Faith in Hedberg, Pavelec clears way for Lehtonen trade

Just back from morning skate here in Denver.

Johan Hedberg will get the start in goal against the Avalanche. He is 4-2 with a .762 save percentage against Colorado lifetime. Ondrej Pavelec is 0-2 against them.

Slava Kozlov will be the healthy scratch. After sitting for five games, he has played the past two.

Other notes that might be of interest. A couple of former Thrashers were in the building – one on the ice and one in the stands.

Darren Haydar, who played 20 games with the Thrashers over two seasons, was called up by Colorado Tuesday. The forward was the leading scorer for Lake Erie in the NHL.

Also, former Thrasher Ken Klee was in the stands watching the team skate. He is out of hockey, living in Denver and coaching youth, I’m told.

I talked to Hedberg about the Kari Lehtonen trade, to get his reaction to the fact that Lehtonen was moved due to the team’s confidence in Hedberg and Ondrej Pavelec. I also wanted to get an idea where the team is now that the Ilya Kovalchuk contract and the three goaltender situations have been  resolved – two things that have hung over the franchise, more or less, all season.

Here is some of what he said:

“That’s great to hear those comments. I knew it was going to come down to this sooner or later, to move one of us in some manner. With the season going, I’ve been trying to do my best to show my teammates and everybody that I want to be here. It was up to Don[Waddell]  to make the decision on what he wants to do. It’s a great move of confidence for me and Pavs.

“I think it will be a great situation for Kari. It will be a positive for him to get a change of scenery and a new environment to work with. Hopefully, it’s going to work out for the best for everybody.

“I think for us as a team, all these things have been happening very quickly. It’s a huge adjustment for this organization, this franchise. As a group it brings us closer together, but it’s up to us though. We have to do it, inside this room. We can’t wait for Kovy to come in and score four or five goals. Or Kari to come back and stand on his head. Right now, it’s us. It puts more pressure on us but it’s also something that, hopefully, is going to make us pull harder together.”

Let me get this posted. I need to run out and buy a coat (forgot it at home, huge rookie mistake with Minneapolis and Chicago up next).

47 comments Add your comment

brett

February 10th, 2010
3:37 pm

Let’s go Thrashers! Crucial points at stake tonight!

J.B.

February 10th, 2010
3:47 pm

wait a minute… you went to denver with additional stops in minneapolis & chicago in february… without a coat?

Glad to here Moose is pleased with the vote of confidence and is hopeful for Kari’s career.

Sidenote: Saw some chatter on twitter about Kozlov being displeased and outspoken about the Kovalchuk trade… anyone know if this holds water, provide a link, etc.?

Telfo

February 10th, 2010
3:49 pm

BIG GAMES!

must win tonight.

Jack

February 10th, 2010
3:50 pm

Go Moose you’d the man.

Tincup9

February 10th, 2010
3:51 pm

maybe this is how DW gets Slava to waive his no trade clause. Not happy? Don’t like sitting in the press box?

Hockeyfan

February 10th, 2010
3:57 pm

Slava for Ken Klee and Zhitnik (e3).

GaVaHokie

February 10th, 2010
4:05 pm

I hope Viv makes it to the store before the sun goes down.

James Brown

February 10th, 2010
4:18 pm

It`s gonna be tough to get points at these three stops on the trip…………If we can stay within 2-3 points of the 8 spot at the break, I like the way the schedule stacks up in March……….Anything can Happen………it is what it is

GSUFan

February 10th, 2010
4:21 pm

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Lee

February 10th, 2010
4:49 pm

Oh, man, they gotta win tonight, stay strong moose!

Farel

February 10th, 2010
5:18 pm

I hope we get this thing rolling tonight. Wish I was in Denver to watch it in person. They have fantastic brew pubs. Go Thrashers!!!

Thrashers27

February 10th, 2010
5:35 pm

MOOOOOOSE!!!!!!!

J-man

February 10th, 2010
6:46 pm

If I could talk to Slava Kozlov, I’d strongly advise him to request a trade and offer to waive his no trade clause. He seems to have become Anderson’s permanent whipping boy. Surely he’d rather play for anybody than continue to sit in the press box.

With the possible exception of Dany Heatley, my least favorite Thrasher of all time (Ken Klee) watched the practice. The horror… the horror… still shuddering thinking of him playing in ATL…

Rone

February 10th, 2010
6:50 pm

We need to sign a couple of free agents next year to get this team into gear.

Everyone knew how to play us when Kovy was here. Now, we have a chance to spread the money we were spending on Kovy and Lets em in, on a real team. Solid lines from 1 to checking.

I’m not giving up on this season yet, but I see a wee bit of light for next year. Go Moose tonight and let’s show the league that we can play some solid hockey without our superstar.

One more thing… Do you think Kari has fully recovered from his numerous uterus adjustments?

Ed Nelson

February 10th, 2010
7:09 pm

Did you guys see this??
Thrashers are looking into relocating their franchise to Kitchener, Ontario. Don’t know how much there is to this…Won’t be buying any more season tickets if that happens, people.
http://www.nbcsports.com/nhl/thrashers_may_be_moving

sisu

February 10th, 2010
7:22 pm

Well, a lot of people have been wanting change and the team is changing right before our eyes! Kevin Allen had a Tweet that Army is the next one to be shipped out…

Chris Vivlamore

February 10th, 2010
7:23 pm

For those without a coat, low temperature in Minneapolis tonight is supposed to be minus-4.

Barry

February 10th, 2010
7:25 pm

Thrashers aren’t moving. There’s contracts and naming rights with Phillips Arena that keeps the Hawks and Thrashers in Atlanta. Also in recent article Bettman wants the Thrashers to stay in Atlanta.

Bettman remains confident in the Atlanta market, saying: “Ultimately, I believe when this all gets sorted out, the franchise will be in a better place.”

He would not discuss whether owners have shopped the Thrashers: “Whether a club is or isn’t on the market, unless the club makes an announcement, we don’t discuss those things publicly. It’s just a policy of mine.”

But he did reaffirm that the NHL is “committed” to Atlanta.

To quote some of the stuff from Jeff Shultz blog article.

sisu

February 10th, 2010
7:25 pm

Ed Nelson, your link is no good or they removed the article. I doubt this team will move…

Ed Nelson

February 10th, 2010
7:45 pm

sisu, I’ve tried to play football for the St. Louis Rams and then basketball in Germany, etc., etc. Now I just sit around and fill blogs with misinformation. I’m sorry. You’re right the Thrashers aren’t moving.

At least I got to be a starter on the ugliest team in major sports. That old UConn basketball team. There were some dudes that were as ugly as me on that team. Anyway, I think I’m gonna go work on my old rap record after I finish these Golden Grahams.

Go Hawks (Atlanta Hawks).

Yung JB from MTL

February 10th, 2010
8:02 pm

GO MOOSSE
lol at the .762 SV%

Must win or at leat OTL

Go BLUELAND from Canada

winnipeg jets guy

February 10th, 2010
8:17 pm

Hope they don’t firesale everybody ! I don’t want too see all rookies next year when they play at the MTS Center in Winnipeg

Yung JB from MTL

February 10th, 2010
9:24 pm

NICKKKY BERGG-FORCEEEE

Mike

February 10th, 2010
9:25 pm

Damn. Easy come, easy go. At least the new guy is contributing.

By the way, NJ and Philly tied at 2. Kovy is -1 and no goals.

Mike

February 10th, 2010
9:40 pm

Ok..Philly wins in overtime. Kovy finishs -2 and NJ was 0 for 3 on the PP. I think that makes NJ 1-2-3 since Kovy joined the Team.

Not Blind

February 10th, 2010
9:53 pm

Koasting Kovalchuk spectating on the overtime goal. He had plenty of time to step up and check the Philly shooter. I really expected him to start putting out some genuine effort but it looks like he is still looking to save himself for the Olympics.

David

February 10th, 2010
9:57 pm

bergie has 2 goals to kovy’s 0….who woulda thought…

Brendan

February 10th, 2010
10:38 pm

Atlanta’s Max Afinogenov was robbed of a goal tonight, that would have made it, 3-1, Thrashers, going into the third period. It’s still, 2-1, in favor of Atlanta. Bryan Little scored his 10th of the season.

Yung JB from MTL

February 10th, 2010
10:43 pm

Close call for NikA. Btw guys i was watching the habs vs caps on tv. What a game! Habs up 5-2, WAS comees back 5-5 with Laich’s hat-trick with 17 left in the 3rd. The W streak ends with 7 secs left in OT on Plekanec’s One-timer… tough luck for WAS and Habs win, which doesnt help for that 8th spot

BTW go Bergforce!

Brendan

February 10th, 2010
10:44 pm

Well, I wish Kari well. His career has been a disappointment for the Thrashers. And really, in Waddell’s shoes, Kari made him look foolish. Waddell puts his eggs in Kari’s basket. (Don’t get all Freudian on me.) Did “anger” play a part in this trade? As in, “If I’m going down, Kari, I’m taking you with me.” Well, irrespective of that, Waddell may well come out ahead in this deal.

But if Kari does play well in Dallas, to the point where they re-sign him, and he becomes their #1 goalie, then it will something to talk about in the coming years. As in, “We had him. We developed him. And we quit on him too soon.” Personally, I never thought Kari should have been drafted back in 2002. You’ve heard me say that 17,000 times now. But once you realize that decision cannot be undone, Kari does still, even now, at age 26 or 27, have potential. I was even thinking that Kari could be the Thrashers backup goalie. And if Kari doesn’t like that role, he could step up his game and EARN the #1 spot. What a concept, huh? I think Kari could have been kept very affordably. But if Dudley agreed that now was the best time to dish him, then so be it. Kari did not live up to expectations here.

What amazes me, however, is that even if this trade causes you to do CARTWHEELS, who drafted him at 2nd overall? Whose judgement was it, in 2002, that Kari be made a Thrasher? Was it the Easter Bunny? The Abonimable Snowman? Sasquatch? The Tooth Fairy? Muslim male extremists, aged 17-41? Where’s the accountability for the decision-making throughout the course of this Administration?

I hope Atlanta won this trade. I want what’s best for the team. But if Don Waddell told me the sun was coming up tomorrow, I’d still rush out to the store for candles and flashlight. It’s his decision-making that has landed us where we are. Even if the Thrashers do make the postseason dance, it’ll be the second time in ten years. Fifty-three percent (53%) of the league’s teams do. And the East, this year, is particularly inept. That ineptness sustains Atlanta’s potential playoff berth. And just might, right to the end.

Not Blind

February 10th, 2010
11:38 pm

Great play in overtime :rolleyes: One of them dumb clucks needed to take the body.

Brendan

February 10th, 2010
11:41 pm

Ladies and Gentlemen, Ron Hainsey has left the building. That was the “textbook definition” of whack-a-mole (Copyright, poster Sara, all rights reserved.)

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stendec

February 11th, 2010
12:21 am

Few Thrasher losses have hit me in the gut more than this ultimate choke job in Colorado last night. I was ready to proclaim this victory the start of a strong push toward the playoffs. It was the death kneel instead. I was never prouder of the Thrashers as I was over the first two periods. They hustled, played defense, played aggressive, played physical and looked like a playoff team. Then they simply quit. Packed up the gear. Went into serious do not give a shet pre Olympic mode. This was such an extreme disappointment. How much confidence did – DID – I have in this group? So much so that I considered a 3-1 lead after two periods a lock with Johan Moose Hedberg in net. No gag job here with Pavs on the bench and Kari Lehtonen in Texas. Fooled my a$$ big time. New guys played a defensive system in New Jersey? Have not played a damn lick of defense in Atlanta. I do not know who the sons of betches were that watched passively as a player skated between them to net the overtime winner but they should be benched. That was beyond embarrassing. I do not absolve Moose of his share of the responsibility. Two if not three goals were of the marshmallow variety. Completely unacceptable during a time when every point is so damn critical. You let me down big fellow. Used to it from other Thrashers but not from you. Oh well. Play a few more close ones quitters then hit the links when the playoffs get underway. The more things change…++STENDEC++ Spare me about the point bullset. This was a defeat!

stendec

February 11th, 2010
12:40 am

im a tool…wah wah wah…im a tool
++STENDEC++

gcs

February 11th, 2010
12:56 am

Nice third period, Moose. You should try bullfighting. ¡Olé!

.

Pinball34

February 11th, 2010
3:17 am

Yo Matt McDonnell… I’m really tired of hearing you talk 20 times about Kyle “Cominsky”. There is no N in his name…

rob

February 11th, 2010
8:15 am

So, realisticly, these 2 can carry the load and take us deep into the playoffs? C’mon guys, dam. Oh well, maybe there is a grand scheme to all of this, I just wish they would let us know what the whole plan is, as the whole team is up in the air right now. What direction are we taking? Who is the goaltender we are going to rely on when the team has those weak moments and the game is placed square on the goalie? UGH. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot whiskey tango foxtrot whiskey tango foxtrot whiskey tango foxtrot……… Can we get a clue of what to expect out of the rest of the season? Team looks like maybe we have some chemistry but the goaltending situation has been and continues to be a problem…….or is it just me?

PMC

February 11th, 2010
9:13 am

Some positives from last night. That Bergfors goal was really nice. The First line looks productive.

Unfortunately all that good stuff was overshadowed by a bad night in goal by Hedberg and some really AWFUL play from defensemen.

stendec

February 11th, 2010
11:18 am

True playoff teams do not blow a two goal lead in the final 20 minutes then lose seconds into overtime. They just do not. Be it against the Pittsburgh Penguins or Sister Sarah’s School Of The Blind. I admire and respect Johan Moose Hedberg. I was hard on a certain other netminder for similiar chokes. Moose whiffed on two if not three of the Colorado goals. That is completely unacceptable. As for the Abbott and Costello twosome eating popcorn as the Avalanche player skated in unmolested to score the overtime winner – bench their untalented a$$es. Worthless scumballs. Apologists are so happy with one point. Not me. This was a defeat plain and simple. Suppose the team misses the playoffs by a solitary point? This one was it. Team competed with fire, grit and heart for 40 minutes then absolutely quit. Why? Home team was primed to be beaten. Happy with penalty killers. Not jumping for joy over power play. Thrashers must log four points in next two outings or forget about playoffs. They did it to their own damn selves. ++STENDEC++

Alan R.

February 11th, 2010
11:30 am

I still don’t understand why Kane and Bergfors don’t have power play time. Armstrong and White are useless out there.

TrueBlue

February 11th, 2010
12:05 pm

It was Bogosian and Enstrom that got burnt………..bad on that “OT” goal.

ChippersLoveChild

February 11th, 2010
12:39 pm

“Yo Matt McDonnell… I’m really tired of hearing you talk 20 times about Kyle “Cominsky”. There is no N in his name…”

Best game of the year was with the Panthers, last Saturday on Centre Ice and being able to watch the arena feed with the 680 play by play of Kamal and Eliott… McConnell is just awful to listen to.

Alan R.

February 11th, 2010
12:45 pm

Sounds like Kulda got called up.

Old Time Hockey

February 11th, 2010
1:03 pm

That’s the reason Moose has not been considered a true number one goalie. For a guy that is supposedly so prepared he gives up some real bad goals that seem more mental mistakes than anything. As far as the overtime goal….what are they waiting for? Someone else to do the dirty work so they can go offensive. Most of the truly great players are/were also great defensive players. If not all the time, definitely at crunch time. They could make a defensive play when needed. Some one needs to explain that to Zach. Good defense can lead to offense, bad defense leads to losing. He’s got great talent, but his priority should be working his defensive skills and the rest will be there. That last play was pathetic and hopefully he will learn from that. Cross the middle on my defense? Got to pay a price!

Waddell is a Skunk

February 13th, 2010
12:35 pm

Waddell is still SKUNK!!! He’s about as popular as a skunk under a church in the middle of the summer revival.