Fair or not, Craig Ramsay should be held accountable and shown the door

Three and a half years ago, early into the 2007-08 season, the Atlanta Thrashers traveled home from Philadelphia after losing to the Flyers 4-0. The loss was the sixth straight to start off the new campaign and it was also the second time they had been held without a goal that fall.

But before they dropped the puck on game number seven two nights later when the New York Rangers were in town, the organization had made one major change…firing head coach Bob Hartley.

The move came the very next morning after that loss in Philly and to little surprise to many. “He simply had lost the locker room”, many insisted, while some said he was simply a pre-lockout coach trapped in a post-lockout world. Others, myself included, just simply disagreed with the move.

Whatever the case, coach Bob became the second Thrashers coach to be shown the door, following Curt Fraser four years before.

In the wake of Hartley’s dismissal, I opined here the final judgment of whether or not the move was the right call would ultimately be decided by who replaced him and how the team finished. As we all know, there was not real “replacement” for the rest of the 76 games that season, instead Don Waddell simply added “head coach” to his “general manager” title. The team then finished 34-40-8 and in 14th place in the Eastern Conference.

I’ll let you draw your own conclusions as to whether firing him was the right call, but Hartley was held accountable for the 0-6 start to the season following first round playoff sweep six months prior.

Mr. Anderson, meet Mr. Hartley…Mr. Hartley, Mr. Anderson

Fast-forwarding to last spring… newly named general manager Rick Dudley announced that he had let go John Anderson and his entire coaching staff after just two seasons. After many successful years with the Thrashers AHL affiliate in Chicago, Anderson led Atlanta to records of just 35-41-6 and 35-34-13.

One of the main reasons for that firing, Dudley said, was because the organization felt they had assembled a team capable of contending for a playoff spot but the job simply did not get done. Thus, Anderson was held accountable and he was shown the same door Hartley was two and a half year prior.

Mr. Ramsay, meet Mr. Hartley…Mr. Hartley, Mr. Ramsay

And now, as much as I hate to say it, a time for accountability has come once again in Thrasherville. The exit door reserved for Thrashers head coaches should once again be unlocked and Craig Ramsay should be asked to follow behind Anderson, Hartley and Fraser.

I don’t come to this conclusion easily, to be sure. Like so many others last summer I was thrilled to learn that Dudley had tapped the long-time assistant for his first head-coaching gig. He’s a solid hockey man with a very good head on his shoulders and it seemed as though Dudley has pulled off a minor coup in not only bringing him in, but also John Torchetti from the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

I was fortunate enough to interview Ramsay last summer and was very impressed with his belief that his main job here was how to teach these players how to be smart out on the ice. But the teacher doesn’t seem to be getting through to his pupils. And given how they’ve lost so many times in the same fashion lately…completely falling apart in the latter stages of the game…it’s apparent he doesn’t have the ability to properly handle the class.

That sound of rushing water wasn’t Niagara Falls

After last night’s 4-1 loss in Buffalo, which followed a disastrous 5-3 loss to Edmonton last Saturday, Ramsay’s Thrashers have played to a record of 6-15-5 since December 20. In calendar year 2011, they have won exactly three times in regulation and for the month of February they are an abysmal 1-7-1.

Coaches get fired if those types of records come at the beginning of a season.

Should Craig Ramsay be fired at this time?

  • Yes. The record speaks for itself (27%, 127 Votes)
  • No. This is not his fault (32%, 150 Votes)
  • Let him finish the season then decide (41%, 193 Votes)

Total Voters: 470

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These Thrashers have now lost four consecutive without even the benefit of an overtime consolation point. In each of those defeats they have lead or been tied in the second half of the game or later. The last time they lost four games in a row was just prior to the 3-2 win over the New York Rangers two Friday’s ago. The point gained via a 4-3 OT loss in Carolina was the only one earned during that particular stretch of losses.

The offense has been…well…offensive lately, scoring but nine goals during the four game slide. If not for Andrew Ladd it would be only four. As for the defense, well they should be building statues of them to place outside of Philips Arena. I can think of no better tribute to illustrate just how they perform in front of Pavelec’s net.

Last night’s loss followed the same pattern as so many that preceded it. The Thrashers again found themselves in a close game late in the second period, tied 1-1 thanks to Andrew Ladd’s power play goal, but a Sabres goal with just 68 second left before the second intermission was followed by another just 30 ticks of the clock later. It was the sixth time this season that they’ve allowed two goals in 39 seconds or less.

Just a buck fifty-four after the break it was 4-1 and the great whooooosh-ing sound you heard coming from western New York was not emanating from Niagara Falls. Rather it was the sound of yet another effort flushed down the drain and quite possibly their playoff hopes as well.

As was the case in Dallas last month, where a 1-1 game in the second became a 6-1 loss…and the last time Toronto was in town and a one-goal game in the second became a 9-3 route…and the 2-2 game against the Flyers entering the third period which tuned into a 5-2 loss…and a 2-2 game in Pittsburgh halfway through the second that soon became a 6-3 defeat…and of course that 3-1 lead early in the third last Saturday that dissolved into an embarrassing 5-3 loss to the worst team in the league…once again the Thrashers played just good enough to last until their all-too-usual collapse.

You could almost smell it coming after Paul Gaustad put Buffalo up 2-1. We in Thrasherville have become very familiar with that aroma lately.

Time to light the Torch in Atlanta

This team is the very definition of fragile as all it takes is one bad turn to cause them to crumble. It’s been that way for two months now and coach Ramsay has failed to address it properly. He doesn’t have the ability to properly motive this bunch, nor can he make the necessary adjustments in games to counter those made from the opposing bench.

Is the cause for the Thrashers fall in the standings solely his fault? No, absolutely not. These players give up too quick, take too many shifts off and certainly deserve their fair share of scorn as well. Some will point injuries to key players while and insist things would be different had they been healthy. Others will point to what the good coach was given to work with this season and ask why he should bear the brunt for it.

But, as they say, you don’t normally fire players. And here in Thrasherville, general managers don’t get fired either…they just get promoted to team president after a decade or so of futility.

And given the way this season has melted into yet another craptacular fiasco, whether it be deserving or not, Craig Ramsay’s time to take the fall has come. To have him remain and the team continue it’s death spiral from atop the conference standings last December towards Lotteryville possibly this spring would indicate the organization is accepting failure and unwilling to do anything about it.

Not a good sign to give to an already skeptical fanbase, let alone any potential new buyer.

The next time we see Rick Dudley should be when he thanks Rammer for his service, wishes him nothing but the best, reminds us all that it wasn’t all his fault…then introduces the next head coach for the Atlanta Thrashers, John Torchetti.

We can then only hope that the head coach’s exit door can at least stop swinging before we begin to think he needs to be shown it too.

294 comments Add your comment

Harris42

February 24th, 2011
11:10 am

We need some fire and emotion. Ramsay seems like a nice storyteller, but not much of a motivator.

YES!

February 24th, 2011
11:12 am

YES! Agree! I was thinking the exact same thing 10 minutes ago and was getting ready to come troll AJC about that. Yeah. I know.

Then, I see this blog entry. Agree 100%. The honeymoon has to end. It’s not working. Enough already. Bye bye.

World Be Free

February 24th, 2011
11:14 am

This has been real tough for me because I am a HUGE Craig Ramsay fan. Not a classier guy in the game, nobody wanted to see him succeed more than me. Real sad, worse than the downward spiral and questionable future of the team here in Atlanta. Being the Thrashers’ coach is a tough spot for anyone.

Alan R.

February 24th, 2011
11:15 am

Smoothie

February 24th, 2011
11:16 am

The saddest thing is that this team has outshot its opponents over the last 7 games by a margin of 257 to 212, and many of them were close games until the 38th minute of play or early 3rd period. This isn’t so much a failure of the system as it is a failure to teach guys how to neutralize an opponent. Too often, after a good offensive flurry (and no goal again), we fall back into “safe” mode using nothing but our sticks and trying to clog up shooting lanes, but no one attacks the puck or attempts to neutralize the man with the puck even after he passes it.

If you don’t make the other team pay the price even when you’re tired, what good is it to sit back and wait for a loose puck? Even when we do get to the loose puck, we make a weak, half-hearted attempt at a clear on our backhand because our D-men are on the wrong side with their forehand to the outside. That’s killing us when it comes to loose puck battles IN FRONT of our net. So many issues, not enough time left in the season. Poop.

Sorry for the continuation from the previous blog, but we had a good thread going even with Sage chiming in patting himself on the back again. But his point about it being a marathon is a ’sage’ one. However, this team didn’t need to sprint to the finish as .500 play from early January on likely gets you into the playoffs. Is that really so much to ask? How many 1-goal games have we lost? It’s not as though we haven’t had chances to win, but at some point you need to look at the coaching and ask: “why havent’ you gotten more out of this group which played really well (not just for 16 games), but for about 28 to 30. This team went 16 – 7 – 4 after the back-to-back Buffalo and Tampa debacles. Some good things DID happen and the boys seemed to buy-in by late October. Problem is that the coach hasn’t changed anything up in a meaningful way since we gave up the 3 PP goals in Toronto and then followed it up with a stinker on home ice against a very beatable and vulnerable St. Louis team. Peverley’s two pings off the post are still ringing loudly in my ears.

Iron League 13

February 24th, 2011
11:16 am

I agree that we need a new coach…IF…he’s responsible for holding back our guys from playing like they’ve got a pair. That maybe the case, we’ve got a pretty North American roster and I can’t imagine these guys being such big pussycats on their own accord.

Alan R.

February 24th, 2011
11:19 am

I’d like to see him remain with the organization in a lesser role, but don’t think the title of “head coach” suits him. Ramsay is a great guy, and I still really enjoy his pressers, but he’s just not getting the job done.

As it stands, though, I think it’s too late. The wheels have fallen off. “The Thrasher” Amtrak line has been derailed.

telfo

February 24th, 2011
11:22 am

I dont think you can put it all on Ramsay, part is just a lack of talent.

at the same time, we all know that ATL spirit isnt going to pay two coaches at once. i dont recall how long his contract is for, but no way they fire him after 1 year. far too cheap for that.

Sage of Bluesland

February 24th, 2011
11:22 am

…and when the losses continue to mount (after a Joe-Bob-Friday-Fools-Gold of a “hot” streak), who will you blame, then?

Oh, that’s right, even Bob Hartley had a nice “hot” streak upon assuming the duties for Fraser….Oh, that’s right, even Don Waddell had a nice “hot” streak upon assuming the duties for Hartley…

See a pattern here, folks?

Get the pitchforks out on the coach, Rawhide? Really? It sounds like you’ve been listening far too much to Joe-Bob-Friday-Revisionist-Historian…I suggest you keep the “Miracle” type stuff (the movie about the 1980 U.S. hockey team) in its proper perspective.

Scotty Bowman couldn’t do a thing with this assemblage of “talent”.

shootoutloss

February 24th, 2011
11:22 am

It’s not just the record – its the fact that he refuses to try to spark lines up when they are slumping. Or the fact that he has Boulton and Thorburn out while Pavs is pulled, trying to tie the game up. Or how he kept the ‘ahl line’ together for so long with absolutely no production from them. Or how he has overworked Pavs to the point he’s at his breaking point. The list goes on. The league has caught up with his ’system’ and he does nothing to change it. Sorry, Ramsay.

Iron League 13

February 24th, 2011
11:23 am

With the season over and all the other crap, I voted to let Rammer finish the year. If such a decision were to have an effect I’d imagine it would of had to have been done a while ago.

Please notice a trend, AHL coaches, assistant coaches, GM coaches = not much success. I HIGHLY recommend some serious consideration for a PROVEN NHL HEAD COACH if this change occurs.

Riceowls

February 24th, 2011
11:23 am

Wow. Team plays well when you have a roster of NHL players, except for Burmistrov, starts to lose when you are playing AHL players, Dawes, Cormier, Stapleton, Mahachek, Rissmiller, and people call for your head.

Tough crowd.

GaVaHokie

February 24th, 2011
11:23 am

Hard to say with so many injuries, so many brain fart mistakes on ice, and so many young players getting used to the rigors of an 82 game NHL season.

Joe Friday

February 24th, 2011
11:24 am

He did some good things and taught the core guys we have some good skills. Now we need a real head coach, Torch, step on up . . .

Here’s some pictures of Buf being a puscatore, eh:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pe7wVr-eSg0&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxBKae8sfu0&feature=fvw

Hopefully our next coach will let our boys be boys . . .

GaVaHokie

February 24th, 2011
11:25 am

We have 21 games left, we need 15 wins to get to 90 pts… so, they can only stand to lose 6 more games maximum.

R. Stroz

February 24th, 2011
11:27 am

It’s difficult to expect mules and ponies to outrun horses.

Darkhorse

February 24th, 2011
11:28 am

Why not flip-flop Ramsay and Torch first to see if that would help. Kinda like the recipe for the Lightning w/Torts and Ramsay. Craig can still be the great teacher and Torch can kick their butts to follw through or else…

Donovan McNubb

February 24th, 2011
11:29 am

Ramsay deserves some of the blame… but considering he has the second-lowest payroll in the league, is he really the scapegoat here? I do not honestly think Torchetti or an outsider could take this team right now and get them winning CONSISTENTLY. This roster is too young and too thin. Don’t be fooled by our three-week hot streak way back in November. Almost every team in the league — even the freakin’ Islanders and the Oilers — have went on some decent winning streaks this year. That doesn’t mean they’re truly ready for primetime.

I think it’s unfair to throw in the towel already on Ramsay. And do we really need more instability at this point in time? If we’re not even giving coaches ONE full season, why would other coaches or players want to be affiliated with this franchise? It’s bad enough already with ownership issues. Let’s keep some semblance of stability. Let’s stay cool-headed and realistic — this team is being built to blossom two or three years from now. If we’re still sucking then, then throw our leadership overboard. But nobody at the beginning of the season promised a playoff berth now. We all knew what we were getting into, right?

Thrashers

February 24th, 2011
11:31 am

It’s not our fault, fire the coach.

Iron League 13

February 24th, 2011
11:31 am

Riceowls – We’ve been playing a crappy hand (ie, roster) ALL YEAR. Nothing has changed, we don’t have many particular go to skaters at all, so yeah we rely on AHLers and not ready for prime time rookies, again nothing new. This team is soft and has been soft, where’s the tempo change? I won’t blame the coach(s) entirely for that as I don’t understand playing soft hockey EVER, but they are soft and I’m CERTAIN Rammer can’t pump anyone up. That dude sounds so passive and comforting, can you imagine him hyping anything?

Sage of Bluesland

February 24th, 2011
11:32 am

“It’s difficult to expect mules and ponies to outrun horses.”

Amen. Some think changing tracks will work. Some think changing the color of the silks will work. Some think changing the saddle will work.

Fool’s gold, folks. Rawhide expecting “accountability” and using the current coach as a point of analysis? That rickety boat never even left the dock to sail…

Whoever believes our GM’s bluster about this being a “playoff” team has been sold a bill of goods…but that makes me laugh, so keep on believin’….

Rawhide, you SHOULD know better….

Big Meetch

February 24th, 2011
11:33 am

Get rid of Waddell and blewland

Iron League 13

February 24th, 2011
11:33 am

Darkhores – Rammer would never take that and neither would I. How would you like to be demoted in the public arena? He’ll leave and I wouldn’t blame him.

GaVaHokie

February 24th, 2011
11:34 am

Ben Wright has a good write-up… I agree that when your team is built to “score by committee” and you have 3-4 call-ups, the bench gets very short when it comes to scoring goals.

http://bluelandblog.com/2011/02/24/different-city-same-result/

Iron League 13

February 24th, 2011
11:34 am

Darkhorse (woops)

Stan Drulia

February 24th, 2011
11:40 am

Man.. tough call… I would have to vote to take him out if only to try to spark some kind of emotion from these guys. Don’t really think it is all his fault, but clearly what he is doing isn’t working. Tough decision for Duds for sure.

Frosty the snowman

February 24th, 2011
11:40 am

Ahh, I had just put this on the other blog….
“Puff” (ha ha, love it!) Just won a stanley cup and is now on a 5 year paid vacation in booland. Players come here to get paid and play mediocre. They can come here and put in a half effort and be rewarded.

This franchise is a joke! I will NOT be going to any game(unless I get free tix) until a new owner comes in a revamps the ENTIRE franchise. Starting with the removal of Don Wadell. Do not be fooled, he still has his hand in the team, he was at the draft, probably has the final say in trades.

If another investor is added to current owners, it would be like dropping another terd in a clogged toilet.

Everything has to change– owners gotta go, president gone, get a real head coach, scouts need to be overhauled, get rid of the fluffer Darren Elliot, Dudley says we have 14 solid pieces… he’s gotta go as well, sounds like Wadell and his many blunders of our young talent. This team has 14 solid pieces to finish in the bottom of the league.

The only thing that changes with our franchise is the players who want to win leave.

Frosty the snowman

February 24th, 2011
11:41 am

Ben Wright is a fluffer also, gotta go.

George Mathis

February 24th, 2011
11:42 am

How can you blame the coach for a roster that includes so many guys that should not be playing in the NHL?

Boulton (yes, he’s not good enough), Burmistrov (his time will come, but for now he’s NHL material), Cormier (AHL), Machacek (career AHL talent), Modin (too old), Antropov (too hurt for big minutes), Rissmiller (AHL), Stapleton (AHL).

That’s a really big group of bad players.

World Be Free

February 24th, 2011
11:43 am

Darkhorse-making a head coach an assistant is kinda like demoting your captain-it just does not happen in the NHL. I agree with the suggestion of placing him in a new position, director of pro personell or something. There’s a major project out there, it’s called ensuring the proper development of our young players. Rammer would be perfoect for that job. Boy this is tough for me, with all the A-holes int he world and to see a guy like this in this position, it’s tough.

Tom Lysiak

February 24th, 2011
11:43 am

Tampa trades Dan Ellis to Anaheim. Salary dump for another trade?

Barry

February 24th, 2011
11:43 am

I don’t blame Ramsay entirely because this team doesn’t have a good enough roster to really compete for a playoff spot. Ownership is another problem but let’s not get into that. I agree that Ramsay shouldn’t be head coach anymore. I don’t want him off this coaching staff because he does seem like a great hockey mind and has some things to teach but he’s not getting the job done. Players don’t seem to be held accountable. Many games the players just aren’t prepared and motivated enough to win. Also the Thrashers defensive strategy is absent. I blame Ramsay for this. How can you go from behind a good defensive forward, to handling the defense in Boston, to not even being able to implement and good defensive strategy for this Thrashers team??? Also what happened to the offense over the last 2 months??? Whatever play styles and strategies Ramsay is trying to get this team to play…it’s not working anymore. He’s being outcoached at this point. Other teams have figured out how to beat us now and Ramsay is making ZERO adjustments. I think it’s time for Torchetti to have a go at this. He seems more like a guy that will put his foot down or up someone’s *bleep* when needed.

Frosty the snowman

February 24th, 2011
11:44 am

***One of the main reasons for that firing, Dudley said, was because the organization felt they had assembled a team capable of contending for a playoff spot but the job simply did not get done.***

Whatever, this entire franchise is a lie. Exactly why everthing has to be changed. Complete overhaul

James Brown

February 24th, 2011
11:45 am

What a joke. First year coach in a 10 year losing organization. Not enough talent on this team to expect domination. Give the guy a chance and lets try to build a good organization with structure for a change. HOW ABOUT WE RID THE OWNERS FIRST. They are the one consistent within all the losing.

Lynk

February 24th, 2011
11:46 am

His inability to even TRY Byfuglien at forward given how we’ve played lately (and even having 7 healthy defensemen) is enough for me. Put him in a smaller role in the organization, head coach is too much for him to handle.

GaVaHokie

February 24th, 2011
11:47 am

I don’t exactly think Torchetti is standing in the background on this… given all the publicity on his feuding with Bogosian, I’d say he’s been pretty vocal.

YES!

February 24th, 2011
11:48 am

I agree that Ramsay doesn’t have much to work with. But they should be fighting for a playoff spot. If you look at the standings, you’d think that they are. But they are not. They are in an absolute and total free fall since Christmas. That’s beyond slumping.

Blame ownership for not giving players to Ramsay. And we do!

Blame Ramsay for the free fall. He’s got to go.

Sherry Taylor

February 24th, 2011
11:49 am

It is always a mystery when a team which has played like wildfire suddenly falls apart. I’ve followed pro sports since I was a kid and I have seen it happen over and over I didn’t understand before and still don’t. How does a coach lose a team? How does a coach go from communicating and producing a winning team to not communicating and not producing a winner? There must be a fine line that once crossed cannot be crossed back over.
I, too, am a Ramsay fan. How do you not admire someone who has overcome so many adversities? Obviously, this is a man who possesses a super human amount of inner strength. And, I liked what he did with the team–before Christmas–not so much any more. What happened over Christmas to change things? Something did, and we’ll probably never know, but something did happen. A word spoken in anger, feelings were ruffled, whatever it was, it seems to have invaded a team that doesn’t need an invasion. It’s almost, almost like watching the team fall apart after Kovalchuk decided he didn’t want to be here any more or when he decided he didn’t like Hartley. As much as I hate to think it, perhaps it is time to open that door (as long as Don Waddell doesn’t step through it coming the other way.)
I respect Dudley’s guidance with this team. I think he’s on the right track. Keep him, and keep most of the players, dump the owners and perhaps, sadly, Ramsey, and then GET ON WITH IT!

ThrashDawg

February 24th, 2011
11:49 am

Sorry RH removing Ramsay now would be a tad Steinbrennerish. Heck, I considered Ramsay the MVP of the first half of the season rather than any individual player. Now, with all that being said, if this death spiral does not stop soon he should be gone at the end of the year. I hope we start to turn this around while I am in the house tomorrow night. As much as I want us to win, I want this team sold to a new owner that will keep the Thrashers in Atlanta.

shootoutloss

February 24th, 2011
11:50 am

It’s morons like Frosty who need to be kicked in the sack. Not coming to games because of the owners. Idiotic concept there, bud. Players can’t help what is going on with the ownership.

Frosty the snowman

February 24th, 2011
11:51 am

**We’ve been playing a crappy hand (ie, roster) ALL YEAR. Nothing has changed, we don’t have many particular go to skaters at all, so yeah we rely on AHLers and not ready for prime time rookies, again nothing new.**

From day one- present day. Its the entire franchise.
Why do you think Kovy said it is good to be with a FIRST CLASS FRANCISE when he signed with NJ.

ATLREP

February 24th, 2011
11:54 am

No, This is a young team and soon they will turn it around.

mikeydamug

February 24th, 2011
11:57 am

I don’t totally fault Ramsey, but maybe there’s a reason why in two previous stints as a head coach he did not last…

World Be Free

February 24th, 2011
11:57 am

http://spectorshockey.net/category/trade-rumors/

Interesting perspect on atlanta and the league by a creditable hockey man

Bobby Hull's Toupee

February 24th, 2011
11:58 am

Undecided about Ramsey right now, but know it is definitely time for this franchise to sell. First- sale away from ASG; second- sale of non-contributing vets like Antropov, Stewart, Hainsey, Oduya & Sopel (if he does not want to be here). For being the big bodies that Dudley so loves, Antropov & Stewart are patsies, seemingly avoiding hits at all costs. Stockpile the draft picks and young talent available from the teams buying veteran talent for this years cup run, mold them as a team under new mgmt in 2012 and build for a deep playoff run in 2013.

Frosty the snowman

February 24th, 2011
11:58 am

It’s morons like Frosty who need to be kicked in the sack. Not coming to games because of the owners. Idiotic concept there, bud. Players can’t help what is going on with the ownership.

Negative fancy pants, I refuse to pay for a bad product. If you want to pay go ahead, the owners are laughing. I will sit at home watch the games on tv. I spent enough money for the first 7 seasons. The nhl knows that the market is here, they will not let the team leave.

Iron League 13

February 24th, 2011
11:59 am

Frosty – Agreed, plus I’ve never been one to harp on Kovy too much as our team’s m.o. was “get the puck to 17″. If not for him most of last decade would have been FAR WORSE.

polskidawg

February 24th, 2011
11:59 am

Stapleton (AHL-level). Rissmiller (AHL-level). A-n-t–r-a-p-o-v (S-L-O-W, disinterested). Boulton (limited). Thorburn (limited). Mahacek (new, limited). Sopel (S-L-O-W). Bogosian (arrived two years early).

Pick two, them replace the others with NHL-level talent and you’ll see what Ramsey can or can not do at a coach.

Oh, and put Buff where he’s effective and not a liability – forward.

simpleminded

February 24th, 2011
12:00 pm

It’s the ownership, ownership, ownership. We have no AHL program to develop our kids. We have to shuffle physically and mentally unprepared draft choices straight into the NHL and look what’s happened:

18 yr. old Zach Bogosian breaks a leg, hurts a wrist, probably sufferred a concussion before age 20.

19 yr. old Evander Kane: shoulder injury and multiple concussions in 2 seasons.

18 yr. old Burmistrov: concussion, broken foot.

19 yr. old Patrice Cormier: concussion.

How ridiculous is this? These guys should be coming into the NHL at age 20 or 21 big and bad and ready to rip, not struggling to stay alive after the All-Star Break year in and year out. And I don’t mean alive in the playoff race, I mean ALIVE physically.

Filling the roster with guys that barely fit an NHL resume:

The 2 Freddy’s. M&M, Meyer and Modin–really? Who wanted them as far back as the start of last year? nobody.

Anthony Stewart–couldn’t make a roster yet Ramsay has made him an adequate bottom 6 type. too bad he’s had to play top 6.

Machacek, Stapleton??? Please make it stop!

On defense, Oduya just isn’t a top 4,

Sopel bugs out of town every chance he gets. No wonder he’s never played on one team for very long. Decide if you want to be a hockey player or get a cushy sales job so you can play Mr. Mom to your heart’s content. Nothing wrong with that, just make up your mind and commit to something.

Byfuglien is like a rookie on defense. He’s got to learn the craft in the NHL. But he’s the 2nd best we have right now. Sad.

Thank goodness for Toby. Right now Enstrom is playing with a hand that is still wonky. He’s not to blame, but we have nothing left to do but play him.

I think the problem is that we were treated to a “what if” at the start of the season….What if everyone played at the highest level of their career? And we were flying. Ramsay was doing a good job.

Of the top 9, Little, Ladd, and Kane have been asked to play enormous minutes because the others are either too old, too young, or too full of AHL talent.

Bottom line and last bit of wind….we need what happened in Barfalo to happen here…a dedicated owner who will allow this GM to loosen the purse strings and just as importantly, get our own AHL team.

Iron League 13

February 24th, 2011
12:01 pm

Agreed on the product part, not the boycott.