It's Time To Pull The Plug!
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Do not let this week’s win against the Panthers get your hopes up Thrasher fans. JK Sockey is here to assure you that you can spend that playoff ticket money on hotel and airfare to Vancouver for the NHL Draft. Do not count on your Thrashers to have a first round pick come draft day though…
Including the win in Miami, it seems fitting our beloved birds will spend three of their last eight games in Florida. After all, the Thrashers are the Terry Schiavo of the NHL. Technically they are alive, but in all reality they’ve been dead for quite awhile. This is the time of year when a true contender is not struggling to be competitive, playing inconsistant hockey, or facing must win games night in and night out. The playoffs started for the Thrashers following the Olympic break, they jumped out to a two games to none lead, but are now down three games to two and fighting for their lives. I say it's time to stop feeding your silly dreams and don't give any more sips of water to your delusions this year! Some of you nutters are clinging to the hope of making the playoffs. I personally don't want to spend a few hundred dollars to see this team embarrass themselves in the playoffs. A "four games and done" series against one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference would utterly deflate the city’s few fans.
Make any excuse you want about goaltending and losing streaks, but the fact of the matter is that Don Waddell is going to have one more off-season to get this team going in the right direction. I believe it was Mel (the cook on Alice) who once said, “The best defense is a good offense”. That may work on the way to your car after locking up the diner at 3am, but it is not the case in the NHL Playoffs. Come late spring a team needs a good defense and that’s something this team has not had in its short history. Although the team is handcuffed to Andy Sutton’s salary for another year, and have Braydon Coburn and Boris Valabik in the system, they must try to upgrade the blueline via trades or free agent signings this off-season. My sources are telling me that unless the Thrashers win big in the draft lottery and move up to a top 5 pick, you can expect “Dealer Don” to move the pick for a TRUE top 2 defenseman. Remember where you heard it!