Thrashers line combinations – with plenty of updates

Reporting in early from Wednesday’s Thrashers practice.

Here are the line combinations on the ice. Do not know if there is any significance yet. I’ll check after practice.

Light blue: Kovalchuk, Little, Antropov

Grey: Kozlov, White, Afinogenov

Orange: Kane, Reasoner, Peverley

Red: Boulton, Slater, Thorburn

Yellow: Armstrong, Gratton

There is nothing new of the Kovalchuk negotiations at this point. I, obviously, have a lot of catching up to do with Don Waddell and John Anderson a bit later. I have a long list of things to ask about, but feel free to give me your thoughts and I’ll add them to my list.

I will check back after lockeroom and interviews.

UPDATE: Lots to report from locker room interviews and session with Waddell and Anderson.

Here goes:

1. Kovy negotiations continue. Waddell remains optimistic. However, don’t expect it to be done by start of season. Both Waddell and Kovy said they don’t – and won’t – consider the contract talks a distraction. Stay tuned.

2.Without actually saying it, Waddell and Anderson strongly indicated that Ondrej Pavelec will start in goal for Saturday’s season opener.

3. Lehtonen is officially on injured reserve. He has started skating again – without equipment – be is still several weeks away from playing. Waddell refused to speculate a timeline on his return.

4. Nathan Oystrick cleared waivers and remains property of the team.

5. Manny Legace was offered a contract to go to Chicago. He elected to try to find a team in here or in Europe. The Thrashers and he will keep the lines of communication open should he change is mind.

6. Anderson said if the Thrashers don’t make the playoffs, the season will be a failure.

7. Stewart Cink dropped by the locker room – and brought the actual Claret Jug with him.

8. Josh Gratton is waiting until 3 p.m. deadline for the roster to be submitted before he informs his family he made the team.

9. Colby Armstrong, recovering from a groin injury (that was the “lower body injury”) practiced Wednesday. It was the first time he skated in nearly two weeks. He reported that he felt great. Ron Hainsey wouldn’t specify his injury. Said he has too many. I’m sure he was messing with me. He practiced.

10. Anderson said the line combinations above are pretty much set. Also (not to go over an even 10 things), captains and assistants will be named at Thursday’s Face Off Event for season ticket holders.

55 comments Add your comment

J.B.

October 1st, 2009
10:14 am

Stephen – Read #5 above. Legace didn’t want to play in Chicago while waiting for an opportunity to be called up to Atlanta. He was offered a contract and declined. Not a smart move if you ask me, but DW said in the press conference yesterday that the communication lines are still open between both camps should he change his mind. While I don’t have a lot of confidence in Pavs in goal, he’s certainly put in a lot more time with the organization than Legace (obviously) and that’s likely why he gets the start and why Legace did not get a one-way contract offer; a loyalty thing, I’m guessing. That being said, if Pavs funks up the joint bad enough, DW may be calling Legace’s agent back in a couple of weeks with a contract revision.

Stephen

October 1st, 2009
10:40 am

Yeah, I saw he was offered a contract in Chicago but I mean what was the reason for not making the club here? All I see is 40 minutes of playing time was not enough but that is not a reason, only an excuse. My question is we start the season with Pavs and Moose, was Legace worse than these two and therefore offered only an AHL contract? I was actually excited to see Waddell bring in some competition for the goalie job however, when things are said and donw, nothing has changed from last year.

mid-ga-hockey fan

October 1st, 2009
12:08 pm

Stephen,that would be assuming that Legace was actually in a real competition with Opie,Legace was brought in as insurance only.If there had actually been a real battle for the #1 goalie,that would have been a direct slap in DW’s face that he would have to admit that one of HIS prized draft picks was not as good as Legace.I would have signed him to a 1yr contract,released the Moose (sadly)and shipped Opie back to Chicago once KL was healthy. PROBLEM SOLVED!!!

mid-ga-hockey fan

October 1st, 2009
12:13 pm

I sure hope DW has Manny’s agent on speed dial.It should not take long before the world realizes that Opie needs another year in AHL.Whether or not Dw figures it out,God only knows.

Stephen

October 1st, 2009
12:24 pm

Mid – yeah your right. We all know what happens when you assume. Especially about Waddell. With all the new players coming in and with 5 goalies in camp call it temporary insanity that I thought he actually had good intentions.