The good, the un-good and the ugly of Thrashers 2010-11 season

Over the course of the next day or so I’ll be performing my annual spring chore of converting this on-line Thrashers forum into one where the NHL playoffs are the primary focus of discussion. But before I do, and before the recently wrapped-up season fades into a distant memory, let’s take time to review the good, the un-good and the ugly of the Thrashers season.

I’ve paired the ‘good’ and the un-good’ down to just a few, but I’m sure many of you will have others to add to each column. As for the most aesthetically unappealing aspect of this past Thrashers season…well, I think there is only one clear item worthy of that honor.

We’ll begin with…

The Good

Fantastic First Half: Speaking of distant memories…there was the good start that we witnessed here in Thrasherville last fall. Given the way things eventually tuned out it’s somewhat hard to believe that at one time this team was at one time 19-11-5 and sitting a top the Southeast Division. In fact, after 43 games played they had amasses 50 points and still held a playoff spot in the east.

Upon returning to the lineup in late October, Ondrej Pavelec was stealing games for us had had a record of 13-8-4 with a .935 SV% and 2.11 GAA on January 1. On the other end of the ice, Dustin Byfuglien led the team’s offensive production with 15 goals and 25 assists and was a +6 after 41 games played. Five of his goals were game-winners.

What happened after that? Well, we’ll get to that later.

Seen Enough to Want to Stay: Two key players on the Thrashers roster did not need to wait until their contracts expired before choosing to re-up for another tour of duty here. First was Byfuglien, who signed an extension back in January. It only took him half a season to come to the decision. However it only took a week and a half for the newly acquired Mark Stuart to ink a three-year deal after coming over via a trade with Boston.

These two signings could go a long way in stopping the Thrashers revolving door from spinning off its axis. Too many times in the past we’ve seen quality talent dart for the exit upon the first chance to do so.

Now…what happened just a day after Buff re-signed here? Well, we’ll get to that as well.

Other Good Honorable Mentions: I’ll also throw in here the play of captain Andrew Ladd, who led the team in overall scoring with 29 goals and 59 points… defenseman Toby Enstrom and his team-leading 41 assists…Ondrej Pavelec who finished the year with a .2.73 GAA, .914 SV% and 4 shutouts despite his 21-23-9 overall record…and Bryan Little who was a most-deserving recipient of this year’s Dan Snyder Award for the unsung hero.

The Un-Good

Second Half Slide: As well as things went in the first half of the season, that’s just how un-good things got after New Years. Since that high-water mark on Dec. 20, they then went 15-23-6 including a disastrous 2-8-2 month of February.

Multiple times the Thrashers found themselves in tight games in the middle of the second period only to let one play or goal deteriorate into a 9-3 or 6-1 route. Players quit in the middle of games and coach Ramsay failed too often to provide the right in-game adjustments…or deal with the opposing coach’s adjustments.

Too often they failed to follow up a big win with another solid effort. After a 1-0 victory over Washington prior to the All Star break, they retuned to drop a stink bomb on the ice during a 4-1 loss to an Islander team hovering around the bottom of the conference standings. It lead to a 0-3-1 slide before they registered a dramatic 3-2 win over the Rangers. However, four straight loses and a 1-6-1 skid followed that.

Finally, after defeating the Flyers in overtime late in the season, they found themselves needing a win in Buffalo to pull within 2 points of a playoff spot…but they were soundly defeated 8-2.

In the end, after winning the first two games of the second half of the season, they slumped to a 12-21-6 mark, finishing with the 6th worst record in the NHL.

Zach Bogosian: There really is no way to sugar coat this…Zach was simply a train wreck in this his third NHL season. The 3rd overall pick in the 2008 draft finished the year at with an abysmal –27 rating, one that was unfortunately well deserved. After scoring 9 and 10 goals in his first two seasons, he produced but 5 in this most recent campaign.

His 17 points in 71 games played was 2 fewer than he produced in his rookie season, one that was limited to just 47 games due to injury.

To put it as kindly as I can, Bogosian looked lost for must of the year. Not only has he failed to improve on his play, he took a giant step backwards in his development.

Now, I do try to temper this with the fact that the kid has still yet to see his 21st birthday and since the departure of Mathieu Schneider hasn’t really had much of a mentor to help him out.

Hopefully the coaching staff can address Bogosian’s issues before next fall.

Power Outage: Atlanta scored a grand total of 223 goals this season, down from the 234 produced last year and 257 the year prior. It was only 7 goals better than the debacle of 2007-08.

The post-Kovalchuk era of the Thrashers history was predicated on a more balanced effort on the offensive side of the ice. However, for such a concept to work, you still need at least one or two players to score 30 or more goals.

Byfuglien and Ladd were the only ones to net 20 or more.

The Overall Record: If you would have ask me last fall what I would have thought about this team finishing with a 32-34-12 record, fourth in the SE and 12th overall in the east, I would have said it would classify as a failure. This is especially true given where they found themselves at the midpoint of the season.

A year ago John Anderson and his entire coaching staff were given pink slips after an 83-point showing primarily because GM Rick Dudley felt the team was good enough to compete for a playoff spot. The job didn’t get done and changes were made.

We now know that it will take a minimum of 5 years to make a return appearance to the postseason after the 4-game sweep in 2007. Following the epic FAIL of the following season, Mark Bradley ask then-GM Don Waddell if there was any hope that the Thrashers could rebound quickly. Waddell responded by pointing to the Flyers, who had turned a 56-point showing in 06-07 into a playoff effort the next year.

Given his Thrashers had finish with 76 points that year, Waddell pointed out, “So, we’re 20 points ahead of [the Flyers}”.

So how far are we ahead of them now, Don?

The Ugly

The Atlanta Spirit, LLC: Yes folks, the single most aesthetically challenged part of this 2010-11 Thrashers season is the cluster known as the AS, LLC, (Lies, Lawsuits and Contempt). They earn this honor because of the bomb they dropped on Thrasherville just one day after we learned Big Buff had signed a contract extension.

After years of sending Waddell out to deliver the lies about not wanting to sell the team, Michael Gearon finally came clean and admitted they had sought to do just that. Actually, that bit of 411 was revealed in the most-recent lawsuit involving the cluster-flop ownership group.

The Spirit Clowns took over this franchise 7 years ago when the team was experiencing their best days. They went into the lockout after a team-high 78-point season and came out after with a 90 and 97 point showing…and a playoff berth.

The next year on opening night, co-owner Rutherford Seydel took to the microphone and told a packed house in Philips Arena that he and his partners would do everything possible to bring a championship team to Atlanta.

Well, if you call running the team on a shoe-string budget, consistently icing a roster right at the league minimum in payroll, lying to the organization’s paying customers and alienating the fan base as “doing everything”…well then he’s followed through on that pledge quite nicely.

It’s been said you get out of something what you put in. Given what the Spiriteers have put into the team, it’s really now wonder why the Thrashers have continue to end up near the bottom of the standing over the last four years. And the second Thrasherville and the NHL is finally rid of the Great Octocluster, the better the franchise, its fan base and the league will be.

But until that day finally arrives, the AS, LLC will continue to be an ugly stain on this Thrashers organization.

127 comments Add your comment

Jason

April 11th, 2011
11:13 am

Jason

April 11th, 2011
11:16 am

Maybe Bogosian should swap numbers with Thorburn and put a – in front of it for next year.

ATLREP

April 11th, 2011
11:18 am

LONG LIVE THE ATLANTA THRASHERS!

Smoothie

April 11th, 2011
11:20 am

Hoof Arted

April 11th, 2011
11:26 am

I will add to the “un-good” list Chris Mason and his .892 sv% and 3.39 GAA performance.

Smoothie

April 11th, 2011
11:31 am

“Forwards are forwards, they are not defenseman.”

Quote of the day! Enough of these stupid, ill-concocted “up tempo” systems that rely on forwards to skate backwards. There’s a reason forwards play forward and D-men (good ones) play defense. And Buff is just talented enough to play defense. But I’d rather he play forward, and play with motivation on every shift. Bogosian is a forward trapped in a D-man’s fantasy. He’s not ever going to be a top 2 defenseman unless he takes a long, deep swim in “Lake You” to find himself and come to the realization that he needs to focus on playing defense and learning how to read the game, and not get fixated on the puck.

ex-ex-STH – congrats, nailing that contest on the # with the two tiebreakers is quite impressive. Would you like to submit my four picks for the US Open so I can move up in my Majors Pool this summer??

Great day yesterday despite the horrific game we were treated to by Chris Mason. Yikes Almighty! What is wrong with this guy? He’s the new Mike Dunham. I actually agree with stendek that he should be called Marshmallow Mason for I have never seen so many soft goals allowed by a supposedly above average, quality tender. Trade his butt and bring back Moose for a 1-year deal to give Pasquale another year to get ready as Pavelec’s eventual back-up.

One final thing: Klingberg is the real deal. You can just tell. He was shafted in Frolunda and then treated like a peasant in Chicago. He’s going to be a freakin’ beast and I would hate to be a D-man in the Southeast once that 6′3″ animal puts another 20 15-20 lbs on his scrawny frame. He’s not afraid of anything and he definitely seems to fint the profile of a “miserable SOB” that Dudley seems to love. Love Boultsy but he should be no more than a 13th depth forward, if not 14th as Stapleton deserves a chance to stay on this roster as well for added depth. But Klingberg, Cormier and Burmi must take the next step. Lucky for them, they are forwards and they will develop faster than Bogey.

Ziltartegh

April 11th, 2011
11:32 am

Lets just think for a minute that we had 2 players that had 20 or more goals, no player got 30. Our highest points total for a player was 59pts.

As soon as Buff signed his payday contract he took the country club mindset that so many players come to atlanta for. He has his cup, now his big contract, he can coast.

Antropov is doing it as well.

For those who think we are only a couple players away from being a playoff team, I have to disagree, we are a long way from being a plyoff team.

Smoothie

April 11th, 2011
11:33 am

Oh for goodness sake’s, trapped again!! I feel like Charlie Brown.

Such is the plight of a battered and beaten (and scarred) Thrashers fan. Someone pass the whisky.

ZAvalanche

April 11th, 2011
11:37 am

Nice post Blog Master. Love it as always.

RL and WBF, thanks for your sentiments on Foote, he is one of the only old school players left and will be sorely missed. Gotta love a D-man who doesn’t care if he scores or not. Class Act if there was ever one.

Can’t wait for the playoffs! Please, somebody take out Vancouver……..

Red Light

April 11th, 2011
11:41 am

The good…

Burmistrov got 74 games of NHL experience. Byfuglien’s performance through Jan. 2. Thorburn’s and Hainsey’s consistent efforts throughout the season and both played in all 82 games. Bryan Little’s + 11 rating. The acquisition of Blake Wheeler. Eric Boulton’s hat-trick. Pavelec’s four shutouts. Blocked shots. R. Stroz’s vuvuzela!

The Un-Good

Antropov’s 26 fewer points and -30 differential in plus/minus rating from last season. Cormier’s broken foot and concussion. Slater’s injury. Team’s face-off percentage. Still no playmaking center on the roster. The PK unit. Goals against average. 32.9 percent of all games were decided in OT/Shootout. Five OT losses when leading after 2 periods and nine OT losses after the team had scored first in the game. EIGHT in-division OT/SO losses, three more than any other team in the league.

The Ugly…

The salary budget. Professional and amateur scouting. Attendance. Sage can take over from here…

ThrashDawg

April 11th, 2011
11:42 am

I will have to agree the Bogosian deserves to be on the list of ungood but should he really be the only one that is singled out? I agree with Z, Buff just mailed it in the second half and Pavalec was very inconsistent the second half as well. Hainsey was not worth the money we are paid him and Antropov was just flat out slow all year. Kane seemed to disappear alot this year as well. Heck, the only guys that busted their butts all year was Ladd, Little and Enstrom.

Steve

April 11th, 2011
11:42 am

Has Ladd be signed long term or has he changed his mind and decided not to resign?

Thrashers

April 11th, 2011
11:47 am

Fan of the Year!!!!????? Sage of Blueland. Don Wadell has your plaque.

Red Light

April 11th, 2011
11:48 am

Hate to disagree ThrashDawg, but Hainsey’s +3 rating and overall performance was a bright spot for this team, and you can never, ever question Thorburn’s efforts.

Steve

April 11th, 2011
11:49 am

I have one for the bad. What ever happened to all the stuff they USED to have in the fan area on the 2nd level? It sucks now!!!!

Rawhide

April 11th, 2011
11:55 am

I will have to agree the Bogosian deserves to be on the list of ungood but should he really be the only one that is singled out?

ThrashDawg – Your point is valid…there was a lot of “un-good” to go around. But Z-Bo’s efforts stood out heads and shoulders above the rest IMHO.

Has Ladd be signed long term or has he changed his mind and decided not to resign?

Steve – Not yet. Personally I think he decided to finalize the deal after the season. It may turn out to be a wise decision given his performance.

Hainsey’s +3 rating and overall performance was a bright spot for this team, and you can never, ever question Thorburn’s efforts

Red Light – Agreed.

I will add to the “un-good” list Chris Mason and his .892 sv% and 3.39 GAA performance.

Hoof Arted – Agreed as well.

Smoothie – #POMPOM

Smoothie

April 11th, 2011
11:56 am

I predict Ladd will sign his new deal before the end of next week if not this week once all of the end of season “house-cleaning” is done.

5 years for a shade over $20 M. He upped the ante by waiting and his near-30 goal performance has earned him that extra $500 k per season.

DWTOO

April 11th, 2011
11:56 am

The good – Mangomosas and LandShark torpedos at the Beach Party Tailgate.

The bad – running out of beer at the end of the first period.

The ugly – Having to enter the building and having to watch the second period. Didn’t stick around to watch the third.

The final two home games were absoltuely disgusting.

Red Light

April 11th, 2011
11:56 am

Add to Ugly… 29 regulation wins and -46 in goal differential.

World Be Free

April 11th, 2011
12:01 pm

I hate the thought of giving up on Bogosian, but frankly I think he’s too far gone to correct, at least in a Thrasher uniform. He made a play yesterday that was frightening. Killing a penalty with his face to the boards behind our net, Bogosian backhanded the puck right into our slot. Pens players were so startled they missed the “gift pass”.

The kid’s confidence is totally gone and it’s not his fault, it is the team’s fault for rushing him to the NHL before he was ready. His game lacks the kind of maturity required at this level, both offensively and defensively. You won’t fix him by demoting him to the 3rd pairing, he needs to be moved while he still has some real value for assets that can help us today.

This team needs to develop a defensive posture to support our backliners. Too many leads squandered by poor team defensive play.

Rawhide

April 11th, 2011
12:03 pm

Red Light – Making the 29 regulations wins even that much more ‘un-good’ is that only 4 were registered after the All Star break.

World Be Free

April 11th, 2011
12:07 pm

Zavs-”if” and I say if Bogosian is going to stay in Atlanta, won’t it be a good idea for Zach to mirror the approach of Adam Foote? Foote was a basic defenseman, he played a strong defensive game and rarley cared about scoring goals. He was a shut down defenseman, played the basics. Zach’s only hope is to do the same moving forward-just like Luke Schenn is doing in Tronna. Schenn has flown by Bogosian in maturity.

World Be Free

April 11th, 2011
12:12 pm

I was a toss in a “good” honorable mention to Blake Wheeler.

Wheeler came to Atlanta with a reputation of being a little soft for his 6′5″ size, but I thought he played real well in a Thrasher uniform. That trade will look real good if he resigns a 3-4 year deal.

Player to be named later

April 11th, 2011
12:14 pm

ASG wonders why it has attendence problems when it’s hockey team fails to make the playoffs in 10 out of 11 seasons? I think that says it all friends.

hockeygoon79

April 11th, 2011
12:14 pm

Holy crap. Waddell DID say the Thrashers were “20 points ahead” of Philly back then. I have read that here many times but I’ve never seen where it was actually quoted.

What a tool.

World Be Free

April 11th, 2011
12:15 pm

Sabres made the playoffs after being in 30th place on November 1st.

ThrashDawg

April 11th, 2011
12:17 pm

Red Light I guess my beef with Hainsey is the lack of offense from an offensive defenseman and especially considering the money we are paying him and him being a veteran. I agree with Thorburn and others…just mentioned the ones that came to mind right off. I really like the way young Burmi played as well.

World Be Free

April 11th, 2011
12:28 pm

The best part about Hainsey is that he is playing within his game. The fact that we had to overpay him to come here is a symptom of the franchise.

J-man

April 11th, 2011
12:29 pm

Dudley needs to spend some of his off season thinking seriously about Bogosian. If the organization is going to get serious about salvaging his career than continuing down this same path of failure is not an option. If they have to hire another coach specifically to fix what’s wrong with him, then do it. If they are not going to make any changes in the coaching then maybe it’s just best to trade him for something of real value and let him become another organization’s problem.

Stan Drulia

April 11th, 2011
12:34 pm

The main thing that is going to stick in my memory about this horrible season was when Don Waddell had the nerve to call out Atlanta fans for not noticing that we had a playoff bound team. This was after the team played well (admittedly – extremely well) for all of TWO MONTHS! My jaw almost hit the floor when I read his comments. Something to the effect of “the fans have been demanding a playoff quality team and now they have one – so why aren’t they coming out to games?”… It is like pulling teeth right now for me to type this comment without using expletives that would make George Carlin blush. For Waddell to have the audacity to take a jab at us… a fanbase that has more or less stood by him for over a decade waiting for a team that could at the very least compete in this league – and for him to act like he had all-of-a-sudden fixed all the teams problems… proven by a TWO MONTH winning streak?!?! Waddell should be ashamed of himself for being a liar first and foremost – but he should be HORRIBLY ashamed of himself for throwing us – the fans – under the bus.

And then… just as I am about to boil over about this situation – I go to TSN.com this morning only to run across a headline story about Waddell stating that he and ownership really do want to keep the team in Atlanta. Don – I have as much faith in you and your word as I do in Santa Claus. Period.

Relieved that this season if finally over. Tired of worrying about the future (if any) or the Thrashers in our fine city. Tired of Don Waddell and the joke that is the Atlanta Spirit. Tired of Sage of Bluesland and LAC. Tired of all of it.

And even with all of this negativity, I already know that come June or July I will chomping at the bit for the season to get underway, and will be cheering in the stands just as loud as I have since the first season and however many more may come.

World Be Free

April 11th, 2011
12:36 pm

Nobody mentioned how much this team may have actually missed Jim Slater after his concussion. You think?

Gonna be fun seeing where Brad Richards ends up on July 1st.

Russian

April 11th, 2011
12:44 pm

**to WBF**
“Gonna be fun seeing where Brad Richards ends up on July 1st.”

NOT HERE. :-(

Red Light

April 11th, 2011
12:49 pm

World Be Free…

The new buzz-word in the NHL is “back pressure” and only a few forwards grasped that concept here on a regular basis throughout the season. Ladd, Little, Thorburn and Burmistrov. That also is a sign of being committed to the team concept IMO.

Red Light

April 11th, 2011
12:59 pm

Any guesses which NHL team gets new owners first?
Atlanta
Dallas
St. Louis
Toronto

Thrashers27

April 11th, 2011
1:04 pm

Smoothie,

You’re so right about Mason. His performance yesterday was pathetic! Can’t remember who’s goal it was, but he stood tall, hugging the post and as the shot was released he didn’t even flinch. He just let it go between his skates. I’m pretty sure he had given up at that point. If that’s the case then I don’t want to see him back here next season. We want competitors, not quitters!!!

As for the rest of the sorry lot…bring back Thorburn, Wheeler, Little, Ladd, Kane, Buff, Toby and Stuart. These are the players that showed heart and skill. There are a few players on this roster that still need time to develop and that is acceptable, but it should be done in Chicago, or in juniors, not in the NHL. To the remainder of the team who showed a complete lack of “heart” I offer you these words from the all wise and all knowing “Beavis”"…thank you drive through.”

AtlFlamesFan

April 11th, 2011
1:23 pm

Anyone know why Schremp did not dress yesterday?

EA

April 11th, 2011
1:24 pm

The Moose would most likely accept the one year deal. The NJ blog is quoting him as saying he will not live away from his family next year. Since they live here, that would be an easy solution.

The good for me is Ladd, Little, Enstrom and Atanta Thrasher fans. The un-good is the boycott of fans to the games even though I understand why as well as the second half of the season for Pavs and Buff in particular. I know they have it in them to play like the first half of the season. Mason has been a bust this year.

BMF

April 11th, 2011
1:24 pm

I made a post on Rawhide’s previous blog right before this one started up, here goes, but this applies more to this subject:

Haven’t posted in a while but some good dialogue on this blog so i’ve got some thoughts about the just-concluded season, and for the future:

Alright, I’m going to play fantasy GM here. Here’s my ’10-’11 season evaluation, player by player:

Antropov: I expected more, you’re just not 100% healthy yet. Hopefully you will get your speed back, and soon. 2 more seasons on your contract.
Kane: Good season, getting better. Breakout player next year. 30+ goals, point-per-game player next season
Little: Excellent season, and your contract makes you a bargain. Hopefully 30 goals next season.
Ladd: can’t ask for much more. Please sign your extension offer already.
Burmistrov: should have been in minors this year. Not ready. Hope you grow up fast.
Slater: can’t wait to see you again next season. We missed you.
Cormier: I want to see a full healthy year next season. You should be one of our most physical players, we need that from you.
Thorburn: Bang for the buck, you are an excellent NHL player and we’re happy to have you for 3 more seasons.
Boulton: Love all that you do, hang around as a coach but I think your playing days are done.
Stewart: Disappointing. You are fast and talented, you should be better, much better. Not sure we sign you as an RFA or not…
Wheeler: Please stay. Really like your game, stick around.
Dvorak: Would like to see you for a full season too, stick around. Good all-around player.
Stapleton: Did some decent things out there, but you’re organizational depth, nothing more. Nice shootout goal earlier in the year.
Schremp: don’t know…did some good things…we’ll see if you make the team next year…
Maxwell: see above
Hainsey: solid as always, good season
Enstrom: very solid, but you tailed off down the stretch
Oduya: played well, not sure we’ll keep you after next season though, you might cost too much, plus with what we’ll be paying Buff…
Buff: Good season, not awesome, but I’m thrilled you signed for 5 years. You should be a winger next season.
Bogosian: Disappointing. You’re regressing. Next season is SOGOTP time. Prove me wrong…
Meyer: Bye
Stuart: I like your game, happy you signed to stay here.
Mason: expected a little better from you but overall I’m not disappointed. Tighten it up next year though please.
Pavelec: come on man, step up. You want this gig permanently or not?

Going into the 2011-2012 season, we have 16 guaranteed contracts, totaling 35.5M. Of our RFA’s, i only see 3 slam dunk contracts, and i’m guessing what they will sign for. I’m going to predict we sign Ladd (5M), Wheeler (3M), and Bogosian (1M), that’s another 9M, brings us to 44.5M, and assuming a 57M cap next season, that leaves us with 12.M or so in cap space, as of today. This might go down if we resign any of these guys: Stewart, Schremp, Maxwell, Dvorak, none of which would break the bank. I preduct Maxwell and Dvorak, maybe combined 2.5M-3M will keep both of them here, bringing us to about 9.5-10M in cap space.

The BIG IF’s are resigning Ladd and Wheeler, and they both need to stay. But assuming we can get deals done for them, what can we do next to improve this team? I ask this from a player-personnel context, not “we could use new owners” context. We all know that and it’s a dead horse on these boards. Depending on what our budget is for next year, I see our biggest trade chips being our 1st rd pick in this coming draft, Johnny Oduya, Hainsey (pricey D-man but if a top-team gets desperate for a solid blueliner, Duds wouldn’t mind trading his salary), and Antropov (same deal with his salary), and finally, our biggest trade asset would be our unused cap space.

I haven’t looked too hard at this season’s playoff teams, from a cap perspective, but as with every year, some team will have to do a Chicago-style cap purge before next season. Hopefully Duds has some ideas as to what players can be poached off some of these playoff team rosters.

That’s all I got for now. Just want to see some ideas.

EA

April 11th, 2011
1:26 pm

AtlFlamesFan-Shremp had a headache. Precaution for a concussion. He came out and signed autographs after the game. Nice guy.

World Be Free

April 11th, 2011
1:33 pm

Russian-yeah it will NOT be here, but interesting to see if he goes to New York.

Red Light-the guys who do not buy in need to be the first ones to go. Burmie is 18-he was one of our best 2-way forward this season.

AtlFlamesFan

April 11th, 2011
1:33 pm

EA

April 11th, 2011
1:34 pm

Stan D. Great comments!

AtlFlamesFan

April 11th, 2011
1:36 pm

Duds could fix his biggest screw-up by getting the Moose back here next year. Mason had too many bad games, and even in games that he didn’t stink, he would let in a softie (that 4th goal yesterday comes to mind).

Russian

April 11th, 2011
1:47 pm

I like Moose also, but he will be 38 at May this year. I know Hashek played until 40 years old and playing now in KHL. Do not be very optimist about Moose. Also every player has a bad year. I think Mason will stay and work his contract.

Smoothie

April 11th, 2011
1:59 pm

Hedberg is in the best shape of his life. I wouldn’t count on him declining just yet. Some goalies who don’t get overworked in their 20’s end up having lots of longevity into their 40’s (see Roloson).

BTW, anyone else thinking upset for PIT, DET and Philly? I think Chicago will get obliterated this year by VAN, not enough depth.

Joe Friday

April 11th, 2011
2:27 pm

Hawks own the Couv . . . time to send them to early tee times, again!

Alan R.

April 11th, 2011
2:29 pm

Red Light:

My list, in order, for “new owners”

1. Toronto
2. Atlanta
3. St. Louis
4. Dallas

What, you might ask, could possibly hold up a sale in Dallas? I’m glad you asked. http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2011/03/kpmg_sued_for_giving_tom_hicks_clean_audit_a_year_before_525-million_loan_default.php

EA

April 11th, 2011
2:40 pm

I agree 100 percent agree that Moose is in fantastic shape. He has an excellent save percentage. He also won the Players Player award in NJ this year. He is a great mentor. Roloson is 41 and Tampa has their playoff hopes riding on him. Mason will probably return. If he does, I hope he and the some of the defensemen in front of him improve greatly.

Thrashy Thrashy

April 11th, 2011
2:47 pm

It’s hard to play the kind of system Rammer wants to play with a shoestring budget. You’ve got to have responsible vets in their prime to really make it work. As we all know, Rammer doesn’t have that.

Now, if you’re someone who wants to get rid of Rammer, you have to realize that no head coach with a strong resume will want to come here until he knows the team’s future is secure. Rammer has waited his whole life to be a head coach. He has been saddled with a roster that requires near-maximum effort to achieve a postseason berth. Based on what we saw this season, Rammer isn’t capable of goading or prodding these players enough to get 100% out of them every game. For the life of me, I can’t believe that any other coach would be able to pull that off.

So, uh, basically, um, I’m just saying that this organization is a strong coach repellant and a certified coach-killer. It’s all due to the ownership, of course. They set the tone.

Here’s the tone: SUCKITUDE

Until those buffoons are gone, we ain’t goin’ nowhere.

Sage of Bluesland

April 11th, 2011
3:00 pm

“….Relieved that this season if finally over. Tired of worrying about the future (if any) or the Thrashers in our fine city. Tired of Don Waddell and the joke that is the Atlanta Spirit. Tired of Sage of Bluesland and LAC. Tired of all of it….”

Maybe, Stan, if you had LISTENED to yours-truly a little earlier, you wouldn’t be feeling so sheepish now?

Too bad on that.

Oh well, I can’t say I didn’t tell you so…many, many times. For the sheep to suddenly awaken in utter disbelief of the pitiful plight of this abomination of a franchise always provides me a good laugh!!! Please don’t stop the posting and the dweaming!!!

Whoever subsidizes this incompetence shouldn’t complain at all–they actually DESERVE it. Yes, you read that correctly.

The subsidizers are–and have been–just as much of a problem now as Don Waddell.