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.

105 comments Add your comment

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.

SomaAtl95

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.

EA

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.

Trolling

January 9th, 2011
7:44 pm

Don’t Feed the Trolls.

Smoothie

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.

Rawhide

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.

Curly

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.

LAC

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 !

kovyoverrated

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.

biscuit

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.

KLS1

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.

Brendan

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!

kovyoverrated

January 9th, 2011
11:41 pm

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

Cornbread

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.

Cornbread

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?

Smoothie

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

sisu

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!!!

Rawhide

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.

GaVaHokie

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.

Rightshot

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!

EA

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.

Darkhorse

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.

LAC

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 !

drajax

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.

EA

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.

jimbo

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!

ZAvalanche

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!!!

Rawhide

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.

…shrugs…

Whatchgonnado?

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.

razorneck13

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’…

LET’S GO THRASHERS!!!

glovesave29

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.

razorneck13

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”.

rob

January 10th, 2011
11:06 am

Seeing Bergfors come around lately, I have to believe Ramsey can do anything, given the time. Don’t want to see Bergfors go now. He is back-checking and having fun, and I think he finally figured this thing out. Now, the question is who can we let go….. I say you look to one Mr. Anthony Stewart and Ben Eager. Who are you going to get? Scraching my head and wondering that my own self. You won’t ever get a trade for Hainsey, gonna have to ride that contract until it’s over. Price of HORRIBLE, INCOMPETENT, UNKNOWLEDGABLE, blah blah blah ownership/GM. Our issue on D is Meyer. We need someone who will PUSH for a spot, not just take one up. This is the perfect time for Kulda to come get some more experience! #46 looked good, rather give him his chance than Modin at this point too. If they had given the youth the spots the “fillers” took up, imagine where we would be as injuries hit us……I think we’d be better off.
Just my .02
LET’S GO THRASHERS!!!!
Bah bah bah bah bah freakin’ bah!

World Be Free

January 10th, 2011
11:11 am

Tough to make deals in the NHL these days for several reasons-
–The salary cap
–So many teams still in the hunt for playoffs
–The few out-of-contention teams trying to take advantage of those teams desperate to get to the post season often overcharge for marginal players.

I can’t think of one player acquired at the trading deadline last season that made a significant impact on the “buying” team. The NHL is becoming like the NFL where growth comes from within, draft and develop. I dont see us making an impact via trade.

razorneck13

January 10th, 2011
11:13 am

World Be Free,

Not really disagreeing with you, but here’s how I feel about Burmi and Cormier. I want them to play a lot over the next year or two…in the AHL.

The paternal side of me comes out everytime Burmi steps foot on the ice. Parts of my anatomy pucker a little and I bite my nails off, he’s so little and fragile, He’s our tiny dangling dancer and I don’t want to see the little guy get steamrolled. Basically, I want to feed him rib sticking meals and buy him a TotalGym w/ Chuck Norris included for max effect purposes (see what happens to Tavares after that).

Cormier, not so much at all in the physical dept., but again I’m a firm believer that 90% of draftees need some time in the minors and he’s not the exception. That said, if I had to get one up to Chicago for a bit, it’d definitely be Burmi. Atlanta over time should strive for enough depth so as not to rely on top draft picks right outta the gate and let them develop in the minor league system.

Dwayne

January 10th, 2011
11:17 am

before Atl. plays Friday Boston will play 3 times, Carolina, Montreal, Rangers and Washington will play 2 times, TB once. How big was that 9-3 shelacking by the leaves look now?

Dwayne

January 10th, 2011
11:20 am

I say Burmi should be on the P90X workout routine. Or find out what Kane is taking…err, I mean doing.

It's so cold outside...

January 10th, 2011
11:21 am

…that Rawhide actually brought his cats inside.

razorneck13

January 10th, 2011
11:25 am

New question: What kind of badassery could some Chuck Norris mentoring do for our tiny dangling dancer, Burmi? Stupid? Of course, but fun nonetheless.

Alan R.

January 10th, 2011
11:35 am

We have a long break, guys. We also have a very tough game against a very good Flyers team on Friday. I know, I know. It’s fun to panic. Especially on internet message boards and blogs. Trade this, trade that, waive him, blow it all up!

Or, we could just relax, ignore the resident trolls, and move on. Very tough loss yesterday afternoon, but it’s not the end of the world.

Alan R.

January 10th, 2011
11:37 am

What kind of badassery could some Chuck Norris mentoring do for our tiny dangling dancer, Burmi? Stupid?

According to the Russian media, Burmistrov exchanged contact information with Pavel Datsyuk after the 5-1 victory over the Red Wings. I expect he’ll be spending some time at Dangle’s house in the offseason.

GaVaHokie

January 10th, 2011
11:38 am

Well, not trying to be a Sage, but I can’t help but think back to 2005 (?) when Atlanta was in a playoff spot going into a February break with teams chasing (games in hand) and Atlanta came out of the break, out of a playoff spot. We are kind of at risk for that.

Rawhide

January 10th, 2011
11:39 am

Lemon drop the gloves – I thought he did fine…certainly didn’t embarrass himself out there. Really tough to make any decision based on one game up, though, (even though he did play in 2 games two years ago). I’d like to see more of him, to be honest.

It’s so cold – Yes, the cats are inside now, thank you. But the snow was piled up so high on the deck that they were hard to find this morning. I had to look for the three “bumps” in the snowdrifts back on my deck.

NOTE: The above-mentioned comment regarding cats is an example of what many in our society refer to and recognize as “a joke”. No cats were left out in last night’s snowstorm at the Rawhide Ranch. In fact, all three of Mrs. Rawhide’s cats were cuddled up at the foot of the bed enjoying the convenience of indoor heating and flannel sheets. Please spare my online editor Chuckey any unnecessary e-mails of outrage and complaint. Thank you.

Dwayne

January 10th, 2011
11:41 am

We will have a better picture Friday night after the Philly game.
If Hokie P. Clisters can turn the antenna in the right direction.

Red Light

January 10th, 2011
11:48 am

Is anyone else worried about Cormier’s speed, or seemingly lack thereof?

razorneck13

January 10th, 2011
11:53 am

After Chuck Norris mentors Burmi, he could score “wicked wristers” off his backhand.

razorneck13

January 10th, 2011
11:55 am

After Chuck Norris mentors Burmi, he won’t flush toilets, he’ll scare the crap out of them.

ZAvalanche

January 10th, 2011
12:07 pm

Ha! I am glad you put that comment in there Rawhide, else PETA would come calling! Back to hockey; Ladd and Buffy NEED to be resigned. Buff is killing it and losing your captain would really hurt the team next year. If you want to build your fan base you need good players and a winning team. My other team grew old and started sucking, so we broke a 450+ game sell out streak. Now that they have a good product it is getting back up as far as attendance goes.

WBF, yes, the NHL is going the route of the NFL as far as trades go. The league is so diverse and so many teams in close contention that trades will only happen with teams at the very bottom of their divisions – and the reason they are at the bottom…….. they may not have much to offer. Thrashy needs to get healthy and regroup. It is going to happen.

Joe Friday

January 10th, 2011
12:42 pm

Red Light, this lineup is fine to compete for and win a playoff round. I’d like to see some addition by subtraction, however, in seeing Eager moved and not dressed in in the room again. A healthy Kane and a Bergfors who now has seemed to “get it” will work wonders.

I expect no big moves now that they have, apparently, learned there’s no good return for Bergfors and Eager. The big additions to the lineup will probably come in the next offseason. Lock up Ladd, try to lockup Buff, but I hold little hope for that as he’s going to command quite a bit to sign, get healthy and let’s go. No, I’m not worried about Cormier’s speed or lack thereof, he’s a rook and had the broken foot set him back a bit. I am worried about Burmistrov, 4th line for him for now on.

Smoothie

January 10th, 2011
1:37 pm

Folks, don’t kid yourselves, while the future is brighter considering the talented youths like Kane, Burmy and Corms and hopefully Bogey and Macho-check, this team needs to make a move or two. Our top 4 is getting exploited on a nightly basis and Ramsay does not seem inclined to let Toby and Buff play 30+ minutes — hell, Buff doesn’t even play on the PK!!?

Anyway, even if this team makes the playoffs, your fooling yourselves if you think they can beat anyone besides Washington in a 7-game series. It may take a few more weeks but a deal will present itself. We may have to part ways with either Bergy or Bogey and perhaps even a decent prospect, so prepare yourself for that. Other than those two, what tradeable assets do we have right now other than Oduya, Sopel or perhaps Stewy if he gets hot and scores 5 more goals in a week.

The rest of them are our core and I don’t think we’ll see anyone I didn’t mention get traded. Like Red Light said, we’re not big and physical enough on a nightly basis to execute Ramsay’s scheme effectively. Look at the Boston Bruins and see how many “finesse” players like Bergfors they have: two, three at the most. This team needs a 30 y/o Modin, not a fading vet who can’t change directions before it’s too late. We need a more veteran, savvy presence on the blueline (perhaps it’s time to reunite Hainsey and Oduya as the 2nd pair and call up Kulda for some tutelage under Sopel) to help cut down on the GA and shore up our struggling PK especially.

I’m not saying this team can’t make the playoffs as currently constructed but it will take too much of a toll on our youngin’s and Pavelec thusly making advancing to the 2nd round a TALL order indeed.

LAC

January 10th, 2011
1:50 pm

Just what parts need to be upgraded or replaced ?

Zach, has not shown much the past two seasons. Even waddell said his play was sub-par last season… We need a rough & tumble defenseman, a defensive defenseman, a guy who will play more in his own end and clear the slot area. Our defense is quite mobile, but not overly tough with the physical play that is needed at times.

We need another scorer, a proven scorer or two. A couple known guys who know how to score and play the team concept.

I hope we don’t go after over 35 year old guys, that would be a waste. Glad we passed on Langerbruner… Could Iglina be had ? What D-man would fit here ?

The team has faded a bit, but the week off will help, Then this back to back with Phila. here and next night in The Metroplex, then on to Florida for last meeting there this season. Important games
for sure, that we really need to get 5-6 points out of.

Lastly, I hope San Jose nails Toronto tonight like they did us, would be VERY NICE TO SEE !

ThrasherTim

January 10th, 2011
1:50 pm

Red Light – I too have noticed that Cormier has seemed slower compared to the rest of the team. I haven’t been all that impressed with him just yet, but not discouraged either.

Other thoughts: 2-1-1 in the last 4, despite all the injuries – if you want to think positive.

I wouldn’t trade Stewart. He is really just a rookie and I think he could get a lot better under this system and some improvement along the boards.

Eager shouldn’t suit up again as a Thrasher.

I feel like Dudley might be in between a rock and a hard place with the D. Buff and Enstrom aren’t going anywhere. Hainsey and Sopel have been solid as a 3rd pair. I like Oduya a lot as a top 4 man so that leaves Bogo. He is only 20. He was a 3rd overall pick. I just don’t see how you can give up on him yet. Then again, I am not running a professional hockey team.

I actually like Modin when he is healthy (big IF as many posted in the pre-season) as a mentor and a big body in the offensive zone. I hate him on the PK. But then again, I pretty much hate everyone on the PK right now!

Bergfors looked good to me yesterday and you can’t replace his shot all that easily. It will be interesting to see what happens with him and the coach. If he is decent in the locker room, I could see him staying put. If he isn’t good, he will be traded.

Burmi – Has hit a wall. Couldn’t believe that horrible back pass with 25 seconds left in the game that almost cost us a point. I don’t understand why he isn’t making the safer play more often. If we get healthy again, I’d like to see him sit here and there to see the game from a different angle.

Right now, the #1 thing, other than Kane being hurt, I am concerned about is the penalty kill. Call the Leafs game an aberration if you want, but we simply haven’t been that good all year there except for the winning streak in Novemeber. Power Play has done better lately and I think will be OK.

It should be fun down the stretch with this team. I don’t see a fold — but I am concerned about the Canes. I hope Montreal struggles down the stretch so we can get into the playoffs and see what we can do. Honestly though, we do need to get the #6 seed so we can get Boston in the 1st round. They don’t have a dynamic offense and we could beat them over a series.

razorneck13

January 10th, 2011
2:19 pm

Nice to see most of us basically agreeing on needing forwards. While I think a trade is needed, I don’t want them to trade a d-man at all (though that might be the only way to get a good return). We may have some weaknesses back there, but IMO what we have on the blueline will suffice and is not worth the risk.

For example I can’t imagine losing Oduya or Sopel along with say…Eager and Modin for a solid top six forward and having that necessarily help us. Can anyone imagine Meyer dressed for the rest of the season filling that void? That would basically be the same as watching Stapleton fill in the gaps when guys like Bergfors get scratched (mind numbing) or when Kane is injured (sigh).

razorneck13

January 10th, 2011
2:40 pm

Cormier slow footed? I’d just say he’s average looking and that’s okay, they can’t all have wheels. He’s gonna be an asset in battling along the boards and in faceoffs, which is a good start. I can’t wait for him to get used to things and move into an office around the oppositions crease.

Again, yes I think it’d be better for a young guy like him to spend more time in Chicago, but at this point, who else would be better? There was one line change in his second game that really made me shudder though. Did anyone else notice him (and only him) nonchalantly skate to the bench during a pressuring Thrashers possession in Boston’s end for no apparent reason? If so do you know if that was justified and my eyes defied me? I was there, no replay on that one.

World Be Free

January 10th, 2011
2:46 pm

Razor-I was concerned abut keeping Burmie here after 9 games because of his size. I thought that the wear and tear of a long season would get to him abour feb 1, well it has happened a little earlier. He needs space to compensate for his lack of size. Antropov has been slowed by a hip, so he hasn’t created much room for Burmie. So this begs the question-should we have kept MacArthur to play LW on this line? Mac is having a good season in Tronna; we know the aribotration ruling was too high, but he might help here OR get someone else to play left wing on this line.

I a not concerned about Cormier’s lack of speed, since I think he brings so much more to the table in other areas, especially down the road.

Smoothie

January 10th, 2011
3:19 pm

Biggest challenge for the Thrashers? Beating teams they “should” beat, you know the ones below us in the standings. To wit:

Carolina 0-0-2
Buffalo 1-1-0 (win in OT)
Ottawa 1-1-0 (win in OT)
Florida 2-1-0 (1 lucky win giving up 55 SOG)
Toronto 1-1-0 (don’t need to remind you of anything here)
Islanders 2-0-0 (win at home in OT and a near choke in L.I.)
NJ Devils 1-1-0

Don’t you think we ought to be better than 8-5-2 against these teams? We have a record of 14-11-5 against the rest of our schedule, which is very respectable. But our inability to assert ourselves and impose our will on “inferior” teams is going to make this much more interesting than it should be probably. 17 more games against those lower teams and it’s imperative that they figure a way to win at least 11 or 12 of those IN REGULATION!

Smoothie

January 10th, 2011
3:26 pm

I don’t think Cormier has a lack of speed necessarily, it just takes him a stride or two more to get to his top gear. When at full throttle, he’s like a freight train hitting someone on the F/C. Not everyone is as blessed as Lits, Kaner and Stewy when it comes to 0-60 acceleration.

Smoothie

January 10th, 2011
3:30 pm

Trixie! A little help please! Thank youuuuu!

Puck Like A Porn Star

January 10th, 2011
3:31 pm

Can’t wait to see all those Thrashers jerseys at the Hawks game tomorrow. As long as the trains are running, I’ll see you all there!

World Be Free

January 10th, 2011
3:45 pm

Gotta remember Cormier is only 20, just like Bogo.

Sounds like “The Fly” is not doing too good in Chivago. I was hoping he would add some jump down the stretch. Too small.

razorneck13

January 10th, 2011
4:37 pm

World, I was amazed to watch McArthur as a legue scoring leader even if it was just the begining of the season. So, I wasn’t upset when we lost him, just surprised by his sudden output and I don’t regret the Thrashers decision either. Who’d a thunk? Not I, but I’d take him back in a heartbeat.

That said, I am upset with how we let other assets walk (for whatever reasons). Examples Max, Kubina, Moose and I know everyone’s gonna jump on me for this, but even Army (belly exposed, tail wagging, don’t hurt me). I’d say Max and Army are the kinds of pieces missing right now. Not to toot my own horn, but toot toot, I didn’t see enough beef entering this season even after the Chicago acquisitions because we let such solid guys go. I never would have never doubted this teams DEEP playoff potential had we kept some of those guys either, but am beginning to think it’s going to be an uphill battle if left as is.

razorneck13

January 10th, 2011
5:00 pm

Wonder what could have been had Arty stayed too. That guy had the best wheels of any large bodied hockey player I’ve ever seen. Seriously, have any of you seen anyone else that gianormous in stature haul like that dude? What could Rammers have done with him? Oh well.

rob

January 10th, 2011
5:01 pm

Army a key player?!?! Oh my. He is as inconsistent as it gets. Max, too much one way play. Kubina, getting too slow of foot. They helped us when we needed some help, but if you look at it from the point of Ramsey and what he is expecting players to do, I think you see none of them fit the mold here. MacArther didn’t want to be here IMO, soooo.
As for Freddie in Chi. Seems to me he put a good effort in camp and expected to play here (as I am sure a few more like Kulda did too). I wonder if this seeming never ending battle to get time playing up here in the bigs is becoming an issue. I can’t remember too many guys coming into the club and given a true shot who weren’t first round draft choices we gave a trial by fire too. The “depth” would be a lot deeper if we get some of these guys an opportunity to fight for a spot rather than giving Stapleton and Meyers filler spots. Seemed Kulda was a kind of stay at home clear the crease kind of player, and #46 played well the other night too. Given Eager probably has played his last game here, it would be nice to have a few guys get some looks with us.

ex-ex-STH

January 10th, 2011
5:17 pm

LAC you mentioned an interesting idea. My 13 year old son even brought up persueing Iginla. He’s got the toughness, fight and scoring that would/should fit in nice. And I also agree that some big name needs to be brought in to show Ladd and Buff that the front office is trying. Just give the Flames Bergfors and Bogosian and if a conditional 2nd or 3rd round pick, if needed.

rob

January 10th, 2011
5:18 pm

razor,
loved Arty and his wheels. Think he was a penalty magnet though because he size and speed meant a hit from him made it look worse than it was. Can’t imagine anyone seeing him coming down the wing and saying “I got this one!” LOL Human train!

Cornbread

January 10th, 2011
5:28 pm

Smoothie I agree with your analysis of the weaker teams that the Thrashers must beat them. But I would not put Carolina in the same category as those other teams and FL, although soft in my book, is better than the other 5. That leaves 8 wins and 5 losses to non-playoff contenders (including FL). The only loss I have a real problem with was Toronto but even that was an abberation. The other 4 losses came earlier in the season or against NJ when they were completely gassed.

Tampa and Washington have actually fared worse than the Thrashers against the non-playoff teams. Montreal is the worst in the East. The Rangers are in trouble the rest of the year as they only have 11 games left against non-contenders and 28 against playoff tems, 16 of those on the road.

It is the elite teams that tend to take full advantage of their weaker opponents. The Thrashers are not there yet. The Thrashers have also faced the most contenders so far and have fared quite well. Converting a few more of those 7 OTs would have them sitting a whole lot better.

Atlanta’s schedule still looks very favorable compared to the others in the East. They must take advantage of it.

Cornbread

January 10th, 2011
6:00 pm

Max, Kozlov, and Arty are not playing in the NHL for a reason. None of them, except maybe – maybe – Arty would fit into the Thrashers current system. But, he could have easily been retained by the Thrashers and was not. Right now he has 12 games and 72 PIMs in the KHL. Pass.

A big guy with wheels? Have you seen Dustin Byfuglien skate? Anthony Stewart? Both are far better than Arty.

Mac resigned for his arbitration award? No way.

Armstrong? I’ll take Chris Thorburn, Jim Slater, Patrice Cormier types over him all day.

Yeah it sucked to see Moose and Kubina go but they have not exactly been tearing it up this year for their current clubs either.

The Thrashers have some excellent young talent and veterans as well. They are being built for a long run and not just one season. They may very well be missing a couple of proven veterans up front. But, the only thing those old pieces would bring is missing the playoffs, again.

goose

January 10th, 2011
6:03 pm

Rangers just got Wolski for Rozsival

Savannah Blueland Fan

January 10th, 2011
6:55 pm

Hey guys…help out an English major here (I can’t add for sh–oh, that’s right…no cussing). Anyway, points-wise…who do we want to win tonight…Pittsburgh or Boston? Which is better for the Thrashers standings?

razorneck13

January 10th, 2011
7:07 pm

Well, see it’s not that I’m saying any of those guys I named were or are THE answer, but they are all tried and true. We can talk about fitting into systems all day, in the end players (prima donnas aside) do what the coach asks of them. Case and point look at Boults, Stewie, Thorbs, etc. these guys are having breakout years and I can only imagine if we retained some more of our roster.

So, I agree to disagree, but I’d take Colby and Max over Burmi (at this stage in his career) and Stapleton (probably forvever) anyday of the week right now. It’d be far better IMO to have to lose more than just one forward to injury before you see Stapleton. Had we retained guys like Max and Colby it could be the young guys like Burmi and/or Cormier getting their deserved ice time being rotated out as healthy scratches or doing stints with the Wolves as they learn. I think having to on those guys like we do is hurting us.

razorneck13

January 10th, 2011
7:08 pm

having to rely…sorry

razorneck13

January 10th, 2011
7:12 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AemBe3gshvs
Wheels Cornbread, Wheels. Sorry, but not many guys at 6′4″ 255lbs. move like this, definitely not Buff. I never said he was Mike Gartner or Sergei Fedorov, but the dude hums.

LAC

January 10th, 2011
7:16 pm

If we were to get Iginla for those two, I would hope to get Reger as well, Iginla does have some age on him, but we have PLENTY of cap space which means we can take his $7 Mil on without any problem. He would light the lockeroom up and make others understand what is needed to WIN !

But we need to make some changes soon…

glovesave29

January 10th, 2011
7:21 pm

Getting lines crossed up…are we talking about Arty or Army?

NO WAY Calgary gives up Iginla without a kings ransom. 5 years ago, i’d have paid it…but not today. He’s on the down side of his career.

razorneck13

January 10th, 2011
8:15 pm

Glovesave, both. I basically think it would have been a plus to have kept Army (cowering in fetal position) amongst others and as expected I’m flyin’ solo on that one. I also think Arty had serious torque applied to his crossovers along with a high ended gear ratio for being such a monolithic beast, apparently one person thinks I’m silly so far as that’s concerned.

rob

January 10th, 2011
8:27 pm

razor,
agree with Arty, but NOT Army LOL coulda woulda shoulda. I would like to see a few more guys from CHI given their chance to shine…Machecek (sp) Kulda and maybe one more but hey I am just a fan. I could do without Eager and Meyer, and Modin should be our on call guy

Michael "the abbreviation"

January 10th, 2011
9:42 pm

Did somebody ban Stendec?? I havnt seen him around lately, If so..not cool

World Be Free

January 11th, 2011
12:25 am

razor and others-don’t you just wonder if Max has an “out” clause in his KHL contract that would allow him to come back to the NHL this season? He would have to pass through waivers-just thinking.

Wolski has talents, but he also seems like a head case too. You can be sure Torts won’t be throwing roses at him when he screws up. Surprised Phoenix took Rozsival’s contract. They sure helped Glen Sather shed one of his bad contracts.

Smoothie

January 11th, 2011
12:42 am

Cornbread – c’mon man, I think you’ve read enough my posts to know I don’t think Carolina is “inferior” to our team, but they had a slow start and you’ve gotta keep those teams behind you suckin’ your fumes. Twice we botched chances to win in regulation against them and eventhough CAR played well enough to win at RBC, they were plum lucky to beat us at home.

Like Rammer has said, we’ve won some games we didn’t deserve to win necessarily and credit to the boys for finding ways to win when they’re not at their best. But we haven’t seen their best in quite some time. And fatigue and injuries affect all teams. At some point the valid excuse becomes a crutch if you don’t figure out ways to improve in spite of adversity. Some of the games we’ve lost are on account of rigidity in the system. When you don’t have the horses and can’t keep the other team in their end more regularlu, your flaws get exploited and that gets exacerbated when tweaks aren’t made to play more conservative and compensate for weaknesses that are accentuated by the loss of key players. I guess that’s the beauty of Ramsay’s system as it works when all are committed and you have the right pieces in place, but “safe is death” can be a lot more deadly when you’re thin and young and don’t have the luxury of tapping into a deep well of talent, size and speed on the farm.

Smoothie

January 11th, 2011
12:50 am

I meant twice we botched chances to win against CAR, not twice in reg. The effort was there in Raleigh but again we were victims of our own mistakes again. Had the boys beaten CAR at home like they should and either one of TOR at home or NJ on the road, we’d be sittin’ pretty.

But young teams can be frustrating, but we’re struggling as much due to underperforming vets like Antropov, Modin and Mason as much as anything.

ZAvalanche

January 11th, 2011
12:51 am

I know this is a hockey column but I just have one thing to say, which will most likely be unpopular. It kills me that $cam Newton got a title. If he was a hockey player some 4th liner would wipe that smirk right off of his face. OK, done.

Buffy has some pretty serious speed and is a very big man, wouldn’t want to run into that. Definite keeper. Hope some of you had the opportunity to see the Avs vs Red Wings game tonight (guess it is the AM for you all in Atl right now though) while being in an igloo. Nine goals and Avs took it 5-4. Nice! Thrashy and Avs are very similar in style, Thrashy just has a better keeper and the two games we played this year were split but very close on both sides.

Wolski is good but is very streaky; that trade is interesting. He played in CO for a bit and was lights-outs some nights and a goat other nights. Drive safe Thrashy fans, or just don’t drive at all!

ZAvalanche

January 11th, 2011
1:03 am

@Smoothie Yeah, young teams are really frustrating but provide some really exciting hockey. The up-side is that they heal faster and have more energy, down-side is that they are, obviously, less experienced. Love the speed and physicality Thrashy brings to the table. Can somebody please explain to me how Atl beats good teams and gets rolled by bad teams? We gotta come out thinking every game is a playoff game.

Red Light

January 11th, 2011
8:11 am

Actually, Sather didn’t shed salary, he took on $600,000 more in the Rozsival-Wolski deal, but the Cap hit helps and here’s why. Rosy’s contract was in declining amounts, $4 million this season and $3 million next season, but his Rangers cap hit was $5 million because he signed for a total of $20 million over four years, and he was in the 3rd year of the current deal.

Wolski just signed for two seasons last summer at $3.8 million per year. So, it works out great for both teams. Phoenix takes on the prorated amount for this season and just $3 million next year, while the Rangers shed $1.2 million (prorated this year) and then $1.2 million next year.

This deal helps both clubs in terms of cap hit, but on the ice it’s a different story altogether. Rosy’s spot can be taken up by a younger d-man (presumably Del Zotto gets recalled) and they needed Wolski to replace Frolov who’s out for the year.

Phoenix had too many left wings and probably wanted to make room for 22 year old Brett Maclean or 21 year old Mikkel Bodker, but did they really need a puck mover like Rozsival? Curious move but probably wanted to shore up the third pairing.

World Be Free

January 11th, 2011
9:24 am

Red light, looks like 2 teams “tweeking” for the home stretch run. I think both players will help their respective teams but neither player will make a huge impact. Bringing Del Zotto back will help the Rangers, I like him better than Rozsival anyhow.

ZAvs gives us the hometeam perspective on Wolski, kinda follows the M.O. that some European players bring to the table. Not sure if the nights off issues will fly in NY, with fans or Torts.
FYI Tronna won again last night, played good against a slumping L.A. team. I think the Kings are getting ready to make a deal with someone, alotta pressure to win in L.A. this season.

Zavs-also, I agree with you on Newton, beside I don’t think the Newton Saga is done with by any means. I am a HUGE college football fan, I hate to see anything tarnish the game.

World Be Free

January 11th, 2011
9:27 am

One more thing-I think most if not all the teams we see will be East trading with West, no trades within the division. Too many teams are too close, GMs are not going to help other teams win. So if we deal, I think it will be with L.A,, Calgary or Phoenix. Tht’s if we deal, I am still not certain we will make any moves unless someone wants to dump salary.

Rawhide

January 11th, 2011
10:28 am

Good morning everyone…here’s a new blog for you all to chew up while we get through another day of Snow jam 2011.

Spud Webb

January 11th, 2011
10:39 am

We’re not going to get anything for eager, even packaged with someone else. Bergy has to go, he won’t resign here, so we have to get something for him. This season is great, but really if we don’t sign ladd and buff…it’s all for not, all of this is just my opinion.
I love the way that burmy is playing. He’ll be good for us, nice surprise.
RL, yea, im concerned of cormiers lack of speed, lets see how this plays out.