Proceed To Procure Passes For Prospects Game Versus Predators

I just got back from making a trek out to Duluthland in order to procure my tickets to see the prospects games versus Nashville. These games are on Monday September 14 at 7:00 and Tuesday September 15 at 1:00.

Tickets will be available later in the day via the Ice Forum’s website…however, I was informed by the lovely Amy and the very helpful Jason that you are welcome to purchase the passes in person at the Duluth Ice Forum that is located on Satellite Blvd. There are only about 500 tickets available for each game and seating will be on a first come first serve basis.

So get your now!

This will be the first time Atlanta fans will be able to see first-round selection Evander Kane in a game situation…unless, of course, you are planning to head off to Traverse City, Michigan the week prior for that tournament. Not only am I looking forward to watching how he performs at that time… but also this entire crop of prospects has me jazzed.

Hopefully I’ll see you all there!

Have We Heard This Before?

Here is something that I found interesting the other day…it comes via ”Let Loose The Moose” from the Thrashers message Boards.

Thrashers’ GM Don Waddell had this to say two years ago regarding the contract talks with Marian Hossa:

“It’s progressing, and as long as we continue to have the kind of talks that we had, they’re very upbeat and on target with where we’re headed, then at some point here we’ll be able to announce a deal,”

Contrast that with his recent comments to Chris Vivlamore:

“We’ve had several face-to-face meetings…We’ve had some very, very long discussions….I feel very confident that at some point – I don’t know when that point will be – but at some point, we will get a contract done”.

The similarities in those two comments are spookily similar, don’t ya think?

Boylen On Bogosian

Here is a very good write up on the Thrashers Zach Bogosian by Rory Boylen of The Hockey News.

“Bogosian’s nine goals and 19 points in 47 games were enough for accolades”, writes Boylen, “But the cherry on top was his plus-11 rating, earned on the team that allowed the second-most goals against. Oh, also consider that before his injury Bogosian struggled offensively and didn’t post a single point, so he actually reached that total in 39 games”.

Wow…that makes what he accomplished even more impressive.

141 comments Add your comment

R. Stroz

August 26th, 2009
12:28 pm

FIRST, or GOLD

Smoothie

August 26th, 2009
12:47 pm

Also Bill, even more impressive is the fact that Z-Bo netted 19 points with very little PP time. He had a few PPG for sure, but his time could have been even greater (and perhaps more productive) if it wasn’t for some guy named Ilya Kovalchuk.

No offense to Tobias, but I think I would love to see a 1st unit PP of:

Left point – Bogosian Explosian
Right point – Pavel Kuby-duby-doo
Right circle – Professor Kozlov
Crease camper – Nik “the Android” Antropov
Roamer / left side maestro – Kaptain Kovy

2nd Unit of Enstrom, Hainsey, Pevs, White and Army ain’t half bad either

ben

August 26th, 2009
12:58 pm

it is a tad spooky. But, I hope you’re wrong.

Alan

August 26th, 2009
1:17 pm

Weren’t the comments Waddell made re: Hossa before Hossa canned his agent? I seem to recall he fired his agent and hired on a real prick, and that’s when it all went tumbling down-hill.

Bob

August 26th, 2009
1:17 pm

What, you’re shocked that Waddell talks out of one side of his mouth to season tix holders while holding the truth in the other jowel? If there’s one thing to have learned about Waddell after all this year’s is that he will say whatever is necessary to blow enough smoke and obfuscation around especially during the time when they’re recruiting potential season ticket holders.

As PT Barnum said, there’s a sucker born every minute.

Waddell is the sole impediment left between we, and countless others, returning as season ticket holders.

Bob

August 26th, 2009
1:19 pm

Alan, you really think Hossa ever had any intention, at any time, of re-signing here? Really?!?

The Earl of Bud

August 26th, 2009
1:20 pm

BT, while those quotes are all too familiar, did Hossa ever actually present a contract offer? I don’t think he ever did. According to Vivlamore Kovalchuk already did so I think that speaks much more to his intent to re-sign here versus Hossa’s.

Read the article on Bogo already and was happy to see that.

Barry

August 26th, 2009
1:41 pm

Hey Smoothie you totally left out LITTLE in your whole PP lines equation. You’re fired. :)

Alan

August 26th, 2009
1:42 pm

I haven’t the slightest clue what you’re on about, Bob. Show me where I said exactly that Hossa was going to re-sign here.

You can’t, can you?

I didn’t think so.

I know, I know. It’s been a while since we’ve exchanged words. Welcome back to the blog. Trying to make an inference without any basis in fact whatsoever, however, isn’t exactly a good way to make a splash.

Rawhide

August 26th, 2009
1:56 pm

RStroz – I don’t have any gold medals, but I can give you a “I Was First On Rawhide’s Blog” sign…so….

Herrrrrrrrrrrrres your sign.

ben – I hope so too.

EOB – the article quoting DW was dated Nov. 27, 2007. I do not recall when Hossa fired his agent. As for the Bogey article…yeah, I thoroughly enjoyed that too.

Smooooooothie – Nicely done!

The Earl of Bud

August 26th, 2009
2:06 pm

BT, I actually didn’t question the agent firing, that was Alan. What I was trying to say was that since Hossa never proposed a contract he didn’t have intentions of getting an extension with us. And while this is nothing I can prove, I don’t think Hossa wanted to stay here. Kovalchuk on the other hand has made numerous references to his wanting to stay here and ultimately already made a contract offer to Waddell according to Vivlamore. That to me (one drew up a contract while the other didn’t) means he wants to stay here while Hossa probably didn’t. Does that make more sense?

So while the quotes of Waddell are identical, the intentions of the players (Hossa and Kovalchuk) to stay in Atlanta are worlds apart.

Brendan

August 26th, 2009
2:06 pm

The power to get the team Kovalchuk WANTS resides in his contract extension. The smartest thing for Kovalchuk to do … is to wait until June 30, 2010, or beyond, to re-sign with Atlanta. He CANNNN re-sign sometime in July, or August or whenever in the offseason of 2010. Imagine the articles enamating from Canada, if Kovy hasn’t signed anywhere by July 10, 2010? On second thought, let’s not.

What I am unclear about is this: What has Kovalchuk asked for? Aside from Antropov? What are his thoughts on Zherdev? Or Afinagenov? Or Satan? Or Sykora? If Kovy actually wants any of these guys, I hope he’s made his voice loud and clear. And if he actually GETS what he wants, then I hope he’ll re-sign very soon. Kovalchuk can’t very well make a list of players names, while the organization procures them for him, but then he takes a hikeski. I’d be hoppin’ mad if that happens. But I don’t think it will. In my view, Kovy is looking for reasons to stay. Names are still out there. And trades are still potentially able to be made, especially with teams who have cap issues. We’re still more than a month away from Opening Night. I get the impression that the two sides are talking about numbers and talking about roster players. If that’s a correct impression, and not sayyy, “wishful thinking,” then I feel confident about a deal coming to fruition.

Rawhide

August 26th, 2009
2:16 pm

EOB – Gotcha…and apologies to you and Alan.

Libby

August 26th, 2009
2:19 pm

I put my order in for the prospect game tickets. I am looking forward to seeing Kane play. I believe that Kovalchuk will sign here. I do not believe that Hossa ever wanted to be here. I thought that Waddell said that they never even got to a money proposal for Hossa.

The Earl of Bud

August 26th, 2009
2:27 pm

BT, no apologies necessary, I had an idea in my head but didn’t get it out all the way.

I agree wholeheartedly on Waddell playing his cards close to his vest and giving out false info (just look at Zhitnik). But, I think the “hostile talks” that he referred to in his talk with Vivlamore was a reference to Hossa or Savard. That was another thing that I wanted to say that I think may be different between Hossa and Kovalchuk.

Again, if you are making offers and counter-offers like he is with Kovalchuk, that makes me feel nice and cozy for now. It makes me think things really are progressing and that Kovalchuk really does want to stay here.

Toby

August 26th, 2009
2:58 pm

I do agree they are similar, but the main difference I see is that Dub stated that Kovy has come back with his own offer. IF that’s true, then that would show Kovy has interest in staying.

Toby

August 26th, 2009
2:59 pm

Oops…that has already been stated. I should really take the time to read all posts before chiming in. Boooooo me.

Carry on.

lee

August 26th, 2009
3:01 pm

kovy is definetly keeping things smooth. i hav to give waddy a pat on the back for all his hard work. any guesses when kovy might make his decision??

hmmmm, hossa is just so different from kovy. personally i think hossa is imatuer.kovy has the better attidute, ice play and off play. koy is a veery succesful person. not to say that hossa isn’t succesful, but he hasn’t gotten nearly as far. hossa and kovy kinda remind me of snyder and heatley. one is imatuer the other is successful.

Smoothie

August 26th, 2009
3:04 pm

I do think Alan is correct about the tenor of the negotiations changing when Hossa hired Ritch Winter (I think that’s the guy, don’t feel like looking it up) who has a reputation as a real you know what. I think communication between Grossman and Waddell has always been better, but the fact Kovy held out last time he was a RFA makes me a bit wary.

However, in that situation, Kovy didn’t have many options and it is like him to simply play wherever he can to stay game ready while his agent hammers out details. The fact that Grossman has already laid out some terms to get the ball rolling heartens me.

I’ve always suspected it would be a mid-year decision anyway so the best we can hope for at this point, in my opinion, is a solid to hot start to the season and good momentum going into the Olympic break. If things gel like I think they can and our goalies stay healthy then I think Kovy will at the very least sign a 2 or 3 year deal.

Barry – damn it all to heck! I always forget about Little! I love the guy and already take him for granted. Although I still would prefer Antro or Army doing the dirty work in front of the net so he doesn’t get so banged up. Just goes to show how much potential depth we now have and how potentially scary we could be offensively.

Smoothie

August 26th, 2009
3:33 pm

http://twitter.com/dchesnokov

Looks like Kovy is going for a different sort of hat-trick!

He shoots he scooooooooorrrres!!

Smoothie

August 26th, 2009
3:42 pm

Uh oh, have we entered blog purgatory? The blog monster must be hungry!

Sara

August 26th, 2009
3:46 pm

Smoothie – somehow I just knew what I was going to find at the other end of that link. Yay for Kovy!! Btw, in scrolling through Ben’s feed, he made a neat comment about Oystrick – who is apparently adopted – finding his birth mother this summer. Awwww….. lots of warm fuzzies to go around.

Trixie (Rawhide's Secretary)

August 26th, 2009
3:53 pm

Mr. Smoothie – Your 3:04 post has been freed from Blog Purgatory.

Sara

August 26th, 2009
3:56 pm

Attention!! Speaking of Twitter – got a tweet that an interview with Kovy is due up on Puck Daddy (Yahoo hockey blog for those needing clarification) later this afternoon. Hopefully the questions venture into “when are you signing your new contract with the Thrashers” territory. ;)

Smoothie

August 26th, 2009
4:01 pm

Perhaps Kovy really IS happy in Atlanta and is perfectly content to raise his family here in Georgia. He certainly isn’t hesitating on the shooting efficiency side of things! Sorry, that was bad, but Kovy’s % has always been good!

Sara — the story on Oystrick was really nice…good human interest story. Hope he gets that honeymoon AFTER he raises the Stanley Cup in Regina at the end of June!

Smoothie

August 26th, 2009
4:02 pm

Thanks Mr. T!! Don’t you owe me an e-mail? :-)

The Earl of Bud

August 26th, 2009
4:05 pm

Smoothie, as soon as you said the name Rich Winter I know exactly what you and Alan are talking about. That guy is a jerk. He caused some problems when he was Hasek’s agent in Buffalo. Now I can understand Hasek, an all-star, Hart Trophy MVP, etc. But Winter caused mayhem with Vaclav Varada. VACLAV FREAKIN’ VARADA!!! A 3rd to 4th liner on a defense first team filled with tons of guys just like him but better.

Now it is all coming back and yeah, Winter was a monkeywrench but I still don’t think Hossa’s heart was really in Atlanta.

Toby

August 26th, 2009
4:07 pm

This is cool…. here are pics of Kovy training in Moscow with Zherdev, Nikita Filatov and Ilya Zubov.

http://www.khl.ru/media/photo?PAGE_NAME=section&SECTION_ID=1251

Trixie (Rawhide's Secretary)

August 26th, 2009
4:11 pm

Thanks Mr. T!!

AHEM!!??!!

Smoothie

August 26th, 2009
4:15 pm

Nice find Toby…do you read Russian? Any quotes of interest?

Sara

August 26th, 2009
4:16 pm

Ooooooooo Smoothie’s in trouble…

Toby

August 26th, 2009
4:19 pm

Smoothie – Looks like scratch to me. Does Yahoo or Google have a translator or something?

The Earl of Bud

August 26th, 2009
4:24 pm

Toby, I can recognize Kovalchuk but how do you know it’s Filatov, Zherdev & Zubov?

lee

August 26th, 2009
4:27 pm

uh oh, smoothie is in the doghouse!

RS

August 26th, 2009
4:28 pm

The pictures have captions with their names. Also Filatov has an interview on Puck Daddy talking about training with Ilya. He calls Ilya a legend and talks about how much he respects him.

RS

August 26th, 2009
4:30 pm

Babelfish translator. Just paste in the text, or website you want to translate and pick the to and from languages from the dropdown box.

http://babelfish.yahoo.com/translate_txt

Sara

August 26th, 2009
4:31 pm

I recognized Filatov and Zherdev by face. And in actuality, cyrllic really isn’t hard to learn.

The Earl of Bud

August 26th, 2009
4:34 pm

RS, your Russian is clearly far better than mine. You and your cyrillic alphabet, haha.

I do know how to pick out Kari Lehtonen in a recent photo op with some Finnish players though.

buzilla in CT

August 26th, 2009
4:34 pm

Better apologize Smoothie King

The Earl of Bud

August 26th, 2009
4:36 pm

Ok, you posted the translator while I was typing my last post at 4:34pm. Thanks for that.

Smoothie

August 26th, 2009
4:36 pm

So sorry Miss Trixie!! Thought you were on vacation and Bill actually had to do some real work for a change! You do an excellent job and don’t let Big Willy take too much of the credit!

buzilla in CT

August 26th, 2009
4:38 pm

Congratulations everyone! We Suck!!!!!

This is from yahoo!’s ranking of NHL fans:

“No. 30 Atlanta Thrashers: “The Thrashers online presence is very small and that does little to help a team that many in Atlanta seem to struggle to remember they are even there. That sound you just heard was Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) screaming over the fact he has at least one more season with the team.”

They even talk about the 10-15 of us

R. Stroz

August 26th, 2009
4:58 pm

If Zherdev and Kovy are training together, I think we could infer that Kovy wouldn’t mind seeing Zherdev in Thrasher blue.

Dwayne

August 26th, 2009
5:04 pm

I’ve tried to hint to yall in subtle ways that yall tend to ignore some bloggers every now and then. I see new people chim in every now and again and they are ignored.(sometimes) In all honesty, I feel that way sometimes too, sometimes. I’m not crying or anything like that, i’ve taking my meds, so I’m ok. Just to let yall know, I enjoy reading this blog, I’m a Thrasher fan, I want the same things yall do, 1) to be accepted and 2)Thrasher WINS!!!!

Smoothie

August 26th, 2009
5:05 pm

Stroz – While I think he surely wouldn’t mind, I think Kovy knows that bringing him in might disrupt the current chemistry and potentially undermine the morale of the team. We already have to blend in Antropov and hope to give Armstrong enough minutes to keep him from souring on ATL. Then again, perhaps a 3rd line of Kane – Peverley – Armstrong would be the perfect double threat.

Kovy — Little (or Antro) — Antro (or Zherdev)

Kozlov — White — Zherdev (or White)

John Coffey

August 26th, 2009
5:09 pm

Mostly I’m tired of people being ugly to each other. I’m tired of all the pain I feel and hear in the world everyday. There’s too much of it. It’s like pieces of glass in my head all the time. Can you understand?

Dwayne

August 26th, 2009
5:10 pm

Would you really want to drop Pevs to a 3rd line with what he show us last year?

Smoothie

August 26th, 2009
5:12 pm

Dwayne – it’s good to have you aboard. I type a lot because I’m mostly really bored with my job. But that will surely change soon. I wish more people would chime in for sure. Since I’ve met a few of these nice folks personally, it’s easy to end up directing too many things at the same 2 or 3 people. A good point and something we should all keep in mind. I’m just thrilled there is at least one place in this town where passionate Thrashers fans can “congregate” other than the occasional Viewing Party or tailgate.

Smoothie

August 26th, 2009
5:16 pm

Dwayne, I only offer that up as a way to spark debate. If you read this blog fairly regularly, you might already know I have no desire to bring in Zherdev. I like what we have for now. However, I’m generally open to looking at different scenarios and even like to forget we have a guy by the name of Bryan Little (what a stupid I am!), but the only reason I would consider Zherdev and moving Pevs to the 3rd line is because he has such good chemistry with Armstrong. But see, I just forgot about another guy…Marty the Party Reasoner! And he’s my favorite. I would love to roll out three “scoring” lines and terrorize the league, but I think our defense would suffer for it.

R. Stroz

August 26th, 2009
5:22 pm

The Green Mile ia a great movie.