Tasty turnovers in Toronto continue Thrashers tumbling trend

The Maple Leafs have this thing with waffles…but for the Thrashers, its turnovers.

Monday night in the Air Canada Center, they served up more turnovers than any bakery found in Toronto and were giving them away all night long to those wearing blue jerseys. Taking advantage of the visiting team’s generosity, the Leafs then helped themselves to a tasty 5-4 win over the Thrashers.

While there were many candidates to choose from, this night’s clear winner of the Platinum Pastry Award for the single most egregious turnover of the game goes to…tearing open the envelope…defenseman Dustin Byfuglien.

Mikhail Grabovski politely raises his had to ask for more turnovers from the Thrashers. Unfortunately, they were more than happy to oblige (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

After scoring a goal, Mikhail Grabovski politely raises his had to ask for more turnovers from the Thrashers. Unfortunately, they were more than happy to oblige (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

For those who were not able to see the play that de-knotted a 3-3 score early in the third period, Big Buff attempted to casually backhand the puck over to the right side boards to Johnny Oduya. Unfortunately, what Byfuglien accomplished was a beautiful pass to Toronto’s Nikolai Kulemin…who then neatly tucked the gifted puck under a surprised Ondrej Pavelec.

Kulemin, I’m sure, will do the right thing and follow up with a nice Thank You card to the Thrashers defenseman.

Five minutes later, Tim Stapleton…who should be arrested and charged with impersonating an NHL player…played hot potato with the puck in the corner and lost the puck. That turnover led to a Tim Brent goal, making it 5-3.

An Andrew Ladd jam-in at the 11:01 mark got the Thrashers back to within one, but in the end it was the Maple Leafs that pulled the win out of the oven…even though they failed to put the icing on top by way of an empty-netter.

Forward Fredrik Modin left the game in the second period with an upper body injury. The bad news here is given the Thrashers don’t play again until Friday and the way their luck has gone lately, there’s a better than even chance he doesn’t even miss a game.

The loss drops Atlanta’s record to 0-3-1 coming out of the All Star break, 4-7-4 in 2011 and 5-11-5 since the last time they played in Toronto back on December 20.

Their 24-22-10 record leaves them at 58 points along with the Carolina Hurricanes, who were idle Monday. However, the Canes now have three games in hand and will take to the ice twice this week before the Thrashers play again Friday against the Rangers.

Buffalo is only five points behind Atlanta and has five games in hand while the Panthers trail the Thrashers by six with four in hand. Both of those teams have games on Tuesday and on Thursday the play against each other in south Florida.

Meanwhile…back in Thrasherville…rumor has it general manager Rick Dudley has been seen out on his balcony play the fiddle. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but he needs to bake up some sort of deal soon to help this team before the season is completely cooked. Otherwise, come April 11, these Thrashers will once again be enjoying turnovers and other pastries while they await their tee times.

And as good as turnover pastries are… that would be tough to swallow.

By: Bill Tiller – AJC.com Thrashers Fan Blog

204 comments Add your comment

Tom

February 8th, 2011
12:28 am

Speechless…

litz

February 8th, 2011
12:43 am

All I can say is Kawoosh … and no, scifi fans, that’s not a puddle erupting from a giant stone ring …

It’s our season swirling around and around, as it’s power flushed by American Standard.

Other than that … there just aren’t words in the English language.

None that are printable, at least.

Brendan

February 8th, 2011
12:47 am

A while ago, it was pointed out to us by a poster that the Thrashers second half of the season contained many “softies.” Like? The Islanders, 4-1 loss, the Maple Leafs, 9-3 and 5-4 losses, Carolina, 4-3 OTL, Calgary, 4-2 loss, and it goes on like this. We were also told, “No worries, T-bird fans. The second half of the season contains a much lighter schedule, with much more rest between games, so we’ll be sure to bank those points against all those teams beneath us.”

Is it 26 games left now?? I guess we’ll have to go 17-8-1 in those games to make it into the playoffs. Right?

Okay, what are the odds we’re STILLLL $18 million under the cap on April 11th?

AtlantaVols

February 8th, 2011
1:02 am

Man, this was a tough game to swallow after watching us jump out to a quick start. Overall I felt like we played well and in the end we just had a couple unlucky plays that cost us the 2 points. I know it seems pretty bad right now, but all it takes is a 3 or 4 game win streak and we are right back in the mix.Go Thrashers!

LAC

February 8th, 2011
1:06 am

What can you even say after this mess. Just unreal to tank like this afyrt playing solid for two months. We need to forget everything except DEFENSE ! Ramsey’s team is a carbon copy of John Anderson from what I see, same thing as last season, Just SICK !

Wreckin & Thrashin

February 8th, 2011
1:55 am

Regardless of Buff breaking his goal-less streak, Ramsey has to bench him the next game for that play. Yeah, you can’t bench one of your best players, but quite frankly, if the season isn’t already lost, it’s about to be. You have to set an example. Buff can’t let that happen under any circumstance. If he’s a man, he’d take a game benching and come back with hunger. If he pouts, then he’s not worth the $6, 7 millions dollar we are about to give him.

Thrashy Thrashy

February 8th, 2011
2:15 am

The way we’re going, we’ll be able to bench everybody the last 15 games.

Glass Half Full

February 8th, 2011
6:33 am

Guys! Don’t be so negative!

ThrashDawg

February 8th, 2011
7:22 am

When are we going to make a trade? The way we are going it will be too late if we don’t do something soon! Hell, I thought we should have made a trade before the season started and then the good start had everybody, including the GM apparently, thinking we were better than we actually were. I think the coach said a few weeks back that if Pavalec had not been standing on his head we would not have as good record as we had at the time. Well, Pavalec has come back down to earth and we are in trouble. IT IS TIME TO MAKE A TRADE DUDLEY! In fact, it is six months past due, oh but I forgot do we have enough room under the salary cap? Jeez…enough already…

Eileen

February 8th, 2011
7:22 am

We need more talent to support the good young players we do have. AHL fill ins are not cutting it. Oh yeah, the money we would have to spend on players is tied up in lawsuits! I really feel for the guys. Most of them are working hard.

Russ

February 8th, 2011
7:28 am

OK – I’d like to take a look at some key aspects to any NHL franchise on and off the ice comparing the 2010-11 Atlanta Thrashers organization to the expansion version that was iced 11 seasons ago.

Owenership – Much worse now
Fan Base – Lower (and dwindling)
Ability to retain/attract top end talent – same (that is to say non-existant)
Talent of a completely healthy roster – better, but borderline playoff team
organization depth – marginally better, but terrible for a team in their 11th season

So, someone would have a hard time explaining to me how this organization is in much better shape now to compete in the NHL than they were immediately after they held their expansion draft.

Very, very sad.

Sage of Bluesland

February 8th, 2011
7:31 am

Yes, Brendan, the eternal optimist, Cornbread (aka Don Waddell), blustered about having a “soft” February….Uh-huh. So much for that. He/She must be a new fan of this team…or he/she wears that silly blue-flame hair monstrosity…

What a sad joke this franchise is; what it always has been.

But, they DID serve their purpose: filled out a game for someone else to bank points against. Welcome your new/old team: The Atlanta Schedule-Fodders.

That is what we are. Please STOP with the trade-talk–it will do absolutely nothing to alter the environment in this pitiful organization.

Bode

February 8th, 2011
7:40 am

Well here we are in that point of the season where the Thrashers have done their traditional fall off. In ways I blame the coaching staff and the players, they are professionals play/coach with pride. But the blame falls on the inept ownership. I have been a season ticket holder for six years, not as long as most, but I am now at the point of reconsidering for next year. This ownership completely ignores and constantly turns their nose up to us. They offer rewards to those individuals who sign up now for a partial season ticket. What does the regular season ticket holder get? (nothing) Where is the loyalty to us for the loyalty we have exhibited to the team (which our money goes to the ownership). If I was anyone of the owners I would have an extremely hard time looking at myself in the mirror!

Cliff Fletcher

February 8th, 2011
8:01 am

nothing changes until the league takes over. remember what i said here folks because there is no changing this franchise at this point. you can bitch about coaching and general managers all you want but how can this franchise attract top talent at the managerial,scouting and player levels with the 11 year track record? even if the boys on top opened their wallets right now, it is not going to change anything. the perception of this franchise is crystal clear league-wide.

think about it – aint going to happen

Riceowls

February 8th, 2011
8:08 am

Time to adopt a Las Vegas strategy watching this team. I arrive in Vegas, assume I lost all my money, and if I go home with any, I’m happy.

Mr. Heat Miser

February 8th, 2011
8:12 am

STH are supposed to get their “electronic” renewal packages this week. Nice timing Elmer Fudds of the A$G. I’d hate to be ticket rep on commission.

World Be Free

February 8th, 2011
8:14 am

From the last blog- you know Smoothie, nobody has denied that Sage is right about his description of what’s happened the last 11 years, it’s the delivery we have objected to. You and I know we are in trouble from top to bottom and it’s time to refocus our efforts. We need to look towards the future, again and try to build the type of team that can play at a higher level for 80+ games and playoffs. Trying to salvage this season is senseless, if we can’t score, play team defense or make plays at crucial times. You need guys that can make plays.

Example- Sabres have not been the same since they let Briere and Drury go and why? These 2 guys made plays at crucial times. Our current team does not have players than can make POSITIVE plays at crucial times, so we blow leads and cannot recover when we are down.

moriler

February 8th, 2011
8:15 am

Actually, it was also me who noted that we had a nice, soft February and a nice, soft schedule ahead of us. What we’ve seen in the past week or two is called “Not taking advantage of it” or just “faceplanting” for short. If this team can pull a horseshoe out of its butt to make the playoffs, it will be as the best of the worst 8 in the East… hope you like a shot at Philly in Round 1.

Which is OK, if ownership were sane. This shouldn’t, by rights, have been a year to make a playoff run. Under sane ownership, Dudley could collect assets this year, trade some older vets as rentals for more young talent and work on schemes with the realization that next offseason would be time to pick up some more veteran free agents to help the kids — and _then_ see how far we go. But ownership is not sane, so we can’t rely on anything actually happening in the right order.

There isn’t a trade that’s available that would be in favor of the Thrashers right now, but there are plenty of bad ones available. Hopefully we don’t make any of those, things don’t really need to get worse.

And for god’s sake, how many times do I have to tell some of you — this isn’t freakin’ kindergarten, teacher isn’t going to show up and say “now, now, you’re not being fair”. The league won’t ever take over the Thrashers. They’re not broke. Let me repeat it: THEY’RE NOT BROKE. That’s when the NHL steps in. Not before. And the ASG has plenty of money. They won’t go broke. Talk about dreaming…

Iron League 13

February 8th, 2011
8:15 am

If we ever hear some kinda crap like “we’ll the Thrashers were still losing so much money that we couldn’t get anyone by the deadline” from the ASG or management, maybe we petition the NHL as fans for new owners. Maybe we should anyway, a grass roots nonviolent coup d’etat or junta sorta kinda. When attendance hovers around 10k on a good night we all know why. Remember, attendance did MUCH BETTER back in December. Gee, wonder why? Winning = Butts in Seats WAKEY WAKEY A-S-G BUMS!!!

World Be Free

February 8th, 2011
8:16 am

But you are right Smoothie, it is hard to dance with the devil!

Dwayne

February 8th, 2011
8:21 am

We can trade our number 1 pick that we will get for finishing last this year to Pittsburgh for Cindy Crotchby, reunite her with Doris and live happily ever after.

GaVaHokie

February 8th, 2011
8:23 am

Gathering up all the trade references, here’s what I’m seeing in a nutshell.

Sopel could go back to Chicago… Jack Skille possibly in return. Don’t think we can give enough to get Dave Bolland.

Most of our best assets will go to Edmonton for either Hemsky or Penner. According to an unnamed GM, “The price is high for those guys right now” which is probably why nothing has happened yet. Gotta think Penner is slightly cheaper, and more of Ramsay’s style… two Atlanta scouts were at the Oilers-Preds game last night.

LAC

February 8th, 2011
8:37 am

Heard Obama was at Washington-Pittsburgh game over the weekend. He would rather meet wit those DUMB republicans than EVER go see D.C. play the Thrashers… Gee we beat them 4 times this year ! Go figure !

VOLinATL

February 8th, 2011
8:37 am

Thank goodness I was able to trade Buff a couple of days ago in my fantasy league, otherwise I would have to drop him just for the sheer principle of it. That has to be in the Top Five of the worst plays in Thrasher history, and that is a loooooooooong list!

Smoothie

February 8th, 2011
8:38 am

WBF – nice one. Think we’ve been runnin’ with the devil for 6 years.

Joe frickin’ Johnson…smh. I HATE Joe Johnson.

Iron League 13

February 8th, 2011
8:41 am

Riceowls – RIGHT ON!!!

Moriler – We know the league won’t buy assets, but I am thinking about the possibility of petitioning them to push them out the door, I doubt they like bad press all we have to do is tell THE TRUTH. I’m going with my gut and saying that in the end the NHL is a business and an entertainment one at that, therefore they should operate like a real business and force the issue. The NHL should then reform there requisites for prospective owners to reduce the risk of this kinda crap happening down the road to any market.

Buff-n-stuff

February 8th, 2011
8:41 am

A Trade “is” Coming this afternoon – I can SMELL it in the air!!!

Iron League 13

February 8th, 2011
8:41 am

we know the league won’t buy this franchise, right now (rather)

World Be Free

February 8th, 2011
8:42 am

Smoothie-the countdown to pitchers and catchers reporting has begun!

Buff-n-stuff

February 8th, 2011
8:43 am

We are the “LA Clippers” of the NHL……..the only difference is, Donald Sterling knows how to put a losing product on the court, year after year, and STILL make money….while the ASG, well, need I even go into it, really???

Russ

February 8th, 2011
8:46 am

Most of our best assets will go to Edmonton for either Hemsky or Penner. According to an unnamed GM, “The price is high for those guys right now” which is probably why nothing has happened yet. Gotta think Penner is slightly cheaper, and more of Ramsay’s style… two Atlanta scouts were at the Oilers-Preds game last night.

This reeks of the same type of desperation moves that were made to bring in Tkachuk and Zhitnik. The situation is almost identical – The team is floundering and falling out of playoff contention. Bring in a veteran or two to stabilize the team for a feeble playoff run that will probably come up just short or lead to another quick first round exit. Of course, everyone want to see playoff hockey, but in a few years would the potential “Penner or Hemsky” trade be seen in the same light as the Zhitnik trade is seen now? If I were Dudley, I’d be very careful what I give up when you are not a serious cup contender.

R. Stroz

February 8th, 2011
8:49 am

The Thrashers have begun their March to the off-season early this year: they started in January and have things properly tidied up by the middle of February.

Smoothie

February 8th, 2011
8:51 am

WBF – I don’t like baseball THAT much. Maybe by Memorial Day I can get energized. Till then its all about getting into shape for golf season.

WTF?

February 8th, 2011
8:59 am

Sorry to all the season ticket holders for gettting hosed yet another season. But, on the other hand thanks for stubhub where we can get your unwanted seats for a huge discount because I refuse to pay the set price to see them lose each time even though I go to every home game.

mr anonymous

February 8th, 2011
9:00 am

@R.Stoze…I have a theory for you. Cap is low so ASG can pay players under the table bonuses for bad play. The players who help move team will be compensated most

Eileen

February 8th, 2011
9:04 am

The turnover by Buff was really a bad play. Check out the video to see the look Pavalec gave him following the goal. Not good.

Iron League 13

February 8th, 2011
9:15 am

Russ – I shudder to think about another Tkachuk-ish rental. They obviously don’t pay off. Rentals often say (at least w/ ASG) that “hey, we shoulda done something a long time ago,probably in the offseason, but we weren’t really in the mood and don’t really give two rosy red bleeps”. Once again, this team needs 4-5 good players to guarantee us a chance, NOT 1-2, but that won’t happen.

frenchy

February 8th, 2011
9:17 am

My 2 cents for today…

Buff has to play as a forward. Stapleton to AHL, Modin to waivers. Recall Postma and put Boulton in the line-up to shake a few cages. lets try this for a few games…

KLS1

February 8th, 2011
9:21 am

Only trades that make sense at this point are those on one year deals for which we can get a good return…ie…Lad or Buff.

We are going nowhere this year and they won’t re-sign…might as well get something for them.

GaVaHokie

February 8th, 2011
9:23 am

Russ… Penner and Hemsky have another year on their contract and are far more valuable than Tkachuk and Zhitnik. I personally don’t think we’d regret either player. It makes sense now and next year.

Another player I’m warming up to is Alex Tanguay… didn’t realize he’s amongst league leaders in Shoot Outs.

GaVaHokie

February 8th, 2011
9:26 am

KLS1… Ladd and Buff are RFA… they’re not going anywhere.

h

February 8th, 2011
9:27 am

This is just sick. They’ve finally done it….no renewal for me this year. I’m done. I’ll just get cheap tickets or free tickets for the games I want to go to. No commitment from management and ownership? no commitment from me. I pay too much money to see that crap on the ice. Buff needs to be benched. Sopes, Slodine and Stapleton need to be gone. Probably time to bench Thorburn too. THAT dude should be on a milk carton.

Rawhide

February 8th, 2011
9:28 am

Buff has to play as a forward. Stapleton to AHL, Modin to waivers. Recall Postma and put Boulton in the line-up to shake a few cages. lets try this for a few games…

frenchy – Yes…yes…and Hell yes regarding Buff, Stapleton and Modin. And I certainly think Boulton should be playing right now instead of FM and TS. I have no issue whatsoever with seeing Postma up here either, at least until Toby is back in action. But he’s not gonna be the magic potion for this team’s ills long-term. We need a proven shutdown defenseman brought in to take charge of this blueline and bring some stability.

Of course, we’ve being saying that for how long now?

Back to Buf moving back to forward…ya know, if he can dish out pretty passes to is own teammates down low like the one he did to Kulemin last night, it would certainly be of benefit to our offense.

Iron League 13

February 8th, 2011
9:29 am

Russ – funny you say that about the inaugural team…

Before this season, I pegged this to be THE WORST season since about the 4th or 5th. I called myself a reformed naysayer when things got good, a first, but, here we go AGAIN. Remember for all the unfounded optimism that came along with Buff/Ladd and Co. prior to this season our good run in Nov./Dec. shouldn’t have happened. On previous statistics alone no one could tell anyone that this year was going to be a success with anyreal data. So, that’s it…this organization needs an enema and an ATM for a colon.

Putting On The Foil

February 8th, 2011
9:44 am

“Turn out the lights. The parties over.” ….as Dandy Don would say.

Hoof Arted

February 8th, 2011
9:46 am

Buff-n-stuff, I fear what you are smelling is not a trade but the remains of that big pile of crap left on the ice of the ACC in Toronto. That or the AS, LLC gang is about to say something to Thrashers fans. Its hard to figure out which sometimes.

Good lord this is frustrating.

Smoothie

February 8th, 2011
9:46 am

“ya know, if he can dish out pretty passes to is own teammates down low like the one he did to Kulemin last night, it would certainly be of benefit to our offense.”

Bill – good one! Unfortunately, the only time Buff passes to teammates is when he flips one to the other team by accident! :) Seriously, the guy only gives up the puck when he absolutely has to in the O-zone. Not to be construed as a racist, but he’s becoming a black hole.

Get The Puck Out

February 8th, 2011
9:54 am

Looks like crap…..Smells like crap….IT IS CRAP.

Fan from Carolina

February 8th, 2011
9:59 am

Somewhere out there, J Roenick is smiling.

TrueBlue

February 8th, 2011
10:01 am

Is it bad that I am so speechless at this point that I am beginning to not even care? The first time this team goes up by 2 goals in months and they give it away in 5 minutes…So…who is making the tee time for early ApriL?