Thrashers not getting their kicks on Route 66

What a difference a week makes. Last Friday we in Thrasherville were riding a high…the team had just thumped the Islanders 6-3, they were sitting in eighth place in the east with 66 points and they had the playoffs within their grasp.

Keep the foot on the throttle, it was thought, and the playoffs are just around the corner.

Today…well, they are still stuck on Route 66 after dropping four consecutive games by the combined score of 14-4. As such, they now tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning for 10th/11th place in the conference…sitting only two points away from 13th.

If they continue traveling on Route 66, they will more than likely run smack dab into downtown Lotteryville by the time we fight Monday morning traffic.

Now, regarding last night’s latest Thrashers disappointment…once again, John Anderson’s O-fense looked completely disorganized and discombobulated. It was as if they had just met each other Thursday morning and were still in the process of getting to know each other. Really, the only player that could be excused for this maybe is Slava Kozlov, who was making his first appearance since February 6. For his efforts, he got an assist on Johnny Odya’s goal and was a +1 for the night.

But I think Nik Antropov summed it up best when he said, “I don’t think we were ready to play for the first period and a half”.

Really…I mean….seriously? “Were not ready to play”?

This was ONLY game number 66…there’s that number again…you’re playoff chances are in the process of circling the drain…the time to make up the difference is growing shorter and shorter by the day…and you’re playing one of the few teams left on the schedule with fewer points than do the Thrashers. But the team was “not ready to play”???

sigh…

Johan Hedberg got start number 32 last night against the CBJs and took the loss. He’s now 16-12-5 but his GAA was lowered to 2.63. In stopping 19 of 21 shots he now has a .914 SV%. Uh-huh, you saw that correctly…the Thrashers’ held an opponent to just 21 SOG. Anytime they do that, they should be expected to win.

Of the two goals Moose was beaten on…the first one was scored by R.J. “I would like to have an” Umberger as his shot took an unfortunate deflection off Chris Chelios’ stick. It happened while Nik Antropov sat in the box for interference. The second resulted after Chelios was unable to recover from being caught too far up on the pinch. Kristian Huselius notched number 18 on the season on that one.

And so, while others like Montreal and Boston seem to have successful programmed in the correct coordinates in their playoff GPS systems…and we in Thrasherville continue to watch the team spin in circles on Route 66 as the rest of the NHL traffic speeds by… one has to wonder if this year the Great Octocluster finally decides that they have seen this scenery for far too long and are tired of circling the same block over and over with the same driver at the wheel.

Maybe, just maybe, this will be the time that they tell Don Waddell to pull over at the next gas station and…while he is busy asking the attendant for direction…they pull out and leave him there.

155 comments Add your comment

Joyaman

March 12th, 2010
10:01 pm

Thrash help another team on the skids to get well, and according to Eliot and McConnel the opposition become world-beaters.

Wayne stuck in AL

March 12th, 2010
10:16 pm

The announced “attendance” was 15,571; 15,570 more than than ASG/Waddell/Anderson/the players deserve…

But hey, we’re above the Maple Leafs in the standings!

Craiglist Thrashers For sale

March 12th, 2010
10:24 pm

Man this team sucks so bad…………. I guess they do not want to go to the playoffs They should have taken the year off, Oh They Did.We need a team with players that want to win.

Brendan

March 12th, 2010
11:03 pm

MB, I think the Thrashers are now 4-5-1 since the Kovalchuk trade. And yes, I did advocate letting at least 12 games pass before we declare, one way or the other, if the team is better off without him.

In the past five games, Atlanta has banked zero points out of a possible ten (0/10). In the process, they’ve been outscored 19-6. That’s a -12 goal differential. The NHL network just posted that Atlanta is a -75 in goal differential in the 1st period, good enough for 30th in the league. What can be said to ’sugarcoat’ that?

Kovalchuk is an awful player, or so some people would have you believe. He’s so awful that the organization offered him a 12-year deal to stay. So have reported that the offer was the most lucrative contract ever offered to a pending UFA. Tonight, Kovalchuk was stopped on a penalty shot by Marc-Andre Fleury. But, he still scored and picked up a helper. But really, we don’t need to look at NJ, its results, of Kovy’s performance there, any more. No, what we have to do is look at our 12 forwards and ask ourselves which cyclinders aren’t firing?

Don’t just jump on Kozlov and White. Bryan Little? Rich Peverley? When the last time we got a goal from our 4th line? Slater, Boulton, Thorburn, etc. To be a better TEAM, the whole must equal the sum of its parts. The truth is … I think each line is faltering a bit. Six goals in the last five games. That’s never going to get it done.

And what about Moose? Four goals tonight. Tonight was game one of the next five games, to determine how many goals Hedberg would surrender. Will it be 10, 15, or more like 20? And if it’s 20 … then Hedberg wasn’t the pony to bet on … back at the trade deadline, on March 3, 2010.

LAC

March 12th, 2010
11:23 pm

Mail it in team here, Time to scrap the entire team and START over, Thanks waddell
for your LIES & BS, Go To Hell… PLEASE !!!!!!!

Bob

March 12th, 2010
11:34 pm

So, uh, that was a nice game…

R. Stroz

March 12th, 2010
11:40 pm

Bob – The best thing about that game was knowing I can be heard at ice level.

Russ

March 12th, 2010
11:43 pm

Thank God we at least have a 48 year old defensman. Maybe DW will join the blueline next and add that to his resume…GM/Coach/Player. If DW laces them up I hope it is against Pittsburgh and Cooke can take a run at him. Although I’m not sure DW has anything inside that cranium that could get scrambled up.

Nikita (in PA)

March 12th, 2010
11:44 pm

That game effing sucked. There ya go.

And I repeat: goaltending, above and beyond a lack of depth, is gonna sink us.

Michael B. Shapiro

March 12th, 2010
11:44 pm

After 11 years and 10 seasons as a STH I’m hanging it up. Tonight was the worst game I’ve seen Tobi Enstrom play and I’d love to say he was the only one stinking up the Bulb. Blow it all up, sell to Hamilton, Winnipeg, North Hudson Bay for all I care. That’s the only way we’ll ever get rid of the ASG and D-Wad. I’ll spend my money next season on Center Ice instead of my seats at center ice. I’ll save a ton and get to watch NHL caliber play, because that won’t ever happen in Atlanta unless I’m watching the OPPOSING team.

Badger Bob

March 13th, 2010
12:11 am

Great meeting you tonight, Rawhide. That really wasn’t so bad for a pre-season game. The boys look like they are still getting used to the new line mates, and while the power play has no flow or plan or pattern, that will come with time.

PS.. It is actually very therapeutic to stop caring about these guys…

R. Stroz

March 13th, 2010
12:27 am

First, I’d like to nominate Zack Bogosian for milk carton player of the month.

Next, my favorite moment of the game occurred when the puck hit the blade of Charmin’s stick going about 10 mph and he fell down…PRICELESS.

Bob

March 13th, 2010
12:38 am

Charmin tripped over his skirt right in front of us, priceless indeed!

LAC

March 13th, 2010
1:25 am

zach needs to be waived, he, like the rest of this could careless group, does not care and I bet every player on the team cannot wait to LEAVE. The FANS have and ARE and if these STUPID owners cannot see WHO IS THE PROBLEM… Well we should ALL Boycott !

I’m for selling them to another city, and getting an AHL team with a decent owner, won’t be the NHL
but we’d be RID of Atlanta STUPID Group and don waddell, and we could ALL enjoy hockey again !

waddell HAS TO BE REMOVED !!!!

Brendan

March 13th, 2010
1:48 am

Correction. Atlanta surrendered 75 goals in first period play this season, with a -25 goal differential in that 1st period. Un-good.

Michael B. Shapiro, I feel your pain. You made a major financial commitment to the Atlanta Thrashers. And this is how they repaid you. Be sure to tell your ticket rep how you feel. If you don’t tell them, they’ll assume your leaving them has nothing to do with the product or the way in which the franchise is run.

Nikita, so you agree with me, then? The organization dropped the ball in terms of finding a #1 goalie at the trade deadline. Yes or no.

R.Stroz, did you see Bogosian get knocked in the air from a “clean” open ice hit, deep in the defensive zone?

LAC, the NY Rangers and Atlanta Thrashers are both fighting for the 8th and final spot. Smoothie once asked me, “Who do I see winning the 8th spot. I answered, “The New York Rangers.” Beeeeeeing honest. Well, who just pulled off the 4-point swing, at Blueland. Answer: Wasn’t us.

Nikita (in PA)

March 13th, 2010
2:09 am

*Nikita, so you agree with me, then? The organization dropped the ball in terms of finding a #1 goalie at the trade deadline. Yes or no.*

Yes. I think I’m on record as saying something very similar when we traded Kari. I have never felt that Pavelec could carry his share of the weight this season, and when we traded Kari and didn’t replace him I knew we were going to be challenged. The lack of a capable second goalie is especially irritating given how cheap (relatively) goalies are. I mean, I don’t think we could do worse by picking up someone like Stephen Valiquette to serve as depth in Chicago, and someone like that would be very cheap insurance, but it would have been even better to get a new #1, send Pavs back to Chi-town, and let the Moose go back to playing his natural position of backup.

Switching gears, I’m looking at the game stats. The team had a terrible night, with three notable exceptions — the bangers did great. Slater, Boulton, and Thorburn were all +1. And Oduya/Hainsey looked pretty decent, but I think they were even. Which is all the good news there is, unless you’re a Rangers fan.

Brendan

March 13th, 2010
6:52 am

Nikita, it is good to see the grinders at plus players on a given game, but it’d be even better to see that line score a bit more.

Nikita, you wouldn’t have preferred that organization get all it could for Moose while adding Biron or some other proven #1 goalie?

Lew 39

March 13th, 2010
7:02 am

As we head into our third 5 year plan……..
This is a team that played 12 minutes of the 1st period and left the building. You could see the Rangers wanted the win more than the Thrashers. They certainly are not 3 goals better than the Thrashers under normal circumstances, but they sure as hell were last night. They had more desire, more heart and wanted the win more that the Thrashers.
I have been a season ticket holderfor 9 years. I have been disappointed before but not like this past week. I know ownership is absent, management is not that much better, but this team has no heart. After the loss to Columbus one of our players was quoted; I paraphrase we didn’t come out and play for a the first 30 minutes. How, at this time of the year, with real shot at the playoffs do you even say it, less let it happen? What a pair of b___s to say that?
When you put than intense medioracrity on the ice what do you expect. We are and have been a .500% club and the only way a mediorce clubs win is if they believe in themselves and play 60 minutes.

Tony C.

March 13th, 2010
7:22 am

Coach says the pressure may be getting to the kids- WwwwOOoooWWWWWW!

Seriously?

If that’s the case, I’m afraid to see what the pressure of the actual playoffs would do to these guys then.

Midfield

March 13th, 2010
7:45 am

Don’t be afraid, Tony. That you will see not.

bad at math

March 13th, 2010
8:16 am

are we mathamatically eliminated yet?

Midfield

March 13th, 2010
8:21 am

They’re working on it.

Brendan

March 13th, 2010
9:45 am

Right now, the team in on pace for 80-81 points. Eighty? Hmmn. Why is eighty (80) number rolling around my brain so much? Where have I seen that number before? Ahhh yes. Eighty (80%) is the PERCENTAGE of seasons Atlanta will have finished in the bottom third of the conference since inception, if they don’t put together a winning streak. Soon. Now.

But ownership shouldn’t worry. Let me explain why. Oh sure, they’ve lost a few STH’s here and there. And a few more just recently. But they need NOT fear anything until the final 10 games. For you see, THIIIIIS is the time of the season the STH’s decide to renew or not. And well, let me tell what will happen. Atlanta will be mathematically eliminated by then, but it won’t matter to these STH’s. No. It won’t. All that will matter is … that Atlanta beat Pittsburgh and NJ (with Kovalchuk) down the stretch. That, ostensibly, FIXES everything.

The STH’s will say, “Ahh, c’mon. If there were just a FEW MORE GAMES left to play, we’d be in the playoffs. We finished GRRRRREAT. We beat Crosby and Penguins. We beat Brodeur/Parise/Elias/Kovalchuk and the Devils. It proves everything is “A-Okay, super DUPER, zip-zup-ZABULOUS in Blueland. Give Waddell another 2 years! Don’t listen to a handful of misinformed malcontents on a blog.”

Ummn. The season is 82 games for a reason. It’s not 86 games. Or as many games as it might take to get Atlanta into the playoffs. The truth is, sweeping reforms are needed in Thrasherville.

Rawhide, we’re watching the Disney Pixar Movie “Cars” in celebration of “Route 66″ blog at the ajc.com. It really is an adorable little movie. I like “Mater.” He reminds me of John Anderson’s press conference.

Brendan

March 13th, 2010
9:49 am

For the 9-year STH’s, just remember the movie, “Jerry McGuire.” When Renee Zellweger says to Tom Cruise, “We could lose 10 years just being polite (to each other).” Actually, I think it’s coming up on a DECADE now, of “being polite.”

I’d even settle for the movie, “Office Space,” with Waddell in the basement, asking for his stapler.

August

March 13th, 2010
10:49 am

Normally at some point during the game, I sit in my seat and yell at the top of my lungs, “Stop Sucking!” First couple of games after the break, it was very nice and refreshing not to have to do that. The team played with fire and energy and seemed to really care.

The past couple of games have been a different story. After that loss on the road to Tampa, everything just magically went into the crapper in a big way. I understand Kane isn’t out there, and perhaps it’s Anderson’s fault for not sticking Artukyn out there with Armstrong and Slater, but still the rest of the guys had to come with energy.

Immediately after the Kovalchuk trade, I read a lot of people saying how this team was going to be so much better now because they were going to have to play as a complete unit. I kept trying to remind myself how these were the same guys that were here when Kovalchuk was here, and they didn’t play like that, so why would they now? Well, for the first few games the “team” concept worked, and I admit, I nearly fell for it. Now, while I don’t think having Kovalchuk would make any difference, it’s showing that it wasn’t entirely his fault either.

Last night is the first time in my five years as a Season Ticket Holder that I didn’t even bother going to the game. I gave my seats to Lew39. I figured he’d get more enjoyment than I would. I’m hoping he took his grandkids or something because there wouldn’t have been any enjoyment derived from that game any other way. Tuesday I’m giving my seats to someone else as well. I used to go to any lengths I could to try and get out of work to go to games. Now? If the team isn’t going to bother, why should I?

R. Stroz

March 13th, 2010
10:49 am

I’d even settle for the movie, “Office Space,” with Waddell in the basement, asking for his stapler.

And better yet, asking why he hasn’t received his payroll check.

Don Waddell

March 13th, 2010
11:19 am

Not just any GM can position their team for as many lottery draft picks as I have.

Nikita (in PA)

March 13th, 2010
11:48 am

*Nikita, you wouldn’t have preferred that organization get all it could for Moose while adding Biron or some other proven #1 goalie?*

That’d be fine, too. My position has always been that we need a solid #1, and we’ve got to have at least one capable backup and one developing prospect in Chicago to at least be good enough to hold down a few games in a pinch. We have, arguably, the support system but not the essential top piece. And that’s not acceptable.

Mr. Nikita raised an important point, which is that good goaltending alone would have put us in a much more competitive position. Hell, if you simply subtracted Pavelec’s meltdown games, we’d actually be in a much higher spot right now. So, by any means necessary, we have got to have decent or better goaltending. And at this point in the season we don’t have any way to get it.

Obviously I’m not thrilled with the team right now.

The only “bad bounce” that I consider not to be the management/team’s issue is the injuries. We are facing a challenge in that department, but it would be less of a challenge if some more crucial movies had been made.

Moves I think should have been made:
1. Replacing Kari with a stud of a goalie, getting a capable #2, and sending Pavelec back to develop in Chicago.
2. Waiving Kozlov and White. Picking up or bringing up 2-3 reasonably proficient, physically-intimidating, young forwards.
3. More depth in D. I’m pretty surprised to see how weak we’ve been in low-level D, which has been decimated by injury, but the good thing about that is it’s not that hard to replace. On the other hand, I wish we hadn’t sold Nathan Oystrick.

Yung JB from MTL

March 13th, 2010
12:23 pm

Please get rid of JA! I like the guy, but not as a coach! Bad decisions after bad decisions, plus no progress on D, even though we have higher caliber d-man than 2-3 years ago (Kubina, hainsey, enstrom, bogo-regardless of his current play-, ODUYA and Schubert). What are we waiting for?

I mean DW is better than JA! At least DW traded away Kovy for some good NHL-ready players, since many other GMs could have gotten worse. JA cant coach a NHL hockey team.

Get a new coach, and I wouldnt be mad firing Waddell.

Plus are we really playing hockey? 5-game losing streaks wont get u in the playoffs. Damn, i stopped watching the games vs NYR and CBJ right after the first goals were scored. I hate this team

Midfield

March 13th, 2010
12:37 pm

Brendan, even last year’s decent finish did not preclude a bulk of STH from peeling away. My completely unscientific guesstimate analysis clearly shows that most of those who remained gave the benefit of a doubt to Anderson’s system that was supposed to have finally taken hold, as well as Kovy’s verbal steadfast commitment. This is why I think that Nikita’s endless whining about two-faced Kovy who double crossed the franchise is ridiculous: whether Kovy had faked his intentions or not, he actually helped ASG to retain at least some remnants of STH for this season. Guess what: even the blind can see now – at least most of those. Unless there’s a front office shake-up of some noticeable magnitude, ASG would be forced to serve free liquor – and a lot of it – to lure people to the arena.

Curly

March 13th, 2010
12:45 pm

Rawhide:

I think the Thrashers misread the map and are on Route 666.

Don Waddell

March 13th, 2010
1:36 pm

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but the ASG will never fire me.

Get The Puck Out

March 13th, 2010
2:37 pm

The team stinks, the coach stinks, the GM STINKS, but most of all the OWNERS stink. And that’s all i’ve got to say about that.

Tom Lysiak

March 13th, 2010
3:21 pm

No Sage, there is no deal. My comment last night to you and Joyaman was nothing but sarcasm. It’s true I did not go to the game last night, and by extension therefore did not subsidize the franchise. Just like you and all the “sheep” you are herding. How long have you guys been advocating boycotts? How has that worked for you so far? Ever get the idea that ASG is oblivious to your strategy? Ever wonder why they have never publicly stated, “we get that the fans are upset with ownership and management and we will act accordingly on that anger”? Ever get the idea that it has and will continue to have zero impact? Ever feel they are prepared to absorb the losses until whatever event triggers them to act? They are not listening. It is doing no good. If they were astute businessmen and even human beings driven by pride, they would hate their public perception and clean house. You keep trying to imtimidate and embarrass people into staying away if you want. Again, how has that worked so far? Besides, how different are the “sheep” who listen to you than the “sheep” (in your eyes) who attend games?

Thrashers27

March 13th, 2010
3:28 pm

Here’s a good read about Kovy and some insights on his feelings toward Atlanta.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=521224

Brendan

March 13th, 2010
3:30 pm

You cannot fire Don Waddell. He’s a career civil servant. He’s here for life. Or until he decides to retire.

Chris Pronger just scored, with 2.1 seconds left in regulation, to win the game for Philly, 3-2, over Chicago. Did y’all catch the look on Hossa’s face after it happened. It was this “you’ve got to be kidding me” pose. Hossa had put the Blackhawks up, 2-1, fairly late in the 3rd period. Philly rallied to tie it. Then Pronger’s goal sealed the win. In the loss, Cristobal Huet did a “Hasan Chop!” of the crossbar with his goalstick. I don’t know how many times this makes now … but it seemingly a nightly basis that Goalies wildly swing their stick in anger, after goals. Be it in the shootout, overtime, or this very late tally, here now, by Chris Pronger. This kind of irresponsible action really should be looked at and halted. One fine day, someone will get hurt, because of it. But by then, it’ll be too late to do anything about it. A simply fine of $5,000 per instance should stop it. Who can rightly say how a goalstick will break? It breaks the way it does. And if it spliters into someone’s eye, the damage will have been done. And very easily could have been PREVENTED. It’s about personal responsibility. It is possible to be a goalie, to feel frustration, but not smash your stick into bits.

Nikita (in PA)

March 13th, 2010
3:36 pm

Agreed. There’s really no difference between, say, the scalping that Vokoun got an the shrapnel that someone else could catch. Plus, come on, those things are pricey.

Brendan

March 13th, 2010
3:51 pm

Thrashers27, thanks for the Kovy link. I think #17 said basically very positive things. The only knock he had … was that the rink wasn’t soldout every night. But, one comment stood out. “Never before had two (2) road losses resulted in a team meeting before.”

See, when I bring up the Waddell was “Mom” and Bob Hartley was “Dad,” and Kovy was “the spoiled child,” reference, this quote is what we’re talking about. Now, imagine if, instead, Kovy said, “When I acted up today at school or in church, I’d never been sent to bed without dinner before. I figured I’d better straighten up and fly right from now on.”

Instead, the situation was more like this. “Shut up, Mom. Buy me TWO video games, ‘cuz I’m not sharing with Kaitlyn.” You cannot let your house by run by an 8-year old, or any child. Don Waddell is like … a “push over” Mom, who is bossed around by her kids. Dad tries to do something about it, but Mom runs the house. And eventually, Dad (Bob Hartley) got kicked out. Then Mom’s new boyfriend (John Anderson) moved in. And still no discipline or accountability … was dished out.

An NHL franchise is sometimes called a “club.” It’s a misnomer EVERYWHERE ELSE but Atlanta. In Atlanta, the franchise is treat like a “day spa.” It really is a “club,” where NHL players hang out, to a get a message, or take a steam. The only thing missing is the beer. I just don’t see how a GM can be a “player’s GM” and really be effective. In baseball, it seems to work for Bobby Cox. He’s a “player’s manager.” If Chipper says he wants to play 1st, or 3rd, or the outfield, he gets it. If some catcher says, “I won’t catch for Greg Maddux,” Bobby says, “okay.” Cox got away with it. It’s the exception to the rule.

Don Waddell does not get away with it. Kozlov felt entitled. Kovy was was a “special case.” Now, that’s doesn’t mean that Kovy isn’t, himself, responsible for his lack of two-way play. He is. But he was not held accountable for it in Atlanta.

Nikita (in PA)

March 13th, 2010
4:00 pm

*The only thing missing is the beer. *

That’s ’cause we traded Ken Klee. Just sayin’.

Brendan

March 13th, 2010
4:20 pm

:lol: Nikita. Thanks for that one! You made my afternoon!

Brendan

March 13th, 2010
4:24 pm

Gosh, seems like just yesterday I was scratchin’ my head, marveling at the Ken Klee signing. I knew, right then, Klee would make poster Bob’s list of the “Legends of Blueland defenders.” Ken Klee, pfft. What can ya do, right?

Brendan

March 13th, 2010
4:25 pm

Is there a Ranallo warning coming? I sense one on its way. But I can never truly be sure.

Brendan

March 13th, 2010
4:27 pm

Anyone else watch “Cars,” today, featuring the song, “Route 66?”

Tony C.

March 13th, 2010
4:47 pm

@Midfield: Thanks Yoda!

EA

March 13th, 2010
5:52 pm

Seems like the “boycott” had quite a bit to do with Kovy saying “see ya”.

R. Stroz

March 13th, 2010
6:25 pm

Actually, I’d state having meaningless games in April combined with poor attendence had an effect on Kovy.

When was the last time the New Jersey Devils missed the playoffs 10 out of 11 seasons? How was the attendence?

Just for kicks and giggles, check out the attendence numbers for the New Jersey Nets this season, the worst team in the NBA.

My point, New Jersey fans show up for winners as well and aren’t willing to overpay for a minor league product.

Don’t blame the fans, the fans haven’t iced a lousy product, the fans didn’t over price the seats the last few years, the fans didn’t bring in Ken Klee, Niko Kapenen, Steve Rucchin, Todd White, Eric Perrin, and Uwe Krupp.

The fans have been patient through BS such as, “bulding through the draft”, “five year plans”, “playoff guarantees”, “incremental progress”….should I continue?

What Don Waddell has brought is BS in the form of excremental progress.

The fans are pissed because the team’s owners act like a bunch of high school cheerleaders trying to determine which one is the head cheerleader, a GM who has blown “a wait for the future line” past an entire generation, and a coach who rolls his in lieu of “manning up” and getting in someones face.

The fans should receive a medal of honor for continuing to show up and voicing concern in lieu of walking away.

Now, the fans I blame are the ones that blindly support our Mike Milbury wannabe GM, Don Waddell. Any intelligent hockey fan, would call for him to resign.

Rawhide

March 13th, 2010
6:32 pm

Brendan – No Ranallo Warning eminent. Trixie and I are busy compiling tomorrow morning’s Thrasherville Times Sunday paper. It is slated to be delivered on everyone’s cyber-doorstep at the crack of dawn…which I will remind everyone arrives one hour earlier tomorrow. So do not forget to set your clocks ahead one hour tonight.

Bob & BadgerBob – It was definately my pleasure to meet both of you last night. Oh…and the same is true for the lovely and charming Mrs. Bob!

R. Stroz

March 13th, 2010
6:46 pm

Another point, the “boycott” did get results.

Heads rolled at the ASG when the STH sales dropped.

STH benefits increased, STH prices have…are you ready…dropped.

There is one more step that needs to take place and all of the infrastructure is in place for a HUGE STH ticket renewal.

Don Waddell must go.

Flagstaff

March 13th, 2010
7:22 pm

Despite the fact that the Thrashers’ special teams and scoring power suck so tremendously hard, I don’t think that these are the main reasons we’re falling so rapidly in the standings. I’m probably not the first one to say this… but what I think is the primary cause of the current collapse is the lack of locker room leadership. A good captain would help to rally the troops in a time like this. (Note: I said a GOOD captain… not him.)

Brendan

March 13th, 2010
8:14 pm

Flagstaff, in typical Thrashers fashion, no Captain has been named. More procrastination and inaction, the Hallmarks of the organization. Why not dub Marty Reasoner with the “C” right now? What could it hurt?

Have ya peeked at the standings since 4PM? Here’s your boxscore. http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2009021014. Yep, Florida … HAS CAUGHT the Thrashers, with that 3-2, overtime victory over the Sharks. I repeat, Florida, has caught the Thrashers. And let’s not forget, Phoenix and Carolina are underway. The ‘Canes trail, 2-0, just like the Cats did the #2 team in the NHL, the San Jose Sharks, yet they won. So, if Carolina pulls this out … (say it with me,) Carolina has ALSO CAUGHT THE THRASHERS at 66-points. Who could have thought this possible? Actually, one or two bloggers did. They said, “mark my words, Carolina will catch us by season’s end.” Please step forward, if you were the blogger that posted that.

Tell me, is this ‘moving in the right direction,’ THREE YEARS REMOVED from the NY Rangers sweep? I’m just asking a question. And guess what else? Aside from Philly banking two more points to solidify a 6th spot, the #7 and #8 seeds are playing each other. The Habs have 74-points and Boston has 72. I suppose, at this point, we root for Montreal, seeing Boston is the #8 seed, Atlanta’s only hope of a playoff spot. (”Playoffs?!! Playoffs?!! Are you kiddin’ me, I just want a win.” – Jim Mora, Sr., all rights reserved.) But isn’t this EXACTLY what I was talking about before, when asked at the trade deadline, about Atlanta’s chances? My response, “There’s a logjam of teams all around us, who will be playing each other. And unless there’s way to prevent them from sharing those points, it’ll be tough for Atlanta to make the playoffs. With 8 teams within 3-points of each other, with only three playoff slots, I think it’s an uphill battle for the playoffs. Melrose said no. Schultz said no. Rawhide said no. Beeeeing honest, I told Smothie that I see the NY Rangers at #8. Therefore, in my opinion, we should sell. We need to trade Kubina, Armstrong, Finny, Moose, and Schubie if we can’t re-sign ‘em.”

Well, those comments went over about as well as a Sinead O’Connor visit to the Vatican. But hey, it speaks to judgement. And how well or how poorly this organization assesses itself. How much more evidence does one need to know we need a new GM?