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

Matt

November 5th, 2009
7:20 am

Antropov would get my vote, just don’t see either blue-liner getting one first and Reasoner is not much of a scorer in my opinion. The one who concerns me most is Kozy, there really is no reason for him not to have scored yet and I too think he seems out of sorts for some reaon. (Oh, and “Erste”?)

Sara

November 5th, 2009
7:22 am

I voted for Schubert really just because but I think a number of these guys could go awhile. Slater is just Slater, so who knows how long he could go, especially depending on how long he stays in the lineup. Reasoner and Antro in particular are spending 99.9% of their time trying to set up their linemates, less time focusing on taking shots themselves. Both players are still in the single digits in shots heading into tonight’s game. Not shooting equates to no goals. The rest of the guys are shooting with pretty good regularity and the law of percentages says eventually they are going to pot one.

five_hole

November 5th, 2009
7:29 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.

Yankee

November 5th, 2009
7:33 am

Law of averages to me says Kozlov. I just wish Antropov would shoot more…

Miami Screaming Eagle

November 5th, 2009
8:03 am

Slater is permanent resident in “Schneid-Island”.

On another subject, Major League Baseball is a joke. The Yankess “won” the World Series, when in effect they they did was “buy” it. Give me 1/2 billion dollars and I can buy a championship too. Just like the 1994 New York Rangers.

What a joke baseball has become, especially with a TOTAL idiot as a commissioner. Bud needs to go sell some cars.

Dwayne

November 5th, 2009
8:35 am

Bud is a joke, he looked like such a fool during those goverment inquiries into steroids. He has no clue as to what anyone is doind, he is a pawn for the owners and Ferh.

Toby

November 5th, 2009
8:39 am

Doesn’t Enstrom see time on the PP? If so…he’s my vote.

KovyRules

November 5th, 2009
9:02 am

Folks, its LAST off Schneid Island – I think some of you chose NEXT off. It came down to Slater and Schubert for me, with the nod going to Slater. Even Boults has more finesse than him (though I love Slats work ethic dearly).

On the unrelated tangent Miami Screaming Eagle took us on, I hate the Yankees as much as anyone, but honestly cash does not equal championships. The best proof? Try to guess which NHL team has the second highest payroll in the NHL. I’ll buy you a beer tonight if you guessed the Maple Laffs! Money clearly does not equal success. http://www.hockeybuzz.com/cap-central/index.php

Rawhide

November 5th, 2009
9:22 am

KovyRules is correct…we are voting for the “last” person off the island. If one thinks that…say…Jim Slater will be the last Thrasher in the lineup to score a goal this season, then he is the player you should cast the vote for.

Josh

November 5th, 2009
9:34 am

You should have your own show, it would be entertaining

Miami Screaming Eagle

November 5th, 2009
9:46 am

KovyRules-big difference is that baseball has no salary cap. The Yankees can spend as much as they want. Toronto acts like a bunch of drunken sailors.

Next rant-how long is it before Mark Richt is fired? Tech in the #10 spot in the polls and UGA in Nowhereland.

Sorry, I’ll go back to hockey.

Toby

November 5th, 2009
9:54 am

Oops…yeppers…Slater is the last one remaining. He may get a trip on Waiver Island before the year is up…

KovyRules

November 5th, 2009
10:06 am

Yep, Josh, I’d watch the Rawhide show! “Streaming live from Blueland…”

jcwhitingjr

November 5th, 2009
10:07 am

Toronto may have the highest payroll in the NHL and not doing much with it but they also haven’t won a championship in 40+ years as well. The NYY are able to lure the best of the best in with money and a pedigree of championships. I don’t like is any more than most but that’s how they work. Should baseball ever implement a salary cap it should even things up across the board.

Viking

November 5th, 2009
10:07 am

Voted for Schubert due to the disadvantage of being a defenseman with shorter ice time.

Hopefully our guys can grab some good points this week since we are on the good end of back to back match-ups:

Columbus played a “long game” last night and Islanders will have Friday’s derby against Devils in their legs when Thrashers pay them a visit on Saturday.

We have another game on Sunday, but St Louis plays on Saturday too (Philadelphia), so we are even there. Their home ice should be an advantage, however our record away so far is great.

stendec

November 5th, 2009
10:10 am

Morning Bill. Wonderful to hear positive report about your brother. Still in my prayers. You rightfully sensed purpose behind my posts long ago. Touche’ (not Turtle either). Someone named Tim has not. I want to set the record straight here. Following is my response to him. Before that. GO THRASHERS…I do not dislike Kari Lehtonen as a human being. I do wish him well. I do believe he is a cancer to the Thrasher organization. It is not his fault the team offered him a contract which he rightfully accepted. It is his fault that, in my opinion, he misrepresented the extent of his injuries to those paying his salary. You do not agree? No problem. Opinions are common and diverse. I am not a physician but I have sense enough to know when something is really wrong with me physically. I believe the injured goaltender knew his ailments were more severe than initially reported. Hey. He banked the cash and ran. Good for him! BAD FOR THRASHER FANS. Those funds would been better served going to Captain Ilya Kovalchuk or players to strengthen the team. GM Don Waddell basically threw those bucks away. Agree? On that I really do not care if you agree or not. It is fact! Maybe KL will be a superstar someday but it will not be as a Thrasher. His opportunities are exhausted here. Peace. ++STENDEC++

Get The Puck Out

November 5th, 2009
10:10 am

Schubert will be last.Slater’s speed will eventually put him into the right place to score. Reasoner, Antro, and Tobi will also score, but Reasoner and Antro will have more assists. Slava has me worried. Wonder if he has a nagging injury he’s not telling anyone about? Happened before. Still can’t wait until Kovy’s back. Speaking of back what’s going to become of Lethonen? This is something that’s always going to plague him in life, much less in hockey. I don’t think he will ever play up to his potental. I hope he can but it gonna be a wait and see kinda thing. GO THRASHERS!

Get The Puck Out

November 5th, 2009
10:13 am

I can’t believe it, but i agree with Stendic.

Get The Puck Out

November 5th, 2009
10:15 am

I can’t believe it, but i agree with Stendec.

jcwhitingjr

November 5th, 2009
10:16 am

OH yeah, my vote was for Slater to be the last off the island. Didn’t it take him until sometime in the February/March time frame to get off of it last year?

mutton

November 5th, 2009
10:17 am

I kinda think it’ll be Kozlov, even though I’d rather it be a fourth liner or defensive forward like Slater or Reasoner. I say Kozlov despite the fact that he’s my favorite offensive player on the team, because statistically, he tends to have a good year followed by a not-so-good year. He had 76 points last season (or was it 73? I get his and White’s point totals confused) and as such, many fans of other teams have thought he would reside around the 40-50 point mark. Which is, to me, still enough for a top-6 forward position, but not enough from Slava Kozlov. I hope I’m wrong, as I’d love to see him top his career high of 80 points, but at this point I just don’t see him putting up more than 60 points. That’s not to say he can’t pick it up and prove me wrong, and if he catches fire I fully expect him to give the 70 point plateau a run for the money. I just don’t think it happens this season, and certainly not at this rate.

As an aside, I calculated Peverley’s point totals during the last game, and although I’m no math expert, I came up with his full-season point projection as 111 points, give or take one or two. Does anybody else get that number? If he does I think the NHL should give out an award to the greatest waiver wire pickup of all time. Obviously he could slow down, but if he keeps this up he could be the second player in Thrashers history to top the 100 point mark.

“BUT BUT BUT BUT… ATLANTA DOESN’T HAVE A NUMBER ONE CENTER!!!”

Smoothie

November 5th, 2009
10:18 am

Funny how we play the Islanders again as game 13…weird…just glad that game isn’t on Friday the 13th of November! Gasp! Anyway, I think our tiny Swedish Enstrom-boli will get off the island again vs NYI on November 7th.

As for the others, let’s see what the crystal hockey puck has to say:

Marty Reasoner – there will be a Party tonite in Blue, um, er Red-land, when Marty tickles the twine from between the circles off a pretty feed from Evander Kane; he summarily beats Mason like a rented goalie high and on the stick side.

Nik Antropov – my crystal puck tells me the Big A will get off the island tonite as well when he pounces on a juicy rebound from the side of the net after a Rich Peverley short angle shot. Big Nik will bang home the garbage at the right post where he’ll have out-muscled Jan Hedja for position.

Schubie dooby doo – for some reason the crystal puck thinks the German one will record his first goal as a Thrasher before both Kozlov and Slater. Schubie has a booming shot from the point and is not afraid to use it. As long as he gets some minutes on the blueline with Antropov crowding the crease, I think a big Schubie slapper blitzkriegs its way to the net for a goal…I’m thinking Kings game next Friday.

Kozlov & Slater – hmmmm…the predictions are very murky when it comes to these two. Slater gets very few opportunities and his hands are made of stone. Kozlov seems a step slow this year and even when he has point blank chances, his shots have seemed harried and rushed. I’m gonna go with Kozzy though simply due to his PP minutes. He’s bound to tuck one top shelf where momma hides the cookies at some point. I’ll say the Edmonton game next Sunday, the 15th.

As for Jimmah, let’s hope he can get off the island before Thanksgiving to enjoy some turkey and stuffing with his Thrasher bretheren.

hip czech

November 5th, 2009
10:41 am

I also agree with stendec in the sense that Lehtonen probably grabbed as much as he could at the time. In hindsight, bad decision…but at that time signing him for a ‘reasonable’ price was a decent gamble not knowing whether Pavelec could be a #1 type goalie or not.

But the time has come to cut the losses and get whatever can be had…roll with Pavelec and whatever backup can be found, Hedberg for now someone else later if need be. I’ve said it before, backup goalies are a dime a dozen. When the Isles version of Lehtonen comes back then either Roloson or Biron are out of a job (just be thankful we didn’t sign Lehtonen to a 15 year deal!).

Mr. Tiller, on a side note…I do believe your consecutive blogs streak just keeps piling up. In years past ANY fan blogger barely made it to the half way pole of the season. I just want to say thanks for continuing to do this, even after adding the hockey buzz posts (though I do sense a small degree of cross-over between the two) :-)

J(Z)

November 5th, 2009
10:57 am

I’ll go with the easy vote of Schubert. I think he’s closer to spending more time out of uniform than the others. Which is also why Slater would get my second vote.

Now, for Slava…I kinda had a feeling he was in for a tough year. Doesn’t he have a history of being good every other year??? I remember 2007-8 was definitely a down year for him.

Darkhorse

November 5th, 2009
11:04 am

Slater will be the last to score I think, partly because he will be a healthy scratch quite a bit when Kovy comes back and of course his hands of stone getting in his way.

I see a lot of folks moaning about the Kari situation, and it sucks, but it could be so much worse. He could be getting paid 5-6mil a year or DW could have signed him to a multi-year deal and we would really be stuck. One year deal that by the trade deadline may still net us something, similar to what the Senators did in trading for Leclaire at the deadline last year, knowing he would not play until this season. Maybe a team will be looking to unload a multi-year contract for similar paid player for cap relief that we’re really interested in.

World Be Free

November 5th, 2009
11:05 am

Schubert for sure-a d-man who moves with the speed of growing wood.

Smoothie

November 5th, 2009
11:18 am

MILWAUKEE—Right wing Tim Stapleton broke a 3-3 deadlock midway through the third period to lift the Chicago Wolves over the Milwaukee Admirals, 4-3, for their first road win of the season at the Bradley Center Wednesday night.

Stapleton pocketed the game-winner, 9:44 into the third period, to put the Wolves up 4-3. The Chicago native skated the puck up the left-side boards and dropped it back to defenseman Chris Chelios. Chelios then set the puck up in front of the crease for the streaking Stapleton, who wristed it into the open net.

Chicago (5-6-0-1) got on board 10:26 into the first period when defenseman Scott Lehman skated the puck into the zone and made a pass in front of the goal to right wing Anthony Stewart, who tipped it in past the near post.

Just under two minutes later, the Wolves made their lead two on a delayed penalty call. Chris Chelios took a hard shot from the point that rebounded far out in front of the net. Stapleton picked up the rebound and shot it past Milwaukee netminder Mark Dekanich, five-hole.

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I know it’s the AHL, but the man (Chelios) just knows how to play hockey. He’s only played 6 games and already his 7 points is 10th in the league for D-men. The ageless one is also a +8 on a fairly mediocre Wolves team. Since he’s been playing, they have been winning games again. If the old man can keep this up and is still going strong after 25-30 games, I think Waddudley seriously needs to consider giving this guy a two-way contract for the 2nd half of the year…that is if some other GM doesn’t beat us to it.

Rawhide

November 5th, 2009
11:21 am

For the record folks…my vote today was cast for Jimmy Slater to be last off Schide Island. If he doesn’t score one in the next 9 or 10 games, it’s gonna get tough because he’ll probably sit again when Kovy returns to play.

I almost selected Schubert, but he is putting the puck on net and I think the law of averages will catch up for him.

hip czech – Believe me, it’s my pleasure…and thanks to you and all of the rest that keep posting the great comments. That’s what keeps this blog thingy rolling. As for “cross-over” between the two blogs…I do try to keep the majority of the subject matter different, but that is sometime made difficult given that I’m discussing the same team. What I try to do is “represent” the Thrashers to the hockey world over at Hockeybuzz…where here I’m more or less discussing the team with fellow fans.

If I fall too far out of line though, you give me a good kick. :grin:

For the record, this is AJC Ice Man blog entry number 421 since I was handed the keys to it on Oct. 10, 2007.

Josh & KovyRules – Me do a show? I dunno….would it be something like a post-game wrap-up/call-in show after each game…”Rawhide’s Roundup”, maybe?

But I gotta tell you…I have a face that is perfect for radio and a voice that is perfect for online forums :lol:

Smoothie

November 5th, 2009
11:31 am

Bill, c’mon man! You’re face is at least good enough for some grainy, poor quality internet streaming!! :wink: :cool:

hip czech

November 5th, 2009
11:33 am

just have natalie taylor stand there for the camera and do your best dan kamal imitation….

Dwayne

November 5th, 2009
11:39 am

Chelios is not better than Schubert?? Pops?? Salmela?? If Chelios says “I’ll play 3rd line minutes” He should be in Atlanta. Or maybe he don’t want to play in Atlanta. Didn’t he pick Chicago to stay closer to an ailing relative?

Dwayne

November 5th, 2009
11:40 am

Darn, i still haven’t spelt my name correctly.

Trixie (Rawhide's Secretary)

November 5th, 2009
11:44 am

Mr. Dwayne – Come on, admit it. You’re mispelling your name on purpose so I’ll have to correct it.

giggle … How cute, you are lookng for some attention from me.

hip czech

November 5th, 2009
11:49 am

Anybody follow the riff between the NHLPA guys and Chelios? The guy had some pretty serious accusations against Chelios in his resignation letter… http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=23999

and Chelios’ response… http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2009/11/03/sp-chelios-review.html?ref=rss

Not that any of that would have any impact on whether he should be here or not (apart from the question of how a guy can be on a NHLPA committee who does not have an NHL contract).

I do think Salmela should be getting the minutes ahead of Schubert…if Chelios were willing to come here it might be an interesting experiment.

World Be Free

November 5th, 2009
12:28 pm

Chelios would add character and leadership to ANY team.

Not sure what happened with him and the player’s association. We all know that Chelios is very opinionated, I am sure he ruffled some feathers along the way.

Smoothie

November 5th, 2009
12:34 pm

Chelios may indeed have ruffled feathers, but sometimes the best leaders are the most hated by some people. He’s a savvy vet that would help any team that is a bit thin on the blueline (assuming he’s 100% healthy and willing to play bottom 2 mins). A complete freak of nature he is and I would love for him to tutor Salmela, Bogosian and Pops.

Dwayne

November 5th, 2009
1:09 pm

Thank You Trixie, I hope to see you Dec. 21.

R. Stroz

November 5th, 2009
1:28 pm

I’ll vote for Zhitnik, cause he’s still on the payroll. Isn’t he suppossed to be a big part of the team this year?

drajax

November 5th, 2009
1:38 pm

Slater may be the last to score, but he shows more hustle than half the team. Rather than sit I wonder what the team could get for him in a trade?

TableHockey

November 5th, 2009
1:44 pm

Slater does have hustle but have you guys noticed how often he falls down? I once joked on this blog that Slater was Cherokee Indian for “Skates Fast, Falls Down”. I had to laugh when he fell after his recent penalty shot attempt.

Oh yeah and Slater gets my vote for last off of the island.

Brendan

November 5th, 2009
1:49 pm

Christophe Schubert would seem like the most likely candidate to be last off Schneid Island. Slater will pop one in by Christmas. Thorburn or Boulton will throw some shot at the net and Slater will be standing there to take out the trash. Or Slater will throw a pass out in front of the net and it was carom off a defender’s skate or a goalie’s pad and go in the net. Slater will get one. He’s working hard these days. He appreciates his ice time. And I’m sure he’d like to stay in the NHL. This is a ‘contract year’ for Slater, I believe.

hip czech

November 5th, 2009
1:57 pm

Maybe Slater will be fortunate to be on the ice with Peverley…Peverley can just tell him to go stand near the net and Pevs can get him off the island. Come to think of it, maybe Peverley can get em all off!

Smoothie

November 5th, 2009
1:59 pm

He is the Pevs Dispenser after all!! In Rich We Trust!

World Be Free

November 5th, 2009
2:02 pm

Stroz-I think you are the winner, if there is one!

Bob

November 5th, 2009
2:11 pm

Zhitnik is still on the payroll? Goodness. Whoever said before that Peverly is Waddell’s best steal (even though Anderson told Waddy to get him) since Savard, is right. Great job by Dudell signing him to the extension as well. That’s how you build a club. Anyone sense a barn burner tonight? 6-5 game with a couple of fights?

Eileen

November 5th, 2009
2:16 pm

I agree with Stendac on KL. That’s a rare and good feeling. I do however wish KL well. Coming from someone who suffered a back fracture years ago, one’s back is never the same once it is injured.

Sara

November 5th, 2009
2:23 pm

I think people are way over-reacting to the Kari situation. I highly doubt the team was unaware of his injury – he suffered it last season and Waddell didn’t indicate he was caught off-guard. He made a conservative offer – one year, relatively cheap money. Now something else has gone wrong that neither group foresaw – Kari had already begun skating again as part of his rehab. And I highly doubt his $3M took away from someone else this season.

But there is no sign that anyone attempted to defraud anyone else and stendec is still in the wrong to accuse Kari of having nefarious intentions. Unless you know for a fact (versus just suspect) that Kari knew he was injured but lied about it, keep your character defamations to yourself. I’m so sick of that crap on these blogs. Don’t like the way someone plays or manages? So be it – but that’s no excuse to assassinate someone’s character – all it shows is how much of one you yourself lack.

Matt

November 5th, 2009
2:56 pm

Sare, AMEN SISTER, AMEN.

Zoomo

November 5th, 2009
2:58 pm

I voted for Slates. Schubert has a cannon from the point and sooner or later one will go in. Slates plays like he’s on a Slip n’ Slide going down hill. It’s always hard for him to find the net.

Dwayne

November 5th, 2009
3:14 pm

I often wonder which one of yall are Stendec…could it be ???? Rawhide? Maybe it’s ________.
Less than 4 hours to puck drop!!!! woooohooooo!!!!

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.