Is this the best Thrashers team ever?

Opening disclaimer: With the Atlanta Thrashers only having played 31 of the scheduled 82 games, there is still a lot of hockey season yet to go. With that in mind, no team…the Thrashers or any of the other 29 NHL teams…have punched their tickets to the playoffs this coming spring. Nothing said or implied in today’s blog by the blog host or commenters below should be taken as anything but a reflection of the first two and a half months of the season and the possibilities of what may or may not be yet to come. Any and all projections are to be considered with the understanding that past performance does not always guarantee future results.

OK, with that said and out of the way…

For several years now I have opined that the best team ever iced by the Atlanta Thrashers organ-I-zation has been the one that played in the 2005-06 season…the first one coming out of the lockout. Many point to the one that performed well enough to make the playoffs the next year, but I still believe the one before that was a better unit as a whole.

Secondary disclaimer: Of course, discussing which of the previous ten Thrashers teams was the “best” is much like discussing what was David Caruso’s “best” ever movie performance. There’s just not a lot to choose from there. But I digress.

The Thrashers celebrate Dustin Byfuglien's second period goal in Ottawa Monday night. The defenseman currently is on track to score 85 overall points if he contues on his current pace (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Pawel Dwulit)

The Thrashers celebrate Dustin Byfuglien's second period goal in Ottawa Monday night. The defenseman currently is on track to score 85 overall points if he contues on his current pace (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Pawel Dwulit)

Coming out of the work stoppage that season, Atlanta had on its rosters players like, Ilya Kovalchuk, Marc Savard, Marian Hossa, Scott Mellanby, Bobby Holik, Slava Kozlov, Greg DeVries, Peter Bondra, Nic Havelid, Shane Hnidy and Jaroslav Modry. That squad, as you’ll recall, suffered through an ugly start of the season due to plethora of goalie issues but still managed to work it’s way back into the playoff picture… only to fall just short in the closing weekend of the season.

I also believe it was Bob Hartley’s finest coaching in his career behind the bench.

Kovalchuk finished that season with 52 goals and 98 overall points, Savard dished out 69 assists to go with 28 goals and Hossa finished that year with 39 goals, 53 assists and team-high +17 rating. Five defensemen, Havelid, Hnidy, DeVries, Garnet Exelby and Andy Sutton finished on the plus side of the +/- rating.

Regardless of which team in the past you might argue is the “best Thrashers team ever”…one thing I think we can all agree upon is that the current version of this team has the potential of becoming the undisputed all-time best.

Now, I’m quite sure there are some of you out there who are already mumbling under your collective breaths about me putting the proverbial cart before the horse or that I’m suffering from a case of premature speculation, but… pointing to the opening disclaimer…I am seriously coming to that notion. Of course, watching them rattle off ten wins in the last twelve games will do that to a person.

Currently, this team has 37 points after 31 games played. If they secure two points tomorrow night in Tampa, they’ll have 39 after 32 games, which would put them on pace for right at 100 points for the season…again referring back to the disclaimer.

While it’s true that this time last year, they had the exact same record they have now…17-11-3…there is a bit of a difference. First, we are ascending in the standings instead of descending, as was the case 12 months ago. And now, we aren’t being held hostage with the drama surrounding trying to re-sign the “face of the franchise” to a $10 million per season deal. Thus, among other reasons, I don’t think we’re going to see the kind of slide in the standing that produced last year.

The team that qualified for postseason four years ago did so by scoring 246 goals that year. This year, the 99 goals netted after 31 games put them on pace…again, pointing to the disclaimer…for 262. If anybody would have told you last September the Thrashers would be popping in goals a rate of 3-plus per game at this juncture, would you have looked at them as if they had just stepped off the spaceship from Venus? I know I would have.

They are doing this with a great deal of balanced scoring from all skaters. Last night it was Bryan Little with a pair of goals and a couple from the fourth line. Saturday it was Johnny Oduya potting two in the win over the Islanders. Prior to that, it was Zach Bogosian winning the game in overtime after Andrew Ladd had tied it up. Recently we saw Anthony Stewart win a game in OT out in Colorado. If it’s not one of those players, then it’s Dustin Byfuglien, Rich Peverley, Evander Kane or [fill in name of Thrashers player here]providing the heroics.

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Needless to say, a team simply cannot close one player down and take their chances with the rest of the squad as they’ve been able to in times past.

Byfuglien is currently on pace for 85 points, Ladd is on pace for 61, Toby Enstrom for 59, Peverley for 53…so on and so on. Again… pointing above to the disclaimer… past performance does not always guarantee future results.

Then we come to the play coming from between the pipes…the position that doomed the 2005-06 campaign right out of the gate. What more can be said of Ondrej Pavelec?

But it’s not just his individual performance, which has been nothing short of spectacular. It’s been the incorporation of a team-wide effort on defense that…while not perfect by any stretch of the imagination…has shown improvement as the season has progressed.

Last night, Thrashers color commentator Darrin Eliot… himself a former NHL netminder… pointed out how Opie was being used as an integral part of the overall defensive scheme. When the puck was to his left, Pavelec knew he could square up to the puck, knowing he had two skaters out in front to protect the weak side.

Using the goalie as part of a defensive strategy? What a concept…

All this adds up to a team that finds ways to win games that Thrashers teams of past would not have, should avoid prolonged periods of poor play and come this spring should find itself jockeying for playoff positioning…not just a playoff spot.

Once there, they’ll have a chance to do what no Thrashers team has ever done before, actually win a playoff game. Maybe they’ll even do what no NHL franchise in Atlanta has ever done…advance to the second round. If so, then certain this year’s team would have to be considered the undisputed “best ever”.

Remember…pointing above…the disclaimer atop the post.

Final disclaimer: No cats were left out in the cold, abused or in any other way, shape matter or form harmed in the making of this blog.

166 comments Add your comment

Smoothie

December 14th, 2010
3:23 pm

WBF – agreed on the instigator rule. It should be modified as to only penalize someone who takes an unnecessary cheap-shot in the effort to defend a teammate against a Sean Avery-like pest. Also, it is way too common nowadays for someone to jump a guy after hitting a top 6 player with a LEGAL HIT (see Sopel on Tavares)! There is an instance in which the instigator (the guy who jumped Sopel) deserved an extra two minutes for policing a crime that did not occur. It’s a fine line, but seems like the NHL should be able to manage if they are using discretion and judgment to determine, in a split of an instant, whether a hit was from the blindside or not. BTW, is it just me, or does it seem like refs are less reluctant to call obstruction, interference and hooking this year?

World Be Free

December 14th, 2010
3:29 pm

Joe Mc-Saw Willi Plett at a game recently, can’t imaging anyone being dumb enough to want to go at it with him. Old school Willi.

I hate those stupid visors.

World Be Free

December 14th, 2010
3:31 pm

Smoothie-this jumping in after a clean, honest hit garbage has to stop too. A clean hit should be applauded, it is part of the game.

Rawhide

December 14th, 2010
3:33 pm

Rawhide, don’t get too attached to cousin eddie’s RV. He’s takin it with him when he leaves next month.

JB - Next month??? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot??

Ya know, I have a Christmas Carol for when family comes to visit during the holidays.

…sung to Santa Claus is Coming to Town…

Oh, you’d better watch out at Christmas this year
You haven’t got a chance with relatives here
Sam and Rose are coming to town

They’re bringin’ their kids to add to the fun
They’re stayin’ ten days; you only thought one
Sam and Rose are coming to town

They’ll monopolize your bathroom
They’ll destroy your sanitude
They’ll eat you out of house and home
Then complain about the food

So there’s only one way to save your Noel
Give ‘em your house and take a motel
Sam and Rose are coming to town!

Stuck in NJ

December 14th, 2010
3:40 pm

LOL Rawhide…I hope you “sanitized” the names

alex

December 14th, 2010
3:42 pm

yes i have to repeat what been said on this blog early, we have to pray for pav to stay healthy or it’s over, with mason as #1 we done, also can’t believe in chicago kulda or zubarev playing worse than bogo and oduya, still we winning, still a lot of room for improving i understand this you understand and of course dud. understand, but asg looking only to save, so ram. doing heroic job with this roster.

World Be Free

December 14th, 2010
3:45 pm

alex – alotta teams are in the same boat as we are with their number one goalies, especially with the salary cap restrictions.

Red Light

December 14th, 2010
3:51 pm

Mind if I ask this? Through 31 games, this year and last, the Thrashers have the exact same record. So, my question is simply: Which coach did a better job through the first 31 games of the last two seasons, given the circumstances he had to work with: Anderson or Ramsay? Then, add Hartley into the equation from early in 2003-04 season? That should make for a lively discussion!

2003-04 16-11-3-1 36 points
2005-06 11-16-4 26 points
2006-07 18-8-5 41 points
2007-08 14-16-1 29 points
2008-09 10-17-4 24 points
2009-10 17-11-3 37 points
2010-11 17-11-3 37 points

cousin Eddie

December 14th, 2010
3:52 pm

If you don’t mind, I’d like to fix up that chair you got out at the curb Rawhide.

cousin Eddie

December 14th, 2010
3:56 pm

From what I gather Anderson didn’t teach too much, just promoted fun atmosphere at practice. Ramsay’s strategy of teaching everyone for the long haul, to me is a much better approach. I see Ramsay making in-game adjustments and holding players accountable. I didn’t see that from Anderson. I just saw a run and gun offense with no back check.

Matt

December 14th, 2010
3:57 pm

Man, I am depressed. How long do we have to wait for “widdle” old “Sheeple Boy” to lecture us all again? Seems like you can’t count on anything these days EXCEPT the Thrashers winning!!!

BTW, I made my toy donation to Operation Homefront and will be taking my 11 year old daughter to her first Thrasher game. I think Santa might be bringing her a jersey, as well, for Christmas.

Tim

December 14th, 2010
4:00 pm

Hi Rawhide! Put it this way, is there, at anytime in Thrashers history, where after a third of the season, we have not one but two defenceman who can be nominated for the Norris award, that we have a legitimite nomination for the Vezina as well? Hey, in the 10 years of Thrashers existance, we getting scored more then we score. This team is currently +8. Has that happen before?

Granted, it’s only a third of the season. But hocky is a team sport and Thrashers currently display Team Spirit. No player is more important than the next one (maybe beside Pavalec). We show balance scoring. We winning game that we’re not suppose to win. We don’t follow a winning steak with a losing steak, but start a new new winning streak. Well, if the answers to above questions are no, we can certainly assume that the current Thrashers is the best one/third of a season team in the whole Thrashers history! ;)

Hoof Arted

December 14th, 2010
4:08 pm

Great question Red Light. Just one more example of why our beloved BlogMaster runs the single best Thrashers blog in town. Hands down.

It would be tough for me to say Hartley in 06-07, simply given the talent level and the expectaions they had going into that year. I would go with the 05-06. Even though the record is worse, remember he was dealing with all those goaltender injuries and by this time in the season they were turning it around.

I could be swayed into thinking Ramsay’s job this year though.

Joe McGrath

December 14th, 2010
4:09 pm

On Thrashers Live interview, Little said “We’re all getting along great in the locker room” (or something like it) and a bigger smile came across his face. I’m really beginning to think Kovy was a cancer. Therefore, this year might be the best ever because as said before, it is a “team” and really until this year, there was a Kovy involved. Rawhide, can I change my vote?

Rawhide

December 14th, 2010
4:21 pm

Red Light – I would answer your question this way…given the fact that there was an entirely new coaching system brought in and so many new faces on the roster, Craig Ramsay get’s my nod for best coaching job through the first 31 games. And everyone here knows I was a huge Bob Hartley fan.

BTW, I made my toy donation to Operation Homefront and will be taking my 11 year old daughter to her first Thrasher game. I think Santa might be bringing her a jersey, as well, for Christmas.

Matt – That’s awesome…on all accounts.

Tim – Excellent points.

Joe McGrath – Sorry dude….but your edit has been so noted and logged.

Hip Czech

December 14th, 2010
4:27 pm

The thing about this team is (at least so far) you EXPECT them to play a solid game. Yeah, over the course of the 82 game grind you’re going to have a couple duds, but this team has been in virtually every game. The last game I can remember thinking the Thrashers had no chance of winning was the LA game…could be wrong on that one.

If it weren’t for Sopel coughing the puck the up (which is forgiven, Sopel has been solid all year) and then Hainsey making things even worse (which is almost forgiven, Hainsey has actually been kind of solid recently); and then Bogosian’s lapse (which is very hard to forgive) Scotia Bank would have remained a tomb and the Thrashers get out of there with a solid 3-1 or 4-1 regulation road win.

I forgot who mentioned it…but I agree – when does Ramsay apply the ‘you don’t play hard then you sit’ rule to Bogosian? Stick Freddy Meyer in there.

Hockey Biltong

December 14th, 2010
4:30 pm

The team responds to the coaching admirably. The continue to improve. What would we all like for Christmas?
A new forward, or a new defenseman or a new back up goalie????

Hockey Biltong

December 14th, 2010
4:30 pm

litz

December 14th, 2010
4:31 pm

One big difference nobody’s brought up : consistency.

The previous teams, you never knew what was going to show up on the ice.

Since Ladd gained the “C”, the Thrashers have been the model of consistency – even when they lose, they never give up.

Recently, after getting scored on the empty net and going down by 2 goals, they LEFT THE GOALIE PULLED, and still fought for one more goal.

Previous years, the goalie would be back out there, the puck would drop, and someone would ice it down the rink to let time expire.

There is no “give-up” in this year’s team.

Mr. Willson

December 14th, 2010
4:32 pm

You know we have a good thing going when LeBrun at the “FourLetterNetwork” is mentioning Craig Ramsey as the “odds-on favorite for the Jack Adams Award.” AND he felt he put the Thrashers too low in his rankings. Surprised they knew we had a team down here.

Stuck in NJ

December 14th, 2010
4:44 pm

Hockey Biltong:
All I want for Christmas is another top centerman. I keep thinking that when we get to that playoff grind period early next year, we’ll need him. One injury to our exisitng centermen and we’ll be in trouble.

ThrasherTim

December 14th, 2010
4:56 pm

I’d like to see the staff work on Pav’s handling of the puck behind his net more. He’s made so many poor passes that have turned into turnovers and offensive chances that he’s actually letting a lot more pucks go around the boards…instead of freezing the puck a la some other goaltenders.

My vote for sitting is Stewart — it seems like every time I think he’s on the verge of sitting, he make something happen. Last night’s effort in our own zone where he slapped at the puck with his stick along the boards instead of barreling into the opposing player like he should have led directly to one of the goals. I feel like he has some upside still and I think coach likes him on the line with Kane and Little but he still slacks off an occassional shift in my opinion.

In no way should we give up on Zach yet. He is only 20 and has played better of late with Oduya’s solid play. I think he still is suffering from a lack of confidence.

Joe McGrath

December 14th, 2010
5:16 pm

I want a steady, slick, responsible, puck-moving veteran D man (a Kaberle model would be great) under the Thrasher Tree. I already know I’m getting a Cormier, but he won’t be ready until January…

World Be Free

December 14th, 2010
5:19 pm

Red Light-I voted on the cautiously optimistic side for this blog. It’s a long season, we must be prepared for the highs and lows. I give Rammer a little more credit because of his experiences and how they have rubbed off on this team. This squad looks better coached, they make in-game adjustments. Seems like folks outside Atlanta are taking notice of the team as well. How this translates overall to who is doing a better job? It doesn’t, but we don’t have the specter of the Kovalchuk courtship dance or Kari’s wonky hamstring to deal with this season. Those 2 players were dispatched, replaced by players who have brought a different attitude to the team. Someone pointed out earlier today that games like last night’s were historically lost by the Thrashers. This new team seems to have the ability to overcome their little catnaps and opposing team’s surges. We will see.
I still think they lean on Pavs too much, he is clearly the MVP so far.

Litz made the key point today-giving Ladd the “C”. This team has taken off nicely since that day, resembling a team that has it together for the most part.
Thrasher Tim-that makes 2 of us on Stewart going to the press box. Get Bergie down here!

Flames

December 14th, 2010
5:47 pm

What I want for Christmas is another 20-30 + Scorer. I think that there will be a trade for another winger… Not a Center, we have four of them when Cormier is healthy. I’m thinking somebody like a Dustin Penner from the Oilers or Jeff Carter from the Flyers. The Oilers are going with a youth movement. Bergfors will be involved in that trade. Is it me or the Greek God line is exciting as hell to watch…

Brendan

December 14th, 2010
6:42 pm

On paper, the 2006 team was the most talent laden. But it was entirely “too old.” This team is younger. Maybe, much younger. And it plays as a team, rather than as two star-laden lines. Come playoff time, those glitzy schemes don’t work. You either have a solid team, whose players have all bought in to the system, or you don’t. And if you don’t, you don’t stay around all that long in the playoffs.

So, with that in mind, I’d say that this team represents the best change Atlanta has had … to be a sustained threat in the playoffs. If the team’s strategy were, “Kovalchuk, Hossa, take the puck and score.” Well, that’s not going to work in the playoffs. Yes, it’ll work during the regular season, to varying degrees, but a team has to have depth to survive … 4 rounds of playoffs.

While there’s no one blueprint for a Stanley Cup Champion, it takes a stud goalie, not one, but two (2) Tier I blueliners, with two (2) Tier II bluliners, plus two (2) Tier I centers, sprinkled with a lot of Tier II wingers, to make it all come together. Brian Burke’s model is Top Six uber skilled forwards, with top 4 uber skilled defensemen, and a solid goalie. That works, too.

I plan on injuries during the playoffs. So, if your top six guys are all you’ve got, you might be in trouble, in terms of your forward lines. You’ve got to have talent capable of making the leap from bottom six to top six … and KNOW THE SYSTEM … to be able to overcome the injury bug. I feel like that could happen. Guys like Thorburn, even Slater, have shown that they can, however temporarily, play more minutes, without being an utter liability to the team. Boulton came into the Ottawa game as one of very few forwards who has never had a minus game in the 2010-11 season.

Barry

December 14th, 2010
6:42 pm

I definately agree that this team is the best we’ve ever had. Ramsay has alot to do with it but with players like Byfuglien, Ladd, Kane, Enstrom, Pavelec, etc we can be a very strong team. Just image what the team with Hossa, Kovy, Savard, Kozlov would be if we had Ramsay as a coach!

kracker

December 14th, 2010
7:02 pm

Stuck in NJ – Your new centerman is rehabbing in Chicago. Cormier.

Wayne stuck in AL

December 14th, 2010
7:54 pm

Way too early for such a topic (come back to me in April).

That being said, this team is still horrible at establishing a forecheck, and is lousy in the backcheck. (You can hear the agony in Kamal’s voice when the opposition is in the Thrashers’ end for over a minute.)

World Be Free

December 14th, 2010
8:19 pm

I am convinced the Penguins bring their own refs to each game. The PPG they just scored was on a B.S. call against Briere. Not the first time.

Duds

December 14th, 2010
8:19 pm

Eger, berforgs, modine, plus quality prospect for big name who needs a new home.

Zoomo

December 14th, 2010
8:55 pm

Somewhat off topic…a very strange sight on the ride home from work. I live near the Thrashers practice rink and as I rounded the corner onto Satellite Blvd, there were two cop cars with flashing lights and a gaggle of people standing round. There, nestled betweenthe two cop cars was a Zamboni! Upon further inspection, Thrash was in the rear seat of one of the cop cars!! Upon even futher inspection, it was pretty obvious that they were fliming a video for the web site or a commerical – complete with one of the Ice Girls as a news reporter. There was a sign on the Zamboni that said something like “Buy Tickets, Atlanta”.

I’m sure we’ll see the results on the team website soon.

JT from Columbus

December 14th, 2010
8:57 pm

Albert

December 14th, 2010
10:06 pm

Best team but worst fan base of any season. Hopefully that will change quickly.

Hockey Biltong

December 14th, 2010
10:33 pm

JT – good post. I saw that too, and wasn’t sure how much weight to give it…
On the Fly was ragging us fans for not voting enough for Byfuglien for All Star.. I know I will at some point[vote], however I’m not all that excited by the all star game… kind of boring…

Hockey Biltong

December 14th, 2010
10:35 pm

Can’t wait for Thursday, to see them live!!!!!

Midfield

December 14th, 2010
11:20 pm

The best coaching staff this far. Big improvement over Johhnny Anderson’s sophisticated “don’t fall asleep and remember to move your feet, boys” system that they never mustered their wits to get down completely. Just what the doctor Dudley ordered when he demanded that his coaches are happy to work with the roster they’re dealt. Period.

HookyBob

December 14th, 2010
11:38 pm

This is the best Thrashers “team”,…..IMHO.

In the past we had a potent offense, and overlaid, at times, with great goaltending. However, the D was always an Achilles tendon. Today, we have balance,… and great coaching. That said, my heart would skip a beat, or two, if Pavs or Buf were to get injured.

Can’t say enough about what Duds and Rammer (and other coaches/consultants) have done with/for this team.

Ross

December 15th, 2010
1:24 am

Let’s have a big welcome for – me :) I was a big Flames fan as a kid in the 70s, and then the Blues while in St. Louis in the 90s and early 2000s. Well, I’m converted!

Now, will my heart be broken again if the Thrashers move to Canada? Let me tell you, that is hard to take. When the Flames left for Calgary I was ruined for hockey for 15 years. I missed the entire Gretzky era, mainly because there was more coverage of volleyball than of hockey in Atlanta once the Flames were gone. What is the realistic probability of the Thrashers staying here? And if Canada wants teams, why not take the Florida teams, which have absolutely no support? Or grow a couple of new ones? I’m much in favor of teams in Winnipeg and Quebec City – just not the Thrashers!

Michael "the abbreviation"

December 15th, 2010
4:08 am

I wish we had Kovy back, these games are just not as fun to watch.. Im pulling for the thrash as much as anyone else here, but I wish we could pull some strings and bring Kovy back with our current lineup.. Thats my Christmas wish, for this year and the next but it will not happen.. sad face…

Michael "the abbreviation"

December 15th, 2010
4:10 am

Kovalchuk – Peverley – Bergfors
Kane – Little – Ladd

Michael "the abbreviation"

December 15th, 2010
4:13 am

I equate this current thrash team to the Atlanta Braves of this season… both good enough to make the playoffs, only with consistent over achieving work ethic and fortunate bounces… Both lack superstar players, but with Kovy we could go real far… just like Uggla I think will do us a ton of good next year.. go falcons, braves and trashers

Duds

December 15th, 2010
7:21 am

Kovy and his -18 along with his 100 mil?
Ouch!!

Stuck in NJ

December 15th, 2010
7:37 am

Kovy’s not the answer. I doubt he would ever play in Rammer’s system. As everyone has clearly picked up on, the Thrash is successful because they ARE a team. Having Kovy back would destroy that.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Duds and Rammer told the Wad last year not to try too hard to sign him. “Just try hard enough to keep the fans from totally revolting – but we don’t really want him”

World Be Free

December 15th, 2010
7:51 am

Hey Biltong, you in your normal seats on Thursday?
Ross-let’s hope we are not going anywhere.
duds-we are all liking what is happening in NJ. 14th place in the East, only the Islanders are worse and a -18. Lou Lam deserves everything he gets. Is this the eyar NJ hhas not first round pick because of the Kovy deal?

NHL Network has to get off this Crosby love-the Pens have become one of the dirtiest teams in the league. Matt Cooke always comes in and pushes players from behind, what a coward. Time for someone knock Cyndy on his back.

World Be Free

December 15th, 2010
7:52 am

Let me redo that-
Is this the year NJ has no first round pick becuase of the Kovy deal?

Smoothie

December 15th, 2010
7:53 am

Anyone think we might be looking hard at Tomas Kaberle since Duds was seen scouting in TOR quite a bit recently? Can you imagine Kaberle rounding out our Top 4 with Oduya or Bogosian?

I would think Burkie would really like a Ben Eager type on his roster along with the potential of a Bergfors. I wonder if we could pry loose a guy like Kulemin as well to play with Burmy and Antro? Then again, prolly more likely Antro would stay on the top line with Pevs and Laddy. Hmmm…

Ladd — Pevs — Antro

Kane — Litts — Stewie

Kulemin — Burmy — Thor / Cormier

Boults/Modin — Slates/Corms — Thor/Slates

Just don’t know desperate Burke may be at this point, but I can definitely see us going after Kaberle at the trade deadline if we are in playoff position.

World Be Free

December 15th, 2010
8:07 am

Smoothie-how about Brian Rolston? He will be coming back through re-entry waivers soon at half his current price. Rolston at $2.5M would be an upgrade, even though he is a short term solution at best.

Dump Modin and bring in Rolston?

Red Light

December 15th, 2010
8:12 am

Again, I have to disagree with Kaberle speculation. Each pair of d-men has a guy that can move the puck, and the top pair has two. Oduya is playing much better as ThrasherTim pointed out and Hainsey is a serviceable puck mover. Kaberle is a top-two guy and while he’d look great playing with Oduya, I don’t think they’re giving up on a 20-year-old Bogo yet, regardless of how we feel about his progress, unless they get incredible value in return. Remember, Kaberle’s brother played here during the Dark Ages, and given the fact he’s a UFA this summer, the likelihood of re-signing him is sketchy at best, right?

Each one of the coaches I listed had a six- or seven-game win streak, but two did it early in the season. Both Hartley’s club and Ramsay’s club did/does have a measure of consistency that litz mentioned above. The difference is that for Hartley, it was more about what he did, while Rammer is the quintessential team guy and players can relate to him because he played the game and doesn’t blow his top every time something doesn’t go his way. For 31 games, however, given the circumstances, Anderson deserves some credit – although he couldn’t maintain it after Dec. 15.

With 17 games in the next 32 days, we’re going to see just exactly how good this team is, and just how well Ramsay can guide it with that many games in 10 different cities.

But, I really like what I am seeing from this group, although a dynamic forward wouldn’t hurt.

georg

December 15th, 2010
8:17 am

Yes this team is not only better but must have more consistency in their players still to many mistakes by some but overall the best Coach we have ever had. What this town needs is more media coverage from every TV Station but it seems we only get maybe 2 minutes of news on hockey ……..