Slater doubtful for next 2

Here’s the latest on the injury front. The Thrashers say Jim Slater’s condition will be evaluated by the team’s doctors on Monday and that he is doubtful for Monday night’s game against Washington and Tuesday night’s game at Pittsburgh. No word yet on who would/will be called up from Chicago.

Ilya Kovalchuk’s injury is scheduled to be re-evaluated Monday, too.

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Toby

March 15th, 2009
1:15 pm

It’s a shame about the injuries, but this would be a great time to give chances to Riley Holzapfel and/or Spencer Machacek.

smoothie

March 15th, 2009
1:36 pm

Mike, I realice that teams are really careful about disclosing these types of injuries, but can u at least reassure us diehards that the injury is indeed upper body and not something like a groin strain or hernia? It seems to be a back strain but the way he was hunched over on the bench in EDM has me worried.

muttonsourdough

March 15th, 2009
1:54 pm

I agree Toby, and it’d also be a chance for Slater to step back into the radio booth with Dan Kamal. I thought those two were a pretty damn good duo. Being a guy who neither has the necessary tv nor the ability to attend games, it’s good that the radio booth is staffed by someone of Kamal’s caliber. Still though, the fewer games Slates misses and has to do radio duty the better.

smoothie

March 15th, 2009
2:19 pm

Wasnt it Ex doing color with Kamal from time to time when he was hurt? Perhaps Jimmy Skandalous made an appearance or two that I missed. Of course Ive attended prolly 6 of the last 12 home games so I wouldnt know.

Belak

March 15th, 2009
3:20 pm

smoothie, Slater was hit with an elbow last night, my guess is concussion. and Tom Connelly should be suspended for it.

Alan

March 15th, 2009
3:51 pm

Kovalchuk’s injury looks like it’s just a strained muscle in his back.

Slater got popped in the jaw, from how it looks in the replays, but those can be a little deceptive at times. I’m hoping it’s just an injury to his mouth and not something more like a concussion.

smoothie

March 15th, 2009
8:23 pm

Sorry, i was referring to kovy’s injury. Thx Alan. I reckon Jimmy is concussed as he wasnt really tending to his mouth after the hit.

Belak the bar-bing

March 16th, 2009
8:31 am

still no word on who will replace Slater ? Bring up the Hoff !

Nikita

March 16th, 2009
9:09 am

Machacek! Machacek! Machacek!

Unless Holzapfel has improved a lot since camp, he’s not half as good.

Russian

March 16th, 2009
9:45 am

What’s about Kovy? Does he play today?

Alan

March 16th, 2009
10:06 am

No, Russian. Kovalchuk and Slater are both out. Sterling remains, and Machacek got the call.

New$paper$ Lo$ing

March 16th, 2009
10:19 am

MIke, you going to actually be allowed to cover the game tonight or have the AJC’s purse strings been pulled so tight that they can’t front you the $5 for the press box dinner?

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ranallo10 (in AT)

March 16th, 2009
10:25 am

“Sterling remains, and Machacek got the call.”

Two for two so far, I think Waddell is reading my wish list.

Nikita

March 16th, 2009
10:27 am

One for two. But I’d like to point out that Waddell did shed the players I suggested he shed. Woot!

Russian

March 16th, 2009
10:33 am

I guest we are going to see lines like that:
Slava – White – Little
Sterling – Pever – Stuart
Machacek – Reasoner – Armi
Bolt – Perrin – Throurbon
Not bad. If our Farm Boys will play as hard as they could to reserve spot for next season it will be interesting game. I like to see 6 in row. :-)

Brendan

March 16th, 2009
10:42 am

Ranallo, maybe you could request Waddell to re-sign Marty Reasoner.

Ranallo, can I get you to go so far as to say, “Perhaps Waddell is starting to act like a proper GM?”

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 16th, 2009
11:05 am

can I get you to go so far as to say, “Perhaps Waddell is starting to act like a proper GM?”

I think that all GMs in the league should be able to highlight the top positional prospects in their organization and come to the logical conclusion that those players would be the best prospects to get short stints in the NHL, if the situation presents itself.

So yeah, I guess by definition he’s made a move that a “proper GM” would also make.

Jason

March 16th, 2009
11:19 am

Did you guys hear what Larry Murphy on NHL on the Fly had to say about our recent win streak and success? Host Brian Duff gave us a suprised complement, saying maybe things were starting to come together with the team and young guys finally. He asked Murphy if he agreed. He said to host Brian Duff that basically the only reason we’re winning is that the pressure is off us, we still a bad team, and not to fool yourself, this team is still in real trouble.

Murphy always dogs this team, and while he may be correct at times, I get the feeling the only Thrasher’s games he has watched this year is the one we played his Red Wings and the highlights on tv. He just says it so smug with his tool-looking colored hair. Maybe we still stink, but my wife and I have watched about every game this year. At the very least, this team looks much improved since around the time Peverley came on board. Maybe the pressure is off, but I can identify many positives heading into next season. Although, I still would love to see them with a top two pick when it’s over in a few weeks.

I’ll be at the game tonight cheering the Kovy-less guys on. Hopefully, we’ll somehow see a franchise record win streak recorded.

Brendan

March 16th, 2009
2:50 pm

Ranallo, what ALLLL GM’s should do, and what they ACTUALLY do, are sometimes … not concerted efforts. I’m pleased that Waddell is making some ‘logical’ moves. See, I “credit” him, where I think he deserves it. Bringing up Sterling was a proper move. Claiming Peverley off waivers was a proper move. Moving Schneider at the deadline was a proper move. Getting what he could for Havelid was a proper move. Moving Christensen for O’Dell, just may be a ‘coup,’ down the road.

I’m pleased, that after a decade, Waddell is getting a better feel for how to run an NHL franchise. And with more waiver claims and lottery draft finishes, the “incremental progress” will continue.

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 16th, 2009
2:59 pm

Just imagine how good he could be in another 10…:)