And that is where our Thrashers currently find themselves on this four-game west coast road trip…the nation’s 48th state, Arizona. Tonight’s game starts at 9:00 pm eastern as Atlanta goes into Jobing.com Arena in Phoenix to get ugly with the Coyotes.
So, while the Thrashers are wandering about in the desert climes, here a few items to keep you occupied…
Keeping Up With The Kaptain
If indeed the aliens… the ones that kidnapped the Thrashers bodies back in that memorable come-from-behind win against Toronto last month… have returned to do same over the past few games, then the the Captain of those ETs apparently flew out here early and has been wearing the #17. Dating back to the 3-2 loss to Philly, Kovy has netted 8 goals and three assist in the past five games. Three of those goals and one assist have come while on the power play.
So far on the roadie…#17 has five goals, a pair of helpers and is a +3.
Following Kaptain Kovy’s lead…Bryan Little, (a.k.a. Byron Young), has a pair of goals, 4 points and is a +2 since the team has headed west…Todd White has a goal, three assist and is a +3 in the past two games…Marty Reasoner has a goal and three points in the past two games…Colin “Shorty” Stuart has 3 goals, all short-handed, and an assist to go with a +4 rating in the past four games…Ron Hainsey has four points in the past three games…and Zach Bogosian is a +3 on the road trip so far and posted 3 assists in Monday’s win in L.A.
OK, if I would have told you Sunday afternoon that the Thrashers were going to give up ten goals and 80 total shots on goal in just the first two games of this road trip…but they were going to go into Thursday night’s game against the Coyotes with all four points from those games…you would have told me to lay off of the hootch, go soak my head and get some rest.
Turns out…that is exactly what happened.
Ken Campbell Says, “No Tanks”
Ken Campbell of The Hockey News says that the concept of “tanking” for a #1 draft pick is “absurd”.
“Get a grip”, he says to those who harbour such a notion. “…doing such a thing goes against everything for which the game stands. It rips off and insults the intelligence of the paying customer and it’s a sleazy, unseemly way to go about doing business”.
Besides, as he continues, “It’s almost impossible to accomplish. I’d challenge anyone to in the NHL to try and be as bad as the Islanders are this season”.
“Being bad for an extended period of time is not an acceptable way to build a team. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t work from time to time, but it sure takes a long time to get the stink off of your organization. Teams that are ultimately successful in the long run would’nt think of employing that kind of strategy”.
“They generally go the more conventional route. You know, make good trades, draft and develope players well and manage the salary cap. What a concept”.
Yes, indeed…what a concept.
Havelid Trade Bait?
Yahoo Sports analyst Jim Fox discusses possible players that could be traded before the March 4 deadline. Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester, Anaheim’s Chris Pronger are on on the list of blueliners that could be on the move as well as the Thrashers Nic Havelid.
Hey Allan, What’s The Deal?
Allan Muir’s latest power rankings are out. For what it’s worth, he currently has the Thrashers at #26…up from #30. But that isn’t what caught my eye here.
Nope…what did, however, was this question posed by Muir, “Wait…did Don Waddell just win a deal”? He was referring to the Schneider trade to Montreal for draft picks.
Also…notice how he slid in the “step in the right direction” phrase. I wonder if Bruce Levenson slipped Allan a few comp tix for that one.
Oh, and as for asking if the Schneider trade will free up some ice time for Boris and Oystrick…uh, Allan, (DUH5).
Attention Atlanta Spirit Marketing Department And Season Ticket Reps
Looky-here ya’ll…the Carolina Hurricanes have announced that if season ticket holders renew for next season, the will lock in the current ticket price for three years.
What’s that you say? A three-year price freeze for their most loyal of customers? Being pro-active in trying to show real-life appreciation for the people who have supported you and your product over the years?
Hello…Is there someone down at the Atlanta Spirit, LLC paying attention here?