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.
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.?
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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?
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.
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 email@example.com.
Now this was a great idea, Cup Guy. Hats off to you for piloting this wonderful effort.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.