How much pressure will new Thrashers coach feel to reach playoffs right away?

Late last week I listened to Thrashers general manager Rick Dudley interviewed a couple of times on XM’s NHL Home Ice Channel. Each interview started off with the same question…”Why did he feel the need to replace the entire coaching staff at this time?”

He responded by saying that he and the organization felt they had a team that was good enough to make the playoffs and, as such, they had set a “goal” to qualify for post-season play. When they failed to meet that goal, Dudley would continue, they felt the coaching staff should be held accountable for that failure.

This train of thought falls right in line with departing veteran Slava Kozlov’s comments last week that he also felt the blame for last season’s failure to make the playoffs landed squarely on the shoulders of head coach John Anderson. He cited that the Thrashers lineup was, in his words, the best they had ever had in his time here, but that the coaching staff didn’t seem to work hard enough…or work the team hard enough…to achieve their goal of securing a playoff spot.

Now, combine all that with the comments Dudley made to C-Viv late last week in regards to the coaching search and the possible makeup of next season’s roster. “We’d like to sign the bulk of our free agents”, he said to Vivlamore. “We think they are good players”.

“I’m hopeful because all of them have expressed that they like what we are doing here, they want to be back”.

He also stated that he has was “uniquely qualified” when it comes to hiring a new head coach, given the fact that he has been a coach and general manager in the past. In making that statement, he has made it clear that whomever is tapped to take over the vacant head coach position here will be someone he feels is the man to take this team to the next level…the playoffs.

Thus, Rick Dudley is saying that man will be brought in based on his decision. Therefore he…Rick Dudley…will be responsible for that call.

Now, given that…let’s move forward to next season’s roster. If indeed Dudley is successful this offseason in re-signing such UFAs and Pavel Kubina, Maxim Afinogenov, Jim Slater…maybe even Colby Armstrong and Johan Hedberg, (as Dudley has indicated he is in favor of)…what do you think the chances are that the new coaching staff will be under the same mandate to make the playoffs next season?

I mean, if last year’s team was good enough to succeed…and the coaching staff was held accountable for the failure…is the new bench boss going to be held to the same standard if they are given much the same roster to coach? And by that I mean he is expected to coach the team to a post-season birth, or be held accountable.

I would like to believe the answer to that question is “Yes…yes they will be”.

Even though most are willing to give this new front office arrangement a chance.  The fan base of Thrasherville is growing impatient as it has been waiting for over a decade to taste their first playoff victory.

Round One Playoff Update

Enjoying the playoffs so far? I sure am…many interesting story lines forming so far. Not the least of which is that all eight “underdog” teams managed to secure at least one victory on away ice, thus making the series a best of five with three games on their home ice.

New Jersey's Colin White introduces Scott Hartnell's backside to the ice during Philly's 3-2 OT win Sunday (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

New Jersey's Colin White introduces Scott Hartnell's backside to the ice during Philly's 3-2 OT win Sunday (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Given that, the probability of a few upsets are certainly in line, (DUH5).

I do think, however, that Montreal just might have lost their chance at overall success Saturday when they blew that large lead in game two. Coming back home with a 2-0 lead and the next two games played on their barn would have set them up big time. But the Caps have to feel energized with their comeback.

Philly, on the other hand, took their success on the road and built a two games to one advantage with a 3-2 overtime win at home in game three of their series with New Jersey. Colorado did the same when Dan Boyle’s attempt to pass the puck behind his goal wound up in his goal. Ryan O’Reilly was credited with the game winner and Graig Anderson blocked all 51 Shark shots in the 1-0 victory.

Tonight, Boston, Montreal and Los Angeles will each try to go up 2 to 1 after achieving their minimum goal of stealing a game away from home in Buffalo, Washington and Vancouver.

Congratulations to Bob

The winner of the 2010 Rawhide Blog Comment of the Year. Bob’s “Unleash the Futility” comment netted 37 of the 104 votes casts. World be Free got 20 votes, B. Thenet and Brendan each received 16 for their comments while MB got 15.

So congrats Bob, (a.k.a. Joe Friday)…I look forward to posting up your blog entry in the coming days and you’ll get that cold beverage of your choice the first game we are both in attendance next season!

119 comments Add your comment

Sherry Taylor

April 19th, 2010
10:48 am

I would be interested to know if Slava’s comment about the team being the best they’ve had refers to the team BEFORE Kovalchuk’s departure or AFTER his departure. It says a great deal about his thoughts on the team if it refers to the after. And, it will be interesting to see if he is re-signed now that things will be very different in the locker room (I’m assuming anyway).

Sherry Taylor

April 19th, 2010
10:50 am

Of course, the new coach will be under pressure, that is the nature of the beast, so to speak. But, can he take that pressure and use it to his advantage? We will see. I for one am hopeful for the future. It beats whining and griping about the state of hockey in Atlanta.

Alan R.

April 19th, 2010
10:58 am

Sherry – I would expect it to be both, really. Losing Kovalchuk was hard to swallow for everyone, but the guys we got from Jersey stepped right in and stepped up. The prospect we got looks promising, too.

ChippersLoveChild

April 19th, 2010
11:00 am

Congrats Bob…

And I certainly feel like the new coach should feel some pressure, and I like that, but how much is yet to be determined, imo. I want to see what our roster looks like before I decide what my expectations are for the upcoming season. Even if we re-sign Max and Kubina, there are still other holes on the roster that will have to be addressed whether through our system or free agency. I heard Duds say he wants to add a top six forward, and there is the issue in net, whether it’s Moose or someone else. So wait and see approach before I decide how much I expect out of next year.

thebigharybeast

April 19th, 2010
11:05 am

Playoffs are like bigfoot around here. People claim to see them, but I dont think they exist!

Absolutley whoever comes in will be under pressure to make the playoffs. Just dont expect alot of financial or emotional support from those that are the octocluster. But I do think there is a decent core here, I wont say super strong, but we do have some good young guys. And if the AS guys are willing to spend some money, and we are able to keep guys like Max and even hedburg for one more year, and some how get another top 6 forward in here the playoffs arent unrealistic.

Zoomo

April 19th, 2010
11:05 am

If I knew the Comment of the Year was worth a beer from Rawhide, I would have been more witty.

Alan R.

April 19th, 2010
11:07 am

If I knew the Comment of the Year was worth a beer from Rawhide, I would have been more witty.

He still owes me a couple hot dogs. :P

Alan R.

April 19th, 2010
11:08 am

Also, in case anyone still hasn’t seen it, here’s Dan Boyle pretending to play for the Avs.

Smoothie

April 19th, 2010
11:24 am

Thanks for the notice Bill! Wouldn’t have wasted my time on this, but oh well, here’s my last entry from the previous blog. Anyone?

http://www.mynhldraft.com/2010/NHL-Draft-Profiles/Jeff-Skinner

If we’re lucky enough to get Neidereiter at wing with our 1st pick in the first round, perhaps a guy like Skinner might be worth trading up to get in the middle of the first? Morin’s teammate and set-up man presumably. Boston may be in a position to trade their middle round pick since they are facing some Cap issues. Plus, they will have the luxury of getting Hall or Seguin depending on who EDM takes.

How about our 2nd first rounder, Ivan Vishnevskiy and Clarke Mac for Tim Thomas, Dan Paille and their first rounder?

If Cormier and / or Machacek are ready, we don’t need MacArthur. And if we bring in a Frolov or Sharp, then we don’t need Little to play top 6 minutes and can slide him down to RW / C on the 3rd line to play with Slatesy and either Arty, Cormier or Spencer. Plus, Morin will be ready the following year mitigating the need for C-Mac further. I’d rather have Paille who plays a grittier game to augment our 4th line as I’m ready to say sianorah to Boulton and of course White (BUY HIM OUT IF YOU CAN’T TRADE HIM FOR A LATE PICK!).

GaVaHokie

April 19th, 2010
11:27 am

Alan R… wow, actually I HADN’T seen that… saw the score this morning, and thought “I’m glad I didn’t stay up for that.” But, would have loved to watch that bit of douchebaggery live.

Russian

April 19th, 2010
11:28 am

I want to be honestly. I do not think that Thrashers will make Play-Offs for next season. It will be few problems:
1. Our UFA
2. New Coaches Staff
3. Young Roster
I like to give a Coach at least 2 years.

LAC

April 19th, 2010
11:34 am

Why would we need or want Tim Thomas ?… That would be a Downgrade in net, Where we need to get a LOT better !

Alan R.

April 19th, 2010
11:35 am

I think we can make the playoffs next year, Russian. We have a solid young core of players, and we have UFAs who at least say they want to stay here. In previous years, I haven’t heard much regarding UFAs wanting to stay. We’ll see how all that goes, as far as re-signing is concerned. I’m hopeful, though.

R. Stroz

April 19th, 2010
12:18 pm

Smoothie

April 19th, 2010
12:26 pm

LAC – oh yeah, what am I thinking!? Tim Thomas the Vezina Trophy winner and his 2.56 GAA and 5 shutouts this year are absolutely dreadful!

Are you serious? Do you even watch hockey?

Smoothie

April 19th, 2010
12:30 pm

Although I will admit my reading comprehension error w/r/t Tim Thomas. I thought he had only 2 years left on his deal, not 3. That first of 3 is awfully expensive. The last 2 years are more reasonable at $5 M and then declining to $3 M the 2nd year.

Badger Bob

April 19th, 2010
12:50 pm

Pressure on the new coach to make the playoffs next year will be huge. However, he could miss the playoffs and keep his job IF (unlike with JA):

1) Young players improve, rather than backsliding
2) His “system” proves to be successful against multiple styles of opposition D
3) The team looks like a prepared team, including 4-on-4 and PP situation, where we looked clueless this year.

R. Stroz

April 19th, 2010
1:07 pm

Assuming the coaching change is looked upon favorably and Kovy is willing to re-sign under reasonable terms, who would like to see him come back?

I’ll start with a yes.

Biscuit

April 19th, 2010
1:13 pm

I say amp up the pressure. We know the ASG run a tight budget so don’t sign the coaching staff to anything more than a 1 year deal to prove themselves. That way they can be fired early to mid season if they don’t start out on the right foot. That will send a message to everybody involved. You will win, or you will pack your bags.

Savannah Blueland Fan

April 19th, 2010
1:16 pm

Call me naive, but I would think that ALL coaches feel pressure to make the playoffs whether they are new to the team or have been behind the bench for years. Playoffs are all that matter, really. Otherwise, the regular season is just like bowling for dollars. I can’t speculate on which players will or will not play next year, because it’s all conjecture and a little pointless. A coach uses what he has and must use it effectively. Perhaps that was JA’s mistake: relying too heavily on Kovy with no other plan in place once he left for NJ. He sat Slava for WAAAYY too long; yet Todd White had to repeatedly slam himself against the boards in order to NOT play. Look at this year’s playoffs—if the Flyers can make it, anyone can.

Alan R.

April 19th, 2010
1:22 pm

Stroz, I’ll see your “yes,” and raise you a “yes.”

MB

April 19th, 2010
1:32 pm

Impossible to say since we don’t know what everyone’s lineups will look like for next season, but at this point I think we’ll be hard pressed to make the playoffs for a number of reasons:

1. Discounting significant injuries, etc., I’m thinking the first six positions will go to the Caps, Pens, Devils, Sabres, Bruins, and Flyers.

2. We’ll be battling the likes of the Sens, Rags, Canes, Habs, and Lightning…all teams that could catch fire or tank, depending on how the wind is blowing at any given time.

3. This season teams were all but giving us a playoff berth and we couldn’t take advantage. I doubt that’ll happen again next year. Don’t expect to get in with fewer than 90 points.

Not saying it can’t be done, but we’re going to have to see marked improvement in:
- leadership, commitment, and effort…all were lacking this season
- more consistent scoring
- reduction in GAA.

Nothing ground-breaking there, but can Duds, the coach-to-be, and the players get it done?

ChippersLoveChild

April 19th, 2010
1:33 pm

Pressure or not, I don’t see the new coach getting fired after only one year, unless we are absolutely dreadful. Three different coaches in three years? That would ruin any development for our players and the franchise, imo.

As for Kovy, I’ll pass. I’d like more top six talent, but I’d also want to spread the money around, not give it all to him.

Get The Puck Out

April 19th, 2010
1:43 pm

Nabokov didn’t look so hot in the last game. Just keep it up and maybe we get a chance to snare him in FA.

glovesave29

April 19th, 2010
1:46 pm

I’ve mentioned the idea of Kovy coming back with Bill more than once. I’ve always felt there was a chance. We’d need to have a coach in place before the July 1st opening of the UFA season. But with the addition of Cormier and Oduya, and then re-signing of Kubina and Afinogenov – there is a base there to build upon that may convince him to come back…who knows. I would certainly be on the phone with the Sutter boys in Calgary to see what it would take to get Jarome Iginla here. He’s already gone in the press and said he’d go if he were no longer wanted there. We could package the 1st we got from NJ plus a second and (who…not sure here – maybe the rights to Armstrong, Schubert and/or White)…and with that, who wouldn’t wanna be here ;-)

A power play of Kovy, Iginla, Afinogenov, Enstrom and Kubina would be fun to watch.

I want a coach that stresses defense and pressure. Playing good defenseive hockey is really the result of one thing. Hard work. Being relentless with the pressure…I want to see forechecking with a purpose, not just sending someone in to say hi. I want it in the face of the D to try to force the play to fail, go into a trap, or to steal the pass. If you play in your face defense, the offense can feed off of the intensity and counterattack. Read and react – both on D and O.

Thomas is an upgrade over Moose. HOWEVER…I re-sign Moose to show loyalty and consistancy to a team thats had neither over a decade. The players like him and they work hard for him. How about starting today we become known at a “stand up” franchise. Rick…you listening?

Smoothie

April 19th, 2010
2:00 pm

Y’all are deluding yourself if you think Kovy would come back here. Plus, had we signed Kovy to that $101 M deal, there is not a snowball’s chance in hell that we’d be able to re-sign both Max and Kubina. Now we can afford both and still add a player of Frolov’s caliber if we inject some youth into the bottom two lines. Plus Kulda will come dirt cheap as well for a couple of years. Just purge Kovalchuk from your minds and you’ll be much better off, just like the Thrashers.

Alan R.

April 19th, 2010
2:09 pm

Smoothie, it’s commonly believed that Kovalchuk was sending a message to ownership by not re-signing. I’m certainly not expecting him to re-sign here this off-season, and I doubt anyone really is expecting him to put ink to paper and return to Atlanta. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if this front office shuffle that has taken place is what Kovalchuk was looking for.

1 July is a long ways away. Anything can happen, including Kovalchuk re-upping in Jersey.

Joe Friday

April 19th, 2010
2:13 pm

Sweet, I get to Unleash the Bloggery, thanks guys.

I think the new Coach is under a must win situation and must get the club to the playoffs, that’s the whole point of firing Anderson. They expected playoffs this year and will definitely demand them next. Remember how the Caps took off when they brought Boudriuex up?

There’s no way I want Kovy back. That’s way to much money to tie up in one player, especially a one trick pony like Kovy, and as we’ve seen, we can’t win with him. With a cap strapped club like ours, who doesn’t spend to the max, you can’t tie up that much money in one guy (and he will get his $9m this July 1st, he’s the prize this UFA season). I think Dudley’s M.O. is to find up and coming talent and pair it with reasonably priced veteran pieces that fill holes and provide leadership. I see no chance of the guy who wanted to trade Levacalier signing Kovy.

We are much better off taking 1/2 of that Kovy money and giving it to a top flight goalie and taking the other 1/2 of the money and giving it to a top 6 vet forward who can play both ways and provide some leadership (Sharp). Re-sign Kubina, Max can come back at a reasonable price (Kozlov’s $ and Zhitnik’s buyout coming to an end leave you plenty of money to do all of that and give your RFAs the raises they’ll get).

Smoothie

April 19th, 2010
2:26 pm

glovesave – I agree that Thomas is an upgrade over Moose. He’s still only 35 and should have a couple of good years left. However, if you’re truly committed to Pavelec as your starter, then Moose may be fine as the back-up. I would just prefer he didn’t play more than 30-35 times.

But at $6 M the first year, Thomas might be a bit risky. Well, he is too much money for these cheap SOB’s and I’d rather $4.5 – 5 M go to Kubina who definitely made our defense much better this year. But if Bogosian doesn’t improve markedly this year, we are screwed anyway.

The development of Bogosian, Kane, Little and Bergfors will determine the fortunes of this team. So I’d say the coaching pressure will be magnified due to the fact this is a young team. Not so sure it’s fair to expect huge improvement in one year, but let’s face it, look at Colorado and how much their youth movement has led to their success. If our 4 young guns can’t be as good as Duchene, Galiardi, Stewart and Yip, then it doesn’t matter who the goalie is.

Dwayne

April 19th, 2010
2:26 pm

Here is my take on Pavelec, is he getting a real goaltending Coach????? Pass on Kovy…..

Dwayne

April 19th, 2010
2:28 pm

One more thing, who wants to speculate on what would have happened had Kane NOT got hurt? I agree that Bogo and Little have to improve.

Spud Webb

April 19th, 2010
2:38 pm

Stroz, no thanks. kovy can go chase his money elsewhere!!!

Savannah Blueland Fan

April 19th, 2010
2:46 pm

“Ilya, now that you have re-signed with Atlanta for $700 million, do you think the team has a chance to get to the playoffs this year and actually win at least one game?”

“I like new coach. New coach good. Old coach no good. Waddy say mega-watt starpower no so bright behind Ovie and Malkin. He say you go away–make big noise–come back and we make money. I make money, Waddy make money—wife happy now”.

**POOF** Just ten more minutes, Mom; then I’ll get up. Wait a minute…where am I? I fell asleep in front of the computer AGAIN! And I had that same nightmare. Make it stop!!

Ilya, baby….we love you! We do! But go away. Go to the KHL; go to LA; just go……..

Thrasher fans……move on!!! It’s embarrassing. Next we will be prank-calling him in the middle of the night just to see if he is home and alone.

Just my opinion……..

glovesave29

April 19th, 2010
2:57 pm

I am in no way suggesting the original offer to Kovy is still, nor should be on the table. He’s going to find out NO ONE is going to offer him that coin. One player does not a team make. That being said, I can see his agent making a call to Dudley to see if there is still interest here. That’s his job. Should he not, he is doing a disservice to his client. If I were in Dudleys postion, I make no offer. I let him know we have been burned before. If he is willing to show what other offers Kovy has on the table (KHL not included), with the agreement that if we top it by even ONE Dollar, he must accept it, then fine, we can work together – snipers like him come along rather infrequently. I just dont want to be used as a pawn to get more $$$ elsewhere. Let someone else be the pawn for a change.

SBF – how is this embarrasing? After Gretzky was traded the fans tried to appeal to the Canadian Supreme Court System to get them to overturn the trade. THATS embarrasing. Speculating as to if a former play may consider returning…is just good ol conversation among hockey fans.

ChippersLoveChild

April 19th, 2010
3:03 pm

Glovesave… Kovy AND Ignla will not be happening, nice thought, but no way in hell we’d have them both and re-sign Max and Kubina. We don’t spend to the max.

Zoomo

April 19th, 2010
3:04 pm

>I want a coach that stresses defense and pressure.
I’ll sign up for that.

Kovy coming back? Not gonna happen.

Red Light

April 19th, 2010
3:21 pm

Congrats to Joe Bob Friday!

I think it’s time we begin a Brendanesque prediction blog about the Cap hit per year of the new Kovalchuk deal, presuming that he will indeed sign with an NHL team. So, if he gets a deal worth $132 million, which is $11 million per year for 12 years as some have suggested, then I am certain we will all be shocked, and one or more enterprising person(s) will fly to Miami and kidnap the youngest Czar, Artem Kovalchuk, and hold him for ransom in the defensive zone of the team he just signed with to see if in fact Kovy can be lured into that 75-foot area in exchange for his child.

My first guess, is that he will receive no more than $8.75 million per year for no more than 10 years, but I think the realistic deal is $76.5 million for nine years, or $8.5 million per year.

Kovy re-signed in Atlanta?
No

Playoff pressure in Atlanta?
Yes, enough for Dudley to take Wade Redden’s contract from the Rangers to make it happen!

ah, just kidding on Redden.

glovesave29

April 19th, 2010
3:52 pm

Maybe not, but Iginla is making $7M – and (I cannot believe I am saying this) for a player of his caliber, that’s pretty affordable. Remember how different we looked even after that first game with Tkachuk? Remember how great it was to have a true power forward? Changed the game for us. Iginla is that and 5 years younger. If I can have only one, I choose him over Kovy EVERY time. But why dont go for broke and try for both? At least it sends a message to the boys and to the fans that losing and excuses are no longer acceptable. Talk about a way to get the seats warm again!

If we are EVER going to be a big spender, now is the time. Ya got a one shot opportunity here to undo 11+ years of bumbling and meandering at one time. You want to get some serious “juice”and renewed interest back in the team? Pull off those moves…

You gave me a heart attack there for a sec Red Light!

Joe Friday

April 19th, 2010
4:03 pm

“enough for Dudley to take Wade Redden’s contract from the Rangers to make it happen!”

In your dreams! How much longer are the Blue Skirts saddled with that? And I wanted Waddell to get him when he was available, oops.

“Cap hit per year of the new Kovalchuk deal”

$9.5m per year. Is he worth it? No. Will he get it? Yep.
“If I can have only one, I choose him over Kovy EVERY time.”

You and me both. But forget about spending to the max. Dudley has already said he’s not going to spend more and that he has to put some key pieces in with the budget in place, but he’s confident he can do it.

Red Light

April 19th, 2010
5:14 pm

Joe Friday:

Redden’s deal has four years (GASP) years left at $6.5, $6.5, $5 and $5 million, which is grand larceny of the highest order.

Sage of Bluesland

April 19th, 2010
5:39 pm

The coaching staff will not be fired after one year–unless it’s a collapse of epic proportions.

It will be particularly interesting to see what happens in year two of this new “Five-Year Plan” (or whatever it is called these days).

Will the excremental progress as patterned–and promoted–by Waddell be accepted by the new President and ownership group? It’s funny how accountability applies to everyone except for Don in the figurative joke otherwise known as Blueland.

It all rots from the top–and if that doesn’t wake some of you up, then nothing will…Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to remind you…and look forward to the waffling which is on its way!

(I would love to save the comments from this past week as evidence of the sheeps’ much-awaited ‘honeymoon’ period!)

Stooge of Bluecheese

April 19th, 2010
6:00 pm

If I’m not too late for Post of the Year, I would like to self-nominate my 97 posts this season that DW should be fired, my 84 posts that you are all sheep, my 56 desperate calls for true hockey fans to boycott the game they love, and my one soul-baring post where I revealed my true hatred for DW stems from him not returning my e-mails.

Smoothie

April 19th, 2010
6:17 pm

Guess that was Sage’s idea of “new material”. NOW I’m truly enlightened! Why dint you say it that way the first 100 times Sage!?

Brendan

April 19th, 2010
6:27 pm

Congrats to Joe Friday for the Blog Post of the Year! I look forward to your blog entry, sir. I hope Dudley can get an early start on re-signing some of those UFA’s. I guess, in the shoes of those UFA’s, you’re so very close to hitting the open market, what’s a few more weeks of waiting?

World Be Free

April 19th, 2010
6:50 pm

Alotta good stuff to chew on today, even without a contribution from Brendan so far today.

First off, I can’t believe I came in 2nd to Joe Schmo Friday on Blog of the Year! Hey Joe, where’s Bill Gannon? Congratulations, I guess.

Goaltending-we need an upgrade over the current tandem. This pair is not good enough. Thomas is a short term option, though I am not certain the Brunes will want to help the Thrashers improve without having us pay a steep price. We may need to look for a UFA or out West to get a #1. Theodore is an option too.

New coaches always have high expectations, largely because they normally follow a coach that was not successful. I think we are all expecting a young coach. He’ll have to be good at explaining his methods to the fan base, since so many are so skeptical (for good reasons). Our expectations of the entire organization will grow as Dudley’s work takes shape.

Kovalchuk-don’t you wonder what’s going through his mind right now? These are the changes he was probably looking for when deciding to stay or go. He looks pretty comfortable in Jersey, but the Devils are close to the cap so you wonder if he will have a chance to resign in Jersey. He will not get the money the Thrash offered him the first time around, as I predicted when he was traded. For what it’s worth, my vote would be “yes” to bringing him back.

Finally-note to Duds
Speak up during interviews! It’s getting harder for me you as the animal you were as a player when you whisper.

Smoothie

April 19th, 2010
6:59 pm

Aww c’mon World! Give Duds a break, he’s got to keep his gangsta rep intact! Speak softly and carry a big stick. He’ll draw in the skeptics who are used to DWad’s snake-oil salesman persona. Then hopefully he’ll hit us all over the head with some much needed accountability!

World Be Free

April 19th, 2010
7:31 pm

Smoothie-you know he will. I still like his line about why people haven’t been going to the games-equating attendence to the quality of the product. We have never heard that before! He’s always been a quiet guy, off the ice.

We need to play videos of Dudley hits and fights during “Unleash the Fury”

LAC

April 19th, 2010
7:47 pm

Well smoothie, You act your age yet again on the blog.

Do YOU even watch hockey, Thomas was Great LAST year Dummy. 17-18-6 This season,
sure 2.56 GA and .915 Save Pct. Plus he is 36 years old, Hedburg is a year older.

Seems every time I saw Thomas highlifghts on TV this past season the puck was going in,
a losing record on a Better team… No Thomas is NOT the answer and grow up and act like a man and not a little whining baby when you disagree, esp your Little SNIDE comments, Worthless !

Smoothie

April 19th, 2010
7:59 pm

Unleash the Furry! As in Dudleys frizzy fro-like coiffe.

DavidR

April 19th, 2010
8:25 pm

just a few odd thoughts here…. the flames will be in semi offload because they are up against the cap. they trade iggy well attendance is gonna take a serious hit. same for the kipper. there will be other players the flames will be wanting to get rid of but they are all going to be a wee bit pricey. the oilers however might be a better place to start with.

one thing i would absolutely not be surprised about is if we end up with carey price. it might be one of those new location better player thing.

past that i have a sneaking feeling that we are more likely to pull from the draft and the junior players versus signing big name talent unless something comes along that is absolutely to perfect to not pass on.