Rocky road ahead for Thrashers even after big win over Panthers

One of the nice things about Saturday night’s thrilling overtime win is that it gets to linger in our thoughts for several days. Following the 4-3 overtime win over the Florida Panthers Saturday night the Thrashers don’t play again until they travel to Carolina Wednesday night to take on the Hurricanes.

But even so, the truth of the matter is this team needed a much better showing than the 2-2-1 record the played to over this recent all-important five game home stretch. It’s not just that they only procured 5 of a possible 10 points in the standing when they really needed more, but they played the role of gracious hosts far too well by allowing 8 total points to leave town with visiting teams…all of whom were Eastern Conference teams.

So for those of you who may have held out hope that a good showing in those games would possibly catapult them back into the playoff race…needless to say it didn’t pan out that way. Now what you’re looking at is the team needing to go something like 10-3-3 during the final segment of the schedule and pray that 88 points is good enough to somehow squeak in.

Making that mountain even steeper to climb is the fact that ten of those sixteen games will be played on hostile ice away from Thrasherville, including a five-game roadie between March 12 and April 7.

How many of the remaining 32 points will the Thrashers get?

  • 8 or less: Next stop - Lotterypickville (18%, 38 Votes)
  • 9-16: The second-half slide continues (44%, 91 Votes)
  • 17-24: They'll make a nice run but fall just short (31%, 65 Votes)
  • 25 or over: Playoffs here we come! (7%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 209

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To put it mildly, the road has been quite inhospitable place for this team lately. They went winless during their most recent three-game road trip…losing in Phoenix, Edmonton and Buffalo without even the consolation of an overtime loser point…and have gone 0-5-1 in their lat six away games.

The last time they were able to come away two points on the road was back on January 23 when they netted a pair of late third period goals on their way to a 3-2 shootout win in Florida. And since the 6-3 win in Toronto back on December 20…a.k.a. “The High Water Mark of the Season”…they have played to a record of 3-9-2 away from Philips Arena.

Only one of those wins, the 3-2 win against the Panthers on January 5, came in regulation.

Assuming they can take care of business at home by going 6-0 from here on out…yeah, I know. I know…they would still need to go 4-3-3 in the road games to reach the 88 mark. That’s a pretty tall order when you see two games in Philadelphia and one each in Boston, Montreal, Carolina, Nashville, New Jersey, Nashville and Buffalo in the slate. There is also a trip to Long Island remaining on the schedule against a team that has played better of late.

Even before we see our team in action again Wednesday night, the lanes on the Thrashers road may become tighter and narrower still. Following yesterday’s action in which the Devils beat the Islanders in a shootout, Buffalo beat Minnesota in OT and Florida earned yet another overtime consolation point, Atlanta is not only chasing three teams for a possible playoff spot but they now have three more hot on their tails.

The Devils are now only a point behind us Florida trails by four points and the Islanders are but five in back of the Thrashers. All three of those teams play at home Tuesday night and if they come out victorious, Atlanta would be sitting in 12th place in the conference with 14th place not too far behind.

Therefore, the rough road ahead of us could lead to a playoff berth, another trip to Lotterypickville…or possibly somewhere in between.

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moriler

March 7th, 2011
2:08 pm

“What about JVR and Coburn for Bogo and our 3rd round pick?”

Philly’s GM just fell out of his chair laughing.

Come on, y’all, I expect these sort of trade rumors out of Eklund. :p

World Be Free

March 7th, 2011
2:13 pm

moriler-just having a little fun today and yes that does sound like an eklund rumor. Betcha ek laughs at 1/2 of his own posts. “the dominos are falling”.
Greg-great point on Leino and Versteeg, I just always assume the Flyers find a way to get it done and get under the cap.

Brendan

March 7th, 2011
2:20 pm

I love to see what what we’ll do as “spoilers.” Philly plays us three times. Can we cost the Flyers the Atlantic division? Carolina plays us, twice. Can the Thrashers push them to 9th? The NYR has far from secured a playoff berth. We could just be the points that they MISS THE DANCE by. Pittsburgh, season finale, could be for both the Atlantic Division Championship and 1st overall seed in the East.

Buffalo plays us, and is precariously inside the playoffs. Nashville is outside, looking in, desperate for a pair of points at home vs. the Thrash. And the Islanders and Senators are jockeying for position with Edmonton inside the lottery draft. Atlanta can make its impact on the remainder of the season, even if it’s playoff hopes were dashed after the Oilers game.

ZAvalanche

March 7th, 2011
2:48 pm

I don’t really see Thrashy as a spoiler. After Philly’s beating by the Rangers they will be fighting HARD for chance to be at home for the first 2 games of every series.

Red Light

March 7th, 2011
3:17 pm

Well, if anyone can tell me what the second longest winning streak was this season outside of the 6-game aberration, I will part with a pair of tickets to an upcoming Hawks game (smiles knowingly).

Rhythmpenguin

March 7th, 2011
3:33 pm

Smoothie

March 7th, 2011
3:38 pm

penguin – that was actually a rather funny video. Enjoyed it with a few chuckles and Kaner made me guffaw.

Greg

March 7th, 2011
3:48 pm

Holy crap RL i had no idea we were doing that badly in the win department. Outside of that one stretch we’ve only ever one 2 games in a row!

Smoothie

March 7th, 2011
3:53 pm

Greg – indeed, we’ve not tasted success as often as it seemed when we won 12 of 16. But at least we avoided the dreaded 4 or 5 game losing streak, until late December. Problem is we just had 3 of those in a matter of a month and a half roughly. We would now need a 6 or 7 game win streak to really have any shot at the P/O. Oh gosh, I may pee my pants that is so funny!

Red Light

March 7th, 2011
3:57 pm

Yes, Greg and that means the Thrashers have to reverse that trend (haven’t won two in a row since Jan. 2 and Jan. 5) before any thought of a long streak occurs. Win the next two, and then lets talk about Saturday’s game at Philadelphia. And, even if the boys win 8 of the other 11 games, this five-game stretch of away games against other seeking playoff berths or positioning is troublesome!

Mar 29 @ Montreal Canadiens
Mar 31 @ Philadelphia Flyers
Apr 2 @ Boston Bruins
Apr 5 @ Nashville Predators
Apr 7 @ New York Rangers

Rhythmpenguin

March 7th, 2011
4:02 pm

Smoothie, yeah it made me laugh also =). We have some good personalities on the Thrash (a nickname for the Atlanta Thrashers), which can be an important component of team, no matter what sport or skill level.

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 7th, 2011
4:51 pm

I’ve noticed people focusing a bit on our offense, and I feel some people are missing the boat with what is wrong with this team at the present.

Currently, Atlanta ranks 8th in the Eastern Conference and 15th in the NHL in goals for (184 goals for, 66 games played). While not exactly stellar, that’s more goals scored than four playoff teams*: Washington (176 in 66), Montreal (176 in 66), Dallas (180 in 65), and Los Angeles (180 in 65).

So if the playoffs started today, Atlanta would be scoring right in line with the playoff caliber teams. The problem is on the other end of the ice … Atlanta has given up 214 goals! That’s good for 15th in the Eastern Conference, and 28th in the league, ahead of Edmonton and Colorado (side note, how does Stastny say they are Stanley Cup contenders while SOBER?).

I don’t really buy into the “scoring by committee” line that Ramsey touts, and would definitely love to add a bonafide 30 goal scorer to the top 6, but the Thrashers achilles heel CONTINUES to be defense and goal keeping. Mason is horrible (I have a feeling he’s playing with his glove on the wrong hand), Byufglien is lost defensively, and the starting six defenders are filled with arguably four players who are at best #5 or 6 defenders.
Until that changes the Thrashers will continue to be also-rans in this league, in my opinion. Scoring 15th in the league is sufficient to make the playoffs, but not when you’re 28th in goals against. James van Riemsdyk and Brad Richards will simply not keep the puck from going into our net.

So I say again, until the defense is remedied this team will continue to swim in the kiddie pool.

*- if the playoffs started today

Chris16

March 7th, 2011
4:55 pm

Well said back in Jan that the devils would catch us and they are closing. So think playoffs are a lost cause. I think it is time to look for the draft the best way the Thrashers know.

Smoothie

March 7th, 2011
5:06 pm

ranallo – yep! Our defense needs serious work! Several folks are not sold on Bogey but as long as Buff has been annointed to the 1st pairing, I’m not sure Bogey will evolve into that lockdown D-man this team so desperately needs. If Dudley continues to allow Rammer to persist with this flawed system MO where upon the D-men are all expected to pinch and jump into plays, then we will never develop Bogey properly into a well-rounded defenseman. And his offense will be somewhat wasted as well since he won’t be getting 1st pairing minutes nor enough PP time to justify his use as a dynamic D-man who can initiate offense. He needs to learn more about how to play DEFENSE. Same goes for Byfuglien as well but at least he has Enstrom to help cover up his deficiencies. However, Enstrom would probably be better served as Bogosian’s mentor going forward if we can find a Kronwall type that can do the bulk of the heavy lifting on the 1st pair against top competition.

Smoothie

March 7th, 2011
5:08 pm

Oh yeah, good to have you back and posting ranallo!

Don’t be a stranger!

HookBob

March 7th, 2011
5:30 pm

Hockey is funny in that teams can be really streaky,…both good and bad. Anyone recall our home and home with the Flyers late last year? Yeah,….we swept them,… and they ended up in the SC final. None-the-less I’m not hoping for our boys to go on a good streak. (My vote is less than 16 points.)

One of my main interests in the rest of the season is whether or not captain Ladd reaches 30 goals. (Before Saturday’s game he was on pace for 29,..after that game he is on pace for 31.) Can he stay hot? Ladd needs 5 goals in the remaining 16 games. Who will give me an over/under on Ladd reaching 30?

This also has me wondering if Ladd re-signing might be on “hold” until this plays out.

My take on Bogo is that he hasn’t adapted well to Ramsay’s system. It takes him a split second longer to process what he should be doing according in Ramsay’s playbook. With hockey being largely a “read and react” sport that split second leaves him out of position. Hopefully this “processing” will become more natural and faster. I say keep him (unless we get WBF’s suggested return:)).

Go Blue,..go Ladd,….give us a 30 goal scorer.

Red Light

March 7th, 2011
5:49 pm

Ladd will score 30, but if he doesn’t “next stop Lotteryville”

Rawhide

March 7th, 2011
5:51 pm

ranallo10 (in AT) – Alway good to have a Ranallo showing. Libby and Pinhead send their best regards.

Brendan

March 7th, 2011
5:56 pm

HookyBob, re: streakyness, every team in the league puts together a 4-0-1 or 5-0-0 mark. Even the Oilers and Islander manage this. Yet, I vividly recall Waddell saying, back in 2008, “Bad teams don’t win 5 games in-a-row in this league. But enough of the Waddell bashing, by me.

Ranallo10, exactly. Well said. Things cannot change for Atlanta … until there’s a rock solid “1-2″ top pairing, and guys that actually ARE 3/4 type defenders. We’ve always had a steady stream of 5/6 guys. How to remedy that? Well, I don’t have all the answers. I do hope Bogosian will blossom, one fine day, into a Tier I defender, he isn’t one now. And won’t be one next year, either. So, how does one get a top flight guy? Perhaps, trading is the answer? I don’t know if Brian Campbell qualifies as a Top pairing blueliner. He’s at least a Tier II guy. He’s got a bad contract, in that he’s way overpaid for what he brings to the table. Chicago would probably be happy just to be rid of that contract. Nobody say “Wade Redden.” Redden can’t help our club. He can only make it worse. Sheldon Souray is a Tier II type, that is overpaid. But, I’ve never had a love for him, either. Ranallo10, any ideas on a bad contract that the Thrashers, with ample cap room, could trade for? See anyone in the Top 10 that you see as a future Tier I blueliner in this summer’s draft? Anybody that you envision might be put on waivers, strictly because of salary issues?

Joe Friday

March 7th, 2011
5:57 pm

“The problem is on the other end of the ice … Atlanta has given up 214 goals!”

Bingo. Which is why I have said, especially given the dearth of UFA talent up front this summer, the moves to make are:

Sign Bieksa or Ehrhoff
Move Buf to first line RW
Sign a free agent center
Move Kane to first line LW

Skate Ladd, Little, Wheeler as your 2nd pair

All moot unless they get a coach with the ability to implement an effective scheme, and be able to manage game situations and adjust.

Red Light

March 7th, 2011
6:06 pm

Why does no one ever talk about Anton Babchuk? His last two NHL seasons (with one in the KHL mixed in) have been excellent. Signed this year for only $1.4 million and is 6-5, 215 and doesn’t take penalties. The only knock is that he doesn’t hit enough, but he’s only 26. Anyone?

2008-09 CAR 72 16 19 35 +13
2010-11 CAR/CGY 68 10 22 32 +10

Red Light

March 7th, 2011
6:07 pm

Defense is a 6-person game, not a 2- or 3-person game!

Brendan

March 7th, 2011
6:27 pm

ZAvalanche and Red Light, NHL.com has done a recap of the early returns of the trade deadline dealings. They do touch on the Stewart and Shattenkirk for Erik Johnson + 1st rounder deal. Of course, that trade requires 3 years for full analysis. Maybe longer.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=555187

Red Light

March 7th, 2011
6:27 pm

Brendan

March 7th, 2011
6:32 pm

Red Light, I’d be interested in Babchuk. Will he hit the open market, though? In the playoffs, I’ve seen teams essentially go with 4 defenders, even through overtime playoff games, where the 5/6 guys play 8 minutes all game long.

Having a “1-2 punch” on that blueline isn’t something to “poo poo” or underestimate. It can’t JUSSSSSST be them. There has to be at least 4 quality defenders. But any time a team has two (2) Tier I blueliners, playing 25-26 minutes per playoff game … it is at a decided advantage. Pronger-Niedermayer. Stevens-Daneyko. Etc.

Brendan

March 7th, 2011
6:33 pm

If I’m Nashville, I don’t contemplate letting Shea Weber go. Re-sign him, for whatever it costs.

Red Light

March 7th, 2011
7:08 pm

• Suter-Weber • Girardi-Staal • Pronger-Carle • Rafalski-Lidstrom • Chara-Seidenberg • Whitney-Gilbert
• Seabrook-Keith • Giordano-Bouwmeester etc. etc.

Brendan

March 7th, 2011
7:11 pm

Red Light, what do you think about a move to get goaltender Craig Anderson as a UFA in the offseason? I like Chris Mason, but I think Anderson could be an upgrade, if he were willing to come here. Mason can be bought out, waived, or packaged as sweetener in a trade.

ZAvalanche

March 7th, 2011
8:18 pm

Brendan, thanks for the article. In the end, I think it was the right move for the Avs. A top defender is a lot harder to find than an above average forward. Will take years to see who wins in this. I hope both do though.

World Be Free

March 7th, 2011
8:48 pm

R/L I think Babchuck “toils” in the sense that he just goes about his job with no fanfare. Is he an UFA this year? Babchuk is kinda like Shaone Morrisson, same kind of player just does his job while few people, other than yourself, notice much at all.

Goals against-we have talked about this on and off all year. My disappointment in Ramsay has been his inability to implant his defensive skills as a player into this Thrashers’ team. You would think Craig Ramsay the player would out defense-first as a coach. That’s not been the case this season at all.

Let’s face it folks, Pavs was lights out the first 1/3 of the season, he stole more than Bernie Madoff. When Pavs came back to Earth, there was nobody there to bail this team out. Our defensive zone coverage is the worst in the league, hence too many goals given up-just look at the 2 Miami scored Saturday night when we should have locked up the win.

I am with you Joe Friday, time to ditch the Buff experiment on defense. He belongs on right wing, with Stewart on 4th line R/W-Thorburn deserves to be on 3rd line R/W.

Brendan-Craig anderson would be an excellent addition, but I think he wants No 1 goalie time and money. Nice deal by Ottawa, getting anderson on a 13 game trial. I am on the fence on Shea Weber, especially what it would take to get him here or anywhere. Joe’s suggestion of Kevin Bieksa suits me just fine.

KLS1

March 7th, 2011
9:47 pm

This team is currently and has been for 2 months playing worse than any team in the league. That, unfortunately, is not likely to change in the last 16 games. Particularly in dramatic enough fashion to make the playoffs.

At least we had a 20 game stretch where it was fun to be a Thrasher’s fan…better than the last 3 years huh?

Brendan

March 7th, 2011
9:47 pm

Well, if Craig Anderson is unattainable, what do you think of Marty Biron or Leighton? Leighton, just last season, took the Flyers to the Finals, along with Biron. I’m saying … as a backup, of course. Pavelec is our # 1.

Brendan

March 7th, 2011
9:49 pm

Capitals have a 4-on-3 PP, in overtime, vs. the Bolts. Game tied, 1-1. 1:16 left before the shootout. Why do I find myself rooting for Tampa Bay?

World Be Free

March 7th, 2011
10:02 pm

KLS1-yeah you kinda nailed it right on the head.

Brendan-Leighton or Marty? Are either of these guys an upgrade over Cueball (Chris Mason)? I would go for Biron, but I am not sure if he is signed for another year in New York. Be nice if we had selected a goalie 3-4 years ago and developed him on an AHL team we controlled, or at least had some influence over their direction. Duds, get the boys out of Chicago!

Brendan

March 7th, 2011
10:07 pm

ZAvalanche, remember … St. Louis might appear like the “winner” of that trade for the first 2 years, but if Erik Johnson, for the next 5 years or more, is logging 25 minutes a game … and that 1st rounder (via the Blues) turns into Anything … you’ll see it as a win for Colorado.

In the end, a forward that bounces from bottom six forward to top six forward … compared to a 1st overall, Tier I, first-pairing defenseman … is a deal you’d take every time. That’s a win, over the longhaul. A good trade is one in which both teams get what they want/need. This Blues-Avs trade might be just that. St. Louis needs to start winning again next season. Not that Colorado doesn’t need to win. But, the Avs have two Cups and four (4) trips to the CF over the last 15 or so years. St. Louis has a President’s Trophy and one (1) trip to the CF in that time. Plus, the Blues are Cupless in their history. The natives must be getting restless. How many YEARS have the Blues been rebuilding? Their last playoff series win came in 2002, versus the Chicago Blackhawks. Since the Lockout, the Blues made the playoffs once, and shot like a rocket from 13th to 6th place in the second half of the season, only to get swept out, quickly, by Vancouver. The Blues are a proud franchise. They deserve to have more to show for their rebuilding than what they’ve got, at least in terms of the standings. Blues fans have my sympathy. Wouldn’t every Blues fan … trade 10 straight years of playoffs for one (1) Stanley Cup season? I would.

Brendan

March 7th, 2011
10:23 pm

WBF, I think there’s potential for Biron over Mason as a backup. I’d like Craig Anderson, though. Not too sure how Pavelec would see that move. Hopefully, he’d welcome it, as Anderson, as a backup, is pretty good depth in net.

Iron League 13

March 7th, 2011
10:47 pm

This team squandered the best chance at earning points by losing so many games they should have won. I’m tired and honestly didn’t double check, but I’m guessing there’s just sixteen games left judging by Rawhide’s noting of up to 32 pts. to be had. Not a chance, anyone getting optimistic by a win over FLORIDA (for cryin’ out loud) is reminiscent of those who thought that the Chicago acquisition was going to catapult us into the playoffs. Just sayin’. This season is O-VER.

WBF – Fully agreed on all the posts of yours I read.

Real Fan

March 7th, 2011
11:17 pm

Bogo was young when he came here. Bogo is still young, only 20. He has all the physical attributes. He skates well. Let him develop.
Kane was young when he came here. Kane is still young, only 19. He has all the physical attributes. He skates well. Let him develop.
Burmistrov was young when he came here. Burmistrov is still young, only 19. He skates well. He needs more strength. Put him in the weight room for a couple of years. Let him develop.
All is well. No need to panic.

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 8th, 2011
5:24 am

@Brendan: I’ll be watching where Jovanovski, T. Kaberle, Bieksa, and Brewer all end up in the offseason, hopefully one can be convinced to come aboard. They’ll come at a cost, but that’s where I feel the first bit of money should be spent. I also wouldn’t be opposed to Ehrhoff or Hannan, but both strike me as a second pairing defender.

I wouldn’t deal Bogosian.

@Joe Friday: I would agree with that line of thinking.

@Rawhide: They’re the best, thanks.

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 8th, 2011
5:26 am

Oh yeah I forgot to mention, Brian Campbell isn’t worth acquiring. I wouldn’t want to take his contract off of Chicago’s hands despite having the cap room to absorb it.

Red Light

March 8th, 2011
7:22 am

Campbell has had his best year in several seasons. Anderson was unreal last season, but remember he was once a very good back-up before emerging in Colorado. There are a lot of teams that need goaltending help but you never replace one bald guy with another. It’s bad form. Kind of like Telly Savalas in for Yul Brenner.

Babchuk is a younger version of Kubina who can skate.

Anyone else notice this curious transaction yesterday? The Thrashers assigned Akim Aliu to Peoria, the Blues AHL affiliate that resides two points in the standings behind their own affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. But, very curious is the fact the Gladiators had just won six games in a row to finally get into playoff position, and they yank Aliu away from them?

Customer service, there’s a spill in the affiliate aisle!

Alan R.

March 8th, 2011
7:26 am

JF – I get it.

Honestly, I’d like to see Byfuglien moved back to forward, one of these days. Time is nigh for the experiment to end. Then again, we also end up looking silly paying that much for a forward.

Bygones.

As for the coach, I don’t think any changes, personnel wise, will be made. At least, not with a sale pending. New ownership isn’t going to want to have that hanging over them as well. What will happen, if anything at all happens, is a role reversal. Torch will be passed, so to speak, and Ramsay will assume assistant duties.

Just can’t see Atlanta firing another coach. Especially while Dudley is on the job.

Ranallo – Welcome back! Missed ya around here!

Red Light

March 8th, 2011
7:35 am

There is no way you relieve Ramsay, replace him with Torchetti, and then have Ramsay remain as the lead assistant. That simply makes no sense, and if it did happen, that would provide more “Sage” ammunition that things have not changed one iota with this franchise. That would be the bumblingest move of all time to coin a phrase.

jimbo

March 8th, 2011
7:54 am

A former boss once told me to “Recognize and deal with Realtiy”. As much as I anguish about our team, the reality is that we are playing sub par hockey and have too many teams to nudge out to get that 8th spot. This has been one sorry slide and I put the major blame on Ramsey’s failure to adjust his approach and strategy. At the start of the season, I could not believe that he let Buff call the shots on where he plays depite the REALITY that he was a unique force around the net. And, when we started to slide after New Years, we stayed with the same game plan. Try to fly up the wings, shot from wide angles but play little or no defense in the neutral zone. Other teams have learned to let us roam around but close the middle. Then, they push our defensemen around when they need to muck up a goal from in close. And, we have apparently chosen to refrain from any physical stuff. We are a sizeable team with little grit and a clueless coach. Next Stop- Lotteryville. VERY SAD.

Dwayne

March 8th, 2011
8:13 am

We will be in 12th place after tonight dammit!!!!!

Zoomo

March 8th, 2011
8:36 am

World Be Free

March 8th, 2011
8:46 am

Not sure who won the Colorado-St. Louis trade, but I give both GMs credit for making the deal-that took guts; The St. Louis fans have been chirping about Johnson, stating he is not physical enough for his size. It’s difficult to be overly physical any play at a high level for 25-30 minutes/game over a full season, not too many guys can do that. Maybe going to the Avs will be a new beginning, new expectations for Johnson. Both teams looked good when the came to Atlanta earlier this season, too bad they have both fallen back.

Brendan-one thing about Biron is he a good with the media, the guy never shuts up. Marty is a good guy, though I just don’t see him as a big improvement on Mason. We don’t know if Mason has influenced Pav’s improved play either.

Iron League-thanks your thoughts. Just trying to contribute and talk hockey.
Real Fan-I agree we should be patient, but the problem here in Atlanta is the pressure to win now. 11 mostly bad seasons have tried the patience of a dwindling fan base. Few of us really want to trade Bogosian, but he is the one piece we have right now that might bring a nice return. So the question is, trade and improve now or hold on with the hope of improvement. Like playing cards, hold ‘em or fold ‘em.

The only way you flip Torch into the head coach’s position is if you reassign Ramsay into another position in the hockey department. You can’t flip coaches, that would be like getting divorced, remarried and leaving your ex-wife in the basement. I think I used that analogy before, it sure fits in this case.

Alan R.

March 8th, 2011
9:07 am

RL – I get that. But it’s either stick with Rammer, or demote him to associate. Dudley isn’t going to kick someone like Rammer out all willy nilly like.

You and I are both on the same page, as far as the logic behind such a move is concerned (insomuch that there is no logic); however, everyone calling for Rammer’s head doesn’t seem to understand that he’s not going anywhere. Well, either they don’t understand it, or they’re just spewing stuff for the sake of taking up space.

Smoothie

March 8th, 2011
9:39 am

Director of Player Personnel Ramsay has a nice ring to it eh?

Actually it doesn’t but that could be the next step for a “smooth” transition to Torch as Head Coach. I’m a little concerned though. Just now Torchetti realizes it was time to break up the pairings and put Toby with Bogosian? IDK, perhaps Torch has been clamoring for this change for some time now, but the injury to Tobias and Buff’s terrible slump perhaps made them gunshy on making a drastic change. Bogey needs Toby and Ron H needs to earn his salary. We have nothing more to lose.

Red Light

March 8th, 2011
9:45 am

Jay Bouwmeester, the Flames defenseman, who has withstood a career-long playoff drought, now has played 621 regular season contests without a shot at the postseason. He is the current leader of most regular season games played without a playoff appearance and could complete the season with 635 games before the streak may finally end. By the way, he hasn’t missed a regular season game since March 3, 2004, a streak of 492 straight games.

The others looking for their first NHL playoff appearance!
Stephen Weiss 546 games
Ron Hainsey 472 games
Keith Ballard 447 games