Hard to get happy after Thrashers loss to Canes

After Sunday night’s loss to Carolina, the family and I made our way back home where we watched a little TV before the wife and boys made their way to bed. I stayed up to try and pound out some words about the Thrashers’ latest setback. Honestly though, given the state of mind I was in following such a heartbreaking loss…I just wasn’t feeling it. So I went to bed in hopes I’d feel a little better in the morning.

Morning came, but I really felt no better.

See…after the Thrashers “Kaned” the New York Rangers Friday night, I really thought that win had the ability to finally snap this team awake from it’s mid-winter’s nightmare. It was the kind of victory that…if indeed they used it as a springboard to a successful playoff drive…the fans of Thrasherville could point back to and say that “this” was where it all began to turnaround for the team.

Ondrej Pavelec turns away Marian Gaborik's penalty shot Friday night (Michelle Rivers)

Ondrej Pavelec turns away Marian Gaborik's penalty shot Friday night. While the Thrashers were able to take advantage of this great play and beat the Rangers, they were unable to build on the momentum Sunday...losing to Carolina 3-2 (Michelle Rivers)

Although Evander Kane does get credit for tying the game and then notching the game-winner, the true game-changing event came earlier in the period when Ondrej Pavelec stonewalled Marian Gaborik’s penalty shot attempt. The save bailed out Brent Sopel… who took the penalty after bumbling a Zach Bogosianback-pass near the blueline…and it kept the score a 2-1 and gave Kane and the Thrashers just the chance they needed.

However…

As big of a win Friday night’s game was…as much as it could have been the springboard to the Thrashers finally waking up from this mid-winter’s nightmare… just as exhilarating as if felt to see them steal away the two points from the Rangers…that’s how gut wrenching the loss to the Carolina Hurricanes was just two night’s later.

And truth be old, I’m still finding it hard to get happy after it.

The Thrashers had already dropped three close games to the Canes this season. But this time around not only did they skate out of the barn with the two points, they didn’t even do us the kindness of allowing an overtime loser point for us. Making matters even more painful, leaving Philips Arena with the Hurricanes is sole possession of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Failure to clear the puck at a key time once again doomed the Thrashers efforts. With less than two minutes remaining in the game, the Canes won the battle to keep the puck in the attacking one and Erik Cole once more broke our hearts. Twice before this season he’s beaten Atlanta in overtime.

Andrew Ladd, who scored both of the Thrashers goals, owned up to his part of the team’s inability to get the puck out of the defensive zone on the play saying, “We need big plays at the end. I have to make sure that puck doesn’t get down and gets out of the zone”.

The Thrashers lost despite out-shooting Carolina to the tune of 43-17…20-5 in the second period alone. That type of lop-sidedness isn’t all that uncommon for this team, but normally it’s Atlanta on the short end of that stat. This makes the loss even all the tougher.

I could be magnanimous, I suppose, and simply give a tip of the hat to Cam Ward for, keeping his team in the game…saving 41 shots for the win…but I really don’t want to right now.

sigh…Like I said, I’m finding it tough to get happy after this latest heart-breaker.

Rawhide’s Rowdies Section Rocked

Regardless of the outcome, it was really great to spend some time with some of you who took advantage of the special “Ticket & a Jersey” deal for yesterday’s game. Sections 203 and 204 were full of some passionate Thrashers fans…as well as those blue #4 jerseys that came with the tickets. I was able to see a lot of you that I’ve met previously…which is always nice…as well as meet a few for the very first time.

Thank you all very much for the great response to this special offer. Between this ticket deal and the RAWHIDE promotions on the TicketMaster site, we’ve sold hundreds of tickets and I’m told there will be more such offers to come.

By: Bill Tiller – AJC.com Thrashers Fan Blog

144 comments Add your comment

R. Stroz

February 14th, 2011
9:37 am

Always Hoping

February 14th, 2011
9:40 am

What worries me is even Dan Kamal sounded resigned to the fact it may be another year we miss the playoffs. During the post game show he was trying his best to be optimistic but admitted we need to make an addition without blowing up the team. Then he added that the fans may need to go through another season with no playoffs in order to grow for next year.

Zoomo

February 14th, 2011
9:40 am

heart breaking loss. brutal.

Flames

February 14th, 2011
9:43 am

I thought the boys played hard! I’m just as upset as the next guy, but I was happy that they at least played hard.

Joe Friday

February 14th, 2011
9:45 am

Did anyone else think we made it very easy on Ward yesterday, despite the 43 shots on goal? I only saw him make one fantastic save, when he went post to post to save the point blank chance by Ladd. There’s got to be more traffic in front of the opposing goal, I saw a lot of weak wristers and long slappers taken at Ward with no traffic in front, he had as easy of a day making 41 saves as a goalie could have.

Get Buf in front of the goal, or not, but he’s being wasted on d now. If there’s one move that would help greatly it would be to make a Bergfors for a dman trade and move Buf up front. Too late already though, with the games the other clubs have in hand, we’re in pretty rough shape.

Tom

February 14th, 2011
9:46 am

Most of the time I am screaming at the television when we do not clear the puck and the other team scores. This time I was blown away by the play the Cane’s defenseman made. That was a clear that was stopped by an outstanding play. Getting the puck on Cole’s stick was the icing on the cake.

That guy has Pav’s number.

Ramsay keeps saying we were in position to win and usually it is bunk. This was a game we outplayed the Canes the whole night. We just did not get the 2 points. That is hockey. I can live with it.

We just need to keep up this effort. If we do we probably can pass Montreal and the Rangers and maybe even the Penguins if they keep imploding like they are…

Michael B. Shapiro

February 14th, 2011
9:49 am

Hard play? Yes. Outstanding personal, individual effort by the Cap’n? Yes! Good goal-tending from Pavs? Mostly yes (thought he could’ve stopped the second goal). Pathetic power play? YES. Don’t know what’s wrong with the PP, but it stinks. Mustered two very late shots that just didn’t cut it. Much of the game, despite the very lopsided SOG figures, we looked out of sync. Canes had played an OT game in Tampa the night before and we still couldn’t get two points. Thought Ladd’s second goal would be enough to lift us up and begin a charge, but alas it was not to be. Thinking next year I’ll be watching on TV and not from 115.

J(Z)

February 14th, 2011
9:58 am

I can deal with the loss yesterday. We completely outplayed Carolina but couldn’t get it done. That’s much better in my eyes than some of the other losses in our 25gm or so tailspin we’re in. Just crappy that it was against Carolina…again. I think I saw we’re 0 for 16 in our last 16 games against CAR & TB. Imagine if we’d only won even half of those!!!

Loved the guys in front row of 204 with the “Arthur Blank please save us” sign. I’ve been saying that for a while now…it’s so true!!!!!

Thanks Rawhide for putting all that together last night! Can’t wait to do it again sometime.

Red Light

February 14th, 2011
9:58 am

Atlanta has outshot Carolina 90-46 in the last two games at Philips Arena and they have one point to show for it.

In games where the Thrashers outshoot the opponent by 8 shots or more, their record this season is 2-4-1 and one of the two wins came in OT.

World Be Free

February 14th, 2011
10:01 am

Joe, too many guys on this team can’t hit the broad side of a barn. Not enough guys can finish a play and that’s one of the reasons we are where we are.

Right on-get Buff up front, charging the defense, standing in front of the net screening the opposing goaltenders. Not sure who is going to take Bergfors at this point but Anaheim has a surplus of defenseman.

And it is time for Cormier to start using his size. The guy does not check, even when he has the opportunity to finish checks int he corner or on the boards. I am not looking for Matt Cooke hits, but footsteps will help.

Smoothie

February 14th, 2011
10:04 am

You cannot, CAN NOT, give up the first goal against a road-weary team that played the night before and let them fall right back into a trap. They were able to get all comfy and cozy in their god-forsaken 2 – 2 – 1 and 1 – 3 – 1 and just clogged up the NZ and the middle of the defensive zone all night. The Thrashers did a good enough job getting the puck deep, cycling it and getting some traffic, but it wasn’t enough.

Despite some breath-taking scrambles in front of Ward in which the Canes D-men were bailing out Ward, we didn’t get to the front of the net enough. Too often guys float through the slot and don’t stop. There aren’t enough guys willing to pay the price and take some abuse from cross-checking D-men. No wonder we never get any damn calls anymore because we don’t create our own good fortune. That is why we need someone like an Andrew Brunette who is not afraid of the high-traffic areas and will pay the price to keep pucks alive and bury the biscuit. Alas, Minny is on a solid run and now they look like a PO team.

And yes Rawhide, this loss just stinks and I can’t find it in my heart to give credit to the Canes either. I have two friends up in Carolina who pull hard for them and I told them both they are some lucky B’s.

Matt

February 14th, 2011
10:04 am

So, the plan of adding a new teenager to the lineup each year isn’t panning out? This team is garbage. Does anyone really think the thrashers are going to add decent players in the off-season? No player in their right mind wants to come here as a free agent with our ownership on such shaky ground. Our “addition” will be another teenage draft pick rushed into the NHL before they’re ready. The Carolina Hurricanes aren’t exactly a top tier team and they’ve been struggling as of late. There will be no playlets this year. Just watch, we’ll get passed by the Panthers in the standings too. This team is awful. I was optimistic about coach Ramsay, but I’m far from impressed with the job he’s done. At this point, there’s no need to blow up the team for a trade. That should have been done a month ago when we were mired in this skid. I think it’s too late now, but I’ve lost all optimism for this team. Too soft, unmotivated, unfocused. Of course, this is what happens whenyou build your team around teenagers. Possibly the worst run franchise in all of pro sports.

Red Light

February 14th, 2011
10:09 am

In those crucial four-point games versus Eastern Conference opponents, the Thrashers are 21 points for and 21 points against in games decided in overtime and the shootout this season.

(”Thought he could’ve stopped the second goal”). You thought wrong Mr. Shapiro!

Will L

February 14th, 2011
10:10 am

well that just sucked. So frustrating that a game that we played in their zone so much, played pretty good defense and just took it too them pretty much the whole game, ended so horribly. There were lots of good hustle plays on our part. The PK was outstanding during that double minor in the first. I’m still ticked that their second goal came immediately after a blatant high stick that wasn’t called.

Sorry I didn’t get up to meet you rawhide. I should have gotten your ticket deal but I waited to late to decide to go to the game.

Mike P

February 14th, 2011
10:12 am

Although I was definitely hoping for a different result, I had a great time at the game. Thanks for setting up the ticket deal–the Thrashers people were great. It was nice to meet you (briefly) after your interview. It was worth the trip from Columbia, SC and hope to get back soon. As one of my level headed friends says, things are never as good or as bad as they seem. Go Thrashers!

Buff-n-stuff

February 14th, 2011
10:12 am

Where do we go from here you all?

steve brown

February 14th, 2011
10:23 am

It actually matters what ownership thinks. When they don’t want to own the team that affects the players and coaches in a very negative way, ultimately affecting games. This team is done and the owners have no one to blame but themselves.

Smoothie

February 14th, 2011
10:24 am

Too late for rah-rah and hollow optimism. Who cares that we’ve actually averaged more than 37 shots on goal for the last 4 games. We’ve lost 2 of them and gotten 3 out of 8 points. In the previous 6 games, we actually had 2 fewer SOG (147 vs 149) and yet we earned 4 points out of 12. Not much of a difference in results…same crap, different day, different way. Make a DAMN TRADE ALREADY!! Like Matt said, another rushed teenager from this year’s draft is not going to matter worth a sh!% when the team is gone in 3 years because no one in their right mind will ever invest with these schmucks nor do business with them, especially as a tenant paying these crooks rent!!

World Be Free

February 14th, 2011
10:24 am

Buff-make the decision to be a buyer or seller, that’s where you go. If you are a buyer, you use the 1st pick this summer as your trading piece since that’s all we really have to deal with.

If you are a seller, identify who you want to move and get the word out there. You move a player if you have someone in your system to replace the player. Or you can upgrade with a youngster obtained in the deal.

R. Stroz

February 14th, 2011
10:27 am

I’m looking forward to the next Town Hall Meeting.

If Levenson takes the microphone, I’m prepared to inform him that his stewardship of the team is analogous to Bernie Madoff’s investment advice.

Joe Friday

February 14th, 2011
10:32 am

“Where do we go from here you all”

We can’t do anything about the on ice product. As Matt correctly said, it’s too late to blow up the club for this year and that would be foolhardy. Got to just hope for the best off-season to take that next step up. And that’s not happening with current ownership.

So the best focus of efforts is to stop writing on this blog and complaining to each other about what we see and start clicking some of those links on the “save our team Mr. Blank” web site. Now, I don’t think Blank can do anything, the NFL is the mac Daddy of sports leagues and there’s no way he’s going to get involved with this Mickey Mouse league (who once again shows their minor league mentality and incompetent management with their mishandling of the Islanders’ debacle). The most productive thing we can do is to get the few thousand diehards we have left and start lobbying Bettman and the Board of Governors and explain to them that if they can help get new owners in here, that the larger group of NHL fans in this town will come back and that the NHL can be viable here.

Matt

February 14th, 2011
10:34 am

I can’t wrap my head around Ramsay’s roster decisions…

Bergfors: Sat in the press box for a great deal of time this year. What’s a young player that needs to develop doing in the press box? He either needs to be on the ice in the NHL or honing his skills in the minors. Young players shouldn’t sit around and watch.

Boulton: Our team is in dire need of physicality and toughness… how many games in a row was our toughest guy a healthy scratch when opposing teams took shots at Kane and NOBODY stood up for him? Boults would’ve.

I have no problem moving our first overall pick in the draft for an established, productive player. I don’t have delusions about landing a superstar, but between Kane, Little, Burmistrov, Bogosian, Pavelec, Bergfors we’ve got enough young, up and comers on the team. However, I wouldn’t give up a first round pick for a rental that’s just going to leave in the off-season.

The ASG need to realize that the NHL is NOT the NBA or the NFL. Players don’t often come right out of the draft and make a difference. It’s more like MLB where young players need time in the minors to adjust to the NHL games… especially when they’re 18. Hell, even Geno Malkin spent a year in the minors before joining the big club.

fes

February 14th, 2011
10:34 am

I was disgusted with Stewart’s desire to change instead of making sure that the puck (between his feet) actually got cleared. That third goal was on him. Kamal said something along the lines of ‘He simply cannot make a change at that time. He has to suck it up and make sure that the puck gets dumped into the Carolina zone.’

Hollywould

February 14th, 2011
10:35 am

Nice to meet you last nite Rawhide. I agree with Joe Friday. bunch of shots with nobody in front and nothing on the shots. This team does not have scorers. They played hard but in the end/same old….

Rawhide

February 14th, 2011
10:46 am

I thought the boys played hard! I’m just as upset as the next guy, but I was happy that they at least played hard

Flames – I hear ya brother…but playing hard should be the minumum requirement at this level. At this point in the season, Ws and Ls are all that matter.

So, the plan of adding a new teenager to the lineup each year isn’t panning out?

Matt – That phrase right there may just sum up the last several years for this team.

Thanks for setting up the ticket deal–the Thrashers people were great. It was nice to meet you (briefly) after your interview.

Mike P – Pleasure ws all mine, my friend. Thanks for stepping up and introducing yourself…hope to see you again soon. Oh, and it wasn’t really an “interview”. I was just having a nice chat with Audra Martin and one of my friends in the Thrashers marketing dept.

Wow…Fans driving in from SC. That’s great. I sure wish the ownership gave as much of a damn about this team as these kind of fans do.

Hollywould – Great to meet you too.

I’m looking forward to the next Town Hall Meeting. If Levenson takes the microphone, I’m prepared to inform him that his stewardship of the team is analogous to Bernie Madoff’s investment advice.

R. Stroz – I’ll go on record right now saying there will be now town hall meetings prior to next season. Bruce Levenson and the rest of this cluster-flop of an ownership group simply do not have the stones required to face this fan base right now.

moriler

February 14th, 2011
10:46 am

@fes: yes. bottom of the screen at the blue line, he turns and heads to the bench. NO. BAD DOG. STOP PUCK FIRST.

Joe Friday

February 14th, 2011
10:51 am

“I was disgusted with Stewart’s desire to change instead of making sure that the puck (between his feet) actually got cleared. That third goal was on him. Kamal said something along the lines of ‘He simply cannot make a change at that time. He has to suck it up and make sure that the puck gets dumped into the Carolina zone.’”

I thought I was the only one that saw that. No way you make the change there, I got the sick feeling as soon as he did it. And from what I saw, he dogged it over to the bench as well. WBF, I will never defend him again, Stewart needs to go to the third line or just go . . .

Smoothie

February 14th, 2011
10:51 am

“R. Stroz – I’ll go on record right now saying there will be now town hall meetings prior to next season. Bruce Levenson and the rest of this cluster-flop of an ownership group simply do not have the stones required to face this fan base right now”

The way things are going, he’ll never have to face this fan-base again as they will continue to erode until there is nothing left in 1 or 2 years. Sage will get his way, but the NHL will do nothing as long as the ASG isn’t bankrupt or proven completely culpable of criminal malfeasance in court. This team will be gone either in 2014 as there is probably a trigger clause in the covenant with the NHL that allows the team to be moved if avg attendance dips below 10,000.

Sherry Taylor

February 14th, 2011
10:59 am

@R.Stroz: Are you kidding? I would faint away if one of the weasels who call themselves an owner dared to show up for a town hall meeting, of which, I will be surprised if there is one.

I kind of figured after Tampa beat them on Saturday night in overtime that the Canes would be out for blood and they were. Have to say, Anthony Stewart is not a favorite of mine, he’s a ‘hot dogger’ who occasionally gets one by the opponent and into the zone, but last night he looked like he was either very sick and tired or just didn’t give a care, either way, he had a horrible night.

Hopefully, the team isn’t resigned to being, yet again, an also ran, but it would be nice to know if Buff and Ladd are willing to stay around another year. And, yay, finally, Antropov is playing almost like he wants to play.

That was one depressing ride home to Hall county last night.

Sherry Taylor

February 14th, 2011
11:00 am

I think season ticket holders who want to renew, we are a bunch of gluttons for punishment, should add a stipulation to their order–only if the ASG sells the team to someone who actually cares.

Joe Friday

February 14th, 2011
11:00 am

I doubt we have until 2014, Smoothie. We all need to focus our efforts on the bigger picture now. Write Bettman and the Board of Governors. Forget Town Halls, Waddell, even Ramsay and Dudley for now, and certainly the Stewart and Bergfors gaffe du jours . . . write Bettman and the Board and ask them to intercede on the incompetence

Sherry Taylor

February 14th, 2011
11:03 am

Also, I think Tim Stapleton earned himself a place on the team, now, if he can put some weight on so he weighs more than a wet gnat, he will be a good addition to the team.

Smoothie

February 14th, 2011
11:03 am

How is it gonna happen before then? Quebec’s new arena won’t be ready for 4 years and the MTS Center would need a facelift and slight expansion, which will take 2 years probably. I doubt the NHL would move that swiftly as they don’t really do anything that fast. Look how long this PHX sale has taken and they STILL haven’t closed. I’m prepared to switch my allegiance to the Hartford, um, I mean Carolina Whalers if and when we lose this forsaken franchise from hell.

Joe Friday

February 14th, 2011
11:05 am

Rawhide, we need your Patrick Henry moment here as you have the ear of the collective Thrasher’s nation. Post a link to a petition asking Bettman and the Board of Govs to intercede and save hockey in Atlanta.

Joe Friday

February 14th, 2011
11:11 am

Red Light

February 14th, 2011
11:13 am

When making a move, it’s not necessary to blow up the roster or sacrifice the season to make a move that could help the team this season.

What the Thrashers have to offer…
• 2011 First-Round Pick, which if you make the playoffs, is at least the 15th overall selection in the draft. How many former Thrashers draft picks, 15th overall or later, have made a significant impact on this club? Pavelec, Enstrom, Slater, Nurminen and Exelby!
• 2011 Third-round pick, which if you make the playoffs is at least the 75th overall selection in the draft. How many former Thrashers draft picks, 75th overall or later, have made a significant impact on this club? Enstrom, Nurminen and Exelby!
• Prospects: Riley Holzapfel, Paul Postma, Fredrik Pettersson, Andrey Zubarev, Carl Klingberg, Arturs Kulda or any of the other picks in 2008-2010 who have yet to appear on the scene.
• One or two current roster players: Antropov (maybe for the right return), Stewart, Bergfors or Peverley (insert others here that don’t fit your core group)

The right package deal, in return for the player(s) you hope to acquire should benefit the team this year and beyond, which means you trade for guys with at least one or two more years on their current contract. If you want to go to the rental market (expiring contacts of UFAs), you only sacrifice mid-round picks or prospects you have no plans for long term.

I know this is oversimplifying the obvious, but it most certainly can be done if you throw enough at opposing GMs without sacrificing anyone from your core group.

I asked Paul Maurice for his assessment of the current Thrashers. I asked him if he thought Thrashers are beneficiaries, more from an upgrade of talent or Ramsay’s system?

“They’re a bigger team, but now their size has talent. They’re a good team and they are just going to continue to get better. There is a structure, and with all due respect to whoever was here before, it goes hand in hand. It’s easier to run a structure if you have some talent like Byfuglien and Enstrom…Enstrom is such an important piece to this club. They’ve got a good hockey team here.”

He mentioned that Kane is a wonderful player in this league and that he likes Antropov after having coached him in Toronto.

moriler

February 14th, 2011
11:17 am

After the Sonics, no professional sports teams will be moved to Seattle in the foreseeable future. They’re lucky they still have an NFL and MLB team, for that matter.

Joe Friday

February 14th, 2011
11:19 am

“How many former Thrashers draft picks, 15th overall or later, have made a significant impact on this club?”

Remember who was making those picks in the past, however. Ramsay’s forte is to find those nuggets, no?

I do agree that you can still make a move, and move a pick, if it has future benefits (guy who’s either RFA for at least 2 more years or signed for at least 2 more years).

We’re pissing in the wind though until we get new owners, best use of our efforts, instead wasting bandwidth here griping with each other, is to get moving forward in the big picture and shine a light on the ASG with Bettman and the Board.

Red Light

February 14th, 2011
11:21 am

You mean Dudley, right?

Smoothie

February 14th, 2011
11:23 am

Thanks Red Light, I was gonna ask you about where we can find out what picks we do in fact have as of this moment in time. Great post!

Antropov isn’t the problem I don’t think. Yeah, he may have issues with speed and his hip, but I think his effort has been pretty consistent this year. Other than earlier in the year, when he wasn’t ready to play top-line minutes, he hasn’t been a liability. He needs the right linemates to be more effective IMO. Ramsay has yet to try Antro-Little-Bergy thus reuniting a trio that found much success last spring when first put together.

I know it’s rearranging deck chairs etc but why not drop Bergy down a line…he’s not going to get it done versus top line competition. Kane & Pevs seem to have decent chemistry so why not go with Kane-Pevs-Stewy as your top line for now and hope for better match ups for Bergy and Antro playing 2nd line competition? Problem is we still need big time help on the 3rd & 4th lines without Slater and now Burmistrov being out for 4-6 weeks.

Iron League 13

February 14th, 2011
11:25 am

Has anyone made note of Pavs being WAY hyped today? Oh well then I will. Pavs is good, but that’s it he’s just good. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, he let’s in some sofites and often falls apart on breakaway kinda situations in games regardless of the quality of such rushes. We should not feel so confident in him YET. Letting in 3/17 goals is not good, sorry. I do like O.P. though so don’t take this wrong.

Time to beat this dead and dusted horse…WHERE’S THE FREAKIN’ HELP!?!?! I did like most of what I saw last night for sure, but ladies and gents, it’s getting very close to being over, we need a couple good moves (GUYS AT FORWARD POSITIONS THAT CAN FINISH) ASAP!!!

Smoothie

February 14th, 2011
11:25 am

Dudley’s first round selection track record isn’t exactly stellar IIRC. Trade the pick for a known commodity based on a combination of skill, grit and compatibility (cough, Versteeg, cough) and pull the trigger!

Iron League 13

February 14th, 2011
11:34 am

Matt – You said it and it’s probably my BIGGEST gripe with ASG, we can’t rely on draft picks outta the draft to make the team just because they cost less than good free agents (WHICH IS EXACTLY WHY, TRUST ME). It’s as if they think we’re stupid, like we won’t notice the inexperience on the ice, cuz we’ll just be snowed by the fact that they were sought after 1st rounders or early 2nd round picks. Like you said, this is NOT THE NBA, but please don’t give them the benefit of the doubt as if they care at all, again it has EVERYTHING to do with entry level contracts not our future. Plus what’s harder, attracting and signing a good free agent or having a player drafted? Exactly.

Hoof Arted

February 14th, 2011
11:34 am

Yeah, hard to get happy after that one. Total let down after Friday night’s thriller.

Duds has got to do something and soon. If this season can be salvaged, we have to get help in here now.

Nice to spend some time with Rawhide’s Rowdies last night and to chat with the BlogMaster and his family. Like I told you last night Bill, this blog and those who contribute to it make up the best fan club the Thrashers have, and they deserve better than the Spirit Dorks who own this team.

Iron League 13

February 14th, 2011
11:37 am

geez….I meant to say “letting in 3/17 shots is not good” on my first post.

Red Light

February 14th, 2011
11:40 am

TY Smoothie

Not that I dislike Versteeg, but he’s a former fifth-round pick in 2004, was traded for of all people Brandon Bochenski four years ago, has just 58 goals and 78 assists in 223 NHL games thus far, so I’m just not convinced he’s a top-line, skilled guy, which is a desperate need IMO.

His numbers somewhat parallel Peverley’s (55g, 86a in 252 games) although Versteeg won’t turn 25 until May. So, that means do you really have to give up a No. 1 to get him? I think a return like that is a mere pipe dream for Brian Burke.

Thoughts?

Thrashers

February 14th, 2011
11:47 am

I am all for sending us to Canada, that way, the new owners will fire Don Wadell. Then, after a few years of more sorry hockey, the good people of Canada will kicks us out again. We will end up in Atlanta again with a new ownerand new President. Duds, Rammer and Torch will then have the money and support to build a winner. Our new 5 year plan.

Smoothie

February 14th, 2011
11:52 am

http://spectorshockey.net/2011/02/why-arent-there-more-nhl-franchises-in-canada/

A good article by Richardson explaining the harsh economic realities that keep Bettman from entertaining relocation to the Great White North. A good lunch-time read if debating the future of the Thrashers is too depressing for ya on a Monday.

BLUELANDbeliever

February 14th, 2011
12:03 pm

I was at both the game on friday and on sunday and between the two games i kept a count of 14 missed/bad calls by the refs. Dont even get me started on the disgusting ‘holding the stick’ call on Toby in the 3rd (i think).

World Be Free

February 14th, 2011
12:03 pm

Versteeg–
I think Burke would be more interested in Kulda than a pick. Burke and the Leaf Shiites need to win sooner than later, so I think he would be more interested in a prospect than pick. Their recent trade history with Pittsburgh for Ponokorovsky and Anahiem supports player vs pick, waiting a few years before the draft pick is NHL ready. But we also know Burke is desperate for a number one pick this year to save face for the Kessel trade. I know I advocated the #1 pick for Versteeg yesterday, but I am more on the fence today.