Armstrong suspended two games

The NHL suspended Thrashers forward Colby Armstrong for two games on Friday, one day after he delivered a hit to the head of the Capitals’ Mathieu Perreault. The league ruled that Armstrong used his elbow to deliver the hit.

Armstrong will miss Saturday’s game in Pittsburgh, where he spent two and a half seasons before being traded to the Thrashers, and Tuesday’s game against New Jersey. The suspension comes with four games remaining in the regular season and the Thrashers two points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

“Obviously, I’m disappointed,” Armstrong told the AJC. “I feel terrible about it. The timing of it because of our position as a team and also personally for myself. It’s one thing that my dad always told me when I learned out to hit, you never reach for a guy like that. I just got caught where he was dodging out of the way and I reached for him and I made a mistake. The good thing is there was no injury on the play.”

“I reached across with my right arm. I just tried to get a piece of him. It happened the way it happened. By no means did I mean to hit him high. I’ve always been a guy that with my hits my arms are down. I hit with my shoulder. I keep my arms in and try to hit the way I’m supposed to. This one time, I got caught in a head-to-head going at him and he gave me a couple moves and I just tried to get a piece of him and I paid the price.”

With Armstrong out of the lineup, Evander Kane will take his place. Kane returns after missing 15 games with a fractured left foot. He will skate on the left wing with Rich Peverley and Bryan Little.

Early in Thursday’s 2-1 Capitals win, Washington’s John Erskine received a roughing penalty for a closed-fist shot to Armstrong’s face.

“I think it was much the same play,” Armstrong said. “It was my hand and not my forearm that hit (Perreault). I gave a little sidestep as (Erskine) came in to finish me and he caught me in the face. He got called for roughing and I got two games on more of a body check. It is what it is. I’m moving forward. I’m disappointed for a lot of different reasons.”

Under the terms of the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, Armstrong will lose $24,870.47. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assist Fund.

A hearing was held by conference call Friday morning and Armstrong was informed of the suspension after leaving the practice ice in preparation for Saturday’s game against the Penguins.

“I told them what happened and the way I felt,” Armstrong said.

The Thrashers, who are carrying 15 forwards, will have to use such depth to remain in the playoff race.

“We have to come together as a team and everyone has to step up because we need these points,” Peverley said.

“He’s been a big part of the team. He does his job very well,” Jim Slater said. “That’s why we have 15 forwards on this team, and they are good forwards, to step right in. You never plan for this to happen, but that’s why you have to stay ready.”

In other news from Friday:

* Evgeny Artyukhin did not practice and was labeled questionable by Thrashers coach John Anderson for Saturday’s game. He has an upper-body injury.

* Pavel Kubina did practice with the team but was also labeled questionable by Anderson. He missed Thursday’s game against the Capitals with an upper-body injury.

* Anderson said a decision has not been made on which goaltender will start against the Penguins.

* Here are the lines the team used in practice:

Gray: Bergfors-Antropov-Afinogenov

Orange: Kane-Peverley-Little

Dark Blue: Slater-Stapleton-MacArthur

Light Blue: Boulton-Reasoner-Thorburn

Armstrong and Kozlov skated with the Dark Blue line.

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J(Z)

April 2nd, 2010
3:37 pm

What a JOKE. I know in baseball people appeal suspensions all the time…no such luck in hockey, ay?

ChippersLoveChild

April 2nd, 2010
3:51 pm

We are out of it anyway. It really doesn’t matter. Had we won that game last night I would be a lot more upset than I am now.. or should I say I would ACTUALLY be upset.

[...] Chris Vivlamore has some comments form Colby about the hit and suspension. He also reports that Pavel Kubina is doubtful for tomorrow’s game, Evgeny Artyukhin is banged up, and Evander Kane will likely play tomorrow, taking Armstrong’s spot on the roster (though not necessarily the same RW spot on that line). [...]

glovesave29

April 2nd, 2010
3:52 pm

The intent was certainly there by Colby, but it ended up being a glancing blow and the guy was fine. Not even a penalty called until he got into the fracas afterwards. So what is the league to do? Police by intent or by the result? Either way, its hart to see how Colby gets the same 2 game suspension as Ovechkin did for hitting Campbell from behind 3 feet from the boards? To me, having played this game for 30 years is intent to injure. You know that player is going to fall awkwardly against the boards. The favoritism displayed here is just !#^&*$%!

Somaatl95

April 2nd, 2010
3:54 pm

Its the NHL. What do you expect? I’m still waiting on the penalty that should have been dealt to Sydney “Yes I think I hit Puberty” Crosby for using Borris’s sack as a punching bag last season. Yes, they punished Ovechkin a few weeks ago to make a point, but they refuse to penalize the “darlings” of the league, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jeez. As long as we can play the next 4 games like last night we may be able to scrape our way in the playoffs (on a wing and a prayer) and I hope Colby gets a chance to really make those obnoxious fans in DC chant “Refs you suck”.

JTK

April 2nd, 2010
3:55 pm

So Matt Cooke demolishes Mark Sevard, putting him out for the year, and gets nothing? Now Colby Armstrong gets suspended for last night’s hit? The NHL is a joke! You see many far more dangerous and malicious hits in every single NHL game. Colin Campbell should be frying donuts at Tim Horton’s instead of being in the position he’s in. What a disgrace!

Brendan

April 2nd, 2010
4:20 pm

JTK, the rule didn’t exist as it does now, with the accompanying punishments that it does now, at the time of the Matt Cooke skewering of Marc Savard. But, I still totally agree with you. The NHL has always “seemingly” applied its rules “selectively.” Armstrong, being a Thrasher for at least four more games, isn’t aided by the fact that he’s wearing a Thrashers uniform.

Correction, Armstrong is a Thrasher for at least two (2) more games. Truthfully, I wish Army well. I know he never signed to play in this market and wasn’t thrilled when he got traded here. But really, he had no shot at remaining in Pittsburgh, given the cap restraints and his likelihood to supplant either Crosby or Malkin on the top lines. Armstrong had his opportunity here.

And if Colby wanted to remain in Atlanta, he could have signed a 3-year deal last offseason. Instead, he opted for a one-year deal, to complete his RFA years. In July, he’ll pick his next team, as is his right. I hope it all works out for him. He seems like a good egg. I don’t blame him for not wanting to stick around in Atlanta. Colby wants to win. Most players do.

If we try to go long with Zach Bogosian, on a longterm deal, to avoid the RFA offersheets down the road, I wonder if he’ll even think about foregoing some of his UFA eligibility years? Kane has two years until he can become an RFA. I don’t think he’s plotting an “exit strategy,” but if ownership continues to allow no accountability at the GM position, I won’t blame young Kane for signing an RFA offersheet, if one comes his way. Kane and Bogosian have to do what’s best for their careers.

Don Waddell was not re-inked to a new deal on April 1, 2010, as was my guess in the contest. So, I’m eliminated. There are still a few other guesses surviving out there, including the guess that Waddell will NOT be renewed as GM for next season. Forbes Magazine reported that Waddell’s contract expires in 2010. It didn’t specify if in April, May or June of 2010, but the year was 2010. Waddell received his contract extension in November of 2008, after going 11-4-1 in relief of fired Head Coach Bob Hartley.

Will the Atlanta Spirit, LLC “man up” and fire Waddell? Well, time will tell. But we know this much. When you trot out a failing GM to re-sign the star players, they all decline, except for Kozlov. And the middling players, grateful for a paycheck in this league, like Boulton, Slater, and Thorburn.

Lord Stanley

April 2nd, 2010
4:27 pm

That suspension is a bunch of BS. WHEN THE HELL IS THE GET A CLUE ABOUT SUSPENSIONS. The next suspension Colin Campbell will be for goalie interference or for shooting the puck at the goalie’s head. However elbowing cry-baby Crosby in the head would be perfectly acceptable. :)

Lord Stanley

April 2nd, 2010
4:31 pm

sorry for the bad grammar, I meant when is the nhl going to get a clue about suspensions

Lord Stanley

April 2nd, 2010
4:36 pm

Sorry no chance AS will man up and fire the WAD of @#$. Brendan, he still has one yr of his contract, unfortunately Anderson contract is up after the season so he has a better chance of being let go. However he is not the problem, its Waddell

Lord Stanley

April 2nd, 2010
4:37 pm

Wadeel contracxt ends after next season, June 1.

AUgirl

April 2nd, 2010
4:47 pm

I never thought I’d see the day where I thought there could be worse officiating and reviews then in the SEC. Arty and Kubina possibly out? Has there ever been a team who has to work so hard to get into the playoffs? At least think of the future if we have come this far with everything this team has had to endure this year!

Gwinnett Fred

April 2nd, 2010
4:48 pm

Said it before and will say it again. Forget last night’s loss – it would have been nice, but that one isn’t what’s keeping us out of the playoffs.

Going 0-3 against the Hurricanes with 3 POS efforts at HOME over the 2nd half of the season is what will do it. That was an easy 4-6 points tossed away only needing a respectable effort to accomplish.

What will really hurt is when we finish 2 points out of 8th, 4 out of 7th and 6 out of 6th place and those 3 disasters SHOULD haunt the team the entire off season (I say SHOULD, because you have to care first and they play without any heart so often, I sometimes tend to wonder)

MikeyF

April 2nd, 2010
5:00 pm

Army’s description confirms what I saw, and described in an earlier post about the hit:

There are certainly plenty of ignorant Caps and Pens fans out there, but, if you read the message boards across the league, Caps and Pens fans certainly have no monopoly on ignorance. B.Thenet’s post is exhibit A in support of that proposition. I played hockey at the collegiate level in Minnesota in the mid-60s, and have coach championship teams at the Midget AAA level. Some things have changed since I played in college, but some haven’t. I was taught, and my players were taught, that sometimes you have to take a hit to make a play. That’s hockey. I was also taught, and my players were taught, that, if not necessary to make a play, attempt to avoid taking bad hits when possible, particularly when you feel yourself in a vulnerable position. That’s hockey. But, when a guy starts to avoid a hit, and you realize that the only way to hit him is with a forearm/elbow, that’s not hockey, it’s a penalty.

Good on Army for being honest. As to the suspension, I have no idea how Campbell decides this stuff. The league wants to have absolute discretion in these kinds of matters, and simply won’t be tied down by having to explain the thought process. It is what it is, and they don’t care what we think.

And, as to the obnoxious Caps fans, they’ve had 50+ consecutive sellouts, and they got that “Refs you suck” right last night, at least on the non-call. Last time I was at Phillips, you could’ve fired a pretty big artillery piece and not hit anyone.

Bruce

April 2nd, 2010
5:02 pm

He should have gotten a 5 minute elbowing penalty, too.

the ice cold brothers

April 2nd, 2010
5:13 pm

So can we bring up Cormier? At least he plays clean…

Old Time Hockey

April 2nd, 2010
5:23 pm

If they played all year long like they played last night we’d be talking about our seeding in the playoffs, not whether we can get in. That was a GREAT team game they played last night. Best defensive effort of the year…Old School style, not the trap…play your position and cover your man. That was the best team in the league this year that they virtually shut them down for the majority of the game. I was proud of their effort. Two plays cost them the game and they were both great plays by the Caps. Colby F’d up and he admitted it. Stand up guy who has the character this team needs. They screw up those calls all the time but it is the right call in this case. Loved hearing Engblom eat his words last night. He (me too) thought the Caps would come out flying last night and pound our boys. But we took it away with a great effort. Nice to finally hear the TV and XM guys start to talk about our Thrash with a more positive slant. I see all these teams around the league with great young goalies, then see Pavelec play like he has and think maybe we finally got one. He has bounced back very well from his slump which says a lot about his mental strength. Cary Price was curled up in the corner of his locker room sobbing like a girl when he hit a tough patch. Hope he recognizes the value of training and nutrition that Kari whatshisname seemed to ignore. He’s still not 23. Hope he works hard this summer and comes in to camp and takes control. that would go a long way with this team. Would probably be the difference in making and not making the playoffs this year. If they play a few more like last night I’ll be impressed. I love Chelios and he impresses the heck out of me even making it to the NHL this year at his age, but he reminds me of Willie Mays at the end of his career. You can see the body just can’t do what the brain says. Love to see Toby move the puck like last night. Great outside in move that tied the Washington D-man in a pretzel. If he scores on that it’s the NHL play of the night. So frustrating to see them play this well against a great team but too often played like dog doo against teams they should have crushed.

Rockem Sockem Thrasher

April 2nd, 2010
5:25 pm

I think Kane’s return will be the difference the Thrash need to make the playoffs. The guy plays with a ton of energy and always seemed to disrupt and annoy the other teams. Can anyone tell me how the Thrash have faired since he’s been out?

For the Record

April 2nd, 2010
5:39 pm

Kane comes back into the lineup for Army…..Hmmm….I’ll take that deal!! Kane moves around fast and actually tries to get the puck near the net. Army just scopes out a new sucker to take down every game. Too bad he doesn’t seem as interested in scoring as in knocking someone’s block off. We really need Kubes and Big Arty in the lineup. But I have to admit I REALLY like this lineup:

Gray: Bergfors-Antropov-Afinogenov

Orange: Kane-Peverley-Little

Dark Blue: Slater-Stapleton-MacArthur

Light Blue: Boulton-Reasoner-Thorburn

There’s a real potential for some balanced scoring there. Some guys who skate well and know what to do with the puck. A couple of wins and a couple of OT losses and we could seriously be in #8. If not, it saves me a few Franklins from the “pre-sale” tix I bought yesterday.

The Philly & Habs game should be pretty FUGLY. Someone has to win, right? Right?

For the Record

April 2nd, 2010
5:59 pm

Rockem Sockem:

In the 7 games between the Kovy trade & Kane’s injury against TB on 3/6 (from 2/5 thru 3/4) the Thrash were 4-1-2. Kane left in the 2nd against TB and they lost the game, which started that dreadful 0-5-1 run where they couldn’t buy a W. Then they got the mojo back and beat BUF, OTT and won the 2 Philly home at home games for a 4-game win streak. The most recent 6 games have been 2-3-1. So if you include the TB game, they’ve been 6-8-2 in the 16 games he’s missed.

He’s obviously been missed and I’m glad he’s back!! :)

Farel

April 2nd, 2010
6:18 pm

What a joke! The caps are cheap shot artists and one of our guys gets suspended. If the NHL wants to fix the playoffs why not announce who is in the playoffs before the season kicks off.

B. Thenet

April 2nd, 2010
6:51 pm

Oh, an attendance jab. Must have learned wit at that Minnesota school you played at in the 60’s MikeyF.

Iceman

April 2nd, 2010
9:05 pm

Capitals didn’t draw great crowds until they got good, MikeyF. Get good, and the people will come.

MikeyF

April 2nd, 2010
9:21 pm

B.Thenet…I may not have learned wit, but I did learn hockey, which you apparently haven’t…look at what Army said, and look at what I said before his comments were posted. Pretty much dead on, eh?

As to the attendance, you’re right, Iceman…Caps had very good attendance from the mid-80s until they tanked after the ‘98 Cup finals…only since they drafted Ovi and the team started to get better have they had good attendance.

bs

April 2nd, 2010
10:46 pm

this is why the nhl sucks: no freakin suspension for dirty-ass cooke blind side hit on savard but a 2 game suspension for armstrong clean hit on a lil french wussy! NHL Sucks!

Durocher

April 3rd, 2010
11:11 am

The folks in charge of this team – the folks above Don Waddell – have to be honest with themselves when they decide what to do this summer. If they think there really is enough talent on the Thrashers that the team should not be in the predicament it is right now, then John Anderson has got to go. It is the coach’s job to get his team to perform as well as it can.

However, if the powers that be do not think the Thrashers have the personnel to be a legitimate playoff contender, then Don Waddell has got to go. He has had plenty of time to put together a good team, and – if he has not done so – he should be done.

If the Thrashers do miss the playoffs – or even if they squeak in and get pasted in the first round – I would strongly suggest dismissing both Waddell and Anderson, and starting all over again with somebody willing and able (at least temporarily) to be coach and GM. The players need to know that the guy giving the orders really is the boss.

B. Thenet

April 3rd, 2010
3:46 pm

Nice job Moose, don’t let the door hit you on the way out of town.

Really?

April 3rd, 2010
3:50 pm

Seriously guys??? Can we not play disciplined hockey for 2:00 minutes? Jim Slater doesn’t take that dumb penalty we skate away tied for 8th. This is why we will never be great, no consistency, and it starts at the top. Undisciplined play is a direct result of bad coaching. We lack heart for 60 minutes and it shows!!

kbatch

April 3rd, 2010
3:50 pm

Wow… What a weak goal… Moose will be having nightmares about that all summer…

kbatch

April 3rd, 2010
3:52 pm

Ahead 3-2 with less than 2 minutes remaining… A playoff team doesn’t lose that game… Damn

Always Hoping......

April 3rd, 2010
4:08 pm

Oh boy…..I can hear Stendec now!!

Brendan

April 3rd, 2010
4:59 pm

Just finished watching the Nashville Predators let the Red Wings get a “pity” point with 35 seconds left in regulation. Shaking my head. And yes, folks, the Predators are a playoff team.

Why mention it??? Well, quite frankly because I wanted to, plus we’ve been talking, lately, about the possibility of Nashville vs. Phoenix as the #4 vs. #5 seed out West. That pity point may have just pushed the Red Wings into 5th spot, considering that Detroit plays Columbus twice more, and Philly. Shaking my head. It’s going to be very, very difficult for Nashville to retain that 5th seed. Oh, not that they can’t beat the Vancouver Canucks, as a #6 vs. #3, it’s just that there’s so much more intrigue into a Coyotes-Predators series. Plus, ya know, it infuriates the Canadian purists out there to think that teams from Arizona and Tennessee might be playing each other in the playoffs.

Okayyyyy, so … we’re all mad?? Disappointed??? In “See, I told you!” mode??? Well, I’m none of those things. Yet. I saw the Washington Capitals as the best team in the NHL. We lost by one goal. I see the Pittsburgh Penguins as easily a Top 5 NHL team, where … again … we were very competitive. I’d even say, without hyperbole, that we dominated Pittsburgh. But ….

How many times have you heard me say, “Moose is one of my all-time favorite Thrashers?” The answer is 17 times. How many times have you heard me say, “Renting a 37-year old goaltender at the trade deadline is misreading the situation in net.” About 22 times now. Now, Moose certainly has been adequate. I don’t have the “since the trade deadline stats” handy. But my best guess is that Hedberg is around a 2.85 GAA. That might be wrong. I don’t want to split hairs. The bottom line is … we needed to move Hedberg at the deadline and acquire a goalie, if we weren’t going to try, try again with Lehtonen. Obviously, Lehtonen was traded without playing a minute in net as a Thrasher this season.

Gonchar’s goal, late in the third period, was a great shot. Was it a stoppable shot? Yes. But I don’t know if Moose was screened on it. Was the OT winner stoppable. That was a terrible goal. That’s on Moose. And I’m sure he feels terrible about it. And you Buffalo Sabres fans feel pretty terrible about it, too. Pittsburgh was 1:15 or so away from zero points, keeping Buffalo in 2nd place in the Conference. Instead, they pick up the full two. Ay, ay, ay.

Okay, so … here’s the Bruce Levenson spin. “Clearly, Don Waddell’s team was competitive versus Washington and Pittsburghy. And after we beat New Jersey on Tuesday, that will be all the evidence I need to extend Waddell another two years for a job well done.”

Actually, here’s what I think Bruce should say, instead. For … at least it would be ‘honest’ for a change. “Ahh, look. I don’t care WHAT our MORON fans say. WEEEEE SAY Don Waddell’s great. Screw all y’all if you don’t like him. We’ll find “new” fans to replace you. So suck on it! And, by the way, here’s Waddell’s new deal.” What? He’s the part-owner. If this is how he wants to operate, he deserves the financial hardship that follows his poor decision-making and judgement.

stendek

April 3rd, 2010
5:01 pm

If the SOB could not shoot why the Hell was he in the lineup? Hardly dam indispensible! Way to go John Petrino. You gutless clueless oxygen waste! This one is for Always Hoping…..Apparently another Trasher apologist who is so happy the quitters only lost by, clue main chorus, one goal. AGAIN! That bullshet being said…Used to be apathetic to Trashers. Now I hate them. Every dam one of them except Johan Lehtonen. Moose is moving closer to my hate list after that obvious giveup job in Pittsburgh. The Tennessee Tuxedos were coasting! They were prime to be had. Trashers said no thanks! Any playoff appearances will cause havoc with our golf tee times. So they went bellyup with yet another totally heartless exhibition! Moose let one in shot from Scranton. Even Kari Lehtonen never did that! Painfully evident team wanted to lose. IF THEY CLAIM OTHERWISE THEY ARE DAM LIARS! Allow me to play Devil’s Adocate. I will fake being an apologist! Here goes. Team played well. Yawn. Led most of way. Ho hum. Had Stanley Cup defenders on ropes. Uh huh. Never gave up. Lie. Played with intensity. Lie. Played tough. Lie. Performed well on hostile ice. Zzzzzz. Got some terrible calls. Boo hoo. Team collected a point. Jump into Hell with that meaningless pity point! Now on to more important stuff. Trasher goaltender allowed three marshmallow goals. Three! A KL effort if ever I witnessed one. A high school netminder would have stopped those three goals. No gripe on first power play tally. Hope somebody puts that SOB Malkin in hospital! ASAP. To all apologists. I was going to say go to Hell but I have a better solution. When the Trashers pack up for their journey to Hamilton then pack up and join them. Atlanta does not need the Trashers nor its apologist fans! I am dam tired of these gutless quitters representing my state. To Hell with all of them! ++STENDEK++ Happy Easter to Rawhide, Chris, Moose and all fellow fans who know Trashers are uncaring oxygen wastes who quit on fans months ago!

stendek

April 3rd, 2010
5:05 pm

What drugs are you on Brendan? Sheesh. ++STENDEK++ Say howdy to Kari Lehtonen when you run into him in LaLa Land. Whew!

Brendan

April 3rd, 2010
5:13 pm

Kari told me that he thought Waddell would pick up Roloson or Biron at the deadline. Bygones.

Happy Easter, Stendek. What’s with the “k” at the end?

stendek

April 3rd, 2010
5:29 pm

Happy Easter pal. “K” was supposed to be for “k”inder comments. That sort of evaporated like Trasher playoff aspirations. Best to you and yours. ++STENDEK++

Always Hoping......

April 3rd, 2010
5:52 pm

Stendek….if the “K means kinder then what did the “C stand for?

Brenden…….if you could watch only one game tonite…which one?

Kovy's Agent

April 3rd, 2010
5:57 pm

Breaking in for a minute from the Stendek/Brendan love fest, I know everyone will pick on the softies let in by Moose, and they were soft, but Slater getting a penalty 200 feet from his own net with 2 minutes to go? And it was a clearly avoidable penalty, not some home cooking call. How many years you been in the league Jimmy? Is there anyone on this team with any hockey IQ at all?

Brendan

April 3rd, 2010
6:28 pm

Always Hoping, maybe it stood for “crueler?” But in fairness to Mr. Stendec/k, he and his family have been through a lot these past few months. So, I sincerely do with them the best Easter possible.

Easter, like Thanksgiving and Christmas, is a time of family unity and togetherness, where we are, all of us, grateful for the blessings we do enjoy in life. Some years are better than others. In a way, it’s just like our sports teams. Sometimes, the Falcons are in the NFC title game, and other years, they’re 5-11.

I hope the NHL and the ownership … will take a long, hard look at itself … and clean up the situation here. In a city with over 5 million people, and the 8th largest TV market in the nation, that once set an NHL record for fan attendance in 1999-2000, we have to ask the question, “So, what went wrong?” And to think that things haven’t gone wrong is to be in complete denial. If this team were a contender, it’d sell out every game. You don’t have to be a Phi Beta Kappa to realize the relationship that exists between competence and incompetence, vis-a-vis running an NHL franchise. If it’s being run properly, the fans will be there. If it’s run without direction and purpose, you’ll get a half empty arena. One-quarter filled with fans of the other team. One-quarter filled with fans who would pay to anyone skating with a Thrashers jersey on his back. That’s a die-hard fan. That’s someone who enjoys the sound of the words, “I’ve been a season ticket holder from Day One.” But really, is there any chance, ANNNNNY chance at all, that you couldn’t get a seat, elsewhere in your same section, maybe even same row, at half-price, by waiting? ANNNNY chance of that not happening? The arena holds 18,545 quality seats. Philips Arena is on the best “sight line” arenas in the whole league. By not renewing, you get Waddell fired. And then, you get your VERY SAME SEAT, for 50% off. Think about it.

Brendan

April 3rd, 2010
6:31 pm

Always Hoping, one game and only one game … Montreal vs. Buffalo.

Brendan

April 3rd, 2010
6:36 pm

Kovy’s Agent, that’s exactly right. And it’s not exactly the first time Slater has done that. I understand that Slater is trying to make his mark, in a contract year. But this was the wrong way to go about it.

Personally, I think Slater will be back. At 770,000 dollars, and his longevity with the team, he’ll probably get invited back. Worst case scenario? They’ll put him on waivers. He might get claimed of re-entry waivers, at half price. He could be a 4th line center on about 4-5 other teams in this league.

Ezekiel

April 3rd, 2010
9:30 pm

Will Don Waddell ever leave? 1 playoff in 10 years and he has never won a playoff game. What happened to Don’s 5 year plan when he can to Atlanta? How can an incompetent like Waddell keep his job year after frustrating year???

Brendan

April 3rd, 2010
11:41 pm

Ezekiel, the answer is clear. The issue of comptency, and the lack thereof, resides with ownership. If you were Waddell, would you raise your hand to tell ownership, “You really should fire me. I’m incapable.” Obviously, you wouldn’t. Therefore, a hoodwinkable schlub like Bruce Levenson is easy fodder for Waddell to keep his job. Waddell just flimflams ‘im. He hornswaggles ‘im. He bamboozles ‘im with some doubletalk. Levenson doesn’t have a clue. So, he buys it.

Meanwhile, Michael Gearon, Jr. knows that both Levenson and Waddell don’t have a lick of luck. And I’m being kind, here. But both are “useful idiots” to him, as they serve his need in preparation of the team being sold, once it is stocked with high-end draft picks, and low inventory.

Waddell is William Hung. That is, a guy who thinks he’s talented, when he isn’t. But, he’s not quite stupid enough to voluntarily remove himself. He’s a snakeoil salesmen. And Bruce Levenson is his #1 customer. Levenson has a basement full of snakeoil.

JR

April 4th, 2010
10:56 am

sing it frank sinatra: ‘and now, the end is near’.

Brendan

April 4th, 2010
2:06 pm

And now, with 2:00 left in the 2nd period, Philadelphia is up, 4-2, against Detroit. That’s terrible for us. But if you happen to be a fan of the Nashville Predators or Phoenix Coyotes, this is GOOD news.

Brendan

April 4th, 2010
3:32 pm

Philly won, 4-3, over Detroit.