Time for our annual trip to Thrasherville’s NHL team adoption center

One of the nice things about subscribing to the NHL Center Ice package is that fans in the east can follow teams out west…and vise-versa I suppose. Given that we only get a chance see west teams once, maybe twice, a year when the Thrashers play them, Center Ice provides fans of the sport with a great way to follow them throughout the season.

Though Eric Staal was able to get this shot past him, Kari Lehtonen has had success with his new Dalas Stars team so far this season (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

Though Eric Staal was able to get this shot past him, Kari Lehtonen has had success with his new Dallas Stars team so far this season (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

One of the things I wind up doing is picking one or two teams in the Western Conference to watch consistently…or “adopt”, if you will…and follow their progress through the NHL campaign.

Some of you have made your way to Thrashervillefrom cities like Chicago, Detroit or some other Western Conference town. So for you the choice is always an easy one. But being a semi-native Georgian…lived here most of my life…I hold true loyalties to just one team, the Thrashers Anyone else is but a passing fancy.

But for a number of seasons, my adopted team was the San Jose Sharks. They’ve iced very good squads throughout the years, consistently jockeyed for playoff positioning and usually played a very entertaining style of hockey.

But last fall I moved away from the Sharks…partly because of so many playoff disappointments, partially because of Dany Heatley and partly because, well, I just wanted to find a new team.

To that measure, I began watching the Chicago Blackhawks closely. I’m certain I wasn’t alone in that given how good they were coming into the season. It was the “chic” pick, I suppose.

But as things turned out, I was able to follow them all the way to the Stanley Cup. And when Byfuglien, Ladd, Eager, Sopel and Torchetti made their way here last summer, it was as if familiar faces were heading to town as I had kind of gotten to know them and had an appreciation for what they brought with them.

Which west coast team will you be adopting this season?

  • Anaheim (4%, 6 Votes)
  • Calgary (8%, 13 Votes)
  • Chicago (7%, 12 Votes)
  • Colorado (12%, 19 Votes)
  • Columbus (3%, 5 Votes)
  • Dallas (8%, 13 Votes)
  • Detroit (9%, 15 Votes)
  • Edmonton (5%, 8 Votes)
  • Los Angeles (9%, 15 Votes)
  • Minnesota (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Nashville (10%, 16 Votes)
  • Phoenix (7%, 12 Votes)
  • San Jose (3%, 5 Votes)
  • St. Louis (5%, 8 Votes)
  • Vancouver (9%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 164

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So now that we’re roughly a quarter of the way through this season, and we have a few days between games, let’s take our annual trip down to the Thrasherville NHL Team Adoption Center and see if there’s one you’d like to adopt from the west coast. Of course, maybe some of you have already picked out a favorite. Either way, I’d like to know which one(s) you’ve chosen and why.

As for me, well…I’m torn between a couple of them.

First there’s the Dallas Stars who are trying to work their way back to the playoffs after failing to qualify last year. They are doing so without longtime star and fan-favorite Mike Modano and with former Thrashers netminder Kari Lehtonen. Kari has done pretty well for himself in the Lone Star State, currently with a record of 13-7-2, a .915 SV% and 2.59 GAA. Maybe a little change of scenery was just what the doctor ordered for Lehts, eh?

Like the Thrashers, Dallas as been getting some very balanced scoring as four players have 9 or more goals and four have 20+ points on the year. Brad Richards leads the way with 12 goals and 19 assists going into Wednesday night’s action in Chicago.

The Stars are currently atop the Pacific Division, but Phoenix is right on their spurs.

The other squad that’s caught my attention is the Edmonton Oilers. Not because I think they are going anywhere soon, but I’m curious to see how that franchise works themselves back into a contenting team in the season’s to come.

They certainly are seeing dividends already from taking Taylor Hall with last summer’s first overall draft pick. He’s scored 9 goals and 6 assists already and he’s really going to be something special in this league as he grows and matures.

Edmonton is currently showing some signs of improvement over last year’s disappointing showing. Prior to dropping a 3-2 loss in a shootout to the Anaheim Ducks, the Oilers had rattled off four straight and are now 6-2-2 in their last 10 games played.

Oh yeah…and there’s always the Flames. I guess I’ll always keep an eye on what they’re doing given their Atlanta roots. I especially like watching them play homes games…that sea of red jerseys is nothing but impressive.

115 comments Add your comment

ben

December 8th, 2010
10:25 pm

first daytwah or oil

:)

December 8th, 2010
10:49 pm

I don’t really like any of the Western teams. I go for the Panthers (which I guess is kind of bad since they’re in our division) as a secondary team.

hoosier_hoser

December 8th, 2010
11:05 pm

Rawhide!

Different thought — Is there any way to pickup broadcasts of the Chicago Wolves. I’ll have to program “Chicago Wolves” into my TiVo. I would much rather watch Pettersson than Heatley.

Nate

December 8th, 2010
11:23 pm

‘Hawks – Been following them since ‘07. I see no reason to change now. Their match-up with the Thrash earlier this year was a dream game for me and I’m glad I was able to attend.

cousin Eddie

December 8th, 2010
11:27 pm

Have to go with Phoenix. I’m a sucka for underdogs, plus they are very entertaining to watch.

Brendan

December 9th, 2010
12:22 am

Every year, I pick two (2) Western Conference teams to follow on Center Ice. My first team is the Los Angeles Kings. I think this team has been very patiently built for over half a decade. Now, at long last, they have made the playoffs and are poised to return, probably with home ice for a round or two. The second Western Conference team is the Phoenix Coyotes. Again, this is a franchise that has two (2) total playoff series wins to its credit, dating back to 1979-80, when they were the Winnipeg Jets. It’s a tough call, every year, for me. Last year, I picked the Kings and the Wild. I gave a lot of thought to the Columbus Blue Jackets this year. We look at them (Blue Jackets) as a ‘measuring stick’ to our own situation, here in thrasherville. Historically, I like the Nashville Predators. I was very tempted to pick them, too.

But, for this season, I truly feel the Kings and Coyotes are deserving of support, for their many years of suffering and planning, to get where they are now. It’s nice to see those clubs able to make a splash in free agency. Good for them! I’d love to see a Kings-Coyotes CF. I am hoping the Minnesota Wild make the playoffs, as well as the Nashville Predators. I’d love to see the Edmonton Oilers escape the lottery draft this season. For many native Atlantans, I think there’s still sentiment for the Calgary Flames.

SomaAtl95

December 9th, 2010
12:27 am

A few years ago it was the Ducks and Wings, last year was a 3 way tie between the Hawks, Sharks, and Yotes. All 3 teams had some exciting post season games and watching the Habs climb their way up in the East (with PK Suban no less) made my blood pressure rise, so I followed the west during the playoffs. The Sharks were fast, the Hawks had the swagger (and I really wanted the Marion Hossa story to end because it was getting really old) and I liked seeing the Yotes battle their butts off and had a full arena of fans – for a few minutes those team poachin Canadians had to eat crow and see a full crowd in Glendale and I’m sure it led to Molson abuse.
Cup final was Hawks all the way – Atlanta swept the Flyers last season and I was ticked that a team we could shut down last season was in the final. If last years squad had not given up key games late in the season (cough, BOSTON, cough) we could have had that “Miracle” chance.
This year we don’t need a Miracle. We finally have a team.

Nix

December 9th, 2010
12:49 am

The first hockey team I ever saw live was the Atlanta Flames down at the Omni. Now that they’re in Calgary, I still root for them, so long as they’re not playing us.

scottbravesfan

December 9th, 2010
2:12 am

I usually keep an eye on the Stars and I’ll root for the Preds as well. Got to root for the other southern teams to do well.

FormerIslesFan

December 9th, 2010
6:26 am

I tend to keep an eye on the Preds as well. I think there is a certain kinship b/w the Southern teams, especially the ones that the Canadian media is threatening to move whenever possible. I also find the Preds fans that come to the Bulb to be some of the nicest hockey fans of the opposing teams to have in our building (if we have to have them at all!!). Having a cousin and a brother-in-law in Nashville also helps. Lastly, if there is any team in the West that I’m going to get a chance to see live (i.e. “Road Trip”), it’s the Preds. Their building is fantastic (both the buidling itself and its location) and if you get the chance to go there, especially for a Preds/Thrash game you really should!

World Be Free

December 9th, 2010
7:39 am

Colby cheese has been playing better since coming back from injury. Also, on Shea Weber, he had a nice cross check on Zetterberg at the end ot the Wings-Preds game last night. Weber is an RFA after this season, I wonder if anyone will go after him if he does not resign with Nashville before July 1?

Kinda funny watchjing Criosby “mix it up” last night a little, then have Goon Goddard come in to his protection. Sid, if you are going to try and be tough in any way, at least make an effort to back it up. Goddard has little place in today’s game cuz he can’t do anything but fight.

Anyone see the end of the Philly/San Jose game last night? SJO comes back, Philly scores in OT but the goal went into the net .01 seconds after the buzzer. Sharks win in OT.

World Be Free

December 9th, 2010
7:42 am

I adopted Edmonton, having “followed” Chicago and Calgary in previous years. I like the Oilers young team, they are making a move forward and that’s good to see. Taylor Hall is going to be a star.

Hip Czech

December 9th, 2010
7:52 am

Last year I sort of adopted the LA Kings because I thought there were some similarities with the Thrashers (I guess there still are, they both ‘lost’ out on Kovalchuk :-) ).

However, I’m just not getting the same feeling for LA this year…some teams are right out – Detroit and Chicago, most I don’t really care about. This year I’m picking the Preds also for the southern kinship and similar team makeup – no superstars, just blue collar hard work.

Colorado would probably be the second choice, with Vancouver the team of choice of the ‘cup favorites’.
Colorado

Mike W

December 9th, 2010
8:12 am

I agree with cousin Eddie, Phoenix. They can relate to the Thrashers. Attendance, ownership problems, all that.

thebighairybeast

December 9th, 2010
8:26 am

I always have a place in my heart for the Ducks. I was first turned on to hockey in High School when I went to a knights game. Having no NHL team in Atlanta at the time, the NHL had just added Anaheim. So they became my team. Faloon, Selianov, Noonan and other superstars graced the Ducks those early years. Then they got Kariya and Selanne and were really fun to watch.

I also keep an eye on Nashville. Been to a few games up there. Good people and fun times.

BlueSpark

December 9th, 2010
8:26 am

WBF – SJO @ PHI was crazy. I turned it on in the 3rd just in time to see it go 4-1 PHI, much to my chagrin. Stepped out of the room and came back and it was 4-4. SJO inning in the SO after having that OT goal disallowed was priceless.

I only pick a Western team once the playoffs start, probably because I don’t have Center Ice. I’m not sure who it will be yet. It WON’T be Detroit, or Colorado. It’s usually not Dallas, but I have a soft spot in my heart for stendek’s sworn enemy, Sorry Letemin.

LAC

December 9th, 2010
8:46 am

I have attended a number of St,Louis games over the years, first at the Checkerdome and later at the new arena, whatever name it is this year, it’s been three so far I think.

So I have a mild interest in watching them, plus having met Dan Kelly, who was OUTSTANDING,
I enjoy how the Blues cover their games on TV and I enjoy listening to John Kelly call the games.

Darren Pang does a good job and Bernie Ferderko is a good color guy.

I wish we would get between the benches once in awhile… Would be interesting.

And I Still have an interest in the Flames, albeit it’s been 30 years… Yes 30 years since cousins did
what he did, The BASTARD ! Remember… The Flames were the FIRST team with Atlanta connections to Win it all. Always remember Cliff Fletcher saying after the Stanley Cup Win,
“I hope all of our fans in Atlanta are enjoying it as much as we are here”. Great !

Monkey

December 9th, 2010
8:50 am

Even thought we dropped CI this season…I still keep an eye on my Old Flame.
Was a fan when they were here and still love that Flaming A logo: Calgary Flames.

World Be Free

December 9th, 2010
8:56 am

We are all dancing on Kovalchuk, but I have a feeling Ilya is going to get hot at some point this season. Just a hunch.

Rawhide

December 9th, 2010
9:03 am

Nix – Nice to see a post from you again, my friend. I hope you’ve been well.

Different thought — Is there any way to pickup broadcasts of the Chicago Wolves. I’ll have to program “Chicago Wolves” into my TiVo. I would much rather watch Pettersson than Heatley.

hoosier_hoser – Hmmm…I dunno. Let me see if I can “effort” that information for you.

Last year I sort of adopted the LA Kings because I thought there were some similarities with the Thrashers (I guess there still are, they both ‘lost’ out on Kovalchuk).

Hip Czech - :lol: Har-har-har-har…

Lastly, if there is any team in the West that I’m going to get a chance to see live (i.e. “Road Trip”), it’s the Preds. Their building is fantastic (both the buidling itself and its location) and if you get the chance to go there, especially for a Preds/Thrash game you really should!

FIF – The Blueland Chronicle boys and I did the Nashville roadie last January. It was right after the snow storm that hit that area…quite a time. There were several hundred Thrashers fans that made that trip, most taking the bus up there then returning right after the game. But the five of us stayed behind and hit just about every honky-tonk bar on the way back to the hotel.

A good time was certainly had, needless to say.

However, I still have Tennessee detectives showing up at my door with pictures of Big Shooter asking if I know of the whereabouts of this gentleman.

…shrugs…

What happens in Nash-vegas, stays in Nash-vegas.

iamtheratio

December 9th, 2010
9:19 am

On Feb 3rd we play Calgary in Atlanta. If fans wear their old Atlanta Flames jerseys, which team are they rooting for? :D :D :D

Zombie Steve

December 9th, 2010
9:20 am

The Kings were my favorite team as a kid; before the Thrashers existed. This was mainly because of the Luc Robitaille and Wayne Gretzky tandem back in NHL ‘94

Dung Waddell

December 9th, 2010
9:35 am

Oh no….my sign just blew away.

Does anyone have a crayon and a piece of paper?

Rawhide

December 9th, 2010
9:48 am

Hey gang…when you make your way to Philips tomorrow night, remember to bring an unwrapped toy for the Thrashers Operation Homefront Georgia, which assists families of our service members and wounded warriors. Any donations will be greeted with a voucher good for tickets to any game in the month of January, (while supplies last).

You can also make donations at any metro area Kia Motors retailers.

Big Shooter

December 9th, 2010
9:49 am

Rawhide – Glad to see you haven’t given me up to the authorities that easily…

R. Stroz

December 9th, 2010
9:53 am

Big Shooter – There’s still time.

Rawhide

December 9th, 2010
9:55 am

Big Shooter – If one of us goes down…we all go down. I’m just glad no one was taking pictures.

Guyman33

December 9th, 2010
10:17 am

Last night on “NHL on the Fly”, the Thrashers had 3 of the top ten goals of the week played, all called by the great Dan Kamal. I must say that Dan Kamal is by far the best play by play man out there, and I grew up with Jiggs McDonald and the Flames. Nobody comes close to his calls. Thanks Dan.

Hoof Arted

December 9th, 2010
10:20 am

I like what they are doing in Colorado. They didn’t take 4 or 5 years to get back into the playoff picture after missing the postseason a couple years back. Good looking team they are.

Hope we can get 2 points again from them tomorrow.

Mrs. Zoomo

December 9th, 2010
10:24 am

San Jose for no other reason than that I love their jersey. Teal is one of my favorite colors and there is just something about that shark biting the hockey stick in half. Yes, I know this is a typical woman’s reponse.

AtlFlamesFan

December 9th, 2010
10:28 am

I usually wear my Flames jersey to games. However, to avoid any misunderstandings, I will be wearing my TrueBlue when the Flames are visiting.
My heart will always be with the Atlanta Flames, but they no longer exist.
Go Thrash!

Alan R.

December 9th, 2010
10:30 am

We are all dancing on Kovalchuk, but I have a feeling Ilya is going to get hot at some point this season

Unless the coach gives Kovalchuk the green light to do whatever he wants, he’s not going to capitalize on anything.

Joe Friday

December 9th, 2010
10:30 am

‘Hawks. Grew up on Hull, Espo, Mikita, Magnusen, then Larmer, Savard, Secord et al. I figure if they survived Dollar Bill, we can survive these Dollar Bill wannabes. Here’s Buf in a fine singing appearance doing the old intro song they did before Dollar Bill took them off TV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R16i-6cjsaI&feature=related

and of course the only two words that matter to a Hawks’ fan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1BFfTf8MNE

Was watching their tilt last night and saw Jeremy Morin pot his first NHL goal. Kid’s going to be a good one, he may stick with the club even after they get healthy.

Joe Friday

December 9th, 2010
10:31 am

whoa, what’s this?:

Joe Friday Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Rawhide

December 9th, 2010
10:39 am

Joe Friday – I think it was the multiple links….shrugs…I dunno.

Anywhooo….the comment was set free.

Mrs. Zoomo – Yeah…typical! :cool: But that’s OK.

Looking forward to sitting with you, Zoomo and Lil Zoomo tomorrow night in section 204. What row did Karin put ya’ll in?

Guyman33 – I totally agree with you about Dan Kamal. He’s the best in my book. And he is truly a genuine character….just as nice and approachable as can be.

Can’t say enough nice things about The Grand Kamalian.

da' boomer

December 9th, 2010
10:43 am

Guyman33 – I second your Jiggs and Kamal comments. Used to take my radio to the Flames games and listen even though I was there
Sort of like the Blues as my 1st exposure to hockey was in the late 60s (yikes!) listening to Dan Kelly and Gus Kyle call their games on KMOX.
It’s hard, but I like the Sharks. My 10 yr old nephew play Pee-Wee hockey at their practice facility and has met pretty much the entire team, got autographs,etc and they are all great guys. They even took time during the playoffs last year for this, too. All except that ginormous douche Heatly. My sister says he NEVER has any interaction with the kids and always sneaks out the back or hides until everyone has gone.
Follow the Preds, too. I have friend in Nashville and we always do a home and home. Good building & great downtown area for pre & post game fun.
GO THRASHERS!!

Rawhide

December 9th, 2010
10:46 am

BTW…I like how every team has at least one vote up there.

Mrs. Zoomo

December 9th, 2010
11:00 am

Hey Rawhide – because of our late order, our tickets are at Will Call – but our t-shirts arrived yesterday!

Tom Lysiak

December 9th, 2010
11:06 am

I do like Dan Kamal, but I have to say to me there was nobody better than Jiggs calling a game. I bought a pocket radio just to take to games at the Omni so I could also listen to Jiggs. I love the old-school Flames logo on Opies mask, as well as the shout-out to Phil Myre. Like someone else mentioned here, I will always pull for the Flames……except when we play them. Now I bleed blue. Go Thrashers!!!

FormerIslesFan

December 9th, 2010
11:07 am

Not trying to make this a Jiggs McDonald lovefest, but I totally agree that he was/is one of the best. I grew up and Isles’ fan (Duh5) and I always remember the combination of Jiggs/Eddie Westfall calling the Isles’ games during the Dynasty years.

Rawhide

December 9th, 2010
11:08 am

Mrs. Zoomo – Gotcha. Well, either way me and my fam will see you and yours down there. Remember to circle Jan. 14 on your calendar too. We’ll be doing something similar that night as well…

Dandylions

December 9th, 2010
11:16 am

I’m just glad no one was taking pictures. Are you sure? And, is it Friday yet?

Rawhide

December 9th, 2010
11:19 am

And, is it Friday yet?

Dandylions – Well…it is in Australia :grin:

da' boomer

December 9th, 2010
11:19 am

and speaking of the Flames….I am living for the day when I get a chance to sneak up behind Tom Cousins and giving him the ultimate kidney punch. I know he’s and old man, but he stole my youth.

Tom Lysiak

December 9th, 2010
11:23 am

da’ boomer – Best of luck with that!!!

moriler

December 9th, 2010
11:39 am

Born in MI, and I was waving a broom in ‘97 when the Dead Wings got rid of the moniker for good, so yeah, the choice is an easy one for me. :D

moriler

December 9th, 2010
11:41 am

plus, I was at Philips for the (blowout, of course) Game 2 of the opening season, wearing my Wings jersey and a Thrashers cap I had bought on the spot :D Kinda miss the days when it was OK to do that, honestly — everyone knew we needed all the transplants to come watch :)

Jason

December 9th, 2010
11:41 am

Come playoff time, I tend to pull for Western Canadian teams (Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary) more than anyone else. Since I have an Atlanta Flames jersey on my list of things I am asking Santa to bring for Christmas, I would probably lean more towards them.

Dwayne

December 9th, 2010
11:50 am

Hey Cousin Eddie, are you wearing your white shoes, green double knit slacks, white pull over sweater with the black dickey to the Thrasher game tomorrow night??? I sure hope so!!!

Alan R.

December 9th, 2010
11:50 am

everyone knew we needed all the transplants to come watch

We still do, really. Only, those transplants need to come out on a more consistent basis. ;)

Old Time Hockey

December 9th, 2010
11:51 am

I like Kamal most of the time, I just wish he’d do better at finishing the call instead of screaming with excitement (”Along the right wall…pass across the crease and AHHHHHHHHHHH!”). He’s doing radio, not television. I actually grew up listening to Marv Albert call Ranger games in the late 60’s, early 70’s (”Kick save and a beauty!”). My pick for a western team to watch is the California Golden Seals….what do you mean they’re not around anymore? Seriously, watching the Flames games with the sea of red is impressive.

At first glance Sid the kid is annoying to watch because he’s such a pest. But two things changed my mind. One is even though he is an elite player, he will get his nose a little dirty (even if he’s got a buddy lurking behind him to clean up). I’ve noticed that he spends a lot of time irritating the opposition just enough for them to sometimes lose focus (a la Ben Eager). It’s a little thing, but if the opposition is spending time looking for payback, they’re not focused on their game.

Second, the guy is a scoring machine with hands of gold.

razorneck13

December 9th, 2010
12:02 pm

I don’t know who else I’d select (”adopt”), maybe Vancouver, nice city, cool uniforms…always dug em. Boring and shallow I know, sorry.

On the Kovi thing being brought up…bad deal all the way around. I wouldn’t say Kovy looked like a good fit in NJ last year even. They aren’t geared for offense only (of course Kovy is), in fat we all know the opposite. They basically trapped their way to the top in years past, that’s their schtick. Kovy is a right handed (yes. that’s key to his preferred position) left winger who is now playing as a right winger, cuz they won’t move any lesser talent to the opposite wing in order to capitalize on their $100m man. STUPID!!! Stupid all the way around, on Kovy’s part and Lou’s.

I keep thinking how much I abhor that part of NJ too, it’s an armpit. Sorry if that offends you, if it makes you feel better so is much of Atlanta. I would much rather have signed with oh I dunno…THE KINGS! Imagine how that would have worked. Clearly a much better fit for all involved.

World Be Free

December 9th, 2010
12:12 pm

I can’t releate too much to Phoenix cuz they had a great year last year, finished 4th in their conference and played well in the playoffs. we have yet to win a playoff game. I hope they can make it in Phoenix, if for no other reason to spite Winnipeg. Why send a franchise back to Winnnipeg after they failed to keep their original team? Same with Quebec City-these are not entitilements.

World Be Free

December 9th, 2010
12:26 pm

LAC-Dan Kelley and Gus Kyle / one of the best play by play – color teams ever. I used to listen to them on KMOX growing up. Root for St. Louis if you are looking for a team that has yet to win a Stanley Cup.

Blue Spark-is it me or are the Flyers missing something in their lineup? Pronger has gone back to being the wall flower he was most of last season before he woke up in the playoffs. They are not very strong down low in their defensive zone at all. The Flyers’ announcers were major “homers” last night too.

Alan R-I am counting on the Devils “cutting Kovy loose”, giving him more freedom. The Devils have little choice if they are going to right their ship.

Joe Friday-add Bill White to your list of Hawk greats-solid defenseman.

World Be Free

December 9th, 2010
12:36 pm

Back to Tronna for a second-Leafs are using Phil Kessel as a centerman! Problem is he is not a natural pivot. You can’t do that with a guy who is a finisher. Put the guy back on the wing and give him a center who will feed him the puck. The nightmare in Toronto continues.

Also, is it me or has the shadow of doubt crept into the Washington Capitals? Questions in goal, a largely immoble defense and the wonderment of when Ovechkin will evolve into a true leader – these elements are dogging the Caps. Anything less than a Cup in Washington is a failure. And now they can’t beat the Atlanta Thrashers. The Thrashers are strarting to look like the old Atlanta Falmes, by becoming nemisis to certain teams that can’t beat the Thrash, at home or away.

Alan R.

December 9th, 2010
12:39 pm

Alan R-I am counting on the Devils “cutting Kovy loose”, giving him more freedom. The Devils have little choice if they are going to right their ship.

This is too true. They have their hundred million dollar man, now they’ve got to find a way to make it work.

Adam

December 9th, 2010
12:39 pm

I’m with ya Joe and echo your statements. That’s also why I can’t seem to warm up to Dallas, I just don’t see myself ever rooting for the Stars. Be it North or South…

During the last decade and a half during the dark days in Chitown I rooted for the Av’s so they will always be my 2nd team in the west.

Sink

December 9th, 2010
12:45 pm

I have been reading this blog for a while now so I figured it was time to start posting. I have only been a hockey fan for about a year and a half now. So, I am still pretty new to the sport but I am learning fast.
The only other team that I actually follow is the Minnesota Wild.

Thrasher Blue Through and Through

Adam

December 9th, 2010
12:51 pm

Regarding Dan Kamal. I think he’s hockey’s version of Dio, a little man with a big voice. When I watch game on TV or streamed online I mute the audio and stream 680.

Great guy in person as well. I always enjoy talking to him, doesn’t have to be hockey talk either.

Jason

December 9th, 2010
12:59 pm

I love Kamal, but my main issue with him is that he doesn’t HAVE to come up with something cute every time we score. We can score a game-winning goal and the call goes something like “I know you’re trying to get to expert level on Rock Band, but listen up! Thrashers win 4-3!”

Zoomo

December 9th, 2010
1:04 pm

Funny side note: Was in the doctor’s office yesterday and was thumbing through a copy of Points North magazine, when I saw picture on the editor’s page and thought….don’t I know that guy? Why yes, yes I do!…it was our very own Red Light!

Rawhide

December 9th, 2010
1:12 pm

Sink – Ya know, just the other day I thought to mayself that this blog…with all the contributors found here in the comments section…had just about everything but the kitchen sink.

Well…I guess we now have that too. :cool:

Welcome.

Same goes to “: )“, Mike W and all the other newbies we seem to be getting all the time.

J-man

December 9th, 2010
1:18 pm

World Be Free – Dan Kelly was DA MAN! Glad someone else here remembers him. I used to listen to the Blues on the radio at night after the Flames left town because it was difficult in those days to get many games on TV so I just sort of adopted the Blues for a while. I remember hearing a roast in his honor and one of the speakers did an imitation of Kelly calling baseball but getting confused and using hockey terms. It was hilarious.

Joe Friday

December 9th, 2010
1:20 pm

“I’m with ya Joe and echo your statements. That’s also why I can’t seem to warm up to Dallas, I just don’t see myself ever rooting for the Stars. Be it North or South…”

Yep, hate ‘em. I was the biggest Buffalo bandwagon fan around that year (his skate was in the crease, asterik on that Cup!).

“During the last decade and a half during the dark days in Chitown I rooted for the Av’s so they will always be my 2nd team in the west.”

Yep, and I’m sure you were a fan of the Foote, Sakic, Forsberg et al Avs for the same reason I was . . . cause they were then the Wings biggest rival since we sucked (Claude Lemeiux is daman).

Joe Friday

December 9th, 2010
1:27 pm

“add Bill White to your list of Hawk greats-solid defenseman.”

I have no recollection of him, but I looked him up and see his d partner on the Hawks was Pat Stapelton, who’s son Mike Stapelton played for us.

@not_CThorburn

December 9th, 2010
1:34 pm

Recent Thrashers success matches up with the return of the McRib. Coincidence? I think not.

Chris

World Be Free

December 9th, 2010
1:43 pm

J-Man I had a chance to see Dan Kelley on a regular basis in the 80’s when CTV (in Canada) bought the rights to Friday night NHL games, just like Hockey night in Canada has for Saturday nights. Dan Kelley called the games until he was struck with cancer, died way too soon at 52. Ron Roesch was Kelley’s color man on CTV in thoise days, he took over play/play when Keely got sick. CTV lost the Friday rights after a few years, too bad they did a good job. No HNIC B/S with idiots like Don Cherry.

Joe Friday-Bill White was the Hawks’ number 1 defensive d-man in the early to mid 70’s. He started with the LA Kings and was traded to the Hawks in 1970. Old school defenseman, but not cheap in any way.

kracker

December 9th, 2010
1:48 pm

Stars, Preds, Coyotes, the Oil for the already stated reasons. CBJ because they have been prennial losers about as long as have the Thrash.

Mikey

December 9th, 2010
1:56 pm

I already had tickets for tomorrow night’s game otherwise I would be joining Rawhide’s Rowdies in 204. I may swing by and say hi though.

You mentioned a few days ago something about another ticket deal for the 1/14 games against the Flyers. If so then I want a piece of that action. It’d be a blast to join the blogmaster and Thrasherville’s finest online fan club to cheer on our team.

As for western teams, I’m following the Coyotes. They and the fans out there have gone through so much crap these past few years and it’s great to see them playing well in spite of it all.

Adam

December 9th, 2010
2:04 pm

You got it Joe. During the mid to late 90’s the Av’s vs Wing Nutz had to be the biggest rivalry in the NHL. Those were some great playoff series.

A good friend of mine sold his sole to the devil and became a Wings fan when Chelios signed there. We used to have a trade show every May and for several years that match up was at the same time. We’d be in the hotel bar hootin & hollering till the wee hours when the games were in Denver.

On a related Blake Sloan went to high school at Niles West with that same buddy. When the Stars won it all Blake had a party the the bar he bounced at for his day with the Cup. Now whenever I one up him I get to hear how he got to drink from the cup… :(

Bluestreak

December 9th, 2010
2:17 pm

I always adopt Calgary. That team should have never left Atlanta. I wasn’t old enough to remember when the Flames played in the city where their name makes sense, but I still feel drawn to them.

We should have pulled a Browns and the city keep the name until a new team came around.

Bill

December 9th, 2010
2:30 pm

Phoenix all the way. Similar situation as ATL – start winning and fans will show up. It happened last year when it became clear that the Coyotes were playoff bound. It’ll happen again (and hopefully with sponsors too!!) when the city of Glendale and NHL both approve Michael Hulsizer as the new and stable owner. Looking for a good crowd at Philips tomorrow vs. the Avs!!

Zombie Steve

December 9th, 2010
2:30 pm

Bluestreak – But then ATL wouldn’t have the neato trifecta of bird themed pro sports teams!

kracker

December 9th, 2010
2:32 pm

As for Kovy, I no longer harbor any ill feelings toward Kovalchuk, nor do I want the Devils to miss the playoffs and be a lottery team…..why is my nose growing longer??

AtlFlamesFan

December 9th, 2010
2:33 pm

I love listing to Dan Kelley’s call of “The Goal”: “…Bobby Orr, behind the net to Sanderson; ORR, BOBBY ORR, for the Boston Bruins, have won the Stanley Cup… As Bobby Orr, their 22 year old sensation….”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9eAsbA0SoU&feature=fvst

Also, back in the 80’s I used a recording of Kelley calling an Edmonton Oiler-Paul Coffey end-to-end goal as the background to my phone answering machine message. With apologies to Jiggs, none better than Dan Kelley.

kracker

December 9th, 2010
2:35 pm

WBF – Put the guy…on the wing and give him a center who will feed him the puck.

Where have I heard that before??

Rawhide

December 9th, 2010
2:40 pm

Mikey – We will indeed be doing a ticket special for the January 14th game when the Flyers come to town. Stay tuned for more details. Those in the Thrashers ticket and marketing department are happy with the response to tomorrow night’s ticket special and we’re working on doing something similar, if not better.

Bluestreak – I hear ya. I’ve never been a fan of names moving with franchises when they move to other cities. I mean…take the NBA Jazz for instance. The name worked in New Orleans…but in Utah? Really?

Great state Utah…but not the place I think of regarding jazz music.

Larry

December 9th, 2010
2:41 pm

For me it’s Detroit. Grew up there, started following hockey as a kid in the late 60’s when the Wings started to decline, then had to endure oh about 20 years of suckage (bad owner before Mike Illitch, incompetent GMs, bad coaches, bad players – hmmm where have we seen that movie, prior this year)? Nonetheless, I attended as many games as I could during the Dead Things era.

BUT – here’s the important thing – after enduring all that pain and suffering for years, when I finally saw Steve Yzerman raise that first Stanley Cup over his head, gosh was that sweet. Had tears rolling down my face, not ashamed to say. Point is, it was made more special by having been a fan during the long dark days (to give you an example, for a while the Wings had a GM named Ned Harkness, who was awful – we referred to his era as “Darkness with Harkness”).

So yes I’m a transplant, too, but now also a diehard Thrashers fan and STH for 5 years. You can be both a fan of your “birth team” and a new team – though my head wants to burst when I see the Thrash play the Wings… emotional conflict and all that. Though on the Wings last visit to Philips last month I was hoping for a Thrashers win in overtime. Didn’t enjoy seeing the Wings get their butts handed to them, but was proud of my Thrashers and glad they got the two points.

Joe Friday

December 9th, 2010
2:51 pm

“A good friend of mine sold his sole to the devil and became a Wings fan when Chelios signed there.”

That’s so wrong I don’t even know where to start. A week from Friday is Cheli night in Chicago:
http://blackhawks.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=538645

Niles West? I was a NTE kid, what bar?

Joe Friday

December 9th, 2010
2:54 pm

“We will indeed be doing a ticket special for the January 14th game when the Flyers come to town. Stay tuned for more details. Those in the Thrashers ticket and marketing department are happy with the response to tomorrow night’s ticket special and we’re working on doing something similar, if not better.”

Sweet, I already had tix for tomorrow night or I would’ve jumped into that deal, but I’ll do the Jan. 14th for sure. May I suggest that it be in Sec. 122 this time? You want improved in game entertainment? There’s a fella that sits up behind 122 that will provide all you need . . .

Rawhide

December 9th, 2010
3:00 pm

Joe Friday:lol: HA! Yeah…maybe instead of a Reebok Thrashers shirt we can give out bull horns!

DWTOO

December 9th, 2010
3:01 pm

For those of you who can’t get enough. Our pal Sage is pontifiacting on Jeff Shultz’s blog. Or you can just read one of his old posts. Same stuff another day.

Western Conference team – have to be the Flames. Ties to the town.

English Teacher

December 9th, 2010
3:02 pm

“And now, ladies and gentlemen, let’s hear it for YOUR Utah Polygamists!”

Nashville is my adopted team. We Southerners must stick together! I liked the Blues a lot when Walt was still with them, and I do pull for Kari to do well in Dallas. San Jose can stick it as long as Heatley is on the team. Considering my opinion of him, he should play for New Jersey. Speaking of which, I didn’t know the devil ate fish.

DWTOO

December 9th, 2010
3:02 pm

Bullhorns be damned – give ‘em vuvuzelas.

Smoothie

December 9th, 2010
3:04 pm

Good to see the Preds with as many votes as the Wings. I guess their are only 12 Wings\Thrashers fans who frequent this blog. Luckily, they are good peeps and keep folks honest. And I fully expect to see some obnoxious Wings fans on this blog in the 2nd half of the year if the RW keep playing so well (see sense of entitlement syndrome). ;-)

Joe Friday

December 9th, 2010
3:29 pm

“maybe instead of a Reebok Thrashers shirt we can give out bull horns!”

They want noise in that arena? This needs to happen. Seriously. And a sign up behind 122 and in front of Uncle Festus . . . “Rawhide’s Rowdies”.

Nasty Nest, who?

rob

December 9th, 2010
3:34 pm

I was a Sakic fan before they moved to Denver. Couldn’t cheer for him then as I was living in Buffalo and you don’t cheer for anyone not in the blue and gold there. Moving them to the west, the Avs have always been my team out there simply because of Sakic. Him and Forsberg…..what a tandem. Sakic was always a class act, much like his nemesis Yzerman. Those series were epic and I still don’t think that rivalry has been equaled yet. When Hartley came here I thought that was the beginning of something good here….coulda woulda shoulda been. Won’t it be great if the Thrashers can build into a machine to challenge the Crapitals?!? Only west team I cheer for though, is the Avs.

As for Kovy….how does the egg on everyone who bowed down to him feel? He is not, and never will be, what you expect him to be. An enigma, out for himself, no team in his play, no heart. See Alexander Mogily for further.

HonkyTonkHero

December 9th, 2010
4:01 pm

Preds, Ducks and Nucks for me. Preds cause I lived in Nashville for a few years and worked for the company that owned the naming rights to the arena…got spoiled with lots of games and good seats. Lived in San Diego for 6 years and kinda kept up with the Ducks…my 7 yr old loves em for some reason too so we keep an eye on em…oh and our other Socal family are big Kings fans so it creates a nice family competition. I always loved watching the Nucks when they came to play the Preds. THe Sedin twins were NHL infants at the time and it has been fun to watch them progress.

Like many other native Atlantan’s my first NHL experience was with the Flames so they always hold a special spot in my hockey world…except when playing the Thrashers.

Red Light

December 9th, 2010
4:04 pm

Zoomo: You didn’t think THIS was my day job, did you?

I have been a closet Preds’ fan for awhile now, and like those of you who have ventured to the Music City for a game and loved it, I echo that sentiment. Great place before, during and after the game.

I have been to a NHL game in nine Western Conference cities, and both arenas in St. Louis, Denver and Vancouver. It has been awhile for both those cities but I love all three. If I had to pick one place for a hockey road trip, it would be Vancouver, but I despise the Canucks. Have listened to St. Louis broadcasts on KMOX (on and off) since they came into the league in 1967, and am a huge fan of the Kellys. The United Center is awful because you are so far from the action, but nothing tops a weekend in the Windy City. Favorite new building is in St. Paul. Saw the World Cup there in 2006 and it’s a great place to watch a game.

But, back to the original? I’ll go with Nashville and St. Louis, and even though they’re in the same division, I get a chance to root against the Blackhawks and Red Wings 12 times a year.

BG33Brown

December 9th, 2010
4:11 pm

Grew up in Detroit. Was a Red Wings fan until I started donating my hard earned monies to the thrash.

rob

December 9th, 2010
4:42 pm

Bill,
So how many seats have been sold so far under your Rawhide’s Rowdies venture? Should be a great game and a good crowd I hope. Your ticket rep took care us of wonderfully after playing a great game of phone tag with her. Thanks for the offer and for posting it here for all of us!
Oh and what’s this I here about something in January? Please fill us in as we are bringing toys tomorrow as well! That might get us to at LEAST 3 games in January and also the one on 12-26.

R. Stroz

December 9th, 2010
4:43 pm

Joe Bob Friday – I wonder who that might be?

DWTOO – I advocate both.

Joe Friday

December 9th, 2010
4:50 pm

“I get a chance to root against the Blackhawks”

hater

Red Light

December 9th, 2010
4:50 pm

DWTOO:

You know I rarely argue with you, but there are no longer any Flames ties to this town, except the owner who offed them to Cowtown. They suck. Get on a new Western Conference bandwagon…

Red Light

December 9th, 2010
4:53 pm

JF

Liked them before they won, but as in many towns, the very people that turned a cold shoulder to them when they weren’t winning jumped headlong on to Bowman the Younger’s sled, when the real credit belonged to Dudley and Tallon. They are the nouveau riche Blackhawks, not the storied franchise they once were. But, love watching Keith, Toews, Hossa, Seabrook and Sharp play!

Red Light

December 9th, 2010
4:56 pm

I know they blew for 45 years and Dollar Bill was a dope, but I hate seeing Scotty and Son get credit when they shouldn’t have.

World Be Free

December 9th, 2010
5:06 pm

rob-it was worse when the Avs were in Quebec City. No hockey team in history I HATE more than the Quebec Nordiques. At least Joe Sakic was cool but that team had alotta idiots and their fans too.

World Be Free

December 9th, 2010
5:12 pm

kracker-it does sound familiar doesn’t it? I played wing and center, 2 different animals. I dislike center alot, just do not see Kessel at center. You paid for the guy now do your best to get max value for him. Oh well, that’s the Leafs.

AtlFlamesFan-another great call for Dan Kelley was the 1987 World Championship (in Hamilton) when Mario Lemeuix scored late in the 3rd period to beat the Russians. Dan Kelley is up there in a small group with Foster Hewitt and Danny Gallivan.

Joe Friday

December 9th, 2010
5:17 pm

It was all Dollar Bill that drove them away (did you know that Dollar Bill made the Hawks Pay Per View TV locally? I kid you not . . . when he went to that great liquor store in the sky, his son made so many changes so quick, it brought back all the love . . . I’m wearing my Cheli sweater next time just to spite ya, now, and I’m over 40!). Dudley laid the groundwork, as he did in Tampa, but finishing touches were made to bring them up to that level, but Tallon?!?

But there were a ton of bandwagon fans who didn’t know they played hockey on Madison until Toews and Kaner came to town (”why do they call Fuglin, Buf?”) . . . that’s ok, made the parade all the bigger. And we didn’t even riot, like, ya know . . .

Red Light

December 9th, 2010
5:29 pm

Cheli sweaters are always welcome. Perhaps you’d like to put the Huet one on e-Bay and maybe some idiot in Switzerland will buy it?

SomaAtl95

December 9th, 2010
11:00 pm

I think a great thing that I seem to be seeing on some other sports websites is that people outside of Atlanta are starting to adopt **us** as a “team of interest”. Did any of you ever see that coming? :) Excited for the future, can not wait to see a couple of games this weekend…

DWTOO

December 10th, 2010
7:41 am

R/L – us disagree? Only when we discuss our second favorite teams. And I’ll look into that new western team.

World Be Free

December 10th, 2010
7:49 am

Things are getting worse in Tronna. Leafs fans spent the last 4 mionutes of the game booing their home team last night. The Maple Leafs’ major problem is that they are not owned by people that have a passion for hockey, like the Wings. The club is such a money maker, they ahev been used more as an investment than a source of pride and hockey excitement-this has been an issue for 30 years. The place is full every night, with sheep who show up no matter how bad the team is. Have fun Colby.

World Be Free

December 10th, 2010
7:51 am

Let me clarify one thing-the Wings owners DO have a pasison for hockey, that’s why they have a winning tradition. I think my last post could have been taken the wrong way.

DWTOO

December 10th, 2010
8:21 am

Speaking of the Leafs has anyone noticed that MacAurthur has something like 9 goals and 12 assists? At 1.5 mil he would be a bargain. Where was this scoring touch during the few months he spent here? He was invisible.

Tom

December 10th, 2010
8:34 am

If you have a few minutes here is some old time hockey from England. The bench clearing brawl was fun, but the announcer’s excitement was hilarious.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru_DeHbNmDI

The quote of the fight was 3:17 “He should get beaten to hell for that” .

World Be Free

December 10th, 2010
9:02 am

Tom-I’ll catch it tonight when I am home but I am sure it’s good.
DWTOO-Clarke had a touch when he was in Buffalo, then lost it. He doesn’t like the physical play, so he has a tendency to shy away from the prime scoring areas where he can use his talents. Wonder if Mac and Colby are getting sick of the Tronna media and fan questions like “why do you guys stink?”

The power of anonymity in Atlanta-being an Atlanta Thrasher player

DWTOO

December 10th, 2010
9:17 am

Tom – A good old fashioned Donnybrook! Right out of slapshot.

WBF – Anonymity in ATL – friend goes into one those shipping stores, inquires about the Thrasher sweater hanging on the wall, clerk says some Hedberg guy comes into the store to ship his skates to be sharpened. Imagine that in Toronto!

kracker

December 10th, 2010
9:21 am

DWTOO – If MacArthur played here for Rammer and Torch, and with a newly energized bunch of players, he might have actually tried here. I think he was just loafing and playing out the string here, wanting to get out. Call it a miss, character-wise, for Dudley on a trade deadline deal. Nine points in 21 games here didn’t earn Mac much in the way of a retainer offer.

rob

December 10th, 2010
9:28 am

Tom,
Excellent link. Don’t see much of that anymore. Players can’t police themselves and the refs can’t do the job either, so you end up with punks like Avery and Carcillo just to name a few going around getting away with whatever because no one can go after them without getting penalized out the wahzoo. The game actually played better when you knew there was a beating coming for any cheap play. I remember a Buffalo/Bruins game when they ran our goalie (think it was Barrasso and his knee got hurt). The next face off Kevin McGuire dumped the puck in and ran the Bruins goalie and his net through the endboards and turned around and challenged the entire Bruins team….who gladly obliged. Can’t remember the last brawl like that I have seen.

World Be Free

December 10th, 2010
9:47 am

DWTOO-I remember when I went to Ice Forum to get my skates sharpened, they told me I had to leave my skates and pick them up in “a couple days”. Huh?
rob-now there’s a great name from the past, Kevin McGuire.

Joe Friday

December 10th, 2010
10:23 am

“Perhaps you’d like to put the Huet one on e-Bay and maybe some idiot in Switzerland will buy it?”

Pffft. BTW, I guess you don’t know that Tallon is the idiot that got the Hawks in that cap mess. He’s the who signed Huet to that contract and he’s the same maroon who missed the deadline for the various qualifying offers and put them in a bind by having to up the pay for some restricted players. Tallon’s probably the reason we have Ladd and Buf now and why Versteeg is in Tronna. They replaced Versteeg with Morin but Ladd and Buf were irreplaceable.

BTW, speaking of being on the radar, a lot of Chicago fans are following, and rooting for, our Thrashers. Lots of people lamenting Tallon’s boneheaded moves and wondering what if he hadn’t signed Huet, what if he hadn’t missed the deadline on those qualifying offers.

That’s alight, I just hope the rumors we heard about them starting negotiations with Ladd are true and they can extend him, long term, like 5 to 7 yr. long term . . . same with Buf.

Rawhide

December 10th, 2010
10:44 am

Hey Dandylions…guess what. It’s FRIDAY!!!!!!!

And the Thrasher are set to get back in action with a back-to-back weekend set against the Avs and Isles.

TGIF indeed.

R. Stroz

December 10th, 2010
3:42 pm

Rawhide

December 12th, 2010
8:15 am

R. Stroz – Nope