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

J.B.

February 5th, 2010
1:40 pm

Stroz. Oddly enough I was thinking last night about DW & Groundhog Day (the movie). It occurred to me that the last game kovy played in thrasher blue was played on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2nd. Fitting huh?

Riceowls8891

February 5th, 2010
1:42 pm

Low? or realistic? They have no dog in the fight.

Russ

February 5th, 2010
1:44 pm

I don’t think most people are saying DW did poorly in this trade (at least I know I’m not). When you are backed against the wall, you get what you can before the player leaves for nothing, knowing it probably isn’t going to amount to much. The point is that he misread the entire thing and should have made a trade a long time ago when he would have gotten much more and he is also the one who created the culture that no players want to stay here beyond their 1st contract.

Whitaker

February 5th, 2010
1:58 pm

TinCup9 -Yeah it wourked out mainly because of a former Thrasher, Savard. They trade Joe away and then that summer sign Savard (one can debate who is better Savard or Thornton), a playmaker that is almost as good if not as good for a steal.

I do not see a player that could replace Ilya coming here, without over paying him.

Don needs to go, and yet again we are rebuilding a team. Who do we build it around?

Pavs? Sorry I do not think he is the future he cannot play 60 minutes
or play consistently past 10 games.

Tobie or Bogo? Anderson’s system is all about offence, we are not
Boston, Minnesota, or New Jersey.

Kane/Little? Little is in a sophmore slump, Kane is having a good
year, but he is still finding his way.

Do we have one area that we can say is GREAT? My uneducated eyes says
no!

A bad goalie can be great with GREAT Defensemen, but currently we do not have that. We just lost our sniper one and really only Sniper (Max is gone after the season). We do not have a playmaker like Savard/Thornton.

Is it just best to Trade away any player that we can get a good return on and rebuild from scratch like it was 1999 again? I would hate it but that may be best, but to do so we need a new GM.

Which brings us back to what everyone here knows and most people out of the Atlanta area are saying Don Waddell need to be gone from Atlanta.

R. Stroz

February 5th, 2010
1:58 pm

Here’s something for everyone to chew on from March 3, 2008:

Last week we traded Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, Angelo Esposito, and a 2008 first-round draft pick. While Don Waddell is being praised for the amount of talent we acquired in this deal, the decision to trade Marian was reached after exhausting all other possibilities and was one of the most difficult moves we have been forced to make in our three seasons of owning the Thrashers.

In light of Marian’s departure, we felt it was important to let you know how we view this team, and what our goals are for the future. We want to stress to you our commitment to winning and to bringing a Stanley Cup to Atlanta. We are excited about this franchise and the continued development of our top players this season. Among them, Ilya Kovalchuk is a highlight-reel scorer who has emerged as a passionate leader. Kari Lehtonen continues to gain the experience he needs to become one of the league’s elite netminders. Toby Enstrom has been a work horse and is a leading candidate for Rookie of the Year. We expect great things from these players along with the core group of players who are under contract for years to come.

Building on that foundation will be Colby Armstrong and Erik Christensen, two young and talented forwards who possess the size and skill that will help our club immediately. We were also able to add Angelo Esposito, a highly-touted 19-year old prospect who was a first-round pick of the Penguins in 2007. He will add to our current crop of up and coming amateur players like Riley Holzapfel, Spencer Machacek, Niklas Lucenius and Andrei Zubarev that will bolster our team for the future. In addition, we have players such as Bryan Little, Ondrej Pavelec, Brett Sterling and Boris Valabik, who are having significant success while leading the Chicago Wolves to the best record in the American Hockey League. We look forward to their future as Thrashers with great anticipation.

We also realize that we have areas we can improve upon and as we move our team forward we will aggressively pursue all means at our disposal to strengthen our club, including free agency and the Entry Draft. The first round pick we acquired from Pittsburgh will also be used to select a high-quality prospect or can be used as a chip to acquire immediate help. Our summer agenda will also include solidifying a head coach who will take us to the next level.

The climb to the top of the mountain is never straight up. In our first two seasons as owners our record improved, we won a division championship, and made our first playoff appearance. Our goal for this team has not wavered and we want to bring a championship to you, our loyal fans, and to this city. Like you, we are passionate Thrashers fans, and we spend every day working on trying to make this team one that we can all be proud of.

Thank you for your continuing support, and we look forward to achieving long-term success together.

Bruce Levenson

On behalf of the Atlanta Thrashers’ Owners

Did that make you lose your lunch?

GaVaHokie

February 5th, 2010
1:59 pm

Stroz… Kovy had a great repoire with Waddell… I don’t know how he felt about ownership, but they ponied up $100 million, offered him 12 years, and got the players he asked for… what else could there be? Hmmm, I wonder?

I personally think Kovy wants to play in a more exciting environment… everything he said about being in Atlanta for life was lip service because he knows the market is fragile.

What I get tired of, is all this endless banter… Jesus H. Christ!

Look… I don’t need to cheer anybody else up. You all can come in here and bark and moan until you all die of ulcers…. I don’t need to do that.

Riceowls8891

February 5th, 2010
2:00 pm

“No players?” Except for Tobie, and Marty, and Slava, and X, and Peverly, and Moose.

Whitaker

February 5th, 2010
2:00 pm

If I was waddell, I would have hung on to Ilya till the end of the play-off run if we had one, talk again set a limit of 1 week, and then shopped the rights to talk to him before July 3rd… which has been done in the past with other players. I truely beleive we would have gotten a better return…

Mrs. Zoomo

February 5th, 2010
2:02 pm

GaVaHokie

February 5th, 2010
2:05 pm

R. Stroz

February 5th, 2010
2:07 pm

I personally think Kovy wants to play in a more exciting environment… everything he said about being in Atlanta for life was lip service because he knows the market is fragile.

Personally, I think Kovy likes WAddell but thinks he’s an idiot and the owners aren’t commited to a winning franchise.

Otherwise, why would the ASG/Waddell wait till the last year of Kovy’s contract to improve the team?

Personnally, I think Kovy can tell if it walks like a duck and talks like aduck, will it’s a duck.

As you stated once before, the ASG/Waddell are like car salesmen, they wait until you’re walking out the door before they get serious.

five_hole

February 5th, 2010
2:08 pm

Geez; I leave town for a few weeks and come back to THIS?!?!?!? OMFG.

My thoughts:

1. I asked the wife if she wanted to get tickets for the bus trip next month. She said she didn’t want to spend any more money on the Thrashers. My guess is that her opinion will ripple across Blueland and Philips Arena will become even more deserted than it has been.

2. Oduya coming here means we’re not going to try and resign Kubina. We already had what was considered to be 4 top-4 defensemen. Would we resign Pavel (for what, another $4 mil) and have 5 top-4 defensemen?

3. This means a complete rebuilding of our team and I would start with the top & work my way down. I don’t completely fault DW; he signed the people Kovy wanted (Andropov & Afinigenov); he made what seems to be a completely reasonable $$$ offer. However, between this, Hossa, Heatley, his ability to not recognize talent if he isn’t picking in the 1st 10 picks of the draft . . . he’s just got to go. When JA first got here, I thought he seemed like a really good guy to coach the team. But apparently he can’t motivate these guys and so he has to go too.

4. We have to completely redesign our power play. Not that it was that great anyway, the last couple of months, but at least the rest of the league won’t be waiting on Enstrom or Andropov to pass it to Kovy.

5. Let the firesale begin! Up first we have a crystal statue of a goalie. Oh, wait; it’s Kari Lehtonen. You’ll forgive me for thinking he was made of crystal. Second we have Colby Armstrong. Plays hard, backchecks well, which is why he doesn’t fit in here. Tell you what; trade for a Thrasher and we’ll give you some fans chairs. Chances are really good no one’s going to be using them in the near future anyway.

R. Stroz

February 5th, 2010
2:10 pm

This is the first time in my career I got a chance to play for a first-class organization,…

And that is why he left the Thrashers, the ASG/Waddell are a sorry organization.

Mrs. Zoomo

February 5th, 2010
2:14 pm

LOL five_hole, I think Kari is made of crystal too!!! We need to get rid of him.

Somaatl95

February 5th, 2010
2:15 pm

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GaVaHokie

February 5th, 2010
2:15 pm

Stroz… I agree… but God, playing in Philips Arena has gotta feel like Purgatory this year for these guys… and they’re in a dog fight for the playoffs.

If the fans had come out this season like they promised to do last summer “if the organization showed an effort to make the product better”… who knows…

R. Stroz

February 5th, 2010
2:22 pm

Stroz… I agree… but God, playing in Philips Arena has gotta feel like Purgatory this year for these guys… and they’re in a dog fight for the playoffs.

GaVaHokie – Agreed, but had Waddell stepped down, many fans would have re-upped before the season started. I’ve only missed four games this season. And the game with the best “real” attendence was the 8-1 buttkicking by the Capitals.

Waddell must go. However, the loss of Kovy will turn off the average fan who doesn’t know the team is run by a pack of fools trying to fit in a VW bug.

R. Stroz

February 5th, 2010
2:23 pm

J.B. – That is pure karma.

Bob

February 5th, 2010
2:23 pm

“Go back to grunts and groans”

Hokie, that made me LOL

Stroz, Waddell IS groundhog day

“I don’t think most people are saying DW did poorly in this trade (at least I know I’m not). When you are backed against the wall, you get what you can before the player leaves for nothing, knowing it probably isn’t going to amount to much. The point is that he misread the entire thing and should have made a trade a long time ago when he would have gotten much more and he is also the one who created the culture that no players want to stay here beyond their 1st contract.”

Bingo. Spot on, Russ. This is the point. It’s useless to analyze this trade now, we’ll have to see how it plays out, the point is that we never should have been in this situation to begin with. Either Kovy should have been impressed enough with this “1st class organ-I-zation” (lol) and re-signed here long ago, and if not, Waddell should have moved him last summer when it was apparent he wasn’t going to re-sign, so he didn’t have to settle for the scraps we got yesterday.

Somaatl95

February 5th, 2010
2:35 pm

Dip-Wad and No Spirit: Making the Thrashers look more and more like the State of Alabama with each passing day, and remember that the birds fly upside down over Alabama because there is nothing worth Sh**ting on in Alabama.

Nikita

February 5th, 2010
2:35 pm

“2. Oduya coming here means we’re not going to try and resign Kubina. We already had what was considered to be 4 top-4 defensemen. Would we resign Pavel (for what, another $4 mil) and have 5 top-4 defensemen?”

Well, arguably we don’t have four top-4 defensemen now.

TableHockey

February 5th, 2010
2:35 pm

Hopefully the cameras in NJ won’t catch Kovys face when he looks up and sees the score out of Washington. That would be painful to see.

I’m wondering if the snow in DC (I’m hearing 2 feet or more) will ground flights? Wouldn’t be pretty if the team can’t fly out until tomorrow.

I’ll be there tomorrow night cheering for the ‘New-look Thrasher’s’ and for Waddells departure. Anyone else going to be there?

Somaatl95

February 5th, 2010
2:36 pm

Oh, and its hard to say Dip-Wad did poorly in this trade. Anything looks up when you have hit ROCK BOTTOM.

GaVaHokie

February 5th, 2010
2:37 pm

Looks like Kovalchuk gets to start his NJ debut with a hat trick tonight… Gustavsson is starting for Toronto.

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/NewJersey/2010/02/05/12758986-qmi.html

ChippersLoveChild

February 5th, 2010
2:40 pm

“This is the first time in my career I got a chance to play for a first-class organization,…”

Well… he’s right..

GaVaHokie

February 5th, 2010
2:40 pm

And seriously… in the age of cell phones… how long does it take to get a quote from Oduya and Bergfors?

ChippersLoveChild

February 5th, 2010
2:41 pm

“2. Oduya coming here means we’re not going to try and resign Kubina. We already had what was considered to be 4 top-4 defensemen. Would we resign Pavel (for what, another $4 mil) and have 5 top-4 defensemen”

I think it not only means we won’t re-sign him, not like he would want to anyway, but I think it means we will be trading him by the deadline.

GaVaHokie

February 5th, 2010
2:42 pm

I wonder if Waddell flew up to NJ to pick up Oduya and Bergfors? *snicker*

R. Stroz

February 5th, 2010
2:42 pm

And seriously… in the age of cell phones… how long does it take to get a quote from Oduya and Bergfors?

They’re still holding their heads over the tiolet.

GaVaHokie

February 5th, 2010
2:43 pm

We’ll trade Kubina if the price is right, but I think we’ll keep him for the whole year… he didn’t really cost us anything.

Seeing the return for a UFA Kovalchuk, what would you expect for a UFA Kubina?… not much.

frenchy

February 5th, 2010
2:44 pm

Maybe DW got the best he could get for Kovy…we will never know. Nevertheless, he put himself in that situation with a number of our best players over the years. He failed to learn from his mistakes and we have yet to win a single game in the playoffs, let alone getting IN the playoffs.

If it wasn’t evident before, we are now THE team that players don’t want to play for; We are the joke in the NHL and the possibility to attract decent UFAs this summer is… (can’t think of a word dark enough)… This is why the only way this fan will ever set foot in Philips Arena again is if Don Waddell is FIRED IMMEDIATELY.

He had 10 years and he has NOTHING to show for it… Time to move on.

FIRE WADDELL NOW!!!!!

GaVaHokie

February 5th, 2010
2:44 pm

They’re still holding their heads over the tiolet.

Talking them off the ledge? :)

R. Stroz

February 5th, 2010
2:45 pm

Rawhide, I triple dog dare you to put up the following fan poll:

The Atlanta Thrashers are more like:

a) the Pittsburgh Pirates

b) the Los Angeles Clippers

c) the Detroit Lions

d) the Atlanta Falcons when owned by the Smith family

GaVaHokie

February 5th, 2010
2:46 pm

I’d fire Waddell just so I don’t have to hear FIRE WADDELL anymore.

Smoothie

February 5th, 2010
2:48 pm

Viv does a good job for the most part, but he’s as slow as some of the concession workers in the upper level of Philips.

Who’s to say Hainsey is a better option at this point than Kubina just because he’s younger. I’d rather re-up Kubie for 3 years at $4 – 4.5 M and try to ship Hainsey to someone really in need of puck movers. They are out there, we just need to find them and offer a prospect or pick on top of Hainsey. Trade need for need. We need another veteran physical D-man in case Kulda isn’t ready. But beyond that, all the other UFA’s (including Slater) are fair game for being traded. We need to flip Finny, Army (unless he says he will stay for the same $…doubtful), Kozzie (if he will waive the NTC) and Moose for picks and prospects. Those picks and prospects can then be used to help Chicago climb out of the depths of salary cap hell. Welcome to Atlanta Patrick Sharp and Kris Vesteeg!!

NYC Thrashers Fan

February 5th, 2010
2:48 pm

Can we not make a run for him this summer with the same contract if he does in fact enter free agency? How many teams are going to offer a much better contract than what we did? Even if they are comparable, if he says he wants to stay in Atlanta, maybe he’ll come back?

Badger Bob

February 5th, 2010
2:49 pm

GaVaHokie- I’ve been out all afternoon, or I’d have been helping you out earlier. Your comparison was to give people perspective on what NJ gave up for a rental, and its a fair assessment.

The pirate formerly known as Miami Screaming Eagle- I’m with you on the name change. I’ve officially dropped KovyRules for a reference to my favorite old coach. I should have dropped the name in November when the fire went out of Kovy.

And to everyone else, I’ll have my 14 year old daughter at the game Saturday, so please keep it clean (yes, I mean you, Section 222!). “Fire DW” works. “ASG sucks” definitely works.

John

February 5th, 2010
2:51 pm

This one is gonna go down easier with a couple of those Mudslide shakes (chocolate and 151) at the Broadway Brewhouse here at my domicile in Nastyville, TN.

I reeeaallly hope this one works out. And it has the potential to. While I have been a staunch critic of Waddell in the past, if this one works out, good for him. Let’s take a look at his situations:

Heatley: We don’t need to go there.

Hossa: You can’t say “he let Heatley AND Hossa go.” One doesn’t exist here. Heatley killed a guy and used it as an excuse to get the heck out of here. Waddell got a solid deal for him. Hossa was pissed cause Ottawa screwed him over, signing him to a 6 year, trillion dollar deal, giving him a sense of stability, then sending him to the land of Coca-Cola. Hossa never wanted to be here, vanished during the playoffs, and got out when he could. I don’t think anyone expected anything different. And if you remember, out of the Pittsburgh camp that year, everyone was thinking THEY got hosed and gave up too much. The prospect didn’t work out, sometimes they do sometimes they don’t. Erik Christensen is now Eric O’Dell i believe, and who knows what his status is. So what if Daulton Leville is still in college…good for him…Kessel coulda used a few more years at the U IMHO.

Savard: He wanted more money than we could afford. Went to Boston and earned it. Good for him. At that point we still had a ton of contracts on the table we needed to deal with and something had to go.

Zhitnik: OK, this one sucked, but look at it this way: Waddell got Zhitnik to win THEN, not a few years from then (aka now). He mortgaged the future, much like the Devils did with this trade. I think we look at that trade a little different if we win that playoff series. And that was a weird playoff series…that weird Sean Avery goal, Hossa going all fugitive on us, Kovy deciding it was a sweet idea to fight Avery, and Lehtonen becoming a sieve. You gotta remember, the playoffs are tough in this league. There’s so much parity it’s not even funny. I think that was the 7th year for the franchise…remember, the year before, the Rangers got swept in the playoffs after a 7 year absence. Our lack of history makes our lack of success that much uglier, but it’s not uncommon, espescially for historic franchises.

So am I happy to see Kovy go? Of course not. I think deep down in our hearts we all wanted to believe that Kovy was serious about wanting to stay in Atlanta. The Thrashers get flamed (no pun intended) in the media so much and hearing support from one of the top players in the league felt good. But giving him what he wanted…hell giving him what we offered him…would have been crippling down the road. Waddell’s last few drafts look pretty good. One thing we gotta give him credit for is getting gritty guys that stick around…Peverly, Slater (not a first rounder probably but oh well), Hedberg…look at Nashville. They don’t have a “star” per se, but they’re right there in the hunt. And we just lost 2 one goal games that, had we won, we’d be in the playoff standings. The closest Kovy got was smashing his composite over the pipe. Whoops.

I’m bummed, but positive. I still think Waddell has had wayyyyyy too much time, and he shouldn’t be “figuring out the GM thing,” which it feels like what he’s been doing for the last 10 years, on the fans’ dollar. But this could be good folks, this could be OK.

Or it could suck.

R. Stroz

February 5th, 2010
2:53 pm

Badger Bob – I exercise free speech, not vulgarity. That stated, you may want to stay out of the 300’s though. They are a little less tame but have the same degree of passion.

TableHockey

February 5th, 2010
2:54 pm

NYC Thrashers Fan – sure it’s a possibility to make the same offer but I suspect that bridge was burned by DW with his presser yesterday. I suspect Kovy will either end up in LA or in the KHL.

Buzilla in CT

February 5th, 2010
2:56 pm

If you hired (insert your own personal favorite person as GM of the Thrashers for the last ten years) and give them the same budget and same set of instructions from cheap @ss management, do you all think the results would have been that much better? Really?

Badger Bob

February 5th, 2010
3:00 pm

Question, does Rutherford Seydel have the ‘nads to be there on the glass on Saturday night? A committed owner would, as a show of support for the new players. But I doubt he has the stomache for the catcalls.

R. Stroz

February 5th, 2010
3:02 pm

Buzilla in CT – David Poile, Yes

If Harvey Schiller had hired Brian Burke…well he’d kick the owners @ss and sell tickets to raise money if they tried this cheap crap.

NASCAR Dave

February 5th, 2010
3:02 pm

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sisu

February 5th, 2010
3:02 pm

just got this email :)

ATLANTA THRASHERS TOWN HALL MEETING
Saturday, February 6th

We anticipate this being a highly attended Season Ticket Holder event, and for that reason, we ask that you bring your Season Ticket Holder credential to gain admittance to the event. Only credentialed guests will be allowed into this event.

ATL Native hockey fan

February 5th, 2010
3:06 pm

Sisu Be sure to voice displeasure about how the team is managed not just the Kovalchuk trade but the general displeasure on how the team and the fans have been run into the ground.

TableHockey

February 5th, 2010
3:08 pm

Sweet Sisu – can’t wait to hear the report from that one.

NASCAR Dave

February 5th, 2010
3:12 pm

rice owls is an idiot…

Slava and Marty? LMAO

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TableHockey

February 5th, 2010
3:12 pm

Now that I think about it Sisu – would be great if someone asks: “the Thrasher’s have existed for 10 seasons and have one playoff appearance and no playoff wins. The effect on the dwindling fan base is obvious. What do YOU plan to do to change the course of this team moving forward? What do YOU plan to do to renew fan faith in this franchise?”

Tom

February 5th, 2010
3:13 pm

So if Oduya refuses to report, is the trade cancelled?