Ramsay looking at players with eye toward next season

Before Sunday’s game with the Senators, Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay was asked if he will use the remaining games to evaluate players for next season.

“You try to focus on each individual game but there is no question in your mind that players have to show you something,” Ramsay said. “They have to show you their commitment to the team. They have to show you their commitment to battle and go in and do the things they are supposed to do. It isn’t about doing these things individually, it’s about doing them as part of the group.”

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March 28th, 2011
9:02 am

Good win! Hope they are here next year.

cheif of smoke

March 28th, 2011
9:05 am

We have 2 major need in the off season – Free Agent Scoring forward and a top Notch Goaltender. If we had Ryan Miller or Roberto Luongo we would be in the Playoffs.


March 28th, 2011
9:26 am

Well said Cheif, we are 8th in the conference in goals scored and last in goals given up. This could be bad defense in front of the net and or bad goaltending. It seems when the defense was bad (first half of the year) the goaltending was good, just the opposite in the second half!

Old Time Hockey

March 28th, 2011
9:39 am

Could it be poor conditioning? Nahhh. Exhausted goalie…third period leads evaporate…still say the cheapest way to improve this team is high quality conditioning/nutrition coach. If we had held HALF of the third period leads we had, we’d be in the playoffs. Strong finish from great conditioning equals many points in the standings. Just saying.


March 28th, 2011
9:43 am

Great win although they have such trouble keeping one or two goal leads.Something the coaches need to train them on nonstop for 2011-2012.Encouraging to see several 16,000+ crowds over the last few games…hope there is some news soon re.the potential new Atlanta owners.


March 28th, 2011
9:50 am

Most teams out of the playoffs would be in with Luongo or Miller. We ain’t going to either…so we better play some defense and develop Pavs.

This has been our most consistent goaltending year in a long time…remember Kari?

Sherry Taylor

March 28th, 2011
10:21 am

What you saw last night and for a lot of the second half of the season wasn’t conditioning of the physical type, it was mental conditioning. And, I don’t know how you teach that, I don’t know if it’s because half the team is young with not a lot of experience or they just don’t have that thing that helps them dig down and play when the going is hard. And, unfortunately, it seems to have infected the more experienced players. Hainsey, Endstrom, Buyfuglien, even Ladd made huge mistakes last night. The bright spot was Maxwell. I say keep Maxwell in the line up and healthy stratch Anthony Stewart the rest of the season.

This is he part of the season true champions show themselves with mental toughness and physicality. By this point in the season if a player isn’t in shape, he isn’t in the line up. We need champion minded players; a big center, some defense that doesn’t collapse and some players that can play in the neutral zone so it isn’t like a ping pong match of back and forth, back and forth.


March 28th, 2011
10:21 am

I can’t really blame goal tending for this season’s woes. What you can blame is countless turnovers especially in our own end and also the constant inability to clear the puck out of our own zone. How many times in games did we have the puck on our stick and couldn’t clear the zone? There’s been games where Thrashers had 2-3 chances to clear the puck and couldn’t and it ends up leading to more time running around and eventually a goal against. Even though our defense has looked better last few games this team is still learning how to play defense as a team. Either the strategy needs to be changed or I guess the players need more time as a team to be able to work better and smarter in our own zone. Also our power play needs help. It hasn’t been all that good second half of the season. Thrashers could have put that game away in the 2nd period yesterday if they could have cashed a couple of times with all the penalties Sens took in the 1st and 2nd period.

Sigmund Freud

March 28th, 2011
11:23 am

I am the only one qualified to find out if it’s mental or not.

Wrath of Thor's Jaw

March 28th, 2011
11:48 am

Please evaluate Anthony Stewart by not playing him the rest of the way and getting HIM off our roster before next season starts. I don’t care who his replacement is, A. Stewart does not compete on a nightly basis. I evaluated that during this season very early on..I’m glad Ramsay finally sat him.

NHL Ready

March 28th, 2011
11:52 am

I am hoping that Ramsay and his wimpy ways of Coaching are long gone by next season. If not don’t ask me to buy season tickets again. This no contact, don’t finish your check style is for loosers. Guess what the Thrashers are??? anyone. Thats right we are loosers no playoffs once again. Sick of it! This team fell apart under bad Coaching and to many young players that are not should I say NHL READY.


March 28th, 2011
12:23 pm

I was at the game yesterday, my first of the year. At time the team looked great, alot of shots on goal, but all of the goals against us were pretty cheap ones including the one our own player put in for them. The Thrashers seemed to be in slow motion during the 3rd & Overtime periods. Very weak attempts on the first three shootout shots. Granted, the defense contributed to the 4 goals against, but Mason did little to nothing except in the shoot out.


March 28th, 2011
12:25 pm

Does this mean the Thrashers are not moving? Last month all the reports said this team was headed to Quebec City or Winnipeg?


March 28th, 2011
1:04 pm

david, even though they should be moving or the league should consider the idea of contraction, the Thrashers aren’t going anywhere soon. Even if Bettman has to spend tens of millions of league money on the Thrashers to keep them afloat. The Thrashers will be in Atlanta for a while. Other than Winnipeg and Quebec (without a suitable arena) nobody else really wants an NHL team. If they could find an ownership group in Houston or Seattle or Kansas City who would come to the table with the dollars, the Thrashers would be gone. After all, who wants to pay NHL money for an AHL roster? So, next year you can throw your money down the Thrasher’s rat hole, drive to the miserably located arena and watch the latest batch of AHL players compete on the NHL level. I actually feel sorry for the real NHL fans in Atlanta. They’ve been dealt a terrible hand as far as ownership and arena location goes. The fans deserve better. Namely, an arena on the north side of town and an ownership committed to winning. Cups have been won in Carolina and Tampa. Nashville is more than respectable. What a sorry situation we have in Atlanta.


March 28th, 2011
1:24 pm

Uh David,
While the owners would love to sell the Thrashers to a group from Winnepeg, I doubt that anything like that would happen that quickly. It is an involved process to move an NHL franchise. Gary Bettmen has shown that he will not abandon a market without a fight. For several years, he has gone to the mattress trying to keep the Coyotes in Phoenix (This saga, one way or another, should come to a conclusion soon.). I would suspect that at worse case, the Thrashers will be in Atlanta one or more seasons.

Hopefully the reports that there are 5 groups interested in purchasing the Thrashers (without moving them) are true.

I also believe that Bettmen is really pissed at the Thrashers owners, ASG, who lied to him before they bought the team, hiding the fact that their intentions from the beginning were to flip the franchise. Hopefully that will give Bettmen even more incentive to keep the Thrashers in Atlanta.

Thrashy Thrashy

March 28th, 2011
1:34 pm

Young teams without a solid core of vets to steer the ship generally have a hard time focusing on what they have to do to win games. That’s what I attribute most of the Thrashers’ problems to. I don’t think Ramsay is a great coach, but I think he’s a pretty good one. I just don’t think that some of his guys are mature enough to do the job. That doesn’t mean they don’t have it in them, but they just don’t have it in them this season. Next year should be a better barometer for some of these kids. We’ll see how they bounce back from that 30-game debacle that cost this team a playoff spot. Will they work hard in the offseason and focus on nothing but redeeming themselves, or will they just shrug their shoulders and encourage us not to subsidize the incompetence by playing like chumps?


March 28th, 2011
1:40 pm

I was being sarcastic, because both both sports radio stations said and acted like they were going to move this summer. I have not payed to go a Thrasher game in years because of the price of the tickets and those stupid nets they have put behind the goalies. They have ruined all of the seats behind the goalie. I like hockey but I will not give any of my money to the Atlanta Spirt group. If they could move the Hawks to Kansas City and make 10 million dollars they world.

They will no get an ownership group in Seattle because King County and the city of Seattle will never build an arena. The city let the Sonics move to OKC, and then settled only to lose the money given to the city because they (Seattle) had a three year window to start building an arena. It was never built.


March 28th, 2011
2:21 pm

Those nets are up all over the league. A girl died of symptoms due to getting struck in the head by a puck at a Blue Jackets game about a decade ago and those nets have been mandatory across the league.


March 28th, 2011
2:43 pm

That was so sad. I remember the video of her gettting up walking away with the ushers as if nothing happenedd; all appeared to be fine, and then she died.


March 28th, 2011
2:57 pm

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March 28th, 2011
3:01 pm

It was very said, the worse part was it was her birthday. A few months later the report came out that the EMTs did not handle her condition correctly and that is why she died.

If you go to a baseball game or a hockey game you have to watch where the ball/puck is at all times. We don’t have nets around a baseball diamond to protect fans from being hit by the baseball. Take the net down and have the kids sit in the upper deck where it is safe.

East Point Bob

March 28th, 2011
3:26 pm

This team has no solid core of players. This team does not have NHL quality defense and goaltending. With this continued feeble effort by the owners, GM and coach, this team needs to evaluate 5-6 yeard olds, because with what we have now, we have zero chance of making the playoffs anytime soon, or like within the next ten years, so let’s see what the real youngsters can provide for the way distant future.


March 28th, 2011
4:08 pm

David, there is a net in baseball behind home plate the last time I checked….

I think the best thing would be to trade Oduya and reserve his spot for Kulda. Perhaps Oduya and a prospect could bring a scoring forward here? The free agency is next to nothing this summer so a trade seems much more likely to get a forward. As to a goalie, I really doubt that one will be brought in, consider Mason was signed last summer.


March 28th, 2011
5:15 pm

The net behind the plate does not obstruct the view anythings near the amount as the net in hockey.


March 30th, 2011
1:17 pm

Ramsay should be looking no further than the next game at hand. It’s the fans, particularly former, current and prospective STHs who should be looking toward the next season. And what they’re looking for is the new ownership. Nothing short of that will revitalize this franchise.