5:08 am January 31, 2011, by Chris Vivlamore
CineSport’s Josh Thomson sits down with AJC’s Chris Vivlamore to discuss the NHL All-Star weekend.
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January 31st, 201111:40 am
Chris – nice video but you failed to mention that having ownership that has a clue AND cares would help the franchise be more successful.
I know you were thinking it.
January 31st, 20113:57 pm
Polskidawg, I don’t think Viv forgot. He can’t say those things, or he’d get cutoff by them. At least, potentially.
Switching gears a bit, let’s suppose the Thrashers actually made the playoffs and won a few games, or a round, in the 2011 playoffs. Stay with me. I guarantee you, there would be posters who would come to this very site to say, “See! See how TERRIFIC the ownership is? Don’t you regret all the horrible, nasty things you’ve said about them, for the past few weeks, months, years?,” etc.
Where’s the team payroll, again? Where was it in 2008, 2009, and 2010? How many GM’s has the franchise fired in a decade, without a playoff win? How many lottery draft picks, or Top 10 overall draft picks, got away in one form or another? How many Top Six forwards and/or Top Four defenders have reached UFA status and re-inked with Atlanta? (Kozlov, Ferraro, Havelid and Sutton, right? That’s the whole list, isn’t it?) Ownership should be insulated from that??? Really??? Gosh, they must be fabulous. They’ve certainly inspired the players to remain here.
I almost always root for our team’s success. (There are times when a loss to one team might draw a more favorable opponent in the playoffs, [TB over the NY Rangers, for example, in 2007] or a higher spot in the draft, after it’s CLEAR the team has been eliminated from contention.) But to gloss over or ’sugarcoat’ what has transpired under this Thrasher Administration is disingenuous. If there are playoffs, and success in those playoffs, it is through the excellence of coaching and overachievement by Management, and some of the players, and not by ‘commitment level’ by ownership.
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