This week’s winter break comes at right time for Thrashers

If there was ever a good time for the Atlanta Thrashers to have a few days off between games, this week is really it. Coming off Sunday afternoon’s 4-3 overtime loss in Raleigh, North Carolina to the Hurricanes, they will not have to face action again until welcoming in the Philadelphia Flyers Friday night.

The last time they’ve had any more that two days rest between games was back in early December when they had three days between the overtime win against Nashville on the 6th of that month and a loss to Colorado on the 10th. Since then, they have played sixteen games in thirty days, going 7-5-4 in that time. However, they are 3-5-2 in the last ten.

The Thrashers can use this winter break to rest some weary bones and give time for players like Evander Kane, Jim Slater and Fredrik Modin to heal. Kane is on injured reserve with a lower-body injury, Slater is dealing with a concussion and Fredrik Modin did not make the trip to Carolina due to a mid-body ailment.

With those three forwards unavailable, and Ben Eager serving the first of a four-game suspension stemming from his game-misconduct call during Friday night’s debacle, the Thrashers recalled Tim Stapleton from the Wolves. Traveling from Chicago with him was Spender Machacek to make his first NHL start this season. He had played two games with the Thrashers two seasons ago.

This meant that The Thrashers went into Sunday’s matinee in Raleigh with three forwards…Machacek, Stapleton and Patrice Cormier…that had 28 total NHL games experience under their collective belts. Add in rookie Alex Burmistrov, who has recently started to show some wear from his first NHL campaign, and you have one-third of your offensive unit with half a season’s experience or less.

Carolina's Eric Cole scores the game-winning goal in overtime against the Atlanta Sunday afternoon. It will be the last play the Thrashers are involved in until Friday night and the break could not have come at a better time for the team (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

Carolina's Erik Cole scores the game-winning goal in overtime against the Atlanta Sunday afternoon. It will be the last play the Thrashers are involved in until Friday night and the break could not have come at a better time for the team (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

Burmistrov has 1 goal, 2 assists and is a –5 in his last seventeen games dating back to the 4-2 loss to the Avalanche.

Atlanta’s penalty kill unit has suffered quite a bit with the likes of Kane and Slater on the mend. They surrendered two more power play goals on four attempts to the Canes after allowing five on three man advantage situations by the Maple Leafs in the previous outing. In the past four games the Thrashers have given up 9 power play goals to their opposition.

Disorganized, disoriented, sloppy, tired, unorganized…these are all words that can describe the PK of late.

Ondrej Pavelec stopped 30 of the 34 Hurricanes shots he faced. However one of the best saves of the day came in the first period from…Zach Bogosian. Bogey misplayed a pass across the defensive zone from linemate Ron Hainsey and it kicked off his skate right on Pavelec’s goal. Had the Atlanta goalie not been paying attention…shaking head and sighing heavily…oh good lord, I don’t even want to think of it.

Opie is now 15-9-5 on the season with a 2.33 GAA and .930 SV%.

On the positive side of the story…Atlanta did manage to eek out at least a point by getting the game into overtime after finding themselves on the wrong end of a 3-1 score in the second period. Unlike the disaster that was the 9-3 loss to Toronto two night’s prior, they found a way to collect themselves and work their way back into the game.

Bryan Little had a pair of goals, one on the power play and the other tying the game halfway through the third period. After Anthony Stewart’s fine play along the boards launched Little through center ice, he powered his way up the right side and beat Canes’ backup netminder Justin Peters, who was making only his seventh start of the year.

Little finished the game with the pair of goals on three shots and a +1 rating. He now has 7 goals, 8 assists and is a +11 in the last 18 games.

Niclas Bergfors accounted for the other Thrashers goal. It also came while the Thrashers were a man up. He scored after accepting a nice pass from Andrew Ladd who had made a great move on the left boards to enter the zone. I’d give you the name of the Carolina player beaten by the Thrashers team captain on the play, but it’s tough when there is no name or number to be found since the player was completely undressed by Ladd crossing over the blue line.

The loss leaves Atlanta with 51 points after 45 games played and sitting in third place in the division and seventh in the conference. The Canes now have 46 points having played just 41 games. Though they are still 5 points behind the Thrashers and below the cutoff line for the playoffs, the Canes do have those four games in hand.

To put it in a different light, Atlanta has a .567 points-winning percentage, which puts them on pace for right at 93 points. Carolina now has a .561 PW%, placing them on course for 92 points. It’s just that close right now.

So, the Thrashers indeed need to use this little winter respite to rest up and heal. Because with things tightening up…and division leading teams such as the Flyers and Stars waiting for them on the backside of the break…they’ll certainly need it. And it really could not have come at a better time.

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Sage of Bluesland

January 9th, 2011
6:52 pm

“Do you feel the tension in Thrashersland, folks? I think you do….and deep down you know the deal….(well, at least if you’re honest with yourselves…)”

I posted this yesterday…and the same holds today…Do you feel it, folks?

I think you do. Come on, be honest.


January 9th, 2011
7:16 pm

Honestly Sage, where were you earlier when the wins were piling up? Oh yeah, thats right, you only post after a loss. Its enough to make me just wanting to stop coming here. Nothing is worse than someone who has no praise during good times but is first in line to say “I told you so!” after a loss. The only tension that is felt in blueland is when we see you are back to your old and tired argument.
Saying you are a Thrashers fan is like saying Mike Vick is a dog fan. You are only going to be happy if and when the team departs town, saying to anyone that will listen that you “knew all along” it was going to happen. Sure the team has its problems but attitudes like yours are not part of the solution, they help add to the “Hockey doesn’t belong in the South” bunch.
Taking a long break from posting here. Will be enjoying the highs and lows of the season in spirit with you guys but its time to go back to being a lurker.

Hoof Farted

January 9th, 2011
7:22 pm

SOB, and I will repeat what I said to you on the previous blog. Unless and until you can come here after a Thrashers win and discuss the game and the team with a certain level of intelligence and insight, your posts are little more than a childish, mindless rant.

Seriously, you are worthless and weak.

Don Waddell

January 9th, 2011
7:24 pm

You know, I think I may have to answer SOB’s e-mail from several years ago. Maybe that will once and for all finally shut that fool up.

Marcus Valdes

January 9th, 2011
7:29 pm

Although we lost today, after Friday, it almost felt like a win. And thank God that Zach didn’t score for Carolina. My worry is that our team has too many weaknesses right now. I’m not sure what the solution is, but some trading wouldn’t hurt in my opinion.


January 9th, 2011
7:32 pm

SOB does not deserve the time it takes to type a response. However, it is very sad that someone seems to take pleasure in a team that is working hard and doing their best to find success. It speaks volumes to what type of person he is.
As far as the Thrashers, it was a good game overall. Keep it up and you will be on the winning side next time.

Spencer Machacek

January 9th, 2011
7:41 pm

Rawhide – I… Umh… ahh…. er… I played two games for the Thrashers the season before last.


January 9th, 2011
7:44 pm

Don’t Feed the Trolls.


January 9th, 2011
7:49 pm

I feel the tension because your redundant ass just polluted the room again with your entry.

I don’t feel tension because I have faith in Dudley and Rammer to get this ship righted for the final 37 games. But the boys will feel some pressure as they will likely need to go 20-16-1 or so over the final 3 months to make the post-season. Separation has been achieved and it looks like a 9-horse race for 8 spots. I don’t see Ottawa getting their act together without Spezza and shaky goaltending. Buffalo is an enigma and they probably dug themselves too deep of a hole to get out of without Derek Roy. So it’s gonna come down to the Thrashers and Canes and the remaining 4 games between the two will be absolute dog fights as the teams are fairly evenly matched. Most importantly, boys need to get healthy and rested and Rammer needs to make some adjustments to shore up the D…and how. While we’re at it, let’s hope Duds can swing a deal for another scoring winger to help the offense. Can’t ride 3 or 4 kids to the post-season. Burmy is leaking serious oil.


January 9th, 2011
7:51 pm

“Spencer Machacek” – Indeed you did play in a pair of games two years ago. My mistake and the post has been corrected. Thank you.


January 9th, 2011
8:26 pm

I’m glad to see that when the Thrashers lose, they can at least gain a point from it. That can be important at the end of the year. The key is banking points to the “magic” number of 92-94 points to earn a playoff spot. If they can do that, they will have exceeded my expectations for the season.


January 9th, 2011
8:53 pm

Gee Whiz…. What support from this “hoof” & “ea”, Talk about a couple who bring nothing to the discussion… Understand the game guys and the comments. Sage gets excited, but tells is like it IS ! Sorry fellows !


January 9th, 2011
9:06 pm

It is now gut-check time. Is this the same old Thrashers that will get down? Some look at their future somewhere else, some are just thankful to get an NHL paycheck. It happens every late January and into February here in Thrasherland. Today was bad. We could have been 8 points up on the Canes. Now, we find ourselves in a very familiar spot, teetering on the edge of relevance.


January 9th, 2011
9:16 pm

We need to build on more than making the playoffs. Another 4 and out would be heart wrenching. Not to mention embarrassing. We seriously need to consider positioning because boys, we can’t take a single game from Pittsburgh in the playoffs. Philly… Maybe. We don’t match up against Tampa very well either. Playing Boston or Montreal is our best bet. We need to be gunning for 6th place.

These boys can do it. We’ve seen them come together and blow through a stretch of games with amazing skill, and I trust them to put another stretch together to end out this season. Because we really need to.


January 9th, 2011
10:29 pm

Gotta win these games…we can’t win the south without beating other southeast teams.

Hate to lose to these guys almost as much as Tampa.


January 9th, 2011
11:20 pm

3-5-2 in the past ten (10) games isn’t the worst stretch the Thrashers have ever played. But they cannot continue on that pace. Teams all around us will play some of those games-in-hand this week, before we play on Friday. It’ll be interesting to see what the standings look like on Friday morning. They’re all big games, from this point forward.

Let’s Go Thrash-ers!


January 9th, 2011
11:41 pm

Fanchise choking Kovalchoke is now at -29. Keeps getting funnier.


January 9th, 2011
11:54 pm

Rawhide I’m going to take one exception with your post. I do so only because Zach Bogosian has been the focus of a lot of criticism this year. Much of it has been deserved but far too much of it not. That is the case when you stated, “Bogey misplayed a pass across the defensive zone from linemate Ron Hainsey.” I believe some of the trade-him-now crowd will read that to mean “Bogo screwed up again.” In reality, Hainsey made a horrible pass into the skates of Bogosian. I believe Hainsey will be the first to admit it. That close and that hard of a pass had to go tape to tape. There was nothing the kid could do and thankfully another kid was in position like a good goalie should to save the deflection. Been there done that too many times to know.

You are absolutely 100% correct in what this time-off should do for the team and that it could not have come at a better time. This is what many of us have been waiting for since December. Get through it and the load gets a lot lighter. Now they have to make it pay off. Facing an elite team, one very good team, and then a good divisional opponent they must after getting only 1 point in the last two. 4-6 points must be the goal.

Anyone who knows anything about hockey is not feeling the tension because they have seen what this team can do under the teachings of Coach Ransay when they have the time to work on it. The hockey knowledgeable have also looked ahead to the schedule and have seen that the Thrashers have one of the most favorable schedules left in the East. The Negative Nancys who know nothing of the game, not so much. They’ve been puckering all year.

Tony C.

January 10th, 2011
12:36 am

looking forward to the guys being able to come home and enjoy the snow with their families-let’s face it, they just played a VERY high number of games in a pretty short timespan-it’s clearly gotten to them-playing the #1or1a team in the east Friday after some real rest as well as some meaningful practice will be a better indicator of where the team is IMHO.


January 10th, 2011
12:39 am

So Tampa gives up 5 third period goals tonight to lose to last place NJ. Anyone think the sky is falling down there?

Another thing, has anyone considered today’s crazy Thrasher line combinations? It’s amazing they played as well as they did. Cormier Burmi Machacek as the all rookie fourth line. Boulton Antropov Stewart as the third. What!? Even Thorburn was moved up to the second line playing a new position at left wing. That Chris Thorburn is one Hell of a Hockey Player. Ladd put back with Pevs and Bergie but even that has not been a constant recently. That my friends is a sign of a team with good depth and character.

Getting some line familiarity back with this break will be another benefit.

R. Stroz

January 10th, 2011
12:49 am

Does anyone, besides myself, notice Bergors is playing better and seems to be “having fun” again?


January 10th, 2011
12:55 am

Winnipeg and SOB can biebermyballs.

Red Light

January 10th, 2011
1:24 am

This team doesn’t hit. You remember every check because they come once or twice a night. Bogo had a nice one tonight. Remember any really good ones from Friday night? Would like to see more hits and more finishes of checks. I think that’s an element that is definitely missing.

Buff’s failure to clear the puck enabled Cole to score the game winner. He looks a bit worn down lately too. The four days off will help but that doesn’t necessarily help them against Philly, but the Flyers do play at Boston the night before. Unfortunately, Dallas will be rested Saturday, having three days off before the Thrashers visit.

The snow sure is pretty tonight. Nothing better than missing out on sleep to watch it snow.

Tony C.

January 10th, 2011
1:30 am

Stroz-he’s getting playing time (and being productive with it) who wouldn’t be happy


January 10th, 2011
2:04 am

It is a long season!!! One point today was good, not great. Lots of injuries, all star break is coming right at the correct time. This team has enough talent to be in the playoffs and they will!!!


January 10th, 2011
7:14 am

Cornbread – Your observations and concern regarding my comments about the play involving Bogosian have been noted and logged. Like you, I’m not one who feels #4 should be dealt away even though his play of late has been disappointing. I think the kid needs some guidance/special attention right now…I’m sure he’ll get some from this coaching staff.

To be clear, the comment above was simply meant to referrence the one single play. Nothing more and nothing less.

R.Stroz – Yeah, I’ve noticed Bergie’s play improving of late. I seeing him smiling a little more, too.Of course, when ya score a big goal like the one he did yesterday it’s a little easier to look happy.

Everyone – There’s a good 8-9 inches of snow covering the Rawhide Ranch here in north Cobb County. Very pretty and no one in this household is going anywhere. How are things at your place, gang?

Joe Friday

January 10th, 2011
7:57 am

Get to work, slacker, what’s a little snow? Did we surrender when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?!?

Red Light

January 10th, 2011
8:07 am

Tales of the Tape:

Every team in the Eastern Conference have at least two games in hand on the Thrashers. Division opponents Carolina (4), Washington (2), Tampa Bay (2) and Florida (5), and those closest in the standings Montreal (3), Rangers (2), Buffalo (4).

In addition, four division opponents have several home games in hand on the Thrashers who have played 22 home games so far. Washington has played 24. The others? Carolina (18), Tampa Bay (17) and Florida (18).

Goal differential for the Thrashers is even. Washington +14, Carolina -2, Tampa Bay -9, Florida +3.

Road records: Atlanta 11-8-4, Washington 9-8-1, Tampa Bay 13-10-3, Carolina 11-8-4 and Florida 10-12-0. Rangers are 15-7-1 on the road, Buffalo is 9-8-4 and Montreal is 9-11-0.

None of these numbers are troubling in terms of where the Thrashers stand right now, but there is going to be some movement in the standings while Atlanta is idle for the next four days.

World Be Free

January 10th, 2011
8:29 am

Sage, to be honest you would have had to be here for the first 40 games when the team played extremely well. So much for your creditability. You hide when the team plays well and surface at any sign of trouble. Nice.

World Be Free

January 10th, 2011
8:40 am

I hate to keep saying it folks, but improvement goes back to being physical. Alotta bad things happened against the Leafs, but the worst was being outhit by the Buds. This team has to step up the hitting, Cormier and Slater will play a major role in getting us back to hitting. Yes, Jim-when his head clears up he needs to get back to hitting people. Keep defenseman from making the first pass-even avergae defenseman don’t seem to rushed to make a play in the opposing defensive zone.

Burmie has hit the same wall most young, undersized players hit this time of year. Sit him for a few games and let him get his legs again, but tell him why he is sitting-let him get his game back.

The good news is Cormier-this kid has so much potential, faceoffs, hitting, a decent touch. He also knows the game, no big celebration the other night when he scored his first NHL goal, knowing his team was getting clobbered. That tells you alot, when the player puts the team’s circumstances ahead of his own individual accomplishments. This kid will be team captain one day.


January 10th, 2011
8:47 am

Would like to see a good “administrative” week with the Thrashers during the four days off. Time to work out some contract extensions and maybe prepare some deadline trades.


January 10th, 2011
8:54 am

An extra day off,watching the snow, it’s a good thing. the way the Thrashers have been playing of late, not so much. I really hope the time off will give them a chance to rest and rethink a few things, (PP, PK, line combos)
Stay warm everyone. Don’t forget, cardboard makes great sled!


January 10th, 2011
8:55 am

LAC, I beg to differ that I know nothing about the game. May I ask what you bring to the discussion except Zach Bogosian rants and total panic at a loss? For the record, I am not a fellow. You can feel however you want about anyone or anything. Just leave me out of your discussion.


January 10th, 2011
8:57 am

A silver lining to the recent struggles is that the lack of physical play, pk troubles, lack of focus/commitment from some guys when times are tough…… is that those issues that need addressing become even clearer when Dudley is looking to upgrade the roster.

It will be interesting to see what type of deal Dudley is able to make in the next month and a half, role player on the pk or much bigger first line type. I’m convinced there will be something. Maybe a thirsty big name veteran? Though the Tkachuk deal didn’t work out too well a few years back.


January 10th, 2011
8:58 am

Good time for some R&R, so to speak. Guys can heal and GM can plot moves that WILL make the team a better one. There ARE still a couple missing pieces…

Lastly, I forgot earlier to say, Thank-You Bill for this wonderful blog you provide all of us.
You are ALWAYS on Top of the Hockey scene here and Always pose thought provoking questions and Solid facts !!! It is a PLEASURE to be part of the discussion here, weather pro or con, but the job YOU DO is Priceless !!! Can ANY other NHL city come close…. NO NO NO !!! Thanks !


January 10th, 2011
9:21 am

I too thank you Rawhide for providing a great column. Our team is young tired and beat up. The week will do them good. They need to work on the power play; I’ve noticed the better teams are getting much more aggressive when our pp is on and this appears to be causing problems. I think the team has stopped hitting and when they were at the top of their game they were hitting. I think the return of Kane and Slater will help but more of a team effort is going to be necessary. Fans talking about trades but who would they like to see and what will we have to give up?

Hoof Arted

January 10th, 2011
9:23 am

EA, good reply to LAC but I take no issue with him. At least he has the stones to post comments here win or lose. He’ll say good things when they play well, criticize when they don’t. I don’t always agree with LAC but at least he isn’t a one trick childish fool, aka SOB.

I think we can all agree with LAC regarding what the BlogMaster does for us. Even after a devastating loss like last Friday’s he can post up something that helps us smile and laugh. That baby picture cracked me up, it was just how I felt.

Hoof Arted

January 10th, 2011
9:32 am

drajax, good question. I think most fans would say “trade Eager or Modin”. But serioulsy what could we get for them? Either of those might be able to be used as “sweetener” in a deal but really nothing more. Other teams will be looking for key prospects or someone like Bergfors in return. I don’t want to give up on him just yet.

I think we need help on the blueline but then again which one would I give up for someone else? Maybe Hainsey.

It will be interesting to see what Dudley pulls off between now and the trade deadline.

Stan Drulia

January 10th, 2011
9:35 am

I am convinced that Sage of Bluesland and Standek are a couple. Like a romantic couple.


January 10th, 2011
9:35 am

Hoof, I have always thought that about LAC. He comes here in good times and bad. I just did not appreciate having my comments and hockey knowledge questioned and insulted. I enjoy reading everyone’s take on the team and the game. Instead of discussing the game itself, I prefer to provide encouragement and praise for the success this young team has acheived this year. We all bring a different angle to the blog. I should not let SOB get under my skin. I just can’t take delight in a loss or when the team is struggling.


January 10th, 2011
9:36 am

“Feel the tension”? Gimme a break! It’s an 82 game season with numerous ups and downs. Nice to have the 4 day break to go back mentally to what we need to do- skate hard, hit the boards, back one another up. We’ve got a good, young team that has shown flashes of brilliance and some mistakes that come from mental tiredness. Let’s hope that we sping out of the break with some good energy. Go Thrash!


January 10th, 2011
9:37 am

@Smoothie – LOL! to your last comment! Thrashy just needs a bit of time to heal up and they will be back on the train to the playoffs – it isn’t over till it is over, put your head down and plow on and play hard. I think, from what I have seen, Bogo is playing much better is continuing to develop – keep it up Bogo.

@Rawhide – we got about a foot of snow yesterday, currently 1 degree F right now and it is business as usual. But unlike Atlanta we have more than 3 snowplows :) . I hope most of Atl stays home today as I remember what happens when the motorists in the south head out on the snowy roads. Drive safe Thrasher fans. On a side note, good luck Falcons!

Red Light

January 10th, 2011
10:16 am

Made the one-mile drive to work and saw about 10 other cars on the road. There was no slipping or sliding, but am fearful about the wintry mix that’s coming.

I guess the underlying current of the posts here is that few people think that the roster as it right now can win a playoff series, or at least that’s what I take from it. Unless, and it’s a big unless, Antropov, Bergfors and Bogosian play better in the second half of the season. There are some replaceable parts on the roster, Modin, Eager, Bergfors (probably only because of style more than anything) and maybe even Stewart? So, it would be a bloody shame to waste the 51 points through 45 games without making some kind of move to stabilize or add depth to those few positions.

Little, Ladd, Buff, Enstrom, Sopel, Hainsey, Kane, Thorburn, Boulton, Pavelec, Burmistrov and Stewart have played as well or better than we expected.

Bogosian, Slater, Modin, Antropov, Bergfors, Mason and Eager probably have not.

So, if ASG issued you a mandate that you could add $5-$7 million to the payroll going forward for the rest of this season and into next, if you were Dudley, what moves would you make?

Contract negotiations for Ladd and Buff? Length of term and the Cap Hit?
Additions to your mythical roster? Subtractions from the current roster?

Ready? Go! Blogmaster goes first!!!


January 10th, 2011
10:28 am

Red Light – My house rests in a cul-du-sac. It’s atop a 70 yard long hill. Once down the hill it makes a sharp turn to the right. The hill faces the west and gets no sun until late afternoon. We knew when we moved in here if it iced or snowed, we were in for the duration. Snow on a flat surface, not that big an issue. Snow/ice on an incline…different story.

Had a 4WD SUV up until Nov. ‘09 that could have helped, but really never had need for it too many times in the 7-1/2 years I owned it. Since I traded it in 14 months ago for the German engineered sedan I currently have, I’ve seen more snow then I have in a decade.



OK, here’s my go at your proposed situation…

Priority #1: Re-sign Ladd and Byfuglien.

Priority #2: Bring in powerful winger that can score and backcheck like the dickens.

Priority #3: Use the likes of Hainsey, Bergfors, Modin and/or Eager coupled with prospects not named Kulda, Machachek or Pettersson to procure priority #2.


January 10th, 2011
10:41 am

Long season guys. Playing hockey on all cylinders over the course of a regular season is just about mission impossible, I don’t care what team we’re talking about. This is par for the course. If Kane, Slater and some of the other key vets get healthy and stay healthy we’re gonna get back in this thing.

Reminds me of the missing peices thing though…not making an excuse, but at this point wondering how we’d acquire them and at what cost. We can’t have Burmi (still a grasshopper), Cormier (still an ankle biter), Stapleton (not in my lifetime) being relied upon to fill in the gaps when guys like Slater, Kane, Antro and possibly others go down. Not knocking em per se, just see my sidenote thingies. Can you really argue with me?

Clearly forward positions are what’s needing some beef, but who and how do we add? I’d call Eager a bad bargaining chip and I don’t want Bergfors (too much potential) to go. We could stand to lose Modin, but what would that get us? What could we or should we do at this point? We need a couple solid moderately priced vets up front, not whippersnappers and/or career AHLers, sorry. Yes, they need to play to develop, but maybe that’s what what our AHL affiliate is for. Just sayin’…



January 10th, 2011
10:43 am

C’mon – it’s a looooong season. There are ups and downs. With what we have on the injured list 3-5-2 is certainly palatable for a “down” stretch. All these other teams with games in hand….well, all that means to me is that they are going to be more tired and beat-up for the playoff drive. We will be sitting pretty with days to rest.


January 10th, 2011
10:45 am

I see where Rawhide’s goin…can’t disagree, cept I’d like to see to solid guys instead of one and I just really like that Bergie kid.

lemon drop the gloves

January 10th, 2011
10:49 am

rawhide, what did you think of spence’s outing? I thought he banged and crashed with good purpose. glad you have him on your “protected” list.

Hokie P. Clisters

January 10th, 2011
10:52 am

Mr. Rawhides, it’s a southern tradition to stop all “work” activity at the first sign of snow. Enjoy the day. The words from the DOT state that all secondary roads should be considered impassable. That’s all I need to know. I’m staying home with all the other slackers.

I’m still in therapy after trying to get home from South Carolina on 12/15/10 when we had that first bout of ice. Took me 8 hours to get home (usually 4 hour trip). Wreck after wreck on Hwy 20, it was a scary scene. I just missed a wreck on SB 575 and when I finally got close to home the police closed the road – so I had to find an alternative route. It began to feel like the twilight zone.

BTW – Thrashers need this break bad. Could not have come at a better time. Hopefully they will take full advantage of it.

Hoof Arted

January 10th, 2011
11:01 am

Red Light, I can’t help but think that if the Thrashers were to make some kind of big trade, show the team and fans they are serious about making a playoff push, it would help them to re-sign players like Buff and Ladd.

Players like that need to be shown that the team is truly “in it”.