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.
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.