So, Spirit Boys…What Do YOU Make Of The TSN Story?

By now I’m sure you’ve already read this TSN story about a Vancouver developer named Tom Gaglardi pushing the charge to buy the Atlanta Thrashers and relocate them to Hamilton, Ontario. Of course, that’s the same place that Research In Motion CEO Jim Balsilli reportedly wants to move the Phoenix Coyotes to.

In the TSN write-up it is stated that…according to The Hamilton Spectator… Hamilton mayor Fred Eisenberger will meet with a Vancouver-based group on Monday to discuss a proposed lease for Copps Coliseum. The story ends with the line, “Gaglardi is reportedly interested in having the Thrashers in Hamilton in time for the 2010 season”.

So, what’s to make of all this?

Well, obviously it’s created quite an uproar in the blogosphere…especially among those who believe in the foolish, asinine notion that the NHL should limit it’s market only to Canada and maybe, possibly U.S. states that border the Great Lakes. I guess if you view this from the vantage point of those north of the border, if you can get more teams to play up there…it will probably improve the chances that a Canadian team might just bring home the Stanley Cup for the first time since the first year of the Clinton administration.

Of course, we could look at this as a city’s mayor playing the two groups against each other for leverage if we wanted to…or chalk it up as simply yet another in a series of “The Thrashers are moving to (insert name of city here)” speculations that we hockey fans in the south have to endure with nauseating frequency.

But seriously…as Phil Foley points out among other things…someone is going to take a team currently away from a city with a metro population of over five million to one inhabited buy around seven thousand? Yeah…right!

(Oh and Phil…I linked your story partially due to the fact that you so eloquently outlined reasons the Thrashers aren’t on the move…but mostly because of your reference and picture of Elisha Cuthbert. Nicely played)!

But in the end…it doesn’t matter a bit what you or I or Phil or Elisha…or even our friends up north who salivate at the thought of an All-Snowbird NHL…have to say about this. No, in the end the only people that can squelch such a rumor…they only ones that can adequately move to put an end to this chatter…is Bruce Levenson and/or any other member of the Atlanta Spirit, L.L.C.

That’s why I now call upon Levenson to go on the record and state unequivicably that this story is 100%, unadultered, grade-A…shall we say… “male bovine excretion”.

And the longer he or any other of the Spirit Boys take to do just that…the longer this story hangs out there to be speculated upon as truth. And that then leads to unease in Thrasherville. Unease at Thrasherville then leads to season ticket holders re-thinking their plans to re-up for their packages next season…and a decreasing STH population is not a good thing at all, as I’m sure the Spiriteers must have learned last season.

To his credit, general manager Don Waddell has gone on the record saying that the story is absolutely false. Of course, if I wanted to be cynical, I could point out that this is the same man that just last summer denied John Anderson had been offered the head coaching job with the Thrashers the night before it was announced that, indeed, he was hired as the coach. Also, let us not forget the whole, “Alexei Zhitnik is going to be a big part of the team this coming season” comment. Days later, Zhit’s contract was bought out.

I guess Don’s comments were correct given that paying him to not play helped keep the team just north of the salary floor.

To that point… and in Don’s defense here… the ownership has not won many brownie points with the fans given the way they have penny-pinched the team’s payroll over the course of the past few years. The paying customers have been asked to support with more of their hard-earned dollars a team that they themselves don’t seem to believe in given their lack of willingness to invest more in.

So, those who support the team with their sports entertainment dollars understandably are already an antsy bunch. This type of news simply doesn’t help matters if left to fester without comment by Levenson and Co.

But, this is one circumstance in which the owners could improve the ground that the organ-I-zation stand upon that would not cost them one single, red cent. All Bruce would have to do is simply state…on the record…very clearly and concisely…that they are not involved with, nor are they currently entertaining the thought of talking to, anyone or any group that intends to relocate the Thrashers away from Atlanta.

Not Don…not an unnamed source…Bruce Levenson and the Spirit Boys needs to say it.

It would be quick, simple and could do away with so much needless nonsense.

So, step up to the mic Bruce and/or other of the Spirit Boys. Put this whole thing to rest once and for all.

Or just continue to remain mum and add to the unease that permeates throughout your fanbase.

Yeah…that would be good.

82 comments Add your comment

Hijacker

May 10th, 2009
8:49 am

The Thrashers are leaving to play in Hamilton. Deal with it!

jp

May 10th, 2009
8:50 am

the fact is this team will not draw the fringe fans unless they win. The only way they win is if they get rid of Don Waddell. He absolutely does not know what he is doing.

Krust

May 10th, 2009
9:34 am

Here is what I make of the story.

The rumor that the Phoenix team is moving to Hamilton is a non rumor. There move is in a court room already. There owner has filed bankruptcy and wants out. If Betman does not get his way to keep the team in Phoenix then it takes a majority vote by the owners to move the team. I say this sounds as good as done. So why would Hamilton need two hockey teams? But Betman has quite a record of keeping teams put so who knows.

B. Thenet

May 10th, 2009
10:49 am

Hit the nail on the head with this one.

Don’t the owners realize the damage they do to their brand when they “no comment” on a story like this.

kracker

May 10th, 2009
10:53 am

Apparently they don’t realize it at all. Public relations is a huge part of any sports buisness model and the owner(s) are the biggest weapon in the PR arsenal. These owners are in a circular firing squad. Belkin is their target but they are shooting each other.

Sara

May 10th, 2009
10:56 am

Foley does make all the pertinent arguments for why this team cannot just be picked up and moved out. Everything is just too tangled up to ditch an NHL franchise at this point.

However I see some repeating fallacies in these debates that people need to wake up to.

This argument that Atlanta is such a big market, with millions of residents in the metro/surrounding areas, is absolutely meaningless if they pay zero attention to the team. Those millions aren’t queuing up to buy tickets to games or even bothering to switch on SportSouth to watch them on TV. Most of them probably couldn’t even name one player on the roster. It typically only takes 17-18K to fill up an arena, and since NHL revenues are predominantly gate-driven (and sponsorship deals are based on exposure numbers), a small Canadian market of even a few hundred thousand could conceivably be more viable than this one.

If the ownership structure of the Thrashers was not what it is (meaning joined at the hip with an NBA franchise and arena operating rights), this franchise would likely be doomed. A separate owner wouldn’t care one iota how moving the team would impact naming rights and sponsorship deals at an arena he doesn’t have a stake in. And this team, in this market, might not survive economically unless the owner(s) was willing to bleed red out of pure passion. Even during their 14 consecutive Division championships, the Braves had attendance issues – certainly nothing so low as during the bad years of the ’80s, but they dropped from averages in the low 40ks to the low 30ks in the course of a couple of seasons. The Thrashers could likely not survive with 25% attendance decreases (think this season). They need close to full capacity on a regular basis IMO to have a prayer of profitability or even the ability to break-even.

So in this one instance at least, we probably should be thankful for the mess that is Atlanta Spirit.

kracker

May 10th, 2009
11:29 am

Perhaps the Spirit Group needs to add an open Q&A session to their ‘Face Off’ event like the Lightning have at their siimilar event they are holding tomorrow at St. Pete Times Forum.

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Jon-Jordan/Lightning-Open-House-And-Meet-With-JJ/90/21124

The Thrashers had a Q&A late last season but it was only for STH and their guests.

Bill, your task is to find any place willing to sell us $1 beers and hot dogs. Jon Jordan, the Hockeybuzz Lightning blogger, is offering to buy a hotdog and beer for Bolts fans attending the Open House event. Really, though, I can buy my own $1 beer and dogs…unless you insist, Bill.

Thrashers27

May 10th, 2009
12:25 pm

Here’s a bit of free P.R. advice for ASG…Have a representitive contact “Rawhide” right here in the blogosphere to authenticate your presence and then simply type the words “The Thrashers aren’t going anywhere. They are staying right here in Atlanta. We have no desire to allow the team to move.”

Do that within the next day, or so and put this all to rest. Otherwise, you will further alienate the most faithful of fans. Bottom line is, the longer this rumour floats around the more and more anxiety builds amongst your fan base. After the Heatly/Snyder drama, the Hossa debacle and now the prospect of Kovy re-signing…or not…This team does not need anymore anxiety.

Put this rumour to bed, now!

10 yr plan

May 10th, 2009
12:27 pm

It’s nice to see Tampa doing something for their fans. The Thrashers, now in their 3rd ownership, still have no clue on customer service. Even more, they still lack an identity as a franchise. It’s time for the OWNERS to step up and communicate with the fans!

Brendan

May 10th, 2009
12:41 pm

I liked that Cuthbert photo. And I liked Foley’s blog entry. And, needless to say, but often overlooked, I liked RAWHIDE’s blog. I don’t think it gets said enough, what a good job Rawhide does with this blog.

What I expect from the Thrashers ownership, if history is any guide, is procrastination and inaction. I suspect, they’d claim, they’re not aware of all the rumors that may or may not be circulating the Internet. And that they simply don’t have time, or the inclination, to shoot down each and every one. Then again, Bruce Levenson occasionally surprises me. I hope he does. It’d be “nice” to hear Gearon or Levenson publicly deny that any relocation plans for the Thrashers are being discussed. If the AS, LLC wants to sell the Thrashers, I say “GREAT!” Someone ELSE should own them. But that has nothing to do with relocation. If the Thrashers bleed money, as they claim, then they might actually WANT to sell the team. Fine. But whoever buys it, isn’t moving it. Not for another 11 years, at least.

If the AS, LLC could manage to get something right with this team, it would be to hook it up with a SOLITARY OWNER, who would be the FACE of the ownership, and that said owner would care passionately about hockey, but also have the “good sense” to realize that he needs SOMEONE ELSE to run the franchise. Having Len Barrie and Oren Koules, very passionate hockey owners in Tampa Bay, can have disasterous consequences.

For me, a GOOD OWNER … is someone who sets the budget within $3 million of the cap limit, EVERY SEASON, for “Opening Night,” irrespective of where the salary cap might be. A GOOD OWNER forks over the moolah, then gets out of the way, to let his GM do the “managing” of the team. That’s a good owner. If Arthur Blank would be this kind of owner, I’d support him buying the team. William Davidson owned the Detroit Pistons and Tampa Bay Lighning back in 2004. If a “Davidson-like” owner is out there, I’d sure love him to take some interest in the Thrashers. He seemed to get it.

Corliss

May 10th, 2009
1:32 pm

Get them out of here & back to Canada where they belong. Expansion/realignment is part of what’s killed the NHL(along w/overpaying players). If Don Waddell, one of the more respected men in the NHL can’t save this franchise then who can? The Thrashers are starting to have the old Falcons’ syndrome where they let their best talent go and win championships/get the post-season w/other teams(Hossa, Heatley, et al). It’s sad; just sad because there was so much promise when the team got started. One post-season appearance while Carolina & Tampa Bay have been to the STF/post-season numerous times. Hockey is Canada’s sport and always will be no matter how many Cups are won in the U.S. & no I don’t consider Detroit a U.S. Hockey team cause they are so much head & shoulders above everyone else in the way they handle their business. Hockey in the ATL is a misnomer in every since of the word. Get rid of it(ESPECIALLY if it loses money/fan interest!). Go Thrashers & take the Spirit Group with you.

kracker

May 10th, 2009
2:01 pm

“…& no I don’t consider Detroit a U.S. Hockey team…”

You can’t claim the Red Wings. Get your own winning hockey club.

LAC

May 10th, 2009
2:07 pm

Well… levenson is likely so drunk from the loss by the WORTHLESS hawks, a team I WISH WOULD MOVE, Go back to St.Louis PLEASE !!!!!!

That he does not know if it were the Braves playing basketball or some local high school. He is just one drunk bafoon, who BTW is part owner of two pro sports teams ????? I still cannot believe an incompent like those IDIOTS own these teams, but they, Like all have said, need to come out MONDAY AM and squash this mess once and for all.

Do they have ANY BRAINS ? Don’t they realize if NOT, this could linger until next season and hover over everything and really KILL attendence,and who knows it could be true too !

Why are these jerks afraid to address the FANS in this town ? Why do they HIDE and avoid the FANS who pay the bills !? I have never seen any pro sports owner who is as suspect as these 7 or 8 LOSERS !

Show some GUTS for once in your worthless lives and show the Hockey Fans in Atlanta you mean business… NOT Lying like you always do !

Right LIAR don !!!!!!

Midfield

May 10th, 2009
2:16 pm

Corliss, aren’t you missing the 30s, 40s and 50s, when Canadians were winning all the turnaments – without exception, just because nobody else played ice hockey? Those were the good days, eh?

The Joker

May 10th, 2009
2:24 pm

“If Don Waddell, one of the more respected men in the NHL can’t save this franchise then who can? ”

Corliss – That’s the funniest thing I’ve ever read. Waddell is the laughing stock of the NHL GMs. Go hit the bong again, I need some more laughs.

Sage of Bluesland

May 10th, 2009
4:14 pm

Was it just me, or did I hear that Kovy just phoned the moving company in order to get ready…ahead of time…

Stop subsidizing the incompetence–as the ownership has proven time and again they do not care about this team or you, the fans. What else but uncaring owners would allow that bumbling idiot, Don Waddell, to continue to run the team (into the ground)…

Funny how teams like Tampa and Carolina evolve back and forth over time–while the Thrashers’ ‘high-water mark’ was a sweep to the Rangers, our only moment in the post-season.

What a sad, pitiful joke. I don’t know what’s sadder: the organization or those sheep who continue to delude themselves.

(or maybe I don’t know which is more humorous? Get that wittle spweadsheet weady to go!!!)

tyler in montreal

May 10th, 2009
4:46 pm

“Ice Man” you’re as ridiculous as your name and as clueless about hockey (and the world) as the rest of your fellow hillbillies. Hamilton is part of the “Golden Horseshoe” region of southern Ontario with 10 million of the most educated, most wealthy, and most hockey-mad people on the planet. And are the Rangers, Devils, Capitals, Penguins, Flyers, Islanders, Bruins on or even near the Canadian border or the Great Lakes? Look at a map if you can find one in your vast library of ghost-written sports bios. Your All-American ignorance is not a very compelling argument as to why the Thrashers should stay in Atlanta.

kracker

May 10th, 2009
4:59 pm

It was just you.

Alan

May 10th, 2009
5:15 pm

kracker

May 10th, 2009
5:26 pm

Russia beats Canada 2-1 at the Worlds. Congrats to Kovy for MVP: “Russia’s Ilya Kovalchuk was named the tournament’s most valuable player.” – TSN

On the down side, Sweden beats USA team 4-2 for the bronze.

B. Thenet

May 10th, 2009
5:33 pm

The Thrashers inability to make the playoffs has made him a national hero in Russia. Not so sure why he would be upset about that.

canuck

May 10th, 2009
6:24 pm

hockey doesn’t belong in Atlanta or Phoenix they don’t even have real winters, people will actually go to watch the games in Canada

Rawhide

May 10th, 2009
6:28 pm

tyler – Perhaps you’re just a tad slow…so I’ll try not to type too fast so that you might be able to comprehend a little better.

1. I never said anything about the Rangers or New Jersey…Caps, Flyers, Bruins or Islanders NOT being near the Great Lakes. I quipped that is seems people like you WANT to keep the NHL market only in Canada or around the Great Lakes. Read + comprehending… you gotta be able to do both.

2. I am quite familiar with Southern Ontario and the Hamilton area. It is indeed a hockey hotbed and I even believe a second NHL team there would do well. The jist of my article…if you had paid attention…is that the TSN rumor that has come out should be addressed by the Thrashers owners.

3. Hillbillies? really…that old, over-used cliche is all you could come up with?

yawn

CorlissIf Don Waddell, one of the more respected men in the NHL can’t save this franchise then who can?

After that dumb as hell statement…you don’t even deserve a reply.

canuck – Yes…that’s why we don’t deserve a hockey team…we don’t have “real” winters. Brilliant!

12345

May 10th, 2009
6:36 pm

Hey canuck… What gives canada the hold over ALL professional hockey ? Huh ? Does “canada” own the rights to a game ? Why do ALL you canada fans Whine and Cry like LITTLE babies about locations where NHL teams are located ?

You people are like little sniviling pigs… Just making noise because you cannot support the game in canada. Why don’t you idiot canada fans form your own little 6 team league and never play in the USA again !

Lastly, Why were we all not shocked to see that piece of $HIT LIAR geron jr, a REAL LITTLE PIG himself, make no comment, what a whining bitch he is, Just shows these owners really $UCK !

Do us ALL a big favor… sell the hawks back to St.Louis where they came from, They are as worthless as canada money !

LAX

May 10th, 2009
6:42 pm

Boy this “tyler” is a real Gomer. I’ve conmducted business in Hamilton
before several times, you cannot trust Canadians from one second to the next.

As for hamilton, YUCK !!!! What a NOTHING town,lots of STREET THASH there no doubt about it. An AWFUL place to live or have to go to.

I say move Phoenix to a real steel town, Birmingham,Alabama
would be GREAT for hockey in the Southeast, a GREAT place to live !

Thrashers27

May 10th, 2009
6:43 pm

Just got this little tidbit from Atlantathrashers.com and it made me feel better about this load o’ crap from TSN.

“He (Waddell) also issued a statement to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN:

“I have spoken to our owners again today on this subject,” said Waddell. “The Atlanta Thrashers hockey club is a vital part of the Atlanta area. We also own the Atlanta Hawks and have controlling interest in a 99 year lease with Philips Arena. Our franchise is not available to be moved, we will continue to be part of this community for many many years.”"

This statement makes me feel a little better. Especially, the “99 years” part.

Thrashers27

May 10th, 2009
6:54 pm

Don’t let the hosers (as I affectionately refer to them.) get to you, folks. They’re nice enough people. They evidently just don’t have anything better to do than read blogs about teams that they don’t like.

What the hosers don’t consider is that most of the hockey fans here in the south are northern transplants. We grew up engrossed in hockey just as they did. We understand hockey’s traditions and know that the players are exceptionaly humble and classy people, unlike players in basketball and football.

Sure, there are those who are from the south and have learned to appreciate the game in a non-traditional way, but they are fans nonetheless. Any fan, anywhere should be proud to say that they “get it”. They “get” the most awesome and incredible sport to ever grace the face of the earth.

Even though the Thrashers aren’t participating in the playoffs, this is the best time of year for the game. GOTTA LOVE HOCKEY!!!

LAX

May 10th, 2009
6:56 pm

The Thrashers are a vulnerable organization because of ongoing disputes between warring factions of ownership and the financial consequences from consecutive seasons of Incredible Hulk-like leaps backwards after making the postseason for the first time. Of course, much like with the beleaguered Phoenix Coyotes, the baffling mismanagement of the on-ice product has served as the catalyst for other crippling ills.

This from Yahoo Sports who has a BIG artical on the Thrashers moving !

Like I have said many many times, A$$HOLE don waddell has done everything possible to destroy NHL hockey in Atlanta !

stendec

May 10th, 2009
6:57 pm

Good riddance to bad rubbish! Let the uncaring quitters leave. The sooner the damn better! Atlanta professional sports fans will always have the Falcons and, uh, cough, fidget, well, the damn Falcons to cheer for! Send the Loseland lunkheads packing. If Hamilton then so be it. Just anywhere except the state of Georgia. They will definitely not be missed! GO HURRICANES! CLAIM THE CUP! More salt in the wounds for those blueblooded self righteous Canadians.

ranallo10 (in AT)

May 10th, 2009
7:02 pm

As a side note…one of the obvious side effects of splitting your blogging personalities is forgetting how to spell your name.

N/A

May 10th, 2009
7:22 pm

Ahh. Well can I just say in Canada’s defence that not all of it’s people are so bigoted against Southern hockey teams. I known pleanty of Canadians who are smart enough to know that it doesn’t matter WHERE any team is located, it’s the fans that make a difference.

BTW:
1) Some northeners think the mild winters are a GOOD thing. Why else would so many Northeners live here? And to that point when’s the last time a pro hockey game has been played on a frozen lake?

2) Basketball was inveted in CANADA and how many teams from there are there? Just goes to show strange things can happen in sports.

DWTOO

May 10th, 2009
8:19 pm

Bad enough we get the morons from areas like Pittsburg or Philly and on occaision on this blog. And they all revert to the same stupid name calling – well if I’m a hillbilly I’m a dang site educated one and making a pretty good livin’ while I’m at it. Why do we always draw the dregs of someone else’s society to our blog – stay in your own little narrow minded world.

While not as numerous as the Canadian fans, there are still dedicated fans in this town who treasure our team. If anyone from outside the area can’t appreciate that and thinks there sorry existance revolves around moving our team – they can F&^% themselves.

I fell better already.

Thrashers27

May 10th, 2009
8:55 pm

N/A

I’m not trying to start a whole Canada vs. US thing (I really like Canada.), but I’m pretty sure basketball was created by James Naismith in Massachussetts, after he had moved to the US and become a naturalized US citizen, or at the very least it was created here in the US and not in Canada. Go Thrashers!

johnC

May 10th, 2009
9:10 pm

Why does have to resort to a Canada vs USA thing. There is absolutely no need for it at all. It’s a story that may never ever become reality. The mayor of Hamilton has already declared that their loyalty will be to moving Phoenix to Hamilton. And speaking as a true Canadian who grew up living very close to Hamilton….trust me it’s not a real nice town to live in. It’s an old steel town that is filthy and very dirty. I would like to reply to N/A, people like you do give Canadians a bad name….and remember I’m a Canadian who has fought side by side with our great American soldier friends. Basketball was not invented in Canada….it was invented in Springfield, Mass. by a Canadian, James Naismith. Before you open your yap….get your facts straight, you make us look worse than what everyone already one thinks we are. To my American friends…it was a tremendous pleasure serving with you, remember we have also lost precious soldiers in this unpleasantness. God love you all.

Rawhide

May 10th, 2009
9:14 pm

johnCTo my American friends…it was a tremendous pleasure serving with you, remember we have also lost precious soldiers in this unpleasantness. God love you all.

Amen…And we thank you for your service.

Sage of Bluesland

May 10th, 2009
9:22 pm

Don said what?–that he’s working on a “99-Year Plan”???

Well, with the type of “incremental progress” he sometimes delivers, I would expect us to be with the Carolina Hurricanes by then (you know, almost at the conference finals…again…after winning the Cup a couple of years ago…)

It sure beats that original ten-year “Five-Year Plan”…

(Wake up, folks–stop subsidizing the incompetence…)

Rawhide

May 10th, 2009
9:30 pm

Here is the linkage to the ESPN story Thrasher27 commented on.

Also…here is a good write up on all this non-sense from our old pal Craig Custance.

Krust

May 10th, 2009
9:51 pm

Hillbillies, god help us- Ty lighten up. And come up with something better. I betcha our sun bunnies are better looking than your pale snow bunnies. Yes they have all their teeth. But they do say Yall.

Later

Paul

May 10th, 2009
9:59 pm

Up here in Canada it is not a US vs Canada thing. We as Canada love our game, and always will. Sure we cheer on Canadian teams during the playoffs, but we also know that most hockey players in the NHL, regardless of where the team is located, are Canadian, and it will always be that way.

As for the teams in the south. If they were doing well, and making money then there would be now issue, but unfortunately they aren’t. Canadians are upset because we know that if those teams were in Canada, then they would probably be turning a profit. All Canadian teams are doing well, and make the largest portion of the NHL’s revenue.

I still want American teams, but lets face it, can hockey ever sell in areas that don’t have winters 8 months of the year that we have (the other season being construction)? Probably not.

BlueLand Billy

May 10th, 2009
10:02 pm

How come Bruce can reply to Craig but can’t make a statement to his ticket buying, beer drinking loyal STH’s and fans?

Rawhide

May 10th, 2009
10:22 pm

Paul – I appreciate the reasonabe response. Obvioulsy the more intellectually sound crowd comes out in Cananda during the evening. :lol:

I would respond to your question this way…do you think NHL hockey cannot survive in L.A. or Anaheim? Can it survive in places like Tampa or Carolina? (BTW, have you seen the crowd in Raighly this spring)?

I would answer those question “Yes they can”.

I would also contend that is also the same here in Atlanta. The problem here is not the fanbase…it’s management and ownership. I was at Philips for the playoffs two years ago and the place was rocking. Also, attendance was stromg during the years leading up to that time as the team continued to improve and stregthen.

Fans here are frustrated with the Spirit Clowns and even with Don Waddell…although more with the former than the latter…and that is the reason behind slumping attendance numbers. people want real change here and many will not support them with their money until they see it.

Mr. Heat Miser

May 10th, 2009
10:30 pm

It’s all speculative Canadian media bull$hit. They trot out this outrageous garbage every year because they hate the idea of hockey in the deep American south. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Krust

May 11th, 2009
12:10 am

The team in Phoenix is moving to Hamilton so our team stays in Atlanta for now. I don’t think our team we saw in the second half is a fluke. We finally brought our drafted players with Peverley in to the mix. I might remind people here that Anderson suggested Waddell pick up Pev off the waiver wire. I am really wasted. The team finally came together in the second half of the season because the team bought into the system Anderson was preaching. God I really am wasted

And finally for my Montreal friend TY. Dispute this buddy I am a Hillbilliy

1. The Atlanta Flames Out drew the Atlanta Hawks for attendance.1972-1980
2. The Atlanta Knights out drew the Atlanta Hawks (a minor league hockey team out drew the Hawks)
3. The Atlanta Thrashers out drew the Atlanta Hawks until 2008 – 2009 season.

I will tell you what sell the Hawks.

Sea ya, I am wasted.

Oh by the way Fire Waddell, That is the only way for us to survive.

So, can Atlanta support a Hockey Team? Yes Please don’t make this the second worst day of my life..

LAC

May 11th, 2009
12:34 am

rannallo Go Stick It pal, YOU are one of the most WORTHLESS bloggers on the site, Please GO AWAY !.. And take the hawks with you !

aroha

May 11th, 2009
3:20 am

I think its the Canadian media trying to further scare RFAs into coming here. And attempt to poach Kovy to the north next year. :-) So that when absolutely NO ONE will come to play in Atlanta, the team has to be moved. Not to beat a dead horse, but I think if you win, they will come. I do beleive hockey can survive in Atlanta.

LAC…I’ll be the sucker…what was the worst day of your life?

The Real Fan

May 11th, 2009
6:48 am

If and when the Thrashers leave it will be due to inept owners and a GM in name only. The way to tell if Waddell is lying is that his lips are moving. He has been overmatched since his hiring. The Thrashers have always run this team on the cheap and you get what you pay for. Look at all the ex-Thrashers in the playoffs!

DB

May 11th, 2009
7:34 am

Why not move Edmondton? Can Alberta suport 2 teams? SInce their cup run several years ago, Edmondton has been poor. Their ownership group of 40+ is possibly a bigger mess than the Thrashers. Their players were begging fans to show at the end of the year.

GaVaHokie

May 11th, 2009
9:10 am

Geez, what a cluster-f#ck this has turned into… we got trolls and now Sage came out from under his bridge too.

The teams not going anywhere unless someone is willing to buy the team AND pay the $90 million to cover the naming rights… you’re talking $350-$400 million.

See you guys on the next topic sometime next week… I’m guessing this will be the topic all week.

English Teacher

May 11th, 2009
10:26 am

Male Bovine Excrement. MBE. I love it! I might even put it on a jersey next season since “Chutedapuck” is already taken.

Well said, Rawhide.

Tony C.

May 11th, 2009
10:41 am

Anywhoo…

So # 17 wins the MVP huh? Shocker. I’d really like to see FUBAS get off the dime and let DW loose to sign our guys and begin maneuverings for UFAs (no they can’t talk numbers yet, but he can guage interest).