How long will Thrashers wait on Pavelec?

Sunday afternoon, as the Thrashers were in the process of dropping that giant steamer on the ice surface of Philips Arena, I had the pleasure of sitting on the end of the arena that Carolina defended twice. Normally I would call that the Thrashers’ “attack twice” side…but…sigh

Regardless, the position I took up allowed me to view the proceedings from behind the net Manny Legace was protecting for 2/3 of his 27-save shutout performance. As such, I couldn’t help but sarcastically utter to Smoothie and the Blueland Chronicle boys, “Gee, wouldn’t it be nice to have a goalie like him in a Thrashers uniform”.

Of course my tongue-in-cheek remark alludes back to last summer when Atlanta did indeed have the veteran Legace… who turn 37-years of age last month…in camp on a professional tryout. However, he was sent on his way in favor of Ondrej Pavelec, the Thrashers next “goalie of the future”, whom it was thought could handle the load while Kari Lehtonen was nursed back to health. Start Pavs for the bulk of the games for a month or so…was the thought…then allow Kari to slide in much the same way he did a year ago when he performed so well in the second half of the season.

Things started off well enough after the brain trust of Waddell-Dudley-Anderson chose this path…Opie got off to a very strong start and Legace signed with Carolina after Cam Ward went down with a nasty cut to the groin area. He cost the Canes all of $500,000.

But round about the same time Manny began suiting up for the Canes, Opie’s performance started to drop off. More and more the team found themselves having to turn to another veteran in goal, Johan Hedberg…which was something I advocated earlier on…and by the time the Olympic break rolled around, it was clear this team’s chances for post-season play rested squarely on the back of the Moose.

Ondrej pavelec is 0-4-1 and has a .879 SV% in his last five starts (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

In his last five starts, Ondrej Pavelec is 0-4-1 and has a .879 SV% allowing 18 goals (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

In his last five starts, dating back to the 5-2 loss to Carolina on January 21, Opie is 0-4-1 and has allowed 18 goals on 149 shots, (.879 SV%). This has dropped his season record to 12-16-5 with a 3.47 GAA and .901 SV%.

Conversely, in Manny Legace’s last five starts, he is 5-0-0 and has allowed only 8 goals on 136 shots, (.941 SV%). During that stretch of games, he’s beaten such teams as Buffalo…twice by the score of 4-3…Florida and Ottawa 4-1…and of course most recently, your Atlanta Thrashers 4-0.

The season numbers… Legacy is now 9-5-2 with a 2.65 GAA and .909SV%. Pavelec is 12-16-5 with a .3.47 GAA and .901 SV%.

As for waiting for Kari Lehtonen to heal up and come to the rescue, well he did not return in October. Nor did he in November…or December…or January. Finally, Waddudleyson grew tired of waiting for the current “goalie of the future” to finally be the “goalie of the present”, decided to finally cut bait seven and a half years after using a second overall draft pick on him… and he’s now Dallas’ concern.

Obviously hindsight is 20-20…and one can argue for why Waddudlyson opted to cut lose a soon-to-be 37-year old goalie over sending Opie back to Chicago. However, ask yourself this question…right now going into a playoff drive during the last few weeks of the season…stop laughing…would you rather have seen a goalie tandem of Hedberg/Pavelec or Hedberg/Legace? I think the numbers support the latter of the two options.

But directing our attention to a more forward outlook now, I would then pose this question you those of you in the blogosphere…

With the Thrashers’ decision to finally cutting bait with Lehtonen still fresh in their minds… just how long is this organization willing to be patient with Ondrej Pavelec?

Another year?

Two seasons?

Three…?

As long as it takes?

Sure, Pavs isn’t injury-prone like Kari, but I just can’t see the Thrashers waiting around for several more years waiting for him to come around like they did the last “goalie of the future”.

As you ponder your response, consider this…if given as much time to develop as Kari, that would mean Opie has another three years before the GM…whomever that may be… runs out of patience. You willing to stick around and wait for that?

I’ll answer that question right now…no.

How long should the Thrashers continue to wait for Pavelec to finally become the team's #1 starter?

  • Another 3 years, if necessary (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Two more years, but no more (15%, 20 Votes)
  • End of next season, tops (47%, 63 Votes)
  • End of this year, then move to someone else (10%, 14 Votes)
  • His time is up already...bring in Mannino (27%, 36 Votes)

Total Voters: 134

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Now, maybe that’s because I, like so many of you, are still jaded from the past several years of living through the Kari Lehtonen experiment. But as I see it right now, if sometime in the future the Thrashers find themselves completely out of the playoff picture…and if last weekend is any indication of things to come, that could be as early as Sunday…I’d rather see Peter Mannino be called up from the Wolves and be given his first shot an NHL play. Never too soon to get a look at the next “goalie of the future”, ya know.

Like Pavelec, he’s scheduled to be an RFA this summer. So why not get a sneak peek at what his worth could be before deciding how much to pony up for him.

Besides, if 21-3-0 with a 2.14 GAA and .926 SV% doesn’t earn a keeper a good look-see, what does?

Looking even further down the road…when July rolls around, I would like to see Waddudlyson have a look around at some of the goalies swimming around in the UFA pool. There’s a few out there to pick and choose from…not the least of which is Thrasher-killer Antero Niittymaki.

Hey, you know what they say…if ya can’t beat ‘em, pay him to join ya.

Regardless, I’m just not prepared to wait around several more years to wait on Opie to develop…at least not at this level. Let him season a while longer in Chicago, or do what you did with Lehtonen and end the experiment…only much sooner than they did with Kari.

This Thrashers organization simply doesn’t have the time to wait for a “goalie of the future” to develop into the “goalie of today” anymore.

110 comments Add your comment

Alan R.

March 9th, 2010
9:55 am

Toss in Blazing Saddles

Your wish …

“The Sheriff is *DOOOONG*”
“He said the Sheriff is near!”
“No gosh-darnit dag-nabbit, I said the Sheriff is *DOOOONG*”

…is my command.

Brendan

March 9th, 2010
10:09 am

Bob, it does make me wonder if coaches and scouts are doing a disservice to fine, young “bluechip” prospects, ya know? If the future Kari Lehtonens of the world are thusly coddled, protected, and given preferential treatment, they’ll think it ‘perfectly fine’ to show up to training camp 35 pounds overweight. They’ll think their positions on the team, ’secure.’

Make Step One on Draft Day … an explanation of what’s expected of the player, both on and off the ice. If a player has a gambling problem, get him into Gambler’s Anonymous. I’m pretty sure they don’t give their applicants 2:1 odds they don’t make it. If the guy’s got a drinking problem, get him into AA. And make sure he goes. If he’s a womanizer, explain the dangers of that to him, financially as well as from a P.R. standpoint. And if the guy’s got a substance problem, get him treatment, there, too. But don’t just draft the guy, BLINDLY.

I’m the sort who says, “Look, if by passing on Angelo Esposito or Alex Cherepanov … because of a character issue or a work ethic issue, I can respect that.” I’d rather draft a Colby Amstrong than a Theo Fleury, if I know what’s coming ahead of time.

World Be Free

March 9th, 2010
10:41 am

“I wish you a laurel and hardy welcome to our new….”

Viking

March 9th, 2010
10:42 am

Brendan, “I also saw the USA vs. Finland. It got me to thinking … that back in 2002, when Kari Lehtonen was drafted, that Finland probably EXPECTED Kari to be the starting goalie in that game, rather than the 33.3 year old Kiprusoff.”

They have “Goalie inflation” in Finland. Before the start of this NHL season in Helsinki, I remember reading an article about Finnish goalies in the NHL. Folks around town did barely – if at all – know who Kari Lehtonen is.

buldog/52

March 9th, 2010
11:22 am

Minnino is not the answer. He lets too maney softies in last game sunday 2 softies

buldog/52

March 9th, 2010
11:27 am

Mannion also was quoted as saying after coming back form the pratice sessions with atl during the olympic games the every body had such quick releases in the nhl and that includes the thrasher team. He is not a polished goalie. goes down quickly and allows high shots in the net. The record he has in chicago is because of the team in front of him. something the tharshers do not have in front of there goalie. get somebody who plays defense and blocks shots and your golaies would look a lot better.

Tarmac the insufficent

March 9th, 2010
11:35 am

Thrashers win tonight.

Midifield

March 9th, 2010
11:41 am

So, who’s going to press on Seydel to explain his bizarre interview to Sov Sport? I dare say that this has more to do with this team’s future than rehashing Kari Lehtonen’s coutstanding career or whining about whining Kovalchuk – although, honestly I’ve never heard him whining about anything, but who cares either way? I want to know what’s going on in the heads of these wonderfully (should I say dis-) functioning entrepreneurs.

Nikita

March 9th, 2010
12:14 pm

I actually don’t think it’s bizarre. It’s been known for several years now that the Spirit is seeking new partners. Additional partners, most likely. So we’ll have the dodecacluster or worse. But we’ll also have more money, and I would assume the Turner kids might try to get out after that. (It’s known that they are among the partners who are most challenged to meet their obligations.)

It’s still highly unlikely that the team goes anywhere, or does anything other than work with a little more money.

Midfield

March 9th, 2010
12:21 pm

So, what’s the problem? Why going on record in Russian, so none of STH is aware of it? Not a mention of it anywhere else.

World Be Free

March 9th, 2010
12:28 pm

Bring back Frederic Cassivi

World Be Free

March 9th, 2010
12:33 pm

That idiot Eklund is starting his let’s move a team to Winnipeg thing again. Did Winnipeg import 250K people or something?

Doesn’t matter which team they are considering for the move. Nothing has changed on the Winnipeg landscape to make the city or province more viable than before.

No more HockeyBuzz

LAC

March 9th, 2010
12:36 pm

NHL.com interviewed waddell of ALL the GM’s at the GM meeting… Why this LOSER ?

They, Like Everyone outside Atlanta, seem to love this bumbling IDIOT !

Here is his LAME response to a question poised…

NHL.com: What do you enjoy most about your job and what’s most agonizing?

Waddell: Certainly, I enjoy the pressure that comes with the job of putting a hockey team together and watching it every night. Probably the most disappointing thing is when the team doesn’t perform to a level that you feel they’re capable of reaching.

This exposes him for what he is a CAREER LOSER !!!!!!!

kracker

March 9th, 2010
12:52 pm

WBF –> “Bring back Frederic Cassivi” – Or Adam Berkhoel or Steve Shields or Mike Dunham lolol…..Michael Garnett, he was actually pretty good for a while. Is he still in the KHL? He’s probably better than Pavs or at least has the better goalie game-to-game temperment so he would be more consistent.

ex-STH

March 9th, 2010
12:55 pm

I was hoping when they brought up Mannino just before the trade deadline that a goalie was going to be traded. Like, as I suggested before, send Armstrong (who doesn’t seem to want to be here) and Kozlov (who wants to go anywhere) and even White (who is worthless here with all the new edition forwards) for either Halak or Price. (I prefer Halak). It was yet another disappointing trade deadline. The Thrashers definately need a number 1 goalie signed or traded for this summer. For the remainder of this season why not bring Chellios up to play next to Bogo or even put Bogo in the press box and play Kulda with Chelli???

World Be Free

March 9th, 2010
1:04 pm

kracker-Steve Shields is my favorite fighting goaltender.
Steve-o can toss ‘em with the best.

Ex-not sure Montreal wants to trade either yet. Halak is the better of the 2, but Price is the all-Canadian boy. “Montreal factors” that always seem to get in the way of making the right deal.

DWTOO

March 9th, 2010
1:04 pm

When the video screen shows Harvey Korman from Blazing Saddles I always think of Cleavon Little peering around the rock and “Where the white women at?”. That was a classic. Mel Brooks used satire to the nines in that movie. Poked fun at bigots without them knowing it.

May Little and Korman RIP.

kracker

March 9th, 2010
1:05 pm

ex-STH –> “…send Armstrong (who doesn’t seem to want to be here) and Kozlov (who wants to go anywhere) and even White (who is worthless here with all the new edition forwards) for either Halak or Price.”

At this point, saying “why didn’t they make this deal or that deal” is pretty pointless. The why they didn’t do it is because the other GM has to like the deal. But it’s fun to speculate before the trade deadline.

Diego from Lilburn

March 9th, 2010
1:27 pm

I’m with Biscuit. We need a dedicated goalie coach and a real development system. I think Hedberg will be a great goalie coach once he decides not to play anymore. I wish he could teach Pavs right now how to not give up so many rebounds. The flopping and rebounds are killing him. I think he still needs a few years to really firm up.

I’m probably gonna get roasted for this but… I hope we didn’t pull the trigger too soon on Kari. If this latest surgery really fixed his back he certainly had the size and skills to turn into a super goalie. Time will tell.

ex-STH

March 9th, 2010
1:32 pm

Diego…but remember Kari’s problem was “in the head” not necessarily the back!

Nikita

March 9th, 2010
1:39 pm

*So, what’s the problem? Why going on record in Russian, so none of STH is aware of it? Not a mention of it anywhere else.*

Several reasons: 1. he was asked in Russia, which is probably the #1. 2. why would he hide it? it’s not necessarily something that STH need to know. And he hasn’t been on record a lot this season.

I agree with you, Diego. Unfortunately, though, hindsight is 20/20 and right now we’re just prognosticating.

Brendan

March 9th, 2010
1:41 pm

Well Diego, if Dallas does not tender Kari a qualifying offer, the Finnish netminder becomes unrestricted in the offseason. If Atlanta really wanted him back, as UFA, nothing stops them from bidding on his services. As Waddell is a snake oil salesman, he’ll claim, “We were just RENTING him all along. We plucked a fine defenseman prospect in the process.” But honestly, I don’t think Waddell or Dudley want Kari back. I don’t think Kari will get $3 million from Dallas, or anyone else. At this point, he should settle for $1.5 million, and be glad for it. He’s twice operated back, glass-groined goaltender, whom Jeff Schultz called, “just this side of a drool cup.”

World Be Free

March 9th, 2010
1:52 pm

DTWOO-who can forget Ms. Stein?

kracker

March 9th, 2010
2:09 pm

“….Kari’s problem was “in the head” not necessarily the back!” That’s very true, especially for Kari.

But it’s generally true, to one extent or another, for most goalies. I believe that is a big part of why it takes goalies several years to mature into an NHL goalie capable of dealing with the pressure of playing several games a week. You get hammered one period or game, you bounce back the next period or game. If your team uncharacteristicly does not play well in front of you on Thursday, you know they will play better on Saturday.

If Kari puts it all together, he will be winning games in Philips Arena again.

Midfield

March 9th, 2010
2:34 pm

“it’s not necessarily something that STH need to know” Oh, yes. That is the ASG Mission Statement – written with invisible ink on the back of their business cards. The problem for them is that most STH have already caught up, and the rest are simply hopeless.

Tony C.

March 9th, 2010
2:47 pm

“I’m broke and Laura’s dad won’t take my calls anymore!!!…..”

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ru&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sovsport.ru%2F

Bob

March 9th, 2010
2:58 pm

alright, I went to Sunday’s game brimming with confidence that we’d see a good effort and come away with a win.

Today, I have no hope again and think they’ll stink the joint out again.

Conclusion? Thrashers probably win tonight, go Blue.

Paminski

March 9th, 2010
3:26 pm

I hope my visit to Vegas in April pays off better then the many gambles the management have made with this team.

I wish Kari the best. He has considerable natural talent. All he needs to do is apply himself. He can take pressure situations. His faults lie in conditioning.

Pavs would be a fine back-up for many teams with the potential to be develop into more with the right coaching. If piano lessons were Jim Slater’s answer, what instrument can Pavs try for a goalie’s mental game?

Hedberg, no matter if he’s the back-up or number one, is only good for 2-3 consecutive games. He has the mental fortitude, but only for limited blocks of time.

I have no idea what free agent might be a good match, but Nitty sounds good just so that whatever other team he might have played for, we’d have a chance to beat.

World Be Free

March 9th, 2010
3:31 pm

Paminski-enjoy Vegas, my fav place other than NYC, should be GREAT weather there next month. Where R U staying?

Another subject-listening to some Black Hawk games last week, has anyone heard that stupid goal celebration song they are playing? Like, dit-dit-dat-dit-dit-dat-dit or something. What’s up with that? It’s Chicago, blow the horn and play the pipe organ!

Chicago was the first NHL team to blow the semi-horn in goal celebration. Stick with tradition!

Sage of Bluesland

March 9th, 2010
5:51 pm

Laughing at some of the sheep who continue to subsidize the incompetence–and actually thinking that ‘things have changed’ in that figurative joke otherwise known as “Blueland”.

Waddell will probably burn a high draft pick on a Euro-teen goalie–and then bluster “just you wait until this kid gets up to the parent club!”.

It worked once before–and the sheep bought it hook, line, and sinker. Based on reading some of the gems here, it will work again…easily.

kovalchuk

March 9th, 2010
6:29 pm

Pavelec has shown at times this year that he can be the future. Remember the game where he made a maskless save. He was stellar that game but i still feel he is very inconsistent and plays very “soft” in goal and gives up “soft” goals. Send him to Chicago and keep Hedberg for 1 more year and sign our biggest enemy Niitymakki. Hey if ya can beat em’ join em!

Brendan

March 9th, 2010
6:43 pm

Whatever happened to Dan Turple?

NYC

March 9th, 2010
6:46 pm

PAVELEC= WASTED
THRASHERS= LAME
THE OWNERS= DUMB AS HELL
FANS= LOYAL BUT END UP SAD WHENEVER THE THRASH LOSE

you get my point this organization ain’t gonna improve mark my words no matter who they draft they end up with wasted talent because of poor coaching staff and bad owners. Good luck thrashers tonite yall will need it.

NYC

March 9th, 2010
6:47 pm

oh yeah and DON WADDELL IS THE WORST GM IN ANY PRO SPORTS THATS ALSO WHY THEY AINT GOIN NOWHERE THEY STILL AND ALWAYS WILL SUCK! GO PREDS!

Brendan

March 9th, 2010
6:50 pm

Bob, my favorite part of attending a Thrashers game is the Wetzel Pretzel and Guinness beer, from the Irish Pub. That, and the cute girls trying to sell me on the 50/50 raffle. Years ago, PowerTel had a booth. And wow, was that blond who worked it ever gorgeous. She was prettier than Amanda Jahn. And people would tell her that, too. She’d play it off, of course, but she was prettier. That was ages ago. How many incarnations has PowerTel undertaken? I guess they’re T-Mobile-USA now. Who can keep up with these phone companies. It’s like they get bought out every few months. Why don’t they just reassembled AT&T? They’ve almost bought their way back to their original “Ma Belle” status.

rob

March 9th, 2010
6:56 pm

Rawhide,
Brendan and WBF said this before when Kari was coming back. Moose never had a better trade time than this year. He should have been the one to go, and we needed a TRUE goalie then. Too late for any of that now, just have to hope for the best.
Don’t like Nitty, his record if you take us out is average. Moose doesn’t have the size, Pavs doesn’t have the…….I don’t even know where to begin with him. When he was hot at the begining it was PAINFULLY obvious that he had no net presence and was SERIOUSLY out of position a lot of the time, just took the league a while to see it, and he hasn’t fixed it yet soooo. I don’t think he needs to be at this level now. Chicago would be his very best bet now. Being out of place at this level will never help him, he needs someplace to play at their speed and hone his skills. Let him and Manino play with the wolves another 2 years then come talk NHL. We have the money, let’s go talk commitment in the off season. Thomas was good enough to back Miller for US, get him, and while your at it, how about Biron? Then in 2 or 3 years we can bring our goalie “prospects” along. Between the D we have now and the ones in waiting, I like the looks of it. Said it before and I’ll say it again, and again. Goaltending and D wins Lord Stanley. May sound boring to some, but a grinding, hard hitting team with a good goalie will prevail most times.
So as we March to the Playoffs, I will keep my fingers crossed and cheer the boys in blue, but DAM I hope that by not getting a goalie at the deadline, somehow DW knows we need one for the near future.
LET’S GO THRASHERS!!!!!!

Brendan

March 9th, 2010
7:21 pm

Is it wrong to post that I’ve always liked the Predators? We talk about their GM, David Poile, a lot. Poile assisted Brian Burke on the Team USA Hockey program in Vancouver. The Preds, for all their talent and ability, have never advanced past the 1st round. That’s a fact. It’s a bit of surprising fact. But there it is.

What about their “5-year plan?,” I hear Sage of Bluesland ask. Well, Nashville missed the playoffs for each of their 1st five years, with some fluctuation along the way. Their 3rd season, for example, resulted in 80-points. That’s just 2-games under .500, NHL-style. But their 4th season saw them fall back to 74-points, a six game slide. In the 5th year, Nashville was in a playoff race, at 91-points, but lost.

In their sixth year, the Preds embarked on a playoff campaign that continued four seasons. But they never advanced past the CQF. They had two (2) series with Detroit, that each went six games. And they had two (2) series with San Jose, that each went 5 games. In 2006-07, Nashville put together a 110-point season, that included 51 wins, and a franchise best 272 goals.

David Poile was named GM of the Predators on July 9, 1997. They began play in 1998. In that time, Poile has had some memorable draft picks, beginning with his 1st ever, at 2nd overall, David Legwand, who leads the Preds in games played, goals, assists, points, and seasons played. At pick #191, Poile found Martin Erat. Poile drafted Scott Hartnell at 6th overall in 2000. At 6th overall the previous year, Poile selected Brian Finley (??). In 2001, Poile went with Dan Hamhuis at 12th overall. That year, he found Jordin Tootoo at 98th overall. In 2002, at 6th overall, Poile picked Scottie Upshall. In 2003, the famous “Braydon Coburn debate” that resurfaces every so often saw David Poile pick D-man Ryan Suter at pick #7. Poile found Shea Weber with the 49th overall pick. In 2004, at #15, Poile took Alexander Radulov, now in the KHL, I believe. At pick #178 he found Mike Santorelli and at #258, Pekka Rinne. Hmmn. In 2005, Poile took Ryan Parent, d-man, at 18th overall. In 2006, Poile took Blake Geoffrion at pick #56. In 2007, Poile went with Janothan Blum, at #23 overall. At #119, he took Mark Santorelli. In 2008, he took Colin Wilson, in a fleecing of the NY Islanders at #7 overall. Poile tossed in a 41st overall pick to the Isles, so that NY could move back to 9th overall, to take Center Josh Bailey. Preds took Chet Pickard at #18 overall, same year. Last year, Poile selected Ryan Ellis, with the 11th overall pick.

Last year, the Preds missed the playoffs. Nobody clamored for Poile’s head on a pike. And yet, Poile has not advanced his team into a Conference Finals or Conference Semi-Finals. Perhaps this is their year? Seems like the Preds always run into either San Jose or Detroit. But maybe this year, they’ll get either Vancouver, Phoenix or Los Angeles. In a very intriguing first round matching, the L.A. Kings might face the Phoenix Coyotes.

Phoenix, in their history, dating back to 1979, have only won two (2) playoff series. Both against Calgary. A matchup with L.A. could produce a playoff series win for them. Meanwhile, the L.A. Kings have not danced in the postseason since 2002, where they lost in seven games to Colorado, in the opening round. In case you’re curious, in 2001, the Kings pulled a 1st round upset of Detroit, 4-2. In the 2nd round, they lost to Colorado, 4-3.

LAC

March 9th, 2010
8:12 pm

I agree GO Nashville, Thrashers, point fodder, NOTHING more.

When will these owners realize how waddell has killed this franchise !

Brendan

March 9th, 2010
8:39 pm

Terry Crisp was awesome in relief of Darren Eliot during the 2nd period telecast. Terry spoke highly of the caliber of great looking women in Atlanta. Antropov has made it 2-1, in favor of Nashville. Poor Mark Popovic. If the ice hadn’t been so snowy, maybe he wouldn’t have whiffed on that pass? Que sera, sera.

Gotta get ‘em here in the 3rd period. Otherwise, Jeff Schultz will pounce. Atlanta has been outscored 12-3 in the past three games, going into the 3rd period.

Smoothie

March 9th, 2010
8:48 pm

Does this team have any heart? We are about to find out.

Pressure is on as MTL is prolly gonna win. Leave it to Tampa to figure out multiple ways to screw us in the same week of play.

Nuck Fittymaki

World Be Free

March 9th, 2010
8:49 pm

Great game between Brunes and Tronna, 2-2 after 2 periods.

Sage, you spend your money your way and we’ll spend it our way.
Your Jeff Schultz act got old a long time ago.

Smoothie

March 9th, 2010
9:10 pm

SHOOT THE FREAKIN PUCK!!! MY GOD!

rob

March 9th, 2010
9:20 pm

LAC, go find a Nashville blog and join it.
Smoothie, completely agree there was way too much passing and not enough shots.
Anyone else think the refs are screwing us on these non calls?!?! I’m all for letting them play if it isnt flagrant or doesnt affect play but lot of things let go

Smoothie

March 9th, 2010
9:22 pm

This team just isn’t tuff enough on their skates to score off rebounds in front. Sickening. Almost as much as Toby’s refusal to shoot.

Did anyone else notice the musical chairs defense? Auditions to see who gets to play with Chelios on Thurs?

stendek

March 9th, 2010
9:28 pm

I will celebrate joyously when the Thrashers relocate to Hamilton or any place hard up enough to take them! Long to have a professional hockey team in Atlanta with heart. Guess that is never going to happen. More is the pity. Too late to exchange these quitters for Wolves? Maybe then there will be a glimmer of hope for playoffs. Not with the untalented play out the stringers on the ice now. Not angry anymore. Just numb with utter digust! ++STENDEK++

Smoothie

March 9th, 2010
9:30 pm

rob – I don’t know man, I’m at a loss. Apparently this bunch of guys is short on confidence. They often seem to be lacking purpose and decisiveness in their play. Hesitation is death, often in life, and always in hockey.

NYC

March 9th, 2010
9:31 pm

This whole freaking thrashers team has to be re-evaluted. the line combinations suck and so does the power play. WAY TO SCREW UP THRASHERS AND GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR PLAYOFF HOPES YOULL NEED IT! FIREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE JOHN ANDERSON, DON WADDELL, AND TRADE ALL THE PLAYERS THRASHERS HOCKEY SUCKS AND IT NEVER GETS BETTER! 2-1 are u kidding me? 2-1 WOW! CMON THRASHERS SCORE SUM FREAKIN GOALS!

NYC

March 9th, 2010
9:37 pm

@ STENDEK- I WILL LAUGH MY ASS OF ONCE THE THRASHERS STILL SUCK IN CANADA~

Sage of Bluesland

March 9th, 2010
10:14 pm

Wow, now it’s the refs fault for us being what we are…How sad and pitiful! (but awfully funny!)

Laughing at those who still bewieve in Bwuewand!!!

The Kool-Aid tastes pretty bitter, doesn’t it? Enjoy this debacle, as you’ve bought it…Don Waddell and the ownership thank you for your support!

Brendan

March 9th, 2010
10:17 pm

Well, I suppose there are no moral victories. But if you’d told me we’d only lose, 2-1, to Nashville, I’d have said we played a good game.

Here it comes. “You’re such an apologist, Brendan.” It’s a loss. In a must-win game. Every game is a must-win game. We covered that 4 weeks ago. I don’t know what to say? We had to take four of six points (4/6) and we took a goose egg. And tomorrow, is the 10th of March. The ides of March are nearly upon us. By the way, Montreal just won, 5-3, over Tampa Bay.

Guys, I certainly don’t want to pile on, but this franchise had the chance to assess the situation prior to the deadline. If you’re not going to go with Kari, arguably the franchise #1 goalie, then you must have a replacement plan. I’d listen to the argument that says, “Pavelec is that guy, down the road,” but he’s not that guy today. So, the ‘braintrust’ of the franchise sized up Moose Hedberg, soon to be 37 years old, and said, “You’re going to be the guy.”

Well, here’s my take on that. And this isn’t some revisionist history, as I begged and pleaded for Moose to be moved while the conditions were ripe for the highest return possible on Moose. I said, “Moose is a career backup, closer to 40 than 30. The calendar says 2010. He must be traded.” Fine. I’m some idiot on a blog. I get it. But SOMEONE gets paid to be the GM of the Thrashers. Someone is supposed to know BETTER than a blogger. Well, this franchise didn’t come away with Turco, Rolosson, or Biron, or any other well-know commodity in net. Instead, it ‘rented’ Moose. Think of it this way. We borrowed from our own 401k. Now, I love Moose. I want him to remain a part of the organization into retirement. But to expect Hedberg, who GAVE US AN UTTER GIFT OF A SEASON, up to trade deadline, to deliver down the stretch … is to fundamentally misplace your calendar. Ya know, the 2010 one. If the organization didn’t address goaltending at the deadline, then it might as well have firesold the team, starting with Kubina, Army, Moose, and Finny. It speaks to ‘judgement.’

If the Thrashers do miss the playoffs, when will the Thrashers dictionary include the word, ‘accountability?’