Isles Bits: Feeling for Thrashers fans; dreaming of Nino

I don't care what you think of non-traditional market hockey or Gary Bettman, this week is an abject horror for Thrashers fans. These are hockey fans who, mind you, have been through 11 years of mostly abuse and misfortune.

Imagine if the Islanders were actually launched as an expansion team in 1993-94 -- no 1993, no Cups, no Torrey, no Hall of Famers: Given their run from '94 to '01, imagine what people would say about fan support under that series of derelict owners and mismanagement?

Now in Atlanta, even the backup goalie is practically kicking them while they're down.

More Thrashers/Winnipeg Rumbling

But We're Not Like Them...Right?

Other NHL Links

An author talks about Derek Boogaard and a book he was working on with him. | And Prospect Park weighs in on the taste(lessness) of that Post story disclosing that Boogaard had sought help from the league's counseling program.

Sharks-Canucks...in anagrams. | Speaking of Canucks, I found it really funny that Roberto Luongo blamed his puck gaffe on a broken stick. Uh, yeah. | Is that series about to descend into a war of diving accusations?

Pasi Nurminen must've really celebrated that Finnish gold medal. That's a quality landing right there.

Does Tampa Bay's passive approach to Bruins stop, ignite enforcer debate?

Stop Paying Less Extravagant Prices and Let Us Rip You Off: I Twitter-ranted about this yesterday, but I just find it highly offensive that the NHL can lecture fans about how counterfeit merchandise is unethical and "hurts" local merchants, when the NHL and its partner in inferiority RBK have designed poor-material (and often ugly) replica jerseys that cost $115, when CCM's predecessors were more durable, more comfortable, looked nicer, and cost between $60-$75. If the NHL never elected to jack the price up for a crappier product, I imagine people wouldn't be turning to cheap Chinese knock-offs.

Or put it this way: I am in the age demographic (if not income bracket) the NHL targets, yet I've bought less merchandise since they started hawking RBK for a big markup with a drop in quality.

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