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UPDATE: The Thrashers are Coming: Start Time now Approximately 7:30 p.m. ... LIVE! GameDay Chat Tonight

Frosty CHARLOTTE -- Nasty day up in the mid-Atlantic region with Washington D.C. basically shut down because of the snow.

Of course, I see Georgetown is playing host to Villanova, so maybe it's not all bad.

The Thrashers got snowed in last night and weren't able to get out of DC.The team piled into a bus and headed south on I-95 -- destination Richmond, Va.

From what I see here and in Lauderdale, all flights to that airport are canceled too. But charter flights can sometimes get around closures that commercial flights cannot -- or will not.

Last year, Steve X. and myself got caught in a D.C. blizzard and decided to drive to Atlanta. Driving through blinding snow, it took us almost six hours to get to Richmond -- a drive that shouldn't take more than 2 1/2. The roads were an absolute mess. Apparently, the Thrashers have their own snow plow leading the way.

Good for them.

Here is a photo of some of the white stuff the Thrashers have to deal with today.

UPDATE: As of 3:46 p.m., the Thrashers plane was being de-iced and they were cleared to take off, although word is they had not as of 4:05. Tonight's game will not start until 7:30 at the earliest. The Thrashers will board their bus in Atlanta and go straight from the airport to the arena and begin their pregame.

I don't think this needs to be said, but the Panthers have no excuses tonight. A loss to a team that has been cooped up in a hotel, charter bus and stuck on a runway all day -- only to go straight to the rink to play a game -- would be more than embarrassing.

-- Word is the Wizards-Hawks game scheduled to be played in DC has been called off. Tomorrow's NBC game between the Caps and Pens is also in doubt.

-- Since we have snow delays and apparently the in-house camera view on television tonight (and Molls on radio) let's plan on a LIVE! blog during tonight's game. Had a real good turnout earlier in the week (course that was a Monday night with zero TV and not Super Bowl Saturday) so lets see what happens.

Will kick 'er off sometime around 7.

Make sure you come by for a visit.


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GR, any idea who started this Horcoff-Olesz rumor and whether it has any legs? I just can't see the Panthers taking on one of the worst contracts in the NHL for Rusty. It doesn't make any sense whatsoever. I guess we'll get a hint if Rusty is in the lineup tonight.

If this trade happens......

F.I.R.E. S.E.X.T.O.N.

Olesz couldn't throw it in the ocean -- he stinks. He's the hockey equivelent of Jeremy Hermida -- once in a while he shows flashes of talent, but then he returns to form and stinks up the joint. Waste of money. But what we DON'T need is another overpaid player with a long-term contract, that's what has us in such a bind now. Too many non-producing players with multi-year contracts that pay them way more than they're worth. At the very least we need some veterans that aren't afraid to mix it up in the corners and in front of the net, and know the value of hard work. The chances of getting a proven scorer from another team are remote, either by trade or free agency. At this point, very few guys of that stature want to come down here to play. I think this franchise is sinking, and they may gone before you think.

its not true don't worry, no substance to this rumour at all . . .

I still like Olesz. His confidence level is low on, but he has raw talent. And just for fun, let's get Olli back this summer.

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