Opie’s Back…Start Him

The last time we saw Ondrej Pavelec play in a Thrashers’ uniform was back on December 18 at Philips Arena. He lasted but 27:57 against the Penguins that night…giving up five goals on only 13 shots in Atlanta’s 6-3 loss.

This was two short days after his 28 save on 29 shots stellar outing in Ottawa, coming just 1:19 away from his first career shutout. However, just prior to that was the forgettable night in which the Boston Bruins netted three goals on just four shots in the first 8:41 of the game against Opie. After Johan Hedberg proved to be little help in relief that night, Opie was placed back in goal. For the night, he had two saves on five SOG in 17:28 of playing time.

Pavelec’s stay in Atlanta started off just fine. He was called up from the Wolves after Kari Leghtonen went down with a bad back following the Thrashers 3-2 loss to the Rangers at the end of October. It didn’t take him long to see action, being called upon when Hedberg was lifted after allowing six goals during two periods of work in Montreal. Pavelec stopped the six shots he faced in the third, then went on to win his first two starts of the season…5-3 against Florida and 4-3 versus the Islanders. However, in the next eight games he started for the Thrashers only one resulted in a win, the one in Ottawa.

Opie in action during 2-1 OT win against the Caps last season

Pavelec in action during 2-1 overtime win against the Caps last season (Photo John Amis AP)

In total, Opie started ten games, played in eleven, and has a 3-6-0 record with a .884 SV% and 3.55 GAA this season. In the past two years he is 6-9-0 with a 3.38 GAA and .892 SV%.

Now that the Chicago Wolves have been eliminated from post-season contention, and Kari on the shelf once more, Dan Turple was sent back down and Pavs was recalled again with just three games left before Atlanta’s season comes to an end.

Good. I say…start Opie. Start him all three games…not just the “one or two” general manager Don Waddell has said he’ll start. Call it an early start to next fall’s training camp for him.

My reasoning for stating this is very simple. Waddell has a decision to make this summer regarding which two goalies will he and coach John Anderson go with next fall…and which one gets moved.

Leghtonen has made a strong bid to remain this team’s number one man between the pipes given his play of late. When he left the lineup after nine starts to begin the season he was 2-5-2 with a 3.45 GAA and an .899 SV%. His numbers really didn’t improve after returning in December as he won only six games in seventeen outings through the end of January. However, since the beginning of February Kari has gone 10-7-1 and has improved his saves percentage numbers to .910 and lowered his goals-against average to 3.09…which was even below three for a short time last month. Like last summer, Kari is scheduled to be an RFA and Waddell needs to decide whether to offer up another one-year deal or tie him up for a longer term. Whichever why it goes, Lehtonen should be here next season.

Hedberg has sometimes been good this season…sometimes un-good. He is the only one of the three with a winning record, 13-11-3, but his GAA is still very high, (3.51) and saves percentage is low, (.885). He’s seen action in 32 games this year and, for the most part, you know what you’re gonna get with him.

Regardless of Hedberg’s play…good or un-good. He’s not going to the team’s No. 1 man in the nets next fall. Unless Waddell has something really funky up is sleeve this summer, that job will either be Kari’s or Opie’s…and Kari has had his time to show what he can do.

That leaves Opie… who will be 22-years old in August, is signed through next season and becomes an RFA after that. In the past two seasons he has performed well right after being called up, but then seems to hit a brick wall. Honestly, based on his performance here, I’m not sold on Opie getting the full-time starting gig, at least not just yet.

What I wouldn’t mind seeing next season, however, is Kari Lehtonen starting regularly with Pavelec backing him up. That’s a pretty good duo in my mind…plus, let’s be honest here, some good ‘ol fashion compitition between the two might just be what’s needed to keep Lehts…shall we say…”focused”.

As for Hedberg, if a decent deal cannot be struck for the 36-year old back-up goalie with one season left on his contract…well, do ya think maybe he could be convinced to stick around and provide his services as the full-time goalkeeper coach for the Thrashers?

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ranallo10 (in AT)

April 5th, 2009
11:45 pm

Hopefully in the next three games Pavelec can benefit from the improved overall team play that the Thrashers have been showing as of late. Lehtonen and Hedberg have been a big part of the reason the Thrashers turned the corner, now we get a chance to see if Pavelec can also enjoy a bit of inspired play in front of him.

five_hole

April 6th, 2009
7:25 am

I think Kari has shown the skills to be the #1 goalie, but I still wonder if he can play a full season injury free? He hasn’t done it yet. What I’d like to see is the Moose retire and become our goalie coach.

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 6th, 2009
8:03 am

I think Kari has shown the skills to be the #1 goalie, but I still wonder if he can play a full season injury free? He hasn’t done it yet.

You know, the same concerns have been said about Kiprusoff and Giguere, which is all the more reason to have a solid-if not spectactular-backup for the time when they’re injured. Both Calgary and Anaheim had that type of backup netminder, perhaps Atlanta should follow suit.

I see nothing wrong with a Lehtonen and Pavelec tandem, except I don’t believe Pavelec can be a backup. Turple, despite what we think, could be a fine backup until Kangas is ready. Who knows, perhaps he would excel in such a role. Perhaps he’s the next Scott Clemmenson.

kracker

April 6th, 2009
8:28 am

Yo, Rawhide, I reallyed enjoyed rooting for the team on at TJ’s! Thank you and the staff for a fun time. It was a good game for the Thrash for two periods, then they got out pressured in the third. Kozlov gave us one more cheer when he scored to make it close at the end. I will be back for more big screen hockey there next season.

For the goalies, sure, start Pavelec a game or three. Do we know that Kari is out? There’s not much reason to bring him back unless it’s to reaffirm his status as #1.

GO THRASH!! Somebody owes Ovechkin a high, hard check Tuesday night!

Rawhide

April 6th, 2009
9:05 am

ranalloHopefully in the next three games Pavelec can benefit from the improved overall team play that the Thrashers have been showing as of late

Yes indeed…Certainly this is not the same Thrashers team that was playing in front of him last November and December. Still, those two games vs. Boston and Pittsburgh were real stinkers on his part. If he plays well this week, it’ll go a long way towards making them distant memories.

Five_HoleI think Kari has shown the skills to be the #1 goalie, but I still wonder if he can play a full season injury free? He hasn’t done it yet. What I’d like to see is the Moose retire and become our goalie coach.

Kari’s health is always gonna be a concern until he actually does go a season injury-free. His best year to-date was 2006-07 when he played in 68 games, (66 of them starts), going 34-24-9 with a 2.79 GAA, a 9.12 SV% and 4 shutouts . Oddly enough…that year we made the playoffs.

Coincidence?

And I share the same thoughts as you do about Hedberg being the goalie coach.

Kracker – Yes, TJs was a blast! Everytime we watch a game there, more and more seem to come out. Yesterday was somewhere between 35-40. Tim, Mark, Jamie and the whole crew are the best! It was good seeing you again too, my friend.

I was chatting with Tim after the game and what we’re gonna do is pick at least once game a month to watch the Thrashers over there. We’ll pick weekend games as well as those that aren’t going to be televised locally that he can pick up on NHL Center Ice.

DWTOO

April 6th, 2009
9:10 am

TJ’s Game Day – Another good reason to look forward to next year. Great place to watch the game.

sisu

April 6th, 2009
9:36 am

As I mentioned before, use Moose as a player coach next season. This way there is an emergency backup incase one goalie goes down.

The latest injury for Kari is a concussion so it really was not preventable in my opinion

Glovesave29

April 6th, 2009
9:36 am

Great time at TJ’s…as usual! Thanks Tim!

I am interested to see what Ondrej can do behind the “new and improved” Thrashers. Let’s face it, when he was here last, it was during the height of our incompetence. I think that will be a good tandem between he and Lehtonen. It will be interesting to see what Anderson’s tendancies are if we have two strong goalies…is he a 70 games to 10 guy, or is he a 50 games to 30 guy?

I’d like to see Moose spoken to soon and see if he can be talking into retirement and then retained as a coach. He is HIGHLY respected and liked all around the league, and he could be very helpful in recruiting new talent to the team. Sign Reasoner now. Let’s get Kovy signed immediately as I beleive there are players out there who may find a young team with Kovy, Toby, Bogo, Little, etc in an uptempo attact as an attractive place to sign.

Smoothie

April 6th, 2009
9:37 am

The goaltending situation could end up being a real conundrum if Pavs plays well in the 2 or 3 games he plays this week. Hedberg, despite yesterday’s tough luck, just finished proving to mgmnt that he is still more than capable of being the Thrashers back-up. Hedberg may be a great mentor but Kari will never have to worry about his job as long as Johan is the one sitting on the bench.

Like someone else here said, if Pavs is sitting on the bench as the other half of a Kari / Pavs tandem, it could force Kari to elevate his game to remain the # 1 for this franchise. A bigger question I think is whether Moose will ask for a trade if he feels he could be the odd-man out. I don’t think he will “settle” for a player / coach role in which he sits in the pressbox for 80% of the games…he must feel after this past week of games that he is certainly capable of contributing as a # 2 here or somewhere else.

GaVaHokie

April 6th, 2009
10:14 am

I personally don’t think we’ll have a goaltending issue at all… I think Opie is going to get lit up like a Christmas tree.

I’m hoping for a nice piece of humble pie for the kid and everything stays the way it should… Opie gets one more year in Chicago, Lehtonen gets extended and Hedberg backs-up for one more year.

R. Stroz

April 6th, 2009
10:44 am

GaVaHokie – Unfortunately, Adam Walsh, Opie’s agent, doesn’t seem to promote humility in the players he represents. Walsh had Dupuis convinced he was a top line forward, which is probably why he was traded to Pittsburgh instead of Perrin last season.

Hopefully, Opie learned his lesson early this season and will focus more on his own stats and less on the vitrol from his agent.

GaVaHokie

April 6th, 2009
12:02 pm

Stroz… which is the other side of the scenario. If Pavelec DOES play well, just imagine what the contract demands are going to be like down the road with Walsh.

R. Stroz

April 6th, 2009
12:44 pm

The Walsh issue is the reason I believe, if a goaltender is moved in the offseason, Opie will be the one moved. I wonder if Detroit would take Opie for Filppula?

The Wings need all the cap space they can get.

Alan

April 6th, 2009
1:04 pm

I think you’re right, Stroz. Kari has more than established himself in town and has no interest in leaving, anyway. Pavelec, (rather, his agent) put up that big fuss at the beginning of the year. If anyone gets moved, it’ll probably be Pavelec.

If we can manage to trade him to Detroit for Filppula, that would be a great deal. Atlanta gets a player that’s signed for some time, and Detroit gets a possible solution to their goaltending problem. Maybe it’s not good value, but Detroit needs all the cap room they can spare.

So long as Pavelec doesn’t play like a sieve and let in three goals on five shots while he’s here this go-round, I can’t imagine some team out there not taking a chance with him.

GaVaHokie

April 6th, 2009
2:23 pm

Also… FYI… it’s ALLAN Walsh. ;)

Nikita

April 6th, 2009
2:25 pm

Adam Walsh is a d-bag, and I think we should seriously consider blackballing his clients. It’s a big league, with plenty of players, and approximately 90% of them are represented by someone who doesn’t create PR challenges or try every minor negotiation in the court of public opinion.

I would like to see Moose retire, so Kari is our #1 and Opie is the #2. However, 1. Opie may not have the temperament to be #2. and 2. Opie’s technique needs a lot of work, making him potentially still not ready to carry the team. And I’d hate to force Moose into retirement and be forced to fall back on mediocre minor-league goaltending.

We can carry three goalies. If the roster allows, why don’t we, at least until we can see if Opie can handle the #2?

Incidentally, the game the other afternoon was really not bad until the series of flubs that put Washington ahead. It was nice seeing the PK click, though, finally. And personally, I was deeply amused by the brief little graf on the Thrashers playing basketball, which showed off the non-playoff haircuts in all their glory. Mr. Nikita saw Thorburn and said “you’d think a former Pen wouldn’t copy Hartnell so much.” Seriously, his ‘fro made him, like 6′7″.

I have a modest proposal for you guys…it would be good, wouldn’t it, if we got one of the top draftees? Isn’t the best way to do that to not do some damn well for the next few games? And yet, no one wants to actually sandbag. So…what if we put Pavelec in for the rest of the season? If he’s stellar, we end no better than we expected to with Moose. And if he sucks, then we clinch a good spot. (not that we can get #30 — we can’t fail down to the level of the Islanders.)

Nikita

April 6th, 2009
3:09 pm

ok. Allan Walsh is a d-bag, then. ;)

Glovesave29

April 6th, 2009
4:59 pm

Boston’s signing of Thomas, along with their verbal intentions to sign Krejci and Kessel are leading to rumors that Marc Savard will be available for trade. DON ARE YOU LISTENING? Here’s a chance to make up for one of your most eggregious errors. A true #1 center. Put the personal feelings aside and get him here. He loves Atlanta and has said he would return here. Will Camallieri suposedly asking $6M as a start to negotiations, we can get way more bang for the buck for Marc at $5M. He has another year on the contract, so a sign and trade with the Broooons would work nicely. Plus, it’s rumored Toronto wants Mike, and that’s one of the last teams I’d want to bid against….just think Brian Burke can outmanouver Don about 200 times over.

Franzen is also saying he will take $4M a year from Detroit. It has been speculated he could get $1M more on the free agency market. Oh, to be where Detroit is…

LAC

April 6th, 2009
7:35 pm

Rawhide, What is this, Atlanta STUPID Group had a meeting on federal regulations and had a VOTE all eight of them ? This from a ajc artical, and quotes from Mr.Dumb himself rutherford STUPIDdel…

He even had the utter gall to say they are “saving money” How much rutherford, enough to get a top line center ?

So they have a once in a lifetime gathering of all of them and discuss federal reuglations… OH BOY how nice!!!!

Just proves to ALL of us how inept these clowns are and what LIARS they
all are… Too bad the NHL FANS here have to suffer because of their being as STUPID as they are !

smoothie

April 6th, 2009
8:55 pm

Guess we can kiss our 3rd rd pick good-bye now that MTL has lost Markov for 3 weeks and Schneids for the rest of the year.

Tony C.

April 6th, 2009
9:07 pm

Really? If they let Savard go, then Chiarelli has been abducted by aliens or something. Every move that guy has made has been right, I don’t see him letting his #1 pivot (who by the way has learned to play D now) go for anything less than a king’s ransom. Seriously, Savard is the guy that makes that offense go-and passers of his ilk are few and far between (maybe Ribeiro?). I see them letting a lot of other guys walk rather than trade him. I’d trade Ryder before I traded Savard.

But if we could swing a deal for him that doesn’t hamstring the organization for years (a la the KT trade), then go for it.

Brendan

April 6th, 2009
9:15 pm

I am piqued to see Ondrej play in front of “this lineup,” especially at the level at which they are competing now. While I don’t want to lose Pavelec, if this is, indeed, a “showcasing” for an offseason move, then we really need him to shine!

R. Stroz

April 6th, 2009
10:44 pm

Tony C. – Alien abductions have served this team well the second half of the season.

R. Stroz

April 6th, 2009
10:58 pm

Brendan – Who’s left standing in the point contest?

Those of us who are out of contention can place our “bets” on the contestants still standing.

Hockey Biltong

April 7th, 2009
10:48 am

We could pick up “The Mule” from Detroit!
On another note;
Alan Muir is driving me crazy with rumours of Kovy going to L.A. or Montreal, I think. Wish he’d get more specific, rather than just stir the journalistic pot for scraps of vegetable trimmings.

Tony C.

April 7th, 2009
12:47 pm

Alan Muir….sigh understand that he may just be the poster-boy for all TorontoMapleLeafs fanboys that also happen to cash a check as “NHL writer”.

While his stuff on individual players and especially his critique of the “new NHL” rulebook are pretty good stuff. But once he starts talking trade rumors, you gotta realize he sees things through Blue&White tinted glasses. If the Buds can’t get Kovalchuk (and P.S. who isn’t scared that #17’s showing out in Toronto the beginning of the season wasn’t his “audition game”? nobody else? really), then he’s going to somewhere “where he’ll be properly appreciated”. Failing that, then you see Muir’s rumors have ATL, LAK, FLA & PHX acting as minor-clubs for the “real” NHL clubs. Trades that would never make sense have been known to come off his keyboard more than once.

He’s not the worst, but he’s no Bob McKenzie.

Alan

April 7th, 2009
5:39 pm

This place has been as empty as Philips lately. What gives?

Glovesave29

April 7th, 2009
7:23 pm

Tony – TOTALLY agree. Muir is a lackey for the Leafs brass. His world revolves around Toronto, and EVERY major UFA he reports in interested in going to the Leafs.

As for the Boston GM, hey – this is the era of the salary cap. GM’s have to sell off assets to be able to meet the pay restrictions. I am quite sure he does not WANT to sell off any of his guys, buy economics say that someone has to be sacrificed.

Glovesave29

April 7th, 2009
7:29 pm

Pavs is doing EXACTLY what I criticized him for last time he was up. He over commits on all shots. He’s always moving instead of letting the puck find him by using good positioning.

stendec

April 7th, 2009
7:58 pm

I have watched hockey for over 50 years. Two of the worst goaltender frauds I have ever seen both wear Thrasher uniforms. The most untalented piece of shet – bar none – is Kari Letemin. The brainless idiots who want this untalented scumball signed to a lengthy contract are begging for dismal efforts such as those early in the season. For years to come. The Finn will never mature. The sieve will never get better. The quitter will never achieve his potential which was questionable anyway. When things get too rough he will incur another mysterious malady. Those sure are damn convenient. I thought fans wanted to HELP the team not HURT it. Evidently not Thrasher fans. Pavs can go back to Illinois. Total loser. No discipline. A trio of first period marshmallow goals on home ice. I do not give a damn HOW young he is. Why not start that other guy who was first brought up? Could not have fared any worse. Ilya Kovalchuk is a fair player but misfires on too many damn open shots. The captain connects on those and he lifts his team not sinks it. Nothing to look forward to next season but even more disheartening defeats. Hope Thrashers are in another location for 2009-10 campaign. Will not be missed. Not one damn bit. Thanks for all the anguish uncaring quitters! Enjoy the off season counting all your ill gotten gains.

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 7th, 2009
8:17 pm

I would be remiss if I didn’t give the ASG credit when it is due…but personally I feel this accomplishment is something to be applauded.

http://thrashers.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=416896

Blind squirrel…

Tony C.

April 7th, 2009
8:21 pm

Glovesave-exactly… I wonder why Eliott keeps going all gaa-gaa over this kid? Sure, he’s aggressive, but there’s no “off” switch for it. he’s like a foot in front of the bluepaint almost everytime I see him. Granted, I’m not there and only getting a few min of TV at a time, but Pavelec’s cockiness in challengeing every movement of the puck needs to be addressed IMMEDIATELY before he kills his trade value.

Also, anybody know what happened to SlavaMatic? I saw him down on the ice and then limp to bench… Hope he’s ok. In a related note, bombard any national write you can with a “Slava for the Masterson” message. Otherwise Claude Lemiuex is a shoe-in to get it (and except the “displays superior sportsmanship” part of the requirements he IS deserving).

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 7th, 2009
8:27 pm

“Hope Thrashers are in another location for 2009-10 campaign.”

It’s easy to consider your opinion the opposite of my own, but I’ll never understand this type of statement. If you wish that much for the Thrashers to be out of Atlanta, why do you bother giving the team your time as a spectator while they’re still in the city?

I JUST-DON’T-GET IT…probably never will.

Alan

April 7th, 2009
9:07 pm

Otherwise Claude Lemiuex is a shoe-in to get it

Two words: Richard Zednik.

stendec

April 7th, 2009
9:26 pm

Pavs cannot stop a damn beach ball. Ilya Kovalchuk missed a MINIMUM of six open shots. Another shet uneffort in Loseland. Another unacceptable mail-in debacle by a totally heartless group of uncaring quitters. Hamilton never did anything to us but…All is fair when it comes to ditching worthless sports franchises. Few are as completely useless as this one. Worst damn power play in history of sport. Hell, just cover Russian at point. Power play solved. Hear that John Petrino? Lose out you damn oxygen wastes.

stendec

April 7th, 2009
9:28 pm

See that smile on Pavs face as he left ice? Hell, if losing does not bother them why should it bother us. GO CAPS!

Brendan

April 7th, 2009
9:35 pm

Caps 4, Thrasers 2, in the 3rd period.

R.Stroz , as of right now, the Thrashers can still pick up two points with a win and finish with 80-points. If the Caps hold on, in regulation time, the best the T-birds can do would be 78-points. Here, now, the remaining contestants. Remember, the Thrashers have clinched 4th place in the division, which is the 1st tie-breaker .” The place in Conference is the 2nd tie-breaker

74-points: Russ , tied to 5th in the division and 15th in the Conference. ThrasherNY has 74-points, tied to 5th in the division and 15th in the Conference.

75-points: 12345 , tied to 4th in the division and 15th in the Conference. Brickhouse , tied to 5th in the division and 14th in the Conference.

76-points: Don , tied to 4th in the division and 15th in the Conference. Glovesave29 , tied 5th in the division and 14th in the Conference.

77-points: Sharon , not tied to ANYTHING. Smoothie , tied to 4th in the division and 13th in the Conference.

78-points: PJ , tied to 5th in the division and 13th in the Conference. Brendan , tied to 3rd in the division and 13th in the Conference. Polskidawg , tied to 5th in the division, 15th in the Conference, and 29th in the league.

79-points: No one. That’s right. Absolutely No one has 79-points.

80-points (Might be eliminated, if Capitals win tonight) Buzilla , not tied to ANYTHING. Jarndyce , tied to 4th in the division and 13th in the Conference.

That’s it, folks. If you didn’t see your name, you’re eliminated.

LAC

April 7th, 2009
9:36 pm

This game was like the early season games, NOT clicking period and again it shows our Defense is TERRIBLE, at least NYI got lit up for 8 tonight. We looked like CRAP tonight !!!!!

As for the arena being green and all that, it shows yet again how out of touch these worthless owners… WHO CARES ? I sure could give a DAMN, I want winning hockey and Playoffs, not some STUPID green building…

Just shows yet again as long as these classless lying owners are in control we will NEVER be a playoff team !

stendec

April 7th, 2009
9:39 pm

Damn announcers sound like team just won damn Stanley Cup. Great effort? They lost to a marginally talented team by two goals on home ice! Great effort my a##! Wipe the shet off your lips boys. Too much damn butt kissing will do that to you. These two brainless jerks need to grow some! Barf.

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 7th, 2009
9:45 pm

“it shows yet again how out of touch these worthless owners… WHO CARES ?”

As I said on the other blog, I care. I’d much rather these millionaires caring about the environment than carrying simply about their pocket book. I would be willing to bet that to pass LEED standards there was much money that had to be invested into the arena…I agree it’d be nice if they spent it towards the roster, but it’s nice to know that these guys at least feign interest in their environmental impact.

Brendan

April 7th, 2009
10:22 pm

Thrashers have also clinched 13th spot, as they cannot catch Toronto or Ottawa, and cannot be caught by Tampa Bay. So, Atlanta will be 4th in the division and 13th in the Conference. This is, pretty much, what we expected for a $45.5 million “Opening Night” budget.

Let’s see how much the cap rises or falls this offseason, to see what the Thrashers will be FORCED to spend. I sure hope they look “inhouse” for their spending projects. I hope Little is proactively re-signed before he puts up another 30+ goal campaign, and places him in the $6 million range. Kovy and Kari have to get contracts, too. I really don’t think Lehtonen’s contract will be that high. I’m going to guess $3.67 million per season.

This team definitely improved down the stretch, or after the trade deadline. But it means nothing without a continuity of roster and continued player development. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. “Why stop the rebuilding project half-way through?”

Sad as it is to say, that still allows this ownership to get away with a salary cap minimum-type payroll. But they must lockup certain pieces this summer, like it or not. If they cannot even do that …. No, I won’t finish that sentence.

Brendan

April 7th, 2009
10:36 pm

Correction: Russ has the Thrashers 13th in the Conference, and 5th in the Division. It’s ThrasherNY who has 15th in the Conference, and 5th in the Division.

LAC

April 7th, 2009
10:44 pm

ranallo… Good Grief, Why would anyone give a $hit about the arena…

A winner on the ice is a million times more important than a “green” arena… About as important as counting raindrops in a thunderstorm ranallo !

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 7th, 2009
10:56 pm

“Good Grief, Why would anyone give a $hit about the arena…”

Maybe because very recently Pittsburgh nearly lost their franchise over an arena. Or, more importantly to the ownership, because the arena is one of the only revenue generating items this ownership group possesses.

It’s a helluva marketing statement to say “we were the first hockey arena in the US to become LEED compliant”…and since the owners of the arena are the same as those that own the team, more money earned from the arena equals more potential money that could be used on the Thrashers (not likely based on the ASG’s track record, but possible).

There’s another plus side — it is better for our environment. Where are the negatives? Please, explain them to me.

stendec

April 7th, 2009
11:23 pm

Poll request. Please add Cut Them All Loose to choices. Thank you very muchly. I will vote every hour on the hour. Cast one vote for first choice already but it does not reach heart of the problem. Appreciate consideration. Very truly yours. Stendec. FYI – I do not give a damn if arena is painted in blue and pink polka dots. Although pink would suit play of these ball-less pu##ies within confines of Loseland. Including alleged superstar who misfires on an alarming basis. Opps. Missed again by THAT much.

R. Stroz

April 7th, 2009
11:34 pm

Glovesave29 – You nailed it on Pavelec. He over commits to the puck and the next thing you notice he is out of the crease floundering as the rebound is slapped into an empty net. Someone should tie a four foot bunge cord to his neck to keep him in the crease.

The kid is NOT NHL ready yet, whether his agent thinks he is or not.

Gatorwsc

April 9th, 2009
3:44 pm

I’m not sold on Pavelec especially after Tuesday night. He lets too many of the easy ones through and leaves the net wide open. Kari would be good next year if he can stay committed. When he’s focused and committed he does great. It will be interesting to see what Waddell does given his history in trading. YIKES!!