They’re back

Only Boris Valabik and Jim Slater are missing from practice today in Duluth. The lines:

Kovalchuk-White-Little

Kozlov-Peverley-Armstrong

Stuart-Reasoner-Machacek

Boulton-Perrin-Thorburn (Sterling)

Enstrom-Bogosian

Salmela-Hainsey

Oystrick-Exelby

37 comments Add your comment

Jared

March 19th, 2009
11:01 am

Absolutely fabulous. Thanks for the update Mike.

Thefan

March 19th, 2009
11:01 am

I quess i’ll see you all at the game tomorrow night.

Russian

March 19th, 2009
11:06 am

Great News. Now we got our best Line up fro Detroit. Send Sterling back to Chicago. He is done, he could not stay in NHL.

Buzilla in CT

March 19th, 2009
11:44 am

Any word on suspensions from the league? or does that take a few days

Whaler888

March 19th, 2009
11:50 am

Couldn’t be happier to have the Big 3 back for Friday. I did want to comment on Sterling. I thought he played quite well, in fact he drew several penalities in the Washington game that led to powerplay goals, he also had some decent chances. It is just unfortunate he doesn’t really get a longer look at LW on a scoring line before a true judgement is made – but what can you do when you play behing Kovy and Kosy. One thought for next year, moving Koslov to RW to give Sterling the oppty on the left side. Koslov looks fabulous on the right during the powerplay.

J.B.

March 19th, 2009
11:54 am

Great to hear they’re back, but more importantly how did they look, Mike?

BTW – Have y’all noticed Knobs has been in alot of camera shots on thrasher interviews/pressers lately? Good Job getting the face time in Mike! LOL

mknobler

March 19th, 2009
12:09 pm

J.B. I didn’t know that about the face time. Sorry. I’ve got a face for radio and a voice for newspapers.

They looked good, especially Kovalchuk. Bogosian told me he’s fine once he gets the knee warmed up. I’ll have more in my story to be posted later today, but everything is a go.

Boris Valabik had an MRI which showed what he already suspected, that his shoulder had popped out of joint and popped back in. He doesn’t know when he’ll be back but does expect to be back.

mknobler

March 19th, 2009
12:10 pm

No suspensions. Don’t expect any, either. John Anderson said he had not heard from the league; they would contact Don Waddell, but I think Anderson would have heard.

Jason

March 19th, 2009
12:19 pm

Mike-In response to your point about Perrin jumping to the defense of Reasoner. I agree more response from teammates has happened lately. I just feel like I’ve seen them not stick up for one another more than a few times this season, enough to raise an eyebrow and draw a correlation.

On another note, Kari is going to be on NHL Live over the next thrity minutes or so.

Top Shelf

March 19th, 2009
12:23 pm

Until Atlanta gets tougher and gets some real muscle, other teams will push then around.

Boulton and Thornburg are poor fighters who get beat more that they win. Our team is so soft that Kovy (a sniper) and Zack (thin and 18 yrs old) have to stand up to the other team’s thugs.

Boy, do we need a true toughguy!

J.B.

March 19th, 2009
12:24 pm

No reason to apologize! Yeah, for some reason at Coach’s scrums, I almost always see you and Kamal’s voice recorder (because it’s always uncomfortably close to JA’s (or whoever else he’s talking to) head, but noone else.

But, the most entertaining Knobs cameo was a locker room interview with Ilya a couple of weeks ago where you could be seen inbetween Kovy and whoever was interviewing him, realized you were in the shot, and literally hopped out of the shot really quick.

Can’t wait to read the story. Glad to hear the practice went well, especially Kovy. Looking forward to seeing the Kovy vs. Hossa showdown tomorrow night! If we play anything like we have the past month (Pittsburgh aside) I think we have a great chance at winning the game.

…That ought to tick Marian off something awful…

mknobler

March 19th, 2009
12:39 pm

Potentiallly Thrashers-related link here, in which John Tavares’ agent says his player will play for whichever team drafts him:

http://www.northernnews.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1483225

Brendan

March 19th, 2009
12:45 pm

Now, I really hope Atlanta drafts Tavares! Doesn’t ’sound’ like a ‘Wheeler’ situation.

Alan

March 19th, 2009
12:51 pm

Sounds like that guy is really lacking in journalistic integrity. I don’t care what he thinks, and neither should anyone else.

Opinion-based journalism should be banned, unless we’re talking an actual “opinion” section of the paper.

mknobler

March 19th, 2009
5:34 pm

Joey Crabb is back. Brett Sterling and Spencer Machacek were sent to Chicago.

mknobler

March 19th, 2009
5:42 pm

More on Crabb: Nine goals and eight assists in 22 games since being sent down to Chicago.

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 19th, 2009
5:45 pm

Sending Sterling back makes sense if Kovalchuk is healthy (which he seems to be if he’s practicing). I would have liked to see more of him and Machacek…but at least Machacek got a brief taste.

Hopefully Crabb will do as well in this stint as he seemed to earlier in the season.

ej hradek

March 19th, 2009
6:31 pm

They seem to be rewarding Crabb for his good effort earlier in the year. He was playing well the first time he was sent down. Go get em Crabbs.

Supes

March 19th, 2009
7:16 pm

At some point, they have to give Sterling a shot at LW for about a 20-30 game stretch, or you’ll never know what you have?

Maybe he’ll make the team next year (opening day roster)?

Glad to see almost everyone back, esp. against the Red Wings, going to need all the firepower we’ve got. I predict a high scoring contest:)

Tony C.

March 19th, 2009
9:51 pm

Sam

March 19th, 2009
10:11 pm

Anybody who thinks Boulton’sa “weak fighter” hasn’t been paying attention this season or last. Boults has fought and held his own or won, the majority of his fights against big-leaguers all season long: Colton Orr, Erskine, Brashear, Brookbank, Lucic, Cote and Vandermeer. hockeyfights.com lists him as having 13 fights last season and 15 this season thus far: 8 wins or draws and only 4 losses. Oh, and that’s with time off for a broken nose from a dirty hit by Mike Rupp when Boulton was on the ice.

Don’t say he’s a “weak fighter” unless you’ve got the information to back it up.

Dwayne Johnson

March 20th, 2009
6:35 am

Sam, I agree, Bolts is tough, he’s smart, he lets them wear themselves down for the most part, them pummels them.

Russian

March 20th, 2009
8:04 am

Oh Yeah! Bolt is good fighter, that it is a reason we keep him on the team. Valabik and Tron (#27) are not good as Bolt. Let’ s go Thrashers, bring a VICTORY today.

Russian

March 20th, 2009
8:06 am

Also I am very happy, that Sterling went back to Chikago. He is not NHL player. Don should look around and trade him. :-(

Jimbo

March 20th, 2009
8:37 am

Sterling looks like a good, solid goal scorer who simply has not gotten a real shot at LW or on the power play. He hustles, hits, gets his stick on a lot of loose pucks in the offensive end. Tripping penalties were a result of over-eagerness. He’s definitly a “keeper”. Good to see Crabb back, he was a victim of the numbers game before DW got rid of some of the dead wood. More to go- Perrin, Exelby.

GSU-Lee

March 20th, 2009
9:19 am

I like to hear Kovy saying stuff like “I like it in Atlanta and I hope to say there.” Kinda gives a brotha hope

Drew

March 20th, 2009
10:03 am

in response to the ‘Thrashers upset with hit on Bogosian’ article.
dear don waddell – get us a couple of more tough guys. it is embarassing the way we get pushed around. while boulton is ok, we have to have more than that to make other teams accountable for their cheap shots. cooke/pens and connolly/sabres both should have had their a—s beaten. the same for ovechkin monday night. a couple of punches in the face would probably make him look better. laraque isnt getting much playing time in mtl.
as far as sterling goes, at least he creates offensive opportunities. how much more time are we going to give slater? he couldnt shoot the puck into the ocean.

rocky thompson

March 20th, 2009
12:38 pm

good post sam, Boulton has more than held his own, even though hockeyfights has the same idiots scoring fights and trying to live vicariously through the players like most people on the intrawebs. it’s a popularity contest for a bunch of male puck bunnies. it’s a shock that people say someone is tough and someone isn’t when they sit at home being couch potatoes, watching the games, having never played or fought in the nhl.

mknobler

March 20th, 2009
12:42 pm

Jim Slater skated today during the morning skate. He’s not playing tonight, but it’s good to see him back on the ice. Coach John Anderson said Slater’s headaches have gone away.

Dwayne Johnson

March 20th, 2009
1:14 pm

How do yall feel about AO’s 50 goal celebration?? my 2 cents? Did not like it.

Russian

March 20th, 2009
2:18 pm

**to Johnson**
Oh man! It was so GOOD! :-)
Have you seen his All Star Games?
Did you know that he took Silver Canada Dollar?
He is Funny and Great Player in NHL right now. Russian people have Sense of Humor :-)

Alan

March 20th, 2009
2:23 pm

I thought it was amusing. Really, he’s a light hearted kind of guy, and I saw nothing wrong with it. You’ve got to know more about the player and his character in order to understand it.

Hockey isn’t just serious, it’s fun. He’s obviously having a lot of fun with it. Did the celebration go on for too long? Maybe that’s the issue — and that much is debatable. But you can’t simply yank celebrations like this out of the game. It makes the games less fun to watch if there’s no celebrations – regardless of who scored.

Thrash and Bash

March 20th, 2009
2:24 pm

AO was a prick in his celebration. Maybe it will mean something when a “Superstar” with class makes such an achievement, but acting like your stick is “way too hot” just shows us all what his true colors are. Its called being Humble, Alex – its going to make me enjoy every game where the Thrashers stop you and your “hot stick” that much more. I am soooo pleased he didn’t get that goal here!

Maybe he should be awarded this weeks “Sean Avery Sportsmanship Award”. He has defiantly earned it.

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 20th, 2009
2:31 pm

I thought it was great. It’s not TOO excessive, and I really hope it doesn’t become a trend in the league, but for his 50th goal (i.e., an important individual accomplishment) I think it’s okay that he decided to celebrate it uniquely. I just hope he doesn’t do it for 51-59. I also hope nobody else tries to one-up him, now that he’s done it.

Regarding the celebration itself, I didn’t see it as being disrespectful to the other team (where I would draw the line). I think for this one occurrence it isn’t over celebration, so I think all things considered it was fine.

But I definitely understand why people would complain. If he did that at goal 49, 51, 55, etc…I would agree that it’s excessive. Fake emotion is rather annoying, as is pompous displays (like touchdown celebrations EVERY time).

Just my $0.02.

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Tony C.

March 20th, 2009
3:08 pm

To those that don’t like it: What if it were Iginla or Crosby doing the “hot stick” routine??? Bet it would be seen as “light-hearted exuberance we need in today’s game”.

Mikeyy

March 20th, 2009
5:26 pm

I’m going to have to go ahead and disagree with you Top Shelf with your earlier comments on THors and Boults lack of fighting ability. I mean are you watching the same games I am because i AM pretty sure our guys go at the big boys,(example Brashear a little while back) and other top fighters and not only do they never back down, they win more than they lose and more often than not its a good real long fight. The team is starting to defend one another as a whole which is also good to see. I expect to see a good effort tonight. go thrash..