Ramsay: Thrashers fragile at the moment

Here is what Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said following a 6-1 loss to Dallas about the state of his team, losers of four straight and nine of 12.

“We are a fragile team right at the moment. We expected a bit of a roller coaster this year. We’ve grown as a team. I thought the response from the team, for 45 minutes, was excellent. As soon as something went against us, we didn’t have the right response. We talked a lot about discipline. We have all year long. A four-minute penalty late is just not good enough. We have to stick together. We played most of this game like a team. We were good on the bench. We were good on the ice. We supported each other. I liked that a lot, but we have to understand that 60 minutes a night is required to play in the National Hockey League.”

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Marcus Valdes

January 16th, 2011
12:23 am

Give ‘em hell Thrashers!!!!

Smoothie

January 16th, 2011
12:27 am

Uh, sorry Rammer, but this time y’all were awful for more than just the last 15 minutes. And they gave up way too easily after the 3rd goal. Time to shake things up.

ThrashFan80

January 16th, 2011
12:33 am

What game were you watching, Craig?

Brendan

January 16th, 2011
12:47 am

I’d love to see an interview with GM Ric Dudley.

HonkyTonkHero

January 16th, 2011
1:40 am

Please don’t use the word “Fragile” Craig….That word was trademarked by John Anderson.

Steve

January 16th, 2011
4:04 am

I wholeheartedly second HonkyTonkHero’s comment….get over the fragile thing, Craig – - – prematurely born infants and starving children in Africa are fragile. Elite professional athletes paid more than 99.9% of the crowd that pays to see them play aren’t fragile. Suck it up guys and work hard for 60 minutes. All of us that support you can’t get by at our jobs by working well for half the day and not performing the other half.

Le Cormier

January 16th, 2011
6:29 am

From what I saw we lacked intensity once again. We have a tough team and Dallas rolled out the red carpet to get us going with hitting anything in a Thrasher jersey and as always..just a few guys showed up. I found myself shocked when Ladd actually hit someone. That’s the problem..we have fallen into a pattern of just going through the motions.

I am of the “lets make a trade” crowd because this team needs a spark we aren’t getting. It bothers me as well that anything John Anderson is being said, because he lost control of the ship and it seems like as always..we are becoming soft and lifeless, zero passion and verily “fragile”. Like I said..Dallas and Steve Ott particularly gave us every option to get angry and play hard. They “beat” us, literally. Our roster shouldn’t be ‘fragile’..someone tell Anthony Stewart that it is okay to get mad and that Thor can fight people that don’t hit him directly, stick together as a team, Boulton can’t do it all.

Frenchy

January 16th, 2011
6:29 am

Morning!!! I personally think the lines are not set-up right…. Coburn, Boulton and Antro? Come-on….

Frenchy

January 16th, 2011
6:31 am

Sorry…Thorburn…guess i’m lost in that infamous trade of ours…

Le Cormier

January 16th, 2011
6:57 am

Look no further than Dallas and how they won. They played 60 minutes and finished their checks. We can’t ever seem to do that for the entire game. I am tired of the lackluster effort, the tone was set in the warmup skate and we didn’t match it. The look on Bergfors face was priceless after he got destroyed. Yes Bergfors, you are in a hockey game..someone hit you. They play physical for 60 minutes. We play hard for a period..then let up and expect to win somehow, we aren’t that good, no team is that good. 60 minutes.. that’s all. I’ve grown to despise Stewart who just stands there..but his penalty on Lehtonen was a joke call. Stewart doesn’t anyone, especially a goalie..soemone shoulda told the refs that.

EA

January 16th, 2011
7:57 am

Why are they fragile? Because they don’t show up for 60 minutes escpecially at home with the recent big crowds they have been asking for. Other than Jim Slater, there is not major injury. Bogosian and Oduya are not a good combo. Whatever it takes, it is time to turn it around quickly. What a lousy night to be an Atlanta sports fan.

thrash head

January 16th, 2011
8:15 am

Thrashers lose, Falcons lose, Hawks lose. It just BITES being an Atlanta sports fan these days.

Brie

January 16th, 2011
8:45 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQ5ob9B9yD4

I believe in this team. They will recover. Quit whining, people.

Kovy's Agent

January 16th, 2011
9:46 am

Fragile? How many freakin seasons do we have to hear that phrase used to describe a Thrasher team? In the words of a Caps coach uttered in the locker room during their 8-game losing, “will somebody grow a sack and compete out there!”

Brendan

January 16th, 2011
10:09 am

Maybe he meant that they psyche is fragile. Losing 9 of 12 is okay, in October or November. Sometimes, it can even be okay in “early” December. But after New Year’s Day, these kinds of stretches of season are what prevents some teams from tasting the postseason. Still lots of games and points left, but this team now has to get on a 6-1-3 type of stretch of ten games, to avoid staring at position # 8 as their possible playoff berth.

BlueSpark

January 16th, 2011
10:09 am

Can someone tell me how Ramsay’s “system” is any better (or even different) than John Anderson’s? Anderson had a stretch of success too, at the end of the 2008-2009 season.

I also don’t see why people on this forum have been clamoring for Machacek or Cormier. I haven’t seen anything out of either of them yet.

A move has to be made. I don’t know what it should be, but something needs to be shaken up. Unfortunately, that may mean parting with some valuable pieces (like Sopel).

Loserville

January 16th, 2011
10:48 am

so now we’re supposed to wait for the suspension to be over so that Ben Eager comes in overcharged and sits for 25 minutes of penalties in the next game so our guys “look tougher?”
Gee, can’t wait to see Bergfors sit again so that Buffusion and Odon’tya can screw around and give up another 5 goals in a game. They were only stapled to the bench for one against last night.

ZAvalanche

January 16th, 2011
11:30 am

The talent is there but this a consistent lack of intensity. Other teams aren’t afraid of the “fragile” Thrashers because we don’t hit anybody. They are playing scared. Like the “grow a sack” comment, lol!

Curly

January 16th, 2011
11:55 am

I have to begin to question Ramsay’s judgment. (No free passes anymore).
Why is Bogosian still playing with healthy Meyer in the press-box?
Why is Antropov playing if he is not 100% and still recovering from hip surgery?
These decisions can demoralize a team. It forces other players to have to cover for the ineffectiveness of their team mate(s). This will wear on team over the course of a season, as we are witnessing.

Thrashers27

January 16th, 2011
12:36 pm

I question the heart of this team. I question whether my heart can take the continual teasing of success then failure.

What is the deal? Did the team lose heart? If so, why? Has Ramsay lost the team?

Are the recent injuries to Kane, Slates, Modin and Antro really that detrimental to the team?

Why is Bogosian still in the lineup? We’ve seen the talent the kid posesses, but he just flat out sucks right now and needs to ride pine, or go to Chicago.

I’ve noticed a lot of feet standing still. They’re not skating with urgency and they’re throwing the puck and “hoping” that it reaches the stick of someone in a Thrashers sweater. More often than not, it’s picked off and goes the other way.

I don’t get it. Is Ramsay’s system just really easy to counter and other teams have figured it out. I know much less than the coach does, but it pains me to hear him say the same things Anderson was saying last year. “fragile team”.

Love our boys in blue and always will, but UUUUGGHHHHH!! they gotta get their heads in the game.

Smoothie

January 16th, 2011
12:43 pm

Curly – so true, oh so true.

luangtom

January 16th, 2011
2:04 pm

Thrashers, Falcons, Braves, Hawks……same city, same rut, same attitude. Losing when the cruch-time comes. It is entertainment. They are just games. Life will go on…….

Brendan

January 16th, 2011
2:43 pm

Chris Vivlamore, I’m in the SPAM filters.

Disappointed in Cobb

January 16th, 2011
7:40 pm

When are people going to realize that professional sports in this town are a freakin joke? People call us “fairweather” fans, but damn, how long do we have to spend good money supporting these guys when all they ever do is underperform and let us down? For my part, I’m tired of getting ripped off by these snakeoil salesmen: “we’re building for success, next year will be great!” Screw that. Win a damn championship. Then I might consider spending my money on supporting you again. Until then, go pound sand. I’ll find something more satisfying to spend my time and money on…

Don Cherry

January 16th, 2011
8:25 pm

Zach Bogosian has become the team’s biggest liability. He skates like he has two sprained ankles and seems to look like he’s in a daze-on-ice! Again, this team has a huge talent drop-off after Byfuglien. Reality sets in once again…

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