More reaction from Thrashers on non-Lucic suspension

Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay called the late punch thrown by Boston’s Milan Lucic at Freddy Meyer “a dangerous thing” as the coach and team reacted to the NHL’s decision not to suspend the forward following Thursday’s incident.

Lucic was given a match penalty for the punch, defined by the NHL as a deliberate act to injure another player.

“Those are difficult decisions,” Ramsay said. “You don’t want to see a player throw sucker punches. It’s a dangerous thing. It’s dangerous for everyone, not just Freddy Meyer. The league makes its decision and there is nothing we can do about it. I don’t particularly like to see guys get suspended but you can’t allow guys just to throw punches.”

Lucic received a total of $3,500 in fines for the hit and the obscene gesture he made at the Thrashers bench.

Meyer said he watched the video of the hit on Lucic that sparked the 10-skater fight and still considers his hit clean.

“It’s the league’s decision,” Meyer said. “They obviously had some kind of review of the case and thought the appropriate discipline would be a fine versus a suspension. I don’t have a real opinion on it. It is what it is.

“The league obviously thought it was a clean hit. I didn’t get any disciplinary action from the hit.”

The teams meet again Thursday in Atlanta. Ramsay said he doesn’t expect the feud to escalate.

“Opportunities are there throughout the night for body checks, for clean hits,” he said. “That’s all we ever want from our players is good solid play.”

Line change

The Thrashers put Anthony Stewart of the top line with Andrew Ladd and Rich Peverley for Monday’s practice.

“We are just trying to make sure we keep the guys from getting complacent,” Ramsay said. “Sometimes you hang out with a line and you get a little lazy with what you are thinking and your talk. … It makes them talk and think together. We’ll just try it and see how it goes.”

No spark from Bergfors

Ramsay said he was hoping that inserting Niclas Bergfors back in the lineup for Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay would provide a spark.

The forward missed seven of the past eight games before playing 13:36 against the Lightning.

“He was all right,” Ramsay said. “We were hoping for a spark. … Everybody that goes out of the lineup needs to try to come in and make a difference. We need that. We need everybody to try to be difference makers.”

23 comments Add your comment

NickZ

December 27th, 2010
4:28 pm

NickZ

December 27th, 2010
4:29 pm

Just like the Thrashers wil be soon!

NickZ

December 27th, 2010
4:32 pm

I have a feeling Boulton is gonna drop the gloves early and say hello to Mr Lucic…that punch was dirty.

Then Boulton’s going to follow that up with another hat trick! Win for the Thrashers!

Not Don Waddell

December 27th, 2010
4:32 pm

Take the M Effer out ASAP! Can’t wait to see someone break that goon in half!

R. Stroz

December 27th, 2010
4:49 pm

Colin Campbell isn’t going to do anything since his son is on the Bruins.

Campbell is a disgrace to the NHL and the family name.

He’s nearly as bad as the NBA ref that bet on games he officiated.

If someone were to sucker punch Campbell’s son, they would probably get a lifetime suspension.

If Bettman had a pair, he’d demand Campbell retire.

HillMan

December 27th, 2010
5:12 pm

Expected more from Bergie after sitting for the last two weeks, as did Rammer. It is clear NB can’t step it up. This teams needs guys to step up each night. His line didn’t have the jump they needed all night. Big disappointment as he was OK, but didn’t show anything special, not willing to give up the body for a big play.

Zombie Steve

December 27th, 2010
5:12 pm

I used to like Milan Lucic. I’ve now lost all respect for him. I hope Boulton exacts a swift and nasty retribution.

HookyBob

December 27th, 2010
5:20 pm

Did anyone else notice Horton’s hit on Kane when Kane was flat on the ice?

Kane took care of Boston’s umfinished business with Mat Cooke and this is the Bruin’s way of saying thanks.

Between Lucic and Horton’s puches I guess they don’t figure the hockey code applies to them. Savard’s attempt at fighting was just plain stupid.

John trouver

December 27th, 2010
5:43 pm

the thrashers should be ashame to not win in front of a 14500+….

Barry

December 27th, 2010
6:17 pm

That is interesting news about Bergfors. Maybe the way he plays the game just is not going to work for Ramsay. He can’t seem to do anything right by Ramsay’s standards. If he’s not going to work and we not going to play him can we please at least trade him for another top 6 forward that will work in Ramsay’s system? Thrashers have struggled lately and slipped in the standings points wise. They need to turn it around or they will be fighting to keep the #8 seed.

poot

December 27th, 2010
7:03 pm

that’s the thing with Lucic..he doesn’t always seem willing against heavyweights. surely you all remember how he ran from Laraque.

AtlFlamesFan

December 27th, 2010
7:35 pm

Check out Rammer’s post game presser. When asked about Berfor’s performance, he did everything to avoid answering the question.

East Point Bob

December 27th, 2010
7:43 pm

If losses keep mounting we are in serious trouble. We have not played with the drive we had earlier.
Time for a trade to spark the team.

J-man

December 27th, 2010
8:23 pm

With regards to Bergfors, I am undecided about whether he’s just a poor fit for Ramsay’s team or if Ramsay is simply the latest coach to hate on a player without justification. But I definitely think Barry is right in his comments. If Bergfors really is just a poor fit here it would be wise to trade him for a player who is a better fit than to waste him in the press box. I have to say that Ramsay really does seem to be focusing an awful lot on the negative with regards to Bergfors while other players on the team are not held to the same standards.

Curly

December 27th, 2010
8:56 pm

This Lucic non-suspension is a joke!. Bettman and Campbell are turds. What happened to all this concern about head shots? Wasn’t this an intentional head shot on Meyer as he was being held by an official and another Bruin player? Lucic should have been suspended for three games (for his own protection). Now the players will have to deal with it on the ice. I would think the League would not want that to happen. Oh well… it should sell some tickets for Thursday’s game. Which is maybe what they wanted after all – maybe Waddell talked them out of it?)

Brendan

December 28th, 2010
12:05 am

Question for any poster, any poster at all. “Yes or No, Nic Bergfors is an asset?” Just a yes … or a no will suffice.

If you post “yes,” then would you also agree that he has ‘trade value?’ If so, then that’s still good for the Thrashers. I tells ya what’s not good for the Thrashers … if you posted, “No, Nic Bergfors is NOT an asset.” If he’s not an asset, then he doesn’t have trade value. If he doesn’t have trade value, then trading him won’t accomplish much. Then again, Bergfors cannot accomplish much from the pressbox, either.

But if Bergfors is an asset, that is unused, then an ‘unused asset’ is a worthless asset. And that falls on management. To possess assets, but not use them, doesn’t sound like a very smart strategy to me. But … I have no professional wins to my credit. It’s not like the Thrashers are 7-8 games under .500, looking at a mountain to climb to get into the playoff field. I hope it’s not just a personality clash. I would hope … that Ramsay and Torchetti, and potentially Dudley, actually see something tangible that has convinced them not to play Bergfors. And not say … that Nic Bergfors and maniac Charles Manson both share the same favorite flavor of ice cream. And thus, up in the pressbox Bergfors will continue to sit … until Nic learns to embrace ’strawberry’ as a very fine flavor, too.

cracked puckhead

December 28th, 2010
9:23 am

Bergfors needs to PLAY! He is one of the young players that the Thrashers are going to have to build around. Bryan Little played so much last season and he sucked after having 30 goals the year before…Bergfors is going to be GREAT if Ramsey puts him on the ice. So far, this is the only thing that Ramsey hasn’t handled correctly.
And when do we get to see Cormier come up from Chicago and knock a few folks around?

Fan from Carolina

December 28th, 2010
9:35 am

YES, Bergfors has value. The Lightning game was poor for everyone except Pavelic. It should not be a gauge for anyone’s performance. Tonight should not be either (I hate to say) as the Thrashers are in that same unlucky position again as they were last week before the Boston game where the B’s were embarassed by the Ducks. Now the Pens are home after a miserable showing against the Sens. No luck with the schedule lately. None at all. The Thrashers are catching teams at horrible times.

Jimbo

December 28th, 2010
10:37 am

Yes, Bergfors has value but he has to be in the right situation- on a line where the other guys provide the grit and play along the boards. I watched him last game and he is really fast but doesn’t seem to want to mix it up at all. He’ll fly for a loose puck if there is no one to fight for it. But, if a hit is imminent, he backs off. I can see where Ramsey gets irked with the guy. He could take some lessons from Burmistrov who is willing to go into the scrum but who is clever enough not to get hit hard and uses his head and hands very well.

bob

December 28th, 2010
11:43 am

Bolts can goafter lucic but its no cakewalk.Lucic will kick his ass.Sucker punch for sucker punch, as I see it they are even.

bob

December 28th, 2010
12:13 pm

Why did they give the call-up to Patrice the ELBOW.HMMM

Brendan

December 28th, 2010
2:27 pm

“Patrice, The Elbow,” sounds like a Pro Wrestler’s handle. I like it, though. “Patrice, The Elbow,” could stick. Then again, the refs would always be looking to penalize him with a handle like that.

jtac12

December 29th, 2010
9:33 am

Reading these comments just show how little Atlanta fans know about hockey.