atlanta wont be sold until litigation is over...process could easily be delayed fpr a long time.... looks like winnipeg might have to wait a while for a franchise...every time a team is in trouble the league finds a way to find new owners....i doubt there will be any relocations..usually franchises only relocate when there isnt a suitable arena...and currently all non traditional teams are playing in newer buildings....im guessing in 5 years winnipeg and quebec city get expansion franchises....until then im guessing the wishful thinking will continue
Looking at those pictures; I can't see the NHL willingly wanting to go back to Quebec and play out of that building! Talk about reminders of the obstructed view seats from the Old Winnipeg Arena! I remember having to watch the little tiny TV's they had up there just to see what was on the scoreboard! Horrible.....
I DO however love seeing real hockey towns like Quebec draw more at a non-NHL gamethen 1/3 of the current NHL franchises do. Always nice to see!
that reminded me of Pens games at the Igloo just last season.... ;D
if you sat underneath the balconies, you had to watch a TV to see the scoreboard. Even from where I sat (last row in the balcony right behind the net), I had trouble seeing the corner of the other zone since the scoreboard blocked it....
no such concerns this year at Consol.... ;D
I actually sat in seats like those once, in the north box section. I'll miss the Igloo, went there 4 times and had good memories each time (they won all four, once they eliminated the Flyers ('08) and another was Crosby's 100th point in '06 (WHICH I MISSED BECAUSE I WAS IN THE BATHROOM ) and my first NHL game).
NOTES: Bergfors became the seventh Atlanta player to reach double-figure goals. ... The game was played a sparse crowd that appeared to be no more than 7,000, even though the announced attendance was 12,314. ... Roloson made 27 saves in regulation and overtime, while Pavelec blocked 29 of 31 shot by the Lightning.
Give this guy credit, at least he isn't a homer with his head in the sand.
AtlantaSportsNHL.. Phil Foley
Embarrassing" Thrashers drop forgettable 4-1 decision to lowly Islanders February 2nd, 2011 12:00 am ET. What can you possibly say about a struggling team that gets outclassed and outplayed by one of the worst teams in the National Hockey League?
The Atlanta Thrashers brought one of their most disappointing efforts to a quaint gathering at Philips Arena on Tuesday night. The upstart New York Islanders were all too eager to take advantage.
Kyle Okposo scored his first two goals of the year and Travis Hamonic netted his first NHL goal, leading the Islanders to a 4-1 win over the listless Thrashers.
Freddy Meyer scored Atlanta’s lone goal by kicking the puck off of rookie New York netminder Kevin Poulin’s pads from behind the net for the Thrashers, who have lost 13 of their last 18 games.
“I don’t have words for it,” Thrashers forward Nik Antropov said. “It was embarrassing. No effort. Nothing. I have nothing else to say. … We did not compete tonight. They came in and embarrassed us in front of our own fans.”
I’m not sure if the word embarrassing is exactly the right word either. In order to be embarrassed you have to be playing with some sort of pride or fire. That was lacking from a number of Thrashers on a dismal, dreary, rainy night in Georgia.
Here are just some of the lowlights.
•Atlanta has scored just three goals over its last three games.
•The Thrashers allowed the Islanders, a team that had dropped eight of its last 10 games, to score four unanswered goals, including back-to-back goals in a minute or less span for the 19th time this season.
•To make matters worse, it’s how New York’s woefully inadequate hockey team scored. They simply outhustled the Thrashers, who didn’t put the extra effort in to clear the puck from their zone and didn’t crash the net on the other side of the ice.
•Trailing by two going into the final period, the Thrashers had exactly two shots in the first 10-plus minutes of the frame.
•The announced crowd of 11,176 looked more like 5,000 or 6,000 tops. The few remaining fans left booed the Thrashers at the finish.It’s hard enough to win hockey games when you outhustle your opponents, but when you don’t compete, you simply don’t have a chance. No matter how many games your opponent has lost.
“It comes down to our willingness to battle,” Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said. We just don’t follow through on details. We turn pucks over at their blueline and it just turned the whole game. … We lost so many battles in the offensive zone and that allowed them to keep coming back up the ice. Our work ethic, our commitment is lacking.”
If there’s any silver lining after this one, it’s that some in the locker room were not satisfied. The Atlanta’s dressing room was closed for an extraordinarily longer period of time than usual after the game and it was 20 or 30 minutes before Ramsay began his postgame press conference.
The Atlanta coach was delayed after some of the Thrashers players spoke with him privately about some of their teammates’ unwillingness to do the little things that win hockey games.
“We are not doing the things that made us successful in the past,” Thrashers forward Freddy Modin told reporters. “We do not have the puck long enough on the right side of the ice. When we don’t do that, it’s tough to create scoring chances.”
Atlanta struck first on Meyer’s tally at 14:31 of the opening period and easily could have gone into the first break with a 3-0 lead but for a couple of shots that clanked off the post. But all of that effort that went into building the first period lead evaporated in the second.
Hamonic tied it with a blast past a screened Ondrej Pavelec at 5:23 of the second before Okposo found pay dirt, banging in a loose puck on a shift where the Thrashers couldn’t clear the puck to save their lives at 16:39 of the frame.
The Thrashers’ clearing problems continued and – after failing to escape the zone three times during a power play – PA Parenteau gave the Islanders a 3-1 precisely one minute later with a shot from the left faceoff dot. An ill advised delay of game penalty by Niclas Bergfors set up the New York tally.
Okposo completed the Thrashers’ miserable night with a pretty give-and-go goal from Michael Grabner at 11:19 of the third.
Although it was just a three-goal deficit at the time, it might have well been an eight goal New York lead the way the Thrashers were playing.
They simply had no chance.
But you can’t score when you don’t shoot the puck or take advantage of your opportunities.
“We’re just throwing the puck to the net,” a candid Pavelec admitted. “We don’t drive to the net; and we don’t screen the goalie. We have to realize that (if we have) a couple more games like this, we’re going to be done.”
Antropov and Alex Burmistrov netted assists for the Thrashers, who are holding on for dear life for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They are just one point ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes for the final ticket to the dance. Carolina dropped a 3-2 decision to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.
At the Colisée, when you go downstairs on the center parts of the upper bowl (the ones that obstructs about 6 rows of seats below), it's so steep that we almost get scared of falling down.
That reminds me of Broome County Arena in Binghamton...went to a playoff game there in 05 and i was scared i was going to fall off the stairs, it was so steep. My Pens got pummeled 5-2 but won the series in 6
The canes just beat the thrashers in ot so the 2 teams are now tied for the 8th spot, with the thrashers on a steady decline and the canes and other teams starting to climb up the odds of atlanta mkaing the playoffs arent looking great.
MCKENZIE: IS THRASHERS' BOGOSIAN AVAILABLE AND IF SO, WHY?
It was only a matter of time until the Zach Bogosian trade rumors surfaced.
The third-year NHL defenceman of the Atlanta Thrashers, who is just 20 years old, has suddenly had his named linked to rumors out of Edmonton. Also, a number of NHL general managers have been burning up the phone lines in the recent days, if not weeks, to get a handle on whether the third overall pick in the 2008 entry draft -- taken after Steven Stamkos and Drew Doughty -- is really available and, if so, why.
The short answer to the question -- is he available? -- is as follows: Yes, in the sense that just about any team today will listen to any offer on any player, but as the old saying goes, someone is going to knock off Thrasher general manager Rick Dudley's socks to make it happen.
So Bogosian is not an untouchable. Dudley would tell you there isn't one on his team, not Evander Kane or Bryan Little or Dustin Byfuglien or Tobias Enstrom. Or Bogosian.
Teams talking to the Thrashers aren't being told, "don't even ask about Bogosian." But it's not as if they're shopping him either. They have not been soliciting offers.
And keep in mind, trading a young player of that stature is not something the general manager gets to do without ownership signing off on it.
So, in other words, it's complicated.
Now, Bogosian isn't Vinny Lecavalier, but Dudley was the man who was once prepared to trade Lecavalier out of Tampa Bay when he was the GM of the Lightning. Some would go so far as to say Dudley ultimately lost his job in Tampa because he wanted to deal Lecavalier and ownership didn't. So it's not as if Dudley isn't prepared to make a big move.
So could Bogosian be traded?
Yes, but it's probably a longshot.
The bigger question should be not would the Thrashers trade him, but why would they even consider it?
Stamkos and Doughty have emerged as NHL superstars. Many scouts felt Bogosian could do the same.
He's a dynamic and powerful physical specimen, a fast-skating, hard-hitting, mobile and physical 6-foot-3, 210-pound defenceman with a heavy shot. Scouts still marvel at his performance at the NHL Central Scouting Combine when he olbiterated the testing and made an absolute spectacle of himself in the strength and conditioning events.
But here we are, now in his third NHL season, and what gives?
In his rookie season, Bogosian was dyanmic, scoring nine goals and 19 points in only 47 games as an 18 year old. He was as advertised -- something special.
But last season, he put up 10 goals and 23 points in 81 games and seemed to get a little lost in the shuffle, which is to be expected given Atlanta's lower profile in the NHL.
Many thought this season would be Bogosian's breakout year. The Thrashers made off-season moves to make them a potential playoff team for the time in a long time. New head coach Craig Ramsay, who has a terrific reputation for developing young defenceman, was another factor in believing Bogosian would flourish.
But precisely the opposite has happened.
Bogosian has only four goals and 11 points and is minus-15 in 45 games played. He's been a healthy scratch for some games and on occasion playing forward in practice. And now his name is front and centre in rumors less than three weeks to the trade deadline.
To repeat the question, what gives?
Well, it depends who you talk you.
The Thrasher party line is that Bogosian came into this season expecting to be the go-to guy on the blueline and while he still plays more than 20 minutes most nights, Tobias Enstrom (currently injured) and Dustin Byfuglien are clearly ahead of him on the depth chart, and perhaps the youngster has not responded well to being dropped down in the lineup. That he maybe hasn't been as receptive to coaching from the new staff as he should be.
The flip side of that argument is that with the emergence of Enstrom and the arrival of Byfuglien as a defenceman, Bogosian has been severely minimized by the new coaching staff, and can't play his way out of the doghouse.
What's absolutely certain, regardless of who's right and who's wrong, is that there has been a fractious and counter-productive relationship between new Thrasher assistant coach John Torchetti and Bogosian and it may have festered too long before being addressed internally by the Thrashers.
By all accounts, things have been somewhat better of late. Since Enstrom went out of the lineup with injury, Bogosian has been counted on more, and played better than he had been playing.
But the whole dynamic between Torchetti and Bogosian has been much talked about in NHL circles. As soon as rival GMs saw Bogosian being a healthy scratch, they began investigating the circumstances and sensed an opportunity to perhaps extricate him from there. Hence, the growing crescendo of trade rumors.
Even in his draft year, many scouts believed that Bogosian's hockey sense and feel for the game was not on the same level as, say, Doughty's, which is to say super elite level, but that didn't diminish their sense that he could still be a dynamic NHL presence on the blueline with unbelievable physical tools. Almost three years later, some would suggest that some shortcomings in his game have manifested themselves, but the prevailing opinion amongst hockey people still seems to be this is a diamond in the rough who could yet be a superstar on the blueline.
"What a lot of people are forgetting," said one observer familiar with the situation, "is that this is a 20-year-old kid. He's only 20. People forget that because he's played three years in the league."
A 20-year-old who still has all the tools to be a terrific NHL defencemen, but of whom two questions are being asked: 1) Will he ever be that in Atlanta under the current coaching staff? 2) Would the Thrashers consider trading him?
And that, more or less, brings us up to date.
TheDeuce: HF crowd coming back for the memories???
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DowntownBooster: Great site to visit again but I wish we could still post here!
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Comrade Fox: stalin did nothing wrong, free the thrashers, cheveldayoff is a scrub
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kenas10: Go Jets Go! Here we are 7 years later starting the Conference Finals against the Las Vegas Knights! I'm still a season ticket holder, have been since day 1. I was KennyS and was on the forum the whole time!! Blast reading all of this. Go Jets Go!
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