Can Thrashers stay off ‘the cart’ and continue quest for playoff Holy Grail?

The Thrashers simply refuse to get on the cart. You know…like the old man in that classic scene from Monty Python’s Holy Grail.

Bring out your dead…clang!

Bring out your dead…clang!

Uh-huh…this is the part where the Cart Master is collecting the dead during the Black Plague and a “customer” looks to take advantage of the situation, ridding himself of an old man, (probably an in-law). Problem is, he isn’t quite dead yet and doesn’t want to go…much like the Thrashers of late.

“Here’s one”, says the customer. “Nine pence”, replies the Cart Master. “I’m not dead yet”, begs the old man.

I tell ya, I’ve seen this movie 100 times and it still makes me laugh, and this scene is simply hysterical.

“Ere, he says he’s not dead”, objects the Cart Master. “Yes he is”, responds the customer. “I’m not”, cries the old man.

Cart Master, “He isn’t”? Customer, “Well, he will be soon. He’s very ill”.

Then the old man insists, “I’m getting better”!

“No your not! You’ll be stone dead in a moment”, snaps the man carrying the old geezer.

The Cart Master then protests, “Oh, I can’t take him like that. It’s against regulations”.

Then gramps whines, “I don’t want to go on the cart”.

Ahhh…classic.

And like I said folks… as I look a these Thrashers over the past few weeks, their resilience…their ability to cling to life as the NHL grim reaper reaches out to clutch on to them…their uncanny nack of snatching new life from the jaws of certain death…is nothing short of remarkable. They just don’t want to go on the cart it seems…no matter how much some have tried to toss them there.

And yeah, recently I have been one of those who have done just that…just like the guy with the old man over his shoulder.

You see… a number of times in the past few weeks this Thrashers team has worked it’s way into a position that, with a win, they could possibly find themselves on the other side of the playoff window…on the inside instead of outside looking in. Earlier in the month, just after a 6-3 win over the Islanders, they were “right there”…but fell flat in Tampa the very next game which began a five-game pointless streak. Then nine night’s ago a win against the Bruins would have gotten the Thrashers back into eighth place, but they were whacked 4-0. And just last Monday night a win over Carolina combined with a Bruins loss to Buffalo would have done the trick…we got the Sabres win, but fell flat against Canes, losing 4-1.

Each time I thought for sure they were dead…given up the ghost…assumed room temperature…kicked the oxygen habit… gone Tango Uniform…fallen off the branch…kicked the bucket…and I shoveled dirt on ‘em knowing what lay ahead once we got to the month of April.

”The playoffs have left the building”, I insisted…”Stick a fork in ‘em” I said, “They are done”!

But as sure as hell is hot, each time they seemed to have run down the curtain and join the bleedin’ choir invisible…they popped right back to life, thrown off the sheets that covered their face and jump off the gurney while being wheeled down the hall to the morgue screaming “I don’t want to go on the cart…I’m not dead yet”.

Call it a bad case of premature prognostication on my part…it’s something that happens to guys at my age I’m told.

And just as our own mortality awaits us all, we have come to the beginning of the end, the dreaded last five games that we’ve known would certain come. And now the only question left to be answered in regards to this 2009-10 Thrashers season is…will there be life after 82 games?

Last night, they got some more life support extended to them from our friends in Carolina as the Hurricanes slipped past Montreal 2-1. The Canadiens still remain two ahead of the Thrashers, but now they have one fewer to play…five, just like Atlanta.

Truth be told, I’m still skeptical…I still think they’ll fall just short given the road ahead and we’ll look back on games like last Monday’s disappointing loss to the Canes all summer and ask ‘what if’ for six months. But I do hope to heaven above that I’m wrong.

Tonight, we begin to find out the answer one way or another as another cart comes around…this time while the Thrashers are in D.C.

Bring out your dead…clang!

Let’s see if indeed they are “not dead yet” and still have enough fight in ‘em, se if they can stay off that cart once again and continue their quest for the Holy Grail of a playoff birth.

105 comments Add your comment

Rawhide

April 1st, 2010
11:30 am

Sherry Taylor – Actually, I think you mean “ride the Moose that brung you’… :cool:

But I agree…I’d rather see Hedberg than Opie right now. But that’s not to say the kid hasn’t looked good in his past 4 starts.

Smoothie

April 1st, 2010
11:33 am

Red Light – I’ve been tracking you on twitter, but you beat me to the punch on the actual numbers for Pavs vs the Caps…frightening!!

Why in the hell can’t we get any information on Kane? C-Viv is practically silent these days letting us know who the goalie is and then disappearing. Kane may be the key to having a balanced enough line-up to beat a banged up Caps team.

Russ

April 1st, 2010
11:35 am

Has anyone heard if Kane is playing tonight?

Russ

April 1st, 2010
11:37 am

Smoothie – Damn, you beat me to the punch. I hope he’s ready.

AtlFlamesFan

April 1st, 2010
11:42 am

What is the wind speed velocity of a Sparrow?

rob

April 1st, 2010
11:42 am

Hmmmm, is this JA’s death knoll? Or does he know something else? I think he has suddenly came to the conclusion that people are paying attention to him and that he may, just may, be held accountable (WHAT!) I found it interesting his intervies went from “that puck just won’t bounce our way” (as though the inanimate piece of rubber actually dislikes the Thrashers) to “I don’t know we’ll discuss it tomorrow via closed doors”. It will be amazing if we somehow get into the playoffs, but if we do, it can’t reflect good on the management of the team, but rather as a testament to the players themselves for overcoming aforementioned management IMO.

whitaker77

April 1st, 2010
11:45 am

Pavelec starts tonight. DUMB move!! ’nuff said

Red Light

April 1st, 2010
11:47 am

Kubina is out tonight per Kamal.

Joe Friday

April 1st, 2010
11:49 am

“Pavelec gets the nod per Dan and C-Viv on the twitter machine. Ungood.”

I disagree. Hedberg has played poorly in his last few starts and if he played tonight, there’s no chance we win. Pavelec has played better than Moose in his last few starts, so you go with the hotter guy and I think there’s a chance Pavs could steal one for us. In short, there’s not much of a chance to beat the Caps with either goalie, but there’s a better chance with Pavs in net, he could stand on his head tonight.

rob

April 1st, 2010
11:50 am

earlier quote on Kane was he was making the trip but wasn’t cleared yet to play even though pain free.

rob

April 1st, 2010
11:56 am

Pavs is the hotter goalie now?…..UGH WTF WTF WTF WTF start drinking now and by gametime it will be OK Hope we can somehow make it a game and give us hope.
LET’S GO THRASHERS!!!!!

J.B.

April 1st, 2010
12:01 pm

Kane will likey start Sat vs. Pit.

AtlFlamesFan

April 1st, 2010
12:02 pm

What I should have said is:
What is the wind speed velocity of a Thrasher?
Would that be an Atlanta Thrasher?
I don’t know; ahhrgjgejejjdjda!

Badger Bob

April 1st, 2010
12:09 pm

Sage: What I object to is you automatically treat me like an inferior!

DW: Well, I AM king…

Sage: Oh king, eh, very nice. An’ how’d you get that, eh? By exploitin’ the season ticket holders – by ‘angin’ on to outdated player talent identification and development systems which perpetuate the economic an’ winning percentage differences in our league! If there’s ever going to be any progress…

Octocluster: There’s some lovely filth down here. Oh — how d’you do?

DW: How do you do, good lady. I am DW, King of the Thrashers.

Octocluster: King of the who?

DW: The Thrashers.

Octocluster: Who are the Thrashers?

DW: Well, we all are. We’re all Thrashers and I am your king.

Octocluster: I didn’t know we had a king. I thought we were an octonomous collective.

Sage: You’re fooling yourself. We’re living in a dictatorship. A self-perpetuating autocracy!

Smoothie

April 1st, 2010
12:13 pm

That doesn’t make any sense. If Kane’s healthy and made the trip because he was pain-free, I don’t see how some morning skates and a 2nd practice is gonna make him anymore game ready. The only way to get him game ready is to play a game. We don’t have time to screw around. A 85-90% Kane is better than a 100% Boulton, Thorburn, MacArthur etc.

Joe F – I hope you’re right, but Pavy’s last 4 games were against PHX (not exactly a scoring juggernaut), a struggling PHI team (although he did stop 40+ shots) and Toronto twice. I’m not all that impressed. I’m happy for the kid, but I’m still not sure. But considering Moose has had some very tough games at crucial times, perhaps changing the goalie will change their fortunes in the big game. However, I’m not about to pin our pathetic performances on Moose as all but a few of the goals were either defensive breakdowns or breakaways…very few soft goals.

thebigharybeast

April 1st, 2010
12:14 pm

A quick reading from the book of Armaments chapter 3:

And thy Flighty Thrashers held up the holy hand grenade. The number shall be three wins to win and one point from the other two. No less than eight points and the holy hand grenade will end the thrashers season in brimstone and fire!

Here endth the reading for today.

rob

April 1st, 2010
12:19 pm

I don’t understand it all either I’m not his Dr., but the comment (think it was Vivs article) was something to the affect that he wasn’t even day to day yet, though that may change soon as that was 2 days ago I believe.

Russ

April 1st, 2010
12:19 pm

“Kubina is out tonight per Kamal.”

This, plus a bad decision in goal IMO, makes the already formidable task of reaching the playoffs that much harder.

World Be Free

April 1st, 2010
12:24 pm

If I had my choice I’d start neither goalie.

Blue Oyster Cult

April 1st, 2010
12:41 pm

Thrashers don’t fear the reaper,

They haven’t since the Bruins game,

Come on April,

Bring out the golf clubs,

It’s hockey the Thrashers way.

ChippersLoveChild

April 1st, 2010
1:13 pm

It was a touching story to have Chelios up here, great feel good stuff for him… but with the playoffs on the line in this stretch and Kubina out, am I the only one that would rather have Kulda up here and playing instead of Chelios?

rob

April 1st, 2010
1:14 pm

WBF, I second that opinion……shoulda had another one here at deadline IMO

rob

April 1st, 2010
1:18 pm

Chipper,
There is so much to second guess with these guys and the decisions that have adversely effected this season it is mind boggling how we are even still within distance of a shot at the playoffs. It is a good indicator of what could be with a little better guidance and decision making.

Red Light

April 1st, 2010
1:55 pm

Rob: It’s a better indication of how the salary cap has fostered mediocrity instead of excellence. 17 teams are within 17 points of one another, and just four have 100 points or more. The have nots outnumber the haves by a significant margin.

World Be Free

April 1st, 2010
1:55 pm

rob, I haven’t said much about it, but I think we should have kept Kari until we were certain that he would not have been able to come back from his latest health issue. But the deal was made and we have to move on.

Chelios is an inspiration to all us old guys. I played the game until I was 35, then took the “voices” from my body that told me to hang it up or get ready for the wheelchair. I have friends that are still playing in their mid 50’s and beyond. So when I see Chelios doing what he is doing I am totally amazed.

DWTOO

April 1st, 2010
1:56 pm

In goal – Pav’s. He looked good against TO and the Moose has been very average lately. Would have brought Kulda up and kept Chelli in his coach/leader mode.

And when the game goes in the tank I’ll plug in Holy Grail in the DVD player. And our rabbit has big, sharp teeth.

Savannah Blueland Fan

April 1st, 2010
2:01 pm

Put Artukyn in net. NOTHING could squeeze past him.

the fish

April 1st, 2010
2:10 pm

Dudes…get over it……they’re freaking dead. Trust me…Sarah Palin will be posing nude in Playboy long before this team ever makes the playoffs.
Got an email offering playoff tix today. Hilarious. Total spam!!!
See ya in Canada!!

MB

April 1st, 2010
2:37 pm

“It will be amazing if we somehow get into the playoffs, but if we do, it can’t reflect good on the management of the team, but rather as a testament to the players themselves for overcoming aforementioned management IMO.”

Partially true, rob, though I think it’s as great if not a greater testament to how mediocre the middle of the pack is in the East. Each team keeps spitting the bit, but doing just enough to stay in the race. It’s the least inspiring “march to the playoffs” I can remember.

Keeping with the Monty Pyton theme, it seems like the Thrashers are joined by the Flyers, Bruins, Canadiens, and Rangers in the Twit Race to the post-season. “Thrashers have run themselves over. They’re dead, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re out of it.”

World Be Free

April 1st, 2010
2:50 pm

the fish-yet another idiot that sees all the cures for the Thrashers or any team is to move them to Canada. I have seen NHL, OHA and OHL teams fold in Canada due to lack of support. Like if we move the Pirates or KC Royals to New York, all of their ills will be fixed.

The fans are here waiting for a team that does not suffer from defections every year.

Savannah Blueland Fan

April 1st, 2010
3:00 pm

Never trust a fish…..trust me on this

Badger Bob

April 1st, 2010
3:03 pm

Washington Times reporter Corey Masisak with a report on our playoff chances. At least the boys sound sober about the road ahead:

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=523590

Joe Friday

April 1st, 2010
3:03 pm

“the fish-yet another idiot that sees all the cures for the Thrashers or any team is to move them to Canada.”

Another idiot, or just the same idiot in sheep’s clothing? I report, you decide.

Pavelec has a chance tonight to really step up and show everyone what he’s got. I’m thinking we’re going to see 5 dmen pretty much the whole night and Cheli might get 7 or 8 minutes tops.

Badger Bob

April 1st, 2010
3:05 pm

But WBF and Savannah, if we just moved to Canada we could be as successful at the Oilers and the Leafs.

Badger Bob

April 1st, 2010
3:08 pm

Joe, what gives me hope for Pavs in net is that he’s sure to see 40 shots, which is a situation he seems to thrive on. Then again, they will be 40 quality shots.

World Be Free

April 1st, 2010
4:08 pm

I hate to call anyone an idiot, but it’s the same old same old about Canada-

Great quote off Hockey Buzz on Kovy-

Kovalchuk wants to be the highest paid in the league when he is not amongst the top five best players in the league. First off the Leafs only have 6 mill in cap space, and second I hope Brian Burke has enough sense to stay away from this selfish player, as he just spent the last season and a half shedding like minded players

Kovy will end up in LA-LA Land

Savannah Blueland Fan

April 1st, 2010
4:17 pm

I have this recurring nightmare. It’s July; and I pick up the newspaper (the paper is the AJC—so I know it’s a dream) and read that Kovy signs with Atlanta for $102 million. Waddell says. “Fooled ya!” and I wake up screaming.

Matt

April 1st, 2010
4:43 pm

Can’t we just fire Waddell?? “You’re fooling yourself, we’re living in a dictatorship!”

Schroeder

April 1st, 2010
5:08 pm

I just read that Eklund picks us to miss the playoffs, so we’re in for sure!!! “Are you suggestin’ that coconuts migrate?” “It’s a simple question of weight ratios,a one pound swallow weighs…” “But I don’t like Spam”

Schroeder

April 1st, 2010
5:09 pm

“Sorry I’m late,my walk has become quite silly”

Schroeder

April 1st, 2010
5:12 pm

“Oh now we see the stupidty inherent in the system,Help, Help You see them not playin’ defense, thats what I’m on about!!

dave

April 1st, 2010
6:28 pm

The caps will lay low. Think about it… If you were a Cap, who would you want to face? Boston or Atlanta?

Savannah Blueland Fan

April 1st, 2010
6:40 pm

Gee, dave, give the Thrashers some credit. 8th place is 8th place no matter which team it is.

rob

April 1st, 2010
6:51 pm

fish,
think about what you said, “Palin will pose nude….before this team EVER make the playoffs”…….I seem to remember them getting swept by the Rangers, and while not anything most want to cheer about…..it was the playoffs nonetheless……so where are the pics? LMAO

WBF,
I have agreed with that since before it went down, but like you say, nothing we can do but watch now….10 minutes to see where we may stand!!!!!!!!!
LET’S GO THRASHERS!!!!!!!

rob

April 1st, 2010
6:53 pm

I don’t see the Caps laying low just to get us first. Who wants to win by taking the “easy” way? You want to beat the best teams so you can say you are the best IMO

LAC

April 1st, 2010
7:07 pm

Boy brian engbloom on Versus, starts the show saying Atlanta has NO chance to win, period.

Just goes to show we have ZERO respect in the NHL, Thanks to LOSER waddell.

If we make it it will be a The biggest story in the NHL this season for sure.

dave

April 1st, 2010
8:55 pm

Boston kicked our butt!! If you we’re Washington, who would you want to face? …Boston – A team that has the fans and a legacy that wants to kick ass? And has a tendency for upsetts? or The Thrashers?

Gwinnett Fred

April 1st, 2010
9:31 pm

Well, A for effort, the boys gave a good showing, but just got beat by a better team.

Not pulling this one out isn’t what will keep us from the playoffs – it was gettin ZERO points in three home games against the Hurricanes with a total crap effort in all 3 that will be the difference.

stendek

April 1st, 2010
9:38 pm

Trashers wore their pink uniforms in Washington! What a heartless and spineless exhibition. Totally gutless and without merit! Befitting of the type of quitters these overpaid oxygen wastes truly are. Good old Pavs Lehtonen is no better than that crapola Kari Lehtonen. Two marshmallow goals were bad enough. First came in closing seconds of first period. Goal which ended any playoff aspirations came late in third period! Thought Ilya Kovalchoke was back on the freaking ice. So many shots were off the mark it makes me wonder what in blue blazes these prima donnas do at practice. Not work on shooting. That is pathetically obvious! Another in a succession of giveup jobs. Who needs to be signed? Let me see. Not a darn one of them. Set em all free. Tired of their do not give a crap ways. Hope these losers are in Hamilton next season! Any blasted place except Atlanta. Completely nauseating! They can all go to Hades. The sooner the darn better! Commode residue scumbags. ++STENDEK++

Joe Friday

April 1st, 2010
9:45 pm

Cheli just stood there and watched Bradley walk the game winner right at the net and pop it in.

Bring out your dead!