Ding-dong the streak is dead!

The Thrashers losing streak officially ended Thursday night when they defeated the New York Rangers 2-1 in a shootout that took five rounds. Slava Kozlov and Bryan Little converted on their shootout chances and when Johan Hedberg forced Michael Del Zotto to miss on his attempt… ding-dong, the streak was dead!

And there was much rejoicing around Thrasherville!

Ron Hainsey and Johan Hedberg celebrate after defeating the Rangers (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Ron Hainsey and Johan Hedberg celebrate after defeating the Rangers (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Scoring the Thrashers only goal during 65 minutes of play was none other than Jimmy Slater, who is responsible for all three of the goals scored by Atlanta in the past two games. He was last off Schnide Island…not counting Boris Valabik who has missed most of the season due to an ankle injury…but he seems to making up for the slow start.

Slates now has 4 goals in his 22 games played.

Defensively, this was one of the best games from the Thrashers blueline in a very long time. Zach Bogosian and Ron Hainsey especially had strong games as they helped hold the Rangers to but 26 shots in regulation. Anssi Salmela is starting to play with a lot more confidence and his scrappy, edgy play on this night was very nice indeed.

The blueline and Hedberg held a team to fewer than 3 goals for the first time in twelve games. The last time was when Hedberg bested the Rangers in New York 3-2…also in a shootout…back on December 14. They allowed fewer than two goals for the first time since Moose and the Thrashers beat the Panthers 2-1 in a shootout back on December 5.

For the game, Hedberg turned away 29 of the Rangers 30 shots…including all four taken in the 5-minute overtime. With the win, he improved his record to 10-6-3 and he now sports a nifty 2.53 GAA and .916 SV%.

You folks starting to understand why I suggested Anderson ride the Moose a few weeks back?

Atlanta’s offense was able to get off 32 shots on rookie Chad Johnson, who performed extremely well in his first ever NHL start. He stopped the first 26 shots that he faced until Slater’s breakaway beat him at the 6:06 mark of the third period.

Rich Peverley had a pant-load of chances in this game. One such opportunity came in the first period he was all alone on the left side with an open net to shot at…but Johnson made a fantastic effort diving to his right and was able to get his paddle in front of the shot to deny Pavs of his 14th goal of the season.

Peverley led the Thrashers with 5 shots on goal.

Todd White remains on the milk carton as his streak without a goal has now reached 33 games

Todd White remains on the milk carton as his streak without a goal has now reached 33 games

Meanwhile, Todd White again went without a goal for the 33rd consecutive game and was able to get off one shot on Johnson His photo on the milk carton will remain a fixture on these post-game logs until he finally shows back up and scores.

Remember, January 26th is this blogs official over/under game for White’s next goal…I have the “over”.

The Thrashers penalty kill unit killed off all three Rangers power plays. Atlanta has now denied goals to opponents on 14 of their last 15 man-advantage chances during the past four games.

And finally…Atlanta’s last five wins have come in overtime or via the shootout and still have not won a regulation game since November 30. But on this night, it just doesn’t matter…they are the one’s that skated away with the second point and that’s all that really mattered on this night.

203 comments Add your comment

Brendan

January 7th, 2010
10:48 pm

It’s over!!!

Brendan

January 7th, 2010
10:49 pm

Brendan

January 7th, 2010
10:50 pm

Is this the win that salvages the season? We turn it all around from here?? Hmmn.

Brendan

January 7th, 2010
10:55 pm

Todd White got at least one “decent look” at quality shot on goal. But he flubbed that one, too. It went softly and harmlessly into the corner boards. I voted “under” in the contest. I think someone will shoot the puck of White’s skate into the net. And well, that’s officially a Todd White, if it happens that way.

Ron Mexico

January 7th, 2010
10:57 pm

About time! Dare I say we played a full 60 minutes of hockey? This is the kind of effort we’ve been lacking for so long. Keep it up boys, we’ll need it big time against now Captain Ovie on Saturday.

Dane

January 7th, 2010
10:58 pm

Long time lurker, first time poster.

Very nice game tonight, the D played well and we could easily have won before the game went into OT.

If we can keep the same defensive focus during this homestand (and beyond preferably) I could see us moving back up into 8th place.

Brendan

January 7th, 2010
10:58 pm

Rawhide, I don’t mean to put you on the spot. But if 1-6-3 over 10 games becomes something of the standard of play, moving forward, when is the best time to TRADE Moose for the best possible return on the pending UFA. You cited some impressive stats for Hedberg. If shopped immediately, would the best possible return on Moose be RIGHT NOW??

R. Stroz

January 7th, 2010
10:58 pm

Wow, what a drive home.

Anyone north of the 75/575 split needs to be REAL careful in the morning. It’s really bad out there.

Brendan

January 7th, 2010
11:01 pm

News says there’s a snow concentration right in the middle of downtown Atlanta.

Rawhide

January 7th, 2010
11:06 pm

Dane – Welcome…and nice commenst regarding the D.

RStroz – I would suspect there is a good deal of auto ice-capades going on out there tonight. The tax exemptions got their wish, too…Cobb County school are closed tomorrow as are most, if not all, in the metro Atlanta area.

Paminski

January 7th, 2010
11:07 pm

WBF – Hahahahahaha…Slater…Hahahahahaha

Brendan

January 7th, 2010
11:16 pm

Here’s your boxscore: http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2009020647. Turns out, Kubina was even, not a -1. He picked up a helper on Slater’s goal, to even out.

R. Stroz

January 7th, 2010
11:30 pm

I’ve always been a fan of creative cross-training. At the beginning of the season, Ben Wright posted that Jim Slater was looking for someone to teach him piano lessons.

Piano lessons develop fine motor skills and those improved fine motor appear to have helped Slater with his stick handling skills.

Bad-dah Bing, Bad-dah Bang..Slater can handle the puck. Go Slates…three goals in two games.

Brendan

January 7th, 2010
11:39 pm

Okay, here are the Eastern Conference updated standings: http://www.nhl.com/ice/standings.htm?type=con#&navid=nav-stn-conf. Notice how the #6, #7, and #8 spots are occupied by Ottawa, NY Rangers, and Montreal. So, which one(s) of those teams are going to fall out? And who, presently outside the playoffs, will sneak in? At #9 is Philly. I vote “yes” to that one. Flyers will make the playoffs. #10 is Atlanta. #11 are the NY Islanders. Pfft. No. #12 is Tampa Bay. Stranger things have happened, but no. And #13 is Florida. I feel bad for them. They’re trying. They lost Bouwmeester in an “ouch” moment. I vote “no” there. Toronto and Carolina, I think, are just too far out of it to have a realistic chance of playoff contention.

So, who falls out? My vote goes to Montreal, to slip out of #8 down to #9 or #10. I’m not especially confident in Ottawa remaining in the playoff field. They are at #6. The NY Rangers are at #7. I do think they’ll finish either 7th or 8th. Tortorella somehow finds a way to keep the teams he coaches among the playoff field.

NYC

January 7th, 2010
11:40 pm

I thought when Peverley fanned on his SO attempt, it was eerily reminiscent of when Kotalik fanned on his in the SO in NY – and payback was in store.
Happy to report it wasn’t.

Tom

January 8th, 2010
12:06 am

The announcers during the game talked about Bogo’s injury. They admitted the team asked them not to talk about it for the past 6 weeks.

My question is if he was hurt bad enough to degrade his play so much, why was he not sitting?

stendec

January 8th, 2010
12:08 am

God bless Moose Hedberg! Not so for his heartless offenseless uncaring teammates. At least this slide is over. Until…++STENDEC++

KovyRules

January 8th, 2010
12:19 am

Oh, Stendec, you never can just let them enjoy one…

sisu

January 8th, 2010
12:24 am

A nice steal for the win. I was so mad when Bogo just held the puck for the last 10 seconds of the regulation! WHY??? I know he wanted to keep the point but when you have lost 9 in a row you need to make your own luck. Anssi is showing what he can do, he was one of the few d men that took the puck on his stick and skated right out of his own zone rather than a half effort pass that did not make it out of the zone.
Kovy was invisible tonight, I think he has left the building…

Mike

January 8th, 2010
1:07 am

I have to say that I liked how Little and Kovy looked playing together tonight. I really think he should move back to centering Kovy and Antropov gets moved to the right wing. That move wouldn’t keep Antro from going to the front of the ner to use his big body, but I think Little and Kovy work well together. They did last year for sure.

White needs to sit. Why is JA not sitting him? With Slater playing the way he is and Reasoner being the “all situations” kind of guy, I think he needs to bench White for a few games.

His lines could look like this:
Kovy Little Antro
Koz Peverly Max
Kane Reasoner Army
Boulton Slater Thor

I think Kovy can help Little get going…Peverly gets Koz going.

Please JA try these lines for at least one game. What do you have to lose? What has been used lately hasn’t produced a regulation win since November!!!

Wayne stuck in AL

January 8th, 2010
1:53 am

The NHL boxscore said 9179 tickets sold; geez…Didn’t know there were that many Bama fans in Atlanta…

World Be Free

January 8th, 2010
5:49 am

Paminski-I have been silent the past 2 days, just watching the “energy” flow on the blog.
Now, you and Jimmy have brought me out of my slumber. I wondered who would be calling me out for my year-long Jimmy rant.

Thanks and good job Jimmy. This is now a “Team Schnide” when Jimmy is leading the scoring parade.

This feels like beeing in Buffalo today.

World Be Free

January 8th, 2010
5:50 am

Was the place pretty empty last night?

LM

January 8th, 2010
6:26 am

Kudos to the Atlanta Thrashers for breaking the nine game skid. Let’s enjoy this one game winning streak because it may very well be another seven or eight games before they win again.

hip czech

January 8th, 2010
7:34 am

Peverley with Kovalchuk was definitely a better fit than White…that line actually looked decent, Peverley set up Kovalchuk nicely at the side of the net but Kovalchuk missed wide.

White should have ended it in OT, wide open in the slot and whiffed. Little had a glorious chance in the 2nd…I don’t think I’ve EVER seen someone with THAT much time with the puck in the slot. He could have picked any of the corners and somehow didn’t.

Seemed liked Bogosian/Hainsey were on the ice for about 30 mins each…good game from that pair. I also think Schubert is playing really solid on both ends.

Toby, shoot the puck!

DWTOO

January 8th, 2010
7:43 am

WBF – The arena could have considered empty, but, considering the weather I was surprised at the attendance. It was pretty good for this bad weather paranoid city. Best part was we made the trip from L-ville in under 30 minutes.

For those who didn’t show up missed a really good game. It was 60 minutes of back and forth hockey. Some good passing, D, etc. Chad Johnson conitued the streak of goalies making their first srart who stymie the Thrashers. He kept the Rangers in the game.

The lowlight of the night – The Ran-jerk fans who had to flip off the kiss cam. Low class guys. Not even the Philly fans do that.

DWTOO

January 8th, 2010
7:46 am

Oh, and Chad Johnson should have been one of the stars.

World Be Free

January 8th, 2010
8:00 am

DWTOO-thanks for the update. I will be at the game Saturday, hope to meet you there someday.

What do you expect from Ranger fans. They are all probably the Jet fans too, with that fat, sloppy coach of there’s. Rex Ryan needs to win something first before he blows off his mouth.

Jimbo

January 8th, 2010
8:27 am

It was nice to break the streak but the fact remains that we haven’t won a game in regulation in 19 and DW is still mishandling personnel decisions. We’ll see how we do against the Caps tomorow night. Nice to see a little positional play from the D.

Ice Daddy

January 8th, 2010
8:37 am

I was at the game and I was surprised by the attendance. It looked like a typical Thursday crowd to me. I expected much less due to the weather and the BCS Game going on.

Overall, we played well but I was perplexed by the number of whiffs on attempted passes. Kovy had 1 or 2 and Bogo had about 4. None of them wound up hurting us, but it just looked a little like minor league hockey. The ice looked horrible after the long road trip so maybe that was it.

I am starting to really like our defense and especially Salmela and Schubert. I already knew what the other d men brought to the table, but Schubert came in with toughness and a heavy slapshot and the toughness seems to be rubbing off on Salmela.

I’ll be there Saturday. Let’s start a streak.

hip czech

January 8th, 2010
9:02 am

The announcers during the game talked about Bogo’s injury. They admitted the team asked them not to talk about it for the past 6 weeks.

What is the nature of the injury???

Matt

January 8th, 2010
9:14 am

Streak over-good, Don Waddell still in charge-ungood.

Mr. Heat Miser

January 8th, 2010
9:18 am

A win on Terrible Third Jersey Thursday……

five_hole

January 8th, 2010
9:18 am

Only the Thrashers can make a rookie goalie look like the second coming of Ken Dryden.

It’s nice to see a solid 60 minutes of effort out there. Kubina made the one ooops, but other than that our defense was solid and wingers backchecked. Who’d have thunk it?

And Slater is our hero for the second game in a row?!? Um, is h-e-double hockey sticks starting to freeze over? If it is, we’ve got the overlap out here.

Won’t be posting for awhile; I’m going to that bastion of hockey, Oklahoma City. Oh, the things I do for money.

Rawhide

January 8th, 2010
9:23 am

five_hole – Indeed…one would thick hell is getting a dusting of frost given the weather outside and Slater being 100% of the Thrashers’ offensive production the past two days.

Safe travels to you, my friend…please check in with us when ya can.

Toby

January 8th, 2010
9:24 am

A $2.4 mil healthy scratch…ouch. Sad thing is, I’d bet he’d clear re-entry waivers at this point.

Get The Puck Out

January 8th, 2010
9:59 am

Boy-The Kovy trade rumors are goin hot n’ heavy right now. Chicago’s supposed to get him for Cam Barker and Kris Versteeg. Is the ice really that bad a the bulb?

Rawhide

January 8th, 2010
10:21 am

Toby – Yeah, a $2.4 million dollar healthy scratch. But I would sit White out indefinately right now in favor of Slater once Nik Antropov can return. Right now I’d do that!

Again I say…Todd White 2010 = Alexei Zhitnik 2008. Sit him…waive him…buy his @$$ out!

As for the Kovy to Chicago rumors…if that actually happened, then it would make his comments on trade deadline day 2008 just that much more interesting. Speaking of Marian Hossa who had just been traded earlier that day, he said he enjoyed playing with him and looked forward to doing so again.

cue eerie music…

GTPO – If you are referring to the ice service at Philips, it was covered up by the basketball court for 2 weeks. Kinda made it rough….

FlamesFan

January 8th, 2010
10:25 am

I enjoy a d-man that can skate with the puck (ie – Toby, but Toby: SHOOT THE PUCK), but a D must be clean in his own end first. Salmela is too big of a liability back there. Twice Ranger wingers just skated right around him and ended up with great scoring chances. I don’t think that we come back from 3-0. And speaking of 3-0 scores, when we lost to Buffalo after being up 3-0, I believe that Salmela was directly responsible for the Sabres first 2 goals. Unacceptable.

World Be Free

January 8th, 2010
10:26 am

The rumors are ALL OVER THE PLACE. If a deal for Kovy is in the cards, then let’s get it over and be done with.

Home in Kennesaw today because of ice-everyone drive carefully.

Zoomo

January 8th, 2010
10:26 am

>> I was perplexed by the number of whiffs on attempted passes.

Seriously…it was whiff city. Wonder if the ice was unusually bad. Peverley’s shoot out attempt looked like a ghost kicked the puck off his blade.

And, really why was Bogo seeing so much ice time if he was hurt? The injury sure affected his play if that’s the true cause.

Thrashers27

January 8th, 2010
10:28 am

Tom,

I thought the same thing about Bogosian’s injury. If it hurt his game that much he should have been in the press box. There was a noticeable difference in his game last night. Hainsey looked good too. I noticed him riding Gabby off of the puck a couple of times.

Nikita

January 8th, 2010
10:34 am

From my perspective (which, to be fair, was SportsSouth), last night didn’t look great. It looked like a hard-fought win over a very flawed opponent.

Red Light

January 8th, 2010
10:55 am

I agree Nikita! I know conference games are “big” but lets not put too much stock in a Jan. 7 win against a mediocre-at-best Rangers team.

Just how bad is the Southeast Division?

The Thrashers go 1-6-3 during the past 10 and remain in second 14 points behind Washington, two points in front Tampa, three points in front of Florida, and 15 in front of Carolina. Now that we all know where the Thrashers stand, can McConnell, Eliot and the mid-period ice bitch cease from explaining where the team is in the “playoff hunt”, which really doesn’t start until after the Olympics.

DWTOO

January 8th, 2010
10:56 am

Noticed the change in Bogosian’s play last night also. He had the edge from last year that’s been missing.

Red Light

January 8th, 2010
11:02 am

On another note: Since the advent of the overtime/shoot-out for the 2005-06 season, the Thrashers have won 48 OT/SO games against Eastern Conference opponents, meaning in those 48 wins they picked up just one point in the standings rather than two points with those wins.

Perspective: During the last 146 Thrashers’ wins against Eastern Conference opponents a two-point win became a one-point win 48 times, or 33 percent of the time. That can’t be a good thing for your playoff future!

When time allows, I’ll research that against the other 14 EC teams.

Midfield

January 8th, 2010
11:06 am

Now that we have Ron and Zach back playing decent D, what’s with Peverly’s hands? Did somebody mess with his sticks? How many looks at the open net do you need to put one in there, Rich?

Ice Daddy

January 8th, 2010
11:09 am

I like your analysis Red LIght, but I’d take a 1 point gain over a 1 point loss or 2 point loss.

Salmela is still a work in progress, but I think he has an upside. He may be a liability now in certain situations, but I think he is improving.

FlamesFan

January 8th, 2010
11:16 am

Who’s the $2.4m scratch?

Daculafan

January 8th, 2010
11:20 am

Before I comment on the game I have to dispense with this first and I apologize but….

ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!!! 13 Natl Championships…We Are The Champions!!!!

Ok…now that I’ve said that…

I thought that was a very good game last night and really I think we beat the Rangers in every aspect of the game but the puck just wasn’t bouncing for us very well. We had much better scoring opportunities, our defense was tighter, we forechecked better, our PK looked like it was October again. Over all I can say that I was very happy with the effort and thought that people stepped up and played the way they should.

The only real question I have is why Todd White is getting top line minutes with the scoring output he has and you got Jim Slater sitting on the 4th line? I think perhaps an investigation into Todd White and possible extortion charges may be in order..because he must have some dirt on John Anderson for the coach to let something like that happen.

I saw a lot more grit from this team last night also. I was hoping that Eric Boulton would go off on somebody and of course I still wish somebody would step up and destroy Sean Avery.

Good win…losing streak is over…Caps and Kaptain Ovechekin coming to duel his friend Kaptain Kovy…that will be interesting…gotta go with Moose. If Anderson gives the nod to Pavelec I’m gonna drive to the arena and do some damage

Red Light

January 8th, 2010
11:26 am

Of course, Ice Daddy, but the point is even in victory – an OT/SO win looks good on the ledger but not in the team’s attempt to secure playoff position, which is what we all hunger for and validates success.

Red Light

January 8th, 2010
11:27 am

RTR Daculafan!

Rawhide

January 8th, 2010
11:29 am

Who’s the $2.4m scratch?

FlamesFan – Todd White would be if sat down, given that’s his salary. Expanding on that point, shortly after John Anderson was hired, I personally heard him say that salary would be no issue in making decision on who would play and how much ice time they would get. If that is indeed so, he simply needs to sit White down…not for a game or two, but long-term, IMHO.

Red Light – Great work as usual. What I might also be interested in is offseting OT wins points with OT loss points. Yes, when a team wins in OT, they give away a point in the standings as well. But when they lose in OT, they gain the point even though the surrender 2.

I’d kinda like to see if there is a +/- ratio with team in such scenarios. Granted, it doesn’tcount if it’s an east team playing west…given a point surrendered in an OT win is meaningless if it’s to a team in a different conference.

Daculafan – You just gotta be one happy camper today, eh?

Red Light

January 8th, 2010
11:50 am

Against the Eastern Conference Bill, the Thrashers are 48-31 in the OT/SO. The computation is as follows:

96 points for the wins and 31 points for the OTLs for a total of 127. Subtract 48 points for the other teams OTLs and 62 points for the other teams’ wins. Yields a plus in the standings of 17 points in 91 games.

Jeez, I all of a sudden feel like a Tech student!

Daculafan

January 8th, 2010
11:58 am

Red Light – RTR baby!!

Rawhide – I was so pumped I didn’t get to sleep until after 1am

Red Light

January 8th, 2010
12:00 pm

Bill: Against the Eastern Conference, the Thrashers are +17 points in the OT/SO since 2005-06. Here’s the computation:

Thrashers: 48 OT/SO wins = 96 points; 31 OTLs = 31 points; Total = 127 points
Opponents: 31 OT/SO wins = 62 points; 48 OTLs = 48 points; Total = 110 points

Thus +17 for those 79 OT games against the EC!

Jeez, I feel like a Tech student named Ram.

Viking

January 8th, 2010
12:02 pm

Red Light (& Ice Daddy),

I really, really dislike the freebie point system. Fairness is substituted for “closer” standings.

If by chance Thrashers are standing out statistically compared with other teams for OT/SO wins versus regulation wins is hard to evaluate. They probably will, since an over the years commonly losing team is going to show a denominator that gravely affect the stat.

However, with Slava in the shootout, I have a feeling that Thrashers do better than most teams numerator wise. Which should only bring a smile to our faces. (Except the future feeling of loss for the SO when he is gone).

Also, I am sure we have picked up a few OT/SO losses against our division rivals, which makes the SO-OT/reg win even less meaningful.

Red Light

January 8th, 2010
12:03 pm

That should be 79 games, not 91 against the EC. It’s 91 total OT/SO games including the team’s 8-4 record against the West. Beware of multiple posts. Browser issues!

Rawhide

January 8th, 2010
12:06 pm

Re Light – Very good then. That’s exactly was I was sking for.

Everyone – C-Viv just posted a new blog with some interesting DW quotes regarding the Kovy contract talks and Kari Lehtonen. Check it out.

Dwayne

January 8th, 2010
12:09 pm

Nary a word on a Bogo injury for the last 16 games????…mmmmmm. Ochocinco made some great saves, that diving stick save against Pevs was highlight reel. Then his D bailed him out with a “hand” just before puck crosses line.

Dwayne

January 8th, 2010
12:12 pm

coulda, woulda, shoulda be 4 to 1.

Viking

January 8th, 2010
12:15 pm

I had not read some of the posts before writing my previous comment.

The clearest stat in this regard for our division or conference is win versus loose without involving regulation outcome. Regulation wins can also be interesting, but a mix just reflects the “Slava factor”!

LAC

January 8th, 2010
12:17 pm

Question… If a player has a No Trade clause and is waived, can he
envoke the clause to avoid going to a team he does not want to ?

I know several have mentioned Slava, and he does have a NTC, but waivers are different than trades.

Was odd to watch Eric C… Remember him ? On the Rangers #1 line and has points in 5 straight games, until last night, and he did not look special in the shootout either.

Dwayne

January 8th, 2010
12:21 pm

yeah, Eric C. had some intresting comments about the lack of people in the seats.

Ice Daddy

January 8th, 2010
12:24 pm

Viking,

I also don’t like the free point system. Back in my day (haha), we allowed ties and we liked it that way. The only problem with that was that teams in a tie game wouldn’t play the last few minutes in fear of losing.

So then the NHL instituted overtime, but I think the first iteration allowed for one overtime period and if it was still tied, then it just stayed tied.

Then they came up with what we have now. While many can argue that a shootout is not the best way to settle 65 minutes of hockey, at least everyone knows the rules going in. However, by giving the free point by making it to overtime, you have the same problem of teams in a tie game not playing the last few minutes of regulation (and now they don’t play the last minute of overtime either).

If they took away the free point, I think the games would be better and there would be less standing behind the net killing time.

Red Light

January 8th, 2010
12:36 pm

Viking, Ice Daddy:

When players like Kozzie, Jussi Jokinen, Christenson, Kotalik, P.A. Parenteau (2-for-2), Handzus (the engima) and others can influence the outcome of a game, and thus a playoff berth, after 65 minutes of play has concluded, is a complete aberration of the entire concept of wins and losses. Couldn’t agree more. The S/O is for non-hockey fans, pure and simply!

Red Light

January 8th, 2010
12:37 pm

Sorry about the bold Trixie

Ice Daddy

January 8th, 2010
12:44 pm

Redlight, I actually don’t mind the shootout so much. I find it better than a tie. And like I said, everyone knows the rules going in. Ideally, we would just play overtime periods until someone wins but that is not practical during the regular season. Maybe we could give 2 points for a regulation win and 1 point for overtime/shootout win or maybe 2 points for regulation and overtime wins and 1 for shootout wins but NOTHING for making it to overtime only to lose.

World Be Free

January 8th, 2010
12:55 pm

“The” win that would get us back on track could or might happen Saturday. Wash. comes in thinking that the Thrashers will be easy meat. I am not trying to be over-positive, but I hope the guys like the feeling after the one win vs. how they felt after the 9 losses.

Casino Night is Monday night. Could something be in store for the event?

Nikita

January 8th, 2010
12:55 pm

I don’t agree on Todd White. I’m fine with him being sat — I don’t think he should be waived or slapped down long-term, especially when his leadership isn’t doing their job and he is somewhat doing his.

Jim Slater’s probably on the 4th line because he has yet to demonstrate that he belongs anywhere else. I’d love to see his streak turned into a season-long triumph, but I think we’ve waited for that for four years now.

And I’m not thrilled with several things from last night:

1. Bogosian, who needs to sit. The kid is tired and not his best and beating him to death isn’t going to help.

2. Kovy in the shootout — stupid, stupid, stupid. He rarely, if ever, converts in that format. And we have a much better chance of finishing in three if someone with a higher percentage goes ahead of him.

3. Some bad calls and bad bounces last night. But hey, that happens.

I was pretty thrilled with the PK, though. And the 4th line. Which really are things that I should be thrilled with secondary to awesome offensive output and scoring, but hey, I’m grateful for anything I can get right now.

Trixie (Rawhide's Secretary)

January 8th, 2010
12:56 pm

Mr. Red Light – All fixed. I was wondering what all the shouting was all about.

moriler

January 8th, 2010
1:03 pm

Interesting reading over the last few. I don’t comment much because some of the posters are in “negative output-only” mode, but let me offer some perspective from this corner of the world. I’ve been here since the beginning, so I’ve seen the circumstances each year as it’s gone.

Waddell: He is a fine numbers guy, and needs to step back and get out of the roles of player development, scouting, and anything else to do with the on-ice personnel. There have been too many draft busts and players that simply never panned out. Fortunately Dudley is here and (as someone noted) the ‘09 draft played out much better — but if Waddell doesn’t stick to the business side of operations, we are going to always be struggling. He may have been a good hockey mind when he was with Detroit, but the post-lockout league is different and I don’t think he ever adapted. As a further negative, Waddell’s hands are tied by…

Ownership. The Atlanta Spirit Group is a basketball-first organization, and you can tell by comparing how the Hawks are doing (and paid) compared to the Thrashers. We can’t fire the ASG or make them care more about hockey, sadly, but I also don’t see them selling or moving the team anytime soon; we just need to get them to understand that they have to open their wallets if they want to win. Canuckistan residents slobber at the mouth and scream ‘relocate’ over _any_ team that’s suffering buns-in-seats trouble, but you don’t move teams out of a market (and just as importantly, a _TV MARKET_) like this one. Phoenix, Nashville, Florida — all these teams would have to go to Canada or Kansas City before Atlanta is even considered for a move.

Anderson. His system works if the players bother to show up and play it. It’s an offense-heavy system, but remember: post-lockout, this is an offense-heavy league! The league isn’t going back to the days when the neutral-zone trap and the left-wing lock were super-effective and a two-goal lead was nigh insurmountable. Hartley was a good coach, but he never adapted to the post-lockout world. Too many other coaches haven’t either (look at Melrose’s failed experiment). But the players… the players HAVE to put the effort in. They must understand that their defense starts with the forwards keeping the puck deep in the offensive zone, so opposing teams have to burn all their energy on defense and have to change lines if they clear the zone at all. It’s an aggressive system, and it’s not forgiving of players who half-ass it for a period. It also cannot support players who try to be too clever at the blue line on the attack: GET THAT PUCK DEEP and _then_ be clever. We get good, solid chances when we work down deep and back to out high for the shot — when we stickhandle at the blue line, we get rushes going the other way.

Speaking of players: Good ghod, sit White, trade him for a bag of pucks, or SOMETHING. My blind grandmother skates better than he does right now. Make everyone do some damned passing drills. I know our ice is crap because we’re in the South and they leave the hardwood down over the rink half the time, but we routinely pass to people’s skates, rather than to the open area they’re about to be! We also have some of the most horrible “puck sense” I’ve seen in awhile — players seem to not know where each other is unless they’re in their field of vision _right then_. It’s really bad and leads to flagrant turnovers. Good teams can track their own men on the ice without having to see them — the greatest players know roughly where all nine other players are at all times _and_ where they’re headed. This well may be Anderson’s fault, because a coach has to help instill this in his players… but guys like White simply don’t have it and never will. Slater didn’t get it before this year, and he may have saved himself by finally starting to learn — I’m leaving the jury out on that for now, but we’ll see how he does after being sat down a lot.

Kovalchuk: Recent interview says that he wants to play his whole career for one team. This tells me that Grossman is trying to wedge the Thrashers into paying too much. I would be sad to see him go, but I would also rather get three “reasonably good” guys than overpay him and screw ourselves under the cap. One major problem here is that teams focus on stopping Kovalchuk, and we _still_ keep trying to center things around him. Perhaps not having him available would finally force us to acknowledge that if a team spends that much effort shutting one guy down… someone else has to step up, and the plays should be designed around that.

A couple final thoughts: Heatley was never going to play in Atlanta again after the Snyder wreck — we had to get whatever we could for him. Chalk him up to bad luck. As far as Hossa goes — remember, he was victimized by Ottawa’s GM in a sign-then-trade deal. He thought he was signing to play in Ottawa, and then he got shipped to Atlanta without his consent, approval, or anything. We were never going to be able to resign Hossa either, because he got screwed so badly. (And take a look at where Ottawa is now, by the way — that GM is having some trouble there himself, da?) So there is some bad luck at work here as well, but we’re long past that — we should be able to make this work. We have a passable roster now, and our recycling program (Pevs, Shoob) is certainly performing above par. If we don’t turn it around this year, it will be time to start letting people go who aren’t putting forth the effort — even kids who are on a bad streak are better than the coasters.

Ice Daddy

January 8th, 2010
1:05 pm

Nikita,

1. Didn’t really see any noticeable problems with Bogo. I’m sure he could use a rest, but his game is still probably better than the D scratches. The only reason I would sit him is if this mysterious injury warrants it.

2. I agree with not putting Kovy on the shootout. Going with the “hot hand” theory, I would have put Slater in there, maybe as the third shooter. At least Kovy’s attempt was better than Christiansen, who’s main selling point when he came to Atlanta was that he was great in the shootout.

3. Definitely bad calls. There was a sequence there where Schubert got hooked to the ground with no call (ref right in clear view of it) followed 5 seconds later by a tripping or hooking call on us because we had the puck on our stick and the stick AND puck tapped a defender’s skate and he went down. I don’t know the specifics of these penalties, but I think if you have the puck on your stick and a defender goes down like that, it shouldn’t be a penalty.

World Be Free

January 8th, 2010
1:12 pm

Moriler-great post. Hope to hear from you more often

Sage of Bluesland

January 8th, 2010
1:22 pm

Well, except for the part about Waddell being a ‘great mind’ in Detroit…Oh, you mean for all of the ONE YEAR he was an assistant GM on a team which was ALREADY a powerhouse?

(I stopped reading then–no offense, though)

Those who fail to learn from the past will repeat those mistakes in the future…

Ice Daddy

January 8th, 2010
1:22 pm

I agree moriler. I think if we had more frequent posts from you and others like you, we could drown out the “negative output only” types. I can be negative when it is warranted, but there were few negatives last night except for maybe the condition of the ice.

Rawhide

January 8th, 2010
1:25 pm

Moriler – I’ll echo what WBF said. It’s also nice to see other “newbies” like Ice Daddy around here, too.

moriler

January 8th, 2010
1:26 pm

Ice Daddy: If you saw, Kovy went for the right spot on his attempt — high glove side. The kid (Johnson) barely got his glove up far enough for it to glance off. :) But in general, I agree — he’s a shooter, not a deker, and shootouts need guys who are at least a threat to deke and get the goalie moving side-to-side.

World Be Free

January 8th, 2010
1:28 pm

I have the 95-96 NHL yearbook. For all the complaining about how we draft, here is a list of the guys taken in round 1 of this draft (in order)-

Chris Phillips, Andrei Zyuzin, JP Dumont, Alendre Volchkov, Richard Jackman, Boyd Devereaux, Erik Rasmussen, Jonathan Aiken, Ruslan Salei, Lance Ward, Dan Focht, Josh Holden, Derek Morris, Marty Reasoner, Dainius Zubrus, Mario Laroque, Jaro Svejkovsky, Matt Higgins, Mathieu Descoteaux, Marcus Nillson, Marco Sturm, Jeff Brown, Craig Hillier, Daniel Breiere, Peter Ratchuk and Jesse Wallin. This is the entire first round. Not alotta stars, ay? 10 guys still playing today, a number that never saw NHL regular season ice.

Only 8 guys from round two made it to the NHL for morte than a cup of coffee. Three of the 8 are playing today.

My point is that the draft is a crap shoot, was back in ‘95 and still is today. I admit our “hit” rate is below the average. But let’s not keep riding a player becuase he is a first round pick and not a star. The law of averages is not with us or the player. I guess I am starting to give Slater the benefit of ther doubt.

stendec

January 8th, 2010
1:30 pm

Darkhorse echoed what I was going to post in a much more sanitized version…Not very impressed with the win last night, other than stopping the slide. A supposed improved Thrashers team coming home, playing a mediocre opponent who played the night before, against a rookie goalie making his first start, and it took a 3rd period Slater goal just to get it to OT and a W in the shootout. Preach it brother! ++STENDEC++ As for El Kapitan Ilya “Only Money Matters” Kovalchuk I say f#ck him! Ship his uncaring Maryann Hossa a$$ to any team which still believes he is worth a damn. Team will be better off without this heartless slacker! Maximum pay? Maximum my a$$! Do not get me started on Kari “Three More Big Macs” Lehtonen. Super size that please.

moriler

January 8th, 2010
1:31 pm

@Bill: Heh, thanks. My girlfriend is a big hockey fan too, but she’s tired of me trying to coach the TV. :D

Ice Daddy

January 8th, 2010
1:34 pm

Thanks Rawhide, I wanted the moniker Ice Man, but I figured that would be rude. That was my nickname in college and no, it had nothing to do with the movie Top Gun. If I ever see you at a game, I’ll tell you that story. Not a very exciting story, but nothing for a blog either.

Ice Daddy

January 8th, 2010
1:38 pm

moriler, Kozzy excels at the shootout but you have to put a gun to his head to get him to shoot in the game. The shootout is just a different mindset and while I think Kovy could excel there, he is not there yet. He definitely took a good shot, but if you compare to Kozzy’s shot where he literally did nothing but slide the puck across the crease until the goalie opened his legs and then slid it gently through, hopefully you get my point. Kozzy goes up there with an idea of what he wants to do (with hopefully some contingencies built in). Kovy just goes up there to shoot and hopes the goalie gives him something or can’t catch up to his shot.

World Be Free

January 8th, 2010
1:44 pm

stendec, you must be a joy to be around on a daily basis.

Smoothie

January 8th, 2010
1:47 pm

Tough to get excited about the “win” last night when you’re barely beating a tired, under-manned (no Prospal) opponent with a rookie goalie in his first start. Not to mention giving them a point, which we can’t afford right now in the standings. But after watching the hi-lites on the Thrashers site, I see just how many close calls we had and just how excellent Johnson was on some of those point-blank chances.

On Bogosian’s apparent injury cover-up: puzzling to say the least. Why did he not rest a few games? It’s harder for D-man to be targeted for cheap shots when they’re the ones that should dishing out the punishment. Laslty, Zach needs to shoot from the circle EVERY TIME. Please stop trying to be Adam Oates and shoot the damn puck!

I had the pleasure of talking to Bob Hartley after the game last night in Taco Mac. I tried to buy him a drink and he told me he doesn’t drink. How in the world did coaching the Thrashers not drive him to drink!? Nice man though…very gracious. And I thanked him for our playoffs appearance as well as getting Kovy to actually play defense once in awhile.

Lastly, Avery is an ass-clown and I would gladly fight him given the chance. I’m so stick of his “schtick”.

Smoothie

January 8th, 2010
2:06 pm

Great input and entries from moriler and Ice Daddy! Welcome to the fray. And don’t let some negativity keep you from blogging. Yeah, stendec, LAC and Sage are broken records (as am I sometimes) but having smoke blown up your ass by the Sunshine Brigade isn’t much better if you ask me. But I’m a glass half-empty and I’d rather drink it kinda guy. If the Thrashers give us more to be positive about, then Bill’s blog will start getting 180 comments again.

R. Stroz

January 8th, 2010
2:19 pm

Smoothie – Any interesting tidbits from Hartley?

Smoothie

January 8th, 2010
2:32 pm

Not too much Stroz, but he doesn’t see much good in Kovy’s body language either. I tried not to put him on the spot too much, but the key points were 1) your forwards have to be FULLY COMMITTED to playing 2-ways to run JA’s system and 2) that Kovy’s body language “didn’t look good.” But then again, we avid fans can pretty much see that too.

Bob, if you happen to be reading, thanks for taking the time for putting up with my “over-served” butt and not being afraid to comment on some of my questions / observations. Hope you get back in the game soon as a coach or a front office guy.

R. Stroz

January 8th, 2010
2:36 pm

Thanks Smoothie

Nikita

January 8th, 2010
2:43 pm

*followed 5 seconds later by a tripping or hooking call on us because we had the puck on our stick and the stick AND puck tapped a defender’s skate and he went down.*

I think that was the Thorburn call. In general, I think it’s b.s. to call someone for tripping off a glancing blow. But doubly so when it is unintentional and shouldn’t have affected the person drawing it.

hip czech

January 8th, 2010
2:43 pm

Moriler…good post

One major problem here is that teams focus on stopping Kovalchuk, and we _still_ keep trying to center things around him.

Absolutely agreed…one sequence in the second period last night underscored it. Little had the puck, can’t remember the exact circumstances, and what seemed a clear lane to the net for a shot…instead he force fed one to Kovalchuk who had a defender draped all over him.

Same on the PP…set it up for a Kovalchuk one-timer.

With a system that relies on offense from defensemen why is it that our D don’t shoot the dang puck? Schubert being the exception…but Kubina, Enstrom, Bogosian, and Hainsey need to put pucks on net.

George

January 8th, 2010
2:52 pm

Have to wonder at times, are the players told to get Kovulchuk the puck

J.B.

January 8th, 2010
2:55 pm

somebody mentioned casino night being monday night. it’s actually sunday night. that is all.

Smoothie

January 8th, 2010
2:58 pm

hip czech – indeed! Especially Bogo, Kubes and Hainsey. At least Enstrom generally makes deft passes to open men when getting the puck deep in the zone. Damn he is a slick little skater…fun to watch. But good Lord, he should’ve shot the puck quick coming around that net in OT for at least a juicy rebound…might have caught Johnson leaning.

Despite their numerous missed opportunities, I did like the speed and cohesion of the top line Kovy – Pevs – Little. Funny how many on this blog were calling for that line (or at least Kovy-Pevs-Antro) before the year even started. Hopefully it will stay together for a bit to get both Pevs and Little going. With Antro out again, looks like there’s a chance that could happen.

And wouldn’t it be nice if that new top line started scoring bushels so Antropov gets pushed down to the 2nd line to balance things out, there by forcing White out of the Top 6 and perhaps even into the pressbox??

Kovy – Pevs – Little

Kozzy – Antro – Max

Kane – Reasy – Army

GG or Slates – White – Thor (if you must play Whitey)

World Be Free

January 8th, 2010
2:59 pm

Smoothie-what is Hartley doing these days? Like you, I can’t image not drinking heavily and being in this situation. I heard he’s a good dude. I think your assessment of the game and opponent situation was right on.

As for kovy, well I hope this situation is settled soon. This is getting painful. Get his name on a contract or move him. Letting this linger may soon doom the season, maybe more. No one player is bigger than the team, even the Thrashers under the current circumstances. If we can get Cam Barker, Versteeg and more for Kovy we would be doing well. I guess our next questions would is, who would be the next captain?

Avery-will you figured that spineless wimp would go after Max. He’s a lightweight fighter, don’t know how he has lasted this long other than the fact that Rangers’ fans like him.

hip czech

January 8th, 2010
3:11 pm

Alright, I’m not the number cruncher/stat guy that most of you are, but it’s a slow day…so a little research.

At one point early in the year (10-15 games in maybe) it seemed the Thrashers led the league in defense scoring. Here is the last date of each of the Thrashers top 4 Dmen goals:

Bogosian – 11/15 vs Edmonton

Kubina – 12/19 vs NJ, but before that 11/7 vs NYI

Enstrom – 11/22 vs Tampa Bay

Hainsey – 12/19 vs NJ, but before that 11/8 vs STL

So, throw out the Kubina and Hainsey goals on 12/19 and you have to go back almost two months for all 4 to have scored.

What happened?

FormerIslesFan

January 8th, 2010
3:12 pm

Some general thoughts, most if not all of which have been mentioned here.

1. That was probably the most complete 65 minutes I’ve seen the Thrashers play in a while, if not all season. If they need to realzie that’s what it takes to win a game, so be it.

2. I did NOT see the thing that I have been noticing this streak: Over commitment by a player and vacating the area he is responsible (perhaps the greatest offender of this in the last few games has been Kubina). Example: In the PITT game, Malkin comes behind the net being chased by Reasoner. Even though he skates wide rather than cutting to the net, Kubina vacates his position in the slot to go “help” Reasoner. So, now two Thrash on one (granted, it is Malkin). But, Malkin slides the puck to Staal in the slot vacated by Kubina for an easy goal. Now, SAME exact play developed last night, except it was Gabronik going behind the net (I think Slater was giving chace this time). The defenseman at the post does NOT go to help, but allows Slater to chase Gabronik up the half-boards. What happens? Gabronik has no shot or pass to the slot (where Anisimov was sitting) and ends up dumping the puck deeper into the zone where the defenseman picks it up. It’s the little things like that that make the difference…

3. I can’t believe I will admit this, but after Kovy missed his shootout shot, I was screaming at Anderson to use Slater in the shootout!! Was anyone else thinking the same thing (especially after Peverly’s “dump-in” attempt!).

4. As much as people are riding White about missing the net in OT, why isn’t anyone commenting about Kovy missing almost the exact same shot earlier in the game? Please don’t think I’m a huge White supporter (Stroz can back me up on this one), but White did make a fantastic back-check that disrupted a 3-1 for which he is getting no credit.

5. Someone please tell Toby Enstrom that he will be doing pushups if he doesn’t shoot more?!?!

That’s enough for now…

R. Stroz

January 8th, 2010
3:31 pm

As far the Peverley-Little-Kovy line last night, I thought Peverley and Little clicked well. On the other hand, I thought Kovy was pouting because Finny was moved to the second line.

On the Kovy wiff job, afterward, Kovy did a great job of impersonating Greg “Mad Dog” Maddox with his verbose use of the f-bomb.

Nikita

January 8th, 2010
3:35 pm

*As much as people are riding White about missing the net in OT, why isn’t anyone commenting about Kovy missing almost the exact same shot earlier in the game? *

You know the bandwagon? Those are the people riding it.

Smoothie

January 8th, 2010
3:38 pm

# 99 like Gretzky!

Yeah, Kovy sucked last night pretty much in all respects other than some good bursts of speeds, some decent passes to Little and Pevs. I figured I have been negative enough w/r/t Kovy so I let the open net “whiff” go. But I’m ready to trade him and move on.

hip czech

January 8th, 2010
3:43 pm

I traded Kovalchuk today in my fantasy league :-)

Brendan

January 8th, 2010
3:50 pm

When Todd White first got here, he was excited about playing with Kovalchuk. And when he wasn’t playing on his line, the other team’s primary shutdown personnel weren’t playing, either. Either way, Todd White liked the situation. If Todd White has checked out, maybe it’s because he senses that THE REASON HE AGREED TO COME HERE … maybe be leaving.

World Be Free

January 8th, 2010
3:53 pm

Nikita-people are raging against Kovy and White for a variety of reasons. Kovy cause he doesn’t have a contract, White cause he does have a contract.

R. Stroz

January 8th, 2010
3:56 pm

Nikita – White gets paid 2.45 million this season and has produced 3 goals and is a negative 15, the worst plus/minus on the team. Those are facts.

BTW, Kozlov is sucking wind this season too with 8 goals and a negative 13 on the season, the second worst plus/minus on the team.

There is a difference between bandwagon rants without substance and facts.

The facts are White and Kozlov aren’t earning their keep, so I guess you can put White and Kozlov in the same bandwagon.

Rawhide

January 8th, 2010
4:00 pm

:!: 2010 RAWHIDE BLOG COMMENT OF THE YEAR NOMINATION :!:

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to announce this first Rawhide Blog Comment of the Year for 2010…

people are raging against Kovy and White for a variety of reasons. Kovy cause he doesn’t have a contract, White cause he does have a contract

WBF – Congratulations!

Mr. Heat Miser

January 8th, 2010
4:07 pm

Saw Uncle Bob Hartley at the Taco Mac post-game show dining with video coach Tony Borgford. Would have loved to hear that conversation…..

Nikita

January 8th, 2010
4:10 pm

*The facts are White and Kozlov aren’t earning their keep, so I guess you can put White and Kozlov in the same bandwagon.*

a) the moment you all start beating Koz as hard as you beat White, I’ll agree. Most people just enjoy beating on White.

b) Neither is playing well. Both need remediation. But it’s cheap and lame to pick on a relatively cheap, relatively old player for not performing well for a certain stretch when peple who are paid better and should be more capable aren’t performing, either. In other words, pick on White, but pick on everyone else who deserves it, as well.

I’d suggest we sit them both a few games. Quite frankly, Koz looks like he’s breaking down and White looks distracted. But I don’t think we should give up on them.

Ice Daddy

January 8th, 2010
4:35 pm

I concur on the Comment of the Year nomination. Nice!

Nutznorm

January 8th, 2010
4:44 pm

Stendec – at least please be negatively creative enough to post a different comment than you did on the on the blog. Geez! You wouldn’t be happy if the team won the cup this year. No I don’t think that is going to happen either. Take a good win over a conference foe in the same playoff race we are in and overdose on happy pills.

MSG Man

January 8th, 2010
6:04 pm

I for one and quite tired of Kovy’s canned comments everytime
he speaks, if Atlanta is so good, then sign, I believe he is
playing all of us for a fool. It is so tiring for him to keep this up.
I say get rid of him he is not worth the $ he is seeking, he does not have a complete game.

World Be Free

January 8th, 2010
6:43 pm

You can speak to any fans across the league and they will tell you they have guys that aren’t earning their money. This is not news. Some teams (like Edmonton and the Rangers) have it much worse than the Thrashers.

Reverse that and say Peverly resigned a few weeks back and he’s still underpaid! I can’t believe I am about to say this-based on the last month, Slater is underpaid too!

I can hear Paminski laughing here head off.

World Be Free

January 8th, 2010
6:45 pm

Thanks Bill-it’s been a long day at home – Mrs. WBF added another page to the honey-do list, since I have the unexpected 3 day weekend. Can’t wait to get out of the house for the game tomorrow night!

World Be Free

January 8th, 2010
7:08 pm

Gotta give Slater props for doing something is beyond his natural ablities-scoring goals! Before the season, I was going to have a #23 jersey made up with the name “Stone Hands” on the back.

Thrashers27

January 8th, 2010
7:09 pm

Well said Nikita. The only trouble with sitting White and Kozzie is that there isn’t any room to bring anyone up in their place. With Pops, Boris, Anssi and an extra forward sitting in the press box there’s not room without sending someone down. The only answer to that scenario would be to put White and Kozzie on waivers hoping they’ll end up in Chicago. I don’t see that happening.

Rawhide

January 8th, 2010
7:20 pm

Thanks Bill-it’s been a long day at home – Mrs. WBF added another page to the honey-do list, since I have the unexpected 3 day weekend. Can’t wait to get out of the house for the game tomorrow night!

WBF – Yup…I hear ya brothah’…this is why when it became clear no one was leaving the house this morning for work or school, yours truly logged into the office network from the laptop at home…sighed heavily and cursed a couple of times to make it appear that I was dealing with “issues” at work. Then, when The Divine Mrs. R was convinced I was “working” and wasn’t in a good mood because of it…she left for the family room, ordered down a few chick-flicks from On Demand and…badda-boom-badda-bing…the day belonged to me and it was BLOG TIME!!!!

Gotta give Slater props for doing something is beyond his natural ablities-scoring goals! Before the season, I was going to have a #23 jersey made up with the name “Stone Hands” on the back.

That’s OK…you can still get a #12 jersey with CHARMIN SOFT on the back. :lol:

Smoothie

January 8th, 2010
7:43 pm

Bill, where were you sitting last night? Or did you stay at home due to the weather. Me and the “boys” were in Section 117. Didn’t see you around though. You wouldn’t have missed me giving Avery the double underhanded bird flip when I made eye contact with him at the blueline before a puck drop. I hate that SOB.

Rawhide

January 8th, 2010
7:48 pm

Smoothie – I watched the game from the comfort of my couch last night, but not because of the weather. There was a previously scheduled event I commited to with the youngest tax exemption after school.

I’ll see you tomorrow night, however.

Brendan

January 8th, 2010
8:27 pm

WBF, I tell ya what happened. Slater figured that if he can play noticeably better, maybe some GM would ask for him as “sweetener” for the Kovalchuk trade. Trouble is, Jim. It’s usually the contenders that BUY at the deadline, and you’ll get re-assigned to the club’s AHL affiliate upon arrival, lest they be particularly thin up the middle. In which case, you may become a contending team’s 4th line center. I wish Jim Slater the very best in his quest to become part of the Kovalchuk trade.

Matt

January 8th, 2010
8:28 pm

Former Isles Fan- I agree with your comment about Enstrom needing to shoot more. Especially on the power play. There is way too much predictability to the PP right now, cycle puck around to give Kovy shot from high on face off circle. Teams need to respect the shot from the point and that will open the ice more for Kovy and others.

BTW, has anyone ever actually MET Stendec? I mean, is he for real, cause it could just be a virus posting the same thing over and over.

Bob

January 8th, 2010
9:06 pm

Rawhide, I blame you for the nightmare/wet dream I had this afternoon during a nice snow day nap . . . Waddell getting carried off by the flying monkeys as what’s left of Blueland yearned for him . . . “Toto, Toto . . .”

stendec

January 8th, 2010
9:17 pm

To Matt. Virus Stendec here. My reality posts on team no more tiresome than the all is right with this team bullshet that apologists like you post on a daily basis. So go f#ck yourself! Sincerely. ++STENDEC++ No, that virus detector in your computer WILL NOT get rid of me! Oh yeah, Numbnutz – I guess whipping an exhausted team with a first time goaltender on home ice in a shootout has you scrambling for Stanley Cup finals tickets! How many damn games were lost in succession before that miraculous shootout win? Thought so!

Rawhide

January 8th, 2010
9:23 pm

Bob – Ya know I like ya man…but the thought that I had any involvement in a wet dream of yours…well, it just kinda makes me feel…uncomfortable.

stendec – Come on buddy…we won last night, it was a snow day so most of us had the day off and some of us have enjoyed a few adult beverages and had a good day. Relax….

Brendan

January 8th, 2010
11:06 pm

Anyone watch the OTHER Winter Classic? It was BU vs. BC. Boston College gave Boston University a good run. BU won, 3-2. No, no snow. The snow was a no show. So, the show had no snow. There’s probably a Dr. Seuss joke in there somewhere.

stendec's doctor

January 8th, 2010
11:15 pm

He’s built up his tolerance to Prozac.

LAC

January 9th, 2010
4:55 am

Sage & Stendec, this smoothie is at it AGAIN. WE are negative, yeah right, WRONG smoothie, YOU are incorrect in your assumptions. WE call it like it really IS and don’t sugar coat it, because we hope things will change for the better. Have YOU smoothie see any change for the better ? No all you can do is get on us three Great bloggers who are NOT afraid to Telll The Truth, something you should do a little more of, but then again… All you provide are these silly attacks against the REAL NHL fans on this blog and I know Sage & Stendec will agree 100%.

And don’t let some negativity keep you from blogging. Yeah, stendec, LAC and Sage are broken records (as am I sometimes) but having smoke blown up your ass by the Sunshine Brigade isn’t much better if you ask me.

Ice Daddy

January 9th, 2010
9:25 am

Brendan, I watched the BU-BC game. Go Terriers! I didn’t notice BC giving them a game (despite the final score) although I may be biased since I’m a big BU fan.

LAC

January 9th, 2010
9:27 am

Thank-You Dallas and glad the power failed in NJ… Kept us in 9th place…

J.B.

January 9th, 2010
10:16 am

I unexpectedly have an extra ticket for tonight’s game. If anyone’s interested contact Rawhide for my email address. I’ll be checking it all day and would prefer to meet up inside CNN center (Gorin’s!) to hand off the ticket before puck drop.

World Be Free

January 9th, 2010
11:16 am

LAC-I do not know if your question about the NTC was answered. I believe that each NTC his unique to the player and his contract.

World Be Free

January 9th, 2010
11:26 am

#12-Charmin Soft-
I am afraid people would toss eggs at me, cause they can’t reach the ice to hit White directly. Everyone likes Jimmy, cause we are attracted to people who keep trying. I gotta give Jimmy credit for that.

Brendan-I think the other thing that happened to Slater is that he spent time in the press box while Marty took his spot. I mentioned this before from personal experience-the worst thing that you can be as a hockey player is a healthy scratch. You sit in the press box watching other guys that beat you out for your job. At least in football, you dress in full gear and stand on the sidelines. As a healthy scratch in hockey, you are not dressed, nor are you with your teammates-you’re removed and isolated. Slater spent alotta time in the press box this year. Looks like he has a rightous jump in his stride.

Nikita

January 9th, 2010
11:29 am

I believe you’re correct, WBF. There are some players who have “NTCs” that are actually limited trade contracts — but I understand Koz’s is a plain jane NTC. So we have to waive him if we want to replace him.

Who’s watching tonight? I’m going to see a college game in person this afternoon and hope to get back in time for the Caps game.

Nikita

January 9th, 2010
11:31 am

I’d like to add a small correction here — Jimmy Slater isn’t untalented. Every damn year he plays like a dream for 7 or 8 games. The problem is that he’s never been able to consistently make his promise (speed, decent hands, some grittiness) into reality (goals).

World Be Free

January 9th, 2010
11:32 am

Stendec, like I said before, I just don’t take this team or any other too seriously. It’s a game and I don’t own the team. If I owned them, I’d be just as pissed as you and some others on this blog.

Are you going to the game tonight? I have met some of the regular posters here, I’d like to meet some of the rest of you, especilally those that are so frank. Peace brother.

World Be Free

January 9th, 2010
11:35 am

Bill-I needed to take a day off yesterday. I determined that house work was more desireable than work-work. It will be there when I get back Monday. See you tonight.

10 Spot

January 9th, 2010
12:06 pm

Hey Billy Bob! Look forward to braving the icy tempestuousness that is the outdoors and seeing you at the good old hocley game tonight! Hope to see more Jimmy Scandalous goals tonight in Blueland. Maybe this summer he can cross-train by learning the oboe or french horn. :)

Miami Screaming Eagle

January 9th, 2010
12:11 pm

So D-W still seems optimistic / hopeful of resigning Kovy. Keeps talking positive about having him here for a long time. This translates to blowing smoke up everyone’s skirts and making them feel good about the team.

The price to pay will be his job, the day the announcement is made that Kovy’s rights have been traded to a team in the hunt for the Cup. Or at least that should be the price Waddell pays for being Sally Sunshine in the face of obvious doubt.

Smoothie

January 9th, 2010
12:18 pm

Perhaps by the time they take the ice tonite, Kovy will be wearing white for the Capitals and Alexander Semin will be playing RW instead of Bryan Little, who should be playing his natural position, CENTER! Wouldn’t that add some intrigue to a game that is normally very feisty.

LAC, at least I know you read what I wrote. I could give a big fat crap what you think about me. And I couldn’t care less that you consider yourself a Thrashers’ “fan”.

Stendecs' Billy Goat

January 9th, 2010
12:36 pm

Me, LAC,Sage and Stendec – Axis of Evil Hockey.

World Be Free

January 9th, 2010
1:00 pm

Smoothie-I guess eveyone shows their team support in different ways. Like those Bills’ fans that used to sit near my season tickets in the mid 80’s with the Tops paper shopping bags of their heads. Their styles are not like ours.

World Be Free

January 9th, 2010
1:06 pm

I keep hearing Dion Phaneuf ’s name mentioned in trades.

Calgary is playing pretty poor right now. Could the Flames be a trading partner for a REAL trade, regardless of whether Kovy is involvled or not? Phaneuf is a total beast and he’s pretty surley all the time, which is why Alberta media doesn’t really like him. This guy chews nails 24-7.

Dion Phaneuf – if for no other reason then spineless Sean Avery having sleepness nights about playing the Thrashers.

HookyBob

January 9th, 2010
2:12 pm

WBF. I read something earlier about Phaneuf “asking to be traded” (also saw it downplayed as a total rumor). I think he’d look soooo…..good in Thrasher blue, and even in our 3rd jersey. That guy would be so dominant in the Eastern Conference.

I’m glad the Caps traded Milan Jurcina, he always seemed to play well and tough against us. Tonight we’ll get to see Jason Chimera. I’ve seen his name before but don’t recall much. Anyone have some insights on this him?

I assume Moose is starting? Hope our D plays well tonight too. I’m pulling for Bolts or Thorburn to get a Gordie Howe hat trick. Are we, (can we) supposed to throw hats on the ice for that type of hat-trick?

Go Blue.

Bob

January 9th, 2010
2:35 pm

If Waddell get Phaneuf for an unsigned impending UFA Kovy, I’ll be the first one demanding the Spirit give the man a 10 year year contract extension, as that would be the steal of the century.

Rawhide, it wasn’t a real wet dream (don’t think I’ve had one of those since puberty), it just didn’t seem right calling it a nightmare, as the monkeys did get him!. just being funny, swing and a miss!

2 pts tonight would go a long way to righting the ship, let’s go Moose!

stendec

January 9th, 2010
3:00 pm

Hi Bill, Sage and LAC. I know all of you know what a team captain is. This post is for all single brain cell apologists who do not have a clue. An NHL team captain (TC) is not always the most talented member of the club. A TC is not always the tallest, most muscular or highest point tabulator. A true TC virtually has to be tied to the bench so he will not join players on ice. A TC is an instigator. A TC gets on nerves of opponents from the start of a game until the final buzzer sounds. A TC is not selfish. A TC does not expect teammates to constantly feed him puck in an effort to pad personal statistics. A TC wants teammates to put puck in the net because he understands importance of being a team player. A TC knocks the Hell out of guys in different colored uniforms. A TC comes to the assistance of teammates. A TC could not skate a figure eight if his life depended. A TC takes it personally when a rival scores. A TC suffers with every defeat. A TC makes those around him play above themselves. El Kapitan Ilya “Money Over Team Every Time” Kovalchuk fails every criteria a TC must meet. What does Russian do well? SportSouth airs that sugary sweet fairy tale segment on overrated bum every damn day. Other that that, uh, well, eh, he is the best blasted figure eight skater in NHL. Captain? Captain my a$$! ++STENDEC++ Rawhide, I am trying to chill out. Not hard to do in these temperatures! Just get frustrated when a team I care about underachieves so often for no apparent reason. Oh well. Squa tront!

LAC

January 9th, 2010
3:53 pm

Right STENDEC, that smoothie thing is attacking us again under a different name, and his, what a crybaby, he’s NO fan, needs to quit whining and get on board with THE Real Atlanta fans who see the mess created here…

A shame people like him waste time even blogging here… Don’t stay outside too long smoothie you may lose what brain cells you still have !

Jameson

January 9th, 2010
3:57 pm

hip czech- What’d ya get for him?

Lee

January 9th, 2010
4:25 pm

Wait, was it just my eyes or did Kovy’s jersey say White on the back? Ugh.

Hey LAC- “A shame people like him waste time even blogging here…..” Umm, I’m not sure, but I’m pretty sure you’re blogging. Oh, and, why are you blogging again LAC? Oh, right, to complain bout the thrashers, but, um, no one really cares. Smoothie is actually a really smart blogger.

Smoothie

January 9th, 2010
4:51 pm

WBF – indeed, when you suffer as a Bills fan, u can survive anything! I weathered the misery of Kay Stephenson and Bruce Mathison so I can pretty much hang in there no matter what. I’m just hoping E Kane is our Bruce Smith and Bogosian’s our Jim Kelly. Now if Rich Peverley would get back to being as clutch as Andre Reed, we’ll be OK.

World Be Free

January 9th, 2010
4:55 pm

Hooky-The Flames keep playing down the Phaneuf thing. But the prevailing wisdom seems to point towards Dion needing a change of scenery. I wouldn’t trade the guy in a million years. He’s 24 and signed for a few more years. Not to mention he’s a terror on the ice.

But Flames’ fans are looking for more from Phaneuf. I just don’t think he is capable to doing much more than he’s doing today. It is the gap between what’s expected and what he can give that seems to create the problem in Calgary. It’s kinda like Terry Bradshaw in Pittsburgh or Mike Schmidt in Philly back in the day; no matter what they did it was never enough for the fans or the media.

Stendec-your little single brain cell comment is exactly why people tend to dislike you. Most of what you say in your post is right on the mark. It’s a shame you can’t learn to respect others, especially when their opinion doesn’t agree 100% with yours. And the funny thing in the end is, I have to respect your’s and LAC’s opinion because you have the right to have one. You’ll pardon us if we don’t accept your method of delivery.

Smoothie

January 9th, 2010
5:13 pm

LAC – I’m not gonna get into a pissing match with u about what it means to be a good fan, but don’t bring that sh!t here about me posing as someone else to somthing incendiary that I would gladly tell u to ur face. Ur just pissed cuz I called u out and used ur own tact against u. Like when u call out our beat writer (whom we r lucky to even have) cuz he won’t ask a question that is completely out of line and lacking any class. But then again, why would u know anything about class? If u would u realize that I take umbrage with HOW u say what u say and not WHAT u say, perhaps we could get along. But this is an internet blog so who really cares? :wink:

Get The Puck Out

January 9th, 2010
6:07 pm

Sic em’ boy!

stendec

January 9th, 2010
7:49 pm

How many wide open nets and power play opportunities has Russian piece of shet El Kapitan Ilya “Pay Me Big Money For Figure Eights” Kovalchuk misfired on during his completely worthless career? Damn bestard! I personally would not sign the oxygen waste MFSOB for $1,000 per season plus a stale hot dog from the concession stand. ++STENDEC++ Thanks Mr Moose Hedberg sir for being only player on club that gives a flying f#ck! Bless you big fellow. Know losses hurt you deeply! May you relocate to a winner before your distinguished courageous career concludes. Losing streak now at one. Sure to be plenty more to follow! Enjoy apologists.

stendec

January 9th, 2010
7:51 pm

How many wide open nets and power play opportunities has Russian piece of shet El Kapitan Ilya “Pay Me Big Money For Figure Eights” Kovalchuk misfired on during his completely worthless career? Damn bestard! ++STENDEC++ Thanks Mr Moose Hedberg sir for being only player on club that gives a flying f#ck! Bless you big fellow. Know losses hurt you deeply! May you relocate to a winner before your distinguished courageous career concludes.

stendec

January 9th, 2010
7:53 pm

Heart donations needed desperately. Report to Loseland ice arena in Atlanta immediately! ++STENDEC++

stendec

January 9th, 2010
8:06 pm

Were you not totally depressed and embarrassed after those painful 20 minutes Bill? I know three faithful bloggers who were! Thankfully NFL playoffs will keep most from watching embarrassing televised beatdown in Atlanta! Be nice if heartless scumballs would at least put up the pretense of caring, especially on home ice, every once in a while. Hit a rival player once or twice. Show some concern, even if feigned, for benefit of brainless sheep who shelled out big bucks to park fannies in Loseland. Just because you trash are the most heartless team in NHL does not mean you have to simply skate through motions all the damn time. All you losers steal, er, make excellent money. Even, oh what the hell is the use? ++STENDEC++

stendec

January 9th, 2010
8:12 pm

LAC and Sage. Better to watch the Eagles-Cowboys NFL playoff game. Better for heart and blood pressure. Yardbirds have already mailed another one in. What a surprise! The apologists will always tell us later tonight how this debacle had a silver lining. The club is on way up. Only when they reach rock bottom. Should not be too much longer! ++STENDEC++ Masochists and hopelesss insomniacs can always watch replay. Not even on a damn bet for me!

LAC

January 9th, 2010
8:26 pm

smoothie you name a place and I WILL be there, want to put up some ca$h ? People like you are all talk no action, why don’t you see what most of us see a TERRIBLE team, an AWFUL coach, players who do not give a crap and a GM who is on space mountain making up his next lie !

Maybe you are rutherford snydel in drag too ? Go away or pick a place.

Obscene tonight, watching The Fugitive is much more fun than watching these losers… If someone does not get fired after this disgrace,
nobody ever will.

No playoffs No hope, it’s on the ICE smoothie, and you ain’t so smooth either, Right Mr.Stendec ?

stendec

January 9th, 2010
8:29 pm

Caps up 4-0 early in second period. Home team has conceded defeat. Did so prior to opening puck drop. Guess dozens of feeds will now go way of El Kapitan “Overrated Russian Trash” Kovalchuk so that he can pad his statistics. Wo;; look nice for club ignorant enough to sign his sorry untrying a$$ lster. Replace these losers with Wolves! At least young guys would try! ++STENDEC++ Cannot understand why apologists regard Siberian slacker as premiere player. I would rip the damn C off his chest then spit in his face as I ushered him on a bus out of town. Completely worthless uncontributor!

stendec

January 9th, 2010
8:31 pm

There goes damn shutout! At least it was not rotten Russian with tally. ++STENDEC++

HookyBob

January 9th, 2010
8:32 pm

OK now its Slater and White carrying this team for the last 3 games.

Where’s our offense gone?

stendec

January 9th, 2010
8:42 pm

Where has Yardbird offense gone? To Hell in a handbasket! Another exceptional home ice showing. BY THE DAMN OPPOSITION! ++STENDEC++ Cannot score on breakaways or power plays. No wonder folks pack Loseland when these losers are in town! PT Barnum was right all along.

stendec

January 9th, 2010
8:47 pm

Right on Mr LAC! Back to Eagles-Cowboys for now. Hope someone snaps bone (any one, not picky) of dog killing thug bestard Eagle Michael Sick if he sets foot on playing field. Will not make up for Loseland debacle but will make me feel a whole lot happier than I do right now! ++STENDEC++ BRING UP WOLVES! Will even settle for three Hanson brothers. No fight at all in this bunch!

stendec

January 9th, 2010
9:05 pm

What the Hell do these clueless jerks work on during practices? It is obviously NOT hockey! ++STENDEC++

stendec

January 9th, 2010
9:19 pm

I know what the Bible says about calling folks fools. Well, anyone who paid money which was not counterfeit to enter Loseland tonight ARE fools! With a capital F. ++STENDEC++ Talk about a giveup job! Tell Yardbirds to use Vaseline next time. Ream will be slightly less painful! Now 6-1. Talk about stinking it out!

stendec

January 9th, 2010
9:20 pm

A team adopts the demeanor of its capitan. Yep! ++STENDEC++

Brendan

January 9th, 2010
9:22 pm

I won!! I won the contest! I picked, “under,” for the Todd White sweepstakes. Look it up!

Woo-hoo!! :mrgreen:

So, to recap, we’re now being led, offensively, by Todd White and Jimmy Slater. “Stanley Cup, here we come!,” (TM, Poster Bob, all rights reserved.)

East Point Bob

January 9th, 2010
9:22 pm

Can anybody say that drastic changes are not needed now ?
This is as a gutless, quitter game as I ever saw, I quit watching.
If the coach and GM are not gone after this, I don’t really know what to say. But these guys are coasters, I cannot believe we cannot compete with teams like Washington, Boston etc…

I have quit going and will not quit watching, there is no longer any reason to watch a team of bad players coast through games. Lastly Smoothie, tone down your personal attacks… You need to see what is going on with the team and not other bloggers just because you disagree the team is better than what others say.

Brendan

January 9th, 2010
9:32 pm

Ummn, did I hear a faint chant of “Fire Waddell!,” there late in the 3rd period!

Rawhide, what did this just do to Moose’s .912 save percentage?

Ranallo10 warning??

stendec

January 9th, 2010
9:33 pm

WOW! Now 8-1. Moose Hedberg 3. Pavs Lehtonen 5. Still time left! Do not allow losers to leave Atlanta voluntarily. Tar and feather their sorry uncaring a$$es then ride them out of town on a f#cking rail. Anyone deluded enough to not classify this as a giveup job from start to finish? Did not think so. At least Cap fans in Loseland had plenty to cheer about! ++STENDEC++ It;s alive, it’s alive, losing streak is alive! Victor Von Frankenstein.

Brendan

January 9th, 2010
9:43 pm

East Point Bob has a good point. Why isn’t <strong NOW a great time to CLEAN HOUSE? Why wait? Folks, Randy Cunneyworth might just turn into a fabulous Head Coach. And Dudley can’t be worse than Waddell, as GM, even if both had to wear the “interim” term between now and season’s end.

People say this is “bad” sports town. Or, that “Atlanta isn’t a hockey town.” Pfft. If tomorrow morning’s paper announced the firing of Waddell, at the very least, you’d see a 500 or more post blog screaming things like, “Halleluja!” “‘Bout time!” “4 Years OVERDUE.” And so forth. Not to mention that, for once, fans might see these owners as something little more than a joke that doesn’t make anyone laugh.

Tonight, Bruce Boudreau, Washington’s coach, went over to John Anderson to offer a “letter of recommendation” in case he’s canned, with Waddell.

While TB and Toronto are losing, the NY Islanders are winning and will likely take the 2-points. Folks, gaze at the standings. Atlanta is far from mathematically eliminated. Imagine the “bump” that might come over the next 10-15 games, if Waddell were fired. And let Dudley handle the Kovalchuk trade.

LAC

January 9th, 2010
9:44 pm

8-1 ? We are NOTHING more than a ten year old expansion team, WE SUCK !

Funny how the hawks got blasted too… I want to know where the owners are ? Hiding Again ? Guess Mr.Pottymouth will blame the FANS for this
farce… It is time to TOTALLY CLEAN HOUSE from Top To Bottom !

start with Worthless waddell, then anderson he has lost everything
with this team, nice guy, but nice guys finish last you know…

Players, I’d trade anyone, NO Player can be safe !

We are the laughing stock of the entire NHL, we will finish 30th this year yet… You watch…

Where are you now smoothie, with all your glowing comments about the team ? I hope you saw what I saw tonight, OBSCENE to say the least.
Expansion teams lose like this, Great job waddell you are a Disgrace to
NHL fans everywhere, you are a CAREER LOSER and I Strongly advise,
EVERYONE to stop attending any games now untill drastic and I mean VERY DRASTIC changes are made, enough of this BS !

Russian

January 9th, 2010
9:58 pm

FIRE COACH!!!!!
FIRE COACH!!!!!
Waived WHITE!!!!
Waived Slava!!!!!
And Hell Trade Kovy!!!!!

Brendan

January 9th, 2010
10:00 pm

And Florida just won, 3-0, over Ottawa tonight. They’re one-point behind us. Atlanta is 1-6-3 in their last 10. But they’ve lost ten of their last eleven, 1-7-3, for five of a possible twenty-two (5/22) points. Cause for concern? Not in the eyes of this ownership group. They just don’t respect you. Coupled with being hockey ignorant. It’s as great a combination as “weights and skates.” You can’t deadlift on ice. You can’t walk blindfolded across an Interstate. And downing a bottle of Absolute, while night swimming isn’t a very combo, either.

Sadly, this ownership group is more apt to offer Waddell a new two-year contract extension as they are to fire him.

stendec

January 9th, 2010
10:11 pm

Know what pi$$es me off more than 8-1 giveup job? Shot of El Kapitan Ilya “Why Should I Care?” Kovalchuk with a big grin on his face as gutless and heartless Russian (no offense Russian) skated off ice! How many of use could perform actually not perform) our jobs as poorly as Yardbirds did tonight and still have jobs? I thought so! Nothing even most extreme apologists can say in defense of ball-lesss quitters tonight. Total ream job! ++STENDEC++

LAC

January 9th, 2010
10:30 pm

Good points Brenden, If this game does not open ownerships eyes, what will ? At what point do they do something ?

#17 was a -3 tonight, coasting through yet another game. I remember Nikita telling us he Should get the max salary… My thoughts differ,
I would not offer him a thin dime over what he makes now PERIOD.
If he does not like it, then STICK IT #17, I say trade the BUM ASAP for something, but with the man with NO brain as GM he’d likely get only a third or fourth round draft pick for him. I am so DAMN tired of waddell running this sunken ship I am really at a complete loss… Does ANYONE
out there think waddell can be trusted to run this team a minute more ?

PLEASE let us all hear from you. PLEASE !

LAC

January 9th, 2010
10:43 pm

Folks go to the Thrashers website and listen to anderson’s comments after this. He was saying the team came out good, took it to Washington,
then started talking about the teams consitution on shots… and then switched to saying “We were feeling sorry for ourselves” I am sorry, but when you have a coach saying that, it is time to terminate him.

He has 100% lost this team, PLEASE go see his post-game comments,
it is really very very concerning. And of course waddell is hiding like the little lying WIMP he is !

What a team!

January 9th, 2010
10:47 pm

Pathetic. Just pathetic.

World Be Free

January 9th, 2010
10:54 pm

Opie and Moose-two basket cases. Everyone likes “Moooose” but all that menas nothing when you can’t stop a puck. We finally outshoot somebody, 18-6 in the first period and are behind 3-0. Even Peverly looks lost and when Pevs is gone, you know you are in trouble.

The 4th line, Slater’s line was the best all night. at least they played hard every shift. Schubert hit people again as he has all season. “Shue’ leads the team in hits now. Funny, he was considered soft in Ottawa.

I have no idea where this team goes from here, none. Is it possible that we might had a 3rd consecutive season of 76 points?

stendec

January 9th, 2010
11:08 pm

I remember well when the Atlanta Flames were an expansion team. Yes, I am THAT old. Losses were part of the maturing process. I still cringe when I think of the many defeats. Many of which concluded with empty net goals. Goalies Daniel Bouchard and Phil Myre were battlers! They stole more than their share of low scoring games. The club did not possess much talent but was physical and not afraid to leave bruises on opponents. I truly believe those expansion Flames would massacre these overpaid untalented Yardbird pu$$ies. No empty net goals would be required. A truly sad state of affairs. Ship has sunk. Lying scumball shethead Don Waddell remaining will make no diffeence. That is the truly sad part. ++STENDEC++ Glad El Kapitan Ilya “What Me Worry?” Kovalchuk enjoyed the 8-1 debacle so much. F#ck that overrated Russian piece of commode fodder!

Curly

January 9th, 2010
11:08 pm

DING-DONG …… It’s started AGAIN.

Miami Screaming Eagle

January 9th, 2010
11:08 pm

You can’t blame Kovy, Anderson, Moose or anybody else on the team. The responsibility for this mess lies with ASG and Don Waddell. He should never have been made GM in the first place. In addition, when it was clear that he was not capable of fielding a winning team, he should have been relieved of his duties and a capable replacement hired.

You can paint it anyway you want, but the clowns at ASG should have never left DW in a position that he could single handedly destroy the franchise. After watching tonight’s game, I have to say this team has no heart, no soul and most of all no favorable destiny.

The only real solution is to start over, with a new GM, new scouts, maybe a new coach and certainly a new direction. The same old stuff was over with years ago and I think we all realize it, even the people have denied it for a long time. I have nothing personal against the man, I hear he’s a good guy. But if Waddell survives this and keeps his job, then there’s no justice whatsoever.

Rawhide

January 9th, 2010
11:10 pm

HOLY CRAP….I was litterally typing the words, “I get to take Todd White off the milk carton”, when I learn that a scoring change gave Maxim Afinogenov the goal.

Gawdalmighty…I actually feel sorry for Whitey!

World Be Free

January 9th, 2010
11:11 pm

Stendec, all I remember about the Flames is that they game my Sabres fits from Day One. They played hard for a tough coach, Boom Boom and never gave up.

Noel Price was a pylon!

World Be Free

January 9th, 2010
11:13 pm

Smoothie-I forgot about Bruce Matheson for the Bills! But I do remember Joe Dufek, another pretender before Jim Kelly.

R. Stroz

January 9th, 2010
11:18 pm

Is Coach Anderson related to Jimmy Carter?

Do you know how to define malaise? No leadership.

FIRE WADDELL THEN ANDERSON.

And BENCH KOVY, he’s making Maryann Hossa’s dog show a few years ago look good.

Tony C.

January 9th, 2010
11:23 pm

Wow. That was painful.
I expected a loss, but damn man, not a demolishing that went down.

I was thinking a 3-1 maybe a 5-3 loss-let’s not kid ourselves DC saw the light gleaming off The Cup last spring and they set their sights on “Champions”… The pick up of Knuble continues to pay dividends-even if time is robbing him of some of his touch, big Mike still works the crease like a pro-this is the type of play we need from our top-6 but we’ve got nobody that really gets to it in front of the net like Knuble does.

Granted, Antropov does go to the net-but he’s just one guy, and seems to be more focused on getting the puck to #17 (indeed Kovy has been quoted as saying as much “That’s why he’s here – to set me up” [sic]). Kane seems to be willing but he’s still just a kid-can’t wait until he gets some more size, Little-same story, just not enough @ss…

Grrr.

I doubt Sutter would let The Dion go straight-up for #17… but like Bob, if DW can pull that one off-I’ll shut up until next summer.

Curly

January 9th, 2010
11:31 pm

I just saw the Presser (before I read the LAC comment). I thought to myself.. It’s over for this team; with a coach making excuses that they feel sorry for themselves? Someone should be busting chairs in that locker-room. Where’s the Captain? Who is leading this team? (that’s a rhetorical question). Obviously there is none (leadership from the coaches or players). The Captain has apparently made up mind (as per his example – leading the team with a -3 tonight).

This was the first game that I can remember leaving early (just after the Caps 5th goal). There was a good crowd there tonight ready to support their team. The Thrashers seem to do this whenever there is a big crowd at Philips. Why is that? It’s not good business if they want to be successful in Atlanta.

stendec

January 9th, 2010
11:36 pm

Sage and LAC. If these comments are legit then John Petrino needs to be immediately removed as coach. Has lost all credibility along with his damn mind:

“I didn’t think I would ever say this, but this team is having trouble scoring goals right now (who tipped this damn genius off to that obvious fact?). Our big guns (as in overpaid and overrated El Kapitan Ilya “Just Give Me Money” Kovalchuk) have got to start scoring goals (stopping a few with physical play would not be a bad idea either). We’ve got some guys on this team who are underachieving (only some not all?) in the scoring category (starting with a certain Siberian slacker who loves skating figure eights) so when I guy like Ilya Kovalchuk (told ya) doesn’t score (or bother to show up mentally) in a couple of games (a couple?) it makes it even more pronounced (duh). We need some secondary scoring (primary scoring would not hurt). We need our defense (club has defense?) to get some shots through (into net) get some traffic (afraid of broken fingernails) in front of the net, all the dirty things (not from this passive squeaky clean bunch) that will help us score.”

(NOT QUOTE) Douchebag captain does not have a point and is a minus-7 the past three games. The club is dismal 19-19-6 and has won only once in the past 11 games. The quitters are 1-7-3 during the span and have not won in regulation in 20 games. The scumballs are a laughable 9-8-3 at Loseland.

“I’m proud of this team (why?), it doesn’t quit (what damn game was this idiot watching?). There are only so many shots you can take to your constitution (until it becomes easy to give up and have pity party) it eventually gets to you (true professionals battle through adversity with something called pride) that was one of those nights tonight (boo hoo cry me a f#cking handful whiner). I just think we felt sorry for ourselves (think so?). That’s not good (I certainly would think not). We can’t stop playing (home skaters did) no matter what (they damn sure did). We have to help our goalies out (better exchange hockey sticks for machine guns) there for Pete’s sake (is Pete assistant coach?). We can’t give them point-blank shots (never say can’t) from all over the place (at least on ice surface).”

Feel better knowing a guy like this is coach?

++STENDEC++

Brendan

January 9th, 2010
11:39 pm

LAC, let me handle the Bruce Levenson response for the morning paper. “Good morning. I’ve called this press conference to announce a VOTE OF CONFIDENCE for both Don Waddell and John Anderson. I’m sure, despite these recent setbacks, that we’re still ‘moving in the right direction.’ We’re right in the thick of the playoff hunt. Everything is fine. And we have no real issues. I’ll be taking some brief questions, and then we’ll wrap it up. Yes, you there.”

Reporter: “Mr. Levenson, are the ongoing contract talks a source of distraction for the players on this team?”

BL: “WHAT contract talks?”

Reporter: “Well, isn’t it fairly obvious? The Kovalchuk contract. The one being discussed between Jay Grossman, Kovy’s agent, and Don Waddell.”

BL: “Don Waddell’s been meeting with Grossman?”

Reporter: (Emphatically) “YES! At least, that’s what we’ve been told, anyway.”

BL: “Well, uhh …let me state, right here, right now, that Ilya Kovalchuk IS UNDER CONTRACT. So, ‘no, I would NOT say it’s a distraction.’”

Reporter: “So, you’re saying that contract has been finalized?”

BL: “Oh yes. For quite some time. It was done back in the Fall of 2005.”

Reporter: “But sir, we’re talking about Ilya’s current contract situation.”

BL: “I know. That ISS what I’m talking about. Ilya Kovalchuk is locked up, as a Thrasher.”

Reporter: “But sir, I don’t think you understand. Ilya’s contract expires at the end of this season. He’ll be free to sign with ANY team at Noon, on July 1, 2010. He’s a pending unrestricted free agent.”

BL: “Pfft. Why talk about that now? July is seven months Away?!! Sheesh. We’re in the midst of a chasing a playoff berth. Right here and now. Get some kinda grip, will ya?”

Reporter: “You CANNOT be serious?!! (TM, John McEnroe, all rights reserved.)”

BL: “Oh, but I am. Boy, are you a DRAMA QUEEN.”

Reporter: “Sir, that approach to the impending loss of the face of the franchise is recklessly irresponsible conduct on the part of the organization. What if he leaves in July?”

BL: “Oh please. By July, the planet could be invaded and enslaved by space aliens. Why talk about it now?? Geez, next question. I’m starting to think you reporters are all a bunch of dunderheads who didn’t get enough hugs as a child.”

Reporter: “Fair enough. When the lawsuit with estranged investor partner Steve Belkin was first filed, in August of 2005, Steve Belkin called Don Waddell ‘incompetent.’ Don Waddell responded by saying that, ‘I don’t much care for the personal attacks. As GM, I’ll answer for wins and losses.’ My question to you is, “Shouldn’t you make this GM answer for wins and losses? This team has had back-to-back 76-point seasons and wound up in the lottery draft both times. It’s also never won a playoff game in franchise history, during the Waddell Administration. Are you planning on holding Don Waddell accountable?”

BL: “Certainly. I’m prepared to offer him a 2-year contract extension in April, when we make the playoffs. Next question.”

Reporter: (Scoffing) “Sir? Uhh, did you just say your plans are to renew Don Waddell?”

BL: “Did I stutter? Yes! Have you not seen the 2007 Southeast Division Championship banner hanging from the rafters in Philips Arena? Honestly, you reporters are about as clueless as I’ve yet seen.”

Reporter: “But Mr. Levenson, have you not seen the attendance during these last few seasons? How many tickets have you had to give away, just to qualify for revenue-sharing dollars?”

BL: “Unfortunately, ticket sales in this town, for all non-football sports, suffer during the football seasons. Plural. We expect business to pick up real soon, now that college football is over, and the Falcons regular season is over. Especially as we drive for the playoffs. We’re going to be BUYERS at the deadline.”

Reporter: (Dumbfounded) “Playoffs?! Playoffs??!! Did you just say Playoffs???!!! (TM, Jim Mora, Sr., all rights reserved, used with permission.) Okay, look. You don’t think the declining attendance has anything to do with a crisis of faith in this franchise, either this season or throughout the years, which includes six trips to the lottery draft in nine completed seasons. And saw seven seasons out of nine in the bottom third of the Eastern Conference. Is this not cause for concern?”

BL: “Listen, you dunce. Pay attention. Most of those results occured under a DIFFERENT OWNERSHIP’s Watch. Don Waddell is one the GREATEST HOCKEY MINDS of our time, and his generation. As evidenced by his continued relationship, for decades now, with Team USA hockey, the NHL rules committee, and Board of Trustees. Don Waddell is ‘very respected’ in NHL circles. Waddell has numerous minor league championships and owns a Stanley Cup ring. Period, the end.”

Reporter: “Are you drunk?”

BL: “You sniveling, ignoramus. This press conference is over, as not one intelligent comment or question has been raised. The only people who should be getting fired around here are you reporters. I’m outta here.”

stendec

January 9th, 2010
11:42 pm

If former Atlanta Flame Coach Boom Boom (Boomer) G (cannot spell last name) were in charge of this bunch of quitters he would be behind bars. For killing every one of them after the debacle tonight! If I were on jury I would never cast guilty verdict. Justifiable homicide. God bless Boom Boom G! ++STENDEC++

R. Stroz

January 9th, 2010
11:49 pm

Brendan – You left out the part where Levenson calls the reporter a smart@$$.

World Be Free

January 9th, 2010
11:49 pm

Any way you cut it folks, it all comes downn to goaltending. We were winning when we had the goaltending, now both keepers are looking pretty poor.

Watching Calgary and Vancouver. Both teams have great goaltending, the basis for any winning team. Toronto tries hard, but they have no goaltending. Buffalo is a mediocre team, but they have great goaltending. If you don’t have a keeper, you are not going to win consistently in this team.

What happens if Moose stops 5 of 6 in the first period tonight?

thrasherdawg

January 9th, 2010
11:50 pm

At the first of the season everyone was saying we finally have some talent and we were winning games. Hate DW if you lke but he is not the coach…there is talent on this team but when players don’t show up night in and night out that has to fall on the coach. Anderson has lost this team and the players don’t want to play for him. At this level in any sports “a player’s coach” doesn’t usually fair well. It’s like bad parents allowing their children to have free rein…it doesn’t work.

I agree, the players will follow their captain and Kovy has proven he is no captain. Zero effort and no hustle…it’s pathetic, ne may be the laziest player in the league. Players are sayin, if the captain doesn’t care why should I. Trade him now.

If there is a snowball’s chance this season…FIRE ANDERSON now. Hire someone who will make each player accountable and install a sysytem that will actually work.

You do realize we are one penality shot from 12 loses in a row.

Brendan

January 9th, 2010
11:57 pm

R.Stroz, Levenson calls him a sniveling ignoramus. Is that not ‘close enough?’

stendec

January 10th, 2010
12:04 am

Hi World Be Free. Suppose Moose Hedberg and Pavs Lehtonen had allowed only one goal apiece? Giveup no score quitters would still have lost 2-1! Would that have made anyone feel better? No points in yet another putrid home ice appearance. Not me for damn sure! Losses are still losses. All of them are difficult to digest! More painful when team makes no effort to hide fact that they quit. No matter what damn coach said! ++STENDEC++

thrasherdawg

January 10th, 2010
12:05 am

sorry…12 losses in a row. PLEASE FIRE ANDERSON.

Also, agree, goaltending is becoming a problem. KOVY and PAVELIC (sp) to the DUCKS for J.S. Gigerre (sp), Gezlaf, and whoever.

World Be Free

January 10th, 2010
12:07 am

Bill-I guess the dirty took from T-W is back.

They guy I feel sorry for is the idiot in front of me at Gorin’s tonight. He had a hold of 2-24 oz beers, wearing his Thrashers’ 3rd jersy with the name TODD WHITE on the back.

The guy might as well have had the jersey company Amelia Earhardt on the back; he’s lost when finding the net, circling round and round.

Brendan

January 10th, 2010
12:08 am

WBF, at one point, the scoreboard read, 3-0 Capitals, but the SOG were 22-7, in favor of Atlanta. So, I definitely see your point. This one just snowballed out of control. But we must look at the last 15-20 games. It’s not good. GA is getting high. Contributions from the blueline have been decreased. And the longer the season goes, the HARDER it will be to bank points. It’s much easier in October or November to beat a good team. But a pooor to mediocre team doesn’t have much of a chance in March.

Sage of Bluesland

January 10th, 2010
12:11 am

Thanks for the information, Stendec-LAC-Brendan…I barely acknowledge the existence of the Thrashers anymore…I had the Cowboys-Eagles game on and life was well not watching one of the most poorly run and managed teams in professional history.

This ownership and management group have shown their incompetence time and again–yet some will still make pitiful excuses. Silly sheep!

But, I will still take great delight in reading their hopeful dreaming and delusion…and laugh at them when either they disappear or they come crawling back wondering what happened…

Cheers all–enjoy what you bought, as it’s yours now.

Brendan

January 10th, 2010
12:16 am

Sage, did you have the NY Jets and Cowboys advancing today? My brackets are ruined already.

Rawhide

January 10th, 2010
12:19 am

OK…new blog posted. Oh, and 200th!!!

What a team!

January 10th, 2010
7:34 am

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World Be Free

January 10th, 2010
9:48 am

Brendan-this game was a mess ffrom the beginning. We talk about shots on goal, but no goals! Too many guys not holding up their end of the bargin and others working too hard to make up for them. As you stated, the record in the last 15-20 games speaks for itself.

Lee

January 10th, 2010
12:00 pm

Oh, let’s go back and look at the game. Now, from the beggining, we knew, it wasn’t gonna be an easy game, but, 8-1?? Not what I expected. And NO ONE played a decent game at all, how bout we start with MR. K, so, Kovy, did you really think you played a good game? And his reply is always the same; “Well, uh no, not at all, we definetly played a bad game, and hopefully we will do better next game.” Umm, now, I love Ilya, but, what are we gonna do better next game? HUH? The statement, hopefully we’ll do beter next game, doesn’t give you the answer of what they are going to do better! He doesn’t reflect on what the team did bad on, which was pretty much everything. Did he say that one of the things he did wrong, was missing passes, or did he say that he didn’t pass well? NO, he didn’t, so it leaves the impression, that he’s not gonna try harder next time. The “C” on his jersey should reflect on what he says. I don’t see that.

Now, the goalies. Did they play well, no. But they didn’t play NEARLY as bad as they skaters did. Ok, what matters most when the opposting team is on offense, the defense, or the goalies. Well, definetly the goalies are important, but the D is more. When you don’t have a strng D, it puts SOOO much pressure on the goalies, and they can only do so much, ecspecially against a team like the Caps. Again, we come back to the same topic, clearing the puck. Ok, now, do you think we can get on offense if we can’t get the puck? No, we can’t, just clear the puck. And one of the things last night I saw, was that they tried to make perfect plays, they were too passive! JUST SHOOT! Ok, I know Ilya is supposed to be a team player and all, but just shoot the puck, keep it in the zone so you don’t have to get on defense again.

There’s so much more to say……