Archive for February, 2009

Go West, Young Thrashers

The Thrashers head out west on a week long roadie that will take them Duck hunting, over to La-La land, out to the desert then swimming with the Sharks. And I’ll tell ya kids…none of these four teams they’ll be playing are cream-puffs.

Things start off Sunday evening in Anaheim versus the 28-24-5 Ducks. Their 61 points ties them with Dallas for the 5th and 6th spots in the Western Conference…however, it’s only 3 points removed from 10th place Edmonton.

Then, the Thrashers will make their way to the other side of the greater Los Angeles area for a Monday night match-up with the Kings…and given traffic in that area, 24 hours should just about enough time to cruise between the two arenas. The Kings are 24-22-7, including 7-2-1 in their previous ten games.

After that its off to the nation’s 48th state, Arizona, for a date Thursday night with the Coyotes. Arizona is currently 25-26-5…but those 55 points are only 4 shy of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western …

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On The Bubble: Kari Lehtonen

With only a couple months left in the Thrashers season…and with the hopes for any possible playoff push long since departed…there is little left for the Thrashers to play for except professional pride and…well, quite frankly…job security. Over the course of the next few weeks, I want to try and highlight a couple of the players that have much to gain, or lose, between now and April 11…players that are “on the bubble”.

 

Today I submit for your approval…or disapproval… Kari Lehtonen.    

 

As we have discussed many times already, when GM Don Waddell gave goalkeeper Kari Lehtonen a one-year contract last summer, it was done with the thought that this was the make or break year for the 2nd overall pick in the 2002 draft. Kari was going to take this job and run with it or…enter Ondrej Pavelec.

 

Inconsistent play and injuries have followed Kari around for the most part of his career…this season being no exception. However, with 26 more games on the …

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