Bruins beat Thrashers ‘All over the ice’

Normally when I make my way back to the twin cities of Kennesaw/Acworth after a Thrashers game at Philips Arena, by the time I park the car in the garage and make my way upstairs to the office I already have something rolling around in my noggin about what to write about. A title…a cutting remark…a pseudo-humorous twist on what played out before us…something.

But tonight, all I really have had before sitting down to the computer was…”Well, that sucked”.

Eric Boulton battles the Shawn Thornton in Tuesday night's 4-0 loss to the Bruins (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Eric Boulton battles the Shawn Thornton in Tuesday night's 4-0 loss to the Bruins (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

This Thrashers team had spent the past five games working their way back to the point they found themselves in…playing energetic and inspiring hockey…getting to within a point of the Bruins for the 8th spot in conference…and then played about as flat of a games as has been seen around here in quite some time in being blanked 4-0.

“We looked very nervous with the puck,” coach John Anderson said afterwards. “I would say in the two years I’ve been here, this is probably one of the most meaningful games we’ve played. We just weren’t doing things like we have been the last few games.”

They were beaten to loose pucks, out worked and out hustled for the better part of the evening. Boston, on the other hand, looked like a team that came in with a plan, put it to use on the ice and skated like a team desperately wanting to keep hold of there position in the standing.

As Johan Hedberg put it, “They beat us in every situation. They beat is in face offs, goaltending lose pucks. They beat us all over the ice”.

The Thrashers did get one good opportunity to turn their fortunes around, though. Late in the second period, trailing 2-0, Colby Armstrong was awarded a penalty shot after being fouled on a break away chance. However his shot upstairs was denied by the glove of Tuuka Rask…who stopped all 27 shots he faced for his second straight shutout of the Thrashers.

Last December 30 he and the Bruins also blanked Atlanta to the tune of 4-0.

Failing to get the score to within one going into the second break, just minutes later they allowed the Bruins to up their lead to three with just second remaining in the period. The Thrashers had iced the puck with under 10 second left…lost the face off…then the puck was deposited through Hedberg for a 3-0 Boston lead.

Game…set…match.

With the loss, Atlanta is left 3 points behind Boston and with one fewer game left on the schedule than have that Bs.

Well, At Least YOU Showed Up

I had the pleasure of sitting in section 120 with a “lurker” as well as regular contributor to this on-line forum “Bob” and a friend of his. Also, I enjoyed meeting so many of you who made their way out to Philips, regardless of the outcome.

Nice to see a lot of the fans show up for such a big game…I just wish the players in blue would have also shown up.

A Chat With The Kiss Cam Couple

Prior to the game I, as well as another regular poster on the blog, had the privilege of chatting with the Bennings…a.k.a. “The Kiss Cam Couple”. It was not the first time I got to talk to the charming couple, but it was for my friend who spoke with them in CNN Center.

I can tell you that the Bennings…who have been season ticket holders since the very beginning in ‘99… are flattered by the reaction they get when they are shown on the Kiss Cam. They are equally flattered in learning that so many of you have already sent in letters expressing your desire to see them honored with this year’s 7th fan award. Their ticket rep was present and confirmed they have received a number of nominations on their behalf.

T.J. … who grew up in the Atlanta area… reacted modestly at the concept of winning the award. But his wife Maria…who came here from Cuba after Castro took power…asked my buddy what would happen if they did indeed win.

They were told that they would be presented the award on the ice after the last game of the season, given the jersey of any player she wanted and would be the 7th Fan for a whole year.

She put her hand on her husband’s shoulder and said, “Oh, wouldn’t that be wonderful”.

I hope that my friend who spoke with them will chime in with “the rest of the story”…I’m sure you’d all love to hear it.

113 comments Add your comment

Rawhide

March 24th, 2010
10:52 am

Bluenote – That was very, very well worded and well done.

tip of the hat to you

Also, the Jimmy Hedrix CD you gave me Sunday…top notch. Been in the car CD player all week!

whitaker77

March 24th, 2010
10:58 am

Well I hope Don was watching last night’s game, so he can see what he calls “boring” Hockey. Hey Don “boring” Hockey just kicked the Thrashers collective @$$es all over the Ice and they did it without their #1 Center man a guy by the name of Savard… You might know of him; and losing a player 3 minutes into the game (Sabotka – head injury). The Bruins just gave the Thrashers a lesson in playing physical and smart taking only 2 penalties and causing a questionable penalty shot. No one wants to watch boring Hockey? Seems like there were plenty of Spoke B’s at the game last night. ‘Nuff said!

The Thrashers did look like a bunch of deer caught in headlights last night, and I have to agree the blame is on the coaching staff. It is not as if they did not know what type of game Boston was going to bring. This is not the first time these teams have met this year nor is it the first time the teams have met under Claude Julien’s system. Maybe the Coaching Staff was waiting for a fax from Claude saying…
Hello,
When we play you on March 23rd, we are going to use a trap, take away the boards, and fore-check the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks out there. I hope this helps you prepare for us.
Thank you
~Claude Julien

I am sorry I thought the point of video coaches was to watch videos of the other teams and help to create a game plan. Guess I was wrong.

As for the effort or lack there of, I cannot speak on this. Bolts tried to get something going fighting with Thornton, Moose left everything he had on the ice, and a few others gave everything they had or at least tried to hang with the Bruins. IF the Anderson in his infinite wisdom told the players to stay the course as after the first the Thrashers were only down by a goal, then why fault the players. The Thrashers always look bad against the Western Teams and any other team that plays Defense first. This is not the fault of the players but of the coaches. All effort in the world would not have helped last night if the team as a whole (coaches to players) were not willing to change their game to handle what the Bruins were given them. The Thrashers made the Bruins look like a Top Seed Team, not the struggling team that they currently are and have been all Season.

As for the crowd I was a bit disappointed, but the crowd by far was one of the largest I have seen all season long. While I did not expect a sell-out I think I was hoping for about maybe 500 more people. Yes, I can understand what people are saying how when the Thrashers are giving away tickets, an important game (most important game of the year), and the idea that the game should have a play-off feel can we not fill Philips? The answer is for the average sports fan that helped fill Philips for the 2007 Play-offs they was not much hype. These fans are not going to go to Thrashers.nhl.com everyday, the Thrashers do not get much air time on the Radio or TV, The AJC shows them no love, and most people gave up on the season about a week ago thinking the Thrashers did not have a chance to make the play-offs. There should have been radio commercials running since last Monday saying HOW BIG this game would be, the “cheap-tickets” give away should have started a week ago as well if the goal was to get butts in the seats, and at the VERY least the ACJ should have hype the match up Tale of the Tape Thrashers V. Boston, something to catch a person’s eye (say a graphic of say… Nik and Chara).

A team is not judged by how good they play when they are winning, but how they react to a disappointing lose. The Leafs who play wide open hockey like the Thrashers are in town tomorrow, so the game and the outcome should be different. The Thrashers should get their offense going again and should get the 2 points. With how close seeds 6 – 9 are I cannot see a reason if the Thrashers play well that their season will end on April 10th. If the Thrashers feel sorry for themselves or lose some of their hunger then yes, season is over and see you again in late September.

whitaker77

March 24th, 2010
11:09 am

moriler – you are right not many of us could give you a name of a coach to hire. That is not the point the point is Anderson is not doing his job. Boston called a time out last night for the simple reason to rest their players and get the shut out. How many time have we seen Anderson do something like that? NONE! How many time have the refs come over to the bench after the Thrashers have iced the puck twice in a roll and ASKED if he wanted to use his time out, only to have Anderson say No, that is ok just drop the puck? MANY!! That is just crap. Last night was a great example of Anderson’s unwilliness to change the way the team plays during a game. Yes, the Thrashers may (would) have still lost last night to Boston, but I think most people would have felt better if they saw the Thrashers TRY to play differnet style(s) to get something going agains the Bruins. Anderson for the most part did not even mix the lines up, and that is basic coaching 101. Anderson simply needs to be replaced after the season, whether the Thrashers get into the play-offs or not.

I cannot give you a name as I do not have the time to research, but I can say what type of coach I want and that is a defense first.

Dwayne

March 24th, 2010
11:14 am

I drove 560 miles round trip for that crap???? Glad the ticket was only 25 bucks.

World Be Free

March 24th, 2010
11:14 am

No time to be too disappointed folks-”Tronna” is in town tomorrow night and they have been playing better lately.

With Tronna are the Shiite Maple Leaf hockey fans-worse than Sabre fans!

Mrs. DWTOO

March 24th, 2010
11:18 am

“World Be Free – I did not get my hopes up yesterday, so I guess I am not let down too much. Give credit to the Bruins; they were never out of position, they played well asa a team. Claude Julien is one of more underrated coaches in the game. Chara was everywhere and he never left the ice.

Maybe the Thrashers should take note of how a playoff team plays in crucial games. The Thrash tried to take over physically and Brunes just brushed them aside.

The biggest issue I had last night was the same issue I had Saturday; guys stopped skating, just standing there waiting for the puck of “waiting” for the opposing player to come to them. Nervous I guess, most of all, just a poor effort by some of the key players.

Give Boston credit for playing a great road game.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself, WBF! I, too, came to the game with no elevated hopes and expectations. Thrashers should take the loss in stride and keep moving on. Now, BREATH & FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS…

Nate

March 24th, 2010
11:45 am

Last night’s game…just…wow. I felt embarrassed for having talked four guys into coming to the game with me to help pack the building. Didn’t come close to that and the team never came close to winning.

The game was an abomination. This is about as lousy as I’ve ever felt to be a Thrashers fan.

Mrs. DWTOO

March 24th, 2010
11:46 am

I just got an e-mail from Ticketmaster about submitting a review aobut last night’s game. Here’s what I submitted:

“The Thrashers were making too many “fancy” passes and plays which ultimately ended up in too many turnovers to the Bruins. They need to go back to the basics – pass, shoot, get the rebound and shoot again – and quit doing the “dump and chase” except to change lines. They need to win the face-offs more than their opponents. The coach needs more strategies other than what he’s been going with; true NHL coaches have many strategies at their fingertips to use to make adjustments during games. Hats off to the Bruins – they wanted the win more than the Thrashers – and it showed in their efforts.”

Brendan

March 24th, 2010
11:53 am

I agree with Rawhide. The chance to be in the playoffs is still not over. We took a hit last night. Claro, que si. And we very well may not be able to ever catch the Bruins. Fine. But the Flyers may be in “disarray,” as badger Bob said. They don’t have goaltending. They are the 2006 Thrashers right now. And perhaps, they are likewise destined to miss the playoffs by 2-points. Atlanta might yet squeak in at #8. But if so, their destiny is Alex Ovechkin, Alex Semin, Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green, Jose Theodore and Simeone Varlamov.

I’m not sure I see a playoff victory in a series with Washington. But, any playoff berth would grow fan support in the area. The NHL says, “You have to play the games.” And owners agree, as every nickel is 100% pure profit from playoff games.

Even if we are swept out by the Capitals, making the playoffs would give many of our players much needed playoff experience. That’s how I see it, anyway. I am not the type of fan who will cry a river if we don’t make the playoffs. I never expected to make the playoffs. The playoffs would be a huge and unexpected “bonus.” After the 2007 playoffs, beat writer Craig Custance said the Thrashers suffered a 5-year setback. I disagreed, stating 4 years would be what is necessary to return to the playoffs. How amazing would it be … if it only took 3 years?

See, I see it as a process. I am a fan who doesn’t cry after every loss in a build year. I understand the situation. My fandom of this team isn’t conditioned on wins and losses. Every team wins and loses. But what I cannot support … is inaction, no accountability, procrastination, and a real and genuine lack of stewardship of this franchise. April 1st is the day I predict Don Waddell is renewed with a 2-year contract. If that happens, we will still NOT be ‘moving in the right direction.’ Which is remarkable, after a decade … of not having an identity. I don’t have any objection to the team being sold. I want it sold. I want it sold to someone who will properly care for it. This team isn’t leaving. This team CANNOT leave. This team will be here until 2019, at a minimum. And even then, the NHL Commissioner would have lose his mind to move an NHL franchise out of one of the bigger TV markets, with a population of 5 million people. All this franchise has ever, ever, ever NEEDED … was a capable GM, to make it win. That day is coming, if the team is sold. The level of hockey interest in this town can be traced to its inaugural season, where it set an NHL attendance records, by selling out 38 of 41 home games. That’s the truth.

R. Stroz (The Rest of the Story)

March 24th, 2010
12:15 pm

While sitting with friends before last night’s game, I noticed the Bennings, also known as the elderly couple that appear on kiss cam, sitting two tables away. Although reticent to disturb them, once they had finished eating, I walked up to their table and asked if I could impose on their time for a few minutes. They graciously accepted with no prior knowledge as to why.

While kneeling at their table, I informed them of the seventh man award and the “ground swell” of support they were receiving from new and long time fans. They were flattered, surprised and honored that they were revered by the fans. They graciously invited me to sit with them, not to discuss the seventh man award, but to allow a stranger a few minutes of fan fellowship.

For a considerable period of time, I discussed how many fans saw them as “the goal we all seek to achieve in life,” a couple with a passion for life, devotion, compassion for one another, willing to overcome obstacles with a positive attitude. Hopefully, in 30 years, my wife and I will be walking in their shoes. And, by the way, they have been Thrasher season ticket holders since day 1.

Although Mr. Benning assured me that there had to be other fans more deserving of the award than they were, when asked if he would allow me to nominate them, he gave me his permission. Of course being of a generation that isn’t known for self promotion, he wasn’t comfortable nominating himself and his wife.

We discussed hockey in Atlanta, including the Flames and the Knights as well as their personal history for a considerable period of time. Interestingly, Mr. Benning attended the same Atlanta high school as one of my parents, although several years earlier.

Toward the end of our discussion, Mrs. Benning asked, “What happens if we win the award?” I informed her that after the last game of the season, they would be taken down to the ice and a player would give them his jersey.

Mrs. Benning looked at her husband, smiled, placed her hand on him, and said “That would be wonderful.”

After our discussion had ended, while walking away from their table overcome by the high humidity, I couldn’t help but think, yes, that would be the most wonderful thing I could see at Philips arena this year, maybe even in my lifetime.

Ladies and gentlemen, please take the time to nominate the Bennings for the “Seventh Man Award.” Let’s make this happen.

World Be Free

March 24th, 2010
12:25 pm

Mrs. DWTOO-thanks, just calling it as I see it. Just one game, a difficut game to lose but not the end of the world either. This team was getting dirt shoveled on it before the Buffalo game. 3 games later and we are world-beaters.

Boston is not the most talented team, but Julien always has them prepared. I like him as a coach, even though I think he looks like a Hobbit.

SmokeMonster

March 24th, 2010
12:41 pm

Man LOST was good last night! Stayin home good decision.

Smoothie

March 24th, 2010
12:54 pm

Expectations or not, any “die-hard” fan of the Thrashers should feel a bit pissed off after that game. Hopefully, the players are more pissed as the crowd probably won’t be as willing to motivate them at the Bulb on Thurs night. Better win at least 3 of the next 4 to have any shot. I think a record of 6 – 3 gets them in as the 8 seed as Philly or Montreal will falter. Hell, Bruins are still no guaranteed bet but Rask makes them quite a bit more solid a pick.

Smoothie

March 24th, 2010
1:05 pm

Stroz – buddy that was awesome…you are a great ambassador of the fans of Blueland…well done sir, well done!!

Tony C.

March 24th, 2010
1:06 pm

Uhhh. Hitchcock’s unemployed-granted his philosophy is 180 degrees away from Anderson’s and may not work with who we have signed…

Stephens is working as analyst for vs. I don’t know that he’d be a good move, but he has shown an ability to work with the talent given him….

Iron Mike-ok, ok I am joking…

I would really like to get Bob Gainey down here involved somehow, some way, despite his adventures in smurf-land recently, the man is a winner and has shown to be one on and off the ice.

Also, Michel Teherrien is out of a job-he may not be original but he don’t suck (and don’t give me that “anybody can look good coaching all that talent” argument… fact is before Therrien there were talented and “almost there” with and after Therrien they went to the playoffs and then the finals).

There’s a partial list-I’m still undecided about pulling the plug on Anderson-let’s see how he and the team respnd and play down the stretch-but if we see similar gaffes next season, I want a replacement no later than New Years

Hollywould

March 24th, 2010
1:06 pm

I agree with all the “fancy” passes. Shoot the friggin puck (especially 39) he drives me nuts. #4 is lost out there. my 11 year old son goes nuts when #4 either gives up the puck deep or does not even touch it. Sit his butt a game one time. Give Artukhin more playing time/he at least gives 100%.

Tony C.

March 24th, 2010
1:12 pm

Hitchcock

Therrien

Stephens

Ftorek

Gainey

What the hell, Crawford

and for laughs Keenan

There’s your list of (some) NHL-proven coaches that are currently out of a job or getting a check for talking on TV. Granted, they not all be the obvious choice given how the team is constructed, but there are options.

I don’t think it’s right to pull the plug on Anderson just yet, however we are seeing what his shortcomings are. I expect he’s noticed as well. Let’s see how the team responds down the stretch and if w see more of the same to start next season, I want a replacement no later than New Years.

Toby

March 24th, 2010
1:13 pm

Vändning ut ljusen, är partiet över.

Tony C.

March 24th, 2010
1:15 pm

sorry for the double-post I edited the original, didn’t realize I’d posted it. Also I agree with Holly-give R2 more ice time-I betcah he’s just a wee more effective on the forecheck than one Todd White. Also, anybody know when if Kane is returning? who knew an 18-year old would be so sorely missed?

English Teacher

March 24th, 2010
1:16 pm

Indeed, I must agree that was a vacuous performance by the home team last night. The crowd was also a disappointment. I came ready to lose my voice, but instead, I lost my patience. During the second intermission my group decided to leave. We had, afterall, come to see the Thrashers, but unfortunately, they failed to show up. When we made it to the car and turned on the radio, we couldn’t help but laugh when we heard Dan Kamal announce the Bruins’ fourth goal. I guess we were glad we didn’t have to hear the Boston fans celebrate.

What comes on TV Thursday?

Mrs. DWTOO

March 24th, 2010
1:25 pm

“What comes on TV Thursday?”

English Teacher – your guess is as good as mine as to who/what team shows up on Thursday if that’s what you mean. I think the game is being telecast on Sports South on Thursday if you’re asking what channel…

Bob

March 24th, 2010
1:34 pm

“its time to start thinking about what the team needs to do to improve itself on the limited budget the owners are willing to lay out. What moves should be made?”

1)Get us a real GM. Until then we’re just fooling ourselves getting psyched up about this club. Unleash The Futility is more like it if they leave Waddell making the decisions

assuming they finally do the right thing and we get a good GM, there’s plenty of even self imposed cap space available to:

2)Sign a quality experienced UFA goalie or trade for one. No more projects learning on the job, no more head cases, no more trying to fit Moose into something he’s not (a day to day #1 goalie)

3)Sign a top line UFA LW (who’s available this summer?)

4)Sign a top line UFA RW (who’s available this summer?)

5)Re-sign Kubina

6)Bring in a good experienced NHL coach, Anderson has lost me (never really had me to begin with, from the first games I saw his rinky dink system, I never thought it was NHL material)

Bob

March 24th, 2010
1:36 pm

Oh, and if the Spirit needs any more proof as an indictment of the severe damage Don Waddell has done to the fan base of this club, they only needed to look at all the empty seats last night in what was the biggest game here in 3 years.

Paminski

March 24th, 2010
1:45 pm

I enjoyed my turkey sandwich at the game last night.

Smoothie

March 24th, 2010
1:50 pm

Bob – don’t know about RW as I believe there is a dearth of FA talent on the right side. However, there are some options at LW:

Frolov, Ponikarovsky, Tanguay, Torres, Fedatenko, Cooke, Nystrom and Pyatt (whom we should’ve gone after last summer)…those are the guys under the age of 33…eeeegads!

Guess there’s a dearth of talent on the left side. Of course, I omitted one rather big Russian super-star.

Right side victims, um I mean candidates are:

Armstrong, Afinogenov, Artyukhin, Stempniak, Svatos…under 33. Oh wait, 3 of them have a contract with us!!

I really think Chicago ought to be our target this summer. Help them out of salary cap hell. See who they’re more willing to part ways with: either Versteeg or Sharp. Something tells me they would prefer to keep Versteeg because they can lock him down for another 5 or 6 years if they unload Sharp’s large contract. Sharp would replace Peverley as the 2nd line C and Pevs can either play LW on the 2nd line with Kane on the right side or Pevs can slide down to 3rd line C between Slater and hopefully his buddy Army.

Bergie – Little – Antro (Little’s a cotton-pickin’ center!!)

Poni – Sharp – Kane

Slates – Pevs – Army

Arty – Reasy – Thorbs / Crabb / Machacek

Anyone like that line up?

Eileen

March 24th, 2010
2:01 pm

Rawhide, thanks so much for a voice of reason. While the game was very one sided, it was one game. The Bruins had the fight in them that the Thrashers had over the weekend. I continued to be appalled that some people on here seem to enjoy defeat so they can prove their point. GEEEZ!

ChippersLoveChild

March 24th, 2010
2:36 pm

Bob,

This line, “Unleash The Futility,” was gold. Nicely done, sir.

Rawhide

March 24th, 2010
2:57 pm

:!: 2010 RAWHIDE BLOG COMMENT OF THE YEAR NOMINATION :!:

Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to announce that Bob’s “Unleash the Futility” comment of 1:34 pm has been officially placed into nomination for Rawhide Blog Comment of the Year for 2010…

Oh yeah…BTW…anyone can nominate someone else for Blog Comment of the year and you do not have to live withiing 75 miles of Atlanta to win.

Bob – Congratulations!

Russian

March 24th, 2010
3:22 pm

Good post Bob. But I like to see Point #1 – Bring in a good experienced NHL coach.
And ebverything is going by your order.

Savannah Blueland Fan

March 24th, 2010
3:54 pm

As bad as we are feeling today, imagine how the Flyer fans feel. Last night they lost the 8th game of the 13 played this month. I take some pleasure in the sorrow of others.

DWTOO

March 24th, 2010
3:55 pm

Unleash the Fugly!

World Be Free

March 24th, 2010
4:35 pm

Bob-I wish I would have come up with that one. Classic!

Todd is out for tomorrow game-should we call up the Hansons?

Bob

March 24th, 2010
4:36 pm

“anyone can nominate someone else for Blog Comment of the year and you do not have to live withiing 75 miles of Atlanta to win”

I would like to pre-nominate the 1st blogger who reports that Don Waddell has been relieved of his GM duties, THAT will be the Blog Comment of the Decade!

LAC

March 24th, 2010
4:40 pm

Is Rask another Nitty ???? Lame, Listless, Lifeless, Lazy all adjectives that express last night’s NON effort.

I agree with the blogger, see what waddell has done to the fan base here with his inability
to build any kind of a WINNER here… Sorry folks after last night… NO PLAYOFFS !

litz

March 24th, 2010
5:10 pm

I had a couple of 11 year-old junior hockey players sitting a couple seats away … they spent most of their evening with their jaws on the floor. More than once, comments were made on the order of “man, coach would KILL us if we did that” … other comments, dead on the money, showed those two kids probably had a better idea of how to beat the Bruins than the guys twice their age wearing blue.

As a side note … apparently kids also learn words in a hockey locker room … lots of words.

Words that aren’t pretty. Words that more than adequately described last night’s performance.

Not sure if those words coming out of an 11 year-old were entirely appropriate or not, but neither my friend nor I could find any fault with their feelings on the matter.

“Well, that sucked” sure did describe it (in a family friendly manner).

Yung JB from MTL

March 24th, 2010
5:31 pm

Why do the Bruins play so well against us?

Im still saying it: Fire JA. I never liked him as a coach. Looks like a great guy though.

As for the playoffs: Remember guys, Philly has NO SUCH THING that could be called a 1st Goalie not even a Backup… so if Boston gets too hot, we can still catch philly. We dont have to look it as 15 out of 18 pts, but we have to look at it by saying that every game is a must-win.

I hope they do it. GO BLUE

James Brown

March 24th, 2010
5:37 pm

Muddy Waters sang “I feel so bad………..feel like a ballgame on a rainy day”…………….I feel bad man…….I left halfway through in the third period…….something I never do……….We laid an egg………..move on…………………Go Thrashers!

Brendan

March 24th, 2010
6:29 pm

Every game is a huge game. And the odds are against us making the playoffs, barring a collapse by Philly. That said, we are also now at the point where, if we wanted to, we could conduct “9-game auditions” with future RFA’s. The NHL’s collective bargaining agreement allows any team to give a player a 9-game audition before the clock starts ticking towards RFA eligibility. With that in mind, is there anyone you’d like to see get a tryout? Don’t say, Angelo Esposito. Brett Sterling is a pending RFA, so the tryout factor doesn’t apply. But if the organization wants to further evaluate him at the NHL level, before potentially packaging him as “sweetener” in a Draft Day trade, that opportunity is now.

R. W.

March 24th, 2010
7:12 pm

The one thing I have noticed over the season is we lack a dominant goaltender someone; who when we do not play well can say hop on my back I will lead you to victory. Pavlic is young and I believe in a year or two he may possibly be that guy. Moose is old and can not do that on a consistent basis he has been good and a steady influence and veteran presence. However that being said I believe this off season we need a big time goaltender. Someone like Nabokov. That is the big difference between our team this year and every other playoff team in the NHL minus Phillie. We need a lock down goaltender who can take a game over and win a game on his own when the chips are down. I say take anywhere from 35-75% of the money we would have paid Kovy and get Nabokov(I believe he is a free-agent this off-season) plus another decent goalscorer this off season and we have a playoff team for sure next year. I still think we have a shot at the 8 I believe Phillie will sink like a lead balloon. Go Thrashers

Sage of Bluesland

March 24th, 2010
8:45 pm

Did anyone hear our own bumbling, lisping, blustering fraud of a GM on the radio today? I heard enough on the way home from work to vomit a little in my mouth.

From the softball questions to the repetitive bluster that we’ve heard for, oh, a DECADE now…no wonder this town has what it does.

Most of the time, you do indeed get what you deserve. This is precisely one of those cases. It’s funny how all of the vim-and-vigor of the sheep has subsided a bit…but, I’m sure they’ll be spending more time attacking me at every turn–as opposed to actually offering up SOLUTIONS to the problems which afflict this organization.

Oh well. You get what you deserve–you have bought it, nurtured it, and subsidized it. Enjoy it. I’ll be sure to laugh at you as your bluster, hopes, and dreams matches that of Donny…

hawks

March 25th, 2010
12:28 am

4 real if u watch the game like idid, the Thrashers didnt finish checks, didnt use their sticks on defence or pass like they did the last 4 games. Thats why they lost period!!!! The game is simple, just do the same things you have been doing,watch video and execute. If u watch good teams they use there sticks well when they defend the puck, at all times!! When the Thrashers do they play well, when they dont u get an effort likr last nite.JA needs 2 remind them at all times through out the remaining games or its OVER WITH so have some BALLS and get it done!!!!!!

World Be Free

March 25th, 2010
7:32 am

The Brunes play well against us because they are a team. They play as a team on every shift, each player is rarely out of position and when they are a teammate is there to cover for them.

And the Brunes have Chara too; he’s a difference maker, especially when he is out there for half the game.

Pittsburgh Pirate Fan

March 25th, 2010
8:28 am

You know Sage, for once I agree with you.

World Be Free

March 25th, 2010
9:08 am

Red Light

March 25th, 2010
9:22 am

If anyone wants two Club Seats for tonight’s Toronto game, Sec. 102, Row M, please e-mail me at redlightmessina@yahoo.com.

smokemonster

March 25th, 2010
9:54 am

Unleash the SmokeMonster. What were you thinking picking the Thrasher game over LOST. Havent you guys learned yet after ten years of the same. You should have watched Lost on Tuesday and then watched the PENS and CAPS duke it out last night. Thrashers BAHH..it’s over in so many ways!

smokemonster

March 25th, 2010
10:12 am

Red light thanks but i would pass even if they were free.

Take that Don Waddell.

Red Light

March 25th, 2010
11:05 am

Sage, et al

The duty or mantra is for fans to hold out hope for the best for those teams that they follow, root for, or are simply blind loyalists for. Being a fanatic, fan, supporter and the like has no basis for realism, or Wrigley Field would be empty 81 games every year as the Cubs haven’t won since 1908. I think many of us share your harsh views of the reality that we are faced with as it concerns the Thrashers, and that being said, I think we all get a little fed up of being reminded of it on a regular basis. You, Stendek and some others typically post nothing but the negative aspects of what is occurring with this franchise. None of us here, save just a few of the blindly loyal, disagree completely with your assessments of ASG, Waddell, etc., I just don’t think the daily reminders are always necessary.

Frankly, I do salute you for your passion and venom, and nearly all of your assertions are well versed and have merit. You, obviously, are not and have not been alone in your criticisms of those parties that have prohibited the growth of the fan base, the future success of the franchise and its ability to become a contender for the Stanley Cup playoffs on a regular basis.

One thing I like about this forum, is that it provides the means for a healthy discussion about the franchise and the NHL in general. All of that being said, I’d say there is a solid 98 percent of us that regularly visit here, that are completely dissatisfied with the state of the Thrashers. The mealy-mouthed general manager talking out of both sides of his mouth, the apologists who constantly make excuses for its current state and the unseen, unheard owners of this team drive me up the wall. Changes, even if the Thrashers do make the playoffs, are absolutely necessary.

Unfortunately, no matter what you, I, or anyone else thinks about the organization, it won’t make any difference to the decision makers unless we continue to voice our approval or dissatisfaction with the current regime and state of the franchise. But, I’m pretty sure that they haven’t or don’t read anything that is written here. Those who are oblivious, eventually wind up in oblivion. At this point, that gives us all hope that changes are forthcoming. Lets just hope that it doesn’t take another 10 years for them to occur.

BTW, the tickets are gone!

Bob

March 25th, 2010
11:29 am

“But, I’m pretty sure that they haven’t or don’t read anything that is written here.”

I’m pretty sure you’re dead wrong about that, in fact, I know you are.

“or Wrigley Field would be empty 81 games every year as the Cubs haven’t won since 1908.”

The reason Wrigley sells out is that there’s no better place to go hang out, have a beer, and watch a ballgame. It’s not because the fans are blindly loyal, it’s simply because Chicagoans can’t resist an Old Pile, brat, and a day game. If they ever tore down Wrigley and built a new style stadium out in the ‘burbs, the place would be half empty just like Turner Field.

Red Light

March 25th, 2010
11:44 am

Bob, I understand everything about Wrigley, but Cubs fans come out in droves here in Atlanta to watch the Cubs, and in other parks too. It’s not just the ballpark in my opinion, although that’s a major draw, and one of my best friends is a Cubs fan for the last half-century.