Kovy scores again in loss to Senators

Three games played…five goals and six points for Ilya Kovalchuk. Let’s see, that puts him on pace for…what…137 goals and 164 points?

Yeah, I’ll take that!

Unfortunately, unlike the first two games, the captain’s efforts did not help the Thrashers to a win as Atlanta fell to the Ottawa Senators 4-2 on Saturday night. Video highlights can be seen here.

Things did not exactly start off swimmingly in Canada’s capital…the Thrashers falling behind 2-0 with only 145 seconds having elapsed from the game clock. Alex Kovalev was first to score only 43 seconds in when, according to Dan Kamal, Ondrej Pavelec was “out of position”. Jarkko Ruutu then made it 2-0 Senators at the 2:25 mark of the first…it was just Ottawa’s third shot of the game.

For the night Pavelec stopped 30 of the 34 shots faced in the loss…for the season he has allowed 9 goals on 104 shots faced, (.913 SV%).

But give Opie some his due…the kid stymied the Sens for the rest of the period, stopping the next seven before the break, and allowed the skaters in front of him the chance to get back into it. This is in stark contrast to the Pavelec of last year when he couldn’t seem to put early goals behind him and allowed games to get out of hand.

See also the brutal Boston beating and pathetic Penguins performance in December.

After Saturday's game, Maxim Afinogenov filed a report with the Ottawa police department claiming he was robbed by a masked man with in a red sweater,  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Chartrand)

After Saturday's game, Maxim Afinogenov filed a report with the Ottawa police department claiming he was robbed by a masked man with in a red sweater, (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Chartrand)

Kaptain Kovalchuk led the charge for Atlanta, taking a Nik Antropov pass and burying it from the left circle. Kovy’s goal was his fifth of season and big Mo seemed to swing the Thrashers way. Defenseman Ron Hainsey then notched his first of the season to tie the score at 2 each with just 1:52 left in the opening stanza. Bryan Little and Pavel Kubina were credited with the assists…for Little, it was helper number four and for Kubina it was his third. Both have at least one point in each of the three games played so far.

Maxim Afinogenov was denyed a chance to score his first goal as a Thrasher when Senators goalie Brian Elliott robbed him from point blank range.

The Thrashers outshot Ottawa 12-10 in the first period…the first time they have taken more shots in a period than they allowed all season.

Ottawa reclaimed the lead early in the second on a power play goal by Mike Fisher…Anssi Salmela took the skate of shame as he was called for interference. It was the Senator’s first goal while on the man-advantage this season. Atlanta then fell again into a two-goal hole when Chris Neil beat Pavs at the 5:12 mark of the third.

Midway through the third, Slava Kozlov knocked the puck into the net, but it was he ruled played it with a high stick. To listen to Dan Kamal and Darrin Eliot tell in on the radio feed, it did appear that the stick was slightly below the crossbar, but the refs ruled otherwise.

Atlanta was again outshot for the game…this time by a 34-28 count. For the season, they have allowed 104 shots on goal while getting off a total of 77 on opposing goalies. That equates to an average of 25.6 Shots for and 34.6 shots against so far.

And now, we wait…again…for the next Thrashers game which will come next Friday in New Jersey. It’ll be the front end of a back-to-backer and will be followed up the next night in Buffalo when we’ll gather at TJ’s to watch the Thrashers take on the Sabres.

Give Blood, Watch Hockey

You know the old saying…Give Blood, Play Hockey. Well the Gwinnett Gladiators would like for you to give blood and then watch some hockey.

Monday October 19 is the date for the Gwinnett Gladiators Ghoulishly Good Blood Drive, which will be held at The Arena at Gwinnett Center from 2:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Participants will be able to win some great Gladiator prizes and team members will be available to sign autographs from 4 to 6.

For more information…click here.

Rawhide 3.0

October 10th marked the second anniversary that the knuckleheads at the AJC got the bright idea to hand this little blog thingy over to yours truly. This, of course, means that we are entering into the third year of me hosting the Iceman Bloggeth…Rawhide 3.0.

What would you like to see more of from Rawhide 3.0

  • More analysis of games and players! (40%, 19 Votes)
  • Stats! Give me more stats! (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Just post lineups. We'll take it from there (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Trixie! I'd like to see more of Trixie! (56%, 27 Votes)

Total Voters: 48

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who make this forum all that it is…both those who contribute frequently with your comments and those who simply pop in to read the ranting and ramblings of a simple Thrashers fanatic.

Since that initial entry…which was posted just prior to a 3-1 loss to Ottawa in the second game of the 2007-08 season… there have been 405 blogs posted which have included a total of 594,290 words…most even spelled correctly.

You, on the other hand, have helped contribute to 32,596 comments posted, which is an average of 80.5 per blog and 313.4 per week. Just since this past July 1, those numbers are 135.82 average number of comments per blog and 443.67 per week.

You guy have a lot to say…don’t you?!

Seriously, I have always told people that the best stuff that happens on this site can be seen below what I happen to opine. There are countless numbers of fans who possess endless knowledge and a deep understanding of this game that contribute regularly here. Most of you can even present your opinions and observations in an entertaining fashion and with a sense of humor that makes it all the more fun for everyone who enjoys reading…myself included.

On behalf of myself, and my lovely cyber-secretary Trixie, I would like to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for helping to make this such a fantastic place to discuss the Thrashers and the sport of ice hockey!

109 comments Add your comment

somaatl95

October 11th, 2009
11:54 pm

Unleash the fury! Believe in Blueland!

Brendan

October 12th, 2009
1:43 am

Thrashers27, I do think Kari is ready. Problem is, (1) he is injury-prone and (2) he suffers mental breakdowns when overused. Given that, perhaps Kari really is better as a #2 goalie. He cannot command big dollars with the stats he has. But, once again, Kari is RESTRICTED next summer … so … it’s Atlanta’s LAST CHANCE to sign him at RFA pricing. Not that his UFA pricing would be that much higher.

It’d be one thing if Kari had taken his team up on his shoulders and carried them DEEP into the playoffs, at least ONCE, in his career. But he hasn’t. He’s probably looking at $3 million again, next year. Hey, does anyone have the cumulative dollars that Kari has earned as the Thrashers netminder? There was the capped rookie year deal in 2002. That’d take us to 2005. Then in 2006, he signed a two-year deal, I think. That puts him at 2007, when he started doing 1-year deals in 2007, 2008, and 2009. I’d love to see that total. With Damian Rhodes, it was 3-years, $10 million, for 81 games. Anyone know, off hand, how many games Kari has played for Atlanta? I’m sure someone’s got a cost-comparative analysis out there on this one. With respect to Kari, that “5-year developmental program” is precisely the reason I never thought Atlanta should have even drafted him. They didn’t have the time, in 2002. They needed to keep moving the franchise forward at a faster pace. Had they selected Bouwmeester, D-men take 3-4 years, on average, and it still would have been a time-consuming process, back in 2002. To me, back then, the logical choice would have been Rick Nash, unless Florida took him 1st overall. In which case, we’d have to choose between Lehtonen and Bouwmeester, with Bouwmeester being a slightly faster path to great potential success. In that situation, if we go with Kari over Bouwmeester, we probably need to go out into free agency to snare a BIG DOLLAR goalie to fill the void until Lehtonen is ready. But that sends a “mixed message” to Kari, who … given his draft position, is the HEIR APPARENT, with the “franchise goalie” tag hanging around his neck.

Dwayne, “all of the above.” If what the Maryland Judge says is true, “That everything IS as it WAS back in 2005,” then there’d be no reason to go on the cheap. The thing is … I DON’T BELIEVE IT. I don’t believe everything is as it WAS. I’ll believe it when Steve Belkin kicks in his money and doesn’t file YET ANOTHER appeal in the case. In short, Mr. Belkin may still be ESTRANGED. But back in 2005, the Spirit Group ‘greenlighted’ a maxed cap for Opening Night. NHLNumbers.com had Atlanta’s Opening Night Cap at $53,255,000. Whether it would stay there depends on whether Pavelec and Kane stay for the rest of the season, or are returned within 9 games to their respective former teams. If Kovy likes what Waddell and the Spirit do on July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, perhaps Kovalchuk re-signs with Atlanta on July 5, 2010. That team won’t be a low-salaried team. If Kovy re-signs, it means he finally got the players he wanted all along. Waddell and the Spirit were offering something like a 5-6 year deal, not a CAREER-type contract.

lee

October 12th, 2009
9:16 am

thx for the clips rawhide!!!! i was in pensacola for vacation and the tv didn’t even hav spso!!! i was so mad, and because of the time change, i missed the game on the radio. oh, well, i only hav to wait until friday!!! YAY!!!! ugh!!!

GaVaHokie

October 12th, 2009
10:46 am

Just thought I’d point out that 3 of the 4 goals on Pavalec were rebound shots.

GaVaHokie

October 12th, 2009
10:52 am

Regarding TV coverage… I would like to know what’s so important to SportsSouth on a Tuesday night, Oct. 20, that they can’t show hockey?

In fact, I can’t even find a website for SportsSouth.

RS

October 12th, 2009
11:37 am

The Thrasher obviously need to get off to a good start so that Kovalchuk will re-sign, and it’s nice to see that nobody is trying harder to see that it happens than Kovalchuk.

Midfield

October 12th, 2009
11:44 am

Brendan, I don’t think Kovy’s decision will rest upon the front Office’s moves in July 2010. I personally believe that he will decide based on when and where the Thrashers season will or will likely to end in 2010.

Smoothie

October 12th, 2009
11:50 am

I’m not sure what is more frustrating: the lack of TV coverage or the fact we have no games in 5 days yet are forced to play 5 games in 7 days starting Saturday.

Thrashers27

October 12th, 2009
11:50 am

Hey, Tom! Which Dicks did you go to…wish I could find a way to involve Harry in this entry.

World Be Free

October 12th, 2009
12:09 pm

Biltong-on the 8th day during Mountain Time! I have relatives in Toronto who tell me the same thing. My buddy from Mississauga gave me the business for that 8th day comment. He took my Molsons and made me drink Bud.

The rumors now have the Coyotes moving to Quebec City. I guess we will get a reprieve for a few days.

5 games in 7 nights-sounds like somebody is trying to make it hard on the Thrash. Hopefully our depth will hold up. We might see “Jimmy” real soon.

Hockey Biltong

October 12th, 2009
12:28 pm

Quebec City – A nice destination! And WBF, I cannot help you with your Molson “problem”. I can only steer you to better micro brews and hope you wiil drink!!!

polskidawg

October 12th, 2009
12:35 pm

Rawhide – yours is the best fan blog I’ve come across – regardless of sport and region. The sheer number of posts you provide is hard to imagine, putting even “professional” writers to shame.

I hope Mrs. Rawhide REALLY loves hockey.

Brendan

October 12th, 2009
12:37 pm

Midfield, let’s say the Thrashers make the playoffs, but get swept out. Or lose in Five. Is that ENOUGH for Kovalchuk? I think it might matter to Kovalchuk what happens on July 1, 2, and 3 in terms of Kovy having “leverage” over the roster THAT WILL BE.

Remember, to quote Kovy in his OWN WORDS, “I have to do what the little slip of paper says.” If he re-signs too early, he loses that leverage over what happens in the next period of free agency. If Kovy agrees to some 5-year deal by Christmas, he’s OBLIGATED to play here for the next five years. No matter how CHEAP the organization runs the team and/or if it RETAINS Waddell. In Kovalchuk’s shoes, if I wanted to stay in Atlanta, I’d wait until after July 4th, just to see what the Thrashers do. I’ll still get my money from some other team, on July 5, 2010. They might even be MORE DESPERATE, in terms of the money offered.

Now, if the Thrashers make the playoffs, and bow out in Game 7 of the Conference Finals, I’d say that Kovy should be pleased by that. Is that a likely scenario? Kovy wanted the team to spend a lot of money on free agents. Kovy said he wanted the team to compete for the Stanley Cup THIS SEASON. Kovy said, “The City of Atlanta deserves it.” Nikki Zherdev left for Atlant, of the KHL. Instead, we got Max Afinogenov. Are these the moves that please Kovy?

World Be Free

October 12th, 2009
1:18 pm

Biltong-John Labbatt’s Extra Stock or Molson Brador
Just take the car keys away from me for 2 days.

Brendan-I just want him to sign soon so we can get to the other players that are up for RFA or UFA July 1, 2010. Kovy is smart enough to look around him and see where the team is at this point and where they will go in the immediate future. If he wants to put his foot on management’s throat, then sign a 1 or 2 year deal. Get management to make a commitment to sign they guys who are becoming available next season. Few temas make commitments (in the form of contracts) past 2 seasons at the risk of getting stuck with Daniel Briere/Brian Campbell contracts.

We have to think of the best interests of the entire team and if Kovy’s not truly committed, then line up some suiters in the near future. I don’t mean to sound so radical, but this is all starting to sound like Brett Favre.

Sara

October 12th, 2009
1:23 pm

Look – can we just call a temporary moratorium on critiques of Waddell/ownership, re-hashing of team history, and endless speculation of what Kovy might or might not do or what he might or might not think? Just for a bit here? I know the crap schedule means trying to find ways to “fill the conversation” but I am really sick unto death of discussing or reading about all of the above topics and I don’t want to feel like I have to avoid the blogs in order to avoid this chatter. This is stuff that we’ve discussed six ways to Sunday and at this point there isn’t one single new thing that can be added to any of those discussions … and frankly most of them are depressing. I don’t like being depressed. And I don’t like talking about “doomsday” predictions when the team’s playing pretty darn good actually.

So can we just enjoy the “now” for a bit and give “was” and “might will be” a rest for a spell?

Buzilla in CT

October 12th, 2009
1:33 pm

Hartford Thrashers?

…could be…

Buzilla in CT

October 12th, 2009
1:36 pm

Sorry Sara, couldn’t resist.

Anybody see what Pavs mask looks like? Hopefully he has a few more mature things than Mr. Kari.

I hear Kari brings his matchbox cars on the road with him. Kovy could be heard complaining to Waddell, “He brought his f-ing TOYS with him!!!!!”

World Be Free

October 12th, 2009
1:44 pm

One thing you’ll notice about my entries is I do not criticize management. I try to focus on the game and the players. Every fan base criticizes their team’s management. Personally, I save my management criticism for the Braves and Sabres!

My focus is on getting Kovy resigned based on what we all know today, so we can get going on signing the other players.

Buzilla in CT

October 12th, 2009
1:48 pm

This was taken from Wiki on Kari’s page:

-While playing for the AHL’s Chicago Wolves, the Hamburglar was featured on his skullcap, an homage to the nickname he received shortly after arriving from Finland, and becoming enamoured with McDonald’s hamburgers.
-He had a depiction of Lil Jon, who is an avid Thrashers fan, on his skullcap.
-In the past, Lehtonen has worn helmets featuring characters Yuna and Rikku from the video game Final Fantasy X-2, as well as Uma Thurman and Lucy Liu’s characters from Kill Bill. Lehtonen, however, is not a video game fanatic; ‘I’ve never played it. But I saw a couple of commercials about the game and just thought it looked awesome.’”
He also had a mask made featuring Optimus Prime from The Transformers Movie, which was never worn in a game, only in pre-game warm ups.
Current mask shows a depiction of Heath Ledger’s The Joker, with a stylized ATL featured on the other side.

It’s like he is f-ing 5yrs old!!!

Sara

October 12th, 2009
1:50 pm

WBF I don’t expect Kovy to sign a new contract any time soon. 3 games into the season is not enough time to make a determination one way or another about the overall direction of this team. They could win 2 out of 3 from here on out or they could completely fall apart. But I, as a personal choice, refuse to spend every friggin’ day from here until July 1, 2010 picking apart what Kovy might be thinking and what he might do – and especially when there have only been 3 games played. It’s just plain unhealthy as far as I’m concerned and I’ll go nuts.

We’ve already been over it and right now they ONLY thing to do is let the team play the games and see where it takes us.

Buzilla – the relocation talk doesn’t bother me as much – I consider that educating the ignorant masses. ;)

Midfield

October 12th, 2009
1:50 pm

Buzilla,

why so serious?

Buzilla in CT

October 12th, 2009
2:01 pm

I actually like the joker one, but I sense a trend from Kari.

The Hambuglar? Really? Maybe put down the McD’s and run your @ss around the block a few times. Maybe don’t collect the star wars glasses in your happy meals and concentrate on being a professional hockey player. Potential is the dirtiest word in the world of sports. The guy could (have been) one of the greatest goalies in the game. Instead, he is probably at the drive thru as we speak getting a #3 supersized then off to Toys R Us for a look at the new G.I. Joe mobile command unit.

Buzilla in CT

October 12th, 2009
2:05 pm

Big Willy Tilly,

Do you ever get access to players, coaches or DWad? I have obviously read your stuff with old Flame players and with Kamala and the douche from the radio.

By the way, has anything improved with the ex-Flames players and the Organ-i-zation since you shed some light on there douchery?

GaVaHokie

October 12th, 2009
2:09 pm

GaVaHokie

October 12th, 2009
2:10 pm

Rawhide

October 12th, 2009
2:17 pm

Big Willy Tilly,

Do you ever get access to players, coaches or DWad? I have obviously read your stuff with old Flame players and with Kamala and the douche from the radio.

By the way, has anything improved with the ex-Flames players and the Organ-i-zation since you shed some light on there douchery?

Zilla – It is very rare that I ever get one-on-one face time with the coaching staff or players. I’d love more, but I take what they give me.

As for the situation between former Flames players and the Spirit group, well…the fact that the Thrashers were so very generous with providing gifts and tickets for those in attendance at the Draft party at TJ’s, (Tim Ecclestone’s place), and that a rep from the team was instrumental in setting up the Party Bus event from their to Philips Arena for that game against the Sharks…it sure seems like the organ-I-zation has taken note and is wiling to use Tim and the NHL alumi group more.

There is more that can be done…but i think we got their attention last spring. And I give the Spirit Group big kudos for doing so as well!

Rawhide – yours is the best fan blog I’ve come across – regardless of sport and region. The sheer number of posts you provide is hard to imagine, putting even “professional” writers to shame.

I hope Mrs. Rawhide REALLY loves hockey.

polskidawg – Thank you, you’re far too kind. As for the Divine Mrs. R…she has been very, very understanding with my little hockey hobby. I owe much thanks.

World Be Free

October 12th, 2009
2:38 pm

Sara-the longer we waits, the greater the distraction the more potential to hurt the team. Look around,do we have the horses to compete?

Buzilla in CT

October 12th, 2009
2:39 pm

That is pretty cool. Is the party bus kind of like the old Jocks n Jills bus that used to take drunken bafoons down to Braves games? Or is it more like the Fur Bus?

Thrashers27

October 12th, 2009
3:22 pm

Wow! Tom was right…I just went up to Dick’s in Kennesaw and got a Reebok, new style, Kovy jersey for $35. Regularly $150. Hell of a deal! The deal only goes on the blue ones and not the new, red, third jerseys, but those are on sale for $129. Perfect Christmas presents if you’re thinking about that already.

Hopefully, my new Kovy Jersey won’t be obsolete within the next year….Wait a minute…maybe Dick’s knows something we don’t and Kovy is as good as gone. Nah…

Bluenote

October 12th, 2009
3:23 pm

Sara’s on target as usual. Couldn’t agree more that endless guessing what Kovy will or won’t do is a waste of time/energy on this board.

Let others contribute to the distraction. Either the team gels and it becomes his to lead or it doesn’t. Personally, I’m optimistic and like what I’ve seen so far, but an 80-game grind lies ahead. Time will tell. Speculation is futile.

Great to hear Rawhide’s Atlanta hockey history lessons from last spring appear to have been heard and generated some shame/action. Sure seems like there is space somewhere at Phillips to recognize/honor players and memories of the past….even if they weren’t Thrashers and to involve some of the former Flames.

It could might help some know-nothings understand hockey has actually been here quite a while

Rawhide

October 12th, 2009
3:53 pm

Zilla – Kinda like the Jocks-n-Jills deal. We’ll meet at TJ’s on that Saturday afternoon…then we’ll hop aboard a motor coach that seats about 55…filled with drinks…head on down to Philips to enjoy the game together….then the bus will bring us all back to TJ’s after.

Plus, there will be prizes raffled off on the way down…free tickets to upcoming Thrashers games as well as some lucky fan amoung us will ride on the Zaboni during intermission that night.

$55 gets you a lower level seat and the ride on the bus…$37 gets you an upper level seat plus a ride on the bus.

Here’s a link with all the info.

Buzilla in CT

October 12th, 2009
4:20 pm

Thanks Rawhide, but unless they can make the small trip up to Connecticut than I am screwed. Looks fun though. I am jealous.

Buzilla in CT

October 12th, 2009
4:21 pm

I know I am going to regret this, but where is GaVaHokie’s alter ego NASCARDave?

Here. I will fill in for him.

FIRE WADDELL.

NUFF SAID

Rawhide

October 12th, 2009
4:25 pm

Thanks Rawhide, but unless they can make the small trip up to Connecticut than I am screwed. Looks fun though. I am jealous.

Zilla – Well…ya know…Delta does fly from New York’s JFK airport at Atlanta on a daily basis. :cool:

Just sayin’…

GaVaHokie

October 12th, 2009
4:35 pm

I know I am going to regret this, but where is GaVaHokie’s alter ego NASCARDave?

Alter Ego?… or Arch Nemesis?

Alter Ego would imply that I argue with myself as two different people. :)

Oh, Buzz… enjoy your two Thrashers games in Fantasy this week. Since you felt so inclined to snatch up all the good Thrashers players from Rone and I.

GaVaHokie

October 12th, 2009
4:38 pm

For all you Fantasy Players… check your teams to see if you got any Columbus Day “presents”… didn’t realize we had two afternoon games today in the NHL.

Dwayne

October 12th, 2009
4:46 pm

So we can’t talk about Kovy resigning…OK, who are we gonna get for him at the trade deadline?

Buzilla in CT

October 12th, 2009
4:56 pm

I meant alter ego as you post under the alias of NASCAR Dave…making it your alter ego. Like Batman/Bruce Wayne only on a blog and you don’t fight crime.

Don’t hate on my fantasy team

Sara

October 12th, 2009
5:16 pm

Dwayne – I didn’t say you can’t. I’m asking people not to.

Short of him deciding to sign a contract at some point, NOTHING is going to happen with Ilya anytime in calendar year 2009 at the very least so why stress over it or even worse, go so far as to post what amounts to an ultimatum – either he signs really soon or he should be traded. I mean, WTF? I repeat, it’s 3 games into a brand new season and the team has won 2 of those 3. So why is there this need to rehash all the negative?

It’s bad enough this team gets disrespected everywhere else in the hockey world – it’d be nice to think one could actually come to a team blog populated by folks that are fans of the team and not have to read the same type of stuff I can find at any given moment on TSN.

Tom Lysiak

October 12th, 2009
5:58 pm

Thrashers27 – sorry, but I just saw your question about the location for the jerseys. I went to the one in Fayetteville. Glad you found them in Kennesaw!

Also, that is the same thing my girlfriend said when we saw the sale. “Dick’s must have heard Kovy is gone…”. Ain’t buying it, but I want to see a signing now.

World Be Free

October 12th, 2009
6:23 pm

My focus is beyond Kovy, getting the rest of our RFAs and UFAs signed. The closer you get to July 1, the harder it is to sign your UFAs.

I really don’t think any of the regulars are disrespecting the Thrashers. I’m trying to look at the big picture, what it may mean to the team as the season progresses. Please do not confuse me with TSN.
Let’s hope for a good season, knowing that there’s alotta work to do off the ice.

Brendan

October 12th, 2009
6:51 pm

I second the motion to try to get Bryan Little signed, proactively. I think Pavelec and Peverley are eligible for contracts, too. So, is Slava, for that matter. And some other Russian whose name I cannot recall (rolling eyes). It’s probably not relevant.

Brendan

October 12th, 2009
6:59 pm

Oh, yeah. Now I remember the Russian’s name. It’s Max Afinogenov. But he’s not eligible for contract extension until January 1, 2010. And really, wouldn’t we want to wait on that contract anyway?

I love the start this team has had. There’s a lot of positive things going on. Perhaps the most important of which is … this team is playing for one another. That’s a very good thing. Sure, shots on goal, and rebound control, are still languishing issues. But there’s 79 more games to play.

Smoothie

October 12th, 2009
7:30 pm

It would be nice to get Little inked to a new deal sooner than later, but honestly, the money will be there assuming this team plays well this year and spending to the cap is warranted in 2010-11.

Even if Kozlov comes back it will be at a greatly reduced price. In all likelihood, Moose will not be re-upped and Slater could become expendable. That’s $3.5 to $4 M available for Kovys raise. Without the bonuses, we are still below $49 M.

Kubina’s money comes off the books and his money will be used to extend Peverley and provide Bryan Little with the raise he deserves. Even if Kuby is paid to stay in ATL, we can hope Pavy makes Kari expendable and that the ASG is willing to spend as much as $55 M to keep all of our parts.

I’m most concerned about Peverley because a year of 20+ G and 35+ A production will likely muster $2.5 M or more on the open market. But let’s face it, if this team doesn’t win 40+ games and challenge for the playoffs, then certain players won’t be worth keeping around.

Dwayne

October 12th, 2009
7:44 pm

I would rather yall not talk contracts, I’m not say you can’t. I’m asking you not too.
Here is my earlier blog:Do yall feel that managment(ASG) put this team together to 1)please Kovy.2) make playoffs.3)resign Kovy. 4)get butts back in seats? Now, having stated the above, and Kovy is resigned for big $$$, they claim that can’t do as much $$ wise next year, let some talent walk, like Pev, Kubina, Armstrong, Kari(much to the delight of Stendec), go a cheaper route and revert to the new 5 year plan? I know #3 was *&!@#)% you know who, but the meat of the blog was what to do about the other guys, I know I didn’t mention Little or Kozzy, but I figured everyone would know what I was asking.

Brendan

October 12th, 2009
8:15 pm

Like I said, Dwayen, I think the AS, LLC did it for “all of the above.” They do want to please Kovy, they do want to re-sign Kovy, they do want to make the playoffs, and they do want to play in front of a full house. If all that happens, then there should be excellent cash flow. It’s far, far better to sellout every game than not to. Opening Night was a sellout. The Thrashers are 1-for-1 in that capacity. If the team continues to play well, the attendance will be there. And the revenue will continue to be there.

There’s no reason, other than them NOT WANTING TO, that they cannot spend even more next year. Even if the cap shrinks. Now, obviously, if it shrinks back to something like $45 million, then that’s the most any team can spend. But I really, really don’t think it’d shrink by $10 million or more dollars, even in a recession or bad economy. The cap is $56.8 million now. If it shrinks, and many people think it will, my very UNINFORMED guess is … the new MAX CAP would be something like $54.3 million. I don’t know what it will be, and neither does ANYONE ELSE. I don’t think Commissioner Bettman knows.

So? So what? Why mention it? Glad you asked. The point of a PROACTIVE contract is at least two-fold, (1) you hope to save money on the player’s contract and (2) you hope to prevent the possibility of an RFA offersheet, where you could lose the player if you cannot match the other team’s offer. Obviously, there’s more reasons, too. I’d argue for (3) continuity of roster and team chemistry and (4) to demonstrate commitment towards the nucleus of players. That would show that the players are (1) VALUED and (2) CAN EXPECT to be re-signed and (3) be GIVEN CREDIT for their HARD WORK. Once again, I throw my full support around the organization’s efforts to re-sign a player like Bryan Little ahead of schedule. To date, the only PROACTIVE contract ever to occur during the Waddell Administration was Toby Enstrom’s. And as I recall, Toby didn’t have as good of a year as had been hoped. I sincerely hope that Proactive deal for Enstrom didn’t SOUR Waddell on the concept.

Brendan

October 12th, 2009
8:33 pm

Sorry, I misspelled your name, Dwayne. I never addressed who I think would be lost, if those decisions have to be made. I’ve always seen Kubina as a straight “one-year deal.” So, I’d think he’s gone. I also think Colby Armstrong will pursue his best option next Summer. I’m sure Colby wants Top Six Forward minutes/role, and I cannot and will not fault him for leaving to a team that will give him just that. If Atlanta is willing, and Colby is willing, then fine. Re-sign him. Max Afinogenov is a player I see on a one-year try out. He may want to leave. Or Atlanta may want him to leave, at season’s end. Afinogenov can be replaced.

Pevs Dispenser is an interesting case. I think he benefits tremendously from the players around him. However, if those players aren’t going to be here, I would think his numbers will diminish. I’d bet Peverley wants to play Top Six Forward minutes, too. If Atlanta is willing to extend that offer to him, and Peverley is amenable to a proactive deal, then by all means, proceed. But if we lock up Peverley, we’d better surround the guy with talent.

As for Kari, I think he will get re-signed during the offseason. Might be another one-year deal, at RFA pricing. Or, maybe, just maybe, we could see a trade, since Kari is restricted. It’d be up to the gaining team to re-sign him. And, in the unlikely event of an RFA offersheet, that gaining team would be compensated with draft picks for Lehtonen’s loss.

Just as a general comment, not trying to stir anything, but it probably doesn’t look good for the organization for its former lottery draft picks to be cut, traded away, or otherwise fail to be renewed. (Stefan was traded, Heatley was traded, and we await the futures of #17 and Kari. Braydon Coburn was not a lottery draft pick, but he was a high-end 1st rounder, who was traded away. Boris Valabik is not a lottery draft pick, but he is a high-end 1st rounder and his future is being scrutinized.)

World Be Free

October 12th, 2009
9:28 pm

Watching the Leafs lose again tonight. They are so sad. Avery has two golas and the Ranger fans are really rubbing it in, New York Style.

I still cannot believe they traded two no. 1 picks and no. 2 for a one dimensional floater like Phil Kessel. Kessel isn’t available until December, which means he won’t hit stride until after January 1.

There’s a good chance the Leafs will have a lottery pick this year, which will go to Boston along with next year’s number 1. I guess Brian Burke left the need to make a deal, ANY DEAL.

Can’t wait to see TSN and the Leaf Nation watch Boston use their top pick next year to restock their shelves.

ben

October 12th, 2009
9:38 pm

@WBF 9:28

they’ll spin it somehow too.

Brendan

October 12th, 2009
9:50 pm

Anyone watching this UTTER COLLAPSE by the Calgary Flames tonight on Versus? It was 5-0, Flames. They scores three goals in just over a minute. But now, it’s 5-4, with the 2nd stanza about to come to a close.

In other news tonight, the Washington Capitals, for the third time this young season, squandered a multi-goal lead to lose in overtime or a shootout. This time, they were entraped by the Devils. NJ got the equalizer in the 3rd period and then won it in the shootout on goals by Zack Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner. It was a tough break for Jose Theodore on the Langenbrunner goal. It looked like he stopped it, but the momentum of the puck carried on over the goal line. Parise’s goal was a beauty! Backstrom scored on the 1st Capitals shot, high glove, on Brodeur. But Marty stopped Alex Semin and then STONED Ovechkin, who desked wide and tried to go five-hole. There was daylight, but Brodeur stopped him. So, way to DENY our division rival another point.

Tampa Bay leads Florida, 4-3, late in the 3rd period. Roughly 3:00 left in regulation time. I just hope none of them get that dredded “bonus point.”