Updated: Season over for Antropov, Kubina, White

Back from the last Thrashers practice of the season. There is plenty of news to report.

Officially add Nik Antropov to the list of injured players. In fact, he won’t play the final two games of the season.

“He’s played through an injury all year. He’s going to be looked at by our doctors and see what his prognosis is for the summer,” Coach John Anderson said Wednesday. “We’ll find out more next week.”

He did have a hip injury. He would take  a practice off each week.

The upper-body injuries to Pavel Kubina and Todd White also turned out to be season-ending. They will not play Friday against Capitals or Saturday against Penguins.

Christoph Schubert is also out.

In the 99th update to this story: The Thrashers will re-call Arturs Kulda, not Ivan Vishnevskiy, from AHL Chicago. Sorry for the several versions of this report. The Thrashers have only five healthy defensemen since Chris Chelios was sent back to Chicago for the Calder Cup playoffs. Kulda appeared in two games for the Thrashers earlier this season and had one assist.

Ondrej Pavelec will get the start in goal against the Capitals and Johan Hedberg will start the season-finale against the Penguins.

Anderson said Slava Kozlov might play against the Capitals, but would definitely play against the Penguins, his last game as a Thrasher.

Here were the line combinations used in practice Thursday. There will be something to them with Antropov and White out.

Gray: Bergfors-Peverley-Afinogenov

Blue: Kane-Armstrong-Little

Red: Artyukhin-Slater-Kozlov

Orange: Boulton-Reasoner-Thorburn-MacArthur

Remember on Tuesday (April 13) is the NHL draft lottery. It will air on Versus at 8 p.m.

No new blog Friday since I will be off. We’ll try to report any news early from Saturday’s game.

59 comments Add your comment

Dwayne

April 8th, 2010
1:22 pm

MASHAPlayer7

April 8th, 2010
1:29 pm

Ho hum…gearing for another playoff-less off-season. I feel like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, only I don’t think I’ll get the girl in the end.

TableHockey

April 8th, 2010
1:33 pm

Thanks for the update Chris – and thanks for all the coverage this season. You did a great job keeping us updated all season long.

DWTOO

April 8th, 2010
1:40 pm

From your lines report it might be the last we see of Mac too. Relegated to the fourth line.

Looks like the farewell performance for Slava and The Moose. Both solid guys.

Chris Vivlamore

April 8th, 2010
2:20 pm

Please see updated blog above, but it’s Arturs Kulda who will get the call up from AHL Chicago. Sorry for the misinformation.

JR

April 8th, 2010
3:12 pm

at the risk of being redundant, a complete management enema is called for in my opinion. the gm has to go as he is the only constant through a decade of less than mediocrity. i think that anderson has to go as well.
but, there are other issues. everyone seems to love reasoner including the other players as witnessed by his award earlier this week. but, can this team afford a player who has 4 goals in 76 games? he may be an integral part of the penalty kill but look at the team’s horrible short handed record. it couldn’t be much worse without him. can we afford to have a todd white? chris thorburn [sp?]? the two players that fulfilled the gm’s promise to be a buyer at the trade deadline? this team needs to eliminate the deadwood, try to sign the couple of free agents who will help [kubina, max, schubert [if he is one]. let armstrong skate. he’s too streaky.

let’s start the latest youth movement with the handful of solid veterans [hainsy, schubert, kubina, nik, max,peverly], the young veterans like liitle and toby and the kids. a new general manager and a new coach.

let’s play exciting hockey and the crowds will hopefully start coming.

Liney smith

April 8th, 2010
4:45 pm

Chris

any chance you getting an update on Don’s status from BL.
In all seriousness isn’t time? BL wants to blame bad attendance on a bad sports market due to Hawks issues with attendance. Thrashers fan base for most part totally different than Hawks.
BL is protecting DW. Please ask why the man still has a job after teaseing for 10 years.
I’ll be back fir my love of the game but for the grace of god can you guys at the ajc get to the bottom of this?

Brendan

April 8th, 2010
4:52 pm

Well, sounds like operation “Let Carolina surpass us in the Standings so that three (3) division rivals don’t get the drop on us” is in full effect. Go ‘Canes! You’re only 3-points back of Atlanta, with two to play! Folks, a higher draft pick really wouldn’t hurt us any. We cannot make the playoffs. And winning or losing these games won’t change Kubina, Army, Finny, or anyone else’s mind about signing or not re-signing for next year.

Liney smith

April 8th, 2010
5:03 pm

We can’t have dw in charge of draft…,I beg you Bruce

Brendan

April 8th, 2010
5:55 pm

Don Waddell once said, “Every year, we go through an evaluation process. I’m not different. They’ll assess me in the offseason and decide what to do from there.”

Well, that’s a very honest answer. I suspect that does ACTUALLY occur. But what doesn’t occur is any thought of firing him. Instead, it’s just, “Here’s where you could ‘maybe’ improve, Don.” Then they set him about their task.

It’s a pathetic situation. The ownership likes Waddell, even though Waddell is a big part of the reason the team fails. Their bottom line is … “he serves their needs/purposes.” And for Don’s part, he’s not about to tell them, “Fire me. For the good of the franchise.” Instead, Don is just willing to put up with whatever conditions he has to endure … to remain in the GM chair. I feel bad for the guy, to a degree. But, on the other hand, he’s willing to put up with it. So … it’s like a marriage between two peope who are “terrible” for each other. One is afraid to be alone, and the other is incapable.” So, the two of them stick it out, trying to make the best of their shortcomings and phobias.

Shaking my head. I’ve never seen anything like it elsewhere in sports. Most GM’s are fired prematurely, or even without cause. Their crime? They didn’t put the team into the Conference Finals, so they’re gone. This is what happened to David Nonis in Vancouver. He was replaced by former player agent Mike Gillis, who likewise failed to put the Canucks into the Conference Finals last year. They pushed Chicago to six games in the QSF, but that’s as far as they got. This year, Vancouver won its division again, and will be the #3 seed, I believe. If the Vancouver Canucks, once again, fail to reach the Conference Finals, Mike Gillis could be shown the door.

Why?

Accountability. There is an expectation level out in Vancouver that is much, much higher than the expectation level as DEMANDED by ownership in Atlanta. The Thrashers fanbase has been whittled down to (1) ardent Waddell-backers or (2) ‘my team, through thick-n-thin, I’ve been a season ticket holder from Day One’ types who will just never leave. That’s the makeup of their Constitution. So, there it is. In Atlanta, we’re either apathetic or ‘overly polite.’

I’ll bet a steak dinner that those in attendance Saturday night at Blueland will not get a “Fire Waddell” chant to take root and sweep across the arena. What happens is, 4-5 people chant, “fire Waddell,” and everyone else stares unaffected or disapprovingly. Others may agree, but they’re too “polite” to participate in something as a “vulgar” as a FIRE someone chant. And that’s a shame, really. Because 18,000 fans chanting “Fire Waddell” make even make Bruce hear it. The worst part is, Bruce would stand up and say, “Yeah, so? We’re still 100% behind Waddell.”

Latvian Hockey Fan

April 8th, 2010
7:03 pm

Arturs Kulda is the best defensman ever…1st in AHL in +/-

Supes

April 8th, 2010
7:09 pm

Don isn’t the ONLY problem, new ownership that cares and want to build a winner is NEEDED.

Farel

April 8th, 2010
7:10 pm

Thanks Chris for keeping us up-to-date on the team all year!

Sage of Bluesland

April 8th, 2010
8:31 pm

Post of the Year nomination for Brendan’s 5:55pm post….Truer words were never written.

Laughing thinking of the one sheep who (sanctimoniously) stated that they weren’t going to cheer for a person’s dismissal….That sentiment alone sums up why we are where we are…

Eugene

April 8th, 2010
9:20 pm

The Thrashers have the potential to be a playoff team next season. But in order to do that, they’ll need to do several things. First, Fire the GM, he makes Mike Milbury look like a hockey genius. Second, fire the coach. There’s no excuse for the way the Thrashers played their last 6 games. They were coached poorly and there was no flow to their game. Nobody was willing to pay the price and sacrifice the body. They all just stood around watching the opposing teams score goals. Third, they need to sign a player that is willing to stay in front of the net and provide a screen and create chances through deflections. Fourth, they need a stay at home defenceman like Willie Mitchell. Fifth, they need a player who can take the point on the powerplay. Atlanta’s powerplay was pathetic mainly because they didn’t have a good pointman with a good hard shot. They really need a coach that will hold them accountable on both ends of the ice. Atlanta just doesn’t have the skill to win games based on finesse. They have to play hardnose hockey.

Ilya Kovalchuk

April 8th, 2010
9:27 pm

Eugene

April 8th, 2010
9:34 pm

to Brendan, Dave Nonis was fired becase the new ownership wanted a change in direction and the Canucks under Nonis only made the Playoffs once. Previous ownership under John McCaw had decided to not renew Brian Burke’s contract mainly because Burke was pretty outspoken in Vancouver and critical of several of management’s decisions. Nonis was hired solely to save McCaw money. Nonis showed his inexperience by drafting Luc Bourdon over Anze Kopitar when every single scouting agency in the western hemisphere had Kopitar rated in the top 5. He passed on Paul Stastny and scores of other players that would have definitely have helped the Canucks. Also, Vancouver fans never would have supported a losing team for 9 out of 10 years. The pressure to win is far greater in Vancouver than it is in Atlanta where the majority of people are fairweather fans.

bugman

April 8th, 2010
9:52 pm

I’m sorry Viv, I have to disagree with the title of your latest blog. It should read:

Season over for Thrashers and fanbase once again.

Tony C.

April 8th, 2010
11:03 pm

Eugene, the point was that due to lack of success as well as the points you made, the man was canned. FOR NOT GETTING THE JOB DONE.

I have had dreams about somebody over at FUBAS doing the same to our GM

Brendan

April 9th, 2010
12:38 am

Eugene, that was an excellent post. You bring far more insight into the Vancouver Canucks than I do. I like the Canucks, and do wish them well this year. For most of us in Atlanta, when we hear “Vancouver Canucks” we think back to 1999, when Atlanta owned the 1st overall pick, and decided on Patrik Stefan and not one of the Sedin Twins. Though, I kinda suspect that it was a situation where you had to take both of them, if you took one of them. Though, you’d know better than I.

As best I can tell, David Nonis was hired on May 6, 2004, after the Calgary Flames eliminated them in overtime, of Game Seven, in one of the greatest playoff series I have ever seen. Nonis was fired after the 2008 season, when Mike Gillis was hired on April 23, 2008.

During the “Nonis Administration,” the Canucks finished with 92-points, 4th in the NW division, and out of the playoffs in 2006. In 2007, the Vancouver Canucks won the NW Division, with 105-points. In 2008, Nonis’ Canucks regressed 17-points to 88-points, and finished 5th in the NW Division, clearly outside of the playoffs.

Ninety-two (92) points is 10 games over .500, “NHL style.” In Atlanta, we’d be pleased with that, more than likely. And 105-points would be a Thrashers franchise record, for sure. And, it turns out, that 105-points for Vancouver is also a franchise record to them, as well. Unless that mark is eclipsed this year. Vancouver’s 49 wins, back in 2007, was also a franchise record. In those 2007 playoffs, the Canucks defeated Dallas, 4-3. But in the QSF, the Canucks met the eventual Stanley Cup winner, in Anaheim, bowing out in five games. In total, GM David Nonis won five playoff games in 2007. And, yes, that was his grand total number of playoff wins during his tenure. But Nonis got five playoff wins over three seasons. Atlanta has won no playoff games over ten seasons.

I’m not sure the term “fair weather” fan is the right word for this situation. I think a better word would be “apathetic.” For the “fair weather” fan only comes out when the team is winning. The “apathetic” fan comes out and stares, silently, at the action on the ice, presumably happy with the “bottom feeder/schedule fodder” status of the franchise. Instead of yelling, “Fire Waddell. Or this seat will be empty next year.” Which is what I suspect they do in Vancouver, BC. In Atlanta, the ownership is doesn’t care if the fanbase is angry, frustrated, or displeased with the product. Their answer has been, in the past, “Shut up and pay the increased ticket cost. Every team has to raise prices. We’re no different.” Meanwhile, the Atlanta fan doesn’t say, “Hey, wait a minute. Why don’t you show me some results, before I agree to pay more for this product.” Bruce Levenson’s response is to stare out the window or say, “Don Waddell is ‘very respected in NHL circles.’” So, they stick with him. Hockey fans in Atlanta deserve better than this. I’m glad the fans in Vancouver are treated better.

[...] • The seasons for Nik Antropov(notes), Pavel Kubina(notes) and Todd White(notes) are all officially over. [AJC] [...]

MB

April 9th, 2010
8:24 am

Brendan, with Carolina’s win last night, they are now only one point behind us in the league standings. Unfortunately, the Isles lost…they’re currently at 78 points…but they have two games left. So it’s possible that one or both could pass us in the league standings, which would put us sixth from the bottom. Buy your tickets now for the “Shuffle Towards The Cellar!!!!”

I kid, sort of. Truth is at this point it wouldn’t break my heart to see us improve our draft position. Flip side is that I’d like to see Kozzy and Moose wrap up their Atlanta careers on a positive note.

J.B.

April 9th, 2010
9:20 am

Despite this season’s struggles, I hope Kozlov gets similar treatment/reception from the crowd and the team tomorrow night…

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Video-Modano-Dallas-fans-join-in-memorable-te?urn=nhl,233098

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ChippersLoveChild

April 9th, 2010
1:41 pm

They are only playing Slava because it is the only way to get fans in the building.. I still feel like Slava would have helped us down the stretch.

Brendan

April 9th, 2010
6:11 pm

MB, I agree. I’d like to move up from #8 to #6. What would it hurt? If Waddell were ‘dealin Don,’ he could try to package picks #6 and #25 (via the Devils) to move into the lottery draft.

Swami

April 9th, 2010
9:29 pm

See? Kovy no come back. Now Thrashers no go to playoffs. Argh!

stendek

April 9th, 2010
9:35 pm

Wow! What a game. End to end action! Chances galore. Saves in abundance! The way professional hockey is supposed to be played. I am completely breathless! The Flyers and Rangers are putting on quite a show. Guess some of the mentally challenged watched the Trashers go bellyup for the untold time against the overrated Washington Crapitals! Why bother? Just another one the worthless oxygen wastes bases in Atlanta mailed in! The Trashers are complete filth. Not fit to be categorized as professionals! Unless you are talking about professional quitters and scumballs. Hope all the uncaring bestards are in Hamilton next season! Go Flyers. ++STENDEK++ Oh well. Ranjerks got two points. Damn them!

B. Thenet

April 9th, 2010
9:44 pm

That stretch where the Caps scored 3 goals in a couple of minutes was one of the low points of not just this season, but perhaps John Anderson’s tenure with the Thrashers.

The team quit on Pavelec, left out to dry.

Heck even the coach quit on Pavelec, he had to wait until the 5th goal was scored before calling a timeout and attempting to awake his team from their sulking about on the ice.

It was a good effort by the team outside of that little patch, a good effort wasted by 5 minutes of quit.

stendek

April 9th, 2010
9:49 pm

A good effort B. Thenet? A 5-2 a$$ kicking? What pray tell, do you consider a BAD effort? Just curious. If fans like you accept mediocrity season after season why should Trasher management demand any type of accountability? I, personally, do not view a heartless three goal defeat as good. Not in any shape or form! Just my opinion. ++STENDEK++ Defend Pavs Lehtonen if you must but he was a sieve in the class of Kari Lehtonen. I know the truth hurts but…

stendek

April 9th, 2010
9:53 pm

One more thing net. The Falcons were one play, not five minutes, from a playoff victory over the Dallas Cowboys when the boys from Texas were worth a darn. Guess what? They porked the pig on that one play which resulted in a crushing loss. Took team years to recover from that choke job! Five bad minutes? Add up the bad minutes this season! Bad moments far outweight few good ones. ++STENDEK++

B. Thenet

April 9th, 2010
9:57 pm

If you had watched the game, you would understand what I was talking about.

Eugene

April 9th, 2010
10:22 pm

Brendan,
I remember the Sedin Twins getting drafted by Brian Burke. If I remember correctly, Tampa Bay had the first overall draft pick. Vancouver had the third overall draft pick. Vancouver made a deal with Chicago to get the 4th overall draft pick and they traded that to Tampa Bay for the first overall draft pick. Brian Burke made a guarantee that he’d draft at least one of the twins and would not leave the room without the other. Atlanta had the 2nd pick and then they traded that pick to Vancouver with the promise that they would not draft the Sedins. Patrick Stefan at the time was a promising player but his concussion history cut his career short. That draft was probably one of the worst drafts in NHL history.

Brendan

April 9th, 2010
11:55 pm

Eugene, you’re saying that Atlanta had the 2nd overall pick in 1999, but flipped that to Vancouver for the 1st overall, formerly belonging to Tampa Bay, on the mere condition that Atlanta not select one of the Sedins? That’s awesome maneuvering by Burke.

I am, however, wondering why Atlanta acquiesced, unless Atlanta had ZERO interest in one of the Sedins. Or, unless Burke provided some sort of “inducement,” such as a latter round draft pick or a conditional pick the following year, back to Atlanta. I mean, in laymen’s terms, why would Atlanta accept the 1st overall pick in a draft, if it were NOT FREE to select whomever they wished?

If summarized correctly, per Eugene’s post above, this was the situation:

1. Vancouver, via #1 Tampa Bay, through Chicago’s #4 pick.
2. Atlanta
3. Vancouver
4. Tampa Bay, via Chicago, through Vancouver.

So, at this point, Vancouver is picking 1st and 3rd, thus guaranteeing themselves at least one (1) of the Sedins. But Burke wants both of them. So he flips the 1st overall pick to Waddell, on condition that he CANNOT take either Sedin. In Waddell’s shoes, I’d say, “Sorry Brian Burke, but if you don’t toss in a 2nd rounder, either this year or next year, I’m taking one of those Sedin boys. I own the 2nd overall pick. I have to do what is right by the shareholders of the team, the fan base, and my vision for the Atlanta Thrashers Hockey Club. Instead, I’m sure, Waddell said, “Fine by me, Brian. I won’t stand in your way. I wanted Patrik Stefan, ALLLLL ALONG. I’m getting the man I wanted.” Had Waddell taken this hardline stance with Burke, I’d bet that Brian Burke would have made Waddell a deal for Atlanta’s 2nd overall pick. This way, Vancouver (Burke) picks 1st and 2nd overall, (taking both Sedins,) and Atlanta gets (????) Vancouver’s 3rd overall pick, presummably taking Stefan, plus whatever Burke’s offer might be, such a 2nd rounder in 1999 or 2000. And if Burke says “no” to that deal, then Atlanta mozies up to the podium to select either Henrik or Daniel Sedin at pick #2 overall, leaving Burke to stew in his juices. Hey, that’s the POWER of the 2nd overall pick.

In 2002, Waddell owned that 2nd overall pick, and got outmaneuvered there, too. The top picks were Bouwmeester and Nash. If Waddell sticks to his guns, one of those players comes to Blueland. Instead, Waddell blusters about “wanting Lehtonen, ALLLL ALONG,” while picking up Jim Slater (30th overall) as inducement not to select Bouwmeester, when Columbus makes that deal with Florida, swapping its 3rd overall for Florida’s 1st overall pick, for Rick Nash. But again, that deal CANNOT happen without Waddell’s acquiscence not pick Bouwmeester. Otherwise, Florida just KEEPS its 1st overall pick, forcing Columbus to make a deal with Atlanta for Nash. And if Columbus REFUSES to make a deal with Atlanta, then Rick Nash becomes a Thrasher. This is the POWER of the 2nd overall pick in a draft. Bygones.

Aset

April 10th, 2010
3:35 am

hey guys, anybody got any news about Nik Antropov? Will he be able to play for national team at World Championship?

Jd

April 10th, 2010
7:08 am

Please. The season is over for every Thrasher player. They have mailed it in and we are expected to go to Fan Appreciation night LOL.

Aset

April 10th, 2010
9:39 am

Jd, you are already wrong , because Afinogenov and Artyukhin will play in Germany at WC and that’s for sure :)

Kevin

April 10th, 2010
10:33 am

Just when you think it couldn’t get any worse, someone points out that we could have had one of the Sedin’s instead of Stefan!
I just vomited!
If this organization cares anything about winning there needs to be a housecleaning starting Monday.

alex

April 10th, 2010
12:28 pm

stendek, may i ask you one small thing to do for this franchize both of us rooting for. stendek please fire you friend DON the idiot. after that i promise, you never going scrimming and yelling on players even most hated by you finn and russian. please fire him. pick anyone from this blog i don’t care who. it’s impossible to manage any worse.

Delbert D.

April 10th, 2010
4:37 pm

How can pro hockey possibly catch on in regions of the country where high school/junior hockey and college hockey aren’t followed closely?

B. Thenet

April 10th, 2010
6:04 pm

Delbert: Ask LA, Dallas, NYC, San Jose, Chicago, Washington DC, etc.

Nobody pays attention to those things there either.

Brendan

April 10th, 2010
7:00 pm

D’oh! The Kings lost to the 30th place Oilers. And here I thought that wanted to seeded higher than the Red Wings. Edmonton led, 3-0, in the 3rd period. The Kings rallied for three goals to force overtime. But the Kings lost in the shootout. Boston defeated Carolina, 4-2, I think. That means that whoever predicted the Hurricanes would finish ahead of the Thrashers … were not correct. Atlanta will finish in 2nd place in the East. However, the NY Islanders can still overtake the Thrashers for 10th spot in the conference. If they do, and the Thrashers wind up 11th, it’ll mark the eighth time in ten season (8/10) that the Thrashers finished in the bottom third of the Eastern Conference, under the Waddell Administration. That’s eighty percent (80%) of the time.

YungJBfromMTL has April 15th as the date that the Atlanta Spirit, LLC renews Don Waddell’s contract for 2 more years. Sounds about right, and par for the course.

Brendan

April 10th, 2010
8:33 pm

Kane just missed a wide open net. But Atlanta still leads, 1-0, on the goal by Bryan Little. Here’s the boxscore. http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2009021217

Did you all hear Waddell on the 1st period intermission. I summarized his quotes over at Rawhide’s blog, if you want to see them. But basically, he said that all our pending RFA’s would be signed. (Presummably during the offseason, and not say, during training camp.) He said that all the pending RFA’s would get a real chance to play here, and that all the RFAs “want” to play here. (Bergfors, MacArthur, Pavelec, Little.) On the UFA front, he said that there are a few players he’d really like to have back. But that all pending UFA’s will want to hit the open market on July 1 to field offers from all 30 teams to get a feel for the market. He said, “only the UFA players real, real comfortable here will re-sign before July 1.” What does that mean? Well, it means if Waddell wants Boulton, Boulton will re-sign here, without testing the market. Probably the same deal with Hedberg. It’d be the same deal with Slater. These are players who are “real, real comfortable” being here. Kozlov, unfortunately, is also a player who feels “real, real comfortable” here. Hopefully, we’ll have the good sense not to pursue him. I wish Slava well. I truly do. But I would hope that we’re through with him.

When Waddell says, “there’s a few guys we’d really like to have back,” he means Kubina and Afinogenov. Maybe, maybe Armstrong. Good luck with all that. When it’s the player’s choice where to play, no Tier I guy ever picks Atlanta.

Brendan

April 10th, 2010
9:38 pm

And with this win, the STH’s renew. Not knowing any better. Thinking they’re “helping” the team, rather than sending the necessary message that, “Don Waddell must be fired.”

Congrats to Moose for another shutout. Penguins needed these points, too. They’re in a dog fight with New Jersey for the #2 seed. Kovy is smiling. Then again, has the smile ever not left his face, since the trade?

Ilya Kovalchuk

April 10th, 2010
9:40 pm

stendek

April 10th, 2010
10:09 pm

Congratulations Mr Johan Moose Hedberg sir! Last game in Atlanta. Shutout of defending Stanley Cup champions! Does not get any better than that. You displayed heart and soul throughout the season when it was totally absent in those around you! Thank you for caring. Thank you for being a true professional! I will miss you next season. Will not miss rest of Trashers. Hope their next stop is Hamilton. Thanks again for the effort Moose. AND FOR CARING! Your eternal fan, ++STENDEK++

Brendan

April 10th, 2010
11:59 pm

I’m just curious, how many STH’s are renewing their seats based on tonight’s shutout of Crosby, Malkin and the rest of the Stanley Cup Champions? I respect the argument that says, “this game meant a LOT to Pittsburgh; they were fighting for a division title.” But c’mon. You’ll let this ONE (1) game … dictate the organization’s ability to bring back Waddell next season.

That’s just frekkin’ great. :mad: :sad: :eek: :shock: :cry:

Midifeld

April 11th, 2010
12:16 am

This game was worth watching just to see Kane knocking the lights out off Cooke. I bet Matt had Karma, Karma, Karma, Karma, Karma play in his head lying on his back all that time. Let me know what the village idiot Don Cherry has to say about that, please.

Kaat

April 11th, 2010
2:13 am

I just wanted to say, Chris, I thought you did a great job this year. I work in the media too and beat writer is a grueling job — I don’t think I could do it. Awesome work. I especially loved your feature stories that really helped us get to know the players, as opposed to straight Xs and Os and what is going wrong.

I also selfishly hope for you to speak to Slava Kozlov before he leaves Atlanta. I think he deserved better than he got down the stretch. He meant a lot to the organization over the years. I’d always hoped he’d retire a Thrasher — and that No. 13 would be the first number retired by the organization. :-( But, Thrasher fans are used to bitter disappointment.

Anyway, great work all year. Thank you.

thrash head

April 11th, 2010
8:49 am

Okay guys, I love Moose too. But let’s get real – he is strictly a back up goalie. He lets in too many weak goals.
I’m not sure Anderson really needs to go. Jeez, he didn’t have much talent to work with and still almost made the playoffs.
BUT I think we all agree – DW MUST GO!