Atlanta Thrashers Rumors of Sale May Be Disrupting Team

February 2nd, 2011 by Warren Shaw Leave a reply »
Could the answer to the Atlanta Thrashers horrible slide have to do with the lingering rumors of the team’s sale?

It is not inconceivable that rampant talk involving the team’s financial woes combined with all the stories suggesting the team may move to either Winnipeg or Quebec have resulted in a negative effect on its players.

The Hockey News recently ran a story identifying Atlanta as one of the three worst cities for a player to land.

The Thrashers were the success story of the NHL for most of the first half of the season. General Manager Rick Dudley and Coach Craig Ramsay deftly assembled a team vastly different from the Thrashers squad that just missed the playoffs after Ilya Kovalchuk’s departure. 

Ridding the team of payroll with the departure of the troublesome Ilya Kovalchuk, Max Afinogenov, Clarke MacArthur,  Pavel Kubina, Slava Kozlov, Tony White and others suggested to many preseason analysts that the Thrashers had all but given up the season and were on their way out of Phillips Arena quick, fast and in a hurry.

When the season began and the Thrashers won with regularity, scri ...

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