I survived … but am already sore

Checking in from Thrashers practice where I just completed a short stint as a goaltender before the team took to the ice. I got some great tutelage from Johan Hedberg, Steve Weeks and Mark Popovic. Ashamed to say I was winded very quickly but I am alive. I know I took one off the face mask and got a huge assist from the post on a shootout attempt. Let’s just say Viv the Sieve lives.

Look for the story – with a surprise guest – in Sunday’s paper and the video online over the weekend.

The Thrashers may soon be at full strength for practice as all five Olympians lost on Wednesday. I’m not sure what the timetable is for their return, but I assume they will get a break.

Christoph Schubert is back on the ice, so it looks like his knee held up after yesterday’s practice.

The lines continue to be the same with Slava Kozlov on the line for Maxim Afinogenov.

Point of emphasis of this practice seems to be work in the corners.

Trade deadline is fast approaching so I will be working on that. I will let you know what I hear.

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February 25th, 2010
10:53 am

I guess the Sieve is better than the Gaping Hole or even the Virtual Empty Net, Chris.


February 25th, 2010
11:12 am

Andy Sutton was at times thought to be less effective than an orange pylon, Chris, so unless you got a similar comment I think you have him beaten. :)

Can player movement begin March 1st at 0:00 hours? I know such an early move would be unlikely but what is the exact hour?


February 25th, 2010
11:27 am

How long did you last out there before you were done? LOL

R. Stroz

February 25th, 2010
11:53 am

C-Viv – I’m sure stendec would find you a more worthy goalie than Kari Lehtonen.

R. Stroz

February 25th, 2010
12:04 pm

C-Viv – Do you expect to get any sympathy from the wife?

Something tells me I already know the answer.


February 25th, 2010
3:40 pm

Viv – Sounds like you had lots of fun!

Chris Vivlamore

February 25th, 2010
4:24 pm

Practice update: Here are three items of interest from today’s practice:

1. You can expect to see a lot more of Johan Hedberg in goal as the Thrashers make a push for the playoffs.

Anderson said he is pleased with Hedberg’s play, especially of late. With every point in the standings crucial over the last six weeks of the season it’s all about winning

“If [Hedberg] continues to play that well, he’s probably going to get the majority of the games,” Anderson said. “Right now, it’s not about [Pavelec] or him. It’s about who is winning and we have to get as many points as we can. Whoever is going [well], is going. It’s the same with the power play or penalty kill. Whatever is going, we have to use it at that point.”

Hedberg has appeared in 32 games this season, starting 27, with a 2.56 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage.

2. Defenseman Boris Valabik was in the locker room on Thursday, after undergoing season-ending surgery on Feb. 11 to repair a torn ACL in his left knee.

Valabik said that the surgery went well but that he was very disappointed his season came to a premature end. He said he was already looking toward next season in an effort to deal with the situation.

3. Expect the Thrasher Olympians to return to practice on Sunday. Anderson said they have 48 hours to return.
“I’m positive you will see them Sunday, but if they are here Saturday and want to go out [and practice], they can do that too,” he said.


February 25th, 2010
5:18 pm

You have to agree, of course, with JA playing the goalie and skaters he thinks will help the most (duh).

Eklund has the Thrashers (and others) as interested in Dan Ellis. Chris, do you have any thoughts, be they as team blogger or personal, about what the Thrashers may do or should do at the trade deadline?


February 25th, 2010
5:46 pm

Chris, this scares me. Will the video be more train wreck or fender bender?


February 25th, 2010
7:34 pm

Oh, Chris, did you hear that Belkin actually did cough up the $2M he had to pay?

You’d think he would but is it a given that the projected buyout of his share of the businesses is more than the $25.8M he owes in back cash calls? Plus lawyer fees, etc. If not, maybe he just walks away and leaves the Spirit Group in the same underfunded position they have been in for five or so years.

OTOH, walking away surely would be bad for any future team-owing aspirations Belkin might have.

Hanson Brothers

February 25th, 2010
8:42 pm

Chris, can you ask JA what he thought of Max’s play on the penalty kill in the Olympics and if he plans to use him more on the PK.


February 25th, 2010
9:22 pm

You’re a real classy guy, stendec…not!


February 25th, 2010
9:39 pm

stendec, Shut up.


February 25th, 2010
10:46 pm

Very disappointed in the outcome of the Women’s gold medal game. I thought they worked hard, but didn’t execute. They can’t miss their chances on the international stage, in this sitting. There’s nothing wrong with a Silver medal. It’s still an achievement. But riddle me this, what’s it supposed to feel like, being the #1 silver medalist?


February 25th, 2010
10:50 pm

Ahhh, Mike Milbury. And, now it’s in the news. http://olympics.fanhouse.com/2010/02/25/controversy-nothing-new-to-mike-milbury/?icid=main|htmlws-main-n|dl9|link1|http%3A%2F%2Folympics.fanhouse.com%2F2010%2F02%2F25%2Fcontroversy-nothing-new-to-mike-milbury%2F

And just when you thought you’d heard the last of the term, “Eurotrash.”


February 25th, 2010
10:51 pm

was kovy a scratch last night


February 26th, 2010
8:18 am

sTENDEC are the bigest idiot on the planet.


February 26th, 2010
8:53 am

As far as stendec’s rantings go, the simple reality is that Canada has a superior women’s hockey program that produces superior players. Every now and then the USA is able to beat them in a world championship to keep them honest, but that’s it. Our women players sometimes don’t even make the finals, despite the fact that they are light years ahead of all the other women’s hockey programs outside of North America. As far as the Canadian women being cuter, that’s a judgment call and to each his own, but that certainly isn’t my opinion. Keep in mind that they play world championships every year for women’s hockey, not just in the Olympics. The USA happened to win the last 2 prior to the Olympics but their overall record is mostly a gigantic collection of silver medals.


February 26th, 2010
9:28 am

Chris- did you flop around like Maracle looking like a fish out of water? Of did you glare at your defense like Lord Byron?

Correction BORIS- Stendec is not the biggest idiot on the planet. He is in fact the biggest idiot in the Cosmos.


February 26th, 2010
9:36 am

WOW apparently STENDEC shows his real colors, and whats up with the Canadian celebration. Is this frat hockey or women’s hockey. I am pretty sure the US women would not of acted like 4 year olds like the canadians did. Extremely poor taste by the Canadiens.


February 26th, 2010
12:01 pm

Hey C-Viv, quick question for you. Since the story is still on the Sports page, do you know if Belkin made the required $2M payment by yesterday’s deadline?


February 26th, 2010
12:12 pm

I was wondering the same thing IslesFan.


February 26th, 2010
12:41 pm

Apparently, the Canadian Women’s Ice Hockey team is taking some heat for their postgame celebratory practices.

Here’s the link.



February 26th, 2010
12:51 pm

When are you gonna tell us abou this Slava mess?


February 26th, 2010
1:16 pm

If Slava wants to leave, then I think DW and RD need to do their best to send him to a contender. We won’t get much for him, but it will open a spot on the roster for Joey Crabb and I think Joey’s energy and toughness will be good for the playoff rush. Plus with so many games in so few days, the younger Joey should hold up better than the older Slava.


February 28th, 2010
1:53 pm

good job Mr. Vivlamore! You rule!

CJ Dawg

February 28th, 2010
4:19 pm

Great Job — I know EXACTLY how you feel… I played Goalie in Father /. Son game and have never played Ice Hockey before, 5 Minutes into warm up, I thought my heart was gonna explode (I am 45 and not in terrible shape or so I thought prior to this)… Managed to survive the whole game and we won 9-8 but I had to play goal from my Butt for part of the time cause I couldn’t stand up :~) The only reason I survived is cause we had a couple dads that were awesome and we kept the puck in their end…

Now I was only playin’ against 15-17 yr. olds, but they were brutal!

It was AWESOME and Kudos for anyone who has the guts to give it a try cause it really looks like it would be kinda EZ as long as you aren’t afraid of a frozen Rubber disc flyin’ at your face at upwards of 50-100 mph!

I enjoyed the video. Thanks for sharing,.