Thrashers employ ‘less is more’ thinking at trade deadline

OK…raise your hands if you thought the trade deadline would come and go Wednesday with Colby Armstrong, Pavel Kubina, Maxim Afinogenov, Christoph Schubert and Mark Popovic all remaining on the Atlanta Thrashers’ payroll?

looking around the blogosphere…uh-huh, not too many.

I didn’t add Kozlov in that list of players because, quite frankly, I didn’t hold any hope that anyone would make any real offer for him, even though he was willing to waive his no-trade clause.

As Don Waddell put it, “We never had a offer to bring him”.

Clarke MacArthur, seen here battling Sidney Crosby Tuesday night, has 13 golas and 13 assists in 60 games this season (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Clarke MacArthur, seen here battling Sidney Crosby Tuesday night, has 13 golas and 13 assists in 60 games this season (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

However, like so many of you, I was somewhat surprised at yesterday’s lack of major moves by the Thrashers…but I have to admit, I’m absolutely OK with it. At the end of the day, it appears that the organization was not impressed enough by whatever offers they did receive for any of our players and decided to say, “thank but no thanks”. In doing so, they have chosen to keep these pending UFAs to make their playoff run over the rest of the way.

Regardless, compared to what was speculated for weeks, Waddudly opted for the ‘less is more’ theory and have decided that what they had in house was what they are willing to go with down the stretch.

It’s a gamble of course, as we could see these any number of these players depart Thrasherville with nothing to show for it than the service provided during the course of their contracts. In essence, instead of trading Army, Kubina and Max and then try to fill their spots…they have become Atlanta’s rentals.

But the panic button wasn’t pushed like it was in 2007, and as such Waddell didn’t “Zhitnik-ed” this go around. That in and of itself is a step in the right direction.

In keeping with the “less is more” philosophy… what the Thrashers are left with after ‘”less” deadline dealing than thought is “more or less” much the same as before…only a little “more”.

By that I mean…Opie and the Moose will remain to keep the goal, although not necessarily in that order. The seven defenseman in which John Anderson can ‘pick-six’ from are still Kubina, Hainsey, Oduya, Enstrom, Bogosian, Schubert and Popovic. Up front, Anderson still has the same players to pick from…in addition to now the newly acquired Evgeny Artyukhin and Clarke MacArthur. That means the coach has 15 forwards to choose from in order to fill out his lineup card…12 will play and 3 will view the action from press row.

To me, that means 12 play while one other join Slava Kozlov and Todd White at the press box buffet counter.

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Lineups could look something like…Antropov-Little-Bergfors…Kane-Slater-Armstrong…Peverley-Afinogenov-MacArthur…Reasoner-Boulton-Thorburn. Sure, you could mix and match a couple of those lines… maybe even sit Clarke in favor of Artyukhin’s size out there and we’d see…ahem…MacArthur park next to Slava and Todd in the press box.

sorry…

But either way, clearly Anderson has some options today that he didn’t have when the week began.

As for Wednesday’s pick up from Buffalo…C-Mac played in 60 games for the Sabres this year and has scored 13 goals and just as many assists…four goals and three assists came while on the power play. The big number, however, that has been pointed out is the Todd White-esque minus 14, which was the worst +/- rating in Buffalo this season. The career numbers for the 74th overall selection by Buffalo in 2001 is 41 goals, 38 assists, 127 PIM and a –11 during 187 NHL games.

MacArthur will be an RFA this summer and is coming off a contract that paid him $1.4 million for the season.

In comparison, Artyukhin has 4 goals and 9 overall points in 37 games played in Anaheim with 41 PIM and an EVEN +/- rating. In his career, he’s amassed 14 goals and 28 assists along with a –3 and 282 penalty minutes in 182 games. He’s slated to be a UFA on July 1 and his contract has been worth $950,000 this season.

Returning to the Afinogenov, Kubina and Armstrong situations…as discussed previously, Waddudly will have between now and June 30 to talk contract with these players and other pending UFAs. Waddell has indicated that he intends to discuss a deal with Kubina’s agent and maybe that played a big part in his decision not to ship him off. Could the same be true for Armstrong and Afinogenov…maybe even Schubie and Pops?

Maybe…but right now there is this little thing we call a playoff hunt to deal with. And these guys have been retained to help get the Thrashers back there for the first time since their one-and-only excursion past 82 games three years ago.

And how they perform toward that goal could…more or less…dictate if they want to stick around for a little while longer.

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Russian

March 4th, 2010
11:15 am

OK. Question???
If Chelios will come and play for us. Who is going to sit????
Hainsi, Bogus, Oduya, Shubert????
I want to keep Pasha(Kubina) and Tobi together.

rob

March 4th, 2010
11:18 am

Smoothie,
LMAO I think we are a different team from what they have been use to and are in for a shock tonight. I like what we have going here as far as 3 good lines and a 4th line that is getting a lot of looks too. Mac and Art can take Kozy, Bolts, and White which will give us size and speed that I like. If we can just keep the chances to a minimum in our zone…….I hope to see a lot more hitting out there from the guys in blue (or burgundy for Thrasher Thursday)! Give Moulson reason to look around instead of just driving the slot and killin us! Maybe Schubert or Armstrong can introduce themselves to him!
LET’S GO THRASHERS!!!!

Zoomo

March 4th, 2010
11:21 am

I’d liek to see that Max-Pevs-MacAurthur line. That’d be fast line.

That first goal on Tuesday; Max to Pevs, was a speed goal. Max flying to the zone, Pevs zipping on the wing, and a great pass for the conversion. That type of play is very hard to stop. We need more of that.

Zoomo

March 4th, 2010
11:28 am

From Dan Kamal:
Moose in goal tonight; both new wingers are in the lineup. Arty plays w/19 & 27. MacArthur is w/47 & 61.

Russian

March 4th, 2010
11:34 am

Ok.
Mac will be in Pever line.
Interesting combination.
MacArthur-Pever-Max.
Look like White, Slava and Bolt will sit.
4-th line will be Atri-Reason-Thromb
OK. I will take it

LAC

March 4th, 2010
11:34 am

waddell commenting on his LAME moves, ” They show our fans we are trying to make the playoffs”,
yeah right “don” and I will sell you my beachfront home in Brevard,North Carolina !!!!!

… Oh don… That’s in the MOUNTAINS !

Spud Webb

March 4th, 2010
11:36 am

Brendan, my hand is raised!!
Folks, as far as slava, how is DW (I Hate the guy) handling this poorly?? It’s ok for slava to come out and say he wants a trade because he BLOWS this year???? He’s had every oportunity to produce this season and simply has NOT helped this team when we’ve need him the most. So come the trade deadline, nobody wants a 37 year old who is essentially done?? Shocker, no not really. So what would you want dw to say?? Slava looks good in our press box? Slava is gonna play for us even though he’s toast?? No, what dw had and has to say is listen, nobody wanted the guy. Sorry, it happens to every pro athelete, times up. Great career slava, thanks.
MacArther fit well in buffalo, a load of talent, yet inconsistant as they come (there are a few like that up in buffalo right now). Fast, some GREAT moves and plays at times, but lackadisical on back checking.
Lets look at the real issue, money and the asg. No reason at all that someone like raffi torres shouldnt be a thrasher today…except money. Until we get new owners, we are hosed. No two ways about it. DW has no fear of losing his job, because he won’t….not until new ownership comes in. This has been shown to us over the last few years of being the laughing stock of the NHL. So don, enjoy it now. Gutless that you haven’t stepped down by the way.
That said, I like the hard, balls to the wall hockey we’re playing right now. We know we don’t have a kovy to rescue us & that we’re not the most talented team. Let the new goon play on the 4th line. Sit white & slava. Let’s keep playing hard. I have zero faith we will sign any of our players for next season, I mean ZERO.
By the way, anyone see brian burkes press conference for toronto yesterday?? I freaking love that guy. I mean he is straight forward and to the point and has a PLAN, AMAZING. He’s unloaded almost 50 percent of a horrible team and now has two stud players to build around, Dion and Kessel. WOW, wouldn’t we love to have that guy down here??

Nikita

March 4th, 2010
11:42 am

*sigh*

You guys kill me. I am once again in the position of having to say nice things about Whitey.

So…a. Anderson likes White, probably because he has an extremely reliable personality — his performance varies, but his temperament doesn’t and he’s similar to Boulton in that he does journeyman’s work without complaint. b. he’s always been effective in certain limited capacities, and at times if effective in general. c. he has yet to bitch, moan, and eviscerate his leadership in public. and, as I noted, d. every game is a new game. In the only game White has played in over a month, he was a +2 with a goal and an assist.

So, I’m not saying White is our knight in shining armor. Only that, while we still have him, I hope he rises to the level he’s capable of, and acts like an asset. And that people give him a fair shake based on where he is right now whether than where he’s been for the first portion.

That said, I can see us waiving him. As long as we do so right after we waive Slava.

The case for doing so: a. supposedly not popular with Anderson — I don’t buy this, personally, as in my opinion his poor play is what caused the reduction in minutes. b. talks out of school and is clearly disgruntled — we need this in our locker room? Also, seems to be stuck on something that’s not going to happen. c. couldn’t be traded. This is because, while we all agree on what he has done and can do, there is no sign whatsoever that he will ever do it again. Keep in mind that not only did he turn in a horrible first half, but he had a very bad year a few years ago when he was playing hurt. d.may have some value at half price. In Slava’s favor he’s been here and done a good job at certain points, and I don’t have any negative thoughts regarding his performance until the last few years. But at this point, at his age, and given his feelings, I think it’s time to give him a few shifts on ice to play for his contract and then waive him.

As for other stuff…
1. You know I’m glad for Slater, but I also remain pretty skeptical about him since he basically keeps on doing mediocrely and then he has these flashes of brilliance that last a few weeks. This has been going on for years — I just wonder how long we wait for Jimmy to open up and balance months of so-so with weeks of flash.
2. Schubes looked decent in his return.
3. Thinking about White and Koz from a playoff perspective, I think Koz needs to go as noted above. But his loss would mean an even weaker shootout. It’s not an insurmountable problem, but it definitely needs attention.

Stat Man

March 4th, 2010
11:43 am

Just keep playing as a TEAM boys and you will do just fine.

No more 1-man show!!!

BTW: Devils just 16.7% on the PP and are 3-3-1 since adding Kovy. Pre-Kovy?? 19.0% on the PP and 35-18-2.

Just saying the grass isn’t always greener or be careful what you ask for or something like that!

kracker

March 4th, 2010
11:43 am

Don’t forget…the Islanders are now Mandy-less.

Smoothie

March 4th, 2010
11:45 am

Looks like JA will be doing just what y’all are saying we should do by inserting Arty in the line-up along with C-Mac. While MacArthur may not be overly physical, JA is probably expecting him to use his post-trade excitement and fervor to infuse some added grit and hitting on the Fin-Pevs line. Arty will certainly help against their 4th line as they have given Boults & Thor fits this season. Believe it or not, the key to this game may be shutting down the line of Park-Guerin-Sim!! Yikes!

rob

March 4th, 2010
11:47 am

I really hope if Chelios gets to Atlanta (and I do hope he does) that he is the scratch for the night and only here for practice/mentoring reasons. His knowledge is undeniable, and he is a warrior no doubt, but his time is past and he should only be used as huge asset for the young kids like Zach and Kulda

Black Panther Thrasher Fan

March 4th, 2010
11:47 am

Kill Whitey!!

Yung JB from MTL

March 4th, 2010
11:48 am

Without Sutton, I hoope we play R2 against NYI so we can geet that advantage in front of the net with his big body

Go Le Thrash

Smoothie

March 4th, 2010
11:50 am

Russian – I’ve been saying for several blogs now that I fully expect Cheli to be in our line-up sooner than later. I think he may even be here by the weekend as he still hasn’t returned to the Wolves line-up when he certainly could’ve played last night. I have no problem with a rotation of Shubie & Cheli playing with Bogosian depending on the opponent. In fact, I wouldn’t mind Cheli playing tonite as Schubert was a -3 in the 6-5 SO loss on Lon-GUY-land.

Thrashers27

March 4th, 2010
11:52 am

Maybe Charmin’s goal the other night is the beginning of his 2010 awakening. Wouldn’t it be nice to see him and Little start lighting it up like last year? Let’s go BLUE!

Russian

March 4th, 2010
11:57 am

**Smoothie**
Yes. I am thinking a same thing to bring Chelios and rotate him with Shube. But I got a question. We got 24 players in troster now 15+7+2. Is it legal in NHL. I thought it should be only 22-23 players. If we call Chelios it will be 25 on roster.

Badger Bob

March 4th, 2010
11:57 am

Smoothie, I like the “keys to the game” list, but would add staying out of the penalty box and improving the PP.

PK was very solid against FLA, but we were pushing it with giving them almost a full period of PP time, including 90 seconds of 5-on-3.

Despite the PP goal(s) on Tuesday (one on a breakout play, one on a shot that should have been stopped), our PP set up is still impotent with the exception of Max (the only one showing creativity). JA better be planning to plant Arty in front of the net on the PP, because something must improve or we don’t win the required 75% of games in March.

Badger Bob

March 4th, 2010
12:00 pm

Russian – The 23-man roster limit is in place from the conclusion of the preseason until 12:01 am on the day of the NHL’s Trade Deadline. After that teams are allowed to have an unlimited active roster at the NHL level, provided players are signed to one of their 50 contract slots.

World Be Free

March 4th, 2010
12:02 pm

I am SOOOO glad the trading deadline is past us. Now we get back to talking hockey on the sprint home. Most important player for the Thrashers for the balance of the regular season-Moose for sure!

Smoothie – Only way to stop Matt Moulson is to buy him a few Molsons before the game.

LAC – I have been waiting for reaction to the massive overhaul of the Thrashers from yesterday. You do not disappoint.

Midfield

March 4th, 2010
12:08 pm

Brendan, – and I think that’s where you’re coming from as well – at this point, the players sign here only if they’re overpaid, or – as in Kozlov’s case – if their motivation is other than playing for a winning hockey team. I totally agree that the writing is on the wall: it is all but explicit that the players express absolutely no confidence in the ownership and the front office of this franchise.

Smoothie

March 4th, 2010
12:17 pm

Oooops! I meant a 4th line of Sim – WEIGHT (not Guerin) – Park.

Regardless, none of our lines have played well against the Islanders this season. The only success we’ve had was coming from behind the last time by rolling out the Russian Front and getting mad production (4 goals) from them to force OT.

Looking back, every game has been different as we’ve rolled different lines in each of the 3 only to revert back to Russian Front and Kane-Pevs-Army. The Isles have yet to face the newly minted “hardest working line in hockey” of Kane-Slates-Army. And they’ve never faced the re-tooled Greek God line with Russian Hercules Artyukhin.

The key may very well be how the 2nd line of C-Mac, Pevs and Finny gel defensively. That’s the scary part. Pevs & Fins are a combined -5 against the Isles in 3 games. Although Finny has 2G & 4A. Peverley is a -5 in 5 career games vs the Isles with 2G & 4A as well.

Smoothie

March 4th, 2010
12:21 pm

BTW, no one said talks between Thrashers’ mgmnt and Kubina’s agent broke down. They are likely still ongoing. Also, Craig Custance has said repeatedly that it’s not a foregone conclusion that Colby bolts.

Fair and balanced please…this is not Jeff Schitz’s blog. Thank you!

rob

March 4th, 2010
12:24 pm

WBF,
Can’t agree with you more, and I hope he can somehow carry the team into the playoffs and maybe win a few there, but that is all we can hope for I am afraid. He has done well this season so maybe we get lucky, only time will tell. I just want them to continue this newfound intensity and drive! Good to see an honest effort out of everyone on the ice.

Smoothie

March 4th, 2010
12:29 pm

If Colby does intend to leave, he does a great job at towing the company line and telling us what we want to hear…perhaps he should be handling Waddell’s PR from now on. From Ben’s Blueland Blog:

In non-lineup news, Colby Armstrong is excited for his little brother who was traded to the Red Wings. He’s been sent to their AHL team but could get called up at some point. It turns out the media had the wrong Armstrong in all of their trade rumors.

“I think our team looks awesome,” Armstrong told me this morning. “We’re playing pretty good hockey lately and I think it can only help us to add some depth with guys that can help us out down the stretch.”

Armstrong also went out of his way to mention that the future of the franchise looks good. <— Trixie, could you bold this for me?? Pretty please with sugar on top??

Mr. Smoothie – How does that look? BTW, say ‘hi’ to that other girl for me. -Trixie-

“It’s not only this season. I think for the future things look pretty good. There was a big question mark over us about whether we could play without Kovy and what we were going to do and I think we’re showing that we can play and we can win games. We’re solid right from the top to the bottom. We’re in games. We give ourselves a chance to win every game which has been huge the last few weeks, excluding that two week break.”

Here's the linky: http://www.bluelandblog2.com/2010/03/04/morning-skate-update-6/

Badger Bob

March 4th, 2010
12:31 pm

LAC – Both Brian Burke and Darcy Regier made statements yesterday to the effect that you don’t rebuilt your team at the trade deadline. But when DW follows that line of thinking he’s an idiot?

DW isn’t saying the moves he made improve our playoff chances. He’s saying NOT moving Kubes, Max and Army shows he hasn’t given up on playoffs.

Nikita

March 4th, 2010
12:32 pm

*Wouldn’t it be nice to see him and Little start lighting it up like last year? Let’s go BLUE!*

Yessir!

Smoothie

March 4th, 2010
12:34 pm

Think my last attempt to post a link to Ben Wright’s blog failed miserably…let’s try again. Colby’s comments are intriguing to say the least considering he has one foot out the door supposedly:

http://www.bluelandblog2.com/2010/03/04/morning-skate-update-6/

Trixie, if my other post is stuck in the filter, just kill it dead pls!

Exelby

March 4th, 2010
12:47 pm

Every day last season Nikita complained about Exelby, yet, when others complain about Todd White, she says we’re repeating ourselves.

Isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black?

Austin Powers

March 4th, 2010
1:02 pm

“Maybe Charmin’s goal the other night is the beginning of his 2010 awakening”

Yes. And I’d love a golden toilet seat, but I don’t see it in cards baby.

World Be Free

March 4th, 2010
1:08 pm

rob-I am a little concerned since Moose started the season as our #3 goalie. It’s like DJ Shockley taking ther Falcons to the playoffs.

Aryan Brotherhood Nation

March 4th, 2010
1:13 pm

Go ahead Black Panther Thrasher Fan, kill Whitey, we don’t claim him either.

Alan R.

March 4th, 2010
1:26 pm

WBF, how was Hedberg behind someone injured? That makes no sense.

FormerIslesFan

March 4th, 2010
1:50 pm

RH,

C-VIV just put up a blog regarding tonight’s lineup and it includes the exact insertion of Mac and “Arty” that we were discussing yesterday with the two scratches (White and Boulton) that we pontificated!

Bob

March 4th, 2010
2:11 pm

“DW isn’t saying the moves he made improve our playoff chances. He’s saying NOT moving Kubes, Max and Army shows he hasn’t given up on playoffs.”

I don’t respect Waddell’s ability, or lack thereof, but this is spot on. You don’t blow up a team, you don’t move key pieces when moving towards the playoffs (which is precisely why Kubina was never going anywhere and why Chicago didn’t move Sharp or Versteeg etc), and Waddell didn’t do that. Made a couple additions, nothing glaring. I like it.

And I agree with those of the school of thought that this is a better TEAM without Kovy. I really, really, really, would like to see these boys make a playoff run, and get in. And take the Devils out in the 1st round. This would please me.

World Be Free

March 4th, 2010
2:18 pm

Alan R-
Kari – #1
Pavs – #2
Moose – #3

Just my htinking, since Kari was the reigning #1, Pavs another part of the future and Moose a 36-year old career backup.

Now he da man

Nikita

March 4th, 2010
2:21 pm

*It turns out the media had the wrong Armstrong in all of their trade rumors.*

Dude, hate to say I told you so…but I TOLD YOU SO. (Not you, Smoothie. I mean everybody.) I know it’s fun going negative, but the proof was never there, except to show that he didn’t want to extend his time as a captive to an undesirable salary one day longer than he had to.

*Every day last season Nikita complained about Exelby, yet, when others complain about Todd White, she says we’re repeating ourselves. Isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black?*

Hardly. I complained every time he played poorly. Which, to be fair, was nearly every day — it’s why he ultimately will probably take his snappy hats and stone hands back to the AHL. But Todd White played great yesterday and hopefully he continues.

For the record, my opinion on Todd White at the beginning of the season was that given his career stats we should expect this year to be a down year. It is a down year, but also going off his stats we should expect roughly half of last year’s production. And if he puts that in at the end, which isn’t unreasonable given how streaky he’s been over his career, then it’d be great. If he doesn’t, obviously there’s the pine and line. And of course if we’ve got someone better to take his place, then that’s fine, too.

Rawhide

March 4th, 2010
2:24 pm

FIF – Well, after I got off the phone with you, John called…and well, I told him what we were chattin’ about. Told him he now has the chance to do what he hasn’t been able to all season…sit Kozlov AND White.

I’m glad to see he took it all to heart! :cool:

James Brown

March 4th, 2010
2:30 pm

No local tv tonite….It is on Center Ice so I guess I will watch it there………..This is a big game and although it isn`t a must win it is one we “really” need. It will be interesting to watch the new “size and “speed”……………………..Go Thrashers!

Smoothie

March 4th, 2010
2:41 pm

Anyone who hasn’t taken the time to go over to Schultz’s blog and bitch-slap him with some Thrashers knowledge, please do so. Good to see such a good display of Thrashers’ love and passion for the game over there despite the dearth of actual knowledge and facts emanating from Captain Contempt. Anyways, back to the game tonite…some disturbing numbers:

Shots For vs NYI – 88 for an avg of 29.33
Shots Agt vs NYI – 107 for avg of 35.67

UNGOOD!! Must control the puck in their zone…make them defend the cycle and cycle their brains out.

Goals For – 9 vs Goals Against – 14 (not counting EN & SO)

Shooting % was fine at 10.23, but the GAA was pathetic at .869.

Again, blueliners need to be a bit more conservative at their own blueline because the Isles have probably the most team speed of any team in the East. They CAN get behind you quick. Stay back a couple feet, stay in the lane and play the body rather than the puck to keep the 2nd chances down. Help Moose and Moose will help you!

Thrash avenge this ridiculous losing streak of 4 games with a 5 – 3 win. Antropov scores along with Little, from Bergforce, Slatesy, Kaner & Marty Party gets the EN to seal it. Mark it down. Bogo’s got the “Mo-vember” stache back so the Isles are in for a hair-raising game.

Smoothie

March 4th, 2010
2:55 pm

Darn it! Spammed again!!

Trixie, darlin’, I’ll put in a good word with Billy Tilly to give you some extra vacation time for all your hard work!! :-)

Lee

March 4th, 2010
3:03 pm

Whitey played a fair game the other day, but he’ll probably suck the rest of the season.

moriler

March 4th, 2010
3:10 pm

Lee: He’s gonna have a hard time sucking all that badly from the press box, unless they hand out lollipops at the buffet.

Red Light

March 4th, 2010
3:52 pm

Looking forward to watching the Arty-Tho-Marty line wreak some havoc tonight!

I’d also like to see MacArthur play with Antro and Bergfors at some point within the next week.

Exelby

March 4th, 2010
4:04 pm

“Hardly. I complained every time he played poorly. Which, to be fair, was nearly every day — it’s why he ultimately will probably take his snappy hats and stone hands back to the AHL. ”

You should read your material before you post, because the same can be said for White.

“But Todd White played great yesterday and hopefully he continues.”

Wow. White scored one blanking goal and helped kill off a power play.

Whoop-Dee-Doo.

It’s about time he earned his paycheck….for one game.

Maybe you just like White because he provided you with some form of special acknowledgment.

Exelby had better judgement.

Nikita

March 4th, 2010
4:33 pm

James Brown — do you know where the feed is coming from on the Centre Ice broadcast? I’m torn — I probably will watch the game, but not until halfway through. Because, you know, I don’t mind watching the team put up a good fight against a superior team, but the Islanders effing suck. Always have, always will. And it’s just depressing and embarrassing losing to them. Not that that’s what I expect to see tonight — but I’m going to check in midway just so that if we are losing my misery will be briefer.

And Exelby, oh snap. For the record, though, my issues with Ex are strictly about his play. He’s a nice and smart guy, and I admire lots of things about him as an individual — he’s just not NHL material.

*You should read your material before you post, because the same can be said for White.*

You know, hate to say this again, but I’m not a fan of Todd White — I’m simply opposed to seeing him walloped on a daily basis when he actually sucks a little less than Saint Kozzy. Pan them both, or give White a day off when he’s done well, and I’ll back off.

But, in comparison to Ex, Todd White is a veteran, who has played a number of fairly good seasons. At this point he doesn’t have a lot of them left, but in his time he did more than Exelby — who’s still a pup — ever will. They are alike in that neither one was anticipated to make it to the league — but White’s inherently a lot more skilled.

Also, Todd White doesn’t strike me as the snappy hat type, though I imagine he likes them since they obscure his bald spot.

rob

March 4th, 2010
4:41 pm

Alan,
WBF and I agree that while Moose has been very good for us this year, he holds the key to our success post season, where goalies really can win a whole series single handedly for you. Hope he can come up with a run of a lifetime type string of games, or god forbid we need Pavs he somehow plays out his arse. But that may well be our Achilles heel as we try to actually win a playoff game (yes I am assuming this team will make it to the playoffs now that we are playing TEAM hockey again!)

Love the “Schitz” spelling of the moron there at the AJC who cant give the hard work of the TEAM some credit. Like Smoothie said (I think it was) go over there and tell him he can shove his keyboard somewhere it will do him some good. He was good for one thing and one thing only with the Bettman interview but WTF, he needs to get a clue about the REAL game of hockey being a TEAM game, and not the oh we have a star and suck but that’s OK idea. MORON, utter MORON, and to think I gave him credit for the Bettman thing! Must have been a Whiskey Tango Foxtrot over and over game I was watching that day!!

Can’t end without saying ASG and DW suk

LET’S GO THRASHERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LAC

March 4th, 2010
4:55 pm

WBF, I was hoping against hope to get more of an impact player, did not happen.

Bager Bob… I realize not making moves often is the better option, I know from experience
in my business past, same senario. I, like I said above, felt we should have gotten more of an impact player and I do NOT believe waddell is capable of playing hardball with other GM’s.

Diego from Lilburn

March 4th, 2010
5:02 pm

Rawhide, it was nice to meet you finally before the Panthers game the other night!

I’m glad the trade deadline is past so maybe the rumors can die off and the guys can just play.

The boys in blue came back from the Olympic break and did just what I’d hoped they’d do: Play hard for 60 minutes without trying to feed the puck to someone who was waiting for a one-timer!

Maybe Grampa Chelios can be a mentor to Zach Bogosian. I think Bogo is great but he needs some help finding his mojo again.

Bob

March 4th, 2010
5:26 pm

So, when are we moving to Winnepeg? Did I miss the presser?!?