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

Ward

April 11th, 2011
3:19 pm

My kids and I attend between 10-14 games per season and drive 150 miles round trip each game. Calculate the cost for five per. We are fans. The Thrashers need new owners. Check what happened in Buffalo after new ownership “took” ownership. We will support the Thrashers because we love hockey and, unlike some Atlanta “transplants cheering for any jersey arriving in town, we really enjoy our hometown team. Now that the body of work called the 34-36-12 season is on the books we have to conclude we could not be a playoff team after giving up all those goals. We will be there in fall. Better defense needs to be there. New owner(s) are critically needed. Captain Ladd needs to get the new season going by asking fans to give up the “Knights” tribute during our National Anthem. Nothing that interruption represents is patriotic nor sensable to our players. P.S. while we are upgrading, how about ditching big sreening our local hero who chugs a full beer to “fire up” the crowd late in a game. My kids wonder about that one, as do I.

Mubarak

April 11th, 2011
3:36 pm

7 regulation wins in last 50 games.

SomaAtl95

April 11th, 2011
3:36 pm

Why does it feel like we are listening to a broken record?
Why does it feel like we are listening to a broken record?
Why does it feel like we are listening to a broken record?
Why does it feel like we are listening to a broken record?

Joe Friday

April 11th, 2011
3:45 pm

“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.”

With all due respect, Thrashy, Hogwash.

If anyone still suffers under the delusion that Ramsay wasn’t problem #1A this year (after the owners), please look no further than the game yesterday against the Pens. They sat their #1 goalie, they sat Staal, they’ve been without Malkin and Crosby for quite some time.

That lineup the Pens iced yesterday was no better, in fact, it was inferior on paper, to the lineup we iced. Yet they dominated us, they were in our crease at will, and they skated their system.

So you’re telling me Ramsay would take that Pens lineup yesterday and have them skate the same? Utter tripe. Ramsay preaches patience, Ramsay preaches no hitting, Ramsay preaches tripe . . . and the results show.

Bylsma should get coach of the year for taking that lineup, while losing two of the premier players in the league because he coaches a system that works, and he motivated his players to play a system that works, he raises their level of play, he puts them in positions to win, he places them in front of the net, and they skate hard to the crease and bang and they have continued winning.

Look no further than yesterday’s debacle (once again) to see how badly we have been outcoached . . .

KLS1

April 11th, 2011
4:12 pm

The other bad…TV’s in hawk walk. I was eating a hotdog and couldn’t even see the game on the screen of the old tube sets….in Philips arena!

You think we’re upset with ownership, Philips must be ready to commit suicide for the pact they signed. So upset that they are actually scaring off potential buyers of their electronics by not updating the sets in the arena.

This is perfect microcosm of how this ownership group treats its fans, sponsors, etc…you can complain but we already got your $, sucka!

Good = how we played against the leagues best teams.

Eddie Haskell

April 11th, 2011
4:13 pm

“P.S. while we are upgrading, how about ditching big sreening our local hero who chugs a full beer to “fire up” the crowd late in a game. My kids wonder about that one, as do I.”

Ward, you and June need to make Wally and The Beaver turn their heads when that is on the big screen. That should fix it!

Michael B. Shapiro

April 11th, 2011
4:16 pm

The ugly:

the number of back-to-back goals given up in less than 5 minutes, less than 3 minutes, less than 2 minutes, less than one freakin’ minute

the failure of Coach to adjust mid-season when other teams had our number

the failure of Coach to adjust mid-game at any time during the season

the failure of Duds to get us more scoring in December, January….mid-way into February…when it was obvious to all of us who post here that we needed it badly

the fact that the ASG still owns the team

the failure of ANYONE to coach Bogo when he so clearly needs it

Johnny O’s +/-

Anthony Stewart

KLS1

April 11th, 2011
4:18 pm

Almost forgot the ugly = Rammers suits and ties, my god. If you’re gonna dress that bad you better win.

Sage of Bluesland

April 11th, 2011
4:26 pm

Joe-Bob-Friday-Revisionist-Historian apparently believes that silk purses can indeed be made of sows’ ears….

(and, yes, that sounds just like a Geico commercial)

Don’t worry, he’ll let us know what we already knew at some point in the future…

George Zimmer

April 11th, 2011
4:37 pm

KLS1 is absolutely right. The Thrashers record is tied to Ramsay’s suits and ties.

Coach Ramsay needs to exude professionalism behind the bench. Please send him to our Men’s Wearhouse Duluth location, and please tell him: “You’re going to like the way you look, I guarantee it.”

james c.

April 11th, 2011
4:40 pm

If there is any poetic justice in the sports world the people of Atlanta will get a new ownership group that will keep the Thrashers in town finally allowing this franchise to achieve some of the hints of promise it has shown over the past few seasons.Philips Arena will be full if this team can turn itself around.

R. Stroz

April 11th, 2011
4:40 pm

Under the ugly category, here is an example of the “tripe” promulgated by the Thrasher organization.

http://bluelandblog.com/2011/03/24/is-hitting-overrated/

When a team is “pitched” as a physical team by the slogan “A Brutally Good Time”, most would expect a physical style of play, the type of play which is ingrained in the minds of those of us who watched the Atlanta Flames.

Instead, the Thrashers play a “timid” style while pitching a “physical” style. To make matters worse, one of the organizations mouthpieces actually defends, if not promotes, this style of play which is completely disconnected from the “marketing” slogan.

However, in light of the Thrashers organization’s history of saying one thing and doing another, this type of “bait and switch” combined with a spurious explanation is to be expected.

World Be Free

April 11th, 2011
4:48 pm

Sage-I hate to say this dude but you subsidize the incompetence; every time you post on a blog or watch a game (which you admitted you do on occasion) you are subsidizing the Atlanta Thrashers. Maybe you are not giving the team money, but in essence you are giving them something more valuable, your time. With every visit here you give them something you can never get back.

There’s nothing wrong with it, but rest assured you are subsidizing this team in some form.

World Be Free

April 11th, 2011
4:50 pm

Pittsburgh also brings up players that understand what’s expected of them at the NHL level-same system. Nothing will change here until we get rid of Chicago and get some synergy between the minors and the parent club.

SomaAtl95

April 11th, 2011
4:54 pm

WBF – a sheep in wolves clothing?

Joe Friday

April 11th, 2011
5:00 pm

stroz, well, it was brutal most of the time!

Buf used to absolutely blow up people when he played for the Hawks, go find the compilation of his hits on YouTube. Under Ramsay, some of you guys starting calling him Puf. That was not his doing, he played balls to the wall for the Hawks, he went toe to toe with Pronger in the Finals last year and knocked Pronger silly a couple times. Well, he probably got his trophy today from Coach Ramsay, so there’s that!

I bet Buf is ready to just coast here. You should have seen him making eyes on the two skanks in the 2nd row of the clubs on Friday night. At least he skated the whole line of guys last night and shook hands with all of them, I’m sure he’s a good dude in the locker room.

Speaking of things that were fugly, was anyone else as disturbed as I by the sight of Stewart hugging and humping our goalie like a dog in heat after our wins?

LAC

April 11th, 2011
5:02 pm

Gee Sage aren’t you so glad “stan drulia” can’t stand us ????

Where is all this negative stuff we have spoken about”stan”

I stayed on course about players and the season this season, not always harping
on worthless waddell and The Cluster owners… You been reading that ? Or can you not understand what we,Sage and myself, are saying ? Like Sage says, people like YOU “sta” give ALL real hockey fans in Atlanta a bad name.

Trade zach for something at this point !!!!!! PLEASE ! Postma next season on Right Defense !!!!!

Got that one “stan” ????

Smoothie

April 11th, 2011
5:04 pm

When Pavelec slung his stick to center ice out of frustration, he was aiming for where Bogosian was supposed to be, but as usual, Bogey was out of position!!

Just. Had. To. Do. It.

Smoothie

April 11th, 2011
5:09 pm

Sage is certainly not “subsidizing” my intelligence with his drivel today. Same song, different verse. Much like the Thrashers.

Yada yada yada…FART.

hockeyguru

April 11th, 2011
5:09 pm

Byfuglien did not take the “country club route” He had a leg injury and a wrist injury in January, and played injured. He has played hard every game. And his points total and goals are remarkable for a defenseman–he and Ladd were among the scarce bright spots this season.

EA

April 11th, 2011
5:19 pm

Ramsay had a reputation for his bad ties. Maybe he likes to be know for them.

ben

April 11th, 2011
5:26 pm

Byfuglien was a bright spot with Ladd. I hope this team’s here in October. Atlanta was never given a big chance. I love my hockey.

World Be Free

April 11th, 2011
5:41 pm

Soma-I guess, being here is caring in some way. We all care what happens to some extent or we would not be here. I have no issue with it.

Shannon

April 11th, 2011
5:51 pm

The same goes for Enstrom. He did not slide. He played injured.

alf

April 11th, 2011
6:04 pm

The team didnt slide, everyone was injured. Wadell really was a good gm, he was just injured for 10 seasons, all of our coaches were coaching with injuries

Red Light

April 11th, 2011
6:05 pm

Bad news for Mike Knuble fans. He re-signed for another year in Washington for $2 million.

glovesave29

April 11th, 2011
6:14 pm

Red Light

April 11th, 2011
6:24 pm

Bill: Is this the excuse blog? I didn’t think that was its intent. By while we’re at it…those darn refs!

Gwinnett Fred

April 11th, 2011
6:25 pm

The Good: The Detroit game. Glad that was one I went to.

The Bad: Coaching staff – one constant thru this blog keeps referring to the young ages of the players. If you are going to have such a young team, you better have a staff ready to “coach them up” and the only thing I saw along those lines this year was the work done with Pavs.

The Ugly: I just don’t see an end to this (and I’m being kind here) mediocrity.

Anyway, glad to see so many posts. I have no doubts that the fans have interest in the Thrashers, but do have concerns that the Thrashers don’t have much interest in the fans!

RAWHIDE: Thanks for a season of great reading!!!

Brendan

April 11th, 2011
6:32 pm

Well, I went to more games this year than the last two seasons, combined. So, I did my share of subsidizing. Looking back on it, I probably would have been better off getting a package of some sort, but I enjoy changing seats and views at the Bulb.

Re: Don Waddell, I don’t think he’s in a position to criticize anyone or anything. Back in 1998, he was hired to grow the sport of hockey throughout the entire State of Georgia, with a high concentration in the Atlanta metro area. So, how many ice rinks were built in that time? Stop. I can’t lay blame for the lack of sheets of ice in the greater metropolitan area, and throughout the State, solely at the feet of Don Waddell. That’s utterly unfair. But I can say … he didn’t do his job, and he GLEEFULLY took a substantive paycheck to remain on as GM, through all of the years of playoff futility, but this one. Don Waddell is not a man who is economically challenged. He has all the money that he could ever need to spend in one lifetime.

William Hung can believe that he’s a good singer, so long as people pay him for his services. Normally, a GM gets fired for not making money for his owners, in the form of 100% pure profits derived from playoff games. That didn’t happen here. These owners were all about collecting the revenue-sharing dollars and fielding league-minimum budgets, to reduce their losses along the way. Sickening, isn’t it?

But Waddell must shoulder his portion of the blame. Hockey is not where it should be today, and isn’t EVEN CLOSE to the level it was a DECADE ago, when the team soldout 38 of 41 home games, in support of the franchise, while setting an NHL attendance record for an expansion club.

Remember those days? Before we knew we had ‘caretaker’ ownership, and no accountability for performance. In Atlanta, no GM in any of the sports … can simply count on ‘blind support’ of their team. They’ve got to produce. And there it is. That’s not exactly rocket science, but every owner has to ‘understand their market.’

The NHL shoulders some blame, too. They have yet to properly vet an ownership entity for the Atlanta market. And really, that’s a pretty big thing to just gloss over. Atlanta isn’t a traditional hockey market. And even in those traditional hockey markets, fans in Boston, and Philly and Chicago and Pittsburgh would shy away … when their teams were stinkin’ up the joint. So, especially, owners in Atlanta had to know and understand their BURDEN. The fact that hockey isn’t DEAD, shows demonstrably, just how well the sport is supported. Imagine what it could be like if the team were a contender?

R. Stroz

April 11th, 2011
6:40 pm

The good: Evander Kane

1) His speed improved greatly

2) By the end of the season, he even learned how to pass the puck

If Evander can improve his “sniper” skills, he will become one of the best players in the NHL.

SA

April 11th, 2011
6:49 pm

No one is providing excuses for the team, DW, the GM, coach or the refs. If a player is playing injured, he deserves to be defended to a degree. Perhaps that falls under the “good” category and not the excuse category. The “ungood” is those who have no excuse for a poor performance.

World Be Free

April 11th, 2011
7:26 pm

Red Light-saw that about Knuble, give the Caps credit for not letting him hit the market. In fact, you can consider his signing before playoffs to be a slight boost for Washington. Knubes is well respected in the Capitals locker room–good move by McPhee.

litz

April 11th, 2011
8:03 pm

re Kane : “2) By the end of the season, he even learned how to pass the puck”

Those cross rink passes to a streaking Stapleton (who, by his own, certainly broke out 2nd half of the season) were things of beauty.

I think only 2 or 3 of them went in, but there were far more chances setup via that play, for sure.

Cliff Fletcher

April 11th, 2011
8:42 pm

stan drulia///

how could i have ever have doubted you?
buy you a beer next season.

Tom

April 11th, 2011
9:14 pm

Question: Did Kane ever get a wrap around goal?

Towards the end of the season he started figuring out that he could make the move to the inside and his game started to blossom. Next year I expect the fake to the boards and then shooting the seam to be Kane’s move.

Brendan

April 11th, 2011
9:37 pm

Red Light, thank you for your Draft lottery update, and for providing the percentages for each team to win it, from the previous blog.

Brendan

April 11th, 2011
9:48 pm

Rawhide, is it “too late” to declare a favorite team, or teams, to follow out West, and to adopt a team in the East? Before these playoffs start, it’s no secret that I would like to see the Nashville Predators finally get a playoff series win. They have a tough one with Anaheim, to start out. I also have my eye on Los Angeles, hoping they can have some playoff success. San Jose won’t be an easy series, at all. But, my gosh, the Coyotes haven’t won a playoff series since 1987. I gotta root for them.

In the East … my only team is gone. And Carolina is gone now, too. Don’t know if I can find myself rooting for the Lightning. I have long followed the Washington Capitals, and I think it would be great for the SE Division, and for Washington, to finally get their 1st Cup. We have quite a few Sabres fans on the blog, so … it’d be nice to see them have some success, and keep the blog lively throughout the playoffs.
And, for Red Light, I guess I can root for the Rangers to win a game or two. Still mad at them for 2007, however.

Curly

April 11th, 2011
10:24 pm

The Good: Brian Little’s goal against the Rangers makes #10 on NHL on the Fly plays of the year. BURMI’s GOAL against the Capitals Makes #1!!!!

The Bad: The poor defensive play of Bogosian and Hainsey.

The Ugly: Thorburn’s Hair!

Alan R.

April 11th, 2011
10:28 pm

When a team is “pitched” as a physical team by the slogan “A Brutally Good Time”, most would expect a physical style of play, the type of play which is ingrained in the minds of those of us who watched the Atlanta Flames.

Or the Red Wings of the 90s. ;)

Vladimir Konstantinov: The Big Red Monster

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clbyBCA4Tbs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CX9bLdUqM8

I loved watching this guy play. He was definitely removed from the hockey world far too soon.

Alan R.

April 11th, 2011
10:29 pm

Wonder what flagged that comment for moderation? Is two links now too many? *scratches head*

Brendan

April 11th, 2011
10:55 pm

Thinking back on the best and worst goals of the season, definitely, I think of Burmistrov, both times. His goal against the Caps was amazing. Truly. But then, I can’t remember if it was the Penguins or what, but early in the season, Burmi was completely outmuscled and undressed in front of the next, while Pavelec was taken to school. We looked like a high school team on that play. It was the worst image of the season, for me. It was as bad of a play as I was apt to see all year.

Puck Like A Porn Star

April 11th, 2011
11:35 pm

Even NPR is talking about the Thrashers’ future being in jeopardy…

As if the off-season weren’t long enough.

Fan from Carolina

April 12th, 2011
6:43 am

Zzzzzz… This is the same stuff over and over again, year after year. Rawhide, let’s start the playoffs blog NOW for the fans that love NHL hockey and are not fixated on a broken franchise. You write the very best articles and blogs, and I’d like to challenge anyone to find your dedication and quality that we are lucky enough to read here anywhere else in the NHL. How you can do it for this franchise is beyond me.

Rawhide

April 12th, 2011
7:40 am

Brendan – No, it’s not too late to pick a favorite team out west or back east here.

I’ll even let ya know who mine are…in the east it’s Boston, (with a close second to TB) and out west it’s Nashville, (with a close second to PHO).

Fan from Carolina – Thanks for the kind words. Look for the playoff predictions blog, (round one), to be posted later today. I’m still working on my picks.

glovesave29

April 12th, 2011
7:46 am

Curly – Hainsey? Really? Think ya might be upset cause you think he’s overpaid (but that’s not his fault). This is the same thinking we heard last year about Slater (being drafted where he was – again, not of his doing). Hainsey had a good season. The defensive struggles on this team began when the forwards stopped forechecking…thus teams got a full head of steam on the attack. We also didn’t pressure the points and gave the opposition D – the quarterbacks – time to pick us apart. Pavelec played more that I would have like this year, and it showed down the stretch. Mason was too inconsistent and kept the D guessing which one was going to show.

World Be Free

April 12th, 2011
7:52 am

I believe the Thrashers are going to trade one of their current defenseman before July 1.

Toby, Buff, Stuart and Hainsey are all signed for next season and beyond. Hainsey’s contract is not tradable so he is here for sure. Zubarev, Postma and Kulda. At least one, maybe 2 of these guys is going to make the club because they are young and cheap.

That leaves Bogo and Oduya as the 2 tradable assets. Oduya has one more year on his current deal, Bogosian is an RFA who will be looking for a sizable raise, despite his ever descending game. Mr. Rawhide confirmed our offensive numbers for this season were downright offensive. We need another right winger to take Stewart’s place and a center to improve the pivot position. I see Bogosian heading out of town for a good return, hopefully to a Western Conference team.

Stan Drulia

April 12th, 2011
8:34 am

LAC – the only thing that I have enjoyed about you this season is watching your relationship with Sage blossom with each passing day. It warms my heart to know that there really is a thing called love out there! Everything else you have said this year has bored me to tears. Have a great summer you two crazy kids!

ejimbo

April 12th, 2011
8:49 am

Thanks, Rawhide. My wife and I only miseed 2 home games and here’s how we’d grade the team: Forwards- B-, Centers- C, Defensemen-C-, Power Play-D+, Penalty Kill-B, Goaltending-B-, Coaching-F. Overall- C-. On a frustration factor, this team ranked right up there with Anderson’s. Hartley’s teams played a strong home game and we never expected much in the early years.

Not Blind

April 12th, 2011
9:05 am

It occurred to me the other day that the last game with the Pens showed how their 3rd and lower forwards are better than our 1st and 2nd lines. The Pens sat out their top guys and still won easily.