Monday, May 22, 2006

Caught Off Guard

Imagine my surprise to see that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has published not one but two articles on the team in recent weeks -- I was under the impression the paper had forgotten about the whole club. (link goes to the general Thrashers page. is forward-thinking enough to include the first name that you have to enter along with the user ID and password.)

One of the stories covers possible replacements if Marc Savard jets, and it's pretty damn scary, "The Shining"-level scary. I'm not a big Savard fan, and I think his numbers are boosted a bit by high-profile linemates, but here's a sampling of the suggestions:

* Alexei Zhamnov
* Michael Peca
* Jeff Halpern

Now bear in mind that this is for a first-line center. The first line is traditionally a scoring line. Let me put forth a few names that would be about as good in that spot:

* Jiří Dopita
* Tomáš Klouček
* Kari Lehtonen
* a skating garbage can
* me

The article also suggests Jason Arnott,which isn't horrible, and Joe Sakic (not likely). But all of a sudden re-signing Savard seems urgent, even more urgent than re-signing Klouček.

The other article focuses on František Kaberle, and contrasts his excellent season with the penalty- and turnover-prone Thrashers d-men, while discussing Hartley's dislike of Frankie. He would have been very welcome this season. Not all is lost, though -- looking at the picture alongside the article, I think we've discovered a wayward branch of the Kaberle family tree.


alanah said...

Thanks for the link! And about that Paul Reubens photo... that just seems unreasonably cruel. :-)

gsdgsd13 said...

Google images turned up another Pee-Wee photo that looked almost exactly like Frankie Kab -- it was spooky on the level of the old Spy Magazine Princess Di/Wayne Gretzky "Separated at Birth." But linking to it produces one of those "stop stealing my bandwith" things, and I couldn't find another one.

Random FK tidbit: a few years ago, the Thrashers put out the "Cooking is for the Birds" cookbook for charity. The Kaberles were one of the couples that actually submitted a recipe, as opposed to letting a local cook select one, and it was great. As I recall, it was something along the lines of:

roll chicken in paprika
cook chicken in tons of butter
cut up, dump on pasta
pour melted butter over food
have a stick of butter for desert

It was fantastic. I just cooked that dish over and over for about a year. I'm lucky to be alive.

gsdgsd13 said...

"dessert." For God's sake.

alanah said...

Jeezus. My arteries are hardening just thinking about it. But such HAPPY thoughts!!

Is there a book out there somewhere of hockey player recipes? I'd love to get my hands on something like that...

Note: I use a dictionary everytime I ever have to spell "dessert". Seriously. ;-)

gsdgsd13 said...

I've got a Penguins players and alumni cookbook from a few years back, which includes this gem, reprinted here in its entirety:

Andy's Favorite Recipe
Andy Bathgate

1 tin pork & beans
1 plate
1 fork
2 slices buttered bread

Open tin, place contents on plate. Cover lightly with Saran Wrap. Heat in microwave for 2 minutes. While heating, butter bread. Enjoy.

It comes with an editor's note: "Andy can prepare this tasty dish all by himself!"

The Winnipeg Jets put out a cookbook during the Dale Hawerchuk years, but the only copy I've ever seen was $80 (!) so I passed on that.

The best hockey cookbook ever? I'll post it tomorrow (it involves some scanning, and it's time for me to sleep).

alanah said...

Brilliant! Don't go to any trouble. Even some titles would be helpful. It would be great to track down a collection of those.

For instance, one might wonder what Dave "The Hammer" Schultz ate... Farm animals? Hockey equipment?