Which ex-Thrasher do you find yourself missing most?

With any stroke of luck, the hockey gods will smile upon us sometime early this week and we’ll hear news of whatever decision the arbitrator has made in the Kovalchuk contract saga. Personally, I’ve been over his departure for some time now and I think this latest “As The Kovalchuk Turns” drama has long since jumped the shark.

And while I also believe that more and more Thrashervillians have come to say to themselves that Kovalchuk’s departure is The Best This That Ever Happened To Me, I Can’t Fight This Feeling that there are still a few of you that still more than a handful of fans still suffer from a sort of jilted lover syndrome when it comes to number 17. You know…loved him and told him You Are Everything while he was a Thrasher…then, through the bitter breakup period of last winter, many seemingly sang to him Don’t Give Up On Us and If You Leave Me Now you’ll take a way the biggest part of our offense. And once he ultimately took off for New Jersey, some among us felt Bluer Than Blue-Sadder Than Sad.

Since that time, many have gotten over the latest jilting of a star player. They’ve thanked him For The Good Times and moved on with their hockey lives. Sadly though, others still have not dealt with their Feelings and have been seen nightly in the Thrasherville Tavern drowning their sorrows while listening to breakup songs on the old jukebox.

But Kovy is not the first fling to take leave of us. ..and to that point, I wonder if there are other players out there you might like to play a song for. You know, as a way of letting it known you’d welcome then back to Thrasherville with Open Arms. If so, step on up and select a tune to send out to your favorite former Thrashers.

I’ll start things off with some song selections and players to dedicate them to. If you like them I’ll drop the record down onto the turntable and we’ll spin it for all to enjoy.

Selection K17 “Nobody Does It Better”– This number is dedicated to the aforementioned Ilya Kovalchuk, who is currently a New Jersey Devil. He’s the all-time leading scorer for the Thrashers and, while he would not be atop my list of players returning, many would still love to see him back in Philips playing for Atlanta. Let’s face it…50 goal scorers don’t just grow on trees, so once you land a good one ya gotta find a way keep ‘em. Unfortunately, former GM Don Waddell’s inability to keep such a good man is the reason why the Thrasherville Tavern has been kept so busy for the past decade.

Selection S09 “Baby Come Back”– This is my personal selection and it goes out to our old number 9, Marc Savard. Savy came to us back in November of 2002, acquired from Calgary in exchange for Ruslan Zainullin. While with Atlanta, Marc scored 63 goals and 133 assists in 184 games played. Although he was a –12 in the three seasons here, he has been a +30 player over the past three years in Boston…including a +25 in 2008-09. Imagine him between Kane and Buff right now.

Selection H18 – “Maybe I’m Amazed”– In his almost three seasons here, Marian Hossa dazzled us with his strong play on the right boards. Well, that is, up until the winter of 2008 when he seemed to hold a little back for whoever his new team would be after the trade deadline. As we all know, that was Pittsburgh. And after falling just short of the Stanley Cup there he then fell just short again the next season in Detroit. Last year, though, he finally caught up with the Cup and his name is permanently engraved upon it. While with the Thrashers, he netted 108 goals and 140 assists. In the playoff season of 2006-07, he amazed us with a 100-point performance.

Selection H01  “Unforgettable”– Johan Hedberg was certainly a player that fans loved having in Atlanta. And it’s hard to imagine just where we would have been last season without the Moose in net. Not only did he perform his job well on the ice, but he was well respected in the locker room as well. His time here will certainly be unforgettable.

Selection L32 “Precious and Few”– Not all of our ex’s live in Texas…but Kari Lehtonen does play there now. And I chose this tune for him because it best illustrates the number of happy memories he left us with…precious and few. The second overall selection in the 2002 draft has all the natural God-given abilities you can ask for in a goalie, and the potential for greatness in definitely there. But with Kari, the issue isn’t as much his play between the pipes as it is what’s playing between his ears. He’s has a new start in Big D right now and honestly that may be the best thing for him…maybe for us too.

Which ex-Thrasher would you most like to see return?

  • Ilya Kovalchuk (15%, 35 Votes)
  • Marc Savard (36%, 83 Votes)
  • Marian Hossa (17%, 38 Votes)
  • Johan Hedberg (12%, 28 Votes)
  • Kari Lehtonen (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Maxim Afinogenov (6%, 14 Votes)
  • Todd White (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Garnet Exelby (4%, 9 Votes)
  • Another player (8%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 230

Loading ... Loading ...

Selection A61 “Do You Know Where Your Going To?”– The latest player to officially cut ties with us is Maxim Afinogenov. His fling with us was brief, just one season. But his time here was full of excitement and thrills. He scored a career-high 24 goals playing in all 82 outings last year…quite a few of them coming late in periods and games. But Friday it was announced he was heading to play in the KHL…the league that Alexander Burmistrov called an old man’s league. While that may or not be true, last I checked it’s damn-near impossible to win a Stanley Cup Championship over there.

Selection W12 “I Was Only Joking” – Todd White. Again…I Was Only Joking.

Selection X02 “Never The Same”– Kind of tough to speak about ex’s here without at least giving some mentioned to Mr. X himself. Last season was the first time since 2000-01 that the Thrashers with without the services of the defenseman that was selected in the 8th round of the organization’s very first draft. He was definitely a fan favorite while here and the first few seasons we saw much promise in the hard-hitting blueliner. But Garnet just was never the same player after suffering a concussion a few seasons back.

There are my suggestions…but like I said, maybe you have other players you’d like to dedicate songs to as a way of letting us know they are still welcome. And remember, whomever you may desire back in a Thrashers uniform can be based purely upon emotion. Your choice is not tied to whether or not it’s feasible, practical or even possible for this player to be re-acquired.

So just for this one time, spare us the “this player doesn’t fit into our cap structure” and “that player’s team won’t trade them” logic. We are dealing with matters o the heart here!

However with that said, let me also acknowledge the one player we all wish was back with us… Dan Snyder. S37 will always be #1 on our play list and the song of Danny’s memory will always be in our hearts.

232 comments Add your comment

kracker

August 9th, 2010
1:57 pm

Hey, Rawhide, are you trying to say something by spelling Kari’s last name “Leghtonen?” I think you have jinxed the Fragile Finn. Stendec must not have recognized his name because Kari has not one single vote. I’m sure Stendec misses ranting about his pal Letemin and already wishes we had Kari back and in the whirlpool.

Dwayne

August 9th, 2010
1:58 pm

Doris and Mandy…You’re the one that I Want.

Dwayne

August 9th, 2010
1:59 pm

Dant Heatly….Fleetwood Macs Go Your Own Way.

Rawhide

August 9th, 2010
2:08 pm

kracker – Good Gawd…did I do that? He’s been gone so long that I’ve forgotten how to spell his name?

Sheeze…OK, there. Fixed.

Red Light

August 9th, 2010
2:09 pm

No love for Marty Reasoner either?

Jeff97

August 9th, 2010
2:13 pm

–> Rawhide. more like, Thanks for Nothing.

Still remember the day that he scored 5 goals in the All-Star game and how proud we were of that at the time. One of our own dominating amongst the very best…seems like it never happened now.

Brendan

August 9th, 2010
2:30 pm

I liked Glen Metropolit and Jon Sim for the roles that each played. And yes Red Light, I liked Marty Reasoner, too. But I don’t pine for any of them back, really.

Slava Kozlov was one of my all-time favorite Thrashers. But I wouldn’t take him back now, but for the league minimum. I didn’t much care for his “negotiating tactics.” Flying off to Dallas, to interview with the Stars, with no intention of signing there, then STICKING the Thrashers but good with an NTC. Sheesh. That left a bad taste. I wish Kozlov the best, but like Bobby Holik, I’m glad both he and his contract are gone.

Brendan

August 9th, 2010
2:31 pm

Marc Savard was very vulnerable to taking stupid, emotional penalties, late in games. But, there’s a reason why he’s annually on the NHL leaderboard for assists.

kracker

August 9th, 2010
2:32 pm

James Mirtle: Neutral site preseason gamesJames

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 22
Chicago vs. Tampa Bay, at Winnipeg, Man. (MTS Centre), 8 p.m.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 23
Philadelphia vs. Toronto, at London, Ont. (John Labatt Centre), 7 p.m.
Boston vs. Florida, at Rochester, N.Y. (Blue Cross Arena), 7 p.m.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 28
Buffalo vs. Ottawa, at Dundas, Ont. (J.L. Grightmire Market St. Arena), 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 29
Calgary vs. NY Islanders (split squad), at Saskatoon, Sask. (Credit Union Centre), 8 p.m.

SATURDAY, OCT. 2
San Jose vs. Adler Mannheim, at Mannheim, Germany (SAP Arena), 1:30 p.m.
Boston vs. Belfast Giants Select, at Belfast, N. Ireland (Odyssey Arena), 2 p.m.
Montreal vs. NY Islanders (split squad), at Quebec City, Que. (Colisée Pepsi), 7 p.m.
Colorado vs. Los Angeles, at Las Vegas, Nev. (MGM Grand), 9 p.m.

MONDAY, OCT. 4
Carolina vs. SKA St. Petersburg, at St. Petersburg, Russia (Ledovy Arena), 11 a.m.
Minnesota vs. Ilves Tampere, at Tampere, Finland (Jaahalli Arena), noon.

TUESDAY, OCT. 5
Columbus vs. Malmo/Rogle BK, at Malmo, Sweden (Malmo Arena), 1 p.m.
Boston vs. HC Liberec, at Liberec, Czech Republic (Tipsport Arena), 1 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 6
Phoenix vs. Dinamo Riga, at Riga, Latvia (Arena Riga), noon.

Buzzeng

August 9th, 2010
2:39 pm

My goodnees – 109+ hits since 8AM this morning. It’s about impossible to keep up with this blog and maintain a good-faith effort at work! Keep up the great work Bill. It’s a great hockey and fun fix outside the confines of the NHL season!

Cliff Fletcher

August 9th, 2010
2:45 pm

How about Curt Fraser to coach these clowns!
Now there’s a pick for the ages!

R. Stroz

August 9th, 2010
3:01 pm

How about Willi Plett to teach “how to stand in front of the net and defend thyself.”

Bluenote

August 9th, 2010
3:01 pm

Laugh out loud funny stuff today folks!

Jeff: I miss the biker dudes too. Played many seasons of roller hockey with one of them and his Mindspringers before his move from the ATL.

Personally, I think I’ll miss Marty Reasoner’s responsibility and steady work. Play him “Hard Drivin’ Man by the J. Geils Band. Great Prine reference Red Light

Other nominations include:

Denny Lambert and Jeff Odgers: Beat on the Brat and

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks rendition of
“How Can I Miss You If You Won’t Go Away”
for what’s his name in New Jersey

Ramones, Beat on the Brat for Denny Lambert.

glovesave29

August 9th, 2010
3:02 pm

Curt is now the head coach for the Wings AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids. Its a pretty safe bet to say that he coaches more talent now than he ever did in Atlanta.

Alan R.

August 9th, 2010
3:03 pm

Buzz – I usually skim throughout the day, and re-read the comments that caught my attention in the evening. Unless there’s nothing to do at work.

Cornbread

August 9th, 2010
3:11 pm

C4: Braydon Coburn, “Give Me A Chance”

R. Stroz

August 9th, 2010
3:18 pm

For all the former Thrashers who were low balled on their contract offers, here’s one for the organization:

<Take This Job And Shove It.

Lord Stanley

August 9th, 2010
3:26 pm

Flames, any news on trades or signings

Rawhide

August 9th, 2010
3:27 pm

Cornbread & Bluenote – NICE!

speak2planets

August 9th, 2010
3:37 pm

Metropolit & Mellanby…and I hope this counts since it is looking into the future, but what will we be missing with the loss or Morin?? – “There’s a tear in my beer…”

English Teacher

August 9th, 2010
4:02 pm

V 11 – J.P. Vigier – Blue Collar Man (B side – You Gotta Have Heart)

Not flashy. Not a fighter. Just one hard working son of a gun. I loved to watch him forecheck, and he’s one heck of a nice guy off the ice. If Kovy worked half as hard as J.P. did, Crosbaby and Ovachicken would be second rate.

Bobby Lalond

August 9th, 2010
4:09 pm

JPVJ–And Rob is absolutly correct in his assessment of the power of the forecheck.

Lord Stanley

August 9th, 2010
4:50 pm

ET great point. Just think how much kchoke would be if he had Vigier’s heart

Baron

August 9th, 2010
4:52 pm

I am sure I missed this one in a previous post:

A61 – Back in the USSR

glovesave29

August 9th, 2010
4:59 pm

I miss Jason Williams. He was like Todd White without the toughness.

ben

August 9th, 2010
5:22 pm

Pasi, Savy, Kovy,

GT_Thrasherfan

August 9th, 2010
5:25 pm

I was hoping to find something on Ludacris’ album Chicken&Beer for this man (but no luck). So feel free to help out with Chicken Parm…
F21: Ray Ferraro.

Dwayne

August 9th, 2010
5:30 pm

Ovachicken…..funny stuff

Thrashers27

August 9th, 2010
5:37 pm

Eklund’s homepage says Kovy deal struck down. Don’t see it anywhere else yet.

Adam

August 9th, 2010
5:40 pm

Arbitrator rules in favor of the league.

GT_Thrasherfan

August 9th, 2010
5:41 pm

@Thrashers27 TSN has picked it up go check out their page, bye bye draft picks NYJ and Kovy could be fined by the league as well.

waffleboy

August 9th, 2010
5:42 pm

Adam

August 9th, 2010
5:43 pm

Oh, NHL Home Ice on XM.

Thrashers27

August 9th, 2010
5:44 pm

Awesome! So, what picks will NJ have to part with? I’m just hearing that for the first time.

R. Stroz

August 9th, 2010
5:45 pm

Who was right? (Thumping Chest)

League wins, Grossman loses….and the saga continues.

R. Stroz

August 9th, 2010
5:46 pm

kracker

August 9th, 2010
5:47 pm

Todd White w/o the toughness! LOL @Glovesave…good one

R. Stroz

August 9th, 2010
5:49 pm

I hear Bettman singing We’re Not Going To Take It

Nothing like some good old weird Twisted Sister

Get The Puck Out

August 9th, 2010
5:53 pm

To Kovy – Motley Crue’s “Don’t go away mad – Just go away”.

R. Stroz

August 9th, 2010
5:55 pm

Could this cause Grossman and Kovy to divorce?

Someone might want to tell Kovy school starts soon and his kids need to enroll somewhere or he’ll be a truant parent.

Red Light

August 9th, 2010
5:58 pm

Fallout from Bloch’s ruling: Red & Black shag carpet in Puck Agency’s foyer has been returned to Carpets of Dalton, who will re-sell it to a Dawgs’ fan!

R. Stroz

August 9th, 2010
6:02 pm

Here’s a song for Kovy:

Whoomp! (There It Is)

Rawhide

August 9th, 2010
6:03 pm

I am sure I missed this one in a previous post:

A61 – Back in the USSR

Baron – Nope…you’re the first. I was trying to keep it confined to sappy 70’s love tunes, but I like that suggestion too.

As for the Kovy decision….just damn. The saga will never end.

Soup Nazi

August 9th, 2010
6:07 pm

No Soup For Lou

ben

August 9th, 2010
6:12 pm

He won’t go to russia. Is it possible that he’d resign? I’ll bet Duds expected this. I did. C’mon, there’s no way he’d play 17 TOTAL YEARS, let alone 17 years on a contract! I’ll bet Sweet Lou knew it too. I’ll bet he gets a 2 year deal w/ ATL, NYR, NJD, or LAK. No Canadian team would have him because of his defense.

GT_Thrasherfan

August 9th, 2010
6:13 pm

In the things leading up to the arbitration, it sounded like the penalty for intentionally circumventing the CBA can result in multiple 1st round picks being nullified. Still it’s NYJ, it’d be bad for the league to do more than punish them for 1 season.

Baron

August 9th, 2010
6:21 pm

Anyone playing level C adult hockey out of Duluth? There are 3 of us old F*rts looking to play

R. Stroz

August 9th, 2010
6:22 pm

Lokking at nhlnumbers.com, there are only about 6 teams that can afford Kovy and fill out the rest of their roster.

Red Light

August 9th, 2010
6:36 pm

Multiple Choice:

a) Kovy will take $78 million for 11 years from the Devils for a cap hit of $7.09 million and all parties get on with their lives

b) Kovy takes a short-term deal with Rangers for three seasons at $11.2 million per season and Sather is quick to point out that the last time the Rangers won the Cup was with the other Kovy in 1994 (Kovalev), and he trades Marc Staal to Carolina for a second-round pick so he can play with his two brothers

c) Kovy will take Medvedev’s offer and head back to Russia

SomaAtl95

August 9th, 2010
7:05 pm

Dropping in the 90’s music reference – this is I17 – “Grossmans Lament” –
God money i’ll do anything for you.
God money just tell me what you want me to.
God money nail me up against the wall.
God money don’t want everything he wants it all.