Gather around the coffee pot and discuss latest Thrashers loss

As Rawhide’s fellow bloggers awake after another late night of Thrashers hockey and make their way into the on-line chat room, the blog host is busy manning the coffee pots in the cyber-coffee café. Its cold outside this morning, but the coffee here is good and hot

Ah, good morning there sleepy-heads…hop up on the stool and I’ll have your coffee right up for ya. How do ya take it? Cream?…Sugar?…Heck, maybe given the way the Thrashers luck has turned, a bit of whiskey mixed in is what’s called for? I mean, for medicinal purposes, of course.

Me? I just take mine black.

Ya know…picking the coffee pot up off the burners and returning to the counter to fill your cups… staying up late to watch a hometown team play on the west coast reminds me of the early 1990’s when the Braves were beginning that great run of theirs. Being in the Western Divison of the NL those days, they played many games out in L.A., San Diego and San Francisco. There would be entire weeks when sports fans would stay up past midnight to watch the games…then be up at the crack of dawn to get to work.

We called what Atlanta suffered from during those times B.F.S., (Braves Fatigue Syndrome).

So, maybe we’ve all got a small touch of T.F.S. … though I don’t suspect we’ll be able to call in sick from work due to that.

The piping hot morning nectar begins to pour from pot to cup after cup…filling the air with its rich, robust aroma…mmmmm…

Another late night in Thrasherville…made that much longer given the 4-2 loss in Vancouver, the Thrashers third in a row on the road. Heading out on this 4-game roadie, the Thrashers had only lost two regulation games away from Philips Arena all year. First it was the 5-2 smack down in Toronto…followed by Wednesday night’s 3-1 thumping in Cal-Gary…now this.

Even with the 2-1 shootout win in Florida to start the roadie, Atlanta was outscored 6 to 13 on this trip, not counting the “gimmick goal” provided for coming out on top in the individual skills competition that decided the game last Saturday in Sunrise.

For those of you who chose not to stay up and watch the latest defeat…here’s a brief recap.

World Be Free and Spud Web enter with the Krispy Kreme donuts

Alright! Breakfast is here too. Just bring those on over to the counter boys!

Anyway…the recap. Daniel Sedin scored the Canucks’ first three goals. Funny thing though…the second one, which came shortly before the first intermission, was originally credited to his brother Henrik. Just after the second period began, the scoring change was announced. But just 1:39 after the puck dropped to start the period, Daniel’s centering pass deflected off Nik Antropov’s stick past Ondrej Pavelec. He thought it was only his second tally of the night and had to be told of his hat trick while sitting on the bench. It took a few minutes for the hats to find their way onto the ice as the fans were still figuring things out as well.

Daniel Sudin's second goal of the game was originally awarded to his brother Henrik (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

Daniel Sudin's second goal of the game was originally awarded to his brother Henrik (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

Anywhoooo…as for the goals scored by the Thrashers… Nik Antropov notched his third of the season. It came while the Canucks’ Rick Rypien was in time out for roughing. Rypien would later get into a pretty good scrap with Boris Valabik. Colby Armstrong also scored for Atlanta…his second in as many games. Sure would be nice if this is a sign of good things to come for Army.

Pavelec got the start between the pipes tonight and allowed four goals on 38 shots. His record is now 8-8-3 with a 3.09 GAA and .913 SV%. Since the 2-0 shutout in Detroit on Thanksgiving Eve, Opie is 1-3 and has allowed 16 goals with a .881 SV%.

Evander Kane was making a sort of homecoming Thursday, returning to the city that he played in for three seasons while in the WHL. Family members and former teammates were in attendance to see his first game played in Vancouver at the NHL level. Kane finished the night a -1 with no point and three shots on goal.

Sara now enters with a basket full of bran muffins

Good…maybe these will help the Thrashers win more…ahem…regularly.

The Thrashers will return home for a Saturday night game with Montreal…so they won’t have a lot of time to rest and lick their wounds from the 1 for 4 road trip. The Canadiens are one point behind us in the Eastern Conference standings…though they’ve played a couple more games than Atlanta has.

The boys in blue won’t be home long, though, before heading out to Hartsfield/Jackson again. They have a date Monday up in New York against the Rangers and then they’ll high-tail in back to south Florida to play the Panthers again on Wednesday. Dallas will be in Thrasherville the very next day after that. So the games are starting to train one behind the other all of a sudden.

In fact, the team will not see a period in which they have more than two days between games until the second week of February.

But long before then, they’ve got to find a way to again get like this coffee…hot. Right now, they’re as cold as this morning’s air…or the look I’ll get from the Divine Mrs. R if I fail to save any of this fine brew for her.

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr…Now that’s cold!

141 comments Add your comment

Tom

December 12th, 2009
12:40 pm

Curly

December 12th, 2009
12:44 pm

Russian – I have an extra ticket to tonight’s game. I can email it to you.

Spud Webb

December 12th, 2009
1:13 pm

Bob and WBF, oh god. Great stories, Bob, “forgot where the hidden keg was” hahahahhahahhaahha, stood in line!!! CLASSIC…
I work 2 jobs, one business and the other serving tables (won’t name the place, don’t want some of you crazies showing up!!! ahh), the serving job we’re having our xmas party NOT sponsered by the company tonight!! I just dropped the keg off this morning!!! ahhahahah, gonna be a GREAT night!!!
As far as some of the posting, with all due respect when I see Nascar, Stendec I just keep scrolling!! Too much hate!!! Just my opinion!!

Miami Screaming Eagle

December 12th, 2009
1:28 pm

People losing their minds on this blog accomplishs nothing. Life is too short to be ticked off about something you cannot control.

Hockey Buzz has a list of the worst trades ever, the Coburn deal is listed. But so are deals by GM’s with great reputations, they all make bad moves. Take a look at the drafting records of teams and you’ll find most make more mistakes than hits. Maybe Toronto wasn’t so dumb giving up 3 high picks for Kessel. At least they know what they received in the deal. Boston has no idea what it will get in 3 picks.

Thrashers27

December 12th, 2009
2:02 pm

Just crossed paths with good ole Jaqcues Martin walking down Olympic Park Drive. A gust of wind came up and caught his ears. I swear I saw his feet leave the ground. Then he gave me the stank eye ’cause I was wearing my Thrashers sweater.

Russian

December 12th, 2009
2:48 pm

**to Curly**
Thanks. I got it already.

Dwayne

December 12th, 2009
2:50 pm

Lord have mercy on us. We blamed Don for everything, he goes out and signs enough players to be competitive, now JA can’t get the right line combos. Its JA’s fault now. Lets fire him!!! I agree with anyone who says lets have 2 good scoring lines, a 3rd line that might click with no pressure on them to score, and a fourth line.

Tim

December 12th, 2009
3:04 pm

Was at the game, wearing my new Bogo Jersey. My girlfriend was chearing for Vancouver while I got all the attention from everyone on my section. Quite a fun night. However, watching the dump and chase and possibly one of the worst passing game I’ve seen from the Thrashers for a while, it’s quite painful. Anyway, hopefully we rebound against MTL tonight.

Brendan

December 12th, 2009
5:30 pm

Since Phil Kessel’s return, he’s had 10 goals and six assists for 16-points in 19 games. That’s almost a point a game. And, since October 24, 2009, the Maple Leafs have banked 26 of 46 possible points, with a record of 10-7-3. So, I’d have to say that Kessel has at least contributed to a noticeable turn-around from their 0-7-1 start. http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/teams/schedule/TOR/

Kessel is signed for five years. So, that’s not hanging in doubt. That’s all locked up. But Toronto is still ranked 29th in points in the league, with only Carolina trailing them. If they cannot escape the lottery draft, Boston will have an excellent chance to find a noteworthy player in the 1st round. They’ll also have a decent shot, in the “shot in the dark” portion of the draft that is the 2nd round. If Boston picks 32nd overall, they can still find somebody who might play in the NHL for a number of years, down the road. Or, they could certainly attempt to land some other team’s RFA in a trade. That would take some the “unknown” portion away from the 3 picks they got from Toronto for Kessel.

Hope the rain doesn’t freeze tonight. It’ll be slick out there. So, be careful.

Brendan

December 12th, 2009
5:37 pm

I take my coffee cloudy, with sweet-n-low. I know. I suck. I should drink it black. Or not at all.

Dwayne, blame and praise has to be dispensed somewhere? Things don’t just happen by themselves. It’s the coach’s job to elevate the level of play of the players. And to know what line combinations work best. It’s the GM’s job to oversee the franchise, by making draft picks, trades, and negotiating contracts. Including deciding WHO gets them and who DOESN’T. And for how LONG and how MUCH. And the poor guy has to do with with the Atlanta Spirit, LLC holding the purse strings.

Tom

December 12th, 2009
7:32 pm

Someone pleaset take Valabeck out behind the barn and do what needs to be done.

Tom

December 12th, 2009
9:16 pm

In the beginning of the season we were shooting often on the power play and it was the best in the league. Now we are impotent as we are back to last years passing power play.

HookyBob

December 12th, 2009
10:43 pm

Any person attending their first game tonight has to have become a fan. This game had a lot to offer.

Great comeback guys.

Hockey Biltong

December 12th, 2009
11:04 pm

Red Rider-Lunatic Fringe.
The cardiac kids bring it home!!!!

Brendan

December 12th, 2009
11:43 pm

The first half of this game … was a bust. But once Schubert got the 1st Thrasher goal, the Thrashers came to life. By the way, I thought that was Colby Armstrong’s goal. Colby would then score to tie it, 2-2. Thrashers would trail again, 3-2. But Antropov answered for Atlanta. And finally, it was Kovalchuk with the OT winner, his first GWG of the year. Here’s your boxscore: http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2009020471

Here’s the defensive TOI: (1) Enstrom: 24:33, (2) Hainsey: 19:38, (3) Kubina: 19:26, (4) Bogosian: 19:25, (5) Schubert: 14:26, and (6) Valabik: 11:54.

Kovy, Armey, Schubert, and Enstrom each had two points.

The following Thrashers were +2: Kane, Kovalchuk and Armstrong. These Thrashers were +1: Schubert, Kovy, and Kubina.

In the Southeast Division, Carolina lost AGAIN, 4-2, to Ottawa. The Maple Leafs doubled up the Capitals, 6-3. Toronto is now 11-7-6 since their 0-7-1 start. Things appear to be stabilizing for them. The Cats got an OT point off Crosby and the Penguins, 3-2, in a loss. Other games of interest, due to the standing, saw the Islanders take an overtime win, 3-2, over Boston. The NY Rangers lost AGAIN. This time it was a 3-2 regulation time loss to the Buffalo Sabres. And New Jersey defeated Laviolett’s Flyers, 4-1. Laviolette has yet to jump start the Flyers.

Brendan

December 13th, 2009
12:04 am

On Hockey Night in Canada’s “Hot Stove” segment, they did talk about the Kovalchuk contract. They reported that someone named “Alexandre Medvedev” was in Atlanta, or coming to Atlanta, to talk to Kovalchuk. I assume that’s someone highly connected to the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in Russia. The HNIC panel FLATLY denied a rumor that said Canucks GM Mike Gillis had been calling about Kovalchuk. The HNIC panelist said that, “If Kovalchuk can’t make a decision in the next month, that the Thrashers would have to look into picking up the phone to start shopping the guy.” They supplied the time frame of “one month.” You’ll all recall that Don Waddell said, in no uncertain terms, that Ilya Kovalchuk WILL NOT BE TRADED. As in, “period, the end.” Kovalchuk, reportedly, defers any contract talk to Waddell and his agent.

Well, I still think this is a fair question. “Have you decided to test the market, even if your intent is to remain in Atlanta, as you’ve claimed that you want to?” What? That’s a fair question. What’s the alternative? If Vivlamore asks him, “Ilya, are you committed to leaving this market next year?” Kovalchuk’s answer will be, “No, I want to stay in Atlanta. That’s my goal. But you have to defer contract negotiations to Waddell and Jay Grossman.” That’s such a copout answer. But, he’s pretty required to state as much. Otherwise, his agent will smack him. He PAYS Jay Grossman to manipulate GM’s. That’s Grossman’s job. He’s a player agent. His goal, in addition to getting the maximum number of dollars possible for his client, is to pad his commission, as well. What I don’t like, as a fan, is dishonesty. But … we’re never gonna get the truth. If Ilya’s intent is to leave Atlanta, whether it’s to play in Russia or for some other NHL team, then answers like, “I’d very much like to stay” will cause fans, once he’s departed, if he departs Atlanta, to hate on him. “You said you WANTED to stay, then you left.” That’d be the sentiment that creates the SEETHING RAGE. I don’t blame Ilya, if he leaves. I understand the reasons. But I honestly, and perhaps naively, believe that Ilya’s contract stalling has everything to do manipulating the team’s moves (1) at the trade deadline, (2) the draft, and (3) in free agency. The only thing Kovalchuk has, as leverage, is his contract. Once signed, the ownership can go RIGHT BACK to league minimum payrolls, and Ilya will just have to ENDURE it, while regretting the decision to stay. I wouldn’t trust the AS, LLC. They haven’t demonstrated competence in hockey operations. It’s been 4 years, and Belkin hasn’t been bought out. What’s Ilya supposed to make of that? If he re-signs, he should INSIST on some clause that relates to proximity to the salary cap limit on Opening Night.

Krust

December 13th, 2009
12:17 am

All right boys great win tonight. But I have great question for rawhide and everyone! Is this not the first time an Atlanta Hockey team has beaten the Candianes on Atlanta home ice. Atlanta Flames included. I remember when I was just young boy Mr. Willie Plett made his debue and it was aganist Canadians. He scored goal beat the ever living snot out someone and we tied them 3-3. Rawhide confirm this I really think I am right. First time win on home ice. I could be wrong. Too many beers. But I think I am close! Please confirm. Long time Hockey fan from Atlanta.

Brendan

December 13th, 2009
12:22 am

Krust, this is not the first time Atlanta has defeated Montreat at Philips Arena. I’m not sure when the first time was. But I do remember a time, very early in the franchise history, where Atlanta was losing to Montreal and Kovalchuk scored to tie it, 3-3, or 4-4, with 10 seconds left. I think the Thrashers then won that game in overtime.

I think the Thrashers have a minimum of five career home victories over the Habs. It might be six or seven or eight. I don’t know.

Alan R.

December 13th, 2009
1:25 am

They reported that someone named “Alexandre Medvedev” was in Atlanta, or coming to Atlanta, to talk to Kovalchuk. I assume that’s someone highly connected to the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in Russia.

He’s the KHL president. I would hope he’s highly connected to the KHL :P

I would also assume his visit wouldn’t go unnoticed by Atlantans.

Wayne stuck in AL

December 13th, 2009
1:38 am

“I would also assume his visit wouldn’t go unnoticed by Atlantans.”

What are people to look for?

Alan R.

December 13th, 2009
2:09 am

Wayne, high-profile people tend to attract attention. Medvedev visited Washington and spoke with some of the Russian players there, and that visit didn’t go unnoticed.

Tony C.

December 13th, 2009
7:09 am

Medvedev also has stated that he’s quite open to “acquiring” an NHL franchise… in fact, he and Betteman had a summit meeting, and when Betteman was asked about the details-people hammered on the whole KHL-NHL contract dispute which Betteman brushed off “we talked about several things, but we’re going to let the IIHF continue their investigation and we’re confident this matter will be resolved quickly”[sic]

Medvedev was quoted as saying that he had brought up the possibility of him purchasing an NHL franchise, and Betteman was receptive… I think Puck Daddy had a pretty good piece on it.

Anyway, thought the boys gave them the 1st (as usual), then decided to play the 2nd and 3rd. I can’t wait until they start playing 60 minutes.

I do think it was quite obvious that #17’s contract talks have stalled-if there is to be an ownership change, I can appreciate the financial environment would need to be “tidied up” so as to make the club as appealing as possible… but man, it makes me cry in my heart to see #17 just being lazy out there, especially since we’ve seen what the man can do when he puts his mind to it.

I personally wouldn’t mind if Medvedev bought the club-you want an owner with deep pockets-he’s the definition.

Tony C.

December 13th, 2009
8:21 am

also, I think Valabik has looked HEAPS better since coming back from Chicago

World Be Free

December 13th, 2009
9:19 am

Great to meet R Stroz and five_hole last night. Stroz has his own little section up in 222, a “semi private box” for him and his cowbewll gallery. Very neat.

Great recovery game.

Kovy-just sign the damn contract. This garbage is what I predicted mos ago and now we have to deal with it while we are trying to keep pace with other teams. To use a 60’s term, this is a drag.

Great to see Kane get pissed. He took an early reaction penalty and was ticked the rest of the game. I can’t wait till he gets big so he can lay some payback hits on the chumps like O’Byrne and Moen who run him.

Schubert upped his game too. He ran the Gorilla (Georges Laraque) so hard it opened the penalty box door. He used his shot last night too, which is very underrated. Laraque is not a hockey player.

Moose was terrible in ther 2nd periond-2 goals on 4 shots; much better 3rd period. Valabik looks like he has a balance problem on his skates. He may need to try a new pair or different brand (I am not kidding). He still stinks; I like Annsi alot better.

Finally, I want to pay tribute to Marty Reasoner. He’s so smart, almost never makes a mistake and plays well with whoever Anderson puts with him. He should be the 3rd line center. Marty is the 2nd best UFA signing by the Thrashers begind Peverly. He’s a perfect teammate.

World Be Free

December 13th, 2009
9:25 am

Trying to fugure out Montreal. I cannot define their game, they do not have great offense, defense, checking or transition. Their golatending is great for a period, the mediocre the next. Price was great up to the Schubert goal, then he stuggled for the most part afterward.

The Thrashers outshot somebody! I thought it was a misprint or the off ice official fell asleep during the game.

I don’t know who the young ref was last night, but he was awful. He called penalties for guys sneezing on each other. Bill Mcrearey was the other ref, he was probably shaking his head the entire game at the young guy’s calls.

LAC

December 13th, 2009
10:01 am

Good comeback after a Horrible first period. Did everyone see how Out Of Position Hainsey was on the first goal, he was no where close to Metro and allowed him to waltz right out from behind the net… He needs to SIT.

Strange to see MTL got only nine SOG in the last two periods, would have been about 8-3 if not for Price and several circus saves and goal posts…

Now a good time to catch a FLAT NYR team, then FL again… Let’s hope they play solid these next two games, then Ducks in.

Loved the jobs bit, I just spent $800,000 on 6 SD-90MAC’s for my
Railroad companies… I better be shipping some beer in those cars !
With my engines !

Miami Screaming Eagle

December 13th, 2009
10:12 am

LAC, do you think Hainsey’s problems may stem from Bogo being all over the ice all the time? It is a nightmare playing with an offensive defenseman, a guy who has the nod to rush the offensive zone.

You have to be a superior defensive defenseman to do it, like Dallas Smith who played with Bobby Orr. I am not making excuses for Hainsey, but his current situation may have something to do with his overall play.

HookyBob

December 13th, 2009
10:22 am

One thing that stuck out in my mind last night was how dis-organized the power play was.

Then I read in Puck-Daddy that the Habs had killed 33 straight until Ilya scored.

So maybe it wasn’t our power play as much as it was a very effective PK we were up against.

five_hole

December 13th, 2009
12:21 pm

It was great to meet World Be Free in person; R Stroz, Kracker and Bill, always great to see you guys again.

Great way to end the game. My thoughts:

1. The Thrashers seem to have 2 speeds; off and on. They played the first 25 minutes in the off position. Then, something woke them up and they played the rest of the game “on”.

2. I’ve spent the last several blogs dissing “Orange” Schubert (and after the 1st period with World Be Free and R Stroz) then “Orange” (I was going to nickname him Franz, but wasn’t sure how many would get that) goes and scores a goal & gets an assist. Damn him. (BTW, he was on the ice when Kostytsyn scored his 1st goal, where Schubert blew the coverage).

3. Bogosian should have been named one of the 3 stars. Not only did he have a great game, but he beat the snot out of that Canadien. I just love that kid.

4. Did any one else see Kubina limp off the ice with about 2 minutes left in regulation? We can’t afford to be without him.

5. For a smaller guy, Kane plays with an edge and doesn’t back down. He also has a very quick stick (meaning great hands). He just needs to get bigger. Quickly.

6. For the 3rd game in a row, Valabik was a +0 (12 minutes of ice time). He still took a stupid penalty and can’t clear the puck out of the zone, but 3 consecutive games of +0 (2 of them losses) says something. And when we’ve got midgets like Enstrom, White & Afiniginov, we need bigger guys like Boris to balance things out.

7. We need to resign Afiniginov. Now. He’s small, but the kid just makes things happen.

Bob

December 13th, 2009
1:19 pm

“but man, it makes me cry in my heart to see #17 just being lazy out there’

Tony, we made last night’s game and that’s what stuck out to me the most, he was floating all night. Even on the game winner, I expected to see him go wild and he just pumped his fist and then muttered something to himself, you can see it on the On The Fly replay. It’s obvious something is up with him, I’m wondering if he was ready to sign the contract and now ownership has put it on hold.

WBF, that kid ref made some horrible calls, real bad one on us in the 1st, but McCreary evened it up quickly and made it a 4 on 4.

stendec

December 13th, 2009
2:41 pm

I truly appreciate the overtime goal By Captain Ilya Kovalchuk which ensured the Montreal Canadiens would collect no more than a point at Thrasher expense. Thank you! Sincerely. ++STENDEC++

Tim

December 13th, 2009
2:47 pm

Yesterday win was an important one. A look on the standing show that Montreal is right behind us. By winning yesterday, we ensure ourself that if we end up with the same points and win as Montreal, we finish ahead of them. Hopefully we don’t even need to get there to make it into playoff. :)

Dwayne

December 13th, 2009
4:00 pm

sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet victory.

Smoothie

December 13th, 2009
4:18 pm

Bob, if you think Kovy was floating last night, man, you should have seen him in Florida! Compared to that game (of course, he supposedly had the flu bug), Kovy was All-Hustle last night. Hell, he even broke up a few plays by skating down to the circle…miracles never cease! If he would just put forth a modicum of effort to crowd a puck handler or create some congestion on a regular basis, then he would actually be worth $8.5 + million per season.

Where’s ol’ Rawhide?? No blog today? Blasphemy!

Tony C.

December 13th, 2009
4:20 pm

Bob-I think you’re spot-on with your thesis-I seem to recall seeing a #17 quote from right after he came back from the broken foot injury-he was asked if he truly liked what the mgmt was doing as far as team building; his response was along the lines of “yeah-they hung in there while I was out, I like the kids like [Bogosian, Kane, etc.] & playing for Johnny is great I love his system-it’s perfect for an offensive player like me”[sic] The next question was more specefic asking how the negotiations were progressing & was it a question of cash or time-(again paraphrased) “Yeah, like I said, things are going great I told my agent to go ahead get working on terms”

Rumor was that they had stalled on the length of the contract like what exactly *is* long-term. Clearly, something has happened to the guy, I’m hoping it’s the contract and not something in his personal life I know they’re expecting and all of us parents know how stressful that time can be.

Smoothie

December 13th, 2009
4:26 pm

WBF – great comments on the game last night. I agree on all counts. Especially the contract deal. Time to piss or get off the pot! It may not be a distraction for the team directly, but it becomes an indirect distraction because when Kovy is loafing / floating, the other players notice and it affects their effort level. Why play hard if our $6 M man isn’t going to give a crap??

As for Reasoner, thanks for taking the time to give him his due. The man is a work-horse and he does all of the unglamorous, dirty work without any let-up. He never seems to quit on a play. And his hockey IQ is off the charts! He brings all of the necessary intangibles you want from a 3rd line (or 4th line) stopper. Talk about your ante-Kovy! In fact, I appreciate his effort and hard work so much, I went ahead and put the “A” on my Reasoner jersey before the Alternate captainships were doled out. Hope to hell I can get some time at his black-jack table at Casino Night to tell him how much I appreciate his “unsung” hero work ethic.

And I agree, I would much rather he play 3rd line minutes, but perhaps playing 4th line keeps him fresh for the PK, on which he and Thorburn have been flat-out $$ this year. As long as we can get what we saw last night from Kane – White / Slater – Army and a greasy goal every couple of games, I think we’ll be okay. Especially if we can get the power-play cookin’ again.

Lee

December 13th, 2009
4:43 pm

phew, bout time they win one, kinda sick of them not drinkin their coffee. Long season though. How many games is NJ behind on Washington?

Jameson

December 13th, 2009
7:42 pm

Smoothie do they sale the seperate C’s and A’s at the team store?

Miami Screaming Eagle

December 13th, 2009
7:52 pm

Smoothie-Marty’s a good old western New York boy too. Our coaches in WNY would not put up with any loafing! Most of my coaches back then were blue collar workers, which is exactly what Marty has become. Good worker, but like you stated, very hockey smart.

Bob-what scares the heck out of me, are the number of older, old school refs that are retiring it up this year. And if you are retiring, you cannot referee theplayoffs. We’ll be left with these young “call everything” refs, who are determined to slow the game to a crawl.

I have to admit, I was a ref for one season while I was in high school. No idea how these guys put up wiuth the garbage they do with the fans so close to the action.

I can’t believe I saying this, but I actually miss referee Wally Harris. Back in the 70’s, Wally would turn his head to a good mugging until the last 2 minutes of a game! But he let teams play.

five_hole – I’m with you on the 2 speeds. The “off” button is very clear in the first period. Can’t remember the last time we scored the first goal on a home game. Credit our buddy Schubert for getting the team going last night.

Bill has some “splaining” to do as to his whereabouts today. Probably out shopping for my Christmas present.

Rawhide

December 13th, 2009
9:12 pm

Miami Screaming Eagle – Yes…I have been tardy on my latest blog post. I took the family out to lunch after church and then the youngest tax exemption and the Divine Mrs. R both performed in the Christmas musical this evening.

So, the day just got away from me.

However…here is the new post.

Smoothie

December 13th, 2009
9:16 pm

Jameson, I can’t tell you about the jerseys at the team store because I got mine at http://www.icejerseys.com, and I bet they are running some specials on customized (stitched) jerseys for the holidays. You can select A or C during the customization process. But I reckon the Slava, Colby (if there are any) and Hainsey jerseys prolly have the A in the team store. And you can most certainly bet that the Kovy jerseys have the C. But getting an old Kovy jersey without the letter might be a cheaper alternative route to try.