Which Thrasher will be last off of Schnide Island?

Each year ‘round about this time we show up here and find a handful of skaters who are still residing Schnide Island…that tiny spec of land that sits smack-dab in the middle of the vast expanse of the Ocean of Zilch. A place no player wants to inhabit and longs to escape if they find themselves on it.

Rookie Evander Kane obvioulsy had heard of the place and wanted nothing of it, scoring his first NHL goal in St. Louis during his second ever game.

Nik Antropov has been helping others get off of Schide Island as he has 12 assists (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

Nik Antropov has been helping others get off of Schide Island as he has 12 assists (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

To have their tickets punched to leave The Schnide, all they need do is deposit the biscuit into the basket and remove the big goose egg from the goals column of their stat sheet. One by one they’ll do so, depart and the population dwindles down until there is but one remaining on the Isle of Schnide.

After last Tuesday, when Bryan Little joined Pavel Kubina on the boat ferrying them away from the island, we are now down to six…four forwards and a pair of blueliners…remaining. Which will be the one left all alone in the coming weeks after the other five have score their way off the island?

Let’s meet the remaining contestants, shall we?

Marty Reasoner: The center who so far has produced 4 assists and is a +3 with 6 shots on goal. Marty’s work in the defensive zone is outstanding, same true with his penalty kill efforts. But he’s still looking for goal number one. Last year this came on opening night during the 7-4 win over Washington…the second goal of the game to give the Thrashers a 2-0 first period lead.

Nik Antropov: The summertime UFA signee whose 12 assists are tops in Thrasherville. The Big A is a +2 so far and has taken 9 SOG. A dozen helpers after just 11 games will certainly make a new guy very popular in the locker room as well as the fans. Last season he was able to crinkle the net for the first time his fifth game of the season with the Toronto Maple Leafs…a power play goal in the first period of a game the Leafs would lose to Pittsburgh by the score of 4-1.

Slava Kozlov: The veteran who, to be quite honest with you, is probably the one forward without a goal that I’m the most concerned about. Like Reasoner, he’s accounted for 4 assists, is a –1 and his 19 shots on goal are tied with Bryan Little for sixth most on the team. He’s looked a step off of his game and one has to wonder whether or not his 37-years of age are catching up with him…though I will say that he’s in incredible shape, 37-years old or not. Last season, like Reasoner, he sounded the horn on opening night…a second period power play goal that made the score 4-2 in favor of Atlanta at the time.

Who will be the last off of Schnide Island?

  • Reasoner (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Antropov (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Kozlov (9%, 8 Votes)
  • Slater (51%, 47 Votes)
  • Schubert (32%, 29 Votes)
  • Enstrom (4%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 92

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Jim Slater: He started on opening night, but when Colby Armstrong returned for game two, he sat out until Kaptain Kovalchuk went down. He’s played in but four games so far with no points on 6 shots with an EVEN +/- rating. Since his return to play last week, he’s provided the usual amount of hustle and effort we’ve come to appreciate from him…but Jimmy is none-the-less an official resident of Schnide Island. Last year his first goal came in the seventh game during a 5-3 loss in Detroit…it tied things up at 1-1 just 12:33 after Henrik Zetterberg’s goal 132 second into the game.

Christoph Schubert: He has started 9 games on the Thrashers’ blueline…has one assists and an EVEN rating. When looking at the stats, I was a bit surprised to see that Schubie is averaging more than a shot per game…11 in fact. Last season while playing for Ottawa, he scored his first goal of the year during his sixth game in Buffalo. It gave the Senators a 1-0 lead in the first period while on the power play and the Sens went on to a 5-2 win.

Toby Enstrom: And finally, the young defenseman who fortunately is showing no signs of any lingering effects from the facial fractures suffered last spring in the World Championships. Toby has chipped in with 7 assists, is a +1 and has gotten off 13 shots playing in all 11 games this season. Game number 13 was when he stepped off Schnide Island last fall…scoring the winning goal of a 4-3 comeback win against…well…the Islanders.

So, Thrasherville…which of these half-dozen will be the last off of Schnide Island?

84 comments Add your comment

Smoothie

November 5th, 2009
3:17 pm

Sara – stendec never over-reacts!! :wink: LOL But in this case, I think his points may have some merit. While most of it is speculation, I think Kari may share some of the culpability for not taking better care of himself over time. Plus, he could have questioned more vehemently the decision to not operate until July. Of course, at the end of the day, Thrashers management is more culpable because Kari was a RFA and they could’ve played hard-ball with all the leverage. Why they weren’t more aggressive in addressing Kari’s health issues before July 1 we will never know! A lot of questions on this one shall go unanswered.

Rawhide

November 5th, 2009
3:33 pm

Dwayne – Oh NO!!! You’ve gone and blown my cover!!!! :lol:

KovyRules

November 5th, 2009
3:41 pm

Stroz and Bob: Alexei Zhitnik is being paid $1,166,667 this year, thankfully the last year of his contract. I think when DW and Atlanta Spirit owners say money will not be an issue for resigning Kovy, they are looking at redirecting checks from the expiring contracts of Alexei and Slava. That could put Kovy at $12.5 M per year and not change the team salary or cap hit.

World Be Free

November 5th, 2009
3:41 pm

Columbus should be tired after losing to San Jose in a shootout last night.

My back isn’t much better than Kari’s. I understand what he’s going through. Sometimes rest and corrective exercise will remedy the problems instead of surgery. I have to think he completed the non-surgical techniques before resorting to surgery (twice). He’s a young guy too, half my age!

KovyRules

November 5th, 2009
3:44 pm

Actually, Zhitnik’s contract was bought out (http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=242073&lid=sublink02&lpos=headlines_nhl). Still a $1,166,667 cap hit this year.

Eileen

November 5th, 2009
3:49 pm

Sara, I for one stated my agreement with Stendac in a light hearted way. I don’t think anyone is bashing Kari’s character. We all want the best for him. Who wouldn’t take a contract if it was offered to you in the hopes that you could recover completely and quickly?

J.B.

November 5th, 2009
3:52 pm

Kovy can’t be paid more than $11.36M per the CBA. If that’s not the correct figure, it’s close to it.

Rawhide

November 5th, 2009
3:57 pm

J.B. – My opinion is take Kovy’s current $6,389,260 salary…add Slava Kozlov’s $3,666,667 to it…and you will get what Kovy will be paid under his new contract starting next year, $10,055,927. Or at least something close to that.

I firmly believe that Kozzy will not be re-signed and his salary will be used to give Kovy his raise.

Smoothie

November 5th, 2009
4:22 pm

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news;_ylt=AiMY8QW9gkEawmfs7L3mhbp7vLYF?slug=ap-bluejackets-future&prov=ap&type=lgns

Anyone take the time to troll on over to the Columbus Dispatch blog and talk smack about how the Jackets should be moved to Canada or Las Vegas? Didn’t think so…I reckon the folks here are too classy to duplicate the pathetic blog-baiting tactics of our beloved “Canuckle-dragging” friends to the North.

five_hole

November 5th, 2009
4:24 pm

I’m fine with Rawhide’s math. Only a million more to kick Kovy up to the max allowed; we replace Koslov with a kid (Esposito?) for league minimum; we lose Kari’s contract and have a net plus of maybe $2.5 million.

Christoph Schubert

November 5th, 2009
4:35 pm

Solange Jim Slater noch auf der Mannschaft ist, werde ich jener letzte Mann ab von der Insel nicht sein.

GaVaHokie

November 5th, 2009
4:36 pm

Isn’t Lehtonen’s salary paid by insurance while he’s on IR?

Sara

November 5th, 2009
4:40 pm

I’m well aware that Kari has some issues – some concerning ones at that. Or at least so I hear on the grapevine. But on this issue, I don’t have any reason to question management or Kari. Ultimately it’s all medical decision stuff that neither Don Waddell nor Kari Lehtonen are qualified to make on their own. Since we aren’t privy to the diagnosis or prognosis that both sides were given way back this summer, it’s hard to jump on either side for this.

KovyRules

November 5th, 2009
5:08 pm

Christoph, sie sind immer zu schließen. Sie hatte eine schöne Unterstützung auf dem Gionta Ziel auf Montreal!

KovyRules

November 5th, 2009
5:11 pm

Woops, Google translate let me down…
That was supposed to say “Schubert is getting close, what with your assist on the Gionta goal in Montreal!” Definitely something lost in that translation!

Smoothie

November 5th, 2009
5:18 pm

Wow, how many hockey blogs have people posting stuff in German?? I mean, some of the dolts on the Falcons and Hawks blogs can barely type English!! LOL

ranallo10 (in AT)

November 5th, 2009
6:15 pm

Since “what with” isn’t exactly proper English, Google translate did the best it could.

Scotty

November 5th, 2009
8:11 pm

Rats, I thought Enstrom had escaped Schnide Island but his blast went in off Little’s stick. Oh well, good for Bryan.

stendec

November 5th, 2009
8:22 pm

Another completely embarrassing heartless debacle at Loseland! Only one team came to play. Too bad it was not the one with chicken on front of uniform! Pavs was impossible to distinguish from Sori Letemin. Soft goals galore! Rivals exhausted but home team looked even more drained. What the Hell did they do before the game? Atlanta hookers too damn much for them? It is unacceptable for any professional team to perform so poorly at home on such a consistant basis! No playoffs for these quitters. Unless NHL will approve all away matchips for these gutless wonders! Extremely nauseated. ++STENDEC++ Know apologists will savor another semi close defeat. I DO NOT!

Scotty

November 5th, 2009
8:22 pm

Yes! Now Toby is off the island. What a shot!

five_hole

November 5th, 2009
8:24 pm

Toby got his ticket off the island. When I say he buried it, I mean they couldn’t get it out of the net.

Nuts. Columbus just went up 4-2. Slater blew his assignment and Torres scored. I say kick Slater off the island.

Smoothie

November 5th, 2009
8:28 pm

How bad does the third line have to play before they get the pine? Stop putting them out when you have the right to change last at home! Play the matchups please!

Smoothie

November 5th, 2009
8:40 pm

When is this team gonna learn you don’t have to be so damn precise with your shots to score? Get it on a pad and swat in a rebound! Can’t get easy goals if you continually miss the net. Their stingy shot selection is starting to haunt them with about 4 hit posts or crossbars.

Nate

November 5th, 2009
9:33 pm

Same sh*t different day. This team will not make the playoffs until it learns to not do stupid sh*t. They don’t even need to learn good defense, just no stupid sh*t. I SWEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

stendec

November 5th, 2009
9:45 pm

When these damn heartless quitters miss the playoffs yet again, which they definitely will, the two Thrasher players who actually give a f#ck will remember all of these totally unacceptable Loseland choke jobs! Tell me how wonderful they are Sara and Tim. They are the justified laughingstock of the NHL! They should be damn ashamed and embarrassed after that giveup debacle. They will not. They could care damn less! That is evident by their complete lack of intensity, heart, pride and inner fire. Coach John Petrino is still a f#cking moron! I realize all you idiot fans are partying hardy after another close intolerable defeat. To Hell with acountability right losers! Bye bye Kaptain Ilya Kovalchuk. It was nice having you around for a bit. Jump this sinking ship as quick as you can. These bestards make me sick to my stomach! To Hell with the uncaring quitters. ++STENDEC++ See Thrasher coach is whining again. Wah wah wah. As much a motivator as damn Mark Bicht! Not one.

R. Stroz

November 5th, 2009
10:03 pm

Which team was Slater playing for? Did he have money on the Blue Jackets?

Tom

November 5th, 2009
10:16 pm

Stroz, funny you said that as my impression of Slater’s play and failure to put away 4 point blank shots. How do you say it, he was lacking tonight.

Get The Puck Out

November 5th, 2009
10:23 pm

JUST SHOOT THE DADGUM PUCK FOR CRYIN OUT LOUD. And when you do, aim it at the net! Who needs an opposing player when you got Slater on your team?

stendec

November 5th, 2009
10:32 pm

Bill. Where is post game post? ++STENDEC++

stendec

November 5th, 2009
10:37 pm

Magic? Thanks. ++STENDEC++

Rawhide

November 5th, 2009
10:59 pm

stendec - Post game blog? Why, since you asked…here ya go.

R. Stroz

November 5th, 2009
11:05 pm

stendec – Post game blog? Why, since you asked…here ya go

Is that kind of like, here’s your sign?

mutton

November 6th, 2009
8:47 am

Hip Czech – I agree that Peverley could get Slater off the Island, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he ferried one or two other guys off the Island as well. If indeed he does get one or more of the residents off the Island, I move we add “The Ferryman” to his list of nicknames. If said motion has not been made already.

mutton

November 6th, 2009
8:51 am

“I think Slater has a four bedroom house with a swimming pool on Schneid Island. I like the kid, but let’s face it; he has no O-fense to his game.” – five_hole

Hahaha I gotta admit, that’s probably the funniest thing I’ve read all week. If there’s some kind of award for best comment, yours surely gets my vote for this blog post.