Waddell could face a cranky crowd Saturday night

Thrashers fans have had a rough week, (duh1).

It started with the 4-3 loss in Nashville last Saturday night…continued with a lack-luster performance Tuesday during a 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay…then came the news that general manager Don Waddell had informed Ilya Kovalchuk he’s going to be traded…the promised trade Thursday and we saw yet another star player depart Thrasherville…all of that was then followed by Friday’s 5-2 loss in Washington to the Capitals, the Thrashers third straight defeat and fifth in the last seven.

So it’s understandable that Thrashers fans might just be in a cranky mood as they enter into Philips Arena for the first home game post-Kovalchuk.

And Waddell won’t have to wait for Saturday night’s  game to begin gauging the mood of his paying customers. Nope…he’s extended an invite to season ticket holders to attend a town hall meeting an hour prior to face off. And I’m sure there are some who are just chompin’ at the bit to tell Don just exactly what’s on their mind.

I’ll give the man this much…he doesn’t shy away from standing up in front of a crowd of people, many of whom that may be looking for his immediate firing, and take it. Regardless of what you or I might think of his performance as GM, that isn’t an easy thing to do…especially given what the fans of this team have been through recently.

I’m sure later on we’ll hear from those of you who will attend about what was said and discussed in the meeting…but what I would like to know now is what you are thinking of saying to/asking Waddell, should you get the chance tonight.

Are ya planning on telling him you are still behind him regardless of the circumstance?

Are you going to tell him you are sick of the constant “re-building” with little to show for it?

Are you planning on telling him just how much you think the team is closer to the Cup after the trade with the Devils this week?

Will you ask him if he thinks Rick Dudley will make a good replacement general manager?

Inquiring minds want to know…

Oh, And There Was a Game Tonight

As for the loss to the Caps…look, the Thrashers ran into the proverbial buzz saw. In beating the Thrashers, Washington has now won 13 straight and 16 of their last 17…the lone loss coming in Tampa Bay back on January 12. They didn’t seem to be bothered at all from playing in New York the night before, beating the Rangers 6-5.

Washington is now 40-12-6 and are making a joke out of the Southeast Division…their 86 points are tops the NHL. With the loss, the Thrashers are now 24-24-8….and Don Waddell along with the Octocluster are making a joke out of this franchise.

rim-shot…thank youuuuuuuu.

Ondrej Pavelec started and saw 4 of the 31 shots he faced get past him.

Johnny Oduya make his Thrashers debut Friday night (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Johnny Oduya make his Thrashers debut Friday night (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Rich Peverley had a multi-point night, assisting on Toby Enstrom’s goal that put the Thrashers up 1-0 early on. He then scored on a breakaway in the third to make the score 4-2. It looked like Washington goalie Kichal Neuvirth had stopped Peverley’s attempt…but his defender helped to knock the puck over the line following the play.

The newcomers that came over in the trade with New Jersey were able to see action with their new team on this night. It’s really tough to judge them after one game…after traveling to D.C. in the morning and having no real practice time with the squad.

Johnny Oduya had no points or shots and was a –1 during his 20:38 TIO. He, along with Enstrom, Ron Hainsey, Zach Bogosian and Pavel Kubina were called on to play more given the fact that Boris Valabik left halfway through the game with what was described as a “lower body injury”.

Nicklas Bergfors had no points and was a –1, but was able to get off 4 shots during his 12:53 TOI. Those four shots tied him with Rich Peverley for second most on the team…Zach Bogosian and Slava Kozlov each had 5.

Nik Antropov and Todd White were each a –2 on the night…White is now a –17 for the year.

228 comments Add your comment

East Point Bob

February 6th, 2010
9:47 am

hey smoothie, why do you always bash people and call them names when you disagree ? you always do that, is it a last resort of some type ?
who cares if someone wishes ill will on another, looks like you do that quite well. if there is an idiot on this blog it is you my friend,
I find most of your comments silly at best. so layoff the real fans and
grow up. as far as waddell I could carless what happens to him, hasn’t he done enough damage ? well smoothie hasn’t he ? just go away, makes the blog much nicer to read.

East Point Bob is right about Smoothie

February 6th, 2010
9:50 am

Smoothie, you are prob the pencil necked geek who flips people off in your car when you know they cant get to you.

Eileen

February 6th, 2010
10:01 am

A quote last night from Ilya Kovalchuk, “with the Thrashers, we got quite a few comebacks this year, but it’s great to play with that kind of crowd. They supported us all game long. Nobody left the building and it kept us going”. . . . . . Boycott anyone?

ben

February 6th, 2010
10:07 am

I wrote this in the New York Times blog:

Hockey is expensive in this city. Other than putting the team right where people don’t want to go; hiring and not firing Don Waddell; the other problem was that they didn’t immediately become a big spender. There are very knowlegeble hockey fans here, like myself, who refuse to pay the better part of one hundred dollars just to watch an AHL squad. And, quite honestly, people are afraid to come downtown. There are a ton of fans at the Gladiator ECHL games up I-85 in the ‘burbs. I read somewhere that Metro Atlanta is the 9th largest urban area in northern North America. The NHL is here to stay. It just to figure out how to market itself to people who see it not as some sort of fanatic obligation or birthright, but as an option for an evening’s entertainment. In my estimation this is a problem which they are having league-wide, not just in the south. Kovy is dynamic with the puck, but he won’t defend. He’ll need a tight defense to hide the fact that he refuses to back-check. He’s also a bit of a puck-hog, most of his assists are of the phantom variety. That said, he was my favorite player. I guess I’ve now adopted the Diablos as my second-favorite team.

Honestly, they should have spent mo9ney from day-one

HookyBob

February 6th, 2010
10:09 am

I’m with Lee,…Why would anyone want to go to the townhall meeting tonight? It has been noted on this blog before but bears repeating. How can you tell when Don Waudell isn’t telling the whole truth? Hint: His lips are moving.

A good way for fans to show their feelings is to not go to the townhall meeting. That would send a message,..eh? Those that do go maybe you could wear your Thrashers Stefan, Heatley, Hossa, or Kovy, Damian Rhodes, etc jerseys. I wonder if they would dare show Waudell’s face on the big screen tonight? Bet not.

On trade night (a day of infamy that will go down in Thrashers history) I posted that this team still doesn’t have an identity. Upon further reflection, and reading other blogs, I have come to the conclusion that by gosh we do have an identity. We are an upper end farm-team for the rest of the NHL. Players can come here, and learn by playing against the big boys. And we are darn good at it too. Earlier it was noted that 3 of the top 4 goal scorers since 2001 are ex-Thrashers. (One article went so far as to call us the Montreal Expos of hockey.)

Other benefits of this identity include getting to see NHL stars when the come to visit Philips (or whatever it will soon be called). They like coming here as it is a chance for two points and to add to their stats.

In keeping with that image,..or to rather to enhance it,..let me suggest that team jerseys now be sold with velcrow attachements to hold the players name in place. (Yeah, I know it would hurt sales.)

I want to note that I am in no way dissing the current Thrashers. I like you all,…with hard work and a little luck (ie Duprius & Salmela) someday you may find yourselves playing for team that is a contender for Lord Stanley’s Cup.

Go Blue,…beat the Panthers. (Before they beat themselves up.)

ThrashDawg

February 6th, 2010
10:10 am

In defense of Smoothie I did read a post on one of the AJC blogs yesterday by someone who wished DW would die in a car wreck. I agree this should not have been related to the Burke story, probably poor taste, but it does point out that maybe we should tone down the venom.

EA

February 6th, 2010
10:19 am

I read the posts about bodily harm and car wrecks also on the blogs yesterday which were a bit distubring. That is where Smoothie is coming from. Blogging should not provide an avenue for going over the top.

Nikita (in PA)

February 6th, 2010
10:21 am

Agreed, ben. Well, mostly — I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Phillips, and I would not come see the team if it was located in the burbs. But…there has been a marked decrease in the commitment shown by the ownership group over time to recruiting new fans. You guys know they laid off most of their promo guys last year, right?

And last night’s game was…eh. We lost, but we played fairly well. I wouldn’t take Oduya’s and Bergfors’s interviews to indicate anything other than severe jet lag.

I hope Bryan Little’s going to improve radically. He’s emotionally complex, and seemed to take his demotion quite badly. So maybe with more authority to act he’ll improve.

Get The Puck Out

February 6th, 2010
10:25 am

Someone mentioned the suit Dudley was wearing. Coach A was also wearing the same suit. What’s up with that?

Hanson Brothers

February 6th, 2010
10:36 am

Eileen, I don’t see anything wrong with Kovy’s quote. All he is saying is that making a comeback is more fun in front of a big crowd than a small crowd. Can’t blame him for that. I don’t think he was saying Atlanta fans leave early, they just don’t show up. That’s true.

Nate

February 6th, 2010
10:39 am

“Someone mentioned the suit Dudley was wearing. Coach A was also wearing the same suit. What’s up with that?”

GTPO – Getting ready for tandem job interviews ala Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in Step Brothers?

EA

February 6th, 2010
10:42 am

Hanson Brothers, that was my point. Everyone has to do what they feel is right to send a message to DW and ownership. However, every time Kovy had an opportunity to thank the fans for attending the game and/or encouraging them to come back to the next game, he took it. I will always believe that attendance was a deciding factor in his decision to leave. Not all of his reasons, but a significant one. That makes me question whether we shot ourselves in our own foot. It is water under the bridge. So is my blogging today. Things to do. Go Thrashers! I hope you not only made it home safely from D.C. this a.m.. but also bounce back from a very tough week tonight.

Smoothie

February 6th, 2010
10:45 am

I don’t see how pointing out how boorish and ridiculosly insensitive it is to threaten people or wish that our GM would die is in poor taste. Obviously I struck a nerve with the person I was referring to and now he wants to call me out under an assumed name. I don’t call people names but I will call them out for insulting others or distasteful inappropriate comments that give Thrashers fans a worse reputation than we probably already have in the realm of public perception.

Really, how would you feel if it was Don Waddell’s son that had died tragically in a car accident after wishing death upon him? Mortified and terribly regretful I would hope. But judging by a couple of the posts above, I can see that may not be the case at all for certain people like the ones who are attacking me instead. What a terrible life that person(s) must lead that they would hate something so much as to direct such caustic anger at it in a message board or blog forum. Absolutely pathetic.

GaVaHokie

February 6th, 2010
10:53 am

Dudley looked like Mickey Rourke. :)

Well, I’m kinda happy where Dudley is right now. I think I’d rather have him on the road evaluating talent than sitting in an office dealing with operations.

As long as the combo of Waddell and Dudley are stealing World Junior stars, I’m happy.

Nikita (in PA)

February 6th, 2010
10:59 am

How can attendance not be a factor? Seriously — I don’t live in Atlanta any more, but I have attended games in EVERY season since the Thrashers started, and plan to do it again this year. I also, loving the team and the sport, attempt to bring other people along fairly often. And I’m not sure I’m ever going to do that again given my experiences in the last few years.

I brought my parents to a game…which cost me a fair penny (I seem to recall something like $200 for tickets, $150 for dinner beforehand, plus my parents and I coming in from 60 and 90 miles away, respectively) but was meant to interest people with the time and money to enjoy a sports team a view into the most awesome game ever. Hell, my dad is a Flames fan. And what did we get? A terrible experience. Not only did the Thrash lose, which really doesn’t matter all that much to me, but the team acted like they were on the Bataan death march and our $350 got us seats in an expanse of unpurchased seats and a handful of seats holding people who couldn’t seem to muster a cheer. We felt taken for a ride, quite frankly. Oh, yeah, I’m gonna do that again.

(I have taken girlfriends to games a number of times, but I always make sure to ply them with yards from the Tiki Hut. I can’t say that they like the game, per se, but they’re usually too drunk to be critical.)

I’m not blaming the fans for not attending, necessarily. I’ve ranted before about how much it pisses me off to see the team playing before an expanse of trophy wives and kids and corporate box holders and the few thousand dedicated fans who are always there. But it’s not the fans who are responsible in general. And i’m not the only one who feels this way — I have friends who, like me, put on their jerseys and watch every game. At home.

Phillips is a toxic atmosphere due to the complete lack of an appropriate audience. And if you want proof, just look at the road vs. home records — it’s killing the team as much as the fans.

It’s the ASG, which has tried to fill seats (or at least block purchases) without acknowledging the challenges in doing so. They have done a poor job of developing the grassroots social scene that keeps season tickets and television viewing going, they don’t invest in promotions, and as a result there is a visible and dispiriting lack of demand for the product. And of course they haven’t invested in the on-ice product, either, any more than they have to.

kracker

February 6th, 2010
11:00 am

Some clown seems to mistakenly think he’s being funny posting as Don Waddell. Umm, no, make that ‘wanna-be clown.’

Smoothie

February 6th, 2010
11:11 am

kracker – be careful man, someone may criticize as the anti-christ, always calling people names because you are incapable of inelligent rational discourse!

ThrashDawg and EA – thanks for the support. I reckon the majority of posters and lurkers understood where I was coming from.

Prayers to the Burke family during this terribly difficult time. God Bless.

PB

February 6th, 2010
11:12 am

Our Thrashers played well last night. Last time we played Washington, 8-1 loss in our house with Kovalchuk. Last night played Washington, 4-2 loss in their house. And this when the Caps are on fire, with a 13-game win streak. Thrashers scored first, 45 shots to 30 or so, and controlled the play for two periods against the best team in the NHL.

So – In our limited experience so far, the Thrashers are a better team on the ice today than they were two days ago with Kovalchuk. And I’m going to give them every chance to prove they can continue that.

Go Thrashers. Time to move on.

moriler

February 6th, 2010
11:15 am

When was the last time we put 45 shots on goal against a top-flight team?

We could come out ahead in this simply because there’s no longer anyone for the rest of the team to ‘wait on’ to save us — something that has been obvious for too long, some players have simply been sitting back and waiting for our superstar to kick in. The next month or so will tell — I even saw Antropov shoot a couple times, and I didn’t think he remembered where the net was.

StateBird

February 6th, 2010
11:16 am

Attendance is simple in Atlanta. Win and you will do extremely well. Lose and you will do extremely poor. Many will say this ia a bandwagon town. I disagree. IMHO we have more options here to spend discretionary income and we are more discriminating in how we spend. Unlike the sheep in Toronto who shell out thousands each year on a team that hasn’t won in 40 years.

Egbert

February 6th, 2010
11:16 am

I was a season ticket holder for the first four years of the Thrashers’ tortured existence. I attended one of the first town hall meetings with Waddell at the Iceforum, and remember him lying about one of the players. I know this because I knew the player, and he said so. That has been 10 years and nothing has changed. There is no credibility or accountability involved at any level of this franchise. I love hockey, but this group, from the ownership down, need to fire their chinless wonder of a GM, and shot or get off the pit. If they do neither, I guess I really don’t care if they move to Winnipeg, and I can’t believe I am saying that.

R. Stroz

February 6th, 2010
11:22 am

Why is teh Devils attendence higher than the Thrasher attendence?

Lets review.

Have the Devils won the Stanley Cup?

How many times have the Devils made the playoffs in the last ten years?

How many palyoff games have the Devils won in the last ten years?

Are the Devils currently more than 15 games above 500?

How many lottery picks have the Devils had in the past ten years?

Now, ask the same questions about the Thrashers.

Now ask why there is an attendence discrepency between the two teams, It sure isn’t the fans fault.

ITS THE ORGANIZATION STUPID.

Mrs. Zoomo

February 6th, 2010
11:24 am

does anyone know if the Thrashers actually got out of DC last night?

kracker

February 6th, 2010
11:28 am

Good point, EA. Petutantly boycotting games has negative consequences. Empty seats aren’t very loud and don’t inspire players to ‘bring it’ with that adrenaline-fueled extra effort that makes the difference in so many games.

‘Fans’ show up in good time and bad.

Todd White

February 6th, 2010
11:29 am

Nikita, I’m with you about ASG. Totally clueless, or just plain uninterested. Either way, bad for the fans and for the team. You are right about promotions. What happened to them. I remember when they would have several bobble head nights each year. The fans would be lining up at 5:00 p.m. two hours before the game to get one. Big crowds on those nights and a better atmosphere. I can’t remember any significant promotions the past few years.

Hockey Biltong

February 6th, 2010
11:31 am

Time to cheer the team, not the organisation………..I’m going tonight! And bringing 7 with me….
GO THRASHERS….

five_hole

February 6th, 2010
11:31 am

I frankly don’t care if Dudley dresses like Donald Trump or Flava Flave. I care about him doing his job (and my impression is that he’s good at it). He does not give a good TV interview, but he can work on that.

My impression is that the Thrashers played the best team in the east, and for the 1st 2 periods, it was a 2-1 game. Eventually, talent took over and the better team won. Did anyone expect differently?

As someone else pointed out, you shouldn’t judge the players by 1 game, but we’ve seen Oduya play plenty before, and I do like his game. Bergfors made some nifty passes and seems to have decent wheels. And as Bill pointed out, got off 4 shots on goal.

Here’s what I started thinking about; I’d like to see Max resigned, but there’s no guarantee of that. I love the Slavenator, but his best years are behind him and it’s time to part company as well. So, going into next year, out of our “top-6″, we’re returning Andropov, Todd White & Bryan Little (and I suppose Bergfors). Now, I have hopes for Bryan to bounce back from this season, but we’ve got some serious holes in our lineup. Of course, not resigning Kovy ($10 mil), Slava ($3.5 mil), Kubina ($5 mil)

five_hole

February 6th, 2010
11:33 am

Oops; I was gonna say that we’ll have money to spend in Free Agency.

kracker

February 6th, 2010
11:34 am

Oh, great, now he’s posting as ‘Kovy’s Agent’ and ‘DW’s Mama’. What a maroon…

Will

February 6th, 2010
11:40 am

Don – you are clearly on record as proclaiming that the Thrashers are a better team after this trade. Care to wager your job on that?

If we are not a better team from this point through the end of the season will you resign?

kracker

February 6th, 2010
11:44 am

I think you’re right, five_hole, we will have bucks to burn this summer and a lot of maturing younger talent returning. First things first, though. We have to re-work the game plan w/o Kovy and make the playoff push. Starting by giving the Panthers a good pay back beat down tonight!

kracker

February 6th, 2010
11:44 am

That’s a fair question, Will.

mike

February 6th, 2010
11:49 am

yes this trade is good i believe you don. is zhithick in our plans for future, by the way, nothing against bergrows probably ge is good man, but drunken distracted kovy still much much beter no compare never going to be. lou now it every in hockey world now it except small minority including idiot russian hater stendec. need attract 5 mil. man ufa on offense somehow to replace kovy. i affraid kane don’t have the skills to score consistenly at least 30. good luck donny, but i doubt some studs consider any more atlanta market after heatley, savard, hossa, kovy, unless we going overpaid a lot. again asg stinct to high heaven but cheap and stupid and not going to commit big money. so who is you next target stendec. you small brain never going to understand that only managment could blamed for bad team not players even you personally don,t like some race or nation.

LAC

February 6th, 2010
11:49 am

Statebird is 100% correct, WINNING is the BEST promotion any sports team can ever have. Just look at DC. A few years ago they were crap, and NOW look at them, they may very well WIN THE STANLEY CUP !
There was nobody in the stands, no sold out every game and Ted L. is a HERO in DC.

But here winning is NOT on the priorty list of things to do. Being CHEAP is, Lying to the FANS is, keeping a GM who cannot preform his job in an acceptable manner is and owners who I bet have not been at one game all season.

Attendence dropped off because of the way the team is run and thus the poor to average record. Nobody wants to go game after game and watch
the wheels fall off the cart again and see another in a long line of losses.

Some will say “we are still in the playoff hunt”, but facts are facts.
Toronto and Carolina, started very very slow, but they have been playing a whole lot better lately. We are 9-10 ahead of them, if they pass us and Edmonton catches a little fire down the streach, we will end up LAST IN THE NHL. Not all that likely, but it is not beyond the
relm of possibility… Just think of it, LAST PALCE, First overall pick, most likely, and we rebuild again.

We have been rebuilding for HOW long, every time we sink you hear this stuff. How many more 10 year plans ? If these owners cannot see the blind truth now about waddell and his inability to get the job done, when will they ? He is a complete failure from year 1 to now, he has shown he cannot build a hockey team and I firmly believe he IS the main problem the team is so bad. Why any owner/manager would retain someone with the record of waddell is simply beyond me. He’d have been gone after a couple years with me, but then I already have people who clean the toilet in my office !

Darkhorse

February 6th, 2010
11:52 am

Finding a way to track down and communicate your displeasure with the owners themselves is the only way I see their even being a remote chance the fans have in getting DW out of his GM position, and maybe persueding them to find a new buyer willing to keep the team here. Calling into Gary Bettman’s radio show and letting him know OVER and OVER their are fans here who care and are sick of the way ownership ignores the team is another way.

Letting DW know how you feel at the town hall is only gonna go so far anyway. He knows everyone is pissed about him, ownership and the team’s overall direction….and trading Kovy. He’s just gonna give the lip service everyone is expecting him to. If I was there, I would let him and any others know how they are sucking the life out of Thrasher fans, but I wouldn’t stop there. Everyone concerned about the state of the franchise needs to find other outlets to have your voice heard.

I remember posting on this blog or Knobler’s last year the link to some of the owner’s external company websites, with phone numbers and emails, including Levenson, Peskowitz, and Foreman. It took me about 10 minutes to find them. Not sure if anyone took advantage of that info then, but if you’re really that upset, take some initiative and action, find them again and call…write…email…whatever.

I’m surprised people like LAC and Sage haven’t done so already. Maybe you have. But if some of you took the same energy and fight that’s in your blogs here to other avenues(owners home/work phone in their residing city) you would feel pretty damn good you did your part as a fan.

R. Stroz

February 6th, 2010
11:55 am

This will take many by surprise, but seeing as how Dudley did the interview last night, this what I expect from the Towne Hall meeting tonight.

Before we can scream for Waddell’s head on a platter, Waddell will step to the microphone and annouce effective immediately Rick Dudley will take over the duties of the GM. Furthermore, Waddell will state that Dudley did the scouting on the Kovy tarde and that was what he was brought in to do. Waddell will then hand the microphone to Dudley, thus dodging any questions.

SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN

February 6th, 2010
11:55 am

Andrew: are you on the thrasher’s payroll? did you marry a woman from up north who beats you? take your thrasher frustration out on fellow fans. i’d bet that you weere the kind of kid in school that everyone else [including the girls] beat up on.

PeteyNice

February 6th, 2010
11:56 am

I’d love to go to the meeting tonight. Where else will you see an owner of a professional sports team call a paying customer a liar?

If I were going I would ask him something along the lines of…

You said, “This isn’t a knock on Kovy, but Kovy’s been here eight years and we still haven’t won a playoff game,” Don’t you deserve more of the blame for that? You put those teams together.

Or I would pull a Chris Russo vs Mike Milbury and just ask how Waddell still has a job.

Thrashers27

February 6th, 2010
12:00 pm

Was looking for the Kovy pointing at Cindy Crotchby video and came across this little tidbit. If you have kids around you might wanna put on the earmuffs, but it’s amusing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WHiV6weBaw

litz

February 6th, 2010
12:05 pm

Guy … try and remember … calling for someone to be fired … that ’s one thing.

Wishing for harm … That’s quite another. Don’t cross that line. It’s just not cool.

As for the team? They played a team that was just plain on fire. The Caps just aren’t human.

YET … they darned near almost played ‘em even … yes, without Kovalchuk.

They played w/out him when he was hurt. Guess what? They played pretty darned good.

Last month or so, they played w/out him for the 18 or so minutes he wasn’t sniping his one goal.

Guess what? They played pretty darned good (most of the time).

I dunno if we will make the playoffs. To be honest, I don’t think losing Kovalchuk hurts us in that aspect … we certainly weren’t setting the world on fire with him present.

Let’s see what the upcoming trades bring (we know there’s at least one involving a goalie-to-be-named-later), and hopefully we aren’t sunk too far out of the race to recover.

Lot will be told tonight w/Florida … we played darned good last night, but against a team that’s frankly unbeatable right now. FLA (and most of the rest of the conference) is beatable, and if we bring the same game, we should be fine.

- litz

JR

February 6th, 2010
12:13 pm

maybe it’s me, but mike’s postings always leave me confused. anyone else have the same problem?

besides the difference in talent and size, the other obvious factor that distinguished the two teams last night was the purpose of movement. washington played like a team whose movements were choreographed and well learned. the thrashers seemed to be each man for himself.

an enema is necessary for the whole organization. the ownership, the gm, the coach and several of the players [notably white sand koslov].

EA

February 6th, 2010
12:24 pm

Just read that the Thrashers are on a bus heading down I-95 to Richmond followed by 4 slow plows. They are the ones who will cranky tonight! Wow.

Dr. R

February 6th, 2010
12:26 pm

What difference would it make to get a new GM if you have the same owners? Bottom line is that you have a cheap team with no financial backing in a town with a limited fan base and no hope for changing that. I don’t know how a new GM is going to change that. In all pro sports, you have some franchises that are committed to winning and will do whatever it takes, and others that compete with one hand tied behind their backs. That’s the Hawks, Thrashers and Braves right now, so we might as well just get used to it. Fans can whine all they want but nobody is willing to lose money to make us happy.

R. Stroz

February 6th, 2010
12:30 pm

Harvey Schiller doomed this team with one decision, Don Waddell.

EA

February 6th, 2010
12:31 pm

It does stink to be an Atlanta sports fan.

rob

February 6th, 2010
12:52 pm

To the HOCKEY faithful,
OK, the original plan some time ago was bring the kids to their first hockey game tonight…..not happening now cause I have a feeling things might get obnoxious……and they BETTER!!! Time to make a real statement to the owners here. From here on out I am calling on the REAL hockey fans to find a way to voice their displeasure EVERY opportunity that you get. Tonight is just the beginning……they will say it is only because of the Kovy trade. Don’t make this about Kovy……..make it about the way this team has been run from day one since the ASG has been in control. Make sure the PLAYERS are supported……no one wants to play this game in front of 4000 complacent people who don’t “get” the game. A lot of you have stated on here that you are tired of the way things have gone……so let’s all get together AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!!!! Make the ASG uncomfortable. Let the other NHL teams who are watching their team play here on Center Ice see what we think about ownership here. Empty seats only show them we are uninterested in hockey, which just plain isn’t the case. So let’s get together, cheer on the boys in blue, and blast those in charge who are so ignorantly ruining a good thing for the players and fans.

ASG – TAKING THE “SPIRIT” OUT OF ATLANTA’S HOCKEY YEAR AFTER YEAR.

JA – QUIT and let us get someone who can motivate a HOCKEY player to actually play with pride…..with a STRONG emphasis on defense and body checking please!!

WADDELL – YOU BLITHERING IDIOT YOU ARE FIRED, NOW BEGONE!

HOW ABOUT SHOWING UP EARLY AND GATHERING DOWN AROUND THE ICE FOR THE SHOOTAROUND AND SHOWING SOME EXCITEMENT?

LET’S GO THRAASHERS!!!!!!!!

Oh yeah, to andrew and mike,
you 2 should stay home tonight, cover your pretty little ears, and pray for the souls of all of the “vocal” fans who are going to start demanding a change here…..because it is WAY past time the FANS make some huge waves around here!!!

kracker

February 6th, 2010
12:53 pm

EA, I was wondering if they were able to get out last night. There will still be no morning skate for the new guys but they will have planty of time to discuss tactics on the bus lol

kracker. what is a maroon?

February 6th, 2010
12:57 pm

You must mean moron..as in kracker is a moron who cant spell.

rob

February 6th, 2010
1:00 pm

Oh yeah, and it is time to get together and find a REAL Thrasher reporter who will get on our side and help us do this, so before we try to do that………
I challenge ALL the Sports writers at the AJC to find a way to get it together and find a way to make the team better, from the top down. It means asking questions that put those you ask in difficult positions. OK. Just think of the calls you will be getting from other writers outside the ATL if the team is doing good. They might actually want to ask you for the scoop or something I don’t know. Or maybe a REAL paper in another town will notice your article because they are watching the good teams. Just an idea.

Dr. R

February 6th, 2010
1:04 pm

It’s not the newspaper’s job to make the team better, just to cover it. You clearly have no clue about how journalism works. You want cheerleaders, go dress up some girls and give them pom-pons. It’s the reporter’s job to cover the team and let fans know what’s going on, period, not “get on our side.” What the hell kind of newspapers do you read anyway?