Glass ‘half full’ or ‘half empty’ road trip?

First of all…I’m working this morning from an office that resembles an over-stocked flower shop. All of you people that sent Valentines Day roses to Trixie…just thanks. I’m not going to get any work out of her at all for the next several days as she reads all of the cards attached to them. Plus, since she absolutely loves getting flowers, she is just beside herself if happiness and bliss…and work has taken a backseat.

So just thanks…thanks a pant load!

sigh…

Well, at least she is letting me have some of the chocolate.

Anyway…the Thrashers return from their three game road trip with a record of 1-0-2, gaining four out of a possible six points. Anytime you can net 2/3 of the points available, you’re doing well. But at this juncture in the season, a team that considers themselves as a playoff contender has to find a way to get that extra point from games that made it to overtime…which was the case in two of the three games.

Making things just a little more frustrating is the fact that both OT losses came after the Thrashers surrendered third period leads. Wednesday night in Colorado Atlanta relinquished a two-goal advantage with less than nine minutes left to play in the third…then saw the Avs skate away with the extra point after only 9 seconds worth of overtime has elapsed. Then last night in Chicago, after turning a 3-1 first period deficit into a 4-3 second period lead, the Thrashers let another one slip away, this time in the shootout.

Two points left on the table…albeit from two very good teams. But if you look at the standings this morning, that is exactly the amount of points separating this team from the eighth and final playoff spot.

Of course, that’s the “glass half empty” side of this discussion…what about the “glass half full” side?

Jim Slater gets his Valentines Day hug from Kim Johnsson Saturday night (AP Photo/John Smierciak)

Jim Slater gets his Valentines Day hug from Kim Johnsson Saturday night (AP Photo/John Smierciak)

We, if you consider we were playing three Western Conference teams, one of which is the second seed out west and the other is currently tied with Vancouver for first in the Northwest Division, the fact that the Thrashers played them all as well as they did has to be an encouraging sight indeed.

I mean, show of hands…how many out there last Tuesday would have seen four out of six points this week as a good thing considering the opposition? Uh-huh…yeah, me too.

And given that the overtime games were played out west, none of the points surrendered in OT gave anything to teams the Thrashers are battling with back east…so 1-0-2 is really no different than 2-1-0. It’s still four points in the standings.

Another promising sign here is that the team is getting balanced scoring across the lines from players that do need to step up in the post-Kovalchuk era.

In the five games since the trade, Nik Antropov has 2 goals, 6 assists and is a +1, (+3 since the loss to Washington)…Evander Kane has 3 goals, an assists and is a +2…Bryan Little has 2 goals, 2 assists and is a +2…Toby Enstrom has 2 goals and an assist…Maxim Afinogenov has two goals…Rich Peverley has a goal and an assists…and Jimmy Slater scored last night in Chicago and is a +1 since the Thrashers began life A.K. Slates, along with Kane, was a +2 versus the Blackhawks.

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Then there are the contributions from Niclas Bergfors…3 goals, two of them game winners, an assists on 18 SOG and he’s a +2.

As a team, the Thrashers have continued to score goals at a better than 3-per game clip…notching a total of 16 in the last five games plus 5:09 worth of overtime play. As you can see, the goals are still coming from this squad, which is a very encouraging sign indeed.

So, given the way this team has responded since the Kovalchuk trade, going into the Olympic break…going 2-1-2 in the five games played in that stretch, do you have a “glass half full” or a “glass half empty” view of this team.

Me…I’m of the “glass half full” opinion…but not as full as the glass vases containing all the roses on Trixie’s desk. That’s just out of control.

Next year guys, just send the chocolate…OK?

137 comments Add your comment

Tom

February 14th, 2010
10:54 am

I agree with the glass half full thinking.

And also, I want to bring forward a great point Stendec made in the previous post.

The whole ” Will he stay or will he go now” saga with Ilya did cost us points. And focus. We were a very good team to start the season playing team hockey. Then one day the Thrashers became a showcase for Ilya’s individual talents and the team fell apart.

We are becoming the team that we were to start the season.

And I think that the Thrashers will start consistantly taking points from teams they should beat again and play 500 hockey against the top teams.

Darren

February 14th, 2010
11:02 am

It’s a really tough question to answer. Last night’s game typified the trip: the game went from Atlanta not deserving any points to deserving 2 points to being happy escaping there with 1 point. Similar to other games earlier in the season, the comeback was inspiring (even moreso against a raucous, season-high crowd), but in the end, there was still a sense of a wasted opportunity to gain more points.

I think the comeback alone should warrant the glass half-full view, but this team has wasted away so many points already in the standings, I’m beginning to wonder when they will learn from those mistakes.

Brendan

February 14th, 2010
11:06 am

Definitely, “Glass Half Full.” Four of six (4/6) is two-thirds, or .667 heading into the break, against the opposition. Let’s not forget, Chicage is the #3 team in the NHL. Maybe #2, after the Sharks loss to Buffalo last night, at HSBC.

Brendan

February 14th, 2010
11:10 am

Guys, the voting is 17-0, in favor of “glass half full,” as I post this.

Brendan

February 14th, 2010
11:14 am

Here’s your box score. Kane and Slater were a +3. That’s really nice. http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2009020913

docsbro

February 14th, 2010
11:20 am

Am I the only one that loved seeing “Hoss” get steam rolled by Army. That was a beautiful hit. Hossa’s cup journey may get derailed again….

I for one can admit when I was wrong. The team is putting forth excellent effort. I don’t think we’ll truly get to see what the chances of a run are until we get back to playing teams in our conference. If this team has shown anything it’s that they tend to play “up” or “down” to the level of their competition. I would love to see a playoff run….

rob

February 14th, 2010
11:22 am

1/2 full, though Pavs dumb A$$ move to give them #4 cost the team that extra point. Considering the team just went through serious turmoil and is still finding out who they are. Whatever they do this year, we need a strong #1 goalie here next year…..I like the core and the way they are shaping up together out there on the ice now, but all the effort is being let down by these SOFT goals which take all the wind out of the guys sails. Would be nice to see us keep teams to only 2 goals wouldn’t it?
Rawhide,
I would like to see a more set group of SO persons. I thought the #1 line is playing well but not necesarily the best guys for the SO. I think you have to let Mad Max skate his way down to the net and figure out what he’s gonna do, and Pevs too. 3rd shooter???? That can be a choice at the moment. White/Kozlov HAVE to be dealt with now, as soon as Olympics are over. They may be the last piece (other than the ALL IMPORTANT goalie situation) that we need to really come together. I hope Kulda gets more time up here, I like the physical nature he is bringing, something we really need out there. Keep it up guys, and let’s make sure we support them in the home games coming up!!!!
LET’S GO THRASHERS!!!!!!

Rightshot

February 14th, 2010
11:25 am

Absolutely half full. The team is now playing as a TEAM and not, as someone else put it, as Ilya and the kovalchuks. I am encouraged by what I have seen so far AK.
I just wish they could trade Todd “Two ply” White for anyone. Doesn’t even have to be a player. Send him to the Hurricanes for one of there ice girls.

Brendan

February 14th, 2010
11:30 am

Did y’all notice Andrew Ladd, former 4th overall pick from 2004, was a -3 for the Blackhawks, with a pittance of ice time? That guy’s gonna sit, and not just because the Olympic break is here.

Okay, let’s see how Atlanta’s blueline faired last night. Here’s your TOI:

1. Hainsey, 27:40, with one shot, no points, and was a -1.

2. Johnny Oduya, 25:26, with one shot, one assist, and was a +1.

3. Toby Enstrom, 24:04, with a TEAM LEADING 4 shots on goal, scored a goal, and was “even” on his +/- stat.

4. Pavel Kubina, 19:58, with three (3) shots on goal, had two helpers, and was a +1.

5. Zach Bogosian, 14:41, one shot, no points, and was a -2. Isn’t that a bit telling? I think he’s hurt, personally. I do. I believe Zach has an undisclosed injury he’s battling.

6. A. Kulda, the newbie on the scene, 12:04, one shot on goal, one helper, and was a +1.

Zach Bogosian sliding all the way to 5th for TOI … tells me something. Either he’s hurt, and is doing what he can. Or his “GLARING MISSED ASSIGNMENT in overtime vs. the Avalanche … is continuing to be punished.”

I’m very proud of Toby Enstrom, as he heads off to Vancouver, to represent Sweden. He’s doing a fine job. And how about Kulda? 12:04, with an assist, and +1, is a fine contribution from a “call up.” Way to go, John Anderson and Waddell, for giving him this chance, while Valabik is hurt, yet again.

Smoothie

February 14th, 2010
11:31 am

Glass is half-full in the sense that this team is playing hard and playing with passion and purpose. Giving up leads — well the COL game was a complete meltdown — to 2 Top 8 teams is not shameful at all.
We are seeing some of the best hockey we’ve seen from this group outside of a few stretches in Nov when Ilya was still playing like he cared about “his” team. But there are still too many weak links on this team to be wildly optimistic. White and Kozlov are just awful. Boulton is virtually ineffective, Bogo is struggling mightily and Pavelec has many, many flaws that are offsetting his natural talent.

The good news is we play the next 17 games against the mid-level teams from the East. We need to play with this kind of intensity against the likes of TB, Philly, NYR, NYI, Car and Tor. Nothing can be taken for granted. They must win at least 12 of the next 18 and then hope to eek out 3 or 4 points from Pitt and Wsh in 4 gms.

Not impossible mind you but a tall order for a team with several flaws. The good news is you can say the same thing about TB, Bos, Philly, NYR and Mtl. Get another scorer at the deadline – Ponikarovsky would be a welcome upgrade over TW – and who knows what might happen. At least we have a few games of import to look forward to in early March if not a full slate’s worth!

Brendan

February 14th, 2010
11:33 am

docsbro, Hossa’s Olympic journey may be derailed. That was a jarring blow delivered by Armstrong. The refs let the ‘Hawks take pot shots at Army all night, after that. It was sickening to witness the non-calls, in that regard. It’ll be interesting to see how Hossa does during the Olympics. And if he underperforms, we all just might cite Army’s hit on him as the reason.

Tired of the Goalie problem

February 14th, 2010
11:33 am

Pavelec is only effective if the opposing offense is only on one side (either left or right of goal) when he’s challenging the shot, he over-commits especially going PAST the goal post. Other teams see this on film. Why don’t we?

Brendan

February 14th, 2010
11:36 am

Rightshot, remember when the radio ads sounded like this, “Imagine a whole team of Ilya Kovalchuks? And the zamboni drive by Kovalchuk. And little parachutes falling from the rafters, each one having a tiny Ilya Kovalchuk hangin beneath it.”

If your name isn’t Kovalchuk, but you ARE a member of the Atlanta Thrashers, how must that radio spot have made you feel? It’s a fair question.

Brendan

February 14th, 2010
11:41 am

Riceowls

February 14th, 2010
11:45 am

4 out of 6, considering the home records of the opponents, means definitely half full.

Plus we still play the teams we are chasing/fighting for 6th-8th with. TB, Bos, NYR and Philly are all still on the schedule. Plus we have three games in hand against Montreal.

Now, just ignore that April schedule, for awhile.

Tired of the Goalie problem

February 14th, 2010
11:51 am

Oh, and, by the way, glass half full. Playing like a team that wants to win, not a team resentful towards a “superstar” who has already checked out. If the trade had happened a month or two earlier, we’d be on the inside looking out.

FormerIslesFan

February 14th, 2010
11:51 am

A few thoughts this morning. Funny thing, I was talking with Lilibeter this morning and when the conversation turned to the Thrashers, my first question to her was “Would you rather have them be 2-1 or 1-0-2 for this trip?” Obviously, the end result is the same, the former is just a little easier to swallow (depending on how you got there).

I’m in the “Half-full” column as well. One thing that I have really enjoyed these last few games is how hard the boys have played. The dynamic of the team is significantly different and they are no longer looking for one (or two) players to carry them. Scoring is far more balanced, there is defensive responsibilty (and apparently accountability) and they just seem to be a much tougher team to play. Fighting back from being down on the road (especially 3-1 in Chicago at the end of one period) is nothing to be scoffed at.

“Second Half Slater” may have played himself into a contract extension and I (would like) to think that the play of the Slats/Kane/Army line may actually be making Army think about re-upping. (Okay, I can dream, right?)

Did anyone else realize after the Army hit on Hossa that those two guys were traded for each other? Just sayin’…

Are there still problems? Sure. But, you have to admit, they are fun to watch and I am very much looking forward to March.

On Opie: What am I missing on the crossing plays to the weak side? I was always taught that you don’t slide across the goal, you slide to the far post and use your pad to not only seal off that side but to stop you from sliding out of the goal. Is this just a fundamental flaw in his technique or is soemthing more than that? Now…that being said, Opie came up with some huge saves last night and when he actually gets to the top of the crease, he shows flashes of greatness.

So, now we chomp at the bit for a few weeks and get to watch some great International Hockey (did anyone else notice that Jagr seems to have his mullet back!).

Gonna be an interesting Spring to be a Thrashers’ fan.

FormerIslesFan

February 14th, 2010
11:56 am

One other note to Viking:

Remember my comment about whether Toby would take a page from his sister and score???

Get The Puck Out

February 14th, 2010
11:56 am

Gotta make a move for a #1 goalie if you wanna play in the playoffs. I got an interesting question. How did you get your blog nickname? I was at last years Calgary game and the Thrashers were trying to get the puck out of there own end and were having a terrible time getting ot out. I just got pizzed and stood up and yelled out as loud as i could GET THE PUCK OUT!!! and i bet 30 or 40 people turned around and looked at me like i said something else. I think my wife was embarressed enough for both of us so i tried not to say that any more. I can’t believe it’s raining at the Olympics and right here in north Ga. it is snowing like crazy right now. Go figure.

@ least we'll always have 1999

February 14th, 2010
11:56 am

Ah optimism . . .

What are we fighting for an 8 seed so we can get walloped?

Brendan

February 14th, 2010
12:02 pm

Did you all gaze at those standing? Some shocking things appear, given where the league was last year. Let’s start with the draft. The Isles first 1st overall. They’re sitting in 26th spot. That’s not so stunning. At 2nd overall, is Tampa Bay. They are 21st in the league, sitting at 9th in the East, one-measely-point behind Montreal. But the Habs own 3 more wins. Picking 3rd was Colorado. Colorado currently sits 8th in the NHL. Eighth!! They are tied with Vancouver for the #1 spot in the NW division.

In the offseason, Colorado made a GM change on June 3, 2009, when they named Greg Sherman the new GM, replacing Francois Giguere. On June 4, 2009, Sherman named Joe Sacco the new Head Coach, replacing Tony Granato. Team President, and former two-time Stanley Cup winning GM of the franchise, Pierre Lacroix, announced to Denver-area fans that finishing 28th in the league was, in his words, “totally and completely unacceptable performance.” Thud. Do you like apples? Well, how do you like them apples! Moving right along….

Picking 4th was … your Atlanta Thrashers!!! And they are 23rd in the league, at present. That’s good enough for 10th in the East. Picking 5th overall … is the Los Angeles Kings. The L.A. Kings are presently the 5th ranked team in the NHL. Fifth!!! Unfortunately for them, that’s only good enough for 5th in the West, because the division leaders leap frog ahead of them.

Phoenix picked sixth (6th) in the draft, and selected Brayden Schenn, which infuriated Leafs GM Brian Burke. Phoenix, today, is the #4 seed in the NHL, as well as the Western Conference.

In the next post, we’ll look at who has fallen from grace from last season.

Rawhide

February 14th, 2010
12:02 pm

stendec – regarding your question from the previous blog about how many points Kovalchuk may or may not have cost us…I don’t really know if there is a fair and adequate formula to gauge that, but here’s a stab at it nonetheless.

I think the total is 12-15 points lost during the “Kovy drama” weeks of the season…but I wonder if he’s to “blame” for all of that. Regardless, here is how I come up with that number.

In the first two months of the season, all was hunky-dory in Thrasherville. There was no “Kovy drama” yet and the team played to a record of 14-7-3 for 31 points after 24 games played…which is a .646 points winning percentage.

But that’s when it became obvious that things were starting to go array with the contract talks…right about the beginning of December. From that time until Kovalchuk was traded…the “Kovy drama” period of the season…Atlanta’s record was 10-16-5 for 25 points over the course of the next 31 games…a .403 PW%.

Assuming that the team would have played to the same level that they did prior to the “Kovy drama” period, that would have meant they would have netted 40 points, say a record of 18-9-4 between games 25 and 55 as opposed to just 25.

That’s a difference of 15 points.

Now…since the trade, Atlanta has netted 6 of a possible 10 points…a .600 PW%. Had they played to that level during the “Kovy drama” days, they would have gotten 37 points, say a record of 17-11-3. That would have been 12 more than the 25 earned in that same timeframe.

Again…I think it’s really tough to even try to put an actual number on it. During that stretch of games…between the 4-1 loss to the Islanders on December 3 and the 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay on February 2… there were other issues to consider, the seven game road trip from hell being one of them. Also, I think John Anderson was still under the impression that Opie was the answer between the pipes in the absence of Kari Lehtonen. He clearly is not. During those 25 games during the “Kovy drama”, Pavelec started 15 games. Atlanta’s record during those starts…4-10-1.

So, that’s my response to your excellent question… 12-15 points. But I don’t know if Kovy was responsible for ALL of those lost points.

@ least we'll always have 1999

February 14th, 2010
12:04 pm

Get the puck out,

Back in 1999, the sky was the limit for this team. Smart money said this was going to be a vibrant hockey city. But a decade of Donald “Special” Waddell killed that. I personally feel this team was mismanaged from the start. I also feel that this team is for sale, or something.

DWTOO

February 14th, 2010
12:09 pm

I think the glass is half full. Of course, I’m more of an optimist, but the Thrashers have been playing better than I expected A.K. BTW, it might be a little unorthodox, but are you sure the roses are all for Trixie? I gave DWTOO some roses this year!

Rawhide

February 14th, 2010
12:17 pm

Per NHL.com, Atlanta is the #23 team in the NHL

Brendan – First off…sorry for the lack of a Ranallo Warning this morning. I was busy directing traffic for all of the flower delivery vans coming into and out of the parking lot here at the Rawhide, Inc. facilities. I had to call in help from the local police once the backup spilled out into the street, causing quite the traffic jam.

Yes, we are #23 in the NHL…but all that matters is being #8 or better in the east. That being said, we are 9th in the east when considering points winning percentage.

I would like to see a more set group of SO persons. I thought the #1 line is playing well but not necesarily the best guys for the SO. I think you have to let Mad Max skate his way down to the net and figure out what he’s gonna do, and Pevs too. 3rd shooter???? That can be a choice at the moment.

rob – If Slava is in the lineup, I go with him, Max and Bergie in the shootout…Peverley as the fourth and Little number 5.

w/o Slava, I go with Max, Bergie, Peverley, Little and Slater.

The only way White goes in the SO is after the other 17 skaters have gone. Hey…can the goalie shoot? If so, White goes after that.

Sterno

February 14th, 2010
12:22 pm

Figured I would begin posting once the the team began playing like a team. To stay on track with the theme I say half full. I didn’t expect them to get 4/6 on this trip, would have been happy with 3.

I just wish we could find a solid solution between the pipes. Not a fan of Waddell at all, but I like what I see so far AK.

Still would like to see a full time goalie coach and would also like to see Chelios in some sort sort of defensive coaching role.

Barry

February 14th, 2010
12:25 pm

Glass half full definately. The way this team battled this week on this road trip and earned points against teams that are tough on home ice is a big accomplishment. That Colorado loss stings the most though as we had a two goal lead and just completely backed off the gas. Compound that with the fact that the entire team, and especially Bogosian, looked like they didn’t even want to win that game in OT. I was impressed with the way the boys played against the Blackhawks. They are a very good team and serious Cup contender in my book. I was halfway expecting this game to be a bit of a blowout, but after that 1st period Thrashers gave Chicago all they could possibly handle. Now if Pavelec didn’t over committ on that 4th goal we might have had a win, but bygones be bygones. I do have to say thought Anderson didn’t play the shootout very well. Antropov is a good player and has a some skill but he’s not a break away player. Peverley should have been in there over Antropov. I know he’s not playing well this year but this is the second time where Kozlov would have possibly helped this team pick up that extra point in the shootout.

DWTOO

February 14th, 2010
12:26 pm

MRSDWTOO was responsible for the above post and the roses were much apprecaited. She’s definitley a keeper.

JT

February 14th, 2010
12:29 pm

I really enjoyed watching the last three games (except for the third period at Colorado), I think the team played with more piss and vinegar than at any time this year. The two weeks off will help get the team re-energized and I think they can make a legit push to get a higher seed than 8. This team, as configured now, will be a team no one will want to play. Hopefully we will get a little more help to push us to the finish line.

Brendan

February 14th, 2010
12:32 pm

The biggest disappointment from last season has to be the Carolina Hurricanes, who went from Conference Finalist, at the #6 seed, to 28th in the NHL. They will not make the playoffs. But they may not wind up with the top pick in the draft, either. The Columbus Blue Jackets waited … and waited … and waited to fire Head Coach Ken Hitchcock. Did they wait too long? Columbus is ranked #25, and was the 7th seed in the West last year, being swept out of the playoffs by Detroit. The NY Rangers were seeded 7th last year. This year, with new Head Coach Tortorella, they are 24th in the NHL. Ouch. Montreal was the 8th seed last year, winning the tie-breaker with Florida for the final playoff spot. Montreal just lost a ‘living legend’ in Bob Gainey, as its GM. And his departure actually was necessary for the advancement of the Habs franchise. Montreal sits at #20, headed south from here. St. Louis was the #6 seed last year, but the Blues continue to suffer setsbacks. This team is underperforming. They are outside of the playoff picture, sitting at #19. Anaheim, who last year knocked off President’s Trophy Winner San Jose in the opening round, before bowing out to Detroit, with 3:00 left in regulation, in Game Seven, of the CSF, has slipped outside of the playoffs. They are 11th in the West, where they’ve been, pretty much, all year long. They are #18 in the league.

Now, I hear ya. “Brendan, you listed Carolina as the biggest flop?? You’re just, plain, flatout WRONG!! Look at Boston!!!” Okay. You’re right. Boston was the #1 seed in the East last year. They sit at #17 overall. The Bruins have a tenuous hold on the #7 spot in the playoff field. And nothing better happen to Tim Thomas during the Olympics if Boston wants to remain among those playoff bound.

At #16 overall, is Philly. The Flyers were the #5 seed in last year’s playoffs. The trouble was … they ran into the eventual Stanley Cup Champions in the opening round, losing 4-2. Philly made a Coaching change, bringing in a former Stanley Cup winning Coach in Peter Laviolette to replace John Stevens.

Brendan, how can you continue to FAIL to list Detroit among those who have fallen? Easy: The Wings have had injuries. Franzen is back, now. Detroit won’t stay in 10th spot for the rest of the year. They might only squeak in at #8, but hey … we all know the rule. “Just Get In, baby.” Isn’t that the case with the Thrashers, though? Pfft. The Thrashers aren’t built as deep as Detroit, with not a fraction of its rich, recent playoff history. Detroit could actually win the Stanley Cup at seed #8. If Atlanta gets in, it’ll be fortunate to win a game.

Moving right along …. Dallas is #14. Dallas did not make the playoffs last year. The Stars are right on the bubble, one point behind Calgary. And let me tell you, I don’t see Dallas making the playoffs. I’ll just leave it there. At #13, is the aforementioned Calgary Flames. They’ll get in. Somehow, someway, Calgary will make the playoffs.

Nashville missed the dance last year. But they’ll make it in this time around. They are #12 in the league. They are a nice surprise, along with the team sitting at #11, Ottawa. Who would have thought that the Senators, imploding over the Heatley crisis, would be sitting “comfortably” at the #5 spot? Truthfully, prior to the Heatley trade, I had the Sens pegged for 30th overall, behind even the Islanders. This was a great trade in Ottawa. Way to go!

Buffalo, not in the playoffs last year, got a big win over San Jose to enter the Olympic break. But the Sabres are sliding fast. I suspect that Buffalo will be among the playoff field this time around, after missing each year since 2007. Vancouver is the NW division leader, sitting at #7 overall. I think the Canucks have done well to be this high in the standings. I’m not confident in their playoff chances.

New Jersey is #6 in the NHL. I think they’re a Cup contender BEFORE the Kovalchuk trade. That trade won’t hurt them. I think the Devils will be a Conference Finalist this year. Are they better than the Capitals or Penguins? I still say, “nyet.”

Chicago is #3, San Jose is #2, and the team assembled by GM George McPhee sits atop the NHL, at the Olympic break. But don’t plan the parade route, just yet, down either Constitution or Pennsylvania Avenue, in DC. For at #10 is the Pittsburgh Penguins. Forget the seeeding, for the love of Pete! The Penguins are deep and dangerous. Don’t think they aren’t. They very well could repeat as Stanley Cup Champions. No hangover this year. They’ve had some injuries to deal with. It’s not a lack of focus, any more than Detroit is some lack of focus or vision. Detroit will make the playoffs.

Rawhide

February 14th, 2010
12:35 pm

MRSDWTOO was responsible for the above post and the roses were much apprecaited. She’s definitley a keeper.

DWTOO – You got that right, brothah!

Brendan

February 14th, 2010
12:35 pm

Rawhide, sorry to learn of your mishap this morning. If Trixie isn’t still too busy smelling the roses, can she rescue my latest novel, currenly in the bowels of the SPAM filters?

Brendan

February 14th, 2010
12:36 pm

Rescued already, I see. Thank you, Trixie. And Rawhide, you are correct. If Atlanta gets to position #8, it won’t matter where they are seeded in terms of the rest of the NHL.

five_hole

February 14th, 2010
12:39 pm

Seems most of the people posting are “half-full” types. And yes, I’m happy, all things considered, coming away with 4 points. I doubt that most people expected us to get a single point from Chicago. The question is, are we a better team right now. As for me, I think the jury is still out. There has been a massive shakeup, and there are definitely a lot of people playing better right now. Can they keep it up or will they drift back into their status quo? I dunno. What I do know is that the Olympic break came at the wrong time for us. We’re playing well together right now.

docsbro No you are not the only one. There have been a lot of people on this blog who have either been down on Army or at least wanted to trade him. I’m not one of them. And if we do end up trading him, I at least hope it’s to someone in Chicago’s conference (Detroit or St. Louis) so that Hossa will have to go out on the ice with Army a lot.

Happy Valentines day to all the female bloggers.

Yung JB from MTL

February 14th, 2010
12:48 pm

Glass half full as most of the fans here were excpecting two-three of the maximum 6 points…
Where I can get frustrated is that the 6 out-of 6 was VERY reachable.. We shouldnt blow a 3-1 lead, and if we come back from a 3-1 deficit, we should win. But what a great job by the team!

For the shootouts I say we go with the one’s that have been playing well throughout the game (Reasoner was the best player hands down) and as for a tie breaker we go with Waddell…

And im here representing Canad-i-a , and telling you Americans to let us have pride and ask your Mogul gold-medal-winner Hannah Kearney to let off a bit, because it was Jenny Heil’s hometown, and she wanted to win Canada’s first hometown gold… Anyway it will happen in hockey, women (easily) and men (with luck)

Hockey Biltong

February 14th, 2010
12:51 pm

25 or 6 to 4, is where this team is….

Yung JB from MTL

February 14th, 2010
12:51 pm

BTW, the leafs are looking for forwards to rebuild their offense, who could we give, in a package with White, that might make them send us Poni?

Rawhide

February 14th, 2010
12:56 pm

25 or 6 to 4, is where this team is….

Hockey Biltong – HA!!! :lol: That is a perticularly witty response given that the Thrashers just played Chicago!

Please with the lovely Squeaky Fromage a Happy VD for me!

five_hole – Please give the same to “The Gene-eous”!!

World Be Free

February 14th, 2010
12:58 pm

I see everyone is up and running this moning.

I would like to have Hossa back; he’s a great player to have on the ice with a one goal lead. Wonder if we would have been 6-6 in points on this trip, had we still had Hossa.

The refs are terrible this year – or turrible as Charles Barkey would say. They seem to favor the elite teams and dump on the #23rd ranked teams. Not that this is news, but it seems alot more evident this year.

Jameson

February 14th, 2010
1:10 pm

There seems to be a lot of interest in having Bogosian get some time in with Chelios. Maybe he should have an “injury” and be forced to play a week in Chicago for rehab since we can’t send him there any other way.

rob

February 14th, 2010
1:11 pm

Rawhide,
I am not putting Slava on my list because I am hoping he is not here much longer. Get White and Slava out of here, bring up a winger from the wolves, and GET US A GOALIE! Maybe we go after 1 more winger, a lot seem to be high on this Poni guy so if the price is reasonable…. Keep all others and let’s see what happens. Unless of course there are others who don’t want to be here, in which case as soon as the season is over I say GET OUTTA HERE! It is good to see the guys playing UP to their potential instead of down to the bottom. But they are going to need FAN support at home, much like that Fla. game, so I challenge all on here to give them some effort like they are giving us right now and GO CHEER THEM ON IN PERSON!!! LAC, Standec. cmon guys you gotta like what you are seeing (albeit the goalies)and ADMIT IT, there is nothing better than a LIVE hockey game. The guys are looking like they want to put the FUN back in HOCKEY here. So SUPPORT THEM, and BOO the management (except for Mr. Dudley).
LET’S GO THRASHERS!!!!

rob

February 14th, 2010
1:24 pm

WBF,
It will be nice if we can actually continue playing well despite being hated by the zebras. All the more reason to give them a loud and vocal booing EVERY time they are in BLUELAND!!!!

fes

February 14th, 2010
1:38 pm

Anyway…the Thrashers return from their three game road trip with a record of 1-1-2, gaining four out of a possible six points.

That should read 1-0-2. (here too: …so 1-1-2 is really no different than 2-1-0. It’s still four points in the standings.

Glass half-full, though I am disappointed that they let two points get away. How long is Donny going to wait to start talks with Bergfors? He’s an RFA at the end of the year and is only making $500k. Lock him up before an offer sheet finds its way here.

Rawhide

February 14th, 2010
1:45 pm

fes – Uh…yeah. Thanks. Post corrected.

Agree 100% about locking up Bergie right now for a few seasons. I’ve seen enough to be impressed.

rob

February 14th, 2010
1:50 pm

Rawhide,
For the trade Armstrong people. Not only did he tag Hossa, but he put a pretty good one on Kane I believe behind our net earlier. Both CLEAN hits. Just letting the other guys know this isn’t going to be a walk in the park, so you better keep your heads up. It even looked like he was turning to check on Hossa before he had to defend himself. No intent to hurt anyone, but good hard checks. If the refs had done their job afterwards, we should have had 2 PPs when the Hawks went after him. And to his credit he did not retaliate back at them either time. If/When this team makes the playoffs and If/When we get further along in them, a player like that is INVALUABLE! RESIGN him, and if he doesn’t like it here, might be worth trying to talk him into seeing some light at the end of this tunnel the TEAM is in!!!

Zoomo

February 14th, 2010
1:57 pm

Nice to see so many posts this morning. I say half-full, but I still think we’ll niss out on the playoffs unless we get better goaltending. We really need the goalies to steal a few games down the stretch and keep it close in others.

Brendan, back to my comments this morning at the bottom of the last blog. I know from negative media, and the media’s role in exposing an organization. I grew up in New York. And, I have the utmost respect for your hockey knowledge. How you write so often and eloquently here, is beyond my comprehension.

But, don’t you think that the media here has rarely written postively about the hockey experience here in Atlanta? A few months back 790 the Zone posed an on-air question about “what’s the best game day experience in Atlanta and why”? Every other call was a Thrashers fan, only to be laughed at by the hosts. Hockey? Who goes to Hockey?

You can’t get new fans into the builiding if there’s no positive press, no buzz. Winning is a huge part of that, but the team gets killed in general here by the press. Over and over and over.

Schultz, I love the guy except when he writes about the Thrashers.He’s made many non=hockey fans truley believe that you shouldn’t give hockey a chance. Stulberger from 680 is THE WORST offender. His post game rants are noxious. It’s become a joke to listen to him rant and rave about how the team sucks so bad. He’s pissing in the pot that pays him.

I think Eliot and Kamal are the only guys in the media that propmote the game. Ever talk to either one of thme outside the rink? They are genuine ambasssadors for hockey and the Thrashers. With Kovy gone, we need more of that now more than ever.

World Be Free

February 14th, 2010
1:59 pm

rob – what are your thoughts on Tim Thomas?
I hear there are 10 UFA goalies this summer, don’t have a complete list but there has to be a potential #1 out there. Thta’s why I think Thomas will be available,

Boston Brunes need to move some salary too.

R. Stroz

February 14th, 2010
2:00 pm

rob – I don’t think/believe the trade Armstrong people” want Armstrong traded. Instead, we think/believe Armstrong wants out.

If Armstrong can be retained, the team will finally “be moving in the right direction.”

If Little can re-signed with a contract which puts him several years into UFA territoty, the team will finally “be moving in the right direction.”

As I stated last night:

Colby Armstrong thanked Hossa for sending him to the Thrashers.

BTW, the play the last couple of nights was indicative of hockey played

“The Atlanta Flames Way”

Smoothie

February 14th, 2010
2:04 pm

Poni-boy would look riiight niiice in Thrasher blue. He’s a UFA at the end of the season and I don’t see him re-upping with TOR. Why not give up our 2nd round pick, which will be worse than it shouldve been thanks to the trade with Lou, for Poni?

And then let Antro, Pevs, Marty and Litts get him drunk enough at the Pony to sign a 3 year deal in the VIP room while getting a lap dance? We might even get Max to re-up for 2 yrs if we bring in a speedy North-South guy like Poni who can pot 25 goals in a year. Tell me you wouldn’t mind seeing this Top 6:

Poni – Antro – Kane

Bergie – Pevs – Lits

R. Stroz

February 14th, 2010
2:06 pm

How long is Donny going to wait to start talks with Bergfors? He’s an RFA at the end of the year and is only making $500k. Lock him up before an offer sheet finds its way here.

fes – I agree and a week ago I would have told anyone that made that statement to “put the bong down.”