Slater might return this week

Center Jim Slater practiced with the Thrashers today for the first time hurting his shoulder Jan. 20 against Montreal. (Incidentally, that was the team’s last home victory.) Slater and Jordan LaVallee skated as a fifth line, with another player joining them to complete three-man drills. (Eric Boulton returned to the fourth line after sitting out Saturday’s game at San Jose.)

“It actually felt good,” Slater said of the practice. “First time out there with the guys. Finally got to pass the puck a little bit and receive good passes. With one guy out there [the past couple of weeks], you can only do so many drills. It’s good to be out there with the guys. You can do a lot of different drills, especially with goalies out there.

“I don’t think I’m ready yet. I’m hoping by the end of this week. It’s a lot different once you get in a game. I feel good. It’s coach’s discretion, but hopefully by the end of the week I’ll be looked at.”

Coach John Anderson said he liked what he saw.

“It’s just a conditioning thing,” Anderson said. “He’s been cleared by the doctors. We’ll play it by ear and see how I feel about his conditioning. He usually in good shape all the time anyway. Maybe [he'll play] by the weekend or just after.”

On a different subject, a couple of you were curious about Slava Kozlov appearing to chirp at Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky after Kozlov scored in the shootout Thursday night. Here’s what Kozlov said today about it: It wasn’t Gretzky he was talking to, but Coyotes associate coach Ulf Samuelsson.

“It had nothing to do with Gretzky,” Kozlov said. “I didn’t see Ulf for a long time. He was my teammate in Detroit. So that’s it.”

19 comments Add your comment

R. Stroz

February 23rd, 2009
6:15 pm

FIRE WADDELL

mknobler

February 23rd, 2009
6:31 pm

Congratulations to Ondrej Pavelec, AHL player of the week after going 3-1 with a 1.25 goals against average and a .963 save percentage.

HairyHeckler

February 23rd, 2009
11:17 pm

New. Faster. Better. If not for the team, at least we get the blog.

Jeff

February 24th, 2009
7:11 am

FIRE WADDELL! How can we keep this joke?

Toby

February 24th, 2009
12:31 pm

The Thrashers may suck, but at least there’s a mention of former Hartford Whaler Ulf Samuelsson…

MB

February 24th, 2009
12:39 pm

Nice work, Stroz, ensuring that the first comment on the new blog was an appropriate one. Well done.

Oldref

February 24th, 2009
1:18 pm

Jim Slater was out?

Let’s hope the pending court case of the ASG ownership debacle will foresee new ownership for this franchise. I hope the team and its fans can hang on long enough to see that come to fruition. What this ownership has done to Don Waddell is send him to the shoot out at the OK Corral with a straw and some spitballs. Unequivocally, there is no other GM that would work for the ASG. Yes, Waddell has made mistakes, but the blame for the status of this franchise lies solely with the ASG.

Atlanta hockey fans deserve better than the current ownership has provided.

GSU-Lee

February 24th, 2009
1:45 pm

Mike

I was reading a story on TSN about the possibility of Lehtonen going to philly…any thoughts?

Bob

February 24th, 2009
2:49 pm

youdaman, stroz! Anyone else hear the ice isn’t ready? Apparently the Avs couldn’t skate on it this morning, should be in good shape tonight, lol.

Atlanta Spirit. Taking the recession to new depths.

Bob

February 24th, 2009
2:55 pm

Lehtonen to Philly. Only if we get Nittymaki in return, guaranteed 4 wins a year!

mknobler

February 24th, 2009
3:05 pm

The Kari Lehtonen trade talk is interesting. He’s still an RFA this summer. He’s still a young goalie. If you move him and commit to Ondrej Pavelec, you risk getting burned long-term. OTOH, if you truly believe Pavelec is the future and you think you can get skaters you need in return for Lehtonen, maybe you take that risk.

John Anderson, asked about Kari today, said he’s in favor of re-signing him. But John Anderson is the coach, not the GM.

Buzilla in CT

February 24th, 2009
3:38 pm

Mike,

Tell Jeff Shultz the next time you see him that he looks exactly like Brian Posehn

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Posehn

It’s eerie!!!!!

GSU-Lee

February 24th, 2009
3:45 pm

I would trust Anderson over Waddell at this point. what I would like to see them do is trade Moose or Pavs and get something for next year.

gretschdrum

February 24th, 2009
4:08 pm

Knobs,

Any word on the ice down at Philips? As of this morning it was in such disrepair that the AVs couldn’t do their morning skate (per their local newspaper blog). Is it a new sheet or still the old ice?

NASCAR Dave

February 24th, 2009
5:23 pm

Trade Moose, keep Lehts and Pavs

Hockey Biltong

February 24th, 2009
5:24 pm

hometeam advantage…

sisu

February 24th, 2009
5:37 pm

The trouble with Philly is they are very close to the cap so can they add salary? Any thoughts? This is mainly due to Briere coming back.

exSTH

February 24th, 2009
7:08 pm

Philly needs to drop salary so why not give us Upshall for Lehtonen. We can always pick up a free agent goalie this summer. Pavs is NOT ready – Moose is questionable as a backup.

Tony C.

February 24th, 2009
7:26 pm

I don’t think Philly is really looking for goaltending-also I’m pretty darn sure KL isn’t down to sit behind Biron in the playoffs (which is what both their coach and GM have said is their plan)…

Anyway, I’d LOVE to get Van Reimsdyk(spl?) and Lupul. but to get such value from any GM not named Waddell, you’re going to have to give equal or near-equal value in return (namely a legit #1 or a top-4 defender etc.).

If we’re trading with Calgary, I would think the logical choices that Sutter & Co. would want in return are either Reasoner or Hedberg. Keenan has shown that he isn’t anywhere close to playing the kid (McElhinney) that’s backing-up Kipper. Hedberg would give Keenan the veteran presence he apparently is looking for in a backup netminder. Reasoner, obviously, brings great F/O numbers, a great presence on the PK, and some O-ffensive touch. Also, he’s a veteran, and both he & Hedberg are known as good guys to have in the room.

What could we get back? Of what we could get back, what would we WANT back? I would think that the obvious target is Lombardi with a lower-round pick, although I’d take Lundmark and a higher-round draft pick plus a “maybe he’ll make it” prospect. It may be possible to get a decent defense prospect as opposed to either of the above options. I dunno, but DW may make some crazy move for Primeau and their 7th rounder. I am hesitant to believe in DW, but last time he dealt with Sutter, we got Savard who has gone on to make that trade one of (if not THE) best of DW’s career with Le Thrash.