Thrasherville NHL Team Adoption Center

Sheeze! Has the Thrashers schedule early on been aggravating or what?

Five days in between the first game and the second game…then our patience was rewarded with a pair of games toward the end of last week…but now we are dealing with six days in between the 4-2 loss in Ottawa and the next game scheduled for this Friday in New Jersey.

Thrasherville won’t host another home game until the 22nd when the Caps come to town.

However, I do have my NHL Center Ice…and for that, I am truly thankful. Without this wonderful gift from the hockey gods, I might just have gone stir-crazy by now.

Which west coast team are you looking to "adopt" this season?

  • Anaheim (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Calgary (10%, 12 Votes)
  • Chicago (13%, 16 Votes)
  • Colorado (6%, 7 Votes)
  • Columbus (5%, 6 Votes)
  • Dallas (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Detroit (8%, 10 Votes)
  • Edmonton (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Los Angeles (10%, 13 Votes)
  • Minnesota (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Nashville (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Phoenix (4%, 5 Votes)
  • San Jose (3%, 4 Votes)
  • St. Louis (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Vancouver (1%, 1 Votes)
  • None!If they ain't Thrashers, they ain't $#@! (28%, 34 Votes)

Total Voters: 124

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Because of the Center Ice package, one of the things I’m able to do is follow the teams out west that we don’t get to see very often play in Atlanta. And, as I normally do, I tend to focus in on one particular team and “adopt” them as my second team. Naturally, the Flames are one that I, as well as many others, keep an eye on given their roots. But I also like to choose another squad as well… one that is poised to make a run for the Cup or a team that is making great strides to get back into contention after a re-building period.

For the past few years, the team I have chosen to take on has been the San Jose Sharks. They’ve been stacked with quality players and have been positioned to contend for the championship over the course of the last couple of years. Their fans are super, supporting them the way they do, and all of the ones I’ve ever met are classy people…so that helps.

But their recent playoff shortcomings have me considering a different team in which to give my attention.

Possible selections are…

Chicago Blackhawks: Great run in last spring’s playoffs and exciting to watch. Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp are all entertaining players as well. But they seem to be the chic team that many people are bandwagon-ing.

Edmonton Oilers: Could be a very interesting team to follow as they look to make a return trip to the postseason for the first time since 2006. Mike Comrie, Shawn Horcoff and Dustin Penner have gotten the Oilers off to a 3-1-1 start.

Minnesota Wild: They fell just shy of that 8th and final spot last April…and I gotta tell ya, I love Minnesota hockey fans…Oh Yeah, you betcha! I’d pull for them for that reason alone.

Colorado Avalanche: Here’s an interesting story in the making…69 points last season and rock bottom in the Western Conference standings. However, are off to a 4-1-1 and seem to have found the answer to the question between the pipes. Craig Anderson now possesses a 1.98 GAA and .940 SV% after the Avs’ 4-1 win in Toronto Tuesday night.

Phoenix Coyotes: Certainly some could argue that they get the sympathy vote given what they’ve been through lately.

Detroit Red Wings: While there are many who’d take in the Winged Wheels…given their hometown loyalties and all…I just can’t seem to bring myself to root regularly for the Big Red Borg. Besides, if you saw their recent loss to Buffalo, they just look old and slow right now. Could the past several years being catching up with them?

Regardless, if you have a team you’ve decided to adopt this season, let me know. I’m still trying to decide myself.

Big Blow Out Thrashers Viewing Party At TJ’s Saturday

The Thrashers play in Buffalo on Saturday night, but its not being aired on local TV….again. If you don’t have Center Ice, it’s yet another night of not being able to watch our team play.

Unless….

You get your lazy carcass up off the couch after an afternoon of watching college football and make your way over TJ’s Bar and Grill for what promises to be an exciting, fun-packed evening of Thrashers hockey.

The Thrashers Fan Club will be there along with a DJ to play the music we’re accustomed to hearing at Philips Arena…and they’ll even be bringing a goal horn as well.

I’ll probably get stuck at the table right next to that.

I was chatting with Sean Grace the other day and he told me that Fan Club members will receive a 15% discount on food and drinks that night as well as be eligible for prizes, (tickets, equipment, signed stuff), that they will have to raffle off. Anyone signing up to become a member of the club will be able to enjoy all benefits that very night!

The Thrashers have armed me with some tickets to upcoming games for a couple of lucky attendees to go home with as well. I’ll also have information available for anyone still interested in getting aboard the Party Bus next Saturday to the game against the Sharks…there are just a few seats left for that gala-extravaganza!

So come join us to watch the Thrashers take on the Sabres in an environment that’s just as rowdy and raucous as if we were there in person!

118 comments Add your comment

pond scum

October 14th, 2009
4:14 pm

pond scum

October 14th, 2009
4:20 pm

And I’ve adopted the Coyotes cause they actually have a pretty good team, I think they’ll not fold up like they did after the All-Star break last season. Lombardi,Upshall a very under rated Doan, and Vrbata back seems to point to a pretty good offensive punch and their back line with Jovo and Aucoin leading the way in front of Bryz on defense IMHO has the possibility of postseason there in Phoenix.

five_hole

October 14th, 2009
4:32 pm

I am sure that someplace in the Constitution is guarranteed the rights to Life, Liberty and the ability to watch Hockey. Why so many games (especially early in the season) are not on regular TV is beyond me.

I want to make it Saturday, but my son is coming home and while he would enjoy the food at T.J.’s, he’s just not a hockey fan (at some point, I may have to get his DNA checked). So then, I’ll have to decide between seeing my son or Thrashers. For those that remember the Jack Benny joke, where the robber asked him “your money or your life”, Benny replied, “I’m thinking, I’m thinking”.

five_hole's mailman

October 14th, 2009
4:37 pm

Funny, I’m not a hockey fan either.

hip czech

October 14th, 2009
4:41 pm

For some reason I’ll take the Kings…maybe it’s because of some parallels with the Thrashers (building a core of young players, goaltending issues, young stud D man, haven’t sniffed the playoffs in a few years, etc.).

Maybe it’s just because I coveted Cammalleri the last few years and wanted him here.

MashaPlayer7

October 14th, 2009
4:43 pm

Sorry to deviate from the blog for a minute, but Rawhide or others: Do you know when/how/ever if Center Ice games are available in HD. I am frustrated with the fact that games I know are being broadcast in HD are not available on my Comcast Center Ice package. Is this a Comcast thing? Or everywhere. Alternatively, has anyone signed on for the GameCentre package?…same concept, same price but you can see the games on NHL.com and can split screens and use a DVR function. My only concern is the streaming may not be the same quality as the television. Thoughts please!?

MashaPlayer7

October 14th, 2009
4:47 pm

I’ve adopted the Blackhawks, if only because I grew up watching their AHL farm team in Springfield, Mass. I loved that big ole’ Indian head on the Springfield Indians jerseys and on the current Hawks as well. Oh yeah, and Kane and Toews are fun to watch. It’s also sadistically fun to watch how long before Huet’s head rolls. He’s as popular now as Rex Grossman was when he was starting QB for the Bears.

JS

October 14th, 2009
4:54 pm

Masha – Yes, it is a Comcast issue. they refuse to carry the HD versions of the games and I have been unable to get an answer as to why. It must be financial. I actually cancelled my package last season and went to Direct TV because they do carry both versions.

Dandylions

October 14th, 2009
4:55 pm

Who is Jack Benny?

World Be Free

October 14th, 2009
4:59 pm

Chicago-cause it’s getting fun to watch hockey in Chicago again.
Colorado too-young team that has to be better than last year’s edition.
Nobody say San Jose this year please! you would have to cheer for Danym, until he gets tired and asks for a trade to Moscow Dynamo.

ranallo10 (in AT)

October 14th, 2009
4:59 pm

Los Angeles, as usual. I was born a Kings fan, reacquainted with hockey as a Red Wings fan, and evolved into a Thrashers fan. Thus all three teams garner my support, but Thrashers are number one no matter how unimportant the game is.

ranallo10 (in AT)

October 14th, 2009
5:02 pm

Sorry WBF, but I’ve got no qualms with SJ. The Heatley saga just doesn’t bother me, which I know is in direct opposition to most (if not all) of the people here. I’d like to see Thornton finally get a chance at winning The Cup.

Dandylions

October 14th, 2009
5:03 pm

Just kidding five_hole – I too had a dilemma for Saturday but poker won! And I’ll be on the bus trip in a week so it’s a win-win for me.

Paminski

October 14th, 2009
5:21 pm

I’ll be on the bus trip and so far planning for this Sat as well. It’ll be a lot of fun to meet you all.

Colorado-I’m not sure why. I like underdogs maybe?

Nate

October 14th, 2009
5:23 pm

Blackhawks – I adopted them as my second team two years ago for a few reasons. They play an exciting brand of hockey. I cheer for the Cubs in baseball. The city of Chicago has been a fun place to visit for me in the past. And they’re in the Western Conference so they have little effect on the outcome of the Thrashers’ season.

R. Stroz

October 14th, 2009
5:23 pm

Are the Maple Leafs really being sold to a business group that is going to relocate them to Kansas City?

Just starting rumors.

J(Z)

October 14th, 2009
5:24 pm

Does anyone know if AT&T U-Verse has 1) the Center Ice Package? 2) Games in HD? It’s not yet available in my neck of the woods yet, but I’m looking forward to it. But no center ice would be a dealbreaker! HD would be a bonus! (I’m stuck with Charter for now…who doesn’t even have Versus in HD anymore!)

Oh, and put me down for the Kings too. Seems similar to the Thrashers in that they’ve been pretty lousy for the most part and no one talks about them doing anything. And Doughty is off to a good start should hopefully keep Bogo motivated!

R. Stroz

October 14th, 2009
5:27 pm

I’ll take the Coyotes so I can howl at Baldsilly, otherise known as Balsillie.

LSThrasher04

October 14th, 2009
5:41 pm

I am going with the LA Kings for the same reasons as Hip Czech and J(Z). It’s a young team with a bright future that has to compete with other big time sports in the area.

I was lucky enough attend the Thrashers’ 7-6 win at Staples Center in February and the Kings fans were great. Hope they can eventually get better recognition in that town.

Scotty

October 14th, 2009
5:44 pm

I’m choosing “if they ain’t Thrashers they ain’t $%#$!”, just because.

Rawhide, are your tickets available for all to win or are they just available to fan club members?

Dwayne

October 14th, 2009
6:05 pm

Can’t adopt another team, Flyers after the Thrashers…Phillies after the Braves…etc. So, is Vanek playing or not? They way they mugged Detroit looks like its gonna be a track meet in Buffunalo. This stretch of no Thrashers is killing me…do we have to do this again?? I’m going to go check the schedule. Has you know who signed yet?? shhhhhh, don’t read this blog to loud, you know who might hear it.

Dwayne

October 14th, 2009
6:11 pm

wow, what a crappy schedule. road games out the waaazoo, until March.

Thrashers27

October 14th, 2009
6:21 pm

J(Z),

I don’t believe U-Verse offers Center Ice pkg.. I called to ask, but the guy wouldn’t just tell me “yes”, or “no” they have it, or don’t without asking a bunch of questions, so I hung up. Sounds like a jerk thing to do, but thsi was after being transferred and put on hold three different times for at least five minutes each time. Then for the guy to wait more of my time by having me give him all of my accoutn info just to tell me that they do, or don’t offer Center Ice. BS! I was annoyed. I digress…to answer your question, I’m pretty sure they don’t offer Center Ice…unfortunately.

Brendan

October 14th, 2009
6:42 pm

Every year, I adopt two (2) Western Conference teams. Those two teams change every year. Last year it was Columbus and Chicago. And the year before that, Phoenix and LA. This year, I’m going with the L.A. Kings and the Minnesota Wild.

I’ve been watching the L.A. Kings on late night Center Ice for years, quietly and secretly hoping that they’d one day enter the fray in a major way. It appears, at long last, that this very season may be, at long last, a playoff year. The Kings have a great corps nucleus of young talent. They’re fun to watch. I hope Quick and Bernier, down the road, can be the tandem in net.

Okay, why Minnesota? Well, to my surprise, they fired GM Doug Risebrough and soon thereafter, Jacques LeMaire saw the writing on the wall and resigned. Why did two obvious talents wind up walking out the door, in Minnesota? Accountability. I admire that. Truly. We all know Doug Risebrough is a decent hockey man, and that LeMaire is an exceptional coach. But the bottom line is … they didn’t win with consistency. The Gaborik situation festered. And in the end, they got NOTHING for his departure. But look at them now? They’ve got a very promising new GM in Fletcher. Yes, Cliff Fletcher’s son. He was groomed, essentially from birth, to be an NHL GM one fine day. Well, that day is here now. I applaud Minnesota for taking this bold, new approach. I think they’re on the right path. I wish Risebrough and LeMaire every success in their future endeavors. They will succeed at them. But I also think Fletcher will make all the difference in Minnesota. Just give him time. Give him the money, and get out of his way. Let the GM “manage.” That’s why you pay him. The hockey fans are great and knowledgeable in Minnesota. Go Wild!!

Rawhide

October 14th, 2009
6:54 pm

Scotty – They will be for anyone to win…just need to figure out how do so.

Raffle?

Trivia contest?

Ladies mud wrestling?

RS

October 14th, 2009
6:57 pm

The only reason I would watch Columbus is to hope I got to see Ken Hitchcock drop dead. I hate that fat jerk,

rightshot

October 14th, 2009
6:59 pm

I apologize if this sounds sacreligious, but since I got the Center Ice package, I have been watching the SE division teams and rooting for them. Thrashers first and always, but otherwise the SE. I have decided that if its 2 SE teams playing and one is not the thrash, I root for the one with the lowest points. Hey, it works for me.

five_hole

October 14th, 2009
7:44 pm

NP Dandylions I’ll be on the party bus too; hope to meet you there.

Buzz

October 14th, 2009
7:45 pm

The Kings and the Canucks are the most exciting west coast teams to watch in my opinion. That Sharks-Coyotes game was among the worst I have ever watched. No goals were scored in regulation.

I do not consider Chicago a team “out west.” They are one time zone away. But they are fun too. I also like Columbus, they should gel this year and light the lamp repeatedly.

My problem with Center Ice is you pay good money and the picture quality is terrible. Very few games are in HD. I prefer to watch them on my computer’s 24-inch LCD … the image is MUCH BETTER through NHL.com web site than through Center Ice, and you can talk smack to fans of the other team in chat.

polskidawg

October 14th, 2009
8:42 pm

Well, actually the Thrashers are my adopted team – the Flames were my first love in hockey. However, the Thrasher are the new “flame” I suppose.

I still check out the Flames each game, and enjoy their aggressive physical style. LOVE Iginla.

Like many, I do enjoy watching the Kings as well, and for many of the same reasons. Kopitar would look good in Blue.

English Teacher

October 14th, 2009
10:00 pm

The Blues. I love Walt. Wish we could have kept him.

Brendan

October 14th, 2009
11:09 pm

I do admire the Carolina Hurricanes. Except against the Thrash. Watching them in the playoffs last year, I admit it, I was rooting for them. I rooted for the Capitals over the Rangers, too.

Question for Mr. Rawhide: “Do you think the NY Rangers are off to such a red-hot start, including another win tonight over the equally red-hot L.A. Kings, because they’re still p’d off over blowing that 3-1 series lead to the Capitals in the playoffs last year? Or, do you think this is just the Rangers looking back on last season … and they’re just trying to avoid that ‘limp into the playoffs at #7 mode’ again this year?” I’m always reminded that points in October count just as much as the ones in March and April.

I’ll hang up and listen to your comments. (Oops, not a call-in show.)

Brendan

October 14th, 2009
11:35 pm

English Teacher: I really liked ‘Walt,’ too. But remember, (sorry for going here this way,) keeping Walt would have cost us our 1st round pick in 2008. And guess who that was? Yeah, Bogosian. 3rd overall. Can’t do it. The Blues knew how to put up “safeguards” to ensure that we didn’t re-sign him. The Blues got our 1st and 3rd round picks in 2007, and our 2nd rounder in 2008, where they selected Center Phil McRae, at #33 overall.

Polskidawg, after starting off the season ‘en fuego,’ the Flames have cooled off pretty fast, highlighted by that 5-0 collapse into a 6-5, OT loss vs. Chicago. Iggy is the face of the franchise. I think the Flames will be a playoff team this year, but they’re going to need consistency. And a healthy and well-performing Kiprussoff.

My preseason Western Conference playoff seeds were (1) San Jose, (2) Chicago, (3) Vancouver, (4) Detroit, (5) St. Louis, (6) Calgary, (7) Columbus, and (8) Los Angeles. Tell me about it. Crazy, I know. But just look what great matchups that would produce! In the #1 vs. #8, it’d be Heatley vs. the Kings. That’s a no-brainer, in terms of who to root for. Tell me you wouldn’t be thrilled to see the Kings take that series in 7!!, sending “Coddled from Cradle to Grave” onto the golf course in the Opening Round. (That’d be rough for the Sharks, as an organization, since they were ousted in the 1st round last year, after a President’s Trophy winning season.) The #2 vs. #7 matchup sees Chicago and Columbus tangle. Love it. Two clubs, defined for nearly a decade by futility, now legitimate playoff teams, fighting to take that next step in their respective franchise histories. In the #3 vs. #6 pairing, it’s Vancouver vs. Calgary. Does it get better than that? Check out the series those two clubs had in 2004. An all-time classic, set to renew, at season’s end. And finally, the #4 vs. #5 matchup is a long-standing playoff rivalry between the Blues and Red Wings. Classic! I think it could go all seven games. The Blues got swept out of the playoffs last year, by Vancouver. They’ll be looking to avoid that this year.

Yeah, it’s fun to speculate. :)

Mrs. DWTOO

October 15th, 2009
4:06 am

Greetings from South Africa, all! I’m going a little stir-crazy here in Pretoria since I can’t watch any Thrashers games or any ice hockey for that matter. Being starved of any ice hockey, I rely on Bill’s and Chris V.’s excellent postings – thank you guys! I do, however, have access to a lot of football (soccer) and rugby matches, so I’ll have to adopt one or 2 of those teams. Speaking of adoptions, I’ve adopted the Wild. My reasoning is that falling just shy of a play-off berth, they could again be contenders for the playoffs this year, along with the Thrashers, of course! They also have such a great fan base; these fans even made a road trip to Atlanta last year! They were great fun to hang out with at Stats, too. IMO, I think their logo on their jerseys is pretty cool, as well.

World Be Free

October 15th, 2009
5:53 am

Stroz-keep it up, I really like it. Or maybe the Leafs will move to South Florida so we can have a second team in Miami?

Ranallo-I fell for San Jose when they came out of nowhere with castoffs to beat The Red Wings in the mid 90’s. Loved the teal uniforms. Now I have to get over the fact that scum bag is one of their star players.

Somebody mentioned the poor quality of the feeds on NHL Center Ice-so true, the worst is the quality of the feed from Detroit. Tough to watch such a good team through my 21st century rabbit ears.

Who is Jack Benny? Either you are kidding or I am very old.

DWTOO

October 15th, 2009
7:29 am

Stroz – Heard there’s a retirement community in Florida looking to buy the Leafs. Bunch of Hosers who miss the game. Got this straight from Reg Dunlop.

Good Moring Mrs DWTOO -

five_hole

October 15th, 2009
7:41 am

World Be Free I’m the old one. As my daughter once described me, I was born “shortly after the earth cooled”. Jack Benny started out on radio (at least THAT was before my time) but moved to TV and, way back when, was a comedian. He was notoriously cheap, which was the setup for the joke I retold.

Mrs. DWTOO I think you should be able to stream replays of hockey games. Try NHL.com and go to the video section (can’t see it at work, they block streaming video). Or Yahoo.com. Go to the NHL section and there’s a tab for “live games”. I think they have a replay section there.

World Be Free

October 15th, 2009
7:53 am

five_hole–Dandylions asked who Benny was-sent a chill down my spine cause I remember Jack and the reruns of his 50’s show. He had of the best casts in TV ever! The best was when Looney Tunes did a Jack Benny cartoon with Jack dreaming he was a mouse. We can call that the good old days.

five_hole

October 15th, 2009
8:42 am

World Be Free my bad. Didn’t realize you were responding to Dandylions. I’m just used to making arcane references to things most kids don’t remember. Maybe we should switch instead to Rocket Richard & Serge Savard?

Rawhide

October 15th, 2009
8:50 am

Mrs. DWTOO - Hey there, lady!!! Thanks for checkin’ in. I hope you are doing well!

Eileen

October 15th, 2009
9:13 am

Right Shot, I am right there with you on the SE teams. I have a hard time not cheering for the Caps. I don’t why other than they have the most exciting player (Alex O.) in the league (in my opinion). Also, I like their coach, Bruce B. On a sentimental note, I am cheering for Jose Theodore since he lost his infant son this summer. I have to remember they are our rivals. However, when I choose a game on Center Ice to watch, I always check the Caps schedule first.

GaVaHokie

October 15th, 2009
9:25 am

I picked Columbus… which is painful to do since we’re competing with them as “the only team to have not won a playoff game”

However, I think they’re a better team than they get credit for, and I think they have a great chance to upset Detroit and Chicago in the Central… they’re my darkhorse to win the West, even though I picked San Jose vs Vancouver for my Western Final (before the season started).

Dandylions

October 15th, 2009
9:31 am

I thought it was funny – and yes I was kidding. I only wish I was young enough not to know who Jack Benny was.

Dandylions

October 15th, 2009
9:32 am

Maybe we should switch instead to Rocket Richard & Serge Savard? Now those I don’t know!

R. Stroz

October 15th, 2009
9:41 am

I’ve heard from several sources that the sale of the Maple Leafs to a Kansas City business group has hit a snag. The Kansas City business group is trying to have Brian Burke’s trade for Phil Kessel rescinded based on evidence that Burke was in a drunkin Irish stupor when the deal was done.

In a new story, Grupo Modelo, the maker of Corona beer, not to be outdone by their rival Molson Coors who purchased the Montreal Canadians, has made an offer to purchase the Maple Leafs and bring the team to Mexico City.

J(Z)

October 15th, 2009
9:43 am

*Thrashers 27* – That sucks. To double-check I just googled “att uverse nhl center ice” and it becomes pretty obvious they don’t offer it. That’s definitely a deal breaker!!!!

Glovesave29

October 15th, 2009
9:59 am

Stroz – I have been hearing a lot of talk lately about the Blackhawks moving to Rio de Janiero. Seems the mayors of Chicago and Rio had a bet on who would get the olympics. If Chicago won, they would get the Vasco de Gama soccer team, and if Rio won, the Hawks would move there (despite the fact the nearest rink is 220 miles away in Sao Paulo. With the Hawks being there, and the Leafs being in Moexico city, other “overly traditional” market teams will undoubtedly be moving too…the Buenos Aires Canadiens, Lima Bruins, Santiago Penguins…and to keep the name relevant, the Isles, having had the lighthouse project rejected are moving to Curacao.

kracker

October 15th, 2009
10:06 am

Bill, I haven’t received my tickets for the sharks game and the party bus. I don’t want to miss out! I have the number but what is the person’s name handling the tickets? It’s a common name but spelled slightly different. Thanks!

five_hole

October 15th, 2009
10:32 am

Dandylions You don’t know Rocket Richard? He played for Montreal back in the 50’s & early 60’s and (I believe) was the 1st player to score 50 goals in a season. Serge Savard was perhaps the best (defensive) defenseman of the 70’s. He also played for Montreal.

Hollywould

October 15th, 2009
10:42 am

From a Gawja boy who loves the Thrashers please answer me this. Why when a player is plus for a game it reads plus-2? Why not plus 2 or +2? Just wonderin