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

Lee

January 10th, 2010
11:27 am

Yeah, I went last night, awful….I left early. And guess who scored?? Todd White! Yay! Guess who played like crap??? Ilya Kovalchuk!

Lee

January 10th, 2010
11:29 am

LAC-You said Bogo is the worst D man ever, ya, um, he’s been injured.

R. Stroz

January 10th, 2010
11:33 am

Since the Monster Trucks were at the dome last night, I have a few good blog titles for the Thrasher game and current Kovy situation:

1) Capitals Impose Maximum Destruction On Thrashers

2) Kovy’s Play Is A Grave Digger For The Coach.

3) Monster Mutt Doesn’t Dog It As Much As Kovalchuk

Chris

January 10th, 2010
11:33 am

It’s going to be downright ACKWARD at Casino Night tonight.

R. Stroz

January 10th, 2010
11:34 am

Lee – Todd White didn’t score. The goal was awarded to Afinogenov after further review.

Krust

January 10th, 2010
11:37 am

Sad! stayed till the final buzzer. Fire Anderson and get that hard ass Bob Hartley back in there.

B. Thenet

January 10th, 2010
11:37 am

Why would it be awkward at Casino Night, the Thrashers always stink…especially this time of year.

Smoothie

January 10th, 2010
11:38 am

Stroz – I feel you man. I will need to avoid certain players like the plague (Kozzy, White, Hainsey, Kovy etc) because of what I might say with a few beers in me. I better avoid the brown stuff tonite! Think I’ll just camp out at Marty Reasoner’s table and shoot the breeze with The Party about western NY.

WBF – Darryl Lamonica was a bit before my time, but I suffered my share through the early and mid-80’s. I sometimes really get a deep longing in my heart for Joe Ferguson and Robb Riddick, who was my favorite Bill until Reed, Thermal and Bruce came along. The Bills string of losses against Miami made our streak of futility against Philly look like a minor bump in the road! I’ll never forget losing to the Jets in the 1980 (or was it ‘79) wildcard playoff game when I was 6 years old. I’ve never cried so much in my life. Had I been 26, I think I might have consumed an entire case of beer. After the 4th Super Bowl loss in ‘93, I stormed into my dorm room, ripped the Jim Kelly poster off my wall and declared that I was done with the Buffalo Bills. Well, I didn’t officially ween myself off of the self-torture until after the Rob Johnson / Doug Flutie affair in ‘98 and ‘99. But then I had the great foresight and good fortune of getting suckered in by Michael Vick and his band of derelicts from Va Tech. Followed his stupid ass to Atlanta and got myself a new addiction for 5 years!! I also follow Wake Forest so that might tell you something about the degree of suffering I can tolerate. Hey, at least they have a soccer natl championship and a field hockey 3-peat!! Wooo hoooo!

World Be Free

January 10th, 2010
11:58 am

Smoothie-watching 4 consecutive Super Bowl losses changed my outlook on all sports teams. Take it too seriously and you will lose your mind.
I was at the Bills’ game in 1980 that snapped the Bills bad misfortunes with the Dolphins. We should have beat them in ‘79 if Tom Dempsey hadn’t missed a chip shot.

I dislike what’s happening to the Thrashers, my new home team, but I can’t take it too seriously. I have bills to pay at home that are not tied to the team’s fortunes. Have a great Sunday watching real football teams go for the gold.

Tough watching the New Jersey Jets win last night too!

LAC

January 10th, 2010
12:07 pm

Well lee, if so he needs to be on IR. Did you see how out of position
we was last night on several occasions ? He may be young, but he has gone down hill FAST, look at the kid in LA, a LOT better.

All I am saying his play this season has been terrible, just go to the replays and watch him, a creampuff, hardly hits, out of position and
so on… tough to watch !

Gwinnett Fred

January 10th, 2010
12:15 pm

You know, I don’t blame the team for me wasting $200 to go to the game last night and be totally infuriated at a total waste of money – I blame myself. I should know better by now.

Mediocre teams cannot put in substandard efforts or 8-1 is the result that will happen.

I’m done for the year – I will not waste any more money watching those overpaid bums stink up the Philips ice.

Too bad Ted Turner doesn’t own the Thrash – he would have given everybody there a free ticket to another game like he did with the Braves back in the ’70’s.

Barry

January 10th, 2010
12:38 pm

I think it’s time for Waddell to go and let Dudley take over. Sorry to say this but I also think it’s time for Anderson to go as well. His systems are not working and the team doesn’t believe in them anymore. They busted their butts in the first period and were down 3-0. That would put doubt in any players mind about the systems you are running and what you are trying to do on the ice. The whole team is just confused and clueless out there on both ends of the ice. There we so many Caps forwards wide open and driving the net with no real defensive coverage by anybody. I kinda feel bad for Kane, Antropov, and Max who are having to live through this mess of Atlanta Thrashers hockey.

Mrs. Zoomo

January 10th, 2010
12:54 pm

Does anyone have a pen for Kovy?

YeaaThrashers

January 10th, 2010
1:38 pm

This was a winnable game, we had the Caps on their heals in the first period. Really just a few defensive lapses and some questionable calls/no calls. If we play them in the playoffs, we’ll win in 7.

Lee

January 10th, 2010
1:46 pm

R. Stroz- Oh, Thanks, I didn’t really relize it.

LAC- I agree, he was out of position, but you can’t blame just him. It was the whole team, and yes, our season has been terrible. If we don’t do something fast,we’ll be in Winnipeg.

Paminski

January 10th, 2010
1:46 pm

stendec – Hanson brothers. You might be on to something. Maybe on a line with hockey-chick Alyssa Milano.

Man, you guys are harsh. Good thing the team absolutely 100% deserves it. I watched on TV last night and found myself chanting “Let’s go, Slater!”

Rawhide

January 10th, 2010
2:14 pm

Good afternoon all…nice to see we can vent here instead of kicking the cat.

I thought of something today…there is one clear sign we can look to in order to find out that the Kovy contract talks have indeed come to an impass and a trade is near, (assuming that’s not already the case now). When Kovalchuk’s image is removed from the Thrashers web site, it’s done…

Remember 2 years ago when Marian Hossa was pictured with Kovy and Lehtonen on the web site’s main page, then one day Hossa’s image went…poof…shortly before the trade deadline???

Uh-huh…well, keep an eye on that.

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

RStroz – I will remind you that the whole point of putting someone’s picture on a milk carton is so that the public might be able to assist in finding them. I assure you, if DW goes “missing” from Thrasherville…most of us do not want him found and returned.

Does anyone have a pen for Kovy?

Mrs. Zoomo – LOL :lol: … Ya know, last night before the game we were indeed joking about tossing a pen over the glass for Kovy. For the first time ever, though….today I woke up and am quite comfortable with the concept of trading him.

This was a winnable game, we had the Caps on their heals in the first period. Really just a few defensive lapses and some questionable calls/no calls. If we play them in the playoffs, we’ll win in 7.

Yaaa Thrashers – Atlanta is now 0-3 versus the Caps so far this year and have allowed 17 goals to them in those games. All three of those games were home games for the Thrashers, too.

I’m sorry…but the Caps would sweep our butts out of the playoffs if we were so fortunate to make them.

Junk not Trunk

January 10th, 2010
2:18 pm

From the Washington Post’s blog:

“I hope this humiliating (awesome) defeat (victory) further decimates the miniscule fanbase of the doomed and illogical Thrashers franchise, and pushes it that much closer to selling out to Jim Balsillie, so he can FINALLY give the good people of southern Ontario the hockey team they’ve needed and deserved for so long.”

Nice, huh? Though not surprising. This franchise is a laughingstock. Pure and simple.

World Be Free

January 10th, 2010
2:24 pm

Ovechkin-a few things on last night

What a floater this guy is. We get on Kovy for being a slacker. The only difference between these 2 guys right now is that Ovie plays on a better team.

He hit Kane with an obvious high crosscheck in the 2nd period and doesn’t get a penalty. 2 refs just looked at him.

Finally, during the pregame warmup, my daughter was taking pictures on Ovechkin begind the goal. The Caps’ fans begind the glass told us he doesn’t like people taking pictures of him. He started firing pucks against the glass where my daughter was standing. She didn’t flinch-she just laughed at him for being an idiot.

Brendan

January 10th, 2010
2:25 pm

In all due respect, the best post of the year was not the one complaining that Todd White has a contract and Ilya doesn’t. It’s this 9:45AM post from B.Thenet that gets my nomimination:

http://blogs.ajc.com/iceman-thrashers-blog/2010/01/10/capitals-build-snowman-in-atlanta/#comment-17651

Rawhide

January 10th, 2010
2:29 pm

In all due respect, the best post of the year was not the one complaining that Todd White has a contract and Ilya doesn’t. It’s this 9:45AM post from B.Thenet that gets my nomimination:

Brendan – We are simply taking nominations for the “2010 Rawhide Blog Quote of the Year”…if you would like, I will certainly place B.Thenet’s worthy comment into the official nomination file.

World Be Free

January 10th, 2010
3:04 pm

To add to B. Thenet’s post-watch the Vancouver/Calgary replay on NHL Network of last night’s game. These teams, to a player all played like it was a playoff game. Their teammates and fans would not have accepted anything less last night. We are not talking about an April, May or June game, we are talking about a January game. They played until they bled. In the end, it was AHL callup, Jaime Lundmark that won the game in a shootout.

That’s how first class organizations, the former Atlanta Flames win hockey games and move into first place.Enter your comments here

LAC

January 10th, 2010
3:45 pm

Right WBF, I agree 100%. Lee, If he/we are still here in five years, I bet I will be correct on zach, I really don’t think he will an NHL quality player, more of a journeyman player… Who will play for several teams.

I.C. Wiener

January 10th, 2010
3:48 pm

Rawhide: but in this case Kovy is part of the logo/slogan, so will the tell-tale sign be when Kovy’s face on “That’s the Hockey Way” is replaced with…Hartley’s? :)

12345

January 10th, 2010
3:48 pm

Where O Where are the owners these days, in a self induced drunken haze !

Red Light

January 10th, 2010
3:54 pm

Beg to differ on Bogo. 19 year-olds aren’t all Bobby Orrs and it takes time to develop the NHL instincts particular with a rag-tag bunch of defensive forwards playing along with you. He can skate, he has size, he can pass some and his shot accuracy will improve with time, as will his leadership. Be patient. He ain’t no Joel Kwiatkowski!

Nikita

January 10th, 2010
3:59 pm

*Remember 2 years ago when Marian Hossa was pictured with Kovy and Lehtonen on the web site’s main page, then one day Hossa’s image went…poof…shortly before the trade deadline???*

Yes, indeed. Also, I have managed to scoop the press releases many a time by checking out the roster on the team site — for some reason the web updater guy seems to get the info and upload it sometimes faster than it hits the wire, particularly on acquisitions. So, um, fingers crossed that Dion Phaneuf shows up on the roster any minute now. Or whatever.

Last night’s game was very disappointing. That’s all I gotta say. Well, actually:

1. Anderson needs to sit Schubert occasionally. He was irresponsible last night and it cost us.

2. Is there some reason we can’t bring Nathan Oystrick back to give us a little stability on D? Some of the D looks good. In fact, Toby usually looks great and he was the sole bright spot in last night’s game. But as a whole, the group is flailing.

3. Also, for missed calls, Peverly got high sticked something wicked at the end of the 2nd — he went down and holding his face for the last few minutes. There was no call.

World Be Free

January 10th, 2010
4:09 pm

Nikita, I can’t agree on Schubert, but I would like to see Nathan.

As a former player, I can tell you that you need your goaltender making routine stops. When your goalie is off, it impacts your entire game, especially against a superior team like Washington.

Brian Pothier did his job last night-another former Thrasher made good.

Cup Guy

January 10th, 2010
4:10 pm

Quick post. Practice is tomorrow at 10AM. I will be there… with my skates. I would encourage all you other people who keep talking to bring yours also. It is time for the stupid players of this team to hear personally from its fan base what we think. You guys can talk all you want on here. But those that have the guts and courage to go out there and really tell them, well that is a true fan. Those are the ones that can make a difference. I hope that I am not the only one there. Someone needs to stand up to these lazy players. They get paid millions to play a sport they love. I get paid less then $20,000 a year and spend about $2.000 of that on hockey. I’m a hard working american who loves something and will sponsor it. These are lazy men who play (Show up for) a sport they love and disrespect fans like me and you. They don’t give a darn about you, or me, or rawhide, or anyone else who shows up to support them. I still carry my cup around because there is a little fan (Cup Guy Jr) who loves to hold it up. He loves to get on TV and he loves hockey. If it werent for him I wouldnt keep bringing it with me. I love hockey and will always support it. Again bring your words, skates, and anything you can think of to practice tomorrow. Shows these boys what this team means to you and how they are disrespecting you.

the fish

January 10th, 2010
5:25 pm

Using “accountablility” and “Thrashers” in the same sentence is a joke. There hasn’t been accountability in this organization since day one. The fish rots from the head down, and what we have in Phillips Arena is a rotting fish!!!! Haven’t regretted for a second giving up my season tickets. I feel bad for the suckers who have stuck it out. The Spirit should fire themselves!!!!! Bums; all of them!!!!!!!

Brendan

January 10th, 2010
5:55 pm

If you MISSED it the 1st time around, the NHL Network is airing the OVERTIME of the Gold Medal game between the USA vs. Canada RIGHT NOW!!!

Brendan

January 10th, 2010
6:05 pm

Rawhide, I do indeed. That B.Thenet post, from 9:45AM, at least has to be in the hopper, spinnin’ round with the others, when the winner is drawn. I’m not sure we’ll get a better post all year. Though, WBF posts quite a few gems, himself!

Cornbread

January 10th, 2010
6:15 pm

Kovolchuk has quit the Thrashers and the Thrashers have quit playing as a result.

I never thought he’d pull a Marianne Hosa but it is apparent that is what has been going on for the past month. At the end of November when the Thrashers were hot and the talk of Vesus and NHL network, everyone was saying how it was a “done deal” with the Thrashers and their “superstar”. Now, the only mentions are back to the same ol’ same ol’ “how terrible the Thrashers are” and the “impasse” with the one dimensional Kapitan.

Trade him. Trade him now.

Eric Perrin

January 10th, 2010
7:03 pm

While we’re at it, can I get traded, too?

sisu

January 10th, 2010
7:07 pm

Here is the latest on the saga of Kovy…looks like he might be going soon.

http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=305432

Brendan

January 10th, 2010
7:13 pm

Eric Perrin wants to be traded off of his KHL team?

dj

January 10th, 2010
7:44 pm

My wife and I debated about going to the game last night. I decided not to go because I had just spent Thursday in Pasadena. (Roll Tide). I work 50-60 hours a week. My wife is currently in grad school in savannah and I live in Atlanta. We get to see each other only on the weekends. We were going to spend around 100-150 dollars last night for tickets,food, drinks, etc.. I AM SO HAPPY WE DECIDED AGAINST IT. Whenever a team gets beat like that, it’s because of a lack of effort. I work in the medical field and if I have a lack of effort like that then people die. I’m not saying they all quit. But, it seems to me that Kovy contract is affecting the team, it really is the only thing that has changed b/w the start of the season and now. I love Kovy. I want to name my first son Kovy. I do. But, he has to step and decide that he will be the franchise leader of this team for years go to come or not. DW responsibility is to tell Kovy he has a week. If not, he’s traded. It’s time. The next week is when the season will be saved or lost.

Brendan

January 10th, 2010
7:44 pm

Well Sisu, one blogger at TSN.ca suggested the Kostitsyn Brothers and Halak for Kovy, with the arguement that Montreal wanted Kovy BADLY on Draft Day 2001. Which is true. Montreal offered ANY 5 players off their roster for Kovalchuk, but Waddell had the good sense to say “no” to that. See, I credit Don when he gets something right. A stupider GM would have done it.

I suspect that Waddell is trying like heck to have “friendly negotiations” with Grossman. But really, through back channels, Waddell should be shopping him with his “most trusted” GM fraternity brothers. Don’t kid yourselves. Aside from the new GM’s on the scene, all the other GM’s know Don Waddell very well. He’s been at it for eleven years! And, from ALL accounts, he’s WELL-LIKED by his fraternity brothers. Truth be told, they sympathize with him and his situation in Atlanta. They wouldn’t swap GM chairs with Waddell if the bet were on NOT WINNING the next Mega Millions lottery draw. The other GM’s wouldn’t want to take a chance that the 176 million to 1 odds might come in, and force them to run the Thrashers for a living, as financed by the Atlanta Spirit, LLC.

If negotiations turn sour, I mean truly bitter, Waddell can trade Kovalchuk to places like Phoenix and Edmonton. The Oilers are somewhere near the bottom of the Western Conference, so … they might not be in BUYING mode. But Phoenix could use an infusion of Kovalchuk to energize their fanbase. The Coyotes are something like 4th or 5th in the Western Conference, if you can believe that. So, that’d be a real message of commitment towards WINNING A PLAYOFF SERIES for that franchise. And before you think I’m kidding, FOR REAL, the Coyotes/Jets franchise has won all of two (2) playoff series in their ENTIRE HISTORY, dating back to 1979-80 in the NHL. They are the L.A. Clippers of hockey. Getting Kovy would be huge for them. But what can they offer us?? Draft picks?? They need everyone they got on their roster to make the playoffs. And we’re not interested in their 3rd and 4th line castaways. We’ve got enough of those types of players anyway. And I don’t say Yandle. Yandle’s one of the few young players in their system. To quit on him NOW, to “rent” Kovalchuk, is genuine stupidity. Kovy won’t re-sign in the desert. I have little doubt that the Coyotes might entertain the idea of a Max Contract for Kovy, but that deal dooms both parties. The Yotes don’t have the finances to meet the floor of the cap, must less the ceiling. They survive on revenue-sharing dollars. And their ownership is just as unsettled as ours is. It’s an Octocluster, too! So … that’s a “rental” situation. But, if the Coyotes would really put up a few 1st rounders, I think it’s at least something to look at.

LAC

January 10th, 2010
8:03 pm

Tampa beat NJ tonight, moving Atlanta to third in the SE and 11th or 12th in the East I believe.

With Carolina winning, they are getting closer to us as well.

Florida should be ahead of us by next week at this time.

Gary Bettman at TB/NJ game, wonder when he will be here to try and save the long suffering hockey fans of Atlanta.

Made me ILL hearing how The Village Idiot waddell played the crowd
at this Casino thing tonight, Let’s hope it’s his last.

And… Those moving rumors are heating up again, Winnipeg seems to be where the Thrashers will end up.

Real simple spirit clowns, put a Winning team on the ice and fans WILL come, continue doing nothing and they will get smaller and smaller.
But then we all know how simple minded these owners are, can they tie their shoes yet ?

sisu

January 10th, 2010
8:43 pm

it is interesting to consider Kovy could actually be a rental player who might return here…that would certainly be interesting. What ever the case I am thinking it is highly unlikely he would get 11 million a season for 10 years. I could see the 11 million for 3 to 4 seasons and then the pay dropping off each year after to somewhere around 6 to 7 million at the end?

I do not believe there are many teams that can afford that price tag.

World Be Free

January 10th, 2010
9:35 pm

I am at a loss to even come up with a good hockey entry tonight. I am beyond words, other than the propsed trade I dreamed up after 1 bottle of wine last night.

Hopefully we will wake up tomorrow with news of my proposed trade—-

That the Chicago Black Hawks have decided to trade their entire roster for the Thrashers’ roster, plus naming rights to the Chick-Fil-A Bowl (Black Hawks Bowl), 10 sacks of Krystals, Shirley Franklin (now that she’s available), 10 pounds of Wallace Brothers BBQ Pork (my favorite) and some Brunswick Stew. We can through in some Sweetwater 420 to wash it all down and replace that horrible Old Style beer they drink in Chicago.

Good night

Pinball34

January 10th, 2010
10:40 pm

I bet Casino Night was fun…

Brendan

January 10th, 2010
10:52 pm

Sisu, if this ownership would sit down with Kovy the way Ted Leonsis did with Ovechkin, this could all get worked out. Seriously.

But that’s not going to happen. Don Waddell is in charge of negotiations. Ownership is thrilled with Don Waddell. Kovy can’t say, “We want to negotiate with a different GM.” Kovy cannot tell ownership, “Sell the team to someone local, who knows hockey, and I’ll sign.” These are the things that Kovalchuk cannot do. As much as he very well may like Atlanta, he wants three things that aren’t happening here, (1) good ownership and (2) to win the Stanley Cup, and (3) to really get PAID with a contract that announces him as one of the PREMIER players in the league.

Well, three strikes says he’s out. And I can’t blame him. It’s more of an indictment of the ownership and Waddell, than it is of hockey fans in this city. Or the City, itself.

R. Stroz

January 10th, 2010
11:03 pm

Smoothie and/or J.B. – Did either of you “read any tells” tonight regarding Kovy/Kubina/Armstrong/Slater/Lehtonen/Afinogenov/Little contract negotiations?

Did anyone give Todd White an autographed picture of Rawhide holding a milk carton with Todd White’s picture it?

BG33Brown

January 10th, 2010
11:14 pm

Just returned from casino night. had a great time, just like last year. Of course it took everything I have not to bitch at waddell or anyone else i talked to.

I heard that the offer to kovy is 100M for 12 years. 8.333/yr. Don’t konw where that relates to what is being asked for from Grossman. But if you could get him for that, would you take it?

I hesitantly say yes.

Hockey Biltong

January 10th, 2010
11:19 pm

I will bring a white flag from now on, in case an effort like Saturday night gets repeated. And I will wave it, to show the fans and the team how we are surrendering, pitifully, weakly , swirling down the drain known as the 2009 season.

Smoothie

January 11th, 2010
12:33 am

Nothing much to reports save for the fact that Marty Reasoner was as personable and as charismatic as you could hope for at a function such as this. We got lots of good pictures and even gained access to the “VIP” section where Kovy, Bryan Little, JA and a few others were hiding out. We got upstairs, summoned Toby Enstrom to track down Bryan for a picture and proceeded to wait for him to finish a conversation he was having with a well-appointed gentleman who could have been Bryan’s grandfather. During the entire time we were upstairs, and we did lay eyes on Slava Kozlov, we did not see hide nor hair of one Ilya Valeryvich Kovalchuk. We saw him at the brief introduction ceremony at which he seemed to be in good spirits (unlike some of the guys), but after that, he flat out vanished. We saw EVERYONE at some point in the evening and managed to get just about everyone’s picture EXCEPT for anyone within the Russian contingent. Although regrettably, we were culpable for not pursuing Nik Antropov who was entertaining quite a throng of people at his BJ table in the middle of the action. All of the players we met were affable and gracious (although Toby seemed completely terrified) and had no problem smiling and chatting a bit. BTW, Schubert is a freakin’ hoot. He could not have been a nicer more enjoyable person. I told him to light up his old team Tuesday night and launch a bomb that exploded in the back of the net behind Brian Elliott.

Folks, Kovy is gone. It’s just a matter of time now. Waddell was a man of very few words tonite. His mind is surely quite preoccupied right now. Let’s hope he ends this fiasco sooner than later.

scottbravesfan

January 11th, 2010
3:38 am

FIRE WADDELL!!!

World Be Free

January 11th, 2010
5:51 am

Smoothie-good to hear Marty keeps up the Western New York trandition of being a good guy.
I haven’t heard any news of my trade proposal.

DWTOO

January 11th, 2010
8:01 am

Casino Night was it’s usual good time. We sat with Colby Armstrong who was is quartet of Bogosian, Peverly, and Kozlov. He’s very personable and feigned disgust when we told him about the curse. Also made fun of Pevs and Bogo when one of the ladies was holding a waiter tip. Said Bogo would take off his shirt for the buck.

Did anyone notice that Kovy almost slipped, as several players almost did, on the stairs during the introductions? That would be a headline!

Kovy disappeared and the short while he was on the floor his table was mobbed and Whitey didn’t appear too interested.