What is it about Atlanta that brings out the best in Mathieu Garon?

Mathieu Garon must really love Atlanta.

Maybe it’s Varsity chilly dogs…maybe it’s the great weather…maybe it’s just the good old-fashioned southern hospitality. But for whatever reason, Thrasherville just seems to bring out the best in Garon.

The Columbus Blue Jacket netminder came into Thursday night’s game with a career 4-0-0 record against the Thrashers with a 1.00 GAA, .965 SV% and 2 shutouts. Of the 113 shots Atlanta teams had managed to put on his goal, Garon has kicked out 109. He then continued his magic spell over this team by stopping all 25 shots he faced this go around as Columbus blanked Atlanta 3-0, improving his record to 5-0-0 against the Thrashers.

In Philips Arena alone, Garon is now 4-0-0 with three shutouts.

“I don’t know what it is about this building,” the netminder remarked after game. “There’s always teams that for some reason—I’m not saying it’s easier—you have more wins against.”

Just has he was on all of Atlanta's 25 shots on goal, Mathieu Garin was all over this Evander Kane shot (AP Photo/David Goldman)

As was the case on all of Atlanta's 25 shots on goal, Mathieu Garon was all over this Evander Kane shot (AP Photo/David Goldman)

I guess it’s a darn good thing the CBJs are not in the Eastern Conference. I would hate for the Thrashers to have to face this guy four or six times per year.

Of course, Columbus probably wouldn’t mind playing more games against eastern opponents as they are now 3-0-0 in out of conference games now. Last Tuesday they blanked Montreal by the same 3-0 score and last month they handed Philadelphia a 2-1 defeat.

As for Garon, his shutout win improved his season record to 4-0-0 with a .966 SV% and microscopic goals against average of OH-89…BINGO!

Ondrej Pavelec deserved a better fate than he was handed, playing very well in goal for the home team. He was called upon 41 times turn aside shots…39 times he was successful. The 42nd Blue Jacket shot on goal came when RJ “I would like to buy a” Umberger stuffed home an empty netter.

Ya know…it’s not often you can allow 42 SOG and have that actually be an improvement from the previous game. But that’s exactly the case as the Thrashers gave up 55 the night before in Sunrise, Florida during the 4-3 win over the Panthers. Doing the math, that’s 97 shots against on consecutive nights.

Columbus pretty much played their style of game this night…controlling the puck, the play of the game and simply out working their opposition. Nothing especially “pretty” about the way they go about their work, but it has been effective so far as they improved their overall record to 8-4-0.

The loss snapped the Thrashers five-game streak in which they netted a win or at least an overtime loss consolation point.

Of the loss, I took note of some very interesting quotes that came out of the Thrashers locker room…both from Chris Vivlamore’s AJC write up and the AP report from Charles Odum.

“Individually, we’re not winning enough battles”, coach Craig Ramsay observed. “As a team you have to win battles, but it’s up to each individual to start the process. We have to have everybody involved in scoring goals.”

Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Zach Bogosian battles along the boards with the Blue Jackets' Antoine Vermette. Zach has noticed the empty seats on the other side of those boards (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Zach Bogosian battles along the boards with the Blue Jackets' Antoine Vermette. Zach has noticed the empty seats on the other side of those boards (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Forward Nik Antropov told C-Viv the play of the team was “embarrassing” over the past two games.

“It was better, but still not enough,” Antropov lamented. “The last two games you can call embarrassing. The other night we got lucky. Tonight we didn’t create enough scoring chances. They just outplayed us.”

Defenseman Johnny Oduya questioned the effort coming from the team saying, “I don’t think the effort is there at all. Better than [Wednesday] but we got lucky.”

It’s just not good enough. It’s pretty simple”, he continued. “We are not really skating and using our speed.”

And lastly, there is this from Zach Bogosian regarding the sell out crowd in which 10,000 or so fans came disguised as empty seats.

“It’s never good feeling when you come out and you are all pumped up and there’s not that many people in the stands”, the 2008 third overall draft pick admitted. “After playing here for three years, you kind of get used to it”.

“The more fans would be a lot better, but it’s not an excuse we can use.”

The “announced” crowd was 8,461 Thursday night…a record low. It came two weeks after the previous low of 8,820 that came out to see the Thrashers play the Buffalo Sabres. To Bogosian’s point, the 4-1 loss to the Sabres and 3-0 defeat at the hands of Columbus were probably the flattest, most lackluster, least-inspired games this team has played all year.

Hmmmm…maybe that’s Mathieu Garon’s answer to what it is about Philips Arena. He tends to work best in quiet places where he can concentrate on his job.

178 comments Add your comment

R. Stroz

November 5th, 2010
12:16 am

cousin Eddie

November 5th, 2010
12:17 am

Garon maybe?

ThrashFan80

November 5th, 2010
12:21 am

Hey Zach, maybe if the damn team won the fans would show up. You guys have no effort and play truly uninspired hockey out there. Disgraceful, to say the least.

ThrashFan80

November 5th, 2010
12:28 am

Can you spell his name right, c’mon.

Garon.

cousin Eddie

November 5th, 2010
12:30 am

That’s better!- Zach has no room to speak being that first goal was a direct result of him not showing up on that shift. It’s sad because he actually looked like the old Zach a few times during the game(zipping up the ice with so much confidence).

R. Stroz

November 5th, 2010
12:30 am

Dear Zach,

For 11 years we’ve been seeing pathetic performances like tonight. At least you’ve been getting paid to play, we’ve been paying to see crapfests year in and year out.

After eleven years, fans aren’t going to bust their humps to get down to the arena after working all day to see a team with a bunch of lazy whiners pretending to be NHL players.

If the players want to see more fans, win some damn weeknight games. In the meantime STFU and remember this, you get paid more for one game than some fans get paid all year.

Sincerely,
Robert Strozier
Section 222, Row E, Seat 9

ThrashFan80

November 5th, 2010
12:32 am

I agree completely R Stroz.

You took the words right out of my mouth.

cousin Eddie

November 5th, 2010
12:52 am

We paid Zach $10,670.73 every game. ASG will have to just “deal” with it.

R. Stroz

November 5th, 2010
1:13 am

Assuming Bogosian hits his bonus numbers, he will receive $2,725,000 for the season, $33,231.71 per game ($2,725,000 divided by 82 games), and $1661.58 per minute played ($33,231.71 divided by 20 minutes of game time played).

BTW, Columbus seemed motivated to play and where were their fans? In Columbus, Ohio.

stendek

November 5th, 2010
1:56 am

Zach. You have a lot of damn nerve jerk! Fans were more fired up to play the game than you were. Total shet effort! Kind fans have grown accustomed to from you chokers at Philips Arena. Chatise us? CHASTISE US! Like that guy from Outlaw Josey Wales said so eloquently, “Do not piss on my boots then tell me it is raining,” or something to that effect. Win hungry Thrasher fans know the damn difference. When you bums start being competitive at home then fans will fill the seats. Not until then! Okay with you? No damn true fans cares anyway. Studio hockey all you coasters deserve! How many goals did you losers score in 60 minutes? I rest my case! STENDEK

stendek

November 5th, 2010
2:06 am

Fans are enthusiastic about winners! Some support the Thrashers who have never been winners. There are no moral victories in professional sports! Fans shell out hard earned money to view contests. Thrasher showings at Philips Arena are rarely above the level of a college hockey team. Do I boo? Hell yes! Why? Not because of a hard fought loss. They happen. Because of a damn lack of caring or urgency! Hear me Craig Petrino? If bums are pulling a Makeuillya Kovalchoke sit em! No player is above the damn team. Fans demand action not apathy! Refunds should have been issued after that shet debacle! What do ya think Zach? STENDEK

stendek

November 5th, 2010
2:15 am

Sorry Zach but you struck a nerve! My wife and I are both disabled. We are also raising a grandchild. Have to get by on less EACH MONTH than you draw in ONE MINUTE (according to above). Goody for you. God has blessed you financially. Why only He knows. So unless you score six goals to go along with several assists in a game keep your comments about suffering Thrasher fans to yourself! You have a God given gift to play professional hockey. Did you UTILIZE that gift against Columbus? Since I do not know you I will refrain from lambasting you as I would others I grew to detest. I will be watching you! Have a nice damn life. STENDEK

Michael

November 5th, 2010
2:58 am

ya f you bogosian and stfu!! r u kidding me bro, where are the fans? they are at home watchin your sorry asses get kicked in , like always at home, smart enough not to dish out money to go see it in person? a shutout at home , and you got the balls to call out the fans>?? your a freakin retard bro, no wonder you didnt finish college.. and where the hell have you been this season, you freakin blow dude, your not worth a quarter of your paycheck, maybe if you actually PERFORMED you could talk but dude, you fu**in suck!!!! kiss my ass

Always Hoping

November 5th, 2010
6:21 am

“It’s never good feeling when you come out and you are all pumped up and there’s not that many people in the stands”, the 2008 third overall draft pick admitted. “After playing here for three years, you kind of get used to it”.

Pumped Up…..??? You think you came out pumped up last night? I don’t think so!! Know who was pumped up? The 8,500 people who showed up last night thinking the team would come out and play hard!! I am a season ticket holder who sticks by you guys thru thick and thin. But Bogo’s comments hit a nerve. Garbage in = Garbage out!!!

The Real Thrash

November 5th, 2010
6:30 am

Attendance: 8,461 (45.6% full)

Hockey Town USA!

The Real Thrash

November 5th, 2010
6:37 am

When the team loses fans stay away because of losing. When the team is competitive the fans stay away because the tickets cost too much. When the team was on the playoff run years back the fans stayed away because it’s too hard to get downtown.
Losers always make excuses

Semators are 6-6-1, 13 pts.Attendance: 17,752 (96.0% full)
Thrashers have 14 pts.

jimbo

November 5th, 2010
6:47 am

Old Rameroo told us at the beginning of the year that no team would come in here and dictate the style of play. He was right, no one team has. THEY ALL HAVE! That third period was PATHETIC. It looked like Columbus was on a 20 minute power play. WTF. One more pathetic showing and I’m starting the Section 109 chant- BRING BACK UNCLE BOB, BRING BACK UNCLE BOB! With no one in the joint, the sound should be perfectly audible to DUDS.

Jettajedi

November 5th, 2010
7:17 am

HEY Zach– ME and My Wife have Season Tickets and we live in South Carolina!!!!!!! And we Drive 2 Hours Both ways!!! We came last Night!!! We made the Effort to come, were was your Effort to play?!?! Shut up and Play the Game, it’s a Game!!! A Game!! you Get paid Either way!! A Lot Of Money!!! And you blame the Fans!!! Wow!!

ss

November 5th, 2010
7:18 am

I didnt attempt to watch the game or did not even think about it. The game at florida the night before was enough to know this team has NEVER and still doesnt understand any defensive concept. When the team is 17 mil under the cap, thats pretty sad.

Theres always someone that complains or takes a comment the wrong way. It happens. This team should finish dead last in the league putting bums in the seats for the simple fact: They have no concept of playing hard for a long time period. Yada Yada Yada with the back to back games. This franchise was poorly constructed from year 1 and will continue to suck until they get some concept of playing defense figured out.

Goaltending is not the problem. Mason was the best off season move.

Though the ASG should just sell the team and let someone who actually cares about hockey own the team since they care to spend more money on the hawks.

ss

November 5th, 2010
7:19 am

The kovy comments are funny. The devils got what they asked for, and know their hall of fame goalie got hurt.

EA

November 5th, 2010
7:29 am

It is up to the Thrashers to win at home before the fans show up on week nights in particular. It takes way too much effort and money to make it to a game during the week. Yes, it would be more motivating to the players to have a full arena, but it isn’t going to happen unless and until this team shows up every night. Zach is a kid who was handed a ton of money for his first job. He has no idea what it takes to earn a fraction of what he makes in a year. He is a nice guy who did not intend to insult the faithful who do show up as well as those who expect more before they put forth the effort. However, he should not have said it. It would have been muich better if he called out the team and said he understands the lack of attendance.

Matt

November 5th, 2010
7:46 am

Stop giving Craptastic efforts, play hard every shift and win with more regularity and I’ll come back to the games.

As for now, this team does not deserve my money. Where is the improved D that we were supposed to see this year? Why are we making the same mistakes year after year after year, i.e. not moving your feet, playing soft D, trouble breaking out of your end?? What reasons are there after 11 seasons of futility for me to support you with my hard earned money?

HonkyTonkHero

November 5th, 2010
8:21 am

Come on Zach….really? I play rec hockey and think its pretty cool when a few people happen to lurk in the stands…that alone can help me pick up my tempo. While 8,000 folks is a very low attendance number its still a boat load of folks taking time to root for their team. Thats 8,000 folks that carved time out of their schedule, fought traffic, paid for parking and shelled out mucho bucks to buy a ticket and grub. Then there are countless others who watched the game on TV from the comfort of their couches. The fans are here Z-Bo…play the game like its your last…skate so hard on your shift that you think your going to die by the time you get to the bench. Atlanta aint Toronto (or Ottawa for that matter)…the fans here are not gonna keep paying to see craptacular games. We have too many other options in this kick ass city. You guys are the ones getting paid (and well at that) to make the business succeed. Don’t ever…ever…blame this on the fans…dont even hint that (even if you think it inside). I put more effort into drinking my beer last night than you guys did at putting shots on their net. Now….put on your big girl panties and deal with it…nuf said

stendek

November 5th, 2010
8:26 am

Good morning all. May I share something with you Zach? Years ago an Atlanta writer posed a question to a Falcon after a particularly uninspirational defeat at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The Falcon was asked if all the boos designated those in attendance as classless and uneducated hicks. The Falcon said that booing would have been his reaction had he been sitting in the stands watching the mismatch. Was the 3-0 gag job at Philips Arena worthy of cheers from locals Zach? Should the total lack of effort be condoned with a wink and smile? Should fans lean over compliantly as you overpaid prima donnas do just enough to miss playoffs? Again! I will apologize to you Zach when Thrashers go on extended winning streak on home ice. That, I fear, is one apology which will forever remain unuttered. You are not a thug like Michael Sick but you are a punk. I wish you well but I will ever be your fan. STENDEK

Brett

November 5th, 2010
8:30 am

Are you kidding me Zach. You talk about the fans controlling the effort you put forth? You are making big bucks to play a game. Some people in the stands were invited by someone since they are out of work. Stop looking in the mirror. You need to start paying attention to your man you are guarding. That first goal which by the way was the winner was all on you. To busy looking in the mirror I guess. Wins=butts in the seats. If I were the coach you would be skating laps today. Don’t worry about the people or lack of people in the stands. Just focus on not turning it over again and again in your own end, missing the net by 20 ft and we will take care of the rest.

Larry E

November 5th, 2010
8:33 am

That was one sorry display of hockey against the Blue Jackets. There was no life, hustle, nothing. After making the great comback win over Florida the Thrashers must have been out of gas, sorry display. They will never reach greater levels with this attitude.

Russian

November 5th, 2010
8:40 am

Florida Game was pure Luck!

Mike

November 5th, 2010
8:43 am

Like Ive said, play like sh*t, get a sh*t crowd. You have no fans because you don’t make any effort. I have had season tickets every year this team has been around, I was 9 that first season. This year, I resorted to buying a 6 game flex plan instead, and I’ve already given all the tickets away. I had to literally give 60$ tickets away. That’s pretty damn sad if you ask me. This team; players and management, need to get their heads out of their asses. Eager and Thorbs out on the PP? Seriously? And they need to get over this love affair they have with Stewart. Yes, he got the hat trick on a few lucky, sloppy goals, but other than that, he contributes nothing. They need to be open to a few more trades. Swap out Little while he still has some value, because his season totals are just going to continue to drop. It wouldn’t hurt my feelings if we don’t see Hainsey or Antropov anymore either, because honestly, Nik doesn’t fit into the style of play C-Ram is bringing. Please, Thrashers, step your damn game up.

Russian

November 5th, 2010
8:52 am

I agree with everyone about effort on ice last game. It was very bad.
I follow Thrashers since first game at 1999 and I never been season ticket holder. I can send money for the games, but I do not want to do it.
**The Real Thrash** said that Senators had a full house. Yes They were. They are in Canada. This is first. Second is Ottawa was and is a Good Team.
Yesterday I sat in my office and thougth to go to Phillips Arena. It is not big deal for me. I could jump to MARTA and after 30 minutes I could see that called “Hockey”. But my second thought was why I have to go. They are going to lose anyway. I knew it, because Atlanta Thrashers always ket a BIG Excuse. We played last nigth in Florida or somewhere else and we tired and we flew back to home and we did not practice at morning and etc… All my friends said that Atlanta will lose a game. We knew that, we used to it. It happened every year.
November is a good month to Show up for Thrashers. They have 10 (actually 9) Home games. Play hard and build your reputation. Fans will come, Fan will pay for tickets if we will see a TEAM playing 60 minutes HARD and TRY to Win.

Get The Puck Out

November 5th, 2010
8:53 am

If the stands had of been full, would it really have made a difference?

Russian

November 5th, 2010
8:54 am

I have a question. Who is going to win at Saturday???
Do I have to buy a Ticket to see Thrashers???

Larry E

November 5th, 2010
8:54 am

Hey Zach, my grandson’s Junior Thrashers hockey team gives a better effort. Keep playing at this level and we will not have to worry about a hockey team in Atlanta. Better hockey being played at the Gwinnett Arena by the Gladiators, $18.00 tickets and free parking. Get the message ?

EA

November 5th, 2010
8:56 am

I just heard Coach Ramsay’s post game conference. He said it was up to the team to create the atmosphere. There you go! I support this team with 1/2 weekend season tickets. On nights like last night-which is a school night Zach-I am so glad I can turn off the game and read a book!

LAC

November 5th, 2010
8:58 am

The way “zach” tries to play defense is “embarrassing” to say the very very least. He has not gotten better, he has now progressing in the opposite direction.

I am not sure I would be opposed to trading him, for his lackluster defense.

Yes a BRUTIAL November looms ahead.

But seriously, how much longer can Atlanta have a team with such LOW attendence ? It ALL
falls on the shoulders of the man who singlehandedly has RUINED hockey here, Stupid A$$ don waddell, he was on the Columbus TV for and interview, I wish I could have shot him for what he has done to hockey in this Fine Town !!! The Bastard !

Tom Lysiak

November 5th, 2010
9:00 am

Zach needs to learn a lesson from Antro and Oduya. These guys are placing the blame where it rightfully belongs. It is on Craig Ramsay to figure out why they are not putting out the effort. I was at the game last night and was disgusted with the lack of heart. This is our building. Own it.

One more thing for Zach: you are an under-achieving, injury prone player who should be making giant strides in your career at this point. The difference in your career and Doughty (the guy drafted right before you) is about the same difference in a full Philips Arena and the crowd we had last night. Pissing off the fans by calling them out when your own game sucks is not the road to a full house.

jerry

November 5th, 2010
9:07 am

A good public relations move would be to dump Zach’s sorry ass. Another would be to learn how to pass the puck, speaking of which, they are the worst in the world.

TrueBlue

November 5th, 2010
9:15 am

That was quite possibly the absolute most boring game I have EVER watched. Did ATL even have any scoring chances? One, maybe two? All I saw were players shooting from absolutely TERRIBLE angles and missing the net. I also only saw a bunch of dump and chase plays where a player dumps the puck and fails to chase it…..I also saw Ron Hainsey ice the puck about 4 times in a row. That is called undisciplined and lazy hockey boys. This team had two powerplays and maybe…2 shots on goal? Absolutely terrible hockey lately. Very embarrassing to be a fan of it. If I lived closer to Atlanta and had brought friends to the game, I would have been embarrassed to have made them suffer through that.

Of course on the message boards I said Zac was looking better…only to watch him play lazy and get beat on the first goal.

Lazy, lazy, lazy hockey. 55 shots one night then 43 the next…Good job guys…Being shutout on home ice is worse then pathetic.

razorneck13

November 5th, 2010
9:23 am

Well, I think Larry E just made a damn fine point about the Gladiators. That being said, I wish I was able to dig up the Knights attendance records, I’m certain it annihilated the Thrashers and for good reason. THEY WERE VASTLY MORE ENTERTAINING. Were their tickets cheaper? Yep, but that ain’t it folks, THEY CAME TO PLAY AND THEIR GAMES WERE MOSTLY VERY COMPETITIVE.

That said, I don’t wanna hear anymore BS about this city not being a hockey town, that’s a cop out and only partially true. Our population is made up of MANY MANY people from more traditional hockey markets and they want to watch and play hockey here as much as they did in their hometowns. Again, if we had a competitive AHL team in Philips instead of the Thrashers, I GUARANTEE YOU THAT JOINT WOULD HAVE NO TROUBLE WITH ATTENDANCE, IT DIDN’T BEFORE.

Zach & Co., play with grit or shut your pie hole. We’re sick and tired of having a substandard organization squandering it’s opportunities in this perfectly suitable market.

Joe McGrath

November 5th, 2010
9:26 am

This squad really needs a captain. Also, the Ducks are in the market. I’d love to see Getzlaf and/or Ryan in Thrasher blue.

Big Shooter

November 5th, 2010
9:39 am

Oh my, Bogo seems to have caused quite the stir. Funny timing, as myself and the rest of the Blueland Chronicle boys were talking last night (at the game) about athletes calling fans out for various reasons. We all agreed that we didn’t have a problem with it, and cited the most recent Tampa Bay Rays situation where the fans needed to be called out.

As far as this case, I think Bogo’s comments are in very poor taste. I’d love to see more fans there too, but I suspect many are like me who have been spending money we really don’t have for the past 11 years only to be treated night after night to games like we saw last night. Start winning some games and maybe even a playoff game and then if the fans still aren’t there you can complain. But winning a few lucky games like we’ve done this season over the first couple of weeks does not give you the right to bitch about no one being in the stands. This is just me, but seeing this ownership and the crappy play we see often… has totally drained most of my enthusiasm for this team and after being a STH from Day 1, I seriously doubt I will do it again next year as I just don’t want to continue to make things difficult for me financially just to support this mess. Guess that will be one less fan for Zach to look at in the stands.

Red Light

November 5th, 2010
9:43 am

So, when a player actually speaks his mind, about which we all know is 100 percent true, would you much rather have him blow smoke up your a$$ like management prefers to do? If there is a pink elephant in the room, you can’t ignore it forever. I give him high marks for stating his opinion. The building was lifeless again and so was the team’s performance. Often, there is a direct correlation with energy in an arena and a team’s performance. Fan energy, noise and appreciation yields adrenaline, if it didn’t there never would be a term like “home-ice advantage.”

He said and I quote, “The more fans would be a lot better, but it’s not an excuse we can use.”

Isn’t that what we have all been saying? Give the kid a break, he was just pure and simply stating the obvious… that this franchise needs to re-energize its fan base. I’d rather hear that than more redundant excuses.

stendek

November 5th, 2010
9:45 am

I miss the Flames. Terribly! I miss the Knights. Desperately. Would I miss the Thrashers? As they are now? Sad to say I would not. Gladiators go all out because they care. Maximum effort is all Thrasher fans expect. Rarely achieved. Sigh. STENDEK

stendek

November 5th, 2010
9:48 am

Okay Zach. Dumba$$ fans like me have been called out! Understood Wayne Mister Gretzky II. Thrasher fans have also now called you out! Do not adjust that seat. Your backside is becoming warmer for a reason! STENDEK

Big Shooter

November 5th, 2010
9:50 am

Red Light – I know he said that you can’t use it as an excuse. And I know he’s just a kid. But you can’t leave a steaming pile of fail on the ice like they did last night and even mention anything about lack of fans. It’s not going to go over well, even if he has a point.

Joe Friday

November 5th, 2010
9:57 am

“It’s never good feeling when you come out and you are all pumped up and there’s not that many people in the stands”, the 2008 third overall draft pick admitted. “After playing here for three years, you kind of get used to it”.

“The more fans would be a lot better, but it’s not an excuse we can use.”

Guys, I think there’s an over-reaction to his comment here. He said he’s not using it as an excuse and I’m sure it’s depressing to them to see packed houses in most barns when they go on the road, yet it’s a ghost town at Philips. Try not to take a quote out of context, I didn’t see him blame fans, he’s simply stating the fact. The one game I went to was empty, it takes the emotion out of the game. A hockey game is even more fun to enjoy in person when you’re shoulder to shoulder with fellow hockey fans who are pumped and into the game, and that translates to the ice.

Zach didn’t blame the fans. For all you know, he really blames management, and that was his way of saying “look what you’ve done here” to them, not calling out the fans, but calling out management.

The reasons the barn is empty are two-fold. First is all on Don Waddell’s shoulders. Our house was full the first few years, but many of us who knew hockey and watched it for years knew from early on that Waddell was incapable of building a team. However, the owners kept him employed and many of our fans kept supporting Waddell preaching patience and saying his was building the club the wrong way. Hindsight has shown that what some of us said for many years was true, that he was incompetent and was killing hockey in Atlanta.

I shelled out 10s of thousands on the club for 8 years. One can only beat your head against a wall so many times, and Waddell still hasn’t been fired. I’m in Missouri mode now, “show me”.

The other reason the barn is empty is the inane decision to move weekday start times to 7pm. This is a moronic decision, one that been debated here many times, but hindsight has shown that it’s killed the fan base. Why shell out thousands for season tickets when over 1/2 of them are on weeknights and one would need to leave work early, battle 1 1/2 hours of traffic to get down there to try to make a 7pm start. Building the arena in the worst location possible for the 2nd worst traffic in the country has exacerbated the problem.

Yes the economy is bad as well and ownership is a mess with a low payroll.

But there’s hope. There’s always hope. The owners are trying to sell the team. When they succeed, there is hope that it’s to someone that’s a hockey guy. And he’ll jettison Waddell and put some smart marketing people in charge and spend some more on the club. Build it and they will come.

As to our team, they’ve been very resilient and lucky in a few of the wins so far, but the incredible amount of shots they are giving up is going to bite them in the long run. It’s especially puzzling as Ramsay was supposed to be the guy that could coach these guys up and tighten down the D. The club so far is scoring at a far higher pace than we expected, but it’s the same wide open up and down hockey we’ve all watched for years. The scheme needs to be changed up, we can’t run with guys all season like this in shootouts. As the other clubs lock things down and gear up after the holidays, they’ll start limiting our chances more and our D just can’t stand up.

stendek

November 5th, 2010
9:58 am

I have a confession to make Zach. Was watching Thrashers until first goal scored. Went back to watching football. Know why? It was evident that you guys were toast when that shot went in. I knew it. All of you knew it. The concession stand personnel knew it. Even that dumb bird mascot knew it. Why? Game was at Philips Arena! You guys may have rallied. IN OHIO! May. Not on home ice. No chance in Hell! Fans not breaking down doors to watch you guys lose? Wonder why Zacharoo! STENDEK

Smoothie

November 5th, 2010
9:59 am

What is it about Mathieu Garon??? Oh mon dieu!!

I think the question that needs to be asked is: What is it about the Atlanta Thrashers that causes them to crap their pants at the sight of the almighty Blue Jackets?? Other teams play the trap, yet we manage to make a game out of it (once in awhile), but against CBJ, we seem to enjoy crapping all over the 845 fans that actually care to show up. Sad.

BTW, anyone notice how dreadful the “top” line of Ladd-Pevs-Bergy was last nite? Somehow the Boulton-Slater-Modin line manages to make it through the game without getting scored on by the Nash top line and even put some pressure on them in the other end, but our top line was a -11 in SOG thru the FIRST TWO PERIODS and were epic failures in the offensive zone when given a F/O to win. Hence, no puck control, no zone time and no pressure on CBJ’s top two lines. PATHETIC.

Smoothie

November 5th, 2010
10:00 am

Why is it that me and Joe Friday always seem to post at the same time or close to it? Crazy!

HonkyTonkHero

November 5th, 2010
10:01 am

Redlight…Zach even bringing it up is an excuse…its one of those back handed excuses and we all know it. I’ll give anyone on the Thrashers a high mark when they actually play consistant (quality) hockey. I’ve been at low attendance games where the Thrashers kicked ass and energized the smallish crowd and they fed off each other. I think the crowd shows up with energy and is just waiting to see their team bring that same energy. You cant expect the crowd to go wild when there is nothing to cheer for.

Darkhorse

November 5th, 2010
10:07 am

Zach’s showing he still has no clue about economics and the reality that his “team” is the reason no one’s showing up. And yeah, the 8k or so who did show up last night deserve an apology from the whole team.

And as a few others above have said, Zach’s lack of development has been pretty noticeable. This team does need a strong captain to get everyone working with consistant EFFORT and together.