To Zherdev Or Not To Zherdev

The hot-button rumor topic surrounding the Atlanta Thrashers these days swirls around whether or not the team is pursuing one Mr. Nikolai Zherdev…the 6′-2″, 195 pound free agent forward who will turn 25-years only on November 5. And from these speculations rise from the mouths…or in this case, keyboards…of fans the burning question that asks, “Should the team actually take this course of action or not”.

Sparking a lot of this chatter has been this Zherdev quote last week reported in a Russian news source…

Would you like to see Nikolai Zherdev in a Thrashers uniform?

  • Yes! What an offense we would have (91%, 118 Votes)
  • No! Not a good fit (9%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 129

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“I have offers from few NHL teams but nothing has signed yet. I think I’ll find new team within 2-3 days. I would like to play for Thrashers because there are few Russian players there. I talked to Kovalchuk and he really wants to see me at the team. Probably I will sign one year deal with Atlanta”.

The link was forwarded to me by a contact I have over there and he verified the translation. So, obviously after reading a statement like that…people are gonna start talking.

After spending four seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, he played last season for the Rangers. He has 99 goals and 140 assists in 365 total games and is a -46. 29 goals and 49 assists have come on the power play and he has one short-handed goal. He saw his highest point production during the 2007-08 season while play with the CBJs when he notched 25 goals and 61 points…22 of those points coming while on the man advantage.

Earlier in the summer he was awarded a $3.9 million deal during arbitration…and the Rangers decided to pass.

Now then…obviously the first question regarding bringing him in or not is, “Would he help the team”? Personally, I think the answer to that question is…yes. I would probably even make that…Oh-Hay-ELL YES if certain rumblings are true that Ilya Kovalchuk is lobbying for his services.

The next question would then be, “What would that do to the lineups”? Needless to say he is going to be on the top-two lines… quite possibly even creating a first line centered by Antropov with Kovy and Zherdev on either side. However, I don’t know if I’m a big fan of that thought as it seems better to have Antropov on the right boards instead of in the middle. Regardless…and assuming a White-Kozlov-Little second line…then what becomes of Peverley?

Either way you line ‘em up, though…someone gets pushed to the third line. If it’s not Peverley, then is it White…or Kozlov? It certainly isn’t going to be Little or Antropov. But let’s be honest here… in the big scheme of things, I just don’t think having to make such a decision would be a bad problem for John Anderson to have.

The biggest knock that I’ve heard regarding Zherdev is that he tends to pull a “Casper” or a “Houdini”…or some might even say a “Hossa”… during big games. For example, he went pointless in the seven-game series versus the Caps last April in the opening round of the playoffs. Zero goals, Zero assists, -3 with 12 shots on goals…one-fourth of those dozen coming in game six alone.

Rumor has it the Thrashers are interested in Nikolai Zherdev not Backstrom

Lots of chatter surrounding the Thrashers' possible interest in Nikolai Zherdev, seen here in action against Niklas Backstrom of the Wild (AP photo/Frank Franklin)

Price? Well, the Thrashers have the cap room to bring him in…which would probably cost closer to the arbiter’s $3.9 mil than the two and a half he earned last year. To this question of actual cost, the Falconer has opined, “Can the Thrashers afford Zherdev“.

The Thrashers can indeed afford him…the question is do they want to budget for him? And by “they”, of course, I mean ownership.

As we are now just days away from the start of training camp and but a week and a day from the first preseason game…yeah, I know…one has to figure that something is going to happen soon…if it’s actually going to happen at all.

With all that that said, I officially toss the issue out to you…YES or NO on Zherdev. And if you vote in the affirmative, tell me what you would like to see in the way of lineups.

203 comments Add your comment

Smoothie

September 10th, 2009
10:50 am

I think we will see a lot of wait-and-see approaches by GM’s in the coming weeks. FA signing activity should pick up as pre-season games begin and teams have a better sense of strengths and weaknesses. While I don’t think DWad is delusional enough to think that Kane would automatically be better than Zherdev, I think he feels the Thrashers are in a position of strength due to their space under the salary cap. As other teams begin to assess weaknesses and look for ways to address them (i.e. trades), then Waddudley may feel as though there may be some tantalizing offers for a player like White or a goalie like Pavelec. One thing we have learned: you can never take anything Waddell says as absolute and final. He may just be hedging his bets and playing the game to see how desperate Zherdev is to come to ATL. If you ask me, it might not be a bad idea for our GM to play this game of chicken.

Viking

September 10th, 2009
10:51 am

Tony C, utilizing the Swedish Elite League for youth development as you propose is actually not a bad idea.

Many clubs over there seems to have excellent development programs and the quality of the league is in my humble opinion #3 (after NHL and KHL). They would probably welcome good North American players -even if they are young and will not stay long term- to negate some of the drainage they suffer to NHL and KHL. Coaches are used to foreigners (not necessarily North American) and familiar with young players. English is widely spoken and I can assure you our player would be in good hands both on and off the ice. An overseas sejour would also enhance his life experience outside the rink. Drawbacks would include adjustments to the rink size and it would also eliminate quick call ups for play with the Thrashers.

It is probably a little late in Kane’s case, but as said, it would be a smart way to circumvent the “No Junior in the AHL rule”.

Midfield

September 10th, 2009
10:57 am

Viking, how do you call up players from Örnsköldsvik if you need to fill a roster spot for a west coast trip? Seems like a lot of jet lag and flying fatigue to account for.

Brendan

September 10th, 2009
10:59 am

**Reminder** Entries for the “Guess the Opening Night Budget” contest are due by 11PM, Friday night, September 11th. I know. That crept right up on us. The Guess the 2010 Thrashers point total contest continues until the moment of Puck Drop on “Opening Night.” You may change your votes at any time, in either contest, until the due dates. Remember, guesses must be posted at ajc.com and the budget figure site is nhlnumbers.com. At that site, “bonuses” and “bought out” players salaries count towards the cap figure.

Sara

September 10th, 2009
10:59 am

Brendan Waddell did not commit to Kane playing Thurs. but said with back to back games Thurs/Fri he’ll certainly play in one of them.

BTW, it should be noted that word out of the Prospect Tourney is that Kane has put some weight on this summer.

Smoothie

September 10th, 2009
11:03 am

Glovesave — you make a very good point about the CBA and the 2 year gap between being eligible for NHL and the AHL. It does not make any sense other than trying to throw the AHL owners a bone in terms of catering to fringe NHL talent and journeymen pros who know how to put the puck in the net and play a brand of hockey that is attractive to ticket buyers. As opposed to being more of a stepping stone for green kids coming out of Juniors with nothing left to prove at that level. But that is a really weak argument for not letting the Kanes, Boychucks and Moores of the future develop against older, more professional talent as oppposed to resentful young punks who might take a run at a star player in a veiled attempt to inspire his team with aggressive play. It just doesn’t make much sense.

Viking

September 10th, 2009
11:06 am

Midfield, as I mentioned as a drawback, “it would eliminate quick call ups for play with the Thrashers”.

Brendan

September 10th, 2009
11:07 am

**UPDATE** In the “Guess the Kovalchuk Re-signing Date” contest, a few more entries just came off the board. Kracker and Hokie had September 7th, and Nikita’s guess of September 9th also just passed. All the remaining guesses are for dates in 2010. Those would be from Bob, FrostyTheSnowman, Brendan, and Ranallo10 (in AT).

Smoothie

September 10th, 2009
11:07 am

Sara, Custance remarked on twitter that Evander has claimed to have added 7 lbs to his frame. Probably not that hard to do since an 18 y/o has enough of an appetite to eat A LOT. And with a nice signing bonus to buy all the food he wants, I wouldn’t doubt he did put on 7 lbs.

Hey, he’s already taller and heavier than Eric Perrin right?? ;-)

Toby

September 10th, 2009
11:12 am

Brendan…Put me down for $48.6 (just under the revenue sharing cap). A$G needs ta get paid…ya hear!!

World Be Free

September 10th, 2009
11:15 am

Most middle school kids are bigger than a full grown Perrin.

Brendan

September 10th, 2009
11:16 am

Toby, you know my guess was $48.5 million, right? Your guess is now the highest in the contest. Well played, sir. Especially if the Thrashers do add Zherdev, or make some kind of trade where they take on salary. Good luck to you, Toby. I think you’ve just made a very fine guess. Toby, I don’t have a point total guess for you, for the 2010 Thrashers. Guesses thus far have ranged from 76-points (LAC) to 95-points (Thrashers27).

Rawhide

September 10th, 2009
11:24 am

B-Man – Put me down for $48,791,345

mutton

September 10th, 2009
11:26 am

Rawhide – I’m interested in your opinion about somethingt.

Why is the sale of the Montreal Canadiens largely flying under the radar? It’s only the most storied franchise in hockey….

Brendan

September 10th, 2009
11:30 am

Duly noted, Rawhide. Gazing at my list, I see you didn’t make a point total guess yet? Waiting to see if Zherdev signs or not? I don’t blame you. That’d affect my guess, too. In both contests.

Sara

September 10th, 2009
11:34 am

A2B that’s a very inaccurate assessment you’ve made there. While the presence of debt IS an indication of cash flow problems, the LACK of debt does not mean there are no problems. In the case of Atlanta Spirit, LLC and its subsequent subsidiaries, capital contributions from the partners are the financing mechanisms used to cover negative cash flows, as opposed to say, borrowing from a bank.

The fact is, once it became known that Belkin would be required to fork over upwards of $25M in back capital calls, the fiscal realities of the overall entity were clearly defined. The net cash flows are negative – period. And no enterprise will continue for long under those conditions.

Also please bear in mind that while Atlanta Hockey Club, LLC itself might not be leveraged, the partners themselves most likely are personally. We know for a fact that Rutherford Seydel is.

One can play smoke and mirrors with Profit and Loss/Taxable Net Income, but cash flows are the real deal indicators of financial stability. And the facts say, cash flow sucks.

Rawhide

September 10th, 2009
11:41 am

mutton – Boy…you got me there. Given how the hockey media is in Montreal, I would think it’d be getting more play. Maybe it’s because there is no chance of the team relocating pending the sale???

R. Stroz

September 10th, 2009
11:46 am

Lets take a hypothetical look inside Kovy’s mind shall we:

Kovy wants some horses in the stable before he re-signs and wants to see if the ASG and Waddell are serious about icing a quality team or just blowing smoke again.

Kovy lets Waddell know he played with Antropov during the lockout year and that the Thrashers could use some size on the team. Waddell GETS THE MEMO for once and procures Antropov. Kovy makes one check on the his list of requests.

Kovy talks with Zherdev and convinces Zherdev to give Atlanta a try for one year. Zherdev agrees and expresses his willingness to give the Thrashers a shot. Waddell DOESN’T GET THE MEMO. Waddell decides to see if a barely turned 18 year old is good enough to fill the skates of Zherdev. Kovy thinks to himself, well maybe they aren’t really serious after all. Kovy begins to question whether the Antropov signing is all the ASG and Waddell are willing to do, so they aren’t serious about icing a quality team. Kovy places an X on the list of requests.

That makes the scoresheet one check, one X.

So now, Kovy waits…TICK TOCK…TICK TOCK…what should I do. If Waddell had pulled the one year trigger on Zherdev, Kovy would probably believed the ASG and Waddell were serious, now he wonders.

Kovy waits to see what happens…the drama and distraction over his re-signing enter the equation of preseason camp. The players wonder if their captain will be around next year. Anderson has to deal with a distraction, not of his own making.

Good job Waddell, you just missed a slam dunk just like Josh Smith.

mutton

September 10th, 2009
11:46 am

Brendan – My guess for points totals has probably already been said, but I’m going with 92 points (no breakdown on W/L/OTL from me)

Jeff

September 10th, 2009
11:56 am

He could be a good addition. Also having the extra personnel might allow for a big trade, perhaps packaging a goalie and a forward for a big time d-man or a top draft pick next year.

mutton

September 10th, 2009
11:57 am

Rawhide – That was my reaction too. I also considered how moving the Yotes would effect them. If the Yotes are in fact moved, that is. I mean it really shouldn’t effect the Canadiens at all because they’re probably top-5 most financially stable franchises in the NHL, but it can’t hurt to be cautious just in case.

Sara

September 10th, 2009
12:04 pm

Per Ben’s twitter – The top line per John Anderson is Kovy-Antro-Little – Antro is the C.

Brendan

September 10th, 2009
12:05 pm

mutton–May I press you for your “tie-breakers?” This would be divisional rank and conference rank. For example, a sample entry for the contest might be, “87-points, 4th in SE Division, 11th in Conference.” You are not required to submit tie-breakers, but if another poster guesses 92-points, 2nd in SE Division, 8th in Conference, and those things actually happened, that poster would own the winning guess.

Bob, I don’t have a guess from you in either contest? Are you abstaining? Also, Sage … you’re usually entered in both contests. As is Glovesave29, whom I don’t have guesses from. R.Stroz, I cannot believe this, but you haven’t entered guesses either.

As a guideline, the minimum guess for the Budget is $40.8 million. That’s the FLOOR. The MAXIMUM Guess is $56.8 million. That’s the ceiling. Kovalchuk told the AJC’s Mike Knobler, back on April 11, 2009, that he hoped that this 2009 offseason would produce roster changes that would allow the Thrashers to compete for the Stanley Cup in this very 2009-2010 season. He specifically stated that “I don’t just want to compete for the playoffs. I want to compete for the Stanley Cup.” And, considering that he’s not under contract to this team, beyond this season, he cannot be referring to the 2014 season, for example. He stressed the words, “This Summer,” when addressing the roster changes he wanted to see. Kovalchuk mentioned increased spending for free agents, specifically. So far, that request has resulted in Nik Antropov. Perhaps, it will also result in Nikki Zherdev. Stay tuned.

R. Stroz

September 10th, 2009
12:10 pm

Brendan – I’m waiting to see if Waddell is going to sign Zherdev.

However, at this point, it looks like it isn’t going to happen.

Just think, Waddell only had to clear one more hurdle and the Kovy re-signing would have been a slam dunk.

World Be Free

September 10th, 2009
12:22 pm

Mutton good question about the Habs, since it should be a big story in Canada. The franchise is being sold by an american to a storied Canadian family. That in itself should make big news.

World Be Free

September 10th, 2009
12:27 pm

There are 3 possible resolutions for the Kovy issue-

1. Have him sign a 2 year contract
2. Sign a long term deal, with a 2 year opt out clause if the team does not improve.
3. Sign a long term deal, period

I have said before, having this thing linger all season without resolution will be a major distraction to the team. Allowing this to happen would prove to be a major disservice by Kovy to the franchise. So let’s get the deal done, OK?

Tony C.

September 10th, 2009
12:29 pm

Viking-Thanks! Personally, I’m more than a little surprised we haven’t seen some NHL team do exactly that already… KHL clearly isn’t going to get a look-especially after the Chepranov(spl?-apologies) tragedy.

However, I’ve yet to see anything negative about any Eliteseiren team’s facilities… Now with Kane specifically, yes it does rule out the “quick” call-up, but I think the benefits of the Swedish league on Kane (or any other developing player) would be tremendously positive.

Think back to the seasons before we got Enstrom-most of us were calling him a “wasted pick” and were very dubious of letting him be developed by MODO…well, when he got here, he was only the best puck-moving defender ever to be “homegrown” by the club. I’m just not surprised that when we see a player from the Swedish league play here-their stickhandling and passing vision are above-average to excellent.

I think the benefits to Kane’s game and life-experience would outweigh the negatives of him being unavailable for call0up duty… besides, isn’t the Eliteseiren season over before the NHL playoffs?

Sara

September 10th, 2009
12:31 pm

Stroz – to be honest, how much influence can signing Zherdev to a one-year contract have? They could easily sign him for the one year, have Kovy sign an extension, then jettison Zherdev after this season, rendering the whole thing meaningless. Besides, for the long-term, better to have Kovy buy into the talents of Kane than Zherdev.

Tony C.

September 10th, 2009
12:36 pm

Also, who does DW think is going to take the faceoffs on a line of #17/Antropov/Little? Based ff stats, I’d have little take the faceoffs, then scoot back to the boards, a’la Zetterberg does with Datsyuk sometimes.

R. Stroz

September 10th, 2009
12:57 pm

Sara – Longer term, Kane works well.

Kovy is gaging the commitment of the ASG to spend money on hockey. If the ASG would rather save money hoping Kane works out NOW, Kovy knows where the ASG stands. If the ASG isn’t willing to pony up now, he probably figures that they will not do so in the future; and, as a result, Kovy walks.

It’s a test and Kovy is the professor.

Smoothie

September 10th, 2009
1:20 pm

I hope JA and DWad are just curious to see how Antro will do in camp as the pivot for Kovy and / or Little. Personally, I don’t think it makes any sense and will become a failed experiment. However, perhaps in the left-wing lock it does not matter as much. It seems as though the defensive rotation depends on who is bringing the puck in and whether a blueliner is jumping into the play. As long as the 3rd forward in knows that his ass needs to stay high and be able to rush back in the event of a turnover or break-out, perhaps it doesn’t matter so much. However, it is well documented that Antro’s face-off reputation is rather lackluster at this point in his career.

Pam on Weck

September 10th, 2009
1:29 pm

Brendan – I’d like to enter my 1st guesses ever. Please put me down for $45.7 budget and 83 points.

On another note, where did the Earl go?

Brendan

September 10th, 2009
1:59 pm

Pam on Weck, you’re registered at $45.7 and 83-points. No “tie-breakers?” That would be where you think the Thrashers will place in the division and in the Eastern Conference.

R.Stroz, Kovy certainly spelled out what he expects from the organization, back on April 11, 2009. We’ve seen the response. The team is somewhere between $5-$8 million over the floor of the cap. Another way of looking at that is to say that the team is still $8-11 UNDER the cap limit. If ownership is trying to make a statement, it seems to be this: “We’ll meet you HALF WAY.” The dispairity between the ceiling and the floor is a league-mandated $16 million. In several NHL cities, failure to be within $6-7 million of the cap limit on “Opening Night” is cause for harsh fan and media reaction. But, in Atlanta, it isn’t. Perhaps it’s tempered by the fact that we all know there is/was a lawsuit hampering operations. But, apparently, that suit is over. Theoretically. So, it’s time for the Octocluster to once again become a fully functioning entity. Mr. Belkin, this means you have to pony up, or accept a buyout and the location of a NEW INVESTOR for the Group. Other people are screaming, “Brendan, the lack of media/fan outrage over budget resides in the fact that Hockey is a niche sport that will never dominate the Sports pages.” I hear you, if that’s your opinion. Over the years, the reaction by the Atlanta fan base to results and budget has not been of white, seething hot rage. Don Waddell’s head is not atop of some pike, as the villagers parade it about town, celebrating and firing guns up into the sky. Perhaps that shows that the hockey going lot are a “patient and understanding bunch.” Or, it shows that the people know that ownership is primarily to blame. Or, it means hockey fans gave up, out of apathy or frustration. This is the “effect” of ownership that isn’t trying to win. When a GM without any berths in the Conference Finals remains in charge, even with nine Top 10 overall picks, six of them of the lottery draft variety, fans start to question “operations.” The word “accountability” seems to be taboo. When you are a premier Left Wing in the NHL, and a bonafide Russian sniper, able to command the highest attention of GM’s all around the league, “Hockey operations” do NOT go UNNOTICED.

Buzilla in CT

September 10th, 2009
2:00 pm

I am all for Z. Sign him, give him money, take him for a rub and a tug, I don’t care. Whatever it takes. Make this team work!!!

Smoothie

September 10th, 2009
2:22 pm

We’re gonna get Kovy’s best no matter what…he’s too prideful not to give 100% regardless of his contract status or whether Zherdev plays alongside him. I’m actually pretty stunned there hasn’t been more dissent on the idea of Zherdev as a Thrasher. Despite the good points offered up by proponents, we must realize that all that glitter is not gold. My gut still tells me that NZ is 50% potential, 50% fool’s gold.

I guess the final 30 games of last season was not enough to convince a long-suffering, tortured fanbase that chemistry is the key (along with better D and goaltending) to our upcoming season. Zherdev will only add to the learning curve argument with two newcomers already in the fold as key cogs this season. There are no guarantees that Antro & Kubina will work out. Why is everyone so convinced that Zherdev is a “slam dunk”?? Plus, $3.9 M is a lot to dole out for inconsistent play and an average of 50 points.

Buzilla in CT

September 10th, 2009
2:46 pm

I just want more talent on the team

Toby

September 10th, 2009
3:07 pm

Kane just pocketed goal #4. First period just came to a close…

R. Stroz

September 10th, 2009
3:11 pm

Smoothie – I look at Zherdev as a means to end. Signing Zherdev convinces Kovy the ASG is finally serious about hockey. As a result, Kovy re-signs.

Rawhide

September 10th, 2009
3:16 pm

Toby – Yup…Kane has a goal in each game so far. Thrasher lead Columbus 2-0 after one. Paquette scored first with the assist going to Drew Paris. Then Kane’s power play goal from Morin and Smith.

Thrashers outshot the CBJs 17-4 in that opening period. WOW!

Andrew Sayer

September 10th, 2009
3:28 pm

Assuming Kovi’s new contract doesn’t eliminate any room for the guy, definitely take him. He’d be a steal for the Thrashers and a solid second line skater. Whats wrong with having a little depth on the team? Atlanta’s got the best player in the NHL in Kovi but they’ve struggled – its never the 1st line on any team that makes or breaks them, its the supporting cast of contributing players. Peverley on the 3rd line? That’d be an unfortunate mis-match against any other 3rd line in the league. I don’t think you’d be able to consider Atlanta a dark horse, they’re going to come right out and kick ass from day 1.

You never hear critics give credit to teams in a breakout season before the season starts, its only once that team has won games do they jump on the bandwagon. I’m just glad we’ve all been paying attention to the progress Atlanta’s been making over these past two seasons.

Toby

September 10th, 2009
3:38 pm

Oilers sign Mike Comrie…1 year deal

mutton

September 10th, 2009
4:07 pm

Brendan – Hmm… I’ll say we’re 3rd in the SE, 9th in the East. I’m thinking we JUST miss out on the playoffs this year, but mostly due to stiff competition and not lack of talent, chemistry, etc.

That’s my official take. However, if any of the bubble teams that are just barely on the inside have 1-2 minor slip ups, I think we’re in. And from there, as is proven every couple years and the point driven home every 5-10 years, anything can happen.

LAC

September 10th, 2009
4:20 pm

Brenden, as last years reining opening night salary Champion, I am poised, yet again to reclaim the title this coming season….

Opening night….#### $$$$ 49,350.00

Brendan

September 10th, 2009
4:27 pm

Atlanta is not done building, either. There’s next year’s draft, too. Most Hockey publications have Atlanta ranked 12th or lower in the Conference. Keep in mind, that’s with an unfinished roster. No team’s roster is set, until the puck drops on Opening Night. So, those rankings are just an ‘indicator’ of where hockey analysts think we are. Right now.

If we add Zherdev … if we make a trade here or there … it will change things. But even if we stand pat, progress SHOULD BE MADE by being “inside the lottery draft” and a bottom feeder team for “waiver claims.” It’s pretty difficult to remain at the bottom of the league, given these advantages of draft position and waiver claim position.

I’m not the sort who will jump up and down because this season’s point total surpassed 76-points, resulting in “incremental progress.” If we get to 96-points, and a playoff berth, that’s the time for talks of trumpeting PROGRESS. But it’s STILL NOT time for champagne popping. We pop the champagne when the Thrashers reach the playoffs and do something NOTEWORTHY once there. And I don’t mean one playoff victory. If we should happen to make the playoffs, and push our opponent to seven games, and lose that 7th game by one goal, then I think we can ‘begin’ to talk about the substantial success we’ve made in the 2009-2010 season. And to have higher expectations for 2011-2012. If this roster won a playoff series, imagine how much that improves the chances of re-signing Kovalchuk?

But as R.Stroz says, “intent” is important. The ownership has to show “intent” to win the Stanley Cup. This cap on the Atlanta Thrashers sits somewhere between $45 and $48 million. The cap limit is $56.8 million. There’s still lots of room for 1-year contracts. One-year contracts DO NOT AFFECT the 2010-2011 season. They do not affect Bryan Little’s next contract. They do not affect Kovalchuk’s next contract. They do not affect Bogosian’s next contract. They do not affect Pavelec’s next deal. But they DO affect Kovy’s perception of ‘how committed’ this Octocluster ownership is … to icing a Stanley Cup contending roster.

Brendan

September 10th, 2009
4:31 pm

mutton, I have you down for 3rd in SE, and 9th in the conference, at 92-points. LAC, good luck on the DEFENSE of your title. Your guess of $49,350,000 is duly noted.

mutton

September 10th, 2009
4:43 pm

What’s our payroll # as of now?

Toby

September 10th, 2009
4:44 pm

Kane just scored with 9 seconds left to tie it up with the Jackets. Second goal of the day…

R. Stroz

September 10th, 2009
4:50 pm

Toby

September 10th, 2009
5:01 pm

Well…Thrashers finish with a win in a shootout. Kane had 2 goals and added a shootout goal as well.

Alan

September 10th, 2009
5:21 pm

Air Canada sues Obama administration.

Apparently, the DOT has enacted new transportation rules that will adversely affect NBA and NHL teams. The DOT has told Air Canada to “cancel all of its season-long sports charters, citing concern about “cabotage,” or the prohibited carriage of passengers or cargo by a foreign airline solely between points in the U.S.”