Thrashers waive bye-bye to Boris – prepare for Duck and Sharks

When you are the Atlanta Thrashers, there is no such thing as a “cream puff” on the schedule. There really has never been a time in their previous ten seasons when they could look at the schedule and say to themselves, “Well, we can go into this team’s building…get our two points, and then see what we can do against this other better team the next night”.

In fact…for most of the past decade, the Thrashers have been that first team.

But tonight might…might…be the exception to the rule as the Thrashers go up against an Anaheim Ducks team that has, shall we say, struggled to take flight so far in this still-young NHL season. In their first four games, the Duck have given up 16 goals while netting but six of their own. In doing so, their defense have given up an average of…are you sitting down for this…an average of 46 shots on goal per game.

That is shocking…even by Thrashers standards.

The area around Jonas Hiller's goal has been the gathering place for several celebrations so far this season (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The area around Jonas Hiller's goal has been the gathering place for several celebrations so far this season (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

How bad is the Ducks defense? Well…their defense is so suspect, that many who frequent this online forum have suggested Anaheim might have been tempted to trade anything of value for Boris Valabik…that is, before he was placed on waivers today.

Duck netminder Jonas Hiller has started all four games and has already seen 165 shots launched on him and his goal. Fifteen have made it by, giving him a 4.17 GAA and .909 SV%. But truth be told, it looks as though he could file suit against the skaters in front of him for lack of support.

Given all of that, it would be understandable if Thrashers forwards arrive early at the rink tonight, licking their chops to get out there against the Ducks’ defense. Players like Rich Peverley, Nik Antropov, Bryan Little and rookie Alex Burmistrov are yet to tickle the twine yet and I’m sure will be gunning to get off Schnied Island sometime tonight.

Same so Nic Bergfors, if he starts.

But while some may see tonight’s matchup as a blessing from the schedule making department of the hockey gods, I would warn against looking past this game forward to tomorrow evening’s appointment in the shark tank.

Why? Well, like I said above…this team cannot afford to look past any team. The Thrashers’ defense themselves are still allowing 30+ shots per game themselves, and the power play unit has looked completely disorganized so far. Don’t think for a second that Anaheim understands this and will come out playing a chippy game, unafraid to take penalties by playing physical.

That being said, if you’re on the Thrashers bench tonight, you have to think this is the kind of team to face if your power play unit is going to click…at all…against anybody.

This could also be a great chance for coach Ramsay to possibly try out that crazy, wacky, far-fetched, off-the-wall, zany idea of using Byfuglien on the power play.

Heck, could the addition of Big Buff up in front of Hiller while on the man advantage net any worse results than the previous fourteen or so power play chances? I think not.

Lastly, it appears Craig Ramsay will be looking to play Chris Mason both nights during this back-to-back set. Two points tonight will go a long way to taking the edge off of tomorrow’s game. Really, ya don’t wanna be in a position where you’re looking to a game in San Jose to salvage any points on a four-game road trip.

This is the main reason we brought Mr. Mason into the Thrasherville fold in the first place…to give us quality starts night in and night out. Even if that means being skated out between the pipes on two consecutive nights. A good goalie is going to steal you a game or ten over the course of the season…one or two this weekend would be just dandy.

No local TV tonight, same too in San Jose. But those of us with Comcast will view it on the Center Ice free preview.

Bye-Bye Boris

Chris Vivlamore reported today that the Thrashers have waived defensemen Boris Valabik. The 6’-7” Slovakian had not seen any action in the first three games this season. In fact, he hasn’t seen ice time in any game since the first preseason match last month.

The move made way for forward Jim Slater to return to the lineup after nursing a sore wrist.

In 80 career starts at the NHL level over the last three seasons, Valabik was a –14 with seven assists. He has yet to notch his first career goal. He also amassed 210 penalty minutes, 132 in 2008-09 when he played in 50 games.

Boris Valabik earns five of his 210 career PIM in this fight with Ottawa's Shean Donovan last winter (AP Photo/John Amis)

Boris Valabik earns five of his 210 career PIM in this fight with Ottawa's Shean Donovan last winter (AP Photo/John Amis)

Assuming he’s claimed off waivers, I think the Thrashers are basically doing with him the same thing they did with Kari Lehtonen last winter…cut bait and move on. The 6’-7” Valabik was their 10th overall pick in 2004, but he was slow to develop and injuries hampered his 2009-10 season.

In the one preseason game versus Columbus, Boris played very poorly, ending a –3. That he didn’t start any more after that…and Freddy Meyer did…made it clear to me that his days here were numbered. And the move made today makes it clear Meyer’s performance during the exhibition season earned him a permanent spot on the Thrashers 7-man defensive corps.

If Valabik does clear waivers, then he’ll report to Chicago to play with the AHL Wolves.

However, there’s a numbers game there too. If a defenseman were to be needed for an emergency call-up later in the season, I would think Arturs Kulda gets the nod first before Valabik. Kulda has played well in his few games here last winter, plus he had a decent preseason and training camp showing.

As for my immediate reaction, I would say the right call was made here. Although Valabik has improved on his propensity to take the untimely penalty, he’s slow and his skating skills have only improved slightly since his first appearance in Atlanta three years ago.

If he makes it onto the roster of another team… good luck to him.

168 comments Add your comment

buzz

October 15th, 2010
2:19 pm

The Thrashers are the worst drafting team in all of pro sports, perhaps.

Other than Kovalchuk and Heatly (even a blind man could have picked those two), who have the Thrashers drafted that was even AVERAGE?

Lehtonen? But even HE was a gimme pick. YEESH.

Hockey Biltong

October 15th, 2010
2:40 pm

Sage of Bluesland

October 15th, 2010
2:54 pm

“…The 6’-7” Valabik was their 10th overall pick in 2004…”

Thanks Don. Great pick. Yet another “Legend of Blueland”.

I don’t ever wonder why this organization is precisely where it it; it’s been well-earned and deserved.

Enjoy what you subsidize, lambchops!

Hockey Biltong

October 15th, 2010
2:58 pm

Anything else deep and meaningful to add?

The Real Thrash

October 15th, 2010
2:59 pm

Sage of Bluesland- You’re right another wasted pick!

J(Z)

October 15th, 2010
3:00 pm

So, if Bogey can’t play and Hainsey doesn’t make it back in time…who is our 6th Dman? Maybe it would’ve made sense to wait til tomorrow to do this???? Let Slater sit out one more day

RS

October 15th, 2010
3:05 pm

Meanwhile according to Ben, this year’s pick was sitting on the bench in Anaheim this morning waiting for the zamboni to get the ice ready. So far he’s been too good to be true….

http://twitpic.com/2xu72a

Mikey

October 15th, 2010
3:06 pm

Lets see. Since Dudly joined the Thrashers front office in June 2009 we have witnessed….

Garnet Exelby – gone

Kari Lehtonen – gone

Ilya Kovalchuk – gone

Todd White – gone

Boris Valabik – gone

Yup, looks like the housecleaning left by Waddell is just about done. Now he can move forward with a team not built by DW. I like it.

sisu

October 15th, 2010
3:13 pm

Kind of mixed feelings but maybe the ankle never healed, or maybe he never learned to skate.
Bygones! Need a win tonight.

frenchy

October 15th, 2010
3:48 pm

LOVE to see Burmistrov not having enough hockey and almost kicking the Zamboni off the ice! We need more guys like him!

Tears for Beers

October 15th, 2010
3:51 pm

Smoothie

October 15th, 2010
4:09 pm

Great preview and write-up Bill! One of your best, which is saying something considering how much material you crank out on a regular basis. You’re like fine wine, buddy! :cool:

Dwayne

October 15th, 2010
4:15 pm

Another great post by the SOB. So glad Doris is gone, if only the Octotards will sell and the new OWNER will fire Donnie Boy.

Flagstaff

October 15th, 2010
4:25 pm

Mmm… lambchops…

Hopefully, though, there will be Duck on the menu tonight.

Smoothie

October 15th, 2010
4:46 pm

Flagstaff — LOL, well played sir, well played. Go T-birds!

R. Stroz

October 15th, 2010
5:51 pm

This is just another example of poor scouting combined with an AHL franchise that puts the Haydars and Krogs in front of Thrasher player development.

What a bleeping waste of high first round draft picks.

Is Mike Milbury the role model for the Thrashers organization?

kracker

October 15th, 2010
5:52 pm

tweet – NHLSourcesSay Antti Niemi will start for the Sharks in their home opener vs. the Thrashers tomorrow.

Oh no!! We are facing another team in their home opener!! I’m telling ya, the NHL schedulers have the Thrash set up to be Saturday night road kill this season. We have 12 Saturday road games and only 5 at home.

Sooo…cross them up and win them!

BlueSpark

October 15th, 2010
6:17 pm

I think someone picks up Boris. Maybe even Anaheim.

Where is this Comcast Center Ice preview? Every time I try it, I get that “This channel will be available shortly” message. Comcast’s definition of shortly is apparently “never”.

Thrashers27

October 15th, 2010
6:47 pm

Kracker,

I can’t believe they’re not starting Nittymaki against us.

alex

October 15th, 2010
6:54 pm

deadly combination don drafting stypinity and asg cheapest liers equals worst franchize in nhl for last decade. going to drink all atlanta vodka supply if this gang be forced out. check what happened with another weasels hicks ahd gillett after similar job in england soccer liverpool’s team.

Dwayne

October 15th, 2010
7:05 pm

Alex, great post, i think, can someone translate for me?

Tony C

October 15th, 2010
8:27 pm

kracker

October 15th, 2010
8:30 pm

Does anyone have a good streaming site for NHL games? A site showing tonight’s Thrash/Ducks game of course. It is listed on Center Ice so Duck TV must be airing it.

J-man

October 15th, 2010
9:15 pm

kracker – hockeystreams.com, but I have never used them myself so I am not responsible for any problems you have. And they are NOT free.

If you want free streams, you are out of luck.

Tom

October 15th, 2010
9:32 pm

Budder

October 15th, 2010
9:45 pm

Tom said…www.channelsurfing.net

Seconded. This site was recommended for the Kings Thrashers the other night, and it was good quality.

Go Thrash!

Reed Cassidy

October 15th, 2010
9:57 pm

Here’s a link for live game streaming for the ducks game tonight! GO THRAHSERS!

http://www.alpha2zulu.net/a2z_channel_2.html

kracker

October 15th, 2010
9:58 pm

Thanks, guys!

iamtheratio

October 15th, 2010
10:00 pm

I have DirecTV and was able to watch the Kings game, but this Ducks game says “Channel Not Purchased” – I wonder why it’s saying that when Center Ice is free for the month, even other games are working. Hrmm…

iamtheratio

October 15th, 2010
10:02 pm

Nevermind now it’s saying it’s blacked out, which is retarded since there’s no game covered locally. Gotta love it.

Tom

October 15th, 2010
10:09 pm

Does anyone else get the feeling that the NHL not want us to get excited about our team? They are making it very hard to watch the team.

1-0 Thrashers Anthony Stewart rips a goal early 1st period.

Tom

October 15th, 2010
10:10 pm

Hainsey made it back for the game.

kracker

October 15th, 2010
10:12 pm

WOW Stewart ripped it!!!

Tom

October 15th, 2010
10:15 pm

Early observation, Thrashers have lots of space to work with.

Joe Friday

October 15th, 2010
10:20 pm

did anyone else call DirectTV? It should not be blacked out here, I’ve called, if 3 or 4 more of you do they’ll probably fix their mistake and get it on . . .

Tom

October 15th, 2010
10:23 pm

Vishnovsky (sp) scores for Anaheim. Could be a Perry deflection. 1-1 11 minute mark

Tom

October 15th, 2010
10:25 pm

Joe, last year they had the same issue. I took it up the food chain and the answer I got was the broadcasting channel can block the game in the other market.

Sucks and kind of does not make me thrilled about the money I am spending on the Center Ice Package just for this reason.

Russian

October 15th, 2010
10:29 pm

Game is black out. Damn. I am watching online.

Rawhide

October 15th, 2010
10:30 pm

Well…I guess we won’t be watching the game on Center Ice. Even though the game IS on Center Ice, it’s blacked out in Atlanta.

A game in California…on Center Ice…is blacked out in Atlanta.

Asinine.

Thanks for the links though, Tom and Reed Cassidy

Joe Friday

October 15th, 2010
10:34 pm

is it blacked out on Comcast also? There’s no reason for the Anaheim feed to be blacked out here, this happens every year at least one time early in the season with CenterIce and calling them has gotten them to fix it in the past.

Derrick

October 15th, 2010
10:41 pm

What a bs penalty call on Little

Joe Friday

October 15th, 2010
10:42 pm

who did Thorburn go with and get an instigator? Why did he get after him?

Derrick

October 15th, 2010
10:45 pm

He went with Parros because Parros was going after Buff and Thorburn just stepped in.

Derrick

October 15th, 2010
10:46 pm

I thought the call on Thorburn was bs too because it was obvious that Parros was the one instigating with Buff.

Curly

October 15th, 2010
10:55 pm

That’s why I went to my house in Florida this weekend… so I can watch the Thrashers on Center Ice Friday and Saturday. Go figure.

Curly

October 15th, 2010
10:58 pm

The Ducks’ announcers are very complimentary about Buff’s play this evening. (One reason Parros may have been going after him – to get him off the ice).

LAC

October 15th, 2010
11:00 pm

Is Bergfours having a “I wish I was playing somewhere else except Atlanta” Episode ?

Why is there so much dislike for playing here ? I know these owners are THE WORST in pro sports, but gee whiz… Then I realize the owners again and it is clear, cheap and not caring about winning, a damn SHAME !

Derrick

October 15th, 2010
11:00 pm

Wish i had a house in Florida to go to lol. Sure would beat having to watch it online.

Joe Friday

October 15th, 2010
11:01 pm

Well, Thorburn should be careful going after Parros, I hear all those porn stars on the left coast were exposed to the AIDS . . .

Joe Friday

October 15th, 2010
11:02 pm

So Curly, is it blacked out in Florida as well? Are you on DirectTV or Comcast? WTF is with that?

Curly

October 15th, 2010
11:03 pm

I noticed Comcast replays the games the next day all day long…. Which is Nice! (Dish never did that.)

Curly

October 15th, 2010
11:07 pm

Derrick – The beach was nice today too. (The surf not so good though).

JF – I have Comcast in Florida and it is on, as I am watching right now.

Tom

October 15th, 2010
11:07 pm

That is 2 penalties that were really soft against the Thrashers. Little’s one did not do much to their hands and the one against Pevs is Perry just lost an edge.

BG33Brown

October 15th, 2010
11:11 pm

So what’s the answer regarding Direct TV? Is Comcast broadcasting this on Center ice? to say that I have spent an hour with incompetent people at Direct TV is an UNDERSTATEMENT. Please let me know what is going on with Comcast b/c I will switch over this crap. Versus was one thing, this is another.

Joe Friday

October 15th, 2010
11:12 pm

So is anyone here on Comcast and blacked out in Atlanta? Or is this a DirectTV screwup, just like they do every year early in the CenterIce season?

five_hole

October 15th, 2010
11:13 pm

What rocket scientist makes the television decisions on what Thrasher games to play?

Best of luck to Boris. The kid was never a great skater, and the knee injury slowed him even more.

And Anaheim just scored. Nothing seems to change for us.

Joe Friday

October 15th, 2010
11:14 pm

does Modin look this useless in every game? He had a perfect set up to him there, muffs it, and bam, goal the other way . . . I never did trust in Dudley or whatever glue was being sniffed, but this lineup has little to no cohesion . . .

BG33Brown

October 15th, 2010
11:15 pm

Also, thanks for the link!!!

iamtheratio

October 15th, 2010
11:16 pm

What’s the deal with these refs?

BG33Brown

October 15th, 2010
11:16 pm

Nice job by Buff just watching the paint dry again…..he is looking really good at D.

Derrick

October 15th, 2010
11:17 pm

I have DirectTV. Not sure about Comcast.

Tom

October 15th, 2010
11:22 pm

Powerplay Goal. Thorburn off of a Buf shot. Funny how good things happen when dmen shoot.

Joe Friday

October 15th, 2010
11:22 pm

Nice tip, Thorburn on the PP? woot.

What up with Hiller’s Darth Vader mask?

Derrick

October 15th, 2010
11:23 pm

Buff finally gets one of his power play shots on goal and it leads to a goal. Good things happen when you dont shoot it 5 feet over the net as he has been doing.

Curly

October 15th, 2010
11:24 pm

Great Hustle by Kane to draw a penalty while on the penalty kill. He is the real deal.

Thorburn tips a great shot/feed rocket by Buff! Can’t believe Thorburn is our leading scorer.

Derrick

October 15th, 2010
11:24 pm

Funny how it worked out as far as Thorburn being on the power play. He was in the box and stayed on the ice when his penalty was over or else I doubt he would have been on there on the pp to score the goal.

Derrick

October 15th, 2010
11:30 pm

Another penalty, what a shocker.

Joe Friday

October 15th, 2010
11:30 pm

“Can’t believe Thorburn is our leading scorer.”

You can only hope to contain him!

iamtheratio

October 15th, 2010
11:35 pm

This super undisciplined hockey is killing us. KILLING us.

Tom

October 15th, 2010
11:35 pm

Thrashers outshot in 2nd period 19-7. Ouch.

Curly

October 15th, 2010
11:36 pm

The Thrashers look tired (Except for Kane).

Rawhide

October 15th, 2010
11:37 pm

Ramsay to Thrashers during 2nd intermission, “Selanne has a goal and assist on EIGHT shots on goal through 2 periods. Might wanna keep an eye on him during the third boys?

Joe Friday

October 15th, 2010
11:39 pm

“Thrashers outshot in 2nd period 19-7. Ouch.”

I thought I read the Ducks are the club giving up 48 shots per game? Good golly, Thrasher hockey, gotta love it. The more things change, the more they stay the same, we’re lucky to be down just 3-2, we need to come out strong in the 3rd.

Derrick

October 15th, 2010
11:39 pm

Antropov has looked pretty bad so far this year. I know he’s coming back from an injury but if he can’t play better than this then he shouldn’t be out there.

Joe Friday

October 15th, 2010
11:41 pm

“Antropov has looked pretty bad so far this year.”

Look who coach has been skating him with, it’s brutal seeing little to no cohesion on these lines. Someone please get the word to him:

Bergfors – Little – Buf
Kane – Antropov – Ladd

and watch the goals come . . .

Rawhide

October 15th, 2010
11:45 pm

Ramsay and Co. have to find a way to get these boys to come out in the third period like their pants are on FI-YAHHHhhhh!!!

Tom

October 16th, 2010
12:03 am

8 of 9 offensive zone power play face off wins. Then a goal. Good night kids…

iamtheratio

October 16th, 2010
12:03 am

That’s it for me tonight, turned the game off. UGH. Hopefully they’ll play like a team against the sharks…..

Flagstaff

October 16th, 2010
12:03 am

Curly

October 16th, 2010
12:04 am

Ducks are making the power play look very easy. Third power play goal of the night.

iamtheratio

October 16th, 2010
12:06 am

Yeah, the Ducks PP is making us look like Minor Leaguers

Flagstaff

October 16th, 2010
12:09 am

…At least it’s interesting again. I refuse to get excited until they tie it, though.

Derrick

October 16th, 2010
12:13 am

Just can’t take any more penalties and we have a shot.

Curly

October 16th, 2010
12:13 am

Hard working play by Eager and Thorburn create a high stick penalty on Burmistrov.

Peverly feeds puck across the crease for tip in by Stewart into open net. Stewart equals his yearly NHL goal total in one game. I guess he won’t be going back to Chicago anytime soon.

Flagstaff

October 16th, 2010
12:17 am

“Wake up the neighbors! We’re tied!”

Flagstaff

October 16th, 2010
12:17 am

Derrick

October 16th, 2010
12:18 am

Doesn’t look good.

Tom

October 16th, 2010
12:18 am

Interesting review. Stewart may have gotten the hat trick.

Flagstaff

October 16th, 2010
12:19 am

Derrick, are you watching on a TV?

Joe Friday

October 16th, 2010
12:19 am

Stewart gets the hattie, who had him in Red Light’s goal (you know that goal is good, the first hit is a high stick but Stewart then knocked it in)

Flagstaff

October 16th, 2010
12:19 am

HELLLLLLLLLL YEAH! We’re all WRONG on the hat trick contest!

Derrick

October 16th, 2010
12:19 am

Wow Stewart with a hat trick. Who woulda thunk it.

Cornbread

October 16th, 2010
12:19 am

Anyone want to waive Stewart now?

Curly

October 16th, 2010
12:20 am

Looks Like a Hat trick for Stewart!

Brendan – who won the Hat trick contest? Anyone pick Stewart?

Thrashers27

October 16th, 2010
12:20 am

Stewie with the hat trick. That screws up the hattie prediction contest. Woohoo!

Anybody else notice that thorburn was playing on the PP? What’s up with that?

BG33Brown

October 16th, 2010
12:20 am

Adam

October 16th, 2010
12:20 am

I bet no one guessed Stewart would get the hat, especially in the 4th game of the season…

Tom

October 16th, 2010
12:20 am

We tie it up and then give up a power play. Exhausting team to watch…

Flagstaff

October 16th, 2010
12:21 am

…Really, refs?

Derrick

October 16th, 2010
12:21 am

Grrrrrrr not another penalty!! It’s gonna be a short lived tie.

BG33Brown

October 16th, 2010
12:21 am

Thors out there b/c he is making things happen. Man, i wish our top 3 lines played like thor-eager-burmy.

Curly

October 16th, 2010
12:22 am

Someone go wake up iamtheratio.

Flagstaff

October 16th, 2010
12:27 am

40 shots against?

Tom

October 16th, 2010
12:29 am

Got a point. Going to overtime.

Flagstaff

October 16th, 2010
12:29 am

I hope to God that this squad is better in OT than last year’s.

BG33Brown

October 16th, 2010
12:29 am

gotta be happy with a pt after that performance. hoping for more!

Curly

October 16th, 2010
12:30 am

Anyone think Stewart will be out there in OT?

Derrick

October 16th, 2010
12:30 am

What a job by Burmistrov on that last shift. First winning the faceoff then winning a puck battle on the boards and getting the puck cleared.

iamtheratio

October 16th, 2010
12:30 am

@curly: I’m here with my jaw wide open, haha we got a point, holy ***** !

Flagstaff

October 16th, 2010
12:31 am

Maybe it’s hockey deprivation syndrome, but I’m literally shaking right now.

Tom

October 16th, 2010
12:36 am

That was a heck of a move by Buff

Flagstaff

October 16th, 2010
12:38 am

Ugh. Shootout.

Tom

October 16th, 2010
12:38 am

What an end of the overtime…

Curly

October 16th, 2010
12:40 am

Stewart had a chance to win it on a break with 5 seconds left. Oh well, three goals is good.

Brendan

October 16th, 2010
12:43 am

Curly, we’ll have to ask Red Light. He was the one tracking that. As for mee, I’m trying to TRACK tonight’s game on the NHL Center Ice’s “mosaic channel.” I’m watching the shootout now.

Brendan

October 16th, 2010
12:44 am

Peverley just missed. Teemu Selanne up next.

iamtheratio

October 16th, 2010
12:47 am

OMG DID THAT JUST HAPPEN?!

Tom

October 16th, 2010
12:47 am

Dawes wins the game in the 4th round of the shootout… 2 points on the West Coast trip.

BG33Brown

October 16th, 2010
12:47 am

wow…..stewart and dawes win the game-who’d of thunk it.

Derrick

October 16th, 2010
12:47 am

Wooooo we win!!!

Joe Friday

October 16th, 2010
12:48 am

man, we were fortunate to get 1 pt, much less the 2 we got there, the 3rd Stewart goal was off the highest non call stick I’ve seen . . . Thorburn and Stewart and Dawes, our go to guys, hoo boy!

Flagstaff

October 16th, 2010
12:48 am

Curly

October 16th, 2010
12:48 am

Dawes wins it in the shoot-out with a snap shot. Mason was awesome with the stick.

Derrick

October 16th, 2010
12:49 am

Dawes would have been about my 12th choice in the shootout but heck shows what I know lol

Cornbread

October 16th, 2010
12:50 am

That’s a good hockey team there. They’ve been in every game including pre-season. Penalty trouble tonight, but Justin St. Pierre had a horribly called game just like when he was in the Coast.

Tom Lysiak

October 16th, 2010
12:50 am

Wonder how far down Big Buff was in the shootout order????

Rawhide

October 16th, 2010
12:51 am

Great comeback win for Thrashers. Nice for Dawes to get game winner and Mason was awesome allowing nothing in the shootout.

I have an early wakeup call as the youngest tax exemption is heading to Nashville for a rifle competition. He’s the captain of his school team and I’m looking for them to bring back some hardware from this trip.

Because of that, I’m heading to bed now.

Goodnight folks…

Thrashers27

October 16th, 2010
12:51 am

Stewart, Kane, Thorburn, Burmistrov, Mason and Little have certainly earned their place on this team. Any other players on this roster still ahve work to do.

Derrick

October 16th, 2010
12:53 am

Goodnight Bill and good luck to your tax exemption!

Brendan

October 16th, 2010
12:53 am

NHL Network is showing the shootout, in its entirety. Thrashers trailed, 4-2, when Anthony Stewart scored twice to force OT, to secure the point for Atlanta. That’s a hattie.

Perry, Getzlaf, Selanne, Koivu missed for the Ducks.

Kane, Peverley, Little,missed for the Thrashers. But then, Nigel Dawes scores it for the Thrashers!!

Woo, frekkin’ hoo!!! There’s the two-points I predicted for this road trip. That’s one way to make up for the lost point vs. the L.A. Kings, the other night, when Atlanta took a 1-0 lead into the 3rd period. The Thrashers African players came through tonight! Three goals by Anthony Stewart, one by Thorburn, his 3rd of the year, by the way, (he had 4 for ALL of last year’s 78 games, I believe,) and the shootout winner by Nigel Dawes.

kracker

October 16th, 2010
12:55 am

I have to figure that nobody (certainly not me!) picked Stewart as Red Light’s hat trick winner. Sort of fitting, don’t you think?? All of us blogging schemers figure all through the off season and…well…..we are thwarted by reality again!

Flagstaff

October 16th, 2010
12:55 am

Captain of the rifle team, eh? Not only does that sound like it would be a lot of fun, it’s also a badge of manliness. Good luck to him!

Brendan

October 16th, 2010
12:56 am

“On The Fly” had kind things to say about the Thrashers’ comeback abilities.

Derrick

October 16th, 2010
12:56 am

Umm Brendan, are you including Thorburn in your African players? lol

Flagstaff

October 16th, 2010
1:02 am

Derrick, you could make the argument that Thorburn has the wild hair of a tribal king.

Brendan

October 16th, 2010
1:04 am

Goodnight, Rawhide. We’ll put the bow on this one, from here.

The Ducks have struggled a bit, this season. Anaheim wasn’t a playoff team last year. And it’ll be another struggle for them to get back in, this year.

Joe Friday, the Maple Leafs are off to a 4-0-0 start. Can you believe it? Is this ‘for real?,’ or are the Leafs just defeating teams early, before they get their ’sea legs’ under them? GM Brian Burke was brought in two years ago, to “cultivate a winning environment.” Granted, the NY Rangers top line center is Erik Christensen, with Todd White, his replacement. But a win’s a win! Right? Every game is worth … two points for the victor. If the Leafs make the playoffs this year, a lot of experts will have egg on their faces. Toronto, factually, has not yet been a playoff team, since the implementation of the current CBA. Statistically speaking, the Maple Leafs are more than due for a return to the playoffs. Will this be the year???

Derrick

October 16th, 2010
1:06 am

Yeah and who scored again tonight for the Leafs? None other than former Thrasher Clark MacArthur. His 5th of the season so far.

Brendan

October 16th, 2010
1:09 am

NY Rangers lost Gaborik and Drury to injury, in this OT loss the Maple Leafs. I didn”t know that, until just now. Drury’s gone for six weeks, with a broken finger. He was injured on a hit by Toronto’s Colby Armstrong. Clark MacArthur now has 5 goals in 4 games for Toronto. I still wouldn’t put a nickel on MacArthur Park scoring 25 goals this year.

BlueSpark

October 16th, 2010
1:11 am

While I didn’t agree with the arbitrator, I didn’t like losing MacArthur. I figured him in for 20+ goals.

I don’t like Bergfors not playing either.

Brendan

October 16th, 2010
1:12 am

Pittsburgh finally got a win in their new arena. It was an OT win over the NY Islanders, with Rick DiPietro, under contract until he’s 40, in net for the Islanders.

Brendan

October 16th, 2010
1:25 am

World Be Free, Buffalo’s scoring woes continue. It’s a one (1) goal outing for the Sabres, who earlier lost to NJ, this week, 1-0, in overtime. This time around, it’s a 2-1 loss to Montreal. I think it was Derek Roy with the tally, for Buffalo. But I should double-check that.

Red Light is on record that the Sabres wouldn’t repeat atop the Northeast Division this year. Maybe it will be Boston that wins that division. Tonight, it was a special ceremony to open up the season, for Buffalo. Longtime Sabres TV and radio announcer Ric Jeanerret was honored, along with some other Sabre legends, and a Montreal player, as they honor “40 Years of Sabres Hockey” in Buffalo.

A-hem. Let’s keep that in mind. We’re 10 seasons in. Atlanta has nothing to show for it, but a division title. But, Sabres fans endured 30 more seasons that we have, with no Cup. Two Finals appearances, but no Cup. If those were the results in Atlanta, how HAPPY would we be? I’m thinking, “not very.” Which is why I still say, to this very day, “You grab your championships when they come.” If, during the course of a random decade, your team has a losing season 8 of those 10 years, but the other two were Cup-winning years, “that’s a FANTASTIC decade.” Two Cups. Nobody ever asks how many losing seasons a team has. They ask, “How many championships?” The losing years are part of the rebuilding for the Championship years. Those of us who wish to be, perennially, the 15th best team in the NHL, push the bile to the tip of my throat. Where did they ever learn … to champion mediocrity, like that????

Brendan

October 16th, 2010
2:49 am

Derrick, that wasn’t my intent. But I can see the confusion. I’ll end with, “If Bill Clinton can be ‘The First Black President’ … as he once dubbed himself, then Chris Thorburn can claim WHATEVER LINEAGE he wants.” Come to think of it, didn’t the movie, “Boyz-N-The Hood” begin with the statement that “all human life began in Africa; that means we’re all Africans.”

Brendan

October 16th, 2010
3:27 am

Here’s your boxscore: http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2010020053

Some interesting tidbits from last night’s win … at -1 were Dawes, Modin, Slater, and Oduya. At +1 were Little, Ladd, Stewart, and Enstrom. With 5 shots, was Anthony Stewart. He scored on 3 of them. Bryan Little had 4 shots. With 3 shots, were Ladd, Eager, Peverley, Enstrom, and Oduya.

Here’s how the D-men minutes distribution went:

1. Oduya: 28:42, -1, 3 shots
2. Enstrom: 27:47, 2A, +1, 3 shots
3. Byfuglien: 22:51, 2A, “even”
4. F. Meyer: 18:43, “even”
5. Sopel: 17:25, “even”
6. Hainsey: 14:32, “even”

Some interesting Ducks notes … the 12th overall selection of the 2010 Draft, Cam Fowler, perhaps only on a 9-game audition, played a whopping 22:02, was “even,” with 1 shot on goal. They might just keep him all year. He was a “prize” of the 1st round, to be sitting there, at # 12. L. Vishnovsky led all players in ice time, last night, at 29:34. Of course, Selanne can still do it. 3-points on the night. He is seemingly “timeless” in the aging process. A lot of other players would have called it a career, by now. There was talk, after the 2007 season, with a cup ring now on his resume, that Selanne would retire. He’s still viable. Forgot what his salary is. He wouldn’t have entertained the thought of coming here, anyway. Waddell tried, ONCE, back in 2005, to get him here. He got Bondra and Holik to come, but Selanne said, “no.”

Brendan

October 16th, 2010
3:40 am

Believe it or not, our statistical leader, in goals, points, and plus-minus, is … (drumroll, please) Chris Thorburn. Yes, Thorby. I see the doubt. Truly, I do. Here’s your link. http://www.nhl.com/ice/playerstats.htm?fetchKey=20112ATLAASAll&sort=plusMinus&viewName=summary

Three goals, three points, and +4 make him … YOUR TEAM LEADER. Look at Antropov. He’s a minus guy, with one (1) point. It’s a slow start. Antropov took a long time, last season, to get his first goal. But then, he took off like a rocket. Hopefully, it’s just a slow start, and not lingering problems from offseason surgery. Also, like we talked about during the offseason, we need Rich to be “Peverywhere.” (Copyright, Paminsky, all rights reserved.) So far, “not so much.” Peverley is a key cog to the Thrashers success this season. He can’t wind up on the Milk Carton, as the new Todd White of this team. I like Enstrom, so far. I hope he can keep it up.

Dwayne

October 16th, 2010
6:56 am

I am ok with a 2 – 2 record, are yall? One player seems to be pouting, one is out of position, players we need to produce, aren’t producing. Our race car triver gets the hattie?? Thorburn?? really?? leading the team. If we trust in Duds, we better trust in Freddy Krueger to slice up the lines and find some chemistry soon.

World Be Free

October 16th, 2010
7:30 am

Clarke MacArthur would still be here had his agent not been stupid enough to overvalue his worth; he took a sizaeble discount to sign in Tronna. Good for him and the rest of the Leafs. Rawhide was right about the Leafs’ potential this season, they may indeed make playoffs but it’s a long season. Thrashers were warm out of the gate last season too, it did not mean much at the end.

Cam Fowler-alotta teams are going to wish they did not pass on the man expected to go #3 in last summer’s draft, only to fall to #14.

Brendan-Same old Sabres; the “core” is a bunch of 3rd liners. Lindy and Darcy trot out the same team (or so it seems) every season and still keep their jobs. And you think we have it tough in ATL.

We all knew Boris/Doris was on the way out after the first preseason game. He was a defensive train wreck in the pre-opener, had most of us at the game shaking our heads. I guess the scouts were sold on his size and not his playing abilities. Congrats to Stewart, a guy a few of us wanted to keep when the team was pared down for the season. Take advantage of your opportunities dude.

Putting On The Foil

October 16th, 2010
8:20 am

Thanks to all thoses that called for Stewart’s head yeaterday after 3 games. Maybe these guys do read the blogs. If we could only steal one tonight on short rest. Now it’s time for me to get ready for the Dawgs on short rest.

Rhythmpenguin

October 16th, 2010
8:36 am

If anybody wants to watch games online, try http://www.myp2p.eu/competition.php?competitionid=&part=sports&discipline=icehockey.
It is ironic that #22 scored a hat trick on my 22nd birthday? =)

DWTOO

October 16th, 2010
8:46 am

Now I know why I’m not the GM – I would’ve sent down both Stewart and Dawes in favor of FP. Shows what I know. Nice comeback win, but, there’s still much room for improvement. Too many shots in particular and the third period comeback smacks of previous years. We need to be carryinf leads into the third and bottling up the opponents.

Dwayne

October 16th, 2010
9:11 am

Is there an over\under on Buff moving back to forward?

Dwayne

October 16th, 2010
9:11 am

games played

alex

October 16th, 2010
9:16 am

i am give all credit to coaching staff for 4 point. doubt ja got something with this team. DWAYNE sorry for misspelling in previous comment. russian please teach me how to watch on line tonight, thanks

alex

October 16th, 2010
9:18 am

OOOPS GET IT FROM Rhythmpenguin. THANKS AGAIN

Red Light

October 16th, 2010
9:25 am

I was one, not calling for Stewart’s head, but for him to be sent to Chicago Foil. But, the Thrashers finally got in front of someone’s goalie, with three of the four in regulation scored from no more than 3 feet away. That was nice and effective.

Red Light

October 16th, 2010
9:31 am

Dawes is now 10-of-24 career in the shootout. In 2007-08 he was 5-of-9 for the Rangers. This will not be the last you see of him in the situation.

Red Light

October 16th, 2010
9:32 am

BTW, the game also was blacked out online from Gamecenter Live. Maddening.

Rhythmpenguin

October 16th, 2010
9:42 am

Red Light, I am working on a way to watch Thrashers games on Gamecenter Live by rerouting my IP address, which makes my computer appear to physically be somewhere else. I’ll let you know if it works. Do you know if it is blacked out for everyone using Gamecenterlive or just in the Southeast/GA?

Curly

October 16th, 2010
10:06 am

Dawes is Koslov’s shoot-out replacement.

Red Light

October 16th, 2010
10:08 am

I think when the game is supposed to be available to the local market without the Fox/Dish/DirectTV/Comcast dispute, which last night’s game was, that it won’t be on Gamecenter Live. However, it should be available if the game is not available locally. I’m confused too. I think it pertains only to the local market, so if you’re outside of the 50 to 75 mile radius, you should be able to watch online.

World Be Free

October 16th, 2010
10:41 am

Dawes was another good signing this summer, a guy who will pay dividends for the balance of the season.

Dwayne

October 16th, 2010
10:50 am

i was just messing with you Alex, i cant spell worth a crap either. channelsurfing.net is how i’m watching Thrasher hockey. Kari “the groin” Letinin, 3-0 2.58 922…Stendek, where are you?

Brendan

October 16th, 2010
11:30 am

Okay, what are supposed to do, now? Have Center Ice parties in Dalton, GA, and Macon, GA, so we can all watch our team? It’s funny that it has come to this. And if we go the online route, we’ve got to reroute our I.P. addresses, to appear to be outside of the blackout radius. Hilarious. We PAID for these games to be on Center Ice. And they’re not. That’s wholly unacceptable. I’m calling COMCAST, today, to whine and moan.

Brendan

October 16th, 2010
11:35 am

Dwayne, are you really trying to summon Stendek? Aren’t you enjoying the relatively clean language we’ve had on these boards? I haven’t seen a single ‘commode’ reference in days! Days, I tells ya!

A Frustrated Hockey Fan (aka Rhythmpenguin)

October 16th, 2010
11:47 am

Red Light, I am Athens and am not able to watch on Gamecenter Live. I have been emailing with their Tech Support and they said that SPSO owns all rights to Thrasher broadcasts. I got the impression that Gamecenter Live will not be showing any Thrasher games this season. I want my money back!

Rawhide

October 16th, 2010
11:48 am

G’mornin’ gang…got the boy off to his trip to Nashville at 0-Dark-Thirty…now looking forward to tonight’s game.

Here’s a new blogity-blog to discuss last night’s more…plus chat about the Sharks game as it unfolds.

WBF – Hey…I haven’t had a look at the standings. How are the Maple leafs doing so far?

PhiK

October 16th, 2010
12:01 pm

We weren’t able to get the game last night on Comcast but you could watch it on the mosaic channel when it cycled through to the game. We still can’t even see the replays. After many calls to Comcast, they hinted that this issue would only be escalated for resolution if they had a volume of related calls.

It is important that if you have Comcast and can’t see the San Jose Sharks game tonight that everyone call 404-COMCAST. Let them know we have viewers who care!

Brendan

October 16th, 2010
6:17 pm

PhilK, my service rep is named Ricardo, at COMCAST, and he’s supposed to be calling me back with an answer. But his first offering was that COMCAST doesn’t control the blackout. That’s it’s controlled by the NHL’s Center Ice. As soon as I get that call, I’ll update you.

Putting On The Foil

October 16th, 2010
6:48 pm

Red Light- Can we callout a few others on the blog and get the same results?