Approaching the Thrasherville summer solstice

Back on the tenth of April the Atlanta Thrashers finished off their 2009-10 NHL campaign with a 1-0 win over the then-defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Looking forward, on October 8 they will open the coming season with a home game against the Washington Capitals who have won the Southeast Division three years running.

This means that in just a few days, we in Thrasherville will be right at the midpoint of our offseason…the Thrasherville solstice, as it were…marking the time equidistant from the end of the season last spring and the beginning of the new one this fall.

So where do the Thrashers stand at this sort of milestone in the middle of summer?

First off, three Thrashers RFAs filed for arbitration prior to Monday’s deadline…Clarke MacArthur, Ben Eager and Andrew Ladd. Last season these three players earned $1.4 million, $1.0 million and $1.6 million respectively.

Clarke MacArthur scored 3 goals and 6 assists in 21 games since the Thrashers traded for him last March. Monday the restricted free agent filed for salary arbitration (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Clarke MacArthur scored 3 goals, 6 assists and was a -2 in 21 games since the Thrashers traded for him last March. Monday the restricted free agent filed for salary arbitration (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Eager and Ladd have yet to play a single game in a Thrashers uniform, having recently been traded for from Chicago. MacArthur came this way last March 3 from Buffalo in exchange for a third and fourth round draft pick.

It should be noted that no player in the franchise’s history has ever actually gone to an arbitration hearing…settling instead before getting the third party arbitrator involved. Just last season Colby Armstrong filed before agreeing to a one-year, $2.4 million contract. So we’ll see if Rick Dudley can continue that trend by getting them to put ink to paper in the coming days.

With that…and with the dust settling a bit from last Thursday’s start to UFA signing season…the Thrashers currently have the following players under contract.

Forwards: Nic Antropov, Evander Kane, Dustin Byfuglien, Todd White, Rich Peverley, Jim Slater and Chris Thorburn.

Defensemen: Ron Hainsey, Tobias Enstrom, Johnny Oduya, Zach Bogosian, Brent Sopel and Boris Valabik.

Goalie: Chris Mason.

Those player’s salaries bring the Thrasher cap hit to right at about $35 and a half million.

If you add in last year’s pay of the those who filed for arbitration as well as RFAs Bryan Little, Nic Bergfors and Ondrej Pavelec… that would add another $7 mil-plus to the payroll and bring the total cap number to just shy of $43 million.

It would also bring you to the exact number needed to ice a squad…12 forwards, 6 defenders and a pair of goalies. Toss in…say… an Arturs Kulda, a Patrice Cormier and a Spencer Machacek to round out the roster and now you’ve got players on the ice and healthy scratches in the press box.

Boris valabik and the Thrashers will likely see Ondrej Pavelec return to Atlanta's goal. The question is, will he start or backup up the recently acquired Chris Mason (AP Photo/John Amis)

Boris Valabik and the Thrashers will likely see Ondrej Pavelec return to Atlanta's goal, given the RFA did not file for arbitration. The question is, will he start or backup up the recently acquired Chris Mason? (AP Photo/John Amis)

You’d also have a payroll at about $45 million…give or take… and would leave Dudley and the Thrashers about $14 million below the cap. Of course, once we know what the RFA contracts are worth, those numbers will surely adjust.

As for putting together lineups from that list of players…rubbing chin, adjusting glasses, tapping pencil on desk…I guess up front you could do something like Bergfors-Antropov-Little…Kane-Peverley-Byfuglien…Ladd-Slater-MacArthur…and Eager-Cormier-Thorburn. This would allow White and Machacek to sample the press box buffet spread. Maybe Machacek could play his way into the lineup and then we would see MacArthur park himself next to Todd.

Looking at that… I would really love to have Maxim Afinogenov back.

On defense, well…Hainsey-Enstrom…Oduya-Bogosian…Sopel-Kulda with Boris upstairs. I think the young Kulda would benefit greatly working with the veteran Sopel.

And finally…prospect camp at the Thrashers practice facility in Duluth will open up this Thursday and run through Tuesday the 13th. Here is a list of those expected to participate as well as the schedule. The on-ice sessions are open to the public and admission is free.

:!: UPDATE 7/6 9:45 pm: Eric Boulton re-signs with Thrashers…one year deal at $650,000. Last season he made $600,000. That’ll shuffle my projected lines a bit, eh?

202 comments Add your comment

Jack

July 6th, 2010
6:24 pm

. Firstlooks like we could make it work, even without Kubina. But bringing max back would be a plus

World Be Free

July 6th, 2010
6:34 pm

So what would it take to bring Max back? Time for Duds to talk about the future and what else can be done to round out this roster.

Red Light

July 6th, 2010
6:38 pm

Bill: Machachek and any other young player will never sit in the press box unless for a very short period of time. The Thrashers have proven that they won’t keep any young player under the age of 25 here and “healthy scratch” them. It’s counterproductive to their development, in their minds at least, when they can play every day in the minors.

In terms of Pav’s arbitration, I don’t think he’s eligible. It is my understanding, that a player who signs a standard player contract (SPC) at the age of 18 or 19, must have four years of professional experience (10 NHL games per season) before becoming eligible for arbitration. Including bonuses, last year he made $1.7 million. I expect him to get a similar deal.

And, guys don’t worry about Todd White. If he doesn’t fit by September, he’ll be waived, the cheapest of alternatives. He might be playing in the AHL with former Senators teammate Wade Redden (hopefully).

Your lines look pretty good, but Dudley keeps hinting that Cormier will play center. We’ll see soon. I still say the six RFAs will cost the Thrashers circa $12-13 million.

Sunday looks like the perfect day to be in Duluth! Hope to see you there.

Jack

July 6th, 2010
6:45 pm

Thanks Red light on the pav information

Hockey Biltong

July 6th, 2010
6:51 pm

I thought Mac would be better. He didn’t suck out loud, but he didn’t give me that “he’s a keeper”, feel either. Blame it on the coach, the system, whatever, if we can package him and White outta here for a solid player with some upside, then by all means we should do it.
Bill, I’m with you on Max. He is an interesting wild card.I just don’t see offering him more than 2/3 years.I’m guessing he wants more.
I believe we are still in the hunt for a Frolov type O guy and a cherry pick dman from an over capped team. Just a matter of time before we figure out who has to unload from getting K’chuk..

Hockey Biltong

July 6th, 2010
6:55 pm

Oh and ESPN can take a flying *&^% through a rolling doughnut for saying absolutey nothing about hockey during one of it’s more exciting moments of the year…

World Be Free

July 6th, 2010
6:58 pm

MacArthur was marginally successful in Buffalo under Lindy; I am hoping The General gets his act together under Rammer. I agree with you Biltong, he didn’t suck out load, but it is clear that is not one aspect of his game that sticks out. He’s not unique, just a 3rd or 4rth liner that will struggle on a good team. And I think we will be a good team this year.

Rawhide-is the Torchetti thing dead now? This looked like a done deal and that has moved to barely alive.

Bring back Max!

World Be Free

July 6th, 2010
7:17 pm

I have divorced ESPN after 20+ years, took them off my Blackberry. Screw them

Red Light

July 6th, 2010
7:41 pm

Guys I couldn’t be happier about the anti-ESPN/Disney sentiments. Just let me point out one major thing: They single-handedly want control of all thing sports. And guess what absolutely no one seems to remember: they dictate time, place and most of all money. When all things media have suffered over the past few years, they are seemingly recession proof, and MLB, NFL, FIFA, NASCAR, the NCAA, etc. etc. etc. are to blame. ESPN is nothing more than a bookie with a lot more glamor. They spend money on content and then sell that content to the idiots who keep buying commercials on their monopoly of stations.

Wake up and smell the coffee. They are robbing you blind and eventually it will come back to haunt you. It already is haunting the sports consumer. Check your cable or satellite bill.

Brendan

July 6th, 2010
7:49 pm

I think I stopped watching ESPN SportsCenter in 2003. I get just as good, if not better coverage from the Internet. I find ESPN to be “too New York-Centric.” They should just call that channel, ESPN-NY. Their biases are on full display. Like any news channel, they claim to be the informational leader, and to be impartial. Yeah, anyone buyin’ that line, in 2010? Their shows and channel exist to make money for its ownership and/or to sway public sentiment.

Rawhide, I loved this blog topic. I think we’re at about $45 million right now, including bonuses, if the RFA players salaries are figured into the equasion. I don’t know where FUBAS will set their internal cap, but I’m thinking somewhere around $49 to $50.5 million. I’d feel a whole lot better about $55 million, since the cap limit is $59.5 million. If it really is $49 million, at least until the trade deadline, that’s at least $5.5 million over the FLOOR of the cap.

Now, let me ask you ALLL something … and I appreciate an HONEST response. If you were the GM, or Dudley, how would you FEEL about having to compete with the other 14 clubs in the East … at a team cap payroll $9-$10 million below the cap limit? ($49.5 million, for example, is $10 million BELOW the ceiling of $59.5 million.)

Are you doing cartwheels yet? Or, are you thinking, “Don’t expect playoffs with this budget?” See, with Waddell, I’m guessing that he sat there with this statement to ownership, “Oh yeah. No worries. We’ll get in the playoffs at the floor, or just above it. We can get this done on a shoestring budget. You can count on 2-games’ worth of playoff revenue.” And ownership probably sat there, mulling it over, then saying, “Good enough, Don,” while thinking, “At least we’re not blowing a budget for no playoffs. We’ve covered either way. We didn’t spend, and we’ll get revenue-sharing dollars, if we aren’t a playoff team. And if we are, so much the better.”

There’s no doubt in my mind we could afford Max. I think the issue with Finny is the length of the contract. GM’s like Max on a 1-year. GM’s kinda like Max on a 2-year deal. GM’s have seen Max on a 3-year deal, and it isn’t pretty. That’s probably why he’s un-signed. They’re waiting for desperation to kick in. They might wait all the way to September.

Re: Andy Sutton … last time around, Sutton waited ’til August for Waddell to reach out to his agent, before Mandy finally figured out we weren’t interested in him, and the Islanders turned into his best option at 3-years/$9 million. Somebody will sign him. When late August/early September rolls around, and teams start weighing their options, Sutton will get contract. He’ll have to take what he can get. Or play in Europe.

World Be Free

July 6th, 2010
8:12 pm

Totally agree guys on ESPN. They were first class way back when, but the good reporters have been replaced by the screaming idiots. Brian Kinney is the ONLY reporter on ESPN worth watching, but he is starting to change now too. All the garbage going on in the NBA, the “star player” BS is all ESPN driven.

Brendan-ESPN’s world evolves around NY, NBA, the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins. Not that I have anything against these 2 teams, but there’s more going on in the sports world today. But they do control mainstream sports reporting, Ask Tommy Tubberville who openly critisized ESPN 2 years ago and has been effectively blackballed by the network.

Our Cap-it will be around $50M, about $10M below the ceiliong. Nashville seems to able to field a competitive team (in the West no less) spending about that. It is what it is, get a cross section of vets and young players, with a good coach and we may make some noise this season.

Getting Max back would be great-I didn’t say that 1 year ago!

Rawhide

July 6th, 2010
8:14 pm

Bill: Machachek and any other young player will never sit in the press box unless for a very short period of time. The Thrashers have proven that they won’t keep any young player under the age of 25 here and “healthy scratch” them. It’s counterproductive to their development, in their minds at least, when they can play every day in the minors.

Red Light – Point taken. Like I said…maybe he could work his way into the lineup replacing Mac. Put Max back in the lineup and we could move Spencer off.

Rawhide-is the Torchetti thing dead now? This looked like a done deal and that has moved to barely alive.

WBFshrugs…I dunno. I have barely heard a peep since the night we learned about Ramsay being named head coach. It’s been speculated $$$ was an issue. Also I’ve heard that the Blackhawks were not happy about him leaving to make a latteral move…although I’m not sure what, or if, there is anything they could do about it.

Brendan

July 6th, 2010
8:21 pm

Look how dead it is on the UFA market. http://tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?id=25880. Ummn, who got Nabakov? Still no definitive word on the Kovalchuk contract.

ThrashDawg

July 6th, 2010
8:41 pm

Man, I am glad that I am not the only one who gets sick and tired of ESPN. They have turned sports into a tabloid story….the whole LeBron thing makes me sick along with the Red Sox and Yankee crap! Absolutely no hockey news…even worse is the NHL Network having very little coverage or hot stove conversation…getting tired of watching the old playoff games while trying to read the bottom scroll for new signing information..piss poor for a network that is owned by the NHL…Sorry to rant, you guys just touched on a sore subject. In addition I have DISH for my satellite provider and the lost the MLB package a couple of years ago and ESPN is playing games with them on their HD News channel and I hear they are losing the NHL package next year. Ugh!

Jack

July 6th, 2010
8:42 pm

Brendan thanks for the link. It shows Noah Welch has not been signed yet, but didn’t we resign him prior to last Thursday?

goose

July 6th, 2010
8:44 pm

we resigned boulton for 1 year at 650,000

Jack

July 6th, 2010
8:50 pm

Great to see Boulton back. I have feeling since the NHl tv rights go to versus now, it looks obvious that they do not care to cover NHL since they do not receive revenue. Just my take.

Thrashers27

July 6th, 2010
8:50 pm

Love havin’ Boults back, but is there really room for another LW?

Anybody know who the h-e-double hockey sticks Jared Ross is? On the Thrashers’ web-site he’s listed on the roster. 5′9″ Center.

Jack

July 6th, 2010
8:55 pm

Thrashers 27, he played for the flyers a couple games. Maybe he is Whites replacement :)
Any word on what Boulton made last year?

Sparky (Smoothie)

July 6th, 2010
9:16 pm

Boults made $600 large last season. Decent little bump for a part-time player.

Who says the ASG is cheap!!? ;-)

Jack

July 6th, 2010
9:18 pm

cool always need to have a instigator. :)

lola

July 6th, 2010
9:22 pm

#36 Whoo-hoo!

HookyBob

July 6th, 2010
9:27 pm

Solstice is a half-way point? To me solstice has a couple of meanings,…. that would be 1)maximum amount of light, or 2)minimum amount of light (ie maximum darkness)….eh? I gotta say this year’s solstice has a goodly amount of light. That may be showing my “fan” tendancies though. I guess you could look at solstice as being the maximum “out of balance.” But I ask “who needs balance anyway?” Besides, equinox was always sort of dull.

Seems to me that Duds may be a bit handcuffed by an ASG (internal) salary cap. None-the-less I think he has done a very good job in recent weeks. If I understand it correctly,…the players we picked up are, at a minimum, very solid, serviceable and teachable. That is besides being, bigger, grittier, and mostly younger. Now we have to see who fills out the coaching ranks.

As FA dies down,..trades may move front and center for July and August. Anyone think Colin White might be available if Kovy signs in NJ. Any interest if he is?

ESPN,..to borrow from the brewing world’s acronyms, could stand for “Extra Special Pric_ Network.” I’m some of you can come up with better words for what “ESPN” is short for. Let me hear it.

Glad to have Bolts back. Every team should have a Nova Scotian (a new Caladonian as it were). He may not have the best hands,…but his fights, generally against bigger opponents, have done wonders to get the “Boys in Blue” revved up. He may have played the 4th line,..but I recall more than one night in which Slater, Bolts & Thorburn were our best line. Does this mean Artukin was a one hit wonder with us?

Lest I forget, another in a string of great blogs Rawhide,…err Bill. We are so fortunate to have you chumming the waters.

HookyBob

July 6th, 2010
9:32 pm

OK I think I’m seeing the light now,..I could see the midpoint between hockey seasons as the point of greatest darkness,..and that would be the solstice, right?

Rawhide

July 6th, 2010
9:58 pm

I turn off the computer for a couple of hours to watch Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan with the boys and ….BOOM! …a re-signing!

Boulton back…nice signing and a good price for the Thrashers. Modifying the roster listed in my post…I would drop Machachek and add in Boulton. MacArthur now parks in the PB with White and Thorns moves to the third line.

World Be Free

July 6th, 2010
10:03 pm

lola-you’re a little late on that one! I knew we would hear from you as soon as number thirty six was inked to a new deal/congratulations. I think it is a great move, but probably the signal that Arty will not be back.

Still plenty of UFAs out there-Dominic Moore? He was around last off season, had a nice first half in FLA, a better 2nd half and playoffs in Montreal. Gritty, good faceoff man and a desired replacement for Charmin.

Brendan-I do not know what we initially offered Max, must not have been much since he about faced pretty quick. I’d give him what he earned and get him back. Can’t believe I am pulling for Max, how things have changed.

ThrashDawg-I did not hear that Dish is losing NHL next season. If they do, I am changing before the season. We appreciate the rant, ESPN doesn’t care that they have ticked off half the sports world. Their College Football coverage is the worst anywhere, idiots like Corso, Fowler and that moron Bob Davie. NFL coverage is no better-5 commentators at the table for the NFL draft? Steve Young needs his ego surgically removed, cuz he will always be second fiddle to Joe Montana.

Sparky (Smoothie)

July 6th, 2010
10:04 pm

Little known fact: they once played hockey in Lexington! Check it: http://thrashingbirds.blogspot.com/2010/07/news-cant-hide-from-twitter-machine.html

Bill, I gotta take umbrage with your line combos. No way Thorbs takes C-Mac’s spot on the 3rd line if he’s around. He may not be exactly what we want, but his hands are certainly good enough to pot 15 goals playing with Laddy and Slates. And don’t forget about “Fly” Pettersson, who may very well be the surprise of training camp!

Sparky (Smoothie)

July 6th, 2010
10:06 pm

Okay, as not to get left behind by the bandwagon: ESPN SUCKS!

Rawhide

July 6th, 2010
10:10 pm

The Smooth Spark – Not sayin’ Thorbs is the best fit on the third line…just playin’ with the roster currently on hand.

Oh…and did you just drop “umbrage” on me?

Question: Does Boulton signing and the adition of Eager pretty much seal R2’s fate in that he definately will not be back? I would think so…

Regardless, I like the Bouls signing for a couple reasons…

One – $650K is a good value for that type of role player, especially one who has been one the team for a few years now. And that’a a $50K raise for him…8.3%. Who wouldn’t take that in today’s economy?

Two – It makes lola very, very happy! :grin:

World Be Free

July 6th, 2010
10:23 pm

It is official-Montreal is not offering contracts to Dominic Moore, Glen Metropolit, Paul Mara and Marc-Andre Bergeron.

Sparky (Smoothie)

July 6th, 2010
10:29 pm

Bill – you know it, you know it! :-) Had to “pick a fight” since we’re talking about Boultsy!

WBF – I like Moore too. Would really add to our 3rd line’s grit w/ Slates and Laddy bangin’ bodies.

I hope we can parlay C-Mac and / or White into some draft picks so we can sign some players with more grit and as much skill. And what’s with Nigel Dawes? No one claimed him!

Jack

July 6th, 2010
10:29 pm

World Be Free

July 6th, 2010
10:44 pm

Smoothie-I believe Red Light mentioned Dawes being available the other day as well. Calgary needs scoring and cap space, though I don’t know how much space Dawes will give you.

Still cannot forget last season when Boulton wanted to go with Carcillo and Carcillo won’t go. Bolts clucked his arms like a chicken in front of the Philly bench, classic Bolts! Carcillo was waiting for Slater to go with.

NYC

July 6th, 2010
11:17 pm

1,000 pardons Bill – but I do believe we open on Oct. 8th, not 9th – against those same Capitals.

Brendan

July 6th, 2010
11:21 pm

Jack, I thought I saw a tweet a few days ago that Noah Welch had been re-signed.

I guess I’m a little bit … surprised … to see Boulton back. Like WBF said, it looks like that’s the end of the R2Kin speculation. Well, at least we won’t have to wonder who’ll pick the lockerroom music this year. Boulton is back!! Ummn, does this mean Eric is, or will soon be the “most tenured Thrasher?” It’s got to either be Jim Slater or Boulton, unless it’s still Ilya, or possibly Slava Kozlov. Does anyone know? “Who has played the most games as a Thrasher?”

ESPN:
Egregious
Spin and
Propaganda
Network

To me, ESPN is just the apologist network for Athletes, where every athlete, (except Gretzky and his wife, Janet) are presummed not only “not guilty,” but “innocent.” Clearly, ESPN knows where its bread gets buttered. And it’s not the National Hockey League. I can’t even sit through “Baseball Tonight,” much less “Pardon the Interruption.” The only time I see ESPN, is (1) in a bar or (2) waiting for an oil change at the shop. I happened to see a segment with Linda Cohn, and I couldn’t even recognize her anyone. She’d changed her whole personality and look. Barry Melrose must sit there, at ESPN, wondering when he’s going to get the ax. I mean, their hockey coverage is a joke. Melrose has the easiest job on Earth–review the nights hightlight package, then comment on it, while squeezing in an occasional, “I don’t care for that a-tall (at all).”

So, still no Kovalchuk contract. Not officially. Wasn’t the decision “imminent” on Monday? It’s Wednesday now. If it were signed, the league’s offices have had time to review it, and approve it. I remember when the AJC reported that Kovalchuk’s represenation demanded that it be an equal amount of money, each and every year. And not say, a sliding scale, where it’s “front loaded,” then the last few years Kovy gets paid a pittance. Presumably, that was to discourage any GM from deciding to put Kovy on waivers when he’s 36 or 37, or to make him waive his NTC to move him to a cash-strapped club like Phoenix, Nashville, or Atlanta, Florida, or Carolina. If Kovy’s still getting paid $8.571 per annum, at an advanced age, GM’s would be less likely to trade him or trade for him.

Brendan

July 6th, 2010
11:23 pm

WBF, I’d like to invite Dominic Moore to training camp, if he’s un-signed in September. If he earns a roster spot, it won’t cost us much.

R. Stroz

July 6th, 2010
11:42 pm

Boults re-signed is good. Another step toward removing the Charmin.

Brendan

July 7th, 2010
12:04 am

R.Stroz, I think we’re stuck with White. And if we’re not, then we’re forced to take some other team’s bad contract in a trade. Like a Rolston or a Zubrus or a Horcoff. It’s just a cost cutting measure of the team with a WORSE contract to unload.

Tony C.

July 7th, 2010
1:43 am

I’d trade White for Horcoff…. wait-a-minnit… no I wouldn’t.

Tom

July 7th, 2010
2:23 am

Boults signing is a great move. He is a guy who will do whatever the team needs him to do, will work hard, and stand up. Looks like teams will not mess with our skill players in 2010-2011.

And if Boults becomes king of the press box until an injury opens a spot I doubt you will hear any bitching or whining.

World Be Free

July 7th, 2010
6:02 am

The Bolts signing to me indicates that Dudley is not to eager to totally shed the Thrashers image from last season. We have some good new pieces, but there’s a number of guys like Bolts and Slater who have worked hard, deserving a chance to be part of what may be to come. Rewarding a warrior – sounds like a Dudley move.

Brendan, as usual your description of ESPN is the best anyone can offer. ESPN was our go-to network for sports, then they fought a battle with Fox Sports on the reporting side and won. Problem is what happened to the network to facilitate that victory over Fox. Their people all turned into little Rick Reillys, in the sense that they became the news brokers and news makers while the players and games became secondary. I don’t want to just pick on Stuart Scott, but he’s more a game show host than a sports reporter, he knows nothing about sports. And so goes the network and the transformation of Linda Cohn. Just look at what ESPN has done to hockey. For 25 years, the NHL was a key part of this up and coming network. Now that ESPN has made it, they has discarded hockey, almost to the point of mocking the game. I guess ESPN has forgotton where it came from. Horcoff may have the worst contract (for a team) in the league.

Red Light

July 7th, 2010
7:00 am

Eternal Self Promotion Network

Boulton provides more continuity, and for six minutes a game gives you all he has. Solid choice.

Pittsburgh Pirate Fan

July 7th, 2010
7:38 am

…..And Sage is very quiet these days…..

Mrs. Charmin

July 7th, 2010
7:48 am

I like Bolts to, would like Arty more. I like the mix of players. I still say my hubby is going to have a good year, maybe not for the Thrashers tho. I will say this, I do not remember hearing any complaints on his game when he had 73 points year before last.

Rawhide

July 7th, 2010
7:57 am

NYC – Indeed Oct. 8 is opening night. Thanks…I corrected the post.

jimbo

July 7th, 2010
8:18 am

Red Light- thanks for the info. Good post. How ridiculous is it that LeBron and the other b-ball clowns can hold up the NBA, ESPN and the rest of the sports world? Disgusting! Could Grets or the The Kid do the same with the NHL. NEVER! Sleepers for this year’s Thrash lineup- Klingsburg and Paquette who is supposedly one ultra-tough dude with real hockey skills.

glovesave29

July 7th, 2010
8:21 am

Smoothie…not only were there the Thoroghblades (Moose and Nabakov both played there as Sharks farmhands) but Lexington was home to the worst logoed hockey team ever…

http://www.chriscreamer.com/logo.php?id=czzovwou4vlceqbrmegf

Which for some reason was the inspiration for the new Greenville team in the ECHL…

http://www.chriscreamer.com/logo.php?id=q6gq0l4z6inq0fb2zceslk8cz

Well, maybe New Haven has the worst…

http://www.chriscreamer.com/logo.php?id=2186

The new team in Augusta is just confusing…I mean, how did the wings get in FRONT of the birds’ body. That is just anatomically impossible…

http://www.kruhu.com/blog/?p=268

Just a little bad art to enjoy on this, a mid summer wednesday…have a good time!

Red Light

July 7th, 2010
8:21 am

Mrs. Charmin: Get off your knees!

True, the White bashers, Rainbow Coalition if you prefer, didn’t have much to complain about. I agree, lets forget about last year and move forward. C-Mac will flourish this season. White will provide solid minutes, Boulton will do his typical dirty work, Thorbs will get even better killing penalties even without Marty here, Thrashers style will emulate the old Flames with furious forechecking and plenty of banging from the third and fourth lines and Bolt-Action Bergfors will remind us all of the season Guy Chouinard had here 32 years ago.

2010-11 will be remembered as the year the Thrashers became a hockey team for Craig Ramsay. Just who are these sheep being referenced here in the past? Let RStroz’s Vuvuzela emanate through the rafters. This is the new Thrashers brand of hockey, the year we all forget about Damian Rhodes, Alexei Zhitnik, Todd Reirden and Rmun Ndur.

2011 will be heaven!

Badger Bob

July 7th, 2010
8:30 am

While I’m a big Arty fan because of his size and speed, he was never a Boults equivalent. No player wearing a visor can be a true enforcer. Welcome back, Boults! It does make the line-up a little crowded for the potential rookies, so Duds probably has another deal in mind.

I asked my Calgary scouts about Dawes release and got a big “so what”. I thought he could be a good pick up, but maybe not.

Red Light

July 7th, 2010
8:34 am

This just in…

Such is the fascination with old people tuning in for weather reports, Slava Kozlov, Mike Modano, Doug Weight and Teemu Selanne will announce their free agency decisions in an one-hour special with Mike Siedel on The Weather Channel, Fri. at 6:30 pm before they all go to bed.