So what have you been up to during Thrasherville’s Snow Jam 2011 so far? Last night the Divine Mrs. R and I engaged in about 3-1/2 hours of Wii Sports activities with the two tax exemptions. The one game I’m any good at…100-pin bowling. I scored a 1,888 leaving only two frames open.
The one game I completely send the Suckometer spinning off the carts is the archery competition. After the first round where you’re right up on the target, I could barely even hit the dang thing.
Tonight, it’s Raving Rabbits. I’m pretty good at that one!
Anyway…ere are a couple of quick news stories to discuss and debate while we wait for the snow and ice to clear out.
Thrashers Practice Cancelled
The Atlanta Thrashers have joined local school kids in getting another day off. As Phil Foley reported last night, the team originally pushed back this morning’s practice until noon. But upon further review today, they simply scrapped the practice all together.
Hmmmm…I wonder if my ‘ol pal Thrash could get his hands on a Zamboni and clear a path to the Duluth Ice forum for the guys?
Further down in the report you can read where Nigel Dawes the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week honors. Dawes finished last week with 5 goals, an assist and was a +4 in three games played.
For the season, Dawes has 19 goals, 13 assists and has an EVEN +/- rating after 36 games played.
Bye-Bye to Ben?
After last Friday’s fiasco involving Ben Eager, I made it clear that I would not mind one bit if he never played in a Thrashers uniform again. Well it looks like I, and those who agreed with me, may just get our wish. In the team report on Yahoo Sports, the writer wondered how long it would take for the scrappy forward to make his way back into coach Ramsay’s lineup adding, “there’s a strong possibility he could also be traded in the meantime”.
The Long Goodbye for Boris
Last Saturday, Chris Vivlamore let us know that the Thrashers organization placed defenseman Boris Valabik on re-entry waivers with the intent to allow another team to pick him up, This is the second time this season the team has sought to rid part ways with the 2004 first-round draft pick in the manner.
But just like last time, there were no takers…even though a team could have done so having the chance pay only half of what remains on his $762,500 salary.
Valabik will be an RFA this season and so far in Chicago he has 7 assists in 36 games. He’s EVEN in the +/- column and leads the team with 119 PIM.
Preliminary Talks Begin With Ladd and Byfuglien
Also in C-Viv’s report last weekend is the confirmation the team has begun talks to extend the contracts of Dustin Byfuglien and captain Andrew Ladd. The two lead the Thrashers in goals scored, Buff with 16 and Ladd with 14.
To me, even before any trades that could be made to bolster the team’s roster, this is priority number 1 and 1A for this organization. The pair have provided the leadership and excitement the team as sorely needed in the wake of Kovalchuk’s departure last year and has given the fanbase here a genuine reason to feel optimistic not only about this season’s playoff prospects…but for years to come as well.
Locking these players up for three to five years would be just what we need in Thrasherville so…get ‘er done Dudley!
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