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

J-man

February 4th, 2010
6:17 am

Probably the team should go without a captain for the rest of the season and then give it to Bogosian in the fall. Bogosian will be here for 5 more years before he can also leave as a free agent, so at least there would be some stability to give it to him. Kozlov would have been a good pick, but he may have already played his last game as a Thrasher. I’m not sure that any of the others will be here long enough for it to be anything but a distraction to make them captain.

Mr. Willson

February 4th, 2010
6:42 am

I would have gone with Slava first. But since his days are probably numbered, we’ll have to pass on that.
I’d otherwise have to say Hedberg. I don’t think anyone gets the respect that he does from the team and fans.

G

February 4th, 2010
6:45 am

It’s hard to pick a captain without being in the locker room, but I’m always surprised that Toby doesn’t make these lists. I don’t think it makes sense to give it to any of the unrestricted free agents (or, obviously, anyone on the trading block).

While I agree Moose has been nothing but spectacular this year, it’s time to trade him. We missed an opportunity with Todd White last year. With Kari ready to play again, we need to get maximum value from the Moose, even if it is just a couple decent picks.

Lee

February 4th, 2010
6:48 am

Hedberg!!! clap clap clap

Lee

February 4th, 2010
6:49 am

This is a really random question but who is better Pavelev or Lehtonen? Or to rephrase it who to send down/trade?

G

February 4th, 2010
6:50 am

Which reminds me. Am I the only one who is more distraught about trading Kari than Kovy? Kovy is an unbelievable offensive force, but Anderson has shown the ability to create a team that can score goals even without Kovy. Kari is easily the best of the 3 Atlanta goaltenders. The opportunity to platoon him with another young, talented goaltender who is “inconsistent” (in Pavs case due to actual inconsistency and not injury) gives Atlanta the potential for playoff competitive goaltending for years to come.

Boris

February 4th, 2010
7:11 am

This is very good news for Kovy.
Hi is going to play for good team.
Bad news for idiot Stendec.
Now Stendec will be very quiet.
Stendec please kiss his Siberian ass before hi is gone.

Not Blind

February 4th, 2010
7:25 am

Rotate the C. Right now nobody has elevated their game as much as Slater has so he is my pic. He and Kane are showing the most passion and desire to win. I think Peverly will up his play one Kupcake is out of the room.

Alan R.

February 4th, 2010
7:27 am

Bogosian. Here’s as compelling a reason as any to name him captain: He’s going to be here a while. Yep, just take a look at the history this team has with its captains, and you’ll see that none have ever really been here a while. They’ve either been traded, haven’t been re-signed, or retired.

One of the knocks against the organization is the lack of stability. We already know Bogosian has good leadership skills, so why not? He’s RFA, so unless he’s traded, he would easily become the longest tenured captain in the team’s history. If that’s not a little more added stability at ice level, I’m not sure what is.

Riceowls8891

February 4th, 2010
7:27 am

Moose. Hardest working, most unselfish player on the team.

World Be Free

February 4th, 2010
7:48 am

Peverly hands down though I would give Marty honorable mention.

Miami Screaming Eagle

February 4th, 2010
7:52 am

The possibility of dealing Kovy has got people talking.

The people talking (besides us) are people who normally would never talk hockey. These people are not hockey fans, but they cannot image how any franchise could get rid of a player at the height of his career.

This does not bode well for the people in this franchise that need to go, from the top down. So maybe something good will come of this? Maybe Brendan’s “Option #2”.

docsbro

February 4th, 2010
7:57 am

I like Moose for this, but me thinks CJA will co without a Captain for the rest of the season. He already showed when he took the job that he doesn’t care too much about captains as he went 1/2 a season without one. A big mistake in my opinion. He’ll wait till next year to name another captain.

waffleboy

February 4th, 2010
7:57 am

Goalies can’t wear the ‘C’.

HookyBob

February 4th, 2010
7:58 am

Peverley gets my vote for captain next year. He demonstrates tirelss effort and had shown franchise loyalty by signing a relatively low $ deal. If the Thrashers had any class they’d offer to renegotiate his contract upwards.

For the remainder of this year I’d like to see Slava and/or Moose get the honor. They are both nearing the end of their respective careers and have truly given the Thrashers their best. They have contributed stability through several years of turmoil. Giving them the captaincy (is that a word?) word show some acknowledgement/reward from the franchise of their contributions.

Back on Kovy,..seems like these big deals often end up involving a team no one even had on the radar as a candidate. I read somewhere that there is now a suprise team (still unnamed) in the mix. Any guesses on who that might be? I’m interested in looking at who I might see in Thrasher Blue real soon.

Go Blue,…can’t wait til Saturday’s home game to see our new Thrashers firsthand.

World Be Free

February 4th, 2010
8:04 am

If you are looking for a positive example of a team that trades a star player, look to Ottawa as an example. The Sens became a better TEAM after they traded Heatley. Another win last night, a team moving towards first place that nobody saw at the start of the season. Play as a team and you will win.

Finally-this week, Pittsburgh and Ottawa proved that Buffalo is no better than an average team with a star rookie and an exceptional goalie. Miller will get worn to the nub by the Olympics and Buffalo will be an early exit from the playoffs.

J.B.

February 4th, 2010
8:10 am

not true about goalie’s wearing the c. I believe Roberto Luongo is a captain; wears the actual ‘C’ on his mask.

DWTOO

February 4th, 2010
8:15 am

Originally voted for Reasoner who I think is a real on ice leader. However, after reading the post above I would give it to Slava until the end of the year. It would be recognition for his dedication, effort, all that smarmy crap over the years. And next year I’d think about Bogosian or even Hainsey.

jimbo

February 4th, 2010
8:17 am

Rather than simply select candidates based on personality and fan appeal, how about lisitng the qualities that a good “C” should have? A few come to mind, respect of the others, hard working, motivator, tough when needed. In this category I think of a guy like Bobby Clarke who did not have the greatest physical skills but hated to lose and pushed everyone else to greater performances. Giving Kovy the “C” was a flimsy attempt to keep him

Mike

February 4th, 2010
8:19 am

I would go with Peverly. He wants to be here. He signed a new contract in the off season. He works hard every night and looks to get his teammates involved.
Losing Kovy will be tough for the franchise, but the bottom line is that it is winning that puts butts in the seats more than one player. We all have seen how Kovy isn’t the model of consistency. We have seen other players make that extra pass to him when they would have been better off taking the shot. Like WBF said, Ottawa got better after Heatley was traded, hopefully the same will happen with the Thrashers. When they start playing as a Team and trust in each other vs. depending on Kovy. Heck, I think our PP will be better as the other teams won’t be able to sit on Kovy’s shot.

Mrs. Zoomo

February 4th, 2010
8:19 am

My vote is for Moose…at least for the rest of the year.
And I wish I could go over to practice…curious to see what the vibe is and who is on/not on the ice but can’t fit it in today.
ps…Kovy’s image is still on the Thrashers website.

World Be Free

February 4th, 2010
8:20 am

Luongo is the only goalie captain in the NHL. How can a goalie be captain? How do you go out and argue calls when you are locked in your crease? Goalies need to concentrate on stopping pucks, which is a alot tougher than any other job in hockey.

I am not arguing Moose’s maturity, commitment or dedication, but I feel you need to have a skater be the captain.

GaVaHokie

February 4th, 2010
8:21 am

I’m hoping our next Captain will be Patrick Sharp. ;)

GaVaHokie

February 4th, 2010
8:24 am

I don’t think anyone will get the “C” for the rest of the season… probably add an “A” to either Peverley or Reasoner.

But, of all the current players wearing an “A”… pfft, I don’t know… Hainsey, maybe?

DWTOO

February 4th, 2010
8:26 am

WBF – Liked you Reg Dunlop quote about the son of the Chief’s owner. Something about “quicker than Jack Robinson” I believe.

We need humor right now.

Toby

February 4th, 2010
8:28 am

I’m with you…Sharp would look nice here. I voted Reasoner. He won the “I’m the best locker room guy” award last year and re-upped for 2 more years after. He’s your man.

Red Light

February 4th, 2010
8:34 am

C Marty Reasoner
A Ron Hainsey
A Jeff Carter (acquired this afternoon)

Mooseberg

February 4th, 2010
8:36 am

Reasoner and give him an extension while your at it.

Nikita

February 4th, 2010
8:37 am

Before I get to who should wear the C: Fans in general are probably going to see the trading of Kovalchuk as a horrible thing. However, I see it as a good thing for a lot of reasons. Also, it will make me respect management a bit more for having the courage to do what is right rather than what is popular.

I am very, very upset about Kari. I don’t want to see him go. My preference would be to keep all three goalies, and move Moose into the goalie coach position if Kari doesn’t recover. A one-two punch of Lehtonen and Pavs would be great for ‘10-11.

As to who gets the C: I think the captain should be someone who’s, at minimum, a moderate scorer, and nonnegotiably exemplifies hard work, maturity, and an ability to lead by example. Plus, as used to be the criteria, the captain should be someone whose house it’s nice to drink beer at.

Ron Hainsey: No. a) his play isn’t good enough and b)he doesn’t seem to be all that effective in motivating his teammates.

Zach Bogosian: No. Too young. Not legal to host the kegger, and has no house.

Slava Kozlov:He wouldn’t take it and can’t earn it right now.

Colby Armstrong: Eh, maybe. Army does a great job of working with his teammates, is generally hardworking and never asks someone to do things he won’t do himself. But he’s young and he’s a UFA. So…maybe.

Now, here are three other possibilities I’d like to have taken into consideration.

Rich Peverley: I don’t think so yet — the 13-month thing is key. But if the team goes back to 5 As, or if Slava loses his, I think he should get one. I definitely think he should be under consideration for the C in ‘10-11. Hard work, character, etc.

Moose can handle a well-shot puck…but could he handle wearing the ‘C’ for a while? No. Technically he can’t take the C, and at his age and mukry future he shouldn’t. Though as I mentioned above, I think he should mature from goaltending into coaching and contribute his guidance through that route.

Marty Reasoner:I agree that he needs the “A.” I could support his being C. He works hard, exemplifies all of the characteristics I mentioned above, and really holds himself to a ridiculously high standard. Plus, he’s lost a number of teeth and gotten several black eyes since he started — aren’t those worth something? Armstrong, for all his agitating and play, hasn’t left half the DNA at Phillips that Marty Reasoner will.

Additional suggestions:

Eric Boulton — Boulton is a long-termer who shows no signs of “boulting.” Like Moose, he’s a vet who intends to stay here for the long haul, puts in the work, knows his role, and has very good perspective on this whole game we call hockey. Plus, look at that stupid flavor saver — you know he’s got at least a kegerator, and probably the NASCAR equivalent of CentreIce.

Michael Ryder — a girl can dream.

TableHockey

February 4th, 2010
8:38 am

I’d be good with either Reasoner or Peverly.

Gibby

February 4th, 2010
8:38 am

THE CURSE OF THE CAPTAIN!

If memory serves me correct, the Thrashers have not had a captain for a full season that played a second full season after becoming the captain. So who do we want to be captain? We know they will be gone next season.

Nikita

February 4th, 2010
8:39 am

Oh, I forgot — Kane also deserves consideration for the A. He’s shown a surprisingly large amount of maturity for being a minor, and I suspect he’s only going to get better as he matures.

Red Light

February 4th, 2010
8:40 am

C Marty Reasoner
A Ron Hainsey
A Rob Scuderi (acquired this afternoon)

Red Light

February 4th, 2010
8:41 am

C Marty Reasoner
A Ron Hainsey
A Wade Redden (acquired this afternoon)

J.B.

February 4th, 2010
8:54 am

i don’t agree with goal tenders being captains, i was just saying it’s possible.

kovy’s image won’t be removed from the website or anywhere else until a trade is finalized. he’s still technically a thrasher.

i want this over TODAY. I am so sick of this… ugh.

Reasoner for the C.

J.B.

February 4th, 2010
8:55 am

red light – apparently Redden was offered to us already this year in some sort of package and DW said “Um.. HEEEEELLLLLLLL NO!” He’s not a good GM but I don’t believe he’s that stupid.

Red Light

February 4th, 2010
8:57 am

Just kidding JB

tom

February 4th, 2010
8:58 am

Who knew that a season ticket holder trying to take advantage of the “Thrashers Stimulus Plan” in order to get a discount on season tickets next year could do it under the guise of “Haiti Relief.”

Rawhide

February 4th, 2010
9:01 am

Goalies can’t wear the ‘C’.

waffleboy – While it is true that league rules “forbid” goalies from wearing the ‘C’…Roberto Luongo is the captain of the Vancouver Canucks.

I’m hoping our next Captain will be Patrick Sharp

GaVaHokie – Niccccccce!

Kane also deserves consideration for the A. He’s shown a surprisingly large amount of maturity for being a minor, and I suspect he’s only going to get better as he matures

Nikita – I wouldn’t argue with that.

If memory serves me correct, the Thrashers have not had a captain for a full season that played a second full season after becoming the captain. So who do we want to be captain? We know they will be gone next season

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

J.B.

February 4th, 2010
9:01 am

Red Light – Ah, thought that might be the case, but you never know.

Smoothie

February 4th, 2010
9:02 am

Bill – you said it in your blog entry. Its all about integrity and a commitment to this team. And in light of how he is regarded by his peers (just ask any of his old mates in EDM how they feel about him), its gotta be Reasoner.

It was too soon for Bogosian, a developing player, to get an ‘A’ but I think they wanted another D-man besides Hainsey who wasn’t so shy as Enstrom or new to the team like Kubina. Now Pevs should be in line for an A next season when Slava retires.

If naming a new C might seem premature, then Marty would make sense in the short run until the real, bona fide leader with a L.T. future in ATL, who is truly respected by his mates, reveals himself naturally.

World Be Free

February 4th, 2010
9:08 am

DWTOO-The Slap Shot quote was more like something derogatory about the owner’s son and she better get remarried or he might take an undesirable path in life. It’s a classic.

Bob

February 4th, 2010
9:10 am

Reasoner, mabye Peverly.

ChippersLoveChild

February 4th, 2010
9:16 am

Enstrom. He is now our best player, needs to develop more as a leader, but I think he could do the job, give it to him.

Dwayne

February 4th, 2010
9:19 am

I should have copy righted Thrashers A.K.

jimbo

February 4th, 2010
9:21 am

Nikita- good to see someone doing a little bit of analysis before jumping to a “personal” pick. Based on your assessment and several other observations about Reasoner, I cast my pick for him as well.

Great to see a team like Ottawa demonstrate that team play and good goaltending can produce great results. We’ve had mediocre goaltending and only sporadic team play. Kovy was once MIA last game.

Give Boulton an “A” and let him kick some a,, when guys start the Kovy Coast.

hip czech

February 4th, 2010
9:23 am

I’m in on Patrick Sharp…in a perfect world at the end of the day we have either (in order of preference):

1) Patrick Sharp
2) Jeff Carter
3) some tough, mean, old school defenseman

Lot of chatter recently about the Devils being the frontrunners…who on earth does NJ have to offer?

Riceowls8891

February 4th, 2010
9:27 am

Wasn’t Mellanby captain for at least 2 full years?

Dwayne

February 4th, 2010
9:27 am

I vote for Captain Crunch. Captain Bly, how bout Captain Morgan? The skipper was a Captain, we do have a few Gilligans on the team.

Christoph Schubert

February 4th, 2010
9:37 am

Der gleiche Mann wer war verantwortlich für den Marion Hossa Handel jetzt geht Geschäft weg Kovalchuk?

Wir sind so geschraubt.

Paminski

February 4th, 2010
9:43 am

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

Mrs. Zoomo

February 4th, 2010
9:50 am

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

Hockey Biltong

February 4th, 2010
9:51 am

Peverly and Reasoner – Co-captains.
Slater- A

Darren

February 4th, 2010
9:57 am

McEachern wasn’t traded after 03-04.

jt

February 4th, 2010
10:02 am

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

Nikita

February 4th, 2010
10:03 am

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

stendec

February 4th, 2010
10:05 am

Hey G:

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

NOT EVEN IN LALA LAND TWILIGHT ZONE!

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

++STENDEC++

jt

February 4th, 2010
10:10 am

I vote Peverley for the “C”.

World Be Free

February 4th, 2010
10:12 am

Rangers-
Start with Callahan and Dubinsky but no Redden.

Good to hear that Dudley is the talent evaluator

English Teacher

February 4th, 2010
10:19 am

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

Absolutely no to: Colby, Kozzy

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

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

Bravos33

February 4th, 2010
10:21 am

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

waffleboy

February 4th, 2010
10:25 am

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

R. Stroz

February 4th, 2010
10:28 am

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

hip czech

February 4th, 2010
10:29 am

Hainsey does not have the personality for it

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

Rawhide

February 4th, 2010
10:30 am

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

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

DWTOO

February 4th, 2010
10:34 am

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

Want the Thrash organist to play Lady of Spain.

kracker

February 4th, 2010
10:44 am

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

waffleboy

February 4th, 2010
10:44 am

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

Spud Webb

February 4th, 2010
10:44 am

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

stendec

February 4th, 2010
10:49 am

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

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

Thrasher Ilya Kovalchuk captain. Falcon quarterback captain.

IK consensus premiere player. QB consensus premiere player.

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

IK wanted ridiculous salary. QB signed for ridiculous salary.

IK selfish. QB selfish.

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

IK covets individual stats. QB coveted individual stats.

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

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

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

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

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

Probably some more but those are enough for now.

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

Thanks for listening.

++STENDEC++

DWTOO

February 4th, 2010
10:50 am

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

ChippersLoveChild

February 4th, 2010
10:52 am

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

hip czech

February 4th, 2010
10:56 am

Just as I suspected…Don Waddell is Thrash

Bob

February 4th, 2010
10:57 am

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

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

rob

February 4th, 2010
11:02 am

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

kracker

February 4th, 2010
11:02 am

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

World Be Free

February 4th, 2010
11:10 am

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

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

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

Buzilla in CT

February 4th, 2010
11:16 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

rob

February 4th, 2010
11:28 am

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

waffleboy

February 4th, 2010
11:29 am

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

JT

February 4th, 2010
11:30 am

rob

February 4th, 2010
11:30 am

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

Former STH

February 4th, 2010
11:32 am

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

JT

February 4th, 2010
11:35 am

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

stendec

February 4th, 2010
11:36 am

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

Rawhide

February 4th, 2010
11:43 am

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

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

Just sayin’…

GaVaHokie

February 4th, 2010
11:45 am

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

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

GaVaHokie

February 4th, 2010
11:48 am

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

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

Diego from Lilburn

February 4th, 2010
11:50 am

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

hip czech

February 4th, 2010
11:52 am

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

rob

February 4th, 2010
11:53 am

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

BlueSpark

February 4th, 2010
11:54 am

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

But Slater wearing the C is funnier…

TableHockey

February 4th, 2010
11:56 am

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

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

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

rob

February 4th, 2010
11:58 am

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

Red Light

February 4th, 2010
12:05 pm

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

Red Light

February 4th, 2010
12:10 pm

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

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

Russian

February 4th, 2010
12:11 pm

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

Tony C.

February 4th, 2010
12:14 pm

Reasoner should have it….

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

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

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

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

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

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

ben

February 4th, 2010
12:21 pm

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

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

Red Light

February 4th, 2010
12:22 pm

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

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.

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.

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?

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