Ladies and gentlemen, the playoffs have left the building

With apologies to Ross Perot…that giant sucking sound you’re hearing is the noise being made by the Thrashers playoff chances flying out the window in rapid fashion. In the last three games, Atlanta has failed to secure nary a point and have been outscored 12-3 doing so. This after scrapping their way back into the playoff picture just prior to and after the Olympic break.

Tuesday night’s 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predator’s was the latest defeat in the Thrashers March from the Playoffs. And while the team’s play did not register near the level on the Suck-O-Meter as the last two games, it eared just as little in the standings and the weekend’s losses did.

Zilch.

Johan Hedberg got the start and stopped 30 of the 32 faced. He was beaten on a Ryan Suter power play goal…Colby Armstrong taking the skate of shame afterwards due to his interference infraction…and when Colin Wilson was left all alone with Hedberg thanks to Mark Popovic’s e-GREEEE-gious turnover inside the blueline.

To Pop’s credit, he made a great sprawling play in the third that denied the Preds of a scoring chance…keeping the game within reach at the time.

Both Nashville scores came in the first period in which the funk that has engulfed the Thrashers over the past few games carried over into Tuesday night’s matchup.

However, Nik Antropov’s tip-in from Johnny Oduya just 29 ticks into the second seemed to ignite the team’s play and they performed well throughout the final 40 minutes…out-shooting the Predators 24-20 in periods two and three.

It appeared as though the Thrashers had tied the game at two-all later in the second period, but it was ruled that Chris Thorburn interfered with Preds goalie Dan Ellis’ ability to play the puck. Ellis played a very strong game in goal for Nashville, stopping 30 of 31 for his fourteenth win of the season.

While the Thrashers were losing to Nashville, Boston was in the process of netting one point in their overtime loss to Toronto and Montreal was busy snatching two from Tampa Bay. The seventh place Habs now have 72 points while the eighth place Bruins have 70…Atlanta is still getting it’s kicks on route 66.

Colin Wilson cashes in on the gift given him by Mark Popovic in the first period. It wound up being the deciding goal in the game (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Colin Wilson cashes in on the gift given him by Mark Popovic in the first period. It wound up being the deciding goal in the game (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The Lightning remain one point behind the 10th-place Thrashers. With Florida’s shootout win in Minnesota, the Panthers are now just 2 points in back of Atlanta.

In between Atlanta and the two teams sitting pretty in the final two playoff spots are the New York Rangers who have 67 points. They’ll play in New Jersey Wednesday night before heading this way on Friday evening. The Thrashers, of course, have a date in Columbus with the Blue Jackets Thursday night.

Atlanta has twelve home games during this final full month of the season…but so far they are 2-2-0 in the first four. That’s not exactlt taking advantage of the home cooking when ya need to.

Better showing tonight than against the Canes and Bolts? Yeah…sure it was. But, like I said earlier, the zero points earned in the standings is the same as those loses. And points are precious for the Thrashers right now as the season ain’t getting any younger. If you’re one that believes 90 must be earned to have a chance at post-season play, that means Atlanta would have to go 12-5 the rest of the way to reach that mark.

My official term used for the odds of that happening…especially given the five opponents they’ll have to play in April…notgonnahappennowayinhell.

Ladies and gentlemen…the playoffs have just left the building!

190 comments Add your comment

Dwayne

March 10th, 2010
1:55 pm

Let me say this again, if Detroit, Pittsburgh, Washington, etc, hell every team in the NHL not named Atlanta, signed Chelios, it would be the smartest move a team could’ve made.

Dwayne

March 10th, 2010
1:55 pm

Sage of Bluesland

March 10th, 2010
1:57 pm

I hate sheep because they will not stand still when they see me sneaking up behind them with a tube of K-Y

Smoothie

March 10th, 2010
2:00 pm

Glad someone stepped up and decided to put the answer to my question about Sage’s resentment and disdain for innocent little sheep.

Russian

March 10th, 2010
2:09 pm

Chelios is not answer for our Problem. He could not win 12 games by himselfs. He is not going to puch lazy or stupid players. He will try to play his game and collect a paycheck. It is absolutely impossible to fix all our problem by ONE MAN for short time period. My opinion that they called Chely to bring people on Arena. Look we have a LEGEND!!! He is 48 years old and still alive and play. It is just a one of Commersial, same as March to Play Offs. Sorry to be so freaking pesimist, but we have to change Top, Head (Managment, Coaches, Scouts). I will like to see Chris Chelios became Head Coach Atlanta Thrashers and Rick Dudley as GM for next year.

Smoothie

March 10th, 2010
2:14 pm

Russian, I agree with you for the most part, but only due to the timing.

There is no reason Cheli shouldn’t have been brought in after his Olympic vacay to get ingratiated into the mix once practice resumed up in Duluth. He could’ve gotten to know the players and started to develop a leadership role. At the very least, he could’ve mentored Bogosian on some of the nuances of the game. Opportunity lost. Now it’s just the latest trick in an endless series of tricks in this dog and pony show (or should I say sheep & pony show?).

jimbo

March 10th, 2010
2:20 pm

Turn out the lights, close the door, the party is over. And hopefully so is the wretched tenure of one Donnie Brilliance, our GM. Don’t let that door hit you on the way out, Donnie.

Desperate Don

March 10th, 2010
2:41 pm

“I don’t like the way the team has been playing lately,” Waddell said. “We are a desperate team right now and we have to get back on track soon. With the situation now, our backs are against the wall. Bringing in a veteran presence made more sense than bringing in a younger guy.”

Lately?

His team had 31 points in its first 24 games through Nov. 30 and has earned just 35 points in its next 41 games. His team has beaten just 3 playoff qualified teams (MTL, PHL & OTT) since that date. After starting the season with nine road wins, they are just 4-13-5 away from home.

Desperate you say Don? That’s the biggest understatement since Custer said, “be wary as you go over the hill, there might be some Indians.”

Brendan

March 10th, 2010
2:43 pm

Hey, it’s no consolation, but Columbus, after being swept out of the playoffs last year, is also not going to make the playoffs this year. GM Scott Howson’s job is safe, per TSN. Ken Hitchcock got canned. If the Blue Jackets falter against next season, I would think Howson, himself, will be feeling some heat.

So, let me ask you bloggers. Which franchise is in better shape? Columbus or Atlanta?

Pittsburgh Pirate Fan

March 10th, 2010
2:43 pm

Dwayne-whatever Chelios brings to the table will be better than what we currently have.

Sage-Nice that you have a forum that allows you to diss people as a group from a distance, since I don’t think you’d have the stones to do it someone’s face.

MB

March 10th, 2010
2:56 pm

Good luck, Cheli…you’re going to need it. Not expecting a whole lot from his play, but maybe he can be of help to the young guys. Not real excited about this, to be honest.

As for being offended by Kovy’s latest comments…you must be translucent if your skin is that thin. Read the article twice to see if I was missing something, but all I can guess is that some are just bound and determined to make him the Thrashers boogeyman. We have more than enough of those already working within the Thrashers organization, thankyouverymuch.

LAC

March 10th, 2010
3:22 pm

Columbus is in better shape than us… Commited ownership and they will not tolerate NOT winning !

But here in town, it is Losing as usual and the Master of Distaster continues to kill
hockey in Atlanta.

Columbus has a star who wanted to stay in Nash, ours, like others before him, know this franchise STINKS and it ALL falls on waddell… If he stays another year, there will be 5K in the stands for games… Go away waddell and take your stinch with you !

Brendan

March 10th, 2010
3:29 pm

Well, LAC, imagine if Rick Nash had “walked” on Columbus, for forced a trade at the 2010 deadline? They might be in the same boat we are, unable to keep lottery draft selections beyond the requisite RFA years.

Wings Fan

March 10th, 2010
3:30 pm

Why does Atlanta have an NHL club? I watched the game last night. The stadium was empty. I mean when the camera would pan across the ice, almost all the seats were empty. When Atlanta scored their one goal – 5 people cheered. It looked like a minor league hockey club. I do feel bad for the people that spend their hard earned money on the seats and beer – and get stiffed with a horrible club to watch. Even the uniforms are awful.

Fan from Carolina

March 10th, 2010
3:45 pm

The Thrashers ‘jumped the shark’ moment this year was not Kovy leaving, but Kane getting blasted by the Foster slapshot. The Thrashers were in that Lightning game at that point and on quite a roll. Since Kane left, so long, farewell…

Falconsforlife

March 10th, 2010
3:49 pm

Waddell must go. Sunday was my last Thrashers game, playoffs or not, until he is fired. I refuse to support this time with my hard earned dime when we have had the same inept person at the helm for 11 years with 0 playoff wins to show for it.

Fire Waddell and you’ll win back this fan. Simple.

Russ

March 10th, 2010
3:57 pm

Brendan – I have used Columbus as the Thrashers’ measuring stick before as well. In either order, I can’t see anyone posting a reasonable argument for why these two franchises don’t rank 29th and 30th in on-ice performance since they have entered the league.

As for the Chelios move, color me unimpressed. Can he still be a productive #6 defenseman? Probably. Can he help to mentor the young d-men for the remainder of the season? Yes. Does this move reek of a publicity stunt to put a few hundred extra fannies in seats for the last few home games? Definitely. At this point in this franchises’ existence bringing up a 48 year old defenseman shouldn’t even be a viable option compared to young players already in the system. The fact that it is speaks volumes. My vote for the next publicity stunt would be to put a morbidly obese player in goal and force teams to pick the corners to beat him.

Lastly, none of this is meant to disrespect Chelios, his career obviously speaks for itself. I just think this move further entrenches Atlanta as a laughingstock of the NHL.

Midfield

March 10th, 2010
4:09 pm

Brendan, it’s like a chicken and egg problem. Kovy may not have walked away had the ownership and front office situation looked even half-way decent. He wasn’t the first, and he won’t be the last. All empirical evidence points at some barely distinct object in the dark corner of the dark room.

Nikita

March 10th, 2010
4:50 pm

And, again, good riddance to Kovy. I’m totally sick of hearing about how his highness walked away because Atlanta didn’t do enough to keep him. They did everything they could, and more than they should have.

Midfield

March 10th, 2010
4:53 pm

For those who have a hard time reading or understanding a simple logic, I am repeating right here: Kovalchuk was not the first, nor he would be the last skilled player to walk away from this franchise unless the root cause is addressed.

World Be Free

March 10th, 2010
4:55 pm

Hey Brendan, remember when we were communciating last summer about Columbus and the fact that they were signing their core of players to long term deals? Columbus did what we should have done. Look at all the UFAs and RFAs we have this year, only Pevs has been resigned so far. You’d think these guys would be playing for contracts!

FYI-I wanted Malholtra here too-last time I looked he lead the NHL in faceoff percentage.

NASCAR Dave

March 10th, 2010
5:03 pm

This year let’s just keep on SUCKING so we can get a chance at that #1 Lotto Pick, Let’s NOT turn around at the end when it’s already too late, like last year… Ya feel me???

MB

March 10th, 2010
5:34 pm

Everything, Nikita? Hardly.

After years of saddling him with the likes of Todd White and Erik Christensen, they brought in a 2nd and 3rd liner to play top line minutes (reportedly at IK’s request). Then they eventually got around to dangling a big wad of cash at him.

But they never did the most important things…like, oh, say building a quality hockey organization dedicated to winning, that holds its employees accountable for results, and that year in and year out is regarded as a contender in its division, conference, and in the league.

It’s why Hossa left and it’s why Kovy left. And while you can rag on Hossa for his team switching, the guy has played for the Cup two years in a row and is on a strong contender again this year. Think any Thrashers would like that opportunity? You betcha.

HookyBob

March 10th, 2010
6:11 pm

In watching Moose’s posture after Wilson’s goal last night,…. he looked so (pick one, many,……..or all) depressed, deflated, down-trodden, done for, defeated. If anyone has a tough mental makeup on this team, it is Moose. (Can you name one other Thrashers goalie who didn’t become a shellshocked head case?)

If Moose is dragging,… this team may be periously close to a collective mental breakdown. After reading Waddell’s comments I’m thinking the Chelios call-up (read “veteran leadership”) to rally the players emotionally. I hope it works.

On a different note,…rumors are the ASG has a solution to all the empty seats. They are going to paint each seat to look like a clothing (camoulflage if you will). That seems consistent with their “burying their heads in the sand” approach to pro sports ownership.

Come on Blue,…pull yourselves together and beat the Blue Jackets in their barn.

Nikita

March 10th, 2010
6:20 pm

*After years of saddling him with the likes of Todd White and Erik Christensen, they brought in a 2nd and 3rd liner to play top line minutes (reportedly at IK’s request). Then they eventually got around to dangling a big wad of cash at him.*

You could state that another way — say, by noting that IK got things that no player gets. Like the right to pick his linemates. And they gave him decent money at all times.

*But they never did the most important things…like, oh, say building a quality hockey organization dedicated to winning, that holds its employees accountable for results, and that year in and year out is regarded as a contender in its division, conference, and in the league.*

And, um, who exactly was this hockey team composed of? It was composed of one Ilya Cherrypicker Kovalchuk and his band of merry pranksters. Any logic that gives him no responsibility for the failure of the team is wrong.

*It’s why Hossa left and it’s why Kovy left.*

It’s part of why Hossa left. Ilya Kovalchuk is also part of why he left.

And Kovalchuk left, first and foremost, because we wouldn’t pay him enough to deign to stick around.

…but in general it’s bizarre to claim that someone with the ability, responsibility, and access that Kovalchuk had over a very long career here is also completely absolved from any blame that the team gets for sucking.

MB

March 10th, 2010
6:39 pm

Maybe I’m just not reading between my own lines correctly, but nowhere have I absolved Kovalchuk for his contributions to the Thrashers sucking over the years, though I will contend that rarely was there a whole lot to work with. Regardless, being a liability on defense is on his shoulders, as that’s typically more a matter of effort than skill.

And I strongly disagree that Kovy left first and foremost over money. In fact, my guess is that this summer he’ll accept an offer from a stronger organization for less than we offered. If, instead, he goes to a lesser team for more dollars or even to the KHL, then I’ll eat those words and acknowledge that I was wrong.

Dwayne

March 10th, 2010
7:31 pm

its not over, i refuse to give up. i will be in Atlanta to see Chelios play before he gets to old to play. how many of ewe guys are going to see him play?

Tony C.

March 10th, 2010
8:15 pm

I’m not saying it cost us the game, but I will agree with Hokie regarding Enstrom’s play with the man advantage; he is unquestionably most effective as a playmaker rather than a shooter, BUT last night on two occasions we saw young Enstrom force the pass rather than shoot. Once, it was deflected to the corner, the other scooped up and taken for a legit shorty opportunity.

Not saying the guy should rethink his entire M.O. but !sweetpotatopie! As an insightful gentleman advised (read screamed at the top of his lungs) Tobias last night:

“I promise you won’t get in trouble if you shoot the puck Toby!”

Seriously. It’s a better option than trying to force a pass through all 4 defenders as they collapse the box after Enstrom’s carried the puck down to the left half-boards….

Now, I prefer seeing the guy laying the point make a smart pass rather than letting a booming, nowhere-near-the-goal slapper go (Looking at you Zach). But it IS ok to shoot the thing from the point #39!

Tony C.

March 10th, 2010
8:19 pm

jimbo

March 10th, 2010
8:46 pm

Do Not Despair. Word is out that Chelios will be joined by Rumun Ndur and Lord Byron will be back in net. Calls are also out to Gordie Howe, Maurice Richard and Stan Mikita.

Brendan

March 10th, 2010
9:23 pm

I think MB, WBF and Midfield are exactly right here. This organization has been mismanaged, almost from Day One. I am very lenient about grading those very early years, where the intent was to spend as little as possible, while stockpiling via the lottery draft. It wasn’t until 2002, with the Lehtonen pick, that I fell out of the Waddell camp. Though, the Audette, Brunette and Staios matters had me thinking that something might be wrong. It was the 2002 Draft that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Kovalchuk doesn’t run the organization. He’s just one (1) player. One player does not a team make or cripple. Not even Bobby Holik, alone, crippled the Thrashers. At a minus 80-something for Kovy’s +/- does speak to the organization’s failure to properly develop him as a complete player. But, on the other hand, for all intents and purposes, Kovalchuk was a 30-goal scorer all eight years he was here. Kovalchuk scored 40 goals 5-times. He could get to 40 this year, too. (Because he sucks, right?)

Ask yourselves this question. And, for the love of GOD, beeeee honest. Which question “seems” more truthful. Ready? (A) “Did Kovalchuk fail the Thrashers?” Or (B) “Did the Thrashers fail Kovalchuk?” I vote for choice B. Kovalchuk did not sign that ridiculous slew of defensemen that poster Bob has “on demand,” since 1999. It wasn’t Kovy’s idea to retain Tamer and Tjarnqvist, and Per Svartvadet, lo those many years. Kovy never said, “Get me Uwe Krupp, Ken Klee, Jani Urme, and Steve Rucchin.” But, we’re allllll expecting Kovalchuk to IGNORE it?

Really? No, really.

Kovy was supposed to simply IGNORE that in 2008, the team refused to name a Head Coach, putting Waddell behind the bench for 76 games? Kovy was supposed to simply IGNORE that Todd White and Eric Perrin were the two centers brought in after the NY Rangers sweep? Especially at a time when Briere, Gomez, and Drury were available on the free agent market. Atlanta didn’t so much as make an overture to be REJECTED by those players. Kovalchuk was supposed to ignore that Malhotra and Brian Campbell ultimately said, “no” to coming to Atlanta? Kovalchuk was supposed to simply ignore that Kaberle, Savard, Hossa, and other UFAs simply walked? Irrespective of whether Kovy wanted Hossa to leave. The core area of “player retention” is abysmal for this club.

Okay look. I’m just gonna stop there before this turns into a rant, and I develop an ulcer. You don’t need to have but a modicum of intelligence to look at the results of nearly ten (10) completed seasons to figure out that the Thrashers are a faltering team. There’s not just one answer for it. It’s a lot of things combined. And yes, Kovy’s +/- stat is part of it. But I hardly pinpoint HIM as the main culprit. Kovalchuk is a phenomenal talent. He is. But he is nowhere near a complete player. I’d argue, nonetheless, that Kovalchuk is the best player ever produced by the Thrashers. Heatley only played three (3) years here. Can Atlanta really take credit for developing him?

Russ, I do believe you are correct. Columbus and Atlanta are 29th and 30th, with an honorable mention to the Islanders and Panthers as bottom feeder contenders, over a prolonged period of time. The L.A. Kings and Phoenix Coyotes have had some very lean years, too. I also think we must compare ourselves to Tampa Bay, for they were inside the lottery draft in 2008 and 2009, just like we were, with equally if not more inept ownership, in the form of Oren Koules and Len Barrie.

Falcons4Life, when Waddell is fired, I’ll toss you a freebie seat for one game, to personally you back into the fold. I hope the organization will see fans like you, and do something to win back your business. Then again, If you’re not representing Home Depot or Coca-Cola, or Delta, they probably don’t care. Which is sad. Since your money is just as green as anyone else’s, and there are 18,545 seats that can be sold forty-one times per NHL regular season.

WBF, I can only hope Bryan Little and Ondrej Pavelec get proactive RFA contracts. I think Brett Sterling’s contract (AHL) is up for renewal, too.

Midfield

March 10th, 2010
10:37 pm

Just to make Nikita feel better: Kovalchuk had no points in the game against the Rangers tonight. On the other hand, he did not preclude New Jersey from trouncing Rangers. Hmmmm… Could it possibly be that there are some other factors at play? Nooooo…

Hockey Biltong

March 11th, 2010
12:57 am

uuuuuuuuurp!

World Be Free

March 11th, 2010
6:18 am

Hey Biltong, does this mean you are going out and buying a 3rd Chelios jersey?

All is not lost folks, unless you are Kovy. Mr. First Class Organization did not get a shot on goal last night against the Rangers until the 3rd period! The Million Dollar(s) Cry Baby got a long shot from the point on a power play. NJ scored 5 goals scored last night, no points for Mr F-C-O. Or should we call his Mr. Invisable as he was so many nights in ATL?

I know he’ll break out soon, but I am having fun while this lasts.

Cheer up folks-the new Atlanta superstar is almost here-his name is Jason Heyword and he is a monster!

World Be Free

March 11th, 2010
6:22 am

Hey folks, we have 3 games in 4 nights. Let’s see where we stand on Monday. None of the teams in the rush for the last 2 spots are world beaters, they all have their issues.

And for all of you that have tossed cold water on 48 year old Chelios, he has the heart of a champion and always has. This team has no captain, until now. If given the chance, Chelly will kick some butts. I am older than Chelly by just a bit and I know I could help this team!

Midfield

March 11th, 2010
7:40 am

Cold water? We have enough Kool-Aid to go around here instead.

Get The Puck Out

March 11th, 2010
7:57 am

Maybe they haven’t renewed with DW and are going to bring in Steve Yzerman. I can dream can’t i?

LAC

March 11th, 2010
8:00 am

You are correct Brenden, this franchise is a complete mess.

What I do not understand is, why these owners are so blind to facts that are right in front of their collective stupid faces. I can only assume they are drunk 90% of the time and are gullable
as anyone could ever be. Why do they hide from the fans ? Why do they resist making the ONE change that would help the team the most, firing YOU KNOW WHO !

Lastly, now that we have a 48 year old defensman, we are the joke of the league, just shows how desprate waddell is and I am so tired of his Lying to all of us, What 5 year plan will it be next year
DUMB don ?

rob

March 11th, 2010
8:09 am

3 games in 4 nights means Pavs is playing at least 1. DAM!!

rob

March 11th, 2010
8:19 am

How many of you from other hockey towns now cheering for the Thrashers are getting grilled about Chelios? The minute the word was out I had calls, texts, and emails bashing me over it. Can’t even come up with a valid point to negate any of them either if he sets foot on the ice for us. I agree with the previous post that if it was anything but a publicity stunt it shoulda been done before to give Zach & Co. a chance to benefit from him earlier when we needed that shot in the arm back in December. Gonna keep my fingers crossed for them and continue to cheer because as someone pointed out, thise ahead of us aren’t exactly unbeatable.

moriler

March 11th, 2010
9:28 am

So I banged together a quick look at the standings and parked it here: http://sporkhack.com/playoffs.html

And they say about what we all expect: the Thrashers are likely to ‘barely miss’, barring unexpected occurrences. The most prominent of those is listed on the page — the Bruins have just lost a major piece that they sorely need for their scoring. IF they fall out AND the Thrashers step up and play well… we can take Boston’s spot as the #8 team.

Other than that, though, 0 points in the last three games … especially against 2 teams below us in the standings… really hurt. I mean, really hurt. If we do miss, it doesn’t look like it’ll be by very many points, and we’ll be looking back at the Carolina game and saying ‘gee, wish we hadn’t taken that night off’.

Thoughts? (I will probably end up reposting this in a later blag, sadly, since this one has run its course. :)

Alan R.

March 11th, 2010
9:57 am

rob, most people I know is happy that Chelios is getting another shot at the NHL. A few have some wisecracks, but isn’t that to be expected?

Publicity stunt or not, it makes sense. The kids are playing without direction, and a veteran presence like Cheli could completely change that.

Kevin

March 11th, 2010
10:14 am

They should ask Scott’s Toilet tissue make rolls with picture of don waddell n owners so everytime we have to wipe are butts we used them show what we think as we flush them down drain…( bet this not get posted)It was over before the break for olymics waddell is a joke why u think NHL guys on live was laughin at us yesterday n i feel for chris chelios bein to suffer with a Joke which be in Quebec are Winnipeg in 2012!

Bob

March 11th, 2010
10:50 am

What the heck, at least the game tonight will be interesting to see how Chelios does. What can it hurt? It gives Bogosian someone to learn from, Lord knows our coaching staff isn’t that great at developing our guys and mabye he brings some stability to the room. He tore it up in Chicago so he can still play. Sure he got limited minutes on the Wings and didn’t play in the playoffs for them, but those are the Wings, we’re the Thrashers.

Let them laugh all they want, I’m going to enjoy watching Chelios play for us.

DWTOO

March 11th, 2010
10:57 am

Thank You Bob. We need some defensive help, Chelios has been logging some serious minutes in Chicago, has playoff experience, was a mentor to our top D prospect. What do we have to lose? Not a thing. Give it a shot. Doesn’t work – send him back.

Trash

March 11th, 2010
11:08 am

Yep, Chelios will fight right into Anderson’s system ;-)

Corey Haim

March 11th, 2010
11:15 am

If I can beat drug addiction, the Thrashers can make the playoffs…..

Midfield

March 11th, 2010
11:41 am

I think this is the perfect time for ASG to announce a long term extension signing with their franchise star – Don Waddell – to lift expectations, motivation and attendance.

Spud Webb

March 11th, 2010
11:46 am

Brendan, yet another GREAT post. Well put.
WBF…we need at LEAST 6 wins in a ROW…havent done it all year, but thats the reality of our situation. GO TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Matt Cooke NOT suspended??? COLIN you BLEW that. WTF??????????????? We gotta go back to old school. If I’m Boston, I’m taking things into my own hands if they meet again this year. Time for them to sign Laraque and let him go buck wild on Cooke. Of course we know he’ll be suspended. One of the dumbest quotes I’ve heard in a while was Colin saying “i can’t judge matt cooke because he’s a repeat offender, I have to go on what I saw”. WHAT???? Uh yes, because he’s a repeat offender he should’ve been immediatly suspended until review and from what I saw was intent to injure. I don’t care how good of a teammate he is, the guy is out of control.
Chelios up, I don’t even know what to say other than I’ll be at practice I want an autograph from the legend.

Bob

March 11th, 2010
12:04 pm

“I think this is the perfect time for ASG to announce a long term extension signing with their franchise star – Don Waddell – to lift expectations, motivation and attendance.”

No! Come on, don’t wake me up from my pipedream (visions of press conferences held one day after the season ends dancing in my head).

Spud, Cooke didn’t break and existing rule, can’t suspend him for that. They need to put a stricter rule in about head shots, but you can’t retroactively put a rule in and then punish the guy. Toughest guy on Boston should go after him during Cooke’s first shift, however. That’s hockey.