The Hockey Gods Did Not Smile On Atlanta Tonight

It didn’t work…nothing we did to try and convince the hockey gods to show favor upon Thrasherville seems to have been enough.

The Nasty Nesters toasted a Christmas tree in The Gulch after Saturday’s 6-2 win against the Bolts that ended the season as a burned offering unto them…I even heard that the couch was thrown on later in the evening. I’m sure that smelled worse than the smoke from the tree.

I shipped via UPS several cases of Labatt, Molson and even a few of Moosehead for good measure. Probably got swiped by those dammed customs agents on the border. I told them to enter via Niagara Falls…not Windsor out of Detroit! Those friggin’ Red Wing fans that work the gates won’t let anything through that might help another team get the attention of the hockey gods.

Regardless, none of it worked… the hockey gods did not smile upon on this night as the NHL entry draft lottery ping-pong balls fell in order of the standings. The New York Islanders will pick first, then Tampa Bay followed by Colorado. Atlanta will pick fourth and L.A. fifth…then so on and so on.

Now, I’m gonna go way out on a limb and venture a guess that John Tavares, (C- Canada), and Victor Hedman, (D-Sweden), are going to be unavailable by the time the Avalanche make their selection prior to the Thrashers. So, let’s review a handful of the remaining prospects that Don Waddell might choose to hand a Thrashers jersey to.

Matt Duchene: 5′-11″, 198 lb center who plays for the Brampton Battalion of the OHL. In 57 regular season games this year he accounted for 31 goals and 48 assists as well as 42 PIM. In 10 playoff games he has 7 goals, 7 assists and 10 PIM .

Evander Kane: 5′-11″, 160 lb center who plays for the Vancouver Giants of the WHL. In 61 regular season games this year he scored 48 goals and 48 assists to go with 89 PIM. In 10 playoff games he has 4 goals and 7 assists to go with 33 PIM.

Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson: 6′-1″, 200 lb left wing who plays for Timra of Sweden. In 50 games played he scored 7 goals with 10 assists and only 4 PIM.

Brayden Schenn: 6′-0″, 196 lb center who plays for the Brandon Wheat Kings. In 70 regular season games this past year he’s amassed 32 goals, 56 points and 82 PIM. In 8 playoff games he has 6 goals, 9 assists and 10 PIM.

Jared Cowen: 6′-5″, 218 lb defenseman who plays for the Spokane Chiefs. This past season he accounted for 7 goals, 14 assist and 45 PIM.

On down the line there is defensman Oliver Ekman-Larrson of Sweden, defensemanDmitri Kulikov of Russia and center Nazem Kadri of Ontario, Canada.

OK, honorary general manager’s…if either of these are left when the Thrashers pick fourth…who do you go with.

Me? I probably go with Duchene if he’s available…but if it’s Kane, so be it. But I do want to point out the size frames that come with Cowen and Svensson. Those could go a way to address some of what team captain Ilya Kovalchuk was saying Atlanta needed to acquire.

59 comments Add your comment

Bob

April 14th, 2009
10:23 pm

eh, none of the leftovers will be ready to play for us next year, probably go with Duchene but he’ll be 2 or 3 years away from competing for the big club. We really really needed Tavares.

Tony C.

April 14th, 2009
10:30 pm

I still say Kane. See my post that was ranalloed.

The Joker

April 14th, 2009
10:39 pm

Offer Wang & the Islandturds our 1st round and one 2nd round draft pick for the #1 draft pick and see if he is dumb enough to take the bait.

If Wang takes the bait, we can all do the Wang Chung tonight!

R. Stroz

April 14th, 2009
10:53 pm

Bob – Good to see you back. Haven’t seen you around much lately.

Rawhide – Is Kane’s weight really only 160lbs.?

R. Stroz

April 14th, 2009
10:58 pm

Just found this:

“Unlike the flashy Tavares, Kane is not just about points. Sure, he has a great shot and super puck handling, but what NHL teams are coveting in the upcoming ‘09 draft are his two other assets. He is a very solid two way player, and is a tough presence to play against on the ice. And at 6”1’ and 180 lbs at just 17 years of age, scouts are eager to see how much bigger he will get.”

Read more: Evander Kane 2009 NHL Draft Profile: NHL Draft Prospect Brings More than Stats to the Draft Table – http://national-hockey-league-nhl.suite101.com/article.cfm/evander_kane_2009_nhl_draft_profile#ixzz0Ci9KW9OH

Rawhide

April 14th, 2009
10:58 pm

RStroz- That’s what is says here at Hockey’sFuture as well as on TSN’s site.

To be honest…I thought he was heavier than that too.

Nikita

April 14th, 2009
11:20 pm

Kane! Kane! Kane!

kracker

April 14th, 2009
11:29 pm

Kane’s size is apparently way out of date. I saw a post that has him at 6′-1″, 185. Another had him at 6′-1″, 181. Anyway, he has grown since he was 5′-11″, 160 lb. My early vote goes for Kane.

Brendan

April 14th, 2009
11:40 pm

While we all enjoyed the winning down the stretch, it did bump us back a bit. Enough to wave “bye-bye” to Viktor Hedman, who will likely now play for division rival Tampa Bay, more than likely. For much of the season, Atlanta was on pace for 62-points. That would have placed us between the Islanders and Avalanche, in 29th place in the NHL. It would have guaranteed us the #3 overall pick, at the very worst. Come to think of it, this is precisely what poster Bob did point out, on several occasions. While I’m sure we all like to point to positive momentum, and so forth, the truth I believe is this: “Unless we bring back the players that got us there, we can’t, and shouldn’t, expect ANYTHING for next season.”

Raise your hard, if you know, WITH CERTAINTY, what our roster will look like on “Opening Night.” Aye, aye, aye. Put your hands down, unless your name is Don Waddell. And even then, you don’t know, for a fact, that Reasoner is back, or that some RFA or other won’t reject your qualifying offer in favor of arbitration and potentially force your hand at a trade out of town. Or just won’t be offered a qualifying offer, and slip out the door in unrestricted free agency. Etc. Etc.

Waddell should have a pretty good idea of who the organization has targeted for retention, and who will not be re-signed and allowed to pass into free agency. And noooooo, I don’t think Bruce Levenson has a CLUE who those players will be. I think it’s something close to ENTIRELY up to Don Waddell to decide. I think Anderson will have some input. But to what degree, I couldn’t rightly tell you.

Now, on to much more important things: “Maggie the Monkey!!” (Sarcasm detector, flaling wildly, at this point.) She’s 21. And Gawd bless ‘er, she’s retiring, due to her advanced age for a monkey. But not before bringing her 40-35 lifetime record to the table one last time, for FEARLESS 1st round picks. And here they are: (Drumroll, please!) Maggie likes Boston, NYR, NJ, Philly, Calgary, Vancouver, San Jose, and GASP, the Columbus Blue Jackets over the Detroit Red Wings.

Pause. (See, I didn’t say stop.) What if Maggie nails the Blue Jackets pick? Does it mean “She’s brilliant?” Has anyone ELSE picked Columbus??? Anyone???? So, then, if Columbus wins, we’re all IDIOTS, right? And Maggie is smarter than we are.

Who wins your office football poll more than anyone else? Beeee honest. It’s Ethel, the secretary. Her time-tested, scientific method? A “melange” of better weather, better shopping, and team colors.

And yet, if Maggie, the Monkey could talk, she might say, “I give the edge in goaltending to Columbus.” And would such insight swayyyy you that she’s still brilliant?

Okay, the other NHL Network “gurus” made these picks: Ray Ferraro likes Boston vs. San Jose for the Cup, with the Sharks taking it in seven. Darren Pang likes San Jose to win the Cup over Pittsburgh. Pierre McGuire has the Bruins losing the Cup to Detroit. Bob MacKenzie and Duffie also took Detroit over Boston for the Cup. Pierre Laviolette took Boston over San Jose, predicting the Bruins 1st Cup since ‘72.

By the way, at pick #4 overall, I’m going with Center Brayen Schenn. But let me quickly add … that unless we go OFF THE BOARD, or something equally stupid, we’re going to get a good player at our draft position. I’m fine with Kane. I’m fine with Duchene, too.

Question: Given how essentially “can’t miss” the lottery draft picks are, well, to the degree that “can’t miss” can possibly exist, (Daigle, Stefan, etc.) do you HONESTLY BELIEVE that some other team’s Assistant GM would screw it up, if he were handed the GM position in this offseason?

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 14th, 2009
11:44 pm

Clearly everybody in the league “needed” Tavares, but as consolation prizes some scouts consider both Duchene and Kane to be NHL ready immediately.

As I said on Knobler’s blog, I’d choose Kane but after entertaining offers to trade down slightly lower. I highly doubt New York will trade their pick, and if they do I don’t think Atlanta can compete compensation-wise to acquire it. If they do trade the rights to Tavares (and possibly even Hedman if it’s not a trade with Tampa Bay), it’d be yet another step of moronic moves by an Islanders GM. I hope Snow does not try to emulate Milbury, unless it’s for Atlanta’s benefit.

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 14th, 2009
11:59 pm

Waddell was briefly an Assistant GM, Brendan. You seem to conveniently forget that. The team he was Asst. GM for happened to also win The Stanley Cup that season. Sure, it’s likely coincidence The Cup was won, but the point is Atlanta has already tried to dip into another great team’s “GM talent pool” with hopes of striking gold.

I know, I know, “anything is better than Waddell”, yada yada. How about once he’s fired we talk about Assistant GMs or other options…then maybe we can hold off on the “who could replace him” commentary until 2010/2011 when the firing/resigning is more likely. Seriously, that conversation is a dead horse.

Besides, the way the ASG runs things we’d probably see the hiring of Cheveldayoff’s Assistant GM for $50k annually with an incentive package of unlimited “LEED Certified” stickers.

Thrashy Thrashy

April 15th, 2009
12:55 am

I’ll take Citizen Kane or Citizen Duchene. Either one is fine with me.

Bob

April 15th, 2009
8:57 am

Waddell was Asst. GM for one year for the Wings, we didn’t “dip into their talent pool”, and it shows.

“For much of the season, Atlanta was on pace for 62-points. That would have placed us between the Islanders and Avalanche, in 29th place in the NHL.”

Yep, and with the Isles winning the lottery, we would have been guaranteed either Tavares or Hedman, depending on how the Isles took first. Boy, sure am glad we had all those meaningless wins now. And yes, they were completely meaningless, did you read Kovy’s comments at the end of the year? He still knows the lineup needs to be seriously revamped and with his “whole organization” comment, I’m thinking he knows management needs to go as well.

Blitz

April 15th, 2009
9:36 am

Waaaaaa! We don’t win enough. Waaaaaa! We won too much. What? Kovy doesn’t want to resign with a team that tanked it and is pinning their entire hopes on an 18 year old? What? We can’t talk to any legitimate free agents that this entire board is calling for because anyone worth a lick doesn’t want to go play for a team that tanked it in order to pin their entire playoff hopes on someone who might have a season like Stamkos had this year? Awfully rusty out of the gate wasn’t he? Keep crying you pansies.

Paminski

April 15th, 2009
9:51 am

I am quite happy with our “meaningless wins.” Each one means something to me as a fan and hopefully each also means something to any available UFA’s who might be watching. Kovy is quite right though about still making improvements. No matter how well we did at the end of the season, each team is working on improvements. You can’t stand still and hope the exact same squad can do the job in 2009-2010. Even if they could, I don’t want to squeak into the 8th playoff spot. I want to nail it by at least winning the division.

Smitty

April 15th, 2009
9:54 am

I like the Jokers idea for trading up. You know Bryan Burke is going to try. Maybe offer up our #1 this year, our #1 next year plus Exelby or Hainsey or both for the Islander’s #1 this year. It may sound expensive but we can get Tavares, have plenty of money to go after Bouwmeester, resign Kovy and a few of our RFA’s. Is it wishful thinking?

Viking

April 15th, 2009
10:03 am

By default I try to keep up with the Swedes and while I admit to some bias, but we should not be unhappy if we end up with Pääjärvi-Svensson.

He is a super talent who made his debut in the Swedish Elite League as a 16 year old. (He turned 18 the other day) The early appearance in the Elite League could actually be seen as an indication that he might become a future mega star. Think Forsberg, Zetterberg, Lidström etc, who also started at age 16-17 in the Elite League.

Also, if you compare the stats for the prospects Rawhide compiled above, keep in mind that you compare apples and oranges when it comes to Pääjärvi-Svensson. He played in a “grown-up league” against men. With his playmaker ability and sniper instinct he surely would have put up some great numbers if he had played for the “Wheat Kings” or whatever the other guys played for.

Here are some clips:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwm1XHsw1hk&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUFYCZUIJx0&NR=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAjHgdje_8c&NR=1

Would like to see him make a pass from behind the net like that at Phillips – and I do not want him to represent the opposing team!!!

But Thrasher’s seamstress or seamster would not be too thrilled putting his name on the jersey if he becomes a Thrasher…

By the way, the past season it stood clear early that I, Rawhide and some other blogger were in no danger having to live up to our promise to adorn our faces with blue mustaches if the Thrashers made it to the play offs. (This promise was done during a weak moment last summer in conjunction to comments about Kari’s blue hair and John Anderson’s seventies sex star mustach at play off time.) I believe I am a little more apprehensive to extend the same promise for next year. What about you?

Tanking is stupid

April 15th, 2009
10:22 am

If we were to have started tanking it way back when wouldn’t that mean that the Islanders and Lightning would just lose more? If they saw us getting close to them in the Tavares sweepstakes they would create more space and throw more games themselves if you believe professional teams would tank it. We wouldn’t have been guaranteed that they would have finished with the exact same records if we lost more and got close to them.

Smoothie

April 15th, 2009
10:58 am

Rawhide, my draft prediction: KANE

Although I am intrigued by the sheer size of defensemen Jared Cowen. If this 6′ 5″ behemoth can skate 1/2 as good as Bogey and hits harder than Valabik, not that hard to do really, then perhaps we should give him serious consideration.

But if Kane is now 6′1″, 180-190 lbs and can covert to wing, then consider me SOLD! on the idea of bringing the “real deal” to the ATL.

Smoothie

April 15th, 2009
11:00 am

A covert wing, while attractive, I’m not really sure we need another stealth-like, didn’t notice you were there kind of guy like Niko Kapanen. That should have read “convert to wing”.

Rawhide

April 15th, 2009
11:00 am

Viking – I will gladly make the same vow to sport a dyed-blue ’stache if the Thrashers make the playoffs next season.

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 15th, 2009
11:05 am

Other than closing your eyes and wishing hard for losses, what more could have been done to ensure losses racked up? Youth was served (Peverley and Little were on top lines the entire year), call-ups were made, Hedberg started in net…yet, the team still won.

Exactly how does one propose to lose on purpose, or do so better than the Thrashers did to close the season? Just not show up?

Smoothie

April 15th, 2009
11:21 am

Kane was the hero in OT of Game 6 for the Giants in their 2nd round playoff series by scoring the GW and extending the series to Game 7, which they won 1-0. At least Kane is getting lots more game action to improve his stock. Looks like he is only the 2nd best player on his team as Casey Pierro-Zabotel (wow what a name) has 115 pts and over 75 assists on the year, as a LW! And fittingly, he wears # 17.

Perhaps we should tank it Bob style next year for real y’all and just get Zabotel to replace Kovalchuk. Better name and better passer?

Blitz

April 15th, 2009
11:40 am

There is a big push to have all players wear visors. Maybe when the Thrashers tank it next year Bob style the equipment manager can give them tinted visors like some of the NFL masks for outdoor games. Only it’s inside and they will be tinted extra dark. Then they won’t see anything. Would that make the tanking crowd happy? I think it would be funny too to watch them all skating around with virtual blindfolds on.

Rawhide

April 15th, 2009
11:49 am

Bob – We’ve always known that you and I have have a philosophical disagreement regarding that issue…and I’m cool with that. But I don’t see any of the wins this past season as “meaningless”. Professional players and franchises are suppose to try and win…plus the Thrashers showed themselves that they can win with this core group of players and coaches.

Going 22-18-1 over the latter half of the season also goes a heckuva longer way to re-signing Kovy than going 13-23-5 like they did to begin the year. And when he does re-sign with us…that alone will make the wins even more “meaningful” IMHO.

We have a player to build around…his name is Ilya Kovalchuk. And from the looks of the way this O-fense played from mid-January on, (3.44 G/G)…it looks like there is a solid foundation going into next season.

That being said…defense is the issue, as it always is, with this team…and that is where the majority of the focus should be this offseason. But even there…we have this Bogosian kid that the D could be built around.

Smoothie – Why stop at “tanking it” at just next year? Every year there is going to be some young phenom who’s gonna be the #1 pick in the draft. Why not “tank it” next year…and the year after that…and the year after that…and the year after that…and the year after that…

Sure, we would SUCK x INFINITY…but just think of the lineup with all those young studs we’d have out there. That’s what it’s all about…right?

Smoothie

April 15th, 2009
12:01 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casey_Pierro-Zabotel

Apparently, the Zabotel kid is the reason the Pens were willing to give up on Angelo Esposito.

It sure will be interesting to see if Kane’s Vancouver team can advance to play either Brandon (Schenn and Glennie’s team) or Calgary with Paul Postma and Brandon Kozun in the WHL Finals. If we draft Kane, Postma versus Kane might be a great title bout worth buying on the internet!

William Thrasher

April 15th, 2009
12:51 pm

Umm, dude, why did u send the beer through Niagara Falls? Slugs, I mean Sabres fans probably confiscated them there.

Ice Face

April 15th, 2009
1:05 pm

I just want to see “Pääjärvi-Svensson” on a Thrasher jersey. Good reviews too! Either him or Kane.

Ice Face

April 15th, 2009
1:11 pm

Or Scott Glennie.

Spud Webb

April 15th, 2009
1:32 pm

Personally I want IMMEDIATE dividends, I know that isn’t the way it works, but I’m running out of patience!!!!
So if Kane is actually bigger than what is listed and ready to be up with us, lets go with him. IF he is NOT ready to play next year then…
Rawhide, Schenn and Duschen appear to be “the same player”? What is the difference, one more ready than the other? Age? I like their size and appears by the penalty minutes that they have an edge, which I LOVE!!!!!!

h

April 15th, 2009
1:37 pm

At the 4th pick I like all of our options. To me, you have 5 possible picks of which 4 will be there. Kane, Duchesne, Schenn, Schroeder and Pääjärvi-Svensson are my top 5 left after the obvious two. They all seem to have their benefits. Whichever guy is most ready now, is the one I want. I’m not a fan of reaching to get Cowen, unless the organIzation thinks he is ready to play today like Bogo. It will be an exciting draft this year for sure. Here’s my question….would you trade our #1 pick and Pavalec to get Taveras? Would we have to give up more? I’d consider it for sure. I’m hoping that this will be our last time picking this low in the draft for a few years unless we get a #1 by a trade….anyway, this pick will not be nearly as important as what the team does (1) prior to draft (signing Reasoner and a couple of our RFAs) and (2) in free agency (including of course re-signing his highness to a long-term deal)…just my two cents.

kracker

April 15th, 2009
1:55 pm

a dyed-blue ’stache…..yeah, that works for me, too!

Viking

April 15th, 2009
2:15 pm

My wife will not like a mustache or worse – a blue one (!), but it is a small prize to pay if it means we will have playoff hockey here next year!

kracker

April 15th, 2009
2:23 pm

Yes, I will do our #4 + Pavelev for overall #1. Maybe Wang has man crush on Pavs.

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 15th, 2009
2:54 pm

With DiPietro locked up for so long I can’t imagine Pavelec would re-sign there. He threw a temper tantrum when stuck behind an oft-injured goalie on a one-year contract…imagine how he’d react in New York after not making the team out of training camp (because he’s nowhere close to being better than DiPietro).

I’m guessing it’ll take a lot more than the Thrashers are willing to give up to get Tavares.

Thomas Magnum

April 15th, 2009
3:00 pm

We just finished posting our opinions and half assed reviews of all of the possible selections by the Thrashers in the upcoming draft…please go check them out at

http://WWW.THEWORDONTHEBIRD.BLOGSPOT.COM

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 15th, 2009
3:21 pm

That’s just getting old…

jared

April 15th, 2009
3:41 pm

i like evander kane. every scouting report says that he has just as much offense as Dunchene however he plays with a very physical edge. which happens to be one of the areas the thrashers desperately need to take care of
H- i would however make the #4 draft pick and pavalec trade any instant.

kracker

April 15th, 2009
3:50 pm

C’mon Ranallo…maybe Pavs would go for a 15 yr deal to backup DiPietro….(just playing along. It will take a lot more than adding in a young goalie to get to Tavares from the #4 pick)

Hockey Biltong

April 15th, 2009
4:02 pm

Gonzalez from the Chiefs at number 4…Throw the puck on an out route and he can block goalies on pass plays….

Bob

April 15th, 2009
4:05 pm

Here’s the big three things to me now in this offseason. 1)Settle the ownership lawsuit. 2)Get a new GM. 3)Re-sign Kovy.

#3 probably can’t be done unless #1 and #2 occur, so if they don’t occur and Kovy won’t sign (you press him beginning July 1st and get a firm idea on what he’s going to do), do you then trade Kovy now and get max return, or do you let him Hossa us and force a deadline deal where we wind up with the scraps the Pens gave us?

Kaptain

April 15th, 2009
4:42 pm

How can you accomplish #3 if #2 is done? If I were Kovy I wouldn’t look at all the young players that Don brought in and then sign with a new unproven GM who has to answer to the Spirit Group no less. Not doing #2 leads to #3 getting done. And #3 is more important.

waffleboy

April 15th, 2009
5:01 pm

I have to agree with Kaptain. No way Kovy re-signs if a new GM is brought on board. I may not agree with Waddell’s moves, but I see Kovy just closing the door on this organization rather than starting over with a new GM.

NASCAR Dave

April 15th, 2009
6:01 pm

FIRE WADDELL

Glovesave29

April 15th, 2009
6:25 pm

That makes little sense…Kovy will walk if Waddell is fired. Wheres the logic in that? We get a new GM, a new attitude and get a stronger supporting cast, you really think Ilya walks because Don is gone? Really? That’s not starting over, thats an improvement

Tony C.

April 15th, 2009
6:56 pm

Do you go RW or C for the top-6 UFA target? Personally, I’d like to see how #17 feels about Afinegenov riding shotgun on the right-I like him and Knuble as potential RW UFA targets…as far as UFA centers go…I don’t really like the pickings. I think the best move as far as getting a new pivot would be via trade.

I say of my fantasy GM of ATL #4 pick, in this order:
Kane/Duschene (one or the other is going to be gone after the avalanche pick)
Schenn
P-Svenson
Schroeder.

I really think Kane is guy for us…I could be wrong, but I don’t see where the “wrong” is so bad between Duschene, Kane & Schenn.

Brendan

April 15th, 2009
7:16 pm

I agree with Bob and Glovesave29. How does retaining a GM, with these results, go UNNOTICED by the Kovalchuk camp? Perhaps, changing GM’s is the very sign of a PULSE that Kovalchuk has been waiting for? And if that’s right, then talk of scouring other team’s Assistant GM’s for a suitable replacement is more than relevant discussion at Thrashers hockey blog.

Tony C.

April 15th, 2009
7:21 pm

I concur. Basically, #17 knows he can ask for pretty much anything he wants at this juncture. The onus is on FUBAS/DW to deliver the reasonable & mostly reasonable requests.

If he wants a new GM, well, I’d say he’s not alone. I would hope that FUBAS realizes that keeping DW over #17 would be penny-wise and pound-foolish.

Brendan

April 15th, 2009
7:41 pm

Tony C., the question is: Will FUBAS grow a brain? Will they wake up and smell the coffee? If they won’t start spending, how will Kovy view that? I’m pretty sure Waddell wouldn’t object to a larger budget. But does Ilya WANT Waddell to be the one making “bigger budget decisions?” Or would he prefer SOMEONE ELSE?

See, can Kovalchuk go public with that, without it being career-labeling? It’s an almost impossible situation for a player to speak to the media and demand a GM be fired. So, take that one right off the table. It won’t happen. If Kovalchuk loves Waddell, I don’t think it would be WRONG for him to state that. What I heard last year was … “I’m not the GM. He’s over there.” Pointing to Waddell, that after the Thrashers 28th place finish in 2008. Kovalchuk wants to win the Stanley Cup. That much is clear.

But can ANY GM do it with FUBAS in charge? My feeling is no, unless FUBAS changes. And a REAL CHANGE in direction for FUBAS … would be the naming of a new GM, coupled with a new business plan. Would it be enough to keep Kovalchuk? I can’t say. But I don’t think it would hurt.

Glovesave29

April 15th, 2009
9:19 pm

We need someone to come in here and state in no uncertain terms that losing is not acceptible and that this culture must, and will change. Start worrying more about getting a good product on the ice and butts in the seats as opposed to getting your arena green certified.

I do think we are heading in the right direction. There are other teams just above us in the standings that I would not change places with as they are on the downslope. But I cannot credit Waddell for this. That high round draft picks like Bogosian and Little are producing is to be expected. I’d like to see a veteran or three brought in from a WINNING organization to set the young guys on th right path, and to help to mold whomever we get at 4 and Esposito to be all they can as a pro. We need a few guys in the locker room that are ALLOWED to touch Lord Stanley’s Cup.