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

Miami Screaming Eagle

February 4th, 2010
12:31 pm

Don Waddell is about as useful as a MARTA escalator.

Tony C.

February 4th, 2010
12:31 pm

lilibeter

February 4th, 2010
12:32 pm

Based on the dedication that I see on the ice and based on the dedication and work ethic that I hear about off the ice, my vote is for Reasoner to be named captain.

Based on the reality that I have seen in my years as a Thrasher’s fan though, I suspect that ChippersLoveChild is probably closer to correct. Don Waddell probably really will stick the ‘C’ on himself. Then again, if DWad does, maybe he’ll leave next season too! Ah-HA…I knew there had to be a silver lining hiding somewhere!

Tony C.

February 4th, 2010
12:32 pm

big ups on whoever the second questioner is. Good questions

kracker

February 4th, 2010
12:37 pm

Tony C. – “What’s your wish list of possible “return” for #17???”

I know you meant players coming back…but I have the tiniest thought (not even a hope) that Kovalchuk is an actual rental for the rest of this season/playoffs and signs back here this summer. Either because that was his plan all along (not likely) or because no other team can come to terms with him as a FA (also not likely).

GaVaHokie

February 4th, 2010
12:39 pm

Not sure if it was Schultz or Viv that asked “doesn’t Grossman, ultimately, work for YOU?”

… thanks for asking that!

chris16

February 4th, 2010
12:40 pm

Kovy talks to media listen to it on Thrasher site 10 min long. He is going to d.c. to play friday.

hip czech

February 4th, 2010
12:41 pm

good article here:

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/blogs/2010/02/do_flyers_devils_rangers_have.html?ref=rss

man, why would any team trade for him if he is really serious about the KHL card?

World Be Free

February 4th, 2010
12:43 pm

This is bizzar-o
I just think we are going to end up with alot less than we think when we terade Kovy.

Tony C.

February 4th, 2010
12:44 pm

I am still beyond flabbergasted why in the wide world of sports Waddell has a job. I swear the man is a case study for Sports Management 101:What not to do

GaVaHokie

February 4th, 2010
12:47 pm

Wish List…

Chicago: Sharp, Barker, Skille
Phoenix: Mueller, Yandle, Lombardi
NYR: M. Staal, Drury, Anisimov

ben

February 4th, 2010
12:49 pm

So basically nothing’s changed.

World Be Free

February 4th, 2010
12:54 pm

I can’t get the interview on my work computer-what did Kovy say?

stendec

February 4th, 2010
12:55 pm

Allow Johan Moose Hedberg to be captain, honorary or otherwise, for remainder of season. Out of respect! If Thrashers make unlikely playoff run it will be because they are following in Moose tracks. God bless you Mr Hedberg! Christmas in February for me? Kari Lehtonen sharing the same plane with Ilya Kovalchuk on their way out of Atlanta. Even the most pi$$ed off IK supporters will soon realize his departure was for the best. There are no I’s, K’s or L’s in TEAM! Peace all. ++STENDEC++

Rawhide

February 4th, 2010
12:58 pm

rob – No problem, buddy. It’s tough to respond to everyone all the time…escpecially given the volume of comments that have been filtering through here lately. But when someone tosses up a softball like that I simply have to take a swing at it.

As for an “official Fire Waddell” night…well, I would think that if the Kovy deal goes down in the next day or so and we get in return something similar to what we did for Hossa, (and Dupuis), there won’t be any need to orchestrate one.

Saturday night…it’ll just happen on it’s own.

Tony C.

February 4th, 2010
1:04 pm

WBF: Basically he said that DW told him that he was going to have to seriously look at trading him(Kovalchuk). #17 also said that he basically told Grossman to work out a deal and that the two don’t talk daily about the contract, only if Grossman feels there “something big” going on. #17 also said that there was “nothing going to stop me” about playing in/for ATL-he doesn’t like it, but it’s a business-he has angent for that he just plays the game(s)…a lot about how he was “no different from any players in the locker room only Kozzy has a no-trade”[sic] When asked if it was possible he stays “Anything can happen-who knows?” was the answer.

I’d love to see this as an elaborate rental&return scheme too kracker, but I just don’t think that DW’s opposite numbers aren’t going to give up the pkg. that DW wants without securing rights to talk about an extension w/Kamp Kovalchuk 1st.

moriler

February 4th, 2010
1:08 pm

Kovalchuk to Montreal for Sergei Kostitsyn, Hal Gill, and a 2nd rounder (e5)

…Sorry, possessed by quebeçois spirits for a moment there :D

stendec

February 4th, 2010
1:08 pm

My father instilled in me that when a man or woman is paid to do a job they should perform task to the very best of their ability. Those shelling out the money deserve that consideration. Ilya Kovalchuk is being paid by the Thrashers. He might say he was giving 100 percent at all times. Purists of the game (like me) will strongly disagree. Perhaps he will be better off in Russia. No Stanley Cup but he may end up being canonized for sainthood. It had become apparent that he was extremely unhappy in a Thrasher uniform. Actions spoke far louder than his untruthful words. ++STENDEC++

Buzilla in CT

February 4th, 2010
1:11 pm

Trade Kovy for a ton of stuff, team gets sold to Ted, then resign kovy in the summer, hoist stanley cup in 2011…

…what would be the chances of that

Rev. Whitaker

February 4th, 2010
1:16 pm

I would say we should repeat what the team did before naming Ilya as captain, start the season without a captain and see if anyone steps up.

But I am betting that BoGo is named, as they stated at the STH meet and greet “We want this to be Ilya’s and Zach’s team”.

DWTOO

February 4th, 2010
1:18 pm

Thru my beer addled mind I recall there was a “FIRE WADDELL” night two years ago. Signs were confiscated and I believe those chanting were chastised by the ushers. So, it will have to done stealthily.

I’d rather see Don pushed upstairs and given the title of Vice President in Charge of Sitting in This Office – or he could be Thrash. Actually Don’s been the one constant throughout and while not a good GM he’s a good guy and, I think, bleeds blue.

And while there’s plenty of blame for everyone in this situation he probably took Kovy at his word for wanting to improve the team and staying here. Sorry to say I believed the lying pile of dog stuff too.

Tom

February 4th, 2010
1:18 pm

Here is my question, if we traded Ilya to Chicago, would Hossa be happy about it?

World Be Free

February 4th, 2010
1:19 pm

Thanks Tony C-amazing
Buzilla-I guess we can dream.

Don Waddell

February 4th, 2010
1:21 pm

Ilya Kovalchuk will be a big part of our future.

English Teacher

February 4th, 2010
1:21 pm

“Give the “C” to the first player that lays Waddell out.” So do NASCAR Dave or Stendec count?

Tom

February 4th, 2010
1:21 pm

We should get a printer to make a Fire Waddell Sign with a tear away front for the ushers to see. Something like We love Thrash. I would buy a ticket to the game for that night. Hell, I would probably pay for the signs to be made on that night..

The other alternative is to copy the idea from the Saints fans in the 70s and 80s and wear a paper bag over our faces in the stands. There are so few fans in the inner bowl you would be sure to stand out on television.

Cup Guy

February 4th, 2010
1:23 pm

Buzilla- I agree with you. Yes, Waddell does deserve some blame, but ultimately ownership won’t fork out the big bucks to bring in other players. They can’t even keep the big names they have. Wadell, Well he can’t convince his own down to go outside and use the bathroom, much less persuade a star player to stay.

Now on that note I’m glad to see ourselves separating ourselves from kovy. We need to be a team that plays two way hockey. Remember Charlie didn’t want to play two way hockey and left, only to realize that he loves hockey and wanted to come back and play to way hockey. DUCKS 3.

As for who should get the C. Here are the attributes that go with the C. Hard working night in and out. Hustles all over the ice. He doesnt sit on the ice begging for a call, he gets up and plays on. He gets in the players face, coaches face, refs face, anyone face to get them going. He is honest and upfront. He doesnt have to score 50 goals but does need to score some points and at least be a plus player. He knows when to speak and what to say. He represents his club and team and fans in the most positive way possible. He thinks of his teammates first fans second and himself last.

With all that said we can narrow the roster way way way down. There are only a few viable choices. Marty being tied with Pevs for my vote. Both players signed low contracts because they liked where they were and where this team was headed. Pevs has hustled every night since coming to ATL last year. He continues to hustle. he can play with anyone and make others around him look great. Marty on the other hand can do all that. He is a monster on the PK. He doesnt score a ton of goals but he scores the ones that are very very important. Marty gives his all just like Pevs.

The last two that could be in this group could be Slates and Kane. Kane is very young but he will be the next kovy. Maybe not a 50 goal scorer but a plus player and a force to reckon with. Slates, well have you guys seen him play recently? He was sat out for most of the beginning and now look at him. He plays hard and not because he will be sat again, but because he wants to play. Because he knows he gets paid to play and play hard.

ChippersLoveChild

February 4th, 2010
1:29 pm

I’m all for going to a game that is “Fire Waddell Night,” but truthfully we need to incorporate the owners into this night as well. They are awful.

Nikita

February 4th, 2010
1:48 pm

…Waddell can be Thrash. As long as he doesn’t become on of the shirtless guys who dances with Thrash.

GaVaHokie

February 4th, 2010
2:00 pm

When Ted owned the Thrashers, the team salary was $11 million and $17 million… not sure that would change anything.

GaVaHokie

February 4th, 2010
2:01 pm

So, now Eklund was saying this was all a bluff on Waddell’s part to bring all possible suitors “to the surface” to drive up the price.

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Eklund/Time-to-Exhale-On-Kovalchuk–This-may-take-a-while–Olympics-at-Risk/1/26033

GaVaHokie

February 4th, 2010
2:05 pm

Craig Custance’s argument that the Sharks are involved…

http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/The_Grinder/entry/view/54436

Add this to my wishlist…

Sharks: Clowe, Huskins, Demers… (or Couture)

Hockey Biltong

February 4th, 2010
2:08 pm

Tony C. – Craig Custance agrees with you viz.San Jose Sharks….

moriler

February 4th, 2010
2:11 pm

From TFA: “You know, I feel for Waddell here. Not only is he a great guy, and the sole reason Hockey is even still in Atlanta, …”

Now look. I’m not a fan of the Waddell-bashing that happens here on a constant basis, because the bashers tend to pretend the situation is far worse than it is, that Don is the only person who’s at fault for that situation, and that anything would change anytime soon even if he were fired _tomorrow_. I think there are more productive discussions to be had instead of just banging a drum and chanting mindlessly. But this sort of statement by eklund? C’mon, man.

Somaatl95

February 4th, 2010
2:13 pm

Anyone going to the game Saturday? Start chanting “Fire Waddell” before the game and at intermissions. Maybe the ASG will get the point. If enough people do it they can’t kick everyone out.
Maybe if it was during the game it would get coverage on at least 1 sports network.
Clap, Clap, clapclapclap “Lets go Thrashers” Clap, Clap, clapclapclap “Fire Wad Dell” Clap, Clap, clapclapclap

hip czech

February 4th, 2010
2:18 pm

moriler, yeah that statement from Eklund underscores how clueless he is. Waddell may be the reason the Thrashers AREN’T still in Atlanta

Tim

February 4th, 2010
2:38 pm

Armstrong or Hedberg if either are around after the deadline.

Kane should be the long-term choice for captain. Bogo has been on again, off again lately. Kane is on all the time… nobody on this team plays harder. I’d also be happy with Kubina or Antropov keeping it warm for Evander ’til he’s ready.

Miami Screaming Eagle

February 4th, 2010
2:44 pm

Moriler, Hip-Just saw that too- here it is again

“You know, I feel for Waddell here. Not only is he a great guy, and the sole reason Hockey is even still in Atlanta, but were I Don Waddell I would be so furious and frustrated these Olympics are happening right now.”

hip czech

February 4th, 2010
2:48 pm

Witnesses say Kovalchuk just left the local Wachovia today in a bit of a huff. Jane Acworth of Buckhead, Ga reports that Kovalchuk was attempting to cash his last paycheck from the Atlanta Thrashers. However, there was a bit of a problem. A typo prohibited him from cashing the check.

Apparently the teller notice the typo, in the pay to the order of line “Ilya Kovaldchuck”. The teller was quick to point out that their was no D in Kovalchuk. Kovalchuk responded “what’s the difference if there is a D in there or not”. The teller replied “to cash a check this big, the D is very important”.

Red Light

February 4th, 2010
2:52 pm

Waddell and the Thrashers issued a statement about the negotiations, according to Custance via Twitter.

John Smith

February 4th, 2010
3:03 pm

I remember when Heatley introduced Kovy to the team. Sad.

GaVaHokie

February 4th, 2010
3:06 pm

Bob

February 4th, 2010
3:06 pm

“The teller replied “to cash a check this big, the D is very important”.”

Bada-bing!

Will you guys quit looking at Eklund, please? That statement right there proves the guy has no sources and the only reason he said it was to blow smoke up Waddell’s rear in an effort to get Don to release some info to him on the biggest story in the NHL right now. It would have been more subtle if he showed up at Don’s doorstep wearing knee pads . . .

TableHockey

February 4th, 2010
3:45 pm

OMG – what was the point of the press statement? Make Kovy look greedy? Certainly after that release you don’t take the man to DC to play tomorrow night.

I believe this press statement will end up making DW look much worse than Kovy.

TableHockey

February 4th, 2010
3:46 pm

Not to mention the attitude it will create for our other UFAs or anyone in the league we try to pick up in the off-season.

hip czech

February 4th, 2010
3:53 pm

I don’t know, the part about ‘well, it has to be fair for both sides…I have a family and 3 kids’ doesn’t put Kovalchuk in a very good light.

c’mon, 101 million ought to be able to support a family!

hip czech

February 4th, 2010
3:54 pm

sorry, that paraphrased quote was from Kovalchuk’s press conference, not Waddell’s statement

TableHockey

February 4th, 2010
3:57 pm

Here is the part that clearly was a jab at Kovy:

Ultimately, we offered Kovy more than $101 million over 12 years, which would have been the highest contract signed by an impending unrestricted free agent in the history of the league. If accepted, this contract would have been the second highest offer ever to any NHL player. We also met his desire to be the highest paid player based on average annual salary with a separate offer of 7 years at $10M per year ($70M). This offer is $0.5M higher per year than any other player.

rob

February 4th, 2010
3:58 pm

moriler,
There was a time when you may have been right, that there is a more productive way to go about this, and yes, it is not ALL D. Waddell’s fault that this team is the way it is. BUT THEY HAVE HAD 10 YEARS TO FIGURE IT OUT AND STILL HAVEN’T GOTTEN THE MESSAGE. Obviously they don’t want to listen to what the FANS want. And what do the FANS want? A team that goes out there and plays HARD, EVERY NIGHT! They don’t have to win……at first, but they have to PLAY HARD. So since the owners can’t listen to the season ticket holders leaving, let’s get together and ALL VOICE OUR DISPLEASURE WITH THE DIRECTION OF THE ORGANIZATION AT ONCE. The FANS want this team to succeed. The FANS want hockey in Atlanta. The FANS deserve better than they have suffered through for so long. The game of hockey needs new life in this town, the excitement that hard working players bring to it. A “FIRE WADDELL” night that embarrasses the owners might just get that back. And if they don’t listen…..maybe the next night can be “WANTED, OWNERS WHO CARE ABOUT HOCKEY” night.

Wren Hater

February 4th, 2010
3:58 pm

A Child Shall LEAD Them…..

EVANDER KANE for CAPTAIN !

If “Sid The (Teenage) Kid” could be Captain, Evander certainly can.