Thrashers 2009 Preseason Schedule

The 2009 Thrashers Preseason schedule has been announced. There will be a total of six preseason games…three home and three away…as well as a pair of prospect games. The Preseason home games will be at Philips Arena, the prospect games will be held at the Duluth Ice Forum.

Preseason Schedule
Thursday Sept. 17 @ Nashville Predators 8:00 pm eastern
Friday Sept 18 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 pm eastern
Monday September 21 vs. Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 pm eastern
Wednesday September 23 vs. Nashville Predators 7:00 pm eastern

Friday September 25 @ Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 pm eastern
Sunday September 27 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 5:00 pm eastern

Prospect Games
Monday       September 14 vs. Nashville Predators 7:00 pm eastern
Tuesday      September 15 vs. Nashville Predators 1:00 pm eastern

Folks…that means only about ten more weeks before we get to go watch a Thrashers hockey game!!!

XLB on 680 The Fan

Also as a reminder…Garnet Exelby will be John Kincade’s guest on 680 The Fan today at 4:50 pm to say goodbye to the classy fans in Atlanta. Don’t miss your chance to hear this as I’m sure it’ll be great!

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Buzilla in CT

July 6th, 2009
2:19 pm

Buzilla in CT

July 6th, 2009
2:20 pm

Prediction…

Exelby and Boulton fight next year

R. Stroz

July 6th, 2009
2:34 pm

Sara

July 6th, 2009
2:36 pm

Six weeks nothin’…prospect camp is in 4 days and that’s good enough for me. I take whatever hockey fix I can get in July.

theratio

July 6th, 2009
2:37 pm

This may be a stupid question, but ehh whatever..

Does anyone know how much preseason game tickets run? Are they free, discounted, or just like regular season tickets? I’ve never been to one yet!

Thanks in advance!

Buzilla in CT

July 6th, 2009
2:47 pm

it should not be very hard to score free tickets, but I remember them being discounted from the regular season in the past.

To get free ones, call a ticket rep and say that you were thinking about getting season tickets and wanted to check out a game

Rawhide

July 6th, 2009
3:03 pm

theratio – Ticket arrangements for the prospects games are still yet to be determined. However, preseason games are normally regular price…which is ridiculous if you ask me.

However…my contact with the Spirit Group has enquired about doing some sort of a group offer for this blog. Something that’ll make it worthwhile to attend.

Details to come.

Glovesave29

July 6th, 2009
3:09 pm

Stroz – didya see who else signed with the Avs? Its a regular AHL all star team (including former Gladiator favorite Chris Durno). Its gonna be a looooong year in Denver. No way in h**l “the Monster” signs with them. Avs goalies are in for 40 SOG against this season. Who’s the big stud at the 2010 draft that they must be gunning for?

Glovesave29

July 6th, 2009
3:22 pm

Damn – the Leafs just got Beauchemin – 3 years / $10M

J(Z)

July 6th, 2009
3:52 pm

Who comes up with these preseason schedules? Kinda lame that we play any divisional opponents at all. And to play TB & CAR twice doesn’t seem like a good idea. And also not cool to have a Tuesday 1pm prospect game!!!

Alan

July 6th, 2009
3:53 pm

Kovalev signs with Ottawa.

Riceowls8891

July 6th, 2009
3:55 pm

Someone looking to save travel time and money? Are these not the closest teams?

Bogotown

July 6th, 2009
4:05 pm

Per Andy Strickland…Contract Negotiations with Kovy has started!

Zoomo

July 6th, 2009
4:46 pm

>>>However…my contact with the Spirit Group has enquired about doing >>>some sort of a group offer for this blog. Something that’ll make it >>>worthwhile to attend.

Open bar at Taco Mac before the game?

LAC

July 6th, 2009
5:25 pm

Found this interesting bit on the NHL site under Carolina…
The LOWEST score one team can get is 122, for Worst… We do ok until
“ownership” where we are 120 of 122, just more evidence these sprit clowns need to exit the sports business because they have ZERO clue as to how to run asports business, and not giving a damn about winning !

The Mag: Ultimate Standings 2009
Welcome to ESPN The Magazine’s seventh annual Ultimate Standings, in which we measure how much MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL franchises give back to the fans in exchange for all the time, money and emotion the fans invest in them.

Perennial Top-10 finisher the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim grabbed the top spot this year for the first time, thanks to their array of affordable tickets, strong coaching and likable players. Curiously, their neighbors just up the road on I-5, the Los Angeles Clippers, are on the opposite end of the rankings, coming in dead last at No. 122.

The eight major categories that make up the Ultimate Standings were created based on feedback from fans about what they want most from their favorite teams (click here for a more detailed account of the method to our madness.) The categories:

Bang For The Buck (BNG): Wins during the past three years (regular season plus postseason) per revenues directly from fans, adjusted for league schedules.

Fan Relations (FRL): Openness and consideration toward fans by players, coaches and management.

Ownership (OWN): Honesty and loyalty to core players and local community.

Affordability (AFF): Price of tickets, parking and concessions.

Stadium Experience (STX): Quality of arena and game-day promotions as well as friendliness of environment.

Players (PLA): Effort on the field and likability off it.

Coaching (CCH): Strength of on-field leadership.

Title Track (TTR): Championships already won or expected in the lifetime of current fans

TEAM RNK BNG FRL OWN AFF STX PLA CCH TTR
108. Atlanta Thrashers 108 94 98 120 91 85 99 81 114

Tom Lysiak

July 6th, 2009
5:49 pm

Rawhide, isn’t that about 10 weeks until they drop the puck? Not trying to call you out here. Just helping with mob control….

R. Stroz

July 6th, 2009
6:11 pm

Glovesave29 – It looks like the Avs and Maple Leafs are preparing for major tank jobs. The Avs are working on an AHL team with Matt Duchene being the centerpiece. Brian Burke has watched Slap Shot too many times as he continues to build a goon squad.

Alan

July 6th, 2009
6:17 pm

The NHLPA has filed an official grievance in regards to the Chicago Blackhawks RFAs.

Alan

July 6th, 2009
6:19 pm

Stroz, I just want to know… will Kaberle be benched for refusing to fight? ;)

R. Stroz

July 6th, 2009
6:22 pm

R. Stroz

July 6th, 2009
6:23 pm

Alan – Kaberle has already told Burke he will strip on the ice if the Leafs “goon it up.” No wonder Burke is trying to trade him.

Glovesave29

July 6th, 2009
6:36 pm

Until the Leafs signed Beauchamin, i’d say Burke was watching Slap Shot 2 or 3!

World Be Free

July 6th, 2009
6:39 pm

Toronto will be better this year, that’s for sure.

Glovesave29

July 6th, 2009
6:41 pm

Not sure if Toronto will be better…they’ll be more penalized! Allaire has his work cut out for him.

Jameson

July 6th, 2009
7:54 pm

One thing that concerns me about Armstrong opting for arbitration is that it could be a sign he wants out of here. If my thinking is correct, and he goes through arbitration, and gets that one year deal that will be required at that point, seeing as how he will be 27 by the end of the season, wouldn’t that bring him to UFA status?

Chris

July 6th, 2009
8:29 pm

LAC–The Falcons were in the lower rungs of those same rankings last year. This year? They jumped higher than any team in those same rankings. There’s some validity to this stuff, but it’d be interesting to see how many fans from all the teams responded, as well as some average scores to their questions from everybody who responded. If only a small number of people respond, that’s not a very accurate representation of a fan base. Why’d the Falcons do so well? We had little to no expectation of success, and we went 11-5. Obviously there’s a lot of love for anything and everything that has to do with that organization.

The Blues were in the top 10 of that list and hadn’t been a perennial contender until recently. Just goes to show how much winning can change things.

And this is some ESPN “there’s nothing on in the summer so we have to make stuff up to fill airtime” material. Plain and simple.

Let’s see how your stupid survey looks next year.

Rawhide

July 6th, 2009
8:51 pm

Tom Lysiak – Yeah…about ten weeks or so. That’s just be getting all excited and trying to get the season here even quicker. Thanks….

Alan

July 6th, 2009
8:57 pm

Stroz, but does Ron Wilson think Kaberle’s wife is “a heck of a gal?” I think that’s the question that is on everyone’s mind right now.

Hanson Brothers

July 6th, 2009
9:23 pm

**The Ratio** – Pre-season tickets do cost the same as regular season, but if you have season tickets you can exchange them for any regular season game, which is a good way to get around the ridiculous notion that they charge full price for pre-season games.

GTthrashfan

July 6th, 2009
9:23 pm

According to SI.com we’ve re-acquired Kwiatkowski and Krog, probably in minor league deals if I had to guess. It was in the same Thrashers announcement as the 2 AHL goalies we signed that’s looking like preparation for a goalie trade.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/hockey/nhl/07/06/thrashers.moves.ap/index.html

World Be Free

July 6th, 2009
9:29 pm

Note to Thrasher Management-

Please sign veteran NHL players for depth. Do not sign any more never-was, NHL want a be players for depth. Injuries happen and we need depth. Travis Moen played for less than $1M last year and he doesn’t have a job.

If these keps up, pretty soon I am going to take off my shoes and bang them on the table like Nikita Khrushchev!

FYI-Ottawa overpaid Kovalev at $5M.

Alan

July 6th, 2009
9:44 pm

Barker just re-signed in Chicago. 3yr/$9.25m

Rogie

July 6th, 2009
10:56 pm

Kwiatkowski and Krog both played in Chicago under Anderson won a Calder Cup if memory serves me right. They may blend in better with the Thrashers now then they did in past stints. It’s certainly worth giving them a shot at jobs. As for those who are questioning Pavs value, you have a good point but remember that the jury was out on Olaf Kolzig for his first 3 or 4 pro seasons. He had 2 or 3 stints with the Caps where he seemed overmatched, out of position, and just overwhelmed. His GAA was about 6 and some change each of those stints I think. Hedberg needs to stay here. His role is clearly one of a backup goalie and he is as good as any goalie in the league at that role. His career may only have a few years left and I’d hope that his professionalism and work ethic rub off on some of his teammates and that someday he’s invited to coaching or management. It’s a gamble, but the best trade value of the three, if you’re looking for a decent player in return, is Lehtonen. At this point, I’d hold onto him into the season until some team has an injury or finds themselves with an unexpected sieve for a netminder.

Nikita

July 6th, 2009
11:19 pm

Rogie, you’re correct. Kwiatkowski played a huge role in securing that Cup.

Brendan

July 7th, 2009
12:00 am

Maybe Ottawa signed Kovalev because they’re going to trade Heatley for a defenseman? Someone has to try to replace Heater’s numbers. And in Ottawa, he’ll surely get the chance to rub it in Montreal’s face enough times during the season.

Brendan

July 7th, 2009
12:01 am

R. Stroz, let’s try for Versteeg.

ranallo10 (in AT)

July 7th, 2009
3:19 am

I don’t understand how Barker is allowed to be re-signed. For arguments sake, let’s assume the grievance filed by the NHLPA is upheld and all players become UFAs, wouldn’t that then mean that as of July 1st ALL of those players should have been able to field calls from every single team? By signing Barker before the grievance has begun the Blackhawks are using their extended exclusive negotiating rights that they shouldn’t be allowed.

In my opinion that Barker contract should be void because he’s a UFA, yet all other 29 teams are forced to wait until the grievance has been accepted/rejected and a hearing held.

Regardless, I assume that the “Old Boys Club” will allow for Chicago to re-sign most of their players, and only one or two will be lost due to cap restraints.

World Be Free

July 7th, 2009
5:57 am

Kwiatkowski and Krog are still both minor leaguers. This isn’t the kind of depth we need.

Sara

July 7th, 2009
7:30 am

ranallo it takes two to tango. Barker (and his agent) were well aware of the circumstances. He could have waited for the grievance to go through and see what other offers might have been out there. Instead, he made the choice to re-sign with Chicago. Sounds to me like that’s where he wants to be, so what legitimate complaint can anyone have with that?

ranallo10 (in AT)

July 7th, 2009
7:54 am

I’m sure Barker and his agent are aware of the circumstances, and I’m sure they want to remain in Chicago…however, to me an argument can be made by the other 29 teams (but likely wont be) that they should technically have been able to negotiate with both player and agent alike up to this point in time. Any GM can argue that Chicago has had exclusive negotiating rights with a UFA for 6 days. If the grievance finds that Chicago broke no rules and the players are RFA, then it’s a moot argument…but if they find that the players should have been UFAs on July 1, I feel the contract should be nullified.

If they’re fully aware of the circumstances why can’t they wait until the grievance process is completed before they sign a contract with the team? Signing today or after the expedited hearing takes place (if necessary) shouldn’t matter for them…so why rush it unless Chicago is truly worried about losing the player?

Speaking of breaking the rules, did you notice that a pre-July 1st Ron Wilson comment about the Sedins (naming them as potential free agent targets for Toronto) has Toronto under investigation for tampering? Tampering is very nit-picky and Vancouver didn’t file the complaint, but in my opinion the rules are there and are not to be violated…thus whatever punishment they receive (again, likely wont be anything) is fitting.

Sara

July 7th, 2009
8:35 am

There’s also question that Tampa violated tampering rules with Ohlund – he sure signed an oddly structured deal really fast.

I just don’t see the big deal with the Barker situation. He chose to sign the contract, it’s not like Chicago forced him. Sure I’m certain they were anxious to get a deal done, but it doesn’t invalidate the fact that Barker made his own choice in this.

Buzilla in CT

July 7th, 2009
8:54 am

Who has more value? Lehts or Pavs

One has shown flashes of brilliance but is injury prone
The other is very green and showed that in the few chances he got

I assume Don/Dudley will listen to offers for both

(I still think Lehts is the real deal and with a new D in front of him, I expect great things….GREAT THINGS…)

Glovesave29

July 7th, 2009
9:08 am

Ranallo – ask and you shall receive…TSN is reporting that Ron Wilson and the Maple Leafs are being inventigated for tampering in the Sedin case.

Didn’t they just lose a draft pick because of something similar? Think they’d learn!

Glovesave29

July 7th, 2009
9:09 am

Oh, there’s a great new word – inventigated. I meant INVESTIGATED. Should send the previous gaffe to Colbert.

ranallo10 (in AT)

July 7th, 2009
9:17 am

“but it doesn’t invalidate the fact that Barker made his own choice”

You’re right it doesn’t, but the contract was not negotiated within the confines of the rules. He and his agent can choose to ignore all 29 other GMs who could come calling, but to restrict those GMs for an extra 6 days is not operating within the rules a UFA player is allowed under the CBA. He was treated as if his RFA status was still valid, which the NHLPA contends it was not.

If the NHLPA and NHL deem he was in fact a UFA due to Chicago’s errors, all other GMs should be afforded 6 days of negotiating time before Chicago can lock this player up to a contract (in my opinion). If Barker and his agent are willing to ignore all other 29 teams then that’s fine, it’s their decision…but at this point in time no team other than Chicago has been allowed the opportunity to discuss contract parameters with a UFA.

Sure, Barker and his agent can sign that contract, but there’s no reason they should be allowed to before the grievance has been resolved. For all intent and purpose Barker, Versteeg, and every other Chicago player included in this grievance should be considered “in limbo” until the process has run it’s course, upon which time their contract status can be clearly defined and teams can behave towards them based on their league defined status.

ranallo10 (in AT)

July 7th, 2009
9:26 am

“Didn’t they just lose a draft pick because of something similar?”

I can’t recall, do you remember the situation?

“There’s also question that Tampa violated tampering rules with Ohlund”

Interesting, where did you read that?

Glovesave29

July 7th, 2009
9:35 am

They lost the 27th pick in the 4th round for the Jonas Frogen incedent.

Alan

July 7th, 2009
9:43 am

The prior punishment levied by the league against Toronto resulted from a signing bonus to Jonas Frogren that violated the CBA. More information here.

World Be Free

July 7th, 2009
9:53 am

ASG ponied up for Bibby and the Hawks. Time for them to do the same with Kovy and the other veteran help we need.

Glovesave29

July 7th, 2009
9:59 am

Alan – the fine for just a bonus seems a bit innocent, but in fact, the payment was to be used to buy out the final year of his contract to allow the Leafs to get him before he was available to all teams. They subverted the system, and really should have been fined more and Frogen should have been declared a UFA.