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.

TrueBlue

November 5th, 2010
10:10 am

BRYAN LITTLE…PLEASE GET WELL SOON! YOU ARE THE ONLY PLAYER ON THIS TEAM THAT IS EXCITING TO WATCH!!!!!!!!!!!!

stendek

November 5th, 2010
10:11 am

I had an option those trapped in Philips Arena were denied Zach. I could either watch you guys lose or watch Yellow Jackets lose. Chose latter. Georgia Tech was competitive. You guys were not. Just flipped you guys off. Way your remarks dismissed all Georgia hockey fans. Know something pal. The Knights in their prime would have destroyed you guys. Know why? They skated with heart. Talent is nice but talent without heart is mediocrity at best. Remember that on your way to the NHL MVP Award buddy. STENDEK

To those who defend Zach I understand you have your own opinions. Fine. But all of you are wrong and just as full of shet as he is. That is MY opinion! STENDEK

Zombie Steve

November 5th, 2010
10:14 am

You wanna see a full house, Bogo? Help get your team to the playoffs. That’s the only why this team will find redemption.

Smoothie

November 5th, 2010
10:15 am

“You cant expect the crowd to go wild when there is nothing to cheer for”

Indeed, it certainly doesn’t help that the home team, DESPITE the lack of fans in the stands, doesn’t amp themselves up by playing hard out of the gate. Where is the hitting, the ferocious forecheck and gutsy play we saw from this team on Opening Night? You tellin’ me the only reason they played hard is because more than 15,000 showed up? If that’s the case, put 7,000 cardboard cut-outs in the empty seats, crank up the Beyonce and Kanye West during the game and watch the home-team goal total explode!!

Christ on a crutch this is sad. I realize Zach was pointing out something that a) is obvious and b) is a reflection of his emotional state at the time, but Lord Almighty who DOESN’T KNOW OUR ATTENDANCE SUCKS??

KLS1

November 5th, 2010
10:18 am

I went to the first Buffalo game and the last Tampa Bay game at home. It was the worst games I have effort witnessed at any level of sports.

Go out and win some games like men and quit letting your goalie get pelted 55 times a night and hope to hold on.

Bogosian has a lot of nerve of all people, he’s been a turnstile out there all year. Maybe check somebody and protect our end and this team may win a game…and then maybe I will come down to watch.

He should should be kissing Mason & Pavelecs butts for being where they are.

LAC

November 5th, 2010
10:19 am

The whole attendence thing goes right to the SORRY group of owners we are stuck with.

They have ZERO desire to Win, The could care less about NHL hockey and they LIE their collective pants off and come up with every excuse they can, NOT to make this team better and show commitment to the team and FANS !

But in all honesty, how much longer can this go on ?

It will be either the team being sold and MOVED, which is what I believe will happen, or a new Fresh Owner, NOT Owners… Will come in and keep the team here and try to repair all the damage The Atlanta STUPID Group and waddell have done.

Heck, If these clown owners want to save money, FIRE waddell, he is getting way too much money to do NOTHING, say cut him to MINIMUM wage, that would reflect his value to the franchise,
he is worthless and ineffective, and in NO way be retained.

It is a sorry mess here, and will only get worse, Someone needs to step in and step in FAST !

R. Stroz

November 5th, 2010
10:19 am

Put me three rows behind the bench and I’ll teach these guys some passion.

Thrashers27

November 5th, 2010
10:19 am

Zach,

You and the rest of the boys take a good look at the attendance numbers for the playoff year and even before that when there was a competitive team on the ice. You’ll see Thrashers fans came out in droves and the building was a rockin’. That was a little bit before your time, but trust me you guys put in a good effort every night and you’ll start to win. With that good effort you’ll also win the support of the fans.

Point is, it doesn’t start with the wins, it starts with the effort. Go Thrashers!

Smoothie

November 5th, 2010
10:21 am

Ooops, hit the tab and enter buttons at the same time, kinda like when Zach tries skating and chewing gum at the same time…doesn’t work!

Anyway, my point is that the players should NEVER MENTION THE CROWD AFTER A DEMORALIZING LOSS!!! Period. Talk about pissing into the wind!!

I don’t care how sad you are that no one comes to watch your sorry a$$ stand around as the puck trickles behind you and it gets swatted into your net because you didn’t play the body when you’re supposed to. It’s YOUR JOB to figure out how to not make these stupid mistakes ALL THE TIME so your team has a better chance of winning. Ramsay should make them all skate till they puke this morning and then they can see how tired they are compared to how they felt after a flight from Ft. Lauderdale…are you freakin’ kidding me? Oduya is right? Why are you not skating hard and using your speed to your advantage? It’s one of the few advantages you have because it certainly isn’t your muscle (Eager, Big Buff and Boulton notwithstanding). BTW, where the hell is the inspired, hard-hitting, in your face play of Evander Kane lately?

stendek

November 5th, 2010
10:22 am

Call all sorry a$$ Thrasher fans like me out if you must Zach. Just do me one tiny favor. Do not do so after a totally listless and heartless shutout defeat on home ice. Thank you for your kindest consideration. STENDEK

ThrashDawg

November 5th, 2010
10:27 am

I was unfortunately at the game last night and have to ask why would I go down there and cost myself at least $150 for two of us only to not see good hockey. This is not a hockey town but that does not mean it cannot be made into one if the product on the ice is good. If the product gets better then it worth my time and money, until then I will watch on TV and hope they come together as a team. As a side note, I still think they need a go to type player that can be the captain and lead the team. Maybe big Buff can be that leader but not sure he has that in his personality. He seems to be a happy go lucky type of guy not a true leader. As for Zach you said “but it’s not an excuse we can use”. If this is the case then why mention it? By the way, I did not see too many fans in Florida either!

Flames

November 5th, 2010
10:28 am

Red Light…..Joe Friday….. I have to agree with you both. I think people are taking Zach’s quote out of context. He wasn’t blaming the fans for their loss. He was just pointing out the obvious. There was barely 8,000 fans in the bulb last night. It took a lot of guts for a 20 year old kid to speak the truth about the lack of fan support. Everyone has their reasons for not going to the game.

I was sitting next to Bryan Little last night and he has a face full of stitches. He isn’t sure when he will be able to return. I really hope it is soon, because we really need his speed on the ice. I hope to see everybody Saturday…Go
Thrashers!!!

Macon Whoopie

November 5th, 2010
10:35 am

Anybody else notice how many times the D double, hell, even triple-backed into their own zone when pressured by one man? It seems to me that when we finally gain possession of the puck in our own end, we don’t rush, we sit back and wait for the forwards to streak down the ice, try to make the longest pass possible, but eventually turn it over in the neutral zone, ALL THE TIME, and end up either with a 2-on-2 rush, or even a 1 man rush where the other team still manages to get a shot off, and have the chance to put back the rebound. I’m sorry Zach, but until you stop playing midget-hockey defense, I’m not going to travel 2 hours to Atlanta to just sit around talking to other fans about how we wished you would care, or how we are “So much better than this”.

Smoothie

November 5th, 2010
10:35 am

“I was sitting next to Bryan Little last night and he has a face full of stitches. He isn’t sure when he will be able to return”

Thanks Flames, but man, thanks for making my Friday EVEN WORSE than it was already!! ;-) I was afraid of that being the case, but why has no one, not even our beat writer, spoken to Little personally and reported that he is all stitched up? I even asked if he had zippers or not and I’ll I got was crickets.

As for Zach being taken out of context, the bigger point is why the hell did he mention it at all? Did the person ask him directly if the lack of attendance was a reason for their poor play?? He should know better than to not take the bait. What is the point of even mentioning it? It’s always going to draw the ire of an already-pissed off fan base? Why do you think there’s only 5,000 fans in attendance?? Cuz the other 10-15,000 are either a) pissed off and in Joe Friday’s “show me” camp or b) watching Ga Tech lose another footbal game! But in their defense, at least they make it interesting before cutting their fans’ hearts out.

EA

November 5th, 2010
10:36 am

Since I channel surf to different games, one can see that attendance is more of an issue this year than in seasons past in some markets. However those teams seem to know how to play in front of their fans. There is no excuse for the efforts in the first Bufffalo home game, the Tampa game and the game last night. How old are these guys? If they can’t play two nights in a row after flying a chartered plane home from FLORIDA, they shouldn’t be in the NHL.

Zombie Steve

November 5th, 2010
10:37 am

Someone give Sage Arthur Blank’s email

KLS1

November 5th, 2010
10:38 am

Fans in the stands is a luxury only winning teams earn (even in Canada). Is this team worthy? Was that effort last night worthy?

Bogo should be happy only 8,000 fans witnessed that game. I know I would be.

The Blackhawks couldn’t draw 8,000 fans on a bet a few years ago…how about now?

Go win…be a winner…then lets talk attendance.

stendek

November 5th, 2010
10:39 am

Either Thrashers at home against anybody or Poukeepsie State against Tidewater Tech in football. Hmm. Sorry Zachster! Have to utilize television viewing time wisely. STENDEK

Hoof Arted

November 5th, 2010
10:41 am

So people didn’t show up last night because they knew the Thrashers were going to lay an egg on the ice? Really?

I have no issue at all with what Bogosian said, I just wished he would’ve chosen a better time to say it. You know, after he played a great game maybe?

This team was 3-0-2 coming into the game and showing some signs of serious improvement. There is hope for better times ahead. But the problem is that fans have seen and heard this all before. After 10 years or so one can only expect the paying customers to respond to the same promises year after year.

It will take a serious run at the playoffs, even maybe making them, before the Thrashers can expect to get a lot of the would-be-paying-customers to show up and plunk their money down.

Until then, they need to slash ticket prices to entice the people back into the building. As with anything else in this free market economy, if you cannot sell your good or service at Y price, you reduce it to Z until you find it’s worth.

HonkyTonkHero

November 5th, 2010
10:46 am

Coach said it best in his post game presser…in regards to the atmosphere in the building being an issue he just said “We have to create our own atmosphere”. They did create their own atmosphere and it was not suitable for sustaining a crowd.

Nate

November 5th, 2010
10:47 am

I went to the Wednesday Buffalo home game and I watched last night. I will be at the game Saturday against the Hawks. I will cheer for the team with more effort since I’m a fan of both teams. All that said, I will not return to another weeknight game until I see some sorry @$$ crybabies put forth some effort. Lack of home attendance had nothing to do with the Florida game since it was on the road and you guys still stunk Zachary. And then to follow it up with the pitiful showing against Columbus? Excuses, Excuses…

R. Stroz

November 5th, 2010
10:49 am

Here are some pointers the next time Zach is asked about attendence:

1) Mention that ownership has maintained a payroll in the bottom 25% of the league for years. And due to this fact, he understands why players and fans have little long term faith in the organization.

2) He understands the fans are pissed because the GM has blown smoke up their collective backsides for years.

Now, that would take courage and point the finger, yes that finger, in the right direction.

Smoothie

November 5th, 2010
10:53 am

“This team was 3-0-2 coming into the game and showing some signs of serious improvement”

Not really, just signs of lucky bounces that John Anderson always like to whine about. To wit:

Shot Total Comparison for last 5 games (since WSH road game):

Shots by Period: 12 – 8 – 6 – 6 – 9 – 5 – 2(OT) – 9 – 7 – 8 – 4(OT) – 7 – 5 – 11 – 8 – 9 – 8

Shot Deficit by Per: -2, +1, -5, -8, +5, -4, +1(OT), -1, E, -6, E(OT), -3, -18, -11, -3, -5, -9

Number of times outshooting opponents: thrice out of 17 periods.

Honestly, I don’t see much improvement in terms of how they are playing as opposed to how their SUPPOSED TO BE PLAYING under Coach Ramsay. They are obviously not doing the things he was preaching or he’s not emphasizing the things he has been telling the press he’s emphasizing. Where’s the relentless forecheck? Where’s the zone time? Where’s the hitting? Where’s the rebound put-back goals? Other than some lucky breaks on the PP and an improvement in not taking penalties, I see no real improvement. They seem to be playing like big, pregnant female dogs for fear of taking a penalty. Great.

Willie B

November 5th, 2010
10:55 am

Hey # 4. You are NOT Bobby Orr ! Why ? Because he knew how to play defense ! Standing around with your “stick” in your hand while your man slips in behind you and scores is NOT the FANS fault. If you want to learn how to be anything close to Bobby Orr then watch how #2 for the Blackhawks plays Saturday night.

razorneck13

November 5th, 2010
10:57 am

Stendek, agreed. Funfact, I think the Gladiators have something like the fourth highest attendance in the ECHL. Yes, they are affordable, yes they have an arena about 1/3 the size of Philips, but it’s their quality, period. They have a nice home in a nice part of town, but it’s certainly not as centralized as Philips either, so again it’s their quality. If anyone can help dig up the Knights old attendance figures I would love that as I’m having trouble doing so. I really want them so I can prove once and for all to all the naysayers that they killed it at the Omni.

Joe Friday, not trying to pee in your cheerios, but who’s taking Zach’s comment regarding attendance out of context. He’s clearly boo-hooing . How is that not a poke at the fans? Why should we not be upset?

AGAIN, please help pull some old Knights attendance figures, I think it makes a very good argument as to what kind of potential this market has with a solid franchise minor league or otherwise. After that I think the only other argument could be the tickets prices and the economy, but we all know that’s not the reason for these poor turnouts.

iamtheratio

November 5th, 2010
10:57 am

Everyone needs to just calm down, this is outrageous. The kid is what, 21 years old? Give him a break, I’d be pissed at the turn out if I had to deal with it for 3 years myself. (I get the on ice product has sucked, but it’s still a lot to deal with for a young kid)

Remember, this is ONLY November and most of us thought this team would be 3-8-2 or so.. but we’re not, we’re 6-5-2. It’s going to take MORE time to get this team where we want them.

Smoothie

November 5th, 2010
11:02 am

BUT! On a good note, should always finish on a good note, with a solid, flaw-free set of reps EVEN WHEN YOU’RE TIRED: our goalies have been pretty darn good in the last 6 games. They’ve faced a total of 231 shots on goal and only surrendered 19 goals for a save percentage of 91.8% which is very good considering the amount of rubber they’ve faced. The GAA is *only* 3.08 (roughly), but it could be a whole helluva lot worse!!

Alan R.

November 5th, 2010
11:04 am

I think people are taking Zach’s quote out of context

I’m with you on that, Flames. I understand why people take it out of context, though, and I agree with those people as well.

Put forth some effort. Win or lose, make the opposition walk out of our arena in pain. The only “brutally good time” I’ve seen from Blueland this year was the season opener — and even that game wasn’t as physical as it could have been.

Spud Webb

November 5th, 2010
11:06 am

I’m glad he said it, he’s right, pretty much straight to the point.
I love the the guys talking about how poorly they played, previous game was lucky. They’re not blind, they see whats going on and it will be addressed. Things are changing, h&ll, accountability of themselves is a nice change!

Smoothie

November 5th, 2010
11:07 am

iamtheratio – he’s only 20 I think, but who cares? He’s been in the NHL for 2 years, he should know better. He’s also been an alternate whom many thought was capable of leadership and a captainship. Apparently, he’s capable of whining and making excuses like his old coach.

Oh yeah, the avg number of shots faced the last 6 games = 38.5.

VS the avg number of shots faced the first six games = 37.2

Nice improvement there, eh?

Zoomo

November 5th, 2010
11:10 am

I was there last night. First time I’ve ever thought that the franchise is in trouble. There coudn’t have been more than 3,000 actual attendees. Pathetic. Pathetic effort. Pavs, Burny and Buff were the only bright spots.

I’m not surprised by Zach’s comments because the attendance was so shocking it was bound to come out in post game interviews. However, I can’t agree more that the games have to be entertaining to retain and draw fans. When you put out a weak effort like last night, it’s understandable that fans won’t come back. THere was NOTHING to cheer about.

Get The Puck Out

November 5th, 2010
11:13 am

I hope some of the players are reading this. Maybe it will light a fire under them or embarress them. All we ask is put forth effort.

Alan R.

November 5th, 2010
11:13 am

Anxiety for tomorrow, rising…

From Twitter:

reporterchris

The #blackhawks have recalled 19-year-old forward Jeremy Morin from the AHL.

Joe Friday

November 5th, 2010
11:14 am

“If anyone can help dig up the Knights old attendance figures I would love that as I’m having trouble doing so. I really want them so I can prove once and for all to all the naysayers that they killed it at the Omni.”

I can’t dig them up but I was a season ticket holder for the Knights for 4 years and they didn’t sell out. In fact, I think the only sellout I ever saw was for the Turner Cup winning game.

I was there for the Cincinnati coach trying to rip Sir Knight’s head off. I was there for the playoff brawl with the Thunder (and went to jail that night as a result, but I got Toporowski with a beer!). They did not sell out. I had 5 row blue line for like what, $12 per game and there was a good hard core base of us that went, and hung out with Ferrall in the smoking area, but it was just a base. I’d guess 4 to 5,000 per game? When the playoffs came, we’d go to 1/2 full and then 2/3rds full if they progressed through some rounds.

But I agree with this as a fact: The Knights’ games were fun, much more fun than Thrashers’ games. There was passion, the players competed knightly, and the owners had good marketing. But we didn’t have the Omni packed every night. Now, those were the days you would drive down there in 30 minutes as well, which was nice.

“Joe Friday, not trying to pee in your cheerios, but who’s taking Zach’s comment regarding attendance out of context. He’s clearly boo-hooing . How is that not a poke at the fans? Why should we not be upset?”

I completely understand those at the game being upset. I hit that wall three years ago and had enough. So I know where you’re coming from, but maybe there’s some displaced anger here being directed at Zach for saying the obvious. Stop and think that mabye he really blames management and the owners for driving us away, that he’s not blaming the fans.

Willie B

November 5th, 2010
11:17 am

” He’s only 21 ” huh ??? Funny, I don’t recall Toews or Crosby making excuses for their poor job performance (the few times either one of two ever have one). Hey crybaby, there are 19 and 20 year old sergeants leading Marines and Soldiers in combat as we speak. They don’t make excuses. They just do their job and they make about 20k a year.

R. Stroz

November 5th, 2010
11:22 am

Low attendance is the symptom, not the problem.

Alan R.

November 5th, 2010
11:25 am

Funny, I don’t recall Toews or Crosby making excuses for their poor job performance

Did you read Zach’s entire quote? Here, I’ll help.

“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.”

I put the main idea in bold print, so it’s easier for you to see it. Zach is not making an excuse. He was asked a question, and he responded.

Like I said, I understand both sides of the coin, as it were; however, I think people are taking his words a little out of context. He could have worded his statement far better, and could have said something regarding taking responsibility for shoddy play. But is that the question he was asked?

Smoothie

November 5th, 2010
11:26 am

Rich Peverley was asked the same question by the guy who posts the youtube interviews, his response: “No it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter what the crowd is…we’ve got to be ready to play, we’re all professionals here…”

There you go. End of story. The players must perform better if they want people’s hard-earned dollars. 60 minute stink-fests or 10 minutes of passion-filled, desperate hockey in the 3rd period isn’t gonna cut it. They need to find something to play for…how about each other?

HonkyTonkHero

November 5th, 2010
11:30 am

Avg attendance at an IHL game during the years of the Knights ranged from 4,000 to 6,000. Based on Joe Friday’s recollection looks like we were about average for the league. The Omni could hold a tad over 15,000 for ice hockey. I couldnt find specific IHL team attendance totals for any team (prior to 2008) in my 10 minutes of google research.

Smoothie

November 5th, 2010
11:31 am

Alan – I think most understand that he tried to qualify his statement, but the fact of the matter is that the question is a loaded gun and he should know better than to play Russian roulette with it. Just say “that’s a poor excuse and we have to be better” and move on. It’s the first part of the quote that rings hollow. So what if the crowd is sparse, if you’re so pumped up, you should be able to stay pumped up because you’re a PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY PLAYER. It’s your job to get amped up and ready to play with passion. I think people are just reacting to the quote so harsly because it captures the frustration everyone is feeling for their poor, unispired play when they take home ice. 3 out of 5 games is a disturbing reminder of how awful we seem to play when at home despite match-up advantages, sleeping in your own bed, having your normal routine etc.

Willie B

November 5th, 2010
11:39 am

If you think last night was a record low just wait until next Thursday.

Willie B

November 5th, 2010
11:45 am

Excuses are the point Alan not the quotes ! Excuses ! His quote should have been “I really messed up on that one goal ” . It shouldn’t have been Obama Wednesday with ” the people’s lack of understand ” instead ” I’m a numbnuts and now everybody knows it “. The guy was given a role in team leadership. The same as a young Crosby and Toews. Those two NEVER make excuses and that’s one reason why both of them have cups.

Alan R.

November 5th, 2010
11:54 am

Avg attendance at an IHL game during the years of the Knights ranged from 4,000 to 6,000. Based on Joe Friday’s recollection looks like we were about average for the league

Figures I found show the Knights to be 8000-9000 in attendance. Average attendance figures after their second season were in the 8400 range, second in the IHL at the time.

http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/article/56111

Excuses are the point Alan not the quotes ! Excuses !

And my bolded part illustrates that he’s not making an excuse! Derp!

EA

November 5th, 2010
11:54 am

Rich Peverly also said on the NHL network show that Atlanta has die hard fans. He did not mention numbers. Class act. As I stated earlier, I don’t think Zach meant to insult anyone. He was saying what he thought. However, he definitely hit a sore spot. For those of us who do sit through those miserable games as well as those who don’t for many good reasons, it came across as incrediblly insensitive. I am not sure I said all the right things at his age or even the age I am now which is considerably older than him. For that reason, I am giving him a break. For his inconsistent play as well as many of his team members, there is no excuse. Play with some heart.

razorneck13

November 5th, 2010
11:59 am

HAHAHAHAHAH!!! 4-5K for the Knights!!! I think the same dude keeps saying that nonsense. Until the LV Thunder broke the records, the Knights broke em, THAT MUCH I DO KNOW. They consistently had 2/3 or better capacity and frequent sellouts. I know, I went to about a dozen random games in the first few seasons.

razorneck13

November 5th, 2010
12:04 pm

That’s a dozen random games each season for the first few rather, including the Turner Cup clencher. I remember 11-12k in every game I went to, they happily announced the gates every game too BTW, just to let you know they were awesome.

Midfield

November 5th, 2010
12:06 pm

I have 2 comments. On Garon, what brings the best out of him in Atlanta is that most of the shots come in his clear view and at a predictable moment. In other words, Columbus keeps outworking Atlanta time and again. Particularly, Kane I’m not impressed with over a couple of games lately. He needs to return back to being a hard working hockey player, not a “team leader,” “future of the franchise” and all that crap. He is simply not talented enough to be a “Patrick” freelancing Kane.

Now, about Bogosian. The guy is a talent, but using Dudley’s language, Bogo’s dumb as a sack of hammers, sorry. He was improving fast, when Schneider was around to coach him on the job. Last year under Anderson’s cookie-cutter coaching crew was a complete waste. This year, it’s like starting out from scratch, basically.

Big Shooter

November 5th, 2010
12:07 pm

While I can’t find exact figures, I found this link (http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/article/56111) that states in the Knights first season they averaged 8,463. I went to many games every year and from my memory it was more than 4-5K.

Smoothie

November 5th, 2010
12:16 pm

Why are we even comparing the attendance to the Knights? Shouldn’t we be comparing to Flames attendance in the 70’s. The fans are here…we know they exist, but as Stroz keeps pointing out, we keep giving them many reasons to stay away. The chief reason being mediocre to horrible hockey on home ice.

razorneck13

November 5th, 2010
12:16 pm

http://basketball.ballparks.com/NBA/AtlantaHawks/oldindex.htm

I hope this works to back up my recollection of Knights attendance. It’s the best I can do. For all who keep saying I’m full of it, just why do you think the NHL wanted another franchise here anyway? Looks like I was low balling it when I said 2/3 capacity too.

HockeyMom

November 5th, 2010
12:16 pm

Don’t we hear every year how we all have to wait until football season is over before the arena is full. So wouldn’t it be wise for the Thrashers to consistenly play well at home and give it their all to insure that the fans come back in December? I am looking forward to Saturday night. I hope the Thrashers step in up like they seem to do for the big teams.

razorneck13

November 5th, 2010
12:21 pm

Well, damn I can’t really tell what these figures are (basketball too?), maybe I got too excited. I shall try some more.

glovesave29

November 5th, 2010
12:31 pm

C’mon y’all – need to settle down a bit. First of all, I am sure Bogey knows the history of this team. Do you really expect him to call out his bosses in a public forum? Or perhaps taking a backhanded swipe at them make more sense? Let the poor kid vent, and look at the people here who are complaining about his comments – they are doing the exact same thing they are accusing Zach of …acting out in anger, not with reason.

This season is a marathon, not a sprint. Every team in the league is going to have 4-5 terrible games – from the cellar dwelling Oilers all the way up to the champion Blackhawks. Overall, we are ahead of where I thought we’d be, and that is all I can ask for. There are issues for this team now that will be addressed by the coaching staff and over the course of the season, will be corrected. There are parts of the game that now seem just fine, that may fall apart in February. You never know. Anyone remember the Ravens won a Super Bowl the same season they went 4 games (25% of the season) without an offensive touchdown? The SF Giants sucked the first half of this season.

I was there last night, I’d really say it more along the lines of 6500 in attendance. Which is about on line with what the Knights used to draw. Their very first game ever against the Cincinnati Cyclones, after we had been without any type of hockey for a dozen years and only drew 8400. So to say they drew more than that on average is just not correct. Playoffs were even lower as the games were scheduled just days in advance. The night they won it all is the only time I can recall it ever being filled.

Once this Phoenix situation is resolved, I can see Bettman training his eye on Atlanta. If there are new owners, they will come from contacts within the league office, not like that joker with the second rate film company who said back in the early summer he wanted to buy the team.

Red Light

November 5th, 2010
12:43 pm

Thanks glovesave29!

Attendance might have been great in the first few years, but not on this Friday night!

April 27, 1996 • Cincinnati Post
Cyclones goalie Frederic Chabot earned his first playoff shutout in 29 professional postseason games, a 2-0 International Hockey League Turner Cup playoffs victory over the Atlanta Knights on Friday night in the Omni. Attendance: 4,428.

ben

November 5th, 2010
1:07 pm

Zach,

Times are hard for a lot of people. There is a recession going on. I myself am doing ok, but this town has been hit hard. Plus, Waddell was at best an average GM and in this town you’re going to need a genius to run the thing. I’m a massive fan of le Thrash, and I will root for you in the playoffs but I’ve watched hockey for 18 years and consider myself a student of the goal tending position. Truth compels me to tell you that by-and-large this is the hockey equivalent of a 4A team.

Zack, most people in this town are found in four counties Fulton, Dekalb, Gwinnett and Cobb. For reasons beyond the purview of a sports blog. and see no reason to come downtown. My own parents are afraid to be in the city past 7O’clock. There are a sizeable of natives who see the Thrashers as northern imperialism and are angry, yes angry, that this team is even here. As someone who has studied this region for 5+ years I can say that the only way this team makes it here is if it moves up 400 or 75. And I say that as an urbanist who loves the downtown feel and vibe. I believe that Alexander Hamilton was right when he said city air breathes freer. I believe that America’s greatness and the very key to success is found in the cities of this country. And yes, I’m even including Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, Alpheretta, Kennesaw and vast stretches of Gwinnett County as a city. But I’m willing to see that a lot of people in this state simply don’t share that opinion. After all, if you have the seventh largest city in northern north America, you’re going have a difference of opinion. These are but some of the reasons people are staying home.

Well Zack I wish that continue to thrive in this, the greatest sport you can play standing up.

Smoothie

November 5th, 2010
1:13 pm

Ticket special for games against Columbus:

Pay $40 to get in the door.

Get 1/2 your money back if the Thrashers don’t score first.

Get another $5 back for every goal CBJ scores after the first.

Get a free beer if the Thrashers actually score.

Get tkts to the next game if Thrashers comeback and actually win!

People like to gamble, make the games against less appetizing opponents into games within the game!! ;-)

Mike

November 5th, 2010
1:19 pm

$30 for gas, $35+ for a ticket, $15 for parking, long, grueling traffic jams, $4.50 for a hot dog, $9.00 for a beer that’s half a cup of foam, getting to watch a bunch of guys figure skate around while the away team plays hockey…priceless. there are some things money can’t buy, like good hockey, for everything else, there’s mastercard (except for parking, gotta have cash for that)

Alan R.

November 5th, 2010
1:36 pm

As someone who has studied this region for 5+ years I can say that the only way this team makes it here is if it moves up 400 or 75

Remedial study sessions are, apparently, in order. Part of the problem in Phoenix is the fact they’re not even in Phoenix. They’re in Glendale. Putting the team in Alpharetta is going to create even more problems.

razorneck13

November 5th, 2010
1:37 pm

Red Light and Glove, we’ll agree to disagree. Red, that was also in the only losing season they ever had and I think it was known that they were leaving town at that point (pretty sure).

I really don’t know how or why my experiences with the Knights is so different considering how often I went to their games. Their last season was the only one they weren’t very good at and ironically the only one I didn’t pay attention to, because I started driving that year and doing typical teenage stuff, but anywho.

All I know is I never saw them lose terribly (when I was there) and more often than not they won (again when I was there). For whatever reason the Omni also had large, loud happy crowds when I was there as well, so…I dunno what else to say. That’s my recollection and I vividly remember those days. To date I’ve seen games in several other NHL markets (none were traditional) and I swear, none of them have been as exciting as the Knights games I’ve been to and a lot of that has to do with the atmosphere.

HungryCoyote

November 5th, 2010
2:10 pm

Okay – We should all stop being so hard on “the boys”. They’re humans not trick-pony’s. And yes they are paid to be trick-pony’s for our delight, but they can’t give it 100% everygame all the time – no matter how much experience and practice they’ve had over the years.
We as “fans” shouldn’t be kicking them in the ribs-when they’re already face down in the mud. Let’s leave that all to Ramsay,Stothers,Torch,Malarchuk & Co.

Yes, they’ve had three bad home games(not including pre-season).But at least we’re not NJ or Buffalo! Be Happy.

kracker

November 5th, 2010
2:10 pm

I have it, a new marketing plan! Change the name to the Atlanta Turtles. Not because they are slow but because when they play on home ice they immediately drop and ‘turtle.’

HungryCoyote

November 5th, 2010
2:26 pm

kracker – “Change the name to the Atlanta Turtles…”

*Mississippi River Kings(CHL) already beat you to it,sort of. Sorry

stendek

November 5th, 2010
2:27 pm

Hi Chris. My thought. Professional teams MUST perform with fire and passion in front of home fans. PERIOD! Solid work on road is nice but home fronts MUST be defended. Teams should DREAD traveling to Philips Arena. The place is now a damn home away from home for other NHL groups. In a slump? Have a losing streak? A visit to that blue place in Atlanta is theraupeutic! Do not misread me. Not even championship caliber teams win ALL their home bouts. True contenders go all out at home even in defeat! Pretenders fold up tent. The Thrashers fit into latter group! The best fans could have hoped for against Columbus was a scoreless draw then a loss in the shootout. Pavs could not deliver. Not his fault. Game was over after first goal. EVERYONE KNEW IT! Thrashers were skating around aimlessly for 60 minutes then went to bar or wherever. Wondered if a few made bar trip PRIOR to matchup. Oh well. Wins will fill seats Chris. Dedicated play may even increase attendance drastically. Hear that Zachster? Ponder that until your NHL Hall Of Fame career concludes. The truth is the truth. STENDEK

stendek

November 5th, 2010
2:28 pm

Sorry Bill. Meant to change opening. Still angry as Hell about Zach remark. Sorry friend. STENDEK

stendek

November 5th, 2010
2:45 pm

I too believe a move to Canada is imminent. Mark those words. Depressed when Flames left. Distraught when Knights ceased operations. Exit of Thrashers. Ho hum. STENDEK

stendek

November 5th, 2010
2:52 pm

LOVE THIS…

Philadelphia 13 8 4 1 17 41 30 6-3-0 2-1-1 6-4-0
NY Rangers 12 6 5 1 13 35 36 2-3-1 4-2-0 5-4-1
Pittsburgh 13 6 6 1 13 37 33 2-4-0 4-2-1 5-4-1
NY Islanders 13 4 7 2 10 34 48 2-1-1 2-6-1 3-6-1
***New Jersey 14 4 9 1 9 25 45 0-4-1 4-5-0 3-7-0***

Great figure eights though! STENDEK

Thrashy Thrashy

November 5th, 2010
2:57 pm

It’s kinda like this:

Wins matter in order to get fans to show up in places like Atlanta. They don’t matter in Toronto. The Thrashers have never been any good, so they are rightly playing in front of sparse crowds at home. Zach Bogosian screwed up. If he can’t get up to play NHL opposition, the kind of opposition he has played hockey his whole life to face, then he can’t get up for anything. The way I see it, the mere fact that there is somebody on the other side of that red line is reason enough to be competitive every day. Throw in the fact that there are five other guys wearing the same jersey as you on your side of the ice and, well, there are no excuses for a lack of competitive fire.

I think Bogo can play, but somebody in that locker room should grab that kid by the scruff of his neck and help him find some old time hockey religion. The kind of effort we’ve seen the last two nights does not justify the ridiculous remark he made. The good thing is that he’s still a kid. Kids say and do stupid things. Let’s hope that he wakes the f*** up, realizes what he’s doing for a living, and takes some pride in his ability to be ready to play no matter how many are watching.

Willie B

November 5th, 2010
3:25 pm

Alan and your DERP ! It’s obvious you’ve been a FOLLOWER your entire life. Oh well, somebody has to be one.

Hockey Mom. Football is a good reason every year. It doesn’t pick up afterwards because the team is usually losing. People down here, besides true fans of the game, won’t follow a loser unless the last name is Earnhardt jr. Richt went from Hero to Zero in one year. This team is going to have a decent season and also going to make the playoffs so the fringe fans who can’t decide where to hang out will start coming to the arena for fun. Every loud cheer helps !

Spud Webb

November 5th, 2010
3:34 pm

Yea Bogo, I mean don’t make any comments, don’t wanna p&ss off all these bloggers. ahhahahaha
Maybe he should just get on here and blog about how poor attendence is?

biggest thrash tv fan

November 5th, 2010
3:43 pm

Dear Zach, You are a kid, you have no idea why the stands are empty, and for that I forgive you. Now if you want me personally to get to the game then this needs to happen.
1) Hire me a babysitter for my 2 year old
2) Have a shuttle bus from central gwinnett to the game.
3) Lower ticket prices by 1/3rd.
Thats all it takes, and I’ll be at every game. Now if you want to restore the love of your fans do this, have a scholarship for a family of 4 and buy them season tickets. There are a lot of folks out there that lost their jobs and can’t go to games anymore, but would love to go. Do that, and you’ll have more fans, and new fans. Good luck.

Michael

November 5th, 2010
3:45 pm

I think its pretty simple… DONT GET SHUTOUT 3-0 AT HOME AND EXPECT A FULL HOUSE, CAUSE U WILL BE LET DOWN.. people are freakin sick and tired of going down there and seing our guys get embarrassed, or just bored to death with the continuous skating circles figure 8 performance.. bogosian, mayb if you played half as good as your paycheck says you should, you could talk but dude..WAKE UP!!! your playing like garbage and muff cabbage..your an under performing, injury prone 20 year old who needs a reality check..STFU and play good hockey, then you can talk… After thrashers put together a nice 10 game stretch at home, where they do not get shutout once, and are competitive in each game…then bitch and complain about attendance..but we have seen several “stinkers” ALREADY this season and its just begun

Alan R.

November 5th, 2010
3:47 pm

It’s obvious you’ve been a FOLLOWER your entire life. Oh well, somebody has to be one.

I can’t wait to hear your explanation of this. Use complete sentences and cite your sources.

Michael

November 5th, 2010
3:48 pm

when a team comes out and plays the way they did last night, and then complain about attendance…that strikes a nerve with me bigtime..if they had won, or if they had been playing much better this season at home..then they could talk..but three stinkers already through such a limited amount of home games, in this economy, bozo..can you blame us?

Michael

November 5th, 2010
3:49 pm

Bogosian will now forever be referred to , by me anyway, as BOZO

Spud Webb

November 5th, 2010
3:50 pm

Did bogo say “i don’t care what the fans think” or something like that? Isn’t that what joe johnson said last year? That would p&ss me off.
Bogos comments are dead on…nothing wrong with what he said.

Red Light

November 5th, 2010
4:02 pm

Most “Sage” hockey fans and Kovalchuk realized what they were dealing with here when the Thrashers traded one of the top two-way forwards in the game for bit players and yet-to-be’s.

Since Marian Hossa’s last game in a Thrashers uniform, Philips Arena has hosted a total of 96 home games going into tomorrow night’s clash against the Chicago Blackhawks. In the 96 games since Hossa left, average attendance (tickets distributed) has dropped to 14,108 per game, down from the average of 15,858 per game in the 114 home games played with Hossa on the roster beginning Oct. 8, 2005.

Since Ilya Kovalchuk’s last game in a Thrashers sweater, Feb. 2, 2010, average attendance has dropped even further in the 20 home games since his departure to an average of 13,503 per game.

Since Hossa was dealt, the Thrashers have had just 38 games with the number of tickets distributed in excess of 15,000. During the Thrashers coveted 2006-07 playoff season alone, there were 28 occasions with more than 15,000 at Philips. And, 12 times that season there was more than 18,000, not including the two playoff games. The smallest crowd that season was 12,162 against the Devils on Jan. 7, 2007.

In my opinion, complete disenchantment/disenfranchisement didn’t really begin until that fateful 2007-08 season and the events leading up to the Hossa deal. Comments?

swede

November 5th, 2010
4:16 pm

Do you think we would be better with Guy Boucher as coach?
It seems like dudley only hire his “friends”

Sage of Bluesland

November 5th, 2010
4:48 pm

Some interesting comments–and laughing at Joe Friday as he proclaims to have “known all along” about Don Waddell…I seem to recall Joe preaching “patience” to me for a couple of years, as I began calling out Waddell from Draft-Day 2002…

Oh well, water under the bridge, revisionist-history, and all that….

Anyway, most comments are spot-on–and I’m in the camp that the really pointed quote from our young defenseman was words to the effect that they’ve come to expect a small crowd. That was the key comment, to me.

The person who pointed out that low attendance was merely a symptom is absolutely correct. It’s a symptom of a much bigger disease.

Too bad, like Joe Friday, many still argue with me….One day they will do a “Joe Friday” and proclaim they saw it all along…

(it DOES make me laugh, though…and I’ve had no shortage of sheep to laugh at over the many years!)

stendek

November 5th, 2010
4:54 pm

There is an NFL commercial showing Saints against Jets in middle of nowhere with one fan watching. Both teams are going at each other with vengeance. Know why? Both teams have pride! Take pride in being in Thrasher uniform Zach and others. Do not want to be in Atlanta? Void contract. Park butt on bench! Do not steal money by pulling a Kovalchuck or Maryanna. That is what angers true fans! Represent team proudly whether in front of one onlooker or 100,000. That is the definition of professional. Going all out from start to finish. Win or lose. That is all we fans require! Why is that so hard for you guys to get? STENDEK

Alan R.

November 5th, 2010
5:07 pm

That’s probably the best comment I’ve ever seen you make, Stendek. I agree with it.

LAC

November 5th, 2010
5:18 pm

Todd White on WAVIERS, Could be the “chance of the season” for this team ????

In ALL honesty, I now really have ZERO issue with zach being put on waivers, he plays AWFUL defense and has gone from decent offense to NOTHING offense.

Therefore “zach” is yet ANOTHER wasted first-round pick,… His defense is AWFUL,
I have seen Enough of his standing around !!! Go somewhere else and try to learn defense !!!!!

Michael

November 5th, 2010
5:33 pm

not to mention LAC that Zach cannot seem to EVER hit the damn net!! he is terrible, i would trade his ass or just release him.. oh and Stendec always makes good points

jerry

November 5th, 2010
5:53 pm

I have heard Darren Eliot state that Zach is a really good player…..and all the time I was thinking……WTF!!!!!

michael

November 5th, 2010
6:50 pm

wow alot of hateful people here. the kid never said “it’s the fans fault” and it doesnt even say what the reporter asked him before he said that you know he probably asked “was attendance an issue tonight?” what should he say no? he just said it was hard, but…go re read it… but its no excuse. does that sound like someone whos blaming the fans? because it sounds like a kid venting but also realizing it’s no excuse which is pretty dang mature.

LAC

November 5th, 2010
10:22 pm

I watched New Jersey chock again, 3-0 NYR.

The one thing that caught my eye was #17 had a big white A on his uniform…

You have to be KIDDING ????? The main issue with that team and he is an A now ????

Their coach has that “I know I’m gone” look on his face… Too Bad !

kracker

November 5th, 2010
10:31 pm

Btw, Zach is the guy that, based on his hot start last season until he got injured, I thought would score 20+. Looks like I may have taken the over on his goal total for this season.

Tom

November 5th, 2010
10:45 pm

LAC, I thought the same thing when I saw the A on #17’s jersey. I bet the coach was thrilled when word came down to do that after sitting Kovy just a couple of weeks ago.

Ilya is turning into the definition of a cancer. Did you see the dumb penalty he took to start the 3rd period tonight?

R. Stroz

November 5th, 2010
10:49 pm

Kovalchuk is the new Yashin.

alex

November 5th, 2010
11:34 pm

nothing wrong with bogo answer, everybody knowing that Atlanta special city in America, just one, nobody cares about pro sport, only college football and falcons when they relevant, braves justice talk about even in the midst of 14 years great run, hawks Johnson last year, now bogo, yes they want nothing but college football, need genius with deep pocket to run hockey here not cheap idiots asg, yesterday 680 am anchors chuck and chernoff complained that they got a lot of hate mail if they just one 3 min. segment from 3 hr show trying to talk hawks. think going to be revolt in Atlanta if somebody dare to pay attention to thrashers. the problem with bogo not his talk. but his play. he just mediocre defenseman, going backward, usual dw draft. could be next valabik. hope i am wrong. for asg it’s OK, they not able to keep stars. it very depressing.

ben

November 6th, 2010
1:25 am

“Remedial study sessions are, apparently, in order. Part of the problem in Phoenix is the fact they’re not even in Phoenix. They’re in Glendale. Putting the team in Alpharetta is going to create even more problems.”

Try Sandy Springs south to Buckhead north of Phipps

ben

November 6th, 2010
1:31 am

different group of folks up there. I think most of it boils down to a perception of unsafety and hatred of yankees on the part of native southerners in this town. move em out of downtown, things will change. Phx’s fans live across town, so it’s a different situation and there are plenty of folks who think college football is AAA for nfl in this town.

Alan R.

November 6th, 2010
1:36 am

The fans came out when the team was winning. The fans no longer come out after the team has been losing.

Moving the location of where the losing takes place isn’t going to get the fans in the building, unless that move is to Toronto.

ben

November 6th, 2010
1:51 am

my plan assumes knew owners who spend to the max. you’re competeing center ice. if you can’t sell your product in the seventh largest metro area in northern north America, you ain’t a major league i don’t care how many folks get their knickers in a twist if “colldedge footbawll!” isn’t conversated on 24 / 7 / 365. they’re not trying hard enough. as to hate mail about the hawks, if you don’t know there’s a race war in this town going on you don’t read the political blogs.

JT from Columbus

November 6th, 2010
9:00 am

Any more news on the possible ownership change?

lola

November 6th, 2010
9:53 am

All this Love/Hate talk has inspired my theme song on the MP3 for tonight: “Kiss Kiss Kill Kill” by the HorrorPops. GO THRASHERS!

LAC

November 6th, 2010
10:35 am

Tom, Yes I was very very surprised to see this. With all the distractions they have with everything now, 3-0 last night. That was the LAST thing I would have ever expected to see.

Dwayne

November 6th, 2010
12:26 pm

Thrashers win tonight. No doubt. Mark it down. Etch it in stone.

Alan R.

November 6th, 2010
12:31 pm

Any more news on the possible ownership change?

C-Viv posted about it in his “Attendance” blog. It looks like just another dead rumor.

Joe Friday

November 6th, 2010
3:56 pm

“I seem to recall Joe preaching “patience” to me for a couple of years, as I began calling out Waddell from Draft-Day 2002…”

You’re thinking of someone else, cousin. I have been disgusted with Waddell since Year 2 of the franchise, I never preached patience with him as I lost any hope in his ability to build a club very early on.

stendek

November 6th, 2010
7:45 pm

Another Thrasher defeat at Philips Arena! What else is new? Totally heartless display through 20 minutes. Losing to a bunch of untalented thugs from Illinois! Way to go all you uncaring a$$holes. What the Hell is pathetic Pavs doing in goal? Two damn marshmallow tallies and counting! Put Chris Mason in. Where is Mr Hockey Zach? Hiding under ice? Love all fans wearing Chicago garb in stands. Louder cheers after Hawk goals. As it should be! These quitters are losers with a capital L. Nauseating. Send em packing! STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
7:50 pm

Enter your comments hereThrasher penalty killing unit totally sucks! Zach on it? Would not doubt it. Pitiful Pavs has been damn sieve tonight. Thrasher goal fluke. Probably only one tonight. Look for visitors to tally three more. Uncaring Thrashers too busy counting fans wearing Hawk jersies. All least they are the stands Zach. Damn loser! Yo Hell with all the quitters. STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
7:56 pm

Anyone watching this laugher should switch over to one of the available football telecasts. Those college guys play with heart and intensity. That is something no one will see in any Thrasher tonight. Or, sadly, any other time. Those trapped in Phiulips Arena not rooting for Hawks should walk the Hell out. Now! STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
8:00 pm

More Thrasher shet! Thanks for nothing quitters. STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
8:02 pm

I hope every damn Hawk scores except that bestard Maryanna Hosebag! STENDEK

litz

November 6th, 2010
8:24 pm

halfway through the 2nd period (50% of the game done) ….

outshooting ‘em 24-18, and tied 3-3 … wild game!

stendek

November 6th, 2010
8:43 pm

Tell pathetic Pavs to get off the crack cocaine! What a terrible Kari Lehtonen type performance. Hey Craig Petrino! How about putting Chris Mason in? Several more goals will be too damn late. Pavs was in damn Buckhead when the tying goal slipped in! No damn excuse for this shet. STENDEK

litz

November 6th, 2010
8:44 pm

Jeez man, how much have you had to drink?

litz

November 6th, 2010
9:34 pm

Tied 4-4, and we are headed to overtime!

Shots are 34 to 37, after regulation.

(evidently SAGs are still an issue … 37 is too many)

HookyBob

November 6th, 2010
9:40 pm

I hope Marlachuk has been working with Pavs on shootouts.

litz

November 6th, 2010
9:43 pm

Still 4-4, onwards to the shootout.

Here’s hoping Pavs has finally learned how to block these …

litz

November 6th, 2010
9:49 pm

Well, that was a better shootout performance … stopped 2 of ‘em …

Tough loss, though … :-(

stendek

November 6th, 2010
9:57 pm

Way to go Chickenhawks! So what if you embarrassed a heartless group of Dodos at Philips Arena. Hell. A win is a win is a win right? Even over uncaring a$$holes like these guys! Pathetic Pavs gave up tying goal while he was behind net puffing reefer. Thanks guy! Complete waste of an evening. Losing streak continues. This group is completely clueless. To ******* Hell with all of em! Bestards. See that bigmouth Zach sucked again. Figures! STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
9:58 pm

Like losses Litz? I damn sure do not. So **** the Hell off! STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
10:00 pm

Thrashers burying hockey in Georgia! Maybe misery will not last much longer. Damn em all! Come back Knights. PLEASE! STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
10:00 pm

Thrashers burying hockey in Georgia! Maybe misery will not last much longer. Damn em all! Come back Knights. PLEASE! STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
10:05 pm

I cannot ice skate. I am legally blind. I have serious physical health concerns. I still believe I have a 50-50 chance of scoring on that idiot sieve Pavs. What a damn joke! Losing to Chicago. Chicago damn it! See Craig Petrino on. What a ******* putz. Moron jacka$$! STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
10:06 pm

Craig Petrino not fit to lead Pee Wee hockey squad. What a clueless bestard! Excuses galore. **** him! STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
10:14 pm

Idiot Craig Petrino whined that they were playing the Stanley Cup champions. Wah wah wah. Hey jerkoff. Last time I checked the Columbus Blue Jackets were not champions of any kind. They shut your quitters out on the same ice surface. Care to respond to that? Shove your damn excuses. Do not want to hear them from you any more than I did from John Petrino. Both of you bums are losers. Zach too! How was attendance tonight loser? What the Hell did you do? Said I would apologize to Zach and Thrashers for effort at home plus lengthy winning streak. Would show bit of pride. Players have no pride. Home losses will continue to pile up! Heartless. STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
10:24 pm

The only acceptable reason to pay good money to be at Philips Arena is if the team you root for is the opponent. There is no other sane reason! Players simply do not give a damn! Why the Hell should fans? STENDEK

Flagstaff

November 6th, 2010
10:41 pm

If that Pavelec wants to be a No. 1 goaltender, he needs to act like it. That means learning how to properly face shootouts/breakaways, playing consistently night in and night out… and NOT GOING OUT BEHIND THE NET AND LETTING THE OTHER TEAM GET AN EMPTY-NETTER!

Blue Oyster Cult

November 6th, 2010
10:44 pm

This blog needs more STENDICK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
10:49 pm

Test Chris Mason! I have seen enough of sieve Pavs. Fall to ice may have caused permanent disorientation! So bitterly disappointed with yet another heartless defeat at Philips Arena. Hate Chickenhawks! Starting to hate Thrashers even more. STENDEK

litz

November 6th, 2010
10:55 pm

The point Stendek is that WE ARE TIRED OF HEARING FROM YOU.

Same s**t, over and over and over and over again. In 8 separate posts, every 15 minutes.

Just can it already. I shudder to think at the number of people you – personally – have driven away from these blogs, that might otherwise have participated and offered reasonable commentary.

Go find a hole, crawl in it, and pull the dirt in over your head.

litz

November 6th, 2010
10:57 pm

Good grief Stendek …

Lemme be blunt … if you’re gonna drink or smoke or whatever the heck’s up with out … please do all the rest of us a favor and just don’t type anything.

The world is NOT ENDING. The team is NOT in the cellar.

Yes they could be playing better …

And frankly … the rest of us are tired of you.

stendek

November 6th, 2010
11:08 pm

Those who accept mediocrity by bending over have spoken. Enjoy it losers! Such apathetic attitudes mean that it is here to stay. **** *********** ****** *******. STENDEK @ _ @

stendek

November 6th, 2010
11:09 pm

BTW *****! There are sane folks here who agree with my wisdom. So…STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
11:21 pm

CAUTION: Critical of Thrashers. If such posts offensive please do not read!

Was terribly aggravated by attitude of Craig Petrino after defeat. Hey baldie, it WAS a defeat! Gushed about how well the guys performed. Made an average Chickhawk team sound like world beaters. They are not! Wonder if Thrashers got their autographs before opening faceoff. Sure were afraid to hit the Illinois bestards! Thrashers should have skated in blue dresses. Match their unphysical behavior. As hockey purist I was totally embarrassed. More dismayed and angered that sieve Pavs was allowed to start third period. Was well off game. Showed in yet another pitiful shootout choke. One underserved pity point. On home ice. Whoop dee do. STENDEK

Rawhide

November 6th, 2010
11:44 pm

Let me ask you guys something…when the game went to a shootout, did you find yourself wondering if Ramsay wouold pull a “Bob Hartley” and pull Pavalec in favor of Mason?

I did, as I explain in the new blog entry.