Just got back from the first day of Thrashers training camp. Very good to meet so many of you fans. Hey, I even met the famous – or is that infamous? – Sara.
Lots of news from the practice.
My first stop was obviously Ilya Kovalchuk to talk about his contract status. I asked him for an update. He said his agent and Don Waddell were talking and he just wanted to concentrate on playing hockey. So I asked if he was confident he would re-sign and he said yes.
“Yeah, hopefully because I’ve been here all my [professional] life,” Kovalchuk said.
Talked to Toby Enstrom about the injury his suffered during the World Championships. He said he is fine. He took four weeks off after surgery to repair the facial fractures.
The other note of interest was Kari Lehtonen. He did not practice. He is still recovering from back surgery. There was no indication from coach John Anderson when he will return. In Lehtonen’s absence, finding a No. 1 goalie is a top priority of camp.
“Right now, he’s not in the mix,” Anderson said of Lehtonen. “Saying he’s No. 1, that’s not true. I’ll put him in when he’s actually ready, but right now the No. 1 job is up for grabs. Right now there are four guys that look really good out there.
“I want to make sure we get off to a good start and I want to establish a No. 1 goalie early on. If Kari is not here [finding a No. 1 goalie] is a priority of our training camp.”
We’ll see what happens. Your thoughts?