The morning after in Thrasherville

So, the Kovalchuk era in Thrasherville officially ended last night. However, the sun still came up this morning. Well, at least I’m assuming so…it’s so rainy and cloudy out there today I can’t say that I’ve actually been able to eye-ball confirm that rumor.

Anyway…as widely speculated, Don Waddell and the Atlanta Thrashers dealt away Ilya Kovalchuk… their team captain, leading scorer, centerpiece and face of the franchise. Heading to New Jersey with him is young defenseman Anssi Salmela, who is actually returning to the Devils after coming here in the Nic Havelid trade a year ago.

Say good-bye to Kovalchuk and his potential 90-100 points per season (AP photo)

Say good-bye to Kovalchuk and his potential 90-100 points per season (AP photo)

In return for the pair, the Thrashers gain defenseman Johnny Oduya, forward Nicklas Bergfors, prospect center Patrice Cormier and the Devils first round draft pick this summer.

Let me start off with the two things I actually like about the transaction…first, there is the Oduya part of the transaction. If you tear apart the whole and examine this one part of the deal, we are swapping out Salmela for the 28-year old Swede. I think this is an immediate upgrade on defense. Certainly I think Salmela could turn out to be a fine player, but this helps in the “right now”, IMHO.

I’ll be curious to see how John Anderson shuffled the defensive pairing with Johnny in the lineup.

The second part of the trade that makes me happy…simply the fact that this whole sorted affair is finally over. The Kovalchuk contract drama that has hung over the team like…well, the rainy overcast skies that are with us today…and the team has been severely distracted by the proceedings, regardless of what some close to the organization may say. So, there is no excuse anymore…Kovy’s gone and so too the drama that sucked all the focus away form the players.

Now, with all of that said, what we are then left with is Ilya Kovalchuk…who is on pace for something like 95 points…being replaced in the lineup by Nicklas Bergfors…he of 13 goals and 14 assists in 54 games this season. He’s played a total of 63 NHL games with 28 overall points.

Really Don?…I mean, really?

Now, this isn’t meant to be a knock on Bergfors…and is it too soon to already start calling him “Bergie”? Fact is that it looks like he’s a player that can fit right into Colby Armstrong’s slot when Donny trades him away in the coming days. But how in the world can Don Waddell seriously look the fans square in the eyes and tell them that this helps us at all in any hopeful run for this springs post-season?

Then of course there are the two other pieces in the deal..a QMJHL player who cannot play in that league for the rest of the season given his suspension due to a flagrant hit to an opponent’s head…and a draft selection that will fall somewhere around pick number 26 or 27, if not higher.

Say hello to Johnny Oduya. He has 2 goals, 2 assists, a +2 rating and 18 PIM in 40 games this season (AP Photo/ David Duprey)

Say hello to Johnny Oduya, seen on left. He has 2 goals, 2 assists, a +2 rating and 18 PIM in 40 games this season (AP Photo/ David Duprey)

Those players may or may not work out in the future, and we’ll just have to wait and see how they eventually pan out…you know, much like the prospect and player Don obtained two years ago in the Marian Hossa deal.

Lastly, the two teams swapped 2nd round picks which…if I’m not mistaken…benefits New Jersey because I have a sneaking suspicion the Devils are gonna wind up a little better in the standings then are your Atlanta Thrashers.

So, as for the deal overall as a whole…color me unimpressed.

I guess what bugs the pure livin’ snot outa me the most this morning is the fact that the ONE thing I feared happening…seems to have happened. That being a trade that will more than likely leave us two years down the road no better than today and waiting to see how a couple of pick and prospects develop in order to deem the Kovalchuk transaction a “success” or not.

You know…just like we are now Hossa +2 years.

Now, let me respond preemptively to the most commonly used defense that I heard after the Hossa deal…and so far after the Kovy one. It’s the one that goes something like “But Waddell did the best he could considering the circumstances”.

Really?

Well, I just gotta be honest with ya…I am just sick and damn tired of see this Thrashers teams formed and shaped because Don Waddell found himself in a less-than-favorable circumstance. We have, for over a decade now, seen great players come and go…leaving D-Wad to have to clean up afterwards “the best he can”.

This organization needs a general manager that can direct the circumstances that make up his team…not simply “do the best he can” to make lemonade out of lemons.

After the Kovalchuk trade, the Thrashers are...

  • Closer to the Stanley Cup (3%, 7 Votes)
  • Further away from the Cup (70%, 174 Votes)
  • About the same (27%, 67 Votes)

Total Voters: 248

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Ya know…I don’t think Kovalchuk, or Hossa for that matter, rejected the offers Don Waddell made them when contract time came around. No, moreover I think it was more a rejection of what this team has become…and probably will be…under the management of Don Waddell and the Great Octocluster that is our current ownership.

In closing…I leave you with the one question that, to me, really is the only one that matters. Don Waddell possessed the crown jewel in this years trade deadline period…and we now see what he did with it. So I ask you, is this team any closer to the Stanley Cup then we were 24 hours ago…or are we a little further away?

It may be raining and cloudy outside today…but I think the answer to that is still clearly seen.

241 comments Add your comment

ChippersLoveChild

February 5th, 2010
12:10 pm

I would love to protest ownership outside of Phillips. Maybe we can make a little noise doing that. All three of us!

Rawhide

February 5th, 2010
12:10 pm

Rawhide – There is quite a whiff of Schultzy in this column. I’m surprised. Certainly you didn’t expect us to get more than we did.

J.B. – Honestly and for true? Hey, I tried to put the positives first, ya know :cool:

Brett

February 5th, 2010
12:10 pm

Players that want to be here?? Do you think Oduya and Bergfors want to be here? They leave a class organization run by a true GM to the laughing stock of the league. I bet they’re pi$$ed! Any available UFA isn’t going to be lining up to play in this nut house of an organization. All we’ll attract are players who are at the end of their careers …..or have no other options any where else until this organization changes. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like change is in the near future, so sit back and enjoy mediocrity!

Jeff97

February 5th, 2010
12:11 pm

Rawhide,
would you have rather the Thrashers pay him max money? I for one dont think he is worth that. Ovechkins contract is 13 year 124 million. thats about 9.5 per year. We offered Kovy a lifetime contract worth about 8.5 mil or a 7 year deal worth 10 million. I give it to you that our ownership stinks, but DW cant control that. When other teams saw how much money Kovy was asking for, the market shrunk dramatically. There are only a few teams out there that can take on that kind of salary and no one is going to give you premium multiple players for a rental player, it just wont happen.

This team needs to find a new indentity, stick with a system and get a real good goaltender. Look at Buffalo, they are a perfect example. no stars other than Ryan Miller.

I will be curious to see what we can do with all this cap money now that Kovy is gone. There are teams such as Chicago that will have to dump good players that they simply cant afford.

If Waddell sits on that cap money or screws it up, then we get what we deserve, but lets see what happens before the trade deadline and even into the off season.

Pittsburgh Pirate Fan

February 5th, 2010
12:13 pm

I am officially changing my name from Miami Screaming Eagle to Pittsburgh Pirate Fan. Why? Because I want to get the full effect of continually trading star players for very little, or letting them walk for nothing then “rebuild for the future”. So here it is folks, my identification with being inept.

There is good news-pitchers and catchers report at the end of the month.

Rawhide

February 5th, 2010
12:13 pm

Unfortunately it doesn’t look like change is in the near future, so sit back and enjoy mediocrity!

Brett – You know…I think you’ve found next year’s Thrashers campaign slogan. This year it was “The Hockey Way”.

Now, it can be “Thrashers hockey…feh, we’re just OK”.

Wingsfan0310

February 5th, 2010
12:13 pm

Russ, it was 7 long miserable years. Like the Thrashers it doesn’t end with Millen, the real problem is the owernership. William Clay Ford has owned the Lions since the 1964, with 0 Superbowls and a grand total of 1 playoff win.

billandjessie

February 5th, 2010
12:14 pm

Great blog Bill… I couldn’t agree more. In the end, regardless of what I think about losing Kovy, the thing that galls me the most is DW trying to “spin” this to the fans (or what’s left of them!). As the old saying goes “Stupidity is doing the same thing over and over and expecing a different outcome.” I’m sick and tired of seeing the same thing done over and over with the SAME outcomes. We’re always “building for the future”. What a croc!!!

Rawhide

February 5th, 2010
12:18 pm

Jeff97 – No…I never thought DW should pay Kovy “max salary”. However, I am judging his management as a whole. This latest situation is just another in a long line of disappointments. Like Nikita says…we always deal from a position of weakness. I’m tied of that.

Look at what Burke did in Toronto. He’s got a plan…bring in a solid, reliable keeper…and then put a big, dependable defender in front of him…build from there.

Don…? Well, it’s just “do the best he can given the circumstances”.

Agree with you 100% about the team identity thing. Hopefully that can happen with this team…if so, then maybe this mess can get turned around.

GaVaHokie

February 5th, 2010
12:18 pm

Jesus, it’s like arguing with first graders…

Toby Enstrom is a Top 4 defenseman… so is Oduya.
Brian Little is a Top 6 forward with RFA status… so is Bergfors… Little might be slightly better because of his one 30 goal season, but he’s certainly not going to repeat that this year… I call them fairly equal. (I certainly wasn’t going to use Kane for this example. Little is the closest comparison).

As the draft pick goes… we’re assuming we make the playoffs with Marleau, so consider it a 20-30 pick just like the Devils pick.

We wouldn’t trade for Marleau if we were going to end up with a Top 5 pick… come on fellas.

drajax

February 5th, 2010
12:22 pm

lets stop the whining and see if the team can be led by their Coach the remainder of the season to a playoff spot. I’m tired of watching the other players waiting for Kovy to carry the team or for Kovy to get that one good shot on the power play. This hasn’t been team hockey and every successful team with a superstar has a strong supporting cast. We haven’t had the supporting players for reasons I can’t fathom (ok, blame Waddell) however, that doesn’t mean that the contingent we have now will not be able to get together and win by playing defense and hard checking.

World Be Free

February 5th, 2010
12:23 pm

Tired of talking about it, so I am going to focus on tonight and Saturday night. Maybe the rest of these guys can come together, under a new captain and be a decent team. I’ll take decent right now.

PS-the new captain should avoid the childish, emotional outbursts we were so accustom to with Kovy. The leader needs to be a clutch player, who excels at both ends of the rink and has the respect of the players AND THE FANS! I think I just described Rich Peverly, with Marty and Hainsey wearing the A’s.

Kovy’s gone folks, let’s move forward.

Bob

February 5th, 2010
12:27 pm

Enstrom > Oduya
Little > Bergfors
Thrashers 1st rounder > Devils 1st rounder
Marleau < Kovalchuk

"Not a fair comparison IMO"

No kidding. The funniest part is comparing Kovy to Marleau.

Hokie, what little credibility you have goes completely out the window when you post tripe like that. Get a grip and quit sniffing Waddell's jock. The arena is empty because most all season tix holders caught on long ago to Waddell's ineptness. Heatley, Hossa, Kovy et al don't stay here because they know Waddell's ineptness.

Stop subsidizing and enabling it. If you truly love this club, you will demand they get a real GM in here. Or you can keep being a part of the problem and keep enabling the Spirit to retain Waddell. Remember, the only reason the owners have this team is to try to make money. Quit giving them yours and demand a better product.

GaVaHokie

February 5th, 2010
12:27 pm

Bob

February 5th, 2010
12:28 pm

“Furthermore… Patrick Marleau is better than Kovalchuk right now.:”

dude, stop while you’re behind . . .

Riceowls8891

February 5th, 2010
12:37 pm

Bergfors’ 13 goals and 27 points places him 3rd and 6th respectively. Playing for New Jersey. He was doing fine (26 in 39) until he was taken out of the top 6 and his ice time dropped to less than 13 minutes per game. Because New Jersey got healthy, not because of bad play.

So maybe we don’t see Kovy’s 20 goals over the last 30 games, but maybe we get 10. The rest of the underperfomrers will just have to step up.

Little better than Bergfors? Not this year. Bergfors is better in goals and plus minus.

Tobie better than Oduya? Oduya has more goals and a better plus minus. Tobie leads in assists.

Are they better? We’ll see. They have a choice: Confirm that Atlanta was Ilya and the Kovalchuks or step up, play as a team and stick it to everyone. I fear its the former. I hope its the latter.

Anyway, hopefully our power play got less predictable, and a little better.

Besides, in October, we’ll still have 4 assets, and Jersey will have nothing. (Well, maybe a Cup but the Thrashers weren’t going to win that anyway.)

Thrashers27

February 5th, 2010
12:41 pm

Anybody think Kovy will come back and sign a new contract with the Thrashers in the Summer?

ATL Native hockey fan

February 5th, 2010
12:41 pm

Guys, Yes Kovalchuck is gone, So is the Prima Dona attitude. Now the thrashers have room for several players to shine instead of a focus on a non effective captain/player.

I have seen Kane, Bogo, Army, and even White leave every bit of themselves on the ice after a game. For the last few months can you say the same about Kovalchuk? and no that tantrum the other night doesn’t count.

Yes Waddell and ASG need to be held accountable for the way they have run this team and the fans into the ground, But we still need to support the rest of the team….. Kovalchuk was not the TEAM. He was an ineffective part of that team.

I wish the Team the best of luck and now maybe we will see some glimmer of hope.

TableHockey

February 5th, 2010
12:42 pm

On paper we certainly can still make the playoffs. March has a very favorable schedule for us. In 17 games we will have 8 games against teams with fewer points than us and 5 games with teams that have 4 or less points more than us.

To me the important thing is how well the team bounces back after the trade. We have to get out of February into the Olympic break with some points. We cannot go 0 for February. We certainly can’t go into April needing points as we will face the Pens twice, the Caps twice, and our former Captain’s team once.

Points will be hard to come by in April but it could be a good primer for the team if we are a lock for the playoffs at the end of March.

The only downside of making the playoffs is that the ASG folk will herald DW as the hero. I am willing to lose Kovy and not go the playoffs if the end result is DW not getting renewed at the end of this season.

GaVaHokie

February 5th, 2010
12:44 pm

dude, stop while you’re behind . . .

Um, did you click on the link… and did I not say “right now”?

5 Holer

February 5th, 2010
12:48 pm

I understand Kovalchuk wanted way too much to keep him here… but out of all the teams in the “Kovi Sweepstakes” we got this? The Bruins, Flyers, Rangers, Blackhawks, Kings didn’t offer a little more talent than this??????? Hard to believe!

James Brown

February 5th, 2010
12:52 pm

Bill………… a lot has been made about Cormiers` hit that resulted in a season ending suspension but I am not going to throw this kid under the bus for that hit.Granted it was immature and dirty but it was blown up even bigger because Patrick Roy coaches the Quebec team. If he was a prospect of a Canadian team instead of an American team it probably gets swept under the rug. He was the key to the trade and DW was not going to make this deal unless he was included. I like his grit to go along with somewhat high skills. I think he will mature…………….Leadership qualities are there (Captain of The Canadian Juniors). I can`t predict the future but I see a bright upside with this kid. As soon as the Junior league is done I would have him playing at Chicago. You go back to the Hossa deal and I can`t blame Don completely……Esposito had a great upside and was improving………..who knew he would blow out both his knees……..He still may come back and be a force.

That being said…….ten years is long enough…….new leadership is needed…the Table is not empty……lots of young talent and a great core to build around………We just need to go in a differnt directioin as far as the GM goes.

Russ

February 5th, 2010
12:53 pm

“Furthermore… Patrick Marleau is better than Kovalchuk right now.:”

dude, stop while you’re behind . . .

And they have been playing with similar linemates all season, right?

World Be Free

February 5th, 2010
12:54 pm

Table-I was just looking at the March schedule; it certainly is favorable for us. I think the team has to move forward on resigning the UFAs we want to keep, with the hopes of solidifying the core of pleayers that are left. I am not delusional that this team can go anywhere, but………

Marleau vs. Kovy- Marleau was stripped of his captaincy in San Jose after underachieving for a long period. He’s playing on one of the better teams in the league, so there is less pressure on Marleau to be “the man” vs what was expect of Kovy in ATL. Marleau is a great player, but not a team leader. He would struggle mightily in Atlanta without talent around him to protect him.

Kovy is going to one of the better teams in the East and he has an opportunity to make the team better. Players like Kovy (strictly as a player) have the ability to create space for other players and make the team better. Strange, as much as we talk about Kovy as being a selfish puck hog, he does have the ability to make others around him better.

SadChris16

February 5th, 2010
12:54 pm

Great trade Don? Want happen to getting a top 5 offensive player or top 5 defense player for kovy did you say something like that. This looks like the hossa deal. We need to win alot games and get to the playoff for me to feel happy about losing Kovy period.

GaVaHokie

February 5th, 2010
12:58 pm

Wow… a simple analogy gone haywire… nevermind *shaking head*

Go back to grunts and groans.

NASCAR Dave

February 5th, 2010
1:03 pm

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NASCAR Dave

February 5th, 2010
1:05 pm

ATTENTION OWNERS…………

FIRE DUMBASS DON, NOW! BEFORE HE HAMSTRINGS AND DESTROYS OUR TEAM ANY MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

EVERYTHING HE TOUCHES TURNS TO S++T!!!!!!

EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!

R. Stroz

February 5th, 2010
1:05 pm

Will someone force Don Waddell to watch the movie Groundhog Day?

Nikita

February 5th, 2010
1:05 pm

I’m sorry, WBF, but I don’t agree. Kovy was on the negative side way too often to be said to make others better. Someone who makes others better doesn’t negate their scoring upside with turnovers, disinterest, abandoning your D, and so on.

I don’t know how the Kovy trade will go for Joisey. They have one of the best defensive systems in the league and a great goalie, and maybe that will allow them to take advantage of Kovy’s scoring without paying for his defensive laziness. Or maybe Kovy will be held accountable in his privileged little career for the first time, and will finally develop into the player he can be.

So…when are we trading Max?

lilibeter

February 5th, 2010
1:06 pm

I do not blame Kovy for making the decision he made. On the surface it looks like “Holy Wow, Kovy turned down over $101 million dollars!”, but I think it goes deeper than that. Kovy is a great player, and I believe he wants to go down in history as one of the greats. Experience taught him that this was not going to happen as long as he stayed in Atlanta. I am reminded of a conversation I had recently with my husband about Brodeur. I was asking why many still question if Brodeur is the greatest goaltender ever given how he now holds practically every major goaltending record. FIF’s answer was simple – Brodeur doesn’t have the Stanley Cup records and victories to back the “greatest goaltender ever” claim up yet. I think that may very well be the crux of what pushed Kovy away from Atlanta – a city we know he loves. Kovy knew that, even if he scores more goals than anyone else ever has in this league, he would still never go down in history as “the greatest goal scorer ever” with no Stanley Cups under his belt. And I think Kovy believes that the elusive Stanley Cup will always remain just that in Atlanta – elusive.

That being said, I have mixed emotions about Kovy’s departure. I believe that we may very well become a better team without him. The dynamics are always skewed for any team housing a superstar in their midst. That is simply an unavoidable fact of life. It is difficult to play as a true team when one among your team is operating on a different level than the rest, especially if that individual is treated differently as well. I don’t blame Kovy for being great, but I do believe his presence skewed our team so that much of the team’s focus was on him – feeding him the puck so that he could snipe a goal for us. Given the talent that we are now left with, I am encouraged. I truly, truly hope that the Kovy incident doesn’t split the team into factions because, if they can truly band together, I believe we can come out of this better than we were.

Look at it this way. FIF and many others on this blog constantly refer to Anderson’s “system”. Well, I have come to learn that this “system” is defensive oriented, which is why defensemen who truly work his system supposedly reap so many offensive benefits (and yes, I do actually believe that the best offense is a good defense). With the whole team skewed towards feeding Kovalchuk on offense because, admittedly, he is an awful defensive player, how then could our guys truly focus on working JA’s defensive-minded system? I, for one, am interested to see how the team’s defensive dynamic shifts without the superstar focus. And I, for one, am encouraged by what I hope to see.

lilibeter

February 5th, 2010
1:07 pm

Crap. I got all long-winded again.

Smoothie

February 5th, 2010
1:08 pm

“He left and he’ll wind up taking about the same money, or less money, from someone else who has a GM and ownership team that can put together a winner.”

Like the New York Rangers?? Come on man, Kovy’s delusional if he thinks he can get more money from a contender not named L.A. And I’m not so sure Lombardi’s drinkin’ the kool-aid either. Kovy is not even a Top 12 talent in the NHL and he’s harder to build a team around than any of the top players playing on a Top 12 team right now.

Bob, I respect your viewpoint and normally agree with you (and I’m not saying DWad isn’t culpable in this mess), but it isn’t an either or proposition. All parties are culpable. In my view, the dunderheaded owners are most culpable for obvious reasons. Then Waddell, then Grossman, then Kovy. But Kovy shares in the blame as well. He was annointed King and he pissed in his throne.

Jeff97

February 5th, 2010
1:09 pm

Rawhide,
just remember that the market here and market in Toronto are two vastly different markets. Toronto has much more $$ to spend. Burke spent a lot of money on an aging Giguere (anyone drafted orig by the Whalers has to be old) and Dion Phaneuf who has been a declining player the last year and a half. We have tried that route here when we got players like Zhitnik and Holik, guys on the downside of their careers.

We do have one other thing going for us. Rick Dudley. dont be surprised if he is the GM next year. He did a great job in TB and in Chicago in building those clubs with good young talent. That is why i would not rule out us getting some of Chicagos players either at the deadline this year or during the summer.

R. Stroz

February 5th, 2010
1:11 pm

GaVaHokie – Don’t you get tired of Waddell playing the same record over and over? Uh, “it’s the best I can do, we made a great offer, the player decided to move on.”

Why does (insert name of player) always want to move on. BECAUSE THE ASG AND WADDELL ARE MORONS.

At some point, you must realize that Waddell is the one putting himself in this position, year after year. The man doesn’t learn.

World Be Free

February 5th, 2010
1:11 pm

Nikita-I see where you are coming from. Some nights Kovy was the difference, other nights he was invisible. I promised myself I would not over analyze this situation, so I guess I am going to leave it at that.

rightshot

February 5th, 2010
1:15 pm

Don Waddel couldn’t manage his way out of a wet paper bag.

Stat Man

February 5th, 2010
1:18 pm

Anyone wanting to put their venom away for a couple minutes needs to go to ESPN, where both columnists there actually gave props to Waddell for the deal.

Bottom line – Kovy was not going to sign period. So what ever we got is better than nothing.

Key points to remember:

WE SUCKED with KOVY
WE SUCKED with KOVY & HOSSA
WE SUCKED with KOVY, SAVARD & HEATLEY

What we need is a TEAM – not 1 or 2 “studs” backed up with the likes of an overpaid Kozlov & White.

All this said, however, is the “next step” will never get here until real ownership & real management are brought in.

Tincup9

February 5th, 2010
1:22 pm

Don ruined the market for rentals when he sent a pile of picks, players and our top denfensive prospect for two rentals only to be swept in the playoffs and revert to crap the next year. All the other GMS’s took notes… his Hossa and Kovy deals are the culmination of a decades worth of mistakes and personnel mismanagement.

English Teacher

February 5th, 2010
1:23 pm

Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.

That’s sums up this “trade”. Honestly, we got nothing for the “crown jewel”.

There better be a cinnamon pretzel in our future very soon, because D-Wad needs to D-Part.

Tincup9

February 5th, 2010
1:24 pm

Interesting reading the boards from the Star Ledger today. They all think Kovy will sign for 5 years and $50M to play for a team with a cup chance. Won’t that be very telling. Is a cup worth $50M?

World Be Free

February 5th, 2010
1:24 pm

Stat-Man, ESPN lost their hockey creditability when they lost Tom Mees. TM was a classy guy, back when the network had REPORTERS and not the current group of amateur comedians. They make me sick.

Riceowls8891

February 5th, 2010
1:28 pm

How about TSN, then? Dreger, McKenzie and Cullen all think Waddell did all right.

R. Stroz

February 5th, 2010
1:29 pm

WE SUCK WITH WADDELL TOO AND HE’S BEEN HERE FROM DAY ONE!

Kaat

February 5th, 2010
1:32 pm

How depressing it is to go through this every year. But we can all take heart — now we have nobody of note, so we won’t have to do it again next year!

But I have to agree with what Stat Man says above — with the exception of the swipe at Kozlov.

Smoothie

February 5th, 2010
1:34 pm

RIP Tom Mees.

RIP journalism at ESPN

No one can argue that we are better off now than we were yesterday. But if Kovy doesn’t want to be here and truly lead his team, then all we can do is hope that Oduya returns to form, which I think he will, and Bergfors excels again playing Top 6 versus Top 9 minutes. No doubt his stats suffered when players returned from injury.

By the way, y’all are delusional if you think Oduya isn’t at least on par with Toby Enstrom. And Oduya is a hell of a lot more solid than Ron Hainsey. But I expect Hainsey to play better as well because we’ve got more blueline talent to spread and a certain forward won’t be turning the puck over at the other team’s blueline thus leading to as many odd-man rushes the other way. But having said that, if Bogo and Ron don’t start playing more aggressive all the time, it won’t matter.

Russ

February 5th, 2010
1:36 pm

During the annual “should DW be fired or not” debate a few years back, I suggested Dean Lombardi as a possible replacement. During that same offseason (I think 3 years ago) Lombardi was hired by the Kings and at that time they were about at the same point in the standings as the Thrashers. How are the Kings looking now compared to Atlanta? I believe they are currently fourth in a much tougher conference. And before anyone says ownership OK’d Lombardi to spend wildly don’t forget most people thought Kovy was going to the Kings because they were about the only contending team that would have cap room to sign him to an extension. I’m just sayin’…

Tincup9

February 5th, 2010
1:38 pm

Let me be clear – I hate this deal, but I found this comment on tsn.ca interesting

“When Boston traded Thorton people said it was one of the worst deals ever,but in the end it worked out better for the Bruins. They freed up a lot of salary and made way on the roster for new young talent.”

R. Stroz

February 5th, 2010
1:39 pm

The only way the Thrashers win tonight is if Kovy took Ovechkin & Semin out last night and got them hammered.

Pittsburgh Pirate Fan

February 5th, 2010
1:39 pm

Rice Owls-I guess TSN’s expectations are low too.