A year later, Lehtonen deal seems to have benefited both Thrashers and Stars

Whenever a big trade goes down in professional sports, one of the things that fans and pundits alike engage in is the discussion of which of the two sides got the better of the deal. To some, there always has to be a “winner” or a “loser” in the transaction. But the fact is a lot of times it benefited both organizations.

This is true, I believe, of the trade that went down last winter that sent goalie Kari Lehtonen to the Dallas Stars, whom the Thrashers will be facing tonight out in Texas. It’ll be the first time the two parties will face each other after parting ways almost a year ago.

Taken by the Thrashers with the second overall pick in the 2002 draft, Kari played in 204 games while with Atlanta, 196 of which were starts, and he compiled a record of 94-83-17 with a 2.87 GAA, .912 SV% and 14 shutouts. However, only one season passed with Lehtonen not suffering some sort of ailment…normally groin or back related…that kept him out for extended periods.

Prior to last season, “Kari Down ’09” started earlier than “Kari Down ‘08”, ”Kari Down ‘07” and “Kari Down ‘05″. He had undergone back surgery during the offseason and he was not healthy enough to play until more than halfway through the season. However, he wouldn’t play another game in a Thrashers uniform as the team decided to finally cut their losses with the oft-injured second overall pick in the 2002 draft. And so, on February 9 he was shipped off to Big D.

Kari Lehtonen has found a hame in Dallas as he's is 24-14-5 after being traded to the Stars .(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

Kari Lehtonen seems to have found a home in Dallas. He is 24-14-5 after being traded to the Stars last winter (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

Kari went on to play start 10 times for the Stars in the latter stages of last season and played in a total of 12 games. He finished with a 6-4-0 record, a 2.81 GAA and .911 SV%. So far this year, he is 18-10-5 with 2.59 GAA and .916 SV%.

In his most recent outing, Lehtonen stopped 39 of 41 Edmonton Oilers’ shots during a 3-2 Stars win last Tuesday night. And he’s allowed 2 or few goals in 8 of his last 10 games while posting up a .920 SV5 during that time.

For those who expressed concern about cutting ties with Kari…thinking maybe the Thrashers did so too soon…while I understand your feelings, personally I believe as I did then that it was time for the two to part ways. For us, we simply could not take any more “Kari-Down” situations. For him, I felt a change of scenery and situation would probably be just what he needed. That, plus having a goalie coach around to mentor him would seriously do the kid some good.

As for Atlanta…in return for Lehtonen, they received defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy and Dallas’ second round draft pick in last June’s draft. With that pick, the Thrashers took Russian left winger Ivan Telegin.

Telegin plays for the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit and last season put up 26 goals and 18 assists in 51 regular season games and was a +2. He notched a goal and a helper and was a -5 in 6 playoff games. This year he has 8 goals and 23 assists in 31 games played and is a +19 going into Friday night’s game at Sault St. Marie.

After playing in 28 for the Thrashers AHL affiliate in Chicago, Vishnevskiy was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on July 1 of last summer for Andrew Ladd and Atlanta’s second round draft pick. Ladd, of course, would go on to be named team captain for the Thrashers and leads all forwards on the team with 15 goals and 22 assists, including one goal scored in last night’s 5-2 loss to the Flyers.

Along with Dustin Byfuglien, Ladd has become one of the players the organization looks to build the future around and general manager Rick Dudley has indicated he has already begun talks with his agent to work out a deal that will keep Ladd the captain here for some time to come.

So as a direct result of last winter’s trade, the Thrashers have a promising prospect and a team captain that has been producing for the team on the ice and in the locker room. The Dallas Stars got a goalie that has gone 24-14-5 since the trade and seems to be just what they needed after they and Marty Turco went their separate ways last summer.

Looks like that’s a result both teams and both sets of fans can be happy with.

68 comments Add your comment

Dandylions

January 15th, 2011
7:44 am

Where is everyone?

Matt

January 15th, 2011
7:47 am

MUST win this game tonight. Slide is becoming epic and team needs some confidence restored.

Dunwoody_Joe

January 15th, 2011
7:51 am

I have to agree that it was best for all to part ways with Kari. Certainly win-win for Thrashers and Dallas.

It is sad however, that Kari never was able to reach his potential here. I have often wondered if the injuries were due to his immaturity (not training nor taking his physical fitness seriously) or whether not having a competant goalie coach (or head coach) was to blame.

I bet under the present regime, Kari wold have flourished.

GaVaHokie

January 15th, 2011
8:04 am

It’s probably good that a trade finally worked out for DALLAS after all the stinkers we sent their way.

Sage of Bluesland

January 15th, 2011
8:06 am

The vim and vigor from some of the usual cast of characters just doesn’t seem the same anymore…I wonder why?

Actually, I think we all know the reason–if we’re honest with ourselves. There is much concern in Thrashersland, I’m afraid.

But, I’m sure Joe-Bob will have “known all along”…it just takes him a year or three to conclude what others have pointed out many times previously. My, it does make me laugh.

(or, we need a spweadsheet-special to show that, actually, this leadership/ownership is doing a “better than average” job, despite the waves lapping over the bow of the proverbial Titanic!…My oh my, if only the season ended in mid-December…)

GaVaHokie

January 15th, 2011
8:07 am

I really like Telegin. I forgot he was linked to that trade. He’s got a feather pass. I like guys with pinpoint accurate passing with a flick of the wrist.

jimbo

January 15th, 2011
8:11 am

Last night;s game was a big disappointment. We were rested the Flyers travelled overnight to get here and yet they outhustled us in the last period where it really counts. Teams that dump and chase have had great success wrestling the puck away from our defensemen and our forwards and are able to control the tempo when they need to. We have no shutdown strategy or instinct. Playoffs are a reach this year.

Get The Puck Out

January 15th, 2011
9:09 am

It’s pretty simple actually. Philly just has better talent, but that doesn’t excuse effort in third period. Effort has to be better to make up for less talent for 60 minutes, not just 40. If not for Pavs it could have been a lot worse. A trade for defensive talent will have to be made for any chance at playoffs. Passing was horrible and again the effort in third period just wasn’t there. I see Dr. Doom has reappeared after another loss. He’s just like the snow and ice… it just won’t go away.

buzz

January 15th, 2011
9:32 am

We got fleeced in that trade.

We should have kept Lehtonen and played them both until one of them had TRADE VALUE. As it is, we basically gave away one of our few picks that did not absolutely tank.

Tom Lysiak

January 15th, 2011
10:25 am

Last night they played “not to lose” rather than playing to win. The first two periods were tentative hockey, kinda from both teams. Almost like a boxing match, feeling out the opponent. When the Flyers turned up the heat, and you just knew it was coming sitting at the game, we could not counter it. They definitely have more talent top to bottom, and that ends up taking over in the end.

This team is not the same team were were 1-2 months ago. We lost that confidence, that little swagger we had. Granted we’ve had some injuries. But, injuries happen to every team. Rammer and Dudley have their jobs cut out for them right now. We need to get mean. We need to get tough. When Coburn almost decapitated Little in front of the crease after the play was over (and no penalty was called), someone should have gotten payback. Those little things make you a team.

That said, GO FALCONS!!! SACK THE PACK!!!!

GaVaHokie

January 15th, 2011
10:26 am

Fleeced?! I wouldn’t even come close to saying that.

I suppose we probably could have made some other trade for Ladd unrelated to anything we got in the Lehtonen trade… we could have traded Postma or Kulda just the same. But when you consider we got to KEEP both those prospects and trade Dallas prospects for Ladd instead, it’s a win-win for both sides.

Face it, Halak was ‘en fuego’ for Montreal and he only mustered a return of Lars Eller and Ian Schultz.

Joe Friday

January 15th, 2011
10:29 am

We turned Lehtonen into Ladd which is just fine by me. And it gave the keys to Pavs, who has shown he can handle #1, and stay healthy (when he’s not fainting). That trade was a win-win.

We need 2 pts tonight, badly. Don’t go jumping off the bridges folks, the club is still set up to finish strong and we played a very good club last night. The effort was there early, if Shelly doesn’t get completely lucky with his flukey goal, we take that game. Couple bounces didn’t go our way last night, must turn it around tonight, if they fold tonight, then I’ll worry.

Go Steelers/Falcons/Bears/J.E.T.S.

GaVaHokie

January 15th, 2011
10:35 am

Let’s face it, when a trade happens, one of our first instincts is “should I go pick him up in fantasy?” :)

Looking at Yahoo Fantasy ownership of players in the league, which I consider an honest assessment amongst diehard hockey fans.

Kari Lehtonen has 77% ownership
Andrew Ladd has 74% ownership

Jaroslav Halak has 97% ownership
Lars Eller has 2% ownership

GaVaHokie

January 15th, 2011
10:37 am

JF… if Shelley doesn’t score that goal and Kane scores that short-handed goal that skipped across the crease, it’s a much different game.

It was only 5-2 because we had to press to stay on offense and of course the empty netter.

Cornbread

January 15th, 2011
10:52 am

I always thought Lehtonen was one of the most naturally gifted goalis in the league. As a result he relied on that talent and didn’t work on other aspects of his game like conditioning that would have made him even better and possibly cut down on some of the injuries. Anyone remember seeing that pic of him alone in the gym on the bike? Way overweight and way out of shape. After seeing that I was not surprised he was moved and never given another chance.

It was a good move by both clubs. It looks like Kari received a wake up call and has got another chance. Good for him. Now it’s time for his old team to get some payback with a big win tonight.

Smoothie

January 15th, 2011
11:22 am

Unless a trade is in the works, time to reunite Hainsey with Oduya. I don’t care if they’re both left-handed as we can ill-afford to let Bogosian play nearly 19 ES minutes while Hainsey is on vacay playing 14 mins of ES hockey against 3rd and 4th lines. Why are we paying Hainsey $4.5 M a year? To help Sopel ease into retirement? And when is Buff gonna be asked to play on the PK? How much more are you going to rely on the undersized Oduya and outmatched (outwitted?) Bogosian? If Hainsey can’t play 3 or 4 more minutes of ES hockey, then we’re screwed. He and Oduya were actually pretty good together after the trade deadline. Guess who struggled? Yeah, his name starts w/ ‘B’ and ends with “oh no-sian”.

sisu

January 15th, 2011
12:09 pm

I was happy and sad at the same time about Kari being traded, he needed a new start, his time here was a tough one. Biggest issue for his growth was the injury to Nurminen, if Pasi was not hurt he would have kicked Kari in the ass and get him in shape…
Glad the deal brought Ladd, he has been exactly what the team needs…need points tonight, 8th place is slipping away.

razorneck13

January 15th, 2011
12:11 pm

Lehtonen being traded had to happen. In fact it coulda, shoulda happened earlier. He was for whatever reasons either a conditioning nightmare or just plain injury prone. I dunnowhich, but his salary couldn’t be justified. In the long run I wouldn’t say we got much in return (der), cept cap space and we all know how rad it is stop flushing money down the toilet. Thrashers spent far too much time on Lehtonen (they do that TOO MUCH). Good deal for the Thrashers.

razorneck13

January 15th, 2011
12:32 pm

I thought parts of the team looked good (even great at times) last night. OP, Pevs, Kaner, Litts and Thorbs especially stuck out to me. Sucks. I told everyone I’m a reformed naysayer and I meant that, but it’s time for them to return to form one way or another. That month or so of domination and winning play by the Thrashers was not a fluke.

I think I agree with Smoothie on the defensive pairings too and I’ve been saying Hainsey’s WAY overpaid FOREVER! I don’t have a problem with him per se, but I’ve never been able to justify that pay, $3m a season would be pushing it IMO. I can’t blame anyone for taking what they can in many situations, but who in the Hell agreed to that? Hainsey’s agent is clearly an all-star.

waffleboy

January 15th, 2011
12:32 pm

The problem with the Philly game was our d-men over committing at our blue line. Got caught a few times pinching and Philly just chipped the puck past us and got a break.

Red Light

January 15th, 2011
12:52 pm

You’re right Bill, this is one trade that worked out very well for both teams. It will work out better for Atlanta if Telegin becomes a player. We already know that Ladd is!

Here is a great piece on Lehtonen’s time in Atlanta from John Manasso.

http://www.foxsportssouth.com/01/14/11/Lehtonens-trade-from-Atlanta-was-for-the/landing.html?blockID=391450&feedID=4354

ThrasherTim

January 15th, 2011
1:10 pm

Can anyone dig up the team’s record since our blog leader queried if this was the best Thrashers team ever? Oy. (Sorry, Rawhide – don’t take it personal!)

This makes two years in a row of “TST (Thrashers Standings Tumble)” once mid-December hits. I thought it was going to be different this year, but we can’t seem to get over the hump right now. We must need Jimmy Slater on this team more than we know.

Red Light

January 15th, 2011
1:13 pm

This Philly team is simply far superior in many ways to the Thrashers team we watched last night. When Pevs tied the game at 2-2 with three seconds left in the 2nd period, that should have signaled an all-out 3rd period collapse for a team that didn’t arrive at their hotel until about 2 am.

Mike Richards had this to say after the game when I asked him why the Flyers have been so successful in the 2nd game of a back-to-back set.

“It comes down to two things. One, is that we have been together for a long time now, and when you go through adversity as a team — we have been through 10 losses in a row and 10 wins in a row. Really, anything that can happen to a team, I think we have been through as a group, at least the core group of us. We’ve learned how to win together, we know what it takes and we have depth throughout our line-up of guys who can play. Most teams maybe feel a little bit tired after traveling back-to-back nights, but we have a lot of guys and we can just roll the lines and stay fresh.”

Every Flyers forward on the top three lines played between 13-20 minutes. Their fourth line of Betts, Shelley and Powe played 7 to 8 minutes. The night before at Boston, the minutes were very similar as well.

There has been a lot of talk about the Thrashers rolling four lines and providing minutes to each group, but Atlanta simply doesn’t have the same type of depth Philadelphia has right now. The Flyers have five guys under the age of 25 with van Riemsdyk being the youngest and probably the least effective right now at 21. The Thrashers, on the other hand, have eight guys on the roster 23 years old and younger, and three of those are bonafide wet-behind-the-ears rookies.

It’s tough to say be patient with this group, but when comparing the two clubs that played last night, is there really a comparison? Not in my mind.

World Be Free

January 15th, 2011
1:21 pm

There’s no excuse for poor effort. We have had 2 recent games against teams that played hard the night before in Philly and Tronna coming into our building. These teams both won handily, because they wanted it more. No excuse for the effort and lack of teamwork. Maybe I am more demanding now because I am familiar with the people running the hockey program. The playoffs will disappear unless the internal leadership takes over and rights this ship.

Just wondering what it will take to get Max out of his KHL contract and back into a Thrasher uniform.

Red Light

January 15th, 2011
1:37 pm

“First of all, it’s a curse. Voodoo. As soon as a guy gets put on the cover of The Hockey News, it’s like Sports Illustrated. He goes right into the tank.” – Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi on Dec. 14, 2009 cover boy Anze Kopitar.

Kopitar had two goals and just five assists in 12 games during the subsequent 30 days after being on the cover.

Byfuglien was The Hockey News cover boy on Jan. 3. Since that day, the Thrashers defenseman has no goals, no assists and is -3 in four games.

Coincidence?

The good news is that Kopitar rebounded nicely and had 10 goals and nine assists in his next 14 games from Jan. 16-Feb. 13.

razorneck13

January 15th, 2011
2:55 pm

WBF, fully agreed upon the Max thing. It all came down to money they didn’t want to pay him. Again I understand system talk, but people tend to insinuate guys like Bergie and Max don’t fit in when guys like Burmi and even others are getting dressed instead. I totally disagree with that, Max could absolutely help this team.

litz

January 15th, 2011
3:11 pm

“We must need Jimmy Slater on this team more than we know.”

What we need more than anything right now is #80 sitting in the press box, and Slater on the ice …

Just look at how much having Kane back last night increase our “zip” …

(and someone to smack Bogosion w/the flat side of a 2×4, so he wakes up and regains the game we know he can have …)

World Be Free

January 15th, 2011
3:19 pm

Razor-so true, it was about money. Max made things happen after Kovy left last season. He was primed to be a Thrasher for a long time.

And Joe Friday gave us the bottom line, Kari for Ladd and that’s fine with me. I am happy for Kari the way things turned out for him. Sometimes just a change of situations is all it takes. In Atlanta he was the 2nd overall pick of the 2002 draft; in Dallas he’s a young goalie getting a 2nd chance. Good for him. Kari is also motivated by the fact that the Stars took Jack Campbell last year. Mr. Campbell will be looking for a chance sometime soon.

Buff on the cover of Hockey News-I guess I buy that, I just think the entire team has lost its’ mojo; they need to get it back soon whether it’s sitting a name player or whatever.

Cornbread

January 15th, 2011
3:21 pm

RL Yes there is a comparison to the two teams that played last night and you eluded to it. The Thrashers are MUCH younger.

The Thrashers had two effective lines against the Flyers four last night. I did not like Antropov with Boulton and Thorburn. I think anyone looking at that combo would think it odd. The all rookie line was out there to eat up time and not get scored on. That they did was no fault of theirs. But they must also provide that energy and spark like Jody Shelly did to them or the Greek Gods do regularly. I do not see that combo staying together long if ever again.

The Thrashers like to roll four lines like the Flyers do. All season they seem to be missing one solid line. Last night they were missing two. That negated any advantage the refreshed youth may have had over the weary veterans and there four consistant lines. The Flyers beat them with skill but more so they beat them with experience.

To me, it seems to be the third line that has lacked consistency all season. It is the missing piece. A couple of forward vets that can provide some spark and direction for the many talented rookies would go a long way right now during games against teams like the Flyers.

JK Sockey

January 15th, 2011
3:35 pm

Sockey On Hockey never got the credit it deserved for breaking this story last year… http://preview.tinyurl.com/kari2dallas

Smoothie

January 15th, 2011
4:01 pm

Cornbread – so true. I charted the last two periods of last nite’s game and our 4th line had ZERO shots on goal in their limited time. Problem is our 3rd line of Boults-Thor-Stew had none after their initial flurry of 3 SOG early in 3rd. But what’s worse is the whole team only mustered 4, FOUR, SOG thru the first 12.5 mins of the 3rd, and that’s with a PP! Awful. The Pevs line went from 5 SF vs 1 SA (albeit a goal) in the 2nd to 1 SOG (Buff’s wrister that led to Pevs near rebound miss) vs 4 SA and a GA in the 3rd. Also, we lost a ton of key F/O down the stretch when it was a one-goal game (when PHIL iced the puck three straight times), gotta get more than one chance to tie when Pavs is standing on his head to keep them in the game. Hope they can steal a point at least tonite.

razorneck13

January 15th, 2011
5:39 pm

WBF, the sad thing is after getting el cheapo about Max, they thought that lightning might strike twice for an inconsistent aging player in one Freddy Modin. Sorry, I remembered Max when he was in good form with the Sabres, he could be a show stopper at times. I just knew it wasn’t going to happen with Modin at this point and don’t ever recall him being such a spark plug. I’d have certainly considered shelling out at least half a mil more per year to keep the guy happy for a few more seasons down here. Seriously, he was worth no less than $1.25m last year. We stole him for well under a million, STOLE HIM!!!

razorneck13

January 15th, 2011
5:58 pm

I don’t know who brought it up (litz maybe, dunno?). Anyways…on the Jimmy Slater difference, yes there is one for sure when he’s not playing. Ditto that for Kane too. This organization has key guys that most people would never consider, how about Pevs, Thorbs or even Boults for cryin’ out loud. So…yeah, Slater has blossomed into a player I don’t want to see leave for a good while. I mean if we’re gonna talk about the system and how it could/should work, well Slater’s a prime example of what kind of players are necessary to round out this roster. Do I need to name names of who I’d replace with a J.S. clone?

Rawhide

January 15th, 2011
6:41 pm

ThrasherTim – OK, since you asked… the Thrashers have gone 5-6-4 since I posted that pice back on December 14.

OK gang…just back from taking the wife and tax exemptions to Dinner. We installed a new garage door opener this afernoon and so I’m ready to spend the evening on the couch watching the Thrashers in Big D while flipping over to check in on the Falcons during breaks.

Brendan

January 15th, 2011
7:09 pm

What time is puck drop?

Rawhide

January 15th, 2011
7:20 pm

Brendan – That’d be just after 8:00 pm eastern time, Professor.

Brendan

January 15th, 2011
7:23 pm

By the way, I wish Kari well. I do hope he can have a fine career, with Dallas, or any other team. I agree with Rawhide that it was probably best to cut ties with Lehtonen, rather than to continue to “hope,” 8 years after his Draft, that he’d materialize into Ken Dryden or Tony Esposito.

As for the trade, I thought Vishnevskiy could potentially become a staple on our blueline, but the organization saw a chance to get Andrew Ladd. Okay. That hasn’t been a misfire. That the organization has distanced itself more and more from Waddell draft picks … is probably a good thing.

Brendan

January 15th, 2011
7:25 pm

Good, but that’s going head-to-head with the Falcons game. Sheesh. Talk about bad timing. I wish this one could have been converted into an afternoon game. This Atlanta. Can we really expect people NOT to be watching the 13-3 Falcons fight for their playoff lives, at the Georgia Dome?

Rawhide

January 15th, 2011
7:48 pm

Per C-Viv tweet: “Near fight at center ice between #Thrashers and Stars. Words exchanged. Eric Boulton in the center of it.”

Dan Kamal uses the word ‘irate’ to describe Boulton in his tweet of the little fracas during the pregame warmups. This could be interesting, folks.

razorneck13

January 15th, 2011
8:59 pm

This is a nasty little tilt going on here. Ladd’s turning the tables on Robidas, HA HA HA…eat it scum!!!

R. Stroz

January 15th, 2011
9:52 pm

Pink-O-Sion scores the first goal for Dallas.

What will it take for him to get benched?

Brendan

January 15th, 2011
9:55 pm

What a disasterous series of simultaneous minutes in Atlanta history. Dallas makes it, 3-1, at the same time that the Falcons end the half with a 70-yard interception return for TD against them. 28-14. Atlanta was trying to set up for a 50+ yard FG, to end the half 21-17. Ryan got greedy, trying to force a pass to the sideline for 5 more yard. Green Bay made us pay. And Ryan didn’t get back to make a tackle. He actually blocked another teammate from potentially making a tackle, on that “pick six.” Getting back to hockey, Mason didn’t play but what, seven minutes? So, Pavelec’s in there. I haven’t heard an update on Mason, since the collision. I’m guessing Pavelec will continue to get the starts, unless they want to call up Mannino or MacIntyre, if for some reason Mason cannot go.

Packers get the ball to start the 2nd half. Thrashers must score two (2), while pitching a shutout, to get a point out of this game. If the Thrashers lose, with or without the “pity” point, they will have lost nine of their last twelve (9/12). Points are so precious right now. They just get harder and harder to come by, from here. We just can’t have any prolonged losing streaks, or sub .500 performance during a 15-game stretch of season.

Brendan

January 15th, 2011
10:03 pm

R.Stroz, “possession with intent.”

Brendan

January 15th, 2011
10:05 pm

This Falcons game is getting ugly, fast. GB is about to punch it in again, for a 21-point lead. Back to the Thrashers game, I guess. Dallas leads, 3-1, with 16+ minutes in the 3rd.

Forget the popcorn and peanuts, just pass me a beer. No, make it a Tequila.

Russian

January 15th, 2011
10:46 pm

We are going DOWN! Only one point between Atlanta and Carolina.

Flagstaff

January 15th, 2011
11:45 pm

Can we bomb Raleigh? It seems to be the only feasible way to stop the Canes from stealing our spot in the playoffs. That, or perhaps the management should try to improve our team via a trade… or someone being sent to the Wolves… or a leadership change… Yeah, maybe we shouldn’t nuke NC. (Or maybe we should. The choice is yours!)

Brendan

January 16th, 2011
12:30 am

Flagstaff, your post made me think this about Dudley: “Why doesn’t he ask ownership for permission to increase payroll?” Correction, “Why doesn’t he ask Waddell, budget overseer, for an increase in payroll?”

Anyone else catch “The Hot Stove” on HNIC? They talked a lot about the woes in Calgary and Ottawa. But especially, Calgary. They talked about the 13 “no trade clauses” and the “millions committed to payroll,” and how/when to begin the rebuild process. Of course, the names Iginla and Kirprussoff came up, for trade rumors. And whether or not the Flames could find the right return for Iggy and Kipper. That’s a tough situation for Calgary. Moving those guys wouldn’t be popular, with Calgary fans. But really, those are their best two assets for a rebuild.

Greg

January 16th, 2011
12:54 am

Atlanta cant win the cup with the team they got, and should just pack up and leave town

Chris16

January 16th, 2011
1:43 am

Man sad weekend for the atlanta teams. Back to the thrashers what is going on with this team we can not get the puck in the net. I see this new team looking like we do the second half getting out played by everybody. Have we won a game this year 2011?

Rumor

January 16th, 2011
9:54 am

Apparently, everybody knew that Lethonen was a mean Party Boyz while in the ATL. He looked more like the kind of guy that hangs out at TGIF after games to me.

I need to start reading the paper. Or hanging out with the Insiders.