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

World Be Free

July 7th, 2010
1:02 pm

As a former player, I can tell you that losing is hockey can be the toughest in team sports.
In football teams are separated by the width of a football field, that’s the difference between winners and losers. In baseball, the dugouts are separated by about 50 feet. In hockey, the physical difference between winning and losing teams is about 10 feet-the distance between benches. Over the course of a season, it gets very tiring to see other teams celebrating victories why your team is losing most of the time. Multiply that by 7+ seasons and you can see why Kovy or anyone else would want to get out of here.

And yes, as I mentioned yesterday, we need a captain.

Sack of Hammers

July 7th, 2010
1:02 pm

I’m smarter than Waddell and the Octotards.

glovesave29

July 7th, 2010
1:05 pm

This is interesting…

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/soccer/worldcup/2010-07-07-barcelona-loan_N.htm

Could this be the end of the never ending ascension of salaries? This is not the Phoenix Coyotes having problems…FC Barcelona is bigger than everything else here – including the Yankees.

Smoothie

July 7th, 2010
1:12 pm

I wouldn’t doubt it GS29. The world economy is crumbling under its own weight and the Mayans prediction for the end of the world in 2012 is looking better than an Eklund rumor tweet!

What an uplifting statement I just made!? I have a sad now. Think I’ll go play with a sack of hammers and see what happens.

Hockey Steve

July 7th, 2010
1:13 pm

If the Thrasher Brass are actively persuing Kovalchuck again, it’s the best kept secret in ATL. I just don’t think its plausible.

World Be Free

July 7th, 2010
1:29 pm

Red Light-simply stated, the actions of the Buffalo Sabres make me want to vommit.

Smoothie

July 7th, 2010
1:33 pm

Zherdev to the Flyers!!??

According to Dmitry Chesnokov of Puck Daddy, Holmgren wants Z! And it may be a done deal. WTF?

Who gets Gagne and who goes after Carcillo??

Trixie (Rawhide's Secretary)

July 7th, 2010
1:47 pm

Mr. Red Light & Mr. Spud Webb – Both of your comments from earlier today have been freed from Blog Purgatory.

Brendan

July 7th, 2010
2:03 pm

Glovesave29, I like the new Greenville and Lexington logos. That New Haven one, well … it’s gotta go. It looks like it came out of a Halloween store. And the Augusta one … it looks more like the bird’s heard is looking down over a set of wings.

Pittsburgh Pirate Fan

July 7th, 2010
2:05 pm

Zherdev with the Flyers is like Barry Manilow playing with Motley Crue

R. Stroz

July 7th, 2010
2:10 pm

PPF – What about Air Supply?

Pittsburgh Pirate Fan

July 7th, 2010
2:12 pm

Air Supply and Motley Crue?
Zherdev is not a Philly kinda guy

Badger Bob

July 7th, 2010
2:18 pm

I learn more from Rawhide and you posters than from nhl.com and tsn.ca combined – well done, friends!

“I say screw him and send him back home with Max, Nabby and Arty.” RL’s inner Don Cherry coming out. With respect to your earlier Burmistrov concerns, RL, I’m with you on a preference for North American toughness, grit and desire. However, my concerns on our top draft pick were alleviated somewhat in reading the National Post article on him. The dad in the family he lived with described himself as a Don Cherry kind of guy, but Burmistrov won him over. That speaks volumes.

glovesave29

July 7th, 2010
2:48 pm

LeBrun confirms Nabokov 4 years to SKA St. Petersburg…

Was it ever called SKA Leningrad back in the Soviet days?

Brendan

July 7th, 2010
3:04 pm

Look, Ilya Kovalchuk is not coming back. Not enough has changed. Not really. Who own da Trashers? (OWWWNZZ. OWWWNZ.) Fine, “who owns the Thrashers?” Answer: The Octotards, a.k.a. “FUBAS.” Who oversees the budget? Answer: Don Waddell, who has hardly cleaned out his desk. Does Atlanta has a new scouting staff? Answer: No, but it does have a new strength coach, from the Columbus Blue Jackets. “Does Atlanta stillll have an internal cap?” Answer: All points indicate a “yes.” Then, let me reiterate, “What has changed?”

Oh sure, I like the Ramsay hire. I do. I like what Dudley has done, on the ’shoestring budget’ he’s assumed. But Dudley is not Anne Sullivan. (Read: He’s not the ‘miracle-worker.’) Ilya Kovalchuk was, in no UNCERTAIN TERMS, handed the keys to the house, car, boat, bus, and plane. He said, “no.” I harbor no ill will for that decision. If he didn’t want to play here, then he shouldn’t be FORCED to play here. Ilya Kovalchuk earned the right to chose where he plays. We might not like that, as fans. But there’s nothing we can do about it. Ilya holds all the cards. He’s in control. It’s his decision.

I was at the Devils game that saw his return, as well as the Thrashers’ elimination. I cheered loudly for him. And I did not boo him. I understand that he’s a marquee player, a Tier I talent, who would like to win the Stanley Cup one day. Or, at least, so I think. If Kovy signs with the Islanders, Blue Jackets, Oilers, or Panthers, I’ll revise that statement. In that case, “he was the after THE MONEY, and ONLY the money.” I’ll remind everyone that those who live by the buck, die with it, too. It’s hard to know … exactly what Ilya thinks. He says, “We love Atlanta. My family lives here.” And by the last check, months ago, I might add, there wasn’t a “for sale” sign in Kovy’s yard. Then again, Kovy can live WHEREVER he jolly well wants. He can afford it. If he and his wife want a Townhouse on the Moon, NASA can arrange that for him. He has the money. The one and only thing Ilya Kovalchuk cannot buy … is a pet dinosaur for his daughter Karolina. That’s about it. If Kovalchuk wants to become a mercenary, Hossa-style, he can certainly chase the Cup on a series of one-year contracts. He’s earned that right.

I don’t boo the guy. In his shoes, I wouldn’t stay with Atlanta. It’s not a good bet. I don’t buy, for one second, that the team might relocate. So, I don’t list that as a reason NOT to re-sign with Atlanta. Kovalchuk probably does want to be the highest paid player in the game. Remember something, here. Today’s “highest paid player” is not the highest paid player … even two years down the road. Kovy’s RFA deal seemed “egregious” when it was announced. By 2007, it was seen as “a steal” at $6.5 million cap hit. That’s how Kovy and his agent probably see things. They think, “$10 million is nothing, three years from now.” The league max, by 2013, will be something like $14 million. That’s probably why he’s seemingly seeking the MAX. But in his shoes, and not being Russian, I’d just look for an organization that is a ‘good bet’ to win the Cup over the next 5-7 years, and sign for a deal that allows me to have quality linemates, to excel and reach all my goals as a professional. I certainly don’t need the money. I’m already set for life, before my next contract. Ilya Kovalchuk has made $47 million playing hockey in the NHL. That’s bigger than the MegaMillions Jackpot, after taxes.

I’m with WBF, Smoothie, Joe Friday … I’ve cut the cord with Kovy. I bear no ill will. I wish him the very best of success. I hope he can find the right fit, whether out West in Los Angeles, or in NJ. I think he’d be an idiot to sign with the Islanders. But if he does, he was certainly old enough at 27 years of age, to know better. And if he lets his agent make the decisions for him, then he’s a fool. He pays his agent to place him where he wants to be.

Brendan

July 7th, 2010
3:16 pm

Pirate’s fan, oddly enough, I can see Vince Neil belting out a rockin’ version of “Oh Mandy!,” but it’d kinda sound more like something airing on Cinemax’s Friday night lineup. Manilow fans would be there, scratchin’ their heads, “I don’t recall women panting in this song.”

Brendan

July 7th, 2010
3:19 pm

Glovesave29, I would have preferred getting Nabakov to Kovalchuk for next season.

Brendan

July 7th, 2010
3:26 pm

Smoothie, I’m headed out the door, but I’d still say Simon Gagne is looking at the L.A. Kings, especially since Kovalchuk reportedly isn’t going there.

Brendan

July 7th, 2010
3:38 pm

Red Light, Nabby’s reported deal was only a $4.0 million cap hit, at $24 million over six-years. It pays Evgeni until he’s 41, however. I never saw him coming here, truthfully. Theodore is still out there, if Pavelec and the Thrashers are having trouble coming to terms. I think Pavelec will sign, fairly shortly.

Buzilla in CT

July 7th, 2010
3:48 pm

So I heard the Kovy is going to have an hour long special on ESPN on Friday after LeBron does his little show. Kovy is going to host as well. At the end of the hour long broadcast he will let everyone know what his intentons are. One topic that will be off limits is why he did this calender

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://skirts.provocateuse.com/images/photos/ilya_kovalchuk_02.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.xrumxrum.com/forum/showthread.php%3Ftid%3D540&usg=__ORrB8_o27gcDh9Ve-1y-SC0SGVk=&h=504&w=327&sz=46&hl=en&start=17&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=YvIfZGQxvyGnhM:&tbnh=130&tbnw=84&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dkovalchuk%2Bcalendar%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Dactive%26sa%3DN%26tbs%3Disch:1

Jack

July 7th, 2010
3:49 pm

any word on turco

Adam

July 7th, 2010
4:05 pm

Reports are popping up that LA is back in the running for the Kovy sweepstakes.

Jack

July 7th, 2010
4:09 pm

Kovy make up your mind!!

glovesave29

July 7th, 2010
4:09 pm

Corvo to Carolina – 2 years $4.5M

Red Light

July 7th, 2010
4:46 pm

Love the quote from Jim Rutherford about Corvo.

“His first choice was Carolina and he compromised his position to make it happen,” Rutherford said. “You really appreciate a player who really wants to play for Carolina.”

He conveniently left out that Corvo took a $375,000 pay cut too.

Hockey Biltong

July 7th, 2010
5:53 pm

“don’t go back, you can never go back”…….

World Be Free

July 7th, 2010
6:24 pm

Nabakov is heading to the KHL-Burmistrov was right, the KHL is an old man’s league.

World Be Free

July 7th, 2010
6:31 pm

Brendan-won’t it be nice if we as Thrashers’ fans could cut the cord to the past as well? Don is still here, we have no idea what influence he has on player decisions. We also have a new GM and coach, both of which have histories of success in other places, cities where winning was not a regular or recent occurence prior to their arrival. So as we cut the cord on Kovy, it is tiem to cut the same cord on certainty that we’ll be a bad team again with our only thrill being who will our choice be as a lottery pick. I for one am prepared for a long overdue stay near the top of the standings.

Here’s hoping…..

Not Blind

July 7th, 2010
6:41 pm

Why is it that every pic you see of Kovalpuke on NHL.com he is in a NJ uniform ??? He plays all those years in Atlanta and is nothing more than a rental for a few games in NJ but now he is an ex-Devil.

Jack

July 7th, 2010
7:26 pm

Because he is the devil and looks good in red. :)

R. Stroz

July 7th, 2010
8:06 pm

Not Blind – Ecklund is reading your material.

Check his last BS update picture.

Spud Webb

July 7th, 2010
8:33 pm

WBF I’m with ya. I don’t want Kovy back. I’d take Jeff Odgers back in a second though!! lol

Brendan

July 7th, 2010
8:46 pm

WBF, I think cutting the cord to the past will definitively happen once this team is committed to winning, and abandoning concepts like an ‘internal cap,’ that is $10 million shy of the limit, in favor of grinding the grist the mill requires to win. Look what the Chicago Blackhawks just did. Everyone can say, “But Brendan, look how the team has since been gutted.” When they should be looking at the parade in downtown Chicago, that spilled over to six avenues, where 2 million showed up to celebrate. At the end of the day, the Blackhawks achieved what they hadn’t in 49 years. That’s why free agents like Havlat (not there in the cup winning year), Hossa, and Campbell decided to come play there. Their actions spoke louder than their lip-service.

Right now, I wouldn’t say free agents are banging down our door to get inside. And one of the reasons that they aren’t … is precisely because this very ownership’s closest thing towards commitment to winning the cup was a drunken Rutherford Seydell, back in 2007, during the banner raising ceremony, promising to do everything in their power to bring the Stanley Cup to Atlanta. Well, that’s just ‘lip service.’ And players see right through that. Talk is cheap. Accountability over results, including GM’s, Coaches, and scouts, coupled with robust budgets, are what attract players to a market. WBF, it’s bad enough that Atlanta has to overcome the whole ‘non-traditional’ market thing, without failing in the other aspects, for most of its decade-long existence. Dudley is doing a better job that Waddell ever could. Craig Ramsay will turn into a very good coach. And this team will do fairly well. But the way to really change the past … is to rewrite the future. Abandon this ‘internal cap.’ Let Dudley have a ‘fighting chance’ to compete with the other 14 markets in the East. And if he fails, let accountability reign. But don’t shackle the guy, then get mad at him, if the team fails, in his 1st year here. Ownership is the key to everything. Ownership can cut the cord with its past. It’s up to them, WBF. They have the power. They have the control. Tom Golisano has the power to get rid of Larry Quinn in Buffalo. He doesn’t. And the results speak for themselves. Darcy Regier does all he can, with the limited resources he’d been given. That’s a story that needs to change, too. Will Buffalo cut the cord with its past? It’s up to Golisano. Larry Quinn is an idiot. And there’s just no way to sugarcoat that.

Tom (Capital T Tom)

July 7th, 2010
8:51 pm

Want to hear an indictment of the Thrashers systems over the years?

That’s because the Devils play a system that stresses defence. While Kovalchuk’s offensive output dipped, he became a plus in the plus/ minus figures for the first time in his career. He was plus-9 in New Jersey and finished the season at plus-10. In those 52-goal seasons in Atlanta, he was minus-6 and minus-12, which means he hurt the team more than he helped them. Over his six-plus seasons in Atlanta, he was minus-84.

Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/Devils+sign+other+Kovy/3239675/story.html#ixzz0t30DBtFh

World Be Free

July 7th, 2010
8:57 pm

Spud-can’t wait to see Eager and Bolts on the same line together. I’d hate to be a defenseman on that shift. Keep adding bangers!

World Be Free

July 7th, 2010
9:13 pm

Brendan, I would like to see the internal cap discarded right away, but I believe we will spend about $10M under the cap this season. Alot depends on how the team comes out of the gate and how many old and new fans buy tickets. No matter what we think, ownership needs to see more people in the stands before they will take the next step-that’s how I see it. Hopefully they too are tired of losing and seeing 10,000 people at best in the house every night. Some people won’t come back; I respect their decision cuz it’s a free country. But hopefully, more will come out. I need to know Buff’s number so I can get a jersey with “Buff” on the back! I am hoping for better times, especially with Ramsay as coach and whatever staff he puts together. And FYI, they may have said they wanted a Cup in 2007, but the owners didn’t have the ability to assemble a competitive team, until now-they have the right man.

I have heard it too, calling us a non-traditional hockey market is just another way for so-called hockey cities to put us down and keep us down. I have seen enough of those traditional hockey cities, like Buffalo and Chicago with half-empty rinks through the years. You and I have heard just about enough of that stuff.

We have alotta northerns here, plenty of hockey loving Yankees and Canadians that came out the first few years, until the team turned them off. If half those people came back, how full do you think Phillips would be? Imagine if all the people that come and see their original hometopwne teams started showing up for more games? If you are a hockey fan, you have like what you have seen the past few weeks.

Buffalo is where they are because they have a great goaltender, the rest of the team is very average, soft players. That’s Darcy’s doing and Regier needs to go. The Thrashers can beat Buffalo because they handle them physically. Sabres are the softest team in the league. Bring back Ted Nolan!!!!!!!!!

Thrashers27

July 7th, 2010
10:03 pm

Not Blind,

Journalists are trained to use the latest image available. That’s why all you see is Kovy in a Jersey sweater.

Brendan

July 7th, 2010
10:33 pm

WBF, sincerely, I think fans will back the house to the tune of 15,000, if this team is 3 or 4 games over .500 headed into November. By Veteran’s Day, we’ll know if this is “same ol’ Thrashers, same ol’ sick-feeling, ‘buyers remorse’ drive home,” or … if this is a whole new concept that’s working. And if it is, fans don’t really have a reason (other than a Waddell/ASG boycott & sour-grapes Kovy fans) not to attend by Thanksgiving, at the latest. Said another way, how could it be “enabling them to do more of the same ineptness,” if what they’re doing … is winning hockey games? I know that several posters came here to express the sentiment, “I’ll never attend another game, if you don’t re-sign Kovalchuk.” I think these people have the right to hold that opinion. I wasn’t happy about how the whole Kovalchuk situation played out, particularly that he wasn’t signed by Christmas, at very, very latest. Bygones. I still say that DW and the ownership could have made the $101 million over 12 years offer back on July 14, 2009, with the understanding that a “nyet” would be met with a trade. Truthfully, I think BOTH sides wanted Kovalchuk in Thrasher blue for as long as was possible–Atlanta to sell tickets, and Kovalchuk to be close to his very pregnant wife and their existing, very small children, rather than SEPARATED to God knows where. For me, I didn’t take a hardline, “I’ll never attend another game stance” if Kovy is lost to free agency. For starters, I suspected he was gone anyway, and there was effectively no way to retain him. Second, Ilya Kovalchuk may be a phenom, but no man is an island. Third, the Atlanta Thrashers are my team. I’d like to think that one day Waddell will be entirely gone, and ownership committed to winning would be installed. That continues to be my wish.

R. Stroz

July 7th, 2010
11:31 pm

Brendan – I realize you probably already posted the results, however, did anyone predict the “Kovy signing contest” correctly?

Tony C.

July 8th, 2010
4:52 am

I felt shame when #17 was booed on his return to The Flatscreen. Sure, it hurts that he doesn’t want any part of of a FUBAS-run team… but can you blame him? I mean, let’s change the scenario a little bit-let’s say you play baseball. Let’s say you got drafted by the Pirates in oh, say ‘01… Let’s say you’ve been an everyday player for the past couple of seasons and NOW is your UFA window… The Pirates say they’ll pay you more than ANYONE. While the Braves, Yankees, Mets and Red Sox all say they will pay you “handsomely”. Do you Take the Pirates offer? Knowing that while you’ll be making more than A-Roid (err. A-Rod), but he’ll be playing most Octobers while you will be…looking up tickets to Costa Rica (or wherever) most Octobers… Because your super-max contract is eating up whatever meager resources the Pirates have to field a club. No-brainer right?

I wouldn’t expect #17 to take less than what he was making to stay here (and let’s face he would’ve needed to for these cheapskates to have enough $ to ice anything close to a legit contender), just like I wouldn’t expect a master chef to take the same $10/hr. that a highschool dropout is making as a line cook.

All that being said, I’ve always had a dream of #17 bouncing out of the box (where he sat for a lazy hooking penalty) breaking away on a sweet feed from the PKers to race in, pull up, fake a shot then dish it off to Slater for the SCW goal in game 7 @ The Flatscreen (no really, I’ve had this dream 3 times). If somehow, someday, #17 does return to us, then nobody will be happier than I. But I will bet on us winning The Cup this season with a much higher degree of confidence than seeing #17 in Thrasherbleu anytime soon.

World Be Free

July 8th, 2010
6:06 am

Tony C.-I guess the only difference between the NHL and your MLB comparison is the existance of the salary cap in hockey. The difference between total payrolls between teams in baseball is so severe that sadly, the Pirates have no chance of ever coming close to the Mets, Yanks or Boston in dollars spent on salaries, so comparing the Pirates as a competitive team is a moot point.

I think Kovy was destinated to leave last season. He had been here for 8 years, which is a long time in any sport. Look around and see how many players not in Detroit have been with the same team that long. He did his time and now needed to move on, he was captain of a losing team and it was time for him to move on. Iginla and Nash will have to do the same someday, others too if their team’s fortunes do not turn around.

World Be Free

July 8th, 2010
6:09 am

Brendan-I think most of us were calling for Kovy’s trade last summer, when we knew he wasn’t going to resign. The courtship dance had gone on long enough with no ink on paper. So now that his situation is settled, we have replacement players and a new direction, you wonder, can we finally move forward as a franchise and hget people back in the seats? The onus is moving back to the fans.

Thoughts on Kovy

July 8th, 2010
7:09 am

“Don’t look back. You can never look back.”
I thought I knew what love was,
what did I know?
Those days are gone forever
I should just let them go but

World Be Free

July 8th, 2010
7:54 am

Did anyone else notice the terms of Nabakov’s new contract? I thought he would command a greater salary in the NHL, maybe it’s the term of the contract that teams could not live with here.

Putting On The Foil

July 8th, 2010
8:01 am

“Well he’s gone, gone, gone.
I don’t know if I’m happy, I don’t know if I’m sad.
He’s gone, gone, gone.
I don’t know if I’ll cry, I don’t know if I’ll die……laughing.”

World Be Free

July 8th, 2010
8:12 am

Here’s an interesting review of Chris Mason-

“Bumped out of the starting job by Jaroslav Halak’s arrival in St. Louis, Mason has probably played better than anyone else available during the last two years. Of course, there are some concerns that his numbers were inflated by Andy Murray’s conservative, trapping style.”

Anyone else surprised (almost shocked) that Nabakov was replaced in San Jose by Niity?

glovesave29

July 8th, 2010
8:26 am

I had been hearing a lot of “chatter” about some NHL scouts scouring Iran for talent. But since they have outlawed the mullet – the official hockey haircut – word is that all of them have been recalled…

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/07/07/iran.haircuts/index.html?hpt=C1

Smoothie

July 8th, 2010
8:35 am

Ha, ha Kovalchoke, ha! Way to let your agent destroy your image around the league. Enjoy KHL.

Thoughts on Kovy

July 8th, 2010
9:48 am

Are he not doing the same as Lebron, but with less fan fare? I know, (almost)everyone here hates basketball and espn..waaawaaaawaaaa. But if (almost)everyone in here was an athlete, like myself, you could enjoy it. Like I’ve always said, those who cant, complain.

Smoothie

July 8th, 2010
10:03 am

Yes, because you must be an athlete to understand ANYTHING you speak about as an informed observer.

Eff Lebron and the NBA. Stern has ruined what used to be a great sport.