Another Thrashers attempt to win two straight ‘Staals’ out

The Carolina Hurricanes are mired in the middle of a horrific season with league’s worst record. They were 14-27-7 as they came into Philips Arena for a Thursday night match with a Thrashers team who…if a few other scores fell their way…could have moved into the 8th position in the Eastern Conference with a win.

However, just the day before, the Canes announced that they were switching captains… Rod Brind’Amour handing over the ‘C’ to Eric Staal. Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said that the new captain “is the player around whom the team will be constructed” during Wednesday’s announcement.

Well, if Thursday night’s performance is any indication of what the future holds for that organization, they should be just fine as the new captain led his mates into Thrasherville and spanked the home team 5-2 behind his hat trick. Staal had 8 shots on goal.

Eric Staal's second period shot gets past Ondrej Pavelec. Opie saw 4 of 21 shots get past him (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Eric Staal's second period shot gets past Ondrej Pavelec. Opie saw 4 of 21 shots get past him (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The Thrashers were trying to win two consecutive games for the first time since an overtime victory against Montreal and shootout win against the Rangers back in mid-December. To find the last time they strung together two regulation wins, we have to go back to…flipping back through schedule…back to…ah, here we go…all the way back to November 28 and 30 when they beat Philadelphia 1-0 and Florida 4-3. However, as has been the case since, their “win streak” was stalled out at one.

Or would that be… “Staal-ed” out?

For Carolina…this was only the fifth road win of the season.

Starting for the fifth time in the past six games, Ondrej Pavelec… who is now 12-13-4 with a 3.47 GAA and .903 SV%… surrendered four of the goals on 21 shots. The 22nd shot that resulted in Staal’s hat trick came while Opie as on the bench.

That’s right…the Thrashers held the ‘Canes to only 22 shots. Granted, three of them came during a third period in which Carolina was entered with a 4-1 lead. But this is the second time this week that Atlanta held a team to fewer than 25 SOG but wound up losing. Last Monday they were blanked in Florida 1-0 and held the Panthers to just 24 shots.

Atlanta was held without a goal on all six power play chances…four of which came in the third period. “On special teams, I don’t want to use the word horrific”, coach John Anderson said in the post-game presser. “But that’s the first thing that comes to my mind…our power play isn’t generating a lot”.

Carolina, on the other hand, had three goals on four power play chances.

With the loss, Atlanta is now 22-21-7 and remain at the 51-point level. Combined with the Islanders shootout win against Florida, Tampa Bay’s overtime win against Toronto and Philadelphia’s shutout against the Rangers, the Thrashers now find themselves tied with the Panthers for second place in the Southeast Division and one point ahead of the Lighting. They reside in the tenth place spot in the conference along with the Panthers and Canadiens…all three now two points behind the 9th place Flyers and three points behind Boston and the Islanders who are 7th and 8th.

I guess if you want to look on the bright side…if the current win-one-lose-one trend the Thrashers have been on lately continues, then we should all be treated to a victory Saturday while viewing the game at TJ’s…right?

95 comments Add your comment

Mooseberg

January 21st, 2010
11:17 pm

Get Kozy off the ice…its getting worse than AHL level….sorry I like the man but he was bad and has been for most of the season. Did Kovy down a liter of STOLICHNAYA before the game? He fell down atleast 4 times, miss handled the puck more than that and turn it over just as many….you think he had money on the game? Really making it hard to be a fan these days….go thrash?

Why do I still go to games?

January 21st, 2010
11:34 pm

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
I have to type it because I’ve lost my voice.
Thrash remembered TOO LATE that you have to backcheck Carolina VERY AGGRESSIVELY. Especially if your team doesn’t posess a real starting goalie, just two back-ups

Wayne stuck in AL

January 21st, 2010
11:56 pm

I’m ready to quit this team and jump on the Nashville Predators bandwagon; at least they’re a team with a clue.

sisu

January 21st, 2010
11:57 pm

Get rid of Antropod, someone needs to remind this team that the games start at 7 on weeknights not at 8:15.

Once again the team failed to play 60 minutes! The playoffs are fading fast at this rate…

Brendan

January 22nd, 2010
12:08 am

Here’s your boxscore. http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2009020748

Philly banked 2-points, as did TB, and Ottawa, and the Islanders. Florida and Toronto picked up a “pity” point. Annnnnnnd, Atlanta got zip, against the 30th place team in the league. Is this how to DRIVE for the playoffs?

When will “accountability” emerge with this club? Look at OTTAWA, since they were humiliated by Atlanta, and consequently FIRED their goalie coach!! Doesn’t that say it all??? That was Ottawa’s sixth straight loss, and their season was rapidly unraveling.

I’d ask for a quote from ownership, but I if I got one, I’m sure it’d only make me throw up in my mouth a little bit. Ready for Bruce Levenson’s reaction? “We’ve got 32 games left, and I have every confidence that we’ll win most of them, make the playoffs, and win a round or two.”

stendec

January 22nd, 2010
12:35 am

I take great exception to all those who refer to the Carolina Hurricanes as the worst team in the NHL! These Canes displayed grit, heart and determination in the face of adversity on hostile ice. Have a tremendous amount of respect for that organization. Team captain was not getting the job done so a more deserving player was presented with the C. I would like to rip the C off uniform of El Kapitan Ilya “Give Me Big Money For Being Useless” Kovalchuk. The oxygen waste Russian only shows up to accept feeds during man advantages. How well did he do his job? No goals. Powerless play a horrific 0-for-6. Do the math! Give the C to Moose Hedberg who gives a #### about winning or losing and the two remaining fans. ####, just throw the #### C patch in the trash! Only Mr Hedberg has anything close to NHL caliber talent on this club. Points alone cannot judge worth or worthlessness of NHL unit. When a squad gets blown out on home ice by the alleged worst team in league then that team earns dubious distinction of being recognized as worst. Sort of like college sports polls. No arguments in these quarters. Loseland quitters are worst in NHL! Points be ######. F#ck apologists! Hope Siberian #### enjoys Winter Olympics. Hope the #### loser stays in Soviet Union after Games are over! Contract? Contract extension? For what? All those regulation defeats which result in no points? Even his figure eights have lost their luster and become tiresome. A stale hot dog, a watered down soda pop plus $500 per game. Tops! If he wants more than that then let him take his misfiring and uncaring self on to whiter ice elsewhere. Maybe even to Hamilton. ++STENDEC++

Brendan

January 22nd, 2010
12:40 am

Here are your updated standings. Thrashers in 10th place, with a real chance to be 13th, without a win in their next game. http://www.nhl.com/ice/standings.htm?season=20092010&type=CON

stendec

January 22nd, 2010
12:59 am

I have no respect for Ilya Kovalchuk.

I have even less after reading this quote which was attributed to him:

“I think we work(ed) hard (if he actually thought that then his mental capacties are to be brought into serious question). We (I) got (off to) a(nother in a long line of) slow start(s) again (pre game vodkas can have that effect). We (I) have to prepare for the game’s better (just what the #### do IK and these other bums do DURING practice?). This was a huge game for us (me), but we (I) have a lot of games (Olympic ones) ahead of us (me). If we (I) play with the right intensity (skating figure eights while awaiting breakout passes are tiring and worth the millions I steal, uh, earn), hopefully things (a big fat contract which I do in no way deserve) are going to go our (my) way (I still get paid so screw my critics and my teammates).”

This is the Atlanta TEAM CAPTAIN?

Sigh.

++STENDEC++

John Petrino sounded like a blithering idiot himself. Oh well.

Mr. Heat Miser

January 22nd, 2010
1:04 am

Thank God it was “Thirsty Thursday” at Headlines Grille. $3 beers was the only thing keeping me in the game. Effing pathetic. I’d like 10 minutes alone in a room with Sydel, the Gearons, and that @$$hole Levenson.

Scott

January 22nd, 2010
6:50 am

If Don Waddell was smart, he would send a film of the game to Jay Grossman and ask him if there was anyone on the ice who is worth 10 million a year (or 9M, or 11M). He certainly could not state that #17 in the red sweater is, at least if he was being honest. There were many times where he didn’t make the right play (hold the point, stay on his skates, etc.) these things happen. There was a play with around 5 minutes left in the second where Kovy was skating a lazy circle between the blue line and the top of the circle, we are in our end, the puck slides slowly by him about 3 – 5 feet away, he could have easily gt the puck without being touched by anyone – he made not a move to the puck, it went into the corner where Carolina regained possession. They didn’t score that time, but it was a crap play – JA should have sat him on the bench for that one, that type of lack of effort is unacceptable from anyone, especially the Captain, and especially I guy who is rumored to be looking to be the highest paid player in the NHL.

Two more points:
We did not “hold” the ‘Canes to 22 shots, they elected not to take a ton of shots and maintain puck possession, which is a smart thing to do when you have a huge lead and have hockey players who can execute.

The Thrashers are screwed for a while – if we pay Kovy his King’s Ransom, we are overpaying and the team will suffer. If we don’t, we won’t get much value for him and it will take a while to rebuild.

The Real Thrash

January 22nd, 2010
6:54 am

It’s the GM stupid!

Custer

January 22nd, 2010
6:55 am

Not worthy of a Custer comment except:

Kovulchuck ain’t worth a f…..

Kovyoverrated

January 22nd, 2010
6:57 am

11mil a year? Really?

R. Stroz

January 22nd, 2010
7:14 am

Watching this team play is giving me Tourette’s syndrome and/or Coprolalia.

Brett

January 22nd, 2010
7:39 am

Pathetic! That pretty much sums up the Thrashers play last night. No jump at all. They had a prime opportunity to gain to 2 critical points, but instead played like they’ve already given up any thoughts of making the play-offs. Just PATHETIC!!!

World Be Free

January 22nd, 2010
7:50 am

Get rid of the 3rd jerseys. They bring out the worst in the team. Some of you have been alot tougher on this team today that I am. I can’t argue with any of you and the mass of empty seats in the arena should be enough to prove how we feel about the current team. Truth is, the current team looks alot like past teams.

Up to this point, I have not looked at John Anderson as being the problem. But if he keeps Kozlov on the ice any longer, I will have to change my attitude. It is the coach’s responsibility to “field” the best possible team. Kozlov on this ice is not the best option. You mean there isn’t a call-up available in CHI that will help this team?

Bogo without a veteran NHL defenseman is not the best option either.
Bogo IS a talented played, but he is lost in the current setup. He needs a partner that will keep him in line-he’s only 19!

As a former defenseman, I can tell you that the quality of your playing partner can make or breaks you. It is obvious that Hainsey is not the perfect for for Bogo and that may not be Hainsey’s fault. Get Bogo someone who can watch his backdoor or remove the requirement that he rush with the offense.

Deals need to be made, whether it involved Kovy or not in management’s issue. Too many guys are not holding up their end, which is why the Thrashers are playing NHL quality hockey for 45-50 minutes/game. Minnesota took action this week to deal with their issues, we need to do the same before the season is lost.

moriler

January 22nd, 2010
7:58 am

Well, something went right at least — we _lost_ that game.

What?

Yeah, we lost. That was a last-place team on the road. They could easily have given up one more goal between the 8- and 2- minute mark, and been rattled enough to give up the tying goal when we pulled Pavelec. Not like it hasn’t happened before, right? And let’s face it, when this offense is moving its feet and using its head, it can put the biscuit in the basket in short order.

But that isn’t the way to win hockey games. It isn’t sustainable. It is fun when it happens, but it takes way more energy to come from behind than it does to pull out to a lead. It’s good to be a third-period team, but you also have to be a first-period team too, so you don’t end up three goals down before you get warmed up. (technically the third was a 2nd period goal, yeah, but it might as well have been 1st.) I’m pretty sure Anderson knows this, too, which is why he makes those neat red faces after these games.

The problem right now is the players, and without being inside the locker room I can’t tell you who are the ones that have their minds wrong. I’ve been anti-Slater for years, for example, but he certainly looks like he has his mind right this season finally — took him long enough. But that shows you how appearances change. I can tell you this, though — some of the players in that locker room aren’t mean enough. You have to _want_ to go out and stomp on someone. And there’s a shortage of that right now.

Mike

January 22nd, 2010
8:02 am

It is efforts like that that make me not feel so bad about the possibility of Kovy leaving. Then maybe we won’t be dependant on one person to score on the power play and others will have to step up. Maybe we will have 5 people playing hard all the time, not just when it comes to the offensive side of the ice.

HookyBob

January 22nd, 2010
8:13 am

Well, that wasn’t the Thrashers “A” game last night,..and we needed it. Kovy had a very poor outing as well. Come on guys…you’re going to lose more of those 10,400 folks that showed up last night (and that is with over 3,000 free tickets).

Does anyone have news on contract talks with Kubina? I know it is over-shadowed by Kovy’s contract issues. As maligned as our defence is losing Kubina in July, or at the trade deadline, might hurt us more than losing Kovy. We give up the most goals in the league and he is a plus 8.

WBF: From a blog or two back, I was writing about the Red Raiders of Colgate.

R. Stroz

January 22nd, 2010
8:22 am

If Anderson can’t tell Kozlov is kaput, we need to resurrect Anne Sullivan and turn her into a Thrashers coach.

Matt

January 22nd, 2010
8:27 am

It’s sad. The same things keeping happening in the games, the players keep saying the same things and we keep writing the same things. What does it take to have something be CHANGED? I just don’t understand how it’s possible for a team to not show up for two-thirds of every game and almost always play themselves into a hole.

World Be Free

January 22nd, 2010
8:33 am

HookyBob-AY! The other Red Raiders!

Stroz-the coach is responsible for what happens ont he ice. He accepts the job and works with the talent provided. And no matter what happens, he has to make it work or it’s his job.

This has been going on for 10 years, a decade, since Bill Clinton was prez. It has to stop.

R. Stroz

January 22nd, 2010
8:42 am

WBF – I agree with your assessment up to a point. The GM has to procure more than one forward that his the size to screen the goalie.

The coach has to bench ineffective players, such as Kozlov, otherwise the inmates run the asylum.

LAC

January 22nd, 2010
8:46 am

I finally think john anderson has lost control. He keeps saying the SAME thing and NOTHING changes, except the lines and that is not what needs to be done.

Can’t this guy see zach b. stinks as a defenseman ? He allows a goal a game the past three with CRAP defensive play, just standing around, no hitting, he will not check in open ice worth 2 cents and my grand daughter at 8 is tougher than he is. He has turned into the WORST defenseman in the entire NHL. Waive/trade or send him to the ECHL, but get the HELL rid of his sorry A$$ !

Now this system we employ DOES NOT work in the NHL, may in the AHL, but not NHL. Look at NJ, no BIG name players, but gritty guys who work hard and a really, no name defense, sure a hall of fame goalie, but it s
DEFENSE FIRST and that is what we need to do, forget this wide open offense, defense WINS, not tons of offense…. CHANGE the system or change the coach !

Lastly look at the teams that DO make changes, they get BETTER, what the hell do we do… NOTHING, same old fish wrapped paper game after game after game. That is why we will NEVER win because either these WIMP owners or STUPID waddell are afraid of change… WHY ?

The game last night was simply an I quit game, no heart and NO desire to win… and last night #17 looked like a rookie in his first game, LOST and he wants HOW MUCH ???? No thanks…

But when will these owners come forth and appear before us fans to explain what they are afraid of and why waddell is still here, guess we can only hope and ask here, because also the worthless beat write does not have the guts to ask TOUGH questions of these people, he can only call us fans who want answers names, what a loser, just like the Thrashers, what a LOSER ajc… ASK SOME QUESTIONS of team Quit !

True Hockey Fan

January 22nd, 2010
8:46 am

Tthis hockey team has no heart. How would you like to play on a team who has a captain who only plays when He has the puck. It is my opinion that this team would be better served with players who are interested in playing as a team. Kaptain Kotton Kovy again showed how selfish He really is. His Russian teamates showed how they play with no heart at all. Anderson better get out the big stick ( ice time ) to get this team turned around. Time for Kozzie to go to the Old Folks HOme.

Toby

January 22nd, 2010
8:53 am

I heard a rumor that Frank Wren is going to stick Kozzy at 1st once Glaus gets injured.

Really though….Bob McKenzie says that Kovy will be traded and is already “unofficially” on the block. He said that Wad wants NHL players and not picks/prospects. He said that Calgary and Chicago may be in the mix. I’d love to see Kovy + Army for Sharp + Versteeg. Done.

Get this done ASAP and lets concentrate on the playoffs and getting Kubina signed.

Bob

January 22nd, 2010
8:54 am

We stink. Fire Waddell. So depressed.

Miami Screaming Eagle

January 22nd, 2010
9:10 am

LAC- good points but do you know the biggest different between New Jersey and Atlanta? The Devs have Lou Lam and we have Don Lame.

ASG deserves this team and a half empty arena. The idiots in the Canadian media are so deperate to steal this franchise that they overlook the obvious fact that it is being run into the ground. Even Canadian fans wouldn’t support this team the way it has been ran since 1999. The problems on top can no longer be ingored.

rightshot

January 22nd, 2010
9:11 am

Despite the score, I thought OP played well. The rest of the team hung him out to dry.
Question. After the third goal was reviewed and awarded to the Canes, they ran the clock back aprox. 30 seconds. What would have happened if there had been a penalty during that 30 seconds the officials gave back. Would it have made a difference if was taken by the Thrashers or the Canes?

GaVaHokie

January 22nd, 2010
9:14 am

I turned off the game after the 4th Carolina goal… it was obvious the effort wasn’t there… lazy hockey, the crowd was completely out of it. Just wasn’t worth watching.

This was supposed to be the easy week of games. The last three weeks until the break are going to be more brutal. They’re gonna wish they had played harder this week.

moriler

January 22nd, 2010
9:17 am

@rightshot: Anything that happens during that time period is erased, up to and including another goal. It’s as if it didn’t happen.

Dwayne

January 22nd, 2010
9:28 am

Kari steals that game if he was in net. I know it, you know it and ++youknowwho++ knows it.

DWTOO

January 22nd, 2010
9:28 am

Last night was really disheartening – no effort at all. Every time this team faces a key game they go in the tank. Win last night and we’re eighth palce. Instead we lose to a team in last place.

We sat in front of a member of the Flames and the son of a member of the Flames and I don’t think either were impressed with our Captain last night. Especially his reaction after wiffing on the puck at the blue line. Also, they said the ‘Canes have more talent than their record indicates. It was interesting to hear their discussions.

Oh Well – onto TB. Should be a good time at TJ’s saturday.

Rawhide

January 22nd, 2010
9:35 am

We did not “hold” the ‘Canes to 22 shots, they elected not to take a ton of shots and maintain puck possession, which is a smart thing to do when you have a huge lead and have hockey players who can execute.

Scott – Agreed…they were nursing a lead.

@rightshot: Anything that happens during that time period is erased, up to and including another goal. It’s as if it didn’t happen

moriler – Hmmm…I wonder, them if we can we get the officials in Toronto to review the last two and a half months of the Thrashers seasons.

Russian

January 22nd, 2010
9:39 am

**to Hockie**
“I turned off the game after the 4th Carolina goal… it was obvious the effort wasn’t there… lazy hockey, the crowd was completely out of it. Just wasn’t worth watching”

I did same thing, just switched channel to Ovi vs Crosby. I enjoyed that game. OUR PP was horrible and did not getr better. PK was fine until Carolina ruined everything. Anderson has to do something until it will be later. Anyway, FIRE A COACH. :-(

JEff

January 22nd, 2010
9:45 am

Anyone seen the CAPTAIN play hockey lately??? If you find him please let him know fans pay to see him play not trip over his skates or skate in circles waiting for the puck.

Hackett

January 22nd, 2010
9:46 am

The Colgate Raiders :) I grew up watching them. I knew most players from that played 88-01

DWTOO

January 22nd, 2010
9:47 am

R.Stroz – If Anne Sullivan was the Miracle Worker doe that mean we look (and play like) Helen Keller?

MASHAPlayer7

January 22nd, 2010
9:54 am

I don’t even know where to begin…went to the game last night and I was disgusted I paid money to see that effort. Great first 2 minutes of the game, one shift where they actually were hitting bodies (Slater’s line) late in the third period, and a few good scoring chances where Cam Ward shows us why he is still one of the best goalies out there.

But the overall effort stunk! Pavelec could be faulted on the 2nd goal, but otherwise played well with no defensive support. 4 powerplays in the third period and we got ZERO. Soft play…lazy play….uncalled for! I agree with all of the poster…Kozlov is done! Keep sitting White. Bring some grit up from Chicago (Machachek, Crabb) and plant them in front of the net on the PP and let’s score some ugly goals.

I could keep going but I have to be productive today….

Smoothie

January 22nd, 2010
9:54 am

First, Carolina had a shots on goal edge of 15 – 8 after the 4th goal to go up 4 zip. Pathetic. Way to come out strong against a team supposedly more “fragile” than any in the league. How do you not know they were going to come out fired up after Staal got named captain? Match their intensity, make sure you back-check and get the puck deep. What happened to all the good cycling and fore-check pressure from the last several games. It’s as though they fully expected Carolina to just lie down and take it! Oh yeah, our PP is absolutely PATHETIC!!

“This hockey team has no heart. How would you like to play on a team who has a captain who only plays when He has the puck. It is my opinion that this team would be better served with players who are interested in playing as a team. Kaptain Kotton Kovy again showed how selfish He really is.”

I really try to give Kovy the benefit of the doubt since he hasn’t had the requisite “talent” around him to be successful, but I’m not buying that crap anymore. This is a team sport and if you play as a cohesive unit with passion and fire, then you will have a good chance to win more than you lose. But if you don’t even show up, then there is a serious problem. How were we more focused and prepared to pay Toronto than a divisional rival? Or is Toronto just that lousy?

TrueHockeyFan is right. When you’re team captain doesn’t play 100% ALL THE TIME or at least give an honest effort in the other facets of the game, it has a way of dragging a team down. We ARE NOT TALENTED ENOUGH to take nights off despite what October and November suggested. Why Bogosian has an ‘A’ I have no idea? Does anyone ever see him vocally encourage teammates or shout someone down for missing an assignment? I love the kid and I think he is playing with the wrong pairing mate in Hainsey, but he’s only 19. Why was he given so much responsibility? Does he not give full effort anymore because he has learned too many bad habits from his captain?

Says Bogosian, “I learned it from watching you Kovy!”

Miami Screaming Eagle

January 22nd, 2010
10:01 am

I sense Waddell will get desperate and trade a good prospect or high draft pick to salvage the season. Zhitnik all over again.

ZHITNIK!

LAC

January 22nd, 2010
10:02 am

Right Miami, I always thought the purpose of a professional franchise in any sport was WINNING… That is a foreign languare here, not in NJ.

Sure they have their Great Goalie, but they do not play this wide open abandon the defense system. It is very controled, and is set up to stop the other teams with DEFENSE. Watch NJ, their defensemen RARELY enter the offensive zone, they stop at the blueline and do what they can on offense from there and are already in position to cut off the other team and a forward in the high slot is always ready to go either way the puck does.

Just WHAT do we do ? It is simply Helter Skelter out there, running all over the place, lots and lots of people OUT OF POSITION and the other teams get going very easy into our zone.

This may not be the most exciting style to play, but when you think DEFENSE first, which WE DO NOT, you will be better off, this “system” we play simply CANNOT win period.

The coach either needs to change or change the coach, simple as that.

Players who do not give 100% effort either SIT, get let go or traded.
Simply put we do NOT have commited players here and they are not too good either. little, where is he these days ? Oh he is still here ? Why ? white the same, kozlov coasting, zach b. worthless and on and on and on. Ilya worth $11 million a year, NO WAY !

When things do not work, you make changes. These “owners” are already the LAUGHING STOCK of the NHL, so what do they have to lose ?, FACE ?, hardly, so why will they not change the GM ? or the coach or lastly the players who are NOT getting it doen on a regular basis. But then these are the drunk owners of the NHL, what could you expect ?

But defense wins, may not be fun to watch all the time, but when you lead the NHL in points and WINS and have LOW GA, isn’t that what it is ALL about ? I think so and I agree with Miami don lame, Career LOSER !

TheFan79

January 22nd, 2010
10:04 am

It is time for this ownership to clean the house .They are going to need a big broom.Pathetic loss last night.I am not going to waste my Saturday night by watching this team getting kicked by Tampa.Sorry guys.I love this team but come on guys.We need a change on this team .

TheFan79

January 22nd, 2010
10:05 am

Clean the House.

Smoothie

January 22nd, 2010
10:13 am

Clean house indeed. Fire Waddell, give Dudley the reins and see what he can do to put the fear of God in these lazy bastards. Let him try to trade Kozlov (some GM desperate enough for a PP spark might be short-sighted enough to take him off our hands), and allow him to make the necessary roster moves to allow Crabb, Machacek, Oystrick and Kulda get their chances to make an impact. Afinogenov should have some trade value so get rid of him before he becomes immovable. Try to impress upon these men that if they don’t hustle like Kane and Slater on every shift or they don’t backcheck like Antropov or they don’t give up the body like Marty Reasoner, then they WILL NOT play. Plain and simple.

Brett

January 22nd, 2010
10:36 am

I don’t think we have to worry about paying Ilya $11M. 1 – he isn’t going to resign here. 2 – The ownership is too cheap. 3 – He isn’t worth it! It’s about time to resolve this issue and move on! I’d rather have a captian that is going to lay it on the line night after night. Not one who plays when he feels like it!

Miami Screaming Eagle

January 22nd, 2010
10:38 am

We should have moved Kovy before the season when he had value. Now he’s just a rental player with 1/2 the value at best (like Hossa).

Another reason to fire the GM, all the scouts and clean house!

Smoothie

January 22nd, 2010
11:14 am

Trixie, dearest Trixie, do you see a post of mine hung up in the blog bermuda triangle between 10:05 am and 10:20? Perhaps it was lost forever, but I was just echoing the sentiments of TheFan79. Lucid and passionate points he makes.

World Be Free

January 22nd, 2010
11:20 am

Trixie-we don’t want to hold up The Smoothie Express.

Smoothie

January 22nd, 2010
11:24 am

WBF – I don’t know about that! Perhaps I just need my disgruntled voice to be heard among the biggest group of diehard Thrashers fans there are, many of whom actually see the tragedy. I’m done hoping for the best and last night’s performance has put the final nail in my coffin of expectations. NO PLAYOFFS…AGAIN.