Thrashers Out-Powered In D.C.

The Atlanta Thrashers played right to the strength of the Washington Capitals Thursday night. The Capitals came the game wielding the NHL’s third best power play…a very impressive 23.8% efficient. The visiting Thrashers handed the Caps eight man advantage situation and Washington made them pay on three of them.

Here’s a thought…whenever the you’re are playing a team that has such a strong power play…don’t take so many dad-gum penalties! Just sayin’…

Alexander Semin and Brooks Laich both notch goals for the Caps as Thrashers sat in the box, giving their team an early 2-0 lead before Kaptain Kovalchuk scored a power play goal of his own before the break. The Peever tied the game at the 3:56 mark of the second period, taking a nifty outlet pass from Nic Havelid.

However, Mike Green scored the third power play goal for Washington with 7:35 left before the second intermission to give the Capitals a lead they would not relinquish.

Trailing 4-2 late in the game, Todd White took a feed from Kovy and buried a shot for a short handed goal with 1:57 remaining on the clock… It was the Thrashers third shorty in two consecutive games. Whitey is now riding a six game scoring streak…netting a total of seven in that time.

Kari Lehtonen made 36 saves on 40 shots on goal…including 17 of 18 in the second period alone. Atlanta got 26 shots away on Michal Neuvirth who won his second game of the season, and his career, in as many starts. On the 14th of February he helped the Caps beat Tampa Bay 5-1…stopping 31 of 32 shots.

For the night, Atlanta took 21 minutes worth of penalties. Eric Perrin led the way with 6 of them. His slashing penalty in the first came as Semin was in the process of scoring the Caps first power play goal. While sitting in the sin-bin, Laich netted their second. Perrin also a boarding call in the second period and an interference penalty in the third.

Green’s goal came as Zach Bogosian sat out for hooking and White scored the shorty while Erik Christensen sat in the box after also being whistled for interfering with a Washinton skater.

Eric Boulton collected five penalty minutes for going at it with Donald Brashear shortly after the first intermission. Bolts now has 131 penalty minutes for the season.

Green Milestone

Mike Green’s goal in the second was his 16th power play tally of the season. It tied a Washington Capitals record for most goals scored on the man advantage by a defenseman. Green’s feat equaled that of Scott Stevens, who netted 16 power play goals for the Caps in the 1984′-’85 season. When you’re matching records by a player of Stevens’ stature… you are doing pretty good for yourself indeed.

Brodeur’s Baaack!

After being out since New Jersey’s win against Atlanta back on November 1, Marty Brodeur returned to the Devils’ lineup and promptly shutout the Colorado Avalanche 4-0, stopping all 24 shots he faced. Marty the Magnificent as now layed 99 goose eggs on the ice, four shy of Terry Sawchuck’s regular-season mark of 103.

The win also gave Brodeur career win number 545 and pulled him to within six victories of Patrick Roy’s NHL record.

Not a bad way to come back from elbow surgery, eh?

Winning Month Still In Reach

The loss in D.C. dropped the Thrashers’ record in the month of February to 5-5-1. With one more game remaining before we enter into March…Saturday versus Carolina…Atlanta still has a chance to obtain their first winning record in a single month this season.

The Thrashers’ record month by month so far:

October: 2-6-2 for 6 points
November: 6-6-1 for 13 points
December: 4-9-2 for 10 points
January: 5-8-0 for 10 points
February: 5-5-1 for 11 points, (1 game remaining)

50 comments Add your comment

frosty the snowman

February 26th, 2009
11:09 pm

the only reason the thrashers appeared to be ion the game is because the capitals had an inexperienced goalie in net.

Brendan

February 26th, 2009
11:14 pm

Mar-tin Bro-deur. He’s amazing. Oh sure, he benefits from a ‘liftime’ of the Devils system, but he’s also very good. And, statistically, he’s going to own some very impressive records. Roy, in 2nd place, on the win total. Sawchuck 2nd, on the shutout totals. Multiple Vezina Trophies. He’s been a Hart Trophy candidate. And, really, he was ‘arguably’ the Conn Smythe winner in the 2003 playoffs, when he set an NHL playoff record for seven shutouts, kept his GAA under 2.0 for all four rounds, a save percentage well above .900, plus 16 wins. You’ll all recall that J.S. Giguere actually won the playoff MVP in ‘03.

Brodeur won the Jennings in ‘97, ‘98, ‘03, and ‘04. Brodeur took home the Vezina every year since ‘03, except for ‘06 (Kiprusoff) and the lockout year, of course. Think of it this way, Brodeur won it four out of the last possible five (4/5) times.

Tony C.

February 27th, 2009
2:48 am

Still too small, Donnie. Stop signing smurfs.
I think you can attribute AT LEAST half of ur penalties last night on smurf vs. girth (just for the rhyme).

I mean 5′9″ (MAYBE) Perrin vs. a 6′4″ Kozlov=hooking penalty.

Would like to see more than 4 Skaters over 6′ on the roster next year.

LAC

February 27th, 2009
4:18 am

What happened in D.C. ? Remember in 2007 they were dead LAST, way out of it, we won 5-1, chants of FIRE HANLON poured down,next day he was gone.

Then they completely changed, How ?

How could they become so GOOD and we drop off the cliff ?

Ownership maybe ? One guys ownes the Caps, what do we have ?
I’d rather NOT say in public.

We lose GOOD players left & right and get worse, but D.C. is now over the top…

It just gets me we refuse to spend money to keep and aquire the
players needed to WIN.

We should be heads and tails better than or as good as D.C. But remember
we DO have the WORST GM in the NHL and as long as he continues to be here,we will continue to lose.

Remember those comments earlier this season, WE ARE CLOSE !!!!!
BS don, BS !

Lastly this darrin eliott needs to STOP with this moving forward crap,how OLD is that ?… And PLEASE get rid of JP he is as bad as it gets !

five_hole

February 27th, 2009
7:21 am

At least it was a decent fight between Boults & Brasheer. Towards the end, I wasn’t sure what was keeping either man up.

I wonder what kind of lump Bogosian is sporting today from blocking Ovechkin’s shot last night? And who do you think has the harder shot; Kovy or Ovechkin? My money is on AO.

Get The Puck Out

February 27th, 2009
8:13 am

I may be wrong but is Kari’s glove side his weakness?

Hollywould

February 27th, 2009
8:33 am

Boulton won that fight. Brashear did not want any more.

ranallo10 (in AT)

February 27th, 2009
8:45 am

Metropolit was waived by Philadelphia.

Rawhide

February 27th, 2009
9:02 am

ranallo10 (in AT) – If so…I’d say the Thrashers should go get him. Especially considering we may be looking to trade Reasoner by Tuesday. He’s making, what, $1M and the contract runs through next season…plusI always liked his hustle and grit.

Hollywould – Welcome…It was a good one, indeed. And exactly what “would” Holly do? :wink:

ranallo10 (in AT)

February 27th, 2009
9:12 am

RH: I don’t think Metropolit fills a void that would be created by losing Reasoner. Personally I’d rather see Holzapfel (good ol’ Wood Apple) or Machacek get a shot, instead of an aged ‘tweener with hustle.

P.S. — is it possible to bold or italicize font? With this new format, do links work the same way?

Midfield

February 27th, 2009
9:27 am

Get The Puck Out, personally, I think that Kari’s weakness is his head side.

Rawhide

February 27th, 2009
9:39 am

Ranallus Maximus – It is my understanding the the bold and italics will not be a part of the text features in the comments section.

Also, for links…I do not believe that a commenter can link a site to text like the old way. Instead, simply place the web address that you’re referencing at the bottom of the post.

ranallo10 (in AT)

February 27th, 2009
10:02 am

I guess people will be using CAPS much more often now…that sucks.

Alan

February 27th, 2009
10:27 am

I thought the bold tags were a bit arrogant, when used excessively, anyway. Now people will be using caps? Ye gods!

The new blogs look nice, but boy did the AJC cripple them. I’d almost rather have the old format back.

ranallo10 (in AT)

February 27th, 2009
10:36 am

The bold was abused when used for anything beyond identifying another person, in my opinion. And I agree, though the new blog is purrrrrty the format definitely leaves much to be desired. I had no problem staying with the old format.

Jimbo

February 27th, 2009
10:47 am

Another good effort by Kari after the first two goals. The guy is quick and agile. Why doesn”t JA pull the boneheads who keep piling up penalty minutes for senseless penalties- Perrin being the first. That boarding penalty just after we gave up the 3rd goals should have guaranteed him a permanent seat on the bench. He is a liability to a mediocre team and just screams about his lack of playing time. He couldn’t cut it in the ECHL. Exelby’s lack of wheels shows up dramatically against speedy teams like the Caps. Hope that he is on the waiver wire.

Rawhide

February 27th, 2009
10:54 am

ALAN & RANALLO – I hear ya…but the ship has already sailed regarding the blog format. The old was was circling the drain, as it was told to me, and the change had to be made.

On my end of things, this new format is a dream. It’s like driving a new Mercedes CLK class after driving a ‘76 AMC Pacer.

Alan

February 27th, 2009
11:08 am

That AMC is a classic, though. If you’ve still got it, I’ll gladly take it off your hands. :P

Trust me, though, I know how you feel. Just lamenting about the lack of options here. Instead of a sea of bold, we’re going to have a sea of caps coming from Stendec. And not the kind of caps we played last night, either.

That makes me a sad panda.

Dwayne Johnson

February 27th, 2009
11:23 am

Dwayne Johnson

February 27th, 2009
11:26 am

MMMMMMM….. Martin B. faces 24 shots or so a night, All our goalies face 35+ per night….very intresting. I still say sign KL for at least 2 years.

ranallo10 (in AT)

February 27th, 2009
11:29 am

I’m worried about the smileys getting out of hand…

Rawhide

February 27th, 2009
11:48 am

Ranallo – I could not agree with you more! :-?

I mean, it’s one thing to see ‘em every once in a while, but I fear they could be over-used… :eek:

So, I hope people will just sta cool :cool: and try to show a certain amount of restraint so it doesn’t irritate too many folks :mad: or turn them off :cry: and get the idea :idea: that we can’t express ourselves with the use of props :roll:

Worse, I would hate to see people become sinister in the way they use them :twisted: That would be shocking! 8-O

:razz: Anyway…I hope the weather is good over in AT Ranallus Maximus :lol:

ranallo10 (in AT)

February 27th, 2009
12:16 pm

Vitamin Z

February 27th, 2009
12:29 pm

I wonder if Kovy will reach 40 goals this year? It certainly look possible.

Dwayne Johnson

February 27th, 2009
1:10 pm

Z…i believe my prediction of a 100 point season will not happen, but 40 goals is very realistic. i’m not much for looking up stats, but what are Kovy’s since they made him Capt. and how would that project for a full season?

Rawhide

February 27th, 2009
1:35 pm

VZ – Kovy has 32 goals so far, so he would only need 8 more. That is entirely possible.

Dwayne Johnson – Since being named Captain in mid-January, Kovy has played in all 19 games since. In that span he has 16 goals and 7 assists for 23 points. If you project that production over 82 games it equates to 69 goals and 30 assist for 99 points.

Dwayne Johnson

February 27th, 2009
2:03 pm

thank you Rawhide. close, but no cigar eh?. Maybe with BL as a line mate for a season, he gets that 100 pionts.

diego from lilburn

February 27th, 2009
2:15 pm

Darn it, Rawhide! You beat me to it! I just put Kovy’s stats in the comments of the Slater reactivation piece. ;)

Diego

Bob

February 27th, 2009
2:20 pm

Love the new format much easier to read.

Not suprised the same old ninnies are SCARED OF CHANGE! ;)

ranallo10 (in AT)

February 27th, 2009
2:23 pm

Russian

February 27th, 2009
2:46 pm

WE have to keep Reasoner. He is a good 3-d line center. Metropolit is not closer to be Reasoner. I will not take him. Slater is back, I hope Perrin will sit or trade tomorrow.

Alan

February 27th, 2009
2:49 pm

I’m not scared of change! I have a pile of it on my desk!

Tony C.

February 27th, 2009
2:56 pm

Who would trade for Perrin? Unless it was a clearing cap-space move?

Russian

February 27th, 2009
3:13 pm

Metro went to Montreal. We can get dreft pick fro Perrin. I think 2-d or 3-th will be OK.

Tony C.

February 27th, 2009
3:30 pm

I would take Metro back, he’s still got a decent shot, and would provide Chicago some scoring punch when we call up the kids. If he clears waivers we’d only be on the hook for like $500-600K right? Why not? We know his game, and as I recall he wasn’t taking bad penalties late in close games like some other guys I can think of (Perrin).

Although he’d be another smurf. I dunno, but I’m really weary of only #17 having enough “oomph” to go into a corner and come away with the puck. It’s not his game, but aside from the 4th line, Kovalchuk seems to be the only person that can actually be successful along the boards when fighting for a 50/50 puck.

I mean SlavaMatic does well along the boards when he has possesion, but evenhe is oftentimes simply pushed off the puck. If your top two lines feature ONE player over 6′ tall…well, this is not a recipe for success.

Once again last night proved that DW and the “brain trust” (yes heavy sarcasm there) are pretty much inept at spotting trends.

Remember when DW was on the competition comittee coming out of the lockout and he KNEW that the game was going to favor mobile defenders over the previous model of lumbering stay-at-home types-yet DW went out and got big lumbering stay-at-home types, heck he even re-signed Sutton! For those that don’t recall, a prime example is that DW went out and signed Modry-huge guy, with a big shot and approximately the same skating ability as me.

Now we look at the Eastern conference and the model seems to favor medium-sized Defenders that can move the puck and big boys up front to keep pucks in the zone and win the punishing battles along the boards.
This offseason (and granted, DW wasn’t dealing from nearly as good a position as when we were coming out of the lockout-but who’s fault is that???), when he knew the reason he lost Hossa was a lack of talent/depth at centRe, he goes out and signs… Marty Reasoner.

Not to diss Reasoner, he’s good at what he does, and is a great teammate from all accounts. But again, DW seems clueless at best.

Tony C.

February 27th, 2009
3:46 pm

Metro might be just what the Dr. Ordered for MTL until (if) Tanguay comes back. He’s pretty steady and a lot more creative than most folks give him credit for. We know he’s got decent to plus speed and has some finish in his hands.

MTL is DYING for goal scoring and confidence in their own zone. I think Metro can provide that.

Guess we’ll soon be treated to more rhythmic gymnastics…Metro being wiaved smells like a cap-space move to make room for Briere

Bob

February 27th, 2009
3:53 pm

is the trade deadline next week?

Alan

February 27th, 2009
3:56 pm

Next week. 4 March, as a matter of fact.

Tony C.

February 27th, 2009
4:13 pm

RUSSIAN:

Would you please translate the following article:

http://www.sovsport.ru/gazeta/article-item/322638

R. Stroz

February 27th, 2009
5:11 pm

This blog has been lacking something all day.

FIRE WADDELL

Now, that’s better.

Russian

February 27th, 2009
5:21 pm

to Tony:
I try to translate everything. I hope it is works for you :-)
Event of the day. HOCKEY. NHL
Ilya Kovalchuk was recognized as the third star of the match against «Washington». After the game captain «Atlanta» talked to the correspondent of «Soviet sport», telling him of the newborn son of Philip, and explaining why Alexander the Great better than Kid Sid.
The main hero of the match began, Alexander Semin, of which the so-flattering answer coach «Washington». Forward scored 3 (1 +2) points and was third star of the day in the entire league.
The first goal Semin get beautiful. Fedorov gave him a pass on the course, and Alexander overtake the defender «Atlanta», as if standing. When Semin showed on the scoreboard, the people built him ovation.
In another episode guest player hit Ovechkin stick and broke it. Sasha showed fragments of the judge: look what happens! The arbitrator did not give the removal.
After a minute another player «Atlanta» hit in the face. The judge once again silent. Alexander brought, and began to push with Reasoner. As a result of this arbitrator issued two minutes … only to Alexander the Great. You seen him rage!
The most interesting thing is that most realized Kovalchuk. In general, Ilia played great. But the opinion of your correspondent – Kovalchuk did not have enough classrooms partners – Peverley, then to White. Do not his level of players.
«Eight children – THIS IS Bust»
- Ilya, recently «Atlanta» plays great. and you added – scored 11 goals in last 9 games. What it involves? In order that you made the captain of the team or that your son?
- Just go play. I have, and before that a lot of goal moments. But not score. Now puck goes into the goal. But I need to play more aggressive, more likely to drop out.
- Why did you have with my wife Nicole son named Philip? The first association in Russia – Philipp Kirkorov.
- One thousand per cent, it is not associated with Kirkorov! Simply, we love this name. International version. Unknown where the son goes to school – in Russia or in America. In addition, there is a holy Philip. Consider this in honor of him.
- I heard that the two babies you do not want to stop. Here is the famous hockey policemen has eight children. When someone will be able to overtake him?
- I am not so much fought for NHL to make eight children. They are the flowers of life, without question. But children need to be addressed, to pay them much attention. So far, here are the two. It is necessary to give Nicole a little bit rest, to get pleasure out of life.
- I remember during the World Cup 1994 soccer player Bebeto, scored Dutch goal, made a move that swings cot. He got the third child was born. And you do not like to mention the birth of Philip to some extravagant way?
- We are not football players. There is, 1:0 is everything. And in hockey a lot of heads. If I start on the ice cot swing, they do not understand correctly.
I’m just glad that I came heir. Most importantly, that guy grew up happy and healthy.
- You were present at birth?
- Yes, for the first time in their lives. Look Karolina was born in New York for a week before the period. Then I played in Russia for «Khimik» and not enough time for delivery. This is a unique event. Happy minute in my life!
When Nicole gave birth, I am terribly nervous. Generally a great respect for the cause of women who give birth to two or more children. It is at least a year and a half is not quite a comfortable lifestyle.
«Only weak People talk too much»
- Recently «Washington» playing with «Pittsburgh». Alexander Ovechkin showed to Crosby that he should be less talk. There he learned from you? I remember when you scored a goal, then showed glove to Sid, and this move has become famous in Atlanta.
- This is the emotion. Ovechkin did everything correctly. We need to play hockey. On the ice show, what are you capable of. A lot of talk weaknesses. Ovechkin all proven – he scored a goal and «Washington» defeats. He had every right to his gesture.
- Crosby said that Ovechkin – dirty player …
- Then do not need anyone to play hockey! After all the rules after the lockout in the NHL has changed greatly. Suppose that Crosby looks like the league played before. Style Ovechkin – emotional hockey net. Therefore, it is the best NHL player.
- But the league in the promotion focuses on Crosby.
- He was a local. You need something a player who will cover NHL. Russian could not face the North American league! But Ovechkin on all indicators in order stronger Crosby. I do not open America, many are talking about that. Crosby – a magnificent player. But Ovechkina it is still very far away.
If I gained the players in our virtual team, be sure to take a Sasha. We are friends. We have a similar character, a lot of common interests. I like Ovechkin not only as a hockey player. He is close in spirit.
«Provocative Dream»
- Now ready for the world championship in Switzerland? You from the team called?
- Perhaps Viacheslav Bykov still hoped that the «Atlanta» will be released in the play-offs. Therefore, while no one called – smiled Kovalchuk. – But if we do not get to the Stanley Cup and I am healthy … It is always said, that arrive in the team will be pleased.
- Who will remain with his wife?
- And we have a nanny. And yet another visit – my mom wants to assist in the care of Philip. Carolina for three years, it is easier.
- You used to be in Switzerland?
- Yes, several times. To collect from Yurzinova before the World Cup-2004. Another summer came. Beautiful country. Delicious cheese, good wine.
- General Manager «Atlanta» Don Woddell gave a guarantee that you will not be shared. You believe him? Quietly sleep at night?
- I always sleep calmly. A exchanges – this is business. Will that be. But leave «Atlanta» I would not like. I want to stay here.
- And if you wake up tomorrow and know that you exchanged at «Washington», it will be good or bad dream?
- This is a provocative dream. I am satisfied with everything in «Atlanta». I play here on the first day of his career. I hope that we will be a solid strong team. City of excellent, good fans. We are obliged to play much better.
- Who will be this year «Hart Trophy» as league most valuable player?
- Most likely, Ovechkin. If «Washington» and will continue to argue for the first-second place in the conference. My voice, it is exactly.

Glovesave29

February 27th, 2009
5:25 pm

Rawhide…ugh, that hurts. You know I had to give up the CLK convertible because the tax exemptions could no longer fit in the back seat.

Metro is little in stature, but big in heart. Went 100% all the time, something this current team is lacking

Tony C.

February 27th, 2009
6:37 pm

RUSSIAN:

Thanks! I didn’t know which blog you’d be reading so I hit both.

Thrashy Thrashy

February 27th, 2009
7:10 pm

I think it’s a good thing that Kovy can speak to the Russian press and not go back on his willingness to stay in Atlanta. He must really like the area or something. I hope the Thrashers will reward him handsomely for this.

ranallo10 (in AT)

February 27th, 2009
7:56 pm

http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=268944&lid=sublink06&lpos=headlines_nhl

Hmmm…even Koules and Barrie (playing the parts of Brad Daniels and Jim Carrey) understand that it’s hard to sell a crappy product unless you sell it at a discounted price. Maybe the ASG can learn from them.

Speaking of crappy ownership groups, is anyone surprised that the three worst teams in the league at this point (TB, NYI, ATL) have arguably the worst ownership in the sport?

Jimbo

February 27th, 2009
9:54 pm

Rawhide: Do you have any contacts with other clubs who might leak some of the names that DW has on the waiver wire? I have to believe that he has a fair number of the gang that we continue to speculate about. In the past, clubs have held claims until near the deadline to force the offering club to make last minute deals. We should see a number of guys go on the 4th for lower draft picks.

Brendan

February 27th, 2009
10:03 pm

It’s not surprising in the least, Ranallo. I’ve often asked people to name ANY sport … when the players overcame bad management. It’s almost impossible to find one. And bad management can usually be traced right to the top, and that’s the entity that installed it and foots the bill. That’s the ownership.

Ask Charles Wang, NY Islanders owner, if his 15-year deal with DiPietro was foolish and inadvisable, he’ll likely reply, “I was a pioneer! I opened to the door for Ovechkin’s 13-year/$124 million deal, Mike Richardson’s 12-year deal in Philly, and Lecavalier’s deal in Tampa.” D’oh. Of course, that’s not really an answer, either. But hey, were you expecting something “pithy,” hypothetically, out of Wang?

Ask Bruce Levenson if the Thrashers are ‘moving in the right direction,’ he’d say, “Well, yes. Of course, we’ve had some setbacks. We’re not ‘quite’ where we thought we’d be, but there’s absolutely no reason to tear it down and start over new.” That’s hypothetical, mind you. But can’t you just hear him saying something like that? Last year, the Thrashers finished 28th. This year, they’ve got quite a hold on the 29th spot. If Levenson’s direction of choice is ’southbound,’ then yes … the Thrashers are moving in the right direction.

To quote Poster Bob, “Really. No, really?”

Ask Len Barrie or Oren Koules if it was ’smart’ to trade Dan Boyle, they’d likely reply, “At the time, it made a lot of sense to get Matt Carle.” Carle now plays for Philadelphia. I can’t remember who they got in the exchange. I want to say Brownie and Eminger. But that might be wrong. Boyle is having a career season in San Jose, and just ‘may’ be the difference-maker in their bid to win the Stanley Cup this year, which will almost certainly involve knocking off the Red Wings in the process.

The ownership in St. Louis isn’t exactly stupid. They’ve had some tough injuries to overcome. I thought I recently saw that the Blues were beginning to approach .500 again. I think the L.A. Kings are getting better in their hockey operations. Even tonight, they’re in ‘HockeyTown,’ in a 2-1 game, with 90 seconds left in the 3rd period. That’s substantive progress for a perennial cellar dweller, who has been very patient in its building process. Imagine if they’d been able to keep Cammalleri, with Brown, Kopitar, Frolov, Jack Johnson, Drew Doughty, Bernier and Quick. That’s a nucleus to keep intact.

Rawhide

February 27th, 2009
11:32 pm

Jimbo – I really don’t have any “contacts” per sa that could/would leak such info…but I think your assesment is correct. I would not be at all surprised if Havelid, Reasoner and Perrin are all three moved & all netting high draft picks for their services.

Look specifically out west for deals to be made, IMHO. There are still so many teams alive that I think they’ll be lots of deals to be leveraged out there.

Tony C.

February 28th, 2009
2:27 am

If we trade Lehtonen, then I’m going to want a HEFTY return. If DW does trade him to philly, I’d really like to get Nittymaaki in return…although Van Riemsdyk isn’t exactly chopped liver, I’m still leery of Pavelec’s ability to be “the man” next year.

Of course there’s going to be some pretty good goalies on the market this year-Clemmenson’s stock has gone up (deservedly), Backstrom, Roloson, Khabibulin, Timmy Thomas (who I doubt Boston will let go), Fernandez, Anderson (panthers), Biron & Nittymaaki (philly) Joey MacDonald from NYI….just to name a few that come to mind

Plenty of good solid netminders…now out of that list I only see a few legit #1s…of course Backstrom heads the class with Biron, Khabibulin and Fernandez leading the “intriguing veteran” race… I’m not sold on Anderson as a full-time #1, but I do think MacDonald is going to make some club very pleased-just a hunch.

So what would you say to a deal that sent Lehtonen & a 3rd round selection to the Flyers for Van Riemsdyk & Nitty???

Brendan

February 28th, 2009
1:06 pm

I’d say Don Waddell drafted Lehtonen and has no intentions of ever trading him, or not unless he faces the prospect of losing him in unrestricted free agency for “nothing.”