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

DWTOO

March 11th, 2010
12:23 pm

Crosby also needs to keep his head on a swivel. Taking out Cooke won’t make things equal.

Nikita

March 11th, 2010
1:22 pm

I won’t argue with the idea that Kovalchuk wasn’t developed properly. I have always stated that development was Hartley’s major downfall — he really had no idea what to do with prospects, or how to move them from prospects to players. Nor did anyone on staff at that point — and you can see that fairly well in the prospects who actually came to the NHL ice, which are a smaller number than you would expect and also have mostly not developed. (I will exclude Kari from this, since I think his issues are mostly physical.) By the time staff arrived that actually knew how to develop prospects, Kovalchuk wasn’t willing to take direction — and why should he, really, when he effectively developed himself in the appropriate years?

Nor will I argue that the Thrashers did everything fantastically from the beginning to the Hossa trade — lots of things happened which might make a player unhappy with his team. But I am sick and tired of hearing about how poor, benighted Kovalchuk just had to waste our time up until he skipped off to New Jersey. He did not.

First, if all of those historical happenings were at issue when he left, then why didn’t Kovalchuk do the right thing and not extend his contract any of the times he had the opportunity to do so in the years preceding? I mean, if the organization sucks and it was always going to suck, then why sign on for another year of sucking?

Second, Kovalchuk bears a lot of responsibility for the team’s performance over the years, and he arguably bears more than any other player as a precious asset who was allowed to dictate many aspects of his team that players normally don’t dictate. If the 2009-2010 team was below Kovalchuk’s standards, despite Kovalchuk dictating who would play on it and how, then how does that reflect poorly on everyone but Kovalchuk?

*Kovalchuk was supposed to ignore that Malhotra and Brian Campbell ultimately said, “no” to coming to Atlanta?*

This is where we get into the “i” vs. “we.” There is no “we” in Kovalchuk. And again, if the team consists of precious asset Kovalchuk and a bunch of disposables, how is the rejection of Atlanta not also a rejection of Kovalchuk?

*Kovalchuk was supposed to simply ignore that Kaberle, Savard, Hossa, and other UFAs simply walked?*

We’ve beaten these to death, but I will say again: Hossa, in particular, walked partially BECAUSE of Kovalchuk. Blaming the team for driving him off when a significant part of that was because the team put its dedication to Kovalchuk ahead of their dedication to Hossa is just wrong. At least, unless you are also going to place the blame on Kovalchuk.

The fact of the matter is that DW and company were idiots to trust Kovalchuk. But that doesn’t mean Kovalchuk is an honorable guy for stealing candy from babies.

Now, on to the present…

1. I didn’t see the end of the NJ/NY game, but the first two periods were electric. And Zach Parise played great.
2. We’r in a bad spot, obviously. Chelios is a nice starting call-up, but we need to bring up some of the kids from Chicago. They are the only option we have to address some serious issues.

ben

March 11th, 2010
1:36 pm

They should have relocated an existing team here. We Atlantans do pay to see failure. Plus, why did they keep DW? I think this team is fin. I think if the NHL wants a team here, they should just move one from somewhere else, and until this situation is fixed, I’ll be the fan I was back in 1998. A fan who was very interested in all 29 teams, but especially Les Habs. I also plan to root for 17 for the rest of his career.

I think this is not a bad hockey town. I think it’s a bad SPORTS town. The Dawgs don’t count because they are in Athens, and I think most of that devotion is an excuse to get drunk.

JimC

March 11th, 2010
2:25 pm

I was a Blueliner and sth for the first 7 years of this franchise, and before a sth for all the years of the ATL Flames. It took me 7 years of wasted money and terrible hockey to realize that what I was looking at on the ice was a franchise that was owned by a group that could care less about the product that they give the hockey fans of ATL. The Thrashers simply fill arena dates for the ownership group. The Hawks will inevitably follow the same path again soon. Hockey requires many more good players to be competitive and give the coach different options for matchups on game day. ATL has the worst run franchise in the NHL.
Yes, if the Thrashers are to survive as a franchise in ATL, they must be willing to get rid of DW as the GM and show the fans some hope for their ticket investment in the team. Waddell has consistently failed in the draft and to keep better players because they see nothing to build on in the future. Each and every position on this current team needs help. That said, there is some talent spread thinly around this team, but we need a proven GM that can turn this thing around, otherwise I believe this franchise is headed out of town.

Midfield

March 11th, 2010
2:31 pm

I think we have a full time ‘defend ASG/DW at all cost’ crew here on this board, which is in and of itself ridiculous. Heatley, Hartley, Savard, Hossa and Kovalchuk – in no particular order – are all being thrown in as part of one big, fat and juicy red herring. Completely irrelevant at this point. The team has come to a waste of a lot of good will, and this flimsy damage control is about as effective as incredibly inept public relations efforts made in person and via some overseas media by Seydel, Levenson, Waddell et al.

Midfield

March 11th, 2010
2:38 pm

I see Heatley, Hartley, Savard, Hossa and Kovalchuk – in no particular order – are all being thrown in as part of one big, fat and juicy red herring. Completely irrelevant at this point. The team has come to a waste of a lot of good will, and this flimsy damage control is about as effective as incredibly inept public relations efforts made in person and via some overseas media by Seydel, Levenson, Waddell et al.

Tears for Beers

March 11th, 2010
2:47 pm

Chelios.

(Though a Cheli’s Chili *would* be awesome.)

Bob

March 11th, 2010
3:59 pm

“I think we have a full time ‘defend ASG/DW at all cost’ crew here on this board, which is in and of itself ridiculous.”

Midfield, that used to be true, but I don’t think so anymore. The Waddell defenders are long gone, left with their tail between their legs after being wrong so many times about his ability (or inability) to build this club.

I’m in wait and see mode now, not buying season tix or even any tix directly from the Thrashers, until they get rid of Waddell and bring a real GM in. I think most of us have just kind of given up on complaining about Waddell every day as it’s kind of pointless. These Spirit guys are going to get the message from the empty seats night after night. Shoot, I figured that last Sunday’s game would have been sold out seeing how we were in playoff position, a key game, kid’s game promo, but the place was half empty. I read later from some of the regulars that it was one of the bigger crowds they’ve received.

Midfield, fear not. You and I and thousands of other former season tix holders are in the vast majority here. Everyone (except the Spirit apparently) understand that Waddell is responsible for the woes of this club. But fear not, the rumor is that his contract is up in April, and let us pray, the Spirit finally let him go, promote him to some other position, anything, but get us a real GM in there that can build this club.

That’s the day I, and I would guess thousands of others to follow, will call them up and re-up for tix.

Ferraro's Bobble Head Doll

March 11th, 2010
4:01 pm

Tom Lysiak

March 11th, 2010
4:05 pm

For those thinking the Thrashers failed to develop Kovy as a complete player….I would ask if you watched the Russians during the Olympics? Did you see any defense played at all? The Russians of old were KNOWN for their defensive play. My point is maybe the Russian players (Kovy and many others) play their own game now. I know Ovie is an exception to that, but I think it is too simplistic to blame the Thrashers and not Kovy. Maybe the lure of the NHL and all that money changed their mindsets? Maybe they know scorers make more than checkers? Just a thought.

Britney Spears

March 11th, 2010
4:43 pm

And if I can make a comeback, the Thrashers can make the playoffs!!

stendek

March 11th, 2010
8:43 pm

The Thrashers are in the tank! The quitters are officially playing out the string. Johan Lehtonen surrendered one marshallow goal in the first 40 minutes. Moose did not believe he would have to block shot by teammate Chris “Own Goal” Chelios. SO HE DID NOT! Do not blame beleaguered netminder for that first tally. Do blame over the hill garbage defender. Remember now why I hate the guy! Untalented loser. Hard to miss Ilya Kovalchoke. Now have a whole darn team of figure skaters with exception of Moose. Thrashers should have two uniforms. One for games in which they put forth a little bit of effort. Pink for nights like this one. Anyone who pays good money to watch these heartless quitters needs to be committed! I would not even waste counterfeit currency on these uncaring curs. I will have no respect for any fan who shows up at Loseland after this debacle! Thrashers have folded up tent for season so all fans should follow suit. There is no excuse for this! Believe even Brenden would concur. College game also being televised. Either of those teams could whip these Thrashers. SOUNDLY! Truly sad. ++STENDEK++

stendek

March 11th, 2010
8:57 pm

Want a bit of salt for that open wound? If the Thrashers fail to score, which seems almost a certainty at this juncture, then Chris “Own Goal” Chelios will get credit for a game winning tally in his Thrasher debut. Unfortunately, it will be the decisive marker for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Anyone else appreciate the irony? ++STENDEK++ Playoffs? Too late. Corpse has already been put into the ground!

LAC

March 11th, 2010
9:07 pm

I am sure glad I am watching The ACC Tourment, Lots better than ANOTHER loss by The Hapless Atlanta Thrashers led by The Loser Himself Dumb/Stupid etc… don waddell !

stendek

March 11th, 2010
9:23 pm

Glad that crap is over! Know what needs to be done within the next few minutes? Fire both Don Waddell and John Petrino! Both are proven failures who have long overstayed their welcomes. Sign the three Hansen brothers! Install Reg Dunlap as coach. Ship all present Thrashers to Chicago! Fill out roster with Hansen brothers plus meanest hockey players available. Do not care if they score a single goal! Just want other teams to fear playing Thrashers! See some blasted jerk got Chris Chelios off hook. Too darn bad. Tired of being laughingstock sissies of NHL! SOOOO TIRED. ++STENDEK++ Heartless quitter losers!

Brendan

March 11th, 2010
10:45 pm

Okay, here’s your boxscore. http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2009020994. Notice that Chelios played 13:14, and was a -1, with no points. Here’s how the D-men Ice time went down:

1. Bogosian, 22:16
2. Kubina, 21:59
3. Enstrom, 21:56
4. Hainsey, 20:54
5. Oduya, 20:05
6. Chelios, 13:14

At +1 were: Kozlov, who played 15:34, Peverley, who played 18:44, Finny, who played 17:40, and Kubina.

At -1 were: Bryan Little, Chelios, MacArthur Park, who played 13:52, and Nik Antropov, who played 17:28.

Okay, since the Kovalchuk trade, the Thrashers are 4-4-1. And in the last four (4) games, Atlanta has been outscored 14-4. Are we a BETTER TEAM without Kovalchuk? In the past four games, as many as eight (8) points were possible. Atlanta earned zero (0) points in those games. You tell me, are the playoffs out of reach?

Stop. At the deadline, many of you wanted to buy. Don Waddell said, “We’re more buyers than sellers.” I advocated moving UFA players who couldn’t be re-signed. Including Kubina, Finny, Schubert, Armstrong, and above all, Mooose. I said, “above all,” because Hedberg delivered a GEM of a season for us. He gave Don Waddell a GIFT for the trade deadline. Moose’s 2009 offseason value was a 7th round pick. Surely, Waddell could have moved him for BETTER than that, at the deadline. Instead, DW opted to ‘rent’ Moose, who turns 37 in May, and who normally starts every 4th or 5th game, to be Atlanta’s #1 goalie.

I speak about ‘decision-making’ all the time. I stress that, in an ERA OF SALARY CAP, it’s all about ‘decision-making.’ It’s not SO MUCH about financing anymore. Not when the Thrashers get $17 million in revenue-sharing. It’s about making intelligent choices. Florida assessed its situation, and planned for next year. Amazingly, the Panthers, who trail Colorado 2-0 as we speak, are a victory away from tying the Thrashers in the standings. Did DW CORRECTLY assess the situation at the trade deadline? If you say, “Yes, he did. And the proof is that we’ll make the playoffs,” I can only hope that you are right. But if you are LESS than correct, then Waddell messed up. He didn’t address the #1 goalie situation properly. Even though Moose has played well, only giving up 4 goals in the last two games, he simply cannot be expected to start the lion’s share of the remaining games. So, why didn’t Waddell get Biron, or Rolosson, or whomever, to be the #1 goalie, while getting max value return on Hedberg? I’m fine with trading Kari, but DW must find a suitable replacement for Lehtonen. Kubina would have fetched a 2nd rounder, guaranteed. Armstrong would have brought a 3rd rounder, guaranteed. Finny would have brought a 3rd rounder, also. Schubie would have been 5th rounder. I hear ya. “I’d rather take our chances than stockpile ‘throw away’ draft picks, in the hands of Dan Marr.” I guess … there’s something to be said for that.

Okay, the contest is still on, by the way. I entered the 1st guess of “April 1, 2010″ as the date Don Waddell is renewed, on a 2-year contract. I will catalogue all guesses, and track them. Whoever comes the closest to the actual Waddell contract extension, wins the contest.

Yung JB from MTL

March 11th, 2010
10:50 pm

I guess April 15th, and i believe thats the day the IRS kills you in the US or some tax thing.

”There was a game tonight? Damn, thought it was a practice!” John Anderson.

Fire him, he’s the reason we play bad. I must be forced to say that DW is better than JA, since DW got bergfors and Cheli, who played quite well tonite

Brendan

March 11th, 2010
10:57 pm

Check out the updated NHL Standings! http://www.nhl.com/ice/standings.htm?type=con#&navid=nav-stn-conf

Notice how Carolina is only 2-points back of Atlanta? Notice how the Tampa Bay Lightning, with their “pity point,” have tied Atlanta. Notice how the Florida Panthers are a victory tonight, at Colorado, from tying Les Thrashers? That’s the truth. 28-28-10 would tie the Thrashers. The Cats are two-points back of Atlanta. Now, they trail, 2-0, after 2nd periods. So, it’s not looking good for Florida. But hey, if they put together a solid enough 3rd period, they could pull this thing off in overtime or the shootout.

Atlanta is now on pace for 82-points this season. In case you’re curious, in our AJC contest, only one (1) blogger picked 82-points. It was Russ, who tied it to a 4th place finish in the SE Division, along with 12th in the Conference. At 83-points, are Curly and Pam on Weck. Curly’s guess is tied to 4th in SE division, while Pam on Weck’s guess is for a 3rd place finish. Curly has the Thrashers 12th, and Pam on Weck at 11th in the conference. At 84-points, are Polskidawg and Baldheaded Thrasher fan. At 81-points, is Bob … all by himself. At 80-points, is LAC. At 76-points, is FrostyTheSnowman.

By the way, NO MORE VOTING. No more votes will be registered. Voting closed at “puck drop” on Opening Night, back in October. Even our “Nostradamus,” R.Stroz, cast his vote. No game 82 predictions allowed.

Brendan

March 11th, 2010
11:07 pm

In the Kovy re-signs AJC contest, Nikita was eliminated on September 9, 2009. There were no guesses between September 9, 2009 and June 29, 2010. Only four (4) bloggers are still alive. Ranallo10 and Brendan guessed June 30, 2010, with Atlanta as the signing team. Technically, NJ could trade Kovy’s rights to Atlanta around the time of the Draft. I wouldn’t hold my breath for that. But I can’t quite eliminate Ranallo10 and Brendan just yet. FrostyTheSnowman guessed Washington as the team, on July 1, 2010. Bob guessed the NY Rangers on July 2, 2010. No AJC blogger guessed the KHL as Kovy’s next team. So, if that’s where he ends up, we were ALL wrong, and the contest doesn’t have a winner. By the way, no bloggers guessed the L.A. Kings, but several did muse about it.

Brendan

March 11th, 2010
11:10 pm

Young JB from MTL, you are registered on Tax Day, April 15th, for the date Don Waddell get his contract extended by the Atlanta Spirit Group, LLC. Good luck Yung JB from MTL.

In the event of multiple guesses for a single day, we use “time of day” is it posted at the Thrashers website as the tie-breaker. For example, April 15, at 3PM over April 15, at Noon, or 9AM. Or 7:30 PM.

LAC

March 11th, 2010
11:29 pm

Brenden, I think you should ask what Lottery Position we will be in at the End of The WORTHLESS Season…

We need these…

New GM, One who can Finally point us in “The right direction”
New Coach, one who knows defense wins and forces the players to give a FULL 60.
New NHL Goalie, who knows how to steal games and WIN !
New Goalie ONLY Coach.
NEW OWNER… Wishful Thinking I know.

Then maybe, just maybe we will stop being THE Laughing stock of the NHL.

Brendan

March 11th, 2010
11:40 pm

LAC, I have the feeling Atlanta won’t be in the lottery draft, though. I see us as sixth or seventh this year. I don’t think we’re gonna get into the hopper for a shot at the 1st overall pick. At pick #7, I think it’s worth looking at shopping it. Then deciding not to trade it. But, I think Waddell should field offers for it. Picks 6-10 are tricky. Nothing is guaranteed, but failure to come away with something would reflect very badly on the GM. Given the track record of developing players, here in Atlanta, if there’s a Tier I player out there … who has merely fallen out of favor in his camp, I think it’s worth looking at a trade possibility. The key is … that the player (1) needs a change of scnerey and (2) wants to come to Atlanta. Otherwise, you’re better off just selecting someone.

Tony C.

March 12th, 2010
1:08 am

ugh.

I’m speechless.

Kevin

March 12th, 2010
4:33 am

wel what good as long don(snake) waddell runs team to Move to quebec soon…Owners sleep with hores all night waddell sleeps with dreams of washin cars in a parkin lot….we lost 4th in row as don waddell said for his coach n Puppet armstrong…we need change n be change in 2012 as new president in W.H and team in Ouebec winnin a stanley cup! and we have empty arena n also in gwinnett when they move to!

Susan Boyle

March 12th, 2010
6:03 am

This fat lady is is getting ready to sing. To Dream A Dream.

Lady GaGa

March 12th, 2010
6:25 am

If I can have a singing career, the Thrashers can make the playoffs!

Badger Bob

March 12th, 2010
6:28 am

Suddenly the idea that Chelios has been mentoring our promising young defencemen is depressing! Okay, you tried to pinch on the second goal and got burned, creating a 2 on 1 – that happens. But what do you do next? How about pick up the third Blue Jacket who was skating right beside you!!! You know, the eventual game-winning goal scorer!!! Deeply depressing…

Lee

March 12th, 2010
6:49 am

Redonkulous game. That first goal did bounce off of Chelios correct? Ok….just checking.

Lee

March 12th, 2010
6:49 am

My mistake: second not first.

Badger Bob

March 12th, 2010
7:49 am

Lee, first goal bounced off Chelios. Stuff happens. Second goal? All Chelios. He kinda blames it on the “aggresive system” in this interview:

http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=35&id=62561

…but I’m pretty sure JA’s system does not advocate watching the eventual goal scorer skate past you unchecked…

Badger Bob

March 12th, 2010
8:05 am

Correction, Chelios only needed to pick up the FOURTH Blue Jacket to prevent goal #2. The guy who started out five feet behind him…

Plays like the second Blue Jackets goal make +/- a joke. Ever-responsible Antropov gets back, takes the puck handler and cuts him off from taking a shot or going to the net – should be an even. Oduya cuts off the pass on the two-on-one – should be an even. Bergie and Little are standing still in the Blue Jackets zone when the puck is turned over and don’t hustle back to pick up anybody – they earned their -1. Then there’s Chelios, who does a bone-headed pinch when he’s 15 feet away from a guy with the puck (-1), fails to pick up the third breaking Blue Jacket (-1) and fails to pick up the fourth breaking Blue Jacket (-1), for a grand total of -3. That would tell a more honest story that saddling Antro with the same -1 as Chelios.

By the way, do the Thrashers use ANY video analysis? Ever?

Steven Spielberg

March 12th, 2010
8:55 am

Badger Bob, I would be glad to help the Thrasher Org. learn how to work video equipmentif they do not know how.

Bob

March 12th, 2010
9:24 am

Badger, Chelios did have an awful game. That deflection into our own net was ridiculous and failing to pick up the Jackets on the 2nd goal was worse.

Brendan, put me down for never. Instead I see a April 12th press conference announcing he’s been let go as GM

Hotrod

March 12th, 2010
9:27 am

We were off and running with Bergfors and Odouya , then we kept adding a few more new faces until we reached that point of diminishing return that got us 4 straight losses. I guess I can also lay blame on a couple untimely injuries to to the rapid down slide

All I can say is oh well. Maybe a miracle can save us. we need a 5-0 run now. With the new faces learning the system, probably unlikely.

Nancy Pelosi

March 12th, 2010
9:30 am

Hotrod, if I can pass healthcare legislation, the Thrashers can make the playoffs!

Edmonton Oilers

March 12th, 2010
9:33 am

Atlanta, the Leafs and I have a tee time at 8:00 on April 11th. You in?

EA

March 12th, 2010
9:43 am

Edmonton, maybe the guys are better at playing golf than hockey. Nik Antropov is the latest to say “we didn’t play the first period and a half”.

Rawhide

March 12th, 2010
9:55 am

Sorry for slackin’ here folks…but I had to watch last night’s loss via the replay and it was 1:30 am when it was ove. Anywhooo…here is the new blog to discuss how the Thrashers are still stuck on Route 66 and looking as lost as ever.

Flat Line

March 12th, 2010
10:01 am

Interesting to see if JA calls on Hedberg again tonight. With no morning skate, we probably won’t hear until just before game time. The reason I bring it up is that Moose is 6-0-2 in his last eight games vs. the Rangers. Could this be called an elimination game if it ends in regulation? I know neither team will make the playoffs, but the team that comes away with 2 points has a heart beat while the other will be Flat Lined!

rob

March 12th, 2010
10:37 am

Chelios showed the youngsters how to quit on a play. Wonderful planning, hope all those who thought this was a wonderful idea now see the utter futility there. Now he can’t even be taken seriously as a mentor after that game so we have killed 2 birds with 1 stone. WTF is wrong with these people and their BONE HEADED non hockey ideas!!!! You traded for Artyukin at 6-6 250 WITH speed, and Kozlov is your choice instead? Kane, you hardest working player at 18 years old is gone and you think Kozlov is the right choice? This team CAN play and CAN win, they have shown that I think. They lack direction, motivation, and a goalie. Taking a shot at the playoffs this year and DELIBERATELY TANKING it through mismanagement and incompetent personnel at the gm and coaching spot. The FANS thank you for this. Anderson should be fired NOW, not at the end of the season. They need to give Antropov the C, and find a way to win next season in the hopes of getting the young guys excited and thinking about staying here. F@#^ you DW and you too JA for this nonsense. No wonder no one wants to stay here you found a way to make us look bad even when we had a chance! Hey ASG LLC, does that stand for Another Season Gone Lacking Leadership and Commitment? Stupid A$$E$! I feel sorry for the players who are laboring here under the incompetence that runs this organization.