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

Game7

March 9th, 2010
11:05 pm

Kovyoverrated

March 9th, 2010
11:07 pm

I fear that it is just not the playoffs that have left the building, but hockey itself.

Buzz

March 9th, 2010
11:07 pm

Simply not good enough. If they made the playoffs they would get absolutely murdered anyway.

Scotty

March 9th, 2010
11:08 pm

Damn, that sucked.

Just damn.

GSUFan

March 9th, 2010
11:24 pm

Sad. Sad. Sad.

Sometimes “your best” is just not good enough. Gonna miss it by little bit, and it hurts. It hurts bad.

But, they made their bed, and they’re going to lie in it…but yeah, Damn.

Mr. Heat Miser

March 9th, 2010
11:31 pm

I saw adults blowing bubbles during the game. Society as we know it has ended. FRACK

Wayne stuck in AL

March 9th, 2010
11:38 pm

With 11,100 announced, Thrashers get the crowd they deserve.

Christoph Schubert

March 9th, 2010
11:51 pm

Verdammen sie nur

fes

March 9th, 2010
11:59 pm

It was painful to watch knowing that the playoff hopes were going down the drain. At least the second period was entertaining with Terry Crisp in the booth. He was cracking me up.

Brendan

March 10th, 2010
12:27 am

Per the Conference Standings at NHL.com, http://www.nhl.com/ice/standings.htm?type=con#&navid=nav-stn-conf, the Panthers are two-points (2-pts) back of Atlanta. Ummn. How does one begin to ’sugarcoat’ this. Florida’s ownership announced to its fans that their focus would be on the 2010-11 season. They sold off assets.

Atlanta sent an official statement, “Nothing has changed. Our goals remain the same, to make the playoffs and advance as far as possible.” Well, truthfully, I don’t blame the Thrashers for trading Kovalchuk. I blame them for not realizing the situation sooner, back in July, or September at the latest. We weren’t supposed to be talking about Kovalchuk’s contract in December. And yet, we were. We were still talking about it in February. Bygones. I am also not critical of the Kari Lehtonen trade, other than to say … that the organization didn’t address the #1 goalie situation. Well, they didn’t. They stood pat. And, ostensibly, they have opted to borrow from their own 401k plan to ‘rent’ Moose, as the #1 goalie. Ummn, Moose turns 37 on May 5, 2010. Was that the prudent course of action, in net? I’ll listen to the argument that says, “Ondrej, this spot is yours. It’s all on you to get us into the playoffs.” But, the Thrashers aren’t doing that, either. In short, they traded away Lehtonen without really addressing the #1 goalie situation. Hedberg is a career backup, expected to start once every 4-5 games.

Do you have to be an EXPERT in NHL undertakings to realize that a failure to firm up goaltending will be a major monkeywrench in your playoff strategy? (The answer is no. Even a blogger can figure that out.) Who gets paid to oversee this franchise?

A. Muslim male extremists, aged 17-41.
B. Pirates of the Caribbean.
C. Ross Perot
D. Sasquatch
E. Don Waddell, Rick Dudley, and the Atlanta Spirit, LLC.

We all got “C” for an answer, right? It’s hard to be mad at Ross Perot for the failings of an NHL franchise. He’s not really good at assessments, fancy charts notwithstanding. When will this franchise add the word ‘accountability’ to its dictionary?

The NHL Network is now reporting that Evander Kane is out for 3 weeks with a foot injury.

Okay, so … the organization fails to address goaltending at the deadline. And without that, they might as well sell off Kubina, Army, Finny, and Moose. Bygones. On the flip side, maybe Atlanta will bank 30 of the remaining 34 points and make the playoffs? Maybe. It’s mathematically possible. I haven’t consulted Vegas for odds on that. My prediction was 10th place, 85-points, 3rd in SE Division, back on Opening Night, in our AJC contest. If that happens, those of you who like to trumpet ‘incremental progress’ will be happy. For 85-points is certainly and clearly better than 76-points. It is. I checked.

For those of you who don’t like the season to end every April … you simply must SPEAK UP at Town Hall Meetings to let ownership know, “You’re not happy with the direction of the team.” Don Waddell’s contract, per Forbes Magazine, expires in April. Bruce Levenson says, “We’re 100-percent behind Waddell. Those of you who won’t renew if he’s the GM, can leave.” Well, you could take Bruce up on his offer? The phrase that pays is, “If Waddell’s here, I’m not.”

Because Waddell is the “Teflon Don,” expect the Thrahers to win 7 of their last 10 games, to make everyone think, despite missing the playoffs, everything is going great. That’s how it works, apparently. The season is 82 games long. But STH’s only look at the last 10 games to decide if they renew.

bartdunwoody

March 10th, 2010
12:57 am

As a former STH I opted out after the 07-08 season. I’ve said it before but I will say it again.
Management of the Thrashers organization sucks.
Change the management/ownership and I will come back.

CrazyDiamond

March 10th, 2010
1:56 am

Brendan – Nice post. Not a STH and no plans to sign on. I would like to see a decent home team and support the sponsors, but it is frustrating. I’ve told Bruce Levenson with my wallet what I think of the continued poor results of his product.

I believe the Thrashers have never had a playoff quality goaltender. Never. Who is responsible for that? We can;t keep kidding ourselves. This just in: no NHL team goes very far without a top tier goaltender. This team has soooo many problems to resolve before they are playoff bound.

World Be Free

March 10th, 2010
5:44 am

Jim Mora Sr-
“Playoffs, did you say playoffs, don’t be thinking about playoffs. Playoffs! I just want a win”.
Dennis Green-
“The Nashville Predators are who we thought they were, and we let ‘em off the hook”.

1 goal in 2 games-we are playing an offensive style without the offense.
Playoffs are fading and somebody has to pay the price other than the fans.

Thrashfan01

March 10th, 2010
6:30 am

It is time to bring up Kulda and Machacek, sit White and see what the kids have. The mistake by Pops is not a mistake a team that gets to the playoffs makes. Last season this team took off after some of the older players were moved, a good example of what young players can do is happening in Florida, lets see what we have. Worst case the Thrash continue to play poorly and we get a decent draft choice and know what we have in the kids going to summer.

World Be Free

March 10th, 2010
6:35 am

Pops’ problem was the horrible ice that’s Philips Arena.
Hey, I saw Todd White throw 2 body checks sunday afternoon-two more that the entire team threw the first half of the Carolina game.

The team is playing like it needs a shakeup and bringing up the kids would be a good start. They are doing us no good in Chicago.

TheFan79

March 10th, 2010
6:47 am

Just papthetic game last night by your Atlanta Thrashers.They just showed up to collect the paycheck .

TheFan79

March 10th, 2010
6:47 am

Corections Pathetic game

Missing Kovy!

March 10th, 2010
7:04 am

The playoffs left the building the day Kovy was traded and the franchise will remain this way until Don Waddell leaves the office!

I'll Keep Dreaming

March 10th, 2010
7:09 am

Playoffs!? Ha! I’ll keep dreaming!

GaVaHokie

March 10th, 2010
7:28 am

The Popovic goal was bad, but overall, I’m blaming this loss on Toby not shooting the $&@&ing puck on the Power Play. It’s reached an infuriating level for me, and it’s gotta be getting to Coach Anderson as well. He’s gotta start rifling it in there and allow guys to bang in the rebounds.

I’d start taking away his Power Play.

Brett

March 10th, 2010
7:29 am

Anybody got a fork? They are done!!

The Bright Side. . .

March 10th, 2010
7:37 am

Local hockey fans can watch the best league in the world in terrific, lower bowl, seats for $10 – for about the same price as a half dozen rolls of bathroom tissue (with coupon discount).

Just about the same value. . . Thanks Atlanta Spirit Group for another outstanding season.

Pittsburgh Pirate Fan

March 10th, 2010
7:40 am

It’s really kind of embarrassing to compare the Nashville Predators to the Atlanta Thrashers. The Preds are better in just about every way because they have the right people on top. They have better coaching, depth at goaltending, good defense and forwarders. David Poile has a plan and he follows it, the people in Nashville have bought in.

Now do you think Nashville is a better NHL city than Atlanta? Based on the quality of team they have to support, I say yes. Just think about the depth this team and hockey city have fallen to because of the quality of management we have, or lack.

Fire Waddell if you EVER plan to see one dime from me again. I don’t know why this is so complicated.

HookyBob

March 10th, 2010
7:45 am

A few season ticket holders may have left the building (for good) last night. The ASG sends out renewal inquiries right about the time we started this loosing streak. Makes the decision a bit easier don’t you think?

As disappointing as last night’s game was,..I don’t place as much blame on the Thrashers as I give “atta boys” to the Predators. They played an excellent game, seemingly always in position, stick in lane, taking maximum advantage of opportunities, few penalties(until the end anyway). And they did all this without their stud D-man Weber. The Predators seem to me to be well-coached, disciplined, and getting the most out of their talent (and budget,etc). They do the “short-pass” game really well.

I do fault the boys in blue for not shooting a bit more (Colby when you are alone in the slot shoot! Am I missing something here?). The lines seemed to lack any rythm last night. I guess it maybe the new guys and maybe missing Kane. Could be the Preds play too. Passes were behind the guys a lot. As WBF noted,…baaaaahhd ice. ASG can’t even get that right.

So is Thursday in Columbus a big game? Does Elmer Fudd have trouble with the letter R? Does Brendan write lengthy, insightful, entertaining posts?

LAC

March 10th, 2010
8:06 am

Well this whole thing falls back on the man who constructed it, one don waddell.

The man has killed NHL hockey here and it will only continue to fall apart as long as he is allowed to remain as GM.

While he may be a “nice” guy, he is an awful GM. No other team in the NHL would allow him to continue with the record of failure he continues to produce… How many 5 year plans now ???

Like Bartdunwoody, I am no longer a STH and only waddell leaving will I even consider getting them once again.

Losing is not worth the price of admission and this team is a loser, I am sorry to say. Again
we the SUFFERING fans will have to watch other teams compete for The Stanley Cup, while
the BS will continue to spew forth from don waddell that… “We are moving in the “right” direction.”

How many times have we ALL heard that excuse. For the sake of this Franchise waddell RESIGN, you are a complete FAILURE at what you do, if I ran my businesses that way I’d be out of business.

As long as this LOSER remains… I don’t ! As Rawhide said, NO PLAYOFFS !!!!!!!!!

Russian

March 10th, 2010
8:13 am

**to GaVaHokie**
Excelent Point!!!
“I’m blaming this loss on Toby not shooting the $&@&ing puck on the Power Play”
I was sitting in section 101 yesturday and I saw that Toby skated with a puck and did not shoot. It is absolutely horrible things. Monday Washington played with Dallas. Ovy and company shoted 51 times to net and result is First plase in NHL.
I never been a STH and I am not going to spend my money to do that. Every year I fill sorry fot any STH. People spent lot of money for nothing. Administration lied to Fans. Florida said honestly, that PO is not happend here. But Atlanta make a big NEWS, that PO March is going to Atlanta, come and buy tickets. That’s a big Lie. :-(

The Real Thrash

March 10th, 2010
8:17 am

With our GM when were the playoffs IN the building?

Rightshot

March 10th, 2010
8:21 am

Very disappointing effort. I ,IMHO, think the lack of an idnetity makes a big difference.

Are we a fast, quick strike team? A lunch pail, blue collar team? A pee wee team? What?

And while I’m at it, Where’s the consistantcy?

BRETT – Is there any particular kind of fork where you looking for to put in this season?

Pittsburgh Pirate Fan

March 10th, 2010
8:22 am

As I said before, why is this so complicated?
Why? Add it up boys, you are losing big dollars because your product is crap. The fans take the hit in the national media, but the fault lies much higher.

A classic case of the wrong people getting tossed under the wheels.

docsbro

March 10th, 2010
8:23 am

I blame Captain Kovy for their efforts these last three games. Clearly it is his lack of leadership and figure eights and no defense playing.

Oh wait sorry he has already left, soooo, where does the blame fall then? WBF you stole my qoute but I am gonna use it on the Thrash. “They are who we thought they where” -DG

This team is not as talented as the team we played tonight. DO NOT compare the Thrash to the Preds. They are having a better season in a tougher Conference. Management is a joke here and until that changes this team will not be good. We have some very nice pieces here but they are not a complete team and aren’t that close. We need a goalie in a bad way. I love Moose this isn’t his fault, he is doing more than expected…but Pavs is not ready and was pushed to early.

Russian

March 10th, 2010
8:23 am

I read Brandan post. It was always joyable reading. One thing he pointed about Kovy contract. It is absolutely right that Kovy must be trade as soon as he stopped playing. Contract should be done at November. That’s another mistake by Organization. If he traded earlier of the season, we could get players back such as Oduya and Berg.
Anderson should be FIRED when we lost 9 games in row. I am telling you one more time. HE IS NOT A NHL COACH!!!! If he got fired in December and Kovy traded in December, we got a chanse to regroup. Atlanta is out of PLAY OFF. I could not Believe that they are going to 12-5. It is absolutely IMPOSIBLE.
Next season MUST bring MAJOR Changes.

Putting On The Foil

March 10th, 2010
8:26 am

As a long suffering Atlanta fan of over 40 years, I’ve seen it all and tried to remain positive throughout. I’ve endured the Braves, Falcons, Hawks, and Thrashers my friends, but I just can’t take any of this sh&t anymore. Not that I added much to this blog, but maybe I’ll become the bandwagon fan I’ve always hated and follow whoever wins or maybe just go away and watch “Slap Shot” over and over and over……..

jt

March 10th, 2010
8:31 am

Yes, the playoffs are out of reach but do we have to endure the “hockey is leaving Atlanta” BS again? Jeez.

Brendan

March 10th, 2010
8:32 am

WBF and HookyBob are absolutely correct. Did you see the slushy snow that came off Popovic’s stick? The ice was bad. On a fresh sheet of ice, Popovic probably makes that play. But even if you categorically reject that assertation, and assign FULL BLAME on Mark Popovic, that play, ALONE … in and of itself … should NOT have been enough to sink the SS Thrashers last night. They had 41 or so more minutes to scored two (2) goals. They didn’t.

Moose Hedberg, who made 30 saves, wasn’t the reason the Thrashers lost last night. Moose played well. Can we REASONABLY EXPECT Hedberg to start 70-75 percent of the remaining games? He turns 37 on May 5, 2010. If Moose, a career backup, is expected to do just that, why didn’t we get a goalie at the trade deadline? “Well, because Pavelec is our #1 guy.” Well, then start Pavelec, if that’s the case.

the fish

March 10th, 2010
8:37 am

Please tell me that Brendan did not just blame the ice for the fact that the Thrashers are the worst hockey team on the planet. Please tell me.
I will bet the ice and the GM will both be better in Canada where the Thrashers are moving next season.
So long suckers!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pittsburgh Pirate Fan

March 10th, 2010
8:40 am

Brendan, as usual you are to the point. You can’t play with the puck when you are the last player back, good ice or bad.

I DO NOT believe hockey is leaving Atlanta. It’s not that simple and I certainly do not believe it is justified.

The Real Thrash

March 10th, 2010
8:40 am

A Tale of Two Cities:
Nashville +68 record since 2002-2003 season.
Atlanta -9 record since 2002-2003 season.
Nashville 5 of 6 playoffs in last 6 seasons.
Atlanta 1 playoff in entire history.
Nashville +14,000 PAID tickets per game.
Atlanta 10,000 on a good weekend night.

What is wrong with this picture? You get the GM you let stay in town!

Brendan

March 10th, 2010
8:42 am

No, no, The Fish. I blamed for one goal, in ONE (1) game, out of 82 on the schedule. But, I still say the Thrashers aren’t the worst team in the league. They’re not. Have ya seen an Oilers game, lately, Fish?

Nikita

March 10th, 2010
8:46 am

Gonna argue here. A lot.

Last night’s game was an effing disaster. I didn’t enjoy more than 10 minutes out of the 60. Why? Because it looked like about half the team wasn’t motivated or alert.

Specifically:
1. Reasoner was completely off. He got robbed several times, and made a lot of weak and sloppy passes.
2. Toby. And a bad day for Toby is still a relatively good day, but he was not playing at the level that we need him to play at.
3. Popovic/Moose. Yes, Popovic should have not turned over that puck. But Moose wasn’t prepared for the resulting shot. Which is unacceptable.
4. Bogosian. Guys, he needs to be sat. Period. We keep hoping he’ll get better, but he doesn’t, and it’s probably a combination of fatigue and youth and injury. All of which would be improved by a week or two observing everyone else playing. He made two passes directly across the goal, which is unacceptable.

Playing well were Armstrong, White (throwing the body, blocking shots, shooting), Thorburn, Bergfors, Artyukhin. And, um, Hainsey was all right — he played pretty hard, but was not as crisp as he should be.

It was notable how much Kane’s line misses Kane. And I think it was a mistake to not play Boulton last night, or at least fill his role by having the bangers, you know, bang. We needed some physicality that was simply not there.

So…how do we fix this? Well, we’re kind of stuck with what we have in goal, and it’s probably good enough assuming Moose isn’t injured. We need to call up Machacek (to replace Kane temporarily) and Kulda and whoever else might be grabbable from Chi-town in D (because Popovic is not capable of playing every game). Maybe we should also consider calling up Joey Crabb or Brett Sterling — I lean toward Crabb because of his crash and bang game. Lord knows we need some of both.

The Real Thrash

March 10th, 2010
8:47 am

“Pittsburgh Pirate Fan” It is that simple. The Predators are making money because they have management that knows hockey.There are several Canadian cities that want the chance to do the same. The team is gone unless you people stop blaming everything else (Kovy, fans, the ice, bad breaks) instead of the ownership who allows Waddell to keep gutting this team every year!
Get some brass ones!

The Real Thrash

March 10th, 2010
8:49 am

“Brendan” A new rallying cry: “we’re not as bad as the Oilers.” Yea!

rob

March 10th, 2010
8:56 am

The team has shown us they CAN play this game. Sitting there watching last night was frustrating to say the least. Kane gone hurts sure, but he is an 18 year old kid. It is times like this that someone needs to be held accountable for the actions of the team. Someone namely being the coach/gm combo running things. WTF is wrong with this place? ACCOUNTABILITY! How hard is that to figure out? They have no incentive if there is no accountability. I say if we miss the playoffs then JA at least has to go. Sure the case with DW has already been proven, he is a fraud. But no real pressure has been brought to bear against him. Alan R yelling by himself at the game isn’t gonna get it done. Not going to the game and hoping things will change hasn’t gotten it done. It is painfully obvious to everyone on here that this team lacks the leadership and direction needed to even get the players to play to their full potential. The Thrashers don’t suck, they don’t lack heart, they are stuck in a LOSING mentality that is fostered by OWNERSHIP and MANAGEMENT. So what do we as FANS do about this? Any ideas? I am not going to stay away from hockey because of this. The NHL package is great, but watching TV is no substitute for the real thing now and then, and at the game I can’t get told to be quiet cause my yelling is waking the kids up right? LOL

jt

March 10th, 2010
9:04 am

I agree with you rob.

Stan Drulia

March 10th, 2010
9:16 am

Pretty much watched the season come to a pitiful end last night. This team just doesn’t have the scoring to make the playoffs… much less the defense. I’ve watched the last three games – Sunday actually at Phillips – and I wish I could have that time back. I wish that I could say I’m done watching for the season – but I know I will keep doing it and suffer no matter what. Damnit!

Bob

March 10th, 2010
9:22 am

“Toby not shooting the $&@&ing puck on the Power Play. It’s reached an infuriating level for me”

I was disgusted with him last night. He had several opportunities in the 3rd (as he does every game) to take an open shot, only to make a stupid pass and turn it over. I have no idea what most of you see in Enstrom, he’s undersized and has no sense. I guess the cute little figure 8s he does when he circles back in our zone with the puck have you jazzed, but I see him continually lose battles for pucks on the boards and get bull rushed by bigger forwards going to the net.

That game last night was ridiculous. Thorburn was pushed into the net, bad call there, but Popovic’s awful play and then the lame effort from the team, again, is just unacceptable.

EA

March 10th, 2010
9:31 am

I totally disagree that Colby played a good game. He took a STUPID penalty that led to the first goal. Also, he had the puck a few times close to the opposing net and looked like he did not know what to do with it. His plays caused quite a few outbursts in my section.

The problem with last night was the Preds came out with gusto. As usual, we waited to play until the second period. From that point on, it was a good game. Unlike the previous 2 over the weekend.

DWTOO

March 10th, 2010
9:33 am

Glad I missed last night’s game to see Reckless Kelly and Cross Canadian Ragweed. That show was awesome with people who understood how to play and entertain their fans.

Rawhide

March 10th, 2010
9:40 am

I totally disagree that Colby played a good game. He took a STUPID penalty that led to the first goal.

EA- The game came down to two plays…Colby’s stupid, needless interference call and Pops coughing up the puck. Both happened in the first. Sometimes I think it’s better to get your a$$ handed to you…like in Tampa and against Carolina…than to lose a game like that. When one gets blown out, you know you just got beat…move on. When ya lose 2-1, I think of all the little plays like Colby’s and Popovic’s…and the near misses. Very frustrating.

As for the ice conditions leading to the turnover…last I checked, both teams played on the same surface. I don’t like putting blame there.

Anybody got a fork? They are done!!

Brett – Get out a fork…set the table…call down the kids. They are done.

EA

March 10th, 2010
9:44 am

Also, I keep reading the NJ.com fan blog for some reason. Kovy has taken quite a few swipes at the Atlanta Thrashers. The lastest one really bugged me. Apparently the Devils called a team meeting after a dismal last 20 games. Kovalchuk’s commented how it was different in N.J. when they lose just a couple of games. “In Atlanta, it was different”. Was this guy not the captain of our team??? Couldn’t he have called a team meeting? The picture with the article was Langenbrunner with the microphone. As fans, we do not take a loss lightly. Whether that goes any further is certainly questionable.

Nikita

March 10th, 2010
9:49 am

EA, naturally none of that was Kovalchuk’s fault. Just ’cause he was the captain, and dictated who the team would hire, and got rid of Marian Hossa, and chose strategy, and was on speed dial with Don Waddell about other people’s contracts, and had his big ol’ face emblazoned on absolutely everything and was paid, like, twice what anyone else was paid doesn’t mean he had an authority. Geez. Or responsibility. I mean, a guy like that is practically a scrub.

Nikita

March 10th, 2010
9:57 am

P.S. I actually don’t think Nashville is a much better team. They played a lot better, and we played horribly.

Not Blind

March 10th, 2010
10:04 am

Carolina is more likely to make the PO than the Thrashers. They would also be more likely to actually win some PO games.

The amazing thing about DW still having a job is the amount of money he has cost the Spirit due to his poor decision making. It’s amazing how many people the Spirit have paid a lot of money to while said people sat at home, example- Bob Hartley. To have signed him to an extension after the Rangers swept the Thrashers out of the PO illustrates DW’s incompetence.

Not Blind

March 10th, 2010
10:07 am

Nikkita, the Thrashers make the other team look great. The TB game was a perfect example. While watching that game I wondered aloud how TB could be so far down the standings. Watch TB’s game from last night and it becomes clear. They suck. The problem for us is that the Thrashers suck worse.

rob

March 10th, 2010
10:21 am

Lotta dumb penalties out there recently that have had us on the ropes. How about going forward into next year they set up a dumb penalty for charity fund? If the penalty does not DIRECTLY stop a CLEAR scoring chance in the defensive zone:$100, neutral zone:$200, offensive zone:$300, and on a PP:$500. LMAO or maybe JA can have a practice with “points” assigned like he did when the PP was faltering before, THAT seemed to work well and get the guys motivated!

Rawhide,
if you think the season is lost, do you think it would be better for the team to just miss, or completely tank in a free fall? Which would work better to put the pressure on the turds running the place? And how long will Dudley stick around and watch this nonsense go on before removing his name from it? THAT more than anything Kovy can say or do now would lend credence to our problem here. Though while Kovy is still upset over things here maybe an interview by a sports writer asking him about what goes on here wouldn’t hurt either, with questins to other players also let go because of poor management….but what writer cares about our predicament? Sorry that was really gonna be just a one question thought that got away from me.

Spud Webb

March 10th, 2010
10:28 am

“the fish”, I’m sure there is some canadian blog you can post on, correct????
Well, 3 in a row that we should’ve had, could’ve had and if we we’re a playoff team would’ve had.
Not much to say…exhausted from this season. What could’ve been!!!
Now we get to watch the UFA leave at the end of the season. Hedberg coming back? Are we gonna get an NHL ready player in the top 6 of the draft???
Also, whats up with Brian Little? Keep or what, I believe hes restricted but took a major step back this season. Espo coming up next year if his knee is healthy??? Kane and Bogo will be better.
What do we do in goal? Legace will be free again (kind of joking)…all these questions and Don will still be in charge!!! DOH

Rawhide

March 10th, 2010
10:29 am

rob – The simple answer is that I never want to see the team “tank”…regardless of the situation.

While I do think the playoffs are lost…I would still much rather be proved wrong on that. I want to see the Thrashers play as hard as they can every single game. If that means they still lose and are a lottery team…or win more than they lose and have the 10th or 11th pick, I’ll let that sort itself out.

Pittsburgh Pirate Fan

March 10th, 2010
10:40 am

Nikita-the fact that they play better is because they have a better coach and better system. Same coach since day one, same system, same GM.

I don’t know why this is so complicated.

Get The Puck Out

March 10th, 2010
10:40 am

No starting goalie. Waiver wire pickups. No FA’s wanting to play here. No playoff wins in our history. last three games losses in a playoff run. I think today’s team is a complete mess and the team management is horrible. I wish i could express how i feel about this hockey team to owners, but i just don’t think they really care how i feel about this team. ” MARCH TO THE PLAYOFFS” is just a ploy to try to put more butts in seats. I watched last night’s game till 9:00 pm and i turned it to watch lost. As a matter of fact i was watching lost on Sports South till 9:00 pm.

Alan R.

March 10th, 2010
10:41 am

The Popovic goal was bad, but overall, I’m blaming this loss on Toby not shooting the $&@&ing puck on the Power Play

Not sure how Enström’s performance on the power play is the problem when Popovic is the one who coughed up the puck, with no pressure on him whatsoever, allowing Wilson to step in and score on us.

It’s easy to imagine what could have been, but don’t ignore what did occur.

Nikita

March 10th, 2010
10:46 am

*Also, whats up with Brian Little? Keep or what, I believe hes restricted but took a major step back this season. *

Huh. You know, I agree on the season as a whole, but I would put Little in the category of having played well last night. And he’s not been bad down the stretch.

Mr. Nikita and I refer to Bryan Little as Little Jimmy MacElroy or Jimmy Curl. I have been a Little fan since we first brought him up, and I think he has great talent and a fantastic work ethic. The reason we call him Jimmy MacElroy is because he’s technically very proficient, but he has zero enforcing skills and in general doesn’t play the body. He’s also not an agitator, and doesn’t in general get into the mental aspects of the game. He simply pushes himself as hard as he can to do as technically well as he can. Which is a great thing, but it’s going to be a problem if we as a team need physicality and we’re not getting it and physicality is the dividing line between playing a good game and playing a great one. Bryan Little’s not going to get physical. He’s not even going to curse anyone’s mama. Mostly he just looks kind of queasy when faced with confrontation. And if physicality and leadership are what we need from this team as a whole, then maybe Bryan Little is better off somewhere where his lack of grit and personal assertiveness isn’t a problem.

But I’d keep Bryan Little. He is very skilled and very talented — on the open market we’d have to pay a lot for someone like him in a year or two. I think this is an off year and we’ll see more from him next year. And I also think that as we resolve other issues in our lineup, the situation will become more conducive to his playing his type of game. Plus, he’s very young — he’s still learning, and his assignments have been especially volatile.

da 'boomer

March 10th, 2010
10:47 am

The need to completely clean house. NHL needs to light a fire under these owner to commit or sell like they did in Phoenix. Fire Waddell…he is just awful. The scouting & farm system need to be re-tooled. Promote assistant gm Rick Dudley to GM. Implode Philips Arena. It sucks. Build a rink in the burbs – Gwinnett, Forsyth or even the old Doraville GM site. Pure demographics. The ice surface at Philips is awful. Fire the mascot, fire the Ice Girls, hell – fire the ushers & get rid of the fruity home jerseys.

Nikita

March 10th, 2010
10:49 am

*the fact that they play better is because they have a better coach and better system. Same coach since day one, same system, same GM. *

Oh, b.s. We both watched that game — and the fact is they didn’t look much better than we did. They simply looked alive and alert.

They do have a better coach and GM. But they’re also injured and fatigued and they look, objectively, pretty awful. Last night they simply looked a smidgen better than the Thrash, which looked and played like a last-place team with no hope of making it to the weekend, much less the playoffs.

DawgDad

March 10th, 2010
10:54 am

“if you think the season is lost, do you think it would be better for the team to just miss, or completely tank in a free fall? ”

Tank? Why? Are you looking for another high draft pick? A little more “Hope and Change” for the next decade of disasters?

This is a failed (past tense) hockey organization. If the organization does not change wholesale from the top down it will soon be a failed (sold and relocated) franchise.

Having followed NHL hockey very closely for more than 40 years I did not think it was possible to turn me off as a supporter of the local NHL team, but this franchise has done it. They have to have set some kind of record for squandering high draft picks, free agents, their lone playoff appearance (oh, so painful), fan support, and other golden opportunities. Clueless doesn’t do them justice, either in building a team or marketing it effectively.

While I place NONE of the blame on local fan support, quite frankly this is NOT a good hockey town. There is hockey here, but there is not a sufficient base to attract quality hockey people to relocate here and build a franchise base integrated into the fabric of the metro area. I come from St. Louis; there are ex-Blues all over town there. My son played on a youth team with Paul Stastny, and played against sons of Bernie Federko, Perry Turnbull, Mike Zuke, Joe Michelletti, and others, with the ex-players actively involved in youth hockey and extended marketing operations of the Blues and NHL. Hockey there is a daily discussion topic in workplaces, gyms, churches, and youth sports outlets. Here, it’s barely a fading blip on the public’s radar.

Spud Webb

March 10th, 2010
10:54 am

Nikita, well put on the little situation. Nice.

Mrs. DWTOO

March 10th, 2010
11:00 am

I’m glad I wasn’t at the game last night and enjoyed a good concert instead. The Thrashers’ lack of effort apparently displayed last night would have frustrated the hell out of me had I gone to the game. They play hockey like I play tennis – streaky and inconsistently. At least with playing more tennis my game is improving alot. However, I’m not a professional tennis player (never will be since I got a late start playing) and must keep my day job. Being professionals at this level (playing hockey since they could barely walk), and this being their ONLY job, one would think this team would be past the streakiness and inconsistency and be more accountable for the sloppy play displayed over the past 3 games against teams they should have beaten. I thought these guys played hockey because they love the game! There are no acceptable excuses for this lack of effort, from the ownership all the way down the line….

Paminski

March 10th, 2010
11:02 am

So much for still watching hockey mid-April. I’ve about stopped watching in mid-March.

WBF – replying from previous blog…It’s my 3rd visit to Vegas and I’ll be at the Mirage. My lurker husband and I are meeting some other friends there, so it’ll be more fun than staying home muttering about the Thrashers not still playing.

Brendan – Yes. Wetzel’s has become the best part about attending a Thrashers game. However, I prefer Newcastle to Guinness.

Sheep

March 10th, 2010
11:03 am

Even we don’t love Don Baaaah-dell anymore.

World Be Free

March 10th, 2010
11:19 am

Paminski-Mirage means Carnegie Deli!
I would each there every day!

I would like to make it there sometime this year. Great place to escape reality.

Nikita

March 10th, 2010
11:24 am

(Oh, on Little — Watch any game and you’ll see Little completely ignore bumps, cross-checking, slashing, and other minor fouls. Last night he got flattened in a completely illegal and uncalled cross-check. Can’t we pay Slater a few extra bucks to beat the tar out of someone for messing with Little occasionally?)

Rawhide

March 10th, 2010
11:27 am

Dwayne

March 10th, 2010
11:36 am

Reports out of Winn-e-peg are that JA will be fired at the end of yet another, non playoff season.

Alan R.

March 10th, 2010
11:40 am

According to my friend in Winnipeg…

That big announcement that was supposed to occur on 4 March? It did happen. It was an announcement stating Iron Maiden is returning to MTS Centre.

Unfortunately, Dream Theater will not be able to attend. It’s the only tour date they won’t be in attendance at.

Winnipeg gets shafted again.

Savannah Blueland Fan

March 10th, 2010
11:40 am

I was negative yesterday, so I’m determined to be positive today. God, this is hard! BUT–if the two games prior to last night hadn’t been so terrible, I think we could have stomached last night’s loss. Yeah, they played a terrible first period (don’t they always?), but they came out fairly strong in the second. The third period was just a case of not putting enough shots on the net. If Pops hadn’t of whiffed the puck, and if Thorns hadn’t been called for a crease violation (which, let’s be honest, happens in EVERY SINGLE NHL GAME and NEVER gets called), then we would be here today celebrating the win. Am I being positive enough?

Dwayne

March 10th, 2010
11:41 am

When I played hockey I would shoot when I crossed half court.

World Be Free

March 10th, 2010
11:51 am

Chelly!
can’t wait, I’ll be at the game Sunday waiting on Chelios.
Chelly, George Blanda, George Foreman, Nolan Ryan, Alex Delvecchio, Wilt Chamerlain (before his book)-bring on the old guys!

Makes me feel young again. I hope he kicks someone’s butt.
I guess they felt the team needed leadership-after the last 2 games!

Russ

March 10th, 2010
11:59 am

I have been thinking about Bogosian’s complete regression in his play from last season and early this season. Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t DW say Bogosian was the Thrashers pick even if they would have picked number 2 that year (rather than Doughty). I know he also could have said that because you aren’t going to say “we would have a lot rather had Doughty”, but if he honestly would have picked Bogosian over Doughty that could have been another laughable decision by DW. Maybe he never even said that and I am confusing it with people on these blogs that liked Bogosian over Doughty. I guess I’m just looking for ways to show what a complete failure DW is as a GM and should realize I don’t have to look that hard.

Supes

March 10th, 2010
12:11 pm

This team looks finished…and it’s all KOVY’s FAULT…I tell you, the lack of leadership and goal scoring…if that dammed Russian would just get his act together…oh wait…you mean he’s been gone for a while…and WE CONTINUE TO fail? I guess it was NOT all Kovy’s fault! Who else can some of you blame now? Does DW play? If he did you could always BLAME him!

World Be Free

March 10th, 2010
12:12 pm

Matt Cooke is at it again with his hit on Marc Savard. MS may be out for the season with a grade 2 concussion.

This league is a mess-the questions there days are related to whether these cheap shot artists are using elbows or not. Most of the cheap shooters are using the football-style shoulder pads to the head, which are just as lethal as elbows. I have my old school elbow and shoulder pads in my smelly hockey bag-they are nothing compared to the news pads.

World Be Free

March 10th, 2010
12:14 pm

Russ-put Bogo with Chelios.
It will be like the first day of boot camp for Bogosian!

This Ain't the AHL

March 10th, 2010
12:17 pm

When a faint glimmer of hope resides with a 48-year-old defenseman, it’s time to wave the white flag. Great leaders don’t just talk, they lead by example. Apparently, you all have forgotten that Chelios only played 28 games last season for Detroit averaging just 11:40 per game. In 2007-08 he played 16 minutes per game, and if you look at his ice time, he hasn’t played No. 1 minutes since 2003-04. You can’t lead playing those few minutes for a team so desperately in need of a leader. Yzerman and Lidstrom are/were the Wings best leaders, not Chelios.

Sage of Bluesland

March 10th, 2010
12:18 pm

Lauging at the sheep–well, those who had the guts to show up…What, we’re NOT making the playoffs???

(Gee, big surprise there)

Those who continue to put money in these owners’ pockets are the problem now. This organization’s management have shown you–on MULTIPLE occasions–what they are all about…yet, you still act like the pitiful sheep that you are!

It would be funny if it weren’t so pathetic…Wake up and grow up…

World Be Free

March 10th, 2010
12:18 pm

Supes-I blame Kovy cause he strung out the team on his stupid contract. Mr. First Class Organization showed no class of his own.

rob

March 10th, 2010
12:20 pm

The point of my question wasnt for a draft pick, It was the question after that I was looking for an answer to. I can see the spin that will be placed on the season by DW, LLC. “Well we lost a lot of talent in Kovy and Kari, and you know umm, we ALMOST made it anyway, but next year will be different just wait and see”. My thought was which scenario would (in a real team) get the most chance for actual change? Will the fanbase continue to say it’s OK guys, better luck next time? I just wonder if the fans got together somehow and rocked the boat at the games and such would the NHL get the point? We want hockey here but can’t have any faith in the dedication of the ownership/management in putting a viable team on the ice with 10 of “trying” to do so?

Paminski

March 10th, 2010
12:25 pm

WBF – Ha! Carnegie Deli is one of the reasons I like to stay at Mirage. The pirogi are calling me…

Get The Puck Out

March 10th, 2010
12:26 pm

Someone needs to send Matt Cooke with Alice to wonderland. He gives hockey a bad name.

kracker

March 10th, 2010
12:29 pm

So it’s definite. Kane is out for the rest of the month. Sucks big time, they really miss him :( (

Sage of Bluesland

March 10th, 2010
12:30 pm

Wow–it’s ‘all’ Kovy’s fault now?!

How pathetic. I’ve heard hilarious excuses ranging from the refs to the ice–this takes it to a new level of lambness!

But, like I’ve said before, there is some comedy value with the ridiculousness of the sheep…

Sage of Bluesland

March 10th, 2010
12:31 pm

Wah, wah, wah…It’s all Kovy’s fault we can’t build a winner…

Pathetic.

(but funny at the same time)

Next, the sheep will blame the ice or the refs…oh wait, that’s already been done…

Enjoy what you bought, lambchops!

Nikita

March 10th, 2010
12:32 pm

Who expects Chelly to be our #1 defenseman? Nice strawman. Not.

Rawhide is Right

March 10th, 2010
12:32 pm

Not a single other person mentioned this, only Rawhide, but Dan Ellis played a magnificent game last night, and was the difference in the second and third periods.

Waddell added just one North American NHL player, MacArthur, to this roster via trade or free agency since last June: Maxim Afinogenov, Niclas Bergfors, Johnny Oduya, Nik Antropov, Christoff Schubert and Pavel Kubina, and need I remind you which two teams played in the Gold Medal game in Vancouver?

Barry

March 10th, 2010
12:37 pm

Ya I’m starting to lose hope this team will make the playoffs now. They still don’t know how to score on the powerplay and they are taking WAY too many penalties all of a sudden. Losing to Carolina and Tampa really hurt this teams chances. Now they’ll have to beat teams like Rangers, Caps twice, Pens twice, Devils, Senators, Coyotes, and those won’t be easy games. If it wasn’t for that HUGE losing streak in Decemeber then we all would not be having this conversation.

World Be Free

March 10th, 2010
12:47 pm

Sage-just tell us you are really Jeff Schultz so we know who to direct our ire to. Suggest you find a Hawks’ blog to pollute.

Get the Puck-don’t think you will hear the Brunes talk about it publicly, but you know just a few Pens will have their heads up next week. It may be Cooke and a few others, like Crosby.

NYC

March 10th, 2010
12:51 pm

It will make my day once the thrashers lose real badly one game and they will be truly exposed for the bad team they are. I actually marked it on my calender: the next game against the caps. My Prediction: Caps expose the thrashers for the REAL Team they are: 10-0 blowout victory. Bad management, bad GM, bad players (players that don’t try to their fullest), and last but not least bad fans who watch this crap unfold. C’mon people have some dignity. Associate yourself around a good team such as OUR ATLANTA HAWKS AT LEAST THEYLL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS!

Pittsburgh Pirate Fan

March 10th, 2010
1:08 pm

NYC-the thought of your last sentence in caps pains me.

Rawhide

March 10th, 2010
1:08 pm

Rawhide is Right – Hmmmm….I like that handle. :lol:

Sharon

March 10th, 2010
1:16 pm

I’m sure the arrival of 48 yr old Chelios will give a lot of hope to the 48 yr old puck bunnies. See, ladies, it’s never too late! The Ice Forum will be hoppin’!

:)

DWTOO

March 10th, 2010
1:23 pm

Actually like the idea of Chelios being called up. We’re floundering right now and he can provide some leadership in the lockeroom along with mentoring Bogosian. Zach did a lot better last year playing with Schneider and perhaps Chellie can help this year. Afterall look what he with Kulda in Chicago.

Besides it’s nice to see someone realtively close to my age still playing. Makes me feel better when I’m suiting up with guys about half my age.

Batcork

March 10th, 2010
1:28 pm

As I watched the game and the sea of empty seats, I couldn’t help but think of the premise of the movie “Major League” where the evil owner plotted to derail the team’s post season chances so the team could be moved more easily. Are we seeing this in real life with this team? Or did the recent opposition just wake up and realize that all you have to do is constantly pressure the puck to beat the Thrashers? (something that the opponents in the 4-0-2 post-Kovy run neglected to do for some reason).

Memo to team: Starting next year, for the TV feeds, use the cameras from the club side looking across to the bench side, so you at least see more full seats.

Smoothie

March 10th, 2010
1:30 pm

Sage, tell us how you came to hate sheep so much. I can’t imagine why!

Rawhide

March 10th, 2010
1:31 pm

I’m sure the arrival of 48 yr old Chelios will give a lot of hope to the 48 yr old puck bunnies. See, ladies, it’s never too late! The Ice Forum will be hoppin’!

Sharon – Hey…48 “puck bunnies” are looking younger and younger to me everyday!!!

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.

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.