I just got back from playing in the Thrashers golf outing. Had to cut the event short to race back home and write the story on the signing of Max Afinogenov and Mark Popovic and the release of Nathan Oystrick.
I found out about the moves while on the golf course, but had no way to let everyone know. It might be time to invest in a blackberry. I just didn’t think the moves would happen today while on the course course. I live and learn.
The roster may not be set just yet. There are other possible moves to come. The obvious move to get to the 23-player limit is to put Kari Lehtonen on injured reserve. Other moves – including a trade – could still happen.
While it was good news for Afinogenov and Popovic, Oystrick also found out he was waived while on the course. There are several scenarios, but it’s possible he could end up in Chicago if he passes through waivers. That’s just one scenario. I had just completed a lengthy story on how he found his biological mother over the summer. It’s an incredible tale. It was to run in Sunday’s paper. I’ll let you know what happens, but I may post it here if he moves on to another team.
I did ask Don Waddell and John Anderson who will start in goal on Saturday, but they weren’t giving that information up. I will discuss it with them again on Wednesday and try to get updated line information.
I tried to tell Rawhide that Evander Kane had an excellent chance of making the team. Did he listen?
As for the golf tournament, I’m told Todd White’s group won at 18-under par. He was in the group behind me and must have eagled the final hole to get to that score. I believe he was helped some by his player partners – from the PGA Superstore.
My group, which included Channel 5’s Russ Spencer, finished at 5-under. I believe I have secured my spot as the worst golfer in history. The 80 I once shot at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island is becoming a distant, distant memory. Anyone want to buy a set of Ping G-10 irons?
My apologies for taking a half day off after covering the Tour Championship. I’m back and will report from Thrashers camp on Wednesday.