Thrashers name Stothers assistant coach

Craig Ramsay turned to another familiar face in Mike Stothers to round out his Thrashers coaching staff.

Stothers coached alongside Ramsay as an assistant in Philadelphia from 2000-02. He joins associate head coach John Torchetti on the Thrashers staff.

Stothers has also served as a head and assistant coach in the American Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey League. He most recently served as head coach of AHL Grand Rapids in 2007-08. He led the Griffins to a 31-41-0 record. He spent the five previous seasons as head coach of the OHL Owen Sound.

Stothers appeared in 30 NHL games in his playing career with Philadelphia and Toronto.

I’m told the team may not hire a goaltending coach full-time, but work with someone on a consultant basis.

40 comments Add your comment

Dwayne

July 12th, 2010
1:24 pm

First!!! Where is my tickets to the home opener!!!????

Dwayne

July 12th, 2010
1:24 pm

Make that free tickets!!!

jack

July 12th, 2010
1:31 pm

ok thanks Chris. Did Strother coach last year?
Any idea what is his role will be. Also why are we not having a full time goalie coach, especially when we have Pav and potentially “very green goaltenders” if there is an injury. Obviously Mason is very good, but we would need a g coach for shoot out strategy. Just my thoughts, but I could be worng..

Russian

July 12th, 2010
1:33 pm

It is good news. I hope Coaching staff will work together good.

jack

July 12th, 2010
1:34 pm

Chris, sorry to bring this up but his name is spelled, Stothers, correct?

Flames

July 12th, 2010
1:51 pm

What a difference a year makes!

Lee

July 12th, 2010
1:53 pm

Nice! This year will be really different, but I’m pumped!

Chris Vivlamore

July 12th, 2010
2:24 pm

Jack: Thanks! Fixed the headline. You get an assist.

jack

July 12th, 2010
2:25 pm

No problem. Thanks

Brendan

July 12th, 2010
2:52 pm

Excellent. Now, it’s time to hire a goaltender coach.

trolley dodger

July 12th, 2010
3:22 pm

Sign Max, and I’ll buy season tickets tomorrow.

kracker

July 12th, 2010
3:39 pm

trolley, tell that to Levenson.

Brendan

July 12th, 2010
4:00 pm

Chicago will match the 4-year/$14 million RFA offersheet signed by San Jose last Friday, for Hjalmarsson. Interesting.

kracker

July 12th, 2010
4:13 pm

Yep, saw that. No risk move by SJ to force the Blackhawks to match to keep Hjalmarsson, except in maybe creating some ill will.

Reminds me of when the Pistons offered Jon Koncak almost 2 million dollars a year and the Atl Hawks had to match the offer. Jon Koncak became Jon Kontract. The Hawks had to over-spend to heep a big center they wanted to keep. Alas, Koncak never fulfilled the hopes and expectations people had in him.

Perhaps Hjalmarsson will work out better for the Blackhawks.

kracker

July 12th, 2010
4:14 pm

jack

July 12th, 2010
4:58 pm

Kracker sounds like the hawks have never stopped overspending.

Hotrod

July 12th, 2010
5:58 pm

Another year, another new team.

Just glad they are still here!

KLS1

July 12th, 2010
8:48 pm

There will be more cap strapped teams dumping players…if we really want to keep making moves.

[...] offseason makeover of the Atlanta Thrashers continued Monday, with the hiring of Mike Stothers to finish out the coaching [...]

Chris Eagle

July 13th, 2010
11:12 am

Chris, is it a big deal that the thrashers may not hire a Goaltending Coach? Would a consultant suffice, or is this just a bad cost-cutting move?

Brendan

July 14th, 2010
12:51 am

So, it’s July 14th, Bastille Day, and Kovalchuk is still un-signed. Looks like the Kings are playing hardball. I get the feeling that the Devils are gonna get Kovy simply because they’re a contending team with a nicer offer on the table.

So, raise your hand if you think Kovy is taking the Islanders 10-year/$100 million offer? C’mon, now. If it’s all about money, then the Islanders have allegedly made the best offer Kovalchuk and his agent have heard. Better than Atlanta’s supposed offers? Yes. If reporting is accurate, Atlanta offered $101 million over 12-years. That’s not as good as $100 million over 10-years. And I sort of doubt Atlanta’s offer is still on the table. To the Thrashers credit, I don’t think they’re going to “Brian Campbell” some other team. Said another way, the Thrashers aren’t going to allow Grossman to further exploit them.

Still in the back of my mind is this quote. “Never before has a Tier I player of Kovalchuk’s caliber hit the open market before he reached the prime of his career.” I just wish I remember who said it. What was implied by it, however, was that most players in his situation are locked up in ancticipation, by the existing team. Or, possibly, as a term and condition of the gaining team at the trade deadline.

World Be Free

July 14th, 2010
8:23 am

Brendan-I think the Islanders are getting “played” by the Kovy camp, just like when Atlanta were played by the Campbell camp right before Soupie sigend with the Black Hawks. Kovy got bad advice when he turned down the Atlanta offer, now he has painted himself into a phone booth – for those of you who remember phone booths.

Jim

July 14th, 2010
11:42 am

I know this will get the usual round of laughs but is there any truth to the rumor that we may bring Savard back? In general I have more optimism about the upcoming season(s) than I have in years. Except for the loss of Kubina, I’m happy with the coaching and player changes. Having said that I’d love to bring MS back to Atlanta.

J.B.

July 14th, 2010
12:00 pm

Jim~ Where’d you hear that? Savard has an NTC and I seriously doubt he’s waive it to come back here.

Brendan

July 14th, 2010
12:37 pm

I forgot who said it, but it’s like remarrying an ex-wife. You’d better think it over. And make that decision while stone cold sober. If things got bad enough for you to go through a divorce, how confident would you be to make it work the second time around? Marc Savard left Atlanta for a reason. And unless the reason he left got fixed, he won’t contemplate a return, barring truly extenuating circumstances. Such as? Well, if the Bruins threatened to put him on waivers if he didn’t accept the trade, then he’d run the risk of being claimed by a bottom feeder team, trapped there, with many, many years still left on his contract.

Simplify it, please. Okay, look. If your options are (1) Turkish prison or (2) remarrying your ex-spouse, suddenly your “ex” better half starts looking good again. But I don’t think the Bruins are displeased with Savard. And if someone is looking to pin the 3-0 series gaffe to the Flyers on him, I don’t see that as any kind of correlation. Savard’s return from injury during the Flyer series isn’t what caused the Bruins to lose that series. It probably had more to do with the injured Simon Gagne returning to the Flyers in Game 4, to score the overtime winner and help lead them the rest of the way back. Claude Julien (Boston’s Coach) probably also bears a good portion of the blame. Not only did the Bruins blow a 3-0 series lead, they also led Game 7, 3-0, and somehow managed to lose. Again, I doubt that had a correlation to Savard, enough to make the Bruins think he’s the scapegoat.

World Be Free

July 14th, 2010
6:56 pm

Would like to have Savard back, but he submitted 2 clubs for possible trade destinations, Ottawa and Tronna. Neither team is going out of their way to acquire him. Problems with Savard surrounds his age, injury history and lenghtly contract. Broones signed 2 guys in their 30’s long term, Thomas and Savard and they now contemplating trading both of them. There’s a lesson there.

Brendan-Savvy is very popular in Boston, with fans and his teamates. Waiving him may backfire on their lockeroom-so let’s hope they do it!

World Be Free

July 14th, 2010
6:58 pm

Oh and thanks Brendan for recognizing Bastille Day. The French fighting the French, about the only kind of war the French can win without our assistance.

Brendan

July 14th, 2010
11:16 pm

Oh, I don’t know, WBF. I think the French could conquer the Swiss. Have you ever seen that Army knife they fight with? You get by that, and the next guy’s got a spoon!

I actually have relatives who were guillotined in France. Several escaped, and one actually became a relatively successful Pirate. And I don’t mean playing baseball in Pittsburgh. (Then why’d you capitalize it, Brendan, says the grammar nazi.) I actually have poetic license. It’s just expired, is all. I can write sentences with or without verbs. See? Amazing.

Brendan

July 14th, 2010
11:18 pm

Because Buzzilla wanted to know how to say it, it’s “les singes vaincus qui mangent du frommage.” (Cheese-eating, surrender monkeys!)

Darkhorse

July 15th, 2010
10:20 am

Chris-Any word on the progress of our RFAs? There’s some type of deadline today, correct?

Brendan

July 17th, 2010
11:53 pm

Chris Viv, I really enjoyed the print edition stories on Klingberg and Postma.

World Be Free

July 18th, 2010
8:28 am

I think the French would be very upset, if you consider how many soldiers they lost in WW I. “Paths To Glory” Stanley Kubrick.

I hope we can get all our guys signed before arbitration. Nobody wins in those hearings, especially when it comes to the new players. This is an opportunity to get the arbitration guys signed long term. Another sign of whether this group is really serious about building a winner here.

kracker

July 18th, 2010
10:32 am

World, the Thrashers have never failed to come to terms with an RFA before arbitration. I don’t see why this group (Eager, Ladd, MacArthur) should be a problem. They are closer to the team than we are. They must surely be impressed with the favorable changes in management, coaching and players. I suppose there could always be the odd player (or a balky agent) that wishes to push the issue to arbitration.

Brendan

July 18th, 2010
2:45 pm

Arbitration will be tougher with Ladd and Eager, since they didn’t play any minutes as a Thrasher. Dudley/Waddell will have to cite how these players cost Chicago last season, in various situations. Bergfors and MacArthur Park played as a Thrasher. Did Bergfors or Pavelec select salary arbitration? I have legitimately forgotten. I don’t think Pavelec ever filed, but I’m not too sure on Bergfors. I know they’re both RFAs.

kracker

July 18th, 2010
3:26 pm

Brendan

July 18th, 2010
6:01 pm

Thanks, kracker. And Ben Wright gave a good answer, too.

Brendan

July 18th, 2010
11:13 pm

As I was thinking about our new coaching staff, Stothers, the new Strength coach, Brennan, from Columbus Blue Jackets, Associate Head Coach Torchetti, and Head Coach Craig Ramsay … I wanted to correct something I said earlier. I talked about trying to get our GA down from 280 to maybe 250. I hoped our new staff would put an emphasis on defense. Then, I looked at this. http://www.nhl.com/ice/standings.htm?type=con#&navid=nav-stn-conf

Ummn, notice something? Yeah. If the team lowers its GA to 250, it would have only improved itself by six (6) goals over 82 games. That’s right. Last year, the Atlanta Thrashers gave up on 256 goals against, their third (3rd) best ever season, in that regard. The franchise best for GA was set in 2004, at 243. I’m no math major, but that’s 13 fewer goals against than last season. Thirteen. So, when I spoke of possibily improving Goals Against by 30 with Ramsay in charge, that would mean 226 for the year. Can you possibly wrap your head around that? Two hundred twenty-six goals would actually make us appear like a responsible NHL franchise. I know. I know. The words “responsible,” “NHL,” and “franchise” don’t typically describe what’s happened over the past decade here in Atlanta.

But there’s more. The GF stat of 234 … believe it or not … is the fourth (4th) best in Atlanta Thrashers franchise history. Which means? Well, if this “depth strategy,” balanced-attack of forward line rotation actually works, as designed, it would only take twelve (12) more goals to reach third-best (3rd) GF in franchise history, at 246.

Okay, look. It’s fun to speculate. The proof, obviously, is in the pudding. But if we look at our Stanley Cup blueprint, with the few notable exceptions, that PROVE THE RULE, it’s 250 or more Goals For while giving up 200 or fewer Goals Against. At 246 GF and 226 GA, the Atlanta Thrashers, hypothetically … start to have a reason to talk about playoffs … and doing something once there. It’s okay to laugh out loud. It burns more calories that way. Obviously, we do have to find some way to fill Kovalchuk’s production. (Don’t say by re-signing him. That ship has sailed. Cut the cord. If he wanted to be part of our future, he would have signed last September.)

Joyaman

July 19th, 2010
1:59 pm

Devils sign Kovy to 7-year deal. This makes no sense from a Devils viewpoint, but happy to have the turnovers at the offensive blue line happening away from Philips Arena.

Diego from Lilburn

July 19th, 2010
4:13 pm

Yeah, so supposedly Kovy takes $101 million for 17 Years when he could have had $100 million here 5 years quicker. And he wouldn’t have to live in New Jersey!!! Maybe his math skills match his defensive abilities. I think he overplayed his hand by fawning all over the Kings. He really wanted to live like a rock star in L.A. but L.A. didn’t want him nearly as much. Good luck to you, Kovy!

Swami

July 19th, 2010
5:05 pm

It official. Kovy no come back to Thrashers. He no come back. Kovy break hearts, just like LeBron. They should call him LeKovy. Swami very sad. Swami’s wife Gladys very sad. Swami too sad to blog anymore today. Besides, Golden Girls on in five minutes.

Wait a minute. Golden Girls take place in Miami. LeBron went to Miami. LeBron make Swami think of LeKovy. Aye-yaye-yaye!