The new schedule is here! The new schedule is here!

The new Thrashers schedule is here! the new Thrashers schedule is here! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity the Thrashers need! Their name in print! That really makes them somebody! Things are going to start happening to them now!!

OK…maybe I’m getting a little more excited about this then I should, but I really do look forward to having my first look a new schedule when it is released. And as I’m sure you have already heard…the new 2010-11 Thrashers season schedule was just posted today.

After my first quick glance at it, here are some initial obeservations and thoughts.

For the fifth straight year, we’ll begin the season at home against a division foe. This year it’ll be the Washington Capitals who have won the Southeast Division three years running. The Thrashers are 2-1-1 in the past four years during those home openers and have won the last two.

After playing the Caps, they then head out on a four game road trip that will take them to Tampa then out on a west coast swing. They’ll play in Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Jose the following Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. This will be the second longest road trip of the season…the longest will be toward the end of the campaign when they will play five on the road between March 29 and April 7. During that time they’ll visit Montreal, Philadelphia, Boston, Nashville and the New York Rangers.

There are two days in which the Thrashers and Falcons both have home games, which will no doubt cause parking nightmares down near the Dome and Philips Arena. Thursday Nov. 11…Veterans Day and the 21st wedding anniversary of The Divine Mrs. R and myself…the Minnesota Wild will play the Thrashers while at the same time the Falcons will be hosting the Baltimore Ravens. Then on Sunday November 28 the Boston Bruins will be play in Atlanta as well as the Green Bay Packers next door at the Georgia Dome.

So…plan accordingly.

Last year the Thrashers only played two Friday night games at home. This season they will top that in October alone with three and there will be a total of thirteen Friday home games. I love the Friday night starts…for some odd reason the crowds seem even more energized than normal.

Last November the Thrashers played a Thanksgiving Eve game in Detroit…so I guess it’s only neighborly to return the favor. The Red Wings will be in town on Wednesday night November 24.

I count seven Sunday matinee games…mostl beginning at 5:00 pm. Two exception here are March 27 when the Thrashers face Ottawa at 2:00 pma snd the season finale against the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 10…yes, closing at home against the Pens again. That game is set to start at 3:00 pm.

We will see the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in town on Saturday night November 6. Could this be the first game that John Torchetti faces his former team from behind the Thrashers’ bench?

We will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Philips this season…the Flyers will be in town that night. Be sure to wear yer greens lads!

Also, the Thrashers will go to Dallas on January 15 to face off against the Stars and former Thrashers’ goalie Kari Lehtonen. Stendek…I’m sure you’ve already got a nice big red circle around this date on your calendar already!

Speaking of circling dates on the calendar, anytime the Flames return to Atlanta it’s worthy of just that. Calgary rides into town on Thursday night February 3.

And finally…I count fourteen back-to-back sets of games for the Thrashers this year. Last season they had 16 and went 10-3-3 in the tail end of those B2B games.

87 comments Add your comment

GaVaHokie

June 22nd, 2010
2:02 pm

First…

TSNBobMcKenzie Horton and Gregory Campbell for Dennis Wideman, 15th overall pick and another draft pick. Done.

GaVaHokie

June 22nd, 2010
2:05 pm

I’m liking these prices for star players… Nathan Horton for Dennis Wideman and the 15th pick?

Boston is looking pretty good next year… Horton/Savard/Lucic

Alan R.

June 22nd, 2010
2:05 pm

I’m actually surprised the Detroit game isn’t on a Friday. I’ll bet, however, that they’re counting on the Detroiters in town, along with those of us who have transplanted here, to be at the game en masse.

I hope to be there, but it’s the only time you’ll catch me rooting against my team from the north.

Another noteworthy is our three western division teams we play twice. Those are Nashville, St Louis, and Colorado this season.

Buzilla in CT

June 22nd, 2010
2:25 pm

I want a hat trick at Gorins. I want to be called “Boss” by the guys who work there. I want to get bleary eyed and rowdy to watch the Thrash play Min-E-So-TA on November 11th. I miss working in downtown where this was a bi weekly event.

Spud Webb

June 22nd, 2010
2:30 pm

Sabres here twice in 9 days in October.

Smoothie

June 22nd, 2010
2:37 pm

Damn it, got ranalloed. Wonder if the draft will bring him back out of hiding. I think he and Joe Bob Friday even made nice last time he was here posting!!

Okay, since no one has posted it, here is a link to the tweet about the Panthers / B’s trade:

http://twitter.com/sgorten

Needless to say, this may change Tallon’s strategy with the # 3 pick. Do they go after a forward like Connolly or Niederreiter now?

Smoothie

June 22nd, 2010
2:40 pm

Also, does this mean Patric Bergeron is officially on the trade block?

B’s have a glut of C now with Savard, Horton, Krejci, Campbell and of course Patrice.

How about Patrice Bergeron in a Thrashers’ jersey?

TO BOS: 24th pick & Ron Hainsey

TO ATL: Bergeron & B’s first 2nd rounder

telfo

June 22nd, 2010
2:43 pm

much more attendance favorable schedule this year

Smoothie

June 22nd, 2010
2:43 pm

And Michael Ryder. Boston would need to shed more salary to re-up Campbell and RFA Wheeler. Or perhaps Chiarelli would like to send us Blake Wheeler since his price-tag is so high?

GaVaHokie

June 22nd, 2010
3:29 pm

Smoothie… B’s also have Sobotka at Center… but I think he plays Wing as well.

GaVaHokie

June 22nd, 2010
3:30 pm

Smoothie… and if we don’t resign Kubina, I don’t see us moving Hainsey.

World Be Free

June 22nd, 2010
3:36 pm

Funny thing isa watching the Broones and Habs make moves, while Darcy Regier sits on his hands in Buffalo. The guy should have been fired years ago, he’s a total stooge. Sabres fans get what they derserve; they should have boycotted this team years ago to get rid of that clown.

World Be Free

June 22nd, 2010
3:36 pm

FYI-Dennis Wideman is also a former Sabres’ draft pick that wonderboy Darcy decided not to sign and let him go back in the draft.

GaVaHokie

June 22nd, 2010
3:42 pm

Plekanec extending in Montreal… they must have been waiting on the salary cap news. FYI… Salary cap raised 5%. CBA extending 1 year.

TSNBobMcKenzie The Plekanec deal in MTL is believed to be for six years, $30 million with an annual cap hit of $5 million

World Be Free

June 22nd, 2010
4:19 pm

That’s a big commitment for a guy that had 4 goals in the playoffs, while sending Halak out of town after his performance in the same playoffs. Now they have a ton of money tied up in 2 centers (Plek and Gomez), neither of which are true number one centers. Questionable

Red Light

June 22nd, 2010
4:33 pm

Eastern Conference teams Philly, Montreal, Boston and Florida make moves, while Buffalo, Atlanta and the Strangers sit idly by.

With Boston getting Horton and having a heavy concentration of centers as Smoothie opined, does that mean the Bruins No. 2 pick is in play? With Wideman gone, does that mean Chiarelli and Burke will deal again? Toronto gets back their No. 2 pick for Tomas Kaberle?

B’s Blueline: Chara, Seidenberg, Kaberle and Ference isn’t too bad for a Top-4!

GaVaHokie

June 22nd, 2010
4:41 pm

It’s going to be really interesting watching Dale Tallon versus Rick Dudley this off season.

GaVaHokie

June 22nd, 2010
4:50 pm

Red Light… Boston and Toronto should just do a Bergeron for Kaberle swap. Straight up.

World Be Free

June 22nd, 2010
4:51 pm

Red Light-I think it is early to count the Thrash out of the activity mix. What I fear is that teams are focusing on the # 8 pick and I really don’t want to give that up unless we can get a #1 center with 3 years left on his contract. Broones will be better and they still have not traded Tim Thomas yet; Buffalo will do NOTHING as usual. Looks like Hawks want to keep their centerman and deal wingers, maybe one defenseman. Hawks cannot take any salary back.

GaVa-it will be interesting to see which GM, Tallon or Dudley will have more salary money to deal with. Draft wise, Tallon has been here as a player before, being the former #2 overall pick in the 1970 draft.

Red Light

June 22nd, 2010
4:54 pm

Hokie: I’m sure Burke would like that, but he’s probably worried about Bergeron’s concussion history.

Red Light

June 22nd, 2010
4:55 pm

World Be Free:

I am hoping that the saying, “the more things change, the more things stay the same” doesn’t apply in this case.

Thrashers ticket agent

June 22nd, 2010
4:57 pm

The only thing I need is this schedule. Just this schedule. And a coach. This schedule and a coach and that’s all I need. And two top 6 forwards. This schedule, a coach and two top 6 forwards, and that’s all I need. And Kubina under contract. This schedule, a coach, two top 6 forwards and a contract for Kubina. And a goalie. The schedule, coach, two top 6 forwards, Kubina and a goalie and that’s all I need. I don’t need one other thing, not one – I need to sign my RFAs. The schedule, coach, two top 6 forwards, a contract for Kubina, a goalie and my RFAs – that’s all I need, for sure. And a good draft – I need a good draft. And better owners. And that’s all I need.

World Be Free

June 22nd, 2010
5:31 pm

Red Loght-I am torn between wanting to make a move, any move and not wanting to make a bad move for the sake of making one. We shall see. I really want to get our prime UFAs under contract first, so I hope I am not asking too much.

R. Stroz

June 22nd, 2010
7:01 pm

Danger, Danger, Will Robinson…the Thrashers are interviewing another AHL coach…Did Torchetti want a paycheck that FUBAS/DASG/Octotards didn’t want to pay?…the ASG just went cheap on the Hawks coach.

Raise the RED FLAG!

JLH

June 22nd, 2010
7:06 pm

Thrashers TA – hilarious. “The Jerk” references hit home…….. I just finished writing a 12-bar blues song entitled “Rock Bottom” with the opening verse about Navin Johnson reaching Rock Bottom in the scene you parody.

Brendan

June 22nd, 2010
11:49 pm

I loved that 4:57 PM post!

Red Light, if the Bruins trade that pick #2, they’re CRAZY. Gotta come away with either Taylor or Tyler. Their whole careers are ahead of them. And the Bruins got them just for ditching a player they couldn’t keep.

WBF, I am going to plead ignorance, here, but why on Earth did the Florida Panthers trade Nathan Horton? I don’t know hiw UFA/RFA or under contract status, but if that wasn’t the reason, then I question making that move.

I can’t believe that the Draft is on Friday, and the Thrashers STILLLLL haven’t hired a Head Coach, for input. R.Stroz may have nailed it. Torchetti wanted to get paid, I suppose. He forget who is bosses were. At least point, make Dudley be GM/Coach; he doesn’t want the coach to have input anyway. It’d be hilarious if Dudley does wind up being the coach. Then Vivlamore can ask him, “As coach, do you CARE who your players are?” I can see Dudley, “Heck Yes! What Coach doesn’t want say-so over the roster?” Then Dudley, the GM, turns to himself, “I don’t like your Attitude, Coach. I want a Coach who DOESN’T CARE what he’s got on the roster.”

By the way, ex-GM Waddell wound up coaching the Thrashers for 86 games over 10 years. Dudley just might, as some point, have to Coach, too.

Brendan

June 22nd, 2010
11:54 pm

Ya know, rubbin’ my chin, if Waddell were still GM, I’d accuse him of proscrastination. How come we’re not all over Dudley’s case about this?? I guess we’re mostly just in ‘wait-n-see’ mode, vis-a-vis Dudley. I suppose, if Dudley can proscrastinate, so can we.

Brendan

June 23rd, 2010
12:26 am

GaVaHokie, I take it that means that the next possible work stoppage will be at the conclusion of the 2012 season. And, that the new cap hit, if my math is correct, will be $59.64 million, with a league mandated FLOOR of $43.64 million. I’m guessing that this is where Jim Rutherford came up with his cap figure for Carolina??

In terms of the Kovalchuk-contract watch, that would make the NHL’s new MAXIMUM cap hit salary: $11,928.00. The St. Petersburgh, Russia franchise allegedly offered $14,000-a-year, with bonuses, that push the contract to $45 million over 3 years, for a $15 million-per-year average.

Here are the final four teams, since the current CBA was adopted.

2006: Buffalo, Carolina, Edmonton, Anaheim
2007: Buffao, Ottawa, Anaheim, Detroit
2008: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Detroit, Dallas
2009: Pittsburgh, Carolina, Chicago, Detroit
2010: Philadelphia, Montreal, Chicago, San Jose

That’s twelve (12) different teams out of a possible 20 slots, during this CBA. Philly’s been there twice, Buffalo twice, Carolina twice, Anaheim twice, Pittsburgh twice, Chicago twice, and Detroit THREE (3x) times.

R. Stroz

June 23rd, 2010
12:38 am

Ya know, rubbin’ my chin, if Waddell were still GM, I’d accuse him of proscrastination. How come we’re not all over Dudley’s case about this??

Brendan – I expressed this concern several times recently.

Here’s one post:

http://blogs.ajc.com/iceman-thrashers-blog/2010/06/17/looking-ahead-to-next-weeks-nhl-draft/#comment-29795

Brendan

June 23rd, 2010
12:54 am

R.Stroz, I stand corrected. And I recall that post, now. Makes ya wonder what has changed, doesn’t it?

World Be Free

June 23rd, 2010
5:51 am

Not trying to read too much into this interview of an AHL coach. This fanbase can absorb another minor league head coach running the show in Atlanta. I have stated before I really wanted a new head coach on board before the draft and before “free agency preview week”, the time between the draft and July. This July 1 may not be the feeding frenzy it’s been in the past, with some of the upcoming UFAs resigning with their current teams. More will resign and stay at home next week.

Brendan-on Horton, no idea why the Panthers would trade Horton without getting a current player of equal value to play right now. This looks like a salary dump on Florida’s part. The Panthers are certainly not a better team today, unless they turn around and use that #15 pick to secure a roster player from a team like Chicago, that has an overflow of players and no cap space. As trade bait, #15 more enticing than our #24. We have to use this pick and get a player, this season.

San Jose obviously has made a decision between Nabakov and Marleau, with Nabakov being the odd man out. I think there’s a good chance Tim Thomas ends up out West with the Sharks and Marleau resigns in San Jose.

Brendan and Red Light/I think Boston will keep the #2 pick and take Taylor or Tyler. These are the 2 guys in the draft that are a sure bet, so why let one of them get away? This Jason Spezza to Boston talk makes no sense, since the Brunes don’t have any cap space, even if they trade Thomas to take on a $7M salary. The Bruins needs wingers and Bergeron may be the trade bait to fill out their wings. I like the Bruins cause they have alot of a valualble commodity-centerman.

On Dudley, I hope he is just taking his time and making sure he makes the right moves. We know we will not pay to the cap, hopefully somehwere in the upper $40M’s near $50M would be nice.

kracker

June 23rd, 2010
7:20 am

For my part, this schedule is terrible. Not enough Saturday home games, way too many Friday and Sunday home games. And the Thrashers are served up to be Saturday night road kill 12 times. ugh

GaVaHokie

June 23rd, 2010
7:53 am

I think they’re interviewing Peters for the Assistant position.

GaVaHokie

June 23rd, 2010
7:57 am

Brendan… interesting post at 12:26am. I’d say the salary cap is working if 12 different teams have made the Conference Finals in 5 seasons.

I like that Florida and Carolina are in rebuilding mode during a favorable Thrashers schedule. Dan Kamal tweeted yesterday that this might be the best schedule in Thrashers history.

JLH

June 23rd, 2010
8:20 am

Brendan/WBF ……Horton asked to be traded…
From NHL.com:
“Horton indicated to Tallon that he wanted a fresh start somewhere else. Horton said he never gave Tallon a list of teams, but he knew it was time to move on “…..”Tallon said the Horton thanked him for the trade Tuesday.”
“I said in my press conference that players want to be here will be here and players that want to play elsewhere will play elsewhere,” Tallon said. “That’s what is going to happen here.”

glovesave29

June 23rd, 2010
8:33 am

Tom Renney has replaced Pat Quinn behind the bench in Edmonton. Pat is taking on a role within the organ-I-zation similar to what Scotty Bowman is with the Hawks.

GO USA!

Red Light

June 23rd, 2010
9:32 am

Horton is due $12.75 million for the next three seasons, while Wideman is due $8.5 million for the next two. So, their salaries wash. Florida is a conundrum: simultaneously the easiest and toughest place to play. There is little pressure there from the media and they still continue to distribute 14,000 tickets or so per game. On the other hand, it’s tough to get up for games when you know your organization is in the bottom third in the conference year after year and hasn’t made the playoffs for nine straight seasons. Sound vaguely familiar?

Horton has missed an average of 10 games per season during his career in Florida, and outside of Booth, Weiss and Stillman up front, he never had many other top flight forwards to play with. I can see him playing with Lucic and Ryder/Wheeler, to make up a very big and strong unit, which will be tough to handle with smaller defensive pairings. Gregory Campbell is a solid checking forward and fits well on the third or fourth lines.

Florida is so far away from contention, but their defensive corps looks pretty decent in front of Vokoun with Wideman. He and Ballard will make a nice paring. Kostinen never played after Nov. 23, Seidenberg and Leopold were dumped at the deadline, Kulikov and Allen both missed several games, while Ballard and McCabe were the only ones to play all 82 games.

Now, why would Tallon make the deal when he gets only Wideman and the No. 15 pick, I have no idea other than as stated Horton wanted out. But, the additional pick does allow Tallon the opportunity to package it if he plans on making another deal, maybe for a winger or two from Chicago? Florida has $11 million in cap space available and has Booth, Weiss, Olesz and eight other forwards under contract for this season. I don’t think Tallon is done and I think he’ll be active Friday because he has five of the first 50 picks and seven in the top 93.

Glad to see one of the good guys- Tom Renney – back behind the bench. It was only a matter of time someone recognized another Sather gaffe. Oilers are now my new Western Conference team!

Red Light

June 23rd, 2010
9:40 am

Southeast teams have 25 of the top 101 picks!

Atlanta 8, 24, 54, 87, 101
Carolina 7, 37, 46, 53, 67, 85
Florida 3, 15, 33, 36, 50, 92, 93
Tampa Bay 6, 63, 66, 72, 96
Washington 26, 86

GaVaHokie

June 23rd, 2010
9:44 am

From twitter…

Pierre LeBrun: Asking price for Byfuglien is 1st rounder and prospect

Spud Webb

June 23rd, 2010
9:45 am

WBF, I’m not so sure that Thomas is going to be sought after as much as we think, due to his high salary and age.

GaVaHokie

June 23rd, 2010
9:47 am

From Andy Strickland…

Word is Tampa Bay GM Stevie Yzerman is sticking with goaltender Mike Smith for one more season. The plan apparently is to allow Smith to have the #1 job and go out and find a backup in the $800-$1.1 range. In other words Antero Nittymaki will not be returning to the lightning.

GaVaHokie

June 23rd, 2010
9:56 am

Also from Strickland regarding Kabanov… I’ll say again, I don’t want him. Saw that a scout the other day said Kabanov is a “full time job for any sports psychologist”.

Who will take a chance on Russian knucklehead Kirill Kabanov who is gifted with top 5 skill and as a #1 headache. This guy has apparently burned too many bridges to return to Russia and hasn’t made too many friends in North America. He changes agents like we do socks and is hoping his performance at the combine will allow him to save face. Apparently he was coached up pretty well by his agents prior to his interviews with individual teams where he apparently said all the right things. This is after he left the Moncton Wildcats before the season had ended. Apparently his dad shares some smothering qualities Eric Lindros’s father once became famous for. Oh by the way his agents (The reputable CAA) recently dropped him as a client.

J.B.

June 23rd, 2010
9:57 am

Hokie, I just made mention of that on Chris’ blog also. I think I would be ok with our 24th pick and a prospect for Byfuglien considering his age, his production, his RFA status after the upcoming season, etc. It’s high but not unfair in my opinion. If I’m Dudley, I’d do the deal depending on the prospect involved (e.g., Klingberg = no)

World Be Free

June 23rd, 2010
10:04 am

Spud-Thomas is a short term solution wherever he goes. We cannot dismiss that he is one year removed from the Vezina.

JLH-I heard that Horton wanted a change, I just thought that Florida could have secured more than what they got for Horton.

Dwayne

June 23rd, 2010
11:21 am

give the knucklehead a one year deal.

Dwayne

June 23rd, 2010
11:43 am

usa to pull goalie in stoppage time…

kracker

June 23rd, 2010
11:44 am

Craig Custance has us takinh Jack Campbell #8 and Evgeny Kuznetsov #24. I hope he’s wrong and wrong.

Badger Bob

June 23rd, 2010
11:49 am

GOOOOOOOOOOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dwayne

June 23rd, 2010
11:49 am

usa score in stoppage time….break out the vavaluelas

Badger Bob

June 23rd, 2010
12:02 pm

From elimination to Group C champ in the final minutes – I’m liking soccer more every day…