Thrasherville gets Torched…and I’m not just talking about the weather

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s hot in Atlanta. How hot? Well…it’s so hot that Gov. Sonny Purdue traveled down to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution office yesterday to visit Cynthia Tucker…just for the chilly reception.

Uh-huh…it’s soooooooo hot that the one guy actually working at a DOT site was finally allowed to join the other five in the air-conditioned yellow truck.

Yes, it’s hot all right. But what better way to beat the heat than hang out with some fellow Thrashervillians inside the cool confines of the Thrashers practice rink at the Duluth Ice Forum…especially on a day where it’s something like 97 and miserable outside.

97 and miserable…that kinda describes my old Aunt Agnes.

Anywhoooo…as for the prospects I’m watching closely, I am focusing the bulk of my attention on a couple of players that could have at least an outside shot at making this fall’s roster in Atlanta… Patrice Cormier and Alexander Burmistrov.

Cormier, as you know, is the prospect obtained last February in the Kovalchuk trade with New Jersey. Dudley really likes this kid and as such he should be given every opportunity to prove himself worthy of playing at the NHL level once training camp rolls around.

The 6’-2”, 200-pound Cormier was taken by the Devils with the 54th overall draft pick in 2008. He captained Team Canada during the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships where he scored 2 goals, 3 assists and was a +3 in six games played. He was added to the Chicago Wolves playoff roster last spring and he played in nine games, netting no points and 8 PIM.

Of course, Cormier is still facing legal charges stemming from that blind side hit on Mikael Tam last January. However, as C-Viv reports, he’s trying to move on from the incident.

Burmistrov was selected 8th overall a couple of weeks back in this summer’s draft and currently plays for the Barrie Colts of the OHL. Last season he scored 22 goals and 43 assists in 62 games played.

The Russian forward is listed at 5’-11” and 157 pounds…so I think a little time in the weight room is in order for him between now and training camp. However, given the fact that Dudley spent an eighth overall on the kid, I’m sure he’s going to get a good look-see at traing camp.

Another prospect of note is Carl Klingberg… the second-round, 34th overall, pick by Atlanta last summer. The 6’-3”, 205-pound Swede will be 20-years of age in January and has played the past two seasons with Frölunda HC of the SEL where he’s scored 8 goals and 8 assists in 52 regular season games. While it looks like the kid has the size compete at this level, maybe he needs another year or two to season.

I’ll also toss out there the name of Ed Pasquale, the Thrashers fourth round selection last summer. Last season with the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL, the 19-year old goalie was 27-17-5 with a 3.17 GAA, .916 SV% and one shutout.

Do I think he’s got any chance of playing in Atlanta this season? Oh, no…not unless there’s a repeat of the disastrous events in goal that we witnessed in the fall of 2005, that is. But depth in goal is very crucial to an organization, so I always keep an eye between the pipes.

Another hot item around these parts is Thursday’s announcement that John Torchetti was hired as the Thrashers associate coach. As you’ll recall, Torch’s hiring was reported a couple weeks back when Craig Ramsay was announced as the new bench boss but took until now to finalize.

Why? Well that’s anyone’s guess. Issues regarding compensation was one story that made it around the blogosphere…another had to do with the Blackhawks not being happy about Torch leaving the team to make a lateral move.

Whatever the story is…at least he didn’t require an hour on ESPN to let the sports world know where he was going.

Torch should feel right at home in Atlanta. Not only does he have a good history with Rick Dudley, but he’ll be coaching a squad that’ll have four players that lifted the Stanley Cup with him just last month.

When first hearing of the news, the first thing that came to my mind was, “I wonder how many people would have thought this was possible just last spring…for the Thrashers to convince both Ramsay and Torchetti to come to Atlanta and coach this team”?

Actually, my very first thought was, ”It’s hot as H-E-double hockey sticks outside, where can I get myself an ice cold Coca-Cola”? But, I digress.

Honestly though, getting these two in here is nothing short of a minor coup for Rick Dudley and the Thrashers organization. Both men were atop the rumored list of men to take over behind the bench as the head coach, but having them both here as a one-two coaching punch is very good for the team, indeed. And for landing the pair, Dudley is to be commended.

Now, if he could just bring in a goalie coach. Now that would be really…well… cool.

124 comments Add your comment

Alan R.

July 9th, 2010
7:25 am

Just a minor point, Bill, but Burmistrov’s weight at the combine was 172. The number you have quoted in your post is likely from the end of the OHL season.

World Be Free

July 9th, 2010
7:26 am

Heading over to Duluth for the scrimmage Sunday afternoon. Hope to see some of you there.

From the previous blog, Brendan thanks for the info in SJ’s cap. I think they will sign Turco or Theodore, though I don’t see how either is an upgrade over Nabakov. Maybe as a team, they were just “over” Nabakov and his tendency the underperform in big games.

Smoothie-Bouchard was always a favorite of mone in the 70’s. Played well in ATL, then later in Quebec, though I was NEVER a fan of the Nordiques or their idiot fans. Hiring him would be a big plus for Flames’ fans, a group of people that this team has been slow to embrace.

Rawhide

July 9th, 2010
7:28 am

Alan R. – Duly noted and logged. I still think he needs to put on a little wight…though not as much now as you point out. Also, I don’t know who he would replace on this roster right now. Even moreso if Afinogenov were to re-sign here.

BG33Brown

July 9th, 2010
7:30 am

First, great move. Welcome Torch!!!

BG33Brown

July 9th, 2010
7:32 am

not even close to 1st.

Rickey Bobby

July 9th, 2010
8:11 am

If your not first, your last.

Flames

July 9th, 2010
8:12 am

Great story Rawhide!!! WBF-As far as Dan Bouchard being the goalie coach that would be great. Dan coaches over at the Cooler in Alpharetta where my kids play. I’m sure he would love to join the staff. Smoothie- # 30 was one of my favorite players as well along with Flames Captain Tom Lysiak # 12. Alan R-you are right about Burmistrov’s weight. He needs about another 10-15 pounds. I hope everyone comes to the scrimmage Sunday in Duluth.

Russian

July 9th, 2010
8:12 am

Alex Burmistrov short name is Bura. It is very popular card game in Russia. I spoked with my friends from Russia and they said that Bura will be good player in future. He needs to take one more year and became a strong player. I will not be suprised if he will not make a team this year.

Russian

July 9th, 2010
8:13 am

What’s time Scrimage at Sunday? I like to come also.

glovesave29

July 9th, 2010
8:16 am

Bouchard was my hero as a kid. I hated going to Flames games and hearing “and in goal, number one…Phil Myre” – Phil was quite a keeper, he just was not Dan.

I know he has been coaching for several years out at Life College.

Does he want to coach pros? Does he have the right mentality for it? Dan was also a stand-up keeper, not a butterfly as most modern goalies are…can he teach that? He’d be great helping with angles, rebounds, reads, etc…but just because you were a good pro, does not make you a good coach. I would love for him to be the perfect fit here…to spit in the face of Waddell as he makes the connection between the Flames and Thrashers that has long been missing here. I trust Dudley as he has done nothing but make this team better. I leave it up to him to find the goal coach we need.

Flames

July 9th, 2010
8:19 am

Russian- I think it is at 4:15. It’s a four on Four Scrimmage…..

Rawhide

July 9th, 2010
8:22 am

Flames – Thanks…and I agree w/ you and WBF about Dan Bouchard. If he were brought in at that capacity, what a great link that would be between the two teams and the hockey history in Atlanta, eh?

BTW…I’ve been following your comments over on C-Viv’s blog. Great insight you seem to have.

Well…off to take my life in my own hands circling around the perimeter from Acworth to Duluthland.

kracker

July 9th, 2010
8:42 am

Per the released schedule, there will be a 4-on-4 scrimmage each day at 4PM on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday.

World Be Free

July 9th, 2010
8:49 am

Haven’t posted much on Viv’s blog until recently. Guess some of us can talk hockey 24-7, 365 and never get enough of it.

Alan R.

July 9th, 2010
8:58 am

He still needs to put on some weight, indeed, Bill. Like Dudley said after the draft, he wants Burmistrov to put on another 15lbs or so. I wouldn’t be shocked if he made the team, if he gains the appropriate weight. Like you, however, the question becomes “who does he replace?” There’s no way he can develop if he’s here as a 13th forward, after all.

In Dudley, Ramsay, and Torchetti we trust!

kracker

July 9th, 2010
9:11 am

Alan, that would be IDRTWT

Who could Bura (it’s short) replace? Too early to tell. There could posssibly be a late camp or pre-season trade for a nice pick or a prospect to open a roster spot.

This situation could fall into the category of ‘a nice problem to have’, requiring Dudlley to make the right call at the right time. The right call may well be, given how young our team will be (and w/ all new coaches and a lot of new players), to send the kid back to juniors for seasoning and a lot of weight/strength training.

Alan R.

July 9th, 2010
9:47 am

I’m not big on acronyms, kraker. Especially the long ones. ;)

If there’s a list of players Burmistrov can replace on opening night, I hope Todd White is on that list somewhere. ;)

DanTheMan

July 9th, 2010
9:49 am

Sources say Kovalchuk was spotted at Thrashers prospect camp wearing glasses and a fake nose :)

Smoothie

July 9th, 2010
9:58 am

Alex Burmistrov is gonna be a Russian hockey gangsta so I think I’ll call him “Johnny Burma” cuz it sounds tough and funny at the same time.

Flames

July 9th, 2010
10:06 am

We are talking Thrasher Hockey in July!!!!! I Love it!!!!!!

kracker

July 9th, 2010
10:07 am

Alan, it took me quite a while to figure out IDWT and I was the first person (that I saw) to post “In Dudley We Trust” as my motto for this summer.

kracker

July 9th, 2010
10:14 am

Smoothie, Johnny Burma lol…I love the old b/w gangster films…..Johnny Eager (1941) played by Robert Taylor. Johnny Rocco played by Edgar G. Robinson in Key Largo (1948). There’s more but I have to work.

World Be Free

July 9th, 2010
10:17 am

Flames-I think this blog will stay pretty hot all summer. We have alot to talk about, I think even more is coming down the pike.

Tom

July 9th, 2010
10:22 am

AlanR and Smoothie – I was thinking old school, Burma-Shave, but I like your recommendation.

Dwayne

July 9th, 2010
10:36 am

Uh-Uh Kraaaacker, I was first…I’m taking my puck and going home.
Anyway, I believe I remember someone saying..I.D.W.T., then Rawhide? maybe, said…maybe it should be I.R.D.W.T., do not want anyone thinking the D is for Don.

Smoothie

July 9th, 2010
10:45 am

kracker – nice! I love it. I’ll have to check out Key Largo sometime. In fact, I think the name Johnny Largo would be sublime for a gangsta as well. Or Donnie Largo. Let’s see, other Thrashers gangsta names:

Maxy Two-Fins

Dicky Pevs

Patty “the Crippler” Cormier (sorry, couldn’t resist!)

Pretty Boy Ronsey Hains

Jimmy Skandalous

…and of course,

Johnny “Do Ya?”

Okay, so I’m extra bored on a Friday!

kracker

July 9th, 2010
10:47 am

It’s possible, Dwayne. I hope they all make the right moves this summer. This includes the owners either selling to the right person(s) or securing a new partner on the hockey side of the operation.

Smoothie

July 9th, 2010
10:48 am

Oooo, I forgot one:

Tony Enstromboli

Mrs. Zoomo

July 9th, 2010
10:57 am

Great to see you yesterday. Zoomo has received the APB and promises to post soon.

Spud Webb

July 9th, 2010
10:59 am

I’m gonna try and make it over Sunday. Bill any word on espo playing?? or injury update from anyone on that??
Bouchard is a CLASSIC, great, great guy and funnier than h&ll.

Hockey Biltong

July 9th, 2010
11:06 am

fargin iceholes, cork suckers…. Johnny Dangerously

Red Light

July 9th, 2010
11:08 am

One of the best reasons to watch Key Largo, is the hot, hot Lauren Bacall of yesteryear. Love those Osceola brothers too!

Rawhide

July 9th, 2010
11:10 am

OK…just set up shop in front of the glass up in the breakaway grill. I got a “free Pass” from the Divine Mrs. R to play hockey geek all day over here…Whoo-Hoo!!!

Mrs. Zoomo – Awesome to see you and Zoomo, jr as well. We’ll be on the lookout for Mr. Zoomo, but I’m still heap-big jealous of his little field trip the other day.

Spudd Webb – I will endeavor to find out something about Espo. But in my mind…with a blown out ACLx2…I don’t hold out too much hope of seeing him in the NHL anytime soon. I could be wrong…if I am, then that would be a bonus.

Flames – Thrashers talk in July…indeed it’s grand! There are plenty of die-hards to keep the discussion hot all trough the summer. It’s what gets so amny of us through the offseason.

Smoothinator – How about Zach “Bugsey” Bogosian…or Dustin “The Sweeper” Byfuglien?

kracker

July 9th, 2010
11:20 am

I love all the Bogey and Becall movies, RL.

“Just put your lips together and blow.” Great line! To Have and Have Not (1944)

Smoothie

July 9th, 2010
11:22 am

Slick Billy Tiller – nicely done. I like Bugsey Bogosian!!

Sopes looks a bit like a gangster sooooooo…

….anyone, anyone?? Bunch of fargin iceholes!

Bill – please give us your early thoughts on Johnny Burma as well as Carl “Killer K” Klingberg. Also, I hear Cisse could be a sleeper.

Red Light

July 9th, 2010
11:25 am

kracker: That’s one of the all-time classics. Great line, great movie. “You know how to whistle, don’t you Steve?…”

Like the post Bill. See you Sunday!

Smoothie

July 9th, 2010
11:31 am

Interesting…if money was the issue previously, it isn’t now because of this…from Ben Wright at the Blueland Blog:

2010 July 8 Ben Wright:
“An assistant coach will be hired next, then a part-time goaltending consultant.”

A goalie consultant?? If we’re going that direction to save some money, looks like we’ll be getting somone close to home? Bouchard? Why not Daren Eliot? Seriously! He may have been less than good AS A GOALIE, but his knowledge is off the charts, is it not?

kracker

July 9th, 2010
11:47 am

Bill, Ben tweets that Espo has added 15 lbs of muscle, has less body fat and he looks good but he is not at 100%. Says that Espo is not part of the camp and is working out between camp sessions.

kracker

July 9th, 2010
11:49 am

Thunderbolt Boulton

Rawhide

July 9th, 2010
11:54 am

kracker – Thanks…but I’m still very concerned about that ACL issue. Hope to goodness I’m wrong, though.

Tony C.

July 9th, 2010
11:58 am

Smoothie-you might want to keep in mind that a lot of the most-respected goalie coaches have the players come to them during the summer and make regular visits during the season (Ian Clark for example)-although there’s just as many examples of guys who are “full-time” members of the coaching staff, you’ll often find those guys visiting the G prospects in Juniors, AHL, ECHL etc.

Even “Le Guru des Gardiens” Francois Allaire, didn’t really spend full-time hours coaching for Les Habs until the prodigy Roy came around. From ‘80 to ‘86. Allaire made “house calls” during the season for both the NHL club as well as it’s minor-league affiliates and had a goalie camp in the summer.

So while it may not be the most-desired option, it’s not that unusual for a team’s goalies coach be more of the “village doctor”, performing annual check-ups and periodic house-calls throughout the year than for a team to have an “in-house physician”.

…at least that’;s what they tell me.

Mr. T-At the rink kinda early there huh buddy? I smell a scoop! I might just mozy on over there myself if I can’t get to sleep soon.

Jack

July 9th, 2010
11:59 am

Espn reporting there is a “secret nhl team” in the kchoke stakes. Any idea who it could be.

Tony C.

July 9th, 2010
12:00 pm

“I don’t wantcha livin’ like this Ma! I don’t wantcha doin’ other people’s laundry!”

That movie is CLASSIC

Rawhide

July 9th, 2010
12:09 pm

kracker – If Ben Wright’s tweet about Espo practicing one ice when the other propsects are away is true…and I have no reason to believe otherwise…then I just watched him take part in about 40 minutes worth of a workout earlier. He took some passes from the corner for shots on goal…showed no favor of the injured knee.

Mr. T-At the rink kinda early there huh buddy? I smell a scoop!

Tony C. – I can neither confirm nor deny that rumor. Unless, that is, you are talking about a scoop of ice cream soon. That I can definately say is in my future. :cool:

Espn reporting there is a “secret nhl team” in the kchoke stakes. Any idea who it could be.

Jack – Really…a “secret NHL team”. There’s a secret 31st team in the league that they’ve kept a secret from us? I sure hope it’s in Canada somewhere so they’ll get off our a$$ about that 7th franchise! :lol:

Jack

July 9th, 2010
12:33 pm

funny meant there is a team that is not broadcasting they want kovy but are in talks with his idiot of an agent. Well at lteast that is what is being reported. Also Kings(now the Favre of Hockey teams) are back in the running

Alan R.

July 9th, 2010
12:34 pm

Kraker – Icebergfors Slim

Bill – That 31st team is in San Juan, PR. Just imagine the complaints from West Coast fans about game times! LOL

Also, check your mail.

World Be Free

July 9th, 2010
12:34 pm

Don’t know who the secret team could be Jack, but I tell you, this keeps up we will need a circus tent for the announcement. And we though the LeBron “suspense” was silly.

Bogart-we could dedicate an entire blog to Bogie quotes. I thought Bacall made him too soft, go back to the “Desperate Hours” for some good Bogie quotes.

schroeder

July 9th, 2010
12:58 pm

“Sam, I thought I told you never to play that again?”

Buzzeng

July 9th, 2010
1:05 pm

“Secret Team”, huh? If it’s ATL thinking about bringing Kovy back, I’d say “yes” IF he checks his “idiot” agent (thanks, Jack) at the state line.

R. Stroz

July 9th, 2010
1:10 pm

The best thing about the recent Kovy situation is watching Grossman disappear for the last five days. Someone finally put a muzzle on him.