I wonder if Vince Lombardi could have motivated this Thrashers team

Maybe you’ve already heard this, but there was this little football game played Sunday out in Arlington, Texas. It came complete with Roman numerals attached to it’s name, the Black Eyed Peas played during it’s one and only intermission after Christina Aguilera sang our National Anthem beforehand.

And she almost even got all the words right and in their correct order.

In the end, it was the Green Bay Packers getting the better of the Pittsburgh Steelers by the score of 31-25. As such, the Packers will return home with the trophy named after their great, late coach…Vince Lombardi.

As I watched the closing moments, my thoughts turned back to our hockey team and wondered if Lombardi…one of the greatest coaches and personalities in all of professional sports… would have had any words of advice and/or encouragement to offer up to the Thrashers were he still with us. They are struggling through some very difficult times and if there was ever anybody who might be able to properly motivate this squad, I’m sure he could have.

To the players themselves, Lombardi might remind these guys that, “Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit”.

Too many times this winter we have witnessed a number of players in Thrasher blue mentally fold up their tents and break camp long before the final horn. This usually happens sometime in the mid-to-latter stages of the second period when faced with adverse situations. As such, all it takes is s bad goal or an ill-advised penalty to turn a 2-1 game into a 9-3 or 6-1 disaster.

Maybe these guys are of the mindset that they have to play a perfect game in order to win. Thus, when one mistake, miscue or bad break occurs…they allow that to become the beginning of the end. But, as Lombardi once said, “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence”.

Chasing excellence. Now that’s a fine model to use as an example, I’d say. It sure beats the heck out of what they tend to chase now… forwards who just beat them with the puck while carrying it through the defensive zone. And if they did actually apply this to their work ethic, then maybe they’ll find out for themselves what Mr. Lombardi discovered so long ago, that “the harder you work, the harder it is to surrender”.

While other professional sports franchises are owned by those who show a burning spirit to win, the Thrashers are owned by the Atlanta Spirit, LLC (Curtis Compton)

While other professional sports franchises are owned by those who show a spirit to win, the Thrashers are owned by the Atlanta Spirit, LLC (Curtis Compton)

“Winning isn’t everything”, Lombardi also once said. “But the will to win is everything”. And if coach Craig Ramsay feels he has anyone on this squad that lacks such will, then they should never see the ice in a Thrashers uniform again.

Speaking of the good coach… Like Lombardi half a century ago with the Packers, it’s his duty to actually lead and motivate this Thrashers team. In the latter half of his first season as an NHL head coach, Ramsay seems to be having his share of difficulties getting 60 minutes of play from those suiting up for games and maybe some words of wisdom could be of help here as well.

”Coaches who can outline plays on a chalkboard are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate”, Lombardi opined. And I’m sure that’s true for coaches on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field as it is for the man behind the bench near the frozen ice of Philips Arena.

On more than one occasion, Ramsay has indicated that the biggest stick he has to get his players attention is ice time. You work hard and give full effort, then you play more minutes. Logic would dictate that the opposite is true as well. But given some of the recent mid-game surrenders, threatening to place them on the bench for more minutes than usual doesn’t seem netting the desired effect from some.

Coaches must be good motivators. And it’s a part of the job that I feel coach Ramsay needs to find a new sense of enthusiasm for if he’s to be successful at his job here. If not, then another quote by the former Packers coach could come into play.

“If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm”.

To general manager Rick Dudley, I think the best piece of advice that he could draw from Vince Lombardi is “The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have”.

Now, at face value, that might seem like I’m saying the Thrashers GM should expect this team to find it’s ay back to winning with the players currently on the roster. But that would not be less than correct.

In fact, it is painfully clear that even with the return of such key players like Toby Enstrom and Jim Slater, this Thrashers team needs some help. It’s the kind of help that can only come via a trade and Dudley simply must find a way to sure up the defense and bolster the offense.

But Dudley and Co. are limited in the fact that the current ownership is hardly the kind to open up the checkbook and give the man they’ve charged with icing a contending team the full means to do just that. Like the man who held the post before him, Dudley will have to find a way to make due with the resources availed to him…which is much akin to trying to dine at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse on a Burger King budget.

Regardless, he simply must get the job done…and done to a degree far better than his predecessor.

Impossible, you say? I’d remind you of another phrase credited to Lombardi: ”We would accomplish more things if we did not think of them as impossible”.

And finally, as for the owners we in Thrasherville have been “blessed” with…maybe Lombardi could have dropped this little piece of 411 on their collective consciences.

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”

See…the most aggravating part about being a Thrashers fan during the current reign of the Atlanta Spirit, LLC, (Lies, Lawsuits and Contempt), is that they don’t seem to have entered into this business with the will to be winners. To any sports fan, that type of apathetic disposition is simply unacceptable.

After all, “If it doesn’t matter who wins and loses, then why do they keep score?”

Adding to the spirit of angst toward the ownership cluster is the info-bomb that was dropped on Thrasherville just last month. In the filing the paperwork for their latest legal excursion, they admitted that they have looked to sell…or to use their words, “dispose of”… the Thrashers for six years.

Of course, the only thing around here that needs to be disposed of and kicked to the curb is this out-of-touch, sue-happy cluster-flop of an ownership group. But I digress…

However, as long as they do hold the title to the Thrashers, I don’t think it’s too much for what’s left of the paying fan based they haven’t yet chased away to expect…no, demand…that they actually display an ounce of intestinal fortitude required to be in the professional sports business. They need to man-up now and allow Rick Dudley to make the upgrades needed for this playoff push…even if that means parting way with some of the money stashed aside for their lawyers.

I know that runs counter to what the Spiriteers seem to think professional sports franchises are purchased for, buying and then quickly flipping them for a quick profit. But hockey fans…like basketball, baseball and football fans… all share the belief that sports are played to win. And owners who lack the testicular fortitude to do whatever is required to see to it their teams are winners need to find something else to invest in.

Deal with that, Mr. Levenson.

By: Bill Tiller – AJC.com Thrashers Fan Blog

157 comments Add your comment

DWTOO

February 7th, 2011
10:11 am

Speaking of ownership anyone looking forward to the next, or IF, townhall meeting? Might actually show up to this one – just to watch the weasels speak.

Alan R.

February 7th, 2011
10:19 am

It also had the only commercial worth watching. Imported from Detroit.

Man, I miss my home town.

And before some wise ass says it: I’m planning to.

Johnny

February 7th, 2011
10:19 am

I read at rumor about the NHL wanting to move the Thrashers to Winnipeg on ESPN yesterday, I was wanting to know if anyone else had heard about it.

JMIK

February 7th, 2011
10:23 am

Wouldn’t it be sweet if Arthur Blank sold 15% of the Falcons to Bon Jovi so he could then invest in the Thrashers and infuse the organization with the kind of winning desire, payroll, and talent commitment to help put Atlanta on the map, ah but I guess I need to wake up to the reality of the Atlanta Spirit, just spend some money, I have faith in Dudley’s choices but he can’t get talent without financial buy in from the top.

Alan R.

February 7th, 2011
10:24 am

I saw it Saturday. Some nitwit from the Vancouver Province posted it originally.

Some hare-brained scheme of buying the team from the morons, then selling it to the Canadian billionaire everyone is talking about.

Why would the NHL prop up Phoenix, yet give up on Atlanta, I don’t know. That guy didn’t provide any specifics. To his credit, he repeated several times that it’s “just a rumor.”

Rawhide

February 7th, 2011
10:36 am

DWTOO – I would think you’d have a better chance of playing pickup sticks with your butt cheeks than Bruce Levenson or any of the Spirit Clowns gaining the testicular fortitude required to meet face to face with Thrashers fans right now.

JMIK – Ahhh…a man can dream, can’t he?

Johnny – Yes. Many of us saw that latest rumor. It has been read and tossed atop the pile of other relocation rumors in the past that haven’t happened.

TableHocey

February 7th, 2011
10:40 am

Well said Rawhide!

If I wanted to be an optimist I’d like to think Duds hasn’t pulled the trigger because the current offers on the table are not in our favor. We’re stocked with good prospects and I imagine GMs are trying to take advantage of our desperation. Here’s hoping Duds wouldn’t give into another Zhitnick trade. Also I share your concern that the ASG is not willing to pony up with the $$$ to salvage this season.

I have to admit for the first time the possibility of losing our franchise is weighing on me. With the team and the Phillips naming rights no longer combined I am concerned that the ASG would sell to the NHL in the scenario that has been floating around over the weekend.

As frustrating as this team has been over the last 20 games the thought of losing another team (and certainly the last NHL team for Atlanta) to Canada would just kill me.

Rain Man

February 7th, 2011
10:44 am

LEVENSON SUCKS!

Alan R.

February 7th, 2011
10:49 am

Alan R.

February 7th, 2011
10:50 am

Quick shot: The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim have signed G Ray Emery. $500k NHL/$105k AHL. He’ll be on waivers at noon, as per Dreger of TSN.

NY Islanders to put in a claim in 3… 2…

Joe Friday

February 7th, 2011
10:52 am

Has Dudley (or anyone) held any town hall meetings this year?

Get The Puck Out

February 7th, 2011
10:57 am

I’d like to see the octo-cluster locked up in a room and forced to watch miracle on ice for about a week. Then for another week and made to watch Rudy for another week. RUDY! RUDY! RUDY!

World Be Free

February 7th, 2011
10:58 am

My favorite Vince rant from NFL Films-

“Waht the heck is going on here! Everybody grabbing, grabbing nobody is tackling”. Vince was old school for sure.

Thomas Magnum

February 7th, 2011
10:59 am

If you were GM would you trade the Thrashers 1st round pick in 2011?

I would argue that the future of this team depends more on the success of the team this year than any other year so far in the history of the franchise. I think the Thrashers need a decent outcome to the season to help the opinion of the fan base, the entire NHL and its players (including our current roster), and potential new owners. In the past I would never have considered giving up a 1st round pick for anything. This year would be the exception if the return was something that would help us this year and in the next year or two.

What do you think?

Not Blind

February 7th, 2011
11:00 am

Here is the situation as I see it. This organization will never contend for the Cup. The great hockey the team played in Nov and Dec did have me thinking they could do some damage in the playoffs and it was really weird to realize that this was actually the Atlanta Thrashers winning all those games. Then they quit trying and POW it hit me. The Thrashers have done this regularly in the past, ie have sucess until it really matters but when the wins start to have a higher physical cost then they quit competing. Completely different staff and players but the same scenario. The only thing that is the same is the ownership.

Since this organization will never have the cup as a realistic goal then what’s the point in making the playoffs? The players get paid the same salary no matter when their season ends so what’s the point in extending the season ? Personal pride ?? Get real. The attitude of the workers will always be basically the same as the attitude of the top brass. Our top brass is the ASG.

Rawhide

February 7th, 2011
11:03 am

Thomas Magnum – I think your point has merit. I don’t know if they could sit by and allow a decent deal pass by and risk the playoffs. This fan base has pretty much ran out of patience, and with good reason.

Of course, the return would be the question. You find me a quality top-six LW who has a year or so remaining on his contract that could take Freddy Modin’s spot on the roster and I take that right now for a #1.

glovesave29

February 7th, 2011
11:03 am

JMIK – I’ve been thinking the same thing. Think how great the Falcons have it up at the complex in Flowery Branch. To think all they’d have to do is (other that fork out the millions to BUY the team) is to put a nice practice rink up on the hill. Everything there already exists and it is all first class. All of the opportunities for cross-promotions boggles the mind – both with the Falcons and the Force.

Blank could TOTALLY screw the ASG and make a dual sports complex up at the old GM facility. Leave Philips empty those 40 nights AND the team is still here! Trade favors with the city and bring another Super Bowl here / buy the hockey team in exchange for certain tax favors for doing such.

I’d certainly re-brand the team. Get new colors and logo. Sell it as a brand new start. Show Waddell the door. Really show EVERYONE the door (save Rammer and Duds) and get a whole new energy behind the team. Wonder is Gwinnett would cut the team a great deal and let them play in the Gwinnett Center while new arena is being built. Yeah, I know it is smaller, but at least itll be more full as the fan base is rebuilt. Just thoughts…

Sage of Bluesland

February 7th, 2011
11:12 am

Another very important question I have for the Blogmaster is: “Would Vince Lombardi subsidize this organization with the dollars out of his pocket?”

I think you all know the answer to that, if you’re honest with yourself.

Make all the excuses you want, but there comes a time when those who continue to pay the bills are the ones accountable for the CONTINUING ineptitude. Instead of $10 million in losses, make them $20 million…MAKE the league have to step in.

Everything else is Smoothie/Sara/CountlessOthers-logic….Look in the mirror for the real problem now.

Joe McGrath

February 7th, 2011
11:15 am

Seems we’re going to have to make do with what we’ve got. Sooooo, Bogosian as a winger? Let ’s see…he excells at dishing the puck in front of the net. When the puck is in close and players are battling in the crease, he’s usually hanging about 10 feet from the action and avoiding contact, perfect opportunity to gather loose pucks and put ‘em on net. I think using him as a forward is genious! If your not going to trade him or send him down to the Wolves, then move him to RW.

Thomas Magnum

February 7th, 2011
11:16 am

I’m still curious to hear other peoples opinions on this so I don’t want to say too much… but if our 1st rounder plus another player or prospect would bring us a return of Versteeg and Beauchemin or maybe Penner and another player. Would you pull the trigger on it? I think I probably would.

Zoomo

February 7th, 2011
11:18 am

Somebody find out if Bon Jovi is a hockey fan. For the amount he’s rumored to be willing to invest in the Falcons for a 15% share, he could have 100% of the Thrashers.

Rawhide

February 7th, 2011
11:22 am

Sage – Hockey fans will always want to go to NHL hockey games. While you and I agree 100% on where the core of this organization’s problems originate, total lack of support is not the answer IMHO. I’d rather have 18K people in the arena chanting “SPI-rit-GROUP-sux…clap…clap…clap-clap-clap” than the empty, cavernous facility that they do indeed deserve.

As for the league stepping in to do something about this mess? Ahhhh, the hockey gods could only love us so much.

Joe McGrath - You know…I am warming to the idea of Bogosian being moved to wing. I mean, given that so many goals tend to get scored in the net he’s usually standing in front of, what could it hurt? :cool:

Zoomo – If you’re holding out hope of Jon Bon Jovi buying this team, I think you simply…ahem…livin’ on a prayer.

glovesave29

February 7th, 2011
11:26 am

What about Kessel? He’s in a no win situation…fans blame him for what the Leafs overpaid to get him, and now he is not on speaking terms with the GM or coach. Give Toronto back one of the 1sts they gave up to Boston to get him in the first place. Since Beauchemin and Kaberle are supposedly on the block – they’ll be short on D, so throw in Valabik or a 3rd rounder.

Not ready to give up on Bogo. We all agree the skills are there, but the head isn’t. I’d send him down to Chicago.

Hoof Arted

February 7th, 2011
11:38 am

“I would think you’d have a better chance of playing pickup sticks with your butt cheeks than Bruce Levenson or any of the Spirit Clowns gaining the testicular fortitude required to meet face to face with Thrashers fans right now”

BlogMaster, you just cost me a keyboard. Spewed Coca-Cola and computer equipment simply do not mix.

I’m seriously beginning to question Ramsay’s ability to get these guys motivated and ready to play. Dangling the carrot of ice time only goes so far. Sometimes you have to knock a few heads to get their attention.

If we are paying for someone’s talent to play here, by God they need to do their jobs.

If Ramsay isn’t up to the task of motivating, preparing and holding accountable these players then Maybe Torchetti is.

Thrashers

February 7th, 2011
11:45 am

We are in 9th now dammit!!!! If repeating the same ole crap as some people do, then we will try it too!!!

Alan R.

February 7th, 2011
12:00 pm

Kessel would be an interesting acquisition. However, considering what Toronto paid for him, I can only imagine it will take a bit of an overpayment to pry him from their hands.

Nonetheless, Kessel doesn’t sound too happy with the coach Wilson. He may be all too happy to get out of the Air Waffle Centre.

World Be Free

February 7th, 2011
12:00 pm

Thomas-I asked the same question just a few days ago-a number 1 is what it will take to get penner or Versteeg and I say make the deal. Logic sez look to the future but this team needs to win now. Make the deal, tarde the number 1 and get a veteran player under contract or still in restriction to make the deal worth it.

glovesave29

February 7th, 2011
12:05 pm

Here’s my thought, Alan…because of what has transpired, it may take LESS to get him out. They are in panic mode up in TOR just because he was chosen last at the AS draft. I think Burke is in a different place now after the other GM’s called his bluff when he tried to over sell Kaberle last summer.

World Be Free

February 7th, 2011
12:06 pm

One more thing-nobody is going to consider investing in the Thrashers unless there IS considerable intervention by the league.

ZAvalanche

February 7th, 2011
12:07 pm

Bill, best post of the season, LOVE the quotes from one of the best coaches in history. Here are my thoughts:

1. Thrashy is going to a horse race with ponies right now. I didn’t think so at the beginning of the season but things have changed. We have basically zero D and something needs to change.

2. Not even Lombardi could motivate this team right now. I don’t put the blame on Rammer, but, it is his job and I believe he is trying hard at it. But at no point should you put your best player, Buffy, in “time out”, so to speak. It ticks him off and degrades his desire to try and be the best.

3. In the style of Peter King (MMQB) here are the things I think I think.
a. Christina Aguliera – you are a professional musician, figure it out – totally uncalled for. I know you aren’t Rosanne Barr but seriously, have some respect for the game and the Nation and get it right. I am not going to divulge my political proclivities, but regardless of where you stand you have to respect the flag.

b. The disrespect to the 400 fans who traveled so far for the SB and didn’t get their seats is unbelievable. I know it was a “freak” storm, but for an event that big you have to be prepared.

c. I think Thrashy lacks player leadership. Somebody needs to step up and really start motivating players in a positive way.

d. Thrashy needs to pick up a solid stay-at-home D who will go into the boards and pound people. Pavs would love it.

e. Did Thrashy out-play their abilities in the first half of the season? No. They have the skill they just need some leadership.

f. Thrashy was fast and efficient in the beginning, what happened?

4. Some non-Thrashy things I think
a. Aaron Rogers has ice in his veins

b. Love that Big Ben didn’t win, what a creep.

c. The commercials for the SB sucked.

d. As I am about ready to go use the snow-blower to clear out the 2-feet of snow I have, I will be wearing my Forsberg jersey under my coat in my jubilation of his return. (yes I am a hockey dork)

e. Lastly, Love this blog and wish there was a similar one on the Denver Post.

Go Thrashy!

Cliff Fletcher

February 7th, 2011
12:19 pm

sage-people can spend their money any way they want. glad rawhide explained the truth to you thought i am sure you will be back in a few days to say the same things over again- it’s your decison, but i think you have to come to the realization that virtually nobody reads your posts anymore.

Iron League 13

February 7th, 2011
12:24 pm

Rawhide – I’m not a football guy, but that was a nice article. You’re very well versed and admittedly Lombardi seems pretty swell in my book.

Brendan

February 7th, 2011
12:25 pm

Rawhide, I thought I’d share my interview with Bruce Levenson for “The Onion Network” airing this Friday at 1OPM, on IFC. BTW, lovvvve that Brooke Alvarez. Ya know, she’s even prettier in person. Did you know her autobiography is over 30,000 pages long? It’ll be fun to watch her remembered as the ‘greatest news anchor of all-time by future generations.’ Enjoy the interview!

Brendan: “Welcome, Bruce. Thanks for taking some time out to be with the most powerful name in cable TV news, the Onion News Network. Respond, if you will, to the allegations from the online and print news media in Atlanta that you ‘just plain, flatout don’t give a cr@p’ about hockey, the NHL, and especially the hockey enthusiasts in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area? And, is it true that you once told your business partner, Ed Pescowitz, that quote, “All those AJC.com posters can pull their lower lip over over their collective heads … and SWALLOW.”

Bruce Levenson: “Brendan, let me begin by saying that I love the Onion News Network. You guys are the first place I turn for ‘News Without Mercy.’ You really are on the cutting edge of news that matters. News … that we can trust.”

Brendan: “Thank you. But ya know, Bruce, I’m still not hooking you up with Brooke Alvarez’s private cellphone. That’s jusss for meee, baby.”

Bruce: “Playin’ hardball, eh? I’ll get it out of you yet, Brendan. Brooke’s such a babe.”

Brendan: “Yes, she is. But make no mistake, Bruce, she’s lawyered up pretty good. So, don’t even think about any ‘funny business.’ Respond to the assertion that hockey … just isn’t on your radar of things that interest you.”

Bruce Levenson: “I CATEGORICALLY reject the notion that we’re not trying to win. Or don’t care. Didn’t you get our Jan. 4, 2011 email … asking you to be part of the ‘roar of the crowd’ as we win NBA titles and Stanley Cups? From where do you get these ‘ridiculous’ ideas and BASELESS assertions of apathy on the part of ownership? I just don’t get it.”

Brendan: “Before I answer, and please don’t be offended, but have you been drinking or gone off your medications?”

Bruce: “I’m as cogent as ever. Thank you.”

Brendan: “Fabulous, Bruce. Glad to hear it. So, would you ‘categorize’ a league minimum budget as the BEST APPROACH to bringing a Stanley Cup to Atlanta this season?”

Bruce: “Your question is asked improperly, Brendan. It’s about making it happen with the roster we have. Everyone plays a role in winning a Cup. From the Team President, to the GM, to the coaching staff. From the top line forwards to the spares up in the pressbox. If everyone gives 100-percent, then we’re apt to win. And that has nothing to do with budget.”

Brendan: “I see. And how many ‘league-minimum’ budget teams have ever hoisted the Stanley Cup, using this approach?”

Bruce: “What?? The CBA is not yet SIX YEARS completed, and you’re asking me about the history of league minimum budgets?! Well, sir. It’s 0-5, but it’s EARLY. We’ll be the FIRST TEAM to field a league minimum budget and win the Cup.”

Brendan: “Hmmn. Bold words. Did you mean THIS season???”

Bruce: “This season … or NEXT season. Whichever,” shrugged Bruce.

Brendan: “Then you already ADMIT to another league minimum budget for NEXT year?”

Bruce: “A-hem. Well, ya see … BUDGETS are something that are set in June, during the offseason. We don’t know where we’ll set the budget for next season. All I know, FOR SURE, is … that all Thrasher hockey fans need to purchase season tickets AT FULL PRICE. NOW. Before we raise the price this summer.”

Brendan: “I see. And, ummn … that FULL PRICE season ticket package … will ASSURE all worried Thrasher fans that you’ll be very, very ACTIVE in FREE AGENCY come July 1, 2011.”

Bruce: “Ahh, I see you’re not as stupid as I previously thought, Brendan. You’re catching on, quite nicely, actually. It’s been a marvel to watch your progression as a fan MOLDED by our business model.”

Brendan: “Aww shucks, Bruce. Flattery won’t get you anyway. So, what WAS the truth about Max Afinogenov, and the renegotiations last summer?”

Bruce: “We keep those numbers internal.”

Brendan: “I see. You can’t overpay. Ya jus’ can’t. Not and be competitive, anyway.”

Bruce: (nodding) “People criticize our budgets, but really … when most of the NHL’s teams are in cap trouble at the deadline, we’re in the POWER POSITION of ‘wiggle room.’ Twenty-eight (28) of the league’s GMs eyeball our market with ENVY. They WISH they were in the position that we are.”

Brendan: “Broke, with an infuriated fanbase that wouldn’t brake if they saw you crossing the street?”

Bruce: “What?”

Brendan: “Nothing. I coughed, is all.”

Bruce: “Oh.”

Brendan: “So, about this ‘GM Envy’ that exists, with respect to our budget, have any of them reached out to Dudley or Waddell about taking some the financial burden off their markets? There are some terrible contracts out there. Any chance one of them will be coming here, at the deadline?”

Bruce: “No.”

Brendan: “What?”

Bruce: “I mean, well … we have to consider all options, to see if there’s a solution that MAKES SENSE for us.”

Brendan: “Isn’t that just a euphemism to justify inaction?”

Bruce: “Where’d a peon like you … learn a BIG WORD like euphemism?”

Brendan: “I heard them use it on a episode of ‘House.’”

Bruce: “Ohh, I love ‘House!’ He’s nearly as infuriating and enerving as I am. House is my role model!”

Brendan: “Yes, I judge my bathroom breaks based on the number of incorrect diagnoses House makes. First one comes at around 8 minutes in. Then, 18 minutes, his second diagnosis is wrong. And at 26 minutes, his third and final, CORRECT diagnoses occurs. He’s wrong ‘like CLOCKWORK.’ I can see why you chose him as a role model. Very apt.”

Bruce: “Well observed,” with a nod.

Brendan: “So, as we wrap up this interview … is there anything else demoralizing, deflating, perhaps bile-inducing that you could say to the fans of the Atlanta Thrashers at this time?”

Bruce: “Stay the Course. Everything is fine. Buy plenty of tickets. There’s no need for changes. And one last thing, we’re renewing Don Waddell’s contract this summer for another 2-3 years.”

Brendan: “Wow. I must say, I really think you NAILED it there. I wasn’t sure we’d reached bile-producing commentary until, BAM!, you hit us with the Waddell contract renewal. Well played, sir. I like your style.”

Bruce: “Thank you very little.”

Brendan: “Alright. There ya have it. Everything is BlueLand is just Super. And we’ll be headed to the playoffs with the roster, as assembled. Back to you, Rawhide.”

Sage of Bluesland

February 7th, 2011
12:27 pm

But, Cliffy, you did [read my post(s)]….Those who continue to subsidize this embarrassing incompetence have joined the ownership as part of the problem….in getting this organization in the proper hands and in the direction of, you know, actually winning a world title–which should be the goal of every competitor….

If it isn’t, then the consumer needs to know what the goals are for this enterprise.

If you want to support a schedule-fodder participant, then by all means do so….Just please DON’T gripe and complain…You’re getting what you paid for…

See ya’ soon, Cliffy…

ZAvalanche

February 7th, 2011
12:30 pm

Iron – coaching is coaching = motivation. If Lombardi was a hockey coach he would be the Scotty Bowman of hockey. He was definitely #1, as much as it hurts to say.

Brendan

February 7th, 2011
12:30 pm

Trixie, it happened again.

Stan Drulia

February 7th, 2011
12:33 pm

I say we have no choice but to give a 1st round pick for someone right now. No playoffs this year will burn even the most dedicated fans – like myself and my friends – who just can’t take another year of playing competitively for half the season and then totally tanking. I was waiting for someone to mention Kessel… don’t know how much I think of him… definitely not worth a 1st pick.. but a Modin or a Bogosian – maybe.

Cliff Fletcher

February 7th, 2011
12:34 pm

responding the sage’s posts = subsidizing the redundancy

you are yesterday’s new my friend

Iron League 13

February 7th, 2011
12:35 pm

Rawhide – Kudos on calling the house flipper mentality of the ASG. I know I’m a lamen, but people are people, so similar mentalities often apply even between a guy selling his grand mother’s Towncar (part of the inheritance) or the ASG and the Thrashers (they kinda inherited them too). It’s just so very obvious and I’m glad the news came out.

DWTOO

February 7th, 2011
12:36 pm

Would part with the first rounder for the likes of Versteeg, Kessel, and/or beauchi whatever today.

Iron League 13

February 7th, 2011
12:36 pm

Town Car that is

Iron League 13

February 7th, 2011
12:40 pm

Having brought up the crappy flippers of sports franchise ownership, I think all leagues should gage these prospective owners better. Do they like the sport and how much? For starters. I don’t think that’s asking much.

Trixie (Rawhide's Secretary)

February 7th, 2011
12:43 pm

Mr. Brendan – Your 12:25 pm post has been freed from Blog Purgatory.

And what does that skank Brooke Alvarez have that I don’t…HUH, mister?

World Be Free

February 7th, 2011
12:46 pm

DWTOO-it’s going to come down to that to get a top 6 forward in here. So do it now, why wait for 2-3 more weeks?

glovesave29

February 7th, 2011
12:46 pm

Kessel is certainly worth a 1st in my mind. He’s still young, and since he’s beaten cancer – very driven. He’s put up decent numbers with a ever-revolving list of line mates to play with.

But let’s be honest with ourselves – the ASG will NOT allow any of this to happen. I am getting a bad feeling we are going to see Duds’ Rammer and Torch resign at seasons’ end. No one wants to be in a situation where you can do nothing but fail.

Thomas Magnum

February 7th, 2011
12:46 pm

Don’t think I would want Kessel. The guy was a problem in Boston and now is a problem in Toronto. I’d be more excited about a return of Penner or someone like that.

Thomas Magnum

February 7th, 2011
12:48 pm

I would do a Versteeg and Beauchemin for our 1st in 2011 and a prospect.

Brendan

February 7th, 2011
12:55 pm

Trixie: Her own show! (Brooke Alvarez)

Brendan

February 7th, 2011
12:56 pm

Trixie, Brooke Alvarez is the most stalked celebrity in Cable TV News today. Yeah, she earned it. She’s that good.

Bruce Losersen

February 7th, 2011
12:59 pm

Have you heard about my next business enterprise, I’m making a brand of Spirits named DEAL WITH IT.

Our motto: DEAL WITH IT….THE WAY I DO….DRINK UP and LIE

Brendan

February 7th, 2011
1:01 pm

Glovesave29, Kessel didn’t seem amused by being picked last in the All-Star Game. And when he returned from concussion problems, in the first game back, the opposition went right after him with a hard, high hit. I get the impression that Phil Kessel isn’t especially well-liked in the NHL. A chip on his shoulder? I don’t know. Good player, though. Lots of skill.

Joe McGrath

February 7th, 2011
1:02 pm

Iron–I agree, and I think Bettman is learning from past mistakes. Before all the other owners sign off on a sale (after accountants and lawyers have gone over proposed new owner’s documentation with a fine toothed comb), the potential owners should sit at the end of a loooooong table and take questions from the other owners. Questions should be kept pretty simple: ” What surface is hockey played on? How many points is a goal worth? What is offsides? What’s the Origianl Six?
If these questions had been asked of our current owners, they would have never gotten approval for the sale.

Thrashers

February 7th, 2011
1:05 pm

Hey Bosses, can we get some help please??? Slates went out and we have went down hill ever since. We never thought he would be the straw that stirs Bruce’s drinks.

LAC

February 7th, 2011
1:12 pm

levenson could not clean up hair on Jerseylicious he is simply THAT STUPID.

What will show up tonight Some offense, or improved defense. I’d like to see a smothering forcheck for once…

Sage I’m with you all the way, I get a kick out of this cliff guy. The ONLY time he says anything is
to attack YOU after you post a comment, either positive or negative… He must be Pig Nose Petrowski on the blog.

Atlanta 4 Toronto 3 in OT tonight.

j nes

February 7th, 2011
1:12 pm

Don’t “subsidize Sage’s incompetence” by responding to him.

Brendan

February 7th, 2011
1:12 pm

Rawhide, you know I must confess that … Bruce Levenson is actually a pretty good interview. I thought he handled a lot of my questions with style and grace. Who’d've thunk it?

Brendan

February 7th, 2011
1:14 pm

Rawhide, do we want to start taking submissions for the “Guess the date Waddell gets his contract renewed contest.” If I’m not mistaken, his contract is up this June. Can someone double-check that?

World Be Free

February 7th, 2011
1:15 pm

No way on Kessel, I think he is overpaid for what he brings to the table. Plus the Leafs gave up too much to get him so they will want too much in return. Bad deal by the Leafs, though I agree on giving up #1 and prospect for Beachie and Versteeg. I think the Leafs will want more.

Not Blind

February 7th, 2011
1:27 pm

Do the Panthers have anybody that would be a good fit here?

Not Blind

February 7th, 2011
1:30 pm

On motivation – I think far too many of these guys are fine with sitting. The pay is the same either way.

HP Drifter

February 7th, 2011
1:36 pm

What ever happened to Exelby ? Is he even in the NHL anymore ?

Cliff Fletcher

February 7th, 2011
1:42 pm

Hey lac, let me ask you one question; your buddy sage says we are all fools for buying tickets and supporting the team, basically putting down everyone on this blog-do you agree? nobody questions where the fault is with the team, it’s at the top. and yes i do post on other issues he just happens to be an easy target.

Rawhide

February 7th, 2011
2:18 pm

HP Drifter – XLB was not re-signed by the Leafs and became a UFA last summer. He was invited to try out with the New York Rangers but was released on September 27.

On November 26 he signed a 1 year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks. They then assigned him to the Rockford IceHogs, their AHL affiliate.

John

February 7th, 2011
2:25 pm

My favorite Lombardi quote is “This is a football.” during halftime of a super bowl where the Pack were getting clobbered. They went on to win. “This is a hockey puck…”

Kessel is a horrible idea. He’s the classic example of a kid who should have stayed in college, was way overhyped from the beginning, and even fell several spots BEFORE he was drafted. The only reason people still pay attention to him is cause he was drafted to a HUGE market team (Boston) and traded to an even bigger one, and it was a stupid trade. It gives Boston people more reason to talk about themselves, which they love doing, and hockey people more reason to hate on Toronto, which they love doing even more.

And this “subsidize the owners” argument is pretty moot. Let’s face it, nobody goes to Thrashers games. OK, maybe 8,000 people. In pro sports numbers, that’s “nobody.” This franchise is annually in the bottom 3rd of attendance, and with this ownership group, it would be like that in most markets. People need to go to games, show other potential buyers that this market cares, and it will be more attractive to people wanting to keep it in Atlanta. Who would buy this franchise now?

Someone needs to remind Winnipeg, Quebec, et al that they had hockey teams and already lost them. Just like Atlanta. So if Atlanta doesn’t get a fair shake and a second shot, why should they?

This team, on paper, is really good. Buff needs to come back to the player they traded for, and Bogosian needs to remember why he was a rookie of the year contender way back when. The notion that this team is “hopelessly lost” without Enstrom and Slater is pretty far-fetched…yeah they miss toby and he’s fun to watch, but they should still be able to score goals when they have more people on the ice than the other team. 29 other teams manage to do it without Enstrom.

Sage of Bluesland

February 7th, 2011
2:27 pm

“Hockey fans will always want to go to NHL hockey games. While you and I agree 100% on where the core of this organization’s problems originate, total lack of support is not the answer IMHO. I’d rather have 18K people in the arena chanting “SPI-rit-GROUP-sux…clap…clap…clap-clap-clap” than the empty, cavernous facility that they do indeed deserve. As for the league stepping in to do something about this mess? Ahhhh, the hockey gods could only love us so much.”

RH–In the theme of your very premise of this blog, what on earth would the MOTIVATION be for the ownership to do anything different IF the arena was full of people??? The only answer I can think of is, “Laugh [at YOU] while they deposit your money in their bank account.”

There is no other answer.

We have a confirmed pattern of (un)care for a business product, which has an ‘entertainment’ factor associated. Businesses fail all the time for not listening to the consumer….We are well on the way as it is.

It is what it is. I have learned one thing by actually listening to some of the sheep: They aren’t Thrashers fan. They are ‘NHL’ fans. They do not have the best interests of the Atlanta Thrashers when they make their economic decisions….They only have their own selfish NHL-driven interests in mind. I don’t have a problem with that, necessarily–but I don’t want to hear the corresponding griping, lamenting, and soul-searching questioning from some weak-minded lambchops who have supported it, thus encouraging the ownership.

I’m a fan of the Atlanta Thrashers first and foremost; all else is secondary to that–and they are in dire need of ‘correction’. I guarantee you a couple of weeks of extremely sparse attendance will cause a ripple-effect all the way to the league offices…

That’s the beauty of the market–FIX IT or it will be fixed for you. This abomination we are currently ‘forced’ under is completely unacceptable….well, unless you’re there to see the other team…

Rawhide

February 7th, 2011
2:40 pm

I’m a fan of the Atlanta Thrashers first and foremost; all else is secondary to that–and they are in dire need of ‘correction’. I guarantee you a couple of weeks of extremely sparse attendance will cause a ripple-effect all the way to the league offices…

Sage – Then why have we not already experienced a “ripple-effect” in the NHL front office? Last I checked…unless there are 10,000 fans in the arena coming disguised as empty seats…we’ve already had more than a couple weeks of sparse attendance.

Look…no one wants the Thrashers bought and taken away from the Great Octoclutser any more than I do. But as I’ve said before, any such potential buyer has to see that there is indeed a hockey-loving market here in order to properly motivate him to choke up the money. Empty seats don’t do that and only serve to play into the inaccurate stereotype formed in the minds of so many up north.

kj

February 7th, 2011
2:43 pm

Before y’all wish for Dustin Penner, better check out his reputation for not staying in shape and taking shifts/games off. You might get an initial effort from the guy but he’ll just settle back in as no more effective than Antro and I don’t think we need another inconsistent forward. At least with Versteeg you get some grit and honest effort.

moriler

February 7th, 2011
2:49 pm

Quoted from SOB: RH–In the theme of your very premise of this blog, what on earth would the MOTIVATION be for the ownership to do anything different IF the arena was full of people??? The only answer I can think of is, “Laugh [at YOU] while they deposit your money in their bank account.”

Sage, just because you may understand numbers doesn’t mean you understand people — quite the opposite, in fact. You’ve fixated your mind on motivations for the owners that they simply don’t have — specifically, that they want to keep the team, run it, and make money off it. You have no evidence supporting your assertion of these motivations, and the latest lawsuit provides evidence directly countering your assertion; specifically, they have been trying to sell the team for a long time.

Nobody will buy a team whose fans don’t show up, except someone who wants to move them to a place where fans will show up. It’s that simple. So sure, boycott all you like — but the only purpose it serves is to drive hockey away from Atlanta. You claim to be a Thrashers fan — then you should listen very closely to me, because I _do_ know how business owners think. ;)

You also make another assertion you have no evidence for: you think that simply no-showing will make something happen at the league offices anytime soon. You’re way off base there — Bettman is not going to step in until at least another half-season passes. Case stories as evidence: Nothing has happened in Florida. Nothing is happening in Columbus. Nothing is happening on Long Island. Nothing is happening in Colorado. Nothing is happening in any of the markets with crap teams where people aren’t showing up to the games, in fact, except for Phoenix — and that was because the team was actively broke, as in “out of money” broke. The ASG isn’t broke. No-showing Thrashers games won’t make them broke. They have plenty of money floating around, and they will for quite some time.

Smoothie

February 7th, 2011
2:52 pm

Ay carumba.

Pass on Kessel please.

Sopes back to CHI for some young players they can’t afford, namely Skille and Beach or how about some kid named Morin? LOL I know GVH will like this idea as he’s always been a big proponent of getting Skille.

If, in fact, CHI is serious about bolstering their blueline (as offered up by Dave Pagnotta of The Fourth Period), and perhaps even their bottom 6, then why not help them out? Sopel’s family is in CHI and from every indication, he wants to get back to them as soon as possible. CHI’s has $45 M committed to 9 players and that’s before big raises to Seabrook (going from $3.5 to $5’s in all likelihood), Sharp (@ $3.9 and going up, up and away after this season) and Kopecky, Hossa’s buddy and valuable utility guy. Perhaps Duds can even swing a deal for the guy we wanted all along, Patrick Sharp. Just throwin’ this out there for discussion:

Sopel, Bergy and Kulda in return for Sharp, Morin and Skille?? Anyone?

moriler

February 7th, 2011
2:54 pm

Smoothie: Chicago’s GM just laughed in your face.

Red Light

February 7th, 2011
2:56 pm

I think it wise to remember who the landlords will be, if and when any potential Thrashers sale is consummated. Double entendre?

Smoothie

February 7th, 2011
3:05 pm

moriler – now that is a “sage” post. Wiser words perhaps have never been spoken on this blog in such an, ahem, economical fashion. With the Thrashers hemmoraghing money, the ASG has a nifty little thing known as an operating loss tax deduction, although I reckon they can no longer carry forward the losses (I believe that runs out after 4 or 5 years unless the law has changed).

But why on earth, to use Sage’s words, would the ASG be so quick to unload part of their operation when it fills 41 dates of the calendar, guarantees them $9+ M a year for naming rights revenue and helps them potentially absorb operating profits from the other entities in the form of an overall operating loss? Now they can throw more money at litigation and try to recoup some of these losses that probably aren’t nearly as big as the reported $150 M when you combine the 3 segments of their enterprise.

The NHL will step in when the time is right and I don’t think a “boycott” is going to be what gets Bettman’s attention. With an expiring CBA on the horizon, the closing of the PHX saga, and the sale of the Sabres, I think Gary has his hands full right now. And the prospect of a new TV deal (negotiations begin in March) will give Bettman even more reason to protect the 8/9th biggest TV market in the country — a market that happens to be home to hundreds of thousands if not a couple of million “ex-pats” from the Northeast and Snowbelt.

Yours is a convenient theory you have Mr. SOB, but unless you have intimate, insider knowledge, then I doubt it really carries much water.

Diego from Lilburn

February 7th, 2011
3:05 pm

Smoothie, that would be the trade of a lifetime!

I hate to say it, but I think Sopel’s biggest talent is taking the puck from behind (or above) our own net and making a perfect centering pass for whatever player on the other team happens to be crashing the net. :(

Diego from Lilburn

February 7th, 2011
3:06 pm

p.s. – I really need to get my mind out of the gutter. I thought that “pick-up-sticks” comment was a polite eupemism for something much dirtier!!!

Smoothie

February 7th, 2011
3:09 pm

Yeah, Sharp is a reach, but Dudley might be willing to part with even more should Bowman even entertain offers for Sharp. He will likely garner $5M plus for his next contract so CHI may be exploring options that make sense well beyond this season. Of course, they can always wait until the summer to re-sign Sopes and then entertain offers for pricey veterans to create space. We shall see.

moriler

February 7th, 2011
3:12 pm

Smoothie: Agreed, let’s not even get started on how the ASG can cook the books and turn any losses into a gain somewhere. But that would be implying something for which I have no evidence. Perhaps they’re just soaking all those operating losses out of their own pockets *cough*.

No, the real answer is the obvious one — they bought the Thrashers in an “up” economy being carried by a war, intending to flip them to another owner, while retaining the Philips arena rights, the Hawks, _and_ those 41 guaranteed days per year the Thrashers played there — without having to bother running a hockey team. Excellent business move on their part if it had succeeded; it’s always better to be the landlord. Belkin’s stunt put a wrench in those works, the economy tanked before they could get it resolved, and now they are piiiiissssed and stuck with a team they can’t really run competently. The crap trades in 06-07 were designed to get the team in the playoffs, make it look like a good deal, and get a purchaser “right then” — nobody bit because they got swept in the first round and everyone could see that the ASG had mortgaged the future. By ‘08 everyone knew the economy was going into the crapper and the smart ones were moving their stuff onto safe investments… and let’s face it, a hockey team in the South is definitely what one would call a ‘risk’.

moriler

February 7th, 2011
3:14 pm

Smoothie: That’s the thing — Sharp is not going anywhere unless a star or early first-rounder is packaged with some other tasty assets. :) I’m afraid we’ve gotten almost everyone Chicago was willing to let go — haven’t done very badly at all, IMO, but we’re gonna have to look elsewhere. If the price comes down for Penner or Versteeg, either of those would be good, but we can’t let that first-round pick go anywhere, it’s our only way to restock the larder.

Smoothie

February 7th, 2011
3:15 pm

Diego – you are grossly undervaluing Sopel’s value as a 3rd pairing shutdown guy. He’s had a few rough games, and his minutes have to be managed closely, but he’s far better than any of the trio of Leddy, Hendry and Scott that is a combined -4 with only 1/2 the blocked shots of Sopel. As for Bowman’s willingness to trade, it boils down to their desire to repeat as champs. Their core is set, but Sharp may be tradeable when you dangle a guy like Bergy, a prospect and a #1 pick, which I forgot to add into my above scenario. Need more caffeine still.

Smoothie

February 7th, 2011
3:20 pm

moriler – the horrible economy is yet another factor in the poor attendance of casual sports fans throughout the city. It has affected far more than just the Thrashers as the Falcons were still selling individual games and packages late into the season for a 13-win team, the Braves could only sell-out a couple of late August and Sept weekend series against the Phillies and the Hawks attendance is almost as miserable as SOB’s redundant posts about something that is purely conjecture, but proffered out to fellow bloggers as hypothetical gold.

New2TheThrash

February 7th, 2011
3:27 pm

I went to my first Thrashers game the other night against the Flames and I had a complete blast. I know they sucked it up towards the latter half of the game, but they still have some pretty loyal fans. I’m trying to get season tix and ATL spirit seems to want to rail me on price for a team that isn’t doing that good. I’m new and all, but I already love the Thrashers…but why does the Spirit group not seem to give a crap about new fans? I know the team needs money but damnnnn

ZAvalanche

February 7th, 2011
3:28 pm

Moriler – Colorado doesn’t suck, but thanks for the mention. They have the most man-games lost of any team this year – plagued by injury, big time. As I have said before, Thrashy needs a solid stay-at-home D man. Until they get that they don’t have a chance.

moriler

February 7th, 2011
3:29 pm

Doesn’t help that the tickets are artificially overpriced in a foolish attempt to ‘recoup’ losses, either. My roommate, g/f, and I used to routinely hit the weeknight games in the lower bowl (116-117), but those prices are simply too high to ever draw the casual fan in. Compare to single-game Braves tickets behind the first-base bag (relatively comparable seats) and you’ll see– sure, the Braves have twice as many home games, so they can afford to set prices lower, but the fan perceives it as a single game, whether it be hockey or baseball. And to the fan, it just means that hockey is freakin’ expensive. Not a way to encourage attendance.

moriler

February 7th, 2011
3:30 pm

ZAv: I was thinking attendance, not team quality. You guys have had trouble putting buns in seats too, haven’t you — despite that run of Cups in the late 90s?

Sage of Bluesland

February 7th, 2011
3:37 pm

Interesting thoughts, Moriler….Hmmmmm….If this franchise is nothing more than an offset, then that should be the name on the front of the sweaters….

The Atlanta Accounting-Offsets.

I can’t support anything coming even close to that type of operation.

Only fans of the visiting team should be in the stands…and RH, I mean ‘extreme’ boycotting, where there are only 2,000 fans of the OTHER team in the stands.

If an organization is not playing to win, then what is the point? Vince is spinning in his grave whenever the subject of the The Atlanta Accounting-Offsets comes up…

Rawhide

February 7th, 2011
3:38 pm

New2TheThrash – If you are new to the Thrashers, then chances are you are new to this blog. So…welcome.

As for season tickets, honestly I wouldn’t worry about it right now. They’ll be seats to be had when you do decide to take that plunge.

In the mean time, if you are looking for a good deal on tickets to an upcoming game the Thrashers have offered up readers of this little online forum a nice deal for the Sunday Feb. 13 game against Carolina. For $26 you can get a seat in section 203 or 204. Those are normally $39. And you also get a replica jersey to boot.

If you’d like to try out another Thrashers game…and I do recommend it…call Karin at 404-878-3781, tell her you want in on Rawhide’s ticket deal for the 13th and she’ll hook ya up.

Diego from Lilburn

February 7th, 2011
3:40 pm

Smoothie, I hope you are right about Sopes. If I see one more pass straight out in front of the net I swear I’ll call a travel agent and buy him a ticket home!

Also, new motivation: Anyone giving less than 100% has to be tied to a chair in the locker room and forced to listent to Christina Aguilera sing the national anthem between each period.

Zooler

February 7th, 2011
3:48 pm

Thrashers will not make significant trade, unless they give away the significance to the trading partner. Thrashers will not make playoffs. Re: Arhtur Blank buying team….. Falcons are the new braves. good in regular season, terds in postseason.

moriler

February 7th, 2011
3:54 pm

Sage: “If an organization is not playing to win…” Oh, dear. There are a number of teams in every league who are owned by people who have no intent to ever try to win. They didn’t call Chicago’s old owner “Dollar” Bill by accident.

But you can see it in the NFL, too. The Raiders, Redskins, and Lions are obvious — ever wonder why Barry Sanders retired in his prime? The Jaguars and Bills, maybe less obvious, and the Panthers are heading down that road.

NHL teams, it’s a bit trickier, but you can look around between 7th and 15th place in each conference and see some who are being run the same way. Just enough activity to keep themselves nominally competitive, but never any real effort made to develop a solid organization. The only thing you can do if you’re a fan in those circumstances is pray for new owners. Just ask Raiders fans — they’re gonna be boned until the old man finally dies.

Big daddy C

February 7th, 2011
3:56 pm

On the subject of going to games—I no longer pay to go to thrashers games and will only go if I get free tickets. I would rather watch the game at home on tv than pay to go to the game and buy all the overpriced concessions. I used to have season tickets for years, but I can no longer justify paying for a game. Not with the current ownership, president(Waddell) situation

Rawhide

February 7th, 2011
4:00 pm

Also, new motivation: Anyone giving less than 100% has to be tied to a chair in the locker room and forced to listent to Christina Aguilera sing the national anthem between each period.

Diego from Lilburn – Nice idea…unfortunately I believe the U.S. Constitution does expressly forbid anything that would be considered “cruel and unusual punishment”.

Ok gang, per C-Viv….”The Thrashers will go with the same lineup and line combinations. That means Eric Boulton will be the healthy scratch for the fourth straight game”.

That means the line combos once again are…

Ladd-Little-Bergfors
Kane-Antropov-Stewart
Cormier-Stapleton-Thorburn
Modin-Burmistrov-Peverley

Just…damn.

moriler

February 7th, 2011
4:06 pm

Crapburgers. I don’t like Burmy being buried down there with Modin, it tempts him to try to “Do it Himself” too much.

Brendan

February 7th, 2011
4:07 pm

Diego from Lilburn: “Demasiado doloroso, mi amigo. Es terorismo.”

Brendan

February 7th, 2011
4:08 pm

How ’bout we sit Peverley and play Boulton?

moriler

February 7th, 2011
4:12 pm

I’d really like to see Burmy center that third line where he’s covered by a couple big guys, honestly — and neither Cormier or Thorburn _totally_ have hands of stone, they just need accurate passes. But I guess having a 4th line of Modin-Stapleton-Peverley would drive too many fans to the beer vendors.

Smoothie

February 7th, 2011
4:20 pm

Seems rather obvious the 4th line is a desperate attempt to showcase Modin for a trade. Shining up that turd I guess. At least Burmy has been much better of late and maybe Pevs is due for a goal finally. Maybe he can hit the twine instead of the post this time.

Hoof Arted

February 7th, 2011
4:27 pm

Drop Stapleton from the lineup, move Cormier to center the 4th line, move Pevs to the third line and add Bolts to the 4th.

Ladd-Little-Bergfors
Kane-Antropov-Stewart
Burmistrov-Peverley-Thorburn
Modin-Cormier-Boulton

There, that fixes it.

Brendan

February 7th, 2011
4:34 pm

The word euphemism has been prevalent into today’s blog. Good for us!

Joe McGrath

February 7th, 2011
4:49 pm

Who would you rather have: Jonathan Cheechoo or Stapleton.

R. Stroz

February 7th, 2011
4:55 pm

Ramsay better wake up.

I imagine most of the locker room would rather see Boults dressed instead of either Modin or Stapleton.

This is the type of decision making which will cause Ramsay to lose the locker room.

Thrashers

February 7th, 2011
4:58 pm

We will win tonight.

R. Stroz

February 7th, 2011
4:58 pm

Smoothie – Actually, I think they are putting lipstick on Modin, since he plays like a wuss.

Cliff Fletcher

February 7th, 2011
5:04 pm

even peverly’s name is coming up in trade rumors, creditable ones too. you wonder if the rumors will be motivating factors guys like pevs and hainsey. just don’t trade thorburn whatever you do-the guy is a hustler every shift.

glovesave29

February 7th, 2011
5:13 pm

No way do you get rid of Peverly. He’s a blue collar guy, the type this team desperately needs more of.

Still in on Kessel. The guy has the type of offensive prowess we need. Every league is littered with stories of guys that were failures on one team, then move on an have a nice career. Phil’s won the Masterton for his dedication to the sport. He’s only 23. And its not his fault that the Leafs overpaid to get him. He’s become the ire of the silly Leafs fans because of it. Burke is a pretty arrogant guy. He’d sooner dispose of the issue rather that constantly be lambasted in the press. I can see him letting him go for less. Phil may do well in a “non traditional” market. Some players thrive being the center of all of the attention – and some do not. Players have lives outside of the sport – and I am sure they appreciate going to the mall or out to dinner without being overrrun by fans.

ThrasherTim

February 7th, 2011
5:13 pm

Why all the hand-wringing? We moved closer to the 7th place Rangers with the point we picked up Saturday night. We are “moving in the right direction”.

LAC

February 7th, 2011
5:15 pm

Look at the Thrashers this way… If you owned a car made by brand X and you had problem
after problem with it, traded it in and got another brand X car and had more and more problems, Would you continue to buy/support brand X ? NO. The Thrashers are the same way in retrospect.

Year after year they break down, yearly, just look at the record. After awhile, you have to say, Why does the company/ownership, fix the mold and make this product work ?

This ownership does NOT deserve any support, They have ALL lied to the Hockey fans in Atlanta, They have LIED to The NHL and they have lied in Court I am positive of that. They have lied so much they do not know where the truth ends and the stories begin.

Everyone has the right of choice, Men & Women have died to protect that right in the U.S.A.
It is the right of every hockey fan here to go or not go to games. I had season tickets for the firest seven years, until the little liars started really screwing it up and now I choose not to go, because of them, NOT the team.

Which leads to the continued purchase of a brand X car, look at it in context and think to yourself…

glovesave29

February 7th, 2011
5:28 pm

LAC – I think your comment is exactly the point everyone else here is trying to make. We all have our own budgets and decide how to spend our entertainment budget as we see fit. Where Sage is making all the enemies is constantly pointing out the obvious (that the ASG is a set of bumbling idiots) and for railing on those who choose to spend money to see NHL hockey. If my daughter gives me the doe-eyes and asks to go to a game and have a daddy – daughter date, I am not going to miss out on that opportunity just because I despise the ownership group.

Red Light

February 7th, 2011
5:59 pm

Going into tonight’s game, the Thrashers record during the months of January and February during the past five NHL seasons (2007-11) is 42-50-18.

Brendan

February 7th, 2011
7:05 pm

Red Light, so … what you’re saying is … league minimum-type budgets resulted in a 42-68 record for January and February for the Thrashers, for the past four years. Who, I ask you … WHO … would have possibly thought might happen.

Geez, I’ve never seen so many hands go immediately up in the air, out there in cyberspace. But I guess the real problem is … we need Toby and Slater back, right? ‘Cuz … dramatic pause … that would FIX everything. Wonderful.

I do appreciate Red Light’s presentation of research here. He does a great job. We take him for granted. Just out of curiosity, what are the Top 5 GM’s for playoff wins, since the lockout, in 2005? Gotta think Burke makes the list, just for those years in Anaheim, despite these past few in Toronto. I think, but am not entirely sure, that Toronto and Florida are the only teams, since the Lockout, not to make the playoffs.

Do we have a list, Red Light, of the teams that have made the playoffs EVERY YEAR since the lockout? Gotta think Detroit and San Jose are on that list. But who else?

Brendan

February 7th, 2011
7:10 pm

Thrashers-Maple Leafs is on CenterIce, channel 773, on Comcast.

Rightshot

February 7th, 2011
7:14 pm

Don’t have center ice, any place online I can watch the game. BTW, ATDHE.net got seized by the govt, so no go there.

D3

February 7th, 2011
7:21 pm

Great Job Bill! — Don’t get to peruse the site as much as I want to, but keep doing d@mn fine work my friend. Maybe they can break out of this mini-slump. Go Thrashers!

Red Light

February 7th, 2011
7:21 pm

Thanks Brendan. Gotta run but here’s what I found so far.

Detroit 19 straight playoff appearances
New Jersey 13 straight playoff appearances
San Jose 6 straight playoff appearances
Pittsburgh 4 straight playoff appearances

Curly

February 7th, 2011
7:48 pm

LAC

February 7th, 2011
7:53 pm

2-0 for The Good Guys after the first period, Buff on The Power Play !!!!!

Leafs looking more like the Loafs…. so far.

Got a kick out of the Toronto announcer, when the teams skated off, He said, “And after the first period, the Leafs trail The Atlanta FLAMES. 2-0.”

Hard to believe after 30 years in Canada this Canada announcer could tell these are not the Atlanta Flames… So Funny, But Wish it WAS true, Don’t You ?

Rightshot

February 7th, 2011
8:02 pm

Thanks Curly!

Puckhead

February 7th, 2011
8:16 pm

After blowing a 2 goal lead in the first 4 minutes of the 2nd period Vince might have killed everyone on the bench as a warning to those on the ice

LAC

February 7th, 2011
8:36 pm

Why in the heck can we NOT get the puck out of our zone ?

It has cost us tonight ????!!!!

Puckhead

February 7th, 2011
8:44 pm

A terrible period.

Tom Lysiak

February 7th, 2011
9:09 pm

I would make a copy of that give away for Buff’s agent. That nonchalance is unforgivable.

World Be Free

February 7th, 2011
9:28 pm

The only good thing about tonight’s game is that it convinced me that we are sellers and not buyers. Mortgaging the future to prop up this team would be a disaster.

Can’t score
Can’t defend
Can’t get the stop when you need it anymore-Pavs is wore out
Kulda got his pocket picked for the 5th goal

Get what you can Dudley and start over, again

R. Stroz

February 7th, 2011
9:34 pm

My plan looks better as each game passes.

Put a fork in this season. Dudley waited TOO long to address the shortcomings.

How about another Groundhog Day Blog?

Curly

February 7th, 2011
9:35 pm

WBR – I believe that was Stapleton who was picked for the 5th goal. Kulda won his battle and got the puck to Stapleton. Stapleton was then stripped of the puck…. and Goal Leafs. Stapleton also took a bad hooking penalty which cost the Thrashers a goal as well. Not a good game for Timmy playing against his ex-team. Stapleton was traded to the Thrashers with Kubina for Exelby and Stuart.

Puckhead

February 7th, 2011
9:39 pm

Aaaaaaaaaaagh! The Thrashers are Like Bad Medicine – you know you shouldn’t care but you do and you end up grabbing for the medicine in a bottle. If medical marijuana was legal in Georgia. thrasher fans would qualify.

World Be Free

February 7th, 2011
9:39 pm

Curly-Stapleton has no business being in the NHL. I would rather have Ex or Stuart

Joe Friday

February 7th, 2011
9:42 pm

This team is poorly coached. Ramsays inability to teach the guys how to play defensively is killing us. Wide open pond hockey every night. Only difference now from earlier this year is that Pavs is playing average now and was standing on his head earlier in the year keeping them in games.

There’s some good young core pieces here to build around, but Ramsays not an NHL head coach and we can see now why no one ever gave him the keys before. Get a new coach and pray we get someone local to buy this club or they’re gone. Problem is they’ve been looking for someone local for 6 years and no takers.

LAC

February 7th, 2011
9:42 pm

We are no one bit different than the John Anderson team of last season. We CANNOT play defense, CANNOT !Forget the defensemen headmanning the puck, the heck with it ! PLAY DEFENSE !!!!!!!!

They have scores 17 goals against us in 9 periods, 17 people. I now say if Stupid DUD dudley cannot do anything… RESIGN !!! You are NOT doing anything…. oh I forgot Eager for a fifth rounder, GREAT dudly THE DUD !

LAC

February 7th, 2011
9:44 pm

Right Joe Friday, 100% Correct !!!!

Tom

February 7th, 2011
9:47 pm

I am truly sick after this game. Can the Thrashers find a way to give away a game anymore???

If I was Pavelic I would go into the locker room and kick the Sh#t out of Buff. That turnover was criminal.

And how many times did we fail to clear the zone…

Craig Ramsay

February 7th, 2011
9:50 pm

In order to teach a team to win, you have to teach them how to lose first.

It took me a while to teach this team how to lose, but right now they are about as good as any in the league.

Buff-n-stuff

February 7th, 2011
9:50 pm

Rawhide, Brendan, World Be, Stroz – WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE???

If there are not trades by tomorrow, this team is either out of money, moving to another city, or is just going nowhere.

We need new bodies in here tonight/tomorrow, to have 3 days of practice, before Friday’s game.

Uggghhhh…..

Curly

February 7th, 2011
9:50 pm

WBF – You’re right. Pavs looks like he’s worn out. Coach needs to start rotating Mason back into the lineup. Can’t hurt at this point.

Too many mistakes in this game. This really doesn’t look like an NHL team. I agree we should not be Buyers at the deadline, to mortgage the future to try and salvage this season. I think we are done.

R. Stroz

February 7th, 2011
9:52 pm

Tom – I know why Kari took up the bottle while goaltending for the Thrashers.

World Be Free

February 7th, 2011
9:52 pm

Joe Friday, as much as it pains me I am forced to agree with your latest post. I have been alluding for weeks to the lack of changes in coaching, especially in-game. Tonight, a real good 1st period let way to the second period slumber which happens every game. So yes, I do agree with your contention that coaching really is the issue here.

LAC, Dudley has had leass than one year to fix what took 10 years to break. The issue here is no depth of talent and no money to build with. To put it plainly, your ass is up against the wall in this situation. The cupboard was bare when Dudley took over, poor drafting an development for 10 years. If I were Dudley I would identify the players that need to go and get something for them with 2 more long monthes to go before this agony is over.

Buff-n-stuff

February 7th, 2011
9:52 pm

Dare I say it – Trade Buff NOW, while we can get the mother-lode for him. He is not going to sign anyway…..

Chris16

February 7th, 2011
9:53 pm

This team is done I am done with this team. By the end of the season we should be behind the Devils.

Tom Lysiak

February 7th, 2011
9:56 pm

I have to say I am wondering about Ramsay too. I commented around the first of November that I thought he had gone about it a$$ backwards. He was such a defensive player, I just thought that would be the thrust of his teaching/coaching. Then, work on getting the puck in the net.

Thrash played great for six weeks and then they lost it. We have had some injuries, but who hasn’t? If Jimmy Slater makes that much of a difference, his agent needs to be on the phone right now. The team looks lost and has no confidence. 180 degrees from December, and I don’t mean fahrenheit.

R. Stroz

February 7th, 2011
9:57 pm

Warning this is a re-post from Sunday afternoon, but it applies even more now:

Although I realize this will be a rather unpopular assessment: Here it goes.

1) Unless this team is 100% healthy, which most teams never are, the Thrashers don’t have a playoff worthy roster.

2) So, a pragmatic approach would be go into all out SELL mode while the market is more favorable for the selling teams versus the buying teams.

3) Trade as many older players as possible for draft round picks, think Sopel.

4) Send Stapleton back to Chicago as he has NO upside.

5) Bring up Esposito, Machecek, and Postma to see what they can do at the NHL level.

6) Over the summer, use the accumulated draft picks as RFA offer sheet collateral and make RFA offer sheets pointed at the salary cap troubled teams.

7) Use the rookie call-ups, such as Esposito, Machecek, Kulda, and Postma as low cost trade bait to salary cap troubled teams over the summer.

It’s time to put the screws to the Wolves by pulling out as many possible NHL players as possible. It’s also time to put the screws to the other GMs that have painted themselves into a salary cap corner.

Things may be uglier for a few months, but then again as Thrashers fans, we are used to ugly.

And last, for the love of hockey, get Modin out of the line-up and put Boults back in.

Sage of Bluesland

February 7th, 2011
10:04 pm

Folks, I hate to break it to those who are ready to sell of all assets…Uh…We DON’T have that much that anyone else likely covets and will give anything meaningful for…

Sell? Sell WHAT?!

This franchise is an abomination. Always has been–always will be (with uncaring ownership and incompetent management).

World Be Free

February 7th, 2011
10:10 pm

If you remember stroz, I agree with your post, even thought it was odd that you were totally serious for once. No NHL depth, you cannot last an entire season.

B. Thenet

February 7th, 2011
10:15 pm

R. Stroz: You speak like someone who doesn’t have to trick people into being season ticket holders next season.

Blowing this team up would be the death knell for the franchise. STH are at rock bottom after losing Kovy and coming up short last season. Management has said repeatedly that this was a playoff team last season, and a playoff team this season.

You have to look at this from a business perspective. You cannot lose for nearly decade straight, and keep selling people on “building a team”. At some point you have to start to turn the corner.

But I would agree on one thing, put Tim Stapleton on bus leaving town tomorrow. I can’t really figure out what his upside is. He can’t PK, so he takes a spot from someone who could. He can’t score. He is not a playmaker. Not a guy who can throw the body. Other than looking like a 14 year old, I really can’t identify why exactly Dudley signed him or why Ramsay keeps playing him.

Buff-n-stuff

February 7th, 2011
10:17 pm

Stroz – Well, scratch one thing off your list: “The Thrashers lost forward Fredrik Modin to an upper-body injury”

…sad to say, but that is good news.

R. Stroz

February 7th, 2011
10:25 pm

B. Thenet – The answer to your Stapleton question is simple:

The ASG is cheap…cheap…cheap…and so was Stapleton.

Besides, most STHs read the lawsuit and will not renew unless Ladd and/or Buff re-signs. FUBAS destroyed STH renewals two weeks ago with the “timeliness” of their lawsuit.

LAC

February 7th, 2011
10:26 pm

WBF, I realize that point, you are correct, However, he recently stated in an interview, He was Good at doing his job. I hate to say it, but if all you can get for Eager is a 5th rounder, then you are failing and failing BADLY !

I simply fail to understand why this team can’t and never has played solid defense ???????

Other teams do it, why not Atlanta. I would much rather have Cam Fowler on the blue line than Burmistrov at forward and we could have had him… Big up side, and Burmistrov…. Another in a never
ending line of LOST first rounder picks.

Either way, if dudley fails to improve the team within say, two weeks, at season’s end, he should resign and go back to Chicago or wherever the Hell he came from, He is looking like waddell junior…
OMG !

Cliff Fletcher

February 7th, 2011
10:26 pm

thenet-dudley signed stapleton because he plays cheap.

let’s face it bloggers, the only thing that is going to save this franchise now is if the league steps in and takes over. get the idiots out of the way and let the league right the ship as it did in phoenix. this is no longer a situation that can be solved from within, it is too far gone. no investors have stepped up in 6 years becuase nobody wants to do business with these guys. we know atlanta is a good hockey town, but the fan base can only take so much. we are not the kc royals or pittsburgh pirates because both teams won world series championships.

this franchise has done nothing in 11 seasons and yet people still show up. canadian media should salute atlanta fans for showing up at all, if they were honest.

R. Stroz

February 7th, 2011
10:26 pm

Rawhide – I triple dog dare you to repost the Groundhog Day blog.

LAC

February 7th, 2011
10:29 pm

Would SOMEBODY inform Mr.vivlimore we are NOT tied for 8th place, we are in 9th place…
All the more reason to replace him, constant mistakes, Just like the Thrashers….

Buff-n-stuff

February 7th, 2011
10:32 pm

Not Only have: “The Thrashers lost forward Fredrik Modin to an upper-body injury”…….but Stapleton was just seen boarding the trans-canadian railroad to Edmonton….

Puckhead

February 7th, 2011
10:33 pm

Sage I agree with your last post. Nooo I’ve gone to the dark side.

michael

February 7th, 2011
10:41 pm

adthe.net switched to adthenet.tv dont go to adthe.me its run by another group that i think puts spyware or something on your comp. some players looked lost to me tonight surprisingly bogo wasnt one of them I thought he and hainsey had great shutdown game. Buff seems extremely frustrated to the point of pushing himself too hard and making errors and sopel was just a slow turnover machine. seemed like at one point we started just rolling 2 lines in the 3rd as far as offense goes. stapleton and modin need to go big time, kudos to cormier on the blocked shot.

Thrashy Thrashy

February 7th, 2011
10:46 pm

The funny thing is that Dudley’s inaction helps us understand more about Waddell’s inaction. This is really about the ownership. As it stands, we have a lot of good young pieces in place on the team, but WE DO NOT HAVE OWNERS WHO ARE WILLING TO SIGN VETERANS (with a considerable amount of ability left, of course) WHO CAN GET THIS TEAM INTO THE PLAYOFFS.

That’s the problem. These bums will not do what it takes to win. Therefore, we have to rely on doing it on the cheap. That means draft picks and getting lucky with cheap free agent signings. I don’t blame Ramsay. I don’t blame Dudley. I blame Waddell, of course, but that’s more for being a stooge for so long now that any man with a backbone would have high-tailed it eons ago. Ultimately, it’s on ownership. If they don’t give a damn, the team will play like it doesn’t give a damn.

World Be Free

February 7th, 2011
10:49 pm

LAC, let’s face, this is a bad situation for any general manager or coach to step into. I still feel the real issue with Dudley’s inability to improve the team is all about money. I do not see the commitment to get us above the minimum salary cap. Without the money, we are just the Pittsburgh Pirates or other clubs lacking the commitment. Toss in the lack of depth at the farm team, the inability to control the development of your players at the NHL and 10 bad seasons of drafting. Not an enviable position to be in as a GM and as you stated, he hasn’t been able to make a deal.

Sage-The Flyers were in a bad way a few seasons back and used the trading deadline to improve themselves and recover quickly. Teams have a tendency to overpay at the trade deadline and the Flyers took advantage of that. Now we all know we ARE NOT the Flyers as an organization. I think tonights 3 period performance defined our season and the team needs to look forward, embrace YOUR next 5 year plan hopefully with better results. But if any GM can’t spend about the cap floor, I doubt we can expect any better results. As bleak as a Buffalo winter day.

Brendan

February 7th, 2011
10:58 pm

Well, another 4-point swing in favor a team beneath us. Losses to the Islanders, Calgary, now Toronto, and an OTL to Carolina. What’s it add up to? 0-3-1 since the All-Star break.

Time for another “Onion New Network” update??? I think so. Let’s go to Brooke Alvarez on the set at ONN, take it away Brooke.

Brooke Alvarez: “Thank you, Brendan. We have a BREAKING NEWS story. Today is still AMAZINGLY not over yet. We’ll check back in on this story at midnight. In other EQUALLY SHOCKING NEWS, the Thrashers continue to FREE FALL in the standings, inching ever closer to the # 10 and # 11 slots in the standings. Our field reporter, Jane Carmichael is there, live on the scene, at Blueland with the latest. Jane?”

Jane Carmichael: “Thanks, Brooke. The arena here at Blueland is eerily silent, just like most games when the Thrashers play, in the midst of a prolonged losing streak.”

Brooke Alvarez: “Tell about about the wins and losses, Jane.”

Jane Carmichael: “Well, tonight, the Thrashers lost their 16th in the past 21 games. It’s still a streak that puts anything the Pittsburgh Pirates achieved this year to shame.”

Random Pirates fan: “Yeah, it’s true that we suck pretty bad. I mean, five wins in 25-30 games, is about our pace. But our ownership says, ‘we’re moving in the RIGHT direction.”

Jane Carmichael: “Yeah, but as Pirates fans, haven’t you been hearing that same sentiment from the Pirates ownership for the past 18-years running?”

Pirates fan: “Yeah, but THISSSS Year, unlike all the OTHER years, it’s TRUE that we’re moving in the right direction. It’s not just the same ol’ lies and spin.”

Jane Carmichael: “I see. So, do you have any advice for the fans of the Atlanta Thrashers hockey club?”

Pirates fan: “Well, since we’ve had losing seasons for the past 18 years in-a-row, what I can tell Thrasher fans is … you’re more than than half-way now, at 11 years without a playoff win. These next seven years will just fly by. You’ll be AMAZED at how quickly times passes when you TOTALLY DON’T CARE about what happens to your team. You find other things, hobbies. Kids come along, and then they need braces-n-stuff. Little league and ballerina classes, too. Don’t forget the cost of diapers in those EARLY years. You won’t even think TWICE about not going to games anymore.”

Jane Carmichael: “Wow. A vivid accounting, from a fan who knows. Back to you, Brooke.”

Brooke Alvarez: “Thanks, Jane. And remember, eyeliner can work wonders.”

Jane Carmichael slams down the microphone, screaming “That B1tch did not just GO THERE!!”

Brooke Alvarez: “I understand we have Bruce Levenson, part-owner of the Atlanta Thrashers, live on the ‘FACTZONE’ hotline. Welcome, Bruce. Any comment about the debacle that is the last 21 games for your team?”

Bruce Levenson: “Uhh, Brooke. Let me be clear, to borrow a phrase from President Obama, the Atlanta Thrahsers Hockey Club is having a FABULOUS season. Did you know that our cap situation is the ENVY of 28 General Managers in the league?”

Brooke Alvarez: “And will still be, in April right?”

Bruce Levenson: “You got that right, Brooke. We’ll still be $18 million under the cap in April. Maybe more, depending on what the league decided to do with the cap for the 2011-12 season. It’s conceivable that we’ll be $20 or more million under the cap next October.”

Brooke Alvarez: “Well, I’m sure Thrashers fans will be looking forward to that. It never stops being the same misery for them.”

Bruce Levenson: “Well, that’s our plan. We hate this team, its fans, and the NHL, in General. If the league opts for contraction during the next lockout, I’ll be sure to nominate our market for extinction.”

Brooke Alvarez: “A chilling thought for normally warm Atlanta. Thanks for dropping by the ‘FactZone.”

Bruce Levenson: “Any time, Brooke. God, you’re … you’re just sooo hot. Can I call you, again, sometime? How often do you get to Atlanta? Or even Boston?”

Brooke Alvarez: “Oh Bruce, if you’re gonna STALK me, better get in line. I’m the most stalked News anchor on Cable TV news today. It’s just part of being the greatest news anchor of ALL-TIME. And I thank you for your interest. Coming up next, some New England fishermen claim there’s at least some element of sport by fishing inside an aquarium. But they DEFINITELY feel that hunting a deer with MACHINE GUN is totally ‘unsportsmanlike.’ Stay tuned for more of the ‘FACTZONE.’ We’ll be right back.”

Smoothie

February 7th, 2011
11:58 pm

WBF – you know its bleak when you’re forced to have a late night “come to jesus” conversation with the bedeviling Sage! Time to get out the paper bags and become the Brown Paper Bag Brigade. Eff being the Brown Thrashers!

Good thing I’ve already started working on my golf swing!!

Cornbread

February 8th, 2011
12:02 am

OUCH! That one feels like a 2×4 across the back of the head.

I only saw the 3rd period and I saw 2 horrendous plays that absolutely can not happen in the 3rd period. Buff what the Hell man? You’re an All-Star and there was talk about you getting the Norris. All that talk is gone now. The only saving grace is you finally put one in after more than a month. Pavs you can’t take your mind off of it and relax for a split second until you know it’s gone. Stapleton I said a few days ago that you don’t hurt the team with and without the puck. You blew it tonight. You are quick. That’s the only thing you have going for you at this point. You have got to get the puck to Sopel quicker. He was there and you were too slow. It’s Sopel! He was ready before you were! Kulda if you want to stay in the NHL you better come off that wall a lot quicker. NHL defenders do not let forwards beat them to the net from the wall.

Bad Bad Mistakes late in the game, how does this happen? Tonight they were egregious. Pretty sad when Zach Bogosian is your best defenseman. And yes, once again, he played a great game. Starting to look like the mobile D-man of old. Toby Buff misses you Big Time. Get your heads out of your collective butts and start putting together some complete games that you are capable of.

Rawhide

February 8th, 2011
12:23 am

These Thrashers losses are getting harder and harder to swallow. But here’s a new blog for you all to chew on nonetheless…

Tasty turnovers in toronto continue Thrashers tumbling trend“.

R. Stroz

February 14th, 2011
8:15 am

Rawhide

February 14th, 2011
10:01 am

R. Stroz – Nope.