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

Russian

January 11th, 2010
8:14 am

**to Smoothie**
“Folks, Kovy is gone. It’s just a matter of time now”
Why do you think so? I just try to find out any news about it. I read on 4-th period that Lambardi (GM Kings) is coming to Atlanta. I am just wondering.
**BG33Brown** said that he heard something about years and Money.
If you can share with me it will be great.
Thanks

LAC

January 11th, 2010
8:16 am

Noticed Casino night photo’s, Not too many people at todd whites table !

World Be Free

January 11th, 2010
8:22 am

Lombardi was supposedly in Atlanta on a scouting trip. Not sure how much anybody would have to scout Kovy to know what he can do in the right situation.

I hope a deal can still be done. I know Kovy has taken some hits on our blog for some time. But he is a rare talent. In the right situation, he could be a difference maker, which is what he was here earlier in the season.

Most of us were positive earlier in the season, up until the Kovy negotiation became a major distraction. The money doesn’t mean as much to me as getting this over with and moving forward.

A contract is desired, but if a trade is the final outcome, then it needs to take place soon so we can move forward.

J.B.

January 11th, 2010
8:26 am

I played blackjack at kovy’s table for at least an hour and had a great time. I didn’t talk contract negotiations with him or anyone else. He was in great spirits and seemed like he was having a great time to me. (If he dealt cards in vegas, I’d never have to work again.) I figured why bring it up when I know he doesn’t want to be asked about it. I also sat with Max & Antropov who were equally forgiving with their dealing and payouts. All the players were extremely personable and I didn’t see anyone appear to not be having a good time. Got lots of photos with at least a dozen players. I hope someone got video of Schubert dancing; it’d be youtube gold. Another funny thing of note… Not sure if it was the language barrier or alcohol intake but when I asked Salmela if I could get a picture, he took my camera and snapped a photo of someone else standing near him. A lovely lady in his company explained what I was asking. If you’re reading this, thanks; and yes I did finally get a picture with him. Excellent Excellent Excellent evening. Always a lot of fun.

Dwayne

January 11th, 2010
9:04 am

Time to trade kovy and start the new 5 year plan.

DWTOO

January 11th, 2010
9:04 am

Thanks J.B. Now if we could just photo shop a picture of Rawhide sitting at White’s table.

Dwayne

January 11th, 2010
9:11 am

kovy was my best good friend, and even i know that doesn’t come along often, and thats all i have to say about that.

Matt

January 11th, 2010
9:23 am

Pleeeeeeesssseee FIRE WADDELL now. Thank you.

Matt

January 11th, 2010
9:24 am

Ahem, sorry about the spelling there, but it’s so cold in my office that the “A” key is stuck.

Ice Daddy

January 11th, 2010
9:29 am

Thanks, Bill for making me laugh with your blog title. I was at the game and it was painful to watch. I kept looking for positives and the only thing I saw was that we were winning the SOG battle. My momma taught me right and told me if I don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. So I guess I’m done for today’s blog.

TableHockey

January 11th, 2010
9:33 am

I find it interesting how much information DW is giving the press in regards to the negotiations with Kovalchuk. I wonder if he is trying to force a response so he can move forward one way or the other? If memory serves he was pretty tight lipped during the Hossa negotiations.

Thrashers27

January 11th, 2010
10:19 am

Casino Night was awesome! I also noticed that nobody wanted to play at White’s table. I played at Enstrom’s, Kari’s, Bogosian’s, Thorburn’s and Moose’s tables. Moose is awesome! Just a great guy who seemed to be genuinely engaging. All the guys seemed like they were having a good time.

Kari said he thinks he’ll be back in a couple of weeks.

Nobody was talking about the “big red elephant” in the room. (Kovy’s contract status.) I did however notice that Kovy was noteably absent from the event. He worked his table early on, but disappeared earlier than most of the other players and wasn’t around for the auctions as most of the rest of the players were. Take that for what you will, but I think it says a little something.

Smoothie

January 11th, 2010
10:34 am

J.B. – good to hear that Kovy was having fun and hamming it up at his BJ table. I assumed he would be in the VIP area, but didn’t see him up there when we tracked down Bryan a couple hours in. I never would’ve guessed his table would be up towards the front of the venue. And since I bolted for the “grand ballroom” to hang with Marty, I did not get the chance to scout out the Russian contingent. Although my lovely g/friend, 10 Spot, did notice that Nik A was entertaining a large group when she passed by.

I spotted Max briefly but was too busy chatting with EK and his dad Perry (BTW, Mr. Kane could not have been a more pleasant man and his son is a damn fine young man as well) to get a photo-op. But later in the evening when we were just milling around “mixing and mingling”, we pretty much noticed every player was participating but Kovy was the one notable exception (along with Max). But at least he had a good time for a little while. If he knows in his heart that his time is drawing to a close here in ATL, it must’ve been tough for him to enjoy it to the fullest.

Russian – it is simply my gut feeling telling me that Kovy is gone. A LOT of rumor mongering that I don’t recall happening when Hossa was in this situation. Perhaps I wasn’t following as closely, but Custance did a pretty good job keeping his finger on the pulse of that story. I just dont’ see how a team that showed such promise slips into a deep malaise of futility for a month plus without Kovy’s contract status not being the main reason. Obviously our goaltending has really taken a dive, but there’s more than meets the eye here. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

On Lombardi – if this were to happen, I think it would be a great fit for all involved. I could see Kovy signing with LA come July after a successful “test drive” and hopefully a playoff run with the Kings. The Kings have a deep reservoir of assets and talent, but there are certain players who still haven’t gotten to where Lombardi hoped (e.g. Frolov or even Dustin Brown). But Frolov is the most logical trade bait along with perhaps a prospect and a throw-in like Wayne Simmonds, whom the Kings may not be able to pay commensurately due to their salary cap pinch. I would be fine with a Kovy & Thorburn (and affordable replacement for Simmonds) swap for Frolov, Simmonds, Randy Jones (shed more salary) and a top prospect.

Miami Screaming Eagle

January 11th, 2010
10:40 am

I guess Dudley was not there last night?

J.B.

January 11th, 2010
10:51 am

While Kovy was there, he was great. He did the same thing last year- dealt for about an hour and then headed up to the VIP area. I noticed Nicole never came downstairs at all. His table was in the exact same spot right up front also. I knew ahead of time that if I wanted to play cards with Ilya & get a picture with him it was going to have to happen at the very beginning of the night. I had a feeling he was going to vanish again last night but honestly I don’t think it had anything to do with the contract thing… just par for the course for him. He, Max, and Nik were very entertaining in my opinion. All three found numerous and humerous ways for the players to cheat…uh, I mean do very well :-)

J.B.

January 11th, 2010
11:17 am

… you know I didn’t think about it, but no, I didn’t see Dudley last night at all.

Bob

January 11th, 2010
11:39 am

Hopefully Dudley is out scouting the pro games for the trades that are on the table. Let Don do the schmooze fest and let Dudley do the real work, that’s the best scenario.

I would love a sign and trade with the Kings, that’s how we could maximize the return on Kovy.

Speaking of whom, I am so over Kovy and his floating, good riddance. The guy can shoot a puck, whoopee. Hockey players need to play in all 3 zone, and he just doesn’t do it. He can’t even do the shootout, all he has is a wicked wicked one timer and wrister, that’s it.

Russian

January 11th, 2010
11:43 am

Thank you Smoothie for explanation. :-)

World Be Free

January 11th, 2010
12:23 pm

Smoothie, I see your points on Kovy. As for the multiple rumors, there are so many rumor sites and blogs out there today that did not exist before the salary cap. The cap has restricted trades so much that these sources have nothing to talk about. So when they get something that is slightly juicy, the work the rumor pretty hard. Safe to safe Kovy and his possibile availability is pretty juicy.

Who knows where we stand. I thought this was close being done in November, but here we are in January looking for answers. This is the longest courtship dance I have ever seen!

Rawhide

January 11th, 2010
12:32 pm

I would love a sign and trade with the Kings, that’s how we could maximize the return on Kovy

Bob – I’m sitting here listening to Bob McKenzie on NHL Live and the Kings are the team he said is probably in the front of the line to make a deal with Kovy. They are in the best psoition given their cap space and talent that they can offer us.

Smoothie

January 11th, 2010
12:36 pm

Not to mention Bill, they are currently in 8th in a VERY competitive Western Conf race with a certain Stanley Cup contender nipping at their heels. About a month ago, the Kings had the most points in the league! Now they are fading, not as much as the Thrashers, but they are in jeopardy of losing too much ground. Perhaps desperation will set in.

Russian

January 11th, 2010
12:56 pm

Look like Chicago is out of Kovy. I just read it on Twitter.

World Be Free

January 11th, 2010
1:05 pm

No matter what anyone sez, Kovy is a star with rare talents that will not be seen around here anytime soon. Like Sam Pollack, the great GM of the Montreal Canadians once said – the team that gets the best player in a trade, wins the trade. 3 or even 4 players for 1 will not help this team, especially if part of the trade is prospects and picks. A pick in the 2010 draft will not be on the ice here for years, unless he’s a top 5 pick and I don’t see the Kings being a lottery team this year. I don’t see anything LA can offer that equals Kovy in pure talent.

Jameson

January 11th, 2010
1:11 pm

World Be Free- Very true that he would have no real need to scout Kovy, but he certainly would want to scout other pieces possibly on the move in the big deal.

lilibeter

January 11th, 2010
1:18 pm

“We felt sorry for ourselves.”

Seriously? Seriously?!?! I can remember the one time in my sports career when my team played a “feel sorry for ourselves” game. The coach took every single one of us out of the game and let our last string youngsters play. The next morning, we ran monkey-drills and suicides (Herbie’s); not until we puked though, we ran until we either grew some respect for our team or until we quit the team. Not a chick among us quit, and win or lose, every chick among us played our hearts out for the rest of that season and the rest of our careers.

Now I am not saying that adopting my coach’s method would fix what ails the Thrashers. However, I am saying that some type of drastic action needs to be taken to make our guys start playing like they care again. I am tired of seeing our guys’ shoulders slump when the opponent gets ahead. Where is the team that fought back against insurmountable odds in the third period to win time and time again? My poor fluttering heart may not have been able to handle the last-second drama that team dished out, but I’ll take that team’s effort any day over the give-up-and-roll-over effort I’ve been seeing from our team lately.

C’mon guys…you are better than this! I don’t believe that any one of our Thrashers play this game for the money…Kovy included. Right, wrong, or indifferent, I believe they play for the love of the game. Losing is not fun, and it is TOUGH to keep playing hard game after game through a losing streak. But for pete’s sake, play all 60 minutes as though you love the game! I certainly won’t like it, but as a fan, I can swallow the bitter draught of a losing streak if our guys are at least playing each and every second on the ice like they mean it.

Now yes, I am the wife that FIF referenced above as shaking her head when Moose skated back out onto the ice to start the 2nd period. Mind you, I have always liked Moose; he was just clearly seeing the puck in slow motion Saturday night. But I am also the wife who was optimistic enough to be whispering under her breath for Opie to have the game of his life when Moose got pulled and Opie was sent in, clearly as JA’s last resort. And what did I see in response? I saw Opie get smacked with three out of four goals-agaist because our defense just flat out missed an assignment and left a Cap standing wide open in front of the net. Our goalies are just not good enough to bail out our multitude of defensive breakdowns. For all the great scoring chances I am seeing us generate, our offense is having one of those runs where they simply can’t put the puck in the back of the net. That type of run can happen to everyone. But for teams to ascend to greatness, the defense has got to get after it and pick up the slack when those runs come – they have to do anything and everything necessary to shut down the opposing team’s offense. I am not seeing anything close to that happen though. I remember earlier in the season where, when our goalie would give up a rebound, our defense would swarm the net and fight to kick those loose pucks out of the defensive zone. I even remember a particular occasion when Opie was flopping around on a jaw-dropping multi-save sequence, and Bogosian jumped behind him into the open section of net, dropped into a near butterfly himself, and made a couple of critical saves.

Whether by playing good hockey or just by playing determined hockey, that was a team who fought for the win in every game. I want that team back again. I’ll support that team all the way to last place in the league, if that’s what it takes and where they wind up. I just want to see our team fight for it again.

LAC

January 11th, 2010
1:19 pm

Can we throw in don waddell in any trade ? As well as todd white…

Now that would be PROGRESS !

LAC

January 11th, 2010
1:29 pm

FYI… Check these stats, on some Kings players.

GP G A PTS PM
23 R Dustin Brown 45 10 20 30 -6 14
24 L Alexander Frolov 44 11 16 27 -11 20
17 R Wayne Simmonds 41 10 14 24 15 45
3 D Jack Johnson 44 4 12 16 -16 28

Those might be of some interest here, but the +/-’s are not too good.

Would these guys be enough ?

A LA first rounder would be below 20-25 most likely.

Just an observation…

TableHockey

January 11th, 2010
1:36 pm

If we have to trade Kovy I would prefer we trade him to the Western conf so I don’t have to watch him at Phillips too often. But if DW is looking at all options wouldn’t the flyers have some goodies to move? Maybe JVR plus a few others?

Smoothie

January 11th, 2010
1:38 pm

WBF – you make some good points about a trade involving Kovy, but I do think some of the merits can be debated. Kovy has taken his team to the playoffs all of 1 time. And he needed Marian Hossa, an overperforming Slava Kozlov, Keith Tkachuk and Alexei Zhitnik (yes, he was important after the deadline) to do it. All 4 of those players had some sort of playoff pedigree from which to draw. Not to mention Mellon-head and deVries. But it still wasn’t enough to win.

My point is when you compare Kovy to a Hossa for instance, he may be a rare talent, but he may not be in Hossa’s class when it comes to having a complete game. Does Kovy have that potential? Sure does. But he is not doing the little things that are just as important as scoring goals to help this team win. I’m not so sure I’m willing to concede that this team can’t continue to improve and eventually start winning in 2 years with some new players and more young, drafted talent.

Yeah, take Kovy away and we might not score 3.5 goals per game, but if you address other needs, like defense and goaltending, then a paradigm shift is possible. It’s just a matter of finding the right players to win games 2 to 1 and 3 to 2 in a grind-it-out, out-hustle kind of way. In my opinion, we’ve got some guys who can do that. But it will necessitate that the aging vets who can’t play like a Mark Recchi at the age of 38 get ushered out the door.

Problem is, we’ve already waited 10 years…not sure there are too many around here willing to wait another 2 – 3 years for the transformation.

Rawhide

January 11th, 2010
1:57 pm

Can we throw in don waddell in any trade ? As well as todd white…

LAC – We would probably have to add more players, picks and prospects into the deal as “sweatener” in order to get anyone to take those two off our hands. :lol:

Honestly…if YOU were a GM, would you take the $2.4 mil hit to the cap for what White brings?

Alan R.

January 11th, 2010
2:03 pm

Honestly…if YOU were a GM, would you take the $2.4 mil hit to the cap for what White brings?

Hmm. Bill, let me see if I can fix that line for you.

Honestly…if YOU were a GM, would you take the 2/3rds of $2.4 mil hit to the cap for buying out White?

There. Much better.

Brendan

January 11th, 2010
2:05 pm

WBF, there is, simply put, no way to replace Kovalchuk. The issue, to me, is that you get NOTHING for Kovalchuk if he’s permitted to waltz out the door in unrestricted Free Agency. So, any “3-4 players for one (1) Kovalchuk trade” actually makes sense, from that perspective. The counter-argument is that it’s BETTER to let Kovalchuk walk for NOTHING, (instead of the 3-4 player trade,) but reclaimed cap space. I’m not in favor of that one. I’d rather that Atlanta at least get SOMETHING for him. Even if the “something” is nothing more that a slew of “throw away” draft picks.

If the trading partner is indeed L.A., you can be SURE that Alexandre Frolov will be part of the deal. And if, by some miracle, we get Jack Johnson in the return, he’ll NEVER re-sign here. He might demand an offseason trade. The Kings had to jump through hoops just to get him (the 3rd overall pick from the 2003 draft) to sign a contract through his RFA years. Jack Johnson will want to hit the open market, as soon as he possibly can. Number one, for the money, and number Two, to choose his next team. I’m not saying JJ wouldn’t have ever considered re-signing in L.A., but I wouldn’t be all that surprised that he didn’t re-sign there, once the option of where to play was exclusively his. If Jack Johnson ever agreed to re-sign in Atlanta, I’d be stunned. We’d have to overpay him by a lot. To the point where it becomes counter-productive for the team. If JJ is part of the trade with Atlanta, I’d hope that we try to package Ron Hainsey in that deal with the Kings. I want Kubina’s trade to be with another team. I hope we get a 2nd rounder for him. Waddell got a 2nd rounder out of Montreal for Matthieu Schneider, and he was 40! Kubina is only 32.

Although, I’m sure someone would say that Kovalchuk & Kubina to L.A. for the Kings’ 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, plus Frolov and Johnson would be a good deal. Being a GM isn’t easy. It requires a lot of thought and having good people around you, to help guide and shape some critical decisions. I hope Dudley is participating in some way, if trade talks are taking place.

Rawhide

January 11th, 2010
2:07 pm

Alan R. – Given that Dan Waddell signed him for 4 years…yeah, I know…White will cost a team the full $2.4 next season if a GM were actually talked into trading for the “top-six” forward.

World Be Free

January 11th, 2010
2:12 pm

LAC-thanks for the numbers, that group really doesn’t excite me too much. I would like to come away with a no. 1 center for Kovy, but it’s not in this group. Jack Johnson seems overrated.

The other part of this potential deal is that LA may be looking fotr a drawing card for the LA market, similar to egtting Gretzky. I am not comparing Kovy to Gretzky, but his precense would be a drawing card in Bling City.

Alan R.

January 11th, 2010
2:14 pm

Bill, and I quote:

“He could sell a ketchup popsicle to a woman in white gloves”

Does that sound like Don Waddell to you? I don’t think even Tommy Callahan II could get a return on Todd White. It’s a buyout and the KHL for him next year.

stendec

January 11th, 2010
2:14 pm

Rawhide, Bill, sir. I simply cannot make the following any plainer. Please bear with me…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 First, Second And Third” Kovalchuk fails every criteria a true TC must meet. What does Russian actually 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. I also like the way he misfires on open opportunities that even mediocre players would put into the net. Captain? Captain my a$$! ++STENDEC++ Casino Night? Casino Night! CASINO NIGHT! Forgive me if I fail to give a damn about Casino Night when the club is playing worse than skaters from the Boom Boom (Geoff-Ree-On) Hockey School For The Blind. Whoop dee do!

World Be Free

January 11th, 2010
2:18 pm

Smoothie-I can’t argue with what you have said. Simply put, you are right on.

Kinda reminds me of the Sabres when they let Satan and Zhitnik walk at the ends of their contracts. My Buffalo friends stated that the Sabres lost with both guys, so let’s try and win without them. Both went to Long Island an wore out their welcome quickly.

Kovy is a rare talent. All I am saying is that we need guys that will make an impact now, not later. Dustin Brown will make an immediate impact, though I don’t see much of an upside in him. The others are just OK.

One more thing on Hossa-he was actually my favorite thrashers while he was ehre. Marian Hossa is the complete package, I big guy that can score, setup and play defense. He is one of the best defensive forwards in the league, still is today. I had no issue getting him for scum Bag Heatly. I just wish we could have kept him.

Bob

January 11th, 2010
2:20 pm

“No matter what anyone sez, Kovy is a star with rare talents that will not be seen around here anytime soon. Like Sam Pollack, the great GM of the Montreal Canadians once said – the team that gets the best player in a trade, wins the trade. 3 or even 4 players for 1 will not help this team, especially if part of the trade is prospects and picks.”

WBF, I agree. However, I am working from the assumption that Kovy is gone. So assuming they can’t sign him, they have to trade him and the only way they get value for him is in a sign and trade. If they do have to trade him unsigned, then we’re screwed. We’ll get a middling NHLer and a prospect and pick thrown in. If he is signed, we could get some real return for him.

That may be why Lombardi was rumored to be here along with Kovy’s agent. They may be seeing if the Kings will pay him the money and I can see Kovy and his wife wanting to be out in LA. That scenario is the best we can hope for at this point. Kovy isn’t taking us to the promised land, he’s not a guy you can build a club around. Hossa is the kind of guy you can build a club around, as he plays well in all 3 zones. Only way Waddell can save this now is to orchestrate a sign and trade.

Smoothie

January 11th, 2010
2:30 pm

I really think Boston may be the best trading partner available for three reasons: 1) the 2010 1st rounder from Toronto and 2) their glut of high-paid players and need for relief under the cap and 3) their need for additional scoring (see Satan signing). Throw in the fact Savard is hurt and Boston could get very desperate in a couple of weeks if they hit a rough patch.

Who would like this trade?

BOS gets: Kovy, Finny and our 2nd round pick in 2010

ATL gets: the prized 2010 pick from TOR (BOS retains their own), Derek Morris (pending UFA), Mike Ryder (only 1 year left), Daniel Paille (RFA) and Mark Recchi (UFA).

Not ideal but we’re probably dreaming if we think we can get a Blake Wheeler or Mark Stuart in the deal. The fact that Boston probably won’t be able to retain any of the guys I listed would make this work. Paille would be a nice addition to our bottom 6 as Kane will move to the Top 6 next year when Slava moves on. Ryder gives us “specialty” scoring on the PP and would be a nice complement to Pevs at LW and Little at C.

Pevs – Little – Ryder

Kaner – Antro – Army (hopefully)

Paille – Reasy – Recchi / Thorbs

Boults / Macho – White – Slater

Kubes & Hainsey

Bogo & Enstrom

Morris & Schubes

Rawhide

January 11th, 2010
2:33 pm

“He could sell a ketchup popsicle to a woman in white gloves”

Does that sound like Don Waddell to you? I don’t think even Tommy Callahan II could get a return on Todd White. It’s a buyout and the KHL for him next year

Alan R. – Bingo. As I’ve said before…Todd White 2010 = Alexei Zhitnik 2008 – Sit him, waive him, buy his @$$ out!

J.B.

January 11th, 2010
2:41 pm

no way recchi ever plays in atl again ever. he talked a bunch of crap about how bad it sucks here after he went to TBL.

TableHockey

January 11th, 2010
2:53 pm

J.B. is right – Recchi didn’t have much good to say after he left.

I hope, amidst all the Kovy insanity, DW is finding time to evaluate our other UFAs. In addition to Kozlov I believe Armstrong, Hedberg, Kubina, Schubert and Slates are UFA. Prob missing a few others as well…

J.B.

January 11th, 2010
2:55 pm

Max is UFA too.

Red Light

January 11th, 2010
2:56 pm

In my less-than-humble opinion, it’s time for a new topic Bill!

We’ve swung at this more often than a Swedish divorcee does a PGA Tour star.

J.B.

January 11th, 2010
2:57 pm

heyooooooohh!!!

Smoothie

January 11th, 2010
3:01 pm

Like Recchi would have a choice…play or “quit”…that would go a long way towards getting a new contract as a 42 y/o FA. You are probably right that DWad may not be inclined to trade for Recchi, but he would be a salary shaving throw-in that we would simply waive and hope someone claims on re-entry.

Smoothie

January 11th, 2010
3:05 pm

Yeah, let’s talk about what a great hockey team we’ve been over the last 20 games!! By my count, we have these great accomplishments:

A record of 5 – 12 – 3 and a point percentage of .325

A combined GAA of 3.85 along with a collective SV% of .881 (surprised really that it’s THAT high)

A goal differential of -27, or -30 if you include EN goals

I’d say we’re headed in the right direction!

J.B.

January 11th, 2010
3:16 pm

based on what he said, i’d bet recchi would opt to retire if he did get traded here

TableHockey

January 11th, 2010
3:17 pm

Thanks Smoothie – I just vomitted in my mouth a little

LAC

January 11th, 2010
3:32 pm

smoothie, Recchi has already announced this is his LAST season and he will retire, so why would we want that guy for pete’s sake ?

Not much to show on LA roster I’d say… Brown’s numbers were a lot worse that I expected.

Were any of the WORTHLESS owners at the thing last night ?

Where are they ? Why do they continue to hide like the little WIMPS they are ? Why do they not come forth to address THE FANS ????????

Just Where are they hiding ? Bet they are all drunk by this time every day !

Also where is the NHL ? Why are they turning a blind eye this way ?
I thought Gary Bettman wanted Southern franchises to make it, can’t HE or Daley see what is taking place here ? They need to step in and take over this team NOW !