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

R. Stroz

February 4th, 2010
10:29 pm

Will Gary Bettman, please stand up, please stand up…

ben

February 4th, 2010
10:30 pm

they tried. he said no. maybe cuz this team’s going to get sold.

R. Stroz

February 4th, 2010
10:35 pm

ben – I’d be willing to bet, at this point, based on payroll, the team is being prepped for sale.

hip czech

February 4th, 2010
10:48 pm

Eklund kissing up to Waddell again:

“I really think that Don Waddell pulled off a hell of a trade here all things considered and the Devils did grab the most exciting offensive player in their history.”

Really?

The only way NJ doesn’t come out on top of this deal is if they are knocked out in the first or second round and Kovalchuk signs elsewhere. That’s the worst case scenario for NJ.

Best case scenario here? I am not sure…Bergfors may turn into a top 6, Oduya is OK, two first round picks (ours and now Jerseys) this year and Cormier…I am not sure I would WANT Kovalchuk back if here were to all of a sudden accept the 101 million offer this summer.

At this point it might as well be all in for a youth movement…try to deal Kozlov, White, Hedberg for whatever you can get at the deadline. I’d say Kubina also, but I’d really like to see him stay here.

Reasoner for captain (a fellow upstate NYer)…

bonnie

February 4th, 2010
10:55 pm

it should be colby armstrong

hip czech

February 4th, 2010
10:57 pm

another writer puts it this way…

“Unless the Devils make a deal with the devil and are able to sign Kovalchuk, long-term the Atlanta Thrashers win this trade as Bergfors and Cormier are two guys that will be able to lead the Thrashers offensively for many years to come.”

maybe….

Russ

February 4th, 2010
11:01 pm

Let’s just assume that this trade works out great for the Thrashers (just playing devil’s advocate, I know it won’t). By the time these players develop with an already young roster the Thrashers would be ready to be competitive in 3-4 years. But, don’t worry it won’t happen then either. By that time it will be time to trade other high picks like Little, Bogosian, and Kane before they leave hockey hell as free agents.

Russ

February 4th, 2010
11:08 pm

I guess on the bright side, the Thrashers now don’t have anyone who is currently considered an elite NHL player. In the past we always had Heatley, Hossa, or Kovy. Now, we won’t have to go through this again for a while.

Smoothie

February 4th, 2010
11:32 pm

Come on people, please be a bit more realistic in your assessment of this trade. Oduya is better than just OK. Okay implies mediocrity. Hainsey is OK. Oduya >>> Hainsey. For that at least you should be thankful.

Also, Bergfors has as much potential upside as Paajarvi-Svensson that so many were enamored of at the Draft this past spring. And he’s ready to play. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that Slava will go back to the top line. Kane is going to get his chance now to play top line minutes and on the PP. I would guess Kane will be joined by Max on the first line at least for a little while. I have a hunch Max will end up on the 3rd line for the duration of the season by the middle of March.

Kane – Antro – Max

Army – Pevs – Bergfors

Kozlov / White – Slater – Little

Reasy’s Pieces

The bigger question is will Bogosian and Hainsey finally get split up?? Hainsey and Bogosian have both been poor lately, but perhaps they were suffering from a greater feeling of malaise due to a lack of leadership on the part of their captain. Since they are the ‘A’s, perhaps they come out with a vengeance (well, not against WSH) and start playing with more of a chip on their shoulder?

Hockey Biltong

February 5th, 2010
12:12 am

waaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!

Badger Bob

February 5th, 2010
12:13 am

For any non-STH that didn’t get their personalized e-mail from DW tonight, here’s how it reads:

Dear [insert sucker's name here],

After several months of negotiations toward a long-term contract with forward Ilya Kovalchuk and his agent, we were unable to reach an agreement and elected to trade Kovalchuk and defenseman Anssi Salmela to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Johnny Oduya, Niclas Bergfors, Patrice Cormier and a first round draft pick in 2010. In addition, our teams have swapped second round choices in the 2010 NHL Draft.

We want you, our loyal season ticket holders, to know that throughout the negotiation process, the Thrashers organization remained committed to offering Ilya a contract that exceeded those of the league’s best and highest paid players, and was commensurate to his skill level and performance history.

To that end, we offered Kovy several lucrative packages in an effort to meet his financial objectives. One offer that we extended to Ilya would have made him the highest paid NHL player on a per year average with $10 million per year for seven years. Another offer totaled more than $100 million over 12 years , and it, combined with the previous contractual commitments that were made to Kovy, would have earned him more money than any other NHL player in the history of the league.

If we had met Kovy’s ultimate demand, we would have jeopardized our ability to build a competitive team around him and retain our other young players as they became eligible for new contracts in the seasons ahead. At the end of the day, we couldn’t close that gap and simply reached a point at which we couldn’t reasonably go any higher.

We’re excited about the addition of all three players and feel that Johnny and Niclas will quickly complement our team of budding young stars, highly-skilled veterans and elite players. We also look forward to having Patrice join us in the near future. 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.

We will maintain the option of bringing in more players, in addition to the ones that we have acquired in the trade, to make sure that we are fully competitive for the remainder of the season and the postseason.

We thank Ilya and Anssi for all they have done for our organization and wish them well. And we thank you,for your loyalty, commitment and continued support, and look forward to your enthusiastic presence in Blueland to help drive us into the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Signed,

DW

Somaatl95

February 5th, 2010
12:50 am

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Rev Whitaker

February 5th, 2010
1:05 am

Take part in the Kovalchuk fire sale now happen on Ebay and at Philips…. Then head out and pick up the new fresh of the presses #17 Devils jersey for the April 6th game… Welcome back to the world where people come to watch the other teams play..

Tom

February 5th, 2010
7:34 am

I remember Christianson being the guy who was finally able to shine as he was getting out of the shadow of Crosby, Staal, et al. in Pittsburgh. And Esposito was just a step away from the Thrashers roster. And Colby was just the guy we needed for our lockeroom, a natural leader and a great guy in the community.

Yep, I remember it like it was yesterday…

World Be Free

February 5th, 2010
7:54 am

Nobody is happy about this deal, but we all have to find a way to move forward. I’ll be at the game Saturday, glad that we can put the trade speculation behind us and play hockey. We have been talking about the Kovy situation since last summer. The only thing good about the trade is that it’s over with.

We Thrasher fans are accustom to stars leaving-Savard, Hossa, Heatley, Kovy and a few more. There’s no shock value in Kovy’s departure.

The irony here is that the Devils got Kovy-a team that has watched a few stars of its own walk out the door. The difference between NJ and ATL is that there stars left AFTER winning Stanley Cups. We are still dreaming of such glories.

LAC

February 5th, 2010
8:30 am

What can we FANS do to get rid of waddell ? Does it take a TOTAL BOYCOTT of ALL games ?
That is a GREAT Choice.

Or… do we fans go up to Duluth catch him and WHIP HIS A$$ once and for all ?

This man is a total disgrace to this City and needs to be run out of town ASAP Before he does MORE Damage to this sinking franchise. F you waddell you worthless fool !

Oh, lastly, did you see in the joke letter, where he bashes the fans ? I’d love to knock your teeth
out you idiot !

Whitaker

February 5th, 2010
8:36 am

World Be Free, I agree. There is no shock, we need to move on, who knows what this team can do without Ilya, and wo knows what the future could bring. At least now teams will not know what our PP will look like..and we might know what the Devils’ will look like on April 6th.

I have to question why Don released an offical statement about the offer that Ilya turned down. I cannot see any good that came from it or would have come from it. You are trying to trade a player that “rumor” said had turned down a HUGE offer, but it was just rumor. Releasing that statement I feel weaken Don’s position greatly, I am sure some teams dropped right off when it was confirmed how much Ilya had turned down. I am a simple man, and to me somethings are just not adding up through this whole Ilya situation. There is more at play here than we the fans know. The offer was for 101 million but what was also in the offer? If the cap goes down how much of an impact did it have on Ilya’s pay day (some teams are including clauses like that), Why would any player meet with his agent days after being told you could be traded? I dobt Don said “Hey Ilya, you have been great to this team give me a list of your top 6 teams you want to go to.” Something to me just does not smell right and no it is not the Jersey Shore.

I know I am going to get laughed right of this blog for saying this… or B!tch slapped over and over again. We really do not know what will happen, there is a possiblity that come July/August when Kovy see that no one is going to come close to the $101 mil that the Thrashers offered him; and what of cities are like (I have driven through New Jersey MANY times and I am sorry but it is just AWFUL!!) the press will be all over him (one part of being a star I do not think Ilya likes) he may see that the Thrashers and Atlanta are not so bad.
Likewise even with all that he could let his pride get in the way and still not sign back with us.

It will be interseting to see how the team performs without Ilya, and how the fans treat Ilya when he returns, my bet is the boo birds will be out in force (I for one will not be part of them).

Thanks

rob

February 5th, 2010
8:36 am

“FIRE WADDELL” saturady on or what? LOL

Rawhide,
I know the FANS are feeling used/abused, but if we want HOCKEY to flourish here, it may be a good time to step up and DEMAND it. Let the players here know we support THEM. Cheer them, and boo the ownership/management/coaching that is keeping a subpar effort going. Let the entire NHL know, there are FANS here that DEMAND better.

Time to play team hockey now. no more one trick pony. maybe the PP will come back to life. now that kovy is gone, that won’t be the end of the trading. we still need that defensman who can bring a body check to work every night.

GaVaHokie

February 5th, 2010
8:44 am

From Bob MacKenzie…

So we are left to question whether Waddell could have done things differently to a get a better result. And the answer would appear to be, probably not.

He worked the teams that were interested. Worked them hard. Once he had a tangible offer he knew he could live with – from the Devils – he went public that he was trading Kovalchuk in order to flush out any late bids and leverage other teams with the Devils’ offer. On the day he knew he was trading Kovalchuk, he issued a statement demonstrating exactly how far the franchise went in an effort to re-sign him and ensure that no one could make Waddell or the Thrashers culpable for Kovalchuk walking. And then he acted, obviously believing the market was as good as it was going to get.

Tactically, he played it about as well as he possibly could.

As for Doug MacLean… pfft… you don’t risk losing Kovalchuk to injury during the Olympics. We stand to lose a lot more than $860,000. YOU KNOW there is nothing more important than Russian Gold for Kovy. He’ll be throwing himself all over the place in Vancouver.

We are also in position, with assets, to make other moves at the March 3 deadline… Philly and Boston still need to make moves and we have the cap space to take on salary.

Buzilla in CT

February 5th, 2010
8:45 am

tick tock, tick tock…The bell tolls for Hockey in Atlanta…

Amazing that he gets traded to the one team in the NHL that is a powerhouse in the playoffs, and he doesn’t have to be the face of the franchise, AND he can play in annoymitity, ANDDDD live in NY with his wife and kids. Kovy is one happy man this morning no doubt. I don’t think NJ has the economic stones to sign Kovy for the lenght and money that he is going to ask for. I agree with Hokie. Killer Kovy will be in Russia next year….or Washington for a discount…who the hell knows.

Decent trade though. We got a lot of assets. Much more than the Hossa trade.

shhhh…you hear that?….I think the trucks are starting up moving the team to Hartford. I promise to wear my Thrasher jerseys to every game I go to.

rob

February 5th, 2010
8:45 am

to boycott the games will only sour everyone to keep hockey here. I for one, want to be able to see some live games when I’m not on NHL Center Ice. Support the PLAYERS that give 100%. Boo those who don’t and let’s start a movement here that runs Waddell’s ass outta here and then take a strong look at the “SPIRIT”. Enough people coming together and making a VERY VOCAL SUSTAINED push can get this done, if we really want to. I know many are saying we already tried, but did you REALLY try? As a group and with a concerted effort? We have to find a way to get a media presence to take this and get it out there. “Chris” ain’t gonna do it, after watching and asking on his blog I am just upset that there isn’t a sports reporter in this city who will call out the group running things here. So again, support the TEAM and DEMAND change at the top.

Whitaker

February 5th, 2010
8:46 am

The best thing fans can do it support the players on the ice… and make it know (how in Atlanta I do not know) that we are displeased with Don.

Ever report I have heard says almost the samethings:
1. Atlanta did not get close to a good return, even for a true rent-a-player

2. Why make the trade so early and so quick.

3. Atlanta got a great D-man in Johnny Oduya (I agree)

4. What is Atlanta thinking with getting Patrice Cormier??
(I have seen the hit/elbow, and yes this kid could be a thug

Needless to say not many people think Don did a great job with this trade, even for a rent-a-player and a player he made out that was unsignable.

On The Patrice Cormier note, Don was asked “New Jersey said that they would not make Patrice Cormier a pro, where do you stand on this?” Don’s answer “I think we at the Thrashers will take the same stand.” WHAT???!!! Ok maybe I have a different way of taken that question, I took it to say New Jersey said that Patrice Cormier would not be a Devil (Play in the NHL), what are your plans Don? Am I wrong or is Don just that clueless??

Buzilla in CT

February 5th, 2010
8:48 am

wow.. I butchered that. Correction:

“AND he can play anonymously”

World Be Free

February 5th, 2010
8:49 am

Whitaker-I think he was trying to show the world that the team did it’s best to offer Kovy the money he demanded, or within the ballpark. In my opinion, it’s not the money that turned Kovy away, it was the spector of spending his entire career on a team that he felt, had to direction on competing for a Cup. Heatley, Hossa, Kovy-3 of the top 4 goal scorers of this decade, all former Thrashers. There’s a big picture that gopes way beyond dollars and “sense”.

I am not sure what the organziation can do to mend their relationship with the fans. Other posters will have ideas what to do, but I don’t think it’s that simple. Winning fans back is a complex process.

It can be done; just look at the Red Wings. They were a laughing stock for most of the 70’s and part of the 80’s. Now they are a model franchise. There is a blueprint we must study and follow for success.

Whitaker

February 5th, 2010
8:51 am

GaVaHokie – I do not think Don is will to say take a Ryder (4 mil) sallary on even with space. We have never spent to the cap and even with the fans being told that is to allow us such trades, I think we only did that once. I am sure Ryder if not Ryder and Wideman were offered in some kind of trade from the bRUINS. If that is true I am sorry but a Ryder, Wideman, Boston’s 1st round pick (not Toronto’s) sound like a better deal (yes, we would be taken on salary) than what we got.

GaVaHokie

February 5th, 2010
8:52 am

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.

No, I liken it to Michael Vick… exciting to watch, but with little to moderate team success… Matt Ryan will be Evander Kane. Not as exciting, but easier to build around.

Whitaker

February 5th, 2010
8:53 am

Buzilla in CT – I love it!!Bring back the Whalers!! One of the best thought out logo’s.

GaVaHokie

February 5th, 2010
9:03 am

If you really wanted Donnie fired, you’d all show up… sell out the arena… and all wear bright orange T-shirts that said “It could look like this all the time if you fired Waddell”

Nobody is reading this blog, and certianly no one sees you sitting on your couch at home.

Buzilla in CT

February 5th, 2010
9:08 am

you guys should bring 5 to 10 card board cut out of people and fill them in around the empty seats near you. If you can find a life size version on Waddell so much the better. Dress them all in homemade T shirts that say “fire waddell”. If you can’t find Waddell cut outs, just put a brown paper bag on the heads of the cut outs with the frowny face and tears…maybe some dollar signs. Use some crayons maybe. Finger paint if you want.

Go crazy.

Bring back the Whale

Mooseberg

February 5th, 2010
9:32 am

Whitaker-That comment about Cormier was that NJ had a chance to bring him to the NHL once the league he is suspend in is over for the season, they said they wouldn’t do that. Its only at the end of this year..not ever. So DWad wasn’t willing to say he won’t bring him up at the end of the season.

Whitaker

February 5th, 2010
10:23 am

Mooseberg – thanks

Badger Bob

February 5th, 2010
10:28 am

Okay, I’m trying to move on. For example, I’m retiring as “KovyRules”. Now…

Based on the Kovy offers, can we assume ASG will spend $48 or $50 M a year? If so, without Kovy, Kozzy and Kuby, and with throwing about $9 M at Army, Little, Pavs and Bergfors, we could have almost $15 M to spend in July. Three $5 M forwards would look darn good.

Main downside is we’ll have to pay forwards that should be making $3.5 M that much money to come here…

Hockey Biltong

February 5th, 2010
10:29 am

I’ll bet the new payers fit better here than in Jersey. Tobias [being a Swede] will connect with the new guys as well.Dudley helped with this deal and I believe there is a silver lining in this cloud.
Kovys play was erratic at best since November. The rest of the team will be sighing collectively and moving on.
They won’t quit. They still have a chance.
That the carrot is there[playoffs], we may be suprised, to see a new infusion of play and energy from this new team.
Not Kovy Centric, but real ‘team play’ that J.A. preaches.
And with the extra players we now have, don’t be suprised by another trade that will help the team, not just a fire sale deal.

This is just me moving on and trying to be optimistic. I don’t now what the h3ll I’m going to do with my old favourite RED KOVALCHUCK [ you suck] Sweater…….

R. Stroz

February 5th, 2010
10:32 am

It’s time to exercise our right to free, not vile, speech.

I encourage EVERYONE to join with me Saturday night as I chant “FI-RE WAD-DELL” using “THE BULLHORN” until my voice is completely shot.

Two years ago, several mediocre “FI-RE WAD-DELL’ chants were heard throughout the building. It’s time for all to join in, have some guts, and try and save hockey in Atlanta.

If you already have seats, don’t toss them, protest, be heard.

I guarantee you the PA music guy will try to drown us out. Thrash will try to drown us out. Be relentless.

If you want to support the team and players, help extricate this baffoon that is destroying this franchise one year at a time. If you want to continue to lose lottery pick after lottery pick, do nothing.

World Be Free

February 5th, 2010
10:33 am

Biltong-like you, I am looking for some positives moving forward. I have to find something to look forward to if I am going to remain a Thrasher fan. Let’s hope Waddell uses this extra time to start negotiations with the upcoming UFA players.

I wondered what you guys were gooing to do with your Kovy jerseys if he was traded. That’s why I make it a point to have my jersey “unnamed”.

Hockey Biltong

February 5th, 2010
10:47 am

WBF- I liked Kovy because of his energy and style. Way better than Heater. Didn’t buy a named sweater till last year. And I Don’t love my blue one, way prefer the first jersey, no longer around.
Maybe I’ll wear it when changing a motorcycle battery or changing oil or sanding or barfing after too many high gravity beers….

Lex

February 5th, 2010
10:59 am

Would any of you Hockey Ladies who are upset over Kovy’s departure like to cuddle?

Badger Bob

February 5th, 2010
11:02 am

I guess I forgot Slats, Cormier and a second goalie in my budget, but still a lot of free money to throw around. Let’s just hope it keeps being guided by RD, not DW.

George

February 9th, 2010
3:18 pm

No captain should be named this season