Thrashers drop tough one during Music City Snow Jam 2010

Greeting from snowy, icy, cold Nashville, Tennessee…a place that looked more like the state capital of Montana this weekend than that of one in the south.

As I’m sure you know, hundreds of Thrashers fans braved the elements to make their way up here to participate in Music City Snow Jam 2010…most traversing the frozen tundra in buses with the Atlanta Thrashers Fan Club.

But many made their own way…climbing through the slippery slopes of I-24…or even up I-65 by way of Birmingham…to take in the festivities and root for our hometown Thrashers. Such was the case with the Rawhide-Blueland Chronicle Consortium. Razor Catch Prey and I traveled together and met Big Shooter, Mortimer Peacock and French Catalogues who arrived an hour before us, just about lunch time.

It only took about 3-1/2 hours to get to the outskirts of Nashville…the roads were cleared off nicely and we traveled speed limit most of the way. The Tennessee DOT deserves much credit there. But once we got inside the city’s perimeter, the ice, slush buildup slowed traffic to crawl and it took 90 minutes to go the final 20 miles.

As for the game itself…very, very disappointing outcome. The Thrashers had gotten here the day before and were rested while the Predators played Friday night in Detroit. Atlanta came out flat…left some people unattended in front of the net…and fell behind 2-0 halfway through the first period. This certainly did not go unnoticed by the throngs of Preds fans sitting around us, who enjoyed showing us just where the scoreboard was…making sure we were aware of the situation.

In all honesty…Preds fans are pretty cool folks for the most part. They, along with Caniacs are among my most favorite of supporters of other teams. They can rib ya…take some in return…and not take it personally.

Chris Thorburn celebrates his short-handed goal with Marty Reasoner, Zach Bogosian and Ron Hainsey (AP Photo/Frederick Breedon)

Chris Thorburn celebrates his short-handed goal with Marty Reasoner, Zach Bogosian and Ron Hainsey (AP Photo/Frederick Breedon)

Wasted in the effort were Bryan Little’s pair of goals and Chris Thorburn’s shorty. For Bryan they were numbers 7 and 8. Todd White assisted on Little’s first goal…the one that got Atlanta to within one before the first break…giving him two points in as many games. Whitey is also a +1 in the past five games.

After Martin Erat’s blast put Nashville up 3-1 halfway into the second, Atlanta roared back with Thorburn’s short-handed goal…assisted by Marty Reasoner…and Little’s second assist of the game. But it was all undone right at the beginning of the third when Jason Arnott, Cody Franson and Steve Sullivan teamed up to take a face off win and score with just seven second elapsed in the third period.

Apparently, they had observed that the Thrashers tended to come out of the locker room somewhat flat and had a plan to capitalize on it.

“It was Franny’s call,” Arnott said after the game. “He came up to me before the draw and said, `If we win it, bust up the middle and I’ll hit you,’ and he did. And it just happened so fast”.

And that was all Nashville ultimately needed to procure the two points and send the Thrashers back to Atlanta with nothing to show for their stop off in Nashville.

After the game, the buses packed with disappointed fans headed back home. However, the five of us decided to meander out onto Broadway to do a little in-depth investigation into the nighttime activities of the local population. What we found was fascinating, to say the least. There are many establishments in which folks can gather to listen to…and dance to…live bands while consuming vast quantities of adult beverages. Morty, Shooter, Razor, Frenchy and myself made it a point to…ahem…investigate several such businesses on our way back to the hotel.

Actually, this “checking out” process of the local pubberies began shortly after lunch when we found two or three such places and began our “studies”.

Along the way, we ran into several Thrashers fans who were doing the same thing the five of us were…and a great time was had by all.

One of the people I met was John, an occasional contributor to this forum. I also met some great fans from Douglasville… Melissa and Aimee…and they promised they and their husbands would move from “lurker” status to actually posting a comment or two.

I’m gonna hold ‘em to it once they make their way home…which is something I will do myself later in the day once some of this snow gives way to the sunshine that is starting to appear up here right now.

Oh…and one last thing. In one of these Nashville bars, Mortimer Peacock lost his Ilya Kovalchuk signed jersey. I can only imagine that somewhere around here, a pretty young gal is waking up wearing a blue Thrashers jersey and wondering just where in the world it came from.

Oh well…what happens in Nashvegas, stays in Nashvegas.

212 comments Add your comment

Not Blind

January 31st, 2010
9:43 am

None of this matters. Like was pointed out in an earlier blog, this team will be hard pressed to win any of the last 5 games of the season.

Nikita (in PA)

January 31st, 2010
9:56 am

Whatever, Debbie Downer.

Those of us who did not attend were hard-pressed to comprehend the game, since the feed on Centre Ice was…well…if you haven’t seen it, you have no idea how weird it was. Let’s see…not hi-def. No commentary or score bar. Occasional interruptions of the game to show us the organ guy rocking out. It was very strange.

As to the game, we lost a game that we should have won. Those first two goals were ridiculous and inexcusable. Beyond that, if only the Slater/Whoever fight hadn’t happened, we should have made it to overtime.

Mrs. Zoomo

January 31st, 2010
10:20 am

safe travels!! we are hitting the road later after the Country Music Hall of Fame.
I hope the bus got back to ATL ok.

Rawhide

January 31st, 2010
10:23 am

Mrs. Zoomo – Enjoy the CMHoF. I’m heading out in just a short while.

Great to see you, Zoomo and the little guy yesterday…be safe on the trip home.

Nikita – As for the feed last night…I would suspect that since the game was not on TV in Nashville or Atlanta, Center Ice picked up the house feed. I’ve watched a couple games like that this season.

World Be Free

January 31st, 2010
10:27 am

Tough loss, but a good effort.

Darren

January 31st, 2010
10:42 am

It was extremely frustrated to see the hard work in the second negated by such a sloppy start to the third. It was also frustrating when the Kane goal got wiped out. Alas, that came back to haunt Atlanta.

Good thing Boris and Arnott seemed okay. That not only looked bad live, it sounded bad live.

Darren

January 31st, 2010
10:49 am

Make that extremely *frustrating*.

Smoothie

January 31st, 2010
10:56 am

It’s past time that they split up Hainsey & Bogosian. I think I’d rather see Hainsey & Valabik on the 2nd pairing at this point. Every time somebody scores a goal it seems Zach and / or Ron are behind the play just coasting towards the goal. Or they could just trade Hainsey & Kovy to Calgary for Phaneuf, Bourque & Boyd. Saw the replay of Kane’s sweet (no)goal and I can’t for the life of me understand why you would blow the whistle behind the play like that when they are so far from the puck, but I guess that’s how it works. Blow the whistle as soon as the altercation gets heated. But they hadn’t even thrown off the gloves! Oh well, the goal to start the third was inexcusably lazy.

rob

January 31st, 2010
11:08 am

Obviously lots of problems with the feed and stuff there, and the first half of first period was strange, almost as bad as watching the Montreal game in french earlier in the season. Finally got a game clock and the radio announcer for them linked up, and the announcers weren’t too bad, pointing out the good and bad of each team. The call on Kane’s thing was unfortunate, but correct. Slater coming up behind the guy and provoking the calls cost us a goal, but oh well move on with it. Enough sloppy play on both teams parts and we had several GOOD chances to tie/win but the bounces didn’t go our way. Hockey gods are toying with us, me thinks. I blame all bad luck on bad GM and owners, who have upset the hockey gods to such a great extent that they will forever dog them until they are banished from all of hockey!!!

rob

January 31st, 2010
11:20 am

Oh yeah, heard a lot of LET’S GO THRASHERS chants which had to have been good for the team to hear. Hope they appreciated all of you driving through the weather for a chance to see them play hockey outside Phillips and to be so vocal about it! They owe you thanks, should give you a ticket voucher with ticket stub from Nashville.

FlamesFan

January 31st, 2010
11:37 am

Listening to the game on the internet, I thought I heard a whistle during Kane’s Breakaway, and was surprised when I Kamil called out “HE SCOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORES!” So, Rinne (Pred goalie) may have also heard it and let up some.

Miami Screaming Eagle

January 31st, 2010
12:09 pm

If Waddell blows this Kovalchuk situation and loses him for nothing, he should be fired immediately and driven straight to the airport, given a one-way ticket out of town never to return to this region again.

Why the heck this issue goes unresolved is way beyond me.

World Be Free

January 31st, 2010
12:18 pm

Dion to Toronto/wow!

Leafs give up their offense in Hagman, but get a stud that will anchor their backline for the bext 10-12 years. The players going to Calgary will be long out of the league when Dion is still playing in Toronto.

Great deal by the Leafs.

Brendan

January 31st, 2010
12:41 pm

Rawhide, safe travels. Nashvegas can have that effect on some people. Sounds like everyone had a great time. The Preds’ house looked PACKED on the “Jumbotron feed” that Center Ice ran last night.

WBF, the bottom line is this. Going into the 3rd period, Atlanta positioned themselves for ONE POINT in the standings, if they played the 3rd stanza “even” with the Preds. They did not. Consequently, they got ZIP. No points. But am I broken up about it? Look, Nashville is the better team. And there it is. We lose to the Leafs, Isles, Bolts or Cats like that, and it bothers me a bunch.

Miami Screaming Eagle, I think I’m ready to make my prediction on Kovalchuk. They’re not gonna trade him. They’ll obfuscate that Atlanta is way too close to making the playoffs, and keep him. At season’s end, the gloves come off, and Kovy is free to say whatever he jolly well pleases about ownership, Waddell, Coach Anderson, the scouts, whomever. By that point, fans of the club are so angry … that they welcome the trade at the June draft for some other team’s disgruntled, high-salaried cap issue PROBLEM CHILD and a 3rd round pick to the Thrashers.

Our reaction? The problem child player ‘maybe just needs a change of scenery’ and the 3rd round pick is moved for this club’s next Chris Thorburn, to replace either Thorburn or Boulton. And life continues on, led by the perpetually clueless in charge. With their ‘pattented strategy’ of league minimum payroll and reloading via the lottery draft. With six thousand (6,000) fans of the other team attending the home games. Come to think of it, the AS, LLC doesn’t even need a ticket rep for that. They just need an open box office on game day. Yay! Another cost-cutting measure! They should hire me as a consultant. I can fleece them out of their money, Waddell-style. He gave me the blueprint and the idea. All I’d have to do is follow it.

LAC

January 31st, 2010
12:57 pm

Gee Brenden, I think you may be correct !!!!!

This team needs a SHAKE UP from Top to Bottom.

But I have to ask this and ALL name calling aside… Where ARE these owners ?
Why do they NOT make comments on the Thrashers ? Why do they seem content with
a POOR product on the ice, when WINNING packs the house ? Just WHY are they
doing NOTHING and saying NOTHING ? Just WHAT is THEIR collective problem ?

I think “collective” is the key word here, but this team needs a SPARK and with waddell in charge
it’s like using a Civil War Cannon against an A-1 Tank… NO chance we will win !

But I can only hope this zach is GONE, he was worthless last night like most everynight,
Why does he get so much TOI when he $ucks ? I’d Gladly take a third tounder for him right now, before he has ZERO value in the near future, yet another top pick WASTED, watch you WILL see, he is NOT going to make it !

hollywould

January 31st, 2010
1:17 pm

Just watched the highlights (or lowlights) Man, Bogosian has turned into the worst. Sit him/make him acountable.

fes

January 31st, 2010
1:19 pm

I didn’t get to make the trip since I’m battling a nasty cold. There were times during the radio broadcast that I swear you guys were louder than our crowd sometimes is in Philips. It’s an unfortunate L, but they are the better team. Until our guys play a full 60 minutes and learn to pass where someone is going to be instead of where they are, we’re going to keep spinning our wheels as a mediocre team.

Glad to hear that some of you hit up the arena area pre and post game, as there are some really good bars in Nashvegas. A couple of them are so good that I don’t even remember them first-hand, hehe.

Brian Burke has been a busy man today…they’ve aquired Phaneuf and Giguere.

World Be Free

January 31st, 2010
1:22 pm

LAC, Brendan, I look at what Burke just did in Toronto, pretty amazing. Change can be done in situations where it is needed, like Atlanta.

With virtually no assets, Burke just went out and bettered his team by getting a superior player to what he gave in return. That’s how a pro does it. Dion Phaneuf can play on my team anytime. All Toronto really gave up to get him was Hagman, who came to Toronto free anyhow – thru free agency.

You have to be willing to make changes in your roster, considering the number of teams in the playoff hunt especially in spots 6-8. By now, it is clear what we are and what we are not. Make some moves, either trades or callups to get this roster going.

Atlanta leads the league in 1 goal games; a few more wins in these games, where would we be?

R. Stroz

January 31st, 2010
1:25 pm

Does the ASG receive a tax credit for having a special needs GM on the payroll?

LAC

January 31st, 2010
1:29 pm

WBF, You are CORRECT, he saw a sinking ship and did something to repair it. Will it stick, maybe… maybe not, but for now it might help.

Meanwhile here in Atlanta we are stuck with the man with NO brain waddell, who is STILL calling the shots, though I cannot believe how after he has ruined hockey here and he will do NOTHING to improve the team and esp the DEFENSE, which is being ruined by this zach b. kid !

WAIVE zach b NOW !

We don’t have a preyer as long as The Master of Disaster is in control !

Lee

January 31st, 2010
1:31 pm

Dion in a Maple Leafs jersey…..can’t picture that. I’d have Dion on my team any day of my life, but it’s a dream, because they can’t even sign kovy. :(

Mooseberg

January 31st, 2010
1:31 pm

Thanks to the Nashville High AV club for the game broadcast on NHL Center Ice…of course that is better than we got for the local stations here.

BG33Brown

January 31st, 2010
1:32 pm

Waive Zach Bogosian…..are you nuts? Is he struggling…no doubt about it. But you don’t give up on 19 yr old Defensemen. You were probably bitching about Coburn too. I got an idea, lets trade zach for rob blake a 19 year old for a 40 year old. Brilliant!!!

Lee

January 31st, 2010
1:36 pm

I think Burke purposely did that to insult Waddell. Haha I can imagine this:

Burke-Hey Donny, guess who I signed??? And guess who you didn’t?
Waddell-Shut up Burke, I bet I could sign Kovy by tomorrow!
Burke-(chuckles) Ooook, whatever.
2 years later, Burke decideds to call Waddell to see what he’s up to, waddell never answers because the team moved.

Sigh……………..

gcs

January 31st, 2010
1:48 pm

Flames trade Dion Phaneuf to the Leafs. Thrashers do nothing. Film at eleven…

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World Be Free

January 31st, 2010
1:57 pm

LAC-even a callup would suit me right now. You have to stor the pot on occasion and this pot is lon overdue for a mixup.

I don’t share your desire to get rid of Bogo, but I do agree with your feelings on his play. I still say he needs a vet to get him in the right direction.

The coaching staff needs to deal with this.

Smitty

January 31st, 2010
2:06 pm

Unbelievable. Calgary improves. Toronto loses what little offense they had but improves defensively. Anaheim ????. And our GM is still sitting accomplishing nothing while the face of the franchise is getting quotes from United Van Lines.

Bad game defensively last night as well as some quetionable goaltending and officiating.

TSN.ca/NHL has over 50 pages of responses to the trade and he we sit with the same questions about Kovy as we did at the end of last year.

ASG, you have got to wake up.

BG33Brown

January 31st, 2010
2:17 pm

I am no Waddell fan….however-the last 2 trades between Burke and Waddell, there is no arguing Waddell flattened him.

R. Stroz

January 31st, 2010
2:17 pm

Comparing Burke and Waddell is like comparing sh!t to shinola.

http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/114000.html

And we all know Burke is the shinola.

Jimbo

January 31st, 2010
2:23 pm

Time to beat a dead horse to death. Anderson’s “SYSTEM” stinks. Early in the season we entered the offensive zone with multiple passes and it was fun to see. Now, we’re back to the old dump and chase. BORING. And there is NO DEFENSIVE COMPonent to it. Why in the world can’t Hainsey and Bogosian recognize their defensive assignments when their partner is in the corner or behind the net? All they do is run around and leave gapping holes in front of Moose. Time for Bogosian to sit and watch for awhile. Bring up Kulda. FRUSTRATING, FRUSTRATING to see this team with its talent simply run around.

rob

January 31st, 2010
2:50 pm

I posted on Chris’ blog a thought. How about a series detailing the history of the Thrashers to date? Start at the top with ownership (if you can call them owners, maybe we should refer to them as absenty owners), What have they accomplished for the team and hockey in this city? GM (AKA slumlord) same thought. Coaches, players, and us the fans. A perfectly honest series detailing hockey here and what has gone right/wrong with it and what still needs to be done. Would you read such a story? Would it be relavent to the team, the city, and the fans? If Waddell doesn’t want to answer questions about anything important, how about asking the ASG?

Not Blind

January 31st, 2010
3:03 pm

When the D-man at the points [ offensive zone ] turns around and starts quickly skating towards his zone to be in position for the other team’s oncoming puck carrier I call it “hauling a$$”. It is usually a smart move.

Right now the Thrasher’s D ain’t hauling a$$ when they should. They are either standing at the other teams blueline or ,even worse, trapped on a stupid pinch.

World Be Free

January 31st, 2010
3:27 pm

I am so depressed today; I can’t believe we missed out on Dion Phaneuf. If you were going to ask me to start a team from scratch, which defenseman I would take first, it would be Dion. Why you say?

-He’s a number one defenseman on virtually any team in the league.
-He is under contract for a few more years.
-Put him with Bogo and have a #1 team for the next 4 years. Bogo won’t stray playing with Phaneuf.
-He is physical, in the corners and in front of the net
-He’s a minutes eater; the more ice time, the better he plays.
-His Howitzer slap shot, do you think that would help our power play? Do you think those fellows in Florida would be so eager to block his shot?
-Phaneuf is surly most of the time. Western Canadian media didn’t like him because he didn’t like stupid questions and most of all, he played surly. I like surly.

Most of all, you have the fear factor. Beyond just being physical, he is a lights out hitter. The worst fear for any forward is being on the ice with the guy knowing he’s looking for you. Put your head down and its nighty-nite. His hitting ability is the intangible that puts Phaneuf over the top. Phaneuf could have neutralized all the top lines in our division, including Ovechkin. I don’t think The Great 8 would be such a smart ass with Dion on the ice.

What makes this worse is that Toronto basically gave up a bag of turds to get Phaneuf. We have enough turds that we could have made this deal without giving up Kovalchuk.

The only person more depressed that me right now is Sean Avery. Dion’s in the East.

Brendan

January 31st, 2010
3:49 pm

WBF, I completely agree. More directly to the point, how do you compensate for blowing the Coburn situation? Well, isn’t the answer, “You get Phaneuf, the 9th overall pick from 2003, one draft position behind #8 Coburn?” Ummn-hmmn. Yes, that’s what you do.

How did Burke pull this off? What did he give up for Giguere, by the way? Giggy walks in this door, he’s the #1 goaltender in Atlanta. Pavelec can be the backup. Toronto had nothing to give. They suck. There’s Schenn, but that’s crazy to give up. So, now they have Kessel, Giggy, and Phaneuf. Next order of business for the Leafs? Jettison Exelby for whatever you can salvage. Oh gosh, he’s coming back to Atlanta, isn’t he? Carolina caught the Leafs in the standings, WBF. Maybe that’s the impetus for these moves. Boston is smiling.

Ya know what? Let’s say the Bruins MISS the playoffs. That means they’ll draft anywhere between 5th and 14th overall. Plus, they get Toronto’s 1st rounder and 2nd rounder vis the Kessel trade. WBF, for argument’s sake, let’s say the Bruins draft 10th overall. Still with me? And, let’s say that the Leafs finish 28th or 29th in the league. Let’s just say 28th. That’s the 3rd overall pick, plus the 10th overall pick, plus the 33rd overall pick. Plus their own 2nd round pick, makes 40th overall. What does it mean? Boston gets four picks inside the Top 40 overall.

Think what they could do! If I’m Waddell, and I must trade Kovalchuk, I’d sure like that 3rd overall pick, via Toronto, from Boston. Even their 10th overall wouldn’t be bad. The Bruins know that Savard and Kovalchuk is a combination that will work. It worked in Atlanta, so it’ll work in Boston, too.

Yeah, I know. The Bruins might make the playoffs, too. I hear ya.

Red Light

January 31st, 2010
3:59 pm

Leafs get a 24-year-old all-star defenseman under contract for four more years, a 32-year-old goalie under contract for one more year, a dependable 26-year-old defensive forward making $750k and a 20-year-old 6-foot, 6-inch defenseman playing in the AHL, in exchange for two soft forwards owed $6 million each for the next two years, a tough veteran forward who will become a UFA, a guy who has yet to reach his potential and will become a UFA, a goalie who makes $4 million and proved since leaving San Jose he is and always will be a back-up and a dependable defenseman making $950k. Burke got the better of the deal while Calgary added a lot of depth. I think Mayers and White will play well for the Flames in the playoffs, but how Sutter can justify this deal for what he got in return should make good blog fodder up north.

It’s a steal for the Leafs!

Smoothie

January 31st, 2010
4:02 pm

Well, nice job DWad sleeping on the job again! Shoulda, coulda had Phaneuf. We might have even been able to dump Ron Hainsey considering all of the salary Calgary took on in the deal with TOR. They are SO desperate to make the playoffs that they didn’t even get any real cap relief. Like WBF said, we might have been able to jettison the likes of Afinogenov, White and dare I say, Little to get a #1 D-man to tutor the struggling D-man of the future, Bogosian. Not that Kovy wants to stay. A trade of Kovy, Hainsey & Little for Phaneuf, Bourque, Boyd and Sjostrom (a guy we should’ve signed as a FA) would have given them more cap relief, plus a legitimate shot at keeping Kovy. This team needs grit and work ethic to play with Antro, Kane, Peverley, Slater & Army. If we don’t pick up some hard-working NHL players with a future, we have no shot at keeping Colby in the fold. Now I guess we should focus our attention on Boston and Philly as they seem to be the likely front-runner for Kaptain Kupcake.

Red Light

January 31st, 2010
4:02 pm

It was Toskala and Blake for Giguere. Blake is making $3 million per for the next two seasons and so is Hagman. That was my reference to the soft forwards above.

Smoothie

January 31st, 2010
4:06 pm

Bourque – Antro – Max

Kane – Peverley – Army

Boyd – Slater – Sjostrom

Boults – Reasy – Thor / White

Phaneuf & Bogo

Kubina & Tobes

Boris & Peanut

Yeah, I think I could like that line-up even with Finny’s nasty habit of turning the puck over at the blueline and whiffing on one-timers.

The Joker

January 31st, 2010
4:32 pm

In a conversation earlier this weekend:

Brian: Hi Don, how are things going down there with the contract talks?

Don: Well, not as well as expected. The phone keeps ringing off the hook.

Brian: Don, I think you and the wife need a break this weekend, so I booked a rustic mountain cabin for you, so you wont have to deal with cell phones and emails.

Don: Thanks Brian, we’ll pack this bags and head out immediately, I’ll give you call Monday.

Brian: Hangs up phone, and says “SUCKER”

World Be Free

January 31st, 2010
4:35 pm

Brendan, I totally forgot about the draft! A number of teams dropped the ball on Dion, naturally we were one of them. This guy is 24 years old, barely broken in when you consider the development of defenseman. Elisha will like Toronto.

As for the trades, well like Sam Pollack used to say, the team that gets the best player in a deal wins the deal. Tronna got Jiggy and Dion in 2 deals. Nuff said. Ian White is very over rated. If he didn’t play for the Leafs nobody would know who he is. Mayers is a pipe fitter.

Red Light-I like Stajan and I agree with you that he has not reached his potential. Getting our of Toronto will help him, as it did for Alyn McAuley.

Sage of Bluesland

January 31st, 2010
4:56 pm

Wow.

Too bad too many didn’t listen–and continued to subsidize the incompetence exhibited by the ownership and the GM of this pitiful franchise.

Look in the mirror for a big ’cause’ of the current problem, those who still had that hopelessly laughable “Belief in Blueland”!

I think Brendan is right: The ownership loves that blustering, lisping little fraud of a GM leading this team. After all, he continues to pee on the sheep, ‘promising’ it’s just rain–and, remarkably, the sheep continue to buy it!

Wow. Congratulate yourselves…You have continuously proven that P.T. Barnum was indeed correct…

Traveling Thrash Fan

January 31st, 2010
5:12 pm

Where did you sit Rawhide? I didn’t see you at the tailgate or anywhere with the group.

Your take in the Thrashers fans loading up disappointed is completely wrong. Yes it was a tough loss but all the fans who went had a great time before, during and after the game. The bus I rode was very lively and lots of good hockey talk. Many thanks to the Fan Club for setting this trip up.

stendec

January 31st, 2010
6:46 pm

As long as apologist sheep savor close defeats why the #### should the owners or GM give a ####? Praise? After a giveup 4-3 gut punch? Not fans as far as I am concerned! Happy for sixth, seventh or even eighth place? Give me a ####### break! Professionals are paid to win. Not show up! Not sign autographs. Not to appear in television promotional spots. Not even to compete. To win! At least true professionals do. Johan Moose Hedberg is a professional! Other professionals on the team are, uh, oh, well, no one comes to mind. Why? Because there are simply not any more! Give ############# son of a ##### Ilya Kovalchoke the big long term contract. Guarantee bottom feeder status for years to come! So #### digusted with you sheep who demand no accountabilty that I do not know what else to say. Are all of you really so satisfied with this inferior bull####? Sheesh! ++STENDEC++

Darkhorse

January 31st, 2010
7:02 pm

Besides our own village idoit running the show here, how can all the other GMs not have offered a better package for Dion than Burke? Surprised the Flames didn’t wait and get a better deal elsewhere. Many teams around the league have better NHL quality depth they could send for Dion than what Toronto sent.

Lee

January 31st, 2010
7:11 pm

Giguere too? Geez….

John

January 31st, 2010
7:42 pm

Rawhide- great meeting you last night, sorry we didn’t run into ya on Broadway, but we’ll jus make a point to do it later this season when the preds and thrash meet in the Stanley Cup Finals. Hope you had a safe trip back…tough one to think about on the drive though…

World Be Free

January 31st, 2010
7:43 pm

Smoothie-I hate the thought of Toronto getting better. I wanted them in last place for the next decade, maybe more.

Darkhorse-I keep wondering the same thing. The rumor of Dion being available has been out there for weeks. Smoothie suggested a few guys we could have gave Calgary that I thought were better than Toronto’s. Amazing

Rawhide

January 31st, 2010
7:47 pm

Traveling Thrash Fan – We were sitting upstairs…just above where you guys were. Seeing so many Thrashers fans down there was quite a sight indeed.

Sorry I missed the tailgate party. The group I was with were dining at one of the pubs down the road and had planned to join…but got caught up with a couple other Thrashers fans there and lost complete track of time. It was 7:00 when we left and ran 2 blocks through the ice and snow to get to the arena and our seats just as the puck dropped.

I swung down during the first intermission to say hi to several there.

As for my comments regarding Thrashers fans being “dissapointed ” when they left on the buses…it was mean in light of the team coming up on the losing end of the score. That’s all. I am certain that the entire group had a fantastic trip up, during the game and the ride home!!

Great showing from Thrasherville!

John – Dude! Buddy! Thanks so much for swinging by and introducing yourself. It was great to meet you and your friend sporting the Bruins 2010 Winter Classic jersey.

The drive back was much easier than the drive up…all ice and sludge was removed from the I-40 and I-24. Did the trip in 3-1/2 hours today.

And yes…it’s a date! This June, we do it again!

Smoothie

January 31st, 2010
8:01 pm

World – it is depressing because it is becoming increasingly evident that DWad doesn’t have the balls to trade Kovy. It has to be done. Even if we make the playoffs with Kovy, we can’t beat Wash or Pitt in a 7 game series. We need to pile up assets if we can’t get enough good players in a Kovy + (insert player) swap. Meanwhile, Burke recognizes the need for change and he will likely deal and deal and deal until all the dead weight is gone.

On a side note, it was nice to see Little finally get some rewards for his hard work. However, if it means getting some good players in exchange for Kovy, so be it. Perhaps a trade involving Little over the summer can be used to pry those prized RFAs from Chicago.

World Be Free

January 31st, 2010
8:46 pm

Smoothie-hope the boys upstairs are reading your post. Sign him or trade him; doing nothing invites the possibility us getting nothing or close to nothing-what Florida received for Bouwmeester right before he became a UFA.