Time again to consult with Magic-8 Ball for Thrashers season predictions

It’s that time again folks. Another summer has come and gone, taking with it the NHL offseason months. And now, finally, we are on the doorstep of another NHL campaign. As such, it’s time once again to weigh in with the official Rawhide’s Thrashers Fan Blog predictions for the 2010-11 season.

As was the case last year, I had hoped to be able to gaze into a crystal ball to see if I could properly prognosticate what the coming months will hold for the residents of Thrasherville. But just like last time, my procurement request was flatly denied by the AJC.

Tightwads.

But let your hearts not be troubled…they are once again allowing me to use the old Magic-8 Ball that has sat in the back of a storage closet since the late 1970s. I think it use to belong to Furman Bisher who then gave it to Jeff Schultz. Shultzie’s then used it to help him predict the outcome of Falcons, Georgia Tech and Georgia Bulldog football games.

Anyway, I’ll first review the Thrashers as they stand going into the season…then I make known my predictions for what lies ahead for Thrasherville’s ice combatants.

Since I believe the best way to build a hockey team is from the pipes out, I’ll begin in the goal then move forward.

GOALTENDING

One thing we don’t have to worry about anymore is when we might expect “Kari-Down ‘10” to begin this year. The good people in Dallas can deal with that now. In his place is Chris Mason, who started 61 games last year in St. Louis and compiled a record of 30-22-8 with a 2.53 GAA, .913 SV% and 2 shutouts. Those numbers represent an “average” season for him as his career stats are 115-86-1-26 with a 2.54 GAA and .914 SV%.

In games in which he has faced 33 or more shots, Mason has compiled a very impressive record of 38-16-9 with a .250 GAA and .931 SV%. That is a very important stat to consider given the history of defensive ineptitude that we’ve suffered though over the years.

Chris Mason was 30-22-8 with a 2.53 GAA, .913 SV% with 2 shutouts while with St. Louis last season (AP)

Chris Mason was 30-22-8 with a 2.53 GAA, .913 SV% with 2 shutouts while with St. Louis last season (AP)

Ondrej Pavelec will assume backup duties behind Mason. The 23-year old Czech has been, shall we say, inconsistent in the past three years with Atlanta. In 2007-08 and 2008-09 he was called upon after Lehtonen went down and started just 16 games in those two seasons. Last year he was given the starter role when “Kari-Down ‘09” began long before the season started. He performed well for a while, only to fall off shortly after Thanksgiving.

Overall, Opie has been less-than-inspiring while playing to a 20-28-7 record with a 3.33 GAA and .902 SV%. He has a pair of shutouts to his credit.

But this time around will be different as he goes into the fall knowing he’ll backup the dependable Mason and can grow into the role of starter over the course of the next couple of years. That, plus having a goalie coach…er, uh, excuse me…having a goalie “consultant” around might just help out a bit as well.

Speaking of consultants, let’s now consult the Magic-8 Ball.

Will Chris Mason provide steady, reliable goaltending for the Thrashers this season?

…shaking, shaking, shaking…

“You May Rely On It”

Will Ondrej Pavelec’s play be less erratic and more consistent as he backs up Mason?

…shaking, shaking, shaking…

“As I See It, Yes”

DEFENSE

A-T-L-A-N-T-A T-H-R-A-S-H-E-R-S.

Do you see any “D” there? …No? Well, that’s not a coincidence as there hasn’t been much “D” involved with this organization over the first decade of its existence.

Last year the Thrashers allowed an average of 33.1 shots a game to their opponents, only Anaheim and Florida surrendered more. The year before that it was 32.7 SA/G, the year prior to that it was a league-worst 33.9…you get the picture.

As I’ve been one to say, Atlanta goalkeepers take more rubber to the face than a possum on GA-20.

But this summer Rick Dudley has set out to change that. He’s brought in not only a new head coach in Craig Ramsay, but also an entirely new coaching staff. Their first job is to teach the players on the roster to play solid, responsible, respectable hockey in the defensive zone. You know…everything the Thrashers have not been for too long.

Toby Enstrom, Ron Hainsey and Zach Bogosian remain from the start of last season, and Johnny Oduya returns after being traded for last winter. But joining them will be Brent Sopel and Dustin Byfuglien fresh off their successful Stanley Cup run of last spring. Freddy Meyer or Boris Valabik will round out the seven-man defensive unit, but given their playing time in preseason…I would think Meyer gets the nod there.

Toby Enstrom will begin his fourth season as a Thrasher. He's played in all 82 games each year prior (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

Toby Enstrom will begin his fourth season as a Thrasher. He's played in all 82 games each year prior (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

Byfuglien’s transition back to defense has been much discussed and debated for the last several weeks. But he seems at home there and I have to say I’m far less concerned about it now after seeing him play during preseason. His presence there should help to make this blueline better.

Overall team defense is what new head coach Craig Ramsay will be looking to instill in these Thrashers, however, and that means getting the forwards to play their parts on our end of the ice. This too is something Thrashervillians are unfamiliar seeing in these parts of late.

Last year the Thrashers’ penalty kill unit played well for the bulk of the season, though it struggled somewhat down the stretch…finishing with an 82.2% PK efficiency, (16th in the NHL). Gone is Marty Reasoner who Atlanta relied heavily upon here, but Chris Thorburn, Rich Peverley and Evander Kane should play key roles along with the defensive penalty killers.

And given that goal scoring may be more of a premium than in years past for this team, killing off penalties at a better clip will need to happen.

Returning to the whole SA/G bug-a-boo that has plagued Thrasherville… one positive that can be taken from the 0-5-1 preseason is that the Thrashers held the opposition to fewer than 30 SA/G in five of the six games. The lone exception being the 2-1 OT loss in Carolina in which the Canes took 29 shots in regulation and 1 in 1:06 worth of overtime.

If this can continue into the regular season the Thrashers could find themselves playing beyond 82 games.

Let’s again go to the Magic-8 Ball, shall we.

Will this year’s Thrashers defense be better than the past several years?

…shaking, shaking, shaking…

“Signs Point To Yes”

Can they improve on the 82.2% penalty kill efficiency from last year?

…shaking, shaking, shaking…

“Outlook Good”

Can this defense hold opponents to under 30 SA/G for the season?

…shaking, shaking, shaking…

“Cannot Predict Now”

I think the Magic-8 Ball would like to give a better answer to that last question, but given the team’s history I’m sure it wants to see it before it believes it.

OFFENSE

For the first time since 2001, the Thrashers go into a new season without the ability to pencil-in the 45-50 goals that come with having an Ilya Kovalchuk on in their lineup. Gone also is the concept of designing the entire game plan around that one player. In its place is a team that will rely on several 20-something and 30-something goal scorers.

Included in that number are returning players such as Nik Antropov, (24 g, 43 a last season)…Rich Peverley, (22 g, 33 a last season)…Bryan Little, (13 g, 21 a last season & 31 g, 20 assists two years ago)…Jim Slater, (11 g, 7 assists in 61 games last year)…Evander Kane, (14 g, 12 a in his rookie season)…and Nik Bergfors, (21 g, 23 assists in his rookie year between NJ and ATL).

Joining them will be former Blackhawk Andrew Ladd, who netted 21 goals and 38 assists last season as well as 3 goals and 3 assists in the playoffs. Then there’s Nigel Dawes, who accounted for 14 goals and 18 assists last year for the Calgary Flames.

Andrew Ladd is fresh off a Stanley Cup championship in Chicago, the second of his career (AP Photo/Frederick Breedon)

Andrew Ladd is fresh off a Stanley Cup championship in Chicago, the second of his career (AP Photo/Frederick Breedon)

Also in the mix is Freddy Modin, who will provide veteran leadership… Ben Eager, who’ll provide some pop on the lower lines… and first round draft pick Alex Burmistrov, who was just signed to a 3-year entry level deal.

Last season the Thrashers offense scored goals at a 2.80 per game clip. The season before that it was an impressive 3.05 G/G. This year, to be quite honest, we may be looking at an offensive production that nets something closer to 2.65 – 2.70 G/G in my estimation.

What could improve that outlook? Well, the power play could have a better showing than last year’s 16.1% efficiency, (25th in the NHL). That’s not an impossible scenario, though, given that opposing defenses will no longer be afforded the luxury of just waiting for the Thrashers to predictably circle the puck over for him to one-time it at the goal.

Another place the offensive could look for help is the blueline. Last year Thrashers defensemen chipped in with 32 goals. Zach Bogosian led the way with 10, but it isn’t a stretch to think he’s capable of 15-20. Having Byfuglien joining the rush from the back could also reap benefits. If he could muster 10 or 12 from the blueline, that would be nothing but a bonus for this team. Last year he netted 17 while playing up front for the Blackhawks.

Again, to the Magic-8 Ball…

Will this team be able to at least match last season’s 2.80 G/G production?

…shaking, shaking, shaking…

“Don’t Count On It”

What about the power play, will it be better than 16.1% form last year?

…shaking, shaking, shaking…

“Most Likely”

SEASON OUTLOOK & PREDICTIONS

The contrast between this year’s edition of the Atlanta Thrashers and previous ones could not be more distinct. Whereas we are used to going into a season confident the goal production would be there but worried about a porous defense…many now look at this defense as much improved but now wonder where will the goals come from.

What does your Magic-8 Ball say about the Thrashers playoff chances this year?

  • Don't Count On It: Under 76 points (4%, 8 Votes)
  • My Sources Say No: 76-81 points (13%, 23 Votes)
  • Very Doubtful: 82-88 points (38%, 69 Votes)
  • Most Likely: 89-94 points (39%, 71 Votes)
  • Yes, Definitely: Over 94 points (6%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 181

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As such, this Thrashers team is going to have to find a way to win 2-1, 3-2 type of games if it’s to make it to the playoff promise land. Last season they led the league with 28 one-goal losses…a stat that will have to be reversed.

Mason will be solid in goal I trust, and Pavelec will improve his play with the pressure removed to be the go-to guy between the pipes.

And finally, I think the new coaching staff will provide a measure of leadership and guidance that will prepare the players better than what was the case over the last few years. This will make a difference, I believe, in those tight, low-scoring games.

All that being said, I peg this team for 88 points…say 38-32-12. They’ll be in a dogfight with Tampa Bay and Carolina for second place in the Southeast Division, I believe. But I’ll put on my blue-tinted glasses and pick the home team to win the title of “Best Team in the Southeast Division Not Named Washington Capitals”.

I think they struggle somewhat at the beginning, but under the tutelage of Ramsay, Torchetti and Stothers, they get their act together quicker than some may think and make a hard run at postseason.

88 points was enough to qualify for the Great Hunt for Lord Stanley’s Cup last spring, but normally that total leaves you on the outside looking in. The big question is then…will it be enough this season to earn the Thrashers only their second-ever playoff birth?

Again, I turn to the Magic-8 Ball.

Will the Thrashers make the playoffs this season?

…shaking, shaking, shaking…

“Concentrate And Ask Again”

…shaking, shaking, shaking…

“Reply Hazy, Try Again”

…shaking, shaking, shaking…

“Ask Again Later”

…shaking, shaking, shaking…

“Cannot Predict Now”

…sigh…

How the heck did Schultz get anything from this gadget?

229 comments Add your comment

Jethro

October 7th, 2010
3:35 am

Well, its about time fur my guess. Aftur talkin with tha playurs last nite, they aint too happie about there pay. Come to think of it, some overage fellur named Brashear is gettin paid more do to nuthin than half the playurs on tha team that are actullie workin fur a livin.

Ima guess thats tha Thrasher stimulus plan at wurk.

Underpade playurs just don’t give a boneefide effurt every nite.

So, put me down fur 78 points, 4th in tha confurance, and 13th fur the deveshun.

World Be Free

October 7th, 2010
7:49 am

Great meeting Rammer last night and talking old times. They guy is class all the way, highest character as a player, fine leader as a coach.

Dwayne

October 7th, 2010
8:08 am

What’s the over under on goals scored for Caps Friday nite, and at what minute mark of what period is OP pulled. Why we are at it, How many WTF’s does Rammer spew on camera??????

Rhythmpenguin

October 7th, 2010
8:12 am

My entry for the Hat Trick contest: Nik Antropov vs the Florida Panthers on November 17th (in the locker room with a wooden stick =).

Smoothie

October 7th, 2010
8:13 am

We’ll have 6 draft picks take to the ice Friday nite: Kane, Burmistrov, Little, Bogosian, Enstrom and Pavelec. It would be 8 with Slates and Boris.

Putting On The Foil

October 7th, 2010
8:16 am

Well, today is the day. My annual tradition of watching “Slap Shot” before the season starts. I only tell you guys this because it helps me prepare mentally for an upcoming Thrasher’s season. You all should try it. Go Thrashers!

Rhythmpenguin

October 7th, 2010
8:19 am

Interesting…thanks Smoothie.

rob

October 7th, 2010
8:28 am

Opie starts the season opener, I am a disappointed fan in attendance. I want to see us with the best chance possible to beat the Craps after the hosing they gave us at home last season. Opie does not give us that chance. As a fan, I have zero faith in him yet. His flashes of brilliance are overshadowed by his horrible mistakes, and I have to think the guys playing in front of him aren’t confident in his abilities yet either. I am going to stay postive about the team, Duds has said from the beginning he is satisfied with who he has, but I feel Pavs is our weak link here, until/if he settles his game down and learns how to control his positioning and rebounds consistantly. The season opener with a (hopefully) large crowd isn’t what I would say is good timing for him or the fans who are expecting good things from the Mason signing.

rob

October 7th, 2010
8:32 am

Foil,
With all the superstitions around the game, and all the disappointing seasons we have suffered through, maybe a different movie is in order for this, the eve of our season. Maybe waiting until after the season opener to watch it will change our seasonal frustration! Nothing else seems to be working. :)

Brendan

October 7th, 2010
8:48 am

Tony C., if I allowed two (2) guesses per poster, it would sort of defeat the purpose of the contest. But there’s still time to get yours in. Whatever it might be, Tony C.

Jethro … welcome back, son. Haven’t seen ya in these parts in a while! (Still got my moonshine, boy? Shhh.) You’re entered at 78-points, 4th, and 13th. Jethro, did you want to go over or under on “Modin Watch ‘10-11?’”

five hole

October 7th, 2010
8:53 am

Spud Webb

October 7th, 2010
9:01 am

Have to vent & I’m way off the subject here. There had been some posts about the AM sports down here in Atlanta!! UGH…what a mess.
Buff was on 790 this morning, Steak asks, not kidding, “you play forward, right?”….Buff uh, I’m D now. WOW, Steak says….then he says…you’re from Minnesota, play hockey all your life??? GOOD GRIEF, really Steak?? What a moron, DO SOME HOMEWORK you lazy &ss clown. Thank god dimino was on from SF to ask some good questions. Buff sounded excited for sure. Love it.
Next story, listening on the way home from teh office yesterday, 5 ish, Pollack and the other guy (forgot his name), Pollack RIPS the thrashers with a I wouldnt know if they moved comment. WOW….here we are in the midst of one of the most wonderful sports months of the year & that’s pollacks comment???? Instead of topics such as the NFL, MLB, NHL, & the NBA we get to hear about their golf game today?? WOW…no wonder your show and station s&ck. Sooooooooooo many sports topics that these stations never touch, MMA, Boxing, golf, much less the 4 major sports, but I get to hear all about their personal lifes. I COULDNT CARE LESS.
Flip stations this morning, get to here the rude guy, WOW…he’s soooooooooo bad, they’re doing radio highlights of the Braves season?? WHAT???????? We KNOW WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE SEASON…can you bafoons talk about last nights games, tonights games, anything??????????? Again, they start talking about of the mark subjects, personal lifes and such. WE DONT CARE. What we have on the radio here is guys who want to be cool or in a click, they have no life, including sports. They think thier stories are funny or cute & none of them are. I’ve never seen such a collection of “sports” talk radio folks, who DONT KNOW SPORTS…………sorry………now I feel better!!!!
When I become wealthy (never), I’m creating my own AM radio sports talk…one that takes calls, hits on every sports subject & is knowledgable!
See you guys & girls tomorrow night, I’m JACKED UP!!!!!!!!!!!
Wait & is it possible NOT TO HAVE any MLB playoffs on the radio? How does that happen in this market????
Redlight, time for you to take over a station down here.

Rawhide

October 7th, 2010
9:17 am

What’s the over under on goals scored for Caps Friday nite, and at what minute mark of what period is OP pulled. Why we are at it, How many WTF’s does Rammer spew on camera??????

Dwayne – OK, since you asked….

Over/under for goals scored on Opie Friday night is 3.5. I’ll take the “over”…hope I’m wrong.

Over/under for when he’s pulled is right at the 40 minute mark, meaning he’s pulled in place of Mason during second intermission. I will take the “over”as well, thinking he at least plays into the third if not the whole game given Mason would need to start the next night.

Over/under on Ramsay Whisky-Tango-Foxtrot moments on camera…I’ll set it low, say 1.5. I’ll take the “under” here because he doesn’t strike me as the kinda guy who will resort to too many emotional outbursts from the bench

kracker

October 7th, 2010
9:28 am

I have come around to Coaches way of reasoning about starting Pavelec. What I’m thinking is that Rammer is playing his goalie cards to allow for the best chance for a .500 record after two games. These new Thrashers with Mason vs the President’s Cup winning Caps looks certain to be a regulaion loss. Mason vs the rebuilt Bolts looks a lot more likely for getting a win. Earning at least a 1-1 record and two points from the first two games will look a thousand times better than going 0-2 with zero points.

I want to start the west coast trip with points in the bank and Rammer’s goalie call is giving the team a chance to do that.

TableHockey

October 7th, 2010
9:31 am

I want to believe in this team but the skeptic in me just keeps winning over. I really think we end this season with a lottery pick.

Brendan – please put me down for 88pts, 3th in the Division and 11th in the conference

rob

October 7th, 2010
9:34 am

I am going with over on goals against, under on time Pavs is pulled (REALLY hoping he doesn’t get the start), and under on the WTF cause Ramsey isn’t that kind of guy IMO either.

Adam

October 7th, 2010
9:38 am

I’ll take the under on “Modin Watch ‘10-11″

I’m not feeling any love for this season. I really hope I’m wrong but I just don’t see it atm.

Unless something miraculous happens between now and 7:40pm tomorrow it looks like the opening night salary that counts towards the cap will be $45,999,166.00. There are 5,100,00.00 in bonus dollars counted in there, if half of those bonuses aren’t met we would be $49,166.00 over the floor. Granted Slates coming back will add part of his million to that number but who believes we won’t have anyone else hit the IR this year.

What is it that AS song bird sings again????

Thrashers27

October 7th, 2010
10:22 am

I know we’ve all taken notice of the changes in personell and the unexpected line combos, but for some reason this season’s beginning seems very different than those of the past. I guess it’s just uncertainty. In the past, I’ve at least felt optimistic and confident about new coaches and players.

I’m not saying I know any better than Ramsay, or even Waddell for that matter, but the more I hear about these personnel decisions, the more concerned I become. It seems almost like they’re doing everything opposite of what makes sense at first blush.

I would be extremely impressed if everything comes together for a successfull 2010 campaign, but I’m not feeling very confident in that right now. I guess I’m just feeling anxious for the puck to drop and I’m tired of loving a losing team. I wanna love a winner!

ThrashDawg

October 7th, 2010
10:49 am

I wish that I was more optimistic but I really thought Dudley would pull a trade for a top line scorer and keep Buff as a forward instead of moving him back to defense. Oh well, 87 points, 3rd in the division and 9th in the conference. Tampa is going to be better and Carolina is always a dog fight; I believe we can over come one but not both. I hope I am wrong!

kracker

October 7th, 2010
11:06 am

The lines aren’t set yet except this one looks to be good as our big line.
Eager-Thorburn-Stewart
How about the ‘Beat Down’ line name for it?

thebigharybeast

October 7th, 2010
11:26 am

A-T-L-A-N-T-A T-H-R-A-S-H-E-R-S.

Do you see any “D” there? …No? Well, that’s not a coincidence as there hasn’t been much “D” involved with this organization over the first decade of its existence.

Just want to say. Classic!

Denny

October 7th, 2010
11:35 am

KNACKER – Your 9:28 AM POST is RIGHT ON!. I was scanning all the “negative dribble” about Pav starting in goal on this blog while thinking it was the best strategic move Coach Ramsey could do to finish with 2 points after 2 games. Just ready to POST myelf and WAM – there you said it. RIGHT ON MAN!

Denny

October 7th, 2010
11:42 am

BRENDAN – Last year I could not get past 88 points in my prediction due to poor G and D. BUT I am feeling better this year about G and D. AND I actually like our F better too because they will now play both ends of the ice. SO – put me down for 90 points, (40 in the first half season and 50 in the second); 2nd in the SE and 7th in the East.

GO THRASHERS

Dwayne

October 7th, 2010
11:50 am

OP pulled at the 12:34 mark of the 1st period having allowed 4 goals on 11 shots. Mason gives up 2 more and Thrash lose 6-1. Rammer has 0 WTF’s because he is speechless at the futility he sees. However, we outhit the Caps 2 to 1 and send 2 of their players to IR.

FormerIslesFan

October 7th, 2010
11:53 am

Okay, here are two other picks with no sound logic behind them.

“Over” on Modin.

First Thrasher Hat-Trick: Kane against the Blackhawks on 11.6. (Does it count if it’s a Gordie Howe hat-trick?)

Putting On The Foil

October 7th, 2010
11:53 am

Rob, It’s already a done deal. Just finished. I did pick Bergy for the hat trick against Miller. That’s some positive thinking voodoo, ain’t it?

kracker

October 7th, 2010
11:58 am

You bet I would love to win or get points in both games, Denny. But since we will probably lose to the Caps (I hate to say that) the next game is really more important. One, for the two points obviously. And two, to establish that the Thrashers have enough game to best another key division rival, one that they can concieveably beat in the season series (even if all the pundits favor the Lightning because they love Yzerman.) And three, get points before the early road trip.

Red Light

October 7th, 2010
12:00 pm

Rhythmpenguin: You’re in for the Hat trick contest with Antro on Nov. 17. Four others selected the same game, but all have someone different. Against Vokoun no less.

Concerning hockey talk on AM radio…the only way around it is to keep calling the station and asking to talk hockey. The powers at both stations repeatedly say that no one wants to talk hockey in this town. You have to make a point to call and harass them about it. All that being said, there isn’t one guy that knows anything about here, so why would they talk about it? Kincade knows the game but even though he would love to talk about it, the higher ups discourage it. On that station, college sports reign and that’s why most tune in.

The only time we hear solid hockey talk is from Kamal and Eliot, but they espouse the company line too frequently, and no one discusses the rest of the league at all.

When I think of hockey talk in this town, all I can think of is this line by Tommy Devito (Joe Pesci) of Goodfellas!

“You know Spider, you’re a f—– mumbling, stuttering little f—. You know that?”

Smoothie

It wasn’t “all” draft picks McPhee was referring to, it was first-round draft picks. Varlamov is hurt, so it’s now 10.
2009 Johansson
2008 Carlson
2007 Alzner
2006 Backstrom and Varlamov
2004 Ovechkin, Green and Schultz
2003 Fehr
2002 Gordon and Semin

There are several other former Caps first-round picks playing with other teams too.
1992 Gonchar
1997 Boynton
2000 Sutherby
2002 Eminger

Red Light

October 7th, 2010
12:01 pm

Former Isles Fan: Your Hat Trick selection has been duly noted

Jeff97

October 7th, 2010
12:35 pm

Spud Webb – could not agree with you more on the sports talk down here. Very few of them actually give any real insight as to what is really going on. Steakie is terrible and his knowledge is just horrible on 790.
You would hardly even know that the season is about to begin if you listened to sports talk radio down here.

Brendan

October 7th, 2010
12:41 pm

Adam: Totally agree with your whole post. I have you down as “under” for “Modin Watch ‘10-11.”

Tablehockey: 88-points, 3rd in SE, and 11th in the conference is noted and logged.

Thrashdawg: You’re in at 87-points, 3rd in SE division, and 9th in the conference.

Denny: You’re locked in at 90-points, 2nd, and 7th in the Conference. Good luck, sir.

FIF: You’re registered with “over” for the “Modin Watch ‘10-11.”

Hopefully, I didn’t miss anyone.

Jimbo: You still haven’t made a SE division prediction for your guess. Rank in SE division is the “1st set” of tie-breaker criteria.

Rawhide: I still don’t have a conference rank, unless you posted it above, and I missed it, for your Thrashers guess.

Brendan

October 7th, 2010
12:48 pm

The last guess in the point totals contest is going to be roughly 7:40PM, Friday night, October 7th. If you want to revise your guess, or make one, that’s the deadline. It must be posted under your screen name, at this site, to count.

R.Stroztradamus will, at about that time, post the winning guess in the Thrashers budget contest, which closed back on September 20th, at 11PM. It’s gonna be a tight one on the budget contest! Many, many good guesses. We’re using capgeek.com to determine the winner. Thanks, to all those who participated in that fun, little exercise in ownership confidence.

I have to say it … I’m entering this season with yawn. Normally, at this time, I’m really looking forward to getting back in the swing of daily boxscores, etc. But I’m not feeling it this year. Even with the “new” GM, and new Head Coach, and Associate Head Coach, and assistant Head Coaches, and new strength/conditioning trainer, and new goaltender consultant. All these “new” things, but NO new “intermission babe.” That’s right, folks. There’s no Natalie Taylor this year. No Erin Andrews. No Amanda Jahn. Yawn.

So, it’ll just have to be the hockey that titillates us. Hope it delivers!!

Brendan

October 7th, 2010
12:55 pm

Folks, despite my previous post, the season isn’t over if we lose on “Opening Night.” Or even if we lose the 2nd game. For if we win game # 3, we’re 1-2, with 79 more to play. So, I’ll caution you from calling the “time of death” sometime in October, for our playoff berth. But really, I’m not even thinking about the playoffs this year. I just want this team to develop an IDENTITY, and have a “team concept.” If those things happen, this year, at long last, but there’s no playoffs, I’ll still consider it to be somewhat of a successful season.

To be honest, the players I most want to watch this year are Zach Bogosian and Evander Kane. I can only hope Rich Peverley can return to form, and that Bergfors, despite the contract he eventually was forced to sign, will enjoy playing here this season.

I haven’t checked this yet, but our 4th line of Thorburn, Slater, and Boulton might have the most longevity as a unit … for a 4th line … since coming out of the lockout, back in 2005. At least we have that kinda consistency going on, from year to year.

Trixie (Rawhide's Secretary)

October 7th, 2010
1:03 pm

May I have your attention please. May I have your attention please.

Gen. Rawhide will be addressing the Thrasherville troops at 0700 tomorrow as the 2010-11 Thrashers campaign sets to get under way.

Thank you, carry on…

kracker

October 7th, 2010
1:21 pm

Perhaps Gen. Rawhide can work in this Braveheart line: “They may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!!” It would be quite rousing for the Great General (in Thrasher Blue face paint) to stand before the troops in the food court and so loudly proclaim.

(The “they” must be referring to the Caps or the Pens or maybe the concession vendors)

Alan R.

October 7th, 2010
1:38 pm

Brendan, I still don’t see my “contest entry” there.

Ray

October 7th, 2010
1:39 pm

Trixie,

0700, or 1900? Rawhide, nice meeting you and your oldest tax exemption last night. Best of luck to your youngest getting in to one of the Sevice Academies!

Ray

Trixie (Rawhide's Secretary)

October 7th, 2010
1:45 pm

Mr. Ray – That would be 7:00 am tomorrow morning. That’s when the next blog entry will post.

Mr. Brendan – Mr. Rawhide wanted me to inform you that his official prediction for conference finish is 8th.

sisu

October 7th, 2010
2:04 pm

Over on Modin

Nice to see everyone last night at the faceoff event!

Red Light

October 7th, 2010
2:07 pm

Canes up 4-2 after 2nd in Helsinki. Sutter has two goals. He’s a special player.

Red Light

October 7th, 2010
2:10 pm

Trixie: Please tell Bill that we expect the same colorful language tomorrow morning that Gen. Patton used with the Third Army. There is a general malaise with the group these days!

five hole

October 7th, 2010
2:12 pm

glovesave29 You were wondering about why Souray was sent to Hershey instead of Oklahama City (where I am). I was reading today in the local paper that Souray had a fight with the Oilers mgmt at the end of last year (didn’t say what it was about). The inference was that they sent Souray to Hershey to keep him away from the Oilers minor league talent.

five hole

October 7th, 2010
2:14 pm

Trixie I’ll listen to the address, but (a) not at 7AM and (b) he can post in military time, but I don’t salute anyone.

Joe The Greek Friday

October 7th, 2010
2:18 pm

“I was scanning all the “negative dribble” about Pav starting in goal on this blog while thinking it was the best strategic move Coach Ramsey could do to finish with 2 points after 2 games.”

You want to read negative dribble, just take a look at what you just wrote. That is complete utter loser mentality. I guarantee you that Coach is not thinking like that, and in case he is, then he’s a loser. You don’t plan to lose. You don’t throw your first game at home in the hope to try to win Game 2. If that’s his plan, the club is doomed to finish 15th in the East.

No, you try to win every game, period. You put your best goalie out against the top competition and put him out again the next night in Tampa. You don’t “rest him” in the first game of the season after having a week or more off? It’s the first game, what, is he tired already? Goodness gracious, the loser mentality has set in with the fans of this club so deep that we’re accepting a loss in Game 1 before they even drop the puck to try our best to get 2 pts on the road in Game 2?

R. Stroztradamus

October 7th, 2010
2:20 pm

I predict Rawhide will post a new blog tomorrow morning at 7:00 AM.

rob

October 7th, 2010
2:21 pm

Is it tomorrow yet?
LET’S GO THRASHERS!!!!!! clap clap clap clap clap

Joe General Patton Friday

October 7th, 2010
2:22 pm

Americans play to win at all times. I wouldn’t give a hoot and hell for a man who lost and laughed. That’s why Americans have never lost nor ever lose a war.

Zoomo

October 7th, 2010
2:23 pm

the 1900 address will take place in front of Gorins

rob

October 7th, 2010
2:24 pm

tell ‘em JF!

R. Stroz

October 7th, 2010
2:24 pm

Joe The Greek Friday – Sometimes the only thing you can do is laugh and shake your head.

Does Ron White get new material from this blog?