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.

World Be Free

July 9th, 2010
1:22 pm

“If she can stand it, I can stand it-PLAY!

R. Stroz

July 9th, 2010
1:32 pm

I just saw this quote on twitter from Hockeywench, president of the Thrashers fan club, in regards to Kovy:

Fans here in ATL really don’t want him back either. He has priced himself out.

While I’ll agree he priced himself out of the Atlanta market last year, please don’t speak on behalf of ALL Thrashers fans.

Many Thrasher fans are in favor of bringing Kovy back, at the right price. Also, there are many fans that aren’t in favor of bringing him back.

Please refrain from making generalizations on behalf of all Thrasher fans. We are capable of expressing our own opinion without a collective mouthpiece.

Paminski

July 9th, 2010
1:33 pm

Planning on attending scrimmage on Sat. See ya there!

kracker

July 9th, 2010
1:44 pm

This is pretty ballsy!

BenThrashers Comp should be a 1st and 3rd. RT @TSNBobMcKenzie: TSN’s Gord Miller reports SJ has signed Niklas Hjalmarsson to a 4-year, $14M offer sheet.

TableHockey

July 9th, 2010
2:00 pm

I saw that too Kracker – a little revenge of the Sharks I suppose. Actually I’ve wondered if the Devils would put an offer sheet on Bergfors if Kovalchuk doesn’t sign there (which appears to be the case).

kracker

July 9th, 2010
2:02 pm

Here’s another Johnny gangsta/character: Johnny Angel (1945), George Raft

kracker

July 9th, 2010
2:04 pm

Surely we would match unless it was a through the roof offer in which case Dud might take the compensation.

Badger Bob

July 9th, 2010
2:05 pm

Here’s the real question, kracker. Will da Hawks match the offer, and thereby have to ship out even more pieces via trade to stay under the cap? They can’t be too thrilled with a first rounder likely to be after No. 20 in a thin draft year. Then again, if they don’t match the offer, they’re gonna have a boatload of picks in the first three rounds next year.

Red Light

July 9th, 2010
2:13 pm

It’s about darn time someone exercised the right of the offer sheet. I told you about the Federov deal way back from Jim Rutherford and the Wings were forced to match it. The game isn’t about staying friends in the good old boys club that the NHL continually parades, it’s a business and about winning. Hjalmarsson is fine player and if the Sharks want to spend $3.5 million per year on him, good for them.

Chicago made their bed, now they have to sleep in it. If I’m Dudley, I do the same with Bobby Ryan. Screw em if they can’t take a joke.

Badger Bob

July 9th, 2010
2:13 pm

Not interested in compensation for Bergfors – Thrashers better match any offer sheets. To me, you’d want at least 1, 2 and 3 round picks, which means NJ would need to offer Bergie at least $4,679,311 per year (not likely).

Besides, offer sheets seem to irritate GMs a little. It’s certainly not beyond Sweet Lou to do it, but wouldn’t it be more likely he’d mess with someone he doesn’t normally deal with that to piss off Duds?

Badger Bob

July 9th, 2010
2:15 pm

RL – true it is a two-way street. Let’s go get Bobby R!

Dany Heatley

July 9th, 2010
2:18 pm

I demand to be traded to a team with a future. The Sharks are old news. Trade me to the Thrashers or else.

kracker

July 9th, 2010
2:21 pm

Yes, Badger Bob, I don’t know exactly where matching that offer sheet puts Chicago’s cap situation but I’m sure it will either force more moves now or hamper future roster changes.

The Kings were smart not to meet Kovalchuk’s early salary/term asking price as it would put them in the same leaky salary cap boat. They appear to want to lock up their young talent first and then add a big FA when/if they get the opportunity.

OTOH, the Hawks got their first Cup in a half century so they can’t be too displeased.

Brendan

July 9th, 2010
2:38 pm

SJ is not a market known for its spending. It puts out a decent product at a responsible price. I’m surprised by this move, but they have every right to do it. It’s just … down the road … Chicago, Detroit, Colorado, L.A. … might jam them up on an RFA. But, like Red Light says, “it’s fair game, and it’s about winning.”

Red Light, Dustin Penner is way overpaid out there in Edmonton, with two years left on his deal. Would you propose they take Todd White to rid themselves of that deal? Or is that contract, with two years left at $4.25 apiece, even too ridiculous for Atlanta to consider? After all, every bad contract is a bad contract. On the other hand, who would you rather have, Penner or White? Just tossing that out there. I think it’s a non-issue. We’re stuck with White, no matter how many trade ’scenarios’ any of us can cook up.

Smoothie

July 9th, 2010
2:58 pm

So, does this mean it’s time to go after Patrick Sharp too?

I’d give them C-Mac, Cormier, Espo, O’Dell, Pasquale and Aliu back for Sharp and Ben Smith.

Off limits: Klingberg, Kulda (duh), Postma, Johnny Burma (duh) and Ivan Draga (Telegin).

Throw in next year’s 1st rounder if need be, but hopefully they take the NHL roster player plus prospects.

Just what-iffing since I’m bored stiff.

World Be Free

July 9th, 2010
2:59 pm

We talked earlier about San Jose’s cap space, $7M under the cap. Now we know what the Sharks will try and fill some of that cap space-
Niklas Hjalmarsson

Brendan

July 9th, 2010
3:18 pm

Trixie, I’m in the SPAM filters.

Brendan

July 9th, 2010
3:19 pm

Smoothie, how smart does Chicago’s locking up Kane and Toews and Keith look now? Imagine the offer sheets for Kane and Toews!!

Smoothie

July 9th, 2010
3:43 pm

I guess pretty smart Brendan. But they lose points for overpaying Campbell & Huet and then over-paying a couple of their RFA’s like Big Buf & Versteeg…had they just gotten their QO’s done in time.

Tisk, tisk, tisk!

Don’t think they’d deal to us again, but you never know.

Brendan

July 9th, 2010
7:31 pm

It’s true. Dudley left them in the lurch! Kidding. But you’d think someone in the Blackhawks organization would realize when the deadline for tendering qualifying offers would be. It was not a banner offseason, prior to them winning the Cup. “Cabbiegate,” with Kane. The failure to file in a timely manner for RFA’s. Then there was the NHL investigation into the 12-year Hossa contract, to see if discussions about early retirement ever surfaced, etc. But hey, in the end, what matters is the hardware, and the Chicago Blackhawks brought it home for the 1st time in 49 years. What a great parade/celebration they had.

Trixie (Rawhide's Secretary)

July 9th, 2010
7:53 pm

Mr. Bendan – Your 2:38 pm post has been freed from Blog Purgatory.

Alan R.

July 9th, 2010
8:02 pm

Zoomo

July 9th, 2010
9:12 pm

Back from a work trip to Cleveland. The city that modernization forgot.

Fun, fun time at the RnR HOF. Way cool place. Spent 3+ hours in there and could have spent 2 or 3 more. The current Springsteen exhibit is stupendous!

Can’t wait to head to the rink in the AM and get a look at Cormier and Burmistrov.

I like the gangster names. I’m from New Jersey where everyone’s got a nickname and weather you’re in the mob or not.
.

R. Stroz

July 9th, 2010
9:17 pm

I’ll take Penner for two years over Charmin for one year.

Head of NASA

July 10th, 2010
12:04 am

Our newest mission is to send Jay Grossman to Uranus.

Hopefully, this will help Kovy clear up his thought processes.

World Be Free

July 10th, 2010
8:08 am

Fans in general in the NHL have had enough of Kovalchuk. This self-centered approach is way beyong anything we have ever seen in the game. Success in this league is all about teamwork, this is not the NBA where the Miami Heat consists of 3 guys. My prediction is, that if Kovy stays in the NHL he will be widely booed when he fails to make plays in most NHL arenas, especially in Canada. I still respect Kovalchuk’s talents.

Zoomo-I have noticed during my time here that there are very few native Georgians named “Vinny, Louie or Johnny”.

EA

July 10th, 2010
11:08 am

Kovalchuk’s image has been very damaged in this process. We do not need his self centered approach to a team.

Zoomo

July 10th, 2010
11:37 am

Went to the 9am-10am session this morning. May go back for more later.

John Albert was the hardest working and most impressive forward on the ice. Nice hands. I noticed that the Bord Watchers blog thought the same thing about him yesterday. He may be low in the pipeline, and a bit small, but he’s obviously out to make an impression and move up the depth chart.

Burmistov looks good. Not as far advanced as Kane was last year, at least on first impression.

Carozzi looked very good in goal.

glovesave29

July 10th, 2010
12:27 pm

Red Light

July 10th, 2010
1:23 pm

glovesave29: Don’t worry about what that hack says, I think it’s his first ever piece on hockey.

Alan R.

July 10th, 2010
1:24 pm

A repost from the NY Post? Heh. I read that earlier this morning. Larry Brooks is a moron.

Head of NASA

July 10th, 2010
2:07 pm

We’ve been told to hire employees from the NY Post to help with our newly dictated missions.

Thrashers27

July 10th, 2010
3:22 pm

For an incredible fix of hockey. Makes you proud to be a hockey fan! Patty Stefan’s incredible gaffe with the Stars makes the list. Enjoy!

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Travis-Yost/TSNs-Top-Ten-Craziest-NHL-Moments/134/29291

Brendan

July 10th, 2010
4:45 pm

R.Stroz, Penner’s making that “Bobby Holik” money, the figure that haunts us all, $4.25 million. Not just this upcoming season, but the next one, too. Just something to consider. I do prefer Penner to Charmin, however.

R. Stroz

July 10th, 2010
5:32 pm

Brendan – True, but the cap is alot higher than 39 million now.

Brendan

July 10th, 2010
8:34 pm

R.Stroz, where’s our internal cap this year? $49 million? 50 million? 51 million? Last year, it was $53 million, but that included the bonus money for Kane and Bogosian. That $4.25 million for Dustin Penner, with an internal cap of $49 million, could hinder us significantly enough. But, on the other hand, Penner is, for sure, an upgrade to Todd White. And Edmonton might ask us for more than just a ’salary dump’ for the next two seasons. They probably want a 3rd round pick, too. Of course, rubbin’ my chin, I’d love to offer them, “future considerations.”

Can you imagine, R.Stroz, if you walked into the sales office of a brand new subdivision, then sat down with the real estate agent on duty, and said, “Well, I’m just smitten with your standing inventory. I’ll take the house that’s been sitting unsold the longest, for your best offer.” The real estate agent smiles and says, “Great, here’s our approved list of mortgage brokers. You may pick any bank on this list.” You reply, “Oh, I won’t needing any of that.” The real estate agent looks at you, head slightly tilted, “So, you’re paying with cash, or a certified check?” “Well, no,” you reply. “Well then,” the real estate agent continues, “what will be your method of payment?” You stand there, matter-of-factly, “I’ll be giving you ‘future considerations.’” “Really?, has anyone ever given you something tangible for that?” You reply, “Well, in the National Hockey, where players make a minimum salary of $550,000, and in some cases millions, they are traded for ‘future considerations.’ This house only costs $355,000. Why cannot the same concept apply here?” The real estate agent, stoicly, replies, “Because I’m not an idiot GM, like Don Waddell.” You grin like a cheshire cat, “Point well taken.” Then you trot off the car dealership, to see if ‘future considerations’ will fly there, for a new Toyota Avalon.

Head of NASA

July 11th, 2010
12:02 am

According to his agent Jay is a Grossman, Kovalchuk has expressed his desire to be a cosmonaut. With his salary demands, his head is in the clouds.

Tony C.

July 11th, 2010
11:52 am

WBF-seriously? never met a guy named “Johnny” here in GA? Weird.

Although nicknames down here tend to go like so: “Bubba”, “Chip”, “Hoss”, “Red”, “Slim” and so forth…. not so much on the “Vinny”s though.

Brendan

July 11th, 2010
1:31 pm

Looking around for a Ranallo warning, and finding none, I will proceed. Did anyone ELSE notice that today’s NHL TV lineup is featuring Ilya Kovalchuk all day long? I guess the league sees a chance to milk this. Earlier, Game 2 of the Flyers-Devils series was on. Ilya had the empty-netter to clinch it. It is immediately followed by Games 3, 4, and 5 of that New Jersey-Philadelphia series. And you’ll notice that announcers take Kovalchuk to task. From former Captain Ray Ferraro, to Craig Button. Button’s comments were borderline scathing. He said to Dan Pollard in Game 5, “Ya know, Dan, Ilya shot selection is really questionable sometimes. It’s like he’s one his own sheet of music and his teammates are on another. I guess 8-straight years of doing WHATEVER YOU WANT are taking its toll, in a system as well defined and structured as New Jersey’s is.” Dan Pollard came quickly to Kovalchuk’s defense, “Although, through 4 games in this series, he does have 2 goals and 2 assists, so he still does represent a threat out there in this series.” Right about that time, Kovalchuk tried a cross ice pass to Colin White, that went astray, out of the offensive zone, during a power play. And Craig Button jumped on the occasion to say, “And that’s pretty much how this series has gone.” Both Button and Ray Ferraro talked about Kovalchuk’s lack of two-way play, and break out passes, and offensive zone shot selection.

If I didn’t know better, the NHL Network is showing these games to lobby Kovy’s price tag down to something Brian Burke could possibly afford, to get him to Toronto, by exposing his flaws all day long, well into the 2nd week of free agency.

Brendan

July 11th, 2010
1:41 pm

Don’t forget a programming note, one of the most memorable Stanley Cup Finals games ever played will be aired Monday Night at 8PM on NHL TV. It is, of course, the “changing of the guard” from Montreal’s dynasty to that of the New York Islanders. Starting Monday night, the New York Islanders became the only American dynasty to win four straight Cups, and appear in five-straight Finals. In 1984, the Islanders would pass the torch the Edmonton Oilers, in the Isles “Drive-for-Five.” Tomorrow night, you will hear the famous call, “Tonelli … to Nystrom … he scores!!” Next to “the flight of Orr,” the Nystrom goal is pretty much next on the list of most memorable moments of the Stanley Cup Finals. The goal is significant because … the Islanders were a dominant team that continued to underachieve and fail in the playoffs. The Isles had been considered a Cup contender for at least two seasons, with 1st place finishes in the old Patrick Division. And truthfully, the Islanders had been a “100-point” club for four straight seasons between 1976 to 1979. But they kept losing in the playoffs. In fact, by 1980, the New York Islanders had slipped to 91-points from 116-points the previous year. And yes, there was “talk” that if the Islanders continued to falter and struggle and underperform in the playoffs … that the team’s makeup might get altered in the coming seasons. I don’t like to use the words “gutted” or “dismantled.” But that Nystrom goal made sure that the Islanders would stay on course, and win three more Championships.

In 1976, the Islanders had 101-points, finishing 2nd in the Patrick Division. In the playoffs, the Isles dispatched Vancouver, 2-0, and Buffalo, 4-2, before losing in Conference Finals (Semi-Finals then) to Montreal, the eventual Cup winner, 4-1.

In 1977, the Islanders finished with 106-points, second in the Patrick Division. In the ‘77 playoffs, the Islanders swept Chicago, 2-0, then swept Buffalo, 4-0. Once again, in the Semi-Finals (Conference Finals) the Isles fell to Montreal, 4-2, the eventual Cup winner.

In 1978, the Islanders finished with 111-points, good enough to win the Patrick Division. In the playoffs, Lanny McDonald’s overtime winner, that you see so often on the NHL Network’s promos, spelled a Quarter-Finals exit by the Islanders to the Maple Leafs of Toronto. (And the whispering started.) It’s one thing to lose to Montreal, in the midst of their dynasty years. It’s quite another to be bounced by the Leafs in the Opening Round, 4-3, in a series you are firmly expected to win.

In 1979, the NY Islanders bounced back with a then FRANCHISE RECORD for points at 116, repeating atop the Patrick Division. In the ‘79 playoffs, the Isles once again swept the Blackhawks, 4-0. But in Semi-Finals (Conference Finals today), the Islanders would be STUNNED by their chief rivals, the NY Rangers, 4-2. It was an EXTREMELY exciting playoff year, for in the other bracket were Boston vs. Montreal. Boston and the Rangers had ‘fairly recently’ underwent a blockbuster trade with each other, that involved Phil Esposito, one of the league’s premier scorers at the time. And if the Bruins could upset the 3-time defending Stanley Cup Champion Canadiens, all those who analyzed that mega-swap of players between Boston and NYR would just be salivating at a Bruins-Rangers Cup Finals. And, indeed, it nearly happened. Game Seven of the 1979 Semi-Finals betwen Boston and Montreal went to overtime. In the series, each team had held serve on their home ice. Jean Ratelle, who I think was also part of the “blockbuster” trade between the Rangers and Bruins, had scored an overtime winner earlier in the series, in Game 4. But Game Seven would be won by Yvon Lambert in the 1st overtime, to preserve Montreal’s chance at a 4th straight Cup. Which they got, over the NY Rangers, 4-1.

But for the Islanders, they were scratching their heads at how their best season, to that point, had not resulted in a Stanley Cup title. By 1980, one year later, the Islanders had slipped 25-points in the standings, down to a pedestrian 91-points, 2nd in the Patrick Division. People were thinking, “is this the beginning of the end?” “Tonelli to Nystrom” preserved the Islanders shot at being called a dynasty. In the 1980 playoffs, the Isles were forced into the preliminary round against Los Angeles, and even dropped a home game there. The fate of the series lied in Game Three, which went into overtime, and was won by the Islanders. They closed out Los Angeles on the West Coast. The Isles blazed through Boston, 4-1, in the next round. In the Semi-Finals (Conference Finals) the Isles had to face the Prince of Wales Trophy winning Buffalo Sabres. It was a great series, in which Buffalo forced a sixth game, after trailing 3-0. Game One of the Finals went into overtime in Philly and was won by New York on a goal by Denis Potvin. The Islanders held serve at home for the rest of the series to win the Cup in overtime, of Game Six. I’ll never be able to prove this, but had Philly won that game, I have little doubt the Flyers would have taken Game Seven at home. That’s how HUUUUUUGE that Nystrom goal really was. It ignited a dynasty. In 1981, the Isles defeated Minnesota, 4-1. In 1982, the NY Islanders had their GREATEST SEASON EVER, at 118-points, including 54 wins. They went the ‘82 Cup over the Vancouver Canucks, 4-0. In 1983, they won their 4th straight cup, 4-0, over the Gretzky-led Edmonton Oilers. In Gretzky’s book, he said, “As we walked by their dressing room, no one was laughing and partying. They were iced down, nursing their wounds. We were the ones healthy and enjoying ourselves. I think that was the difference in the series.” The Oilers got their revenge in the next season, winning the Cup over the Isles, 4-1. In those days, they played a 2-3-2 format, due to travel costs. So, once the Oilers had their win on Long Island, they wouldn’t have to return home, unless they lost a game in Edmonton, which they did not. Scores of 7-2, 7-2, and 5-2 were plenty convincing enough of how that series would end. And thus began the Oiler dynasty.

I bet a new blog just got posted, and absolutely nobody read this entry. Oh well.

kracker

July 11th, 2010
2:23 pm

If your latest entry calls forth a new blog, well then, good job, Brendan!

Rawhide

July 11th, 2010
2:28 pm

Brendan – Naaaaahh….Gonna watch Spain and The Netherlands duke it out in the World Cup Final this afternoon. New blog later….

World Be Free

July 11th, 2010
2:44 pm

Tony C.-I actually had a woman work for me here named Johnny! I guess the Johnnys in GA are a little different than the Johnny’s up north.

Zoomo-had lunch with a friend from Cleveland this week. Folks in Ohio are kinda upset these days and with good reason. Lebron-if you are going to move on, then do so but don’t string people out, like Kovy. Those 3 clowns in Miami are going to get a rude awakening when they go on the road this year, I think.

Alan R. – right on about Brooks being an idiot. I have no clue on how that guy keeps his job.

kracker

July 11th, 2010
2:47 pm

I’m leaving now for the scrimmage, Rawhide.

World Be Free

July 11th, 2010
2:51 pm

Brendan, great post, read it totally. Great stuff, but I guess that is what we have come to expect from you. Great job my freind.

Speaking of old games, I was totally gassed last night to watch the Leafs-Habs playoff game from April 1959. My son had never seen an “old school” game before, players without helmuts and goalies without masks. It was a great game called by Foster Hewitt at Maple Leaf Gardens, hard hitting but no dirty shots even for a playooff game. I must be old because I remeber seeing at least half the players in that game in person before they hung ‘em up.

Can’t get enough of the old school games. NHL Network must have received the message from last summer, when they played the same games over and over again.

Jameson

July 11th, 2010
3:20 pm

I hadn’t thought of it this way before last night, but if the Spirit are considering selling the Thrashers, I think it will happen this year. Capital gains tax is expect to go up quite a bit next year.

Brendan

July 11th, 2010
5:18 pm

WBF, thanks. And we are definitely spoiled by the NHL Network bringing back this old games. I’m surprised they haven’t run the 1961 Finals games between Chicago and Detroit. (It was the Red Wings they beat, right? I think it was, but I could be wrong.)

Congratulations to Spain, on a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands.

Rawhide

July 11th, 2010
6:20 pm

Brendan – Yes, Chicago beat Detroit 4 games to 2 in the ‘61 SCF. The Blackhawks scored 19 goals in those 6 games…11 in the last two alone.

That World Cup Final certainly wasn’t pretty…but all of Spain is dancing tonight!

Thrashers27

July 11th, 2010
7:00 pm

Kovy chatter is firing up again. L.A. is the latest scuttlebutt. Supposed to be announced tomorrow. I think it will be a relief to many of us to see him sign with a Western team.

R. Stroz

July 11th, 2010
7:11 pm

World Be Free

July 11th, 2010
7:23 pm

Rawhide-correct, that was one ugly soccer game. My son noted that there are very few statistics in soccer, until hockey, football and most of all, baseball.

Kovy got a rough ride in ATL when he came back for what he did, but that’s nothing compared to what LeBron is waiting him in Clevelend. Gilbert, the guy who owns the Cavs also owns that Fathead company. They purposesly marked down James products to $17.41 to match the birth of noted American traitor Benedict Arnold. So I guess the razzing given to Kovalchuk on his return is nothing cpompared to what LeBron will get.

R. Stroz

July 11th, 2010
9:19 pm

If the Kings sign Kovy as rumored AGAIN, next season, I bet a few GMs will be ready to raid the Kings with an offer sheet or two.

They’ll be sitting ducks just like the Blackhawks.

AtlFlamesFan

July 11th, 2010
10:40 pm

I had seen before that video (the Dallas player missing the empty net, allowing the Oilers to go the other way and tying the game in the last second), but never realized that the Star was our own Patrick Stefan. That makes it so much funnier.
Ah, Patrick Stefan; #1 overall pick of the 1999 entry draft; drafted right before #2 Daniel Sedin and #3 Henrick Sedin (this year’s NHL MVP).
Another reminder of Don Wadell’s brilliant drafting skills.

Alan R.

July 12th, 2010
12:34 am

Another reminder of Don Wadell’s brilliant drafting skills.

You know, I dislike D-Wad just as much as the next guy, but he can’t be blamed for taking Stefan. Stefan was the “can’t miss” pick that year. He was the pick that anyone would take. Anyone.

Yeah, Donny Do-Wrong did a lot of things wrong. Drafting Stefan #1 isn’t something that can be placed at his feet. Hindsight is 20/20, after all.

Hockey Biltong

July 12th, 2010
12:54 am

Brendan

July 12th, 2010
1:33 am

Well, the latest out of TSN, earlier this evening, says Kovalchuk is flying out to L.A. for a “face-to-face” sit down with the Kings. The Kings deny they’re any closer to signing him. That should be an interesting discussion. I don’t know who needs to be on his best behavior more, Ilya or his agent Jay Grossman, who will no doubt be armed with statistics about goal production in the NHL since 2001. I think, but please don’t quote me as I’m not presenting it as fact, that only Iginla has more than Kovalchuk since that time. Which means what to the Kings? I don’t think Los Angeles needs an update on what Kovy has done in the NHL. I hope they stick to their guns, and don’t cave to $9.5 or $10.0 million cap hit, per year, just because the winger got on a plane. So far, L.A. has acted responsibly. They’ve engaged. Walked away. Re-engaged, then walked away, both times for the same reason. They have other pieces they have to lock up. Kovalchuk is the outsider. L.A. is not in desperate shape. They made the playoffs last year, and all signs point to another return this season, maybe even advancing to the 2nd round. If I’m L.A., and I’ve worked out my numbers as best I can, and I’ve talked to Doughty’s agent and Jack Johnson’s agent, whomever they might be, about being proactive with contracts, I think I just match New Jersey’s offer of $8.571 million cap hit per year, for the next 7-years. Paying Kovalchuk rougly eight and a half million dollars a year really isn’t that egregious of a contract. Kovy was making $7.5 million in cash, with a cap hit of $6.5 million. This would be a raise of $2 million, in terms of cap hit, and $1 million in terms of actual salary paid. Here’s the TSN.Ca link: http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=327346

So, how many people still think Kovalchuk is signing with the Islanders? C’mon. Don’t be bashful. If you think he’s all about the money, the NY Islanders are the team that bested even Atlanta’s offer. Ours was $101 million over 12 years. The Isles offer was $100 million over 10 years. Jersey’s offer was 7-years/$60 million. That pays him until he’s 34.

I’ve always said that UFAs play where they want to be. That Kovalchuk is getting on a plane to Los Angeles in the morning tells me that (1) he’s very serious about L.A., or (2) he’s trying to make Lou Lamoriello find his checkbook. If he wants to play in L.A., then L.A. can stick to its guns. I don’t know what the Kings offer was, truthfully. I seem to recall it averaged out to $6.5 million cap hit, but I never frankly heard the length of the deal. In Los Angeles’ shoes, what would you do? I’m kinda partial to offering Kovalchuk a 1-year deal, at $8 million, and see how it turns out. If Kovy doesn’t fit what the Kings had in mind, or starts to take on the appearance of a “coach killer,” then they can move Kovy at the trade deadline in a deal similar to what Atlanta got for him. Then again, it would be a source of distraction, if it played out that way. Remember, the Kings could enter into contract negotiations with Kovalchuk on New Year’s Day 2011, to avoid the trade deadline speculation about his future. It’s not like $8 million is some horrible pay day for Ilya. That’s more than he made in 2010. I’m sure Lou Lamoriello would make Ilya the same 7-year/$60 million deal next July, if things didn’t work out so well in Los Angeles.

I’d love to see the look on Ilya’s face when the Kings say, “nyet” to the $10 million deal, as Kovy turns to Grossman, telling him, “You promised me I’d be paid more than Crosby and Ovechkin. And you said you’d place me where I want to be.” I’ll say it again, wouldn’t it be delicious of Kovalchuk fired Grossman! And he didn’t get a nickel. I’d laugh … and laugh. I don’t have sympathy for sports agents. I just don’t.

World Be Free

July 12th, 2010
6:07 am

I stand by what I said about how much Kovalchuk will make on this next contract, compared to what he would have made had he taken Atlanta’s offer. I just don’t see any team paying him more and keeping their current team together.

glovesave29

July 12th, 2010
10:10 am

Eklund claims to have photos of Kovy and Lombari together at dinner last night. If he doesn’t leave for the KHL, i’d rather him be out west and not affecting us here as much. Lombardi seems to be playing hardball. I knows Kovy want to be there, and it taking advantage of that. I hope we can take advantage of their cap issues as soon as Kovy is signed.

Spud Webb

July 12th, 2010
10:18 am

Alan R, you’re correct. I love bashing DW more than anyone, but Stefan was the consensus number 1 pick that year in a weak, weak draft.

Smoothie

July 12th, 2010
10:26 am

I LOVE Kovy in L.A.!!!

Cuz I’ll never have to see his selfish mug again on my TV set! Save for that one game we play against LA in the 3rd week of October.

Kovy to the Kings for 6 years and $52 million would be my guess.

Flames

July 12th, 2010
10:40 am

It was a decent turn out Sunday for the Scrimmage. It was good to see that many people in Atlanta excited about this team. Duds has gotten people talking about the Thrashers in July!

Tony C.

July 12th, 2010
10:41 am

eh.
I’m over. the whole will-he, won’t-he thing at this point.

Who all impressed at baby Thrashers camp? That’s interesting.

R. Stroz

July 12th, 2010
10:43 am

With regards to the 1999 draft, does anyone remember who the GM was that procured the number 2 and 3 pick?

Yep, Brian Burke. The guy who would have been the GM job of the Thrashers if Harvey Schiller had a brain.

And the Thrashers, in words of Sean Avery, ended up with..well you know.

Flames

July 12th, 2010
10:56 am

I thought that the Alex Burmistrov look real good. He was much quicker and faster than most. You could tell he was enjoying himself.

Brendan

July 12th, 2010
11:01 am

Spud Webb and R.Stroz, I know that there was a possibility of grabbing one of the Sedin Twins at #2 for Atlanta, but I think their plan all along was to play together, or even potentially not come to the NHL if they couldn’t make that work. With that in mind, we were stuck with Patrick Stefan, in terms of plausible scenarios. Plus, as you say, Stefan was a top prospect by many hockey publications at the time. So, for new GM Don Waddell, the chance to grab the top overall pick in ‘99 for the concession of not selecting Sedin, was too overwhelming to pass on. In Waddell’s eyes, he’s never going to get Sedin under contract without his brother, plus the #1 overall pick falls in his lap, to go land what Central Scouting said was the top player in his draft class, with the caveat, “high risk, high reward” due to his concussion issues.

If the newly minted GM Waddell had played “hardball” with Brian Burke, who owned the #1 overall pick via trade with Chicago, I think, he could have selected either Henrik or Daniel at #2 overall. But Burke offered him # 1 overall as inducement not to pick either Sedin at #2, which then fell to Vancouver. Burke started out the day with the #3 overall pick, then made a trade to add #1, which he then gave to Atlanta to get #2. And, that’s how Burke wound up with #2 and #3 that year, I believe. I may not have that exactly correct. A poster here named Eugene laid out the exact scenario about 20 blogs back.

KLS1

July 12th, 2010
11:04 am

HA HA HA…No Kovy, No Heatley, No Hossa…no problem. We need to make the playoffs just so we don’t draft anymore entitled superstars at #1.

I am so glad Kovy is somebody elses problem…LA – New Jersey…have fun! Sure he’ll score 50, but will still be minus 30 when the season is over.

Smoothie

July 12th, 2010
11:07 am

I went on Saturday and was particularly impressed with Danick Paquette, Jordan Samuels, Paul Postma and John Albert. Burma and Cormier weren’t flashy but they certainly had an air about them that speaks volumes. Cormier was very responsible and broke up several plays on the back-check. Burma showed some good bursts of speed, but seemed tentative with the puck as you sensed he wasn’t very familiar with his mates. He must’ve settled in yesterday as the video Ben posted showed him making some good plays including a nice goal.

Aliu and Klingberg are very powerful skaters and when they get going on the outside are fearless going to the net. On one sequence, Aliu carried the puck from his own end all the way to the the offensive zone with some pretty good puck-handling aplomb. Not flashy but solid…he certainly didn’t look like a “project”…just needs more seasoning. Carozzi was good but didn’t get a lot of shots. Kangas probably got the most action and certainly made some good saves. But I was low in the corner and could not see his end of the ice very well. Just seemed like blue was swarming and he had to make several good saves just to keep it from getting completely out of hand.

All in all I was impressed with the size and speed of our players, but no one really dazzled with their play. A lot of smart, cerebral hockey with occasional bursts of speed and power on the break-out. Just seemed disorganized at times as players weren’t familiar enough with each other to make crisp passes on 2 v 2 sequences. Without the high 3rd man, your options to pass and cycle become quite limited. But more than anything, it was just great to be out of the heat and in a cool rink watching passionate 18-21 y/o skate and battle hard in a scrimmage.

Brendan

July 12th, 2010
11:11 am

Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher apparently got married in Greensboro, Georgia over the weekend. The location of the wedding ceremony had been kept secret to all the party guests. Mike Fisher plays for the Ottawa Senators. http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=327255

R. Stroz

July 12th, 2010
11:17 am

The Smooth Spark – Size and brains? Thrashers? Are you sure?

No more boxes of rocks? Sacks of hammers? Smurfs? Slow Old Men?

WOW!

kracker

July 12th, 2010
11:23 am

Telegin look pretty good. Good size, he will be difficult to handle when he bulks up.

But these are prospects vs prospects. The age and skill levels vary a lot. Let’s see how the invitees fare come September in pre-season camp.

R. Stroz

July 12th, 2010
11:24 am

Brendan – My point was that I’d be willing to bet Burke would have pulled off that magic trick if he were the Thrashers GM.

The Smooth Spark

July 12th, 2010
11:25 am

Stroz – I like this…think I’ll keep it as my new moniker.

Yeah, I’d say we have several very intelligent prospects. I think they were being too careful not to make mistakes and we’re trying to make the smart play most of the time. Problem is, the D-men are just as smart at reading the play and breaking things up. One thing is for sure, Postma is like a hockey ballerina the way he moves up the ice with the puck on his stick. Just a really good hockey player. If he puts on the necessary in the next couple of months and comes to camp healthy, he has a legit shot at making the roster. Valabik will not be ready till Nov at the earliest so Postie could end up our 7th d-man.

BTW – I think Danick Paquette has the tools to be as good as Jimmy Slater is now. It took Jimmy 3 or 4 years to find his niche. Danick seems to know his limitations and plays his strengths as well as you could hope. I have a really good feeling about him as a future 3rd or 4th line winger who can change the tenor of a game when he steps on the ice. Doesn’t hurt that he’s not afraid to “tango” if you know what I mean. Paquette-Cormier-Klingberg could end up being one hell of a 3rd line by 2012.

Rawhide

July 12th, 2010
11:26 am

“The Smooth Spark”…I like it!

OK, here’s a new blogity-blog about prospect camp for ya’ll to chew on.

Brendan

July 12th, 2010
11:55 am

R.Stroz, right you are. I can’t allow myself to think what might have been if Burkie had come here instead. I was looking at the number of playoff wins by GM’s since 2004, and Burke is way up there on the list.