Sorry for the lengthy delay posting this new blog. I got caught up following the morning skate for tonight’s game against Florida.
Two noteworthy items from today.
Johan Hedberg will be back in goal tonight against the Cats following his shutout of the Flyers.
Boris Valabik was back on the ice for the Thrashers, fresh off his stint at AHL Chicago. He took part in the morning skate but most likely will be a scratch tonight. This is what John Anderson said when I asked about Valabik’s status this morning:
“We will see how he is reacting,” Anderson said. “He’s coming off a long-term injury and he played pretty good in Chicago. He will get in but it’s hard to put a new guy in when you are winning hockey games. We’ll have to make sure it’s the right time.”
The Thrashers will continue to carry 23 players for the time being.
I’m also told that Associate GM Rick Dudley and Director of Player Personnel Mark Dobson were in Nashville Friday and Saturday watching the Predators. No word on what they were looking for – or even if they were looking for anything in particular.
Things to look for in the near future:
The next player feature will be Nik Antropov.
I have starting gathering info for the Art of the Shootout story. I’m hoping to be finished with that next week when the Thrashers are in Canada.
I’m also set up to talk to prospect Arturs Kulda, who is playing in Chicago, for an update.
Let’s get this posted and get over to Philips Arena.