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Next for Thrashers

Who: at Predators

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

TV; radio: None; 680 AM, 93.7 FM

* The Thrashers were eliminated from the playoff race after Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Bruins. The Predators are 9-2-1 in their past 11 games and can clinch a playoff berth with a win.

* The Thrashers’ penalty kill is a perfect 15-for-15 over the past six games.

* Nik Antropov has a four-game point streak for the Thrashers with two goals and two assists.

* Chris Mason will likely start against his former team if coach Craig Ramsay continues to alternate goaltenders for the final games of the season. Mason stopped all 47 shots he faced in a 1-0 shutout of the Flyers in his last start.

* Defenseman Tobias Enstrom and forward Radek Dvorak are out for the Thrashers.

- Chris Vivlamore

23 comments Add your comment

Hedley Lamarr

April 4th, 2011
4:52 pm

They should just skip the rest of the season

Phil Fry

April 4th, 2011
5:46 pm

Hopefully we can finish strong and spoil it for the Rangers or Canes.

Hedley Lamarr: Better to remain silent and be a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

You Can Have Them

April 4th, 2011
8:05 pm

One thing is a given: This sorry bunch will QUIT.

Brendan

April 5th, 2011
1:44 am

Even if they do lose, and finish with 78-points, that’s still a better draft pick. The NYR just dealt the Hurricanes a major blow, withat that 3rd period comeback over the Bruins, tonight. Had the Rangers, who trailed 2-0, and 3-1, lost in regulation time, that Carolina-Atlanta would have major relevance. But now, the Rangers have put some substantive difference between themselves and the Rangers. The ‘Canes having lost to Buffalo, over the weekend, in overtime, was another crushing blow.

Yuvno Ballzerdik

April 5th, 2011
6:28 am

I sincerely hope our roster next season does not have Stewart, Maxwell, and Stapleton on it.

Relocationist

April 5th, 2011
7:05 am

Where the Thrashers draft is irrelevant. If the draft choice develops into a good player, he leaves ATL for one reason or another. Look at all of the high draft picks the Thrashers have had. Where are they now? By ‘they’, you can answer by either addressing the draft pick or the Thrashers. The Thrashers first draft pick–Patrik Stefan–tells you everything you need to know about the Thrashers. That draft selection represents the Thrashers perfectly.

Dwayne

April 5th, 2011
8:11 am

yep, and we have said it a million times, who drafted Pat Stefan??? The one and only….Don Wadell.

Kill me now

April 5th, 2011
9:57 am

Honestly – Waddell has made some errors but this really hasn’t been about him. It’s been about the ownership. The ‘99 draft was said to have been the weakest in the 17 previous years. Aside from the Sedin brothers (who only wanted to play together) and Havlat, there aren’t many big name guys in rounds one or two who’ve done anything with their careers. I give you Stephan is a bust (and even bigger because he was drafted first) but there’s not many other guys on that list that would have made us happy.

Chris – ANY news on a buyer?

Winnipeg Jet

April 5th, 2011
10:28 am

I remember back in 1992 when we took the Finnish Flash, Teemu Salanne. He set the rookie record for goal scoring and point total that year.
Seems we may get to live those moments again real soon.

BLUELANDbeliever

April 5th, 2011
10:35 am

A: Piss of troll.

B: I just hope they win. It would really piss me off to drive the 4 or 5 hours or whatever for nothing.

C: I hope the Rangers dont make it.

BLUELANDbeliever

April 5th, 2011
10:35 am

Winnipeg Jet

April 5th, 2011
10:45 am

I read that to make things interesting, the Preds will wear Cowboy boots instead of skates tonight. YeeeeeHawwwwww!!!
Just don’t spit tobacco juice on the ice.

Old Time Hockey

April 5th, 2011
11:10 am

Phil, Better to be silent and THOUGHT a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

Dwayne

April 5th, 2011
1:11 pm

Hey whinny-peg jet, couldn’t hold on to a future hall of famer either? eh?

Brendan

April 5th, 2011
1:29 pm

Kill Me Now, the head of scouting, 12 years later, is still Dan Marr. An appointee of then GM Don Waddell. The ownership bares a big brunt of the responsibility over the failures of the franchise. That said, did any of the Spirit Clowns know who Devon Setoguchi was, in 2005? Or Kopitar. Or M. Staal. Did the owners select Patrik Stefan? Did the owners tell Waddell, better pass on Bouwmeester and Nash in favor of Kari Lehtonen, in 2002? Who was in charge of developing Lehtonen and Coburn? How ’bout the coaching staff. Which included Fraser, Hartley, Waddell (twice). Etc. Things that did fall under the GM position description … were often botched badly. What was ownership’s response, other than impersonate a coma?

Impersonation a coma is something they do well. They also do a good job masquerading as owners that care about hockey and Stanley Cups, if you solely evaluate the emails they sent out to their season ticket holders, citing things like … the ROAR of the Crowd at Blueland, as we pursue Stanley Cup. During banner raising ceremonies, back in 2007, Rutherford Seydell, possibly in a drunk stupor, proclaimed that they would do everything in their power to bring a Stanley Cup to Atlanta.

We could go on and on. There’s plenty of blame to go around. But has Dan Marr answered the call of responsibility? Alex Bourret and Chad Denny happened on his watch, as well. Don Waddell, if he hasn’t been renewed already, is up for that, this Summer. What is there left to say? If owners cared about hockey … they’d hold management accountable.

Honestly, I can’t find any means of sympathy for the owners, when all of their problems can to traced to themselves. Stop for a moment and analyze that. Did a Hurricane rip through Atlanta, destroying Philips Arena and the practice facility in Duluth? No. Was there a terrible flood, that ravaged the downtown area? No. Did an earthquake devastate the Atlanta infrastructure? No. Did a ‘lone wolf’ terrorist … fly a plane … into the upper mezzanine of Philips Arena? No, and don’t get any ideas about that. It’s right to be angry about ownership. It’s not right to conduct terrorism to effect change. You’ve crossed a line between fan and fanatic, if you think that’s an option.

Hedley Lamarr

April 5th, 2011
3:36 pm

Phil – did I ask you for your opinion?

Hey Brendan

April 5th, 2011
3:58 pm

Brendan,

You spend way too much time on these multi-paragraph responses. No one actually reads them.

TL; DR

Get The Puck Out

April 5th, 2011
4:03 pm

Truth hurts don’t it.

Get The Puck Out

April 5th, 2011
4:05 pm

I read ‘em. If you don’t want to read ‘em GET THE PUCK OUT.

Get The Puck Out

April 5th, 2011
4:15 pm

Enter your comments here

Wienerpeg Trolls

April 5th, 2011
5:44 pm

Your only access to the NHL in Wienerpeg will continue to be television, if you happen to own one. Could not happen to a more deserving bunch of trolls.

Brendan

April 5th, 2011
5:47 pm

Every keyboard has a down arrow. Every reader has a “permanent ignore” feature. It’s not hard to learn either one, with respect to my posts. If you’d care to debate the content of my posts, I’m open to that.

philalamo

April 5th, 2011
7:26 pm

Unfortunately, it is sounding like Winnipeg may get its wish. A source who is close to the deal has confirmed that there IS a buyer and the team WILL be moved to Winnipeg. It is a deal in principle only at this point, but Bettman has signed off on it. This may happen sooner than most folks have speculated.

The Owners are doing EVERYTHING they can to unload what they view as a liability – even if it means selling to a foreign investor – in this case – a Canadian.