Should Nic Bergfors be checking his head for goat horns?

Last night, Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski posted up his list of “goats” for all 30 teams. These, of course, are the players that most should wear the blame for whatever failures have fallen upon their respective teams. Now, all 30 teams were listed here…even teams like Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Vancouver…so Wysh feels even teams enjoying highly successful seasons have a goat somewhere on their roster chewing up stats sheets.

Do you see any horns on nic Bergfors? No? I don't either (AP Photo/John Amis)

Do you see any horns on nic Bergfors? No? I don't either (AP Photo/John Amis)

For the Atlanta Thrashers, the “honor” goes to forward Nic Bergfors, the first round pick by the New Jersey Devils in the 2005 draft. The goat horns were strapped on him despite the fact he’s currently on a four-game points streak, is on pace for right at the same points production as last season and is an EVEN player after 34 games. Last year he was a -10.

Here’s what Wyshynski says about Bergfors:

“There are signs of life thanks to a 4-game point streak in 2011, but the last three months of 2010 were the nadir of his young pro career. He scored two goals from Nov. 14 through New Year’s Eve, suffering through the indignity of several healthy scratches in November.”

While I can see where Wysh is coming from, I personally would have a tough time naming Bergfors has the Thrashers’ goat so far this season. Honestly, I would be hard pressed to use the term “goat” for anyone on this team thus far… save maybe two players.

Ben Eager would be someone who might just deserves the goat title before Bergfors does. Like Nic, Eager has also had to deal with “the indignity of several healthy scratches” in the first half of the season. However, the last time we saw him in a Thrashers uniform, he was skating off the ice of Philips Arena after taking a match penalty for sucker-punching Toronto’s Colby Armstrong. The Maple Leafs proceeded to drop four goals on us during the ensuing five-minute power play. In all, they scored five goals on the Thrashers stemming from Eager’s penalties.

Which Thrasher is most deserving of the "goat" label?

  • Nic Bergfors (2%, 5 Votes)
  • Ben Eager (50%, 102 Votes)
  • Chris Mason (28%, 56 Votes)
  • Someone else (11%, 23 Votes)
  • No goats on this Thrashers team (9%, 17 Votes)

Total Voters: 203

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Some would make the point Ben Eager all but single-handedly cost the Thrashers that game. I don’t know if that is entirely true or not…but is there any single game in which it could even logically be argued that Bergfors actions cost the team a game?

I don’t think so.

Ben Eager also has taken far too many penalties this season. He leads the team with 77 PIM though he’s played in but 34 games. Dustin Byfuglien is second in that stat column with 45, but Big Buff has suited up for all 45 games so far.

Another Thrasher that could possible wear the goat label around his neck is Chris Mason. The free agent signing has been quite the disappointment this season, going 7-7-2 with a 3.81 GAA and .891 SV%. Mason is 1-4-1 in his last six starts. Since the 4-2 win in San Jose last October 16, the only time Mason has allowed fewer than 3 goals in a game was during a 3-2 shootout loss to Carolina last month.

Mason did a good job helping to fill the gap between Ondrej Pavelec’s opening night fainting spell and when he could return to the net, but those overall numbers are clearly indicative of his struggles so far during this 2010-11 season.

Maybe Eager and Mason don’t deserve the “goat” label on this Thrashers roster. However, I certainly don’t think Bergfors does either.

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January 14th, 2011
10:34 am

The standings are interesting in the Southeast. It is going to be a dogfight the rest of the way.

Tampa 44 played and 57 pts
Washington 44 played and 55 pts
Atlanta 45 played and 51 pts
Carolina 43 played and 48 pts
Florida 42 played and 42 pts.

There is not one team in the division that will be throwing in the towel in the next couple of weeks. A hot streak by Florida like we had and they are right in the conversation. Washington has been streaky, Tampa is not secure in the goaltending, Atlanta is young and learning, and Carolina is playing solid hockey.

In fact Florida has more wins than 5 other teams and if they win their next 3 games will have more wins than the Thrashers at the 45 game mark.

We needed this break, but now it is time to come out and play some strong team hockey. The big difference I saw from the winning streak and the past 10 games is the back check. When we were winning, every play at every stage of the ice was contested. The last 10 games, understanding the tired legs, this was not happening and the 3rd man in the zone for the other team was typically uncontested.

Lets hope the boys have their legs back, their injuries have healed, and we get back on the horse with a winning streak of our own. If we do, don’t count the Thrashers out for the Southeast division title.

Joe Friday

January 14th, 2011
10:34 am

“Do goats go baa?” Sara, upon further review, I hear that goats go “nay”. So, yes, Sage is a goat. It’s all he can say: nay. He’s like the little dude on Gulliver’s Travels, what was his name? The one that’s always going “it’ll never work, we’re all gonna die”.

I concur with Red Light on a couple things. I don’t like calling a goat out, these guys all are trying their best and are mainly a solid room of guys. Bergie does seem to coming around in the system, and we need his touch. I hope he sticks in the lineup now and continues to “get it”.

I also agree with Red Light on cornbread (he was just kidding cornbread). I often think cornbread is channeling my thoughts when I read his/her (I think he?) comments.

I looked at the standings today after our week off. Not bad where we wound up after the other clubs caught up on the games in hand. Blue Skirts have been hot but will cool off some. Solidly in 8th with only Carolina with a chance to catch us with the games in hand and only by 1 and within sniffing distance of climbing back up to 5,6,7 spots with a little hot streak, not bad at all. Get Kane healthy, Pavs stays hot, and we’re going to have some fun this spring (spring will come eventually, looking forward to the warmth to return starting today. Unleash the Fury tonight, folks! Friday night tilt against Philthy should be a good one.

Red Light

January 14th, 2011
10:46 am

Yes. Joe Friday and I agree on something!

As you may know, the Thrashers didn’t have much luck against the Flyers until last season when they went 4-0 and outscored the Bullies 13-6. Prior to the 2009-10 campaign, Atlanta was just 4-26-6 all-time and just 4-13-4 at home against Philly. Philly is 5-2-2 this season playing the 2nd game of a back-to-back and 2-0-1 coming off a loss in those situations.

Atlanta enters with four days of rest. The Thrashers record during the past five seasons with three or more day’s rest between games is 15-12-2.


January 14th, 2011
10:54 am

GTPO – I echo your thoughts about fans being very, very careful driving down to Philips tonight. There are still some icy spots on roads and we all want Thrashers fans to stay safe.

As far as snow still on the driveway…mine was cleared Tuesday by 2 very able teenage sons. God, I love that!

It’s reason number 76-B why having teenage boys is just GREAT!!! :lol:


January 14th, 2011
11:10 am

Yeah Bill, but did they let the cat in last night?

Tony C

January 14th, 2011
11:43 am

Yeah. Thank goodness Nittymaaki(spl?) is in SJ-That Phlyers lineup is crazy deep and scary good all the way through it. Big test tonight.


January 14th, 2011
11:55 am

Some interesting stats put together by Jon Jordan, the resident SE Division writer for Kukla’s Korner. I highly recommend you check out the link:

Here’s a sampling:

Southeast Division Plus/Minus Leaders
1 – Bryan Little, Atlanta: +15
2 – John Carlson, Washington: +12
T3 – Brooks Laich, Washington: +10
T3 – Marty Reasoner, Florida: +10
T3 – Brent Sopel, Atlanta: +10
T6 – Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay: +9
T6 – Alex Ovechkin, Washington: +9
T6 – Nicklas Backstrom, Washington: +9
T6 – Michael Frolik, Florida: +9
T6 – Mike Green, Washington: +9
T6 – Christopher Higgins, Florida: +9
T6 – Dmitry Kulikov, Florida: +9

Southeast Division Assist Leaders
1 – Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay: 35
T2 – Alex Ovechkin, Washington: 30
T2 – Tobias Enstrom, Atlanta: 30
4 – Nicklas Backstrom, Washington: 28
5 – Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay: 26
6 – Dustin Byfuglien, Atlanta: 25
7 – Tuomo Ruutu, Carolina: 23
T8 – Eric Staal, Carolina: 22
T8 – Andrew Ladd, Atlanta: 22
T8 – Jussi Jokinen, Carolina: 22

Southeast Division Hit Leaders
1 – Tuomo Ruutu, Carolina: 164
2 – Alex Ovechkin, Washington: 136
3 – Tim Gleason, Carolina: 117
4 – Patrick Dwyer, Carolina: 107
5 – Chad LaRose, Carolina: 105
T6 – Erik Cole, Carolina: 97
T6 – John Erskine, Washington: 97
8 – Ryan Malone, Tampa Bay: 92
9 – Matt Hendricks, Washington: 78
10 – Mike Green, Washington: 77

Southeast Division Blocked Shot Leaders
1 – Brent Sopel, Atlanta: 100
2 – Tobias Enstrom, Atlanta: 96
3 – Ron Hainsey, Atlanta: 93
4 – Brett Clark, Tampa Bay: 90
5 – John Carlson, Washington: 87
6 – Johnny Oduya, Atlanta: 85
7 – Mike Green, Washington: 81
8 – Mattias Ohlund, Tampa Bay: 75
9 – Tim Gleason, Carolina: 74
10 – Jeff Schultz, Washington: 73

Obviously, it would be nice if we could get a couple of guys in the Top 10 for hits “issued”, but it’s nice to see our D-men so committed to blocking shots. However, they will need more help from the forwards in the 2nd half if we are going to be a playoff team.

Get The Puck Out

January 14th, 2011
12:02 pm

Alan- most of the main roads are clear, but secondary roads are still covered. I live on a mountain and my driveway is about a quarter mile long. Gonna try and salt today. GOTTA GET OUT!!!

World Be Free

January 14th, 2011
12:47 pm

Smoothie-those are “Red Light” type stats, nice work. Kinda supports what some of us have been saying about Sopel. This guy’s career stalled a couple years ago when Chicago picked him off the waiver wire. Talk about unsung heroes with the Thrashers, Sopel is the anti-goat.

Seems like alotta teams have UFAs this summer-look at FLA’s UFAs-
Tomas Vokoun, Bryan McCabe, Darcy Hordichuk, Chris Higgins, Marty Reasoner, Cory Stillman and Radek Dvorak + 5 more RFAs. Stillaman will attract interest for sure.


January 14th, 2011
1:23 pm

Hey guys!

If you’re coming down for tonight’s game be sure to leave plenty early if you can. I came downtown at noon and 75-SB was backed up to Moores Mill. Roads are pretty clear, but there are a lot of donkey’s on the road that panic at the sight of a puddle.


January 14th, 2011
2:43 pm

Red Light none taken. My sarcasm probably didn’t come over well either. But, anyone is free to disagree with me and my commentary – especially the hockey knowledgeable. I know plenty that do. I just like talking hockey.


January 14th, 2011
3:02 pm

I’ll be at tonight’s game to see my two favorite teams. My boyhood team from the Broad Street Bullies days and my new adopted team. Even bringing an orange and black hat – and a blue one. I’m sure I just became a pariah around here – if not already. See you in Section 205. Thanks for setting up the sweet deal Rawhide. Bringing mom to her first NHL game – though she’s a true fan and and hockey mom that has seen hundreds of games.

My Thrashers need this win more than my Flyers. Let’s Go Thrashers!


January 14th, 2011
3:21 pm

C/B – Are you originally from PA? Usually don’t profess any liking of the Flyers on this blog (except the occaisional jab at R/L and Blueskirts) so it’s nice to have another BSB fan.


January 14th, 2011
3:22 pm

Cornbread – I’ll be in 205 myself. Look me up and come by to say Howdy!


January 14th, 2011
3:26 pm

I’ve got 2 tickets for free for tonight’s game to the first caller 404-786-0325


January 14th, 2011
3:41 pm

DWTO Yes, Harrisburg and that makes me a Hershey Bears fan too! Learned to skate on the frozen ponds at 4 years old. Loved seeing the skating down Peachtree Street vid. Brought me back to some good times skating for miles on the frozen over snow covered fields. Hopefully we won’t encounter any ice like that on the way there. About to head out for the trip.

Will do Rawhide. Looking forward to it.

Red Light

January 14th, 2011
4:08 pm

DWTOO’s credentials are hereby revoked!


January 14th, 2011
4:20 pm

Hey, Cornbread, this is Mrs. DWTOO and I’m also from around Harrisburg (the West Shore) and am a Hershey Bears, BSB, and Thrashers fan (although I’ve adopted the Thrashers as my #1 team now – sorry Philly fans – I’ll cheer for the BSBs when they play any other team). From what part of the H-burg area do you hail?


January 14th, 2011
4:34 pm

C/B – Know what you mean – grew up in Bethlehem and we’d take sticks and pucks and skate up and down the Lehigh Canal. Before moving here I’d only skated indoors once.

R/L – Credentials? We don’t need no stinkin’ credentials.


January 14th, 2011
4:35 pm

Per C-Viv tweet: “Thrashers activate Evander Kane from IR. Reassign Tim Stapleton to AHL Chicago.”


January 14th, 2011
4:50 pm

Great news! We need Kane’s forechecking bad. I hope he can go 100%.

R. Stroz

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January 14th, 2011
5:38 pm

We Need This Game 2nite !!!


January 14th, 2011
6:01 pm

All transplants should take notes from Cornbread on how to manage team loyalties. Root for the old hometeam, root for the new hometeam. Options are good.

BTW, Cornbread I will say this, the Flyers have some of the snazziest uniforms EVER, especially this incarnation of em. Plus I’ve always had a soft spot for em, because I went to my first NHL game about 15 years ago (Philly @ Tampa), I always hated the Lightning. Anywho…


Joe Friday

January 14th, 2011
6:16 pm

“my two favorite teams. My boyhood team from the Broad Street Bullies days and my new adopted team. Even bringing an orange and black hat”

I take back everything I said about you. Boo!!!


January 14th, 2011
10:01 pm

Okay, we all know Bogo is struggling. If you see tonights game on TV he was completely lost out there.

But it is no longer Bogo’s fault. It is Ramsay’s fault.

He is the one putting Bogo out there to fail. I do not know if it is intelligence, skill, or fear that has so immobilized Zach, but he is not playing like an NHL caliber defenseman. Yet Bogo does not make the schedule. Ramsay HAS TO SIT HIM.

R. Stroz

January 14th, 2011
10:07 pm

After watching Bogosian pull a pink flamingo on the Flyers second goal, I have a nickname for him:



January 14th, 2011
10:09 pm

Does anyone know Pav’s save %age on wins vs losses? Seems to me we win when it is .91 or so and we lose when is less than .91. (He was just under .9 tonight.)

Sage of Bluesland

January 14th, 2011
10:11 pm

I say again: Do you feel what’s happening, Thrashers fans? Can you feel it? I’m glad I watched what I deemed necessary and relevant from the comfort of my own home….I almost feel sorry for those who frittered their assumingly hard-earned money away….Almost, that is…

Too bad the season is a bit longer than a six-week stretch in November and December…but, we’ve been down that road before, as well, haven’t we? Will any of you ever–EVER–learn?!

Maybe the wittle spweadsheet-maker and the Revisionist-Historian (Joe Bob Friday) will have the answers? Maybe Joe Bob “knew it all along” on what is going on in Thrashersland?

(Uh-huh, sure he does…Just wait a few years and he’ll say it again…and I’ll continue to laugh, too…)


January 14th, 2011
10:13 pm

bogosian HAS TO GO !!!! This was a critical game and we LOST AGAIN.

Third period was a DISASTER, no chnce in Dallas, as we now drop OUT of the top eight by next week. Unless MAJOR changes are made, This season is about OVER !


January 14th, 2011
10:23 pm

If we want to fix a situation:
1. Dudley has to make a trade.
2. Antro is very slow and nothing to do on ice. Buy him out, put him on waiver.
3. Bogus is horrible D-man. He has to go or sit for long time.
4. DO NOT put Rookie line together. HUGE mistake.


January 14th, 2011
10:40 pm

For what it’s worth…here are my thoughts:
Ramsay has this saying often quoted by the commentators: “safe is death”…but maybe the Thrash need to learn “adapt or die”.
Other teams have figured out the weaknesses in the current system. “Safe is death” means, at best, “don’t sit back.” At worst, it means, “overpursue until there’s all kinds of holes in your defense”.
There are two places in the hockey rink that the Thrashers (with an occasional exception) seem to avoid year in, year out. These two spots are mirror images of one another. It’s in front of the goal, on the side that the goalie isn’t. On defense, teams repeatedly take advantage of this now.
On offense, the Thrash mostly seem to want to shoot from the outside, with no deflections and no screens. Let’s say you get 25-30 shots per game this way…most of them are very low percentage shots. Put screens, have a player fight for that spot in front AS A STANDARD PART OF YOUR OFFENSE, you might only get 20 SOG per game, but many more of them will have a decent chance.
Another thing: teams are attacking Byfuglien at the point and stripping the puck every game now. Maybe he should play low on the power play.

Glum from Gulliver's Travels

January 14th, 2011
10:45 pm

SOB is my son.


January 14th, 2011
10:47 pm

JoeBass — very astute observations. We stopped skating and working midway thru the 3rd.

Russian — you’re spot on. Antro needs to go on LTIR if he’s struggling due to the hip. But ASG is too cheap to eat his salary and / or get a replacement that makes b/w $3 – 4 M to get over the cap floor.

Rawhide — I think it’s time that we affix Nik’s hip to the milk carton. Don’t ya think? PS – I’m sorry I predicted the score…shoulda kept my mouth shut earlier today! ;-)


January 14th, 2011
11:02 pm

Looked like a AHL team(us) playing an NHL team (them).
Can we please, please, PLEASE!!!! get a defensman that will hit somebody? All the other teams know that they can go into the crease and nobody is going to get physical, especially Bogosian. Toby is great, Buff is doing what he is supposed to do(get the puck out and look up ice). But we have NOBODY that is not a “finesse” defenseman. We can pull all we want to get the Thrashers into the playoffs, but then what? The playoffs are all about physicality. We will get killed, again. Hell, put Slater on defense when he gets back. He hits! I am tired of seeing Bogosian looking lost and SCARED! Going back to last year in Denver. He just surrendered the zone to whoever came into it and the Avs scored 5 seconds into OT. NOBODY is hesitant to come into our zone. This is a violent game and the big boys play it that way. Somebody in Duluth has to put on their big boy pants and come to play.

Wayne stuck in AL

January 14th, 2011
11:16 pm

I’ll say it right here, right now:

This team will NOT make the playoffs.


January 14th, 2011
11:41 pm

Ranallo warning??


January 14th, 2011
11:53 pm

Brendan – Bill was at the game and had a long drive back to look forward to. I think you’ve got some time to post. Not much more to say other than the obvious. Duds will have his work cut out for him trying to bring in a top-6 scoring winger and shoring up the D. Do we split the bottom two pairings and try to even things out? Bogey isn’t cut out for top 4 mins right now as teams are loading up when they are on the ice late in a game. Lavs was quick-changing to get better match-ups when either the Burmy line was out or Bogey/Oduya was on the ice. Although the 4th goal was totally Enstrom’s gaffe. But he’s allowed one every now and then! :-) Anyway, I’m thinking a reunion of Hainsey and Oduya might be in order simply because they seem to see and react to the game the same way. I feel as though Johnny ends up running around a bit because Zach’s anticipation of the play is lacking and he ends up getting caught too often in no-man’s land. But there are far more other problems to address like Antropov’s lack of production (hip or not), Kane’s lack of patience / inability to utilize a great teammate in Little, the lack of depth on the bottom 2 lines without Slater (believe it or not!) and the lack of physicality when the chips are down in the 3rd period. Lots of coaching challenges as well as GM ones for Rammer and Duds. Get to work men!


January 15th, 2011
12:00 am

I’ll just proceed, not seeing the Ranallo warning. There were bright spots in this game. Truly, there were. If we can take 5 seconds to ignore the outcome, our PK unit didn’t give up any goals. Peverley had a huuuuge goal for us, to end the 2nd period. It was up to Atlanta to bring home the win in the third period.

People love to single out Bogosian and Bergfors, and Mason, etc., for our woes. But we win and lose as a team. I actually thought Bergfors had a decent game. Let the record show that I don’t come here to throw the team under the bus after every loss. I’m not going to call tonight’s game a “moral victory.” Or anything like that. But we were facing the # 1 team in the East. Well, honestly, I kinda think Pittsburgh is the best team in the East. But anyway, this was last year’s Finalist.

I’m not an apologist. I won’t make excuses. Neither will I simply ignore or gloss over the fact that this team has lost eight of its past eleven (8/11) games. We’re now in the portion of the schedule where the points get a bit harder to obtain. This is the time of the year where the BEST TEAMS in the NHL begin to separate themselves from the pack. It’s a fact that the Atlanta Thrashers banked a decent enough amount of points, percentage-wise, in the 1st half of this season to keep them in the playoff mix for a good long while. They might make it in. They might not. But they at least put themselves into a position to still be competitive, down the stretch. We have no distractive pending UFA Superstar contract to jettison at the trade deadline. Nor will we hold a “firesale” at the deadline. Hopefully, this ownership will step up to the plate to do what is necessary. “Lo que sea,” right Diego from Lilburn? This ownership will be given the opportunity to put its intentions on full display.


January 15th, 2011
12:07 am

Smoothie, still plenty of ice up in Rawhide’s neck of the woods. Everyone’s got to use caution, until all of this melts. I think the Flyers were credited with 36 shots. I guess that’s not horrendous. But it’s still a lot of work for a goaltender, on a nightly basis.


January 15th, 2011
12:31 am

Brendan & Smoothie – i made it home safely, thank you both. I’ll have something new for you all first thing in the morning. until then, please feel free to disect tonight’s loss as you see fit here.


January 15th, 2011
12:36 am

Glad to hear you made it home safely. Have we come up with a snazzy name for this weather? I’ve just be calling it “IceFest 2011.” I’ve enjoyed a bit of white on the landscape, but truthfully, I’m all in favor of letting it melt, at this point.


January 15th, 2011
1:02 am

What does Bogosian have to do to earn a seat in the press box? Every time he touches the puck I cringe.


January 15th, 2011
3:20 am

Nice to sit behind you tonight Rawhide and chat a bit about the game. Pleasure to meet you as well.

DWTO’s I’m from the West Shore as well. Mechanicsburg class of ‘83.

It was a good game folks. A damn good game. The Flyers are a great team and took advantage of most of their opportunities. The Thrashers did not. Still, you could tell the time off helped get their system and special teams back on track. There was a lot to like about the way they played tonight against one of the best.

I believe the youth of this team is starting to hurt them a bit during this rough stretch. They are a very talented bunch – Bogosian included – but tonight they showed the Flyers a little too much respect- especially late in the third. They backed out of the attacking zone a little too quickly and easily. The gaps were big in the neutral zone. Instead of standing players up inside the NZ or on their own blue line and forcing a turnover, it was occurring deeper in their end. This also takes commitment from the forwards to slow teams down and cut-off space in the NZ.

That’s the next step in the Thrashers becoming a better team. They do not suck. They are very good right now and they are not that far off from getting back on track and beating the top teams again. It could have happened tonight. Disappointing loss for the Thrashers but their play was far better than what the score reflected.

Long day. Time for bed.


January 15th, 2011
6:22 am

Is there a defenseman in the entire NHL who is WORSE than this bogosian ???

He is not worthy of the ECHL at this point. Why ???? Can’t the coach & GM see this, WE do ?

This kid is not getting one bit better, he is getting MUCH WORSE. He is costing us every game and last night another example… He MUST be waived, traded, sent down anything to GET HIM OUT OF Atlanta !!!!

I just see a sinking ship, now without enough parts to keep afloat. We do not know how to win and it shows…. I have to agree with several others… NO PLAYOFFS AGAIN !!!!!!!!


January 15th, 2011
6:28 am

Can I panic now? It’s just unacceptable to lose (AGAIN) to a team that played the night before and one that gave up a 7 spot on top of that. This slump is just killing us. I can understand losing to the teams that are “better” than us, but we can’t even beat the teams that are worse, such as TOR or NJ. I just don’t know what needs to be done.


January 15th, 2011
10:32 am

Please explain why Bogosian is the worst D-man in the NHL. And, what did he do last night that cost the Thrashers the game?


January 17th, 2011
7:28 pm

In response to Runner’s comment regarding Ben Eager’s “girlfriend”, I’ve actually thought for sometime now that Eager’s problem was a “personal” one rather than a professional one. Maybe Eager’s girlfriend IS the problem. The girl he is dating is well-known to other athletes. She is the girl that Tony Romo dumped Jessica Simpson for. I really hate to be catty, but I can’t help but think she may be one of the reasons Eager plays so poorly. Someone else pointed out on one of these boards that it seems as if Eager is purposely trying to play his way OUT of Atlanta. Maybe she is the reason. If this is the case, he really is stupid, because he could be traded anywhere and the same problems would continue in whatever city he’s traded to. Please don’t trade him back to Chicago. The Blackhawks have enough issues and I seriously doubt that having Eager back in the same city with Natalie will make his play any better. If it is indeed a “toxic girlfriend” issue, then I feel sorry for Ben. Why anyone would trade a good chance at another Stanley Cup ring for some chick, I have no clue.


January 18th, 2011
12:21 am

Sorry. That one sentence should read “will NOT make his play any better”.