Ilya has left the building

By now I’m sure all of you have heard or read what 680 The Fan’s John Kincade had to say regarding Ilya Kovalchuk and his eminent departure of Thrasherville. He’s as good as gone, says the co-host of the Buck and KincadeShowwhich is heard on the team’s flagship station during the drive home.

Yesterday I discussed this with John and he told me, “I can’t reveal the sources, but have confirmed it from both sides of the story”. Continuing he said, “I am 100% certain Ilya Kovalchuk will be leaving the Thrashers…I think he will be moved before the Olympic break with almost the same certainty”.

In a nutshell, Kincade is stating that Don Waddell and the Thrashers have offered the pending free agent, “The largest contract ever to an unrestricted free agent and that he turned it down”.

The number I’ve heard kicked around is a long-term deal that would pay him about $10 million per season.

Ilya Kovalchuk may soon be shaking hands good-bye with his Thrashers teammates (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

Ilya Kovalchuk may soon be shaking hands good-bye with his Thrashers teammates (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

Even with this revelation, John wasn’t ready to toss the only GM the Thrashers have ever had underneath the next MARTA bus coming down Peachtree Street for this latest failure. Nope…instead he pins it right on the captain.

“I think it tells me that the Kovy camp song and dance about ‘wanting to be here’ was obviously a load of crap”, said Kincade. “All Waddell can do is offer him a great contract, if he wanted to be here as his camp has said repeatedly he would be here”.

Me? Well, sorry…I certainly see where my pal John can come to that conclusion. But the team’s inability to retain big-name players is a major issue in Thrashervilleand, in this fan’s humble opinion, responsibility rests squarely on the shoulders of the man who is paid major bucks to do just that…convince the Savards, Hossas and Kovalchuks to remain here.

Along with the Kovy bomb Kincade dropped on us yesterday, he also indicated the he has been led to believe Kari Lehtonen has played his last game as a Thrasher and he will be moved potentially to Dallas or St. Louis.

And none of these reports came with a (k3) disclaimer at the end of them.

Also reported yesterday was this line in Chris Vivlamore’s latest blog entry…

“Thrashers general manager Don Waddell had no comment other than to say that the franchise and Kovalchuk’s agent have not had any new talks in more than a week. Both sides currently have proposals on the table that differ in salary and length of contract.

Waddell was in Philadelphia last week scouting the Flyers and Islanders. It also has been reported recently that the Kings and Bruins are interested in obtaining Kovalchuk.

Several NHL teams, including the Flames and the Rangers, have cleared salary cap space recently.”

Now, let’s fast-forward to the Taco Mac Post-Game Show hosted by radio voice of the Thrashers Dan Kamal and TV color analyst Darin Elliot. As I was making my way home from the latest disappointing 1-goal loss of the season, I listened as they made reference to the number of close losses the team has suffered this year. I believe it was Elliot who observed that… and I am paraphrasing… “If the entire team was on-board for all these games, including the captain, then how many of those defeats could have been overcome”.

Reading between the lines…Ilya has left the building!

Given all of that, I don’t think it’s too far of a stretch to believe that the whole Kovy saga is just about ready to wrap itself up in much the same fashion that the Hossa saga of just two seasons ago did. Don Waddell…once again…is going to be forced to trade away a key player, maybe even the key player, of the franchise because he was unable to convince said player to remain with the organization he general manages.

Of course, many will say that Kovalchuk’s impending departure will actually be a good thing for the organization. Yeah…maybe. We could get this player…or that group of players, maybe even along with some draft picks…upgrade the team and continue to improve.

Uh-huh…and didn’t we hear the same thing just two years ago as well?

Since that time, the team tanked to finish the 2007-08 season with 76 points…finished the following season with 76 points…and, with Tuesday night’s loss, are heading towards something around 83 points this time around.

If Waddell “improves” the team as well as he did with the Hossa trade, the team should be closing in on the 90 point mark somewhere around…oh… 2015.

As I have opined before, I’m not really bothered with the thought of life in Thrasherville A.K., (After Kovy). If he’s looking to move on, then…see ya! But what does make my stomach feel kinda icky is the thought that we are going to be sitting here 2 years down the road with nothing, zilch, zero, nada to show for the transaction that sent him packing.

That, plus it will also mean that the Thrashers franchise will be starting over… yet again…building around another player or set of players. And that the same man who has been the architect of the first two “five year plans” will be sitting down to the drawing board to pencil up yet a third one.

Yes, I feel that Kovy has indeed left the building. Not just the “building” that is Philips Arena…but the “building” that has gone on for a decade now with so little to show for it.

And Now…About Last Night

I’ll keep this short and sweet. The Thrashers lost …again…to Antero Niittymaki, this time 2-1 to he and the Tampa Bay Lightning. He is now 16-0 against Atlanta. I fear we shall never break this Niitty-curse.

The Thrashers outshot the Bolts 27-24.

Ondrej Pavelec stopped 22 of the 24 SOG he face…all 21 shots after he saw 2 of the forst 3 get past him.

Wasted in this effort was a Todd White goal, score in the second period when he neatly deflected in a Mark Popovic shot. Not good at all when the team isn’t able to net a win on the night White scores his one goal for the month.

The loss drops the Thrashers to 24-23-8 and drops them to fourth in the Southeast Division and eleventh in the Eastern Conference. Boston is in twelfth place with 55 and they play in Montreal tomorrow night. The Islanders are in thirteenth place with 54 points and are in Tampa Bay Thursday night.

Happy Birthday Carly

I want to wish a happy birthday to the lovely and vicarious Carly…a.k.a. Tony C’s “baby-mama”. She was in attendance with Tony over in section 117 and I had the pleasure of spending some time with them in Taco Mac after the game.

That, Tony C., is a great gal!

211 comments Add your comment

Rawhide

February 3rd, 2010
1:12 pm

No, not the LA Clippers of hockey… that’s too generous…We’re the Detroit Lions of hockey…How awful is that?

Sharon – Ouch, baby…just ouch!

English Teacher

February 3rd, 2010
1:13 pm

To borrow from the math department: hard work > talent

I would rather have more Reasoners, Slaters, Kanes, & Littles, and fewer Kovalchuks. This means we need a new GM. Maybe we can trade Kovy for some hard workers and Waddell for a cinnamon pretzel.

Dwayne

February 3rd, 2010
1:17 pm

GaVaHokie…he will be a plus player. I can see it now, it is as plain as the WTF’s that cross JA’s mouth every 10 minutes. What other coach, gm, owners would put up with Kovy’s lack of “D”??? Some team will give him 7 to 9 million a year, but I gaureentee you he will know about “D” from that team before he signs the contract. The other players will demand it of him. Heck, the Captain of his new team will demand it. No one in the Thrasher organization have said squat to Kovy, they just want him to sign.

Dwayne

February 3rd, 2010
1:21 pm

That pretzel sounds good.

Schroeder

February 3rd, 2010
1:24 pm

Don Wadell=Matt Millen

Lew 39

February 3rd, 2010
1:24 pm

As much as I am bummed (as a season ticket holder)over “being in this situation again”, the basic fact remains; we aren’t “winning” as much as we need to with Kovy; so one would believe we can lose (a lot more) without him. Not making the playoffs by one point or 20 points is not making the playoffs.

There is a fundamental weakness with this organization and the weakness has been present for the past six years. The organization has been unable to mature, it has been unable to develop a winning chemistry and the reasons for this are stated in all of the comments on this BLOG. Maybe it’s a lack of commitment on the part of ownership and management. Maybe its the inability of professional athletes to want to give 60 minutes of themselves or knowing they start games flat, be able or want to change that.

If Kovy wanted to sign he would (I personally do not beleive it is only a money issue); no one knows what is really going on behind the scenes. This franchise needs change, because for eight years we have changed players and coaches and the results for the most part have remained the same; we are a .500 club.

Nikita

February 3rd, 2010
1:28 pm

I genuinely think the best thing would be for Kovalchuk to get traded to or bought by a team that won’t let him be a star unless he earns it. But given how much he wants and what his skills are and how he behaves toward other stars, I would suspect that he’ll go somewhere where he can be the big guy on the team. So…I’m guessing Ottawa or Rangers. Where he won’t do any better than he does here, and neither will the team.

Nikita

February 3rd, 2010
1:37 pm

P.S. Chad Denny — ugh. That guy’s still stanking up my NHL09, along with Brad Babydaddy.

Mark

February 3rd, 2010
1:39 pm

Yeah…Let’s trade Ilya to the Rangers! The Media up there will absolutely eat him alive after the new honeymoon period and he starts mentally showing up for 1/2 the games. There’s a LOAD more scrutinyin NY up there with the media then in Atlanta. If Kovy is running and hiding after this little down period because he can’t take it, then I’d really love to see how he deals with that sort of attention.
Better yet…let’s trade him to Montreal!!

World Be Free

February 3rd, 2010
1:40 pm

Spud-I am with you brother, good to have the Buffalo experiences to draw from. Being from Lakeview/Hamburg area, I am glad to be out of Buffalo and the snow belt!

Sharon

February 3rd, 2010
1:42 pm

I’m convinced that Don Waddell attended Matt Millen’s School of Soul Shattering Ineptitude. And he graduated first in his class… I just know it.

Smoothie

February 3rd, 2010
1:55 pm

Rawhide – Wysh just gave you major props on his chat. He said this particular blog on Kovy is a “must-read”…wow, how much did you pay him for that comment!? :wink:

Sage of Bluesland

February 3rd, 2010
1:55 pm

Epic fail, indeed (describing the sum total of Waddell’s tenure in Atlanta).

Only in Atlanta would this brand of incompetence be allowed to exist for near a decade–even Detroit got rid of Millen after about HALF as much time…and remember there were Detroit fans who became very vocal to force the change?

Instead, all we have are mindless sheep, who nod their heads and believe everything Donny has promised them…all we have are wittle-spweadsheet makers who actually try to pwove that Donny has actually ‘outperformed’ the market as a GM on draft day…

Insanity. Silliness. Ineptitude.

I am SO thankful I woke up when I did–and stopped subsidizing the obvious incompetence…too bad more didn’t listen…too late now…

Oh well–enjoy it, you bought it!

NASCAR Dave

February 3rd, 2010
1:59 pm

FIRE WADDELL
FIRE WADDELL
FIRE WADDELL

F+++ YOU DONNIE FRAUDELL!!!!! If I ever see you in public I WILL SPIT IN YOUR F+++ING FACE YOU STUPID, LYING, PIECE OF S++T!!!!

F+++ YOU AND YOUR STUPID ASS DAUGHTER.

I F+++ING HATE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NUFF SAID.

NASCAR Dave

February 3rd, 2010
2:03 pm

DON FRAUDELL better hire security detail….YES! THAT IS A THREAT!!!!!!!!!!!

adam

February 3rd, 2010
2:12 pm

Maybe it is Waddell’s team, but 10 years of Kovy have netted us exactly zero playoff wins. So while it’s unanimous Kovy is a great player, one of the best, he certainly hasn’t carried the team on his shoulders. He’ll be a great piece for a contending style team somewhere though. We need to find a true franchise player, though I doubt Waddell can come through with something like that.

John

February 3rd, 2010
2:14 pm

Getting another Colby Armstrong wouldn’t be all that bad…his interviews with other players on the site are pretty funny.

DWTOO

February 3rd, 2010
2:18 pm

OK by me Rawhide – we’ll have to agree to disagree on Mr. Kincaide. I’ll still respect you in the morning. Actually I find John entertaining, if just a bit bombastic. And I think he knows his hockey. Think it’s best to be a bit skeptical of talk show hosts – even Boortz challenges his listeners to verify his on the air statements. He’s certainly generated a lot of traffic to yours and Chris V’s blogs.

Just wish this whole mess was over – it’s time to move on. Reminds of a situation many years ago at the Dayton 24 hours. We were trying to grab some rest while the couple in the next tent fought all night. Finally my friend went over and said “Make Love, Kill Each Other, but SHUT UP! It doesn’t matter anymore – make a decision and move on.

Bob

February 3rd, 2010
2:27 pm

“It doesn’t matter anymore – make a decision and move on.”

I understand your sentiment, but this is really a pivotal moment. The return that Waddell gets on Kovy can make our break our next couple of years. Either we go into another rebuild, or we can step forward with the guys we have and the guys that are brought in.

Now, who expects Waddell to make the proper trade that allows us to step forward? Quit laughing, it’s actually reason #298 why Waddell should have been fired last year (or the year before, or 5 years ago when most of us were calling for it).

Tom

February 3rd, 2010
2:35 pm

The Strozolator spoke:: “On a lighter note, did Grossman call the VP of merchandising at Dick’s Sporting Goods and tell him to put the Atlanta Thrasher Kovy jerseys on the clearance rack last fall?”

My answer, “that is because Dick’s is worried about making money. “

Somaatl95

February 3rd, 2010
2:37 pm

Where oh where is “Common Sense Man” when you need him? Our team could sure use him right now.

Tom

February 3rd, 2010
2:39 pm

Sharon – Touche’

Rightshot

February 3rd, 2010
2:40 pm

Got back from Thrashers practice a little while ago. Got my Dick’s $35.00 Kovy jersey signed. It’s now worth $36.50.

Got to meet Chris V there too. According to him, LA is most likely out. As I told him, as long as he ends up out west, I don’t care. The quicker he goes the better.

Bucky

February 3rd, 2010
2:41 pm

Sharon…Ooo that hurts (Being from Detroit) But I have to agree with you!

Rawhide

February 3rd, 2010
2:46 pm

Rawhide – Wysh just gave you major props on his chat. He said this particular blog on Kovy is a “must-read”…wow, how much did you pay him for that comment!?

Smoothie – Um….I let Trixie negotiate those deals for me. She’s very persuasive.

NASCAR Dave

February 3rd, 2010
2:49 pm

Why is all of this FUNNY to you idiots???

YOU helped this happen by continiuing to SUBSIDIZE THE INCOMPETENCE!!! (thanks, SAGE)

Where is SARA when you need her to blow some “positive” (sic) PR up your A$$E$?????????????????????

LMAO at those who didn’t see this coming…

TableHockey

February 3rd, 2010
2:52 pm

rightshot – LOL at the $1.50 increase in value.

What was the atmosphere like at practice?

R. Stroz

February 3rd, 2010
2:57 pm

In order to show Waddell’s “skill” as a GM, and as a coach at the time, I’d like to share the following text from a Thrasher email from two years ago with everyone:

Earlier this afternoon we traded Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, a 2008 first-round draft pick, and highly-touted prospect Angelo Esposito. While it is difficult to see players like Hossa and Dupuis depart, we are excited by the players we received in return and look forward to them helping us down the stretch as we push towards the 2008 NHL Playoffs.

Armstrong is a physical winger who skates well and contributes offensively. Christensen is a talented center with offensive skills and above average stick-handling abilities. Both of these young players have been solid contributors to the Penguins the past few seasons and we look for them to play a vital role on our team while contributing significantly to our future success.

Esposito was selected by the Penguins in the first round, 20th overall, in 2007. He is currently playing with the Quebec Remparts in the Quebec Montreal Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) where he has averaged 1.4 points per game the past three seasons. He was also named the 2006-07 winner of the Mike Bossy Trophy, given annually to the QMJHL player judged to be the best professional prospect.

This trade works well for us in the short and long term as we were able to get two players that can help us immediately, a top prospect and a valuable first-round draft pick, which also gives us flexibility to consider viable trade options if they present themselves as we approach the NHL Entry Draft.

We thank Marian and Pascal for everything they have done for our organization and wish them well in the future. They are both hard working professionals that gave us their all, which is greatly appreciated.

Please join me in welcoming Colby, Erik, and Angelo as part of the Thrashers family. We look forward to seeing you cheering them on.

Sincerely,

Don Waddell
Executive Vice President, General Manager & Head Coach

Now the part I found funny was this:

Armstrong is a physical winger who skates well and contributes offensively.

Although I like Armstrong’s grit, he is one of the slowest forwards on the team. How does that constitute “skating well?”

and this:

Christensen is a talented center with offensive skills and above average stick-handling abilities.

Too bad those stick handling skills didn’t include putting the puck in the net. Yep, he is so good that we was waived by the Ducks.

Wow, Don sure knows his hockey.

TableHockey

February 3rd, 2010
3:12 pm

I didn’t hear the 680 The Fan show yesterday that everyone is referring to – is it true in regards to Lehtonen that Kincade believes he is either going to Dallas for Fabian Brunnstrom, or St. Louis for a second round pick?

ChippersLoveChild

February 3rd, 2010
3:23 pm

See, Stroz, the part I found to be funny in your email was this….

“Sincerely,

Don Waddell
Executive Vice President, General Manager & Head Coach”

Paminski

February 3rd, 2010
3:31 pm

Maybe we can trade Kovy for some hard workers and Waddell for a cinnamon pretzel.

That’s why I go to games now. For the Wetzel’s.

Darkhorse

February 3rd, 2010
3:38 pm

Here’s the link to the trade speculation……

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=308800

J.B.

February 3rd, 2010
3:38 pm

RDS is reporting DW met with Kovy today and told him to expect a trade in the coming days. It’s on now!

Smoothie

February 3rd, 2010
3:38 pm

Per Bob Mac, “it’s on” as DW reportedly told Kovy to expect to be traded in the next 2 days. Perhaps last nite was truly his last game in Thrasher blue.

Rev. Whitaker

February 3rd, 2010
3:39 pm

Whose fault is it that Ilya is leaving the Thrashers? It truly does not matter! Both sides have issues, and I can see reasons to blame each one. What matters is what will happen after for the sake of the team and of hockey in Atlanta.

I believe Don should be fired/step down there is no doubt!!! The time is now for a change.

However I have some sympathy for him in that I can only imagine the pressure he was under, as we all know he is the only GM the Thrashers have had there was no one else’s failure to learn from. He had to blaze the trail, and like all trail blazers sometime they blaze the wrong trail, that is what Don did. It is easy for all to say what we would have done differently, know that we know where this trail has lead. Some of us could see where the trail was going before we got here, but most liked the “bad” decisions Don made, like the Coburn trade (I hated it from day one, and was told I was a fool), letting Savard because he was awful on defense (that sounds familiar), and so on. People say that Don cannot draft well, I think it is more that we trade our drafted players away too easy/too soon. Think what a team we would have if we did not trade away our drafted players especially on the Blue Line (Foster, Coburn,…). Don’s job is not to just build a team but put butts in the seats, and in that regard Don felt the pressure to get the Thrashers in the play-offs, and to do that he made trades at the time most fans liked but now look on with scorn (ex: Tkachuk). I agree Don had a X year plan and it is an Epic fail, whether it is because he did not stick to it and change because of outside pressure or he did stick to his plan because he was to stubborn it does not matter, he needs to leave. If I was Don I would call a press conference after the Ilya trade and say
“I am done I tried everything I could think of rightfully or wrongfully for this team to be a success
and I have no more ideas or the ideas I do have seem to be grounded in desperation. For the best
of the Atlanta Thrashers I am stepping down effective right now.”

There always has to be a person to learn from and Don had no one, and each city is different what he saw that may have worked in LA, San Jose, or Boston may not work in Atlanta. Don just needs to be a man and step down.

We have become the new Buffalo in the NHL, I am sure Sabres fans will thank us. I like what Phoenix did over the past few years not on the ice but in their philosophy of how to right the ship scout (even over pay your scouts), form a very in depth draft selection (back-up option of a back- up option of a back-up option, of a back up option…), draft VERY WELL, and trade away few if any of your rookies. As I said before we may not currently be a Stanley Cup team, but I think we would b much better if we did this years ago. Again hindsight is 20/20.

Life without Ilya will be tough but not impossible; players come and go more so now-a-days in sports more so than in the past but it is still a fact of life. My concern is what will happen to the fan base when Ilya is gone and what kind of backlash with there be.

Ilya, like it or not is the Thrashers, we here on the internet can bad mouth Ilya’s playing all we want, but most of us were at one point or are a mark (fan) of his. Ilya is the face of the Thrashers, the draw for the team, and the player that people outside of Atlanta think of when they think of the Thrashers. When Heatley asked/demanded a trade we had two “faces” Ilya and Heatley. The Heatley trade brought us another “faces” Hossa. At the time most of us knew Hossa was not going to stay if the team did not turn around quick, and were not shocked when Hossa left. That left us with one “face” Ilya, even if the marketing department has tried to add others (Bogo, Army, Enstrom, and now Kane) there currently is not one. Sure we have players with marketable personalities but not a superstar that is marketable, yet.

How many fans will no longer come to the games because 1) Ilya is gone 2) yet again the Front office F***** up again?? The easiest and most financial sound way to send a message to the front office that you are not happy is not to attend the games. The only problem is this causes a vicious cycle, and make is hard for a front office to correct it.

No fans = income troubles = not spending to the cap = not willing to pay (over pay stars, which currently we have to do) to come here = missing the playoffs = less fans coming to the game ->back to the beginning or worst NO HOCKEY IN ATLANTA!

It seems to me that what most people want is Don gone, and then they would come back to the games… this is what I would purpose Brendon, Rawhide, Saga, and other that have a following here could help with this. To remove Don from office and help the team this is what I suggest:

I would be willing to organize a petition (more of a contract) that has teeth in the sense that I am asking you all to be men/women of your words. If were a season ticket holder that did not renew because of the Don still being GM or are a current STH and you are thinking of not renewing because of Don. The petition would state that we the under sign promise that we will become season ticket holders if and only if Don is removed from office. There would be more verbiage such as he has to be removed by this date. As well as a date that we (the under sign will have made our first payment). That is the teeth part and why we would need to be men/women of our word. Anyone can write anything on a piece of paper (which most of the time will not be listened too, but if you grantee money to someone you might get their attention. Hence why this is more of a contact we promise to become STH if they remove Don, with enough people on board we could get it done. The question is does enough people have the balls, no the pucks to do it.

I have rambled on for too long but I would like to throw in my buck twenty on yet again Atlanta not being a hockey city. First I need to say how I define a hockey city as everyone has their own definition. A HOCKEY CITY to ME is a city/state where Hockey not just the NHL is part of the culture. A place where your local sports store carries hockey equipment. A city where when autumn hits there is a buzz in the air a tension that forms as the season approaches. Boys/men play it outside all the time year round “Car….Game on …. Car….Game on”. The media covers it. Now do I think Atlanta is a hockey city? No, what Atlanta is, is a city becoming a Hockey City. Each year more and more children are playing the game, more rinks open, and the word of hockey grows. The next step it to get more high schools playing it, the problem is not enough rinks, and if band is getting cut from the school’s budget they are not going to approve building of a hockey rink. Could we be a Boston, Calgary, Detroit, or Toronto? Yes, but We HAVE TO WANT IT and yes a little help from people with money would help.

For Atlanta to be a hockey city a few mindsets have to be done away with:
1. Hockey is a transplant sport, that is not true hockey was here before the Thrashers
2. You cannot play it year round here in the south, you can there are rinks and plenty of roads :0)
3. You cannot just play hockey like you can baseball, basketball, football.. that is not true. If you can
play full contact football in the park you can play hockey, hard ground or ice either hurts like heck.
All you need is a stick, puck/ball and a net (if on ice yes skates).
4. Hockey does not belong in the South. If you are reading this you know that is not true.

Thank you!

Brett

February 3rd, 2010
3:40 pm

LAC

February 3rd, 2010
3:43 pm

Stroz you are RIGHT… Atlanta is a GREAT Hockey town, but ANY NHL town would not put up with this Freak Show we have in control here.

The Flames played to a packed house nearly every night, ALWAYS outdrawing the Hoodlums named hawks !

But this is gava, always finding a way to not blame those at fault, asg & waddell the most worthless man on the planet…

GaVaHokie

February 3rd, 2010
3:55 pm

I have no problem replacing Waddell… none whatsoever… whatever produces results, I’m all for it.

TableHockey

February 3rd, 2010
3:56 pm

Hokie – it will be a shame to lose Kovy and not lose DW.

GaVaHokie

February 3rd, 2010
4:06 pm

Maybe we’ll hear that Kovy has fired Jay Grossman as his agent. :)

Bob

February 3rd, 2010
4:14 pm

The trade is imminent if he already alerted Kovy, probably just waiting on approval from the league office

Tincup9

February 3rd, 2010
4:15 pm

Thrasher 1st Round Picks

1999 – Stefan – Never reached potential
2000 – Heatley – Traded for Hossa, who is also now gone
2001 – Kovalchuk – About to be gone
2002 – Lehtonen – About to be gone
2003 – Couburn – Traded for Zhitnick – He is gone, but his salary is on the books
2004 – Valabik – Apparently a LONG TERM project
2005 – Bourret – Traded
2006 – Little – Sophomore slump
2007 – No Pick – Getting swept in the playoffs for a rental was so worth it
2008 – Bogosian – Stud, should succeed when the team moves
2009 – Kane – Stud, should succeed in new city too

Thrashers are MOVING TO QUEBEC CITY

February 3rd, 2010
4:19 pm

Why do you even care! The team is leaving!

Taneesha

February 3rd, 2010
4:21 pm

I heard that on NHL Live today,but it is still being negotiated,as at least 4 other teams have to agree to a re-arrangement of divisions.It is likely Pittsburgh and Philly will have to agree on a switch.

James Brown

February 3rd, 2010
4:22 pm

Whew……….lots of great posts here…….everybody is mad…..But I guess I`m feeling very mad at Kovy and Waddell and the invisible ASG…what if Kovy is still here Saturday?……………do we pull what we did on Heatley and boo everytime he touches the puck or do we chant Kovy! Kovy! all night……….Maybe boo all Kovy`s touches and chant Waddell SUCKS between his shifts……………How about ASG SUCKS all night long???

Reg Dunlap

February 3rd, 2010
4:22 pm

The Quebec City offer may not top what Kansas City has proposed,and their group would accept to stay in the same division,making it easier for the league.

Ogi Ogelthorpe

February 3rd, 2010
4:24 pm

It’s funny,cuase now Ilya has 2 chances to wind up in KC! 1 if he stays,and the Thrashers move to KC instead of Quebec,2 if he goes to the Islanders,and Wang moves to KC!

Reg Dunlap

February 3rd, 2010
4:26 pm

either way,we lost our team

Thrashers are MOVING TO QUEBEC CITY

February 3rd, 2010
4:29 pm

I am boycotting the last 3 months these bums are in Atlanta! Good riddence!

Somaatl95

February 3rd, 2010
4:31 pm

ALL TALK OF THE THRASHERS MOVING NEEDS TO CEASE! GIVE THE FRIGGIN TEAM A CHANCE TO REACH SUCCESS AND IF ALL COMPLAINTS STILL ARE A FACTOR (NO ATTENDANCE, NO COMMUNITY SUPPORT) THEN LET THEM GO AND SAY “WELL SCREW IT, WE TRIED!” SO TIRED OF HEARING ” OOH HAMILTON, OOOH KC, OOOH QUEBEC!”
STFU
STFU
STFU
STFU
STFU