Hey Aaron, Blow It Out Your…

By now many of you have already seen, read and even commented on this little ditty that was posted by Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch. Basically, it’s a “look ahead” towards the future of the Atlanta Thrashers’ organization, something he’s in the process of doing so for all NHL teams. Well, I thought I’d simply say this about that.

Contrary to what Aaron may think, Reasoner has indeed been signed to a 2-year, $2.3 million contract

Contrary to what Aaron may think, Reasoner has indeed been signed to a 2-year, $2.3 million contract (AP Photo)

Now, before we go too far into what he has to say, someone really needs to clue Mr. Portzline in on the fact that Marty Reasoner was re-signed almost two weeks ago. That, plus I don’t believe anyone expects Eric Perrin to re-sign here given his comments at the trade deadline.

I guess a little research would have gone a long way here, don’t-cha-think?

Consistency doesn’t seem to be a big priority with Aaron either. At one point he opines, “Kovalchuk is clearly the star here”… (DUH5)…”but he has one year remaining on his contract with the Thrashers and it’s looking highly unlikely that he’ll re-sign”. However, you don’t have to read too much further down the article before you come across this…”If they spend money on free agents and build a respectable club, he might be willing to stick around”.

First of all…way to go out on a limb there, huh? Second of all…so, if Don Waddell can build a respectable team, Kovy just might re-sign?

STOP THE FRIGGIN’ PRESSES!!!! Someone, quick…call Don and tell him we have just found the magic formula to re-signing Kovalchuk! Who woulda-thunkit? Brilliant!

As for his comments about Waddell and the Spirit Boys…well, it really doesn’t take a whole lot of effort to point out that an ineffective general manager who is employed by an inept if not completely detached ownership cluster leads this team.

Yup, we here in Georgia have a pretty good handle on that by now, Portzie… thank you all the same.

I’ll take issue with his comments that John Anderson “is an underwhelming presence on the bench and in the dressing room”. I mean…Anderson is the same guy that turned what appeared to be a disaster of season at the mid-point of last year into a winning record in the second half, right?

I’d say he has more than gained the attention of those in the Thrashers locker room and has successfully achieved his primary mission of last season…getting the players to have some confidence in themselves.

And what’s that you say, Aaron…Slava Kozlov is an “overpaid” forward? Ummmm, the man was only the second-leading scorer behind Ilya Kovalchuk for cryin’ out loud! He had 76 overall points…which was only three off the CBJs leading scorer Rick Nash’s 79… and he got paid $3.67 million to do it. Columbus’s second leading scorer, Kristian Huselius amassed a whopping 56 points and was compensated $4.75 mil.

I’d say Atlanta got the better bargain there, Sparky.

And what’s with no mention of Bryan Little’s 31 goals, 50-point performance in his first full season in the NHL?

One other thing that caught my eye was his insistence that the Thrashers defense was in need of veteran help. Excuse me…but this team played its best hockey of the season AFTER they jettisoned Mathieu Schneider and Nic Havelid, two veteran players.

To be fair, Portzline accurately points out that the Thrashers do need to improve its blueline as to not allow so many shots…Armstrong, Slater and Thorburn should indeed be a big part of the team’s success and, of course, there are his comments about Waddell and The Great Octo-Cluster.

But as for just about the rest of it…?

Well, Aaron can just blow it out his…cannon.

Edit (6/18/200 3:08 pm): Jake has provided this link which would indicate Potzline also posted the piece on June 1.  The link that I had indicated a date of June 17. This would explain the Marty Reasoner not being signed reference.

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R. Stroz

June 18th, 2009
10:52 am

Terence Moore should apply for a job at the Columbus Dispatch, since they hire douchebags.

Tony C.

June 18th, 2009
11:05 am

Whatever. He’s still in Ohio… I’m pretty sure most of the brighter lights in the state have left the rust-belt… so if he’s not as “on the ball” as you’d like, just think about that nugget.

Darren Elliot

June 18th, 2009
11:08 am

Don Waddell

June 18th, 2009
11:31 am

What number comes after 3?

five_hole

June 18th, 2009
11:31 am

The GM, Don Waddell, is stuck in lame duck status, surrounded by the mess he’s created as the roster’s caretaker since Day 1 of the franchise.” – Well, no arguement there.

“”Atlanta is one of the country’s worst sports cities.” – Yeah, because Columbus with it’s 4 professional teams consistently outdraws Atlanta. Let’s see, the names of their NBA, NFL & MLB franchises would be . . . . . ? Oh, yeah.

Now, let’s be honest; there’s a reason that Atlanta’s finished at the bottom of the standings for, well except for a year or 2, for the past 10 years. Let’s face it; this is a franchise that’s relied on Yanik Trembley, Chris Tamer and Boris Valabik for defense. However, I have to say that I’ve liked the moves DW made in the last year. And, since we’re stuck with him for the draft & free agency, I have little choice but to pull for the guy.

However, I don’t think the Blue Jacket’s record is significantly better than ours. If I were Mr. Portzline, I’d be mindful of the glass walls in my own house.

dwayne

June 18th, 2009
11:52 am

so who we taking 4rth? Schenn if available, Kane if Schenn goes 3rd?

Brendan

June 18th, 2009
11:55 am

Yeah, we pretty much all disagreed with Portzline’s article. But he’s hardly alone in not doing his research on the Thrashers. I suspect that many in the media see this team as utterly irrelevant. With better ownership … would come better management … and a better product would likely follow. If/When that happens, media folks might take a closer look at us. But probably not until then.

But there’s one person, in particular, who I think intentionally avoids watching the Thrashers: Dave Reid. Reid is a regular on the NHL Network’s “On the Fly” recap show. If Dave Reid sees 60-minutes of Thrashers action in the course of a season, I’d be surprised to learn of it. No, I won’t even rehash it. Any of you regulars who routinely watch “On the Fly” know exactly what I’m talking about. There are other writers who similarly dismiss the Thrashers, over-generalizing about us. It’s up to ownership to make hockey writers take notice of the club. (Yes, I do realize that writers, themselves, own a fair degree of this responsibility, as well.)

I’m going to assume that Aaron Portzline isn’t going to be receiving a lot of Holiday cards from this blog. But if this blog actually reaches his attention, perhaps a meaningful, courteous exchange of what’s actually transpiring in Blueland will occur. What we all love about Craig Custance is … he knows the truth. As the former beat writer, he’s in a position to accurately convey our story.

Glovesave29

June 18th, 2009
11:55 am

I care exactly ZERO as to what these so called “experts” say. It’s always a joke…merely there to create a buzz and sell papers…which is fine, just don’t pass it off as journalism.

Some of last years “pearls of wisdom” include – Toronto solving their goaltending issues and would be an eastern power…San Jose was the odds on favorite to win the cup…Chicago was on the rise, but a year away from playoff contention…StL and LA were to be bottom feeders…Mike Green is overrated and will be proven so this season…Ottawa will challenge deep into the playoffs now that Ray Emery has been sent to Russia…Tampa will improve with new ownership and solid coaching from Barry Melrose…Montreal is a serious threat to win their 25th cup…it goes on and on

dwayne

June 18th, 2009
12:05 pm

again, so who we taking 4rth? Schenn if available, Kane if Schenn goes 3rd?

World Be Free

June 18th, 2009
12:23 pm

I didn’t read Pork-Loin’s article and have no intention doing so. The fact of the matter is that most sportswriters in this country don’t know what they are talking about anymore, especially when it comes to hockey. Being a sports reporter is just a vehicle to flaunt their ignorance.

Columbus has to resign Rick Nash next year; Nash becomes a UFA same time as Kovy.

And remember, Columbus has the Columbus Crew of the MSL. So exciting.

Dwayne-Kane 4th unless Duchene slips to us, then take Duchene!

Bob Izumi

June 18th, 2009
12:24 pm

Bryan Little is spelled with a ‘Y’ not an ‘I’…a know it all should, well, know it all….”don’t-cha-think?”

Spud Webb

June 18th, 2009
12:37 pm

Get-em Rawhide!!!

B. Thenet

June 18th, 2009
12:41 pm

Anyone who thinks Columbus doesn’t have a pro football team isn’t looking hard enough, just follow the trail of money and HGH.

GaVaHokie

June 18th, 2009
12:54 pm

NOW THIS is how you break down rosters, prospects and needs… Shane Malloy, TSN Eastern Conference preview.

http://www.tsn.ca/draftcentre/story/?id=282173

dwayne

June 18th, 2009
12:59 pm

some draft experts, I believe his name is Mel Kiper, has MP3 dude going 3rd.

World Be Free

June 18th, 2009
1:17 pm

Hokie-did you check out the one I sent yesterday? Same site, just more in greater detail on the Thrash.

stendec

June 18th, 2009
1:19 pm

I can say the Thrashers are quitters. I can say Kari Letemin is an untalented LaLa Land space psycho with issues! I can say Don Waddell is the worst GM in history. Some Yankee jerkoff in Ohio cannot! Tell him to stick to covering OSU when they face (insert any SEC team here) for the college football championship. Yankee scumbag!

Chris Chester

June 18th, 2009
1:27 pm

This is the sort of thing that belongs on a message board and not linked with a legitimate newspaper. All that’s missing is a /facepalm picture and a few off-hand homophobic insults.

Sara

June 18th, 2009
1:39 pm

Bob Izumi

June 18th, 2009
1:44 pm

Chris Chester is right….it’s amateur hour here….Note to the author, Portzline’s piece is for the Columbus readers (who aren’t the most knowledgeable fan base, no knock on them intended) and not for Atlanta readers….grow up kid.

stendec

June 18th, 2009
1:58 pm

Hi guys. Anyone see my Twitter comments on national tv concerning totally heartless, talentless and gutless USA soccer team after it went bellyup against a bunch of Italians? Atlanta teams are not the ONLY ones Stendec follows. Still think USA should get out of soccer entirely. Unless there is a resurgent grassroots campaign for a group like the beloved champion Chiefs. Ah, pleasant memories. Best Rawhide. Nice words.

Sara

June 18th, 2009
2:04 pm

Ahhh nice to see the trolls still have yet to learn how to read and process information. Perhaps the phrase “Fan Blogger” needs to be slotted top center in big bold flashing neon??

But then again, the “amateur” came with more facts than the so-called professional journalist did, so honestly which piece is really the biggest embarassment to a “legitimate newspaper?”

Alan

June 18th, 2009
2:08 pm

Bob Izumi, it doesn’t matter if Portzline’s piece is meant for the readers in Zimbabwe. Portzline posted up a story, which really isn’t much of a story since it’s all opinions and very few real facts. He failed to do any real research. Seriously, how can you write about hockey and not know Reasoner re-signed? The hockey writers of The Onion probably know Reasoner re-signed!

The only amateur related in any way to this blog post (which is different from an actual published article by an actual journalist, since you can’t seem to tell the difference) is Portzline.

If your only intent in being here is to defend Portzline, whose idea of writing a Thrashers article is seemingly akin to throwing feces at a wall and hoping it sticks, you’re welcome to leave. We know what our problems are. We, as fans anyway, know what must be done to fix them. We don’t need someone on the outside looking in to tell us what’s wrong, as we’ve got a far better idea than he.

If this sort of journalism is indicative of what can be expected from Portzline on a regular basis, I’m really happy I don’t need to read the Dispatch for news on the Blue Jackets. He seems like a rather classless individual.

Toby

June 18th, 2009
2:10 pm

Hey Chris and Bob…When you’re reporting crap, who cares who it’s for? It Atlanta started writing about how we stole Columbus’s industry and they responded, do we tell them it’s none of their business?

Go Away

Toby

June 18th, 2009
2:11 pm

HA!! “none of their business” :)

dwayne

June 18th, 2009
2:21 pm

We know thats not the real Stendec, reasons why? no CAPS, no sons of BEEEtches, you also didn’t say Finnish, then, on your 2nd blog, you referred to yourself in the first person. Something the real Stendec would never do.

Jake

June 18th, 2009
2:23 pm

Regarding Reasoner, Portzline posted that piece on June 1st. I don’t think it’s particularly earth-shattering either, but if you are so on the ball with Thrashers hockey why did it take you two and a half weeks to respond?

Rawhide

June 18th, 2009
2:29 pm

Jake – Look again. The date on that story is Wednesday June 17, 2009 at 10:03 am. If you look at the path-name of the link, it incorporates that date as well.

Bob Izumi

June 18th, 2009
2:30 pm

Portzline is classless? You say that after reading this garbage? Double standard or what. A column (which Portzline was writing) IS opinion…just because a fan didn’t agree with what Portzline thought about the future of Atlanta (the Reasoner mistake was bad, but mistakes happen, like the Bryan Little one they changed here), but to call him out on the whole Kovalchuk thing is amateurish, because, quite frankly, Portzline is right and, again, it doesn’t matter if the Atlanta fans know that already because the article wasn’t for them…so to rip Portzline on that is cowardly.

I know this is a fan blog, and I know the difference between that and a journalist’s post, but this is the website of a professional newspaper and should be held to that high standard, instead of letting a loudmouth spew this drivel over a difference of opinion.

But I guess this “I don’t agree with you so you’re an idiot” stance continues the downward spiral in the American media…he who yells loudest is who the dullards listen to. *As an aside, as far as your research complaint goes, I’d be curious if this guy called Portzline to ask him about what he wrote and why he wrote it first.*

If this article is the type of stuff you like reading, I don’t think you really know what journalism is. But the writer will get his hits and get a lot of comments, so he’ll feel big…though I doubt he’d ever dare pick up a phone and man-up by calling Portzline.

I know Atlanta fans – and any fans – will be biased and defend their own turf, but c’mon folks…this is…as I said before….AMATEUR HOUR on what’s supposed to be a reliable, credible news source.

Smoothie

June 18th, 2009
2:33 pm

Who cares about this Pork-loin (tip o’ the hat to Alan) dude? According to Craig Custance, the Thrash will announce the hiring of an Assistant GM (via the Blackhawks) Rick Dudley, tomorrow at some point.

This has got to be a relatively good sign right? I would think that hiring an assistant for Donnie would be out of the question if the ASG was really planning on operating on a shoe-string $42 M hockey budget. This gives me hope that they are realizing some of the error of their ways and we will commit more money and resources to building a winner in ATL with a hockey payroll of at least $47-48 M. Am I wrong to think this? Someone enlighten me if so!

Rawhide

June 18th, 2009
2:36 pm

Bob Izumi – Seriously dude…calm down or your gonna blow a gasket. I know that what Mr. Portzline wrote is HIS opinion. And I personally would hardly call the man “classless” simply because I took issue with something he wrote.

However, this is “A Fans Prospective” of the Thrashers…and that’s what I do here. I give my perspective as a fan. Nothing more and nothing less. That you, and some others, take issue with what I have to say about Portzline’s article doesn’t offend me in the least.

I’m sure he’d feel the same way about anything I wrote about is opinion.

Smoothie

June 18th, 2009
2:37 pm

Izumi, take a hike. We really don’t care what the good folks in Columbus think about our team or our blog.

Bob Izumi

June 18th, 2009
2:40 pm

Keep readin folks…lots of informing stuff here.

Toby

June 18th, 2009
2:49 pm

Bob Izumi

Do you just spend the day going to each newspaper’s blog site and telling the posters they’re “AMATEUR”? You say “I know this is a fan blog, and I know the difference between that and a journalist’s post”, but after reading the rest of your post, you really don’t. If any newspaper bashed another team in another city, I would fully expect fans to be blogging their opinions.

Kinda makes you look silly spewing your drivel on a blog site in the first place…

Jake

June 18th, 2009
2:56 pm

Rawhide, sorry but your wrong. Check here:

http://blog.dispatch.com/cbj/2009/06/

The post was made June 1st.

GaVaHokie

June 18th, 2009
2:57 pm

Smoothie… interesting info on Rick Dudley… not sure how to feel about it.

Here’s his one draft as GM of Ottawa in 98-99.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1998_NHL_Entry_Draft

I’ll summarize… he kinda blew the first round pick on Matt Chouinard (G)… but he got Mike Fisher in Rd 2 and Chris Neil in Rd 6

GaVaHokie

June 18th, 2009
3:00 pm

He was GM of Florida from 02-04… making that Bouwmeester, Nash, Lehtonen deal with Atlanta and Columbus.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002_NHL_Draft

GaVaHokie

June 18th, 2009
3:01 pm

Dudley made this “brilliant” move in the 2003 draft.

The Florida Panthers trade the 1st pick (Marc-Andre Fleury) and 73rd pick (Daniel Carcillo) to the Pittsburgh Penguins for the third pick (Nathan Horton), the 55th pick (Stefan Meyer) and Mikael Samuelsson.

Smoothie

June 18th, 2009
3:01 pm

Hokie, pretty good depth picks with Neil and Fisher in the 2nd round turned out to be a very good pick. I like the move a lot especially if Don is stretched so thin running the non-hockey side of the business. Plus, he could wind up being his successor and it’s always better to groom than to hire someone with a similar resume, but no experience with the organizational culture.

Rawhide

June 18th, 2009
3:02 pm

Jake – Fair enough…however, the post I was forwarded and linked to has a date of June 17. However, I’ll make a note of that above in the name of fairness.

Alan

June 18th, 2009
3:03 pm

A column (which Portzline was writing) IS opinion

And yet it’s in a newspaper. Hmm.

You might define the news of today as “opinion,” but I actually expect unbiased reporting of facts. Portzline failed to deliver that, hence why I state he is classless. People with class don’t skimp out on the facts.

but c’mon folks…this is…as I said before….AMATEUR HOUR on what’s supposed to be a reliable, credible news source.

As has been stated, repeatedly, this is a fan blogger. Bill does not post articles to the newspaper. Open a copy of the AJC, and you won’t see the name “Bill Tiller” under any article, anywhere in the paper. Which is unfortunate, because he’s a better writer than about half of the newspaper staff… but that’s another topic for another day.

Basic English seems to elude you, so I’ll try Norwegian and see if you get the hint:

Få helvete ut!

GaVaHokie

June 18th, 2009
3:03 pm

Smoothie

June 18th, 2009
3:06 pm

At least he didn’t screw up as badly as Calgary with the 1st round selection of the legendary Rico Fata!!

stendec

June 18th, 2009
3:09 pm

Thanks for psychological profile dwayne but, alas, it is me/I/whoever. Just wanted to set record straight. If it makes you feel any better please know that I still consider that untalented goalie fraud Finn a LaLa Land reject. Cheerio till next time!

GaVaHokie

June 18th, 2009
3:11 pm

Maybe Dudley will have some insight one how Atlanta can’t pry Cam Barker away from Chicago this summer. ;)

I’m not sure how much Dudley had to do with drafting in Chicago, but despite all the great 1st round picks the Blackhawks had since 2004, they haven’t had any late round success.

http://hockeydb.com/ihdb/draft/teams/dr00005218.html

GaVaHokie

June 18th, 2009
3:12 pm

Maybe Dudley will have some insight one how Atlanta can’t pry Cam Barker away from Chicago this summer. ;)

WTF?!… I can’t type today… I meant to say, maybe he’ll have some insight on how to get Cam Barker out of Chicago… sheesh.

Rawhide

June 18th, 2009
3:14 pm

AlanOpen a copy of the AJC, and you won’t see the name “Bill Tiller” under any article, anywhere in the paper.

Huh?…Whaaaa???? DAMMIT! I knew my agent wasn’t telling me the whole truth when I signed up for this!

Bob Izumi

June 18th, 2009
3:15 pm

Yes Alan…Newspapers have stories and columns….columns are an area for the writers to form their opinions….I mean, if you don’t even know what a column is, I don’t know how you can even be involved in a debate on the media.

And Rawhide, this isn’t meant to be personal against you, just as I don’t think this blog is supposed to be personal against Portzline, but even you missed the Little spelling mistake and the fact it was written back on June 1…it just seems you’re guilty of the same thing you’re going nuts on Portzline about. Again, double standard, but bias fans will refuse to look that far.

Alan

June 18th, 2009
3:16 pm

Don’t pull a Hossa, Bill!

GaVaHokie

June 18th, 2009
3:16 pm

I suppose Stan Bowman will be stepping up his duties in Chi-Town.