Jimmy Slater is officially back into the Thrashers fold. Wednesday, the 30th overall pick of the 2002 NHL draft accepted the team’s offer and will remain in Thrasherville, albeit for a yet-to-be-disclosed time and amount. Slates posted up 8 goals and 10 assists during 60 games played last season…two goals being of the short-handed variety. He has a total of 31 goals and 39 assists in 274 regular season games in a Thrashers’ uniform.
Ring Around The Blogosphere
OK kids, time once again to take a quick loop around the Thrashers’ blogosphere to see what some of the others are yammerin’ about.
First stop takes us to Big Shooter of the The Blueland Chronicle. Seems he had an issue with this piece by The Sporting News Rory Boylen and his opinion that the Thrashers are putting Ilya Kovalchuk above the team. For that matter, Ben Wright of the Blueland Blog seemed to scratch his head over the Boylen post as well.
Hmmm…given that Kovy is the player that “the team” is being built around…all this really shouldn’t be such a big deal…right?
Anyway…Big Shooter called on his readers to e-mail Rory and give him what for! Seems like it worked too ‘cuz Boylen popped in and shot back at him. It was an all-out blogosphere smack down I tell ya!
Regardless, I do give Rory some props for taking the time to respond.
From there…we now go to the Kiwi Wars that has erupted between the Thrashers of the NHL and SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL. As Aaron of the Blueland Outsider illustrates, it seems as though our Russian friends have taken issue with the fact that Joel Kwiatkowski has opted to sign with Atlanta.
My official response to the whining that emanates from overseas…”whatev”.
Here is a blog that my friends at the Blueland Chronicle turned me on to recently. It’ call A Yankee Whistles In Dixie and belongs to local sports writer John Manasso. In this piece are his thoughts regarding the acquisition of Pavel Kubina.
Then there is this from A2B of Just Straight Random who is greatful that Don Waddell did not cough up the amount of lettuce that Ottawa did to sign Kovalev.
And now… it’s on to the Bird Watchers Anonymous’ Falconer who calls upon fans in Thrasherville to “rejoice” at the fact that long-time Kari-killer and nemesis of the Thrashers Antero Nittymaki has chosen to head in the opposite than that of Kwiatkowski and play IN the KHL.
Bon Voyage indeed, Falconer. I will gladly volunteer to drive the man to the airport and see him off…and then lobby to have his passport revoked.
And Finally…Sean Grace…er, Garguilo…no…Grace…or is it…Gar…dammit! SEAN of the Blueland Roar seems to be very exited about The Next Wave Of Thrash. And I can’t say that I blame him for his optimism regarding our Thrashers!