Capitals build snowman in Atlanta

The Southeast Division leading Washington Capitals came into cold, frosty, frigid Atlanta and built a snowman. No, not outside in what remained of Thursday night’s frozen precipitation that blew through here…they did so inside Philips Arena by putting up 8 on the scoreboard.

And alas…the one-game winning streak comes to a crashing end.

Colby Armstrong and the Thrashers were unable to hold back the Washington Capitals (AP Photo/John Amis)

Colby Armstrong and the Thrashers were unable to hold back the Washington Capitals (AP Photo/John Amis)

You know things are not going to go your way when you outshoot your opposition 18-6 in the first period but go into the intermission trailing 3-0. But that is exactly what happened to the Thrashers on this night…and it looked like it took all the fight out of this team.

During the post-game interview, Caps coach Bruce Boudreau made the point that Atlanta came out playing hard…playing much of the game in the Capitals’ zone. But when his team was able to go into the break leading by the margin they were, it really just took the wind out of their sail.

That, my friends, is a very polite way to say “That team over there that my friend coaches simply quit”.

John Anderson’s statements were very similar. “I just think we felt sorry for ourselves. That’s not good. We can’t stop playing no matter what. We have to help our goalies out there for Pete’s sake. We can’t give them point-blank shots from all over the place”.

“I didn’t think I would ever say this”, he went on to say, “But this team is having trouble scoring goals right now…our big guns have got to start scoring goals. We’ve got some guys on this team who are underachieving in the scoring category so when a guy like [Ilya Kovalchuk] doesn’t score in a couple of games it makes it even more pronounced. We need some secondary scoring”.

Uh…yup. But how about keeping the other team from scoring goals on the other end of the ice? I think that might help too, coach.

Making matters even worse, at least for one Thrasher, is that the one goal that was actually scored by Atlanta was originally credited to Todd White… who hasn’t netted one since before Halloween. However, upon further review, a scoring change gave the goal to Maxim Afinogenov, his sixteenth of the season.

Todd White remains on the milk carton as his streak without a goal has now reached 34 games

Todd White remains on the milk carton as his streak without a goal has now reached 34 games

So…unfortunately…White remains on the milk carton and the streak now stands at 34 consecutive games without a goal.

I guess that also means I will probably get another frosty glare from Todd during the next pre-game warm up like I did tonight…right Zoomo?

Johan Hedberg allowed the first four goals on nine shots. Ondrej Pavelec relieved him after Mike Knuble’s second goal of the game put the Caps up 4-0. Opie turned aside the first 16 shots he faced but eventually gave up 4 goals as well on 28 shots.

Where’s The Accountability?

Accountability. That’s a word I have used quite often of late as I’ve discussed the management of this organization. But what about the players…where is the accountability there?

Even super stars like Ilya Kovalchuk were once subjected to the seat of shame if deserved (AP Photo/John Amis)

Even super stars like Ilya Kovalchuk were once subjected to the seat of shame if deserved (AP Photo/John Amis)

I remember back when Bob Hartley coached this team…and if a player was “dogging it” or failing to pull his weight in the defensive end of the ice, there was a special place at the end of the bench reserved for him. Hartley used the method of giving players a “time out” to let the offending party know he was displeased with the “effort”.

Why, even Ilya Kovalchuk experienced this form of discipline.

Some thought coach Bob was a “hard ass” for such disciplinary tactics. But ya know what, it was a way of holding these highly paid professional athletes, dare we say, accountable for their actions. No effort on the ice equaled no time on the ice.

These days…I just do not see any such accountability for poor play.

And Finally…

I want to give a special shout-out to two little boys that I met Saturday night in section 222. They were 5-year old twins Lincoln and Joseph and they were really fun to share a game with.

They even joined in during a “Fire Waddell” chant…much to their mother’s delight.

Of course, one has to wonder if these boys will be chanting the same thing 20 years from now when they are bringing their kids to games.

166 comments Add your comment

Sharon

January 10th, 2010
12:24 am

Even in the worst of times, I still don’t believe Waddell will be fired. There’s no accountability on any level.

Sharon

January 10th, 2010
12:24 am

And I was first, ha!

R. Stroz

January 10th, 2010
12:33 am

Kovy deserves a milk carton for lack of effort.

Brendan

January 10th, 2010
12:46 am

I can hear Bruce Levenson now, “I’ve called this press conference to announce a 2-year contract extension for Don Waddell. We think this move will give the franchise some much needed stability.” What??

Russian

January 10th, 2010
1:42 am

I hope, something will happend tomorrow in Casino Night.
WE need new Coach. Anderson can not do his job. WE need a new GM. Don can not his job also. WE need a new Players. WE have to change everything and start to play hockey. Atlanta is 11 spot. It is very bad.

Sadtoseeitthisway

January 10th, 2010
2:15 am

Hey Brendan, you`re calling out the right guy, but has anybody seen the ASG link to the hockey franchise? Is he in the witness protection program? Who do we send our suggestion letters to? Ted Turner`s son?, son-in-law? Mike Gearon Jr.? They`re only at Hawk`s games waiting for next Josh Smith slam-dunk, or a Joe Johnson three-pointer. Who`s looking out for the other wintertime pro franchise that plays in “their” building? It just reeks of “They Don`t Care”. Thrasher fans deserve some answers. How many games do you lose like this and no changes are made? It`s like, the word was sent down. Don`t release or send down anybody! We`d still have to pay that contract and have to pay the guy who takes his place. No way they want to pay even one more player salary. Seeing this, the players have got to think there`s no way there is money in the till to pay a Kovy contract, and a few others who deserve a better one. It`s looking like the players know it and they`re play on the ice shows it. You gotta feel a little sorry for the situation John Anderson has been dealt. It`s a roster he can`t win with, and when his ship is taking on water, there is no one, I mean NO ONE who is stepping up and doing anything to fix this problem.

Smoothie

January 10th, 2010
2:32 am

LAC – I don’t know where you were, but I was there for the entire 60 minute “capital” thrashing, cursing and swearing up a storm wishing I was somewhere else. But unlike you I reckon, I was in the company of friends, imbibing, cavorting and discussing at great length the many problems and issues that make up the Atlanta Thrashers.

But rather than drown my sorrows on a message board I decided to go to a hip little nightclub / lounge for a much needed diversion from hockey and Lugrubrious A$$ Clowns like you.

I don’t know what blog you’ve been reading but I’ve been as critical of this team as I have been complimentary. I just choose to find a silver lining or look for a positive in a sea of negative when it comes to this team. But whatta ya gonna do?

All the blathering, whining and bitching on a message board by passionate “fans” like you isn’t going to amount to anything at all. If you really want to make a difference, why don’t you shell out the $150 it costs to buy a Casino Night tkt and deliver your heartfelt message to the players and coaches personally?

Or do you only have the guts required to make ridiculous threats of violence to fellow hockey fans and hockey officials in an internet forum such as this?

While it is tough being a Thrashers fan, I’d much rather wake up being a loser Thrashers fan than wake up being someone like you.

Ron Mexico

January 10th, 2010
2:35 am

Embarassing, simply embarassing. I stopped watching after the 5th goal. Oh yeah this is the kind of effort that’s gonna make Kovy eager to sign on that dotted line huh? The give a crap meter was on life suport tonight. You said it right Bill, where is the accountability? Heads have to roll and changes must be made! If efforts like this don’t get DW fired, I don’t know what will.

On another note, I say the Thrashers oughta pull a Michael Nylander and bury Todd White’s contract in the minors. Machacek, Crabb, somebody’s gotta have more grit and fire than what ‘ol Whitey’s bringing to the table right now.

stendec

January 10th, 2010
2:37 am

Good morning Bill. Well, considering. Is there some legal reason why Thrashers can not be switched for Wolves? At least young whippersnappers would bust their buns every time out! Fans are certainly not getting that result or bang for their many bucks now. Sorry I misjudged Pavs earlier. Should have read four goals allowed instead of five. Must have made error when switching between Thrashers and NFL playoff contest. Watched football considerably longer! Best. ++STENDEC++ Still think new captain needed! Are one of Hanson boys available?

Smoothie

January 10th, 2010
2:41 am

WBF – thank u so much for reminding me of Joe “Defect” Dufek! Now I’m gonna need one more bourbon to help me stop the flashbacks from the most forgettable era in Buffalo Bills history!!

Sadtoseeitthisway

January 10th, 2010
2:51 am

During the TV timeout in the middle the 3rd Period a tired Thrasher defenseman skates over to the ref and asks, can`t we put an extra guy in our end to help clear the puck? we`ve got half a period to go, it`s 6-1, they keep scoring cheap goals, and we`re getting our butts kicked. Ref says, I can`t help ya, but one of your guys, that #17, he`s always on the other side of the blue line with his back turned toward the tired defense. He`s ready to go if you can stop the other team and get him the puck.

Heads should roll

January 10th, 2010
4:07 am

OH MY GOD I threw up in my mouth a dozen times during that game
FIRE DON WADDELL – FIRE DON WADDELL -FIRE DON WADDELL -FIRE DON WADDELL -FIRE DON WADDELL -FIRE DON WADDELL -FIRE DON WADDELL -FIRE DON WADDELL -FIRE DON WADDELL – and whatever else it takes, I’ve lost A DECADE OF MY LIFE WATCHING FOR THIS TEAM TO GET COMPETITIVE

sisu

January 10th, 2010
6:34 am

what a mess! We stopped paying attention after the third goal ans started to drink beer heavily! I am at a loss, to lose is one thing but to get your rear handed to you like this is whole another mess. On a side note, went to 5 seasons prior to the game and the food and beer where excellent, highly recommend as well as flip burger! Great places both of them.

POTF

January 10th, 2010
7:15 am

Like I said before, Anderson should be fired and of course, Waddell should be fired for not firing Anderson already. This is only adding to Waddell’s blunders.The players are dogging it big time. WTF. We can’t even fight about getting our arses kicked last night. This whole situation is a travesty.

FormerIslesFan

January 10th, 2010
7:35 am

Where to even begin?

My 11 year old son looking at me after the 6th goal was scored and begging me to leave?

My 7 year old son, who bleeds blue, asking me “Why does Don Waddell still have a job?”

My wife, known well on this blog, who shakes her head in disgust at Hedberg coming out to play the start of the 2nd period.

My thoughts? Again…where to begin…?

This is the first time I have ever started to seriously question an Anderson decsion. I’ll start with the goaltending. While I think starting Moose was the right call, I have NO IDEA why he was still in after the 1st period. The ONLY explanation that I had was that Anderson has THAT LITTLE confidence in Opie. When the 4th goal was scored, he simply had no other option.

Kubina has done into the tank lately. Once again, he demonstrated to me the problem of overcommitting a vacating his position to allow a goal. BY NO MEANS was he the only culprit on the team this time.

Kovy? He looks like he is gripping his stick so tight it is going to shatter into kindling. How many pucks did he miss, misfire or just see roll off his stick? I didn’t talk to a single fan list night (Thrashers or Caps, and there were a lot of the latter) who thought that the Thrashers should pay him anything north of $10M, let alone $11M. If his number is that high, honestly (and I say this as an attorney), it is time to put a drop dead offer on the table or just open the shop doors and let the callers come.

What really bites is that I thought the Thrashers really played a great 1st period too. Well, at least the tickets were free last night. Even then, I’m still thinking of sending them back into ASG and asking for a refund. I think I may have a claim for damages for pain and suffering.

Get The Puck Out

January 10th, 2010
7:36 am

Is there enough people on this blog that can play hockey to challenge the Trashers? I think it could be a pretty good game. Stendec, give it all you got cause this total lack of effort deserves whatever you can dish out. It’s like HSR said – I’ve waited a decade for this team to get competitive. I don’t know what else to say but the thrashers stink, stink, stink.

Matt

January 10th, 2010
7:38 am

Rawhide- went to the game and frankly don’t recall EVER seeing such a poor effort. This despite outplaying the Craps for a good portion of the first period, but it went downhill fast after giving up the shorty. Hedberg did not look sharp, particularly on the 4th goal. Pavs really had no chance on the goals that the Craps scored on him. As for me, I WAS chanting FIRE WADDELL in Section 318. Despite the pitiful play of late, I was impressed on the crowd on a cold, blustery night. There really are hockey fans in Atlanta, just give us SOMETHING worth cheering about.

NorthFork

January 10th, 2010
7:57 am

@ Matt,

The Craps, eh? Nice. They’re a pretty good team…if you don’t believe me, just ask the Thrash. Trouble in Blue Land.

LAC

January 10th, 2010
8:15 am

Just sad sad sad… I just am so disappointed at seeing the team become an expansion team Again.

The last total poor effort was in Boston 4-0. What 18 SOG and total no play. Then last night, sorry Pavelac tell your agent you are NOT NHL ready.

We have gone from feeling really good about things, to a complete disaster in a month now. I firmly believe this #17 contract circus is one BIG reason the team has tanked. You have the captain of the team
smurking how he likes it here and all that, what I consider complete BS,
and playing poorly and the others see it, maybe he is getting special treatment per don waddell, we will never know, but the accountabiliy factor is simply gone.

The coach comes out stone faced and says “We felt sorry for ourselves”
He has completely LOST the team at this point.

But where are the IDIOTS who own this team ? Where are they HIDING ?
Where is the NHL ? Where is Gary Bettman ? Why is nothing being done to
improve/save this franchise. These owners don’t care one way or the other, well you know what you collection of FOOLS, then sell the team to someone who will keep the team here and get behind it and make it win.

I watched the NHL network’s 40th year celebration of the Philadelphia Flyers, did like the shots at The OMNI !, one constant Ed Snider, a WINNER a single owner, it may have been awhile since the cups, but Philly is always tough and in the playoffs, look at the change they made with coaches… Now they are turning the corner and well above HAPLESS Atlanta, Washington ONE owner, Carolina ONE owner.

Lastly change… Change is good, you must make changes to improve
poor conditions… We have a VERY poor condition here, why NO changes, nothing has been done. We the FANS see it, why can the hockey brain
of Atlanta see it ? Why don’t these owners give a damn ?

It has come time where everyone should stay home, watch on tv, listen on radio, but do not go. I believe the only way now is to boycott games, maybe, just maybe then losing MORE money will wake these IDIOTS up. Have you EVER seen a worse collection of misfits to own a professional franchise ?

It is a VERY VERY SAD state of affairs here and it is getting much worse, change is needed and change is GOOD, look at the other NHL teams the past few years who have made changes and LOOK at how much better they are… The status quo does not work in sports, and it is way past time for the BABY owners to do something and if they trust don waddell for a minute then they are all FOOLS !

Brendan

January 10th, 2010
8:24 am

Jimbo

January 10th, 2010
8:25 am

PUT A FORK IN ‘EM, THEY’RE DONE!

Look At The Bright Side

January 10th, 2010
8:42 am

We can fill the Library of Congress with all of the negative material on the Thrashers. . . There’s a pretty good argument to give it a try.

Heck, someone on this blog could probably sneak into the locker room and get a ton of material from the players, coaches, front office staff and the owners. Well, I’m not too certain about the owners. They’re pretty difficult to find these days.

No question about it the team stinks, but that’s not news. Four playoff games in 11 years, come on.

That said, here’s a look at the bright side:

1) Excellent ticket prices always available – was a season ticket holder – paid $90+ per seat. Now I sit in the same section – for $20. Thank you.

2) Parking is never a problem – it’s inexpensive and close to the rink. Thank you.

3) Traffic isn’t really too bad – unless something else is going on downtown. Thank you.

4) When Kovy is in the mood, we have the pleasure of enjoying one of the best one-way players on the planet (for how much longer is anyone’s guess) Thank you.

5) The greatest hockey players visit regularly – Ovechkin, Crosby, Brodeur, Malkin, Gaborik, the list goes on. . . They are a pleasure to watch (for how much longer is anyone’s guess). Thank you.

6) Hockey never runs too far into baseball season in Atlanta. OK, that was a bit too sarcastic. I really didn’t mean it, sorry.

Alfredsson, Kovalev, Spezza and company on Tuesday night. . . can’t wait.

LAC

January 10th, 2010
8:44 am

Stendec, remember we has a REAL QULIFIED GM running the Flames, Mr.Cliff Flecther a man who knew talent and could pull off some GREAT trades, even after they left he won the Cup with a couple GREAT trades.

He knew NHL hockey and learned under the best Sam Pollack, worked with Scotty Bowman and was, and is still today to a degree, a Great GM !

What do WE have, a Detroit used car salesman who cannot likely cannot tell a Ford from a Chevy. A man who only thinks things will improve
because he is in control, yeah of a crashing airplane… But what really really bothers me about waddell is his inability to be honest and truthful. I believe the man to be a complete LIAR and he has no clue about NHL hockey, go back to Detroit “don” for the sake of the team !

Brendan

January 10th, 2010
8:58 am

I’m watching the replay of the Sabres-Avalanche game, and I see an HSBC Arena that is ENERGIZED for their team, despite trailing 3-1 going into the 3rd period. We all know, from “On the Fly,” that this game ends in a lengthy shootout victory for the Aves, 4-3.

The point? Those fans there, in Buffalo, have a lot of faith in their team. They have the belief that their team will come out like gangbusters in the 3rd period. Which they do. The Sabres win the 3rd period, 2-0, to force overtime and then the shootout. But even in the loss, those Sabres fans went home very entertained! Very energized about coming back. It was an emotional rollercoaster game for them. But I’m sure every fan went home feeling GOOD about their team’s chances, moving forward, for the rest of the season. And I also think they felt like they GOT THEIR MONEY’S WORTH.

Segue to the car ride home LAST NIGHT from Blueland. Ladies? Attention ladies?? Is your guy UNBERABLE on that car ride home? Did you two discuss the bleak prospect of going to future games? Did the topic of “selling off the remaining tickets of your plan” arise? Financial radio host Dave Ramsey would tell you that’s a VERY GOOD STEP towards your “Total Money MakeOver.” Sage of Blueland would agree.

The word, here, is accountability. As owners, you don’t want your fanbase to think you have your head up your backside. If they think this, they’re not very likely to buy tickets. And, as anyone in business would tell you, You don’t make any money if you don’t move the inventory.” Ticketmaster’s printer has got “dust” on it now. ‘Cuz those tickets aren’t getting printed.

During this Sabres intermission report, which I’m watching right now, guess what the topic is? The three commentators/analysts are discussing the “State of the Club,” and if it’s really ready to make the playoffs and do damage once there. They all agreed the team has goaltending down. They have Team Defense down. The Coaching is there. The roster is there. The question mark is, “toughness/physicality,” moving forward. They discussed the “readiness” of the team. And all the commentators wanted the playoffs to start tomorrow. It was a fun and entertaining roundtable discussion. The panelists were Rob Ray, Mike Robitaille and Kevin Sylvester. And WHO came up with the topic for them to debate?? Anyone?? Anyone, at all?? The TOPIC came from the fans of the Buffalo Sabres, who emailed it to them at “Whip@Sabres.com” Does Atlanta ever give us this kind of interaction for the Intermission show???

Some crickets chirp. There’s an awkward pause. Off in the distance, a coyote howls, then some tumble weeds roll by. No, obviously not. The interaction fans of the Thrashers get from their club comes from Bruce Levenson, who tells the STH’s to “Shut Up and Pay the increased ticket prices after back-to-back 76-point seasons.” With no one fired. Again.

Brendan

January 10th, 2010
9:07 am

Sigh. Make that “unbearable.” Ya know, another thought occurs to me. Weren’t the Colorado Avalanche picking AHEAD of us in the draft? Yes, yes they were, at #3. Where are the Avalanche in the standings today? Ahead or beneath the Thrashers? What did their ownership say after last season’s debacle? “This simply will not do.” And they cleaned house.

Smitty

January 10th, 2010
9:09 am

First time I have seen a white flag go up at a hockey game.

Zoomo

January 10th, 2010
9:14 am

So to fill in the rest of you regarding Rawhide’s comment in the blog regarding White’s icy glare at our blogging homeboy; During warmups, Rawhide had his back to the glass, with the RAWHIDE on his jersey in full view of the players. As White skated by, I think he read the jersey and probably recalled the milk carton comments and gave Rawhide a look that is pretty much the look that Elin probably gave to Tiger a few weeks back. A comical moment.

The pre-game warmups in Rawhide and son’s company were the highlight of the night.

The first period was shame. Thrashers certainly outplayed the Caps, but after that weak defense on the short handed 3rd goal near the end of the period, they were deflated.

Terrible night…no fun..embarrased to be a fan.

Kozlov just ticks me off some nights. He looks so disinterested and skates with no passion.

Peverly and Kane looked like the only guys that had any motor going in the 2nd and 3rd.

Brendan

January 10th, 2010
9:15 am

On June 3, 2009, the Colorado Avalanche named Greg Sherman the NEW General Manager. On June 4, 2009, the Colorado Avalanche named Joe Sacco as the NEW Head Coach. On June 19, 2009, the Colorado Avalanche named Steve Konowalchuk as the NEW Assistant Coach, and Adam Deadmarsh as the NEW video/development Coach. They then re-signed Cody McLeod, LW. At the draft, they picked Matt Duchene 3rd overall.

On July 1, 2009, they made a “splash” in free agency with the acquisition of Goaltender Craig Anderson, (a great move,) and LW David Koci. On July 3, 2009, they acquired D-man Kyle Quincy, D-man Tom Preissing and a 5th round draft pick from Los Angeles for Ryan Smythe. Then they went about re-signing some of their players that they hadn’t yet come to terms with.

Fascinating, isn’t it?

Bob

January 10th, 2010
9:24 am

Anderson said to Derwood during play last night, that he was going to start holding guys accountable and withholding playing time.

Um, ok, so when exactly did he do that? By sending Moose out there to start the 2nd after he stunk it up in the 1st and took his club out of the game? When he sat Kovy for the rest of the game after his piss poor effort, once again? When he sat Hainsey and White for their half hearted efforts?

Accountability? None. When the players see a GM like Waddell keep his job after clearly being incompetent, why would they care? Actually, they’re probably dogging it on purpose in an effort to be traded?

Want to know what Ovy said to Kovy after the game? Probably something like, cheer up, you only have 1 month left of this.

B. Thenet

January 10th, 2010
9:45 am

The problems with the Thrashers are from the top down.

I cannot blame the coaches or players for being bad, they have been set up to fail with the poor job Don Waddell and his staff has done in assembling the team.

When your ownership sends the message they do not care about winning, by continuing to employ a management team that is on its 2nd attempt to build the team from the bottom up….and looks to be approaching attempt #3 once Kovalchuk is traded by Don Waddell for a handful of magic beans.

How as a player can you commit to playing until it hurts, when you know at the end of the day the organization does not reward hard work….but instead rewards failure and shoddy work ethics?

They say a good team plays for the name on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back of it. Our best players play for the name on the back of their jerseys, because the name of the organization on the front is not worthy of the effort.

Russian

January 10th, 2010
9:48 am

**to Bob**
“Want to know what Ovy said to Kovy after the game? Probably something like, cheer up, you only have 1 month left of this.

I bet he said it. Also he said, come and play with my team. :-(

World Be Free

January 10th, 2010
10:00 am

Bill-we need 2 refrigerators for the milk cartons required for this club. My boy Chris Thorburn still works hard and drives to the net. Chris reminds of the band that kept playing on the bridge as the bow of the Titantic was sinking into the Atlantic.

Smoothie-here’s another one for you, the trade of Daryl Lamonica for Tom Flores. Flores, as a Bill could barely get the ball over the line of scrimmage. Daryl, “The Mad Bomber” did exactly that in Oakland FOR YEARS. Lamonica ended up in the World Football League. Flores went back to Oakland and won a Super Bowl as a coach. If that doesn’t make you wanna drink more (this morning) or make you sick, nothing will.

Tincup9

January 10th, 2010
10:03 am

I don’t know how much longer I can do this. I am tired of being at a home game with 1/3 of the fans wearing the opposing teams jersey. I am tired of reading the next day about the ‘lack of effort’. The only upside for me last night was that I left when it was 6 to 1. This board is the closes thing I have to group therapy.

I hope ownership reads this board. Not for the fire Waddell advice (although sound), or the trade advice but for the fact this board and others like it represent the CORE hockey fans in Atlanta. They are alienating us.

Hotrod

January 10th, 2010
10:03 am

Nice size crowd last nite to see if a win streak could be mustered albeit a challenge with the Caps.

Loud buzzer please :EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEH !!!!!!!!

Funniest line I heard last nite in my section came from a teenage group when attendees headed for the door at 6-1 :

” Where are ya’ll going? You are going to miss the shootout!”

Jimbo

January 10th, 2010
10:05 am

As long as Donnie Brilliance cozily sits in the GM seat, ACCOUNTABILITY is a word that will never appear in the Thrash dictionary.

Tom

January 10th, 2010
10:09 am

The only leadership our beloved Captain provided last night was in the +/- column. -3 that is.

World Be Free

January 10th, 2010
10:09 am

Brendan-it wasn’t always like that in Buffalo. Ownership failed for years, fans gave up and the team almost went under. But you’re talking about a hockey town, where the game is stronger than the problems the team faced earlier in the decade. The fans in mass demanded better and got it.

In addition, the hockey coverage in Buffalo is real good, from television, to print media and the local (MSG) coverage on cable. The Thrashers don’t get that kind of coverage here in Atlanta, so it’s hard to maintain “heat” on management. Darcy Regier still does not do call in shows in Buffalo. He takes as much, if not more heat that Don Waddell takes in Atlanta.

Miami Screaming Eagle

January 10th, 2010
10:20 am

This club was playing well early in the season. Then the spector of Kovy’s contract became more a more the lead news story. As the story grew, the fortunes of the team sank. There is a direct link between the contract, the rumors and the failures of this team.

Why doesn’t anyone running this team see that? How blind, deaf and dumb can these people be?

HookyBob

January 10th, 2010
10:25 am

Perhaps the NHL should consider merging two struggling franchises. (This is not without precedent.) Florida, Carolina, Nashville, and Phoenix all come to mind as possible “merge partners” for our boys in blue. As with most mergers, it would be a great time to keep the best mgmt, coaches, etc. Not sure how the team’s hometown would be decided though.

World Be Free

January 10th, 2010
10:28 am

That Vancouver-Calgary game was great last night! Nice to come home to after the debacle at Blueland. Two teams that played a hard fought game all the way. Please, please get us Dion Phaneuf. He’s not “The Man” in Calgary anymore which makes him available.

Tommy Tubberville over Mike Leach? The folks at Texas Tech are smoking something. Last night’s real insult is watching the Cow-Fags win. I hate the Dallas Cowbiys.

LAC

January 10th, 2010
10:56 am

Brenden, Boy did you hit the nail on the head… Same with Phoenix, they parted ways with the GREATEST players ever… not the greatest coach and they have close to 60 points I believe.

Look at us, hire a coach with a bad system and the SAME GM for years.
Look at Vancouver a few years back firing Dave Nonis, REMEMBER HIM ?

They are tied in the Northwest…

Like Brenden says, Why can WE not change ? Why can don waddell NOT be fired ? He has no record and he never does anything to help the team and this contract MESS is just that a MESS !

Why do we deserve this, a lot of loyal fans are DAMN tired of waddell, spirit CLOWNS and a constant BAD team.

We need 6 new defensemen, no exceptions get rid of all of them, it’s NUTS ! First to go zach b. WORST defenseman in NHL !

R. Stroz

January 10th, 2010
11:02 am

Anyone attending Casino Night should bring an empty milk container, put a picture of the Thrasher that he/she thinks is most deserving of having their picture on the container(such as Kovy, White, Kozlov), and hand the container to the player.

Everyone should bring an additional milk container with Don Waddell’s picture and hand one to Waddell.

DWTOO

January 10th, 2010
11:04 am

Well, we were excited aft er the win on thursday night and went ahead and bought Casino Night tickets. BIG MISTAKE. They probably can’t deal cards either.

Well, now for the good news. In the past MRSDWTOO and I have been a jinx to whoever’s table we sit at. Savard, Vigier, Balnger(sp?), Perrin, Recchi, Dupuis – all gone after we sit at their table. Although it did take an extra year for Perrin to exit. We even joked about it with Pascal and he just laughed. Maybe he should be sending us part of his SC check?

So, I’m torn this year between Whitey and Kovy. Perhaps we could speed the process along for these two. Know it’s a bit late, but, we’re also open for suggestions. Als, we’re open for bribes. If you don’t want us at your favorite players table please forward some funds and we’ll stay away.

Red Light

January 10th, 2010
11:08 am

Anyone attending Casino Night should have their head examined for shelling out $150 or $200; although the Thrashers Foundation is the only meaningful hockey-related initiative in town, outside of this blog!

Baldheaded Thrasher

January 10th, 2010
11:11 am

I cannot see any reason to sign #17, no way do you pay the big bucks for a one dimensional player.

I cannot see any reason not to fire Anderson and Waddell.

I cannot see any reason to keep #13 on the 2nd line…only good for shoot-outs.

Team hasn’t played well in over a month and the only thing consistent is the lack of wins.

I never thought I’d wish for KL to hvae another try, but we have nothing and I mean nothing to lose.

Glad I left when it was 5-1, got to the car and it was 6-1 and turned the radio off…wife asks why I didn’t want to listen to the rest of the game?

A game is a competion between two teams, sadly ATL hasn’t put a team on ice since Nov…everyone needs to look in the mirror. The owner’s need to send a message to this town line Arthur Blank did.

Disgusted Fan

Smoothie

January 10th, 2010
11:12 am

Stroz – u going tonite? Unfortch, I bought tkts. I think I will try to hook up with DWTOO and help usher out Kovy into the street. I’d gladly hail him a cab to the airport at this point. Just trade him already! We’ve hit rock-bottom and 10 out 11 is horrible. What is worse is no regulation wins in what, 20 tries now?

Good God Almighty!

Darkhorse

January 10th, 2010
11:14 am

So is anyone going to give Waddell a punch in the face for all of the frustrated fans out here?

R. Stroz

January 10th, 2010
11:17 am

Smoothie – I’m not attending, which is probably a good thing, since I don’t hold my tongue very well.

Mr. Heat Miser

January 10th, 2010
11:22 am

The 24 oz. Molsons are back at Beers of the World. They were much needed last night.

ThrashDawg

January 10th, 2010
11:24 am

“This club was playing well early in the season. Then the spector of Kovy’s contract became more a more the lead news story. As the story grew, the fortunes of the team sank. There is a direct link between the contract, the rumors and the failures of this team.”

100% agree! I guess the GM and the coach was OK when we were winning at the begining of the year. Now it is the coach and GM who is at fault when they are not. Kovy has created his own posse and now they are collectively sinking the ship becuase he realizes the Thrashers will not be blackmailed into making him the highest paid player in the NHL. The GM needs to ship Kovy and the rest of his posse out of Dodge ASAP. If this is done and things do not change then clean house including GM and coach at the end of the year. IMHO