Hedberg, Thrashers survive Moose season in Manhattan

Was Monday night the opening of Moose season in Manhattan?

It sure seemed that way as Johan Hedberg took shot after shot during Monday night’s 3-2 shootout win in New York. In fact…the Rangers fired off 48 rounds at the Moose, who turned away 46 of them.

The shots came early…often…and constantly.

Johan Hedberg was everywhere...on the ice...on the puck...on the players (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

Johan Hedberg was everywhere...on the ice...on the puck...on the players (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

First there was the highway robbery committed by Hedberg on Ales Kotalik in the first period…diving to his right to get the paddle down to deny the goal. Then there was the stuffing of Christopher Higgins during a Ranger 2 on OH MY GAWD break with about two and a half minutes left in the third to preserve the 2-2 tie.

In between, the Moose put the Thrashers on his back and they rode him once again to a win.

All four goals scored came during special teams play. In the first period, Slava Kozlov score his sixth goal of the year while the Thrashers were on the power play. At the time, Wade Redden was sitting in the sin-bin for holding, grabbing and clutching Chris Thorburn who had just worked his way past him on the left side boards.

With 2:50 left before the second intermission, Moose was beaten by Ryan Callahan who had slipped between Zach Bogosian and Christoph Schubert coming through the neutral zone. Zach took a hooking call on the play and the Thrashers again played a man down.

But Hedberg proved to be Atlanta’s best player on the ensuing penalty kill by stopping all five shots faced during the two minute New York onslaught.

Two minutes into the third period, the Thrashers took a too many men on the ice call…but were still able to execute the oft-practiced and highly-difficult “185-foot Ron Hainsey pass down the left hand boards, wrapping around behind the back of the net to find Colby Armstrong between the right circle and the boards who then takes the puck to the net to score” short-handed type goal.

It’s a thing of beauty…really.

Hedberg turns away Sean Avery's shot. There was no rebound and, thus, Avery was denied a sloppy second chance (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

Hedberg turns away Sean Avery's shot. There was no rebound and, thus, Avery was denied a sloppy second chance (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

However, Marian Gaborik scored his league-leading 23rd goal of the season during the very same power play just 59 second after Army’s.

By the time that second period ended…Moose had faced 35 shots on goal. Remember, he only faced 19 all game last Saturday night. He then turned away all 12 shots taken in the third to get the game into extra time…none more important than the afore-mentioned stop of Higgins when the game was on the line.

After the Thrashers and Rangers failed to end things during the 5-minute OT, Moose then stopped Gaborik and Kotalik…if you wanna call stopping a slow rolling puck after it rolled off Kotalik’s stick a “stop”….while Ilya Kovalchuk and the Slavamatic beat Henrik Lundqvist on their shootout attempts.

Kovy broke out a nice move during the first round as he moved left-to-right…waited out Lundvist…then snapped it over his shoulder once he committed. Kozlov just moved in and blasted it into the net.

Sean Avery was being his normal annoying pest-self…as if we expect anything less. Twice he attempted to draw a Thrasher into doing something. The first time he was wrestled to the ground by Boris Valabik…the second time the ref did him a favor by getting in between he and Christoph Schubert.

Before skating away, it appeared as though the 6’-3” 230-pound Thrasher defender looked down on the 5’-10” 195-pound twerp and said something like, “Sie wollen jenen Fehler nicht machen”.

But in the end… this was once again the Night of the Moose. Johan has now won 8 of his last 10 starts and his overall record is now 9-3-0 with a very nifty 2.19 GAA and .932 SV%.

And yeah…I’m gonna say it again. The Thrashers should continue to ride the Moose while he is playing the way he is. I’d start him again in Florida, then put Pavelec in there Thursday on the tail end of the back-to-backer when Dallas comes a-callin’ to Thrasherville.

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December 15th, 2009
12:10 am


December 15th, 2009
12:22 am

I agree totally. The Moose looks like it’s not wearing him down.
Hedberg is definitely amazing this year. I feel a lot more confidence watching the team with him in goal. Instead of declining, he has gotten better with age.
Pavelic is good, especially on the first shot, he will be better when he learns to read the play as well as Moose, and when he doesn’t play himself out of position anymore.

Wayne stuck in AL

December 15th, 2009
12:56 am

For all of you who insist on polluting blogs with “FIRST!!!” when you’re the first one to post:


Fierce Dawg

December 15th, 2009
2:00 am

Keep starting the Moose as long as he’s on that hot streak!
I love winning games we have no business winning……similar to sneaking out of Sunrise with 2 pts, we snuck out of MSG with 2 as well!
Colby has really been showin me some STUFF lately…..that shorty was b-e-a-youteeful.
Cant wait for the boys to come home, gonna go see ‘em Thursday.

World Be Free

December 15th, 2009
5:21 am

I really like it when Darren Eliot very nicely told Kovy to “get up” when Kovy was marginally tripped in OT. The leader needs to get back in the play.

Evander Kane makes every hockey player wish he were 18 again. The kid has jump and never gives 100% every shift. How good will he be in 2 years when he puts on 15-20 lbs and goes back to center, his given position?


December 15th, 2009
7:08 am

Great game guys. I know we almost need to score on the rush but this “rope-a-dope” style is hard on the ol nerves.

The NHL has released it’s video commercial for the 2010 Winter Classic. Anyone who has ever worn mitten-strings will appreciate it.


December 15th, 2009
7:42 am

I’m liking all the new line pairings. Only remaining problem – why is White still on the second PP unit?

How much do the Rangers have to be hating the Kotalik signing? Last year in EDM his main use was on the shootout. Last night? Even that was laughable!

World Be Free

December 15th, 2009
7:55 am

Kovy, as a Sabres fan, I laughed pretty hard when the Rangers signed Kotalik this summer. He’s a big guy who never hits or goes in traffic.

His one strength is the shootout-you know, when he doesn’t have to worry about anyone hitting him. The Rangers have “Alice” for 2.5 more years. Another great Glen Sather signing.


December 15th, 2009
7:57 am

48 shots! WOW! If the forwards would help out in the defensive zone our goalies wouldn’t face so many shots. We need more forechecking pressure and more defensive play by the forwards once the puck enters our zone. Personally, I’m tired of watching Kovy hang out at the blue line whle the puck is in our zone. Moose looked good last night. I say keep playing him. Pavalec may be the future, but he hasn’t proved yet. Nice win.


December 15th, 2009
8:05 am

The exagerated way Moose stopped Kotalik’s shot was priceless. Talk about rubbing salt in the wound.

Putting On The Foil

December 15th, 2009
8:12 am

Looked like Kovy and Koslov switched their shootout strategies last night. Damn! MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSE!


December 15th, 2009
8:31 am

48 SOG is inexcuseable. Sure, many were longer attempts Moose could see, and many were on the PP, but c’mon – that number is ridiculous. Then to only pot 2 on a defensively challenged team and a goalie struggling with his confidence is also need for concern, NOT PANIC, but concern. I am beginning to tire of the way we sleepwalk through games, just to pour it on in spurts to win the game. We seem to get outworked on a regular basis. That may suffice against the NYR’s, FLA’s and MTL’s of the league – but we saw what happens against the more elite squads like VAN or CGY. I cannot help but think of “The Ox” when watching this team. It’s just like when Sgt. “Big Toe” Hulka notices Ox never giving a full effort, to which Dewey says “I’m pacing myself Sgt!”. We need that paranoid tenacity a la Francis. Stop pacing, get mean and collect those points now, as they become significantly harder to earn down the home stretch.


December 15th, 2009
8:33 am

I have to say, I’m really impressed with the way Moose it playing. Its like he’s still has the training camp mind set playing for a spot on the opening night roster. I guess whatever works. And watching this team this week over last, its like night and day.

Hockey Biltong

December 15th, 2009
8:34 am

Saw the replay of the game and somebody better by that Mooose a beer. Hell, the whole team needs to by him a 50 in l.e.d. flat screen and a convertible Bentley!!!!


December 15th, 2009
8:36 am

WBF, I missed your earlier comment about the “Kovy get up” thing. He did go down because of the Ranger’s stick, but that kind of pathetic petitioning for a penalty will make refs assume he’s a diver and he’ll lose out on other calls (not to mention make fans dislike him, the way I hated Whiner Gretzky and Cindy Crosby).


December 15th, 2009
8:38 am

Great game but am I the only one that can’t stand when the announcer calls him Moose Hedberg. It’s Hedberg, Johan Hedberg or Moose.


December 15th, 2009
8:47 am

Morning guys,

Am I crazy or Valabik is scared of keeping the puck? you guys noticed
he kinda closes his eyes and shoot it anywhere without looking?

Moose is indeed playing well..ride him as long as you can…I was also impressed with our guys physical play…If they could only play like this all the time…


December 15th, 2009
8:49 am

Dandylions… can’t say that bothers me. Sorry.

Hedberg is proving why he was the best back-up in the game when we signed him years ago… he’s paying major dividends. He’s gone from “odd man out” to the “who do you trade? Lehts or Pavs?” in my book.

I’m really liking the Schubert and Valabik pairing… Valabik is awesome when he’s not taking stupid penalties.


December 15th, 2009
9:23 am

Hokie, I agree – last night I finally felt there’s hope for Valabik. Jeff’s right that he needs to learn to pass rather than just ice it with his eyes closed, but we are definitely seeing progress. And Schubert plays the man physically and had a great game last night.

World Be Free

December 15th, 2009
9:27 am

Kovy-bad thing to develop a reputation as a diver AND a whiner. Ask Derek Roy/Buffalo-it took him 2 seasons shed the “Louganis tag”.

Biltong-Should we by Hedberg Moosehead beer (skunkiest beer on the planet)?

Doris was not horrible last night, which is an improvement.
Hit somebody, you are 6′7″!!


December 15th, 2009
9:29 am

“Am I crazy or Valabik is scared of keeping the puck? you guys noticed
he kinda closes his eyes and shoot it anywhere without looking?”

He handles it like it’s a hand grenade. Valabik is absolutely brutal, as long as they can keep him in low minutes against the other team’s 4th line, he won’t hurt us, but Salmela is a much better option back there.

Great call on ridin the Moose. He absolutely stole 2 pts for us. How can we give up so many odd man rushes, even gave up a breakaway on the PK?


December 15th, 2009
9:32 am

Guess you could say the Rangers were “Moose-merized” by Hedberg’s stellar, game-stealing heroics under the bright lights of Gotham’s MSG. Way to go Moooooooose! Was he wearing lucky socks??

I think his style and ability to read the play is the right fit for this team, which seems to do a much better job, on the whole, clearing pucks and moving bodies from in front of the open spaces in the crease.

Once again, ride that hot Moose till the filthy stench of Christmas cheer fades into oblivion…and perhaps beyond into the future!!

Fifth place is ours and a chance to overtake Boston for 4th place with a game-in-hand on the Broons.


December 15th, 2009
9:37 am

Classic Slava play on his goal. It was like he made everyone else slow down to match the old man (especially the Rangers defense), then threw it into high gear exclaiming “Ha! Fooled you! I’m really only 27!”

Shootbert and Boris both dealt well with the knavery of Avery.

I noticed no one here is calling for trading Army the last couple blogs. ;)

And one thing I can’t fault the Rangers for. They spin the good tunes in MSG. I believe that was Phish’s “Tweezer Reprise” right before the 3rd period. Jam on!


December 15th, 2009
9:48 am

Wayne Stuck in AL – per your 12:56 am post…personally, I’m not that bothered by the “first” thing given that it’s a kinda tradition here dating all the way back to my very first blog entry on Oct. 10, 2007.

For the record…Buzilla won that little contest and everyone who contributed to this blog back then still owes him $5.00.

But as long as we are on the subject of “annoying” things…one thing that bugs the snot outa me is, as per the headline in the piece you linked, those who are doing “best of the dacade” write ups right now when NEXT YEAR is the last year of this decade.

Decades run from year “ONE” through year “TEN”…the first decade was from the year “one” through the year “ten” and the second decade was from the year “eleven” through the year “twenty” and so on. Right now…we’re in the first “decade” of the twenty first century, which runs from 2001 through 2010.

I remember dealing with this issue 10 years ago when people were running around hollering about the turn of the century. 1999 was not the last year of the 20th century…2000 was. The 21st century began on January 1, 2001. Thus…the first year of the current decade began and ends next year at the end of 2010.


As you can see…I was one of those poor souls stuck on I-75 in that traffic mess and it took 2 hours for me to go 19 miles into work! So…I had to vent about something!

Going to go get my overdue cup of coffee now…


December 15th, 2009
9:49 am

I like to keep MOOSE now, but I want to give a Wednesday OFF. Play Pavs in Florida, give Moose rest and ride him at Thursday at home.


December 15th, 2009
9:55 am

I’ve been pointing out that for the last 5 games now, Boris has a +/- of 0 in each game. He only clocks 13-14 minutes/game but for Boris? He’s improving. He’s got a loooooooonnnnnnnnnng way to go before he’s good. But he’s getting better. He’s skating better (not well) and he actually cleared a couple of pucks. I so wanted him (or Schubert) to go with Avery.

People seem to be slapping themselves on the back for a great game, but the only ones who really had a great game were Moose, Kane & Army. Most of the rest of the effort was pedestrian, at best.

R. Stroz

December 15th, 2009
10:03 am

I noticed no one here is calling for trading Army the last couple blogs.

Paminski – As one of those individuals calling for Army to shape up or ship out, I’m glad to see him shape up. Sometimes, it’s nice to be wron….wro…wr..somewhat incorrect.


December 15th, 2009
10:05 am

Hey guys. I took a road trip yesterday and was there in person for the game at MSG. Absolutely love the result. I thought Moose was outstanding. I was also at the game on Saturday night and I thought Moose had a horrible game that night as it looked like he was not seeing the puck well at all…..different story at the funeral home called MSG. That place cracks me up….20% of fans wearing jerseys, and the other 80% of the fans are in dark suits and dark overcoats. It looks like they were trying a “blackout” or something. Anyway, a great game to watch along with about 8-9 other Thrashers fans in attendance. I know I freaked several fans out by yelling Mooooooose most of the night. Moose was great but I was really impressed with both Kovy and Slava pulling out “new” moves on the shootout. Kovy pulled a Slava from the opposite side, which was truly awesome. A great game at a historic arena. All-in-all, a worthwhile road trip for sure!


December 15th, 2009
10:10 am

I’ve been saying it all year, the Thrashers need to tighten things up. By this time of the year I would have hoped they would but they are actually looking worse. Their break-out, if that’s what you can call it, is one of the worst I’ve seen. They don’t support one another in their own end and are looking to spread things out and get out of the zone before the puck is. This leads to things like failing to clear the zone, neutral zone turnovers, and 48 shots against which is totally unacceptable. What’s even worse is the 4 breakaways and numerous odd-man rushes they gave up. Tighten it up Thrash or you won’t be stealing too many more wins like this one.

“Get Up Kovy!”


December 15th, 2009
10:19 am

I have always wondered from where Hedberg got his “Moose” nickname.

I have been quite sure that it have not had its origin in Sweden, since “The Moose” or translated “älgen” is a common nickname for a tall person who is having a slow start, but could after gained momentum reach considerable speed, while showcasing an awkward running style. Hedberg might be a fast top speed runner, but I do not picture him doing it “Moose style” and thereby justify this in Sweden somewhat derogatory nickname.

In case you do not already know, after consulting Wikipedia I got the answer to the origin of “Moose”;

“Hedberg started a game in Pittsburgh on late notice and as a result was still wearing his customized Manitoba Moose helmet which, not surprisingly, had a large moose painted across it.”


December 15th, 2009
10:28 am

I’m liking all the new line pairings. Only remaining problem – why is White still on the second PP unit?

Kovy Rules – I’ve been asking that question for weeks now. He’s killing us!

Wayne stuck in AL – Oh…and that rant above was in no way meant to be offensive to your post or comment regarding the “first” tradition. I actually got a chuckle out of the piece you linked.

sipping coffee…

I’m better now.


December 15th, 2009
10:32 am

R Stroz, since the off season, so far I have been wron….wro…wr..somewhat incorrect about Pavelec, Armstrong, Kane and the and the PK. Nice.

On the other hand I have also been wron….wro…wr..somewhat incorrect in a negative sense about the Little, White Kozlov trio. Not so nice. 2/3rds of them show signs of living up to my expectations, so I hope it will be OK in the end.


December 15th, 2009
10:37 am

Anything new on Kovy’s contract? Think he was meeting his agent in NY yesterday?

Get The Puck Out

December 15th, 2009
10:39 am

The Thrashers have absolutely going to have to cut down on the SOG’s. You cannot have the opposing team DOUBLE your SOG and expect to win on a consistent basis. The puck stay’s on our end of the ice wayyy to much,and no one can seem to clear on the PP. Moose HAD to be on top of his game last night, otherwise it would have been a loss. If anyone deserves cudo’s it’s Moose. I wonder what Moose is thinking when he was being bombarded by all those shots last night? GET THE PUCK OUT!!!!!!

World Be Free

December 15th, 2009
10:39 am

Anyone going to the game Thursday?
Not Saturday though, gotta a Christmas party to go to; work on a new hangover.


December 15th, 2009
10:46 am

>>noticed no one here is calling for trading Army the last couple blogs

Hah! I jumped right on that bandwagon. I’ll happily eat my crow with a little melted Colby! Who else needs to get going? Whitey? Let’s bash him Rowdies style and see if he catches fire.

The SOG’s were extraordinary, but I never really got the sense that the team was overwhelemed. Outside of the last part of Period 2, I thought they did a decent job chipping pucks back to center when the pressure got high.

Agree that Boris showed a bit of promised. Boris and Shubie make a big combo and I think the development of the D Corp – with Ronzo, Bogo, Kubina – into a rough and tough crew could be the key to making a playoff push and run.

Hainsey – who either plays good one game and not the next, or plays good one play nad not the next, depending on who is posting here – played a heck of game last night.


December 15th, 2009
10:56 am

Drop the rose colored glasses…Valabik is brutal and needs to go back to the AHL. On D he plays too deep thus screening the goalie, and gets easily suckered out of position into corners and behind the goal line. Paint dries faster than Doris skates. On offense he is far behind the play and is terrible at covering his point. He disrupts the flow that Anderson has finally got them understanding, and his useless 60 foot snap shots also do little to help the cause.

Anyone know what Moose’s long tem plans are? This is the last year of his contract, but is he wanting to get another after this? Critical info as to what we need to do down the stretch and for next season and beyond. Kari and Ondrej splitting 50/50 would be a nice tandem if either can accept it. Would certainly extend their careers, but that type A personality most athletes have may not let that occur peacefully. Kari, due to his injury issues would certainly come at a discount, thus not breaking the bank in he net…but if Moose wants another 2 years, that allows for Kari to be trade bait and the time to develop Ondrej’s back up. Rumor has is Ponikarovsky is on the block in Toronto, and they need a goalie (Monster’s continuous heart issues and 1 year contact are certainly issues)…


December 15th, 2009
11:17 am

Kids, we are 10 – 5 – 1 on the road this year so far…WOW! 25 more games “on location” and we just need to maintain a .500 record from here on out. Eventually we will figure out how to rack up more wins than losses at home. We’re finally over .500 at home (well, sort of) with a 7 – 6 – 2 record. Go 12 – 7 at home after the Olympics and we’re in the playoffs. But to do so, we do need to get the shots against down closer to 31 – 32 / game. We’re pushing 35 per game and that’s a bit obscene for a playoff caliber team.

Zoomo – thanks for giving Ronsey his due last night. He’s been pretty brutal in December but last night his play was sterling. He was more physical, made smart plays with the puck deep in his zone and probably saved a goal or two with his stick. Now if we can just get our Russians to hustle like Evander Kane on EVERY shift, we’d be golden.

Spud Webb

December 15th, 2009
11:22 am

I vote to move boris to the wing and let him goon it up with the 4th line. LETS DO THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hhahahaha
Moose, I mean what can you say?? Great game for him.
Army, must be reading the blogs now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good job. Army.


December 15th, 2009
11:45 am

I said trade Army, and I stand by it. Yes, he’s got 4 G in 4 G, but I didn’t say trade him because he sucks. You don’t trade players who are sucking; you won’t get back value. I think they ought to trade Army because I don’t think he wants to be here. I can’t back that up, it’s just a feeling. So I hope he does get hot, and then we can fleece someone (in the Western Conf) at the deadline.

Now, how about all the a-holes who said Moose should retire/be traded/not be re-signed? As I’ve always said, he’s a perfect backup. You can’t ask for a better backup. Last night, Kevin Weekes on NHL OTF called him the #1 backup in the NHL.



December 15th, 2009
11:55 am

If I don’t get some info on the Kovy contract talks, I will hold my breath until I turn blue, pass out and hit my head on the coffee table!!

My 2 centimos on White. There was a play in the Montreal game that sums up his season nicely. Wide open net, shoots the puck towards open net but near Price, Price able to scramble back and make save. You have absolutely got to bury those kinds of chances.


December 15th, 2009
12:05 pm

While I agree Moose has been great this season, I think it’s a bit much to call someone an a*****e for wanting to move Johan during the last off season. He was coming off a season where he was near the bottom of the league in nearly all statistical categories. He’s a great team player and I am as thrilled as the rest of us with his resurgence, but I must say it was unexpected. I do agree with you on Army…I just get that same feeling too. I cannot explain why…maybe it’s because he signed just a one year contract – but I feel like he just does not want to be here.

Spud – been saying he’s a winger all along. I wanted to scream at him for continally guarding the far post on the weak side last night. THATS FOR THE WINGERS! Guard the near post and cut off the passing lane Boris!


December 15th, 2009
12:14 pm

Am I the only one who thinks Kovy is being affected by the contract talks….? He’s been practically invisible for the last 5 or 6 games. Yes, he’s drifting out at the blue line in his own zone, nothing new there, but I see zero creativity on the attack – he almost looks bored in the offensive zone. Half the time he’s motionless. Of course, he can still pop-off a rocket every now and then – he could score 30 in his sleep. But to me I’m fearing the worst – that the talks are going badly and he’s already mentally gone. Am I wrong? I sure hope so.

Hockey Biltong爽

December 15th, 2009
12:16 pm

BlueSpark , believe it or not I spoke with Army about 2 weeks ago and he really does like it here. He wants to stay and play with Le Trash!
I think he is finding his groove now. I hope he keeps it up….


December 15th, 2009
12:25 pm

I think the restaurants will be what keeps army in atlanta. every interview i read with that guy, he mentions the food here and going out to eat.

World Be Free

December 15th, 2009
12:26 pm

Scoundrel-Kovy, no that’s been a common subject on the blog,but alotta people don’t want to hear it. The sooner it gets done, the better.

Spud-Doris won’t drop the gloves. He actually don’t look awful last night, an improvement.

Army is starting to play better, he’s hittng and rushing the net. He must have gone back and seen footage of playing in Pittsburgh when he was coming on as a player. Different Army the last 2 weeks.

Glovesave-Ponikarovsky has been playing great for the Leafs. I would like to have him, but I think Brian Burke will ask for the world for him.


December 15th, 2009
12:55 pm

I loved Kane manning up to the Ranger. Did you see him jawing at the end? This kid is gonna be something, not afraid of mixing it up/going in the corners. I find myself watching every thing he does.Go Thrash

Spud Webb

December 15th, 2009
1:25 pm

Perfect, “doris” ahahhahaha, LOVE IT. I think he’s not anxious to drop them as a D man and have the team down one (not that we would notice) for 5 minutes. I truly believe that big boris can play the wing, hit, fight and quit thinking so d&mn much.
-Glovesave how you been?? Saw you post yesterday and today, havent seen you too much as of late.


December 15th, 2009
1:31 pm

Nevermind what line White is on or if he should be on the 2nd PP unit, what will take to get him out of the lineup. We all know Slater’s shortcomings but at this time I can’t find any reason for him to sit behind White. He has more speed, plays with more edge and is a better on the PK. Slater struggles finding the net but he certainly wouldn’t be worse than White.

Can anyone offer a reasonable defense as to why White should be playing over Slater?


December 15th, 2009
1:33 pm

If I don’t get some info on the Kovy contract talks, I will hold my breath until I turn blue, pass out and hit my head on the coffee table!!

Matt – Ya know…my oldest son used to pull that trick on me, (BTW…his name is also Matt). He stopped doing it what he figured out I actually liked watching him turn blue.

Seriously though…the only thing I’ve heard lately is that he and his agent met while they were in New York.

Nevermind what line White is on or if he should be on the 2nd PP unit, what will take to get him out of the lineup.

Statebird – Yup…I’d like to see White sitting next to Salmella in the press box. My lines would be:


Can anyone offer a reasonable defense as to why White should be playing over Slater?

Compromising photos of someone high up in the Thrashers organ-I-zation?