Thursday, February 17, 2011

Depressing Reading Material

We have some for you. Here, here, and here.

Not to rehash the past, but I found this fragment of the Jeff Schultz article quite interesting:

Over a year ago, when the Thrashers sat down to attempt to negotiate a new contract with Ilya Kovalchuk, ownership was apoplectic that Kovalchuk and his agent addressed potential new ownership and the team’s uncertain future in negotiations. Some wanted to cast the failed negotiations as the pro sports cliché of an athlete just asking for too much money. The fact was that Kovalchuk didn’t want to wake up in two years and find out he was moving to . . . Winnipeg.

When he couldn’t get assurances the team would stay in Atlanta, he played his only bargaining chip: He asked for the moon.

7 comments:

Big Shooter said...

HE left us. Boo hoo hoo, mean KOValSUX don't wanna play here cause of all theyat money.

Sorry. But yes, depressing reading material for sure, and I've only read the Schultz article.

As WE'VE said all along, people need to stop blaming Kovy and put 100% of the blame on the ASG. End of story.

I'm so done with this.

Mortimer Peacock said...

Yup.

GoPuckYourself said...

Depressing times, indeed. Unfortunately, I don't see any way that this team ends up staying in Atlanta.

And as a devout fan of this craptacular franchise, what do we do from here? If we go to games, it's because we want to see NHL hockey for as long as possible until they take the team from us. If we don't go to games, the owners will cite us as the reason that the team is moving. We're damned if we do and we're damned if we don't.

As Shooter said, the problem begins and ends with the ASG, and we're going to lose our 2nd NHL franchise in 30 years because of this. Unless somebody slips something in Arthur Blank's coffee, this team may as well pack itself up in a U-Haul and head to the great Northwest.

Why have one Art Modell when you can have EIGHT Art Modells?

Mortimer Peacock said...

GPY-

Can't disagree. Painful as it is, I don't just don't see the Thrashers staying here. I think it really is probably over.

Also, re: Kovalchuk, look at this: http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2010020856&navid=sb:recap

John said...

I guess it's time for me to start learning the names of all of the Gladiators players so I can be prepared....Is the "The Gladiator Chronicle" taken yet?

Big Red said...

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=6133181

Do you think this could end up happening?

Big Red said...

damn i guess not. just saw the ajc post about it