Esposito among 10 sent to Chicago

The Thrashers trimmed their training camp roster by 10 players Saturday. I had to wait to post this because some of the players had not been told yet.

Angelo Esposito, Riley Holzapfel, Jordan LaVallee, Anthony Stewart, Brett Sterling, Rylan Kaip, Andrew Kozek, Chad Denny, Peter Mannino and Kevin Doell were all sent to the AHL’s Chicago Wolves.

That leaves the roster at 36 players.

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August

September 19th, 2009
3:49 pm

Brendan

September 19th, 2009
4:13 pm

I knew it was a longshot for LaVallee, but still. I hoped he’d survive a bit longer.

BSU

September 19th, 2009
4:35 pm

Has LaVallee even been signed to a contract yet?

kracker

September 19th, 2009
5:27 pm

Well, they get their chance. Most of these guys will top out in Chicago or elsewhere in the AHL with some call ups here and there. You gotta figure Espo and Holzapfel, maybe Kozek make it on a more permanent basis. The others….

j nes

September 19th, 2009
5:35 pm

Enter your comments here
Has Maxim practiced with the team yet? I am curious to know who he skates with and how he looks. Can he play in any of the preseason games?

Toby

September 19th, 2009
5:41 pm

Chris – It was great chatting this morn. I guess we were right about the cuts :)

BSU – He signed a 1 year deal at the minimum

j nes – Yes…He is on a line with Kozzy and White

JLH

September 19th, 2009
5:43 pm

j nes – read the last 10-15 comments on Rawhide’s blog. Zoomo was at practice today and gave an update re: Afinogenov, I really love all the Russian names on our team!! I thought Rick Dudley was pretty cool at the Town-Hall meeting, pronouncing Kovalchuk’s name like it is pronounced in Russia, with the second syllable emphasized instead of the first, like most of us.

Jameson

September 19th, 2009
7:29 pm

pond scum- re: White, don’t get me wrong. I’m not knocking on White, and his offensive skills may actually be on the level of the close to point-per-game play we saw out of Pevs, but even if that’s the case, if Peverley can continue that play, I think holding on to him, and keeping him in the top six is the way to go if for no other reason, he has more years left in him than White.

Kaat

September 19th, 2009
10:14 pm

ChrisV: Just wanted to say I really enjoyed your story on Kozzy.

ranallo10 (in AT)

September 20th, 2009
12:23 am

Apparently Lavallee was re-signed September 14th. I have no idea what the terms of the contract are.

Lee

September 20th, 2009
8:44 am

well, them being sent down to the AHL is for the benefit for the team, and im sure that they will make progress down there.

JHL-ha, well it’s another thing he likes and another step closer to coming to our team.

toby-do u happen to know when max will start?

GaVaHokie

September 20th, 2009
9:24 am

Loved the Kozlov story… would love to see him finish his career in Atlanta.

GaVaHokie

September 20th, 2009
9:25 am

I also liked Legace’s comments at the bottom of the Hainsey article. Great stuff!

Chris Vivlamore

September 20th, 2009
9:40 am

Kaat, GaVaHokie: Thanks for the kind words about the Kozy story. I was holding that under my hat a little bit because I didn’t want to tip anyone off. I thought it was very interesting that he wants to keep playing. I will have to dig up the part that got cut out of the story about how he can joke around a lot. Most people think he’s very stoic, but he can joke around too.

Toby: Good meeting you too. Should have stuck around a little bit. I got the name of the players that were cut about 10 minutes after you left.

Chris Vivlamore

September 20th, 2009
9:44 am

Watch for the story later today because Anderson had some interesting things to say about Max and the line combinations. He did skate with Kozy and White Saturday. Peverley may go to third line. There are all kind of options right now, but Anderson said he was impressed with Max.

sisu

September 20th, 2009
10:02 am

So this is more or less the end of the road for Brett, not sure if he ever really had a chance but I don’t think he will make the show…

Darkhorse

September 20th, 2009
11:11 am

I enjoyed the Kozlov story as well Chris….very well done. I would like to see Kozlov maybe sign a one or two year discounted deal next summer if the season goes well for him. Maybe by next season he could move into a utility player role at 3rd line left wing with Marty the party on that line. Play fewer minutes, but handle PK’s, some PP time, shootouts….along with other things. Not a bad vet to keep around on a team as long as he isn’t slowing down too much.

I hope they give Pevs a chance and don’t waste his talent if they move him to the third line. If that’s a scoring line then maybe it’ll be ok.

Chris-I would be curious to know if Anderson thinks he has better options at center on the first line than Pevs, or if he will at least give Pevs a chance to work some with the top line before the preseason ends. From what I saw last season, Pevs looked like he could possibly excell at that role.

Darkhorse

September 20th, 2009
11:16 am

Yeah sisu, I think Sterling’s value to this team is out the window at this point. Not sure what trade value he may have in a package deal either.

Did Chelios ever sign with the Wolves? If he does, maybe he will be a great mentor to some of our guys like Espo, Holzapfel, Kulda and others.

Brendan

September 20th, 2009
6:22 pm

Kozlov will have a great year. Wanna know why? Oh, yes ya do. Let’s open the forum for guesses. (A) Because his cardio-vascular is just ‘beyond compare.’ (B) Because he is Russian. (C) Because his dog really likes the Georgia climate. Word is, the family pooch likes whizzing on ‘pine trees’ most of all. (D) It’s HIS CONTRACT YEAR. (E) It’s his contract year ANNND he’ll demand (and try to get) ANOTHER NO TRADE CLAUSE out of the Waddell Administration with those impressive ‘contract year’ numbers.

I think the correct answer is clearly, “C.” But, what do I know?

Jameson

September 20th, 2009
8:14 pm

I think the only chance Sterling ever had was when Hartley had him playing on that line with Little and Haydar. They looked pretty good together there for a while, but he certainly won’t make it unless the circumstances are ideal.

Sadtoseeitthisway

September 21st, 2009
1:17 am

Goodby Sterling, we hardly knew ye.

GaVaHokie

September 21st, 2009
8:45 am

I’d give Kozlov a 2 year $6 million extension without batting an eye.

Smoothie

September 21st, 2009
9:36 am

GVH, if Kozzie can pot 20 goals and dish out 40 or more assists, I would certainly like to bring him back. However, I don’t know about a 2 year deal due to the Kane factor as he is supposedly the heir apparent. But if Slava can stay relatively injury free, then a more limited role on say the 3rd line, with PP time, may suit him just fine.

GaVaHokie

September 21st, 2009
10:01 am

Looks like Dubinsky won his battle with the Rangers… $1.8 million is considerably higher than the league minimum. :)

http://capgeek.com/

Smoothie

September 21st, 2009
10:29 am

Good for him…cannot believe Rangers were low-balling him to that extent. But I certainly didn’t expect $1.85 M per! Speaking of contracts, remember how Malhotra was supposedly signing in VAN…’cha!

Spud Webb

September 21st, 2009
10:50 am

Whats the deal with Espo? I know he’s coming back from injury, but can we consider him a bust, asking, nobody freak out on me!!!! Looks like the Hossa trade really, really sucked for us. I really expected Espo to be w us by now.

GaVaHokie

September 21st, 2009
10:58 am

Spud… I still think he’s going to work out in the long run. I do think it’s the injury. From all accounts, it was a miracle that he even made it to camp at all.

From the Hossa trade perspective, there’s a solid chance that all three prospects associated with that deal (Espo, Leveille, O’Dell) could be Thrashers some day… not to mention the time we’re getting from Armstrong currently.

Just my humble opinion.

GaVaHokie

September 21st, 2009
11:00 am

Smoothie… the “eminent” signing was with San Jose, and yeah, I haven’t see anything official on that.

ranallo10 (in AT)

September 21st, 2009
11:07 am

Esposito hasn’t even gotten out of the Junior hockey level…I don’t think you can consider him a bust at this point. He’s a mid 1st round pick, he’s not going to make an impact at the NHL level at age 18 like a top 5 pick could. Coupled with the injury I think there was no reason to expect him to make the Thrashers (where in the lineup would he play??).

I’m looking forward to seeing him play in Chicago this season, and then we’ll see how he fares with the big camp during preseason next year.

GaVaHokie

September 21st, 2009
11:46 am

Esposito at age 20, is about where he should be… “teasing” at a roster spot.

Spud Webb

September 21st, 2009
11:51 am

Fair enough on Espo. I’m not high on patience this morning!!! lol
I’m ready for opening night.

GaVaHokie

September 21st, 2009
12:11 pm

Fair enough on Espo. I’m not high on patience this morning!!! lol
I’m ready for opening night.

Just dawned on me this morning, I’m gonna miss the home-opener. :(

I’ve gotta wait until Oct. 22nd now (next home game).

World Be Free

September 21st, 2009
12:31 pm

I agree on giving Kozlov an extension. He has earned an extension and actually likes playing here.

On another subject, looks like some sportswriters and fans are trying to force Bobby Cox out of Atlanta. What a shame, how we have such short memories. Bobby is not perfect, but he’s pretty damn good. He’s loyal to the team and his players are loyal to him.

Maybe I an just sentimental, but I’d let Bobby stay as long as he wants. Especially if Terry Pendleton is going to be his replacement!

ranallo10 (in AT)

September 21st, 2009
12:47 pm

WBF — That’s nothing new. Braves fans are no different than most team’s, when things go wrong they complain about anything they can identify. Cox has been on thin ice for years due to what fans (operative word) consider poor managerial decisions, such as pulling a pitcher a few pitches shy of 100 despite him posting a 6 inning shutout. People complained about Wren not re-signing Smoltz…the same guy who has subsequently been waived by the team that signed him to potentially less money than Wren offered (more guaranteed of course, which is Wren’s fault too for not trusting Smoltz’s ability to recover, apparently).

Anyways, they will always complain, and will always call for heads of those not always deserving of the axe. That goes for any/every sport and team.

World Be Free

September 21st, 2009
1:14 pm

Ranallo-let’s have a couple 100+ loss seasons under pendleton to change people’s attitudes! I fault Bobby for keeping Pendleton as hitting coach, that’s for sure!

ranallo10 (in AT)

September 21st, 2009
2:18 pm

Pendleton hasn’t impressed me thus far, but it’s rather apparent he’s a shoe-in for Cox’s eventual replacement. I wouldn’t mind seeing Yost come back, or even Baylor to be honest.

Anyways, back to hockey.

Elyoric

September 21st, 2009
11:22 pm

“Few turn out for Thrashers preseason opener”. This is the best you guys can do for the first home preseason game? Solid reporting right there. Evidently you couldn’t even make it to the game yourself Chris and send some no-name schmo on staff instead. What happened in the game? How did the new guys do? Oh wait, you interviewed a Georgia Tech student.

Way to promote hockey AJC. Bravo.

Alan

September 22nd, 2009
2:24 pm

Esposito at age 20, is about where he should be… “teasing” at a roster spot.

I don’t think he’ll ever make this team, Hokie. Spud Webb is probably right, Espo is a bust and DW got torched in that deal.

BlueSpark

September 22nd, 2009
4:16 pm

@Elyoric: I was too busy vacuuming floodwaters out of basement. I would hazard a guess that many others couldn’t make it because THEY WERE TOO BUSY BUILDING AN ARK

Alan

September 23rd, 2009
12:04 am

Why, pray tell, do you feel the need to use my name, Brian? Why can’t you use any number of your other names you’ve used over the past few years? Is it because everyone is on to you now, so you’ve got to resort to hiding behind the identity of others?

Regardless, the amusing part is you can’t even impersonate me properly.

Newer folks might be fooled, but the ones who’ve seen me around know the truth.

Hockey Biltong

September 23rd, 2009
10:54 am

the tale of two Alans’…….

Danny

September 23rd, 2009
11:05 am

Enter your comments here
So Pavalec is the Starter now ?
what happened to ole Letemin ?

TRON

September 23rd, 2009
1:52 pm

YES DANNY……….PAVELEC IS THE STARTER…………AND THE FUTURE………LETEMIN “LET IN” TOO MANY SOFTIES…………AND HE WAS AN IMMATURE CRYBABY……..THAT COULDN’T STAY HEALTHY……….AKA…….A BUST……..WASTED 1ST ROUND PICK……….COULD OF HAD NASH INSTEAD OF THE @SSWIPE………..

Brian

September 23rd, 2009
5:36 pm

Why, pray tell, do you feel the need to use my name, Alan? Why can’t you use any number of your other names you’ve used over the past few years? Is it because everyone is on to you now, so you’ve got to resort to hiding behind the identity of others?

Regardless, the amusing part is you can’t even impersonate me properly.

Newer folks might be fooled, but the ones who’ve seen me around know the truth.

MB

September 23rd, 2009
10:00 pm

Way off topic here, but has any one else seen the promotion by the NHL and Bridgestone with the winner receiving the opportunity to purchase two tickets to the Winter Classic in Boston on New Year’s Day?

Are you kidding me? Your big promotion offers the winner the “opportunity” to purchase two tickets? I’m sorry, but the fact that the NHL and Bridgestone couldn’t pony up to GIVE the winner two tickets to the game is just lame. Lamer still is the fact that they’re promoting it prominently on NHL.com as if it’s such a big deal.

Maybe I’m missing something, like it’s the opportunity to purchase tickets for you and your special guests, Megan Fox and Alyssa Milano. Now there’s a promotion!

Duder

September 24th, 2009
4:28 pm

We traded for former Thrasher Steve McCarthy

Duder

September 24th, 2009
4:29 pm

LAC

September 25th, 2009
7:30 am

Would have hoped since Training Camp is in full swing, we would get better coverage… Really Sad we do not.

Joshgekko

September 25th, 2009
10:36 am

LAC – I’ve pretty much given up on that. I just follow Rawhide, man’s a blogging beast!