Thrashers on-air personalities discuss upcoming season

New players, new coaching staff, new GM… the changes that went on around Thrasherville this summer have certainly created quite a buzz among the Atlanta hockey fan base. And who better to discuss this buzz in the air than the on-air personalities of the team…TV play-by-play man Matt McConnell, analyst Darren Eliot, radio voice of the Thrashers Dan Kamal and John Kincade who will join the TV team to provide reports from rink-side and the locker room.

The four are excited to get this season underway and they’re eager to see how the offseason modifications will play out over the course of the coming months.

Dan Kamal calls head coach Craig Ramsay "One of the best teachers in the NHL" (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Dan Kamal calls head coach Craig Ramsay "One of the best teachers in the NHL" (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

“I just think there’s a real hockey feel around the organization these days and that’s been brought about through the changes we have seen in the off-season”, McConnell told me. “I’m interested in seeing how all of the new pieces fit together as we open up the season. This is going to be a roster with a lot of interchangeable parts. The team has at least a half dozen players that can play more than one position”.

Overall team depth is also a plus for the Thrashers as Matt points out.

“Defensively, I think this is as deep as we’ve seen in 11 seasons”, he continued. “I’m also excited about the goaltending. Chris Mason has won 57 games over the past two seasons and Ondrej Pavelec should only get better and better. I also think the team will have a strong core of players at AHL Chicago, thus providing depth for down the road”.

As for McConnell’s partner on TV Darren Eliot, he’ll be looking to see how the players assembled will fit into the schemes of the new coaching staff.

“I’m enthused about the players brought in and witnessing the process of the team coming together as they fit the vision and plan of the new coaching staff”.

John Kincade says he’s not only pumped about getting another hockey campaign underway, he’s also hyped about working with McConnell and Eliot. That, plus he’s happy to see this organization making steps toward creating some type of identity…something that he thinks is long overdue.

“Other than rejoining one of the best NHL broadcast teams in the NHL, I am excited about the Thrashers finally making an attempt to establish an identity. For years the focus has been on stars and the team never had a definitive style. I think this team will take some time to round into shape, but it will be easy to see what they are attempting to be”.

This is a sentiment shared by the man who has been a part of the Thrashers since day one back in 1999, the Grand Kamalian himself, radio voice of the Thrashers Dan Kamal.

Dustin Byfuglien's transition back to defense will be something the Thrashers on-air four will be watching closely (AP photo)

Dustin Byfuglien's transition back to defense will be something the Thrashers on-air four will be watching closely (AP photo)

“What has me most excited is the evolving identity of this team, as well as the style of play coach Ramsay and his staff are implementing”, Kamalian explains. “The Thrashers are a bigger, faster team, and I believe they’re going to be a tough team for opponents to handle. And I’m anxious to call the games of a team that wants to go, go, go”.

Obviously the new coaching staff will have a major impact on what this team can accomplish this winter. Ramsay and Co. are just as big a part of what has Thrasherville talking as do the new players.

“Ramsay is one heck of a teacher and his knowledge of the game and strategies should go a long way in the development of a roster that’s likely to be one of the younger ones in the league”, says McConnell. “I have yet to read any comments from a player who’s had him as a coach that hasn’t been anything but positive. Ramsay and John Torchetti understand what it takes to win the Stanley Cup and Mike Stothers is a guy that has NHL experience from his days in Philadelphia. So I think each of them will leave their marks on this roster”.

“Sure, the roster has been greatly upgraded, but it remains young”, McConnell continues. “So I think it was a great move to bring in a teacher like Ramsay. It should be a fun story to watch throughout the season”.

Kamal agrees and is happy to see Ramsay, Torch and Stothers behind the Thrashers bench as well.

“I’ve always thought Craig Ramsay was one of the best teachers in the NHL”, Kamal says. “I’ve known Mike Stothers since he was a young Flyers prospect and have always thought of him as an excellent student of the game. And John Torchetti is one of the rising stars in the NHL coaching ranks, as his role with the Stanley Cup champions can attest”.

The question is, however, can these guys take all these new players and get them to perform as a team quickly? Kamal believes they can.

Nigel Dawes score two of the Thrashers ten goals during preseason. Is it enough to win a spot on the final roster? (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Nigel Dawes played well and scored two of the Thrashers ten goals during preseason. Is it enough to win a spot on the final roster? (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

“I think the biggest hurdle for this staff is going to be getting so many new players to implement new systems quickly enough and effectively enough that the team can get off to a good start and grow from there. I believe this staff is up to the challenge”.

McConnell also feels Ramsay is the right man for this job adding, “The key to this team and their hopes for a playoff spot will be how quickly they can pull everything together. I’m confident Craig Ramsay and the coaches will be able to do that”.

But it isn’t the sole responsibly of the coaching staff to provide a quick adhesive to this unit. The players will need to do their part.

“It takes everyone to have success, but in the end it is always about the players”, Eliot explains. “I think this staff truly believes and understands that sport truism”.

Continuing his thoughts about the players that will be on the ice wearing Thrashers jerseys, Darren is curious to see how some will adapt to new roles.

“As with any season, there are plenty of story lines to follow. In general, player ‘slotting’ has been intriguing to me: Byfuglien on D, Little in the middle and Thorburn also at center. I’ve also noticed how much Bogosian and Kane have played in their pre-season games. Certainly a substantial move up, particularly for Kane”.

McConnell picks up on this issue adding, “I’ll be interested to see how Dustin Byfuglien does at his natural position as a defenseman. He’s got a cannon for a shot and should get plenty of chances to fire away”.

Kamal points out that success here also depends on the forwards getting along without Big Buff on the front lines. “Like the rest of the hockey world, I’ll be keeping an eye on the Dustin Byfuglien move back to D. If the Thrashers get adequate production from their forwards and Byfuglien can be the consistent force many believe he can be on the back line, it should be a heckuva season”.

However, Byfuglien is just one part of the whole defensive corps that he feels is much improved over the past years.

With the possibility of having young players like Alexander Burmistrov on the squad, Matt McConnell feels the Thrashers have the right coaching staff in place to teach them the NHL game (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

With the possibility of having young players like Alexander Burmistrov on the squad, Matt McConnell feels the Thrashers have the right coaching staff in place to teach them the NHL game (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

“I’m also looking for Zach Bogosian to rebound in a big way after battling injuries much of last season”, Kamal goes on to say. “And I think Johnny Oduya will be an even greater contributor on the blue line in his first full season with Atlanta”.

McConnell also looks for Bogosian to have a good year, “For the majority of last season, he played hurt”, he recalls. “If he can stay healthy, it’ll be fun to watch him from an offensive standpoint as one of those defensemen jumping into the play as a four-man unit Ramsay is looking to develop”.

Much of Kincade’s attention will be focused on the two men that will be between the pipes for Atlanta this season, Chris Mason and Ondrej Pavelec.

“I am most interested to see the goaltending tandem and how this is going to play out. Pavelec has shown glimpses of being a solid NHL goaltender but he will now fight for playing appearances behind Chris Mason. I want to see how Pavelec responds to that challenge and the stability that Mason has afforded teams in previous stops”.

McConnell feels Pavelec must find a consistency in his game, but having Mason to handle the bulk of the starts will help him towards that goal.

“Chris Mason has proven to be a consistent winner in the past while Pavelec has been brilliant at times, yet needs to be more consistent”, he said. “Dudley has said in the past that Pavelec is as good as any goaltender in the league 50% of the time and that they need him to be that way 75% of the time. All in all, the storylines will run deep to start the season”.

Focusing attention to the forward lines, there are several players and situations that have Dan Kamal jazzed about this season.

“I’m very intrigued to see how Bryan Little handles the adjustment back to center. I think with his speed, he’s going to adjust quickly and productively. I’m also interested to see the impact a young veteran like Nigel Dawes can have on the team. I think he’s a very underrated guy who does a lot of things well and can contribute offensively. In my opinion, Ben Eager and Chris Thorburn will play substantial roles on this team. They’re both big and fast, can chip in on the offensive side, and will make life miserable for opposing defenses”.

Transitioning from the Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks to Atlanta, Andrew Ladd will be joined by Dustin Byfulien, Ben Eager, Brent Sopel and associate coach John Torchetti in making a transition to Atlanta (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Coming over from the Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks to Atlanta, Andrew Ladd will be joined by teammates Dustin Byfulien, Ben Eager, Brent Sopel and associate coach John Torchetti in making a transition to the Thrashers (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Continuing, Kamal says expects several players to build off of last year’s successes. “I’m expecting Andrew Ladd to tap into his offensive potential with increased ice time; I’m looking for a fabulous second season from Kane, and I’m confident Niclas Bergfors and Rich Peverley can build off very solid seasons”.

Dan Kamal also believes that there is a decent blend of veteran experience to go with the plethora of youthful talent on this team. “I’m very curious to see what impact young guys like Burmistrov and Pettersson can have, and I’m hoping Freddy Modin can bounce back to his usual 20+ goals now that he’s healthy”.

McConnell as well likes having the soon-to-be 36-year old Modin on this squad. “I’m also interested in watching the impact Modin will have on this roster”, he said adding, “Rick Dudley often gushes about Dave Andreychuk, whom he had on his 2004 cup winning team in Tampa. And all summer long, Dudley looked to add a veteran to the roster. Modin is that guy. He’s big, he’s a leader and as of today, he’s healthy, not to mention he’s a pretty good penalty killer”.

Lastly, one unknown factor that any team faces is player injuries. All feel it is important for Mason to remain healthy and give the Thrashers a stable presence in the net. But Dan Kamal also points to Nik Antropov, who performed so well in his first season as a Thrasher, to help lead the Thrashers offense…health permitting.

“To me, though, one of the biggest factors is the health of Nik Antropov. If he can get back to 100 percent very early in the year, I think he’ll be the offensive leader he was last year”.

141 comments Add your comment

Tears For Beers

October 2nd, 2010
10:18 pm

Matt

October 2nd, 2010
10:38 pm

Are we dooooooomed to go 0-82??? The lack of being able to hold a lead in the 3rd period is disturbingly familiar.

Jason

October 2nd, 2010
11:00 pm

I swear, we may not score 120 goals this season….

Iced Over

October 2nd, 2010
11:01 pm

Thrashers = NO SCORING! That will be the biggest downfall this year. They will hustle, they will play D, but they will not have anyone who is the “go-to” guy when it is late and they are down by one goal. They will average less then three goals per game.

BUT – GIVE RAMSEY HALF OF THIS SEASON TO TEACH AND GET THIS TEAM TO BE A TEAM AND HOPEFULLY DUDLEY WILL TRADE FOR A TRUE SCORER BY MID-SEASON — THEN WATCHOUT. THEY WILL BE REALLY TOUGH IN THE SECOND HALF

Brendan

October 2nd, 2010
11:46 pm

Interesting quotes. Believe it or not, I liked some Kincaid’s quotes best of all, about identity of the team and goaltending.

My fear with this team … is that they won’t come together in a meaningful way until December. I hope there’s enough schedule and points left for them to make a run at it. One thing I’m sensing … is the minor-league habitus that surrounded this team … is slowly being replaced by a look and feel of a real NHL franchise. And that is good to see.

Brendan

October 2nd, 2010
11:49 pm

BaldheadedThrasherFan, you’re entered at 89-points, 2nd in SE division, and 8th in the Conference.

Thrashy Thrashy

October 3rd, 2010
12:52 am

I had the Thrashers at 91 points, 2nd in SE, and 8th in the East.

Also had Modin for the over.

R. Stroz

October 3rd, 2010
2:42 am

So, is the new mantra, “the team is forming an identity” or “the players are starting to gel”?

Cornbread

October 3rd, 2010
3:26 am

There are some good things in there. Great article! I think it’s time for several young Thrashers to take the next step – Little, Kane, Bergfors, Bogosian, Enstrom. There’s a good mix of young and old veterans with the proven success and experience needed to lead. Stanley Cup Chicago is not far removed from where this team is now. It’s why I believe the Thrashers will make the playoffs and make some noise this season.

sisu

October 3rd, 2010
3:30 am

I am not sure how well this team will get out of the gate, another loss today…

I will say the Thrashers will get 85 points and finish 10th in the east

Dwayne

October 3rd, 2010
7:55 am

Cornbread, if those guys you mentioned don’t step up, we are in for a long season. and i aint talking playoff long either.

English Teacher

October 3rd, 2010
8:45 am

I think the biggest thing right now, other than the obvious lack of scoring, is on ice leadership. You want this team to gel? Pick a captain. I believe that as long as you have a bunch of A’s skating around without a C, you’re just going to have a bunch of U’s, and U is for Uncertainty. Who is the player who most personifies the team identity you’re trying to establish? Who is going to lead the charge? Who is the “go, go, go” guy? Forget about contracts, forget about last season, forget about next season. Slap a C on this guy’s sweater and let him lead the way.

Badger Bob

October 3rd, 2010
8:59 am

Lack of scoring… need more legit top 6 forwards… I wish someone had thought of that this summer.

While I still hope for a pre-season trade for a scorer from one of the cap strapped teams, this is a building year. I’m aiming low and hoping for much better: 77 points, 4th in SE, 13th in E.

Rawhide

October 3rd, 2010
9:06 am

Brendan – Look for my official prediction mid-week. I’m going to take my Magic-8 ball back out of the box in a couple of days to see what it has to say about the upcoming Thrashers season.

On a personal note…I’m going to be in Douglasville later today. The younger tax-exemption is meeting with a USAF officer regarding their interest in having him attend their service academy in Colorado.

Lee

October 3rd, 2010
9:07 am

Not worried. Not worried at all. It’s preseason, and not only that but half of our team is new. It’s going to take more than 6 games to get used to systems and stuff. I think once we get into the groove of things, we’ll be a pretty solid team….

Drop the puck

GaVaHokie

October 3rd, 2010
9:40 am

We’ve yet to see anything resembling a final roster this preseason. Or even regular line combinations. I’m not worried about the record.

However, October is rough… I won’t be surprised for a bad start.

Jameson

October 3rd, 2010
10:08 am

Brendan- I’m still trying to get caught up on my blog reading, but go ahead, and put me down for 91 pts, 3rd in the division, and 8th in the conference.

World Be Free

October 3rd, 2010
10:18 am

Good luck today Rawhide. Thrash will be OK but it will take 82 games for them to determine their destiny.

Flagstaff

October 3rd, 2010
11:09 am

I’ll take Modin for over, too.

biscuit

October 3rd, 2010
11:19 am

I think the issue Rammer is going to have to deal with most is asking role players to do multiple things. A guy that can play responsible defense, finish checks and score is called an all star. Role players can do one thing at a time. Hence the title role player. Give them a role and they’re good. Thorburn is a good example. The guy can play physical and push the forecheck. He’s responsible on D. He can even score. But he can’t think about 3 things at once. When the guy crashes the net thinking about scoring, he forgets defensive responsibilities. When he’s physical against the wall finishing checks and shutting down the other lines, he’s not at the net looking to score. And when he’s forechecking like a mad man he wears himself out. Jarome Iginla can do all those things at once. Iginla is an all-star. Chris Thorburn is a role player. Rammer has a roster of role players. A roster he has committed to teaching to do multiple things, all at once, at NHL speed. The guy is a great teacher but I don’t envy him the job he has before him nor the timeline to manage it this season. I do however, look forward to watching it.

Sage of Bluesland

October 3rd, 2010
11:23 am

I guess I have to be the one to remind that the clowns referenced in the article are, , PAID by the organization.

Yep, that means their statements and a dollar get you a cup of coffee.

Soon, the mantra will be patience, as we have another “Five-Year Plan” just beginning…Any self-respecting player will want to get the heck out of here, given the complete lack of care proven TIME and TIME AGAIN by the ownership group.

Believing otherwise is just fantasy. Stop the delusion, I beg of you…and stop the subsidization of the incompetence…It’s on you now…

Mikey

October 3rd, 2010
11:33 am

Well at least SOB is already in midseason form, LOL.

I think the goals will come once the season starts but no one should expect them to come at the 3 per game clip of the past few seasons. The success of this year’s Thrashers will be determined by closing the gap between GF and GA this year. That and the SF and SA stat too.

Smoothie

October 3rd, 2010
11:48 am

Trade for Iginla.

We’ll start slow but the boys will come together by Nov.

Oh, and FU SOB.

Fred from Thrasherville

October 3rd, 2010
12:01 pm

Nice topic today Blogmaster. Enjoyed the column. I hve a question for you and the regulars.

Last year the Thrashers G/G was 2.80 and tied for 11th best in the NHL with Dallas. The season before that it was 3.05 and was 9th best, 0.01 behind Calgary. If I had to set the over/under bar for this year’s G/G production, it would be 2.55.

Would you take the “over” or “under”.

I’ll hang up and listen.

Thrashers27

October 3rd, 2010
12:20 pm

Rawhide,

Nice write-up, as usual. Did these guys have any comments on the lack of a TV schedule?

rob

October 3rd, 2010
12:22 pm

SOB Now that is funny. A better acronym could not be found, I can now laugh each and every time I see him post……thank you. I am not concerned about this team. I think it is going to be a fun team to watch. If the effort is there I will be happy. An honest, hard working group of players and a coach that makes them all accountable will go a long way in my opinion…..2 keys will be Mason and Antropov and how well they can hold up…. 10-8-10 is just around the corner, FINALLY!

HookyBob

October 3rd, 2010
12:22 pm

Great comment by biscuit, very insightful, and well defined for the readers. I, too, am really looking forward to this season.

To be honest I currently see this team as mirror reflection of Nashville,….. good & entertining,…but not true contenders. (I would love to have this roster & coaching prove me wrong.) Being good enough to make the play-offs should allow us to progressively creep closer to the payroll cap,…and contention, in future years. I’m hopeful we are in year 1 of a, say, 3 or 4 year trajectory to become serious contenders (Once again, how do you define a fan?). That assumes we are able to keep the best of our current assets, including the GM and coaches.

Strozer,..good to see you Wednesday eve,…sorry to have missed Bill T (aka Rawhide to blog longtimers).
If my military ticket discount comes through for opening night,… I’ll be in section 221 and will look you up.

Brendon, despite my apparent optimism above, please put me down for 87 points, 4th in the div and 10th in the conference.

Bill,… if your tax exemption is anything like you,..the USAFA should be honored to have his interest. (And there is a lot of good hockey close to Fort Collins.)

Ohhhh,…this week can’t pass fast enough. Waiting for the puck to drop.

Thrashers27

October 3rd, 2010
12:55 pm

Sage,

Those guys are paid by the network (Fox Sports South), not by the organization.

Jason

October 3rd, 2010
1:18 pm

Actually, Thrashers27, I think the only two that don’t get paid by the Thrashers might be JK and MM. Kamal is the Director of Radio Operations (or some fancy title like that) for the team and Eliot is the Director of Community Hockey Development (IIRC).

Alan R.

October 3rd, 2010
1:19 pm

Don’t you have a bridge to go back under, Sage?

sisu

October 3rd, 2010
1:26 pm

I am looking forward to the final cuts, should be interesting to see if Boris stays or goes? I think he goes…there was talk early in the preseason about him but he has not played or been mentioned since.

Maybe the thinking is Modin wears the “C” this season, I would not be surprised.
The Hockey News had a list of top 20 by position and only two guys were on the list for this team, Defensemen #19 Tobias Enstrom and Left Wingers #18 Niclas Bergfors

Smoothie

October 3rd, 2010
1:34 pm

Bill, best of luck indeed! Hope ur eldest gets the oppty to attend such a prestigious academy. Wow, Air Force! How cool is that??

rob – I think you are right on point. Antropov’s hip may be the key to our season. If he can’t be effective and score 20-25 goals and dish out 35-45 assists, it could be a very tough season. But if one thing is certain, Ramsay knows how to squeeze blood from a turnip. Boston barely scored an avg of what? 2.25 goals per game last season and still made the playoffs? Then again, Mason is no Rask (but he’s very solid when at the top of his game) and Bogosian isn’t Chara, yet. Though I supposed Buff is a more apt comparison. If this team is more than 5 or 6 games under .500 and goals are at a premium, I reckon Buff will get moved to forward no matter how well he’s playing on the blueline. We have the depth, but Kulda and Zubarev may not be ready for more than spot duty.

Smoothie

October 3rd, 2010
1:38 pm

Fla waived Michael Grabner! How do you figure he doesn’t improve ur team? Too many guys on 1-way deals Tallon? Anyone wanna pick him up to bolster our depth some more with Slates banged up and Burmie possibly not ready? Although it looks like Dawes has cemented a spot w/ his play.

jimbo

October 3rd, 2010
1:45 pm

Why in the world are some many of you focused on Modin? His wheels are now questionable and he’s getting pushed around too much. Thrash will struggle to 85 pts, 10th in the East.

Thrashers27

October 3rd, 2010
2:45 pm

Right, Jason, in those capacities they are working for the organization, but in their broadcast duties they are working for their respective networks, or stations.

Brendan

October 3rd, 2010
2:50 pm

Smoothie, I know virtually nothing of this Grabner. Tell more about him. Sell him to me. I am listening.

Re: Sage. People … really listen for a moment. Why do you let Sage of Bluesland bother you so much? Why? Okay, you don’t like his comments. Ignore them. Everybody has the right to an opinion. That’s in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution. It’s not going away, unless some entity overthrows the government. Or the Rapture comes. Here’s an alternative plan. Every time you read a Sage post, bite into a red bell pepper. Chew. Then swallow. Everyone would feel healthier afterwards. And Sage’s comments wouldn’t bother you so much.

Brendan

October 3rd, 2010
3:00 pm

Flagstaff, you’re entered with “over” in the Modin contest.

Jimbo and Sisu, you both have entries of 85-points and 10th in the Conference, but neither of you selected a SE divisional finish. If you don’t mind, please enter one. The SE Division rank is the FIRST TIE-BREAKER criteria. Conference Rank is the SECOND tie-breaker criteria.

Jameson, you’re in at 93-points, 3rd in SE, and 8th in the Conference. Good luck.

Thrashy Thrashy, you’re entered at 91-points, 2nd in SE, and 8th in the Conference.

HookyBob, you’re locked-in with 87-points, 4th in SE Division, and 10th in the Conference. Good luck.

Badger Bob, you’re officially entered at 77-points, 4th in the SE Division, and 13th in the Conference.

East Point Bob, you’re entered at 60-points, 15th in the Conference, but no SE Division finish. Please select a SE Divisional rank, if you don’t mind.

Nate, you’re entered at 78-points, 4th in SE, and 13th in the Conference.

LAC, you’re registered at 71-points, 5th in SE, and 14th in the Conference.

Flagstaff, you’re entered at 88-points, 3rd in SE, and 7th in the Conference, in addition to the over on the Modin guess.

Tom, you’re entered with 97-points, 2nd in SE division, and 5th in the Conference.

Hopefully, I haven’t missed anybody.

sisu

October 3rd, 2010
3:15 pm

sorry, 2nd in SE
As to Antro, i am not sold on him being the key to this team…I am still on the fence how he will do this season. I think more likely it will be up to Little and Bergfors, if they tear it up then the team will be in the post season!

Jameson

October 3rd, 2010
3:45 pm

Brendan- That was 91 points.

Curly

October 3rd, 2010
3:49 pm

Mr. Brendan – Please register my entry for 79 points, 4th in the SE, 13th in the conference.

It appears that it may take awhile for this team to get with the new “go-go” system. I think they will start too far down in the standings and will be unable to make up the points later in the season. I also am not very confident that Kane, Little and Bergfors will step up their game this season. This is a re-building year.

Also I’ll take the “under” for Modin (both goals and games).

Ray

October 3rd, 2010
4:12 pm

Rawhide, good luck to your son; he must be an intelligent, well rounded young man. Though USAFA is an inferior school to the USNA, the price is certainly right for the parents! See you opening night.

glovesave29

October 3rd, 2010
5:14 pm

SOB!!!! HA! That is great!…and fitting!

He is what is he is – a fair weather fan who knows nothing about the sport.

Brendan

October 3rd, 2010
5:22 pm

Jameson, my mistake. I corrected it. You’re in at 91-points, 3rd, and 8th.

Sisu, you’re now in at 85-points, 2nd, and 10th in the conference.

Curly, you’re in at 79-points, 4th, and 13th. Plus, you’re registered for “under” in the Modin contest.

Polskidawg

October 3rd, 2010
5:26 pm

Brendan – may I be entered at 81 points, 4th and 11th?

I feel really good about the coaching hires and somewhat positive about Dudley. This prediction is for fewer points than last year, yet I think by the last 1/3 of the season (barring major injuries) we’ll see a much improve team that will set up nicely for 2011-2012.

Brendan

October 3rd, 2010
5:26 pm

We have twelve (12) votes in the over/under contest for Modin. It’s split, 6-6, at present.

Brendan

October 3rd, 2010
5:28 pm

Polskidawg, you’re registered at 81-points, 4th in SE Division, and 11th in the Conference. Good luck.

Rawhide

October 3rd, 2010
5:30 pm

Ray – Thank you. His momma and I are very proud of the boy indeed.

And for the record, he wants to go to Annaplois first and for-most. But he is availing himself to all service academies as well as keeping open the option of taking an ROTC scholarship to attend Ga. Tech or North Georgia.

Brendan

October 3rd, 2010
5:33 pm

Best of luck to your boy, Rawhide.

Rawhide

October 3rd, 2010
5:39 pm

Brendan – Thanks, Professor. Same to all else who have offered up best wishes. It’s gonna be a busy fall with all the interviews with the academies as well as elected officials. We’ve met w/ Sen. Issakson and Rep. Gingry already and will do so again next month.

As for Thrashers hockey, be looking for my offical prediction in a couple of days. I just dusted off the Magic-8 ball from the closet and am seeing what it has to say about the 2010-11 Thrashers season.

Also, I will again remind everyone about gathering at TJs Bar & Grill on Saturday 10/9 to watch the game from Tampa. Hope you all can attend.

Thrashers27

October 3rd, 2010
5:45 pm

Brendan, don’t forget my entry…89 points, 3rd in the division, 8th in the conference. Thanks!

Dwayne

October 3rd, 2010
5:51 pm

Over on Modin,,,,,SOB, now that is funny!!! I like the SOB’s comments, they do not bother me one bit. Buscuit’s post made the most sense to me. Braves and Falcons won today, made the weekend a little better for me. Can not wait till Friday, I’m so ready for some Thrasher hockey. I hope one of you guys go to some of the practices this week and keep us posted. Brandan, thanks for the Finish contest you host. Bill, thanks for everything you do and good luck with your son and his college choice.

Flagstaff

October 3rd, 2010
6:07 pm

I coined SOB this past summer… :P

Who cares, though. That’s irrelevant. The point is, it’s true.

Sage of Bluesland

October 3rd, 2010
6:12 pm

“…He [Sage; or 'me'] is what is he is – a fair weather fan who knows nothing about the sport.”

It’s funny, this “know-nothing” called so many things so long ago which came true. Who looks more foolish, the sheepish clown who paints his hair silly colors and keeps buying all of the excuses for the incompetence of Don Waddell…or me, who called Kari Lehtonen a ‘bust’ from day-one?

Silly, ignorant sheep. You know not what you bluster about. Even in your anger, you’re ignorance shows.

The ASG is surely thankful folks like you continue to subsidize the incompetence…

Stendec

October 3rd, 2010
6:38 pm

I love you, you SOB !!!

Brendan

October 3rd, 2010
7:07 pm

Thrashers27, you’ve been registered for a couple of blogs now. But yes, you’re in at 89, 3rd, and 8th.

Aside from Rawhide’s purposefully withheld prognostication, the following bloggers are not entered in the contest this year:

Diego from Lilburn – no olvides, por favor.
Adam
Kracker
WBF
Bob/Joe Friday
Brendan, yeah I know. I’ll get mine in before the deadline.
3stripes
Andrew
Buzilla in CT
Christy
Dandylions
Darren
Denny
DWTOO
Ex-STH
FIF
FrostyTheSnowMan
Get The Puck Out
h
Hip Czech
JLH
lee
Mehoff
mutton
Nathan
R.Stroz, purposefully pending ….
rightshot
Sage of Bluesland
Scotty
Sharon
Smitty
StateBird
Stendec
thebigharybeast
Thrasher Jim
Thrashdawg
Toby
Tony C.
Will L.
Yung JB from MTL
12345

“Puck drop” of Opening Night is the deadline. No picks after that are allowed. Not even “3 games” into the season?? Nope. It’s just not fair to those who play by the rules. Sorry. The good news is … there’s plenty of time to get that vote in. Or even change it, if you wanted.

Brendan

October 3rd, 2010
7:09 pm

dwayne, you’re registered at “over” in the Modin contest.

World Be Free

October 3rd, 2010
7:15 pm

Thrashers27

October 3rd, 2010
7:17 pm

Sorry, Brendan. I thought that was your recap list.

World Be Free

October 3rd, 2010
7:18 pm

Brendan-agree with your totally on Sage.
Sage has the right to post whatever he wants, just like I have the right to ignore him.

Brendan

October 3rd, 2010
8:04 pm

WBF, you’re in, with a very compelling selection of 80-points, 4th in the Southeast Division, and 11th in the Conference. Best of luck to you, WBF.

Brendan

October 3rd, 2010
8:12 pm

WBF, Red Light has 80-points, 3rd in SE Division, and 11th in the Conference. It could come down to that division rank for the title.

Thrashers27, we’ve had over 40 votes. So, no, that wouldn’t be the complete list. But, you’re free to change your vote any time you’d like, so long as you do it by “puck drop” of Opening Night. Which is coming up. Soon.

Hockey Biltong

October 3rd, 2010
8:31 pm

Brendan,
I beleive you have already responded to my entry, but I am double checking..

rob

October 3rd, 2010
8:55 pm

I’ll go 90 pts, 2nd in SE, and 8th in East.

Over on Modin

As for Antropov and his importance/leadership for this team, I have said before for the obvious reasons he should be Captain, unless he doesn’t want it. To build upon the obvious reasons I submit another, and maybe even more compelling reason for this. The Thrashers went after him because of Kovy to hear it told, then Kovy ran like a little, well, anyway. Did Antropov cry about it? No. When did he start missing practices because of his hip last year? Do you think they knew when he started missing practice and back to back games that it was serious and needed surgery, and would take some time to rehab? Did he have anything to gain by not having the surgery then and waiting to come back healthy for the start of this season? How many others would have come to THIS team and done the same? He stayed, played hard, made Bergfors, Max, and anyone else who played with him better, and stayed on the ice until the playoffs were no longer a reality, and delayed his surgery therefore. Why? Because he knew he gave us a shot at making the playoffs, and that is what leaders do, right? Did he have any ties to Le Thrash previously? He wasn’t playing for a contract, he has one. He wasn’t playing because he thought we could play for Lord Stanley. I think he played for this team, because we needed him. I think that would be the kind of Captain the rest of the team could look at and want to be like. And he was in camp early and skating with all the young and new guys too. Hainsey? LMAO, Modin? No. Slater? Nope. Antropov, IMO, is the team leader hands down, and the key to Bergfors or anyone else who plays the #1 line having a great year.
Zach playing hurt all year also would be an example of this type of dedication, only I think by not sitting out and getting better, he actually hurt the team. That isn’t a knock on Zach, but a knock on the MORONS who let him play instead of telling him to get better and come back in the same form he started off the season in.
Just my take on it.

Hokie P. Clisters

October 3rd, 2010
9:21 pm

Brendan,

Mark me down for 90 points, 3rd in SE, and 7th in East. Now back to the sheepfold……

Brendan

October 3rd, 2010
9:38 pm

HockeyBiltong, you’re entered at 92-points, 2nd in SE Division, and 7th in the Conference. Your budget guess was $48,888,080, and you’ve got “under” in “Modin Watch ‘10-11.”

Rob, you’re locked into 90-points, 2nd in SE Division, and 8th in the Conference, with “over” in “Modin Watch ‘10-11.”

Hokie P. Clisters, you’ve got 90-points, 3rd in SE Division, and 7th in the East. Good luck to you. I could live with those results!

Contest ends October 8th, when the “Great Eight” arrives to the Bulb.

Smoothie

October 3rd, 2010
10:22 pm

This is great! Does any other blog hold an annual prediction contest for nothing but pride and giggles? We do it just because we enjoy hockey and the camraderie that comes with it. If it makes me an “ignorant, stubborn and ASG abetting SOB” then so be it! I’d rather that than simply being a redundant, contempuous and condescending SOB any day of the week, and twice on Tuesdays! Like I’ve said countless times, suck it SOB!

Brendan – thanks for all your hard and diligent industry in keeping up with all our little contests here on the blog!

Flames

October 3rd, 2010
10:22 pm

Rawhide- Good luck to your son! My prediction is 95 Pts. 2nd in the SE and 6th in the east.

Flames

October 3rd, 2010
10:32 pm

Brendan-I will take the over on Modin and the budget 51,279.317

Brendan

October 3rd, 2010
10:53 pm

World Be Free, there’s something I’ve got to say about Sage of Bluesland … and it’ll bother me, if I don’t. There’s no such animal as a “perfect blog.” Not the way that some want. By that, I mean … one in which all posts are in lockstep with what people believe and want to hear. I wouldn’t want a blog … where everyone agreed with me. Or the host. Whomever, it might be. Would anyone want a blog where opposing viewpoints aren’t tolerated? You know what that is? “Indoctrination.” This blog would no longer be about information and discussion, but rather, AFFIRMATION. It would stifle free speech, limit creativity, and encourage suppression of alternative viewpoints. At its most basic, fundamental core, FREE SPEECH is one of the icons of “American ideology.” Does it gets abused? Of course. Do people wants Sage’s comments censored or banned? I would hope not. Learn to ignore, folks. There’s a difference between a Troll and an opposing viewpoint. Sage doesn’t think the ownership has a very high opinion of YOU, the fans of the Atlanta Thrashers Hockey Club. I can’t especially argue against what Sage says there. They have, in the past, told season ticket holders, the very LIFEBLOOD of their cashflow next to corporate sponsorship, to “shut up and pay it” as they discount seats in the same section to non-STH’s during the season, while fielding a roster at the league minimum, and retaining management yet to produce a playoff win in a decade. Is Sage totally offbase? No, I wouldn’t think so. Could Sage of Bluesland stand to ‘tone it down’ a little, on the name calling? (Fwag waivers, and Bwueland, and an unyielding affinity for animal husbandry references, specific to sheep.) Yeah, I would think so, as well. But unlike the Habs Troll, or another “banned poster” who shall remain nameless, Sage doesn’t come here to make daily attacks on on every post, or specific posters, researching their every post, to hack it to bits and discredit them, or create an unhealthy environment, where people feel like they’ll be attacked if they DARE post anything contrary to the troll’s opinion. Sage’s theme hasn’t changed. And it won’t change. He doesn’t want you to support ownership, with your dollars, because they waste those dollars on a business strategy and management that doesn’t have accountability for results, and fields rosters at something close to the league minimum. Does this make Sage a moron? I wouldn’t think so. Unlike trolls, I happen to think that Sage actually cares about the Thrashers, or he wouldn’t come here to comment about games. Or know the Thrashers team history, with respect to its players, draft selections, coaches, and trades. Is he rude, in his delivery of his viewpoints? Well, diplomacy doesn’t seem to be his strong suit. If everyone did, as Sage says, by withholding financial support of the franchise, perhaps the franchise would be gone, today? But, that financial non-support would certainly have provoked changes that included either the release of Don Waddell or the relocation of the franchise. Obviously, 2,000 or less fans a night could not, and would not, be ignored. By the league. Or by ownership. It speaks to the level of hockey interest in these parts that, DESPITE the results over the past decade, fans come out to games. The NHL hasn’t stepped in to say, “This market has failed. The experiment is over. We’re moving the team.” Hockey lasted TWO (2) years in Kansas City (Scouts). Hockey lasted two (2) years in Cleveland (Barons). Hockey lasted nine (9) years in Oakland (Seals). In its first incarnation in Denver, the Rockies only lasted six seasons. Columbus hasn’t had any better results than Atlanta, really. The NHL used to sell out there, game after game. They just have to win, in Ohio, to bring back the fans. The Thrashers franchise set an NHL attendance record in the Inaugural Season, selling out 38 of 41 home games. All the Atlanta market needs to do … is win. Winning fixes everything. Sage just wants ownership to demand a winner. And he wants YOU to demand a winner, too. Unfortunately, by my own admission, I don’t demand the Stanley Cup every season. I understand that there are ebbs and flows to the evolution of a hockey team. All that I have EVER ASKED … is for HONEST ATTEMPT at winning that big, silver trophy. We’ve yet to have a committed ownership group. And it INFURIATES Sage. And he’s infuriated … because he CARES. And he wants BETTER. That’s not a troll. That’s a fan. So, if Sage has a meltdown … if he has a tantrum … if he has conniption fit of some kind … you can just ignore it, knowing what it is.

People who want daily reminders that what they believe is CORRECT … can join a political party or a Social Club. Watch “The View.” Listen to Rush. March in a parade. Join a church, mosque or synagogue. There’s just no such thing … as a perfect blog, where everyone will agree … and be courteous to each other. We couldn’t get ten people in a room … to AGREE … that water is wet. If someone tells you that water isn’t wet, or makes an argument that blood is LESS WET than sayyy … orange juice, I think you know to ignore that comment for what it is.

Brendan

October 3rd, 2010
11:11 pm

Flames, you’re entered at 95-points, 2nd in SE Division, and 6th in the Conference, with “over” on “Modin Watch ‘10-11.” Unfortunately, the budget excercise has closed, back on the 20th of September, at 11PM. The budget contest is “all in good fun,” and not to be taken as seriously as the point totals contest. Which is really more about luck and optimism/pessisim than actual skill. Although, rubbin’ my chin, TELL THAT TO THE PREVIOUS WINNERS! They’ll all tell you they KNEW ALL ALONG they had the winning numbers, since they have their fingers on the PULSE of this team. Me, I take a wild stab it, and hope for the best. Knowledge about a sport and successful predictions for that sport, often do not correlate. Who won your office football poll this week? Beee honest. It was “Sally, the Secretary,” whose time-tested formula of “better colors, better shopping, and better weather” determined the winners on the NFL slate of games, this very weekend. “Sally” CANNOT name more than THREE (3) players in the NFL, much less the Falcons, or whoever her favorite team might be. Meanwhile, you have DESTROYED your FANTASY LEAGUE … for three straight years. Nobody can ever give you a ‘good try’ anymore. But “Sally” won the poll. Again. That’s TWICE now, if you’re counting at home. And she’ll TWICE more, before the season is over.

The “budget contest” is a really just an exercise in ownership confidence, whereby a very low guess, like $43.4 million, would reflect “no confidence” in the ownership, whereas a guess of $59.4 million, would reflect “supreme confidence” that the ownership is very, very committed to trying to win the Cup. And they’ve put their money on the line … to do it.

Brendan

October 3rd, 2010
11:39 pm

Smoothie, don’t forget that Red Light is tracking all the “hat trick” entry guesses. It’ll be amazing, and lucky, if someone actually nails one of those down. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that my off the wall guess of Chris Thorburn, at MSG, vs. Rangers, actually happens. Could I come here to boast and brag? Saying that, “I called it. I nailed it, all the way back in Sept/October?” No. I’d just tell you that I should play the lottery numbers a bit more, for I was extremely lucky. Once, during the playoffs, Steve Yzerman said that he would check for signs of the Rapture in the morning … since Darren McCarty had scored a “hat trick” in a playoff game for Detroit. Obviously, he was having a bit of fun at the expense of a teammate. Most people chuckled. But somewhere, somehow … some fan in the Mo-Town area … said he suspected McCarty would score a ‘trick’ that night. Well, good for him. But how many other times was he right about ‘hat trick’ guesses? Off in the distance, a coyote howls. Some crickets chirp. And some tumble weeds roll by.

Sage of Bluesland

October 4th, 2010
12:03 am

Brendan gets it; which is more than I can say for the simple-minded masses generally posting….I’d argue that I ‘care’ just as much about this team than the idiot-clown who wears a flame on his head (that I see the organization put in silly pictures)…

I have solutions to problems; real solutions to the very-real problems which most just want to repress or deny the existence of…Oh well, but it does make me laugh every year as a new set of lambchops comes up to the plate trying to ‘bring me down’…Better pack a lunch….or, maybe a wittle spweadsheet (in honor of another; wink).

Thanks to Brendan who hits the nail on the head quite often–and then gets castigated by the ignorance when he is accused of “being too negative”…Nope–it’s called ‘keeping it real’.

Reality versus delusion…Fact versus fantasy…It’s your choice. When you pick the latter(s), I will derisively laugh at you. Count on it.

Who’s ready to get this year started?! I am…and, before I forget: A dollar spent on the ASG is a dollar wasted–and a dollar in the opposite direction of where we need to go…

Simon

October 4th, 2010
3:06 am

Brendan – 92-points, 3rd in the SE and 8th in the East. Modin-Watch “over”. Budget on opening night 49,125,850 $. Thanks

LAC

October 4th, 2010
5:17 am

Watching Jeremy Morin in Chicago last night made me ill. This kid should be in an Atlanta uniform, NOT Chicago and he might be Rookie of The Year if he plays like that, and what do we have to show for it… Not much I hate to say. Would rather have him than Chicago castoffs… At least at this point. Poor trade, as only Eager has shown any jump so far.

World Be Free

October 4th, 2010
5:53 am

Brendan, I am cool with Sage’s free speech. You may remember that I have backed him before on more than one occasion on this blog when he was correct. But the message is the same, I am for new ideas, new thoughts and constructive critisism. The guy is S.O.S. and frankly, if I “felt” like this guy did all the time, I would not be on this or any Thrasher blog. If he hates the team and the fans then he should move on.

I was a Bills’ fan for 40+ years and I have left them for the same reasons he doesn’t like Thrasher management. The Bills have been worse over the past 10 seasons than the Thrashers. The difference between us is that I have made my move without whining; the team made their decisions and I made mine. Besides, I have forgotten more about hockey that he’ll ever know.
Enough said…..

Lee

October 4th, 2010
7:03 am

Brendan – If you don’t mind could you mark me down for 91 points, 2nd in SE, and 9th in East?

Sara

October 4th, 2010
7:18 am

Everyone chooses to support (or not) their teams in their own way. I don’t have an issue with anyone’s choice to “stay home” and not “subsidize the incompetence.” I get the actual logic behind that stance. However, some of us love to watch live hockey, even when it’s bad live hockey. We can’t help that a bunch of morons own this team. And ultimately, I’m not willing to deprive myself of the joys of watching my hockey team in an attempt to make a statement that isn’t going to matter anyway. The $$ just isn’t there, hasn’t been since the lawsuit really took off, and won’t be until the matter gets a true resolution. But “some” don’t respect that viewpoint; moreso they belittle those who dare to have a different opinion or approach.

However what really ticks me off is when a person takes his or her discontent with ownership and management and uses it as some sort of justification for hating on all levels of this organization. How can I reasonably be expected to respect the opinions of someone who crapped all over the draft picks just because they happened to be drafted by Don Waddell? Yeah, real mature and logical – talk sh*t about a bunch of 18 year old boys you’ve never even seen play simply because Waddell apparently likes them enough to draft them.

I have no desire to read the repetitive ramblings of a malcontent who hates on everyone and everything. Instead, the grown-ups can continue to discuss things amongst themselves while some of us ignore the occasional outbursts from the kids’ table.

World Be Free

October 4th, 2010
7:41 am

LAC-Morin does look good especially in that #27 jersey. I’ll hold my assessment of the trade until midseason. Looks like Chicago hit the jackport on Nick Leddy too. Leddy came to Chicago from the Wild in the Cam Barker deal last season.

Alan R.

October 4th, 2010
7:56 am

Aagrgreed with Sara, 110%.

Brendan – I posted my “entry” a couple blogs ago. It was near the end, though, so it probably got missed.

Alan R.

October 4th, 2010
7:58 am

Geez. Sometimes posting from a phone is awful with the typos.

Flames

October 4th, 2010
8:04 am

Brendan and Sara I couldn’t agree with you more. I really let Sage get to me sometimes, but I just have to remember that he is fighting his on battles for his on reasons. I’m not sure how many of you were in Atlanta when the Flames played here. I know how hurt I was when the team moved to Calgary. I really don’t want that to happen again. My children play hockey and love going to the Thrasher games. It is something that brings my family together. Every home game we are at Philips arena cheering for OUR team. Then on the away games we sit in front of the television and we scream like a bunch fans should. I love the Thrashers for better or worse.

R. Stroz

October 4th, 2010
8:19 am

For those of you interested in Jose Theodore, Minnesota signed him, over the weekend, to a one year $1.1 million dollar contract.

DWTOO

October 4th, 2010
8:51 am

Brendan – Put me down for 90 points, 2nd division, 7th conference.

As for Sage and others of his ilk I’ve finally learned to just ignore them. Philosophy is for a person’s opinion to count they have to matter and when you continually spout the same opinions and belittle those who disagree with you you have ceased to matter to me and therefore your opinions don’t count. And when I see your name I ignore the post. Saves aggravation.

Doesn’t mean I like the ASG ( I don’t – they’re a pack of you know what’s) and I’m glad the original DW is now upstairs so to speak. But, this is my team and I’ll continue to support them. The one thing worse than bad hockey is no hockey.

We debate amongst ourselves very well. Keep the conversation civil and don’t let individuals get under your skin.

And if you need a real challenge try typing with one broken finger and another jammed.

J.B.

October 4th, 2010
9:01 am

Check this SE Division preview out y’all. Could not believe I was reading this about the Thrash in the Canadian media…

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2010/09/29/spf-nhl-preview-southeast.html

puckhead

October 4th, 2010
9:13 am

89 points – 3rd in division – 8th in conference.

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
9:20 am

DWTOO, you’re registered at 90-points, 2nd in the SE Division, and 7th in the conference. Good luck.

Simon, you’re in at 92-points, 3rd in SE division, and 8th in the Conference. Good luck, sir. Almost forgot, you’re registered as “over” in the “Modin Watch ‘10-11.” Simon, the budget contest ended on September 20th, at 11PM. Unfortunately, we had to cut it off, at some point. And that was it. It was chosen fairly randomly, but just happened to coincide with the beginning of training camp. The winning guess, by the way, will be supplied by “R.Stroztradamus,” who has agreed to post it after puck drop on Opening Night, using “Capgeek.com” as our determiner. R.Stroztradamus is NEVER wrong. Well, not yet, anyway. Like “Biff” in “Back to the Future,” he seems to have some sort of insider’s edge. I just can’t figure it!

Lee, you’re in at 91-points, 2nd in SE Division, and 9th in the Conference. Best of luck to you, Lee.

Alan R., I did include you, earlier. It was part of a long list of other poster guesses. But here it is again– Alan R. is registered with 91-points, 2nd in SE Division, and 8th in the Conference. I could live with that! I’d love to see some playoff hockey this year. Alan R., I have no guess for you in “Modin Watch ‘10-11.”

Sara, are you wanting to get in on the contest this year? If so, I’ll need an entry by Friday night, before “puck drop.” Yeah, I know. I haven’t made one yet, either. I’m still holding out some hope that Travis Zajac might end up here. But, it seems “Sweet Lou” has, once again, found a way to stash players outside of his cap (Bryce Salvador). C’mon, Bettman! Step in!! I want Zajac, dammit.

hip czech

October 4th, 2010
9:20 am

Brendan, I was in at 89 points, tied with TB for 2nd in the Southeast and 8th in the east (3 times from the SE in the playoffs!)…TB wins the tiebreaker for 7th spot, whatever the heck the tiebreaker is.

hip czech

October 4th, 2010
9:21 am

make that 3 TEAMS…wish sometimes my fingers would really type what my brain is thinking

GaVaHokie

October 4th, 2010
9:22 am

Morin does look good in Chicago… wish we could have given something else up instead, like Mahachek or Holzapfel… sigh, oh well.

hip czech

October 4th, 2010
9:23 am

I also had Little with the first HT, 10/22 vs. TB

I was in information blackout mode for the weekend, has the roster been set yet?

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
9:23 am

Puckhead, (nice handle!,) you’re registered at 89-points, 3rd in SE Division, and 8th in the Conference. Good luck to you. Eighty-nine points got BOTH Montreal and Philadelphia into the playoffs last year. Both clubs met in the Conference Finals. It was, of course, an aberration of traditional result for seeds that low in the playoff field.

GaVaHokie

October 4th, 2010
9:24 am

So, I ordered the Center Ice package last week for Dish Network, only to find out that Dish Network is in a feud with Fox Sports and won’t be carrying Sports South for at least a month. Center Ice is non-refundable and non-transferrable.

… I’m extremely pissed to say the least.

Do we have any other Dish Network people here that knows a solution?

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
9:26 am

Hip Czech, you’re in at 89-points, 2nd in SE Division, and 8th in the Conference. Good luck, sir.

hip czech

October 4th, 2010
9:26 am

Hokie…SportsSouth is not affiliated with Fox, is it? SportsSouth is still available (at least last time I checked)…Fox Sports South (different animal) is NOT available.

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
9:28 am

Hokie, that blows! I have Comcast. By signing up “too early,” I’ve already made my 1st installment payment. I realize, now, that I had until October 31, 2010, to sign up for the “early bird.” D’oh!!

hip czech

October 4th, 2010
9:29 am

hip czech

October 4th, 2010
9:31 am

I am so p*ssed…I just signed up for Dish to get the Thrash games (and didn’t get the package with Versus). And, I just got an offer from comcast, er xfinity to add cable for $2/month.

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
9:33 am

DWTOO, get well soon. How did you do that to your hand?, if you don’t mind me asking.

J.B.

October 4th, 2010
9:33 am

93 points, 2nd in the division, 7th in the East

GaVaHokie

October 4th, 2010
9:34 am

hip czech… yep, Sports South is affiliated with Fox. Also, Dish Network only makes Versus available on it’s highest premium package.

I’ve been meaning to switch to Direct TV for the past several years, but I’ve been lazy… now I’m stuck with Dish because of Center Ice.

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
9:36 am

R.Stroz, I saw that Jose Theodore signing on Saturday and meant to post about it. I was thinking, “Geez, Minnesota, it took you until AFTER preseason to decide you like and want to sign Jose Theodore?” Nice price. Came even CHEAPER than Chris Mason. If that was “asking price,” why didn’t we get in on the bidding? Theodore’s season didn’t SUCK last year. He does have playoff experience. He’s actually won two (2) playoff series. Unfortunately for him, much MORE than that was expected of him.

Well, Red Light, what do you think of Theodore at $1.1 million?

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
9:40 am

Flames, for sure, I don’t want to see hockey leave. The truth I believe about the Atlanta hockey market is this one. We’ve yet to see a true measure of its capacity. If we get a winner here, and people just DON’T SHOW UP, then “outsiders” can call us a “bad market.” Remember, I’ll post it again, the Thrashers sold out 38 of 41 home games in the Inaugural season, while setting an NHL Attendance record. That’s the truth. Anyone can look it up. The Minnesota Wild subsequently broke that record. But it spoke to the “interest level” of hockey … in these parts.

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
9:44 am

J.B., I have an earlier post from you at 103-points, 2nd in SE Division, 5th in the Conference. Are you that same poster, or was that “James Brown” who made that entry? I need clarification on that. Are you James Brown, or “J.B.?” And if you, is this guess of 93-points, 2nd in SE Division, and 7th in the East … a REVISED guess. Please let me know. If you’re not “James Brown,” I need the real James Brown to come forward to confirm that 103-point guess.

puckhead

October 4th, 2010
9:48 am

TV Schedule – from the Thrashers Fan Club – The info we have received about the TV schedule is that Fox SportSouth had to wait to confirm dates for the Thrashers until the Atlanta Braves season was either over or they went into the playoffs. Now that the Braves are in the Playoffs, the schedule for the Thrashers should be released in the next few days. Hopefully.

sisu

October 4th, 2010
9:49 am

Anyone catch the show Thrashers 360? Seemed ok, nice to see some insight into new players.

The Jose Theodore signing was due to the injury to Harding, they lost their back up for a while. Funny how the goalies salaries have taken a nose dive recently.

What is this over/under on Modin?

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
9:56 am

Sisu, the over/under is 14 goals, all must be scored as a Thrasehr, and playing in 56 games, as a Thrashers.

Congrats to the Atlanta Braves for getting back into the playoffs after a four season hiatus. Hopefully, this town will come out to support the Bravos in their quest to at least extend the series to five games.

Jeff97

October 4th, 2010
10:00 am

Thrash finish with 97 pts, 2nd in the division and 4th in the conference. I will take the under on Modin.

Zombie Steve

October 4th, 2010
10:07 am

92 pts, 2nd in the SE, and 7th in the Eastern conference (this team will gel, and when they do, LOOK OUT!)

Adam

October 4th, 2010
10:11 am

I was wondering if someone like Flames had any idea if the scouting staff has been attending any preseason games. If so which ones?
This could give us an idea if there are any last minute trades in the works before the official drop of the puck.

J.B.

October 4th, 2010
10:13 am

Brendan, if it was me I’d forgotten about it. However, I can’t see myself guessing 103 pts for the thrashers as much as I’d like to. Please use today’s entry for me. Thanks.

GaVaHokie

October 4th, 2010
10:20 am

FYI… Dish Network subscribers… NHL Center Ice is refundable up until the start of the season… you have until Thursday to cancel if you want to switch cable/satellite providers.

Adam

October 4th, 2010
10:24 am

When does the league view the start of the season for teams to be under the cap? Is it when the 1st game is played by any team, Thursday, or is if before each teams 1st game, which could be as late as Saturday?

Diego from Lilburn

October 4th, 2010
10:28 am

Brendan, ¡no he olvidado!

Color me optimistic: 95 points, 2nd in SE, 7th in Conference. Baaaa! Baaaaaa!

And Modin is gonna rock it! He has something to prove to the score of rookies and sophomores on this team and it is gonna motivate him.

I think we might be off to a bit of a struggle early on (too many new parts to think otherwise – new players, new coaches, new strategies, etc.) but I think the youngsters are gonna pick up the heat later on when other teams are getting tired.

Diego from Lilburn

October 4th, 2010
10:33 am

AND we’re gonna make it through the first round of the playoffs! How’s THAT for a prediction!!!

Jameson

October 4th, 2010
10:38 am

Hokie- Keep in mind that DirecTV does not carry Versus at all.

DWTOO

October 4th, 2010
10:42 am

Brendan – Play in a begginer league at the MIC on monday night. Went stick to stick last week over a puck and that did it. It’s a fun league, but, still feel it on tuesday morning. Moreso with the fat finger from last week.

Ray

October 4th, 2010
10:46 am

I’m a long time DirecTV subscriber and yes, they DO carry Versus. Last year there was a dispute and Versus wasn’t carried on DirecTV, but this was rectified prior to the playoffs.

Nate

October 4th, 2010
10:47 am

Jameson & Hokie – I don’t think that’s true. I have DirecTV. They resolved the dispute with Comcast last year just before the playoffs. Versus is listed on the DirecTV website and on comes on channel 603 on my TV.

five hole

October 4th, 2010
10:55 am

Brendan I’ll take the over on Modin. Although admittedly I haven’t seen him play myself, what I read seems to be positive, like he’s still got his wheels.

I believe Versus on Direct TV is channel 603.

Jameson

October 4th, 2010
11:01 am

I just checked the Braves schedule, and it looks like TBS is carrying all of their wild card games. Why would that effect Sports South’s schedule? Maybe they don’t want to compete with the Braves games?

Jameson

October 4th, 2010
11:05 am

Ray & Nate- That’s news to me. I’ll have to check into that when I get home. I had no choice, but to go with DirecTV earlier this year when I moved into a new apartment complex, and thought the issue was still on-going. That may actually keep me from switching back to cable the next time I move.

Mr. Willson

October 4th, 2010
11:07 am

Brendan,

I’ll be overly optimistic because, well, why be gloom and doom about it.

100-pts, 2nd div, 4th conf

ChippersLoveChild

October 4th, 2010
11:11 am

Why do people expect anything out of Thorburn? He has never shown me much of anything when given the chance. I don’t get why people are hyping him up to have a good season… just don’t see it at all.

3stripes

October 4th, 2010
11:13 am

87 points
2nd SE
9th conference

Dennis the Menace

October 4th, 2010
11:15 am

Gooooood ole Mr. Wilson!!!!

Tom

October 4th, 2010
11:20 am

JAmeson, my guess is that they will need the camera’s, equipment, and labor for the Braves over the Thrashers. It is not worth it for the SS to bring in contract labor and rent equipment for what they makes cover Le Thrash…

Spud Webb

October 4th, 2010
11:20 am

We are soooooooooooooo close…just got 4 tickets (for opening night), section 112, not a bad price!!! GREAT WEEK, baseball playoffs, football, hockey, a chill in the air, oh god- Heaven……………….THANK YOU LORD. Late nights, lots of beer.

Rawhide, Congratulations, your son is making you proud no doubt!! Good job!

Great blog and very interesting, I was fortunate enough to into McConnell friday night. Said he knows Red Light very well!!! GREAT guy and had some great insights about the team, he’s very, very excited. Also gave me a couple of good stories about Elliott & Kamal from some of their road trips over the years, helarious for sure.
Who’s meeting in front of Gorins Friday night? I got the boys meeting up should be around 5:15. I’ll be the bald guy with 2 other Thrash fans and an Idiot caps fan (taking him for a bachelor party). So look for us.

GaVaHokie

October 4th, 2010
11:23 am

re: Dish Network… I canceled my Center Ice package for now.

I’m gonna be on stand-by for Dish to resolve the Fox issue. I know Time Warner Cable in the Northeast went through the same dispute not long ago and it got resolved.

It’s just ridiculous for me to change providers and pay installation fees if this gets resolved by November.

Red Light

October 4th, 2010
11:23 am

Brendan:

For a guy who went 30-7-7 last year, even if he was playing with the Caps and had a 2.81 gaa, that’s pretty good value. People forget the off-ice issues Jose had to deal with before the season started when his two-month-old son died. I wish him nothing but the best and was surprised by the signing because of the 24-year-old Khodobin played a few games for the Wild last year. If he plays 20-25 games this year in relief of Backstrom, then the Wild could scrape together enough points to make a playoff push.

Red Light

October 4th, 2010
11:25 am

See you there Spud! Try to make it through the 2nd period without getting tossed out. Know how much you love the Great 8!

Spud Webb

October 4th, 2010
11:31 am

hahhahahhaha, I know, I CANNOT get kicked out. We have a general rule, no cussing. We keep to that and teh rest is fun!!!!!
I’m ready for 8. I’m ready for this game, Monday is much better when you know you’re going to a game this week!

Smoothie

October 4th, 2010
11:36 am

No cuts yet according to C-Viv. Looks like all 28 “active” players were at the rink this morning for practice. Good news is that both Jimmy and Nik practiced. Bad news is that Ron Hainsey is still a Thrasher.

I kid, I kiiiid!! ;-)

Zombie Steve

October 4th, 2010
11:39 am

Morin in #27 – Think this might start to chafe one Jeremy Roenick? Lord I hope so >=)

iamtheratio

October 4th, 2010
11:42 am

Spud, ain’t that the truth! I can not wait for Friday!!!

hip czech

October 4th, 2010
11:42 am

Is Boris still a Thrasher though?

Bogosian, Buff, Enstrom, Meyer, Oduya, Sopel, and (cough) Hainsey on D…did Kulda play Saturday?

Assuming Slater doesn’t begin the year then I guess it comes down to one of Stewart, Thorburn, or Burmistrov for the last forward spot.

Rawhide

October 4th, 2010
11:52 am

Is Boris still a Thrasher though?

hip czech – If I had my way, the answer would be ‘no’.

Who’s meeting in front of Gorins Friday night?

Spudster – I’ll be there. Question is, who will be on the ice for the Thrashers that night after they make their final cuts this week?

Tom Lysiak

October 4th, 2010
11:58 am

Please put me down for:

91 pts, 3rd in the SE, 9th in the conference.

I’ll take the over on Modin.

Budget guess is $50,898,998.

Oh, and I’ll take the under on those that give a s#!^ what Sage says.

kracker

October 4th, 2010
12:41 pm

Ok, Brendan, put me down for 91 pts, 2nd in Division, and tied for 8th in East. I think I am already down for the over on Modin.

Plus, I predicted 20 goals for Bogosian.

Jameson

October 4th, 2010
12:48 pm

Tom- That makes sense, except I’m pretty sure that Fox owns Sports South, but not TBS.

R. Stroz

October 4th, 2010
1:39 pm

Flames

October 4th, 2010
3:08 pm

Adam-There is scouts at every game during the pre-season games. I am praying that Duds pulls off a trade with the New Jersey Devils for Zajac. Right now everyone is watching the wavier wire to see who is being released.

Brendan-I agree with you 100%. You win and they will come.