Who should wear the ‘C’ in Thrasherville A.K.?

OK kids…while we sit around waiting for the news to break about who Ilya Kovalchuk will be traded to and which player(s) may be heading our way, here is a couple of question to ponder. First, given the news yesterday that Don Waddell informed Kovalchuk that he’d be working out a trade in the coming days, what happens if such a deal is not finalized by Friday night when the Thrashers play in D.C.? Certainly you can’t suit him up to play knowing his future is not with this team…right? Does John Anderson sits him and dresses Kozlov?

I’ll be curious to see if he’s at practice Thursday morning…or even make the flight to Washington.

If so…awkard!

I think there can be a logical argument made to sit him now that he’s been informed of the pending trade.

And next…and this is really the main topic of the day…once Ilya Kovalchuk departs and and Thrasherville enters into the A.K. era, (After Kovalchuk), who do you think should don the ‘C’ in Thrasherville?

Who should wear the 'C' once the Thrashers begin life A.K.?

  • Ron Hainsey (10%, 29 Votes)
  • Zach Bogosian (12%, 34 Votes)
  • Slava Kozlov (15%, 43 Votes)
  • Colby Armstrong (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Rich Peverley (20%, 57 Votes)
  • Marty Reasoner (20%, 58 Votes)
  • Johan Hedberg (13%, 38 Votes)
  • Someone else (5%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 286

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I suppose it would be natural to first consider the alternate captains…so lets’ begin with them, shall we?

Ron Hainsey: He’s currently in the second year of a four year deal and from what I’ve heard from those in the know he’s fairly well liked and respected by his teammates. He’s also not been shy about getting into the face of a player that might need it.

Zach Bogosian: Well, I guess the Thrashers organization is going to soon need a new “face of the franchise”, and Bogosian could be a pretty good one to go with. But does the team want to pin such a responsibility on a 19-year old kid…especially in the wake of what is turning out to be a fairly sloppy split up?

Slava Kozlov: A year and a half ago I opined that Kozlov was deserving of the ‘C’…but given the fact that he’s probably in his last days as a Thrasher, this probably isn’t the route to go. Plus, even though he is very much looked up to by his peers…fact is that he’s always seemed unwilling to take on such a role.

Colby Armstrong: I like this guy…seems to always be having fun and having a good time. However, given his UFA status this summer, chances are he could be sent packing soon. But even if he remains, I think is he’s too much of a “frat boy” type to be taken seriously as a team captain. That’s not a knock on Army…that was me at that age.

Now with that said, here are three other possibile names that I’d like to have taken into consideration.

Rich Peverley: This fan favorite always comes up when I discuss any future Thrashers captain. He is hard-working and reliable. The 27-year old agreed to remain a Thrasher for two more seasons beyond this current one…signing a $2.6 million deal last October. Could you imagine…going from a waiver-wire pickup to team captain in a matter of about 13 months?

Moose can handle a well-shot puck...but could he handle wearing the 'C' for a while? (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Moose can handle a well-shot puck...but could he handle wearing the 'C' for a while? (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Marty Reasoner:Unlike Kovalchuk, Marty jumped at the chance to remain in Atlanta…signing a two-year deal in June of last year. Reasoner is as solid a guy one could hope for and his play on the ice matches his integrity in the locker room. Personally, I though he should have gotten an ‘A’ last fall.

Johan Hedberg:Yes, I know…he’s a goalie. But I cannot think of a better way of rewarding this man’s service in Thrasherville over the past several years then to honor him with the captain’s ‘C’…even if it might be for just the remaining couple months of the season. Besides, this team may need the Moose’s maturity and stability to help them through the transition into life A.K.

Alright, those are my seven possibilities…which one would you like see wearing the ‘C’? If you have another suggestion, well then…as Ross Perot once said…I’m all ears.

Upcoming Events

With all of the hubbub that appears ready to go down around here, let’s also take note of some upcoming Thrashers events that are scheduled to take place.

First off…Our friend Cup Guy, the fan you see carrying around the ‘Stanley Cup’ at home Thrashers games, has come up with a fantastic way for Thrashers fans to support the relief efforts in Haiti as well as attend a game. He’s procured 300 tickets for the March 7th game against the Hurricanes, a Sunday afternoon game that starts at 5:00. The tickets are in sections 312-314….normally $42…however, the Thrashers have made them available for just $20 with the proceeds going to The Red Cross as they assist those suffering in Haiti.

“I am teaming up with the Atlanta Thrashers Fan Club to also help promote this game”, Cup Guy told me recently. “We are trying to secure donation buckets inside the arena. My personal goal is to raise $5,000. I am going to write Don Waddell and see if we can get the team to wear their 3rd jerseys. I want this event to be ‘Red Out’ which are the colors of the Red Cross. So if you could mention in the blog to wear your third jerseys if they have them or anything that is red”.

Those who would like to purchase these tickets may contact him at 678-371-9960 or e-mail cupguy20@gmail.com.

Now this was a great idea, Cup Guy. Hats off to you for piloting this wonderful effort.

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There is another great TJ’s Thrashers viewing party slated for Saturday night February 13. Atlanta will be up in Chicago to play the Balckhawks and game time is 8:00 pm. As always, Tim and Mark Ecclestone have extended 15% discounts to all who attend the extravaganza.

TJ’s is located at 2880 Holcomb Bridge Road in Alpharetta.

Also remember the TJ’s Party Bus event scheduled for March 20 when the Flyers are in town. $55.00 buys you tickets in the lower bowl…last time it was section 119…a seat on the bus, drinks and chance to win prizes as we travel down to Philips. Bus will leave at 5:00 pm and return to TJ’s parking lot after the game.

 Contact Karin Beckman at 404-878-3781 or Karin.beckman@atlantaspirit.com

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Speaking of TJ’s…they will also be hosting a Super Bowl Party at their place. There will be an open bar and complementary buffet and prizes after each score…including $100 cash winners. They will also have Thrashers tickets to be raffled off as well.

$40.00 in advance and $50.00 at the door.

Reservations can be made by calling 770-552-7700.

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And finally…Fresh off of their Nashville Trip-a-palooza, the Thrashers Fan Club is preparing for it’s next out-of-town excursion. This one will be to Raleigh, North Carolina when the Thrashers take on the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday March 27.

Check out the details here at the Fan Club’s web site and make your plans accordingly.

289 comments Add your comment

J-man

February 4th, 2010
6:17 am

Probably the team should go without a captain for the rest of the season and then give it to Bogosian in the fall. Bogosian will be here for 5 more years before he can also leave as a free agent, so at least there would be some stability to give it to him. Kozlov would have been a good pick, but he may have already played his last game as a Thrasher. I’m not sure that any of the others will be here long enough for it to be anything but a distraction to make them captain.

Mr. Willson

February 4th, 2010
6:42 am

I would have gone with Slava first. But since his days are probably numbered, we’ll have to pass on that.
I’d otherwise have to say Hedberg. I don’t think anyone gets the respect that he does from the team and fans.

G

February 4th, 2010
6:45 am

It’s hard to pick a captain without being in the locker room, but I’m always surprised that Toby doesn’t make these lists. I don’t think it makes sense to give it to any of the unrestricted free agents (or, obviously, anyone on the trading block).

While I agree Moose has been nothing but spectacular this year, it’s time to trade him. We missed an opportunity with Todd White last year. With Kari ready to play again, we need to get maximum value from the Moose, even if it is just a couple decent picks.

Lee

February 4th, 2010
6:48 am

Hedberg!!! clap clap clap

Lee

February 4th, 2010
6:49 am

This is a really random question but who is better Pavelev or Lehtonen? Or to rephrase it who to send down/trade?

G

February 4th, 2010
6:50 am

Which reminds me. Am I the only one who is more distraught about trading Kari than Kovy? Kovy is an unbelievable offensive force, but Anderson has shown the ability to create a team that can score goals even without Kovy. Kari is easily the best of the 3 Atlanta goaltenders. The opportunity to platoon him with another young, talented goaltender who is “inconsistent” (in Pavs case due to actual inconsistency and not injury) gives Atlanta the potential for playoff competitive goaltending for years to come.

Boris

February 4th, 2010
7:11 am

This is very good news for Kovy.
Hi is going to play for good team.
Bad news for idiot Stendec.
Now Stendec will be very quiet.
Stendec please kiss his Siberian ass before hi is gone.

Not Blind

February 4th, 2010
7:25 am

Rotate the C. Right now nobody has elevated their game as much as Slater has so he is my pic. He and Kane are showing the most passion and desire to win. I think Peverly will up his play one Kupcake is out of the room.

Alan R.

February 4th, 2010
7:27 am

Bogosian. Here’s as compelling a reason as any to name him captain: He’s going to be here a while. Yep, just take a look at the history this team has with its captains, and you’ll see that none have ever really been here a while. They’ve either been traded, haven’t been re-signed, or retired.

One of the knocks against the organization is the lack of stability. We already know Bogosian has good leadership skills, so why not? He’s RFA, so unless he’s traded, he would easily become the longest tenured captain in the team’s history. If that’s not a little more added stability at ice level, I’m not sure what is.

Riceowls8891

February 4th, 2010
7:27 am

Moose. Hardest working, most unselfish player on the team.

World Be Free

February 4th, 2010
7:48 am

Peverly hands down though I would give Marty honorable mention.

Miami Screaming Eagle

February 4th, 2010
7:52 am

The possibility of dealing Kovy has got people talking.

The people talking (besides us) are people who normally would never talk hockey. These people are not hockey fans, but they cannot image how any franchise could get rid of a player at the height of his career.

This does not bode well for the people in this franchise that need to go, from the top down. So maybe something good will come of this? Maybe Brendan’s “Option #2”.

docsbro

February 4th, 2010
7:57 am

I like Moose for this, but me thinks CJA will co without a Captain for the rest of the season. He already showed when he took the job that he doesn’t care too much about captains as he went 1/2 a season without one. A big mistake in my opinion. He’ll wait till next year to name another captain.

waffleboy

February 4th, 2010
7:57 am

Goalies can’t wear the ‘C’.

HookyBob

February 4th, 2010
7:58 am

Peverley gets my vote for captain next year. He demonstrates tirelss effort and had shown franchise loyalty by signing a relatively low $ deal. If the Thrashers had any class they’d offer to renegotiate his contract upwards.

For the remainder of this year I’d like to see Slava and/or Moose get the honor. They are both nearing the end of their respective careers and have truly given the Thrashers their best. They have contributed stability through several years of turmoil. Giving them the captaincy (is that a word?) word show some acknowledgement/reward from the franchise of their contributions.

Back on Kovy,..seems like these big deals often end up involving a team no one even had on the radar as a candidate. I read somewhere that there is now a suprise team (still unnamed) in the mix. Any guesses on who that might be? I’m interested in looking at who I might see in Thrasher Blue real soon.

Go Blue,…can’t wait til Saturday’s home game to see our new Thrashers firsthand.

World Be Free

February 4th, 2010
8:04 am

If you are looking for a positive example of a team that trades a star player, look to Ottawa as an example. The Sens became a better TEAM after they traded Heatley. Another win last night, a team moving towards first place that nobody saw at the start of the season. Play as a team and you will win.

Finally-this week, Pittsburgh and Ottawa proved that Buffalo is no better than an average team with a star rookie and an exceptional goalie. Miller will get worn to the nub by the Olympics and Buffalo will be an early exit from the playoffs.

J.B.

February 4th, 2010
8:10 am

not true about goalie’s wearing the c. I believe Roberto Luongo is a captain; wears the actual ‘C’ on his mask.

DWTOO

February 4th, 2010
8:15 am

Originally voted for Reasoner who I think is a real on ice leader. However, after reading the post above I would give it to Slava until the end of the year. It would be recognition for his dedication, effort, all that smarmy crap over the years. And next year I’d think about Bogosian or even Hainsey.

jimbo

February 4th, 2010
8:17 am

Rather than simply select candidates based on personality and fan appeal, how about lisitng the qualities that a good “C” should have? A few come to mind, respect of the others, hard working, motivator, tough when needed. In this category I think of a guy like Bobby Clarke who did not have the greatest physical skills but hated to lose and pushed everyone else to greater performances. Giving Kovy the “C” was a flimsy attempt to keep him

Mike

February 4th, 2010
8:19 am

I would go with Peverly. He wants to be here. He signed a new contract in the off season. He works hard every night and looks to get his teammates involved.
Losing Kovy will be tough for the franchise, but the bottom line is that it is winning that puts butts in the seats more than one player. We all have seen how Kovy isn’t the model of consistency. We have seen other players make that extra pass to him when they would have been better off taking the shot. Like WBF said, Ottawa got better after Heatley was traded, hopefully the same will happen with the Thrashers. When they start playing as a Team and trust in each other vs. depending on Kovy. Heck, I think our PP will be better as the other teams won’t be able to sit on Kovy’s shot.

Mrs. Zoomo

February 4th, 2010
8:19 am

My vote is for Moose…at least for the rest of the year.
And I wish I could go over to practice…curious to see what the vibe is and who is on/not on the ice but can’t fit it in today.
ps…Kovy’s image is still on the Thrashers website.

World Be Free

February 4th, 2010
8:20 am

Luongo is the only goalie captain in the NHL. How can a goalie be captain? How do you go out and argue calls when you are locked in your crease? Goalies need to concentrate on stopping pucks, which is a alot tougher than any other job in hockey.

I am not arguing Moose’s maturity, commitment or dedication, but I feel you need to have a skater be the captain.

GaVaHokie

February 4th, 2010
8:21 am

I’m hoping our next Captain will be Patrick Sharp. ;)

GaVaHokie

February 4th, 2010
8:24 am

I don’t think anyone will get the “C” for the rest of the season… probably add an “A” to either Peverley or Reasoner.

But, of all the current players wearing an “A”… pfft, I don’t know… Hainsey, maybe?

DWTOO

February 4th, 2010
8:26 am

WBF – Liked you Reg Dunlop quote about the son of the Chief’s owner. Something about “quicker than Jack Robinson” I believe.

We need humor right now.

Toby

February 4th, 2010
8:28 am

I’m with you…Sharp would look nice here. I voted Reasoner. He won the “I’m the best locker room guy” award last year and re-upped for 2 more years after. He’s your man.

Red Light

February 4th, 2010
8:34 am

C Marty Reasoner
A Ron Hainsey
A Jeff Carter (acquired this afternoon)

Mooseberg

February 4th, 2010
8:36 am

Reasoner and give him an extension while your at it.

Nikita

February 4th, 2010
8:37 am

Before I get to who should wear the C: Fans in general are probably going to see the trading of Kovalchuk as a horrible thing. However, I see it as a good thing for a lot of reasons. Also, it will make me respect management a bit more for having the courage to do what is right rather than what is popular.

I am very, very upset about Kari. I don’t want to see him go. My preference would be to keep all three goalies, and move Moose into the goalie coach position if Kari doesn’t recover. A one-two punch of Lehtonen and Pavs would be great for ‘10-11.

As to who gets the C: I think the captain should be someone who’s, at minimum, a moderate scorer, and nonnegotiably exemplifies hard work, maturity, and an ability to lead by example. Plus, as used to be the criteria, the captain should be someone whose house it’s nice to drink beer at.

Ron Hainsey: No. a) his play isn’t good enough and b)he doesn’t seem to be all that effective in motivating his teammates.

Zach Bogosian: No. Too young. Not legal to host the kegger, and has no house.

Slava Kozlov:He wouldn’t take it and can’t earn it right now.

Colby Armstrong: Eh, maybe. Army does a great job of working with his teammates, is generally hardworking and never asks someone to do things he won’t do himself. But he’s young and he’s a UFA. So…maybe.

Now, here are three other possibilities I’d like to have taken into consideration.

Rich Peverley: I don’t think so yet — the 13-month thing is key. But if the team goes back to 5 As, or if Slava loses his, I think he should get one. I definitely think he should be under consideration for the C in ‘10-11. Hard work, character, etc.

Moose can handle a well-shot puck…but could he handle wearing the ‘C’ for a while? No. Technically he can’t take the C, and at his age and mukry future he shouldn’t. Though as I mentioned above, I think he should mature from goaltending into coaching and contribute his guidance through that route.

Marty Reasoner:I agree that he needs the “A.” I could support his being C. He works hard, exemplifies all of the characteristics I mentioned above, and really holds himself to a ridiculously high standard. Plus, he’s lost a number of teeth and gotten several black eyes since he started — aren’t those worth something? Armstrong, for all his agitating and play, hasn’t left half the DNA at Phillips that Marty Reasoner will.

Additional suggestions:

Eric Boulton — Boulton is a long-termer who shows no signs of “boulting.” Like Moose, he’s a vet who intends to stay here for the long haul, puts in the work, knows his role, and has very good perspective on this whole game we call hockey. Plus, look at that stupid flavor saver — you know he’s got at least a kegerator, and probably the NASCAR equivalent of CentreIce.

Michael Ryder — a girl can dream.

TableHockey

February 4th, 2010
8:38 am

I’d be good with either Reasoner or Peverly.

Gibby

February 4th, 2010
8:38 am

THE CURSE OF THE CAPTAIN!

If memory serves me correct, the Thrashers have not had a captain for a full season that played a second full season after becoming the captain. So who do we want to be captain? We know they will be gone next season.

Nikita

February 4th, 2010
8:39 am

Oh, I forgot — Kane also deserves consideration for the A. He’s shown a surprisingly large amount of maturity for being a minor, and I suspect he’s only going to get better as he matures.

Red Light

February 4th, 2010
8:40 am

C Marty Reasoner
A Ron Hainsey
A Rob Scuderi (acquired this afternoon)

Red Light

February 4th, 2010
8:41 am

C Marty Reasoner
A Ron Hainsey
A Wade Redden (acquired this afternoon)

J.B.

February 4th, 2010
8:54 am

i don’t agree with goal tenders being captains, i was just saying it’s possible.

kovy’s image won’t be removed from the website or anywhere else until a trade is finalized. he’s still technically a thrasher.

i want this over TODAY. I am so sick of this… ugh.

Reasoner for the C.

J.B.

February 4th, 2010
8:55 am

red light – apparently Redden was offered to us already this year in some sort of package and DW said “Um.. HEEEEELLLLLLLL NO!” He’s not a good GM but I don’t believe he’s that stupid.

Red Light

February 4th, 2010
8:57 am

Just kidding JB

tom

February 4th, 2010
8:58 am

Who knew that a season ticket holder trying to take advantage of the “Thrashers Stimulus Plan” in order to get a discount on season tickets next year could do it under the guise of “Haiti Relief.”

Rawhide

February 4th, 2010
9:01 am

Goalies can’t wear the ‘C’.

waffleboy – While it is true that league rules “forbid” goalies from wearing the ‘C’…Roberto Luongo is the captain of the Vancouver Canucks.

I’m hoping our next Captain will be Patrick Sharp

GaVaHokie – Niccccccce!

Kane also deserves consideration for the A. He’s shown a surprisingly large amount of maturity for being a minor, and I suspect he’s only going to get better as he matures

Nikita – I wouldn’t argue with that.

If memory serves me correct, the Thrashers have not had a captain for a full season that played a second full season after becoming the captain. So who do we want to be captain? We know they will be gone next season

Gibby – Hmmmm…I had fortotten about that. OK, in that case, I say the next captain should be…Todd White!

J.B.

February 4th, 2010
9:01 am

Red Light – Ah, thought that might be the case, but you never know.

Smoothie

February 4th, 2010
9:02 am

Bill – you said it in your blog entry. Its all about integrity and a commitment to this team. And in light of how he is regarded by his peers (just ask any of his old mates in EDM how they feel about him), its gotta be Reasoner.

It was too soon for Bogosian, a developing player, to get an ‘A’ but I think they wanted another D-man besides Hainsey who wasn’t so shy as Enstrom or new to the team like Kubina. Now Pevs should be in line for an A next season when Slava retires.

If naming a new C might seem premature, then Marty would make sense in the short run until the real, bona fide leader with a L.T. future in ATL, who is truly respected by his mates, reveals himself naturally.

World Be Free

February 4th, 2010
9:08 am

DWTOO-The Slap Shot quote was more like something derogatory about the owner’s son and she better get remarried or he might take an undesirable path in life. It’s a classic.

Bob

February 4th, 2010
9:10 am

Reasoner, mabye Peverly.

ChippersLoveChild

February 4th, 2010
9:16 am

Enstrom. He is now our best player, needs to develop more as a leader, but I think he could do the job, give it to him.

Dwayne

February 4th, 2010
9:19 am

I should have copy righted Thrashers A.K.

jimbo

February 4th, 2010
9:21 am

Nikita- good to see someone doing a little bit of analysis before jumping to a “personal” pick. Based on your assessment and several other observations about Reasoner, I cast my pick for him as well.

Great to see a team like Ottawa demonstrate that team play and good goaltending can produce great results. We’ve had mediocre goaltending and only sporadic team play. Kovy was once MIA last game.

Give Boulton an “A” and let him kick some a,, when guys start the Kovy Coast.

hip czech

February 4th, 2010
9:23 am

I’m in on Patrick Sharp…in a perfect world at the end of the day we have either (in order of preference):

1) Patrick Sharp
2) Jeff Carter
3) some tough, mean, old school defenseman

Lot of chatter recently about the Devils being the frontrunners…who on earth does NJ have to offer?

Riceowls8891

February 4th, 2010
9:27 am

Wasn’t Mellanby captain for at least 2 full years?

Dwayne

February 4th, 2010
9:27 am

I vote for Captain Crunch. Captain Bly, how bout Captain Morgan? The skipper was a Captain, we do have a few Gilligans on the team.

Christoph Schubert

February 4th, 2010
9:37 am

Der gleiche Mann wer war verantwortlich für den Marion Hossa Handel jetzt geht Geschäft weg Kovalchuk?

Wir sind so geschraubt.