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

Paminski

February 4th, 2010
9:43 am

I’m going with rugged veteran Ron Hainsey. I accept he’s not the best player and overpaid to boot. However, he takes the “A” quite seriously. He calls out others for poor performance and will even criticize himself. He’s not fooling himself about the team’s situation, but he still does his job.

Mrs. Zoomo

February 4th, 2010
9:50 am

According to one of my NJ connections…..”supposedly Atlanta’s GM and assistant GM have scouted the Devils last two games(including the minor league game last night)”

Hockey Biltong

February 4th, 2010
9:51 am

Peverly and Reasoner – Co-captains.
Slater- A

Darren

February 4th, 2010
9:57 am

McEachern wasn’t traded after 03-04.

jt

February 4th, 2010
10:02 am

According to NHL.com the Rangers are in the hunt for Kovy. Dudley was scouting a Ranger’s AHL team on Wed.

Nikita

February 4th, 2010
10:03 am

I forgot Toby — he could probably handle the A. He does exemplify all of the characteristics necessary — but, like Nic Havelid, he doesn’t believe in calling attention to himself, so he’ll never take the C.

stendec

February 4th, 2010
10:05 am

Hey G:

Kari is easily the best of the 3 Atlanta goaltenders(?)

NOT EVEN IN LALA LAND TWILIGHT ZONE!

You lost ALL credibility with that insane remark! Johan Moose Hedberg will forgive you. He is that kind of a guy! A captain type of fellow. Hint hint John Petrino!

++STENDEC++

jt

February 4th, 2010
10:10 am

I vote Peverley for the “C”.

World Be Free

February 4th, 2010
10:12 am

Rangers-
Start with Callahan and Dubinsky but no Redden.

Good to hear that Dudley is the talent evaluator

English Teacher

February 4th, 2010
10:19 am

In order, my preferences: Marty, Peverley, Zach…

Absolutely no to: Colby, Kozzy

I like the idea of Moose wearing the “C”, but I’m not sure I love the idea. I would certainly like to see an “A” on the sweaters of players like Kane and Slater. I’m drawn to the hustle guys who don’t mind doing the dirty work.

A fish rots from the head down or it swims head first. I say go with someone who is swimming.

Bravos33

February 4th, 2010
10:21 am

As far as length of service with the team, plus committment, and being an overall likeable guy why not Jimmy Slater. I think he is the perfect type of example player to be a “C”. I know he was scratched for part of the season, but I really like his effort, and I think he would be a good captain. I have always like him. Anyone else agree?

waffleboy

February 4th, 2010
10:25 am

Your specific question was “who do you think should don the ‘C’ in Thrasherville,” not who should be named captain.
My vote goes to Reasoner. Moose is not likely to be here long and Hainsey does not have the personality for it. Army and Kozzy are gone in a few months and Bogo isn’t ready. Maybe he earns it next season after Reasoner’s contract runs out.
If you don;t give it to Reasoner, give him an ‘A’ and run without a captain until next season.

R. Stroz

February 4th, 2010
10:28 am

Give the “C” to the first player that lays Waddell out.

hip czech

February 4th, 2010
10:29 am

Hainsey does not have the personality for it

Hmmm, not sure I agree with that one…Hainsey is the one who usually does all the national media interviews (he’s been on XM a number of times). I think he has the personality for it, his play sometimes doesn’t match his personality.

Rawhide

February 4th, 2010
10:30 am

Your specific question was “who do you think should don the ‘C’ in Thrasherville,” not who should be named captain.

waffleboy – Point taken. And I agree with your argument regarding giving Reasoner an ‘A’ if not the ‘C’. He’s my vote too.

DWTOO

February 4th, 2010
10:34 am

WBF – The look on the women’s face when Reg tells what will happen to her son is classic. There’s so many memorable scenes in Slapshot, but that’s one of my favorites also. Along with “They brought their @#$(*^! toys”.

Want the Thrash organist to play Lady of Spain.

kracker

February 4th, 2010
10:44 am

Hainsey is already wearing the A. He is signed for years and can speak to/for the players, coaches and the media. Obvious choice…hopefully they will make a quick decision instead of waffling like they usually do.

waffleboy

February 4th, 2010
10:44 am

I just think Hainsey is a little better suited as an ‘A.’ He’s a likable guy, but a little too much so for the ‘C.’ That said, since you may not give anyone a ‘C’ for the rest of the year, why not name Moose the Captain since it’s mostly an honorary title. You can still give Reasoner the ‘A’ in that case and maybe Kane as well. Three road ‘A’s, three home ‘A’s.

Spud Webb

February 4th, 2010
10:44 am

Lol, have you ever seen a franchise like the Thrashers??? I’m trying to remember the last time in the NHL a team sent a player home because he’ll be traded???? I’m flabergasted…I’ve seen in the nfl and mlb, but not in the NHL???? Not us, DW you’re a complete and total joke. If you were surprised that kovy asked for as much as he did, then shame on you. If you knew his demands were this high in the offseason, then why wasn’t he dealt then???? This is going to be laughable. We’re not going to get anything worth value for Kovy, a top 10 player in the league. UNFREAKINGBELIEVABLE. Kovy you lied, along with DW and the ASG.
WBF, me thinks that the Olmpics for the USA team will be short, so (for the first time) I disagree w/you. I think Miller is going to end up getting some rest during the break and he’ll need it unless the sabres get some additional scoring before the trade deadline. I suspect they’ll bring in a low rent sniper to help out.
For captain, I hope its Pevs. He looks vocal and at least is signed for a couple more years.

stendec

February 4th, 2010
10:49 am

Is there an etheral conspiracy against Atlanta professional sports teams? Could be.

The following is meant as entertainment only so no tar and feathers please. Just a few interesting “coincidences”.

Thrasher Ilya Kovalchuk captain. Falcon quarterback captain.

IK consensus premiere player. QB consensus premiere player.

Injury put IK on sidelines. Injury put QB on sidelines.

IK wanted ridiculous salary. QB signed for ridiculous salary.

IK selfish. QB selfish.

IK not completely honest with fans. QB outright lied to fans.

IK covets individual stats. QB coveted individual stats.

IK broke hockey stick after being booed at home. QB gave middle finger salute to fans (despite revisionist history to contrary) after being booed at home.

IK followers still support him. QB followers now wear green.

IK split team fan base. QB split team fan base.

IK play became uninspired. QB made no bones about fact that he quit on teammates.

IK had no intentions of signing new contract. Legal problems forced QB off team.

Probably some more but those are enough for now.

Just thought some of you might be interested as many of us keep track of all Atlanta pro teams to some extent.

Thanks for listening.

++STENDEC++

DWTOO

February 4th, 2010
10:50 am

Spud -from CV’s blog. Rangers sent Kotalik home telling him a trade was nearing. But, for the most part I agree with your point. Think the Kotalik situation was rare.

ChippersLoveChild

February 4th, 2010
10:52 am

I think Waddell should wear the “C.” It could be his final move in ruining this franchise, and it truly is about the only title he hasn’t held with us.

hip czech

February 4th, 2010
10:56 am

Just as I suspected…Don Waddell is Thrash

Bob

February 4th, 2010
10:57 am

guys, it’s common for teams to hold guys out that are being traded. It was one of the signs that we always looked for at trade deadline time (the healthy scratch list) to see who was on the block from which teams.

The Thrashers on the other hand tell Kovy he’s being traded, then send him for practice today. Bizarro world. Didn’t we even have a guy break a leg in practice this year or last? Was telling Kovy he’s going to be traded some kind of desperation ploy from Waddell to get him to sign?

rob

February 4th, 2010
11:02 am

Can’t be a goalie, and here is why…….they don’t play every game. He gonna come off the bench to talk to the refs? I saw we rotate it. Let Peverley, Hainsey, Reasoner and maybe even Armstrong all get a run at it, and when we come back for training camp, you let the team duke it out for the HONOR of being the C. Training camp would be a good time to find out just who WANTS to lead this team. The C NEVER should have been given to anyone for any other reason than they are the TRUE LEADER of this team, 110%.

kracker

February 4th, 2010
11:02 am

Nobody likes Slava more than me…well, some do I guess…but we need to make the playoffs, that is the goal. Slava is a great guy and a real team player but he is not captain material, imho. We need someone that will kick players in the arse when needed and someone comfortable working with the press. And a captain that will forcefully ”discuss” player concerns with the coaches if needed. Slava is very old-school and might not voice his players thoughts about the team even if the situation called for it. Agan, imho.

World Be Free

February 4th, 2010
11:10 am

DTWOO-on toys
“I’d rather have them playing with their toys then playing ……… ……….”.

Spud-the U.S. getting knocked out early is something I had not considered. Based on your thoughts, Miller may indeed get his rest. The Sabres need Kovy more than most teams in the mix. You think maybe, just maybe they might….? NAH!

Stendec-I think you are enjoying today’s lunacy way too much. I admire your consistency.

Buzilla in CT

February 4th, 2010
11:16 am

I have not posted in some time. I have still been reading but since the hockey package isn’t offered in my area I don’t get to see games unless they play Boston, so I have been reduced to following them through my fantasy hockey leagues and box scores. On the rare occasion that they win, I will watch the highlights on Yahoo video.

That being said, I am very disappointed and disgusted. Each side of the Kovy debacle gets there share of the blame I suppose, but the root of the issue is ownership. It is so clear that they are trying desperately to sell the team. In these economic times, I doubt we are going to see some gallant figure ride in on a white horse and buy the Thrashers and save hockey in Atlanta. Which is really really sad.

I have watched this organization grow from a seed into a weed on Atlanta’s sports landscape. It doesn’t make any sense why an NHL team can’t be a viable profitable sport in a major city such as Atlanta. Half the city are transplants! There are like 5 million people in the city and surrounding areas.

As much as everyone likes to say that the problem is Waddell (which he does deserve blame) it still falls on ownership. I hope they don’t sell the team like the Braves did. To an ownership group that was just looking for a tax loss. Where is Ted when we need him? Better yet, a true hockey fan. Problem is, any true hockey fan with ownership money, doesn’t live in Atlanta, and will move the team.

Let me offically start the rumor that the Thrashers will be the new Hartford Whalers.

My prediction for Mr. Kovy. He gets packaged with Kari in a blockbuster deal with Boston.

This will be the deathstroke for Blueland…and that is a very hard thing to take.

rob

February 4th, 2010
11:28 am

KANE FOR CAPTAIN!!!! I officially change my vote for captain after thinking it over for a few moments. I say make Kane captain, and before you skip over the rest of this here is WHY I think he would be a good choice……He has BY FAR been the hardest worker out there night after night after night. Sure it’s because he is young and has to prove himself, so he leaves it on the ice every night. Already a vital part of penalty kill….should be on PP too in my opinion. I don’t think he should hold onto the C into next year, but I think handing it to him now would send A STRONG MESSAGE to the team. Shape up and PLAY SOME HARD FOUGHT HOCKEY THE REST OF THE SEASON. Watching him play, I have no doubt Kane can actually be the C in his 3rd year if he continues the way he is, so throw it on him and watch how he reacts, and let the “VETERANS” remember why they play the game and STEP IT UP so a rookie doesn’t show them up again. That would throw the team into chaos I am sure, but they need a wakeup call and the COACH and GM are too scared or too buddy buddy with them to make them work hard.

waffleboy

February 4th, 2010
11:29 am

Buzilla in CT – Could not agree more that ownership is the real issue, but I’m still skeptical about the viability of moving this team. I just don;t think it’s in the cards. If Phoenix can survive with there massive issues, I think the NHL will keep this team in ATL. Also, while there are plenty of towns in Canada that would support a team, the economic reality of Canada is that there is not enough money to support another NHL team. The teams there now are being subsidized by American teams and have been since the beginning of the NHL. Lest we forget, only two of the Original 6 were Canadian teams.

JT

February 4th, 2010
11:30 am

rob

February 4th, 2010
11:30 am

RAWHIDE,
How about getting a “FIRE WADDELL” night going? Might be the most attended game of the season, and we can chant it the whole game….maybe that would bring enough attention from outside to get it done?

Former STH

February 4th, 2010
11:32 am

Ugh!! This whole thing just makes me sick. Sihanara to Blueland

JT

February 4th, 2010
11:35 am

All of the sudden the Devils are being named more and more for a possible trade for Kovy..

stendec

February 4th, 2010
11:36 am

When the Thrashers win (in Atlanta or Hamilton) everyone will understand why Ilya Kovalchuk was not paid $10 million per season for a decade! Agent screwed his own self as well as IK. Although his percentage of contract would make agent millionaire many times over. Such is life in professional sports! ++STENDEC++

Rawhide

February 4th, 2010
11:43 am

How about getting a “FIRE WADDELL” night going? Might be the most attended game of the season, and we can chant it the whole game….maybe that would bring enough attention from outside to get it done

rob – Might I suggest that every night should be “Fire Waddell Night”?

Just sayin’…

GaVaHokie

February 4th, 2010
11:45 am

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

Ah, dammit… you beat me to the joke. :)

GaVaHokie

February 4th, 2010
11:48 am

New Jersey will probably be offering us Brian Rolston and Danius Zubrus… can’t get excited about that… which means, it’s probably going to happen. :(

I’d like to see Phoenix step in and offer Peter Mueller and Keith Yandle.

Diego from Lilburn

February 4th, 2010
11:50 am

C = Peverly
A = Reasoner
A = Hainsey
A = Boulton

hip czech

February 4th, 2010
11:52 am

Can the NHL force the ASG clowns out? Or, do the ASG clowns have to put the team up for sale first?

rob

February 4th, 2010
11:53 am

i agree every night should be, but if we actually got 1 game and made it that….could fill the place up with all the mad fans, even those who have run away, to make a statement to the owners and the league. Get signs and post them everywhere, wave it on flags, hell Id even get a plain t shirt and write it on it to wear over my Thrasher jersey LMAO

BlueSpark

February 4th, 2010
11:54 am

Reasoner should get the C for sure. I said this before Kovy got it. Anyone who says otherwise is obviously demented.

But Slater wearing the C is funnier…

TableHockey

February 4th, 2010
11:56 am

I’m ready for closure on this. Apparently at practice this morning Kovy said an extension with Atlanta was still possible. What??

Various rumor mills are reporting a mystery team that is in on the hunt for Kovy as a rental. Wonder who that might be? Wouldn’t surprise me to see the Pens in the mix. LOL – Maybe we’ll get Dupuis back.

They are also saying Chicago has backed off – I’m surprised by that. I would have expected with their cap issues that this would be a good chance for them to dump salary and pick up a big time scorer for a cup run.

rob

February 4th, 2010
11:58 am

RAWHIDE,
And by the way, THANKS for actually responding to my post….can’t get Chris to do that over there……and I don’t know why that is so, THANKS

Red Light

February 4th, 2010
12:05 pm

From Brooks of NY Post tweet
Source: price of NYR rental of Ilya is Staal or DelZotto, plus Callahan or Dubinsky, plus Kreider or Stepan or Grachev, plus first rounder = No deal.

Red Light

February 4th, 2010
12:10 pm

No Hainsey and no Bogo for Paul Martin’s Olympic spot. From Bob McKenzie tweet

“No surprise at all, but Ryan Whitney is now officially confirmed as Paul Martin’s Team USA Olympic replacement.”

Russian

February 4th, 2010
12:11 pm

This is a Deal between Thrashers Managment and Kovy:
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The Thrashers offered $10 million a year for three, five or seven years, according to agent Jay Grossman. They offered $101 million but over 12 years ($8.41 million average).
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Did he ask too much? Is any team will pay him $8.5 per year. IF we lost Kovy it will be BIGGEST Mistake for Oweners. :-(

Tony C.

February 4th, 2010
12:14 pm

Reasoner should have it….

What’s your wish list of possible “return” for #17??? Mine goes something like…

Philly: VanRimsdyk(spl?) and Giroux and one “comer” type prospect from the minors and two mid-round picks for #17 & Moose & Joe Crabb -they’ll want us to take Danielle from them for salary reasons-I”, not sure how that would balance out.

NYR: Dubinsky is a MUST in any scenario. Slats is clearly going to want us to take on Redden and his millstone of a contract-I’m actually ok with that, just get his stiff-necked self to get back on HGH and it’ll look like a steal. They’ve shown that backing up Hank is a challenge area, so sending the Moose makes sense and will allow us to get some decent picks and perhaps a “maybe” guy in the minors

San Jose: – Ah ha! didn’t think you’d see them on this list didja? Anyway, I think that Wilson may be *so* consumed with not laying an egg in the playoffs-plus the whole dance they’ve had with Marleau may make this trade more do-able than we thought, plus it’s a nice fantasy for me to see #15 & the russian cannon on the same squad. anyway; Marleau and Couture their 3rd-round pick for #17, Crabb our 2nd-round pick and Afinegenov

Just some thoughts, but methinks we’ll see #17 go north of the border…. I’m so disappointed

Big ups to thrasher fans for flooding the talkshows this morning.

ben

February 4th, 2010
12:21 pm

I wrote an open letter to Kovy in a recent Rawhide blog. I still stand by it. Teams trade best players all the time. 99 was traded. I hope Kovy stays in the NHL. We’re the Expos of hockey, people. When Kovy comes back into town, lets do the classy thing and root for him. Yes, Waddell should be fired. He should have been fired years ago. This is not the end of this team in our fair city. Think of it as a new beginning.

Hockey will NEVER BE the first or second love of this town even when its good. It’s frustrating being a Thrashers fan, it truly is. I want to see 17 here, I do. I still want Savard here. I still want Hossa here. But the Thrashers are staying here. The whole league is having problems. I mean the Isles and the Blue Jackets come to mind as teams that are having huge problems.

Red Light

February 4th, 2010
12:22 pm

Per McKenzie again: “It is also now confirmed that Tim Gleason is the replacement for Mike Komisarek.”