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Sorry about the delay with the news. Been busy. Anyway, you can find that information pretty easily.

New Thrashers radio affiliates (9/22/99)
Atlanta, Ga: WQXI-AM (790) and WLKQ-FM (102.3) LaGrange, Ga: WMAX-FM (98.1) Rome, Ga: WATG-FM

Andrea Karlsson assigned to Orlando (9/22/99)
One of the most physical player on the team was sent to the minor. The team said that he needs more playing time. He should be back when the team's centers get roughed up once too many, around October 3!

Buchberger signs 3 year deal (8/18/99)
According to 790 the Zone, Buchberger has signed a 3 year deal. He was taken from the Edmonton Oilers in the expansion draft. Rumors had it that he wasn't very interested in coming to Atlanta. Probably will be named 1st captain.

Buchberger signs 3 year deal (8/18/99)
According to 790 the Zone, Buchberger has signed a 3 year deal. He was taken from the Edmonton Oilers in the expansion draft. Rumors had it that he wasn't very interested in coming to Atlanta. Probably will be named 1st captain.

Robitaille traded for Lambert (8/16/99)
We traded probable starter Randy Robitaille to the Nashville Predators for left wing Denny Lambert. The scientific Lambert had 5 goals and 218 penality minutes last year. I guess he will be Stefan's Semenko (for those too young to remember, Dave Semenko was Gretzky protector in Edmonton). Bottom line: we traded a prospect for a goon (or, as Waddell said: hard-nose player exciting for the fans) with NHL experience.

Alexei Yegorov decides to stay (8/12/99)
Yegorov decided to try the NHL instead of going back to Russia. Maybe he was afraid to be fired by Boris... He has a 2 way contract ($375,000 if he makes the team, $75,000 in the minors).

Schwabb avoids arbitration (8/9/99)
Corey Schwabb signed with the Thrashers over the week-end. in the nHL only beacause of the huge number of teams, he will play next season with a minor league team or be traded for a dozen of jockstraps and a barrel of pucks.

Kingston and leach named assistants (8/4/99)
George Kinston was the 1st coach of the San Jose sharks; ran the Canadian, German and Norwegian national teams. Speaks a bunch of european languages. Jay Leach worked last year under the offensive minded(!) Larry Robinson. Claim to fame: tried to recruit Tom Glavine as a hockey player at Maine. Glavine refused when he learned that the goal's width could not be extented at will.

Thrashers welcome Ray Ferraro (8/2/99)
The Thrashers signed 15 seasons veteran Ray Ferraro on Monday. He played the last 3.5 seasons with the LA Kings. He scored 20 goals 10 times during his carreer with Hartford, Islanders and LA. Even if his production has been down the last couple years due to injuries, he will offer great support for Stefan at center.

10 games packages on sale (8/2/99)
24$ and 35$ seats go on sale today in 4 different10 games packages at 404-584-PUCK.

Blue Pack
Gold Pack
Bronze Pack
10/7 DET

10/31 OTT

11/17 TAM

11/28 DAL

12/6 NAS

12/15 WAS

1/6 WAS

1/24 NYR

2/11 SAN

3/22 MTL

10/23 COL

11/3 TAM

11/22 VAN

12/3 FLO

12/15 WAS

1/1 CAR

1/12 WAS

1/31 PIT

3/26 LOS

4/4 PHI

10/9 BUF

10/26 CAL

11/25 OTT

12/6 NAS

12/17 BOS

12/26 TAM

1/1 CAR

2/12 CHI

3/10 NJ

4/2 NYI

A 4th package will include games in the second half of the season. The 2 pre-season games (Rangers and Devils) at Phillips Arena are also on sale at ticketmaster. I took the Detroit package.

TheZone gets radio rights (7/29/99)
790 the zone got radio rights to the Thrashers. The station has a sports talk format and Scott Ferrel (the voice of the Thrashers) worked there for a while and had a national syndication show until last spring. It will offer a fresh take compared to the AJC-WSB GM/coach/players lovefest monopoly.

Nelson Emerson signed (7/20/99)
After playing for three teams last year, Emerson signed Tuesday with the team. Emerson, 32, played for the Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks and Ottawa Senators last season. He notched 13 goals and 24 assists in 65 games. Nicknamed Nellie...

Pushor traded, Karlsson signed (7/15/99)
We acquired left wing Jason Botterill from the Dallas Stars in exchange for defenseman Jamie Pushor. In another deal, the Thrashers acquired right wing Martin Prochazka from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick in the 2001 NHL entry draft. Prochazka, 27, played in the Czech Republic last season and was a member of its 1998 gold medal-winning Olympic team. The club also signed Karlsson, whose rights were acquired in a trade with the Calgary Flames following this year's NHL expansion draft.

Curt Fraser named Thrashers first coach (7/13/99)
Curt Fraser of the IHL Orlando Solar Bears. He was originally hired by and worked two years with current Thrashers general manager Don Waddell. Fraser was drafted in the second round by Vancouver in 1978. The left-winger scored 193 goals and racked up 1,306 penalty minutes during a career that also included stints with Chicago and Minnesota. Curt Fraser, who led Orlando to the International Hockey League finals twice in the last four years, will be named the first head coach for the expansion Atlanta Thrashers at a 2 p.m. ET news conference on Wednesday July 14, sources told ESPN on Tuesday. (see: ESPN for more)

Bob Lachance new free agent signing (7/13/99)
The 5-11, 180-pound forward for the Indianapolis Ice (IHL) scored 63 points last season. A product of Boston University, he was originally selected by the St. Louis Blues in the fifth round, 134th overall, in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. He is not to be confused with former Islanders Scott Lachance, now with the Canadiens!

Rumors (7/1/99)
A chance meeting with a top Thrashers executive at a local package store allows me to share with you some under the covers info. First, Ted is not planning to attend the inaugural game, due to prior commitments at a sustainable development conference in Botswana. You may remember that Ted missed the celebration of Hank Aaron 715th homerun earlier in April. The first choice Patrik Stefan was escorted out of the GoldClub by Atlanta police. After a brief stay at the county jail, he was released with all charges droped.

Where's the coach? (6/12/99)

 Predictions (2/1/99):

Now, unless Ted decides to buy Canada and transform it in a big bison farm, we will have a big pay roll full of clean-cut good old boys. Just like the Braves and the Hawks. Which means that we will make the playoffs every year but will lack the balls and the grits (now that’s irony!) to make it all the way. The fans will have their butts on their hands. Not a good position to untie a tie... Maybe I am wrong. There would be nothing like 25 drunken hockey players to put a little life in Buckhead!

Colors (2/1/99):

Well. First, let just say that it could have been a lot worse (like the Georgia Peaches or the Atlanta Moonlight-through-the-Pines...). I personally like it very much. My electric guitar now wears a nice car window thingy and I must have been one of the firsts to wear a Thrashers T-shirt. The bad thing about it though is that there is no way somebody can draw the logo on their school supplies (or anywhere else for that matter). Take a look here for a little natural history about the actual bird and let me know if that has anything to do with a NHL team. 


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