Ramsay gives simple locker room speech

When asked what he told his team during the second intermission, down 2-0 to the Maple Leafs, this is what Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said.

“I told them they were doing everything correctly. They just had to trust and believe. Those were our words for the day. You can’t keep looking for perfect. Keep doing what you are doing and good things will happen. We are not changing anything. Trust yourself and go play.”

Must have worked. The Thrashers won 3-2 in overtime after tying the score with two third-period goals. The Thrashers finished with over 40 shots on goal for the second straight game.

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DavidR

February 27th, 2011
9:11 pm

hmm interesting. sometimes seems like all ya need to be told is that ya are doing it right just keep at it. hey any word on Slater?

Hockey Biltong

February 27th, 2011
9:25 pm

Man did we need that one….

Buff-n-stuff

February 27th, 2011
9:31 pm

we are on a trend….this is something

Brendan

February 27th, 2011
10:52 pm

Are the Thrashers using the right strategy? Or is this stretch of 6-15-6 the result of an imbalanced scoring attack and injuries to Enstrom and Slater? Or a lack of talent and skill, that usually accompanies a league minimum budget. Every team has injuries. They rely on their farm club call-ups to fill a void. How many Top Six fowards, legitimately, do the Thrashers have? How many Top Four defenders?

Wonder how much input Coach Ramsay will have at the June Draft, to go about filling the vancancies on this team.

Thrashy Thrashy

February 27th, 2011
11:36 pm

The lack of top talent is obvious and is mostly due to the budget.

B. Thenet

February 28th, 2011
12:08 am

Someone here came up with the nickname “The Hockey Whisperer” for Ramsay, and I think that fits him to a T.

I am sure the boys in the back of the room had to be extra quiet to hear what he was saying.

We are going to need about 8-10 more in a row to make this interesting….so keep it going Rammer.

Bbbb

February 28th, 2011
12:13 am

The lack of good coach is what this team missing. The team outperformed leafs and the only thing they could do is to win in OT.

Look at the devils – they were at the bottom and after changing of coach they now are in playoff rush. We need exactly the same – change the coach and team is capable to fight for playoff. Of course, it will be difficult to compete with top teams, but we could definitely compete with rangers, sabres, hurricanes.

But lack of heart is obvious and this is all because of coach.

Thrashy Thrashy

February 28th, 2011
1:42 am

Seems to me that the Thrashers just have to convert some of those shots into goals. Rammer’s right about that. The team has been playing better over the last five or six games. Whether the team makes the playoffs or not, finishing this season up on a strong note is important. You don’t want young guys not getting better. The better they get, the better the team will look heading into next season in Winnipeg.

I mean, uh, in Atlanta.

Cornbread

February 28th, 2011
2:13 am

The Coach said exactly the right thing. They did play their game and they played it great. Glad to hear that they, “are not changing anything.” They don’t need to with their system this time of year. They are playing it very good to a man. The last time they didn’t was 2/1 against NYI. They just need to finish, get solid goaltending, and tighten up on the few loose ends in their zone.

They are playing and looking good folks. They need to now continue it with some big wins.

Cornbread

February 28th, 2011
2:59 am

Brendan The Thrashers are playing a good system. They are getting the puck deep if they don’t have a skating lane. They get to it along the boards, battle for it and support each other along the boards with the cycle. They create chances off of that especially when their mobile D jump in. The scoring has not been there the last month like it was earlier but their play has been there. Injuries have hurt them but the lack of winning has far more to do with youth and inexperience than lack of skill and talent.

How many and who are a legitimate top 6 and top 4 on the Thrashers? I’m surprised you would ask such a question. I’ll name them: Forwards = Ladd, Little, Antropov, Kane, Stewart, Bergfors, and Wheeler. Defence = Enstrom, Byfuglien, Bogosian, and Hainsey. That’s 11 guys who are quite capable of playing top 6 or 4 minutes on any team in the league. I’d even add Oduya to that mix on a team light in puck movers. So make it 12. Their play, stats, and previous performance prove they are worthy.

That’s 12 young and fairly inexpensive guys right there. Yeah, Hainsey is up there but he is the only one and that is the major reason why they are so low on the totem pole. Every one of them will be getting nice paychecks in the near future, see Big Buff.

Sopel Su'cks

February 28th, 2011
5:39 am

last several games were all winnable, the effort of not quitting last night was superb, it’s sad we are back to applauding for a good effort but even Mason didn’t kill us.

jafds

February 28th, 2011
7:27 am

Ramsay gives simple locker room speech – just like his post game interviews

sisu

February 28th, 2011
7:43 am

Bbbb, you want Waddell as the coach then? ;)

Iron League 13

February 28th, 2011
7:53 am

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rod hargraves

February 28th, 2011
8:05 am

The teams lack of heart is NOT due to the coach, It is a result of the climate that the ownership has created .

Thrashers

February 28th, 2011
8:06 am

Did you see Bogo actually hit someone??? I did. I hope Stuart is rubbing off on them. Wheeler has looked real good.

The Real Thrash

February 28th, 2011
8:18 am

Sisu- I’m with you. It’s really easy to say fire the first year coach when one is not in the locker room.

Fan from Carolina

February 28th, 2011
8:26 am

Cornbread, love your optimism but I doubt there are 4 or 5 teams in the NHL that would trade their top 6 forwards for the Thrashers top 6 you listed. Can you name them? I really can not. You know in your heart that the Canes, Caps, and Lightning would not do it. These are the current SE divison playoff teams. I’m just being truthful. Their is a reason the Thrashers are out of the playoffs and the top 6 is a HUGE reason. Brendan is right on the money and you will need to articulate why any team would want these 6 Thrashers as their top 6 instead of what they currently have.

kracker

February 28th, 2011
8:59 am

Fan from Carolina, Read it again. What Cornbread said is that the guys listed are “quite capable of playing top 6 or 4 minutes on any team in the league.” This is true. He said nothing about our top six and top four being exchanged en masse.

tommy2tone

February 28th, 2011
9:54 am

They would play better in Gwinnett!

Not Blind

February 28th, 2011
10:01 am

Here is something they could work on in practice – The goalie’s logo is NOT the target. Shoot at his head. If your aim is good you get a rebound. If your aim is bad you get a goal. The area just above each shoulder is almost always available on the majority of NHL goalies who go down into the butterfly very quickly. Shooting the logo shouldn’t even be counted as a shot on goal.

Sopel has no neck

February 28th, 2011
10:06 am

C’mon Duds get Chris Neil.

Sopel has no neck

February 28th, 2011
10:08 am

Mark Stuart is closing in on signing a 3 year deal with us!!

Cornbread

February 28th, 2011
10:35 am

FfC what kracker said. Nice spin on Brendan’s original question and what I said. The real question for those questioning the skill and talent of those I listed is for them to articulate why they are not legitimate NHL top 6 or top 4 hockey players.

It’s easy to say the Thrashers have no talent or skill – as many recently have – but when you break it down you see how absurd such a statement is.

Sopel has no neck

February 28th, 2011
10:42 am

so long bergfors. wlecome to atlanta dvorak.

duder

February 28th, 2011
10:45 am

LeBrun reporting Bergfors and Rismiller to Fla for Dvorak and a fifth rounder

duder

February 28th, 2011
10:46 am

Dvorak may not be a huge upgrade over bergie on paper, but Bergfors has just not been a good fit in Rammer’s system and his effort has been questioned at times. Not surprised he goes.

Sopel has no neck

February 28th, 2011
10:54 am

Bergfors just didn’t fit, I have mixed emotions, I feel like we got less than what he is worth because he has skill, he’s young, just didn’t fit. I’m disapointed that a player like Bergfors isn’t part of our future, but it’s his own fault, moving him simply had to happen. Dudley has weeded out two players that didn’t fit thus far in Pevs and now Bergy. Not a great return, but again..it had to happen.

WTF?

February 28th, 2011
6:47 pm

did anyone see Buff ignore the line change late in the game? Seems Ramsay has the Hitler mentality where he puts people in good situations then drastically changes the plan to bring on complete failure. We need a goalie and a coach for next season.
Also did anyone notice how when Thorburn lost his stick he stayed out there and the Leafs would never take a shot on him even without his stick!