We are back! Now with some breaking news: Kari Lehtonen underwent another back surgery on Friday. The procedure was to remove edges of bone that were applying pressure to nerve roots in his back at two locations. The surgery was performed by Dr. Paul Maurer at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. The locations on the back were different than the location of the surgery he had on July 20.
The team says he will be sidelined for 6 to 8 weeks.
Thrashers had a late optional skate on Wednesday. They start at 1 p.m.
We’ll need to check the status of Ron Hainsey, who missed both games in Canada. He left last Friday’s practice with an undisclosed injury that coach John Anderson said was “day-to-day.” I will let you know if I find out anything new and what his status might be for Thursday against Columbus.
Looking to do a story for today/tomorrow on Ondrej Pavelec. I think with need to catch up with the goalie after two impressive games in Canada. What do you think was his better game: stopping 50 of 51 shots against Ottawa or the number of impressive stops in the win over Montreal?
Let’s get this posted and we’ll check back in 20 minutes when the players start to take the ice. Johan Hedberg and Evander Kane just came out to join Noah Welch and assistant coaches.
We will check back.