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06-01-2011, 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted by SLake View Post
A definite difference from the Atlanta-Chicago relationship you are familiar with. As a matter of fact, the Wolves are the archrivals of the Admirals too...
Originally Posted by RaiderDoug View Post
We just don't lack offensive ability, we're probably one of the worst in the league at it. We can make the playoffs with defense and goaltending, but if we ever want to be a serious threat to win a cup (not just a scrappy, underdog team), we need to do something to bolster the offense.
Kind of ironic that the team closest to the Thrashers geographically is a team that is a polar opposite in nearly every way as an organization and hockey team. As you say, the Atlanta-Chicago relationship wasn't on par with what you guys are used to. In fact, it had to be one of the worst affiliate relationships in the league. Likewise the Thrashers have consistently been dead last, or next to last, in just about every defensive/goaltending statistic every year of their existence. However, the offense generally wasn't terrible in Atlanta, and there even a few years where the offense was quite good, thanks largely to Kovalchuk, Heatley, Hossa, and Savard.

I'm excited to experience a team that has solid, spectacular even, defense and goaltending combination. Really, any team that doesn't play hot potato with the puck in their own zone, or just has some semblance of a system in any respect would be a vast improvement over what we Thrasher fans have had to watch for the past 12 years.

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