Hot Thrashers Burn Oilers

If you are a team that is currently battling for your playoff life…the one team you just don’t want to see next on your schedule is the Atlanta Thrashers. This team is simply hot…and they are out to burn any and everyone they can who is in the thick of the playoff race.

Marty Reasoner returned to Edmonton where he had played the better part of six seasons and scored the game-winning goal to give the Atlanta Thrashers a 4-3 overtime win. Just last week, Reasoner was looked at to be a possible trade deadline mover seeing as he is slated to be a UFA this summer. Don Waddell and the Thrashers decided instead to keep the 6′-1″ 205 lb centerman around…and Thursday night it paid off.

Reasoner Puts Game-Winner Past Roloson

Reasoner Puts Game-Winner Past Roloson (AP Photo)

While the goal was scored by a player who is reportedly wanting to stick around here past this season…it was set up by a player who has been vocal in his desire to leave Atlanta, Eric Perrin. It was his flip pass out of the Thrashers’ zone that landed on the blade of Reasoner’s stick who then raced in to beat Dwayne Roloson with 50 seconds remaining before a shootout.

Atlanta scored 4 goals on 33 shots without the help of their captain and leading scorer. After having played only 46 seconds, Ilya Kovalchuk left the game and did not return. Kovy’s ailment was reported to be a strained muscle…either his back or rib area, I believe. So, for the Thrashers to pull one out like this without the help of Kovalchuk speaks well of how this squad has pulled things together of late.

Jimmy Slater got the Thrashers on the board first with an early goal just 2:25 into the first. Slates burried a shot from the the right side after Nathan “Rockie Mountain” Oystrick fed him with a pass from the left. Slava Kozlov was credited with his first of two assists on Slater’s goal.

Bryan Little gave Atlanta a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission as the Thrashers unloaded 17 of their 33 shots in the first.

Edmonton’s first period goal came while they were on a 5 on 3 power play and it snapped a steak of 15 straight penalty kill successes for Atlanta. The last time the Thrashers allowed a goal while down a player was back on February 28th when Anton Babchuk netted one at the 1:41 mark of the third period of a 5-3 Thrashers win over Carolina.

When Robert Nilsson scored to give the Oilers a 3-2 lead at 3:16 of the second period, it marked the first time the Thrashers had trailed in a game since the 4-3 loss to the Florida Panthers nine days prior. Atlanta then succeeded in killing off the three other Oilers power plays the rest of the game.

But that lead only lasted for but 8 minutes and 52 seconds before Zach Bogosian’s power play lazer blast ringed off the far post to tie the score at 3 apiece! That score held up through the rest of the second and the third period…setting up Reasoner’s overtime heroics in OT. Bogey had himself yet another great game with strong defensive play combined with a very impressive offensive showing that lead to his goal on 4 shots.

Johan Hedberg made his first start since February 16 a victorious one, stopping 29 of 32 shots he faced, incluing all seven taken on him in the third and both in the overtime frame.

Atlanta will now be riding a 4-game win streak into Buffalo Saturday night where they will look to tie the season high mark of five consecutive wins. The Thrashers have come out winners in 5 of their last 6 games…and 6 of their last 8. Since February 15, they have played to a record of 8-3-1. The record for CY2009…15-14-1.

I could get used to this brand of hockey.

But This, However, I Don’t Think I Can Get Used To

Thrashers 10-Year Logo

Thrashers' 10-Year Logo. No...Seriously. (Thrashers web site)

Did you guys get a gander at the Thrashers 10-year anniversary logo yet?  I saw this a few days back but decided not to make any comment at the time because I wanted to see if it was actually somebody’s idea of a joke. However… it seems a though it’s not. 

Folks, that’s the sort of logo you would expect to have seen on television introducing a teen dance show back in the mid-’70s. Hmmm…That would explain the disco music I hear in the back of my head every time I look at it. That, plus the frightful flash-back images of those nasty Houston dis-Astros unis.

The last time I saw anything like that was just after my youngest tax exemption horked down a whole bag of Skittles, a corndog and a Vanilla Coke…then road the Scream Machine at Six Flags. Don’t worry, the car was thouroughly hosed down before the next group of riders climbed aboard.

One question…do they plan on painting this thing at mid-ice for the entirety of next season? Please, for the love of God and all things holy, tell me we aren’t going to have to stare at this for 41 regular season games.

To think…somewhere, there is a highly-paid exec in the Thrashers’ organ-I-zation that looked at this thing, stroked his or her chin, nodded their head and said, “Yes…this is the one”!

76 comments Add your comment

Alan

March 13th, 2009
12:28 am

Interesting to note.

Anderson has never had a season where he finished below .500 coaching professional hockey. Right now, Atlanta looks poised and capable of keeping that streak alive for Anderson. Can they keep it up and keep Anderson’s streak going? We’ll soon find out.

Phenomenal win. Who are these guys, anyway?

UGA_2001

March 13th, 2009
1:49 am

Go Thrashers! They have been playing inspired hockey lately.

And I like the logo. Probably because I like 70’s fashion as well…

Sharon

March 13th, 2009
2:33 am

I love retro-inspired designs, I absolutely love “those nasty Houston dis-Astros unis”, but I’m not sure what to make of this logo. I feel weird while looking at it, possibly because my eyes are melting.

Imagine it without the AT slapped onto it and it’s actually kinda cool. I see what the designer is going for, but that AT font is horrendous and the placement is questionable, as is the upper box angle. The 10 looks highly stylized, but the rest more of an afterthought.

This reminds me of the retro video open and headshots that the Thrashers had several years ago. I thought it was cool and quirky back then, just kind of surprising for a hockey team.

Ohhhhh, I love the nightlife… I got to boogie…

Dwayne Johnson

March 13th, 2009
5:12 am

i like the logo, there is my 2 cent worth, which is probably what they paid the designer. who’d a thunk it? start hedberg, kovy goes down, and they still win. awesome!!

tddf30

March 13th, 2009
6:24 am

I also think that the logo is decent if the AT were removed. I mean the I like how they put the Thrasher into the logo, but I think the AT is just emphasizing something that is already obvious.

As far as the team, I love that this team is starting to look like they may be on the Flyers or a year ago. They had a terrible year but had a young team that began to look respectable, and with a few additions are now poised for the playoffs.

Mr. Heat Miser

March 13th, 2009
7:34 am

I’m not buying anything with that logo on it.
Embarrasing.

LAC

March 13th, 2009
7:52 am

Forget the logo, WIN ! We currently have THE LONGEST WINNING STREAK IN THE ENTIRE NHL ! No other team comes close…

I still cannot believe these Canada fans whining like little spoiled BABIES when they lose to Atlanta !

Glad to see NYI beat Montreal and THEY were BOOED off the ice !

Edmonton was the same way !!!!!! Get a life Canada fans !!!!

Oh… and how about those Deadtroit Red Wings ? Allowing 8 goals each of the past saturday nights ? And 5 last night… There is only
a difference of 25 goals allowed between them and us… amazing !

Lastly, Toronto leads NHL allowing 243 now, we are second, BUT…
a number of teams are getting very close to us…

Glovesave29

March 13th, 2009
8:30 am

Not even going to comment on that monstrocity of a logo…let’s just say this – by the 5th game next season, anything with that on it will be in the 50% off bin.

The best part of this current streak is that we are beating different types of teams…Edmonton’s speed and passing, Calgary’s rough and tough play, Montreal’s breakout…in my eyes, that is the most positive sign of all.

Scott

March 13th, 2009
8:40 am

The only one working harder than the Thrashers, it seems, is Rawhide. Some prolific blogging lately, and you certainly have not sacrificed quality for quantity! My son and I enjoyed seeing you last Saturday.

My wife asked me if the Thrashers current winning streak and much improved play of the last six weeks had anything to do with season ticket renewals. Everyone loves a conspiracy these days, but I told her that Professional Athletes are simply not able to turn their effort on and off based on outside factors such as season ticket renewals. What we’re seeing is a team that has decided to trust each other and their coaching staff, and give a solid effort every night. If you watch the interviews,the Thrashers are consistently on point with mention of playing for pride and playing for each other. Call me gullible, but I’ve heard it enough, and, more importantly, seen the effort consistently enough, that I’m starting to believe them.

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 13th, 2009
8:58 am

Would anyone here be opposed to the Thrashers trying to acquire Penner?

25/26 year old 6′4 245 right winger (I think he centered some too), signed for $4.5M for several more years. He might even be cheaper due to his under performance this season.

I’m just curious…I’d be fine offering a second round pick (preferably Montreal’s) and a prospect like Sterling or Denny for Penner. I doubt that would be enough, but I wouldn’t complain if it was and Penner came to Atlanta this offseason.

Rawhide

March 13th, 2009
9:08 am

UGA_2001 – Welcome…and hey, art is subjective. So, if it floats your boat & you’re a fan of the ’70s look,…OK.

Sharon – I almost broke out into a John Travolta-esque dance move reading your comment. :lol:

tddf30 – I was think thinking about the comparision between this team and the 2006-07 Flyers last night myself. That team finished with…what…56 points?

Scott – Thank you for the kind words…it was very nice to have met you and your son too. I think you are correct regarding the team starting to trust their teammats and coaches. Of course, winning has a way of breading that kinda attitude. It’s good to see.

LAC- Good stats….also, if you look at the standings, the Thrashers are now at 60 points after 68 games. That would be two in front of Tampa Bay and six ahead of the Islanders. It also puts them only one points below Colorado, who is in 27th place in the NHL and two behind Phoenix who occupies the 26 spot.

Those are the five current “lottery teams” and all have played 68 games. But, Atlanta is but 4 points below Ottawa…who has played one game fewer. So, the Thrashers find themselves with a real possibilty of being a non-lottery team. Some would call that a “bad” thing…I would call that “success” at this point.

Also, the Thrashers season G/G average is 2.96…tied with Vancouver for tenth-best in the NHL. Their power play is 13th best at a 19.6% efficiency and they have won 51.2% of the face offs this year…tied for ninth best, again with the Canucks.

Good O-fensive stats…but I’m also very impressed with the way the D and goalies have been playing as well. Moose did good last night.

Smoothie

March 13th, 2009
9:17 am

“The best part of this current streak is that we are beating different types of teams…Edmonton’s speed and passing, Calgary’s rough and tough play, Montreal’s breakout…in my eyes, that is the most positive sign of all.”

Glovesave — I couldn’t agree more with your statement. And to take it one step further, you’ve got to be impressed with how poised this team seems to be both on the road when adversity strikes (since the first West Coast swing) and at home when a big bully like Montreal tries to come into our house and steal our lunch money. This team no longer backs down from anyone…even Ron Hainsey is punching guys in the mouth when they take liberties in our crease!! And the team is showing cohesion the likes of which I have not see in quite some time…I mean, they are even standing up for Eric Perrin who apparently only ruffled the feathers of our GM and not his teammates (great flip pass by the way; reminded me of Kozzy to Hossa…can we call it the Hoslov flip?).

Lastly, and most importantly, that anniversary logo is a disgrace. I don’t mind the stylized 10 with the bird head, but c’mon? Is this really the best we can do? Simple is always better when it comes to these things (see the Carolina Hurricanes 10th ann logo). The artist was trying to do way too much in a confined space. At least the team isn’t crashing and burning as much as that attempt at a hip and clever logo!!

BTW, who here has thought that Marty “the Party” Reasoner resembles Rob Lowe in Youngblood? Seriously, from certain angles, he is Dean-O incarnate! Even down to the busted incisor tooth! Is Rich Peverley our version of Derek Sutton (Swayze)? Prolly not, but Kari the Kaarpa has certainly been a “facking animaaaal” of late betwixt the pipes!!

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 13th, 2009
9:24 am

“Some would call that a “bad” thing…I would call that “success” at this point.”

I would agree…looking at the potential kids available, Schroeder is a fine prospect who would still be available outside of the lottery. He performed well for the US recently, and is seen as a playmaker. Even Svensson-Paajarvi would be available, which wouldn’t bother me. Schenn and Cowen could drop out of the top 5 and be available…

There are many fine options this year, benefits of a strong draft class. Plenty of “runner-up” prizes to be had for those unable to pick Tavares or Hedman.

Buzilla in CT

March 13th, 2009
9:27 am

That logo is HOT! You guys are jive turkeys if you don’t like that fly-slamma-jamma. I can’t wait to iron that bad boy on my 3/4 sleave shirt and my happening yellow chinos, cruise down to phillips and pimp my ho’s.

(cue 70’s porn music)

This must be our ode to the days of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Houston Astros.

First the Blue Jerseys and now this

jackie blue

March 13th, 2009
9:28 am

I am so excited about how well the Thrashers are playing right now. I would have to think that every team in the NHL is taking notice. We have to be one of the hottest teams out there right now. Go Thrashers….

Oh and by the way, let’s beat Buffalo, as I personally think their fans are the worst!!!

Jimbo

March 13th, 2009
9:31 am

Logo’s OK but the real story is the re-birth of a team that we wrote off as “on the slab”. Since Anderson decided that maybe a little “defense” was called for, we’ve taken off. Bogosian continues to blossom and the other kids on the D are playing good, Enstrom, Valabik and Oystrick who really plays smart, positional hockey. 2 of the 3 “wus’” are gone (Williams and Christensen) and Perrin will be gone at the end of the season. There is hope for the future. Keep it going, guys.

tddf30

March 13th, 2009
9:46 am

“I was think thinking about the comparision between this team and the 2006-07 Flyers last night myself. That team finished with…what…56 points?”

Rawhide that was a good catch, I was thinking about the Flyers but for some reason I thought it was last season that they had a dreadful season. I guess I have just tried to block out last season because of how bad it was for us.

Nikita

March 13th, 2009
10:00 am

I’m taking heart from the fact that we’re beating real teams and not just jokes like the Avs and Islanders. Along those lines, last night’s game was fantastic. Go, Thrash!

Marty Reasoner can be the poster boy for both Fire on Ice and the Thrashers’ revitalization any day. He’s hot off the ice (though I like men with teeth, personally) and subtly funny, and he’s absolutely smokin’ on the ice. As ya’ll may know, I favor roster players — Reasoner is definitely that. I doubt he’ll ever be a #1 center, but we’d be in horrible shape without him this year and dammit, we need excellence at every level. Along those lines, I’m very, very happy with the development of virually every one of our younger and/or less experienced players. I remain guardedly optimistic about Valabik and Oystrick, but absolutely thrilled with Slater, Army, Thorbs, Enstrom, Little, etc. I am thrilled that this time around we hired a coaching staff that not only knows how to spot and raise young talent, but also did raise many of our players through the lower leagues.

As to the lottery…I could care less if we get into the sweepstakes. I’d like to see the team rank higher than last year, and I think that’s a distinct possibility.

I like the logo. But I liked Hockey Love, as well. I mean, come on — how many boring-ass earnest campaigns can we get behind? Seriously, if you’ve seen one angry hockey player with some artistic blurring and maybe a few blue accents, you’ve seen them all.

Smoothie

March 13th, 2009
10:02 am

ranallo’s right, it’s a deep draft and there are good players all through the top 10. How quickly we forget that B-Litts was a 10th pick overall. Too many are looking for the “quick-fix” through the draft (Tavares and/or Hedman), but it’s not realistic to think that we will end up with another 18 y/o (or even 19-20 y/o) man-child like Z-Bo.

Nothing wrong with building chemistry now for next season, hopefully sprinkle in a bona fide scoring RW to play 2nd line mins (a Knuble type player who isn’t 36 or 37) and perhaps another upper 20’s stay-at-home D-man. But I’m not sure we’ll need that if Bobo and Oystrick keep progressing like this. We know Z-Bo will be a stud and prolly a # 1 D-man as early as ‘10-’11 if not next season.

Oh yeah, I would be thrilled to get Luke Schenn’s younger brother especially if he’s versatile enough to play RW and C.

Alan

March 13th, 2009
10:13 am

Oh… and how about those Deadtroit Red Wings ? Allowing 8 goals each of the past saturday nights ? And 5 last night… There is only
a difference of 25 goals allowed between them and us… amazing !

Amazing, indeed, but not all that surprising.

See, most people here know I’m a Wing fan. I’ve loved ‘em for a good long time. So it should come as no surprise to people that I watch quite a few of their games.

Last night? They completely dominated the first period, out-shooting the Flames 28-4. Yes, you read that right, 28-4. One of the graphics posted on the FS-Detroit feed in the middle of the second period showed the Wing power play converting 3-of-6 with 26 shots on goal. Simply amazing.

So, does anyone remember the story about the tortoise and the hare? I’m sure everyone here knows this story.

Anyway, When Detroit went up 4-1, that’s exactly what happened. The Wings decided they would take a nice nap under a shady tree, thinking “there’s no way they can come back.” After Calgary scored their second goal of the night, the Wings didn’t seem to care. How could the Flames possibly come back?

Well, the third period came around, and the Flames burned Detroit much like the environmentalists who set fire to the Rouge River back in the 60s. Those Flames, the very same ones who only mustered four shots on goal in the first frame of action, allowed only two shots on goal in the third frame. The hare woke up, and saw the tortoise trying to get to that finish line. Detroit scored a very late equalizer to take it to OT.

The tortoise eventually won this one, and left the hare stunned. It’s almost as if their “give-a-crap level was like at zero.”

Oh, and one final thought on the Detroit game? Just remember: They took McCrimmon. Atlanta’s sloppy seconds. I was glad to see him leave Atlanta, but I knew very bad things were in store for Detroit with him there. Sure, they’re playoff bound, but the way they’re playing right now, they look like a team who will get swept out of the first round. Think Nashville has it in ‘em to get past round one? Or Columbus? I’m sure either of them could do it, with the way they look right now, so long as that opponent is Detroit.

tddf30

March 13th, 2009
10:17 am

I am not a person that would ever advocate tanking just to get the top pick, I just love to see my team win at anytime of the year in any situation.

However that does not mean that I wouldn’t love to have Tavares who could center Kovy or Hedman(if paired with Valabik this could be a hockey version of “twin towers” like there have been in basketball).

If we don’t end up with a lottery pick, I would love to get the younger Schenn as well, because if he is half as tough as his brother that would be awesome, and I have also heard that he has very good ability offensively.

kracker

March 13th, 2009
10:21 am

The logo: I guess it’s too late to move the team? ….yep, 2009 – 1999 = 10, so I guess we’re stuck with it.

Anyway, another great win! I’m not even going to mention that thing the team is getting close to.

Spud Webb

March 13th, 2009
10:40 am

HOLY CRAP I love the way they are playing. I’ve said it a million times, even if we were losing these games I wouldnt care, because we are playing balls to the wall Hockey. NO QUIT!!! YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Uh, I thought that was a combo 70’s-g&y pride logo?? I have nothing against being g&y, but it’s not something you want representing a hockey team. We already get laughed at enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Midtown Marvin

March 13th, 2009
10:51 am

The logo? Love it!

It is Mar-VAH-louuuuuuuuuuuuuuuus!!!!

Dwayne Johnson

March 13th, 2009
10:52 am

14 games left, 11 of the 14 are against teams in the top 10 right now, the other 3 games are against Tampa, twice and Ottawa once. How many more coaches can the Thrashers help get the axe before the start of next season? NHL.com still not giving our Thrashers much love. Stats aside, would anyone like to see Kovy sit a few games, pending an injury report? Let another youngster show his skill?

Tony C.

March 13th, 2009
11:15 am

Did you just call me a jive-turkey?!?!?!

Rawhide

March 13th, 2009
11:21 am

Tony C. – yes, I belive he did….all of us!

Spud Webb – Not that there is anything wrong with that!

Buzilla – What-chu talkin’ ’bout, Buzilla?

Squad

March 13th, 2009
11:25 am

I debated about watching the game because of the later start. My loyalty to the team won out and I watched the whole game. Like everyone else I am glad I did. What an exciting game and to see the Thrashers now consistently play tough hockey for sixty minutes. What is even better is now that act like a team and stand up for each other. We now are a team that can’t be pushed around. Everyone has already wrote about the play of the team and certain players so I won’t repeat the observations. I saw a great game,an inspired team, and a new team spirit. I went to bed at 12:30 and was up at 04:25 but don’t regret it one bit.It was totally worth it.

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 13th, 2009
11:26 am

Dwayne Johnson — I’d like to see Sterling called up, assuming Kovalchuk isn’t 100%.

Dwayne Johnson

March 13th, 2009
11:33 am

Squad, i too get up at 4:30, give or take 10 minutes. It reminds me the nights back in the 80’s when the Braves were bad and they played on the west coast.

Midfield

March 13th, 2009
11:45 am

Hedberg really bailed the team out a few times. The difference I see is that defensemen are not just going through the motions but battle their way out even when mistakes are made. That gives both the golies and forwards a boost. Suddenly, there’s more grit on both ends of the rink, even without much size addition. I wonder if anything else changed in the lockroom, besides naming Kovy the Captain. By the way, the OT break away was very nifty. Perrin can frame this flip for his grand kids.

Viking

March 13th, 2009
12:38 pm

The recent success on the ice could present an unavailability of Tavares/Hedman, However, keep in mind that even a second to last place in the league would not guarantee any of those two. It is a lottery and a team can drop down max one spot. As far as I can tell, after them the draft is deep this year, so by winning the team will build confidence and positive attitudes among UFA’s (and maybe that Nikulin guy in Russia) and this is what we should worry about.

Mixed feelings about the logo: The main problem is the combined L/1.
Judging from earlier comments about the “AT”, it is just too hard to realize that the L i “ATL” is even present. But the the “Trasherized Zero” is fantastic and should definitely be incorporated in a revision – if it is still at hand. I assume the targeted audience for the anniversary logo is not outside Atlanta, so as ttdf30 said, why state the obvious? However, a switch to “Thrashers” would reinforce the brand around here.

Glovesave29

March 13th, 2009
12:59 pm

It’s really critical now to keep this hot streak going through the end of the year…I want the guys to be upset when they are cleaning out their lockers for the summer because they are disappointed that the season is over. I want them motivated to work hard, and that they cannot WAIT until next fall when they can play this way from game number one. Stick around Atlanta this summer, work out together and be active in the community. I want all the players to be excited about playing here, and to meet with potential UFA’s when they visit and sell the team to the prospective players. To me, the energy of the players who are here far exceed any addition we will in the draft. If we somehow land a big player a la Tavares or Hedman, great…but only if we stay in the lottery because the other teams eligable are winning to. If we play our way out of the lottery, so be it. GO THRASHER – and of course FIRE WADDELL.

Glovesave29

March 13th, 2009
1:01 pm

Viking – that “thrasherized 0″ was stolen from last years all star logo. Just like the inaug season and 5th season logos were the same. Just want a new idea, cool and timely…not a reincarnation of the 1980’s Denver Nuggets. It has bad flow…trying to do to many things at the same time. The “AT” and the years are unecessary…

Sharon

March 13th, 2009
1:31 pm

Viking – I agree, the logo isn’t cohesive. I stared at it for a spell last night before noticing the the ATL. It’s hard to see the whole, just bits and pieces. It’s not an effective logo.

I’d slap that 10 on a tshirt and wear it with (gay) pride though!

They must play the Village People during the official unveiling. Nothing screams hockey like “Macho, macho man!”. I’d pay extra, or at least the regular ticket price, just to see this retro-awesome spectacle (haha).

Scott

March 13th, 2009
2:58 pm

*Midfield* There were a lot of subtle changes in the locker room about the same time that Kovy put on the C. Just before that Peverly was claimed by DW. Not long after that Stuart was called up and made an immediate impact on the PK. Schneider left not too long after that, and then Havelid, leaving the kids on D.

I like Stuart’s game, I love his speed and he seems to know where to be and most importantly what to do with the puck when he has it. I don’t want to give him more than his due, but it seems like once he got a chance this year, he set the standard of effort for younger players wanting ice time.

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 13th, 2009
3:19 pm

I doubt I was the only person who sent this as feedback, but I see they activated the “Link” feature again. I like that.

punch bunny

March 13th, 2009
3:35 pm

Is that the Thrashers’ 10 yr anniversary logo…or a MARTA sign from the mid-80’s?

Eileen and Shannon

March 13th, 2009
4:01 pm

We love the logo! Very retro. Go Thrashers. Keep winning. If feels so good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tony C.

March 13th, 2009
4:04 pm

punch bunny: HILARIOUS!

stendecs mother

March 13th, 2009
4:47 pm

My poor son has gone to drinking again, he has no one to curse or holler at. Next step for him is start beating me again. Please Thrashers, stop all this winning. I’m old and can’t take it. If only Kari will start Lettin-them-in again.

Tony C.

March 13th, 2009
5:12 pm

For the rest of hockey-blogosphere’s reaction to the logo, scroll down to comments of this page:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Puck-Headlines-Finding-success-after-firing-you?urn=nhl,147911#remaining-content

Also, shout-out to our own Sara, busting dude’s chops that said we “don’t deserve Tavers”. Nice work chica!

Mr. T., Can we get a side-by-side of “youngblood” Rob Lowe and Marty?

I am doing it in mind, and can’t stop laughing.

diego from lilburn

March 13th, 2009
5:25 pm

stendecs mother: hahahahahahahaha!

Thrashers27

March 13th, 2009
5:31 pm

That logo is the most atrocious thing I’ve ever seen. Looks like they gave a ten year old a box of crayons and some construction paper and said “here ya’ go kid. Make us something pretty!”

LAC

March 13th, 2009
5:36 pm

Rannallo10, I was thinking the same thing about Penner. Seems he
is on the outs with the coach etc… Like many players,a change would do him good, size too !

Saw the EDM pregame on their NHL site and the two reporters were none too kind in their remarks concerning him… Only thing would they want an arm and a leg for him or a couple fingers….????

Tony C.

March 13th, 2009
5:41 pm

Well, if the price really is LOW(e) for Penner, why not take a shot with him? I mean if he costs a 3rd-round pick and Joe Motzko, pull the trigger I say.

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 13th, 2009
6:16 pm

I’m guessing Penner would come at a high cost, seeing that he cost them several high picks just because they poached him from Anaheim on an RFA contract.

I wouldn’t want to see a first rounder changing hands for him (especially this season’s), but anything after the first round I would be supportive of. Even our high second round pick this draft would be in play, depending on what else they wanted.

Tony C.

March 13th, 2009
8:36 pm

Would you trade Sterling and a 2nd rounder for Penner?

Rawhide

March 13th, 2009
8:57 pm

Per Mike Knobler…Kovy will sit out Saturday’s game in Buffalo. He’ll be re-evaluated before Monday’s game vs. the Caps.

Thrashers27That logo is the most atrocious thing I’ve ever seen. Looks like they gave a ten year old a box of crayons and some construction paper and said “here ya’ go kid. Make us something pretty!

And the kid failed…miserably.

Tony C. – Lemme see what I can dig up for a side-by-side jobber for ya.

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 13th, 2009
8:59 pm

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 13th, 2009
9:39 pm

If Edmonton has room for Sterling at the NHL level, and he blossoms, so be it. Penner is a large bodied top two RW, who could possibly compliment Kovalchuk. Sterling’s possible position wont be available for another year, so I wouldn’t hesitate to include him in a trade if the return value is a player locked up for several years that fits an immediate (and important) need for the team.

I’d hate getting rid of him, but a player like Penner in return would definitely help me get over the loss of his untapped potential.

Brendan

March 14th, 2009
1:25 am

Penner, like any player “poached” on an RFA offersheet, got overpaid. If a deal were to be made with Edmonton, I’d want the RW Ales Hemsky, whose salary is just about the same ($4.3 to $4.5M). Hemsky is producing a point a game. Of course, I like Shawn Horcoff. Now, the numbers aren’t “fantastic” on Horcoff. And he’s probably the highest paid forward on the Oilers. I just like his work ethic, and his overall game. They’d never take Sterling and a 2nd round pick for Horcoff.

As is the case with any prospective trade, I’d want to know that the player I’m potentially acquiring actually WANTS to play in Atlanta. Otherwise, I’m fighting that uphill battle. The player’s heart lies ELSEWHERE, etc. Philosophically, I like to draft my own players, mold and shape them into the team philosophy, and lock them up with their RFA contract. Iffff Sterling will become a capable 2nd line Left Winger, at the NHL level, I’d keep him. Slava Kozlov isn’t getting any YOUNGER. He’s not a Spring Chicken anymore. He’s reached the age (37) where he is very susceptible to injury. He’s closer to 40 than he is to 30.

Sterling, on the other hand, is 25 years old. He is an Atlanta Thrashers original draft pick, and a STEAL at that, taken 145th overall, from Colorado College. He was a runner-up for the Hobey Baker while in the NCAA. He’s not even going to cost a lot. When you’re in a market like Atlanta, cost does matter. There’s a cashflow problem. And it’ll only be cured by putting a championship caliber product on the ice. I’d let him know, “the job is yours, if you earn it.” If that’s not proper motivation enough for him, what is??? I can’t sit here and tell you, “Sterling is a ‘lock’ to become a solid NHL player.” The truth is … I don’t know. But if he does blossom into a 2nd line LW, why ditch a player like that? Waddell must’ve spewed out his coffee to see a Hobey Baker runner-up, still on the board, at 145. He “smartly” snatched him up. I credit Waddell with that decision. If a 145th overall pick lands a permanent spot on your 2nd line, you had a GOOD DRAFT! (Providing that Sterling actually puts up the numbers. Even the NY Islanders have a 2nd line LW. Doesn’t mean that player is good. The Islanders are ranked 30th out of 30 teams. If ya follow.)

I like Penner. But at $4.25 million, he’s overpaid. I’d rather take that $4.25 to $4.75 million, and lock up Bryan Little, PROACTIVELY, this summer. At this point, I do cartwheels whenever the Thrashers organization manages to re-sign its talent. I’ve seen plenty of Thrasher players, who NEVER should have left, walk out of the door, or get traded out. You know the list. Don’t make me produce the list. You know who they are. Bob Dole knows who they are. Shoot, your dog knows who they are.

Midfield

March 14th, 2009
7:47 am

You know, Brendan is always more pursuasive and articulate than any of the Spirit clowns, not to mention Mr. Waddell, but – most importantly – he is transparent. I consider him the better candidate to run the team. The only problem is I don’t have enough cash to interfere.

RobD

March 14th, 2009
11:36 am

Rawhide, really enjoy the blog. Thanks for the work you do.
I had just about decided not to renew my tickets for next year but with the way they’re playing now, I’m reconsidering.

(Then again, with the 10 year logo, I don’t know. I’m seeing it at center ice, with the fire breathing birds replaced by giant disco balls and the team taking the ice to “Dancing Queen” by Abba.)

Brendan

March 14th, 2009
12:15 pm

Ya know, every time I see that GEICO commercial with the double-stack of money, with oversized “novelty” eyes, I can’t help but think, “Hey Spirit Clowns, that’s the money you could be spending to get a BETTER GM to fix all this.” Screw saving money on car insurance. Get a BETTER GM, and you can AFFORD the MOST EXPENSIVE car insurance there is!!

And ya know it!

Brendan

March 14th, 2009
12:31 pm

Super Trooper, beams are gonna blind me. But I won’t feel blue. Like I always do. ‘Cuz somewhere in the crowd there’s you. Chiquitita tell me what’s wrong …. Waterloo! I was defeated, you won the war. There was something in the air that night, the stars so bright, Fernando! There were shining there for you and me, for Liberty, Fernando. Money, money, money. Must be funny. in the Spirit Group’s world. See that girl, watch that scene, Dig it!, the Dancing Queen! Young and sweet, only SEVEN-teen! For you see, (Mr. Belkin,) the Winner takes it all! The loser’s standing small. Beside a victory, that’s … a destiny. I was in your arms … thinking I belonged there. I’ve seen you, TWICE. In a short time. Only a week … since we staaaaarted. It seems to me … for every time, I’ve been more open-hearted. So, I wanna know … that’s the name of the Game? Is it really about the Thrashers logo? Gimme, Gimme, Gimme … a GM after Midnight! Voulez-vous? Uh-huh. Uh-huh.

Quick, who’s the “new” Abba? Well, it was “Ace of Base” for a while. We’re due for another any time now.

Officially, I’m in favor of the 10-year Anniversary logo. I think re-inforces just how ‘out of touch’ the Thrashers organization really is. Hey, maybe JA will bring back the 70’s porno moustaches, like they wore in Chicago? Let’s reinforce what a minor league organization we really have.

I promise you. Things will get better. It’s just going to take ’til 2011. By then, things will be fixed.

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 14th, 2009
2:21 pm

Would anybody be opposed to putting Sterling into Kovalchuk’s spot tonight, and leaving the other lines the way they were before?

Rawhide

March 14th, 2009
2:38 pm

ranallo – That’s probably the way I would go with it. One line is going to be impacted so why shuffle things up elsewhere? Besides…they did pretty good scoring 4 goals in Edmonton without Kovy. Speaking of Sterling…here is a nice article about him.

And if you haven’t already heard…Ben Wright is reporting tat Sterling has indeed been called up from Chicago.

Let’s hope Kovy isn’t too long though.

RobD – Thank you for that. “Giant disco ball” & “Dancing Queen”at Philips…yup, that logo does inspire such visions.

Brendan – Nicely done! Of course with the logo being the symbol of how “out of touch” the owners are, as you say…maybe it also symbolizes how, after 10 years…with only 1 GM at the helm…the Thrashers still have 0 playoff wins.

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 14th, 2009
6:37 pm

This is one of those games where I actually prefer to listen to Kamal. I can’t stand the Buffalo announcers.

stendec

March 14th, 2009
7:52 pm

Damn it to Hell! I knew the true Kari Letemin would eventually resurface. A 1-0 lead deteriorates into a 3-1 deficit thanks to three marshmallow whiff jobs that my grandma could have stopped. Way to go you untalented Finn piece of crap! No excuse for that shet. The feel-good winning streak is down the damn toilet! Against a bunch of wimps who have packed it in this season. At least LaLa Land Boy is back. Whoop-de-do. Absolutely pathetic! Damn. Just…damn!

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 14th, 2009
7:56 pm

Attaboy Perrin…10 minute misconduct for charging Connolly, which I can only assume was “payback” for his elbow to Slater’s head.

Brendan

March 14th, 2009
8:31 pm

Tied, with 3.5 seconds left!

Brendan

March 14th, 2009
8:32 pm

Todd White got the goal!

Obama is DC's version of Waddell

March 14th, 2009
8:49 pm

Great, great comeback win. The team showed a lot of heart in the 3rd period. I wouldn’t blame Kari for any of those goals. His defense let him down on all three. I thought he had another impressive game.

Downtown ATL

March 14th, 2009
8:56 pm

Don Cherry is claiming Ovechkin is calming his celebrations because he listened to him. I never had a problem with AO’s style, but I’m a fan. If he is realizing his style is being taken as disrespect by some in the leadue and tones it down, he’s even more special than we thought.

Downtown ATL

March 14th, 2009
8:57 pm

Oh. and six on the road. It’s already next year!

stendec

March 14th, 2009
9:01 pm

Who the Hell are these guys? What have they done with the Thrashers? The netminder who choked away three goals in a pitiful second period becomes super goalie in the third period, overtime and shootout? A Thrasher tally in the final seconds to force overtime? Another shootout win? The winning streak was swirling down the toilet toward inevitable oblivion only to miraculously climb all the way out of the bowl? I do not know what is happening here. WHATEVER IT IS I LIKE IT! I am totally speechless. That does not happen very often! WOW.

Brendan

March 14th, 2009
9:08 pm

I wanted to check “On the Fly” to see how badly they were attacking our T-birds game, tonight. But, instead, we’ve got the Oilers vs. Avalanche. This game “matters” for Atlanta, as 27th place in the NHL is at stake!!!

Downtown ATL

March 14th, 2009
9:19 pm

One of the special things about long-season professional sports is that rebuilding/eliminated teams can use the late season to get a head start on the future. Play like this from a young team after it has quit “mattering” is the sign of an Organ-I-zation getting on the right track

Downtown ATL

March 14th, 2009
9:30 pm

And on the lottery thing… We should not look at the draft as a way to improve the NHL team next year. There is a good crop of Centers that will go in the 3-10 range. No harm if we get “stuck” with one of them. If I had my pick I’d take Jared Cowen (project 4th). That guy looks like a piece that could make our D core epic.

five_hole

March 14th, 2009
10:11 pm

Tough hard fought win tonight, especially considering they had to do it without Kovy.

I’m hoping Slater is OK, he was having a great game to that point. We absolutely need to resign Marty Reasoner now. Same with Peverley.

On the defensive side, Salmela looked lost out there, but it was his 1st game. Bogosian just keeps getting better & better.

Hockey Biltong

March 14th, 2009
10:39 pm

NO ABBA . NOOOOO ABBA.. Not, Nyet,Nada, Niks Nie,Non………………

R. Stroz

March 14th, 2009
11:42 pm

Am I seeing this right? I just arrived home from the Billy Joel/Elton John concert to find out the Thrashers beat Buffalo without Kovy, Charmin tied the game with 3.5 seconds left on the clock, and Sterling, who was just called up, won the game in the shootout.

LMAO at all Buffablow fans.

The friggin game isn’t being replayed on SportsSouth: CRAP!

Rawhide

March 14th, 2009
11:51 pm

R. Stroz – Did you take your bullhorn to Philips tonight for the concert?

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 15th, 2009
12:09 am

Stroz — Take a look at the recap on TSN.ca … you get a nice recap of Slater getting elbowed by Connolly, then Perrin messing him up at center ice to start the third period. Good stuff.

R. Stroz

March 15th, 2009
12:33 am

Thanks ranallo10. Perrin is redeemed.