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

rob

February 4th, 2010
4:04 pm

and if they won’t let in signs…….cheap TSHIRTS with slogans printed on it over Thrashers jerseys would work too Or maybe even the Kovalchuck jerseys which will surely be “priced to sell” LOL

My point is, there will be hockey after Kovy (A.K.)…..what do the FANS want that hockey to look like?

If Waddell actually bled blue, then he would publicly take the owners to task. Yeah they pay him, but he is responsible for the team on the ice, and the way they are coached, so………

Riceowls

February 4th, 2010
4:45 pm

Bill: If you have Sirius, listen to HNIC replay tonite in the first 20 minutes.

Rev. Whitaker

February 4th, 2010
4:54 pm

Ilya was not saying 101 million is not enough, but he wants a stable home, wants to know where his family will be long trem.

Also as Ilya stated back in June, he is just here to play hockey he is letting his agent deal with the contract, now what that mean I do not know (Iam not Ilya), but I hope this does not turn into a Bobby Orr sisutation, where the GM/Owner say they will do something, but the Agent does not past it on because 1. it does not sound right 2 they think it is bs 3 they think they know what thier client wants

I like that Ilya is playing in Washington… we will see where that leads… I have a felling Ilya will be back unless his fires his agent.

MARTA Escalator

February 4th, 2010
5:42 pm

I am deeply offended.

John C.

February 4th, 2010
5:46 pm

I am a big Peverley fan, and from what I hear he may be able to lead. However, we have to remember that he is still in his FIRST full Nhl season.Therefore, my choice will be Marty Reasoner.

Tom

February 4th, 2010
6:05 pm

We have played without a captain before, we will play without a captain after Ilya leaves. So would say we are playing without a captain right now.

Captains are supposed to set the example.

Brendan

February 4th, 2010
6:07 pm

It’s official. I cannot keep up with the blogs anymore! There are too many of them right now. It’s awesome.

And, by the way, I cast my vote for Marty Reasoner. I was surprised to see that he really is the front-runner, among the votes cast. Good job, bloggers!

World Be Free

February 4th, 2010
6:57 pm

Came home and listened to the entire Kovy interview. I think I am as messed up as he is.

It’s like “I like you, but I want to break up with you. You sure you want to break up with me? Well yeah, I think, let’s talk more about it tomorrow. No, I am sure, I want to break up with yoiu, I think.”

These negotiations must be run by Congress.

World Be Free

February 4th, 2010
6:58 pm

Smoothie has to be voting for Marty too.

BG33Brown

February 4th, 2010
7:00 pm

Rawhide, if the question is who is the best fit for Captain, I say Kubina. But of course he is a UFA at the end of the year. So offer him a contract, see if he is interested and hopefully he takes it and becomes our captain.

Tom Lysiak

February 4th, 2010
7:06 pm

Kevin Allen and Bob McKenzie say the trade is done to an Eastern Conference team. Not Rangers, Bruins or Flyers according to them.

jeff

February 4th, 2010
7:11 pm

Why not Tobis Enstrum seems to be constant

Tom Lysiak

February 4th, 2010
7:31 pm

New Jersey Devils. Rumor was it would be better than what we got for Hossa. We’ll see….

KovyRules

February 4th, 2010
7:34 pm

Me thinks Waddell already had a deal worked out, with a team that already knew the contract offer numbers, when he released that statement. The statement was to save face with us fans and posters. Even DW isn’t dumb enough to foul the hopes of the other teams hoping a trade will help them sign him.

Bob

February 4th, 2010
7:35 pm

per Kevin Allen he’s going to the Devils, don’t know yet for whom, but anyone want to lay odds that Waddell wins a trade with Sweet Lou? quit laughing

Mrs. Zoomo

February 4th, 2010
7:40 pm

you guys may want to hold off on any sign making or t-shirt printing for Saturday’s game since the Thrashers may get snowed in in DC tomorrow night!

BehindEnemyLines

February 4th, 2010
7:43 pm

Does it really matter? Absent any remotely competent ownership or leadership upstairs, the “C” isn’t going to change anything.

Tom Lysiak

February 4th, 2010
7:44 pm

An “executive” says Bergfors, Oduya, a prospect and a pick.

World Be Free

February 4th, 2010
7:44 pm

Johnny Oduala supposedly is part of it

Tom

February 4th, 2010
7:51 pm

Great quote by Custace – Kovalchuk with Lemaire is really going to be interesting

Miami Screaming Eagle

February 4th, 2010
7:54 pm

ESPN had a graphic-3 of the 4 top goal scorers in the NHL since 2001 season are former Thrashers.

Uncredible.

Bob

February 4th, 2010
7:58 pm

Why Oduya? Firesale mode now? Kubina going? Colby gone? let the rebuild begin, again

Tom

February 4th, 2010
8:00 pm

Well, looks like we are getting the only minus player on the Devils roster in Bergof -7 , and Oduya’s numbers are way off this year. Last 2 years he was plus 20 , this year just a plus 2. Also his scoring is down to 4 points in 40 games where he was 26 and 29 the last 2 season.

Miami Screaming Eagle

February 4th, 2010
8:06 pm

Pitty all you folks who dished out nice green for those Kovalchuk jerseys. I got my Lubos Barteko jersey at a discount.

R. Stroz

February 4th, 2010
8:07 pm

Niclas Bergfors is also a smurf, 5′11″ and 180 pounds.

Waddell has a thing for smurfs.

Time to warm up THE BULLHORN and get the FIRE WADDELL signs out of the trunk of the car.

Sharon

February 4th, 2010
8:08 pm

My hockey heart just shattered into a million little pieces… damn it all…

Zoomo

February 4th, 2010
8:09 pm

ahhhh… THanks for the memories Kovy.

Oduya? Overrated…..don’t like him. Bergfors has lots of upside. Dunno about the prospect.

pffftt….

LAC

February 4th, 2010
8:10 pm

This SUCKS, I quit GO NASHVILLE, no point in even thinking of this JOKE team and
a GM who should be in a MENTAL HOSPITAL, way to kill hockey here waddell,
I hope your SOUL rots in HELL when you die for what you have done to Hockey in this city !
Die you SOB !

R. Stroz

February 4th, 2010
8:12 pm

Yeah, sounds like Waddell really got a lot better return on this deal as compared to the Hossa deal. Waddell is such a bad joke.

Bob

February 4th, 2010
8:13 pm

so we basically get Christiansen, Armstrong, Esposito, and a 1st . . . again. Fitting that Groundhog Day was this week, wonder which of our D is going with Kovy since we got their crap D guy

Tom

February 4th, 2010
8:13 pm

Waddell reportedly said this was his criteria for trading Ilya Waddell likely is expecting a significant return for his captain and star forward — reportedly he’s asked for a top-six forward, a top-four defenseman and a prospect.

Is Oduya a top 4 defenseman?

Is Bergfors a top 6 forward?

I can not answer that but they do not come across as such.

R. Stroz

February 4th, 2010
8:13 pm

Per Kevin Allen:

Atlanta Thrashers receive Oduya, Bergfors, Patrice Cormier and a 1st-round pick for Kovalchuk

waffleboy

February 4th, 2010
8:16 pm

Waddell got fleeced.

Sage of Bluesland

February 4th, 2010
8:20 pm

Look in the mirror sheep! I can’t stop laughing at some of you…and you know who you are…

What a disaster.

I hate everything about this organization–and you should, too…They deserve only scorn and ridicule…

Tom Lysiak

February 4th, 2010
8:20 pm

Wow, this just gets better and better. Isn’t Patrice Cormier the one who just got suspended for the year in juniors for the elbow to the head?

Tom

February 4th, 2010
8:21 pm

Damn, Oduya is earning 3 million this year and next. The UFA

Bergfors is only 816,000 this year and RFA next year.

Bob

February 4th, 2010
8:22 pm

stroz, do you know how Cormier is? He’s the Devils prospect that just pulled off the dirtiest play in hockey in the Q a few weeks ago, people were calling for him to get a lifetime ban from hockey, google the video on the hit, completely ugly. McSorely ugly.

And Don Waddell takes this slug in trade for Kovy.

If Waddell isn’t summarily fired in the morning for this debacle, then there’s just no justice in this world

BG33Brown

February 4th, 2010
8:23 pm

Odouya isn’t have a great season, looks like he has been injured for a while. Cormier is their 5th best prospect….shooot, tdenby was their top prospect (that got me excited) now i have to figure out who cormier is.

waffleboy

February 4th, 2010
8:23 pm

Oduya is a top 4 d-man, but he’s right on the borderline. Bergfors is a top 6 forward, but he’s right on the borderline. Cormier is 2 years away at the pick will be a late first rounder. I don’t know if this will eventually work out, but because we’re asking that question, it let’s you know it probably won’t be. It’s like when somebody asks you if a guy belongs in the hall of fame and you have to think about it. Of it’s a maybe then it’s probably a ‘no.’
This is two guys we don;t know a lot about and a prospect listed fifth on their chart of prospects. We got killed for a guy everyone agrees is one of the best pure scorers in the league. Army will be gone next.

BG33Brown

February 4th, 2010
8:23 pm

Per Futures hockey….

Cormier has a very intriguing package of skills. At 6′2, 201 lbs, he is well built to play a power-forward type of game, and he’s definitely not afraid to play that way. Cormier has good hockey sense and an above average shot. He forechecks aggressively, throwing his weight around and will power his way to the front of the net with the puck to create offense. He works hard at both ends of the rink and is a contributor on both the power play and penalty kill.

R. Stroz

February 4th, 2010
8:24 pm

Bob – Cormier is a third/fourth line goon.

BG33Brown

February 4th, 2010
8:25 pm

Bergfor is still listed as a prospect….per futures hockey…

Bergfors is a well rounded player, and is more than willing to compete hard at both ends of the rink, a trait that is quite important for a player that gets drafted into the Devils organization. Bergfors sees the ice very well, possessing above average hockey sense that keeps him one step ahead of everyone else. He is a responsible defensive player and is not afraid to play physical style of game.

His overall offensive skill set is impressive as Bergfors has great speed, agility and stick handling ability. Add in the fact that he is tough to knock off the puck and you have a player that is able to create a lot for his teammates and for himself in the offensive zone. Bergfors is equally adept at setting up as he is finishing as he has a good shooting arsenal and touch around the goal.

While Bergfors is blessed with an enormous amount of natural skill, he must improve his work ethic and desire not just on a game to game basis, but a shift to shift basis. The talent is there, but he must compete harder and show more consistency.

Future
The time appears to be now for Bergfors to finally make the jump full time to the next level. The loss of second line right winger Brian Gionta to free agency means that Bergfors has the best opportunity of his young career to become a full time NHL’er. There is no doubting his offensive tools, but he also has the defensive acumen to prosper under new Devils coach Jacques Lemaire. He has nothing left to prove in the AHL, and this should finally be the year that Bergfors sticks in New Jersey.

HookyBob

February 4th, 2010
8:25 pm

Uff…da…..I’m with Stroz and Bob. You can bet sweet Lou didn’t get the worse end of this (that is money in the bank). While Bergfors has great potential,…we need more size. Cormier is the guy just suspended for the season for a dirty hit. Still no identity for the Thrashers.

BG33Brown

February 4th, 2010
8:26 pm

Personally, that sounds promising. I trust Dudley. Not the other one.

R. Stroz

February 4th, 2010
8:26 pm

Begin the FIRE SALE. Turn out the LIGHTS. The Bulb is dim.

Sage of Bluesland

February 4th, 2010
8:26 pm

This was the “return”?! Is this a joke?

Wow.

This is so sad and pathetic, I’m almost out of words for the depths of ineptness we are witnessing now…but, I’m sure the sheep will continue to outdo themselves with the laughable excuses…

Tom

February 4th, 2010
8:27 pm

OMG we threw in Samala in the deal according to Allen. #$%#$%#$%

Here we are upset at the deal and then it gets worse.

R. Stroz

February 4th, 2010
8:28 pm

Don Waddell = Franchise Killer, is that a felony?

BG33Brown

February 4th, 2010
8:30 pm

Cormier isn’t a goon. Goon’s don’t make the junior team in Canada. From everything I remember, I liked him. But he did get a major suspension out for the year in juniors.

R. Stroz

February 4th, 2010
8:31 pm

It’s the Hossa trade all over again.