Waddell, Thrashers Giving Max Effort Building Roster

Think about this for just a second…if Thrashers general manager Don Waddell would have told you last April that he planned on bringing in players like Nik Antropov and Maxim Afinogenov to join Ilya Kovalchuk on the top line…that Pavel Kubina would play on defense in the place of Garnet Exelby…and that a veteran goalkeeper like Manny Legace would be brought in to make an already-perceived-deep goaltending situation here deeper still…you would have thought the man had just taken a vicious blow to the head.

What do you think of the Thrashers inviting Maxim Afinogenov to try out with them?

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Maybe one of those acquisitions would have gone down…maybe…but not all four, right?

Well, given the news that Afinogenov has been invited to the Thrashers’ training camp for a pro tryout and the fact that Kari Lehtonen is highly unlikely to be healthy enough to begin the season, it is entirely possible that all four of those players could suit up for Atlanta on opening night. Certainly Antropov and Kubina will…the other two will if the organization likes what they see during preseason.

Many of you have already chimed in on the Afinogenov invite…I’ll just say that I believe it’s a good deal all around. Like Legace, it isn’t costing the Thrashers a dime to see if he fits into the lineup. Also, you have to think that Ilya Kovalchuk is hip to the idea of possibly seeing Antropov centering his line with Max to the right.

Another thing is that it once again shows that Waddell and the Spirit Boys have taken to heart the captain’s words last April when he made it clear what he wanted to see from the team. “We need to sign some free agents and spend some money”, Kovy remarked. “Because I don’t want to compete for a playoff spot, I want to compete for the Cup. I think this city deserves it.”

In short, Kovy told the Thrashers, “Show me the team…then you may show me the money”…and Waddell, Dudley and the ownership apparently made it their mission to build a squad around him that will in turn allow them the privilege of keeping him around these parts for quite some time. They certainly do seem to be giving it…ahem…max effort.

oh come on…you saw that one coming

For this effort, those in the front office are to be commended. Now, let’s see if Kovy is sold on the moves.

Now then , assuming Afinogenov makes the team…and I suspect he will…let’s start talking possible lineups, shall we. The first one that comes to mind looks something like this:

Kovy – Antropov – Afinogenov

Kozlov – White – Little

Peverley – Reasoner – Armstrong

Boulton – Slater – Thorburn

That means Kane would be WHL bound.

Another scenario to bounce around here is one that assumes there might be a trade in order. I don’t think Peverley would be one to go given the fact that it really doesn’t clear off any amount of cap room worth mentioning. However, if Todd White and his $2.3 mil salary were somehow packaged up and moved out, that could help allocate funds for Afinogenov’s contract.

Given that…a lineup could look like:

Kovy – Antropov – Afinogenov

Kozlov – Peverley – Little

Kane – Reasoner – Armstrong

Boulton – Slater – Thorburn

Regardless, the Thrashers would still have players like Crabb, Stewart, Esposito and Fritsche waiting in the wings. This as deep a Thrashers roster that I’ve seen since…since…since…well, since ever.

Thrashers Lose To Predators 5-0 In Preseason Opener

The Thrashers dropped there first preseaon game to the Nashville Predators by a score of 5-0 Thursday night. Here are the particulars. I warn you though that the boxscore is fouled up a bit…case in point, it shows Slava Kozlov playing, though he did not….and Mark Popovic not playing, though he did.

Drew MacIntyre was in the net for Atlanta and stopped 31 of the 36 shots he faced…the Thrashers took 22 shots of their own.

Atlanta did, however, win the shootout afterwards 1-0… And there was much rejoycing.

186 comments Add your comment

Jon

September 18th, 2009
12:15 am

What an ugly game

Thrashers27

September 18th, 2009
1:31 am

Tonight’s loss was fine…Nashville had a lineup which was primarily madeup of starters…I really think that Coach Anderson is either thriyin to put up the smokescreen, or just give he guys a good look. As for Max making the team…as long as he gets JA’s system quickly, fine. If he doesn’t, then he should hit the road quickly. There are too many guys that do get HA’s system and I would hate to see the chemistry fouled up just to give one guy a “look”.

Thrashers27

September 18th, 2009
1:33 am

Yikes! It’s a good thing my job doesn’t depend upon my typing ability.

LAC

September 18th, 2009
2:39 am

With this loss it sure takes ANY wind out of the Thrashers sail for sure, First pre-season or what.

Just goes to show not enough done to make us a playoff contender,
we just don’t want to inprove I am sad to say… Even with it being pre-season, we should have been a little better.

Should make CUTS easy though ! Pretty much all of them who played last night.

ranallo10 (in AT)

September 18th, 2009
3:59 am

Rookies, fourth liners, and AHL veterans versus Arnott, Weber, Sullivan, Dumont, and seemingly the majority the Predators’ top players…there shouldn’t be any surprise in the outcome of that game.

As we’ll say for the next few games, win or lose, it’s just the preseason. The final score does not matter until October 3.

The Real Thrash

September 18th, 2009
6:59 am

I know it’s early but still giving up way too many shots.

Sara

September 18th, 2009
7:19 am

Ben Wright made the point on twitter that the most experienced Thrasher on the ice last night was Eric Boulton…so that tells you pretty much all you need to know.

It would also have helped a lot if we could have actually seen the game to know how certain players performed. Guys like Kane, Esposito, Popovic, Valabik – guys we might see this year or that are expected to play an important role in the near future.

And there was a really big positive in that game, in that the Thrashers killed off all 4 penalties they took, including a 5 on 3. Now, given that overall the players on the ice last night are competing for 3rd and 4th line positions and that the PK is a major issue, that’s something quite hopeful. Sure I’d like to see *some* goals, but that’s what we have pretty much everyone who *wasn’t* on the ice for. But certainly if a player or two really stood out on those kills, that gives Anderson some real food for thought in filling out the lower two lines. I’m still on a push to really consider replacing Thorburn and it ought to be with someone who a – has wheels and b – can kill penalties.

The other “good thing” from last night was Kane drawing a hooking penalty from the goalie. That was just funny.

By the same token, the game wasn’t great. The most glaring thing to me was that we had 5 PP chances of our own, including a 5 on 3 to start the third, and they didn’t convert. But until we put a team on the ice that is comprised of *at least* half of our starters, we cannot possibly derive any type of conclusion about the potential success or failure of the team this season from the results of a preseason game.

NorthStarsDave

September 18th, 2009
7:22 am

Afinogenov, when healthy, is really exciting! It would be a great addition…..

What is the deal with Zherdev?

Is Manny Legace really the answer? Is OP going to stick? And what about Hedberg…a GREAT back-up who understands the role?

Sara

September 18th, 2009
7:26 am

BTW, what’d y’all think of that Phaneuf hit on Okposo? Aside from “devastating” of course. It brings up an interesting debate (at least there was one on Twitter) about preseason play. Should players be going for those types of big hits during meaningless preseason games? The inclination would be to say “no” but what about players who are fighting for roster spots that feel the need to prove to the coaches and GMs they can bring the physical play? Tough call.

For those who may not have seen the clip, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-XEMlMRP-M&feature=player_embedded

Riceowls8891

September 18th, 2009
7:47 am

“Max effort” I saw it coming and it still made me laugh.

I listened to the game early, and it sounded like MacIntyre played well and the rest were overwhelmed. I imagine we’ll know this weekend who played well because the rest will be gone.

Sara

September 18th, 2009
7:54 am

Footage from last night’s game. The fight was good.

http://thrashers.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?id=46698

World Be Free

September 18th, 2009
7:57 am

Preseason hockey is like preseason football. The outcome isn’t as important as the player evaluation. Remember, the Detroit Lions were 4-0 in the 2008 NFL Preseason, and then promptly went 0-16 in the regular season. I would rather see management look at the kids than risk getting our regulars injured in a meaningless game.

Max is free for now. If he doesn’t work out, we can return him to oblivion where he came from. He has talent and needs to play with talent, so we are best to put him from Antropov and Kovy. Like I said yesterday, the only negative to having Max is taking away ice time from a kid who needs exposure to prove his legitimacy at the NHL level.

R. Stroz

September 18th, 2009
8:09 am

By the time Kovy has finished rebuilding this team, we can rename the team the Krashers.

The Real Thrash

September 18th, 2009
8:10 am

A lot of whistling by the graveyard here.

Toby

September 18th, 2009
8:17 am

I was thinking about our possible lineup IF three things were all to happen during camp (I hope they don’t):

1) Kane happens to impress and stays with the team
2) Max pulls 2006 out of his arse and impresses and stays with the team
3) Anderson sticks with the top line he’s trying in camp (I don’t understand why he won’t sick with Little White Russian on the second line after last year)

We would have no choice but to have three scoring lines:

Kovalchuk, Antropov, Little
Kozlov, White, Afinogenov
Kane, Peverley, Armstrong
Boulton, Reasoner, Thorburn / Slater

Waffleboy

September 18th, 2009
8:21 am

Okposo has been in this league long enough to know that when Phaneuf is on the ice—preason or playoffs—you better keep your head up. Its always a shame to see a player get hurt, especially in a preseason game, but the hit was absolutely clean. I have no problem with him taking this shot in preseason.

Bogothrash

September 18th, 2009
8:24 am

As nice as a win would have been let’s keep the game in perspective. This is a pre-season game and the responsibility of the coaching staff is to evaluate the team’s talent to decide which players will provide the best opportunity to win. Like everyone else I can’t wait until the season to start it seems forever when I was able to see live Thrasher hockey.
When the team returns I expect the coaching staff has done their due diligence and provided us (the fans) the most competitive Thrasher team. With that in mind this is the time for the players to demonstrate why they should be playing in the NHL level with the Thrashers.
I am all for Max being brought in. He has demostrated that he has talent and can score. What has it cost the team so far, nothing. Perhaps with a fresh start and playing wing on the line with Kovy & Antro he can return to form. As much as I would like to see Kane on the team it is up to the coaching staff to do what is in the best interest of Kane and the organization. If at this point he has difficulty competing with veterans than send him back to juniors so as not to ruin his confidence. Kane is a valuable asset and the team deserves the best he can offer. If he proves that he is ready and able keep him.

R. Stroz

September 18th, 2009
8:25 am

I just want to see Phaneuf introduce himself to Sean Avery.

Sara

September 18th, 2009
8:30 am

“I just want to see Phaneuf introduce himself to Sean Avery.”

Heh. I’m looking forward to Pronger introducing himself to Crosby, most likely elbow first.

World Be Free

September 18th, 2009
8:37 am

Stroz-right on dude. As Waffleboy noted, everyone should account for Dion when he’s on the ice. Last night’s hit was nothing new under the sun for Dion.

Nice clean hit. Maybe a little much for the 1st preseason game, but Dion is Dion. Hope Kyle is better soon.

GaVaHokie

September 18th, 2009
8:39 am

I watched the Toronto and Philly game last night… Nazim Kadri was pretty damn impressive… if Evander Kane can prove to be 4 picks higher in the draft than Kadri, I’m excited.

With this loss it sure takes ANY wind out of the Thrashers sail for sure, First pre-season or what.

Nah, more motivation for the guys playing tonight to shine… not a single Top 6 forward played last night.

GaVaHokie

September 18th, 2009
8:42 am

Heh. I’m looking forward to Pronger introducing himself to Crosby, most likely elbow first.

Between Pronger and Carcillo, Crosby is in for a rough season.

ben

September 18th, 2009
8:46 am

MAX = Zherdev and he’s better than White by lots when healthy! It’s OK w/ me to send Kane to the WHL after those 9 games unless he rips it up!

Rawhide

September 18th, 2009
8:50 am

What is the deal with Zherdev?

Is Manny Legace really the answer? Is OP going to stick? And what about Hedberg…a GREAT back-up who understands the role?

NorthStarsDave – Zherdev signed with Atlant of the KHL. As for Manny, Opie and the Moose…I think there is a good chance Manny and Hedberg will start the season here and Pavelec will be Chicago bound again. But the next two weeks will show us for sure.

I listened to the game early, and it sounded like MacIntyre played well and the rest were overwhelmed. I imagine we’ll know this weekend who played well because the rest will be gone.

Riceowls8891 – I was listening to The Grand Kamalian’s account of the game as well and I believe he did make the statement that Mac was doing all he could. It sounds like he made some very good saves as well. Thrashers were outshot 17-7 in the first period and Drew stopped the first 15.

As nice as a win would have been let’s keep the game in perspective. This is a pre-season game and the responsibility of the coaching staff is to evaluate the team’s talent to decide which players will provide the best opportunity to win.

Bogothrash – Bingo!

GaVaHokie

September 18th, 2009
8:52 am

Speaking of Carcillo… I thought Philly was crazy for giving up Upshall for Carcillo last year, but it makes sense now. Upshall (while rough and tumble with an offensive upside) probably wasn’t gritty enough, so they bring in Carcillo who’s a real agitator but can also score (ala. Sean Avery).

From a points perspective, I’d rather have Upshall, but Philly has plenty of scoring.

DowntownATL

September 18th, 2009
9:35 am

LAC is right. I’m giving up. Anyone one want my season tickets?

R. Stroz

September 18th, 2009
9:38 am

Sara – Pronger better watch out or Crotchby will get him from behind.

Sara

September 18th, 2009
9:42 am

R. Stroz

September 18th, 2009
9:44 am

DowntownATL – Don’t give up hope. If I remember correctly, I read somewhere you sit in Sectionn 221. If that’s correct, you are in for a fun season, as I’m sitting in 222 with my BULLHORN.

Daculafan

September 18th, 2009
10:05 am

With the addition of Mad Max…I have officially decided I’d be terrible as a GM…I don’t want to throw anything away..and don’t want to give anything up…I’d have Max..Zherdev, the lineup we already got..Malhotra and anybody else I could get my hands on…playing in this lineup.

I’m excited as a fan about the moves that Don and company are making…it seems to me like they have gotten the message either from the players or the fans that status quo ain’t gonna cut it. I think we’re finally building something that can go somewhere…We may not make the playoffs this year..but it won’t be from lack of trying by the front office.

As far as those that are already down…it was a pre-season game…it means nothing..and particularly these first two on the road…it’s stacked heavy with Chicago Wolves..this is a chance for them to show their stuff…and they were playing against starting lineup Preds…sounds to me like it went like it should’ve on paper.

Wait until we get to the Bulb…those pre-season games will be closer to what our lineup will look like on Oct 3. That’s when it starts to get really serious for us.

I’m pumped about this season!!

Bucky

September 18th, 2009
10:11 am

I see that there is NO mention of a game last night (As of 10am Friday). Typical Atlanta Hockey scenario… Nashville already has a sports front page story: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20090918/SPORTS02/909180372/2072/SPORTS/Predators+roar+into+preseason

…and 14,000+ fans attending a pre-season game. …Hmmmmm!

This could be an interesting season – if anybody cares!

World Be Free

September 18th, 2009
10:12 am

Vets against rookies in last night’s game. If they play this poor by January 1, then we’ll have reason to give up hope. For now, it’s preseason folks.

Rawhide

September 18th, 2009
10:19 am

The Tampa bay Lightning website is stating that the game will be aired on it’s flagship station 620 AM WDAE. Here is a link to that radio station if anyone would like to listen to the game via online stream.

Smoothie

September 18th, 2009
10:33 am

It’s a good thing most all of the players last night were auditioning for a spot on the 4th line (3rd line if your name is Kane or Stewart) as the results were pretty dreadful w/r/t offense. Only 12 ES shots or something like that. More disconcerting may be the play of the defensive pairings (Kulda’s gritty play notwithstanding), especially that of veterans like Oystrick & Valabik. Also unsettling is Salmela’s big fat -3…WTH?? So much for my hunch! Hope they bounce back in Tampa.

LAC

September 18th, 2009
10:52 am

Not giving up, but even though a preseason game, you’d think we could have been better…

Brendan

September 18th, 2009
11:27 am

Raise your hand if you think the purpose of a preason game is TO WIN? Get ‘em up. Nice-n-high. Now, PUT … YOUR HAND … DOWN. No, it’s not. And it’s good to see that so many poster realize that. The point of preseason, in virtually every sport, is to evaulate talent. More specifically, to determine who should and SHOULD NOT be on your final roster.

I applaud the mismatch of talent last night. That’s how a Coach and GM evaluate just how far PROSPECTS have to go … to make the final cut. Traverse City is over. That’s the time for prospects vs. prospects. Now, it’s about (1) making roster cuts and (2) developing “team chemistry” prior to the season. With the former having more importance than the latter. Though, if you’re Atlanta Thrasherrs, you need to have “team chemistry” straight out of the gate, since those points count just as much in October as they do in March and April. I hope Atlanta can come out flying and bank those points against better teams, before those better teams get their sea legs under them.

Sara

September 18th, 2009
12:00 pm

The Falconer was in Nashville apparently for the game and has a really solid write-up along with quotes from Coach and some of the players. McIntyre really impresses me with his attitude. But essentially, Anderson is giving all of our prospects a chance to prove themselves. Think about how many times we’ve heard the platitude that roster spots have to be earned and may the best player win, only we all already know exactly who is going to be given the roster spots. This time around, Anderson means it. It’s a true fight and he’s not going to go ahead and pick a few “chosen ones” to play for the spots, but every last prospect (and apparently a few regulars as well). It gives Anderson the opportunity to truly figure out who’s ready. It certainly sounds like a lot of the guys were a bit shell-shocked at their first experience playing against true NHL talent. And having the prospects skating around like chickens with their heads cut off would throw off any veteran player as well.

I’m encouraged going into this season more than anything else by the approach management and the coaches are taking with the entire process. Spending the summer reviewing PK systems, truly allowing fierce competition for roster spots, not being afraid to explore multiple options. It’s down-right professional even.

Oh, the linky for Falconers’ write-up: http://www.birdwatchersanonymous.com/2009/9/18/1036229/nashville-post-game-anderson?ref=yahoo

World Be Free

September 18th, 2009
12:04 pm

Correct Brendan-but I have to tell, I am staring to get nervous about the goaltending situation. Kari is the real number 1, the rest are pretenders including Pavs. But that wonky back is getting me nervous.

Sara

September 18th, 2009
12:08 pm

Be prepared for potentially more of the same tonight – Tampa’s apparently going with the big guns: Lecavalier and Tanguay on the top line with a rookie and a second line of Malone-Stamkos-Oompa Loompa. Mike Smith in goal for two periods at least.

All info provided by Dan Kamal’s Twitter feed.

Thrashers roster for tonight found here: http://thrashers.nhl.com/club/preview.htm?id=2009010024

In: Pavelec, Doell, Slater, Lavallee, Bogosian, Potsma

Out: McIntyre, Thorburn, Boulton, Popovic, Esposito

(Someone please tell me how to embed the links in this format please?)

Spud Webb

September 18th, 2009
12:14 pm

If max is on our first line this team is in serious trouble.

Smoothie

September 18th, 2009
12:17 pm

Oh dear, Tampa’s line-up is more loaded than Nashville’s was last night. Let’s just hope this time we can score a goal or two.

Smoothie

September 18th, 2009
12:22 pm

Kane – Stapleton – Macho-check vs Malone – Stamkos – Ooompa

If Kane and Co can make some noise against this trio, then perhaps he is for real. Evander should be especially motivated going against last year’s draft’s golden boy. Give ‘em hell Van!!

For the record, per Falconer’s interview, JA was pleased with some of what he saw from young Kane after the initial shaky start.

Alan

September 18th, 2009
12:29 pm

It brings up an interesting debate (at least there was one on Twitter) about preseason play. Should players be going for those types of big hits during meaningless preseason games?

Actually, the question I have is:

Should teams best players really be playing in the first few preseason games of the year? I mean, seriously. There’s no reason Phaneuf *or* Okposo should have been on the ice.

World Be Free

September 18th, 2009
12:34 pm

Some teams want to evaluate, other teams want to use the preseason games for the purposes of getting their team off winning.

Look at the kids tonight and start playing the regulars next week.
I don’t care if they lose tonight. We have to evauate the younger players to see how they perform against NHL-quality talent.

Smoothie

September 18th, 2009
12:34 pm

Alan, I agree with not rushing your best players into pre-season action right off the jump. But I have a feeling it is to drum up interest at the first home pre-season game.

Brendan

September 18th, 2009
12:35 pm

I don’t know how to do the links either, Sara. I need Trixie’s remedial blogging help. We could take the class together? I just cut and paste. That works, but doesn’t allow you to type the text of what you want highlighted.

WBF, I agree with you there. I think Kari is our #1 goalie, but he’s hurt right now, and I’m not sure for how long. If he misses all of training camp and half of October, he’ll be rusty. So, it’ll have to be Moose and Legace or Moose and Pavelec. (Wanted to say “Moose and Squirrel,” since we do have Boris. No Natasha, however.) I can’t get a read on whether Waddell will trade a goalie, or what. And if he does trade one, it better not be Pavelec. He needs just time to develop. That’s all.

If Max Afinogenov comes … I guess I’m fine with him on the 3rd or 4th line. Waddell said the top line will be Kovy-Antropov-Little. That leaves Kozlov-White and someone for the 2nd line. I’m thinking Peverly. But maybe Colby Armstrong. So, the 3rd line could be Reasoner centering (pick one) Colby Armstrong/Rich Peverly + someone else, maybe Max Afinogenov. And the 4th line is Boulton-Slater-Thorburn, lest there be some surprise out of camp, like Stewart, Fritsche, Crabb, Krog, Machacaek, Holzapfel, etc.

If Kane makes the lineup, then things change a bit. I would put Kane on the 2nd line, since that’s his function. Whenever it is that Kane has his rookie season, I want him to get his “fair opportunity” to win the Calder Trophy, not bury him on the 3rd line, where he CAN’T HIT HIS BONUSES. I’d feel terrible for Kane if he were denied his fair shot by being placed on the 3rd line. Although, he may not care. He might just want to make the NHL … and start that clock ticking on that UFA eligibility. Again, if he legitimately makes the roster, fine. I just don’t want him PRESSED INTO SERVICE for financial reasons. More specifically, that’s he’s CHEAPER than some UFA and because he’s less likely to hit the bonuses in his contract playing 3rd line minutes. That doesn’t sound like a “sports decision.” It sounds like a “business decision,” Atlanta Spirit, LLC-style.

World Be Free

September 18th, 2009
12:41 pm

That’s another good point too Smoothie.

GaVaHokie

September 18th, 2009
12:44 pm

Well, if Kane were to get 3rd Line LW with Reasoner and Armstrong… I think the best drill for Anderson to give him tonight, is put him man-to-man with St. Louis. See if he can hold St. Louis in check for an entire game.

Tony C.

September 18th, 2009
12:45 pm

My $0.02:

On the game-look at the rosters; Nash-Vegas is basically going with their starters (a couple of “sure-fire” prospects thrown in but that is most of their “core”) vs. prospects/AHL-only guys. If you’re really worried about the result, realize coach wasn’t trying to win-his quote to TheFalconer:

“Very simple, I want to see if someone can play in the National Hockey League.”

Doesn’t really sound like the goal of this exercise was to win the game. I’m pretty sure that if that was the goal, #17 would’ve laced’em up. So not too worried about the result-more concerned with the play of some of the guys that I thought had progressed a little further than the results f the game show (again-tough to be draw anything close to an accurate read without seeing videoof the game but…), for in particular Salmela-I was/am looking for good things from this guy-what I saw this past spring was very encouraging…now a -3 and barely hearing his name called during the radio broadcast isn’t what I was hoping for.

Regarding the Phuthbert hit-clean but unneccesary. True, Okposo knows that going through centre ice with your head down is asking for it, but I also think Phuthbert went beyond what is called for in a preseason tilt. I wonder if Phuthbert would’ve done that with a team he’ll see more than once during the regular season (my bet is “NO”)? Like say… Anaheim? Anyway, clean hit-but completely uncalled for in a meaningless game against a team you’ll only face once in the coming season. I could/would have more understanding if it was a Flames/Oilers matchup-but there’s a reason they don’t do a “Battle of Alberta” during the preseason-TO AVOID INJURIES! They don’t schedule Avs-deadWings games during the preseason, you won’t see Bruins-Habs games in the preseason precisely because those are situations where tempers are known to flare, and the opportunity for injury is HIGHER THAN IT SHOULD BE. Now Okposo is out for a while (possibly career if concussion-symptoms don’t go away), and what for? A “tune-up” game? What trophy was on the line? Was Phuthbert trying to impress the coaches so he’d make the team? The hit was clean but the intent shows us that once again “The Dion” is kind of a dirty player-sure we all want guys on the blueline to play with a good helping of “nasty” but what most of us DON’T want is a guy that’s going to go out there looking for opportunities to really hurt guys.

Seriously, yeah I’d love to see a guy with Phuthbert’s skills on our blueline (and by all measurements, Msr. Bogosian IS that guy), but I do not want a guy that’s going to be over the edge and ending other guys’ careers strictly for his highlight reel.

Sorry, Phuthbert just rubs me the wrong way. Anyway, Falconer has a “play-by-play” blog of sorts up recapping the preseason game from Nash-Vegas… good read.

http://www.birdwatchersanonymous.com/2009/9/17/1035581/preseason-thrashers-v-predators#storyjump

I’m looking forward to seeing Afineginov(spl?) play with our guys in person… He might just make this team. Certainly his stock isnt what it was after ‘06 and I’m sure we can all remember how easily dude gives up the puck…we don’t need anymore smurfs or guys with size that play like a smurf. Hopefully Maxim has gotten over the oopsies and will take a big role in getting this squad to the playoffs.

Tony C.

September 18th, 2009
12:50 pm

Alan-I can see why you might have Okposo out there-if you’ve got some guys coming up and you’ve already pencilled in your lines a bit, maybe you just want to give those guys every opportunity to gain familarity with each other-that all-important “chemistry”.

Why was Phuthbert out there headhunting? Because he’s a D-bag.