Friday Follies From Waterlogged Thrasherville

We are finally coming to the end of one the longest, oddest most historic week in I’ve experienced in Thrasherville. I knew it was going to be quite the bizarre week when the first thing I was called upon to do once I entered the office on Monday was to help de-copperhead the store just off the main lobby. Seems the critter was not unlike all of us that soggy day and was simply trying to escape the rising water and was running…er, ah…slithering his way to higher ground.

Then came the floodwaters that caused so much havoc and damage to the area. Nasty times, my friends, and I hope that you and yours made it through with minimal damage to self and property.

Every attraction was a water ride at Six Flags this week

Every attraction was a water ride at Six Flags this week (AJC photo / Phil Skinner)

But we’ve finally made it through this wierd week and finally the weekend is upon us…the last weekend of the preseason at that! So, in light of this occation, let’s relax, lighten up a bit and enjoy some Friday Follies…

If You Missed It, Don’t Worry,,,They’ll Be Another Comin’ Around in 2509

What if someone back in 1999, the year the Thrashers began play, had asked you to guess which would come first…the first Thrashers’ playoff win or a 500-year flood. If you had chosen the former, you would have been wrong!

Speaking Of Dropping The Puck

Yes, we are entering into the last weekend before the puck drops on the tenth season of Thrashers hockey as the season opens next Saturday night. However, you are invited by the team to enjoy a Dropping of the Puck event this coming Sunday.

It’s being dubbed as “The First Annual ‘Atlanta Thrashers Puck Drop’” and it sounds like a great time. Fans can enjoy an afternoon of fun and frivolity at Philips Arena by meeting players, enjoy interactive street hockey and shooting stations, as well as have a family skate on the ice.

The $55 entry fee gets you admission to the banquette, food, drink and tickets to the game Sunday. But…in the words of the late-great Billy Mays…there’s more! You will also receive a ticket for opening night on Saturday October 3. Sounds like a pant-load of fun. Eh?

Here’s a link for all the 411 you need for this event.

Thrashers Ad Mac The Knife, But Delay Cuts

The Thrashers have re-acquired defenseman Steve McCarthy via a trade with the Anaheim Ducks organ-I-zation. He’ll head straight for Chi-town to play with the Wolves.

As I commented in the last blog, this is the same Stevie Mac that played in Atlanta during that forgettable 2007-08 season. In 55 games he scored one goal on 41 shots on goal and 6 assists. He had 48 PIM and was a -23.

However, what we sometimes fail to recall is that this is also the same Steve McCarthy who played on the 2006-07 playoff team. In 46 games that season, he scored 4 goals on 51 SOG and 12 assists, had 24 PIM and was…now get this…. a +4.

One other side note regarding McCarthy and Thrashers history… February 24, 2007, he and the Thrashers played the Carolina Hurricanes…losing 4-1. Steve would not play another minute that season for Atlanta…instead, being relegated to the press box. This is because after that game the Thrashers announced the now-infamous Coburn for Zhitnik trade and it was Mac that lost his ice time to Zhit.

Even though Atlanta obtained “Mac the Knife”, they didn’t make any “cuts” to the roster as planned Thursday. Instead, they will make several this weekend.

I don’t know about you, but I’m still pulling for that Byron Young fellow to make the squad.

Looks Like Razor Catched Him A Case Of The Crabbs

If you were anywhere near section 111 Wednesday night as the Thrashers were busy beating the Nashville Predators, you were probably taken aback at the sight of a grown, educated, professional young man jivin’ his way across row F.

What was happening here was the “Crabb Dance” being performed by the Blueland Chronicles’ own RazorCatchPrey.

Apparently, this dance move is done after Joey Crabb scores a goal…as he did that night…and involves “snapping” your fingers like a crab would it’s claws while quickly crab-walking side-to-side…again, much the same way a crab would.

I have come to understand that it’s Razor’s wish…nay, his dream…that when Joey scores a goal in Philips this season, everyone will join him in “catching a case of the Crabbs” by participating in the celebratory dance.

Hey…”Whoop there it is” has kinda jumped the shark anyway.

And Finally…

Being a Thrashers fan these past ten years hasn’t always been easy and they’re play sometimes has certainly generated it’s fair share of disgruntled fans…although I think we are all in for a treat this season.

But here’s a very novel example of how one fan decided to show the team he follows just how unhappy he was with their play…he sent them a bill.

97 comments Add your comment

R. Stroz

September 25th, 2009
6:45 am

FIRST, or GOLD

ben

September 25th, 2009
7:04 am

ben

September 25th, 2009
7:06 am

Rawhide, will Maxim A. be signed by the team?

Tom

September 25th, 2009
7:10 am

Stroz, does Rawhide call you after posting or is there another nefarious reason you are on the new posts so quickly. ( My guess is an RSS feed to a smartphone, but what do I know what goes on behind the curtain.)

five_hole

September 25th, 2009
7:28 am

Having lived in St. Louis in 1993, I can now say that I’ve lived through 2 500 year floods. What are the odds? Who cares if there isn’t enough artic ice left to play hockey on?

Still don’t understand the reasoning behind acquiring Steve McCarthy. The top-4 d-men are set and the last 3 seem to me to between Oystrick, Popovic and Salmela (Valabik having earned a spot in Chicago). That doesn’t count guys like Postma. So, what does McCarthy bring that these guys don’t?

World Be Free

September 25th, 2009
7:40 am

I guess Six Flags is a dedicated water park now.
McCarthy-insurance and nothing else-probably play in Chicago.
Coburn for Zhitnik//I decided long ago to put that trade aside forever. It happened and there’s nothing we can do about it now. We got Peverly for nothing (a total steal) so let’s just call it a wash and move on.

Too many people still fretting about Coburn. He’s gone and he’s not Bobby Orr.

Joshgekko

September 25th, 2009
8:07 am

Since we only get one blog every nine days with Chris, I vote we officially declare this the Thrashers blog. That way fans would not mistakenly go to his blog expecting updated information.

R. Stroz

September 25th, 2009
8:12 am

Tom – Purely psychic, or as my wife says truely psychotic.

GaVaHokie

September 25th, 2009
8:19 am

Wow, hadn’t seen that Six Flags picture… that can’t help their bankruptcy status. :)

That Puck Drop event would have been fun to attend if Buzz didn’t schedule our Fantasy draft for that afternoon… bastard!

GaVaHokie

September 25th, 2009
8:27 am

I hope Coach doesn’t get confused and accidentally cut Antropov instead of Afinogenov this weekend.

Toby

September 25th, 2009
8:29 am

ben

September 25th, 2009
8:31 am

I hope both stay. I hope Kovy stays 8 years, Opie sticks around.

A2B

September 25th, 2009
8:31 am

Think about how we always bring in older guys to mentor at the big club… He is probably there to help develop players like Postma in Chigaco. Its a smart idea to have him play there. Isn’t Chelios playing for the Wolves this year as well? (Someone check me on that, but I remember someone linking that on a previous entry) That would be 2 NHL d-men coaching our prospects on how to better their game and mature for the big leagues. I see nothing wrong with that and hopefully it will speed up their development.

kracker

September 25th, 2009
8:34 am

A small typo to fix, Bill…Oct. 3 is on a Saturday…back to reading :)

Toby

September 25th, 2009
8:43 am

A2B

I’ll see if I can find a link, but I believe he is waiting for NHL camps to end. If no club needs/wants him on a team, it’s believed he will sign in Chicago. I think he has a sick father that is living in that area.

World Be Free

September 25th, 2009
8:52 am

Some folks in Boston and Toronto think Kovy will be available later this year. Obviously they are not checking with what’s going on here in Atlanta.

Rawhide

September 25th, 2009
9:00 am

Rawhide, will Maxim A. be signed by the team?

ben – I believe he will be signed here…and don’t yell so early in the morning….OW, my head!

Having lived in St. Louis in 1993, I can now say that I’ve lived through 2 500 year floods. What are the odds?

five_hole – Well, if you have been here for our 500-year flood and St. Louis for there’s 16 years ago…please let us know if you ever relocate again so we can provide proper warning to that city!

Coburn for Zhitnik//I decided long ago to put that trade aside forever. It happened and there’s nothing we can do about it now. We got Peverly for nothing (a total steal) so let’s just call it a wash and move on.

WBF – Good point.

GaVaHokie

September 25th, 2009
9:31 am

I hardly think anyone here would take Brayden Coburn in the first 10 Rounds of their Fantasy draft… if so, I welcome you and your money to join Buzz’s fantasy league. :)

Rawhide

September 25th, 2009
9:46 am

GaVaHokie – To me, the issue isn’t as much what we gave up…but what we got in return. We are entering our second season of paying Zhitnik to NOT play for us. In the clarity of hindsight it was a disasterous trade, one we are still paying for…literally.

But like WBF points out…it’s time to move on.

ben

September 25th, 2009
9:52 am

RAWHIDE!sorry, only my ferver for the Le Thrash talking.

GaVaHokie

September 25th, 2009
9:53 am

Would we have drafted Bogosian if we still had Coburn… or would we have Filatov now?

We can analyze it to death, but I agree, time to move on… I could care less about Coburn, myself.

R. Stroz

September 25th, 2009
10:08 am

GaVaHockie – The buttefly effect.

Alan R.

September 25th, 2009
10:15 am

I could care less about Coburn, myself.

Could you? Heh. :P

Hope tonight’s game is a good one. If we can round out preseason on a high note, it sets a good tone entering the start of the season.

R. Stroz

September 25th, 2009
10:22 am

Just for something interesting today:

Who thinks the Thrashers will sign Afinogenov? Not whether the Thrashers should, or shouldn’t, just will he be signed by the Thrashers or not?

GaVaHokie

September 25th, 2009
10:36 am

Could you? Heh. :P

The only time I think about it is when people bring it up on this blog. :)

R. Stroz

September 25th, 2009
10:42 am

That Puck Drop event would have been fun to attend if Buzz didn’t schedule our Fantasy draft for that afternoon… bastard!

GaVaHockie – Wouldn’t that make him a buzztard?

A2B

September 25th, 2009
10:43 am

We should sign him… Gives Kane another year to go to the WHL. Tell him to forget stats, just put on 15 lbs of muscle and come back next year. Hopefully he will be 6′ 200 by then and can play his game that he is used to. Not to mention Afinogenov has wheels that would be scary fast with any of our forwards… talk about a spark to get some excitement going. Also, if he performs and we are out of the playoffs, he is trade bait to build for the future (which shouldn’t happen but its always a safe option to have)

ben

September 25th, 2009
10:49 am

A2B

We should make the playoffs this year.

World Be Free

September 25th, 2009
10:53 am

Bad trades happen everywhere.
Jason Marques and Adam Wainright for one season of JD Drew. I know
others were involved in the trade, but these are the 3 key plays.

Drew headed for LA for nothing. Marques and Wainwright are the anchors for their respective teams, both heading towards the playoffs.

A better regular season record and playoff performance will make everyone forget Brandon Coburn and Alex Zhitnik. Just be happy Milbury isn’t our GM.

Russian

September 25th, 2009
11:00 am

Does anybody knows our roster for today in Cariolina? I hope they did not take our Stars players such as Kovy or Little.

Riceowls8891

September 25th, 2009
11:05 am

From the Thrashers Main Page

Peverley- White- Afinogenov
Stapleton- Krog- Machacek
Fritsche- Reasoner- Crabb
Boulton- Slater- Gratton

Defense

Valabik- Salmela
Oystrick- Postma
Vernace- Popovic

Goalies

Legace
MacIntyre

Sara

September 25th, 2009
11:15 am

Russian – from the Thrashers website:

Forwards

Peverley- White- Afinogenov
Stapleton- Krog- Machacek
Fritsche- Reasoner- Crabb
Boulton- Slater- Gratton

Defense

Valabik- Salmela
Oystrick- Postma
Vernace- Popovic

Goalies

Legace
MacIntyre

Sara

September 25th, 2009
11:23 am

BTW, very interesting that Kane is *not* on that roster for tonight. Last game before cuts and anyone and everyone battling for spots on the team is in the line-up tonight (plus a couple regulars) – but Kane isn’t. So do we take from that the assumption that the decision re: Kane has been made?

Alan R.

September 25th, 2009
11:26 am

I’m not yelling too loudly about the McCarthy trade.

a. McCarthy is going straight to Chicago. Do not pass Atlanta, do not collect NHL salary.
b. He was traded to us for “Future Considerations.” This could mean anything from a 7th round draft pick, to one dollar.

Overall, we basically picked up a veteran presence for Chicago (who, hopefully, will only ever see the Atlanta skyline from photographs online) for nothing. If he can teach those kids anything in Chicago, that’d be great. I just hope he doesn’t teach them how to suck, because we’ve had to deal with that for far too long now.

Rawhide

September 25th, 2009
11:29 am

So do we take from that the assumption that the decision re: Kane has been made?

Sara – I think that’s a logical assumption to make. Also, word from Thrashers camp is that they want Sunday’s lineup to resemble greatly the one that will take the ice on Oct. 3. So, let’s see if Kane is playing then.

GaVaHokie

September 25th, 2009
11:31 am

Wow… very interesting line-up… wish I could freakin’ watch it!

It would seem Slater is a lock for the 4th line and they are testing the best combinations around him. I would be very stoked to see that line pan out tonight… Boulton Slater Gratton.

GaVaHokie

September 25th, 2009
11:42 am

I’d still like to see Boulton Reasoner Slater… and perhaps Gratton Reasoner Slater.

Viking

September 25th, 2009
11:48 am

A bunch of “maybe players”…. except for the guys listed on top – I hope.

I wonder if there is any thought behind the first line for tonight? Is it just put together on a whim? Has anybody seen them training together?

Toby

September 25th, 2009
11:49 am

I’m thinking Kane gets his 9 games no matter what. After that…he’s back in Vancouver.

jared

September 25th, 2009
11:56 am

whoa Boulton and Gratton on the SAME line. heh thrashers games might be featured on the UFC channel. Now really i cannot wait for the puck to drop and the gloves for that matter.
Also if Gratton can bring the finishing touch to their line, we could have goal fights, one in which you score a goal and fight. Talk about real momentum

I say we will sign Antropov…. wait did i get his name mixed up?

Sara

September 25th, 2009
11:59 am

Toby I’d agree about the nine game tryout any other time but here’s the thing. If Kane is going back to Vancouver for the year, it’s because Anderson feels he isn’t ready and we have someone else available who is currently better. Because getting off to a good start is crucial this year, why put Kane in for a 9 game extended tryout and hold out someone who is better?

Viking

September 25th, 2009
12:11 pm

Toby, I hope your prediction is not coming true.

As I said before, the beginning of this potentially great season is extremely important and I hope it is not turned into a Kane Development Camp. Additionally, if the marketing department (or if they have spent additional money outsourcing it) have cooked up a Kane campaign and has enough power to influence the roster, it is sad for us. A winning team is the best marketing. Fulstop.

Kane’s time will come, but I believe we could become a big surprise this season. The best team possible should be on the ice from the start.

Alan R.

September 25th, 2009
12:23 pm

First of all, I hate how my keyboard randomly switches from en-US to nb-NO without having actually hit the hotkey for it.

Because getting off to a good start is crucial this year, why put Kane in for a 9 game extended tryout and hold out someone who is better?

This is all contingent on whether or not the coaching staff feels there’s someone better.

We’re in a tough spot with Kane, to be completely honest. There’s nothing new he can learn in Vancouver, but we can’t exactly drop him on Chicago. He might need a bit more size on him for the NHL, but what he really needs at this point is experience playing with NHL caliber players. A couple games isn’t really enough, and unfortunately, I doubt the nine game tryout period would be enough for him, either.

Sure, sending him to Juniors saves us a year on his rookie contract, but it’s not exactly challenging to someone who could already skate circles around some of those players.

From my angle, it appears that sending him back is our only option at this point. Unfortunately, it’s an option that would hamper his development.

Smoothie

September 25th, 2009
12:26 pm

Kane will get his time with the big club before he is sent back to WHL. It may or may not be 9 games, but he will get 5-9 games to get a taste of the NHL so he knows what he needs to work on (other than weight / strength training) when he returns to VAN.

They can / will protect him in the line-up by letting him play 3rd line LW with Marty and Colby (unless Colby is still nursing his “lower” body injury). He can be utilized on the PK with Reasoner as his speed is as good or better than Colin Stuart’s. He’ll get some minutes on the PP as well because teams will forget about him when he’s on the ice with big Nik, Kovy, Kubina and Enstrom.

I think we’re seeing they are working on some different wrinkles with the PP in the pre-season and I would not expect the same old PP units or scheme when the season starts. Kane will do fine playing with Marty and Colby / Max as he is a smart player and will not take unnecessary chances. Plus, we can only afford to pay him for 1/8 of the season in order to sign Maxim to his 1 yr, $2.25 M contract.

Rawhide

September 25th, 2009
12:39 pm

For those who believe Kane will play in Atlanta for a handful of games, then be sent back to the WHL…who do you feel will not play for those 8 or 9 games who otherwise would?

I don’t see him on the 4th line and…assuming Max is signed and plays on Oct. 3…I don’t see him or any other of our top nine players sitting for 3 weeks simply to give the kid a taste of the big league.

World Be Free

September 25th, 2009
1:00 pm

I think Kane is back to Vancouver before the start of the season.

As a team, the Thrashers have to get off the dime game one. Makes no sense sitting a regular for 8 games for Kane’s trial period. Eight games for Kane in the NHL will do nothing for his development and little for his evaluation.

He’s 18, you know there’s more he can learn in the WHL and the Canadian jr. Team.

Viking

September 25th, 2009
1:02 pm

Kane just turned 18…. in my opinion, it is just “draft hype”, or whatever it could be called, to let Kane occupy a roster spot from the start of the season. Again, his time will come.

It is a pity he can’t join Chicago or if it is out of the question a European team, but let us not have a reason to be unhappy about October results later on!

Zoomo

September 25th, 2009
1:05 pm

If Kane makes the team – and right now, I think the decision is to send him to back to juniors becasue of the log jam – I think Army moves to the 4th line. Think about it, he could definitely play there and be effective.

If Kane made the team…he’s my opening night line up:
Kovy-Antro-Little
Max-White-Pevs
Slavamatic-Reasoner-Kane
Boults/Gratton-Slater-Army (Thorburn in the press box)

Kubina-Hainsey
Bogo-Enstrom
Oystrick-Samela
(Pops or Boris in the box)

Pavelic

Smitty

September 25th, 2009
1:25 pm

I do not wanr to show my age but I would like to go back to those great Montreal teams of the 60’s and 70’s. They had young guys come up after jrs (true they were 20 years old) and they let them play with the big boys their first year. They did not play on any regular lines. They played an occasional shift and some PP and PK. Guys like Cournyer, Lafleur and Houle were given this type of opportunity. I do not belive any of those 3 players won a Calder Cup. A chance to maybe get 10 minutes of NHL ice time per game in order to learn the ropes and the dedication required to play an elite game on the NHL level.

I believe there is agreement that going back to jrs will not help Kane. He can put on weight and muscle up here under the supervision of the Thrasher strength and condioning staff. There will be injuries when he can fill in. There will be times when players will be benched or just need a rest. It is a long season and resting players for a game or 2 is a nice luxury to have.

I believe playing 40-50 games here in Atlanta even with limited ice will help Evander Kane a great deal more than playing 50-60 games in juniors.

jwizzle

September 25th, 2009
1:27 pm

I am SO happy to see that you included the much loved “Crabb Dance” from section 111. I for one, will adopt this and spread the Crabb Dance loving. Well done RazorCatchPrey!

Separately, what’s your take on the future of Bolton this season? (with your educated and yet magical, crystal ball)