Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Thrashing Waddell

The trade that was supposed to save Waddell's job is more likely to get him fired, if any of the suits among the Atlanta Spirit ownership group ever run into a hockey person who tells them what an absolute dog Tkachuk is as a leader. This guy has played in 85 playoff games in 15 NHL seasons. Do the math — that's a career of first-round flame-outs. He hasn't lead an NHL team anywhere, any time, and Tkachuk is due to play his 1,000th NHL game next season.

And Waddell gave up three picks for him? That's called raping a franchise to protect your own gig.



At 1:15 a.m., April 25, 2007, Blogger Knotwurth Mentioning said...

When has Tkachuck ever had a team that was a veritable contender? Sure, he's never single-handedly led the team to the finals, but he has a respectable playoff points-per-game, and he certainly was not the worst player out there for the Thrashers. Before we go making this trade the end of the world, perhaps we should focus on the coach's inability to coax any real game out of Hossa, Kovalchuck, Kozlov, or Lehtonen. Three picks was perhaps too hefty a price for him, but Tkachuck was an addition to a good club... and he did a fine job in that role. It was the core players that really were responsible for the collapse in Atlanta.

At 2:04 a.m., April 25, 2007, Blogger Conrad said...

Mark Spector should be careful about his use of the word 'rape.' Just saying. That's a pretty loaded word to use to talk about a team taking a risk on a deadline aquisition, which everyone applauded him for at the time.

At 9:36 a.m., April 25, 2007, Anonymous logan said...

An idiotic comment from someone who doesn't follow the team.

Tkachuk was brought in to help get the Thrashers to the playoffs, and the picks were expendable because the Thrashers already have more prospects than they have spots for.

As long as the Thrashers made it to the playoffs Waddell's job was safe. They did, so he's not gong anywhere.

At 9:51 a.m., April 25, 2007, Blogger PPP said...

Tkachuk played on some very good Blues teams with McInnis and Pronger that grossly underachieved in the playoffs including a President's Trophy-winning team.

At 10:08 a.m., April 25, 2007, Blogger mike said...

Rape is a word that belongs in the crime pages, not the sports pages. Any writer who uses this word should be viewed as a moron who probably has serious issues about relationships with women.

That being said, Waddell definitely overpaid for Tkachuk, but why don't people point the finger at Marian Hossa instead? He's made a habit of underachieving in the playoffs for years now, and he was invisible against the Rangers. Tkachuk at least had a decent series, and was one of maybe two other players besides Bobby Holik to show up for every game. His 28 biscuits in 85 career playoff games also outpaces Mr. Hossa, who has tallied a mere 13 times in 55 career playoff games.

At 1:28 p.m., April 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know you are useless in the playoffs when your Jr. B calibre brother scores more points than you.
Marian Hossa. Mr. Invisible

At 6:22 p.m., April 25, 2007, Anonymous Chris DeGroat said...

Anyone paid to write about sports should be smart enough to know that being a leader and producing in the playoffs are two different things. I won't tell you that Tkachuk has produced in the playoffs, but to use that as evidence that he isn't a leader is just plain dumb.


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