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Pavelec Collapsed

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 8, 2010 by davepoleck

Ondrej Pavelec just collapsed in the Thrashers game against Washington. If you scroll to the end you can see him just drop. It’s like his knees just give out on him. He is being held overnight at the hospital and is in stable condition.

Southeast Division Breakouts Candidates

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2010 by davepoleck

Next up are my breakouts for the Southeast Division in the East.

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Colby To UFA

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , on June 28, 2010 by davepoleck

Forward Colby Armstrong #20 of the Atlanta Thrashers celebrates his third period goal during the game against the Washington Capitals at Philips Arena on October 10, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Thrashers beat the Capitals 7-4.

According to my favorite HockeyCentral host, Darren Millard, the Atlanta Thrashers offered Colby Armstrong a last minute deal he has decided to test free agency for the first time in his career. Armstrong made $2.4 million last season, but after his lowest point total in his career, it might be difficult to justify an upgrade. If he comes in around $2 million there should be a lot of takers for the fifth year pro.

Which team doesn’t need a physical winger that has the potential to get 40 points? Continue reading

Some Huge Games Tonight

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , on March 23, 2010 by davepoleck

And no, I am not talking about the Leafs battle with Florida. Panthers coach Peter DeBoer actually described his teams’ playoff race as “like an air balloon that doesn’t pop but the air just seaps out of it”. There are a few more stinkers on the ice tonight that have little playoff implication, but after that is all golden. To the good stuff:

The biggest game of the night for any team involved is definitely Boston @ Atlanta. With a game in hand, the Bruins sit only one point up on the Thrashers. A win, and they go up by three points with ten games to go; a loss and they’re out of the playoffs and into 9th. The Kovalchuk-less Thrashers have actually won four in a row. Speaking of that Russian Devil, his troubles in New Jersey have been widely publicized. As a team, the Devils are only 7-7-2 since the trade; Atlanta is 8-6-3!

Next on the docket is another “4 point game” where the “struggling until shutting out Montreal” Senators face off against the Philadelphia Flyers. You would that in losing their leading scorer Jeff Carter, the Sens would have the advantage in this game, but I feel like Philly will come out strong tonight. Danny Briere and Claude Giroux will definitely be seeing more ice time, and teams often rally when one of their leaders go out. The Flyers sit in 6th with 79 points and have a game in hand on Ottawa, who is only two points ahead of them.

Another big game, albeit only for one team, is San Jose at Minnesota. The Sharks are falling fast with five straight losses, and have actually given up the division lead to the Phoenix Coyotes. But all of this can be forgotten with a big win tonight and……

……the end of the unexpected, unfathomable, unbelievable 9 game winning streak that Phoenix is on. They play Chicago tonight with the Conference lead on the line, but if you can believe it, actually have more wins than the Blackhawks (in two more games). Coming into the season, I thought most teams had a chance EXCEPT for the Coyotes and Oilers. Unbelievable season from a team giving it everything they have. Might not have a player over 60 points (not including Wolski who joined at the deadline).

Calgary does have a big game, but I feel like me talking about it will make them win their remaining 10 and have the Wings go 1-8-1.

The Mystery of Kari Lehtonen

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , on February 10, 2010 by davepoleck

Drafted 2nd overall in 2002, Kari Lehtonen has always been viewed as a goalie with a ton of game breaking potential. He is very quick and can cover a lot of net at 6′ 4″. But being labeled with so much potential has almost been a curse to this Finn because he can’t seem to stay off the IR…..like….ever:

  • Out 35 games in 2005 with groin injury
  • Out 6 games  in 2006 with ankle injury
  • Out 16 games in 2007 with another groin injury
  • Out 21 games in 2008 with back injury
  • Out 40 games in 2009 with back injury
  • Out all season this year with back injury

Now Lehtonen heads to Dallas where they are trying to cover their asses by not losing both Turco and Auld to unrestricted free agency this summer. They now have a goalie who had a ton of hype, but never worked out in Atlanta.

Just imagine if the Canes had picked Cam Ward, who went 25th that year. Would they be in the financial trouble now that has led them to unloading pretty much any talented player they have had? Or would Ward have given them the stability to actually make the playoffs more than once in their history? Since 2006 Marc Savard has left via free agency, and Marian Hossa, Ilya Kovalchuk and Kari Lehtonen have all been traded. And what about the awesome deal sending Braydon Coburn to Philadelphia for Alexei Zhitnik?

Little’s Big Chance

Posted in Atlanta Thrashers with tags , , , , on November 3, 2009 by davepoleck

Normally players suffer through what is known as the sophomore slump. In Bryan Little’s second season, he scored 31 goals. Although the Atlanta Thrashers have only played 10 games, Little had yet to score before tonight. But with Ilya Kovalchuk out of the lineup for another month, this is the opportunity for Little to get rolling.

The Thrashers also possess two pretty good set up centre ice men in Nik Antropov and Todd White. Before the injury, Antropov was lining up with Kovalchuk, so that left Little to play with Todd White as his centreman. Although this forms one of the best line names in the league, the Little White Russian (Kozlov) line, hopefully this injury will allow Little to get some playing time with the former Leaf and maybe even the top powerplay unit.

If Bryan Little can get going like he was at the beginning of last season, I think that Atlanta could actually contend with the Capitals for the Southeast Division title.