Curses, chickens and the non-announcement featured in today’s Sunday Thrasherville Times

Ahhhh…what a BEEE-U-Tee-FUL pre-spring weekend we are enjoying in lovely Atlanta, eh? It’s the kind of weekend we get here in the south that makes you remember why it is we are so blessed to live in this region.

Yesterday, the tax-exemptions, the Dive Mrs. R and I dusted off the mower and lawn-tending equipment and got the yard work season off in fine fashion. What a gorgeous day for it…even got a little burn on the noggin to show for it.

And today…well, it looks to be equally as nice also.

I’m sure many of you will once again head to the great outdoors to soak in as much of this spring tease weather as you can before making your way to Philips Arena for this afternoon’s matchup with Carolina, but before you do…sit back, sip on the morning brew and enjoy this morning’s Sunday Thrasherville Times

Curses! Thrashers Niittymaki-ed Again

16-0-0, 1.74 GAA and a .940 SV%. Those were the numbers Antero Niittymaki put up against the Atlanta Thrashers during his career going into Saturday night’s matchup in Tampa Bay. Well…make that 17-0-0 now.

This time it was a 6-2 loss to Niittymaki and the Lightning. It was the first time the Thrashers came away with no points earned in the standings since the 5-2 loss in Washington seven games ago.

Niclas Bergfors and Colby Armstrong with the goals for Atlanta. Johan Hedberg took the loss in goal as he allowed six goals on 30 shots…one on the power play and one a penalty shot.

The Thrashers failed to capitalize on six power play chances of their own.

Regarding this Niittymaki curse that continues to afflicts the Thrashers … as we move closer and closer to April 15, tax day, we were reminded yet again last night of the three certainties in life…death, taxes and the Thrashers losing to Niittymaki.

The good news is that we won’t have to face him anymore this season.

Just Happy To Be Here

Do you remember last month when Johnny Oduya and Nic Bergfors came over in the Kovalchuk trade and they were using phrases like “it is what it is” to describe how they felt about it? Well, recently Chris Vivlamore asked newcomer Clarke MacArthur about his reaction to the news that he was leaving the Sabres and heading to Thrasherville. His response?

“There were a few rumors. There were four or five of us [rumored to be traded]. I’m actually excited to be here. I’m glad it was me. They wanted to get a big third-line guy there and they didn’t see me fitting in. I think it’s a good fit here. There are a lot of good players here and I want to just jump right into it.”

Clarke MacArthur is happy to be a Thrashers. Antero Niittymaki is happy to play the Thrashers (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Clarke MacArthur is happy to play with the Thrashers. Antero Niittymaki is happy to play the Thrashers (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Now, in all honesty, maybe too much was made of Bergie and Johnny’s words last month, but I would venture to guess that if they we asked again what they thought about their situation here in Thrasherville…they would probably that they like “what it is’ that they are experiencing here.

However, those are very welcome words coming from a playing heading this way via a trade. But words are just that…actions are another thing. Case in point, did you see how he backed up what he said to C-Viv with his actions Saturday night… standing up for his new teammate Marty Reasoner? After Steve Downie left his skates to plant an elbow in Marty’s ear, C-Mac took a run at a Lightning himself in retaliation…finding Marty St. Louis behind the net an plastering him into the glass.

Don’t really like to see any play have to be helped off the ice like St. Louis did…but when the cobwebs have finally cleared from his head, he can thank his teammate for the hit he took. If you’re gonna dish out a punk hit like that…expect to catch one yourself or see your linemate treated the same.

Regardless, it was good to see the newcomer take exception to the dirty hit and dish out a little instant retribution.

So Long Slow Starts

We have discussed at length the trades, deals and acquisitions that have seen players come and go around here in the past month or so. But somewhere in the shuffle the Thrashers seem to have also parted ways with the slow starts that plagued them for much of the season. Too many times they found themselves down 2-0 or 3-0 before they decided to show up. and start playing.

That’s certainly not been the case of late.

Starting with the game is D.C. on February 5, Atlanta has scored the first goal in seven of the last eight games. The one time they did fall behind early on, Feb. 6 against the Panthers when they trailed 2-0 after one period of play, they stormed back to win 4-2.

Their record during those eight games…4-2-2.

The Press Conference That Wasn’t

Last week was a very big week in the NHL world, what with the trade deadline and all. But, if I’m not mistaken, last week was also the time that a major announcement was to be made in Winnipeg, Manitoba in which the sale of the Atlanta Thrashers was to be announced as well as their relocation to that province capital.

Well…unless I missed it, the major news conference never materialized.

Whewww…thank the hockey gods, I was really worried. But it seems as though our NHL franchise has been spared once again from yet another near miss from the “Make It Seven-ers” that reside just north of the border.

Maybe there was a technical snafu…maybe Gary Bettman was unable to be there for the big event…maybe the whole thing was called off due to syrup tasting contest down at Canad Inns Stadium…who knows.

Regardless, the thing never got off the ground.

Kinda makes one wonder if the whole thing was just a made-up false rumor put out on a western Canadian classic rock radio station that sme people…like that poor sole who called into NHL Live last Friday asking what was the word on the “announcement”… just fell for.

But that couldn’t be the case…could it?

Hmmmmmmmmm…….

Atlanta Chickens? I Think Not

In case you missed this little ditty that was reported on February 25 in the AJC…you know, that other paper…seems as though somebody has gotten their feathers a-flitin’ about having the official Georgia state bird changed from the brown thrashers …to the chicken.

Uh-huh…the chicken.

Chris Cunningham… a restaurateur in of Augusta, GA… feels that since the poultry industry brings in millions of dollars to the Georgia economy, it’s more fitting that the chicken should enjoy the honor of being named the state bird…taking the place of our beloved brown thrasher.

How did he come to such a revelation? Well as Mr. Cunningham puts it, “”My wife and I, we sit on the patio and have a cocktail and we were sitting there thinking, ‘what a waste.’ The brown thrasher is the state bird, and what’s it ever done for the state of Georgia?”

Continuing he adds, “[The brown thrasher] hasn’t done anything. It’s a pretty bird, nothing against the brown thrasher, but the chicken brings millions of dollars.”

OK then…just for kicks and giggles, let’s say this whole chicken thing actually gets off the ground…get it, a chicken ‘off the ground’…and the chicken becomes the state bird. Would that mean the Atlanta Thrashers would need to change their name, given that they were named such in honor of the official state bird of Georgia?

Seriously…the Atlanta Chickens? Balderdash!

There are too many other possibilities out there that would fit the team better. One suggestion I’ve seen recently regarding a name change came from regular contributor to this forum, Smoothie…the Atlanta Ice Crushers. His reasoning is that it would reflect the newly found toughness and size of the team.

That’s not bad, but if such action were taken against the brown thrasher and the organ-I-zation looked to change their name, I would advocate something else… something that relates to the city of Atlanta, something uniquely ours.

My two cents on the matter would be that since we boast one of the busiest airports in the world, many times even the busiest, why not rename them…oh I don’t know, say…the Atlanta Jets!

And besides, its not like that name is being used by any other NHL team…is it?

Wysh Betting On Thrashers To Make Playoffs

In last Friday’s Puck Daddy entry, Greg Wyshynski opined that he’s bullish on the Thrashers making the post-season. In the article, Greg cites the Falconer’s thoughts on the state of the race in the Eastern Conference that show how tight things really are there. Wyshynski then goes on to explain why he likes Atlanta’s chances to play past 82 games this spring…amoung other things, he likes the Thrashers schedule down the stretch.

“Why Atlanta? Check out the Thrashers’ schedule for March and April. Five games against the Hurricanes and the Maple Leafs, and an entire April slate against teams that might not have anything to play for at that point. Meanwhile, the Rangers have to close against the Flyers”.

New Jersey Fans Suffering Through A Taxing Season

A lot has been opined and written about the amount of empty seats at Thrashers games, but apparently things are nowhere near as bad as they are in New Jersey. No, not the Devils… I’m speaking of the NBA New Jersey Nets.

The Nets are struggling with the NBA’s worst record…an abysmal 6-55…and as such people up in the garden state haven’t been willing to part ways with their hard-earned dollars to see them compete play perform lose anymore. In fact, and certainly not surprisingly,they have the lowest home attendance in the NBA this season.

Given that, their marketing department has come up with a few clever ideas to entice people back into their arena.

First, they gave away tickets to unemployed citizens of the state and avail them to career advice while there. Uh-huh…yeah.

Next came the clever idea to give away jerseys to anyone purchasing a 10-game package. Oh, and the jersey featured not only a Nets player…but one of an opposing team as well. Hey, if you can’t sell your team…sell one of the others, I guess.

And the Nets’ most recent marketing ploy…any one 18-years or older that attended the Nets vs. Orlando Magic game would receive a coupon that they couple redeem at a local tax consultant in order to have their state taxes taken care of…a $29.00 value.

BTW, the Nets fell to Orlando 97-87. It was their 28th loss in 31 home games.

Hey…I wonder if Winnipeg would like a basketball team.

Sunday Morning Funnies

What’s a Sunday paper without the Funnies? Well, to that measue, I bring you this little clip that certainly made me chuckle. I wonder if Marquette basketball coach Buzz Williams will be appearing on Dancing with the Stars anytime soon.

Quote of the Week

“From good honest hard work you are going to get rewarded. There are no short cuts”. – Johan Hedberg

72 comments Add your comment

Matt

March 7th, 2010
7:11 am

Ahhhhh, first?

When, when I say, will break the Monkey curse?

Tony C.

March 7th, 2010
7:14 am

I hate that guy.

jerry

March 7th, 2010
7:26 am

This game reminded me of past games…..you know, the ones where everyone stands around waiting for someone else to do something. At three to one, I was done.

Putting On The Foil

March 7th, 2010
7:26 am

Ouch! Hopefully that’s just an anomaly like the Washington game. New streak starts today. Also, Rawhide, I can just see the new Thrasher’s jersey with a Big Chicken on them. In other unrelated news, New Jersey basketball franchise moving to Winnepeg.

Get The Puck Out

March 7th, 2010
7:52 am

Did any sports team in Gerogia win yesterday?

Mr/ Heat Miser

March 7th, 2010
8:30 am

Puck Nittimaki

Fan from Carolina

March 7th, 2010
8:57 am

Two highlights from the game last night, one really bad and one good. The bad, Kane must not have seen the highlights of Foster breaking all those panes of ‘glass’ in the past with his 100+ mph slapshot. Let’s hope his ankle/foot is not broken. He has some guts to block that shot. Now the good and a tip of the hat to the Thrashers camera guy who gave us some nice ‘eye candy’ of the Lightning girls. It was the only bright spot of the 3rd period, that’s for sure. That’s all, everything will back to normal after tonight’s win.

The Real Thrash

March 7th, 2010
8:57 am

“I think they wanted it a little bit more,” Thrashers coach John Anderson said. “They were desperate. If we would have won, it would have really hurt their [playoff chances].”

“I think they were a little better than us tonight,” Thrashers goaltender Johan Hedberg said. “They were faster and sharper and they capitalized on their chances.”

This from our team that says it wants to be in the playoffs? Did this hurt our chances? YES! Did we not feel desperate to win? I guess not!
WTF

Matt

March 7th, 2010
9:54 am

Did anyone see Kari’s play for Dallas last night in Pitt?? Saw the highlights on NHL on the Fly and he did NOT look good. Did not seem to play under control with lots of sliding around and did not seem to be sure of where the puck was. Six goals allowed is the very definition of UN-GOOD. Why was he playing instead of Turco?

rob

March 7th, 2010
9:59 am

I am out of town and missed the game…..glad to hear St Louis got tagged. OK they lost. Move on, this series may come back to haunt us but let’s stay focused on the good that seems to be happening here. Only fear I have is back-to-back game means Pavs tonight? DAM, hoping for a strong team commitment again.
LET’S GO THRASHERS!!!!!

Red Light

March 7th, 2010
10:05 am

Canes are now 12-2-2 in March over last two seasons and have never lost a season series to the Thrashers. The Canes are 19-6-and whatever at Philips Arena. Worse than that, after starting the season 0-6-1 in the second of back-to-back games, they are 5-0 lately. The good news is that the Thrashers are 7-1-3 in the second of back to back games this season (4-7-1 in the 1st of 2). The Canes blew an opportunity to escape the SE basement last night for the first time since late October.

So, with Kane out, is it White, Boulton or Kozzie today? My guess is White!

To Philips for the game and taping Buf-NYR. Sound like a decent day.

Red Light

March 7th, 2010
10:10 am

Visiting team is 3-0 in season series. Carolina is missing 10 guys off their opening day roster due to injuries and trades.

Chris

March 7th, 2010
1:35 pm

No hockey team should ever have the word ice in its name. It’s redundant and stupid.

R. Stroz

March 7th, 2010
1:43 pm

If we’re going to change the name, I’d suggest the Atlanta Annihilaters, that sounds like a hockey name.

Red Light

March 7th, 2010
1:43 pm

How can anyone be glad someone else got tagged if he didn’t go looking for it? It’d be like a Tampa fans saying he was glad that Reasoner got leveled when he was an innocent bystander. Anyone want to explain that to me? I don’t blame MacArthur because it was a reaction play, but I’m sure he’s not looking to hurt St. Louis.

Smoothie

March 7th, 2010
3:08 pm

I hate when I’m right…or should I say when my fears are manifested in the form of a 6 to 2 thumping at the hands of the Bolts. Really thought Pavs should’ve gotten the start so Moose could rest up for today. Let’s hope Ondrej is rarin’ to go…we need this rebound win BAD!!

By my calcs, our “black” magic number is 6. Can only afford six more losses in reg. Still think a record of 11 – 6 – 2 over the last 19 gets us in to the 8 spot. Even 10 – 5 – 4 might do it, but reckon we’d lose out on some kind of total wins tie-break, or heaven’s to betsy, lose out to the Bolts in a head to head tie-break. That would be like seeing Mike Vick win a Super Bowl.

Happy B-day Bergie!! Go get you a hat-trick son!!

Brendan

March 7th, 2010
3:37 pm

I like the Thrasherville times. I do hope Winnipeg does get a franchise. Just not this one. Charles Wang said he’s sorry he ever bought the Islanders. Maybe they could move?

I’ve always been kinda partial to these names for Atlanta’s hockey team: (1) Burn, (2) Fire, (3) Steam (so hot, it melts ice, if ya follow), (4) Heat, (5) Battle or Battlers. I’d prefer any of these names to Thrashers. Bygones. It’s Thrashers, and that’s that. Thank you, Ted Turner, who said, “When a fan comes up with $99 million for the team, they can name it.”

Brendan

March 7th, 2010
3:42 pm

I think I’d play Boulton tonight. Why not?

erock

March 7th, 2010
5:47 pm

THRASHERS ARE ON DIRECT TV CHANNEL 774 TODAY VS CANES

Tom

March 7th, 2010
6:54 pm

Frustrating game. Down 2-0 after 2.

Matt

March 7th, 2010
7:02 pm

HEY LOOK….the old crappy Thrashers are back. Pitiful effort two days in a row.

Supes

March 7th, 2010
7:06 pm

Lets see, how can some “fans” blame the effort the last 2 nights on Kovy? I’m sure they’ll get really creative!

Tom

March 7th, 2010
7:17 pm

If you have the NHL Channel. there is a Junior A game. Much more fun to watch a team that gives a crap about showing up.

LAC

March 7th, 2010
7:42 pm

If there is ANYONE out there who thinks this grou will make the playoffs… Please stand up !

This team showed it’s a TRUE waddell team from top to bottom, not worth the price of admission, VERY Glad I no longer have Season Tickets to watch yet ANOTHER year of FAILURE and owners who do not give a DAMN and a GM that should have been fired before he was even hired.

You SUCK waddell and so does this team… Good-Bye 2009-2010, and to think todd white is going to be here NEXT SEASON !!!!!!! Stanley Cup here we come !!!!!!!!!

Brendan

March 7th, 2010
7:53 pm

Carolina, since getting Erik Cole back, and Staal being named Captain, has been one of the best teams in the NHL. Doubt me? Check the record. What does that have to do with today’s game? Nothing. Other than to say … despite their current in the NHL, Carolina is not a “push over.”

Does this ABSOLVE the Thrashers from being shutout, AT HOME, in front the children, home from school on a Sunday? Hardly. The record, post-Kovalchuk, is 4-2-2. Whattaya say we give this team 12 games before we declare that it’s BETTER or WORSE without Kovalchuk?

Today, a “cherry picker,” down 3-0, might have gotten us back in it. Jus’ sayin’. Though, clearly, cherry picking is no team concept. Not by a longshot.

HookyBob

March 7th, 2010
8:23 pm

The fans of this team remain on a roller coaster ride,..the last two days hopefully being the nadir. I hate to sound repetitive but, now Nashville, Tuesday, is a big game.

From what I heard on the radio Carolina played a really good game. Time to look in the mirror,….and resolve to leave every cintilla of effort on the ice Tuesday night.

Go blue,….beat the Predators.

BTW: Rawhide, yes I liked the originality (your creativity) of the “dull razor” and/or two “Little Nicks” line.

Smoothie

March 7th, 2010
8:36 pm

Two words:

Fool’s Gold

And I feel the fool.

11 – 5 – 2 is a tall order for such a weak-minded team.

I have no earthly idea of how to explain the FOOP-tacular play I’ve had the misfortune of watching in the last 24 hrs.

World Be Free

March 7th, 2010
9:28 pm

You mean I rushed to get my yardwork done for this? My son sez I need to calm down.

Bad game, great to see Biltong and your better half.
The Kovalchuk jersey with the tape over the name and number is priceless.

If it will make ya’ll feel better, Kari looked like garbage last night.

Yung JB from MTL

March 7th, 2010
9:52 pm

Hey the duck-taped Kovalchuk jersey was my idea! I did it on my Kovy Thrashers’ 3rd jersey.

HookyBob- I guess what ure saying is that now every game is a must win, since if we lose one, we have to win the next. We better get a 4game winning streak and we could get a better cahnce

Allez les Oiseaux de T

Sage of Bluesland

March 7th, 2010
10:19 pm

This is too easy–so I’ll, uncharacteristically, refrain…

Too bad ownership still doesn’t get the message. Oh well, get used to to more of Don Waddell…

Brendan

March 7th, 2010
10:42 pm

Sage, I don’t have a vote from you in my contest. Yes, I’m holding a contest to “name the date when Waddell is renewed.” As previously posted, I’m going in April 1st.

Brendan

March 7th, 2010
10:51 pm

Everyone just witness that abomination of a shootout in Anaheim? The Ducks had it won. Or so everyone thought. But the puck was still alive, trapped between Jonas Hiller’s arm and body, and his momentum carries him into the net, when he fumbles it … just over the goal line. Then Plekanec wins it in the 4th round.

Oh well. Habs put some distance between themselves and the T-birds. Folks, his is the effect of losing to “middling” teams, like Tampa Bay and Carolina. It’s not just that we lose, it’s that other around us gather point. Remember Don Waddell’s words, during the 1st period intermission of the Lightning game. “We woke up this morning in 8th place. We’re not chasing anyone. It’s up to us to keep the playoff spot that we currently have.”

Well, this isn’t how Atlanta “keeps its playoff spot.” Now, we fight an uphill battle.

Rawhide

March 7th, 2010
11:00 pm

Un-good.

What a miserable 30 hours in Thrasherville. Montreal earned 4 out of 4 points in SoCal…Boston won and the Rangers snagged at least a loser point against Buffalo. We, on the other hand get out rumps handed to us twice…by a combind score of 10-2.

What was eighth place and looking to climb higher is now tenth place, trailing the Habs by four, Boston by three, New York by one and feeling the nasty, hot breathe of Tampa Bay on our necks just one point behind us.

Un-good.

We could very well learn tomorrow that Evander Kane will be out for quite a while…maybe the season. I hope not, but he’s hobbling around on a crutch with a boot on his injured foot.

Un-good.

Todd White will more than likely play in his place.

Un-good…simply an un-good weekend all around.

StateBird

March 7th, 2010
11:25 pm

Brendan – yes I did see that collapse in Anaheim. Not only the shootout miscue but the missed empty net by Ryan and the 2 goals allowed in the final 100 seconds to allow the tie in the first place. That is something I would expect to see in Blueland.

Two teams’ playoff aspirations are dead tonight – Atlanta and Anaheim. While the Thrash are still within reasonable range to get back in the Thrash lack the heart, leadership and goaltending to make it. (The goaltenders aren’t that bad but the Thrashers defense hangs them out to dry continuously.)

I’m not upset by the loss today–I’m upset by a total lack of effort and heart. Compare the Thrashers last 2 gems to Montreal. The Habs gave up 3 first period goals on the second of back-to-back games on the west coast yet summoned up a relentless comeback that produced 43 shots and didn’t stop until they got the game tied with 10 seconds left. And for those who forget Montreal is still without their 2 best players who are out with injuries. By comparison the Thrashers take the easy way out and quit on consecutive nights despite being gifted a playoff spot to hold onto.

Brendan

March 7th, 2010
11:28 pm

Well, I’m never one to cheer an injury. But Matt Cooke lit up Marc Savard today, giving him a very serious concussion. Savard did not leave Pittsburgh with the team. He stayed the night, with a team official. If Boston, moving forward, is without Savard, a member of the NHL leaderboard for assists on an annual basis, they really, really hurts Boston’s playoff chances. Does it improve ours?

Hmmn. Well, we’ve got to ‘handle our business.’ And handling our business means banking points vs. middling teams like Tampa Bay and Carolina. If we’re a BETTER TEAM without Kovalchuk, and we’re being outscored 10-2 against middling teams, our coach needs to change his strategy.

Brendan

March 7th, 2010
11:36 pm

Statebird, what a post! Well done.

StateBird

March 7th, 2010
11:37 pm

The Thrashers shouldn’t need to rely on help from anyone at this stage. Entering play Saturday night they were in the top 8, had games in hand on all their nearest rivals and a very favorable home schedule. Just beat the teams you should beat and accept some losses to superior teams and you are in the playoffs. So the Thrashers proceed to not only lose, but provide an inferior effort on consecutive days. Any team with that kind of work ethic has no chance. I predict that both Tampa Bay and Carolina will pass the Thrashers before the season ends.

jcwhitingjr

March 8th, 2010
12:34 am

For starters, if you’re going to rename the team, call them the Knights so people will have a valid reason to yell it during the National Anthem!

As for our playoff chances, I think they just went down the crapper this weekend. There are too many players out there looking for someone else to get the job done instead of doing it themselves.

100% of shots not taken won’t go in!

World Be Free

March 8th, 2010
5:39 am

The Thrashers left a wakeup call for 7PM Sunday night, then hit the snooze button.

On the bright side-

Mr. First Class Organization (Mr. F-C-O) blew a breakway in the 3rd period last night that would have tied the game for his first class team against that NHL powerhouse, Edmonton. The Oilers scored a minute later to seal the deal against the Devils.

If Kovy plays like this in the KHL they’ll send him to the Gulags.

stendek

March 8th, 2010
7:41 am

Abominable! What comes after heartless? Welcome back Pavs Lehtonen! What a waste. The more things change…++STENDEK++ Worst giveup mail in debacle since a certain Russian was team captain! Believe? No way!

DWTOO

March 8th, 2010
7:46 am

Just an awful effort – both nights. Nobody has more ups and downs than your Atlanta Thrashers!

Henny Youngman Jr.

March 8th, 2010
7:48 am

Heard the team is moving to the Phillipines – they’re going to be called the Manila Folders. (Rim Shot Please)

World Be Free

March 8th, 2010
7:54 am

Henny-I posted the same line about a month ago-get with it!

We are both guilty of stealing a classic line from The Master!

LAC

March 8th, 2010
8:15 am

Good reason to CHEER For Nashville, a well run Franchise with a Great GM & Coach,
what the hell do we have ? A TOTAL Train wreck, with NO playoff chances thanks to TNA total NON action this past weekend !

Fan from Carolina

March 8th, 2010
8:41 am

I sure did not expect that performance. I figured the Canes would be ‘down and out’ after their loss Saturday by being so far out of the playoff picture. Wrong. Hey Kane, you know you are my favorite but please make a note to yourself, “do not block or attempt to block a Kurtis Foster slapshot.” If you saw the Caps’ Backstrom block those shots against Foster in their 5-4 win last week, believe me, Backstrom was just lucky he isn’t hobbling around like you.

Bob

March 8th, 2010
8:43 am

I blame me. That’s right, I jumped on the fool’s gold and bought tix for games this month, yesterday’s abomination being the first. What a sad effort, how the heck can they just crap the bed like that, in the midst of a playoff run?

Stroz, did you yell through a blue plastic bullhorn “hey Waddell, you should have signed Legace” as you were leaving the game yesterday? If yes, you had our section cracking up throughout the game with some of your zingers and we were sitting down in front of you.

Russ

March 8th, 2010
9:03 am

“Also, Brendan, you have often asked what sort of team DW has tried to build in Atlanta i.e. What is their identity? Well, I doubt this is what he strived for, but I would say the one constant character trait in their history has been mentally weak teams. They would never play hard for 60 minutes, they would take nights off, and when the going got tough, they would back down. However, for the first time ever I am not seeing that in the few games since the Kovy trade. They certainly aren’t the most talented or experienced group, but they are playing hard and are not being intimidated. I hope they can keep it up. It is fun finally watching a team with a little grit after all these years. I still don’t think they are quite going to sneak into the playoffs, but for once the future is looking a little better, if we can get a few players like Kubina and Armstrong willing to stick around.”

I am embarrassed to have posted this last week over on C-Viv’s blog. With or without Kovy this weekend looked like the same old heartless Thrashers. The Red Wings and Penguins of the world often get off to slow starts knowing they can turn it on anytime they want and their real season starts in April. Apparently the Thrashers think they can flip the switch on whenever they want just like those teams because no team in the league takes as many nights off as your Atlanta Thrashers. I guess when you have the vast accomplishments that the Thrashers have achieved over the years you begin to feel entitled to play hard when you want to rather than every game. This team is still not that talented, but they had me fooled thinking they would at least give maximum effort each and every night. Losing 10-2 combined to Tampa and Caroina while you are in the middle of a playoff run is a disgrace. On a good note, my preseason prediction of 82 points is looking pretty solid.

Nikita

March 8th, 2010
9:29 am

My perspective on this is a tad different…

1.We absolutely must do whatever we can to deal with our problems in goal.Moose is serviceable, but he can’t play every game, and Pavelec is not yet capable.

2.Very, very disappointed following two losses.

3. I’m going to amend my comments on the playoffs a little, having watched a ton of games yesterday. Joisey, while sitting on a commanding lead from early-season victories, is going to struggle to secure the 8th spot. I don’t know about the Habs.

And if you think things in Atlanta were rough, you should’ve been with me on Sunday. I went to see the Johnstown Chiefs, of Slap Shot fame. Dear Lord. A good day in Johnstown is worse than the worst days in Atlanta. Especially since the team is now moving to Greenville.

Alan R.

March 8th, 2010
9:39 am

A good day in Johnstown is worse than the worst days in Atlanta. Especially since the team is now moving to Greenville

I have it on good authority that the team is actually moving to a retirement community in Florida. You know, the one thing those old geezers down there miss the most? Hockey.

World Be Free

March 8th, 2010
9:52 am

Alan R-
“There’s alotta shysters in Florida”
“Who would want to buy a 6th place hockey team?”