Updated: Bogosian a healthy scratch vs. Panthers

Zach Bogosian will be the healthy scratch for the Thrashers Monday against Florida.

Coach Craig Ramsay is clearly sending a message to his slumping team – and not just to the young defenseman – that he is needs a better effort. The Thrashers have lost four straight and won just three of the past 12 games.

A team meeting was held prior to Saturday’s game against Dallas – one Ramsay described Monday morning as a “hard meeting where we demanded more of them.”

Bogosian, who has particularly struggled of late, will sit in favor of Freddy Meyer. The defensive pairings will also be changed with Meyer playing with Ron Hainsey. Johnny Oduya and Brent Sopel will also be paired.

Here are several excerpts from Ramsay’s morning interview:

* “We’ve talked to a few of the players about just not working hard enough. We think it’s OK to think we are working hard enough but we are not. You have to push yourself harder. That’s where we are as a team. We’ve played well, but winning is better. We’ve got to put in the extra effort.”

* “We just have to be a little bit better in our own zone. We’ve got to be a little bit more committed. We need our shot blockers, our defense joining rushes.”

* “It’s vital in the world these days to score goals. As much as we have given up too many, we’ve played pretty well. You need to get ahead. You need to score some more. That was a hallmark of our team halfway through the season was that we did score. Now, we are not scoring quite as much. It puts a lot of pressure on your defensive play. We want to continue to emphasize that everyone has to be involved up ice.”

* “For the first 10 minutes [against Dallas Bogosian] was very effective. Things then didn’t go his way. We need to have slightly better effort from a lot of people. We need to get to a point where we are moving some people in and out. As thin as our lineup is, it hasn’t been easy. I think it’s important that players understand there is an accountability issue. You must do the job every night. You must be committed for 60 minutes. We have to be solid. I think there are some issues on our team about ‘I’m playing well enough.’ OK isn’t good enough. You have to play hard each night, every night.”

* “I was hoping for a few players – [Alexander Burmistrov] being one of them – that those few days off would help. But our focus has to be not just playing good enough, not just playing, but being a big participant in the group. And scoring. We have to understand that each person who dresses is vital to our team. … Players must understand they can’t be looking to other people to play better, to do the job. Every person on our team has to want to be that guy.”

Check the new blog for updated information on Chris Mason going on IR and Peter Mannino being re-called from AHL Chicago.

33 comments Add your comment

Dwayne

January 17th, 2011
11:28 am

Give him a shot at back up.

DA

January 17th, 2011
11:58 am

About time the defensive lines get changed up.

Brett

January 17th, 2011
11:59 am

It’s about time Bogie was scratched. He has been terrible.

Smoothie

January 17th, 2011
12:12 pm

A step in the right direction w/r/t the defensive pairings, but why the same lines? The rookie line is doing very little, playing very little and makes us more vulnerable as a 3-line team rather than 4. Perhaps Ramsay likes the match-ups with Florida, but I think Antro and Thorbs should play wing with Cormier in the middle. Boults-Burmy-Macho could be a serviceable 4th line for 8-10 mins.

Wayne stuck in AL

January 17th, 2011
12:19 pm

Hopefully, we’ll find someone who can handle Florida’s neutral-zone trap when moving the puck up ice.

ZAvalanche

January 17th, 2011
12:34 pm

Hope Mannino can get a good shot, he is decent. Perhaps the Thrash need to do what the Avs do, which is to regularly roll 7 D. Our win % is significantly higher when we dress 7. With Buffy – who is pretty much an O, perhaps it would be good to dress 7. Thrashy isn’t out of the woods yet, but I think the treeline is approaching. Just gotta work hard and dammit, finish those checks.

Michael

January 17th, 2011
12:37 pm

Rumor has it we are looking at Chris Phillips of Ottawa to help sure up our D, but I wonder what it would take to get Seabrook from Chicago. Would sending them Sopel, Eager and a minor leaguer work and/or draft pick work? I’m not ready to give up on Bergfors yet. I think he should be playing on the line with Kane and Little. I think the three of them could have some good chemistry.

ZAvalanche

January 17th, 2011
12:41 pm

Seabrook would be a nice addition, but I don’t think Chicago is looking to change much right now. Sopel and Eager are mostly worthless at this point as trade options. If we are going to make a deal it is going to involve a few pics and and instrumental player – not a good idea.

SCHUBERT

January 17th, 2011
12:43 pm

I think that your best defensive defenseman is sopel. please don’t suggest that he be traded.

Begosian needs to spend some time in the moinors. he wanders around like he doesn’t have a clue.

Brendan

January 17th, 2011
12:45 pm

I hope Mason won’t be out for an extended period of time. But, if he is … has Nabokov been signed by anyone, since being cut by St. Petersburg, Russia? What could it hurt to find out what his “new” price tag is? He’ll say, no. But … you don’t know until you ask.

Brendan

January 17th, 2011
12:48 pm

This blog will probably be pleased that Bogosian is now sitting. He’s 20 years old, I believe. He still needs some work. Some time off to watch and think might do him a world of good.

ZAvalanche

January 17th, 2011
12:50 pm

After looking at the stats, I retract my comment about Sopel being useless. He is currently a +10, doesn’t score much but obviously a solid D-man. Eager on the other hand………

KovyArmy

January 17th, 2011
1:11 pm

This is LONG Over due! Bogo is KILLING US on the back end. He really puts Oduya in bad spots. Every short Bogo takes goes wide or is blocked and is in our zone before anyone can even realize what has gone on. I dont know if we trade him but he needs to wake up! He is still a commodity…. Bogo and Bergie to Dallas for Jaime Benn and hell Vishnovsky back and a pick….?????.

Le Cormier

January 17th, 2011
1:12 pm

To get something you have to give up something, Bergfors is a likely trade option, not Eager. I like Eager but you aren’t going to get anything for him..though his playoff value might be worth something to a new team needing undisciplined grit and bad penalties. I’m glad someone scratched Bogosian, it’s long overdue..though Meyer isn’t exactly much of an upgrade at this point. I was starting to think Bogo had the “Kovy DW pass” which means he never gets sat, no matter what.

The depth Dudley spoke of hasn’t been a reality all year long. We have little to no depth, IMO. Pavs, Buf and Toby can’t carry this team forever. I do hope a trade of some kind is in the works, the team is flat, barely a spark here lately.

Dwayne

January 17th, 2011
1:26 pm

Ok good stuff, atta boy, blah, blah, blah…..so how is Kovy doing?

Smoothie

January 17th, 2011
1:39 pm

Sounds like kind of a wishy-washy message to me. Don’t let them think they aren’t replaceable with more call-ups. Not that we have anyone else, but if I recall, both Freddy P and Nigel Dawes outplayed a lot of guys during the pre-season. Tell them point blank, if you don’t step up your compete level, you’re gonna get benched and one of those two, or even Jared Ross is gonna take your place. If Burmy doesn’t start playing better, when do you start to think about sending him back to junior? You can’t send him to Chicago. And if Slater’s not coming back anytime soon, put him on IR and free up a roster spot so you can threaten guys with splinters in their butts.

Lee

January 17th, 2011
2:19 pm

Bogo needed the rest to get his thoughts together and take a break. Looking forward to seeing him preform better when he gets back.

hey michael

January 17th, 2011
4:10 pm

lol @ wanting to trade sopel. why would we give up our best defensive defenseman?

litz

January 17th, 2011
5:07 pm

ZAvalanche — what you don’t realize about Sopel is that he’s +10 because of the sheer # of rebounds that bounce off him, and are recovered for drives to the goal, then a score.

The guy is a target on blades.

Furious George

January 17th, 2011
5:29 pm

It had to be done. He needs 5-10 games to sit and watch and reevaluate his game. Hopefully this will be the wakeup call he needs to get his game back on track to what we saw in his rookie year….. And Burmistrov needs to sit down as well. I don’t question his skill, but I knew over time endurance would be an issue and getting pushed around by bigger opponents. He has clearly hit his rookie wall.

East Point Bob

January 17th, 2011
10:44 pm

No Zach = Win, Simple as that folks !

East Point Bob

January 17th, 2011
10:46 pm

Kovyarmy, Vishnovsky was traded to Chicago for Andrew Ladd…

Flagstaff

January 17th, 2011
10:56 pm

East Point Bob– he means Lubomir Vishnovsky (I think– are there two of them?), not Ivan Vishnevskiy.

Michael "The Abbreviation"

January 17th, 2011
10:59 pm

If I see one more person suggest we trade bergfors im gonna flip out
hes our best true scorer that is a forward right now, what is wrong with you people

litz

January 18th, 2011
12:06 am

BTW … Ramsay sent Burmistrov out in the shootout, and the kid pulled a beaut of a fake (how’d you like that little side kick?) and planted one. Maybe that’ll spark some life in his game … :-)

lordstan57

January 18th, 2011
8:06 am

Yea, let’s trade ALL our yoots!!!
That’s the solution.

Me? I think this team is the best we’ve ever had.
And…… very young. Look around the league…. see any comparisons?

GO THRASHERS!!!!

hockeynut

January 18th, 2011
8:46 am

It’s about time they bench Zach he is worthless in my opinion not only does he play lousy he seems to have a no care attitude for the team get rid of him once and for all

ken

January 18th, 2011
10:02 am

Guys – Talk of trading Bogo is stupid. The kid is a talented skater with a big shot. However, he is just a 20 year old kid. He stinks right now and should be benched. However, trading him or Bergfors would be stupid. Eager is another story. That guy is a dumb hockey player that needs to be waived. We need to trade picks for another defenseman.

ken

January 18th, 2011
10:04 am

Also – if you want to trade someone (give somebody to get somebody), how about Antropov. He is too slow for Ramsey’s up tempo style. Him and a draft pick would get a good player in return. Problem is Thrashers would have to eat some of his overpaid salary as no team is gonna take him at 4mm a year.

Michael B. Shapiro

January 18th, 2011
10:08 am

Agree that Bogo has long since needed to sit….as in LAST year. Not sure if injury is still nagging (read Nik Antropov too there), but his (Bogo’s) head has not been screwed on straight for a while. As for Burmy, don’t count him out. Of all the forwards he has had to endure constantly changing linemates. When his line was steady earlier in the season he was doing fine. For some reason Coach makes Burmy work with anybody that comes off the bench or out of the Windy City. Tough thing for a rook to do.

Joe McGrath

January 18th, 2011
11:53 am

@ Smootie, Ross got creamed and is out with broken jaw and concussion. Can anybody fill me in with what draft picks we have available currently? I think over the next few months, players like Phillips can be had for picks and prospects.

Old Time Hockey

January 18th, 2011
1:42 pm

Ken, you lost me at trade Antropov. Bogosian has played like crap for a long time now. Makes me wonder what he’s got between the ears. I realize how young he is and his potential, but he looks like he doesn’t know what to do at times. I’ve seen him get the puck in the corner unchallenged and skate to the boards and stand there waiting…WTF? Skate with it! That’s the kind of play that makes you wonder. As for Eager, he needs to be more disciplined (although the punch to the face of Armstrong was definitely worth the suspension), but this team BADLY needs his toughness. We are getting softer as the season goes on. Take a whack at Tim Thomas after the whistle and see if you can stay on your feet. Take a whack at Pavs after the whistle and everyone looks like they have somewhere else to be. SOMEONE has got to stand up for us and Ben seems to be the only one willing. Love Bolton, but since Slater’s injury he has been invisible.

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