Hedberg steps up to top job

The Thrashers promoted Dan Turple from Chicago on Friday in response to Thursday’s injury to Kari Lehtonen. That means they’re sticking with Johan Hedberg as their top goalie until Lehtonen returns from the upper body injury he suffered Thursday night against the Rangers.

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Glovesave29

March 27th, 2009
6:16 pm

Dan Turple…great. Couldn’t handle the job in Gwinnett. So we give the Wolves preferential treatment over the Thrashers and keep Ondrej in Chicago. So what happens if we go into a tailspin over the coming weeks? We will erase all of the good work the team has been doing since February. Moose was sharp in the shootout yesterday, but less than stellar in the game, and this has been true of his performances much of the season. Ugh.

Sam

March 27th, 2009
6:18 pm

We don’t have to question whether or not Moose will be ready..he will be. I hope the team steps up and plays tight defense in front of him…and stays out of the &*%$* penalty box!

Thrashy Thrashy

March 27th, 2009
6:42 pm

Since this season is likely the last one for Moose in Atlanta (and maybe his last as an NHLer), it would be nice to see us show the guy some love. He’s a first-rate dude. I don’t mind seeing him get some burn at the end of this season.

LAC

March 27th, 2009
7:58 pm

Gee… I was wanting to see Jim Craig again… NOT Dan WHO ?????????????

Brad

March 27th, 2009
8:06 pm

It is obvious they arent calling up Pavelec from Chicago because the Wolves are in a playoff chase and need him so that the prospects can play as many games as possible this year. Pavelec is a better alternative to be called up, but not if Hedberg is going to play and not if the Wolves want to get into the playoffs.

Brendan

March 27th, 2009
11:14 pm

Truthfully, we might not see Turple play. At all. He may ride the pine the entire time. Barring a Moose “meltdown.” I suspect that Hedberg, who is under contract next season, will return for the 2009-10 campaign. He might be a healthy stratch , sitting up in the pressbox, but what’s wrong with that? He’s probably being groomed as a goalie coach. Hedberg won’t sit there moping about a lack of starts. He knows his role. And he got his contract last year. He’s not playing for a contract this summer, unless anyone is seriously thinking about approaching the Moose for a PROACTIVE renewal on July 1st.

Uhh, I wouldn’t put money on that one.

kracker

March 27th, 2009
11:16 pm

I’m OK with Turple. Leave Pavs in Chicago, those guys are in the playoff race, for crying out loud. Put it on Ondrej to carry those guys in and then advance. That tells us more about him, can he win it again or at least do no harm?

Also, Moose is signed thru next season. The Thrash expect to improve to the point of contending for a playoff spot. I actually expect that, too. Kari is injured yet again, so see what Johan has left in the tank for a game or two…or more. DW may have a desirable goalie trade option this summer, it’s important to know Moose is still NHL back up quality. If he is not, then no goalie trade is possible unless we get one in return. Moose could even be bought out, he could replace Weeks, who knows?

Perhaps Turp will get some game time and will raise his game. But for my part, I want Kari back next week to help win more games this season. BTW, Turple seemed to play better in Chicago this season than in Gwinnett so he may need to move up motivation wise, though that’s just based on stats. Does anybody have any game oberservations to offer?

Brendan

March 28th, 2009
12:40 am

Everyone check out the UPSETS already in the Men’s Division I Ice Hockey brackets? The #3 seed, overall, Denver University … is DONE!! They packed up their bags for the year. They’re out!! Bounced, unceremoniously, 4-2, by the Pride of Oxford, OH! That’s right, Miami University prevailed! Michigan, the #4 overall seed, is likewise … FINISHED for the year!! They got the big “buh bye” from Air Force, 2-0.

Vermont eliminated Yale, 4-1. And, in OVERTIME, it was Minn-Duluth, 5-4, over Princeton. That’s okay. “Princeton can use a guy like Joel.” So, they’ll get over it.

So, tomorrow, Saturday the 28th, at 6:30, it’ll be Vermont vs. Air Force. And at 9PM, Miami of Ohio will tangle with Minn-Duluth. And, the other 4 series will take place. If Bemidji St. knocks off Notre Dame, it’d be one of the biggest upsets of all time. Notre Dame is the #2 overall seed. The #1 seed is Boston University.

Thrashers27

March 28th, 2009
1:00 am

I’m not saying he’s the second coming of Patty Roy, but Turple has been in the system for a long time and [ut up some good #s in college…It would be cool to see him step in and play well. After Pavs’ performance earlier in the season I don’t think you can do much worse.

Thrashers27

March 28th, 2009
1:01 am

Sorry, that should read “put up some good #s in college”

[...] -With starter Kari Lehtonen dealing with an "upper-body" injury, the Thrashers recalled goaltender Dan Turple from Chicago of the AHL. [...]

Jenn

March 28th, 2009
7:27 am

Dan Turple did not play college hockey, he played in the OHL before turning pro. This is also the third year of his rookie contract, so this call up is likely a good, hard look at him to see if the organ-eye-zation is going to re-sign him or not.

Jimbo

March 28th, 2009
9:56 am

What is Kari’s injury? “Upper Body” can mean everything from head to belt. I agree with leaving Pavs in Chicago to help with their playoff chase.

jiri slegr

March 28th, 2009
10:33 am

The ‘look’ at Turple depends on how long fragile Kari will be out. It could very well end up being one game Turple doesn’t even play in. I love these “upper body” injuries and no time table given as to when Kari may possibly be back. Why are injuries treated like the KFC recipe nowadays.

Alan

March 28th, 2009
10:39 am

Jimbo, rarely are details of injuries released to the public, with the fear that the opposition may attempt to cause re-injury. I’d honestly like to know a little bit more, as far as specifics are concerned, but find it doubtful that any details, other than “upper body,” will be released.

Alan

March 28th, 2009
10:43 am

As for Pavelec, if he’s doing good in Chicago, might as well keep him there for now. Chicago really doesn’t need to have their number one get injured backing up our number two while playing games for us that are meaningless, in the whole scheme of things.

The Chicago club is fighting for playoffs now… meaningful games in the AHL. We’re just coasting along and preparing for the draft lottery. Pavelec can come to the big club next year and fight for a number one job then. He’s playoff caliber for Chicago, he can be playoff caliber for us.

Matt

March 28th, 2009
12:28 pm

Hi everyone.

My name is Matt I’m an instructor at On Ice Goaltending School in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Dan Turple has been a student of ours since he was 17 years old, and I’ll be the first to tell you the kid can play. Half of becoming a pro is just getting a shot. Whether or not he gets a game in his first call up remains to be seen, but if he can get in there and play with all the confidence he has in his abilities he can absoloutly challenge for a roster spot.

Dan is an athletic and technically sound goaltender with exceptional rebound control and quick reactions. He has the head for the game and has been devoting his life to getting his chance to show his stuff.

I hope Thrasher fans can give him all the support that he needs, and that things fall into place that allow Dan to get an opportunity as more than a call up. He deserves it and he is more than capable of success.

If anyone wants more info on the school, our site is http://www.onicegoaltendingschool.com.

thanks

Nikita

March 28th, 2009
2:33 pm

I saw Turple during camp. My impression at the time was that he is solid, but not quite as solid as Pavelec, mainly because he’s big and relatively slow. Of course, Pavs has the opposite problem in that he doesn’t always cover enough net. Altogether, I think it’s the right decision for the Wolves to leave them with Pavs, and for the THrashers to take a look at another goalie.

Alan

March 28th, 2009
3:24 pm

Thanks for the remarks, Matt. Hopefully he’s improved since I last saw him play, and that maybe his shot comes soon – whether with us or with another club, he deserves one. My thought is that this call-up is one that gives management and staff an opportunity to gauge his progress so far. I love the sound of “rebound control,” since this is something we’ve sort of lacked here over the years (see: Goals Allowed).

I’d like to see him given a shot to play while Lehtonen is down.

Glovesave29

March 28th, 2009
3:47 pm

Matt…thanks for joining in. I hope you are right about Dan, that he will rise to the occasion if given a chance here in Atlanta…but having seen him play many times for the ECHL Gwinnett Gladiators, his play there doesn’t support him getting this opportunity. For a goalie of his size, he should not have been so easily beaten with the long, low shots. I also thought he was quite weak at his rebound control, often leaving juicy opportunities for the opposition in the low slot. His lateral movement was suspect and he was beaten often by shots generated from passes across from behind the goal line. The Gladiators used local product David Caruso and later the MUCH shorter Craig Kowalski with much better success.

Brendan

March 28th, 2009
7:46 pm

Kovalchuk nets #40, with 9.7 seconds left in the 1st period. Ottawa 2, Thrashers 2. Peverley got the other one on a deflection. I think Exelby and Armstrong had assists on that one. But it doesn’t matter. What matters is … It’s Kovy’s 5th-straight 40-goal season.

Kovalchuk has not failed the Thrashers. He’s held up his end of the bargain. Now, if the Thrashers organization could just hold up its end.

Brendan

March 28th, 2009
8:28 pm

PPG! Toby Enstrom, from Kozlov and Kovalchuk.

Hold the phone!! Another Thrasher goal! Marty Reasoner, from Eric Perrin and Eric Boulton. It’s 4-2, Atlanta. Ottawa had the 1st goal of the game. So, since then, it’s been a 4-1 split, in favor of the Thrashers.

Brendan

March 28th, 2009
8:31 pm

Colby Armstrong! #19 on the year!! Will he get 20?? 5-2, Thrashers. This last goal is on Alex Auld, who has replaced Elliot in net for Ottawa.

Question: Would a Senators loss “officially” eliminate them from the playoffs?

JAmes_kovyboy

March 28th, 2009
8:53 pm

We are just too good
Its not even funny
GO THRASHEERS

Brendan

March 28th, 2009
9:05 pm

I kid you not, NY Islanders 2, Philadelphia Flyer 0, with 16:30 left in regulation. The Isles just blanked the Red Wings, 2-0, at the Joe! What’s goin’ on here??!

Brendan

March 28th, 2009
9:07 pm

Hedberg just made a nice stop on Heatley. After the save, fans “booed” Heatley, then changed it to “Moooose,” on the fly!

Tom

March 28th, 2009
9:37 pm

What is amazing is that the Thrashers are playing well enough to get passed Hedberg’s goal tending. What was up with that first goal he gave up.

Brendan

March 28th, 2009
9:40 pm

Hedberg just got his 100th career NHL win. Way to go, Moose. He’s also up over .500 for the year. I do hope Kari Lehtonen is okay and can return this season.

Alan

March 28th, 2009
10:44 pm

Congratulations Hedberg!

MB

March 28th, 2009
11:20 pm

Congrats to Moose on his 100th, and to Kovy on his 40th.

I know much is made, and rightfully so, about needing to bolster the D, but let’s give the boys some credit for limiting the Sens to 21 (yes, 21!) shots while putting 32 on their net.

Out of 13 games in March, the Thrashers out shot the opposition seven times, and held them under 30 shots in six of those games. In 15 games last March, those numbers were two and two. Baby steps, to be sure, but I think we’re seeing some progress in our ability to control the puck and to limit the SOG we allow. Or it might just be these darned rose-colored glasses I’m wearing.

Brendan

March 28th, 2009
11:33 pm

From the “Thank God I didn’t put money on this game” comes this SHOCKER from the NCAA Ice Hockey Tournament: #2 overall seed, Notre Dame, is out!! They’re done. Through. Finished. Buh-bye. Their ouster?? None other than Bemidji State, 18-15-1, entering the tourney. Who??? Yeah, I don’t know either. Who are these guys?? Can anyone tell me ANYTHING about Bemidji State?

What I can tell you is … they’ll face Cornell tomorrow, as Darren Eliot’s alma mater disposed of Northeastern, 3-2. The Tournament favorite, #1 overall seed, Boston University rolled past Ohio State, 8-3. Boston U. is the only seed left of the Top Four coming in. Wild stuff! In the last of the 1st round matchups, New Hampshire needed overtime to eliminate North Dakota, 6-5.

So, it’ll be Boston U. vs. New Hampshire at 5:30PM tomorrow, on ESPNU. At 8PM, it’s upstart Bemidji St. vs. Cornell, On ESPNU. The 2nd round matchups that took place today saw Air Force lose in double overtime to Vermont, 3-2. So, Vermont will get the BU/NH winner in the Frozen Four, on April 9th, at either 5PM or 8PM.

The other 2nd round matchup is still underway. Miami of Ohio leads Minn-Duluth, 2-0, halfway through the 3rd period. The winner gets to face the Bemidji St./Cornell winner. It’s a wide open tournament for a lot of schools now. With #2 Notre Dame, #3 Denver U, and #4 Michigan all at home watching, (instead of playing,) schools like Vermont, Miami, Cornell, and even Bemidji St. have got to sense that this ‘could’ be the year they get to the National title game. I love it when the fringe schools actually get their shot!

Personally, I think the NH/Boston U. game will produce the national champion, at this point. Cornell looks tough. Darren Eliot must be BEAMING! If the Cornell beats Bemidji, and gets past what is starting to look like Miami in the Frozen Four, on April 9th, they’ll advance to the title game. Three and a half minutes left in the Miami vs. Minn-Duluth game, and it’s still 2-0, Redhawks (Miami Univ).

Brendan

March 28th, 2009
11:39 pm

Islanders blew that 2-0 lead on Philly. Isles lost in the shootout, 5-4.

Brendan

March 28th, 2009
11:52 pm

It’s official. Miami of Ohio is in the Frozen Four, with a 2-1 victory over Minn-Duluth.