Vote for the 2010 Blog Comment of the Year

So how are your playoff predictions coming along? Me…well, so far not so hot.

Wednesday night saw three road teams…Ottawa, Colorado and Philly…beat higher-seeded teams…Pittsburgh, San Jose and New Jersey.  The one home team that won was the Coyotes over Detroit.

Last night, we saw Montreal down top-seeded Washington 3-2 in OT, Buffalo hold off the Bruins 2-1 behind Ryan Miller’s 38 saves and then Vancouver worked the late shift to finally do away with L.A. in overtime.

Oh, and that “Sedin to Sedin back to Sedin” goal that made it 2-1 Vancouver in the second period…nice.

All this means of course, is that after seven games played six teams I predicted to eventually advance to round-two are down 1 game to zip early on. Good thing I didn’t predict any sweeps, eh?

Derek Morris' third period goal helped get the Coyotes past Detroit Wednesday night (AP Photo/Pat Shannahan - The Arizona Republic)

Derek Morris' third period goal helped get the Coyotes past Detroit Wednesday night (AP Photo/Pat Shannahan - The Arizona Republic)

Regarless… if these first seven games are any indication of what’s to come, we should be in for some really great hockey viewing in the days ahead. Each one has been decided by a one-goal margin with two going beyond 60 minutes.

Tonight, Nashville and Chicago kick off their series while those who played Wednesday evening play their game twos.

Now… while we continue discussing the playoffs and Wednesday morning’s “Shakeup in Thrasherville”… let me take this opportunity to post up the 2010 Rawhide Blog Comment of the Year finalists and allow you to vote for the winner.

We have five comments to select from, each nominated as the season progressed. I’ve  attach a link to the comment so that you can review them, refresh your memories and view them in the context they were meant.

The one netting the most of your votes will see it’s author win the ability to write their own blog that I’ll post here. That, plus I will reach deep down into the deep pockets of the expense account afforded me by the AJC and by the winner a cold beverage of their choice at a Thrashers game next season.

I know…I know…please try to govern your enthusiasm and conduct yourselves accordingly.

I will keep the ballot box open until 11:00 pm Sunday night April 18, 2010…this way the voting will take place as we enjoy what promises to be a fun weekend of hockey viewing.

And so, without any further ado…the nominees for you to vote on are as follows:

Contract Rage” by World Be Free: This is a prime example of the quick wit and poingnet commentary that frequesnts this blog. It was posted by WBF last winter in response to a comment posted by Nikita.

Nikita-people are raging against Kovy and White for a variety of reasons. Kovy cause he doesn’t have a contract, White cause he does have a contract.

Play Until It Hurts” by B. Thenet: This was posted just after the 8-1 pounding at the hands of the Washington Capitals and points to why certain players might not be motivated to play “until it hurts” in a very concise mannor.

The problems with the Thrashers are from the top down.

I cannot blame the coaches or players for being bad, they have been set up to fail with the poor job Don Waddell and his staff has done in assembling the team.

When your ownership sends the message they do not care about winning, by continuing to employ a management team that is on its 2nd attempt to build the team from the bottom up….and looks to be approaching attempt #3 once Kovalchuk is traded by Don Waddell for a handful of magic beans.

How as a player can you commit to playing until it hurts, when you know at the end of the day the organization does not reward hard work….but instead rewards failure and shoddy work ethics?

They say a good team plays for the name on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back of it. Our best players play for the name on the back of their jerseys, because the name of the organization on the front is not worthy of the effort.

2010 Rawhide Blog Comment of the Year

  • WBF's "Contract Rage" (19%, 20 Votes)
  • B. Thenet's "Play Until It Hurts" (15%, 16 Votes)
  • Brendan's "Lindsey Vonn" (15%, 16 Votes)
  • Bob's "Unleash the Futility" (36%, 37 Votes)
  • MB's "Sad Merry-Go-Round" (15%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 104

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Lindsey Vonn” by Brendan: Uh…umm…I think this one just speaks for itself.

Here’s your Lindsey Vonn link: 

You can thank me later.

Unleash the Futility” by Bob: This beauty was “unleashed” on us just after the 4-0 thumping at the paws of the Bruins which spelled the beginning of the end to the Thrashers’ playoff hopes. (BTW: “Bob” now goes by the handle “Joe Friday”).

“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)

The Sad Merry-Go-Round” by MB: Our final nominee penned this clever observation earlier in the month after Atlanta lost in Washington 2-1. (What is it about the Thrashers getting beat that brings out the high-quality comments?).

As you guys are twirling around the merry-go-round of potential line combinations, all that came to mind is how very sad it is that this is where we find our team after ten seasons and twelve first-round draft picks.

Like every other season, we STILL do not have enough talent among our forward corps, we STILL do not have a true (dependable) #1 goalie, and we apparently don’t have players in the pipeline able to take minutes away from the likes of Todd White and Chris Chelios (at 48 years old).

And our big hope is to back into the playoffs. Like I said, sad.

Happy voting and good luck to each of our nominees.

120 comments Add your comment

kreedham

April 16th, 2010
6:48 am

Good Morning everyone!

World Be Free

April 16th, 2010
7:47 am

Unleash the Futility-though I’d like to vote for my own comment, I have to admit Futility in place of Fury is fitting.

Playoff hockey is on-there’s no better time of the year!

Best Blog Comment Ever:

April 16th, 2010
8:02 am

“Ilya Kovalchuk … is gay.”

glovesave29

April 16th, 2010
8:31 am

Y’know, watching the Sedin twins and Ryan Miller perform last night sure makes me glad we got Patrik Stefan instead back in 99. It would really suck to have a great goalie or a power forward around here.

My vote for the best blog comment is for the ones that are never made. The things we say to ourselves before the brain censors itself after having read another moronic ranting by stendec.

World Be Free

April 16th, 2010
8:33 am

Glovesave-lotta good hockey last night.
Remember Miller was a 6th round pick-a number of teams passed on R-M several times.

glovesave29

April 16th, 2010
8:52 am

Yup WBF, I know…but I guess since we had future HOFer Damian Rhodes, and the heir apparent in Fatboy Maracle, we didn’t need to worry about goalie. Zetterberg was a 7th rounder that year. Drafting is an inexact science at best!

Badger Bob

April 16th, 2010
9:01 am

I like concise and witty comments, so that’s how I voted. WBF, you can give me a sip of that beer if you win!

Doesn’t it seem like every team that breezes to the President’s Trophy struggles in the first round? Washington continued that trend – like they expect a sweep based on the regular season standings. MTL could have won 5-2 based on puck control, effort, time in the O zone, etc. Boudreau better quickly get those boys realizing they are back at square one. All the President’s Trophy gives you is home ice advantage, and they’ve already lost that.

Spud Webb

April 16th, 2010
9:13 am

Yup, had to go with the unleash the futility also!! All were great posts. You guys/girls stay up and watch the kings vs canucks game??? Wow…those two teams HATE each other. I love dragging into the office looking like hammered dog sh&t, didn’t even drink but up late and will be till the finals!! Back to back days the boss asks…”what happened to you”. CANNOT stop watching the hockey!! I love it…ready for a great weekend of hockey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sabres, got very, very lucky last night!! The B’s totally outplayed them.

Badger Bob

April 16th, 2010
9:17 am

gs – drafting is inexact, for sure! Toby Enstrom was an eighth rounder, proving the blind squirrel – nut thing once again. DW thought more highly of James Sharrow , Guillaume Desbiens, Michael Vannelli, Mike Hamilton and Denis Loginov that year.

World Be Free

April 16th, 2010
9:21 am

Glovesave-feel MUCH better knowing Duds is the talent evaluator. My next move, if I were him would be to evaluate the scouting sdtaff. Nobody has talked about the scouts and their performance, but i think Dudley will be looking at them. 11 teams missed on Tyler Myers, just last year. Myers to me is the rookie of the year without question.

Spud-so true on the Sabres. Seems like alotta the higher seeded teams left their “A” games int he regular season in Game 1 of each series. Badger noted this about Washington, but the others were flat too. Chicago game tonight should be great! Can’t wait to see Phoenix again too.

Badger-sorry we missed meeting during this season; hope to get together at an event sometime soon.

Tom (Capital T Tom)

April 16th, 2010
9:23 am

Bob got my vote. Raw, unadulterated truth.

Spud Webb

April 16th, 2010
9:38 am

That phoenix game the other night was amazing. Their fourth line (taylor pyatt, go figure) out there BANGING, keeping the puck low, killing time. That place was going nuts!!
How about the alberts hit last night in the canucks game…WOW…dirty hit…game misconduct. Burrows is totally getting to doughty, drew 2 penalties from him in like 3 minutes. GREAT, GREAT game though!!! Burrows is growing on me…35 goals and a gator as in instagator!!!!!!!!!

ThrashDawg

April 16th, 2010
9:47 am

Brendan you get my vote! The rest of the quotes are just old rehashed news, but Lindsey never gets old……:)

Red Light

April 16th, 2010
10:12 am

Congratulations to the nominees. Tough choices!

A little homework about the road teams winning Game One of a playoff series during the past 10 seasons.

The overall record of teams that win Game One on the road and go on to win a series is 32-25 since 1999. Interestingly, in the 2002 Stanley Cup Playoffs, seven road teams captured Game One of a series but only one team ended up winning the series.

Last year, only two road teams won Game One of any of the series.

As it concerns the first round of the playoffs, only 29 times in the 80 first-round series during the past decade, has the road team won Game One. With four of seven winning this year, that means the road team has won 33 of 87 Game Ones. So, the home teams have won 62 percent of those games. But, I’m still holding out hope that Nashville steals one tonight!

DWTOO

April 16th, 2010
10:26 am

Has to be LV. Attractive women in skimpy bathing suits still beat witty comments hands down. All were good, but, Lindsay’s getting my vote.

somaatl95

April 16th, 2010
10:44 am

Gotta vote for Brendan and the LV linkage. Here is my contribution :) http://thrashersbluecrew.com/photos.html – should help us through the summer till October

Joe Bob Friday

April 16th, 2010
11:06 am

“after seven games played six teams I predicted to eventually advance to round-two are down 1 game to zip early on.”

Me too. Before I feel asleep in front of the Vancouver game, I figured I’m going to be 0 for 7. I’m like the anti-Russ. I could feel the Blackhawks blowing out the Preds tonight to make 0 for 8(my only upset pick was the Preds, which I made purely because I want to Hawks to win it all, but figure a little anti-mojo might be in order, as you can clearly see that team’s I pick, lose–Thrashers, Cubbie fan, the list is endless).

Speaking of playoff hockey, if anyone still wants to do a Friday or Sat. night outing at TJs during the playoffs, I would like that. I was out of town during your last trip there.

“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”

Yep, that’s what I said and have hoped for year after year. Cause I want this team to win. I think that’s why I was so p/o’d when I heard Dudley on HNIC say “Don and I are sitting down tomorrow to start to pick a new coach”. After reflecting on it, and taking to heart Lloyd’s urging to give Duds a chance and listening to youse guys that know Dudley better and say he’s a take no b/s, I’m no puppet kind of guy, I’m inclined to think that mabye, just mabye, Dudley was saving Don some face. We know Dudley is very good friends with Waddell. Most of us think that Waddell is a very good man, just not a good GM, and mabye his friend (Dudley) was just saving him some face out of loyalty to a good man by making it look to the Canadian press and all press that Don is still going to be in charge, when if fact, Duds will be making the calls and getting Don to sign off on them and take them to the owners, but they’ll be Dudley’s ideas. That’s plausible to me, and I know Redlight says hope isn’t a strategy, but that’s going to be my hope. And it also means Dudley will try as hard as he can to save face for his buddy Waddell and allow them to together join in our future success.

I’m a little concerned about Dudley’s comments about keeping Moose and Pavelec, but hopeful that just means that he wants to keep them, but will also bring in an experienced goaler like a Nabokov or Ellis. As we’ve learned, we need at least 3 ready guys.

I’m a little concerned about Dudley’s comments that he wants to bring in a scoring forward, but that we may already have that guy in Cormier. But I’m hopeful that he just doesn’t want to tip his hand and that’s GM speak (watch what I do, not what I say) and he doesn’t want the other GMs to now his plans.

See, I told you I like Fridays. When’s beer thirty?

glovesave29

April 16th, 2010
11:08 am

Red Light – it would be interesting to get that information as it pertains to the first round. The top 4 teams often have clinched the playoffs weeks ago and have “rested up” while the bottom 4 have been likely playing for their playoff lives and are more likely to be in “big game mode”. While the disparity in regular season points may be greater in the first round matchups, one could suspect that there are a larger percentage of lower seeded teams winning game one against a more rested and confident foe. What do the numbers say?

Red Light

April 16th, 2010
11:17 am

I’ll have to do some work on that glovesave29. But, the following points out why Game 2 is so crucial for teams that dropped Game 1 at home.

Teams that have lost Games 1 & 2 at home in a series have won just 6-of-25 series since 1999. The teams that won the first two games and then lost a series are: Det-1999, Pitt-2000, Van-2002, Wash-2003, Mtl-2006 and NYR-2009.

World Be Free

April 16th, 2010
11:35 am

Joe Friday-good to hear that you are willing to give Dudley a chance.
I agree on bringing in a #1, but I am sure he can’t talk about any potential UFAs, since they are all currently under contract with their respective teams.

One thing that I have not shared is that I met Rick Dudley when I was in midget hockey. The Sabres and my team shared the same practice facility. I came out one day and Dudley, Jim Schoenfeld and Jerry Korab were all coming off the ice of rink #1 and we were heading onto rink #2. They were all good dudes, but I remember Dudley and the fire he had in his eyes even after practice. If he’s have the GM that he was as a player, we’ll be OK.

“In Duds We Trust”. He’s the man of the hour, at this particular moment.

Rawhide

April 16th, 2010
11:37 am

Speaking of playoff hockey, if anyone still wants to do a Friday or Sat. night outing at TJs during the playoffs, I would like that. I was out of town during your last trip there.

Joe “Bob” Friday – I think that’s an excellent idea…yes. I have a run to make down to Jacksonville, FL this weekend, (younger tax-exemption’s JROTC event at Mayport Naval Station). But when I return, what say we set a date and go with it!

Tony C.

April 16th, 2010
11:46 am

MB got my vote…. but uhh…. anytime yall find a SFW pictorial that’ll brighten my day like that SI “Olympians” thing (not just Vonn, but the others are fun too)-well don’t feel bashful. Also, I’m sure that if you posted something fun for the guy-watchers (and it’s SFW) everybody here’s grown-up enough not to get too outraged.

Joe Bob Friday

April 16th, 2010
11:49 am

It’s a deal, Rawhide.

“In Duds We Trust” Like it! What I’d like even more is to be one year from now, voting on that to be the comment of the year as we embark upon our playoff run…

Matt

April 16th, 2010
11:49 am

Will their be a “Dis-honorable Mention” award for the “Troll of the Year”?

Looking in your directions Sten-bag and Dried Sage Brush.

Page of Blueland

April 16th, 2010
11:52 am

I think I’ve spotted a Man-Crush, or at the very least a severe case of admiration for Rick Dudley by World Be Free!

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d133/bergmanrocks/1975-76_Rick_Dudley.jpg

World Be Free

April 16th, 2010
12:02 pm

I am jumping off my Dudley soapbox now. But before I leave, I have a question to ponder concerning our UFAs and potential UFAs-

Considering the transition to Rick Dudley as GM, away from Don Waddell-
How much more attractive is Atlanta to keeping our free agents and attracting new free agents?

Page of Blueland-I have respect for the man until he shows me otherwise.

Get The Puck Out

April 16th, 2010
12:03 pm

Thanks for the link Somaatl95. Not bad, not bad at all.

Dwayne

April 16th, 2010
12:03 pm

This one got my vote…
Will their be a “Dis-honorable Mention” award for the “Troll of the Year”? Looking in your directions Sten-bag and Dried Sage Brush.
But really, its the Unleash the Futility.
I do know one thing(maybe two)but here’s one. If the Atl. Spirit Clowns fired me from the Thrasher Organ-I-zation and kept Waddell, I believe I would contact the ACLU, Better Business Bureau, NOW, NAACP, PETA and whoever else would listen and file a lawsuit.

ChippersLoveChild

April 16th, 2010
12:05 pm

I went with Unleash the Futility.. Although I appreciate everyone’s input and thoughts on the blog, the unleash the futility line was one I still distinctly remember and one that stuck with me. Very clever and fitting for this team.

Red Light

April 16th, 2010
12:06 pm

World Be Free: That was my evil twin just having a little fun with you!

World Be Free

April 16th, 2010
12:09 pm

U da man Red Light-

GaVaHokie

April 16th, 2010
12:10 pm

Question about Center Ice tonight… I notice that most of the games are listed as Versus tonight, but TSN is caring the games as well… does Versus still black out Center Ice for those games?

http://www.nhl.com/ice/schedulebyweek.htm#?navid=nav-sch-main

Red Light

April 16th, 2010
12:12 pm

Hokie, there are still games available on Center Ice. I watched Buffalo and Boston last night and the Sharks and Avs Wed. night on it.

GaVaHokie

April 16th, 2010
12:15 pm

Red Light… were those Versus games?

Red Light

April 16th, 2010
12:17 pm

No, they weren’t Hokie

Red Light

April 16th, 2010
12:21 pm

Here’s what is listed on my Cable system for tonight
Channel Time Title
NH14 7:30 PM Philadelphia at New Jersey
NH13 8:30 PM Nashville at Chicago
NH12 10:00 PM Detroit at Phoenix
NH14 10:30 PM Colorado at San Jose

GaVaHokie

April 16th, 2010
12:25 pm

Okay, I guess they only have exclusivity on the Pens game?!… the Chicago and Detroit game are listed as Versus on the NHL site, but also TSN.

I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

Thanks for the help Red!

Joe Bob Friday

April 16th, 2010
12:33 pm

Hokie, not sure but there was something weird last night on CenterIce. The HD feed for the game on CenterIce was blacked out, but not the standard def feed, this was while VS was showing a game. I was wondering if it was the TSN high def feed that was being blacked out since the VS game was on, or could have been a DirectTV goofup, they’ve done it before.

alex

April 16th, 2010
1:07 pm

i’ll give rick benefit of doubt but disaggree completly about going to next season witn same couple of goalees, suspended pick from nj as high scoring savier and don’t see any good veterans like andreychuk in tampa avail. we don’t need one more white. i hope you can do better rick, are you don waddell?

GaVaHokie

April 16th, 2010
2:02 pm

Thanks Joe…

Everybody remember to cheer for Philly this series! We need that NJ pick to be as low as possible! ;)

Badger Bob

April 16th, 2010
2:04 pm

JBF – what concerns you about RD saying he wants to bring in a scoring forward? Many here believe its our biggest need. Cormier may make the squad, but he’s an Army replacement at best. As Smoothie has pointed out, 16 goals in the final 10 games was a significant part of our downfall. We may even need two top-6 forwards depending upon what happens with Max.

Joe Friday

April 16th, 2010
2:19 pm

“Everybody remember to cheer for Philly this series! We need that NJ pick to be as low as possible!”

Absolutely. And as a bonus, Ilya would get bounced early (hey, I don’t appreciate him blowing smoke up our rears all years all year and I’m firmly in the camp of “if you ain’t with us, you’re against us”, he’s the enemy now).

GaVaHokie

April 16th, 2010
2:33 pm

I’ve started my annual prospect evaluating… amateur as it might be… and I’m seeing some great options at the 15-20 range. Seems a little more gray beyond that. So, an early Devils exit would be great.

That #8 spot is going to get us a dynamite player, especially if the teams in front of us go defense or even European. Would love to see Brett Connelly drop “Phil Kessel” style this draft.

Prospect videos are starting to roll in on NHL.com…

http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=635

ChippersLoveChild

April 16th, 2010
2:38 pm

Hokie,

I’ve been able to watch every game that hasn’t been on Versus on Centre Ice. You should be fine, like Red Light said.

GaVaHokie

April 16th, 2010
3:04 pm

Thanks Chipper… my only concern is that Philly and NJ is the only game not listed as a Versus game tonight. Hope I get to see more than that.

Smitty

April 16th, 2010
4:24 pm

Nice article concerning Bernie Mullins and his new enterprise. I wonder where we would be if he had stuck around.

Joe Friday

April 16th, 2010
5:12 pm

“I wonder where we would be if he had stuck around.”

Wearing plaid jackets, drinking warm Guiness and saying Pip Pip?

It’s beer thirty, I’m off to Freaknik!

Brendan

April 16th, 2010
7:31 pm

Well, I voted for B.Thenet. After all, I nominated his post. I can’t take it back now. I stand by it. B.Thenet’s post was the “Post of the Year.” I hope it gets more votes, as time goes by. He deserves the honors.

thebighairybeast

April 16th, 2010
8:43 pm

Man! I really wanted to vote for Brendan’s quote. But then I realized I was just thinking with my head . . . errr . . . well . . . I mean . . . not thinking with my head . . .err . . . well anyway wheres that link again . . .

Alan R.

April 16th, 2010
8:46 pm

Ex-Thrasher Andy Sutton creamed Jordan Leopold earlier in the Sens vs. Pens game.

For those of you keeping track, this is the second time in the past week that a Penguin has decided to take a nap on the ice.