Friday, February 5, 2010
Shame on Everyone
“This isn’t a knock on Kovy, but Kovy’s been here eight years and we still haven’t won a playoff game,” Waddell said. “This team has to take a different identity. We’ve built around one player for a long time now. It’s time to build this around a team. I think this gives us an opportunity to do it."
OK. Where to begin? Shame on Don Waddell. I know he has been given some really bad luck. I know he offered a lot of money to Kovalchuk. But, did you read that quote? My response is this: Don Waddell has been here for 12 years and we still haven't won a playoff game. This team has to take a different identity. We've had one GM for a long time now. It's time to build this team with a different GM. I think this gives us an opportunity to do it (this isn't a knock on Don).
Shame on the ASG. Whatever the reality is, the perception is this is a cluster****. And where I come from, perception is reality. The reason Kovy didn't take $101 million is because this ownership is so screwed up and has never put a winning team on the ice. If we had been successful, I really think Kovy would have signed for $101 million a long time ago. So much has been said about the ASG, if I say any more I'll just be repeating myself.
Shame on Kovy. You said all along you wanted to be a Thrasher for life. The little tid bit you left out was, "I want to be a Thrasher for life, but only for the max contract". I'm sorry Kovy, but that information would have been very helpful, oh... say, AROUND A YEAR AGO. It's OK to make as much money as you can. It really is. But he should have been up front about it so we could have dealt with this last summer and gotten a much better return. Is there a difference between $135 million and $101 million? I suppose there is. I just hope his kids have enough to eat.
Shame on everyone. I've been here from Day 1. I've seen all the lows, and I've seen the high (with no s, mind you). I'm not leaving now, but serious changes need to be made. All these new guys, they could turn into something. We could make the playoffs. Or, it could turn out like the Hossa trade. We could easily tank and end up with a top 5 pick. If that happens and we win the lottery, we get to draft Taylor Hall.
And then eight years later we get to hear about how trading Taylor Hall finally gives the Thrashers a shot at an identity. That the spare parts are really going to make us a better team, and that everything is going to be OK.
Do you want to go through that again? Neither do I.