Is there a For Sale sign in Thrasherville’s front yard?

Is there a For Sale sign posted up in Thrasherville’s front yard? Well, according to John Kincade, co-host of the Buck and Kincade Show air weekday afternoons on the Thrashers flagship station 680AM the Fan, the answer is “yes”.

Last Thursday he made it known on on-air that he is quite certain that the Atlanta Spirit, LLC will field offers from interested parties who are willing to purchase Atlanta’s NHL franchise. And he expects this to happen sometime in the next couple of weeks.

Obviously, this type of announcement is bound to raise an eyebrow or two around the Thrasherville community. Sure, it’s been known for some time that the group of eight owners of the Thrashers, Hawks and Philips Arena have bee actively seeking offers to join them…but selling off the Thrashers alone? Well, that’s an interesting bit-o-news.

Recently, I caught up with Kincade and asked him about his assertion that the Thrashers may soon be under new management.

“A am confident in saying that the Atlanta Spirit is fielding offers to just sell the Thrashers”, Kincade told me. “I expect them to receive an offer on the team in the month of July”.

As for what type of offer and whom it may come from, he could not comment on. But he did add, “The group that will make the offer is not the only one that is preparing potential bids”.

Now, every time these types of stories make their way around the NHL blogosphere, many jump to the conclusion that any proposed sale of the team brings with it the possibility of relocation. This stems from the fact that hockey fans in the area have already felt the heartache of losing a team thirty years ago. That, plus our good friends from Canada love to jump on stories such as this and insist that it will led to the franchise making their way up north. So it’s understandable way any such news of a reported pending sale is greeted with a certain amount of anxiety among the Thrashers faithful.

But Kincade points out that these fears are unfounded here.

“It is 100% my belief that [the AS. LLC] would only be interested in selling the Thrasher if the buyer was intent on keeping the team in Atlanta”.

The reason being…if the Spirit boys are able to sell the Thrashers, then they would see a good deal of cash put in their pocket from the transaction. However, they would not want to lose any money that would continue to flow into their cauffers in the way of rent.

As Kincade explains, “The current ownership would benefit financially from the cash influx of the sale of the team and being the landlord to the team for 41 home games a year”.

So, it’s still in the interest of the AS, LLC to have the Thrashers remain even if they are able to sell them.

And while such a scenario would not play to the wishes of the “make it seven” types to our north, it would actually be a positive turn of events for Thrasherville, I believe. If indeed the Thrashers were sold alone…separate from the Hawks and Philips Arena… then they would have an ownership that were not constantly having to decide how to divvy up capital between two different sports franchises. Their loyalties would be with the Thrashers and the Thrashers alone.

Also…and let’s be honest with one another here…the AS, LLC has been about as dysfunctional of an ownership group as can be imagined since they took over in 2004. Of course it’s tough to do a lot of good when most of one’s time and money are spent locked in a court case with 1/8 of the ownership group.

And while the infighting of the team’s ownership may not be the sole factor in why so many high-profile players have opted to bolt for the door the first time they had a chance… it certainly hasn’t helped, that’s for sure.

Either way…it’s just been un-good with those eight sitting at the top of Thrasherville’s totem pole.

As such, any sale of the team that rids the team of The Great Octocluster and keeps them in Atlanta would be welcome news indeed for me.

167 comments Add your comment

Brendan

July 6th, 2010
1:11 am

R.Stroz, way to go, finding the Cincinnati Stingers! Nice unis! Well done. Well done, indeed. A brief existence in the WHA between 1975-79. Sadly, the NHL wanted no part of this fledgling franchise in the 1979-80 merger, that saw the Edmonton Oilers, Quebec Nordiques, Winnipeg Jets, and Hartford Whalers join the NHL.

I never saw the Cincinnati Cyclones play in Ohio. They were founded in 1990. The first Cyclones game I saw was in their IHL days, in Atlanta, versus the Knights. Ya know, back when you were supposed to yell “Knights!” during the anthem. Okay, moving right along. I was very pleased to see them claim another ECHL Kelley Cup. It was Cincinnati’s 2nd Kelley Cup in two years. The 2008 club was the more successful of the two, posting a much better record. The Cincinnati Cyclones joined the Philadelphia Flyers this year as professional ice hockey franchises to overcome 3-0 series deficits, when they won the American Conference over Reading, I believe. They then defeated the Idaho Steelheads for the Championship of the ECHL, as 5th seed in their conference. Their coach, Weber, is seeking an AHL gig in Rochester now. Who can blame him? The Cyclones play their games relatively near where the Cincinnati Reds play. Go Cyclones!! Okay, enough of that.

Brendan

July 6th, 2010
1:15 am

Make that, “2nd title in three years.” The Cyclones did not win in 2009.

World Be Free

July 6th, 2010
6:01 am

Brendan-thanks for the Duds / Rammer / Luce info, I taped last night’s Game 6 so I can suffer later on tonight. I was unable to make ot th the Finals that year, but I did go to every Sabres series that lead up to the finals. Is it me, or do those guys all look like they are moving slow out there compared to today’s game? I remember the clutching and grabbing that went on in the 70’s and through the 80’s. No helmuts and long hair, guys like Jerry Korab and Battleship Kelly. Not too many places like the old Aud, what a great place to watch a hockey game.

Red Light

July 6th, 2010
7:42 am

Always liked the Addams Family theme on the organ in the Aud!

World Be Free

July 6th, 2010
7:55 am

Red Light-totally forgot about that! That’s back when the pipe organs were about the only form of entertainment in arenas other than the fans yelling and those stupid horns in Maple Leaf Gardens. The Aud was also famous for the “1-2-3-4 we want 5″ stuff. Smaller venues, under 16,000 were pretty cool back then, they are all gone now.

rob

July 6th, 2010
8:43 am

WBF,RL,
The noise in there was just amazing. Whole place just rumbling with all the fans and organ. Places like that are where you learn what being a fan is all about. You’d be hoarse and hard of hearing for a day or two!!! The pics of it being torn down were sad, thinking of all the memories there.

World Be Free

July 6th, 2010
8:51 am

rob, R/L-alotta the old arenas were like old ballparks in the sense that while they had faults they also had charm. The fans were alomost on top of the ice in these places, especially before they had the nets up behind the goals. One time, Pierre Turgeon took a wrister from the off wing, the shot hit the base of the net and went past my head, hitting the guy behind me right in the stomach. He was not well afterward.

Good news-I didn’t spill my beer, an Old Vienna if I remember right.

glovesave29

July 6th, 2010
9:49 am

Never been to the Aud…but the following dumps were also great places to see a game…
1. The Arena (STL)…by FAR the steepest upper deck I have ever been in. I was afraid to stand upand cheer for fear I’d end up down below in the lower bowl. I was at “Save the Blues” night when they thought they were bound for Saskatoon. A full house of blue shirts…and me in my bright red Atlanta Flames garb. Good thing I was just a kid, or it could have been ugly there that night!
2. Cow Palace (SJ) contrary to popular belief, the Seals never played there. It was the home to the Sharks for their first few years in the league. Tiny, cramped and with a pungent odor…but a great vibe even though the first few years of the Sharks brought some SERIOUSLY bad hockey.
3. Stampede Corral (CGY) – too small for even the WHL. Had great sitelines. You could hear the players on the ice from every seat. I don’t think the AC worked there, cause I have sweated less while playing!
4. The Omni (ATL) – where to start…the holes in the outside that we filled with chain link? The really thin concourse walkway(other than in the corners), the constant echoes from the pods in the roof? How about red, orange and fucshia seats. It did have the awesome seats that overhung in the corners.

The only old barn left is the dump in Uniondale.

rob

July 6th, 2010
10:20 am

WBF,
can’t count how many people I saw get hit with pucks when the glass was low and no nets. You had to pay attention to the game while it was being played then. No socializing and just “going” to the game….or at least at your own risk if you did. Good job not spilling the beer….and at least it wasn’t a genessee HAHAHA

Joe Friday

July 6th, 2010
10:20 am

“with a pungent odor”

That would be from all the Dead shows in there . . .

Day 6, NHL held hostage, WWID?

Red Light

July 6th, 2010
10:24 am

Glovesave29. Great call on St. Louis Arena.

As long as you didn’t spill the beer!

I’m going to take you down my fuzzy memory lane.

Best arena to have a smoke: The Forum in Montreal
Stand at the top of the arena and still watch the game without being sent outside. The French love to smoke. Last Leafs-Habs game ever before the Forum closed.

Best historic arena: Maple Leaf Gardens
Great bars nearby, seats were on top of one another so my buddies and I used to stand up against the wall near the green and grey seats. Best behind the goal seats in any arena anywhere. Very close to the action. Great historic photos everywhere.

Best fish & chips anywhere: Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver
Unreal. Fresh, hot, even the tartar sauce was great. Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals in 1994.

Chicago Stadium: The Organ
Only went once and it was incredible.

Best new arena: Xcel Energy Center
Went to the World Cup of Hockey in 2006. Unbelievable venue.

Best seat ever: Behind the Devils bench in Calgary’s Saddledome
And I thought I used profanity too much. You should have heard the Devils chirping that night. Every other word out of Krystoff Oliwa’s mouth began with “f” and it wasn’t fantastic either.

Underrated arenas: St. Louis Arena, McNichols in Denver, Met Center in Minneapolis
Remember the Columbine Shooting? Games 1-2 of the San Jose-Colorado series were moved to San Jose, and we saw Games 3-4 in Denver. Very eerie feeling that week. St. Louis Arena was a great old venue.

Best arena restaurant: Prudential Center
Ledge seating behind the goal for Rangers-Devils playoff game in 2008. We had upper deck seats, stood in line to get in the restaurant for three minutes. Gave us ledge seating in the first row, just above the lower bowl. Incredible view, great food, only thing was you had to spend $50 minimum food and bar tab. No trouble there. Heinekens were very cold that night. Rangers won.

Best tale: Continental Airlines Arena, Meadowlands
Triple OT goal when Modano scored the game winner as the Devils were trying to wrap up the series in five games. It’s nearly 2:30 am between the second and third overtime periods, my buddies and I go out for a smoke, and upon re-entering the arena, the doorman asks to see our wristbands for re-entry. In my best cynical tone I said: “Buddy, I don’t think anyone is trying to sneak in at this hour.”

Best atmosphere: Madison Square Garden
Perhaps a little biased, but there is a certain vibe in that building, particularly when rivals are in town. Saw the Oilers hang seven goals on the Rangers in 1981, was there for Leetch’s retirement ceremony, saw both Thrashers playoff losses. First game ever was in 1972 against Marcel Dionne and the purple-clad Kings.

Best Pre-Game Festivities on site: RBC Center
Before games, particularly playoff games, the have live bands outside, barbecues, etc. Great fan environment. Saw Larionov score a 3OT goal for the Wings in the Finals there in 2002, and Game 7 of the Sabres-Canes EC final in 2006.

Most hated: Anything in Philadelphia, the Spectrum and the Wachovia Center
But love being in the enemy camp there, particularly if your team wins.

World Be Free

July 6th, 2010
10:28 am

rob-I stopped drinking Genny as soon as I was legally old enough to drink and chose my own beer. Old Vienna was the beer of choice in the good seats, Sludge-Weiser and Genny up top. The Aud and Maple Leaf Gardens were old, but nice places to watch a game. Glovesave, let me add to yoyur list the biggest dump of all- The Boston Garden. The Garden was small, dingy, dirt, uncomfortable – but it featured the Boston crowds, which were rowdy, glad in flannel shirts and normally drunk. The Spectrum in Philly had one or two characters as well. Those places had some great fans, you did not dare cheer for your team in either arena! Miss both places-that’s where hockey was hockey.

rob

July 6th, 2010
10:29 am

On another note…any updates on Cormier’s upcoming court date and any chance it gets dismissed???? I can’t find much on the web other than the date itself.

Red Light

July 6th, 2010
10:31 am

Here is an interesting item: Calder Trophy winner Tyler Myers at Sabres prospect camp!

http://blogs.buffalonews.com/sabres/2010/07/myers-ennis-among-development-camp-attendees.html

rob

July 6th, 2010
10:33 am

WBF,
I thought my own Grandmother was gonna ask me to leave her house when I walked in with my Thrashers shirt…..until my kids came to my rescue and started chanting let’s go Thrashers clap clap clapclapclap. She couldn’t argue after that!! LOL

World Be Free

July 6th, 2010
10:35 am

rob-we should hope for such a loyal fanbase here.

Badger Bob

July 6th, 2010
10:42 am

RL – I’ll add to your list:

Seats the furthest posible distance from the ice: Tampa St Pete Times Forum (Game 7 Cup Finals 2004, top row of an arena where the engineers couldn’t figure out how to build the top bowl overhanging the lower bowl, so it just keeps going back and back – though it was a blast talking to the beat writers in the press box in the row behind us).

Seats with the most ridiculous view: “Partially obstructed seats” in the lower bowl in the old Chicago Stadium, with a 4 foot wide concrete pilar directly in front of the seats. The view was partially obstructed only if leaning into the seat beside you to see one end of the ice. Otherwise, fully obstructed. Then again, in a 20,000 seat rowdy sports bar, who cares!

Arena with the haziest air: Calgary Corral. Too many years of hosting cattle auctions and rodeos to ever clear that place up. Plus, no AC (per glovesave).

Arena with the worst box seats: Maple Leaf Gardens. The only box was where Harold Ballard sat. In decor and size, it resembled a prison cell. Serves him right, the cheap a$$!

kracker

July 6th, 2010
10:48 am

Source: Kovy to Devils. 6 years at $10M per.

Hockey Steve

July 6th, 2010
10:53 am

Kovie is like that really hot ex-girlfriend back in college; you want her back badly, but you know she’s terrible for you.

Stay in NJ, Ilya (with your 1st class org)

glovesave29

July 6th, 2010
10:54 am

Well, kraker…that means we can pick the Devils clean just like we did with the Blackhawks. They will have massive cap issues. (insert maniacal laugh)

McNichols arena….really? I found that place 100% sterile. No vibe at all.

To be fair…anything is really great in Vancouver. What a city! I could certainly be happy living there!

Tom

July 6th, 2010
11:23 am

For the old Buffalo fans out there have you seen the book a friends of mine wrote, AUDieu, by Suzanne Taylor AKA the Aud Braud. An interesting history of the Aud and a way to relive your past.

Here is a link to the book. http://www.buffaloheritage.com/audieu.html

World Be Free

July 6th, 2010
11:48 am

Thanks for the link Tom-
Lou must be getting senile in NJ, I didn’t think anybody would give Kovy that kind of money. Good for him, I guess.

Bill Guerin is still out there along with Aaron Asham. Toughness is not an issue with either of them.

Red Light

July 6th, 2010
12:20 pm

Guerin would be a good one-year guy if, and only if, you can’t get a younger guy to fill the role you want for him. Limited though in terms of what he can provide at this point. He can take a regular shift and play on the power play for sure. But, you would think he has other options with a top-5 club, particularly if Modano has an offer from the Wings.

Not an Asham fan. Punk.

rob

July 6th, 2010
12:54 pm

isn’t that a requirement to wear orange?

Dwayne

July 6th, 2010
1:14 pm

Lay of my Flyers….don’t make me sneak up behind you, crack you over the head, then run!!!!
Hey, if Thrashers are trying to change image, get an identity, get a little tougher, don’t you need one punk on the team??

Dwayne

July 6th, 2010
1:15 pm

And yall know how it goes, if he is the punk on your team, he is your punk…that dont sound right…I’ll try later.

Smoothie

July 6th, 2010
1:22 pm

Cannot believe there hasn’t been more activity in the way of Tier 2 UFA signings. I was hoping for a steady stream of activity to help make this week a little more interesting as we move towards prospect camp.

Some have argued that Kovalchuk has held up the market, but I don’t see how his indecision has affected the entire NHL when only 2 or 3 teams have been legitimately involved. Unless Grossman is playing the Devils, Isles and Kings like a fiddle while, in secret, he has fielded offers from 3 or 4 other interested parties. Doubtful, but who knows.

Yea or nea, how many would be okay with Kovy coming back for a 3 year deal worth between $27 and $30 M? Not long-term but big money in the short run that would set him up for life.

I say “nea”, but I might be interested if the price were $6.5-7 M. Problem is that would carry with it a long-term commitment…no thanks.

Bluenote

July 6th, 2010
1:27 pm

Vivid memories of the Checkerdome/St. Louis area Glovesave and Feu Rouge:

The Monday night miracle vs Calgary, May 12, 1986 ranks as one of my best-evers. And Dan Kelly’s. Blues overcame a three goal deficit with 12 minutes remaining in the third period, and got the OT winner on a goal by Doug Wickenheiser. The house was quite literally rocking. At least the cheap seats where I was sitting.

I was seriously concerned about the structural integrity of the building in the resulting pandemonium.

What a dump. The roof leaked so badly patrons sometimes resorted to umbrellas indoors.

Smoothie

July 6th, 2010
1:36 pm

Halak deal done. Took the extra year (4 instead of 3) in exchange for less money up front, but his salary escalates to a high of $4.5 M in year 4. Guess they’re not worried about having to trade him later on.

Guess Allan Walsh doesn’t understand the time value of money? ;-)

Red Light

July 6th, 2010
1:39 pm

Halak deal could be one of the best the Blues have ever signed. Cap hit of $3.75 million could be a bargain by 2011-12 season. Nice job by Armstrong and JD.

Thrashers27

July 6th, 2010
1:41 pm

Dwayne,
Something tells me we’ll have our very own “punk” in the form of Patrice Cormier.

rob

July 6th, 2010
1:48 pm

Smoothie,
NOOOOOOOO!!!! The TEAM needs chemistry. We are beginning to do this the right way. Why is everyone so obsessed w him?!?!?! He is GONE. The TEAM is better without him. Now is the time to be excited about this TEAM. Kovy wants mad money that will ruin a team with the selfishness of it. He should play basketball with that attitude of mememememememememe. It was nothing but get the puck to Kovy, get the puck to Kovy. I have a wide open shot and Kovy is triple teamed, but I am passing to Kovy anyway. Sick of it all. There is no TEAM with Kovy on it.

Spud Webb

July 6th, 2010
2:07 pm

Thrashers27, i hope that nik is moved to wing, that would mean someone has stepped up in a huge way. Personally I hope its Espo.
Bill, great blog…i’ve never understood why the ASG bought these teams?? Why?? they don’t care, be a great year if someone bought them and kept them here and put a winner out there. I have 8 dollars I can put towards buying the team!!!!!!!!!! hhahahahhh

Jack

July 6th, 2010
2:13 pm

Any news on the signings. Looks like we pickes up a samll forward and defensemen

World Be Free

July 6th, 2010
2:14 pm

Smoothie-there’s the temptation to bring back Kovy. But the way I see it, he wanted to be here (supposedly) then did a 180 turn and went to a 1st class organization in NJ. Bringing him back would kinda like having a nasty divorce then remarrying your ex-wife 6 mos later. There’s plenty of lingering bad feelings. Kovalchuk must be tuning into all the LeBron world tour highlights, watching him play with people’s feelings in multiple cities.

But you never know Smoothie, it just might work out.

rob-remember when Michael Peca left Buffalo in a snit, then talked about coming back? Most people in BUF told him to stick it, it wasn’t a matter of money it was the childish way he acted on his way out the door. We all have long memories.

R/L-Asham the punk-true and I would like Guerin as a team leader. Remember, we still need to name someone captain.

Midfield

July 6th, 2010
2:16 pm

Rob, I understand the point about spreading offense rather than relying on a single line, but saying “the team is better without him” is but an unsubstantiated opinion at this point. I’ve read this here just about every day since his trade – until Thrashers were mathematically eliminated. I say, we at least wait until the roster is finalized; or – better yet – a few official games are played to share our views on the progress.

Brendan

July 6th, 2010
2:22 pm

WBF and Red Light, indeed … the organ music was a staple of the game. And spawned the joke, “NEVER PLAY ‘LADY OF SPAIN’ AGAIN!!” in the movie slapshot. WBF, I was remarking that the level of today’s athlete seems a cut above. I think they’re faster and stronger today. Part of that is advances in conditioning and sports medicine, but some of it is the “rocket fuel” that the FDA allows in our food. (Not literally. I’m talking about growth hormones feed to chickens and cow to comes to us via meat, eggs, and milk, etc.)

R. Stroz

July 6th, 2010
2:23 pm

If Jersey signs Kovy, then it’s nearly impossible for them to keep Parise after next season.

I’ve got a deal for Lou: Yous end us PArise and and we’ll send you Charmin and a first round pick.

Time to sing:

The dream…the impossible dream…

Hockey Steve

July 6th, 2010
2:27 pm

I can see Pevs with the “C”….

Smoothie

July 6th, 2010
2:39 pm

rob / WBF / midfield – in my heart of hearts, I’m reluctant to bring Kovy back for the chemistry issues that could arise. However, to say that we’re unequivocally better without him is a bit pre-mature. A lot of it depends on the development of Bergfors, Kane and Little as well as how Laddy and Buffy mesh in their increased TOI roles. I would like to think we’d be pretty damn formidable with Kovy playing alongside say Antropov and Byfuglien. However, the last thing I want to see is 8 mins of Kovy manning the LP on the PP because his slapshot is so good.

If there was some kind of assurance, or just a short-term trial deal for a trial period, that he would commit to being a bit more responsible in his own end and not command encore performances in the 2nd min of a PP, I’d be willing to try the experiment. Nothing else to talk about other than old dumpy arenas with colorful character so I thought I’d throw it out there. Way to gobble it up guys!!

Brendan

July 6th, 2010
2:42 pm

Midfield, I think what people mean is, “We have more depth for scoring than just Kovalchuk.” I agree with you that the proof is in the pudding. And to quote Joe Friday, “We have this little thing called STANDINGS to aid us” in evaluating how well things are going. But if this team is clicking in October, at least a few games over .500, then tickets should be sold in November. I understand the Missouri “Show Me!” mentality. But by Veteran’s Day, at the latest, we should know if we’ve been sold a bill of goods, or if this team has 2-3 good scoring lines and is making a dent in the “goals against” department.

Remember something folks, last year was one of the WEAKEST years the Eastern Conference has ever had. Teams at 88 and 89 points got in. That’s terrible. The # 8 seed should be more like 94-points, maybe 93-points. If the field is that weak again, next year, then the Thrashers should be in the hunt in March and April for the playoffs, with plenty-o-wiggle room to acquire pieces at the deadline. I can’t explain why the East was so bad, other than injuries to some key personnel on several teams. When Boston and Philly got its wounded back, they took off like a shot. It’s not a “usual” year to see seeds 6, 7, and 8 advance into Round II. And it’s NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE that a 7th seed met an 8th seed in the Conference Finals. So, if the Thrashers happen to find themselves in the # 7 or # 8 slot, we shouldn’t start thinking we’re bound for the CF. What we might be bound for … are our 1st and maybe 2nd-ever playoff wins. “Baby steps,” and whatnot.

I’ll consider this season a raging success if the Thrashers make the playoffs and win two games once there. If we do more than that, it’s icing on the cake, and good things should follow.

Brendan

July 6th, 2010
2:49 pm

R.Stroz, don’t even “tease me” with the idea of Parise. That ain’t gonna happen. They might be more likely to trade Brodeur. And, let ain’t tradin’ Brodeur, either. Lou would dump Zubrus on us, and we’d have to give him something for him. Why oh why can’t the return just be, “future considerations.” I see that Atlanta gets “future considerations” for some of our trades. I never know “future considerations” are.

Red Light

July 6th, 2010
3:07 pm

Future considerations?

It’s like buying a cup of coffee and a bagel…and then waiting six months to eat the bagel.

Badger Bob

July 6th, 2010
3:15 pm

Heck no on ever bringing Kovy back. I changed my screen name from KovyRules for a very good reason. Like the comparisons to hot exs and divorces, I think of him like a highly addictive drug. When the Thrashers had him, we thought we couldn’t live without him. Now that we’re “clean”, we realize we’d be nuts to go back to that and how seriously unhealth it was.

Brendan, I wonder if the guys making “future considerations” trades know what “future considerations” means…

R. Stroz

July 6th, 2010
3:19 pm

I thought future considerations were “forever” postage stamps.

World Be Free

July 6th, 2010
3:28 pm

brendan-truthfully, the equipment was alot lighter back then too. I had a pair of Lange skates in the mid 70’s, great skates if you wanted protection, they were like 2 armored tanks on your feet. But man where they heavy, like the reast of the equipment of the day. No leather to be found in any of today’s equipment. Nutrients all came out of a beer bottle back then.

R. Stroz

July 6th, 2010
3:33 pm

Last off season, I was in the minority concerning procuring Afinogenov. So, I’m willing to double down. After watching Kovy for years, like many of you, I’m well aware of Kovy’s potential. If Ramsey is as good of a teacher as promoted, he can fix Kovy’s shortcomings in the same manner as Hartley was addressing Kovy’s shortcomings.

If Kovy can be had at 8.5 million per year for 8 years, I’d take that deal in a New York minute.

Hockey Steve

July 6th, 2010
3:36 pm

WBF- My Duluth beer league team is quite familiar with that nutrition plan!

Badger Bob

July 6th, 2010
3:51 pm

Stroz, my biggest concern about Kovy at this point is trust. ATL was clearly looking like a team heading in the right direction as of November, and he got a fair offer from ASG, so why didn’t he sign? He was true cancer for us Dec thru Feb, so even if Rammer could tech him two-way hockey, I don’t trust him in our locker room.

R. Stroz

July 6th, 2010
4:08 pm

Badger Bob – Valid concern. However, when did the Thrashers get serious with their contract numbers..November..December..January? I don’t know.

What I do know is the Thrashers were poorly prepared nearly every game as evidenced by there first period performances.

Kovy started out like gangbusters in October and the wheels came off in late November.

Was Anderson’s coaching the problem, the initial contract offer from the ASG the problem, or both?