Byfuglien “earned” right to wear ‘A’

Dustin Byfuglien “earned” the right to wear the ‘A’ of the alternate captain Saturday in Washington, according to coach Craig Ramsay.

Even if it only lasted for two periods.

Byfuglien wore the ‘A’ in place of Nik Antropov, who was a healthy scratch against the Capitals.

“I thought Buff has shown a lot of courage in the games,” Ramsay said. “I thought he’s really tried to make a difference in each and every game that he’s played. I talked about rotating [the alternates] and we haven’t made a change yet … but I thought that he earned it. He earned a chance to have an ‘A’ on his sweater and to be one of our leaders. Most guys are going to have a shot at it and it’s going to be fun. When you put it on for the night you should enjoy that and recognize that the coaching staff is recognizing you for a big effort.”

Byfuglien did not last the entire game as he was given a game misconduct at the 17:32 mark of the second period after getting a five-minute charging penalty on Capitals’ goaltender Michal Neuvirth. The defenseman had just come out of the penalty box and took the puck on a breakaway when he hit Neuvirth near the side of the goal.

“I think it was a little too much,” Byfuglien said Monday. “A five-minute and game [misconduct], I’m not that type of guy. I didn’t put my head down and just bury him. It was just kind of a shot. I’m going so fast I didn’t have time to do anything. I tried my best to miss him. It is what it is. But it was a little much. It’s over with now and we just got to move on.”

Byfuglien will not receive any supplementary discipline from the NHL for the game misconduct.

Ramsay said it was difficult to play the final period down a defenseman. The team rotated the five blueliners in the 4-3 overtime loss. He also again questioned the two-minute interference penalty on Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin in the third period after he hit Thrashers goaltender Chris Mason.

“It was hard when you lose a guy like Dustin,” Ramsay said. “… He was playing so well, jumping up ice. That was a big plus for ice and to suddenly come out of the penalty box [on a rush] and it might be a 3-1 lead and it turns into a three-minute shorthanded situation and him out of the lineup that hurts. We don’t like that. It comes back to it’s hard that they can run over our goalie and it’s only two [minutes]. These things happen. It’s a tough situation to have happen to your hockey club when they are so involved in the game.”

As for getting a chance to wear the ‘A,’ Byfuglin said: “Oh yeah, for a couple of periods, it was all right.”

14 comments Add your comment

R. Stroz

October 25th, 2010
3:32 pm

Waive Modin!


October 25th, 2010
3:36 pm

Bogosian update please!! We need him back!

Zombie Steve

October 25th, 2010
3:39 pm

That was a weaksauce penalty

boulton orr

October 25th, 2010
3:45 pm

Deport Hainsey!


October 25th, 2010
3:46 pm

That goalie took a dive, is acting was worse than the actors on those “B” Friday the 13th movies.


October 25th, 2010
4:11 pm

He absolutely deserves the “A”. 1st he is playing his A** off. Secondly, the way he dressed down the team during the 2nd period PP at Friday’s game was fantastic! and after that, we played a little harder.

Chris Vivlamore

October 25th, 2010
4:12 pm

Smoothie: Come on man, give me a break. Just finished third blog. Bogosian update in the notes blog about Pavelec.


October 25th, 2010
4:21 pm

Ha! Should’ve figured you were on top of it! :-) I’m just anxious because he is the key to our defense right now…we need a full corps! Thanks again for all you do!

East Point Bob

October 25th, 2010
5:34 pm

I agree Stroz, Modin is a complete waste !


October 25th, 2010
5:39 pm

Modin … well, would someone even claim him?? Perhaps, on re-entry waivers.


October 25th, 2010
9:08 pm

Agree on Modin…the man is invisible. Do something, maybe even a jumping jack or something to make you think he is not some sort of wind up hockey droid.


October 25th, 2010
9:10 pm

Give Buff the “C”. From what I can see, he has or is becoming the leader of this team.


October 25th, 2010
11:02 pm

Definitely Buff got the 10 minute game for wrong reasons – namely that the Caps were down to the Thrashers in an at-home game. The same in reverse goes for Ovi only getting 2 minutes for a much more egregious pasting of Mason..

Want to even up these calls, Thrashers owners??? Well, then ice a division winning team, OK?


October 26th, 2010
6:27 am

I think the Ref’s should be held more responsible for crappy calls such as the Buff penalty and then Ovechkin only getting a 2 min. minor. They should fire them or in lieu of termination, let the players hit pucks at them with no protection or let fans spit on them. I can’t stand the officiating and yes I can do a better job (even though I have never been on ice skates). (LOL)