense, leadership, hustle and ice sense.

3a – Teams with one star which can be easily defensed are easy marks. My beloved Flames won a Stanley Cup without one legitimate star outside of perhaps goaltender Mike Vernon. Would much rather have three players with 20 plus goals than one egotistical puck hoarder with 50. Think about it. Drives defenses berzerk!

4 – Secure tough minded goaltender. Guy should be hard as nails. He should take losses personally and play out of his mind. Goalie should hate damn losing as much as I do. A few broken hockey sticks or unkind words to lazy defensemen would not be out of line. No Yardbird netminder is tough mentally or physically. This is an absolute necessity.

5 – Sit players who coast. Even if it gets to point where only minimum number of players are on bench. Lackluster uneffort should never be accepted or tolerate. Under any circumstances. No player should be above benching. True athletes want to compete. Slackers do not give a damn.

6 – Allow no score system of Coach John Petrino a little more time. If players are not smart enough to perform system or refuse to do so then coach must go. No discipline on this team at all. Coach lost control long ago. Champions finds ways to JUST win. Quitters find ways to JUST lose. How many single goal losses? I rest my case!

Will Yardbirds reach playoffs? No! Will team make strong showing? Perhaps. More morale victories for apologists to savor. More heartache for true suffering fans. More money in bank for uncaring losers. Who said crime does not pay?

Rants will resume soon.

++STENDEC++

Smoothie

December 29th, 2009
1:46 pm

CV – good blog topic with salient, enlightening points.

Would u release me from blog purgatory please when time?

Lee

December 29th, 2009
2:20 pm

**To Russian** Exactly, If the thrashers make the playoffs easily I would be suprised. Most likely, if they even make the playoffs, they’ll finish around 7th or 8th place. Don’t count on them landing in the top 5.

stendec

December 29th, 2009
2:21 pm

Ilya Kovalchuk statistics are misleading. Russian is not one of premiere players in world, NHL or even metrpolitan Atlanta! His long term contract demands are totally outrageous. Especially coming from a professed team captain who skates at third speed the majority of the time. Maryann Hossa clone bestard! Pay jerk what he is worth. Around $500 per game plus all the concessions his stomach can hold. Reward Kari Lehtonen when he returns. Slip him $200 per start plus a bag of marshmallows. Fair IS fair! ++STENDEC++

Russian

December 29th, 2009
2:36 pm

Lee

December 29th, 2009
3:12 pm

Hey stendec-I understand that Kovalchuk is asking for a lot, I mean A LOT of money, but give the guy some credit. Personally, I think he is the best or close to best player on our team. He scores goals, he is unselfish, and he is a team player. Those are the three reasons he’s the captain on our team. Take for example Alex Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby, they both are worth a lot of money, and if you took them away from the team the Pens or the Caps wouldn’t be the same. If we took Kovy away, the thrashers wouldn’t be the thrashers. And I know Donny doesn’t want to take him away.
Now, about your “Yardbird steps”:
1: Um hello?? Ya, they definetly should, but who out there is going to buy a team with such a weak franchise? Maybe President Obama.
2: Ugh, this one comes back. EVERYONE says Waddell is a poor GM, but really, again, how can you controll a team with such a weak franchise? The thrasher’s roster is almost all young players. Let them develop. then decide if Donny should go.
3:Um well you ain’t gonna get much for a player that only has a few months on his contract. And I’m pretty sure Kovy is better than a draft pick and a couple minors.
3a:Um, did you forget about Colby Amstrong, Rich Peverley, Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian, Max Afinegenov and that crew? They all score around 10-20 goals a season. And with Kovy, it’s even better.
4:Hmm, again, can’t do that. With the Kovy thing going on, it’s hard to get things worried about with the goalies. Do you really think they don’t care about losing? I bet you they look at the goals on the highlight reel and are probably like “What the heck”? The coaches would be able to tell if the goalies weren’t serious about playing. So why are they still here?
5:Well, I’m sure they all work pretty hard out there. And if they don’t want to try, then they wouldn’t be on the team right now.
6:Well I bet when the thrashers go into the locker room I’m sure Johnny talks to them. Do you really think he goes out to buy a pretzel from the concession stands?? If he wasn’t a good coach the players would fire him. And look at the detroit red wings. Ya, remember their coach. Yeah, they competed in the Stanley Cup, and now, in 9th place. Discipline??

Lee

December 29th, 2009
3:25 pm

Russian-Intresting comment from the forth period. Maybe the thrashers are one of the worst fan bases because they are in frikin georgia. Yeah, it’s HOT, and Sunny. Hot+Sunny does not equal to hockey. Football is our sport for most people here (though I don’t see what’s all that bout it.) And it’s easy for Canada to say that, cause hockey is like their football. And Atlanta has bad sports?? Canada’s only decent sport is…well hockey! Lets do a little sports contest, if you have a good sports team, you get 1 point, bad team, 0 points. There are a possible of 4 points for the 4 major sports. Atlanta has a decent football team, though they sucked this year, so that’s 1 point. Atlanta hawks have like the 2nd or 3rd best record in basketball, so thats 1 point. Braves suck, no point. Thrashers sucked, but are a little better this year, No point. So atlanta sports has a total of 2 points out of a possible 4, while canada has atotal of 1 point, so I guess Atlanta has better sports.

Lee

December 29th, 2009
4:25 pm

Chris Vivlamore-hey buddy, great article, just wanted to let you know that on the thrashers preview, it says 7:00 today, but i think it’s tommorrow. Just pointing it out.

Lee

December 29th, 2009
4:31 pm

lilibeter

December 29th, 2009
5:40 pm

I have been more frustrated with the Thrasher’s power play than with their penalty kill this season. I have never played one bit of hockey in my entire life, but I am fairly certain that even I could defend against the Thrasher power play. I say that because the Thrasher’s power play philosophy seems so very one dimensional – pass the puck around until Kovy gets an open shot from the top left corner. Don’t get me wrong, Kovy is very, very good. However, if the whole focus of the 5 guys we have on the ice is to get the puck to Kovy so he can shoot, then defending against that strategy doesn’t exactly take a rocket scientist. Any team that can keep Kovy tightly defended can basically shut down our power play. No matter how good Kovy is, until other members of our power play unit can become a threat, our power play is going to continue to being ineffective.

As for our penalty kill, I keep seeing our opponents score power play goals in one of two ways – either off of the rebound or on wide open shots from deep on the backside of the net. It seems to me that if our goaltenders exercised a higher level of rebound control and if our defense was more conscientious about their defensive assignments on the backside of the net, then we could plug the two biggest holes that our penalty kill is bleeding goals from.

With regard to our fan base, Atlanta is a city of fair-weather fans. A few short years ago, when the Hawks were courting the title of worst team in the NBA, you couldn’t give away Hawks tickets. If we delve back into history a few more years, the same goes for the Falcons and even for the Braves if we really want to go back in time. When those guys started winning though, suddenly the whole city of Atlanta was behind them, supporting them, and flocking to their games. I firmly believe that the Atlanta fans would do the same for the Thrashers if they ever become serious Stanley Cup contenders. Being the optimistic Thrashers fan that I am, I look forward to that day.

TommyT

December 29th, 2009
6:01 pm

The most amazing part of this blog was learning STENDEC is over 50 years old! I would have guessed 22 given the maturity level of the endless and usually pointless rants! On the attendence issue, it is a source of frustration, but at the end of the day is mainly an issue of having so many transplants (myself included as part of the fan base). This seems to be applicable to most, if not all, of the professional sports temas here in down. That said, if the teetering Thrash can find a way to right to ship and make the playoffs, I trust the arena will be filled. I predicted a 0-6-1 road trip before it started and I now fear I may have been too optimistic. Ugly.

Sam

December 29th, 2009
8:06 pm

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.

Fire Anderson. Have a chance at saving our playoff slot. And maybe the Kovy talks will un-snag and he’ll re-sign.

Do nothing, Waddell and lose it all…your job included.

Brendan

December 29th, 2009
9:27 pm

Sam, love your passion. But you and I both know, that with this ownership, Don Waddell isn’t going anywhere. I’m more inclined to believe Waddell will get a contract extension.

Lilibeter, I wouldn’t say Atlanta’s fans are “fair weather,” so much as I would say they are intelligent and demanding. Who buys inferior products, if you follow. While almost everyone realizes that no team can win the Stanley Cup, World Series, Super Bowl and NBA title year-in and year-out, there is this little matter of “accountability.” It’s one thing to “patiently build” with a team, moving in the right direction, with proper regard to accountability for results and performance. It’s quite another to have your significant other’s love interest move into your house, and banish you to the sofa, while they get freaky, while declaring it a “good relationship/marriage.” That is what’s happened, accountability-wise, with the Atlanta Thrashers.

The fan has been treated that badly. Trouble is, the Thrasher fans are happy they have a sofa on which to rest. Apparently, they see the sofa as BETTER than the cold floor. It’s never presented in quite these terms. Instead, it’s presented this way, “I’d rather have BAD hockey than NO hockey.” Some people would rather than a bad marriage than no marriage, I suppose. It is a roof over your head, I suppose, if you follow that argument.

Brendan

December 29th, 2009
9:30 pm

Chris Vivlamore, didn’t Atlanta used to have the #1 rank Penalty Kill rate in the NHL, in October and parts of November?

Not Blind

December 30th, 2009
7:18 am

I have come to the conclusion that Kotton Kandy is saving himself for the Olympics.
Kozlov is saving himself for retirement.
Armstrong is permanently depressed because of getting traded and missing his cup ring.
White? Can’t tell, he’s invisible.
Afinegenov- zig zag zoom – then either a bad turnover or shoot the goalie in the logo.
Goalies – they are thinking to themselves “I can’t believe KK is doing loops at the blueline while our D is getting killed in the corners —- OH S%*T the puck just went by while I was watching our ‘Blue [ line ] Crew’”.
Anderson – AHL champion contender to NHL dog house to his house.
Waddell – who really knows ?
ASG – everybody knows.

Chris Vivlamore

December 30th, 2009
9:40 am

Lee: Thanks. I write those previews for the newspaper so they have to say “today.” When the get posted online before had the “today” should be changed to “tomorrow.” No one did that. Sorry. Thanks for looking out for me.

Chris Vivlamore

December 30th, 2009
9:41 am

Brendan: You are correct about Thrashers onoce having No. 1 PK.

Brendan

December 30th, 2009
10:04 am

Chris Vivlamore, Don Cherry, of Hockey Night in Canada, once trumpeted Atlanta on the as “What Toronto should be doing” in terms of resurrecting their special teams play. Imagine a drunk voice (Cherry’s), he said, “Ron, last year, who had the worst PK in league? Atlanta. And who’s #1 now? That’s right. The Thrashers. So, I know of another team (Toronto) with bad special teams. How come they can’t get it turned-around?”

Mooseberg

December 30th, 2009
11:08 am

lilibeter—-Atlanta will always be a fair weather city because no one is from here. Everyone grew up a fan of a team where they are from, so Atlanta is not their diehard team they pulled for as a kid. Walk around your neighborhood and ask how many went to elementary or even high school in altanta. The Braves, Hawks, especially the trashers are pulled for by many but are also those many’s second or adopted teams and those people do not go out of there way to make it to games except on weekends(maybe)

hockeymom92

December 30th, 2009
1:06 pm

Mooseberg – actually there are quite a few of us die hard fans from ’round here as we say. The husband and I were born and raised a few miles east of Atlanta and have been cheering for the Falcons, Braves, Hawks, and Yellow Jackets since the 60’s. Loved the Flames when they were in town and celebrated the return to hockey with the Thrashers. It has of course not been an easy road to travel but we are fiercely loyal to our teams, in spite of the ridicule from the rest of sports-dom. Of course it would be great if they all were winners, but one can always dream! We are here (in greater numbers than you might realize) – you just have to know where to look! :)

Alan R.

December 30th, 2009
1:12 pm

I adopted the Thrashers, but they’re my favorite right now. If/When I move back to Detroit, that may probably revert, but I’ve been cheering on the Thrashers for a decade now.

I liked the Braves for a good long while, never cared enough about basketball to cheer on my middle school team, much less the Hawks, and I cheer for my hometown Lions.

Before anyone calls me a glutton for punishment, I remind you all that I do love the Thrashers.

KLS1

December 30th, 2009
3:11 pm

Its a hard team to love, but I do as well. However, most people don’t have the time or money to support something that frankly offers no return.

There should be no surprise that the stands are empty…it would be a surprise if they weren’t. The Bruins stands were empty just 2 seasons ago when they were lousy.

Stop complaining about it until this team can show it can compete every night and threaten to win a playoff series.

Darkhorse

December 30th, 2009
3:45 pm

Too bad there isn’t a rich and successful marketing guru around Atlanta that would want to buy the team.

I love this team, but I am taking a sabatical from them for a while. With my everyday stress rising at the moment, I can’t let this team and their crappy play add to it. At the rate they are going lately, i’ll be on high blood pressure meds by the Olympics.

By the way Chris-Nice job on the Art of the Shootout story. Enjoyed it…

john r

December 30th, 2009
6:37 pm

it astounds me that the franchise never changed gms. it astounds me that reasoner and white were signed to extensions. ditto for kozlov.

Brendan

December 30th, 2009
7:43 pm

john r., Kozlov and Reasoner received contract extensions. Kozlov got a 3-year deal in 2007. Reasoner got a 2-year deal in 2009. Todd White was a 2007 free agent signing, on a 4-year/$9.5 million deal. Perhaps, it’s astounding that White has not been traded. Or scratched. Todd White has a career best season in 2008-09. Things haven’t gone his way in 2009, to say the very least.

1-0, Boston. Dang. Reasoner, Hainsey and Bogosian were standing around one Bruin, who positioned himself well-enough to make a deflection.

Folks, even in a good ecomony, people scrutinize how discretionary income is spent. “The Dave Ramsey Show” probably isn’t helping Thrashers tickets sales any, even if it were a Stanley Cup-contending season. First thing Dave Ramsey might say is, “Those tickets aren’t going to appreciate in value. They have a 3 hour shelf life, and depreciate down to zero. If you have season tickets, sell them, along with your car, some stocks, some old baseball cards, that vintage stamp collection, and perhaps one of your kidneys, to pay down your credit card debt and/or home mortgage. When you win the lottery, you can have Thrashers season tickets.” Well gee, Dave. Way to be a wet blanket on the hockey going crowd.

But I digress. Can I get an honest showing of hands? I want to talk to the wives and girlfriends out there, whose guy is a die-hard hockey fan. Still with me? “How’s that car ride HOME, going? Hmmn?” Is your husband/boyfriend/fiance … just a … warm, ball of fuzz after a loss? Or, are you sitting there, as he attempts to listen to the post-game show on the car radio, thinking, “How much did we just p*ss away on these tickets, this year?” And then you start thinking, “It’s kinda/sorta like this … EVERY YEAR. Why don’t we SAVE a bunch of time, a bunch of MONEY, and a bunch of aggravation by spending the discretionary income on an exotic trip, some jewelry, or home improvements instead?” Don’t be bashful. I’ve just described your thoughts, haven’t I? If you’re a guy who isn’t interested all that much in hockey, but your girl is, you’re thinking, “coulda bought that 64″ plasma TV instead.” Am I hitting home?

2-0, Boston. Sturm, from Marc Savard.

Okay, is that being a “fair weather” fan?, or is it just the REALITY that faces just about every sports franchise? There’s pressure to win. Everywhere but HERE, that is. The pressure comes from getting fans to open their wallets. But you’ve got to do something that makes them FEEL CONFIDENT about spending this money. And if you haven’t, or won’t, then you face the consequences of that inaction. There is competition for the discretionary income dollar in this town. And sports teams that fail to captivate the attention of their target audience, will suffer the consequences. You don’t have to field a Super Bowl caliber team, a Stanley Cup winning team, etc., in this town, so long as you’re really moving in the right direction, giving your fanbase HOPE and BELIEF for the future. But if you’re NOT, then don’t be shocked that they leave you. An unwatered flower wilts and dies. It’s not rocket science.

3-0, Boston. Ondrej Pavelec’s night is probably over. Folks, it’s a long way back from here. Yep, Moose is now in net. Yikes. I repeat, there is competition for that discretionary income dollar. If there’s a die-hard sports fan in the house, they might just go with the Braves or Hawks or Falcons or Jackets or Dawgs instead. That’s just the reality. The owners have to take a long, hard look at themselves in the mirror. It’s no one’s fault but theirs. No hurricane, no earthquake, no flood, no typhoon, no epidemic or pandemic has caused any harm to the Atlanta Thrashers. A tornado once hit, and knocked out a few windows. But I’ve yet to hear a single fan say, “If it hadn’t been for that tornado, we’d be one of the best teams in the NHL.”

stendec

December 30th, 2009
9:04 pm

Predictions? Atlanta is home to the WORST National Hockey League team. F#ck records! The Yardbirds suck with a capital S and are completely worthless oxygen wastes. PERIOD! Will say more later. Only player I respect at all is Moose Hedberg. Trade sieve Pavs Lehtonen and uncaring bestard Russian Ilya “Maryann Hossa” Kovalchuk for whatever the Hell they will fetch! Total bullshet! ++STENDEC++ PULLING FOR DAMN SHUTOUT! No offense Moose. That 3-0 deficit may as well have been 30-0 with wonderous no score offense of total mental incompetent Coach John Petrino!

LAC

December 30th, 2009
9:06 pm

Hey Chris, PLEASE do an artical on Why should don waddell still be GM of this team.

Career LOSER, Most DISHONEST man in professional sports, Knows NOTHING about the game of hockey, at ANY level, and ask the DUMB SOB, Why has he taken it upon himself to destroy NHL hockey in this town.

Please remember, this… “We will not be takling about this at Christmas” Thus he is a LIAR of the highest order.

Lastly, ask him if he’ll go a round with me… I’d love it !
But I know he is a gutless COWARD who is afraid of his own shadow !

stendec

December 30th, 2009
9:12 pm

My money is on you LAC. Will be a quick massacre (not a true fight at all). Get in a punch or two for me. ++STENDEC++

stendec

December 30th, 2009
9:23 pm

GO BRUINS! Do let let these hosebag quitters score. Feel bad for you Mr Moose Hedberg sir. Way to hang tough big fellow. The rest of the losers can go straight to Hell. Especially Ilya “I Certainly Am Worth Millions” Kovalchuk! The Maryann Hossa clone heartless bestard. Captain? Captain my a$$! ++STENDEC++

stendec

December 30th, 2009
9:31 pm

Will an apologist please post to tell all of us how this heartless giveup shutout loss to the Boston Bruins actually has a silver lining? Feel free to use all the slide rules and statistics you can get your hands on. Pavs Lehtonen gave up three goals on two shots. Not that bad? My error. Just seemed that way! Captain Ilya “Pay Me Millions Now” Kovachuk was challenged to be a true captain with on ice leadership before the debacle. Like how overrated Russian responded? Swell huh? I say $100 per game plus a few free concessions are all this Maryann Hossa quitter is worth! Notice my rates continue to dwindle per game? Wonder why? True professionals would be hurt and embarrassed by this total collapse. Moose Hedberg is the only one who gives a f#ck! Anyone notice big grin on face of KL when leaving ice? Given up? What the Hell do you think! ++STENDEC++ Sorry Moose. I feel bad for you big guy. As for other Yardbirds, Hell ain’t nearly full!

stendec

December 30th, 2009
9:34 pm

Face of IK! Sorry. Typos occur when I am truly pi$$ed. I AM TRULY PI$$ED RIGHT NOW! ++STENDEC++ Studio hockey (no fans) in Loseland? Certainly hope so!

stendec

December 30th, 2009
9:47 pm

Have an idea. Since Ilya “I Am Worth Zillions” Kovalchuk is so damn proud of being named to Russian hockey team then let his sorry uncaring Maryann Hossa a$$ STAY in the Fatherland! This captain is a liability! Captain my a$$! Present captain C to Moose Hedberg. Only player that gives a damn when team loses! Wonder if El Kapitan will dog it at third speed while skating for Russians? Did not think so! Pay his a$$ in rubles. Untalented bestard quitter! ++STENDEC++

KLS1

December 30th, 2009
10:29 pm

Wow a lot of verbage Stendec. However, Marian Hossa never dogged it, in fact he would backcheck like a crazy man…so the only comparison between thet two is that they will both leave.

Throw in Marc Savard and you have the best line in hockey. We probably should have made the playoffs when they were together.

Slater on the 2nd line pretty much tells the story of where we are headed.

Brendan

December 30th, 2009
11:50 pm

This was a gawd-aweful game. How many of us made it all the way through? I quit watching with 7-minutes left in regulation, to see if Marty Brodeur would get another shutout against the Penguins. And guess what? He did! Another NHL record was set! The all-time career shutout number is now 105. Then I flipped over to see if Montreal could hang on to that 1-0 lead over the Bolts. Unfortunately, TB scored to force overtime. But the Habs won it in the extra session. No need for a shoout.

In one of the best games I’ve seen in a while, Calgary was facing the L.A. Kings. Phaneuf tagged Kopitar, and all HECK broke loose. Ejections. 2-5-10 on the misconduct front. Phaneuf got in a fight with O’Donnell. Kings Coach Terry Murray was yappin’ and jawin’ at Brent Sutter, the Calgary coach. Players were fired up. Coaches were fired up. Referees had to try to regain control. All kinds of physicality. And I thought to myself, “Brendan, when was the LAST TIME you saw the Thrashers play a spirited, heartfelt game like that?” I’m actually at a loss. Normally, the answer is the last time we played the Leafs in Toronto. But that was a give-up, lame loss, too.

The #1 thing that someone can say to me to cheese me off is this: “But Brendan, I don’t EVEN WATCH hockey until January 1st. That’s when the games START to matter.” Well, I can’t help but notice that that date is rapidly approaching, and that games are taking on that ADDED importance. In other words, the time when bad teams can defeat legitimate playoff contenders is now officially over. When you’re a bad team, you want to face Detroit in October or early to mid-November, when you still have a prayer of defeating them. But by now, the PRETENDERS are starting to fall by the wayside and the true CONTENDERS are emerging. You all know the story of the NJ Devils being 17-points out of 1st place on New Year’s Day in 2006, and winning the division on the final day of the regular season.

Folks, we’re at the crossroads. 25-14-4 is the record that Atlanta must achieve to make the playoffs. We’re at six straight losses, and our eighth in nine (8/9) games, I believe. Remember when we were six games over .500? And we thought, “Great, we just have to go six games over .500 the rest of the way.” Yeah, well. We’ve dug ourselves a hole.

These guys are pending UFA’s: Afinogenov, Kozlov, Kovalchuk, Kubina, Hedberg, etc. RFA’s are Little, Pavelec, Sterling, etc. Bogosian would become eligible for a proactive RFA deal on July 1. Some major decisions are needed about the future of this franchise. If we asked Glenn “Chico” Resch what to do, he’d probably say to firesale the team, for they resurrender all too easily.

If Chico Resch saw tonight’s game, he’d hurl. Guys out of position. Not backchecking. Not displaying any tenacity. Kovalchuk just shaking his head instead of doing something about it. I’m tellin’ ya, if we wind up paying Kovy the MAX to keep him, we’re gonna “Bobby Holik” this team for the duration of that contract.

I want to see our D-men defend the blueline, not backup to the faceoff circles. I want to see us winning puck battles along the corner boards. I want us to forecheck tenaciously. I want to see guys successfully make an intelligent breakout pass from our own zone. I nearly lost it when Afinogenov lazily threw some backhanded pass back into our defensive zone, which was quickly and easily intercepted and nearly converted to a goal. There’s just some sort of “malaise” that is infecting the team, as if the Jimmy Carter Administration were back.

Andre Arshavin

December 30th, 2009
11:51 pm

Kovy’s current play is a message to DW what this team is capable of when he is on strike.

stendec

December 31st, 2009
12:18 am

Just posted Hubpage on Yardbird year end losing streak (Stendek). Since HubPages censored me due to NASA interference it might not be on there just yet. Just thought a few might be interested. Is one on about Dawg bowl win. These damn heartless quitters not worth saying anything else about. Except do not let them return to Atlanta after wonderful road trip. Good night all. ++STENDEC++ Happy New Year

LAC

December 31st, 2009
12:59 am

Brenden, it all goes to show anderson has LOST this group and they will never recover, the simple cannot play NHL style defense and I just cannot believe waddell sits on his sorry A$$ and does nothing.

Change is good, if there were any NHL team that needed BIG changes and NOW, it is Atlanta !

Brendan

December 31st, 2009
2:12 am

LAC, Anderson should be concerned that his message is not being heard. Not properly. I don’t know if he’s under orders not to criticize #17, or what?

But, I can already hear Larry Murphy, on OTF, saying, “Guys always say that it doesn’t matter what’s happening with a teammate’s contract. But I tell ya, ‘Baloney!’ That’s why Toewz, Kane, and Duncan Keith’s contracts were all done and announced at the same time. The guys want to know that their team will be together moving forward.”

Now, apply that to the Kovalchuk situation. If you were Kubina, Kozlov, Hedberg or Afinogenov, are you re-signing with Atlanta, without knowing what the status of Kovalchuk is? Or, asked another way, “would it be completely irrelevant what Kovalchuk does, in terms of your future contractual status with the Thrashers?”

LAC

December 31st, 2009
5:59 am

I agree Brenden, this team is DONE. Will be moving well before 2019…
say after next season. With what will be a nine game LOSING streak when we return, I bet less than 5,000 show up and we will once again LOSE !

Also don’t you agree little was a one season wonder ? zac B. worst defenseman on team ? It just goes on and on and on.

Why won’t this franchise wake up and make BIG changes, Guess these owners are too busy having their diapers changed.

Dwayne

December 31st, 2009
8:24 am

Fire JA now, can not fire players first. Look at Philly, tied for 8th after being so bad early in the year. Hey wait a minute, we are still tied for 8th!!!! All is not lost. Where is Kari?? I repeat. Fire JA, Don can get behind the bench, and make everyone play “D”. Dudley can then make an intelligent decision on what yo do with Kovy. I didn’t see the game last night, thank goodness.

Rockem Sockem Thrasher

December 31st, 2009
8:26 am

This isn’t the same team that started the season. No urgency on the ice. I bet things turn around if we sit a few guys and call up some Chicago Wolves.

I’d sit Koslov, Slater, White and Pavs.

Get The Puck Out

December 31st, 2009
9:16 am

I watched the whole game and all i could see was almost all the Thrashers played with NO HEART. It was as if ” i know we’re going to lose so i’m just gonna hang out for the last forty”. Pavs has given up three goals or more the last five games and the biggest part is because the defense does not challenge the opposing team. If you sit back and let the other team shoot, shoot, shoot they will score. You have to challenge, play defense or you will lose. Pavs has been off, and his confidence level has to be lowwww. Moose is playing with conviction, as he should play, but his teammates are letting him down. I don’t know what it’s gonna take to get them to play like an nhl team, but until they do i think almost everyone should be on the hotseat, captain, coach, GM, and any player who wants to float. If i performed at my job the way the Thrashers have played the last nine or ten games, i guess i’d be on the soupline.

Lee

December 31st, 2009
9:40 am

Brendan-I stopped watching around the start of the first period and switched to the devils pens game too.Then I switched to the food channel. I have to be really bored to watch that, but I guess when your team is playing like crap, I guess it was pretty intresting. Ugh, and its sad becuase Moose played excellent, but the rest of the team didn’t. I don’t even want to know what the Buffalo game will be like! Maybe it will be that 10-1 game like last year.

Your right, the date is rapidly approching. But what’s also really important is the games a little bit before Jan 1st. Becuase it shows what the second half of the season might be like. Kinda like pre-season, but more important. Also, we don’t want another season like last year, first half good, second half bad. And I hate to say it, but I kinda think that’s gonna happen. We have a lot of really hard teams to face in the second half too, so we’re gonna have to push it.

Your also right, well you’re always right, but if we trade or let Kovy go, we can get some D men. I say keep Afinegenov though, and definetly Hedberg.

WELL THERE’S NOTHING WE CAN DO ABOUT IT NOW, SO LET’S JUST FORGET THE GAME AND START OF HOPEFULLY TO A GOOD SECOND HALF. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!!