Thrashers lose, fans boo, fat lady sings

And now it is official…the fat lady has sung, (thank you, Rightshot), and it is officially over.

With the 3-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils, it is now 100%, without a shadow of a doubt, mathematically certain that the tenth Thrashers season in the NHL will end exactly like eight of the previous nine have…with no playoffs. And the only real question left for these Thrashers is can they find a way to net one or two more points in order to spare themselves of finishing with a sub-.500 record for the eighth time in their decade of play.

Remember…in the NHL, 82 points is “break even” and the Thrashers currently have 81.

Toby Enstrom battles David Clarkson for the puck during Tuesday's 3-0 loss to the Devils (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

Toby Enstrom battles David Clarkson for the puck during Tuesday's 3-0 loss to the Devils (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

The Devils took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission thanks to Dean McAmmond’s 7th goal of the season. They upped that to 2-0 just 51 seconds after the break on Zach Parise’s 37th, then they struck again early in the third…like, 10-second early…when Travis Zajac was left unattended through the defensive zone to beat Johan Hedberg.

In between, the Devils defense had their way with the Thrashers “attack”, holding Atlanta to but 19 shots on goal…2 in the final 20 minutes. That is exceptionally un-good, folks.

“We really closed the door in the third”, Devils goalie Martin Brodeur said.

Uh, yeah…more like slammed the door in our faces, there, Marty.

Of the loss, coach John Anderson remarked, “We just played hard but we didn’t have any savvy around the net”.

Savvy? Hmmm…didn’t Don Waddell let him go several years back and now he plays in Boston? Hope he gets well soon, too.

Of course, Tuesday night also marked the return of Ilya Kovalchuk…making his first start in Philips Arena since he was traded away to the Devils last February. The last time Kovy performed in Thrasherville was on Feb. 2 when the Tampa Bay Lighting defeated Atlanta 2-1.

Some fans welcoming back Kovalchuk forgot how to spell his name

Some fans welcoming back Kovalchuk must have forgotten how to spell his name (thanks Tony)

“Half the fans were booing, half were cheering”, he said afterwards. “That’s nice. It happens all the time”.

Well, to be honest…I think there were quite a bit more “booing” him than “cheering”, maybe a 75-25 split. Me…I did neither. But regardless of how the fans felt, he seems to have gotten over the breakup and is dealing with the separation well.

“I move on and I’m exited to part of this organization and I’m looking forward to the playoffs”.

Indeed…and who knows, maybe he’ll even get to find out what it feels like to win a playoff game sometime in the coming weeks. Certainly his chances are help somewhat given the fact that he’ll enter into the post-season with the likes of one Mr. Martin Brodeur on his team.

Marty the Magnificent notched career win number 600 with the win and the shutout was the 110th of hi illustrious career. Number 109 came just last Saturday night when he blanked the canes 4-0. This night’s whitewash was his league-leading ninth of the season.

Of the career wins milestone, Brodeur said, “It was as nice as number 599. A win is a win”.

Yes, Martin…wins are wins. And given that he has that nice round number of 600 under his pads, he has recorded 293 more victories than the Thrashers have all-time in their history.

He also has 98 more playoff wins than do the Thrashers…a number that is now certain to increase.

114 comments Add your comment

Tears for Beers

April 7th, 2010
12:28 am

Don Waddell

April 7th, 2010
12:51 am

HA! I let Kovy twist in the wind until the trade deadline and went public with the negotiations so that my fanbase would call him names and boo him! All the while, I keep my cush job, even though a real GM would have run this team like a business and set a deadline for Kovy!

Just like Hossa! I mishandled that and remember when I let Savard walk for nothing??? I walked around Phillips arena and told all the fans that Savard would not even negotiate way back then!

I make everyone get booed…..except me! I’m the greatest GM in the world! Come Boo Colby, Max and Pavel next year! I’ll have great stories made up for “my book!”

Wayne stuck in AL

April 7th, 2010
12:52 am

Thrashers get the crowd they deserve: 12,038 (tickets announced).

BTW: Any official comments on this via CBC Sports: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/blogs/elliottefriedman/2010/04/winnipeg-is-plan-c-at-best.html

“If not Phoenix, then who? Remember that seven-year, no-movement agreement Balsillie wanted no part of in Pittsburgh? Atlanta’s runs out on March 31, 2011. Looking around the league, you’d think that would be the only potential dance partner at this point.”

urm...

April 7th, 2010
1:06 am

Honestly…. I have nothing to say about this team, coach, GM or owners. I’m taped out…

CrazyDiamond

April 7th, 2010
1:11 am

What’s the over / under on how many days DW will remain with Atlanta Spirit?

theriddler

April 7th, 2010
3:39 am

Break even would be 41 wins. A point for a loss is a mirage. they have 34 wins and 46 losses.

jerry

April 7th, 2010
6:52 am

The Thrashers are totally at the mercy of an opponent’s effort.

jimbo

April 7th, 2010
7:02 am

The only positive thing that this inept ownership could do to attempt to restore fan support would be to immediately FIRE TEFLON DON AND JOHNNY BOY.

docsbro

April 7th, 2010
7:07 am

I am sad…very sad. Over/under on Teflon Don? He will be here FOREVER…and THAT is why I am sad.

Don Waddell

April 7th, 2010
7:33 am

I hate Jeff Schultz because he knows my game and I can’t lie to him like I can lie to the rest of the 57 season ticket holders!!

Disgusted with Waddell

April 7th, 2010
7:45 am

It was NEVER about money like DW told everyone. It was about lack of respect for Waddell and his organization. Same for Hossa, Savard, Mellanby, Brunette, Staios, Buchberger, Heatley, Ferraro, Hartley, McCrimmon, Holik, and all the UFA’s that said, “thanks, but no thanks.”

Atlanta has no hockey heroes because of Teflon Don and his lying to keep his image. It’s so pathetic they have to yell Knights during the National Anthem!

Hey fans, don’t you know that in DW’s world, hockey didn’t arrive in Atlanta until 1999? There were no Flames, no Boom Boom Geoffrion, no Eric Vail, Tim Ecclestone, Tom Lysiak, Guy Chouinard, Dan Bouchard, etc.

Nope, all we have are 2nd tier guys that will sign here for top level prices because of Don Waddell and his gross negligence.

Too bad the players that have left had too much class to call it in plain English because the morons that booed each player’s return can read between the lines.

Thank you Kovy for your quote that called the management out! We can only hope that Jeff Schultz asks Slava and Moose and Boults to give some comments upon their exits.

TWN

April 7th, 2010
7:50 am

If you don’t want to support this team anymore then move on. This team did extremely good considering all the trades and the Olympic break. Take note this team was closer to the playoffs then we have been in a long time. If you don’t want to be a part of the Thrashers family anymore then move on already! I am so over hearing “fans” bashing their own team. A true fan supports them through thick and thin! I for one am extremely proud of this team this year. It wasn’t the ideal season, but they played their hearts out and I couldn’t be more excited to continue to show my support at the reminder of the games this season!

World Be Free

April 7th, 2010
7:55 am

More Thrashers are moving garbage-get us a winner please!

Bill, like you, I did neither boo or cheer. I had great seats behind the bench; the fans were downright cruel to Kovy. My only comment is, if we are going to be that cruel to Kovalchuk, we should be even worse to Heatley, Hossa and even Marc Savard. The problem is not Kovalchuk.

As for Kovy’s statement that the Devils are a first class organization. Look at the team that took the ice last night, how well they are coached, play their system and you can see why he feels they are first class; they are.

Great to meet Red Light, Bluenote, Mr and Mrs. DTWOO and my buddy Smoothie (and Kristan). Sorry I will not be at Saturday night’s home finale, but duty calls.

It has been said before, but this team needs a total change in direction. Ten years of D-quality hockey will not sell in ANY market. Everyone has to get past blaming the fans for not showing up. We cannot count on the North American media being smart enough to see what’s going on, they just look at empty seats and think we are bad fans.

Player retention is the start to moving forward. How we do it, I don’t know.

That's all folks

April 7th, 2010
8:00 am

RIP Atlanta hockey. I think that’s all she wrote.

WADDELL PWNs YOU

April 7th, 2010
8:18 am

TWN = PWN. did you know that last year the Trash won 35 games? This year they have won 34. The only team to lose more games in OT was Toronto! WAddell screwed the pooch when he failed to run this team (except into the ground). He promised (lied) that he would not hold a player hostage again like he did with Hossa.

The Real Thrash

April 7th, 2010
8:24 am

Everyone go to the last home game. Fill up Blueland! It might actually be the last home game.

Neekolas Antropod

April 7th, 2010
8:29 am

Heer is de deal. Dis teem ain’ gonna ween de Stanlee Kup. Dis teem prolly ain’ gonna eben ween won playov game. Deese iss de reason I ain’ gonna play hard. Wass de point of putting up a lot of effort to maka de playovs if’n you ain’ got no chance of weening de kup ?

Ve geet paid an amazing amount of muny no matter how hard ve play. Why play iny more games than ve gots too ? 82 games iz a lot of games. 86 games, too many. I might get a bad bruize und not be redy for my first golf rezervashun of the off season.

The Real Thrash

April 7th, 2010
8:30 am

TWN

April 7th, 2010
7:50 am
If you don’t want to support this team anymore then move on. This team did extremely good considering all the trades and the Olympic break. Take note this team was closer to the playoffs then we have been in a long time. If you don’t want to be a part of the Thrashers family anymore then move on already! I am so over hearing “fans” bashing their own team. A true fan supports them through thick and thin! I for one am extremely proud of this team this year. It wasn’t the ideal season, but they played their hearts out and I couldn’t be more excited to continue to show my support at the reminder of the games this season!

THIS IS WHY WE HAVE THE OWNERS, GM AND COACH WE HAVE. IT’S BECAUSE OF THIS ATTITUDE THAT EXPECTS NOTHING AND GETS EXACTLY THAT! WE NEED TO PURGE THIS ATTITUDE FROM OUR CITY AND SPORTS TEAMS. SPORTS IS ABOUT EXCELLENCE NOT BEING A PAVLOVIAN DOG!

Dags Forehatch

April 7th, 2010
8:33 am

If this team has any hope of staying in Atlanta, they need to clean house from too to bottom. And I mean completely from top to bottom.

Sure, ownership isn’t gonna change. Were stuck with that.

But, how about starting with Waddell and Anderson? We all agree with that. But why stop? What about the marketing people? They’re not exactly tearing it up either. Whoever is in charge of music during the game (yu know, the guy who picks the same stuff you hear in every other single arena… Making a visit to the Bulb as generic and bland as possible. Where’s anything that screams Atlanta?). Get rid of him. Sales. Sure, they’re doing the best they can given the product they’re selling, but it doesn’t mean they don’t suck too. Get rid of them.

Kill the logo and the colors and the awwwwful third jerseys.

I think if we saw a commitment to starting over, really really starting over, the fans would be appreciative and would support it. As it is, if we all see that it’s more of the same, then there’s no chance that team will survive here.

Dags Forehatch

April 7th, 2010
8:36 am

Real Thrash, we’re planning on it. Because I think there’s a definite possibility you might be right.

Stan Drulia

April 7th, 2010
8:37 am

TWN – I normally take your stand – will support in the worst of times… but I must admit, this season has seriously tested my loyalty. C’mon – you can’t seriously consider this season a ’success’ in any form or fashion. We have been givin more than enough time to grow and gain depth. As Anderson and Waddell clearly stated at the beginning of the year – we have a playoff caliber team. We didn’t make the playoffs, period. We had plenty of opportunities to win important games that for some reason or another we just phoned it in and lost. I am totally exhausted as a Thrashers fan this season and really hope for some change next year. As in the front office change.

Jeff

April 7th, 2010
8:42 am

The fans should’ve booed the Thrashers and not Kovy. Even Darren Elliot said the team was flat….

Rawhide

April 7th, 2010
9:00 am

Break even would be 41 wins. A point for a loss is a mirage. they have 34 wins and 46 losses.

theriddler – Technically speaking I agree with you. Ws should be Ws and Ls should be Ls. But in the NHL, points are what matters and 82 points is a .500 points winning percentage. Screwy? yes…I agree. But it is what it is.

If you don’t want to be a part of the Thrashers family anymore then move on already! I am so over hearing “fans” bashing their own team. A true fan supports them through thick and thin! I for one am extremely proud of this team this year.

TWN - If you are addressing your comments specifically at me…and if you aren’t, please take this with a grain of salt…While I appreciate the support and passion you show for the team, I am not one who feels that pointing out problems and venting frustration make one any less of a fan.

And, as Stan Drulia pointed out above, I would hardly call this season a “success”. We were only in the playoff picture so long because the Eastern Conference is fairly mediocre from the 6th though 10th spots. As many as three teams could make the playoffs without reaching the 90 point mark.

We have 34 wins with 2 games left. We had 35 last season…34 two years ago. We are 5 points better simply because we lost more games in OT than those seasons. This is progress?

It’s frustrating, my firend…and people use this form to vent that frustation. Myself included.

That said, I do agree with your comments about the new players picked up at the trade deadline…very positive indeed.

J-man

April 7th, 2010
9:05 am

That reference to Savard (”Savvy”) was just genius, Ice Man. Nicely done! I got a good laugh out of that.

Sherry Taylor

April 7th, 2010
9:14 am

I was just glad all of the booing didn’t work against the crowd and push Kovalchuk into scoring a ‘revenge’ goal or two. He certainly tried, but our defense seemed to have his number. Too bad they didn’t have the number of everyone else on the Devils team. I do find it a bit distasteful that the Atlanta crowds for any and all sports teams seem to find joy in booing players who have moved on. It’s one thing if they leave in a huff as did Kovy, but, Dany Heatley’s been gone for five almost six seasons and I understood then why he left and I still get it, but other fans don’t, I guess. It is your ‘right’ to voice your opinion, so go ahead, voice it, get it out, then MOVE ON! It is, after all, a sport. It isn’t life changing legislation.

J-man

April 7th, 2010
9:17 am

Digusted With Waddell – I sense your frustration, but your examples really break down and harm your point. Brunette was willing to stay, but Waddell very very badly underestimated his value on the open market. I remember Waddell telling the AJC that basically he wasn’t going to pay more than half a million for Brunette and he was just going to wait for Brunette to come crawling back. I don’t remember the exact value, but Brunette got something like a $3 million a season contract. I don’t see how you can miss more badly than watching a guy sign for about 6 times what you think he is worth.

Ferraro and Buchberger were traded for prospects. Ferraro was going to retire at the end of the season and he was traded basically as a personal favor to give him one last chance at the playoffs. It was a way of thanking him for what he had done here. Buchberger was traded for prospects, but it was so long ago that I don’t remember who he was traded for. Mellanby retired as a Thrasher, Holik was allowed to leave as a free agent and Staios? Well, he’s admitted that he didn’t make the most of his chances here. Yes, the organization blew that one badly, but Staios played his way out of town. Lucky for him he found the drive and dedication he lacked here. Other than Holik, I’m not sure we can necessarily conclude that the others didn’t buy into the organization. But I’d say that you’re quite right in saying that Hossa, Savard, Heatley and McCrimmon didn’t believe in the organization here.

Rawhide

April 7th, 2010
9:20 am

Sherry Taylor – I enjoyed meeting you and your husband last night. Thanks for coming over and saying “hi”.

Alan R.

April 7th, 2010
9:20 am

Waddell needs to be shown the door. That’s all I’ll say on that.

Now, to enter my yearly playoff mode: Let’s Go Red Wings!

ChippersLoveChild

April 7th, 2010
9:23 am

I’ve got nothing.. depressing.. and now I will wait for the false hope and excitment of next fall, when we can do it all over again. Don will still be here, Anderson will still be here, and we will manage to win about 33 games.. awesome. When does a fan reach a breaking point? At least the other three teams I root for in professional sports all TRY to produce a winner and when things aren’t working people are held accountable. It is beyond frustrating to root for a team where accountability means nothing, nothing at all, because you know things will never change.

JT

April 7th, 2010
9:24 am

You guys sound like the Falcon fans from two years ago. Now there is no room left on the bandwagon! When you realize that you control none of it, you hypocritical lives will be better off. Much like politics, your voices are but one single vote. You have the right not to go to the games and that is it. If that forces ownership to make changes then you have done your part. So quit with the bashing, ‘o noble ones, and control the only thing you can control; your participation.

Red Light

April 7th, 2010
9:26 am

World Be Free, Mr. & Mrs. DWToo, Pittsburgh Pirates Fan, Rawhide & Son:

It was great to put a face to your fake names, HAHA!

Last night’s game was simply a microcosm of the entire 10-year history of the Atlanta Thrashers.

1) Unrealistic expectations that something positive was going to happen
2) Outcoached and outplayed by another franchise that is light years ahead of the home team in direction, accountability, system and overall talent
3) Another Thrashers cast-off being booed by the fans that once cheered him because he finally took the logical escape route from the purgatory that is Atlanta hockey
4) Since we won’t blame ourselves, lets blame other factors for our current plight: “It wasn’t for our lack of trying…we’re still growing as a team…we’ve got some young players (who doesn’t?)…we’ve had some injuries along the way…just those little streaks killed us,” said John Anderson.
5) Another crowd of less than 13,000
6) The concept that just reaching the playoffs will cure all ills, with no realistic chance to win even if they made it. Now 37 points behind the SE division leader and just three points ahead of a team that started this season 2-12-4.
7) March 21, the team was one point out of 8th after sweeping the Flyers and had 75 points with 10 games to go. They get one measly point out of their four home games.
8 ) None of the owners attend the vital games down the stretch. Too busy I guess.
9) The Thrashers face another uncertain off-season with 11 UFAs and 4 RFAs on the current roster, meaning the roster could once again be totally different when the team opens the next season. Heard that before?
10) And finally, Thrashers fans are likely to go through another off-season hoping that the same management team calling the personnel shots can somehow improve upon its past inept record of compiling a roster that can compete in the NHL.

thebigharybeast

April 7th, 2010
9:27 am

There is no joy in Thrasherville . . . again . . .

LAC

April 7th, 2010
9:29 am

It’s over in Atlanta, The NHL will never return. Thanks waddell for your LIES, STUPIDITY and overall being a complete BOOB !

You know not one thing about the game of hockey and even LESS about management. You get FAILING grades from top to bottom from day one to this point.

You have KILLED hockey here and it is time the media OUTSIDE Atlanta wakes up to this
incompetent FOOL and show him for what he is… Nothing Happening Street TRASH !

I see little if any hope for this franchise, you saw it last night NO FANS… because we are tired of waddell, losing and asg.

They all need to go and get another beatwriter who is not a little WIMP and will hold their feet to the fire and not kiss their A$$ ! The interview of viliemore or whatever on the NJD intermission was completely DISGUSTING, the guy can’t even talk correctly… He has to go TOO !

Just the end of another LOSING season of which 5 year plan ??? I give up.

Falconsforlife

April 7th, 2010
9:31 am

As someone said earlier in the comments, I’m tapping out. I’m not angry or bitter. I’m just done. I’ve devoted too much of my time to this team for too long, and nothing is getting better. Yeah we have young pieces, but does anyone actually believe by the time those pieces become real forces in the nhl we will be able to hang onto them? I certainly don’t. I also don’t have faith that this team will really be in this city for the long haul, especially if the owners don’t get rid of DW.

Oh well. They can win me back with huge changes and solid improvement that isn’t just hitting the .500 mark. There are so many other things in this city that I can spend my time on, including the Falcons and Braves, that it just isn’t worth it for me to care anymore.

R. Stroz

April 7th, 2010
9:39 am

Anyone who wants to talk about fair weather fans should look no further than ownership as the role model.

For several years the Hawks sucked, I mean really sucked. During those years, ownership rarely attended games. However, now that the Hawks are doing well, well look and you see most of the Octocluster attending games court side. Before the last two seasons, these guys only showed up for the premiere games.

Now lets visit the Thrashers situation. When the Thrashers were doing better several seasons back, several, not all, of the owners were visible. Now, well they are invisible. Toward the end of last season, I saw a few of the owners in the building again, but not very much this year.

So, for all of those that say support the team no matter what or you suck as a fan, then I guess the ownership REALLY SUCKS as fans as they are most fair weather fans of the bunch.

Monkey

April 7th, 2010
9:40 am

Atlanta Spirit announces yet another cost saving measure to season ticket holders.

NO PLAYOFFS.

What are you going to do with your playoff dollars?

ThrasherTim

April 7th, 2010
9:46 am

Outstanding post Red Light. It hurts though.

Reading carefully the quotes from Kovalchuk, it is so clear that he didn’t have any faith left in the organization. As a player who was drafted and actually signed a contract previously, this is the most damning. Hossa not signing again with us was totall different since he signed a long-term deal with Ottawa only to get traded to us minutes later.

This team needs more help to get to the next level (duh). Right now, I am feeling we desperately need a top 6 forward to help with the scoring and/or digging pucks out of the boards….see E Kane. Hopefully, this kid can lead by examples some more in the years to come. His attitude and effort can be infectious.

I have been totally unimpressed with MacArthur since his arrival. Doesn’t seem to be able to get pucks out of the corner or know where to be in the offensive zone. I hope he isn’t under contract past this season. I can’t recall.

While it’s fine for Coach to say the team is playing hard, I don’t necessarily think the organization knows what playing hard is – I mean, even D. Elliot commented that the Thrashers were flat in the 2nd period. This, with their playoff lives on the line.

Coah: Injuries? You can’t be serious with that comment. The team only lost Kovvy for about 6 games (3-3 record) and an 18-year old Evander Kane for 13 or so games and Kubina for the last few games here. Any other injuries were hardly impactful (Valabik, Schubert, etc.) in the big picture and many other teams have seem to overcome those injuries to still make the playoffs. I mean, Boston lost Lucic for 1/2 the year and Savard has only played what 2 games this year? Montral lost Cammaleri (sp.?) for a good chunk of the playoff run and still managed to win games. That comment alone indicates that the Coach doesn’t know what is happening around him. I think the 2-year experiement is over and I agree that Dudley should take over the GM role and bring in a new coach. Wishful thinking, but it could happen, right? Bueller…..Bueller.

The Real Thrash

April 7th, 2010
9:55 am

JT

April 7th, 2010
9:24 am
You guys sound like the Falcon fans from two years ago. Now there is no room left on the bandwagon! When you realize that you control none of it, you hypocritical lives will be better off. Much like politics, your voices are but one single vote. You have the right not to go to the games and that is it. If that forces ownership to make changes then you have done your part. So quit with the bashing, ‘o noble ones, and control the only thing you can control; your participation.

AGAIN ANOTHER PERSON WHO PROBABLY THINKS WE SHOULD NOT KEEP SCORE AT LITTLE LEAGUE GAMES. THIS IS A SPORT. WE ARE FANS OF THE TEAM AND THE SPORT. DO THE DEVILS FANS AND CAPITOLS FANS NOT COMPLAIN ABOUT THEIR TEAMS? READ THEIR PAPERS ONLINE. THEY HAVE HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR THEIR TEAMS. DO YOU BELIEVE WE SHOULD NOT? WE HAVE MORE POWER THAN YOU THINK. WE CAN BE ONE VOICE THAT CALL THE TEAM TO TASK FOR ITS INEPTITUDE! NOT ROLLOVERS FOR NO-CLUE LOSING!

ChippersLoveChild

April 7th, 2010
10:03 am

The worst part about losing is the infighting that goes on in the blog. Our anger is at management, it truly is awful.

Supes

April 7th, 2010
10:12 am

There is absolutely no reason for HOPE with this current group. From Teflon Don to Anderson to players.

On top of that the “fans” were classless jerks last night, why would anyone wanna come be an Atlanta Thrasher? When they leave they get “this kind of treatment”? Kovy deserved better.

Disgusted with Waddell

April 7th, 2010
10:14 am

J-Man…. I said those guys left without saying anything positive about Waddell or the organization… at least that’s what I meant. And yes, it is a disgrace to see Brunette get treated like a cold turd and the same with Savard. Waddell said he wasn’t worth $5 million for 4 years. Strike two Dumb Donald.

Ferrarro blasts the franchise management every chance he gets on TV. Mellanby and Holik spoke truths and were vilified by Waddell to the fans. Everything he touches has turned to turd. Fire his butt and get on with it Levenson. You can hire him for parties and Bar Mitzvahs because he knows how to work a crowd. Not working a pro sports team.

Schroeder

April 7th, 2010
10:16 am

This season was like riding all the rides at 6 flags backwards on acid. I will go back to lurking until October. Call me a sheep, but I will continue to support the players on this team,and I know that support for the players is construed as support for the OCTOCLUSTER. That being said I do this as I watched a great team leave this town in the 70’s and I don’t think I could stand watching that again.Do I believe that given the right ownership and the proper feeder system for young players,and the right coach (NHL caliber)and the right system, hockey could take over ATL? You’re DAMN right I do!! But turning your back on this team completely would in and of itself tell any potential buyer of this franchise that hockey will not work in ATL. Don Waddell is at best a cheap alternative for the ASG that will not spend the money on a quality GM to run this team. Rankin Smith did the same with the Falcons for years.I would like to think that these guys (ASG)got their wealth from being smart business men outside the field of sports.I run a small business with people that work for me and I cannot afford to keep mediocre employees and expect an exceptional result,so how can these people continue to subsidize mediocrity at that level,COLOR ME AMAZED AND CONFUSED.Please, for the love of GOD,put a true hockey man in charge and see what would happen. I wish I could send t-shirts to all the “MANAGEMENT” group that read “I MAY HAVE ALZHEIMERS,BUT AT LEAST I DON’T HAVE ALZHEIMERS”I know this horse is suffeciently dead and severely beaten,I just love this game so much that I want a team in ATL to support.I also don’t want a team that is a laughingstock of the league,I had enough of that w/other Atl teams in my lifetime. Thanks for the fun,the elation at times,the frustration at times, and the laughs. Time to step off the ride ’till next fall. I’m headed for the golf course. If you need me I’ll call you. Schroeder

sisu

April 7th, 2010
10:19 am

well, another season with no playoffs. Hard to believe how the owners can be so ignorant that they cannot see the need for the extra revenue they could get from a round or two of playoffs. 10 years is a mighty long time with one trip to the post season, time to clean house! Since it seems they is an overwhelming demand to get rid of the GM and coach, who would you replace them with?

stendek

April 7th, 2010
10:26 am

It’s all over for the Thrashers. Just playing for pride now.

Thank you friend Brendan. I really needed that laugh this morning after that total giveup gag job last night at Loseland! To all the brainless jerkoffs who continue to praise Ilya Kovalchoke: I personally put him in the same category as a former Falcon who now wears Eagle green! Nuff said. ++STENDEK++ Loss of this team to anywhere would be no loss at all!

Disgusted with Waddell

April 7th, 2010
10:27 am

Everyone with tickets should show up Saturday and start a We Want Kozlov chant, then leave at the end of the first period after a FIRE WADDELL vocal storm. Of course, the arena music will just be ramped up to jet engine decibel level because we can’t have any verbal barbs at “his holiness.”

but everyone should just walk out after the first and show the coaching staff that we try hard but we can fold the tents after 20 mins. just like the franchise.

stendek

April 7th, 2010
10:28 am

Since it seems they is an overwhelming demand to get rid of the GM and coach, who would you replace them with?

Two chimpanzes! ++STENDEK++

Dwayne

April 7th, 2010
10:33 am

Yes it’s over, call it a day, sorry it had to end this way, no reason to pretend, we knew it had to end some day.

World Be Free

April 7th, 2010
10:39 am

Looks like everyone brought their “A” game today.

Alan R.

April 7th, 2010
10:42 am

The NHL just put out its top-10 saves video for this season. Pavelec’s save in Detroit was #5.

The entire video can be seen here.

stendek

April 7th, 2010
11:03 am

Kovy deserved better.

Really? Cost team enough points to reach playoffs with uncaring play as self centered me-me-me player. Was not team player despite captaincy. Bailed on teammates! Continually lied to fans! Deserved better? Why? Enlighten me. ++STENDEK++