Another lawsuit … and some practice notes

If you have not read it already, make sure you read the latest story on Atlanta Spirit’s suit against former law firm. READ IT HERE.

Columnist Jeff Schultz also weighed in on the matter. READ IT HERE.

Lots of details about ownership trying to sell the team – almost from the moment they bought it before the lockout. They also claim to have lost $130 million over the course of lengthy lawsuit to buy out former partner.

A quiet and quick practice today in Duluth.

* Andrew Ladd did not practice due to illness.

* Chris Thorburn did not practice. He was giving another another day off to rest an undisclosed injury.

* Evander Kane (mid-body), Jim Slater (IR, concussion) and Chris Mason (IR, knee) also did not skate.

* Fredrik Modin (mid-body) did skate as he makes his way back to a return to the lineup.

* With so many forwards out, defenseman Zach Bogosian skated as a forward.

* Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec will soon be sporting new equipment (once it gets broken in). He has new pads, blocker and glove that are a dark blue.

* Not that they mean much, but here are the practice lines:

Dawes-Peverley-Bergfors

Cormier-Little-Stewart

Boulton-Burmistrov-Modin

Bogosian-Stapleton-Antropov

64 comments Add your comment

Darth Fornicator

January 21st, 2011
3:29 pm

HA!

I came in here first!

Matt

January 21st, 2011
3:30 pm

Gonna play the lottery tomorrow and, if I win, I’m going to buy this team from those fools at ASG. I am angry almost beyond all rational thought at this time.

Cousin Brucie Levenson

January 21st, 2011
3:31 pm

Forget Hockey!

Let’s go file another lawsuit against somebody instead.

Sherry Taylor

January 21st, 2011
3:39 pm

Liars! Liars! Pants on fire!

Michael

January 21st, 2011
3:47 pm

someone needs to file a lawsuit against these bozos for mismanagement of our hockey team. These basketball baffoons have their heads so far up their arses it’s not even funny. The real joke is the letter they wrote to thrashers fans where they said the belkin deal didnt affect the team.

DB

January 21st, 2011
4:09 pm

I wonder if the season ticket holders would have standing to sue the ASG for fraud.

CrazyDiamond

January 21st, 2011
4:17 pm

We are so screwed!

Hockey in Atlanta is a losing proposition. NHL in non-traditional hockey towns is a bust. No national TV contract – because there is not a national interest in hockey. There is not enough Sponsorship support for hockey in Atlanta regardless of the demographics. The Atlanta Spirit Group (AKA Big Fat Liars) think Atlanta hockey fans are suckers – and they are suckers. Now that we know the TRUTH you can see the decisions the ASG – BFL people have made revolve around minimizing cash losses while they dump the team.

Reality

January 21st, 2011
4:20 pm

This team should be competing in the AHL with the kind of owners they have.

These owners are schemers.

Reality

January 21st, 2011
4:22 pm

Thrashers fans have no life. Spending almost $200 bucks a game to support this fragile franchise.
Seems like a waste of $200 to me.

Penguins hockey is where its at baby.

CrazyDiamond

January 21st, 2011
4:27 pm

Any discussion as to who the Thrashers should fire, trade, sign or keep is a waste of time. The ASG – Big Fat Liars – don’t care and think y’all are too stupid.

We are so screwed!

Darren

January 21st, 2011
4:28 pm

Where were you when just a few years ago the Penguins and their empty arena were targeted by Jim Balsillie? Or did you just become a bandwagon Penguins fan when they started winning? I think I know the answer…

SomaAtl95

January 21st, 2011
4:32 pm

Reality – check yourself. The Pens sucked before and they will suck again, Its fans like you that will support whatever the next “Flavor of the Month” is.

Reality

January 21st, 2011
4:35 pm

At least we have true fans and better owners than this AHL level team.

Reality

January 21st, 2011
4:36 pm

December 28th 2010-
Penguins 6
Thrash 3

BLOW ME.

Reality

January 21st, 2011
4:38 pm

Oh yeah and didn’t Crosby have a “trick” that game?

Hahaha enjoy this franchise while you can (Before it moves to a no-name city in Canada)

Reality

January 21st, 2011
4:40 pm

Check yourself- When was the last time the Thrash beat us?

Oh wait they never did (Almost a 2 year drought)

WE own you and we own Philips arena

Reality

January 21st, 2011
4:42 pm

April 10th 2011 I will be there. And i will be rocking mt Pens gear. Woohooo go PENS!

Darren

January 21st, 2011
4:49 pm

Are you going to take the tags off your gear first? You know, you should have bought it back when the team was last in the league 5 years ago. It would have been cheaper. But you weren’t a fan then, so you had to pay more. Too bad!

Cornbread

January 21st, 2011
4:51 pm

Reality = Matt Cooke (knocked out into never never land and does not remember a thing)

Reality

January 21st, 2011
4:53 pm

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

Maple leafs 9
Thrash(ers) 3
You losers cant even beat those clowns
Im in la la land? Keep dreaming thrashers fans , keep dreaming haha

Dan

January 21st, 2011
4:54 pm

I think its dumb when fans of out-of-town teams, who attend Thrashers games because they live in ATL, make fun of the Thrashers and get joy from news that the team isn’t doing well. If this team wasn’t here, then when would you get the chance to see yours in person? If your former city was so great, why don’t you live there anymore? I have nothing against people staying loyal to a team after they move, but seriously, think about what you’re saying for a second. No Thrashers= no hockey where you live= Never get to see your fav team unless you pay for a plane ticket.

Cornbread

January 21st, 2011
4:55 pm

Yep, reality is matt cooke. He’ll be at Phillip’s Arena to celebrate his first anniversary of being KO’d by the youngest player in the NHL.

Reality

January 21st, 2011
4:56 pm

Once you guys beat us, inform me.

Oh wait the whole league knows you guys are jokes.

Reality

January 21st, 2011
4:58 pm

Guess what losers? I have a house in Pittsburgh so I can go to Pens games whenever i want

BLOW ME

Reality

January 21st, 2011
5:01 pm

Its funny before i can in this blog you wussies where talking about how terrible your “owners” are.

Now your trying to own me. Guess what? You cant cause Pens fans and the penguins roast thrashers for lunch.

Reality

January 21st, 2011
5:06 pm

Bye guys, enjoy the rest of your afternoon ranting about your team.

Go Pens!

Cornbread

January 21st, 2011
5:07 pm

10/13/10 – TOR 4, PIT 3
You losers can’t even beat those clowns. Yep, you are in la la land. And a bandwagon fan suffering from severe memory loss.

Manley in AFG

January 21st, 2011
5:10 pm

Reality – Your Pens have also lost to the Maple Leafs, Islanders, Sens, and Devils this year. Not exactly stinging criticism against our team if your team has also lost.

Also, didn’t the Pens lose that game that Cooke got knocked out? That was last April, not two years ago.

We all appreciate your enthusiasm for your team, but what has that got to do with the Thrashers or the viability of the market in Atlanta? The point of the blog is that the ownership is ineffective but that does not detract from OUR enthusiasm for our team. A little maturity would do you well, my friend.

Reality

January 21st, 2011
5:18 pm

29-15 Pens
23-18 Thrashers

BLOW ME

Gwinnett Fred

January 21st, 2011
5:26 pm

Maybe now all those morons that scream “KNIGHTS” during the National Anthem will get what they are screaming for – another minor league franchise, cause this is the final nail in the Thrashers coffin with regards to the ATL.

And a real bummer – no city that has ever lost an NHL franchise twice has ever gotten a 3rd chance!

Sad day indeed.

Gwinnett Fred

January 21st, 2011
5:28 pm

@ Reality:

You are actually BRAGGING about owning a home in Pittsburgh???

Being a fan of a great team is one thing, bragging about owning a home in one of the most depressing cities in the free worls is pretty demented fella.

Manley in AFG

January 21st, 2011
5:37 pm

Reality – Your response validates my last sentence above.

amanda

January 21st, 2011
6:09 pm

yeah…penguins got shut out at that game where Cooke got knocked out. bummer for reality. I used to be a big Penguins fan until I started seeing things posted by (insert your choice of word here) like reality who are “fans.” If they don’t find a way to knock every other team the penguins play against, they are not satisfied. Why do you even feel threatened by the Thrashers if they’re so terrible?

Jared Lee Palin

January 21st, 2011
6:39 pm

Time to relocate the Thrashers to a real Hockey market, namely one in Canada, even with a good team this year the Thrashers can’t draw more than 10K a game (8K if you account for the padded attendance figures).

steve

January 21st, 2011
7:44 pm

I’m a pens fan, and I want to apologize for Reality. What ajerk!! I also root for the Thrashers and have attended numerous games. I wear my Thrashers jersey proudly. I hope they don’t leave, but these owners have got to go. Hey Bettman, time to step in and get rid of these owners.

Bob

January 21st, 2011
7:55 pm

Reality- get a life man. Let’s go thrashers let’s win on Saturday!

ken

January 21st, 2011
8:06 pm

I really believe that the NHL sees through this ownership/lawsuit nightmare and does not hold it against the fans. The Atlanta market certainly can support (and support well) a hockey team that has a local owner that is passionate about winning and putting out a competitive product. If the NHL wants to really grow its league, they need to succeed in the large US markets. They are not going to walk away from Atlanta. REALITY – the people of Pittsburgh and western PA are good people. Show some class and represent them better than that.

cold hard facts

January 21st, 2011
8:34 pm

How long before Sage of Bluesland shows up to say “I told you so?”

Does doing that make up for him having a small dill?

Ron

January 21st, 2011
8:51 pm

We still believe.
Thrashers seriously need to get rid of their owners (they are terrible)
I dont care if they lose money at least more people will support this decent team.

Joe Friday

January 21st, 2011
8:55 pm

“Maybe now all those morons that scream “KNIGHTS” during the National Anthem will get what they are screaming for – another minor league franchise, cause this is the final nail in the Thrashers coffin with regards to the ATL.”

I was a Knights season tix holder and don’t scream it during the anthem because I think it’s f’n goofy, they’re not here! But this may not be a bad thing, I had a heck of a lot more fun at Knight’s games (and IHL is about today’s AHL, good tempo, heck of a lot more brawls) and the tix were much more affordable. Stick one up in the northern burbs, we can drive to Nashville and fly down to FL from time to time to catch games.

Joe Friday

January 21st, 2011
8:57 pm

BTW, Glads just don’t cut it for me, ECHL it’s like watching high school or small program college hockey . . . now big time college hockey is good, isn’t Kennesaw State putting a program together?

Alternate Reality

January 21st, 2011
8:58 pm

Actually the Thrashers SHUT-OUT the GUINS the last game of the season April 2010, when ROOKIE Evander Kane TOTALLY Embarrassed CROSBY and his BOY-TOY Matt Cooke.

Ron

January 21st, 2011
8:58 pm

These owners are so unqualified i dont know how they run their company. They probably run it like the thrashers- with complete dishonesty and unfaithfulness

Ron

January 21st, 2011
8:59 pm

Alternate reality- Thats the funniest thing I’ve heard all day man.
Hahhahahaha boy toy cooke more like cooke the cracker.

Joshy

January 21st, 2011
9:11 pm

Joshy

January 21st, 2011
9:13 pm

Hoped my fellow thrashers fans enjoyed that memory when Kaner OWNED Cooke

goose

January 21st, 2011
9:14 pm

DON”T FEED THE TROLLS

Bruins fan 49

January 21st, 2011
9:19 pm

Joshi- Man, that video never gets old, that fool cooke deserves everything he gets. He’s a dirty player NO DOUBT.

Thrashers fans hang in there i know its tough to have a good team when owners fail to deliver.

GO thrashers from a bruins fan in atlanta i support you guys!

Fred

January 21st, 2011
9:24 pm

Let’s all get together and sue the ASG for being the liars they are……the letter they sent to the season ticket holders is enough evidence. They deserve to be sued in court and hopefully everyone of them will leave Atlanta. They don’t care about Atlanta and it was the worst thing that ever happened that this group of liars were given ownership of our Hawks, Thrashers and Phillips Arena. I encourage everyone not to go to Phillips arena again until the ASG are out of town and no longer the owners.

Sell the team ASG you bunch of liars.

Alex

January 21st, 2011
9:33 pm

The thrashers have so much talent but the owners are too greedy to actually help this team.

If feel bad for the fans the most cause we support this team night and day.

If they think this is a winning product they are delivering then they are definitely twisted owners.