Ondrej Pavelec is back with the Thrashers, and that’s bad news, because it means the Chicago Wolves are out of the playoff hunt. The Wolves have fallen to seventh place in their division. Their season ends Saturday, just like Atlanta’s. A playoff run for the Wolves would have given some valuable experience to a few Thrashers prospects. As it is, they’re going to have long summers, just like the guys on the big team.
Pavelec replaces Dan Turple, who didn’t play a minute as Johan Hedberg’s backup. Pavelec is sure to play and give Don Waddell one last pre-summer look. There’s a decision to be made — if it hasn’t been already — about who will be the goalies on the Thrashers’ roster next season. Kari Lehtonen, Pavelec and Hedberg can’t all be on the team, and it’s difficult to justify leaving Pavelec in the AHL.