Which Thrashers will make the final cut this week?

Preseason is done and the regular season begins Friday. The only thing really left to happen between now and then is for the Thrashers coaching staff to make it’s final roster decisions…something C-Viv reports has not been done as of today.

See here in action against the Blue Jackets last Saturday, Alex Burmistrov may find himself on the Thrashers opening night roster (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

See here in action against the Blue Jackets last Saturday, Alex Burmistrov may find himself on the Thrashers opening night roster (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

The way I see things, given that Jimmy Slater is still nursing a wrist ailment and Andrew Kozak is coming off surgery, there’s only one forward and three defensemen left to trim off the roster to get the squad down to regular season levels.

The team is set between the pipes with Chris Mason and Ondrej Pavelec.

On the blueline, I think it’s safe to say Bogosian, Enstrom, Oduya, Byfuglien, Hainsey and Sopel are in, meaning one of the following four players are left to pick from to round out the defensive seven…Boris Valabik, Arturs Kulda, Andrei Zubarev and Freddy Meyer.

Personally, I take Valabik out of the mix right of the bat. His one showing in the first preseason match was enough for me…and given the fact that we never saw him in the other five might be telling that Ramsay and Co. saw enough too. I like Kulda’s defensive play, very sound positionally and not a lot of mistakes. So if he were to make the cut I’d be fine with that.

But I think Meyer gets the nod here for two reasons. He looked good as well during the exhibition seasons and Kulda and Zubarev would be better served playing everyday in the AHL then getting only spot starts here.

Up front, I think nine of the fourteen possible slots are already taken with Antropov, Kane, Little, Bergfors, Ladd, Peverley, Eager, Thorburn and Boulton. This would leave five open positions remaining.

So who is left to round out the forward lines?

Taking Jim Slater’s situation into account, one could see eighth overall draft pick Alexander Burmistrov starting the season in his place. That would give Jimmy a couple more weeks to get ready. Fredrik Pettersson has done more than enough to earn a spot on this roster and I believe Freddy Modin was brought in to play here.

Chris Rissmiller, seen here batting Columbus' Derick Brassard, may be the odd man this week when the Thrashers make their final cut (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Patrick Rissmiller, seen here batting Columbus' Derick Brassard, may be the odd man this week when the Thrashers make their final cut (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Burmistrov, Pettersson and Modin bring that total up to twelve, leaving two more to fill out a line up plus healthy scratches. One of those will be Nigel Dawes, in my estimation, which would leave the last remaining decision being whether or not to keep Anthony Stewart or Patrick Rissmiller.

If I had to fathom a guess here, it would be Stewart stays and Rissmiller goes.

So to recap, here is my projected opening night roster:

FORWARDS: Antropov, Bergfors, Boulton, Burmistrov, Dawes, Eager, Kane, Ladd, Little, Modin, Pettersson, Peverley, Stewart and Thorburn.

DEFENSE: Bogosian, Byfuglien, Enstrom, Hainsey, Meyer, Oduya and Sopel.

GOAL: Mason and Pavelec.

What say you, Thrashervillians?

214 comments Add your comment

puckhead

October 4th, 2010
11:58 am

I say play play Burmashave for 9 while we make sure Slater is okay. Can’t afford another all season issue like Bogo’s wrist last year.

mikey da mug

October 4th, 2010
11:58 am

Spot on – as usual

J(Z)

October 4th, 2010
11:59 am

I want a TV schedule!!!!

Darren

October 4th, 2010
11:59 am

Unless the Thrashers make a play for Billy Guerin, that sounds about right; Dan Kamal also posted that he thought Meyer had all but made the team a few days ago, so that helped figure out the 7th defenseman question.

Tom Lysiak

October 4th, 2010
12:01 pm

Doh, got Ranallo’d on the last blog. Here it is reprinted with my permission:

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.

Darren

October 4th, 2010
12:01 pm

I’ve been seeing ads on SportsSouth saying that all the hockey games they air will be in HD this year. They’ll probably air 60 or so games, but if they’re all in HD, that’s great news (and long overdue!)

Alas, being out of state, I probably won’t get to see them in HD unless Comcast adds it to Center Ice and/or they run replays of the out of state games late at night, like they’ve done before.

Smoothie

October 4th, 2010
12:07 pm

Yup! My sentiments exactly. We can say goodbye to that “Chris” Rissmiller fellow and expect to see Johnny Burma in Blueland for at least a few weeks while Jimmy Skandalous takes his time with his wrist.

The only real question in my mind is will they keep 14 forwards for now or will they send Anthony Stewart back to Chicago despite a determined and spirited effort by Stewie?

Starting line-up:

Kane – Antro – Bergy

Modin – Pevs – Freddy P

Ladd – Little – Dawes

Eager – Burma – Thorbs

Enstrom & Bogo

Oduya & Sopes

Hainsey & Buff

Mason
Pavelec

Darren

October 4th, 2010
12:08 pm

And, for what it’s worth, Atlanta will be on the NHL Network on HD Nov. 19 against Washington:

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=539444&cmpid=rss-Feature%20Stories

Smoothie

October 4th, 2010
12:14 pm

Thanks Darren, that’s great save for the fact we’re playing WSH. But better than no natl games I spoz. Just don’t understand why the NHLN would prefer to show Buffao v. Toronto on Sat, Nov 6 when they could show the Blackhawks going against their former mates as Thrashawks!

Major DUH!

hip czech

October 4th, 2010
12:18 pm

At least Dish is now providing the NHL network until the Fox mess gets resolved…Hokie and I will be able to see the 11/19 game :-(

Oh, they are also offering MSG and NESN so we can see all the Rangers/Sabres/and Bruin games we care to (ugh). Let’s hope Dish gets this thing resolved ASAP.

Rawhide, it’s Patrick Rissimiller, not Chris.

StateBird

October 4th, 2010
12:20 pm

Spot on with roster predictions, which is a depressing state in my opinion. It is bewildering while we will waste Kulda in the AHL, while Buf is desperately needed up front.

Rawhide

October 4th, 2010
12:23 pm

I want a TV schedule!!!!

J(Z) – yeah…you and me both. Wazzup widdat?

hip czech – er, uh…yeah. It’s Patrick. Thanks.

Derrick

October 4th, 2010
12:35 pm

If anyone has Directv, they’re giving a free preview of Center Ice from Oct. 7th until Oct. 24.

Oh and by the way Rawhide, I think you meant 8th overall draft pick, not 8th round draft pick for Burmisrov.

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
12:39 pm

Carried over from the previous blog ….

Jeff97: You’re locked-in with 97-points, 2nd in SE Division, and 4th in the Conference, with “under” in the “Modin Watch ‘10-11.” Good luck.

Zombie Steve: You’re registered at 92-points, 2nd in SE Division, 7th in the Conference. No guess on Modin.

Diego from Lilburn: !Hola, y bienvenido a todos mis amigos Latinos en casa! Estas enregistrados, senor, con noventidos puntos, segundo en la divicion, y siete en la conferencia. (92, 2nd, and 7th)

Five_hole: You’ve got “over” on the Modin Watch.

Mr. Willson: 100-points, 2nd, and 4th in the Conference. Good luck, sir.

3stripes: 87-points, 2nd in SE Division, and 9th in the Conference. No guess on “Modin Watch.”

Tom Lysiak: 91-points, 3rd in the Southeast Division, and 9th in the Conference, with “over” on the Modin contest, and not much a Sage of Bluesland fan. Though, Sage would probably agree with you that the Thrashers will be outside of the playoffs. But, truthfully, Sage has NOT submitted a guess for the point totals contest. That’s purely an assumption on my part, re: Sage of Bluesland. Maybe he’ll shock us all with a projection of 7th or 8th in the conference?

Time will tell. Speaking of time, no more budget contest entries are permitted, since it closed on September 20th, at 11PM. We had to set a cutoff date for that. It was BEFORE training camp began. The purpose of that contest was to gauge how much confidence posters had in the “commitment level” of the ownership of the franchise. Believe it or not, my guess might have been the highest of all, at this blog. And I never would have thought that I would be the one who thought … these guys (owners) are going to try harder/be more committed this year. Oh well.

kracker

October 4th, 2010
12:46 pm

Oh No! A new blog[s]!! I can’t catch up from two really long, hard days at work to end last week! And by next Monday, sports pages may be blocked here at work. I really hope not! Then I will be on phone-access only.

World Be Free

October 4th, 2010
12:47 pm

Kulda and Freddie are in on defense. Stewart stays too unless there’s a deal in the works.

I keep hearing Tronna wants to make a deal-with what?
They are against the cap and several of their players are not tradable cuz they stink and/or overpaid. Canadian media at it again.

Also, the Habs played and exhibition game in Quebec City this weekend. Former Nordique fans cheering the Montreal Canadians? My how times have changed.

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
12:48 pm

Statebird, I have yet to receive a point total projection from you. You still have time. They aren’t due until “puck drop” of Opening Night, on October 8, 2010. All guess after that, just like budget guesses at this point, are cut off.

You watch, though. Some poster will “attempt” to make a point total guess at Christmas. Pfft. You have until October 8th, 2010. I can’t rightly tell you what hour and minute of the evening “puck drop” will occur. But, that’s what we’re going with.

kracker

October 4th, 2010
12:53 pm

Darren: I suggest you move to Atlanta. :)

kracker

October 4th, 2010
12:59 pm

I’m kinda thinking they like the big line and will keep Eager-Thorb-Stew intact. If not for every game, have them available for selected matchups, rotating Stewie w/ Boults maybe.

Darren

October 4th, 2010
1:11 pm

I moved away to get away from the traffic. The no state income tax is a pretty good deal, too.

Zoomo

October 4th, 2010
1:12 pm

I think you’ve got the roster nailed, Rawhide. Looking forward to Gorins on Friday and getting a look at that roster in action.

Christoph Schubert

October 4th, 2010
1:16 pm

Aber…aber…was wird aus mir werden?

five hole

October 4th, 2010
1:31 pm

My lone question about the defense is, can we send Valabik down without risking losing him? I’m going to assume that he’s still recovering from last year’s knee injury, and I’m really, really going to assume that if he fully recovers from that, he has value.

So, how bad is Slater’s wrist injury? How much longer will he be out? I read they were trying Thorburn at center, and I’m guessing that’s because of Jimmy’s wrist; they wanted to move Thorbs to center and play a Rissmiller/Stewart type there. If you think Burmistrov’s going to play center, I guess the Thorburn experiment is over.

All I know is I’ve got a lot of new jersey numbers to memorize.

Mikey

October 4th, 2010
1:34 pm

I still have a concern with Stewart. I’ve read here or on Viv’s blog that he hasn’t exactly taken advantage of opportunities before. But then again I haven’t seen him play yet during preseason.

Hate it for Kulda if he has to be shipped down. But the defense is as deep as we’ve ever seen it. It’s a numbers game for him I guess.

five hole

October 4th, 2010
1:39 pm

I saw Hockey’s future has a review of the Chicago Wolves up:

http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/12350/chicago_wolves201011_preview/

My favorite exerpt from the review:
Perennially injured Boris Valabik is again sidelined to start the season and the lanky Slovak may see more time with the Wolves on rehab assignments.

litz

October 4th, 2010
1:47 pm

Excellent work guessing the roster (let’s see how accurate that becomes) … and hopefully between now and friday, they can gel that offense so we actually learn how to pass the puck to someone other than empty ice, an official, or an opposing player.

My guess : 94 pts, 3rd in division, and 7th place in conference.

Toby

October 4th, 2010
1:56 pm

Sorry if it was already stated,

Rissmiller on waivers per TSN

biscuit

October 4th, 2010
1:59 pm

I wonder if Boulton’s spot is a little more tenuous than we believe. Rammer has said there’s no room for pure fighters in the new NHL. Boults isn’t a pure fighter. He can play 4 to 6 minutes on an energy line, but since we are already strapped for goal scorers and Rammer wants to run 4 lines while sharing the goal scoring throughout – we should wonder just where he draws the line on Boulton.

If I were a betting man, I’d say Boulton will make the team because of his contract status, but I can seem him sitting in the press box a lot more than usual. However Rammer may choose to work with the potential of a younger guy rather than de-train the tendencies of Boulton.

Badger Bob

October 4th, 2010
2:01 pm

In a situation just slightly less rare than Thrashers playoff wins, Les Thrash are deeper at D than at forward. I’m with those bewildered at keeping Buff on D and sending down either Kulda or Meyer. Keep ‘em both here and let Buff prove Duds right that he’s an elite power forward.

I don’t care if Buff “wants” to play D. Bergie “wanted” to get paid more and/or have a longer term contract, and MGMT didn’t seem to give a crap about that.

Rawhide

October 4th, 2010
2:25 pm

My lone question about the defense is, can we send Valabik down without risking losing him?

Five Hole – I don’t know if sending him down without being on a rehab assignment would mean having to clear waivers or not. But if so…and Dudley thought he’d be snatched up…then I would contact the team(s) I thought would take him and see if a deal could be worked out.

I wonder if Boulton’s spot is a little more tenuous than we believe.

Biscuit – I would think Boults see more time in the press box than not. His biggest asset with us has been his role as an enforcer. We can get that with Eager and Stewart…and in the case of eager, he can actually help us score goals.

Sorry if it was already stated, Rissmiller on waivers per TSN

Toby – Not totally unexpected. Now what’s interesting here is that we traded Todd White to the Rangers for Rissmiller and Donald Brashear. We then waived Brashear right away with the intent to buy him out… and now have waived Rissmiller. So, we basically gave Todd White to the Rangers for…nothing. Well, except for the fact that we’ll be paying Brashear to not play for us.

But then again…I’m OK with that.

Will L

October 4th, 2010
2:32 pm

Hopefully this 0-5-1 preseason doesn’t have much bearing once they lace em up for reals on Friday. I seem to remember that in the preseason of 2007 we had a winning record. Then came the horrible 0-6 start to the regular season. I think we can flip that this year.

I’ll say 96 points, 2nd in the SE, and 6th in the East

Red Light

October 4th, 2010
2:37 pm

Lender Equity?

In an effort to discourage new partners from making a capital investment into struggling Southeast teams and thereby limiting further national TV exposure, the NHL Network will broadcast 17 Capitals games, three Lightning games and one each involving Atlanta, Carolina, Florida and Nashville.

GaVaHokie

October 4th, 2010
2:38 pm

It was cheaper to buy out Brashear than White… no one is going to claim Rissmiller. He’ll go to Chicago and be a veteran call up.

Still a head scratcher for me. I don’t see how Burmistrov is going to give us a better performance than Todd White would have. The whole deal will still cost us about $2 million ($1.4 million buyout for Brashear + whatever Burmistrov gets paid)… so go ahead and pencil Burmistrov in as a $2 million player.

kracker

October 4th, 2010
2:41 pm

ajcthrashers Former Thrashers pick. RT @TramyersCSN: Jeremy Morin just assigned to Rockford. Kid did well; bodes well for the future. #Blackhawks

There was some thought that Morin might stick on a somewhat thin ‘Hawks forward corps.

Rawhide

October 4th, 2010
2:44 pm

It was cheaper to buy out Brashear than White… no one is going to claim Rissmiller. He’ll go to Chicago and be a veteran call up.

GaVaHokie – True that…plus I don’t think the Thrashers could have waived White given the fact he had had surgery on his shoulder, (I believe). Assuming Rissmiller does clear waivers, the he does make for a decent call up if need be.

Still a head scratcher for me. I don’t see how Burmistrov is going to give us a better performance than Todd White would have.

Oooooh…I don’t know who Burmistrov could give us a worse performance. :cool:

Serioulsy though…Todd White had proven to use he was a bust. Burmistrov has done nothing but show me what great potential he has for the future. He may not be 100% right now and will only be getting 6 or 8 games in until Slater is ready, but I’ll take that over Whitey right now.

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
2:54 pm

Rawhide, don’t we have to pay Rissmiller’s salary, or at least HALF of it, if he is claimed off waivers?

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
2:58 pm

I seriously wish Todd White the best. He’s going to a traditional and “original six” market in New York, where the press could eat him alive. Except that, I would think, their focus should be on Sather, moreso than White. Where’s Garnett Exelby these days?

Thrashers27

October 4th, 2010
2:58 pm

Five Hole,

I don’t remember which post it was, but I recall one of C-Vivs recent posts saying that Boris was one of those who is not protected and would have to clear waivers if sent down.

TableHockey

October 4th, 2010
3:00 pm

Rissmiller on waivers – that Rawhide guy must have an inside line. Stewart gets the final slot. I guess I’m good with that but like so many others I wish we had 1 more 20 goal scorer.

Nate

October 4th, 2010
3:11 pm

What do I say? I say I’m a broken record and really don’t care. With that, I say again that projected roster you have way up there in the blogosphere is gonna struggle to put the biscuit in the basket. Plain and simple. Shooters? Check. Finishers? Eh…not so much.

five hole

October 4th, 2010
3:14 pm

Oooooh…I don’t know who Burmistrov could give us a worse performance Da-dum-dum. Tip the waitresses & try the veal.

Thrashers27 if Boris has to clear waivers, should he be sent down? I know, I know, all the mobility of a tree stump. But (and I have a big but), the kid is working back from a knee injury which has to be limiting his mobility. He was never the best skater to begin with, but I think other aspects of his game were coming together last year (like passing). And I think he was learning to take fewer penalties. The kid is still young and learning to play, and I wouldn’t risk exposing him to waivers.

If I were overlord of the universe GM, and considering Buf could play forward if we needed it, I would waive Stewart and keep Valabik on the roster.

Jameson

October 4th, 2010
3:17 pm

Brendan- My prediction for when the puck will drop is Friday, October 8th at 7:48pm EDT.

Nikita (in PA)

October 4th, 2010
3:19 pm

Man, I hate it when you make me come on here and defend Todd White. But here I go.

Todd White, in the preseason, has thus far scored once and been either neutral or to the positive. I continue to believe he deserves more credit than you have given him, Rawhide.

However, I am on record as being fine with his trade as long as I felt he was being traded in a way that makes the team better. The problem I have with it at this point is that I am very, very worried about the team with the talent I see right now.

As for Boults, I can see a trade — I can’t see a waive. And with the weakness of the roster, I expect to see him on the ice.

Thrashers27

October 4th, 2010
3:21 pm

I’m right there with you Five Hole. I have been a huge proponent of Boris since he arrived. I know he gets a bad rap, but I really feel he’s shown steady improvement over the last few years. Given a chance, I hope this will be a breakout year for him…but you know what they say “hope in this hand and $#!^ in the other and see which one fills up first.”

I’m happy to realize this afternoon that Friday is the 8th, not Saturday. Opening night is coming a day early for me. Woohoo!

Red Light

October 4th, 2010
3:22 pm

Nikita: Just what team will trade for Eric Boulton?

Rissmiller can play wherever he wants if no one claims him, but in order to protect his $1 million contract, a la Wade Redden, he likely will accept the demotion to the Wolves.

The true expense of getting rid of Mr. Milk Carton…Rissmiller $1 million + Brashear buyout $1.4 million (35+ means you pay it all) + player to replace White (Dawes at $650,000) = $3.050 million. White = $2.375 million.

Rawhide

October 4th, 2010
3:27 pm

Nikita (in PA) - Well…this is just gonna have to be one of those things where we simply agree to disagree. That said, I do hope you’ll be able to make it down for a game or two this season.

Red Light – So if I’m reading you right…and my math is correct…the cost of moving Mr. Milk Carton is $675,000?

I’m good with that.

Red Light

October 4th, 2010
3:27 pm

Columbus waived defensman Grant Clitsome.

How’d you like to be his fiancee?

Jeff97

October 4th, 2010
3:30 pm

Redlight —> Columbus waived defensman Grant Clitsome.

How’d you like to be his fiancee?

No Thanks – I am not gay

BUT, that name definitely has room for a lot of discussion. :)

Thrashers27

October 4th, 2010
3:30 pm

I hate to cheapen our “prognostificationalizing” (Stewie Griffin: Yeah, it’s a real word, wanna fight about it?)fun, but I think it might be fun to have a “guess who pots the first goal” pool.

Red Light

October 4th, 2010
3:30 pm

Good arithmetic Bill. Hope you pass it along to your future FlyBoy. Congrats by the way! I know you are very proud.

Red Light

October 4th, 2010
3:33 pm

Sorry Smoothie and Rawhide, as I predicted no Freddy Pettersson to start the season!

Thrashers27

October 4th, 2010
3:33 pm

My guess is Brian Little.

five hole

October 4th, 2010
3:36 pm

“hope in this hand and $#!^ in the other and see which one fills up first.”Thrashers27
Is that what happened to Slater’s wrist?

Red Light – I think we should keep this a family oriented blog, so I have to pass. But this is one person who should really look into getting his name changed.

Definitely psyched for Friday night. Me & the missus will be in 204.

Cornbread

October 4th, 2010
3:39 pm

I have to agree with this roster Rawhide.

As for Boults, I don’t see him playing 60 games this season. He will be needed when the Thrashers go up against true heavyweights in the Atlantic like Trevor Gillies, Derek Boogaard, and Jody Shelley. And that makes him very valuable to the younger and smaller teammates. Plus, the guy can play and knows his role. Eager, Thorbs, and Steawrt can handle the light heavyweights like Carcillo but not those other animals.

Jameson

October 4th, 2010
3:41 pm

Correction, I think that should be 7:38. Isn’t it usually only 8 minutes after the scheduled time that the puck drops? Anyway, I’m shocked that Pettersson got cut.

Rawhide

October 4th, 2010
3:42 pm

Red Light – Hmmm….OK, well if Rissmiller and Freddy “The Fly” are both sent packing, does that mean we only carry 13 forwards until Slater returns to the lineup?

Verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry intersting….

Cornbread

October 4th, 2010
3:46 pm

Well so much for that roster prediction…

I have to think that after all the hype, Pettersson must get stronger and more adjusted to the North American game before he plays in the NHL. No way is that guy 5′10″ 185 pounds.

Spud Webb

October 4th, 2010
3:46 pm

Wait…so Redlight, Petterrson didn’t make the team??????????????

I tend to believe or maybe want Boults not to make the team. LOVE the guy…but have had enough. He is what he is.

Red Light

October 4th, 2010
3:50 pm

I think Slater and Boris go to IR along with Cormier, and you begin the season with 14, 7 and 2, with two in the press box. There are 15 forwards, 8 d-men and two goalies right now.

Red Light

October 4th, 2010
3:53 pm

Just tossing this out there…

If Stewart makes the team, does this mean Duds justifies Stewart’s selection in the first round (25th overall) of the 2003 draft?

Nikita (in PA)

October 4th, 2010
3:53 pm

*Nikita: Just what team will trade for Eric Boulton?*

Are you kidding? EB has a role and he plays it well. He’s reasonably talented as a grinder and agitator, and can occasionally be helpful on special teams as well. And his numbers aren’t bad, if you don’t expect him to put up goals. A team looking to bolster its physicality could make good use of him.

…but I think he’ll see ice time because of all those factors. That, and his runaway popularity and his predictable temperament. Like the Moosinator, EB’s very steady in a secondary role. Unless the roster gets crowded, I don’t see him going anywhere.

*That said, I do hope you’ll be able to make it down for a game or two this season.*

We plan to try — probably over the winter holidays. Of course, we already mapped out all the Thrash games within 5 hours of us up here and I really hate the Pens, but I’m looking forward to seeing Buffalo, NYI, NYR, NJD, and Philly. (Maybe not Philly — I do want to live.)

We even found a hole-in-the-wall hockey bar in Habsland that we promised to go back to when the team is on the docket. Believe it or not, when we confessed to being Thrashers fans they hoisted a round. Great place! That’s a long trip in the snow, but there’s a train.

Rawhide

October 4th, 2010
3:54 pm

Red Light – I got Antropov, Bergfors, Boulton, Burmistrov, Dawes, Eager, Kane, Ladd, Little, Modin, Peverley, Stewart and Thorburn.

I count 13 with Slater injured & Rissmiller and Pettersson sent down.

Who am I missing?

Nikita (in PA)

October 4th, 2010
3:54 pm

P.S. Boults? Dirt cheap for an experience guy.

Spud Webb

October 4th, 2010
3:57 pm

Nikita, no way we get anything of value for bolts. Just not going to happen.

Red Light

October 4th, 2010
3:58 pm

Bill:

Kozek is still listed for some reason.

Red Light

October 4th, 2010
3:59 pm

I’d say you could get an 8th rounder for Bolts, except that there are only seven rounds these days. I love the guy but he’s not a trade commodity.

Mike

October 4th, 2010
4:02 pm

Morin headed to AHL.

five hole

October 4th, 2010
4:06 pm

Nikita I like Bouts, but let’s face it; he’s a 4th line guy making just over league minimum. That should tell you something about his value in the league. If he was worth more, he would have signed for more someplace else. Having said that, I think he adds value to our team. He’s the 12th forward on our team.

A27

October 4th, 2010
4:15 pm

Wow no Pettersson…….. That just blows… I have nothing else to say…

Rawhide

October 4th, 2010
4:19 pm

Red Light – Yeah…I see that. But here’s how I would have done it.

1. Antropov
2. Bergfors
3. Burmistrov
4. Dawes
5. Eager
6. Kane
7. Boulton
8. Ladd
9. Little
10. Modin
11. Pettersson
12. Peverley
13. Stewart
14. Thorburn

Then, when Slater is healthy, he replaces Burmistrov who would go back to Barrie.

The way it is now, we have 13 forwards until Jimmy returns.

An aquisition in the works???

five hole

October 4th, 2010
4:22 pm

Bill You have Kane listed twice, at #6 & 7. I like the kid too, but that’s going a little too far.

Rawhide

October 4th, 2010
4:25 pm

five hole – Replaced the 2nd Kane w/ Boulton….knew I’d left someone out. But my point remains that we have 13 forwards until Slater returns.

Cornbread

October 4th, 2010
4:28 pm

Rawhide/Trixie your blog has gone MIA on AJC’s Thrashers page. Had to get here the long way. What’s up with that?

Question: Could the ultimate team player Jimmy Slater be taking another one for the team at the start of the season? Remember last year and years past when he sat out? Management and the Coach know what they’ve got in him. He may be ready to go but with a stated injury and IR move it will allow them to get a closer NHL look at Stewart, Burmistrov and others who they don’t know.

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
4:41 pm

Litz: You’re in at 94-points, 3rd in SE division, and 7th in the Conference.

Will L.: You’re in at 96-points, 2nd in SE Division, and 6th in the division.

hip czech

October 4th, 2010
4:42 pm

The Thrashers have reassigned four players from their training camp roster to the Chicago wolves of the AHL. They are forwards Fredrik Pettersson and Patrick Rissmiller and defensemen Arturs Kulda and Anrey Zubarev.

Boris stays. Ugh.

Smoothie

October 4th, 2010
4:45 pm

THIS: “I have to think that after all the hype, Pettersson must get stronger and more adjusted to the North American game before he plays in the NHL. No way is that guy 5′10″ 185 pounds.”

I did noticed that Freddy got pushed around A LOT by Nashville in the final home preseason contest. I had a feeling with Dawes playing much better of late and gelling well with Little & Ladd that this could happen. However, he will most certainly get his chance on a call-up when were a) dinged up with injuries b) desperate for some scoring spark on a lower line or c) realize that he’s a better option than a sulking Bergfors or underperforming _____________ (insert a name).

Petts definitely needs to add some more bulk, but I feel confident he’ll be able to play at this level. If here were a C and not a wing, and we didn’t have Alex B, I’d say he makes the team.

So who do you think will make a play for Boris V via trade? Also, perhaps Petts demotion is just for the time being so we can entice another team into making a trade for a *better* option…you know, make it seem like Pettersson isn’t ready only to bring him up later after adding a bona fide scoring wing who isn’t 36 y/o or under 24.

Rawhide

October 4th, 2010
4:46 pm

Cornbread – It’s been relocated over toward the center of the Thrashers web page of the ajc.com from what I can see.

Diego from Lilburn

October 4th, 2010
4:50 pm

Yep, I had to google you also. Not showing at ajc.com/sports/atlanta-thrashers right now.

¡Muchas gracias, Brendan!

My prediction for first goal is a D-man: Buff launces a cruise missile from the blueline!

Lee

October 4th, 2010
4:53 pm

Brendan – Thanks for entering me in the contest on the previous blog. Looking for a great season this year…..

Thrashers27

October 4th, 2010
4:56 pm

Yep, same here. The formatting for the AJC/Thrashers page is all jacked up.

Putting On The Foil

October 4th, 2010
5:09 pm

Hate to see Kulda sent down. I personally thought he was ready.

Red Light

October 4th, 2010
5:16 pm

For those who have not placed their guess for first hat trick by a Thrashers player this or any season, you have just a few days left.

Player Opponent Date

If not using this year as your guess, player, month and year will suffice!

Nikita (in PA)

October 4th, 2010
5:32 pm

*I like Bouts, but let’s face it; he’s a 4th line guy making just over league minimum. That should tell you something about his value in the league.*

Yes, that we can trade him as a 4th line guy making just over league minimum.

Nikita (in PA)

October 4th, 2010
5:32 pm

But again, I don’t think we will. Given everything else that’s happening and his perfect willingness to ride the pine or rumble in equal measures, I bet he sees the ice.

Thrashers27

October 4th, 2010
5:37 pm

As much of a fan favorite as Boults is, he’s willing to ride the pine, because he doesn’t want to go anywhere else. His roots are planted here and it’s admirable that that’s worth something to him.

Lee

October 4th, 2010
5:47 pm

I like Boults. I think that even though he may not be the best goal scorer, he’s a great enforcer. People may say, well fighting in hockey is just a bunch of garbage, look at when he or anybody wins a fight. The crowd, players, coaches, etc. are pretty pumped. It’s a psychological edge….

Cornbread

October 4th, 2010
6:00 pm

I’m feeling like an optimistic sheeple. Evander Kane Hat Trick at the home opener against the Capitals 10/8/10, 1 EV, 1 PP, and 1 SH. And a scrap. BAAAHHH…..

Cornbread

October 4th, 2010
6:03 pm

Boults is one of the best and most respected enforcers in the game. He’s not leaving.

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
6:04 pm

Lee, You’re welcome. I’m looking forward to this season, too.

Diego from Lilburn, !Traiga todos sus amigos a Philips Arena, y vamanos los Thrashers!

litz

October 4th, 2010
6:34 pm

A scrap? With Kane?

Did they NOT see last year’s final game?

My bet is he gets a wide berth this year … if not wide, certainly wide-er.

That one punch *has* to have earned a ton of respect.

- litz

Tom Lysiak

October 4th, 2010
6:44 pm

Cornbread, I agree about Boulton. He wants to play HERE. He gives great effort every night. He doesn’t mind dropping the gloves with anyone, any time it is needed. You have to have a player who can protect the team and who better than number 36? I think we are exposed if that is left up to Thorburn, Eager and Stewart. It’s not a bad thing when you have lots of guys who can mix it up, but I believe you need one as respected as 36 is.

StateBird

October 4th, 2010
6:49 pm

Brendan – Please put me down for 86 points, 4th SE (can’t see finishing ahead of WAS, TB or CAR) and 11th in the conference. See a slow start as no lines have been given to time to gel this pre-season and, when combined with long road trip to start season, will be an uphill struggle trying catch up the remainder of the year. Hope I’m wrong. Thanks for organizing again this year.

HookyBob

October 4th, 2010
6:50 pm

“Who would trade for Bolts?”…..both Toronto and the Rangers would. (And,…anyone think Toronto may go after Boris if he hits waivers?) Currently, I think the Leafs would have more interest in Bolts, as the Blueshirts now have D. Boogard. Bloggers,…if you can name the “enforcers” currently on each team,…please do?

One thing about Bolts is that he fights “up a weight class very, very well. In a franchise that is tight with it’s funds,…Bolts really does provide value,…if you believe a player can change momenteum by going mano y mano. Have also read (from Mr Bill’s bloggers,……..so it must be true.) that Bolts is a strong positive presence in the locker room. However, with the “grit value” of our team dropping (getting tougher/rougher) significantly with Dud’s acquistions,…it may (sadly) be time to move Eric.

Red Light (Is that nome de guerre strictly related to hockey?),…I’m thinking our next hat trick will be either Antro or Bergie,…so put me down for Nov 21st, and by Bergfors. (NYI is not strong on defense,…and they recently lost Streit for several weeks.)

Bergie is also my choice for scoirng the Thrashers 1st 2010-11 season goal. Antro is soooooo,…. good with assists and I am assuming Bergie is healthy (and inspired). Right now, Bergie is our best “finisher.” If you disagree,…who is our best finisher? (BTW:I look to Dawes to get our 2nd.)

Brendan,…..this is the time of year when fans are most optiimistic. I would really like to see the bloggers point predictions after, say, 20 games. I would be so pleased to see them come in the same or better. What are the chances?

IDWT.

StateBird

October 4th, 2010
6:54 pm

TV – according to Directv schedule, the opener against WAS will be carried by SportSouth. Neither the TB game nor opening road game in LA are scheduled for SportSouth, but will be available through Center Ice. No information on future games. Very strange that SportSouth and Thrashers can’t get a schedule out. Can’t ever recall a similar situation.

Rawhide

October 4th, 2010
7:39 pm

Statebird – Thanks for the info. Interesting it’s taken this long to get even that much out.

Everyone – If indeed the Saturday Oct. 9 game in TB is not televised locally, then I hope you’ll consider coming out to TJs in Alpharetta to watch it with us there.

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
7:42 pm

HookyBob, this is why they play the games. I posted earlier about how I looked ahead 21% of the season, to game # 17. At that point, I saw 14-points in those 17 games. If that actually comes to pass, then there’s PLENNNNTY of season left to get above .500 and drive toward the playoffs. But the operative word always seems to be “if.”

One thing I can say … strictly from a budget numbers games … the Thrashers, almost without exception, have ALWAYS GOTTEN EXACTLY what they paid for. When they spent to the floor, they wound up in the lottery draft. When the spend to the Max, they were playoff contenders. For the money, and strictly for the money, which is only $3.6 million above the floor, the Thrashers have fielded a pretty good team. With the budget they have, they’ve paid for a lottery draft finish. I don’t personally believe the Thrashers are headed to the lottery draft. I think the WORST they will finish in the East … is 12th. And there are a 2-3 Western Conference teams worse than Atlanta. If true, the Thrashers will finish around 22nd to 24th in the league, where the lottery draft teams are 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th.

So, in this respect, I do believe Atlanta will get MORE than what they paid for, in terms of tangible results. If a team whose Opening Night budget is $46.6 million makes the playoffs, everyone deserves a big, fat raise.

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
7:44 pm

Statebird, you’re in at 86-points, 4th, and 11th in the Conference. Good luck. If you want to get in on “Modin Watch,” there’s still time.

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
7:46 pm

Piggybacking on Tom Lysiak’s post … Eric Boulton … has played here without serious complaint. He has ALWAYS re-signed here. And he’s dangerously close to being the all-time leader in games played as a Thrasher. Though, I haven’t looked that up. For all I know, it’s Jim Slater!!

HookyBob

October 4th, 2010
7:55 pm

IRBIT=”In Rawhide’s bloggers I trust” Thank-you,… Mr Tiller,…………..thank-you.

R Stroz: The opening night tickets came through,..hope to see you.

Darren: No state income tax?…What a deal,.. I’m envious, might it be Wyoming, Washington, or Alaska? Words cannot describe my emotions when paying GA state income tax on Minnesota farm income, while not getting the GA homestead exemption (for the 50th ranked state school system)) .

WBF: Quebec city cheering for the Habs,…ufff-da “the times, they are a changin.” I’ve been saying that for 40 years,..but it gets more profound every year. Great point / catch.

Cornbread: While I have had my doubts about Jimmy’s hands, I have never doubted that he is “all in” when it comes the Thrashers. (BTW: Did you bloggers know that Jim’s brother is a 4th yr resident at Emory’s School of Medicine? So, I’m thinking Jim is no dummy,…. and has incredible drive.) Slater is another valuable role player, sort of like Malty and Draper in Detroit.

Litz & Cornbread: The Thrashers should do some PR with Evander Kane working out with Evander Holyfield. Would that send a message? (Might also do something for local ticket sales.)

Finally, I’d like to see Boris get healthy, make the team, and allow to “Bustin Dustin” to play forward. I hope he clears waivers,… gets healthy, and makes it back to “clear the Thrashers crease.”

Biltong: I don’t believe the Smuttynose Gravitation (Belgian Quadruple bomber bottle) had anything to do with my aformentioned comments. But ask me tomorrow. :)

Signing out,…IRBIT (In Rawhide’s Bloggers I trust.)

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
8:02 pm

Rawhide, one of my biggest “X” factors this year is … “Can Peverley keep it up?” Rich was “Peverywhere” last year. I think many of us are expecting a similar performance. I hope that we get to see it. Same deal with Nik Antropov. These two guys, Peverley and Antropov, along with Bergfors, have to have great seasons, if the Thrashers are going to make up their scoring punch lost by Kovalchuk, Armstrong, and Afinogenov. Yes, yes. The defense has to be better, and is the MOST important aspect to fix. But if the truth is … the moment another team scores goal # 3 of the game, we’re statistically in the “L” column, it’s gonna be rough. All I ask … is that Thrasher fans hang through it. It might turn out that we’re playing our best hockey in March and April, even if it’s too late to salvage a playoff berth. And I know how perplexing that is. For if the team just took went into “Operation Tank It” in March and April, it would be inside the lottery draft, and able to get better, FASTER. Playing our best games, post elimination, ruining our draft position, seems counter-productive. But, when we attend games, how many of us root for a hometeam loss? Put those hands down. Sheesh. That’s my fear, right there. I don’t want us playing our best … when the playoffs are out of reach,.for the “promise” of what might come in the 2011-12 season. Which is why we’ve got to bank points in this very tough month of October. The truth I believe about poor teams in October is this: You want to play the BEST teams in the NHL. Why? They don’t have their “sea legs” under them yet. You’ll never beat the Red Wings in March or April, if you know what I mean. But in October, Detroit would be a welcome sight on a schedule. We’ve got Ovechkin twice, Crosby/Malkin/Staal in November, a tough Western road swing vs. the Sharks, Ducks, and Kings …. Chicago comes to town on the 6th of November. If we don’t win those games vs. Buffalo, Columbus, split with TB, and knockoff the Rangers and Panthers, we could be in a heap o’ trouble.

Rawhide

October 4th, 2010
8:12 pm

Brendan – “He’s here, he’s there he’s…Peverywhere”! I think that line is credited to the lovely and vivacious Paminski.

BTW kids…NHL On The Fly is currently reviewing how the Eastern Conference stacks up.

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
8:21 pm

Well, we won’t have Natalie Taylor this year. So, might I ask who the “intermission babe” is supposed to be this year? Will we be getting a pretty face to smile and do interviews?

Rawhide

October 4th, 2010
8:43 pm

Brendan – I believe the “intermission babe” this season is…John Kincade.

Sage of Bluesland

October 4th, 2010
8:50 pm

Kincade on intermission? Great, the biggest sell-out of them all…(well, next to Darrin Eliot, that is).

Just great.

I’m sincerely sorry to hear that…

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
9:37 pm

John Kincaid may be a handsome, handsome man. But that ain’t gettin’ it done, for me. And all the other red-blooded American males. You’re telling me … that we don’t even have a love bunny to hold a microphone and smile a lot? Dayyyum. This season just got even longer.

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
9:40 pm

That’s it. I’m starting a petition. Door-to-door, if I have to. We’re GETTING an “intermission babe” this year. By hook or by crook, we’re getting an intermission babe. It’s a small concession for the organization to make. And it’s not like they wouldn’t profit from it, any.

HookyBob

October 4th, 2010
9:47 pm

Driving home from games I listen to the 680 post-game show. One of the announcers, who does the other NHL reveiws, really called out the Thrashers,…time and again,…absolutely no sugar coating. I’m thinking it was John Kincade (Kincaid?). Correct me if I am wrong.

Brednan: As for the intermission host,..at the intermission of the Predators game it was a blonde female. Wish I could recall her name. She spoke to Bogasian and asked reasonable qustions.

Fans, we are with-in 94 hours of puck-drop on the new season! ! ! ! ! !

IRBIT

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
9:57 pm

R.Stroz, have you peeked at capgeek lately? Here’s our new number: http://capgeek.com/charts.php?Team=7. Looks like I LOST the budget contest. Badly.

StateBird

October 4th, 2010
9:59 pm

Brendan – prefer that you not wish me luck when I’m picking 11th in the conference!

kracker

October 4th, 2010
10:03 pm

Breendan, you may have missed me on the last blog, so I copied it to here:

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. (Somebody has to score)

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
10:05 pm

Don’t feel like clicking the link? Fine. Here it is, the magnanimous budget of the 2010-11 Thrashers, 72 hours before Opening Night: $45,466,666. The floor is $43,400,000.

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
10:20 pm

kracker, thanks for repeating it. I did miss it, earlier. You’re in, now, at 91-points, 2nd in Southeast Division, 8th in the Conference, with “over” in the Modin Watch. Kracker, are you wanting to go with 30 goals for Bryan Little?

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
10:22 pm

Fair enough, Statebird. I hereby withdraw all the luck I previously bestowed on you.

Smoothie

October 4th, 2010
10:25 pm

Once they sign Burmie to his ELC, that number will jump up to $47.25 – $47.5 depending on bonuses. Also, I don’t think A Stewart was included in that figure last I checked so add another $632.5 to the $47.25ish. Its gonna end up closer to $48M unless Slater goes on the IR, so $47M then?

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
10:31 pm

Smoothie, that’s still far closer to the floor than the ceiling, and we’re FOUR YEARS removed from the playoff sweep by the Rangers. Sigh.

R. Stroz

October 4th, 2010
10:36 pm

Brendan – If Kane and Bogosian don’t make their full bonuses, the Thrashers will NOT meet the salary floor of 43.4 million. If Kane and Bogosian’ bonus numbers are backed out, the Thrasher payroll stands at $40,366, 667. Here’s the really funny part, the Thrashers will be unable to move anyone at the trade deadline that receives a substantial salary without the risk of falling below the salary floor.

As of this minute, capgeek has the Thrashers as the lowest payroll in the league.

Anyone wonder what type of message that sends to players and their agents?

I hear the ASG bird singing CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP.

R. Stroz

October 4th, 2010
10:39 pm

HookyBob – Glad to hear you can make game one. Come by Section 222 and say hello.

kracker

October 4th, 2010
10:47 pm

30 for Bryan works just fine for me, Brendan. Although, if he is a fixture at center, I’d prefer to subtract 5 from Bryan and add assists for 5 goal passes to each to his line mates.

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
10:50 pm

R.Stroz, the Colorado Avalanche are slightly below the Thrashers, in terms of salary cap. But hey! We’re 29th out of 30!! Do we call that, “incremental progress?” I hear the birdie singing.

sisu

October 4th, 2010
10:54 pm

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
10:55 pm

kracker, I can live with that. 25 goals for Little, with more assists on goals by his linemates works just fine for me.

R. Stroz

October 4th, 2010
11:00 pm

Brendan – Less of the Avalanche’s salary is bonus dependant.

sisu

October 4th, 2010
11:39 pm

rumors from Ottawa that white could be sent to minors by Rangers…

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
11:44 pm

I hadn’t thought of that, R.Stroz.

Sisu, that’s a little bit sad, for White. He might have been better off playing for the Chicago Wolves, in the Thrashers system.

Sage of Bluesland

October 4th, 2010
11:54 pm

I highly doubt it’s Kincade doing the post-game show…I think you’re confusing the tool Kincade for Mark Stollberger, the person who–in my listening experience–has serious trouble with the English language, at times.

But, in the figurative joke otherwise known as “Blueland”, I’m sure he’s as revered as Smoothie…

(I know–what a joke! But, there it is…I never wonder why…)

Sage of Bluesland

October 4th, 2010
11:57 pm

So, we are in the bottom five, salary-wise?

Gee, what a surprise.

See what you’re subsidizing? Feel appreciated yet? Do you honestly–honestly–feel that the ownership’s goal is to raise a championship banner (as directly stated by one of the cluster at the opening of a season a couple of years ago)???

Be honest, for once. Be honest with yourself, at least.

Oh well, you bought it. I hope I don’t hear you complain, though…You’ve been warned time and time again.

LAC

October 5th, 2010
2:09 am

Atlanta only NHL without preseason win… UNgood to say the very least. Loooong season ahead.

Tom Lysiak

October 5th, 2010
6:44 am

What if the “move” we’re all waiting for is Jamie Langenbrunner? Supposedly he might be reluctantly available, and Colorado is interested because of his leadership. If he were brought here, it seems it might serve several purposes. There is your leader. There is your captain. There is your 15-20 goal scorer. We obviously have the salary room. New Jersey has it’s cap problem solved. Seems like a very convenient fit overall. Almost too convenient.

Now, I’m pretty leery of this because of his age, so the price would have to be right. I do not want to give up another really good prospect or high draft pick. Lou would not give his captain away, especially if other teams are interested. But, his cap problems would be over.
Just a thought….

Tom Lysiak

October 5th, 2010
6:52 am

BTW, I know he has a NTC. He supposedly is on the last year of his contract and might accept for a small extension. And I agree with everyone who says “why would he agree to leave NJ to come here”? Just thinking of possibilities as a way to fill in the week until the puck drops Friday.

World Be Free

October 5th, 2010
7:47 am

Hooky Bob-For my money, the most hated rivalry in sports of all time is the Battle of Quebec, the Nordiques versus the Canadians or as Bob Cole of HNIC u-sta to called it “bad blood”. I have never seen 2 teams and fanbases that hated each other so much, so to see the Habs get cheered in Quebec City was a shock. If Nordique fans were so passionate, they should have showed up when the had the Nords and they would never have lost them in the first place.

Big Ben

October 5th, 2010
8:04 am

The clock is ticking…..3 days, 11 hours till puck drop.

rob

October 5th, 2010
9:19 am

Rawhide,
I suggested over on one of Vivs articles recently that they take the 2 “sports” writers (Schultz and that other guy) off of the Thrashers page as their material is outdated and irrelavent to the teams or the fans, and as outdated as they are it gives the paper a “second rate” image. I know imagine that huh? Anyway, maybe someone was told to remove them and accidentally took down one of the two REAL sports writers for the team?!?!

Red Light

October 5th, 2010
9:23 am

Hooky Bob:

Leafs have Colton Orr as their enforcer. No need for Boulton.

The name? Lets call it a combination of the Police’s Roxanne and former NY Rangers broadcaster Sal “Red Light” Messina, longtime partner of Marv Albert on the radio.

You and Cornbread have been added to the list of Hat trick predictions, along with R. Stroz and Putting on the Foil.

Brendan:I think I had $46 million or so in the opening day budget guess.

Joe Friday

October 5th, 2010
9:27 am

“the magnanimous budget of the 2010-11 Thrashers, 72 hours before Opening Night: $45,466,666. The floor is $43,400,000.”

There’s got to be a move made to bring in scoring, right? Right?!

What teams have to make a move yet to get under the cap?

Diego from Lilburn

October 5th, 2010
9:44 am

Red Light: my prediction for first hat trick is Evander Kane, Nov. 17th against the Panthers.

Also, I thought for sure they would spend some more money to bring in a scorer at the last minute but the final minutes are ticking away. I don’t remember what my prediction was but I think it was in the $49 million range. Waaaaaay off so far.

Diego from Lilburn

October 5th, 2010
9:51 am

I just noticed we only have to face the Caps once in 2011 (I mean the second half of this season) and that is on January 26th. We don’t play the Caps at all in February or March.

In fact, January and February look like they could shape up to be good months to be a Thrashers fan!

Diego from Lilburn

October 5th, 2010
9:54 am

No Caps those two weeks in April either!

I may be a rabid fan (baaaaa! baaaaa!) but I’m not so crazy to think that the Caps are gonna be chasing us.

Red Light

October 5th, 2010
9:59 am

You’re in Diego!

Red Light

October 5th, 2010
10:06 am

Hat trick by Thrashers predictions, in chronological order. Anyone else? Post them in any current or future blog. Deadline is Oct. 7.

Cornbread
Kane Washington 10/8/10

Putting On The Foil
Bergfors Buffalo 10/20/10

hip czech
Little Tampa Bay 10/22/10

Derrick
Kane Tampa Bay 10/22/10

Brendan
Thorburn NY Rangers 10/27/10

Rawhide
Kane Columbus 11/4/10

Tony C
Peverley Ottawa 11/6/10

Rob
Bogosian Ottawa 11/09/10

five hole
Bergfors, Minnesota 11/11/10

Joe Friday
Ladd Florida 11/17/10

Spud Webb
Little Florida 11/17/10

Diego from Lilburn
Kane Florida 11/17/10

JB
Dawes NY Islanders 11/21/10

Hooky Bob
Bergfors NY Islanders 11/21/10

Badger Bob
Antropov Toronto 12/20/10

Zoomo
Antropov Dallas 1/5/11

Red Light
Little Edmonton 2/19/11 *In his hometown!

Dwayne
None this year

R Stroztradmus
None this season

J(Z)
Burmistrov New Jersey 2013

Smoothie

October 5th, 2010
10:46 am

I’m going on the record by agreeing with Stroz that there will not be a hat-trick this season for the Thrashers. If it happens, it will be Antropov, but I do not care to hazard a guess as to when that will be.

I predict the Thrashers will score 3 goals Friday nite against the Caps, but lose 5 to 3. But we will turn around and beat Tampa 3 to 2.

And SOB will continue to be an a$$ho!e, actually a whole a$$ me thinks.

thebigharybeast

October 5th, 2010
10:48 am

Shoot been sleeping instead of lurking. Brendan here are my ever so wrong estimates for the season:

93pts 2nd in Southeast, 8th in conference
Modin: Im gonna say under.

On Rawhide’s receding hairline. . . Ill take the under 3 more years.

Red Light

October 5th, 2010
10:50 am

Smoothie = Cop Out!

kracker

October 5th, 2010
10:51 am

Roxanne….er Red Light

Bergfors Tampa Bay 10/09/10

Smoothie

October 5th, 2010
11:02 am

R/L – no offense man, but I’m not concerned about hat-tricks. I’m more concerned about this team scoring a hat-trick in the majority of their games. Sorry if you don’t like it! :-)

Practice lines this morning per Ben:

Kaner – Pevs – Stewart

Ladd – Lits – Bergie

Modin – Antro – Dawes (interesting, where’s the speed?)

Eager – Burmy – Thor (I think we’ll see this one on Friday)

Buff & Enstrom

Bogo & Oduya (me likey!)

Sopes & Hainsey (oh dear Christ)

Vlabs & Meyer

Just some Tuesday morning food for thought.

Adam

October 5th, 2010
11:12 am

Red Light – My hat trick prediction is:
A player yet to be named & sometime before the end of the 4th quarter 2011.

iamtheratio

October 5th, 2010
11:31 am

Sopes & Hainsey (oh dear Christ)

hahahahaha, that literally made me laugh out loud, but now I’m nervous.

Smoothie

October 5th, 2010
11:35 am

iamtheratio – they’ll make you laugh so hard you’ll cry…weep longingly for the days of Greg deVries and Andy Sutton.

rob

October 5th, 2010
11:41 am

Can we switch Meyer and Hainsey there? Hell for that matter bring back SCHUBERT instead of Hainsey, he has been hanging out on the blogs here! Oduya actually made Hainsey look good last year when they got paired up, but I don’t think Sopel can do that kind of magic!

R. Stroz

October 5th, 2010
11:52 am

Send Hainsey to the hair salon.

Derrick

October 5th, 2010
11:57 am

Well at least Bergfors is finally getting to play on a decent line. I wouldn’t object to that line being together on opening night. But i mean seriously, Stewart with Kane and Peverley? Put Antropov with Kane and Peverley (either Antro or Pevs can play center) Put Burmistrov with Modin and Dawes and put the Stewart on the 4th line with Eager and Thorburn (with Thorbs at center).

Christoph Schubert

October 5th, 2010
12:01 pm

Vielen Dank, Rob. Ich schätze das

World Be Free

October 5th, 2010
12:08 pm

Smoothie-I have not predicted a hat trick either. I wanna see some evidence of scoring before we start tossing hats.

rob-good call on Schubert. I thought he played better here last year than he got credit for. He had alotta hits, which is always a plus with me.

GaVaHokie

October 5th, 2010
12:19 pm

NYR put Todd White on waivers today.

Badger Bob

October 5th, 2010
12:21 pm

Bottom 3 in attendance = bottom 3 in salary. This is right where you want us, isn’t it, Sage? And you are now saying “I hope I don’t hear you complain”. But if we don’t complain, we are sheep. Since my one desire in life is to please you, what am I to do? Gotta keep trollin the troll…

Badger Bob

October 5th, 2010
12:24 pm

BTW, under on Modin.

And over on the number of times SOB posts the same whiny garbage this year. I know the over/under hasn’t been set, but he’ll exceed it anyway.

five hole

October 5th, 2010
12:25 pm

SI.com has Darrin Eliott ranking all NHL teams goaltending tandems. I was floored when I saw the Thrashers come in at #11.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1010/nhl.rating.goaltenders/content.1.html

five hole

October 5th, 2010
12:26 pm

I believe the “intermission babe” this season is…John Kincade.Rawhide

Ewww. Just ewwww.

J-man

October 5th, 2010
12:29 pm

GaVaHokie – Well, you gave me my laugh of the day. Rangers fans were crowing about how they got something for nothing with that trade. Looks like it was more of nothing for nothing.

J.B.

October 5th, 2010
12:30 pm

would y’all put in a claim for tim kennedy? he’s on waivers today from NYR. That’s another 10 plus goal potential for only 550K. If so, who would you replace him with in the lineup?

Smoothie

October 5th, 2010
12:34 pm

Anyone wanna take a flyer on Petr Sykora? Where the hell is he?

I don’t think he’s signed anywhere just yet. He’s relatively young, compared to Modin and certainly Guerin, and if his wheels are healed, still has very good hands.

Red Light

October 5th, 2010
12:39 pm

Sather on Sather: “Yes, it appears I am an idiot!”

Smoothie: You answered your own question. Dawes is the speed on that line, and frankly I’d like to see Nigel take a regular shift with a guy as talented as Antropov for awhile. Modin will break the over if he plays with those two for an extended period. One thing we know, he’ll never be offside unless caught in the zone coming back out.

Derrick: You didn’t honestly think Bergfors was going to be stuck with the neanderthals all season did you?

Badger Bob: You left out Top 3 in relocation talk = Top 3 in Canadian press misguidance

GaVaHokie

October 5th, 2010
12:46 pm

SI.com has Darrin Eliott ranking all NHL teams goaltending tandems. I was floored when I saw the Thrashers come in at #11.

Yeah, there’s no way our tandem is better than Luongo and Schneider.

GaVaHokie

October 5th, 2010
12:50 pm

The only two interesting people on waivers right now, to me, is Potulny and Maltby.

Potulny for offense and Maltby for leadership… I would pass on both though.

Smoothie

October 5th, 2010
12:50 pm

R/L – I’ve only seen Dawes play once in person and he didn’t strike me as someone who was lightning fast. I’m sure he’s more than sufficient in the speed dept, but I’d rather Modin play with Burmie and Peverley on the RW for now. Antro should be with Bergy and possibly Kane. The Ladd-Little-Dawes line seemed to be a very effective one so you start there and work backwards. I don’t want Burmie wasted on a 4th line either. If he’s gonna get an extended try-out, at least let him play 3rd line and hopefully take advantage of some team’s weaker 2nd lines.

Red Light

October 5th, 2010
12:51 pm

Eliot also ranked himself and Bob Janecyk above the Islanders Billy Smith and Kelly Hrudey prior to the 84-85 season!

Red Light

October 5th, 2010
12:56 pm

Well, lets just say Dawes is speedier than Modin and Antropov. I’ll defer to Ramsay in terms of line make-ups at this point. He’s 0-0-0 and can’t be under scrutiny in that regards just yet.

Any votes for Sopel wearing the “C” Friday night?

Rawhide

October 5th, 2010
12:57 pm

NYR put Todd White on waivers today.

GaVaHokie – There are so many one-liners for me to choose from here. I’ll let the reader decide though.

A. “Good…maybe I can get my milk carton back”.

B. “Quick…someone kidnap Don Waddell before he steps in and picks him up”.

C. “”Well, now we can say the deal was a ‘lose-lose’ for both the Randers and Thrashers”.

D. “Given his style of play, I’m sure he’ll recover from this news and make a ’soft’ landing”.

TableHockey

October 5th, 2010
12:59 pm

Rawhide – have they take your blog links off the main Thrashers page on AJC.com? I don’t see it there anymore.

I’m sure you guys have heard but the Rangers put White on waivers.

J.B.

October 5th, 2010
1:05 pm

Rawhide – “B” made me the Mayfield 2% come out my nose when I read it.

Tom

October 5th, 2010
1:21 pm

By screwing up the Thrashers AJC page, it will cost them a bunch of page views. I just linked directly to Rawhides blog as my entry point into the AJC. In the past I had the front page linked on my favorites and clicked my way through showing me lots of ads. Now, one stop shopping.

By screwing up the Thrashers page and hiding the best thing the AJC has to offer, Rawhide’s blog, I am ignoring the rest of the paper.

Rawhide

October 5th, 2010
1:29 pm

Rawhide – have they take your blog links off the main Thrashers page on AJC.com? I don’t see it there anymore.

TableHockey – No…it’s in the middle column just above the Sports Vent.

Rawhide – “B” made me the Mayfield 2% come out my nose when I read it

J.B. – Ooooo…yikes! But at least that doesn’t burn like when soda is snarfed outa the nose.

R. Stroz

October 5th, 2010
1:33 pm

Tom – You’re ignoring Cynthia Tucker? How can anyone ignore the village idiot?

TableHockey

October 5th, 2010
1:40 pm

Thanks Rawhide – I see it now

kracker

October 5th, 2010
1:42 pm

B. “Quick…someone kidnap Don Waddell before he steps in and picks him up”.

You have nailed it, Rawhide! The plan all along was to reclaim Toddy at half-price. But then there is Rissmiller and Brashear to consider….so I’m not sure DW thought this one through.

Brendan

October 5th, 2010
1:51 pm

Thebighairybeast: You’re in at 93-points, 2nd in Southeast Division, and 8th in the Conference. Good luck, sir.

kracker

October 5th, 2010
1:54 pm

This sounds familiar….

ajcthrashers #Thrashers will start season without a captain and will initially rotate alternates.

rob

October 5th, 2010
2:04 pm

DW and thought, what makes you not sure? I don’t see the cause for hesitation. Of course the man didn’t think!

Tom

October 5th, 2010
2:05 pm

Stroz, I have been ignoring Cynthia, and the whole editorial page, for years.

Red Light

October 5th, 2010
2:13 pm

Why exactly does this team have an aversion to naming a captain? Could it be that all others eventually were traded or not offered a contract after being “awarded” the “C”. Buchberger, Staios, McEachern, Mellanby, Holik and Kovalchuk never wore the “C” that long where it got to be a huge burden.

Antropov and Hainsey have some form of no movement clauses and are signed for two more years past this season, so why not give it to one of them and be done with it?

five hole

October 5th, 2010
2:14 pm

R. Stroz – Don’t go there, girlfriend.

Smoothie

October 5th, 2010
2:23 pm

Antropov should be captain, but perhaps he doesn’t want it. But who cares? We’ll be fine. The leader will emerge over time. Too much made of this captainship thingy. Just play hard with a relentless will and make the other team hate playing against you. Ramsay is our captain for the time being and I think he’ll see to it that the above statement is fulfilled, and done so earnestly.

kracker

October 5th, 2010
2:24 pm

I was hoping for an uncharacteristic fast start from Jimmy, building on his good 2nd half last year.

ajcthrashers All indications are that #Thrashers will place Jim Slater on IR to start season with wrist injury.

GaVaHokie

October 5th, 2010
2:38 pm

Here’s an interesting observation… Viv expects Slater to start the season on IR. Assuming the same for Cormier and Kozek, that puts the roster at 12 Forwards, 8 Defensemen and 2 Goalies for a total of 22 players.

That means ZERO press box scratches at forward (so far) and both Valabik and Meyer make the opening roster.

Are we going to carry all 8 Defensemen, and is this a head nod that Byfuglien will be our replacement forward in case of any future injury?

Red Light

October 5th, 2010
2:41 pm

Couldn’t agree with you less Smoothie. You should care because there are few NHL teams that have won the Cup that didn’t have a strong captain’s presence. Carbonneau, Messier, Yzerman, Stevens, Sakic, Andreychuk, Brind’amour, Crosby and Toews to name a few.

But, while we’re at it, name the last NHL team to win the Stanley Cup without a designated captain?

Zoomo

October 5th, 2010
2:41 pm

Per CViv, Rissmiller claer waivers and reports to Wolves.

I’m just not fired up for the opener like I usually am. I guess not seeing an exhibition game and only seeing a handful of training camp sessions, I just don’t have a good feel for the team personality or chemistry.

Looking at the roster, I see some nice “B” level players, a few potential “A’s” in Bogo, Kane and maybe Burmy and Buff, and then a bunch of “C” players and a number of players that couldn’t make it elsewhere.

I hope I see some hitting, cohension, and a willingness to “just play hard with a relentless will and make the other team hate playing against you”. That’d get me going.

GaVaHokie

October 5th, 2010
2:53 pm

Six teams still need to get under the Salary Cap by tomorrow. Should be an interesting 24 hours!

http://nhlnumbers.com/compare.php?season=1011&type=capspace&order=ASC

five hole

October 5th, 2010
2:57 pm

Red Light I think that’s because NHL teams almost always name captains. Name me teams that haven’t had a captain?

Now, I’ll grant you that it would be good to have someone who deserves the “C”, that would exemplify the work ethic, leadership skills, et al, embodied by that guy. We may not have that one guy. I wouldn’t award it, just to give it out.

Thrashers27

October 5th, 2010
2:57 pm

Well, well, well…I guess Todd White couldn’t cut in on Broadway either. Rangers put him on waivers. Seriously? How does a guy go from scoring 70-odd points to sucking wind?

Smoothie

October 5th, 2010
3:10 pm

Red Light – ease off man, we’re nowhere near winning a Cup. Give it time. If you think we need a captain cuz we’re Cup worthy, then why don’t you raise your points prediction (actually, I can’t remember where you came in) to back it up?

Smoothie

October 5th, 2010
3:14 pm

Well, I guess we shouldn’t expect any trade this week as Dudley is likely working out Burmistrov’s ELC, although that shouldn’t be too hard to do. But if a player like Zubrus DOES end up on waivers, do you claim him for insurance? Both for the salary cap floor requirement as well as veteran stability up the middle? Burmie may not stick and Slater’s injury could be awhile (see Zach Bogosian).

Smoothie

October 5th, 2010
3:29 pm

Per Viv: #Thrashers sign first-round pick Alexander Burmistrov to 3-year entry level deal.

Well, that didn’t take long! Anyone wanna hazard a guess as to how much bonus comp he’s gonna get? I say $900 + $850 for $1.75 M.

GaVaHokie

October 5th, 2010
4:22 pm

The Todd White waiver makes sense now… NYR has to dump salary to get under the cap. They’re currently $3.1 million over the cap… waiving White ($2.6) and Kennedy ($.500) frees up $3.1 million.

Brendan

October 5th, 2010
4:32 pm

I don’t mind that Kennedy kid. The price is right.

Rawhide

October 5th, 2010
4:35 pm

Per C-Viv: Burmistrov deal worth $810,000 a year plus a $270,000 signing bonus

Brendan

October 5th, 2010
4:35 pm

Badger Bob, you’re registered with “under” on “Modin Watch ‘10-11.”

Smoothie

October 5th, 2010
4:37 pm

$270 K signing bonus should help get the lad started on a new luxury apt rental here in ATL. Also, I reckon the performance bonus part of his contract hasn’t been obtained yet, but kudos to Viv for actually wresting salary figures from the ASG’s top-secret operation!

Brendan

October 5th, 2010
4:39 pm

Red Light: Where do you rank the Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference, now that they landed Jose Theodore on a 1-year deal, for $1.1 million? The tandem will be Nicklas Backstrom and Theodore, with Josh Harding on longterm IR. I’m just curious. I’m tempted to go with 9th, out West. But, with some breaks, maybe, they make the playoffs?

Brendan

October 5th, 2010
4:40 pm

Smoothie, capgeek.com does not yet list the Burmistrov signing against the Thrashers cap. Hopefully, they update it soon.

Brendan

October 5th, 2010
4:41 pm

R.Stroztradamus, you will be called upon, roughly around 8PM, on Friday, to announce the winning entry in the “Budget Contest,” which closed on September 20th, at 11PM.

Thrashers27

October 5th, 2010
4:47 pm

As much as I thought he’d stick throughout the summer, I can’t see Burmi sticking around beyond nine games now unless there’s a trade.

Brendan

October 5th, 2010
6:14 pm

Brendan

October 5th, 2010
6:15 pm

Wait, Paminski is both vivacious … ANNNND lovely? This, I have to see!!

Brendan

October 5th, 2010
6:18 pm

I wonder if players will complaint, in the next CBA, that their over-inflated contracted cause them to be stashed in the minors or “loaned” overseas? Do you think they’ll “grumble” about it, declaring it, “unfair.” In other words, they want FULL PAY and get to STAYY. Well, I suppose we call that a “no movement clause.” How many GM’s are going to want to give those out?

Red Light

October 5th, 2010
6:26 pm

I thought we were trying to get away from the rudderless ship both on and off the ice. You name a captain so you’re not one of the few without one. It gives the younger players someone to follow as an example. This is the consummate team sport, and good teams have captains. There are some in that locker room who can set an example, as shown during yet another miserable season last year.

The message rotating captains sends is similar to words like directionless, relocation, bottom of the barrel. That’s all I’m saying!

I don’t care if you name Captain Morgan as an honorary captain — just name one!

rob

October 5th, 2010
6:30 pm

Bill,
Where do we file our complaint on the “pucked up” Thrashers page? How do they honestly justify putting you at the bottom of the page? You are the ajc Thrashers page. Vivs gives us some tidbits but honestly the page is for this blog, and for Schultz and that other writer to get blasted if they care to attempt to write about what they know not. Really pi$$ poor planning, but I expect nothing but 2nd rate decisions from this paper, anything else would make it a paper worth reading and this City can’t have THAT now can we? LMAO If they continue to hang you out like that, RawhidesThrasherPage.com will work for me, and you can take all your free web hits with you!

Red Light

October 5th, 2010
6:30 pm

Brendan: A healthy Havlat, adding vets like Cullen and Madden, a healthy Cam Barker and a solid back-up like Theodore means the Wild will make the playoffs this year. That division is still pretty weak. I can see them finishing behind Vancouver, but think they’ll surpass the others, including Calgary and Colorado.

rob

October 5th, 2010
6:34 pm

RL,
The only justification for not naming one right away is there was so much turnover I can actually see giving it the 1st 10 games to see if there is a consensus. Anything more and I agree it is just silliness. Set it, keep it, and get everyone going together behind 1 Captain.

Brendan

October 5th, 2010
6:36 pm

Thrashers27: Well, well, well…I guess Todd White couldn’t cut in on Broadway either. Rangers put him on waivers. Seriously? How does a guy go from scoring 70-odd points to sucking wind?

Well, “father time” catches up with us all. This is why I always say, “I don’t want contracts that pay a guy past 35-years of age. They tend to become very susceptible to injury, plus they slow down and lose a step. All while you overpay for them, since their contracts are of the UFA variety.” That’s in the Brendan manual, Chapter III-ish.

Brendan

October 5th, 2010
6:41 pm

Red Light, Billy Joel sang, “Captain Jack will getcha high tonight.” Now, all we need is a guy named Jack, and we’re all set.

Red Light, Cliff Fletcher’s son, Chuck, is the architest of the Minnesota Wild. So, I’m not surprised they’re compiling a team, slowly and intelligently, that’s build to win, down the road. I hope the Wild do make the playoffs.

Which reminds me … Rawhide, have you picked your two (2) adopted Western Conference teams to support this year? I’m going with Phoenix and Los Angeles. Gotta back the Yotes after their tremendous season, last year, in hopes that it continues. And Los Angeles will be a fun team to watch, for an insomniac like me, on Center Ice. I might be able to check out some later starting Minnesota Wild games, too.

Brendan

October 5th, 2010
6:44 pm

Red Light, Colorado might be a team to watch this year. Last season, they BURSTED out of the gate like gangbusters, leading the entire NHL for weeks. But then, they fizzled to the point where they almost missed the playoffs. I’m sure they don’t want to take a step backwards. Do you think the Avs still have what it takes to be a playoff team in the Western Conference this year?

Brendan

October 5th, 2010
6:44 pm

Architect, even.

Rawhide

October 5th, 2010
7:10 pm

OK kids…it’s once again time to consult with the Magic-8 Ball to see what it has to say about the Thrashers fotunes this season.

R. Stroz

October 10th, 2010
9:25 pm

Rawhide

October 11th, 2010
3:58 pm

R. Stroz – Nope