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

Tom Lysiak

February 4th, 2010
8:32 pm

Kevin Allen – ” Instant analysis: Thrashers received a good return on a rental….”. Interesting take on it.

BG33Brown

February 4th, 2010
8:36 pm

http://www.inlouwetrust.com/2010/2/4/1295930/tsn-reports-say-ilya-kovalchuk#comments

Link to devils sportsnation blog…they are excited and think they made out very well.

BG33Brown

February 4th, 2010
8:37 pm

PS Cormier was the Captain for Canada’s junior team.

Sweden South

February 4th, 2010
8:37 pm

The exact details of the trade are this:

The Thrashers will receive:

• Center Patrice Cormier, selected by New Jersey Devils in the second round (54th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, currently playing for the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL. He was born in Moncton, New Brunswick and will turn 20 in June.

• Defenseman Johny Oduya, a veteran of 273 NHL games, and also a native of Sweden born in Stockholm. He is 28 years old and has scored 17 goals, added 53 assists, and has a career plus/minus rating of plus-45. He has appeared in 18 Stanley Cup playoff games.

• Rookie Niclas Bergfors, taken in the first round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, has played in 63 NHL games, 54 of them this season with the Devils. He has 13 goals, 14 assists and has a rating of minus-7. He will turn 23 on March 7 and is from Sodertalje, Sweden

• A future No. 1 pick from New Jersey

• And, the teams will swap second-round picks.

Viking

February 4th, 2010
8:38 pm

Oduya and Bergfors… two Swedes…

Oduya has been out for quite a while due to injury this season, (like many of the Swedish Olympians), which should be considered looking at his stats. I was really hoping we would have signed him before this season (free agent). If he is good enough to be among the 8 best Swedish defensemen, he should also be good for us. I have not kept up with hiis play this season, but last year he was great.

Bergfors is a young kid with great potential.

World Be Free

February 4th, 2010
8:45 pm

I am not going to ponder this trade too long. This is a fair return, considering the circumstances. I thing some teams wanted to dump their over[riced trash on the Thrashers and we weren’t buying.

Don’t get me wrong-I am not happy. But we have to move forward from here and try and make the best of the situation. I feel like the Pittsburgh Pirate fans last season (every season), watching name players go for prospects. I am just glad we don’t have to waste quality blog time on the subject anymore.

GaVaHokie

February 4th, 2010
8:45 pm

A “future” 1st round pick?… ugh… is that conditional, i wonder?

Was hoping it was this years so we could trade it with Lehtonen for something worthwhile.

Maybe give it to Toronto for Ponikarovsky, or Chicago for Versteeg.

waffleboy

February 4th, 2010
8:48 pm

Now it’s time to move picks and other UFAs for teams looking to clear salary. Maybe someone will actually take pity on us.

waffleboy

February 4th, 2010
8:50 pm

By the way, the Devils are at Philips April 6th.

GaVaHokie

February 4th, 2010
8:52 pm

Actually, Bob MacKenzie is saying it’s the 2010 First Round pick… sweet. Let’s trade it!

R. Stroz

February 4th, 2010
8:52 pm

Cormier may end up in jail.

World Be Free

February 4th, 2010
8:52 pm

Losing Ansi too!? Now that makes me unhappy.
Lou got back an asset he traded to us last year.

Sweden South

February 4th, 2010
8:55 pm

Yes, it’s the 2010 1st rounder from NJ and the picks are swapped this year too.

Yung JB from MTL

February 4th, 2010
8:57 pm

I like bergfors, no question, awesome potential
Still shocked by the return, but I know a lot about cormier and hes no goon, hes really good
Oduya is a #3-4 D-Man, and our first round pick will be wasted
Salmela didnt get much ice time here and i know the Devils like him, thats why he was included

This is Hossa all over again, damn right. I just hope we can get a top winger to replace Kovy nnow at the deadline

Right now, i just ask you guys… Who is our #1 LW and what are the line combinations for friday?

BG33Brown

February 4th, 2010
8:58 pm

Kane is the #1 LW maybe Slava.

ben

February 4th, 2010
8:59 pm

I think the draft picks might turn out. Geeze! The Devils will now have me as a supporter. Let’s go Devils! This legal situation needs resolving. This team is going to be bad at least until it gets resolved. Just sell the team! Just end it all and sell the team.

GaVaHokie

February 4th, 2010
8:59 pm

Just the 2nd Rounders are swapped… glad it’s the 2010 1st Rounder… we SHOULD trade that immediately to some of these teams with cap trouble.

Rightshot

February 4th, 2010
9:00 pm

Is Oduya or Bergfors going to help us right now?

I guess we could see them in the line up Saturday?

Did we get Hossa’d again?

waffleboy

February 4th, 2010
9:01 pm

Kozzy, Antro, Max
Pevs, Little, White
Slater, Army, Kane
Reasoner, Boulton, Thorburn

Hainsey, Bogo
Kubina, Enstrom
Valabik, Pops

Moose in net

GaVaHokie

February 4th, 2010
9:02 pm

By the way, the Devils are at Philips April 6th.

Ouch! It’s like having to see your girlfriend in public with her new boyfriend.

Yung JB from MTL

February 4th, 2010
9:04 pm

Slater-Antro-Max
Kane-Pevs-Bergfors
Little-Marty-Army
Same 4th

R. Stroz

February 4th, 2010
9:04 pm

We traded with Sweet Lou, of course we got Hossa’d again, maybe worse.

Yung JB from MTL

February 4th, 2010
9:05 pm

GaVaHokie, you took the words out of my mouth

Sweden South

February 4th, 2010
9:11 pm

Now, all Don has to do is re-sign Slater, Army, Little, Pops, Pavelec and Kari if he wants to go with youth movement. What about Kubina, Max and Schubert?

Lots of work still to be done for him.

Mooseberg

February 4th, 2010
9:12 pm

Anybody else watch the CenterIce coverage of the Thrashers/Devils last time we played and didn’t have local coverage? Their announcers railed Kovy the whole game about not playing and not helping his team…basically stating they wouldn’t want a player like that…NOW WHAT BOYS…You got Kaptian Cupcake…enjoy. Also tired of everyone linking hockey in Atlanta to Kovy, 10 mil a year would have killed the team and kept us just out of the playoffs forever. FIRE WADDELL and the season ticket holders will return.

HookyBob

February 4th, 2010
9:14 pm

Any chance we get Kovy back July 2nd? Who’s going to offer him as much as we did? KHL maybe.

Moving forward,…..lets give the new guys a big cheer Saturday night.

GaVaHokie

February 4th, 2010
9:15 pm

Strange… we have too many RWers now… we may have a “chemistry” problem coming up again.

Kane Pevs Bergs
Kozy Antro Max
Little Slater Army
Boults Marty Thorbs
White

GaVaHokie

February 4th, 2010
9:19 pm

HookyBob… I have a feeling he’s going to the KHL… how do you pass up $200 million? To go ‘home’ no less… he’ll be the ‘darling’ of Russia and one of the Top 10 paid athletes in the world.

We’ll be happy we made this move now.

Bob

February 4th, 2010
9:22 pm

and that, my friends, is how you manage assets. lol

Red Light

February 4th, 2010
9:23 pm

KHL money isn’t guaranteed. Doubt he’ll go there.

Rightshot

February 4th, 2010
9:23 pm

I had to think about this for a little bit.

Despite my misgivings about what we got in return in this deal, I’m relieved it’s over and that Kovy is gone.

Can we just concentrate on hockey now?

Somaatl95

February 4th, 2010
9:25 pm

Kovalscrewed. Hope our new guys do well. Will always be a Thrashers fan till my last breath, however I hope every person at Saturdays game chants “Fire Wad-dell” His time to GTFO has more than passed.

Bob

February 4th, 2010
9:26 pm

“Our goals for this season have not changed—to make and advance as deep as possible in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs—and we move ahead with a new sense of purpose that is energized by our continued climb in the standings as we position ourselves to compete with the best in the NHL.”

lol.

waffleboy

February 4th, 2010
9:29 pm

nhlnumbers.com already has updated numbers.We have 9 other UFAs this off-season. This team is going to be very young and very bad next year. Kubina, Kozlov, Amry, Hedberg will all be gone.

Somaatl95

February 4th, 2010
9:39 pm

We’re kovalstuck in another rut. Wish I didn’t feel like we just got Kovalfu**ed. If we are going to be nothing but a “young” team then we are either going to do like the 91 Braves and surprise everyone, or be the same “Rebuilding” team we have always been. I want us to win so those friggin morons always busting the “Move to (insert small and obnoxious city in Canada here) because they will have more support” shut their pie holes and go back to bustin each others maple lovin, molsin swillin, kids in the hall watchin balls. Tired of them slamming my team when most of theirs are a joke as well!

Thrasher_Ed

February 4th, 2010
9:44 pm

Not so fast on Kubina. With the way he plays and our defense, he needs to be a top priority to be re-signed!

TableHockey

February 4th, 2010
9:47 pm

Now Kovy won’t have to play D – he has Brodeur behind him. LOL!

Not too bad compared to the Hossa trade. Cormier is a kid still – hopefully he will screw his head on right – certainly has skills. I beleive Kane played with him in the world juniors last year. BTW – the elbowing incident was not the first one, he had another bad one that he only got slapped on the wrist for.

D3

February 4th, 2010
9:51 pm

Rawhide – Great job as always my man. I certainly don’t know very much about hockey, but I do love the Thrashers and am appalled at what has went down. Even though I do the Bird Cage Falcons Blog, a big portion has been dedicated to my ire for one Don Waddell. Here’s the piece on Kovy and Waddell in my blog………

Don Waddell Should Be Fired! This is a Falcons blog and I certainly won’t claim to know very much about hockey, but I can say this as a Thrasher fan who loves his local teams and attends at least several games a year: Waddell should be fired on the spot for shipping the face of the franchise, Ilya Kovalchuk, out of town. Waddell has obviously made it his job to kill hockey once again in Atlanta. How in the hell he has a job is unbelievable. He has been the GM of the Thrashers for all 10 years of existence and they have managed 4 playoff games in 10 years, with all 4 being dominant losses. Trading Hossa and Heatley MAY could have been understood, but trading one of the best players in the NHL and THE face of the franchise away is unconscionable. Hockey may be a tough sell in the South, but Atlantans have shown they will follow a winner, and everytime Waddell has had a chance at one, he destroys it. Awful, pathetic, and completely abhorrent. Rumor is that Kovalchuk wanted 10 years for $120+ million and Waddell wouldn’t match. That may not be true, but this one goes down as one of the worst decisions in Atlanta sports history. For the sake of Thrasher fans everywhere and Atlanta sports fans in general, fire Don Waddell yesterday!

http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-falcons-fans/2010/02/04/can-finneran-come-back-again/

D3

February 4th, 2010
9:55 pm

I surely don’t know all the details and if I’m out of the norm than I apologize, but it would be similar to trading Matt Ryan of our Falcons.

Brendan

February 4th, 2010
9:56 pm

YGTBFKM.

Yeah, the acronym’s just what you think it is. I defer to Bob’s 7:35PM post. You just … don’t trade … with Lou Lamoriello. There’s no chance to win. Lou gets Salmela back. But not only that … he gets to swap the #54 pick for Atlanta’s #38. In the end, Lamoriello might actually improve 20 draft positions with his 2nd round pick. That’s astonishing.

Okay, I like Oduya. I do. But I’m not wowed. We just surrendered the franchise leader in games, goals, assists, points and “figure 8’s” … for this??? No, really? For this?? Cormier doesn’t impress me. I like the tenacity. Lord knows, this team’s never had an Ogie Oglethorpe in its midst before. So, who knows? Sean Avery just might get his comeuppance, after all!

And Bergfors is a pending RFA, I believe. Which means? Well, he doesn’t have to sign here. He can try to take us to arbitration and get a figure Atlanta won’t match, making him unrestricted.

Okay, what about the 1st round pick. Folks, we’re talking about pick #20, at best, and #27 at worst. Need I remind anyone what the rule is. Picks 1-5: Can’t miss prospects. Picks 6-10: Very solid, but nothing guaranteed. Picks 11-15: Still very promising, but there many “can’t miss” players here. Picks 16-30: Crapshoot area of the draft. Picks 31 and beyond: “Shot in the dark.” So? So, we’re getting a “crapshoot” pick. Think, “Spin the Vegas wheel and put it on red.” It’s nothing to write home about. The only thing under contract for next season is Oduya.

Yipeeeeeee. Thud. “Fired in the morning.” What? No, it’s not the name of Waddell’s book. It’s the name of the book I’m writing about Waddell. I repeat, it’s called, “Fired in the morning.”

And ready for this part? “Sweet” Lou may not evennnnn be keeping Kovalchuk. That’s right. Lamoriello has every right to trade Kovalchuk, after witnessing incurable figure 8’s as a Devil, by the March 3, 2010 deadline. In other words, if the Los Angeles Kings still want Kovalchuk, they’ll have to trade with Lou. And Lou just might fleece them.

Ready for the worst part? Are you? The “Village Idiot” Doug MacLean, on Rogers SportsNet, tonight threw his hands up in the air and said, “This trade makes NO SENSE. You make a move like this … to save $860,000??? Kovy’s one of the best players in the world. You hang on to him for the rest of the month, waiting for a BETTER deal to materialize. If Atlanta’s MAIN CONCERN was saving $860,000 between now and MArch 3rd, what does that say about the state of their franchise?”

Rawhide

February 4th, 2010
9:57 pm

D3 – Thank you my fellow feathered friend…for those of you who may not know, D3 is my counter-part on the Falcon’s fan blog and did a bang-up job this fall.

I am really trying to gather the right words right now to remark on what went down. I’ll defer to C-Viv to post some words before I do…probably tomorrow sometime I’ll get a new blog up.

But right now, all I can really think of to adequately state how I feel is…do you remember the shower scene in Midnight Express?

Yeah…I feel kinda like that.

Tom

February 4th, 2010
10:00 pm

This quote from a Devils message board says it all…

“Gotta hand it to you guys…..absolutely ROBBED Atlanta…..how the hell did Waddell think this was the best he could get?

Haha; congrats.”

ben

February 4th, 2010
10:01 pm

that money will get spent. This team will be ok. My only question is why didn’t we do this earlier. I mean years earlier?

Thrashers Traded Me

February 4th, 2010
10:05 pm

R. Stroz

February 4th, 2010
10:07 pm

ben – Put the bong down.

that money will get spent

Yeah, on vodka for Levenson

R. Stroz

February 4th, 2010
10:08 pm

Does Waddell have a new job lined up in New Jersey?

Did Sweet Lou include a bottle of Vasoline?

Philips Arena will be EMPTY in March. Just another excuse to sell the team.

Don Waddell = Franchise Killer

Jeremy

February 4th, 2010
10:12 pm

Good point, with chuk gone they will need a new Captain. I am thinking Peverly or Reasoner. I have a hockey blog as well, I posted this article recently and thought some hockey players might enjoy it. How to take a slap shot

ben

February 4th, 2010
10:19 pm

Also, this is a clue. This team is burning. I think Kovy sussed out that they might not be able to honor the contract in the future. I mean you don’t get offered 101,000,000 and turn it down unless you think you might not get paid. As for what we got, ::shrugs:: whatev. This, wasn’t the best offer! This!

Don may well be an idiot. Either that or they’re shrinking the balance sheet cuz they are going to sell the team.

I think they’ve been trying to sell the team since the beginning. I’ll root for Kovy no matter where it is. I just hope it’s in the NHL.

ben

February 4th, 2010
10:22 pm

Stroz,

They have money to burn. Someone will take it. Unless they sell the team.

R. Stroz

February 4th, 2010
10:27 pm

Well, if they were going to burn money, why not burn it on Kovy?