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

Joe Friday

July 6th, 2010
4:19 pm

“Laddy and Buffy”

My eyes! Big Buff, please.

stroz, it’s too early to be drinking, son!

World Be Free

July 6th, 2010
4:20 pm

Stroz-right on when it comes to preperation!
Add to this the Thrashers’ inability to protect a lead, especially in the 3rd period. They came back from being down a few times, but they were unable to adapt defensively to protect a lead, leaving their goaltenders hanging out to dry on a regular basis. Poor coaching-that’s why all the coachs are gone.

Buzilla in CT

July 6th, 2010
4:37 pm

So Andy Sutton is a free agent. I am probably alone on this but I think he got a bum rap here in Atlanta. He played a lot of minutes and was a very tough defenseman for us. I think we should give him a contract of like 3 years at 4 Mil. He can take Bogo under his wing and show him what it takes to be a NHL defensemen.

…I am only kidding. Mandy was a freakin’ train wreck. I would buy him for the cheese that grows between my toes. I would like to see my friend Rone have another crack at him from behind glass.

Badger Bob

July 6th, 2010
4:49 pm

Stroz – well said. There are too many variables to lay it all at Kovy’s feet.

So I’ll switch my Kovy objection to “I want to try the depth / no one gets over $5M strategy”

Red Light

July 6th, 2010
4:54 pm

Lets not forget the injury to Kovy and the fact that Russian greed is blinding, which can cause anyone to miss the net frequently.

Jack

July 6th, 2010
5:06 pm

Buzilla nice!!! Does anyone know why Pav did not sign up for arbitration. I am pretty sure he is a RFA.

Rawhide

July 6th, 2010
5:11 pm

Jack – I would assume it means Opie agreed to whatever the offer was that was forwarded by the Thrashers. Same true for the other RFAs that were tendered offers but did not file for arbitration.

World Be Free

July 6th, 2010
5:19 pm

Mandy is 6′ 6″; he needs to learn how to play that way and stop backing down on fights. We get on Doris for backing down and Mandy has been around awhile.

Jack

July 6th, 2010
5:26 pm

Thanks Rawhide. The last I heard is that they did not like the original offer, so that made me curious. I will also be curious to see if the dman they recently signed is expected to be a contributer on our upcoming season. He has the size it appears but lacks nhl experience.

BTW we need Kchuk to stay away.

Rawhide

July 6th, 2010
5:44 pm

Jack – This is just my personal opinion, but if Opie was offered the same amount he made last seaso…$1.4 million…he really has no gripes. He simply hasn’t worked his way into a raise. The only way he could have run bitchin’ and moanin’ to arbitration is if they offered him anything below a mil, IMHO.

On that note, I wonder what they offered McArthur that made him take the arbitration route. He did little to impress me last spring after he was traded for.

Tom

July 6th, 2010
6:00 pm

Stroz – remember that the Spirit Group screwed around with the contract offer to Ilya and made him dangle for a long time before they got their proverbial Shot together. If I was a team captain and a top tier free agent I would not be thrilled that the team could not make me a timely offer.

You could see Ilya’s play fall off after Christmas when he checked out. I think he got pissed about how he was treated and got short timers disease.

It is interesting how the conversation of Kovy’s coming back has turned. He will never be a defensive player and he is not a great leader. But if you have a solid team that can use a sharpshooter, he fits the bill.

I would never have said Mike Bossy was the heart and soul of the Islanders. Potvin and Trottier filled those roles, but Bossy would get the crowd going and scored his goals. The combination of the 3 players is what made that team special.

I could see Bogo and Kane growing into the Potvin and Trottier roles, tough leaders with great skills. And I could see Ilya circling the blue line looking for his opportunities with a team behind him.

Rawhide

July 6th, 2010
6:18 pm

OK gang…here’s a new blog for you to rip into.

Jack

July 6th, 2010
6:18 pm

thanks again Rawhide. In respects with mcarthur, I guess he thinks he has been in the NHL for a decent period of time and deserves a raise. However I am with you, he has not done much to deserve a increase.

World Be Free

July 6th, 2010
6:27 pm

Hockey Steve-Beer leagues require at least 2 cases of beer in the locker room, preferably to be consumed after the game.

Alan R.

July 7th, 2010
9:35 am

“Laddy and Buffy”

Holy hell, what is this aberration?! This is worse than some of the names I’ve seen people call Valabik! This cutesy crap is horrible.

Hockey Steve

July 7th, 2010
9:41 am

check.

We are one of the best 4th period teams in the league =)

Losing Kovalchuck was a blessing in disguise, I think most of us can agree on that.

Alan R.

July 7th, 2010
10:11 am

Don’t know how many people have seen it, but this is worth your time.