Reasoner Deserves An “A”…And Not Just For Effort

Ever since Marty Reasoner made it known that he wanted to return next season to the Thrashers, it’s pretty much been taken for granted by myself that he would be back in the team’s lineup next fall. I mean, he wants to be here…Waddell has said he wants him back…and his teammates have made it clear how they feel when the honored him with their Player’s Player award. So, it’s all but a done deal.

Marty Reasoner scores against Ottawa last March (AP Photo)

Marty Reasoner scores against Ottawa last March (AP Photo)

But is simply rewarding the 32-year old centerman’s efforts with a new contract, complete with a raise from the $ 1-million salary he earned last season, enough?

I would suggest…no.

I think the team should also provide him with an “A” to wear on his jersey… elevating him to the position of alternate captain.

Reasoner’s 14 goals last year were a personal best and the 30 points were one off his career high set six years ago as a member of the Edmonton Oilers. But his overall contributions go well beyond the numbers on the stats sheet. He comes to the arena night in and night out prepared to perform and plays each and every shift with all he has. And…as stated above…he obviously has won a measure of respect from those he shares the locker room with.

Plus, I’ll point out that there is something to be said for a player who willingly chooses to stick around an organ-I-zation while it is in the building process and not bolt the first time he gets a chance in order to take advantage of success that was built by others….cough Hossa cough. Instead, he opts to remain and help in the construction of something positive here. Such a commitment underlines his “team first” type of mentality and work ethic.

That, my friends, is also a display of leadership…and it should be rewarded in kind.

Give Marty an “A”… he’s earned it.

Southern Hospitality

I would like to thank a few people who helped make this past week a most enjoyable and memorable one. First, Hockey_Biltong along with the lovely and gracious Mrs. Biltong invited me…and a couple hundred other of their friends…to their home to partake in their “3rd Quazi-Semi Annual Pearls Before Swine Pig Roast”. HB was up at 2:30 Saturday morning putting the pig atop the flames in order for it to be ready to enjoy later in the afternoon and evening. It was quite delicious as were all of the other wonderful dishes that were brought by all the guests.

Thank you so much you two…it was a blast!

Then there was Sunday afternoon’s playoff viewing at TJs. As always, Tim and Mark Ecclestone where wonderful hosts and Kayla went out of their way to make sure we were all taken care of. She even put up with us for five hours as the game went into three overtimes…finally won by the Ducks to pull even with their series against Detroit after two games.

Like the rest of the gals there, Kayla is the best-est-est!

We plan on gathering there again two weeks from now as the NHL playoffs move into the Conference Finals…probably Sunday the 17th. So, plan accordingly.

And Finally…

Ever been to a hockey game…or any sporting event…and thought that the ref working the game was the worst ever to do so? Well, I don’t think any can top this one.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you what is quite possibly…the dumbest ref in the entire world.

69 comments Add your comment

The Joker

May 3rd, 2009
10:48 pm

I’m blind, I’m deaf, I want to be a ref…

The Real Fan

May 4th, 2009
7:33 am

I think you may be a bit ahead on Marty’s return. When it comes to money what Waddell says and who he signs are two different things. Witness his agent saying he hasn’t heard from Waddell.
It’s all the same old dance.

kracker

May 4th, 2009
9:20 am

I think Rawhide has the right take on the situation. I don’t think Marty gets voted the Player’s Player Award by his teammates if they think he’s going to bolt the following season. He (and wife and new baby girl) likes it here so why should there be any problem getting a contract done? By rule, the Thrahsers have to spend to the cap floor and they are quite a ways away from it. Marty gets a raise and a three year deal and he start’s the season ready to go on a team and in a system he now knows.

kracker

May 4th, 2009
9:28 am

Oh, the goooooooooal! They said the Refereeing Commission allowed the goal to stand. Is Don King now involved in South American football? ‘Cause it sure looked like the fix was in.

Alan

May 4th, 2009
11:13 am

Witness his agent saying he hasn’t heard from Waddell.

… Because they’re both traveling. Both parties have said they will sit down and talk soon.

Really, I dislike D-Wad just as much as some of you dislike him, but there’s no need to throw him under the bus about this… yet.

Smoothie

May 4th, 2009
11:29 am

Rawhide, thanks for picking up the “sign Marty now” flag and waving it so passionately and vehemently. And I fully agree that he has earned the honor of wearing the “A” as well. Let’s hope that DW’s first priority when returning state-side is sitting down to talk with Reasoner’s agent.

BTW, the officials in Toronto blew that “no goal” call, but really the bulk of the blame lies at the feet of the ref on the ice. Why was he not in better position to see that the puck crossed the line? Also, since when do the refs not err on the side of a “good goal” in that situation (i.e. puck going roof top under the cross bar)? I recall very few instances in which that puck is not ruled a goal on the ice.

Tony C.

May 4th, 2009
11:38 am

Just read this:

http://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey/islanders/ny-spwang2712699310may02,0,3754050.story

Say what you want to about his valuation process for players, you’ve got to feel for Wang a little bit on this one-here’s a guy that buys a team based mostly off community pride and then the community decides they’re on some N.I.M.B.Y. action (granted I’m sure many members of the Hempstead council have at least one “Chuck Wang is an @sshole” story).

Makes me wonder if Le Thrash got that single owner dedicated to bringing a winner to the city that we all clamor for, how would it end up for him/her????

I still think one dedicated owner would be a blessing, for the record. The article does raise some questions about the green of the grass on the other side of the fence.

Also, I don’t know if anybody else here’s mentioned it-but Mike Wise of the post has written a story on Brashear that is really good:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/01/AR2009050104147.html

Not that it excuses every cheap thing the guy’s done, but maybe I understand a bit better now.

Oh and right now, my leading Connie Smythe candidates are Hiller and Varlamov, in that order. If I’m the redthings I call up McCarty specifically to break Hiller’s arm/wrist/hand/do SOMEthing about that glove!!!
They did sign McCarty to a sentimentality contract right? He’s washed up right? Still wants to contribute? Might be the thing to do, cuz Hiller’s killing it right now. I mean two of the top 10 snipers in the league and about 5 of the top 20 and the redthings are hoping for more weird deflections? No pinche bueno for Motown.

Rawhide

May 4th, 2009
11:39 am

I think Alan has the right train of thought here. Marty’s agent has indicated that the two parties will meet this month to discuss the contract. Everyone involved is saying that they want him back.

Now, if we are sitting here in July reading that Reasoner has just signed elsewhere and is saying things like, “I have no idea what happened in Atlanta…we just waited and waited for Don to call but…”

Well, then we have a major story. But I don’t think that’ll be the case.

Smoothie – I agree the official should have been in a better position, but that is why there is video replay. That should have been ruled a goal…Toronto wussed-out on the call. I am just thankful that it really never came into play given the score.

Also…does anyone else here remember the eventual game-winning goal that the Rangers scored on us in game four two years ago…the one that made it 3-2 in the third period? That “goal-no goal” last night in Boston looked just like it. It landed on the is on it’s side…and that is the reason it crossed the line.

Of course…when it was against us, it was called a goal. Go figure.

GaVaHokie

May 4th, 2009
11:57 am

Rawhide… somebody got an “A” after Havelid left… I remember seeing it and thinking that person didn’t normally have it. Can’t recall now.

Was thinking it was Reasoner, Hainsey or Exelby, but watching the highlights from the last game, I don’t see it.

GaVaHokie

May 4th, 2009
12:22 pm

… actually, I think it might have been White.

Rawhide

May 4th, 2009
12:26 pm

Hokie – If that happened, it got by me. I also checked the roster on the Thrashers’ website. They only show Army and Kozzy with an “A”…Ilya, of course, with a “C”.

ranallo10 (in AT)

May 4th, 2009
12:35 pm

Alternate captains I remember from this past season were:
Armstrong, Havelid, Kozlov, Kovalchuk, Schneider

I don’t recall seeing any other As after Havelid and Schneider were dealt.

Speaking of which, Hainsey is an Alternate Captain on the US team.

By the way, watching Nikulin and Kovalchuk on the same power play unit is a huge tease.

Brendan

May 4th, 2009
12:41 pm

Tony C., my early Conn Smythe vote goes to Eric Staal. The guy’s been tremendous for Carolina. He’s earning every bit of that paycheck he signed last season. I think Staal is a big part of why Carolina advanced past NJ, along with Cam Ward, of course. If Carolina actually does knock off the Bruins, a Staal or C. Ward MVP candidacy could take shape. The award is reflective of all four rounds of playoffs.

I have … little sympathy for Charles Wang. He’s not 18 years old, playing with “trust fund” money. He’s a businessman. By most accounts, a successful one. He’s posturing. And he has no one but himself, and his now incarcerated former business partner, to blame for what has happened with the Islanders. There is a SALARY CAP in effect, with revenue-sharing dollars for the less fortunate. So, he can’t claim it’s UTTERLY, UTTERLY HOPELESS. It’s unfair, to be sure, but not hopeless. It’s about making GOOD DECISIONS, as opposed to clunkers. The Islanders have enjoyed favorable draft position through the Wang years. And, they’ve also tasted 4 years of playoffs with Wang. (Admittedly, I could have phrased that better. Moving right along.) No series wins, mind you. But still, the Isles got in. And that means “pure profit” for the ownership.

If Charles Wang doesn’t know how to run a hockey organization, he should hire someone who does. And do a thorough job of selecting a candidate. But from all I’ve read, Wang appoints people who are nothing more than “Yes Men” to his every whim. If Garth Snow said, “Uhh, Charles. I really think we need to take Luc Schenn at #5, but Wang overruled him, then that’s what happened.” Garth Snow has a job because Charles “likes him.” It’s not as if Snow had experience running a minor league team, etc., etc., etc. And as soon as Charles no longer “likes him,” he’ll be fired.

If Charles Wang wants a new arena, he’s hardly alone. If Charles Wang wants the Nassau County tax payers to foot the bill, he wasn’t the first, nor will he be the last, to have such desires. And if the Islanders actually LEFT long Island, I’d be surprised. But it’s not as if the area is left without hockey. The Rangers and Devils are there, too. Personally, I wish Charles the very best. Perhaps, one fine day, he’ll have some epiphany about the hockey business. Until then, Garth Snow better not get any CRAZY IDEAS about making any unilateral decisions, like sayyy, hiring an equipment manager, all by himself. It’s a “by committee decision.” Just ask Neil Smith, whom Wang fired after 41 days in office, for failure to observe the “by committee” approach when he denied then Head Coach Ted Nolan’s equipment manager hire, citing that ‘personnel decisions fell under the purview of the GM.’ (He’s right, of course, in every other world except for the one Wang lives in.) Nor was Neil Smith allowed to hire his Head Coach. Note: The Head Coaching position was simultaneously vacant. It’s not as if Smith would have had to be the BAD GUY, who walks in the door and fires the Coach. Then again, Smith should have sniffed out that situation before agreeing to become the GM. Bygones.

Midfield

May 4th, 2009
12:46 pm

It was a goal. I kind of feel good about a no-goal call anyway. It’s good for Carolina as a team to overcome this sort of the pull-the-big-market-team adversity. Not good for LaRose, but the pest has irritated me so much when playing against Atlanta that I got over it pretty well, thank you very much.

Smoothie

May 4th, 2009
1:28 pm

Rawhide, I agree that Toronto botched the review and that it should have been deemed a goal. Like you said, the entire puck (albeit when it was on its side) was over the line and there was clearly a definitive line of “white” between it and the puck. Glad it did not affect the outcome and Carolina deserved to win. As for the deciding goal against us in 2007, I vaguely recall but I’ll have to “youtube it” to refresh the noggin…can’t wait to conjure up all those bad memories and feelings of heart-brokeness. ;-)

Rawhide

May 4th, 2009
1:32 pm

SmoothinatorAs for the deciding goal against us in 2007, I vaguely recall but I’ll have to “youtube it” to refresh the noggin…can’t wait to conjure up all those bad memories and feelings of heart-brokeness

Just make sure when you do that to have the lovely Ms. “Ten” near. That way she can stop you from shoving your head into the oven…

Alan

May 4th, 2009
2:00 pm

“I have no idea what happened in Atlanta…we just waited and waited for Don to call but…”

Sounds like what Holik said after the season ended in 2008. Instead of Waddell saying he was going to call, he just didn’t bother. Holik got butthurt, signed with the Devils, and is now playing golf with the rest of the non-playoff hockey world.

If I’m the redthings I call up McCarty specifically to break Hiller’s arm/wrist/hand/do SOMEthing about that glove!!!

The Wings keep shooting the puck at the logo. That’s the problem. They need to lift the puck higher and go between the shoulder and the crossbar, or get a nice set-up into an open net. That game would have been a 3-2 winner for Detroit had the defense played better and didn’t leave Ozzy out to dry on the PK yesterday.

Still, you’re right about one thing. Hiller’s glove is amazing. It has to have a mind of its own. Sure, some of the stops he made was just pure luck, but some of those other stops? Pure amazement. I have no idea how he did it, but he managed to.

Detroit’s strategy here, short of hiring a hitman, is going to have to be wearing out the goalie. With 62SOG yesterday, they’re well on their way of doing just that. That said, both teams are showing some kinks in their respective armor pieces. The question I have is: What team, judging by all you’ve seen of the two games so far, is better poised to take the series?

Smoothie

May 4th, 2009
2:05 pm

I just watched the video of Game 4 and apparently the goal was not called a goal on the ice when it happened. Davidson, the announcer thought it was a goal, called it as such, then corrected himself and play continued on for several seconds. Looks like it was not a goal until AFTER the review. But it is hard to tell from the video what exactly transpired on the ice and the players may not have heard a whistle or realized it was ruled a goal. Hell, the quality / camera work is so bad that I can’t even tell how the puck was cleared out of our zone before Shanahan scored on the 2 on 1 to tie the game.

Anyone else with a better memory (or who doesn’t suppress like I do ;0) care to share what they remember or how it unfolded?

DWTOO

May 4th, 2009
2:11 pm

Great time @ TJ’s yesterday. Small but enthusiastic group. Really appreciate Tim spending some time with the group. His insights and stories are interesting to say the least. We really have an untapped resource with the old Flames in town. From what I heard they would like to more involved. And having regular viewing parties would be awesome.

That ref on that soccer clip was horrible. Watched about twelve years of various levels of soccer – rec/select/high school and never saw anyone that STUPID!

GaVaHokie

May 4th, 2009
2:13 pm

Yeah, I checked the roster and saw the same thing… rewatched the highlights, and it wasn’t White either… I must have been seeing things. :)

Alan

May 4th, 2009
2:29 pm

I would be more than happy to show up to these viewing engagements, if they were just a little more convenient for me to get to and from.

More importantly, I’d love to hear some of TJ’s stories and some of his insight.

R. Stroz

May 4th, 2009
3:28 pm

Once again Waddell is procrastinating…Surprise, Surprise

So, in order to keep things interesting, lets start a new prediction pool.

When will Waddell actually get something done this offseason.

The definition of “get something done” is a re-signing, an open market signing such as Nikulin, a trade, a draft pick…anything that adds, subtracts, or keeps a player on the roster.

LEED certification meetings and deciding on the height of the urinals in the locker room doesn’t count.

Now pick your date of Waddell action, seems like an oxymoron doesn’t it.

GaVaHokie

May 4th, 2009
3:41 pm

Watching the streaming box score for the US and Swiss game… Hainsey just scored for the U.S.A.

Higgins tied it up… 2-2… still in the 2nd period.

GaVaHokie

May 4th, 2009
3:47 pm

Wow… Hainsey just scored again.

GaVaHokie

May 4th, 2009
4:10 pm

Hainsey’s goals were assisted by Joe Pavelski and by Patrick O’Sullivan… wouldn’t mind hearing that in a Thrasher’s box score next season. ;)

kracker

May 4th, 2009
4:20 pm

Maybe Hainsey will like wearing that ‘A’ and try to keep/earn it in Atlanta.

Alan

May 4th, 2009
4:30 pm

The definition of “get something done” is a re-signing, an open market signing such as Nikulin, a trade, a draft pick…anything that adds, subtracts, or keeps a player on the roster.

26 June 2009.

GaVaHokie

May 4th, 2009
4:51 pm

Stroz… I’d like to see Kovy and Waddell corner Nikulin sometime during the World Championships.

Otherwise, I’d say look for early or mid June for UFA negotiations with Reasoner… I don’t see any rush. There’s no risk of anyone else grabbing him right now.

I’ll say June 10th… Marty Reasoner extended. Then, the next week, an extension for Armstrong, Valabik, Salmela and Slater.

Lehtonen’s contract hovers around through the draft.

R. Stroz

May 4th, 2009
5:27 pm

GaVaHokie – If Nikulin is signed, we can be rest assured Kovy will re-sign. If my memory serves me, Nikulin’s KHL contract has expired and he doesn’t have to sign an entry level NHL contract. Also, Kovy and Nikulin have the same agent, Jay Grossman.

Brendan

May 4th, 2009
6:06 pm

June 9, 2009. I’ll guess a re-signing. What the heck, Reasoner.

Rawhide

May 4th, 2009
6:12 pm

I’ll say Marty Reasoner is the first signing…May 28.

Why that day? I’ll be in the middle of Disney World and, as such, won’t be anywhere near a computer to write about it…just my luck!

Brendan

May 4th, 2009
6:21 pm

When are the “qualifying offers” due to be tendered? Is that late June? That would be an “action.” He’s got to decide to keep Thorburn or Slater, or let them become unrestricted, without a qualifying offer. Same deal with Anssi Salmela, Motzko and Jordan LaVallee. Also, I think guys like Oysterick, Crabb, and (the Jason Williams traded defenseman,) C. Wilson??, either have to be re-signed as category VI UFA’s before July 1, or they, too, hit the open market. That doesn’t mean DW can’t re-sign them. It only means that he doesn’t have the right to match another team’s offer. And even if he got into a bidding war, Waddell has more cap than anyone EXCEPT Los Angeles.

As for Lehtonen, I’d bet Waddell does make a qualifying offer, just to retain his rights, if nothing more. Then it’s a matter potential salary arbitration or an RFA offersheet, after July 1. My guess is DW will re-sign Kari on a 3-year deal, to give himself some buffer zone. What he does with Pavelec is another matter. I, personally, don’t think we should trade him. He’s 21, and will be a fantastic goalie. He just needs time, like all goalies do. But if DW thinks he can get a “missing piece” for Pavelec, or Lehtonen, he’s hinted that that’s what he’ll do. But as Ranallo has told us, the “trade market for goalies isn’t at a premium.” I think that’s right. So, based on that, I don’t really see that Waddel does ACTUALLY hold some sort of bargaining chip. Lehtonen is injured annually, with mental issues. Pavelec isn’t fully developed yet. And Moose will only fetch a 7th rounder. I don’t see the URGENCY to trade one of our goalies, especially with Lehtonen-Pavelec could be a pretty decent “1-2 punch” for the coming years. It doesn’t really matter which one is the #1 goalie and which one is the backup. The team has TONS of cap room to keep both of these ORIGINAL THRASHER DRAFT PICKS.

Speaking of orginal Thrasher Draft picks, there is also the matter of Big Boris. He’s an RFA on July 1, 2009. I’d wager Waddell makes the qualifying offer to retain his rights and/or just outright re-signs him. I don’t really think Valabik can hold the Thrashers hostage. He wasn’t a major force, playing top line minutes, all year long.

I almost forgot Colby Armstrong. He’s an RFA. That’s another qualifying offer that must be made. And let’s not also forget that Rich Peverley is eligible for a PROACTIVE contract on July 1, 2009, as he is scheduled to hit the UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENT MARKET on July 1, 2010, just like Kovalchuk and Lehtonen can.

JLH

May 4th, 2009
6:37 pm

Stroz,

At the end of season STH event DW said that we were in the same situation with Nikhulin as last year ……. Every year Nikhulin says he’s coming and then craps out. He wouldn’t say if Grossman had shared any reasons, but implied our hands are tied by the max entry level contract we can offer again this year.

Glovesave29

May 4th, 2009
7:18 pm

Let us not forget that Hiller is a silly-sider. Lefty goalies are rare. Changes up the plays and breakouts when you need to shoot for the other side.

Alan – you might not want to join us for Tim’s little talks…all it will do is get you frustrated to know what “might have been”. If you do want to join us, we can pick you up from the Marta station at North Springs…only a 5 minute drive to TJ’s from there.

You still think Nikulin will not join us after the fiasco that was last season in the KLH? Coaches getting fired mid-game, only to be rescinded, and fired later in the week. Deaths on the ice and improper medical at the facility. Players getting a fraction of the money owed to them, and now with dropping oil prices, you have moneys drying up for salaries. Had they done this right, they were a true threat to the NHL. Today…not so much. I can see Nikulin here this fall.

kracker

May 4th, 2009
7:45 pm

Glovesave, Even with the Thrashers dysfunctiional group of lawyer happy owners, this club can’t look as bad to the Russian players as the KHL clubs. After all, it is in the NHL, they pay in US dollars. I bet Kovy is working on Nikulin and DW surely has talked with/met with Nikulin’s agent. I’m not holding my breath, though.

Tony C.

May 4th, 2009
9:46 pm

Alan-are you sure you’re not evaluating Hiller through some red&white tinted glasses(j/k)?? I’ll give Glovesave’s point about him being a “goofy”…but honestly, 62SOG by some of the best snipers in the universe? methinks Pavel, Z & Hossa are pretty good at picking a corner…might be that the corner-angles are reversed from the norm but man Hiller’s just playing nasty.

Reasoner re-signed 28 June.
Pavelec traded on draft day
Armstrong extended 1 July
Slater will be resigned (he went to Mich St.)
Would love to see Nikulin…. Sara if you’re out there, how much “bonus” $$$ could we conceivably throw his way ???

Brendan -I’ll give Staal more juice when he wins a game against Boston. Right now, I have goalies as my top 3 picks for the Conn Smythe, in this order: Hiller, Varlamov, Ward

Also on my “watch list”: Staal, Seabrook, Luongo, Kessler.

Brendan

May 4th, 2009
10:09 pm

Staal did a pretty good job of helping Carolina win Game Two. But the ‘Canes must at least split at home to continue to surprise the world.

Segue, the Capitals were down to the NY Rangers, 3-1 i their 1st round series. Since then, they’ve won five-straight. If Pittsburgh cannot hold serve at home, that series might end in five games. It’s do or die for the Penguins in Game Three. As much as I value the Penguins and their comeback abilities, we all know what 3-0 means. So, tonight was a BIG NIGHT for Washington. And Ovechkin, in particular, who had a hat trick. Crosby, too, I think. The Penguins 3rd goal was amazing stuff. Crosby just never quit on the play. It was the 4th whack, in mid-air, that connected for the goal.

If the Penguins do get eliminated, what’s their next move? Hope the draft brings forth something good? Trading their 1st round pick at the draft for more immediate help? Or do nothing. Just try again next year? Blysthsma (Sp?) has done a great job taking over for Therrien. If they’d made that move sooner, the Penguins might have won the Atlantic Division.

Alan

May 4th, 2009
10:21 pm

methinks Pavel, Z & Hossa are pretty good at picking a corner…

Honestly, part of the problem is they’re either aiming at the logo (hitting Hiller in the chest), or they’re not elevating the puck enough. Also, a lot of what the Wings were doing is trying to fake out Hiller. Did you see the Lidstrom attempt yesterday? He dangled, and dangled, and waited, and waited some more before finally being forced to either skate away with the puck or take a shot. He tried to go down low without realizing Hiller was already there.

Just a little frustrating, from a Wings fan perspective.

you might not want to join us for Tim’s little talks…all it will do is get you frustrated to know what “might have been”.

Frustrating, perhaps. I’d still love to know. It’s like studying …ah, that stuff that starts with a “P”, and ends with a word meaning “blood sucking creature.” Yes. Frustrating. But always interesting, if you’ve got the mind for it.

As for a trip up, I’ll have to see if I can successfully lobby the county to start running my bus on weekends.

World Be Free

May 5th, 2009
6:11 am

Marty Reasoner, good upstate New York boy. More and more of them in the NHL. All character players like Matt Kane, Aaron Miller, Kevyn Adams, Ryan Callahan and a few more.

Ole Time Hockey

Sean Garguilo

May 5th, 2009
7:47 am

I couldn’t agree more with your take on Reasoner. He deserves an “A”. He has earned a multi-year deal and he is an asset. But alas, Bruce and the Dysfunctional Litigation Lovers, (very ironically A.K.A the Atlanta Spirit), may be fresh out of cash. I suggest we pass the hat at Tj’s at the next get together. I’ll throw in fifty for the consummate team player.

LAC

May 5th, 2009
8:08 am

Rawhide… simply CANNOT go into next season with the same team as last… We were undersized and too many guys who simply need to be moved.

Like Slater, he has had his chances and is simply not an NHL player.

Several others fit this mold too.

We HAVE to get s good crop of UFA’s this season or we are done and so will #17.

I do not think DUMB A$$ waddell even understands the peril we are in
let alone cares one damn bit. But THIS off season will make or break the Thrashers… We were told of BIG changes the past two summers and
what happened NOTHING to speak of,more ECHL players…

Either they spend some $ and get som name players here… or next season will be more like the last two… But remember…
We are moving forward… Yeah closer to the brink !

World be Free

May 5th, 2009
8:15 am

Let’s hope ownership understands what we see-a team that is close to being real good that needs a little more help. Signing Marty is a start, but we need a center to play with Kovy that will put preassure on opposing defenses. Attention to that line will free up Little and company to score ont he 2nd line and 3rd line and so on.

And DO NOT trade Kari to Philly or anyone else! Let Philly develop their own franchise netminder.

Glovesave29

May 5th, 2009
8:23 am

Tony – totally agree, Hiller is on fire…just pointing out the lefty issue as a side note. No way that is the sole cause. It’s a contributing factor.

As for the Wings hitting him in the crest, that can be attributed to the lack of time and space the Wings forwards are being given by some agressive D. As a player you are always told to get it on net, only good things can happen if you shoot. That is what they are doing. When they have time and space, they can try to pick corners. When there is no time, just get it on net. Hiller can read the play and the players intentions, too. A goalie / D are doing their jobs as a cohesive unit when the saves look easy.

Kracker, now is the time to sell Nikulin on his future value. He knows he must be signed to an entry level contract. In the long run, the stability of the NHL is to his advantage…here in Atlanta or elsewhere. But he has to get here first and we have his rights.

Brendan – how long is the rookie / entry level contract period last?

Lastly – Ovechkin was sick last night. Love the guy’s enthusiasm, and it has obviously spread through the Caps locker room…

Oh, and happy Cinco de Quatro (ha).

Rawhide

May 5th, 2009
8:37 am

Sean – HA! I’ll match the fifty!

World be Free

May 5th, 2009
8:41 am

I think Ovechkin is great for the game. He’s the best player and he has a great sense of humor. They put the Kiss Cam on him at a Thrashers’ game this year and he started to laugh.

Russian

May 5th, 2009
9:07 am

Interesting rumors I got from Russian sport News. Morozov is playing together with Kovy in same line. He is center. Kovy just said, that Morozov is best Center that he was playing. Also he said that he wants to paly with him in future. Well, may be Don needs to talk with Morozov’s Agent???

Glovesave29

May 5th, 2009
9:14 am

Russian – think he can handle the wear and tear of an NHL season? After all, we play about 30 more games per season than the KHL.

GaVaHokie

May 5th, 2009
9:25 am

On Reasoner, it’s a tough call… you also have guys like Todd Marchant available in free agency this summer, who’s a gritty, tough two way player that’s great in the locker room.

I, by far, want Marty Reasoner back… but you still have to evaluate the other veteran Centers out there.

Rawhide

May 5th, 2009
9:34 am

Hokie – I agree with you in principle…but with Reasoner you remove the “unknown” factor. There is indeed some good talent out there, but until you bring them in you don’t know 100% how the will gell with the others.

With Marty…we know what we are getting and we already know how he mixes with the rest of the team.

World be Free

May 5th, 2009
9:34 am

Morozov is a good physical presence as well. He would be a great pickup. Marchant is another upstate New York boy.

Marty is a good penalty killer and faceoff man.