Hey Thrasherville, It’s five o’clock somewhere so…

At 5:00 this afternoon, so we’ve been told, we’re finally going to hear from the league office regarding the latest chapter of this summer’s saga, “As The Kovalchuk Turns”. If the revamped contract is accepted, then it will all finally come to a merciful end. If not, it will just seem like another one of the Thousand Steps To Nowhere in this drawn out fiasco.

Why was there a delay in the announcement? Well, to hear Larry Brooks of the New York Post tell it, it’s because the NHL has given the players union somewhat of an ultimatum. They’ll agree to “grandfather” in the contracts of not only Kovalchuk, but also those of Roberto Luongo and Marian Hossa. Both Luongo and Hossa will be entering into the second season under their deals. In return, the league wants to amend the current CBA to change how salaries affect the cap, specifically for those that take the player past the age of 40.

If the NHLPA refuses to show An Attitude Of Gratitude and rejects the offer, then the league return the favor by not only rejecting Kovy’s contract, but they’ll also move to devoid Luongo’s and begin a formal investigation of Hossa’s.

For What It’s Worth, there have been reports that the NHLPA denies any such ultimatum was given to them. As Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski puts it…”Ah, the subtle nuance between “ultimatum’ and ‘strongly suggested’. We saw it every week on ‘The Sopranos’”.

Well, it is New Jersey, after all.

Whichever way it is, when 5:00 rolls around we’ll know.

Maybe…

Hopefully…

We’ll see…

But ya know what else happens at 5:00 pm today? Millions of Americans will spew forth from their places of work to begin their long Labor Day weekend…the traditional end of the summer vacation season.

But heck, as the old song goes, it’s Five O’clock Somewhere, so I say…unlike the NHL in regards to Kovy’s contract decision… why wait? Why not just go on and kick this holiday weekend off right now. Your License To Chill is officially activated now, so feel free to turn Thrasherville into Margaritaville. Just be careful not to step on any pop-tops.

Go on…have a good time. After all, if we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.

Many will use this long weekend to visit family or just sneak in one last one last trip to the beach before autumn chills the air. Others will stay home and finish off the summer season with a nice backyard grilling sessions, enjoying a Cheeseburger In Paradise. And I’m sure some will be dealing with some sort of Honey Do list, given you have an extra weekend day to finish whatever project(s) she has you working on.

More than a few, I’m sure, will spend the weekend performing their own brand of Barstool Boogie starting tonight, will continue Defying Gravity through Saturday and into Sunday, then Come Monday…well, it’ll be alright. If you choose to indulge at a public establishment, I certainly hope you don’t wind up in a place with 10,000 Seats And One Bathroom.

Regardless, let’s just make sure that you don’t withdrawal too much from your Bank Of Bad Habits. If you do feel that you have A Lot To Drink About, please be responsible. Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy…but also be safe.

Now, for those of you who may be heading towards the Coast Of Carolina, or even further to the northeast, be aware that Earl is already in the process of creating some havoc there. You could find yourself Surfing In A Hurricane.

If you're making a last run to the beach, drive safely and have a great Labor Day weekend. Remember the sunscreen thought

If you're making a last run to the beach, drive safely and have a great Labor Day weekend. Remember the sunscreen thought

Around Thrasherville however, I don’t think the weekend forecast includes even A Little Bit Of Rain.

If your heading the opposite way…say to south Florida to check out all of the Beautiful Swimmers…things should be better as you visit your cousins down there. I mean, Everybody’s Got A Cousin In Miami, right?

I’ll leave this blog current for the weekend’s discussion of Thrashers hockey and all things Kovy. But don’t worry, you won’t be Abandoned On Tuesday as I’ll be back with a new entry. Until then… wherever it is you may go to acquire your Changes In Attitudes – Changes In Latitudes, I hope you all have a great Labor Day weekend.

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R. Stroz

September 3rd, 2010
8:40 am

Dandylions

September 3rd, 2010
8:40 am

Hope everyone has a great holiday weekend!

GaVaHokie

September 3rd, 2010
8:43 am

I’ll be catching up on some much needed sleep this weekend… trying to get this baby to sleep longer than 3 hours at a time. *yawn*

I’ll wake up just in time for Va Tech v. Boise State on Monday night!

Jeff97

September 3rd, 2010
8:43 am

Rawhide – enjoy your holiday weekend. at least we will now have college football to entertain us until hockey starts…Go Jackets!

GaVaHokie

September 3rd, 2010
8:44 am

So, if Hossa and Luongo’s contracts get “grandfathered”… wouldn’t Kovy’s original deal be considered “grandfathered”?

GaVaHokie

September 3rd, 2010
8:47 am

Per Darren Dreger on Twitter… Good discussions Thurs between NHL and PA, but no settlement. Kovy deal is tied to this, so postponement today seems likely at this point.

GaVaHokie

September 3rd, 2010
8:52 am

Colorado resigns Chris Stewart for 2 years $6 million… he had 64 pts (28 goals) last year, compared to Bergfors 44 pts (22 goals).

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=332441

This should help move along the Bergfors discussions… for better or worse.

kracker

September 3rd, 2010
8:52 am

tweet – DarrenDreger Good discussions Thurs between NHL and PA, but no settlement. Kovy deal is tied to this, so postponement today seems likely at this point.

“….postponement seems likely…” groan

kracker

September 3rd, 2010
8:56 am

No two situations are alike, Hokie, but yeah, hopefully this will get some meaningful negotiations going. I am good with something like $2.25M-2.50-2.75 for three years.

BG33Brown

September 3rd, 2010
8:59 am

Rawhide, thanks for taking the time to do some many blogs lately. Much appreciated. And if you have to choose from a series of doors this weekend, be sure to pick door #3.

Not Blind

September 3rd, 2010
9:00 am

After seeing the deals that Price and Niemi agreed to I can’t believe how much Kari Letemin got from Dallas.

five_hole

September 3rd, 2010
9:01 am

Even though you were going with the Jimmy Buffet thing, I’d still have preferred the Grateful Dead’s “Box of Rain” over “A Little Bit of Rain”.

I just saw this in Yahoo Sports;
http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/NHL-2010-11-Season-Preview-Wrestling-with-Atlan;_ylt=Avb9bDbui483ejL1ZXSbrup7vLYF?urn=nhl-266944
Nice review. And Puck Daddy had postings of Cindy “nutting” Valabik and Evander laying the smackdown on Matt Cooke. I recommend the article.

five_hole

September 3rd, 2010
9:28 am

And Bill I just want you to know the aftereffects of your other blog. All morning, I’ve been hearing “Looks Like We Made It”. Thanks a lot.

sisu

September 3rd, 2010
9:34 am

glovesave29

September 3rd, 2010
9:42 am

Sisu – beat ya to the punch on that one already in yesterdays blog!

Hope everyone has a great holiday weekend. Get that football fix satisfied!

Anyone else here hope that Kovy gets “Lindrosed”? He goes to NJ and never gets the Cup, but the team he left (that’d be us) does? Eric “its all about Me” Lindros dissed the Nordiques when they drafted him and forced a trade to Philly. Never got his cup. The Nords become the Avalanche and win two. It can be argued that the huge cache of players Quebec got for Eric was the reason they won it…or you can say that was ‘ol Karma take a big ol bite outta his backside. Surely the Habs would have never traded Roy to the team had they stayed in Quebec…again debateable. I go with bad Mojo attributed to Mr. Lindros

Rhythmpenguin

September 3rd, 2010
9:43 am

Thanks five_hole. Every time I see that video it makes my blood boil and I am still dumb found that the NHL never did anything (don’t want to tarnish one of their pretty boys?)! What makes me the most angry is not that Cindy Crotchby hit Boris in the crotch, but that Cindy was the third man in and should have been suspended for that. I love Boris’s reaction! I think it really speaks to his character.
Here’s for for Boris (or anybody else) smashing Crotchby through the glass at Philips this season!

Chris

September 3rd, 2010
9:58 am

“It’s 905, time for a drink!” – that’s the slogan of 905 Liquors in St. Louis.

“It’s September, time for hockey!” – well almost – that’s my slogan anyways.

R. Stroz

September 3rd, 2010
10:00 am

Rawhide – You forgot a Buffett song…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wFpvRMIIEM

SomaAtl95

September 3rd, 2010
10:01 am

Rhythmpenguin – unfortunately it would take something of Michael Vick proportions before the NHL does anything about that nut punching crybaby’s unsportsmanlike conduct. I saw a replay game on the NHL network a few weeks ago and all Crotchby did was complain to the refs AT EVERY STOPPAGE. I’d love to see the pens go down the toilet, especially after they spent so much on their new home.
RE: Kovy – I just want it over. I hope they rule against him. If he would have not lied to us the way he did and was honest about his intentions from the get go, I’m pretty sure nobody here would care what happens to him, instead he was “Committed to winning in Atlanta” to our press and then was happy to be with a “First Class Organization for the first time” once he leaves here. I’m glad Hossa got his name on the cup, at least he was honest about not wanting to be here, and it became a media story after getting so close for 2 years. I hope they NEVER sully the cup by putting KOVALCHUK on there. I’d rather see Hossa, Savard, and Heatley combined on the cup than to see #17’s name on there…
Anyone out there think I’m holding a grudge?

ChippersLoveChild

September 3rd, 2010
10:07 am

Will there be a practice/skate on Labor Day? Anyone know? I’d love to go watch the boys skate for an hour or so.

ChippersLoveChild

September 3rd, 2010
10:08 am

Maybe we can send Bergfors back to them and they can deal with his contract and we can take the Kovy headache on… I kid, I kid.

Rhythmpenguin

September 3rd, 2010
10:14 am

SomaAtl95, Yeah I know…the thing that gets me is the third man. How is it not third man in when another PIt. player was already holding Boris. This is the one thing I don’t like about the league. They let stuff like that slide.

SomaAtl95

September 3rd, 2010
10:25 am

I posted on TSN.ca a few days ago – still rings true about the Kovalchoke saga:
pgbruiser – you hit the nail on the head there. Not that many of you will finish reading this comment once you realize its being posted from Atlanta, but Kovy was not a superstar that people make him out to be. The great players like Gretzky with the Oilers, or even OV and the Caps or Crosby and the Pens (and it hurts me to say anything positive about Crosby)is that they not only want the glory of being elite, but they work(ed) with their teammates to make their teams grow. Here in Atlanta we have the chips stacked against us, Lousy Ownership, an Idiot of a GM (who is now gone), exceptionally poor marketing and a whole country to our north that covets and talks trash about our team and fans (after stealing our first franchise a generation ago)and we’re still here, still defending ourselves. Atlanta fans (more than the 8 or 10 that you guys usually say)were upset about Kovy because we feel lied to. Up until the day he was traded he told the local press ‘I want to stay here, I am committed to winning in Atlanta’ and the sad part was that we based our offense on him – he was great on offense when he wasn’t cherry picking shots or skating figure 8’s instead of using any defensive mindset while on the ice. If he stays on the Devils just wait, Jersey fans. What he says off the ice and what he actually does on the ice are 2 different things and unfortunately you guys will not see it until it is too late and you’re stuck with a one way player who will ‘punish’ your team with poor play if things aren’t going his way. Is he exciting? Yes. Did he ever show he was a leader and team player in Atlanta? Not one bit. Losing #17 was the best thing that has happened to the Thrashers. You all can resume bashing our city, team and fans now since its the easy thing to do.

GaVaHokie

September 3rd, 2010
10:57 am

Okay good… that settles that… now someone sign Guerin.

per twitter DarrenDreger rumour: Mike Comrie has agreed to contract with the Penguins.

John

September 3rd, 2010
11:12 am

I really want Bergie.

Red Light

September 3rd, 2010
11:15 am

Another stroke of genius in Tampa.

Yzerman hires Steve Thomas as a player development consultant. He will oversee all of the Lightning’s prospect players.

Mikey

September 3rd, 2010
11:15 am

Nice way to send us off on a holiday weekend, BlogMaster.

Pass the rum, please.

Smoothie

September 3rd, 2010
11:20 am

“Another stroke of genius in Tampa.”

Don’t know if its a stroke of genius, but the media really loves stroking the “genius” of Steve Yzerman.

We’ll see if things are any different. I mean they don’t even have Antero Nittymaki! How will they beat Atlanta now??? ;-)

kracker

September 3rd, 2010
11:23 am

per twitter DarrenDreger: Mike Comrie has agreed to contract with the Penguins.

For $500K.

John

September 3rd, 2010
11:25 am

I read on a Swedish hockeypage. Bergfors will play if he gets 1 million. There is not much money.

Right now:
Fredrik Pettersson $900.000
Niclas Bergfors $800.000

Ridiculous.

R. Stroz

September 3rd, 2010
11:27 am

The ASG is…everyone join in….CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP.

Vitamin Z

September 3rd, 2010
11:28 am

Kovy’s decision might not even come today. How long will this drag on!?

http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=332498

Diego from Lilburn

September 3rd, 2010
11:33 am

me: “…blew out my flip-flop, stepped on a pop top…”

my son: “Dad, what’s a pop top?”

I feel soooooooo old. I must need a brand new tatoo!

Rawhide

September 3rd, 2010
11:38 am

Hmmmm…if I read the new e-mail flyer that was sent out advertising Thrashers ticket pre-sale starting today, the new slogan/theme this year “A Brutally Good Time”.

Beats the snot outa “The Hockey Way”, I guess.

Badger Bob

September 3rd, 2010
11:40 am

I notice on my “Blueland Insider” email this morning the phrase “A Brutally Good Time”. Please please tell me that isn’t the new slogan…

Badger Bob

September 3rd, 2010
11:41 am

Great minds think alike, or at least think about the same thing at the same time. I’d take The Hockey Way over Brutally Good Time.

Alan R.

September 3rd, 2010
11:42 am

John – Got a link? I’m interested in reading that.

Smoothie

September 3rd, 2010
11:43 am

How about “Opening a Can of Whoop-Ass Across the League”??

Honestly, if we aren’t offering Bergfors in the neighborhood of $2 – 2.5 M per season, then Dudley needs to be put in a strait-jacket and committed down at the Emory psych ward!

Alan R.

September 3rd, 2010
11:44 am

I’ll take “Brutally Good Time.”

While this new slogan isn’t much better than pet food vomit from an animal that eats too quickly, it at least conveys the perception that this team is bigger, meaner, and stronger.

World Be Free

September 3rd, 2010
11:45 am

Smoothie-total agree, the media is making Yzerman out to be the next Toe Blake/Sam Pollock. Please.

We need Bergie and a UFA-come on Dudley!

SomaAtl95

September 3rd, 2010
11:46 am

Lets just hope “Brutally Good Time” means for our fans, not for the opposition :)

And thats The Hockey Way!

Rawhide

September 3rd, 2010
11:56 am

How about, “We’re Moving In The Right Direction”?

SomaAtl95

September 3rd, 2010
12:09 pm

Since everyone wants the season to just get here, maybe the “unofficial” slogan of Rawhides blog should be “Lets get Pucked up!”

Red Light

September 3rd, 2010
12:12 pm

“Watch the Thrashers take on the two-time defending Southeast Division champion Washington Capitals and Alex Ovechkin for “A Brutally Good Time”

Does that work for you?

GaVaHokie

September 3rd, 2010
12:13 pm

I just hope it doesn’t go from “A Brutally Good Time” to just plain “Brutal”.

sisu

September 3rd, 2010
12:14 pm

Great comments all the way round. This summer we made it to Toronto and visited Gretzky’s as well as Hockey Hall Of Fame. It was really sad to see the Thrashers display featuring Todd White, I wonder who might be there now? The hall was well worth the visit but one should not miss Gretzky’s, that was awesome place and full of hockey stuff from years ago.

Back on topic, did anyone read the Duds interviews on the teams website? Sounds like he is happy with the team the way it is and confident that they will win. I hope he is right

http://thrashers.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=536548&navid=DL|ATL|home

sisu

September 3rd, 2010
12:16 pm

this was the part I was referring to…

I think we’re in a position where we could add a player Because of some of the players on our team we have great flexibility as to whether that would be a forward or a defenseman. In particular Dustin gives us that advantage that if a very good forward came along we could do something with him on defense or if a very good defenseman came along we could leave him at forward. We’re very flexible there.

Red Light

September 3rd, 2010
12:21 pm

Smoothie, World Be Free…

Kubina, Gagne, Clark, Ellis, Moore and Bergenheim added to Downie, Vinny, Marty, Stamkos, Ohlund and Hedman. Pretty decent line-up wouldn’t you say?

I’m not ready to crown Yzerman with anything, but he has made some very solid moves and has surrounded himself with a lot of good hockey people: Tom Kurvers, Pat Verbeek, Greg Malone, Julien BriseBois, Guy Boucher and Wayne Fleming.

five_hole

September 3rd, 2010
12:23 pm

Diego from Lilburn You wanna feel old? Try telling your kids about getting calls on a party line.

And between Chris and glovesave29 Just how many ex-St. Louisians do we have here anyway? I used to go to the 905 on Olive in U. City, by 81st street.

kracker

September 3rd, 2010
12:30 pm

Yep, “A Brutally Good Time” is certainly open to interpretation.

Hopefully, those brutal games where the opposing goalie has a Lazy-Boy and his fave beverage wheeled out to his crease at the middle of the 1st period are a thing of the past. I can understand getting comfy to watch the game but that is supposed to be in your own living room — now while defending your goal.