Thrashers put Noah Welch on waivers

Sorry folks another laptop malfunction at Thrashers practice. We are home and working now.

A couple of notes from practice. Nik Antropov and Boris Valabik missed the skate. Antropov was given a maintence day. He was at the rink working out and I spoke to him at length for an upcoming feature. Valabik had a minor procedure following his ankle surgery. He is not expected to miss any additional time.

Defenseman Noah Welch was put on waivers today after passing his physical yesterday, according to GM Don Waddell. If he clears waivers, he will be sent to Chicago to begin practicing with the Wolves as part of his return from offseason knee surgery.

Coach John Anderson would not say who will start in goal tomorrow against the Islanders. A decision was to be made later today.  He did say avenging the 6-3 loss to New York earlier this season is on his mind.

Several of the Thrashers skated in practice with transponder-like boxes taped to their helmet. They were for a computer program the Thrashers that was being demonstrated to the Thrashers.

Thrashers players recieved gift bags from the team’s fan club this morning. I walked by Zach  Bogosian and asked what he got – and he showed me one of the items. Silly string. Got me three times. Someone used the string to write KOZY on Slava’s locker. Kozlov quickly pointed out that KOZZY is spelled with two Zs.

Thrashers players were to spend the afternoon visiting children in area hospitals for the holidays.

No other line changes at practice. Jim Slater skated in Antropov’s spot.

Off to work on a story on Max Afinogenov for online later today/newspaper tomorrow.

35 comments Add your comment

J.B.

December 2nd, 2009
1:17 pm

Silly String and laptops don’t mix.

the rangers are stupid. they actually claimed christensen from anaheim…

what does said computer program being demonstrated actually do?

any talk about Kovy’s contract considering one of the announcers on versus said an extension was VERY close on versus last night?

sisu

December 2nd, 2009
1:26 pm

So with the waivers situation does this still keep the roster at 23 or 22?

Smoothie

December 2nd, 2009
1:27 pm

C-Viv, did Kaner get any PP practice time?

Time to break up the 2nd unit cuz they’re not getting it done. Keep KozZy out there and incorporate Kane down low in place of White and use Armstrong in front of the net in place of Little. Use Bogo at the left point and get Kovy off the ice every other PP after a minute to keep team’s honest. Kubina or Hainsey at the other point…I would prefer Hainsey since he’s a lefthanded shot, but Kubie’s playing too well now.

The Earl of Bud

December 2nd, 2009
2:40 pm

sisu, we normally have 22 and with Valabik added it made 23. Welch was never on the active roster, so his cut makes no difference to the active roster.

Smoothie, we’re still getting a PPG about every other game, Kozlov and Peverley both got one in the last 4, and the 2 games we didn’t were the Fla and Carolina games which were just messed up games to begin with. So while I would like to see it get better, I’m not ready to hit the panic button yet.

Not surprised at all by this news. Welch didn’t have a spot here anyway, and I doubt someone will pick him up on re-entry.

Cribbster

December 2nd, 2009
2:44 pm

The transponders thing doesn’t make sense to me. What were they for?

The Earl of Bud

December 2nd, 2009
3:00 pm

Cribbster, they can be used for anything from measuring speed to diagraming plays, I have seen computerized X’s and O’s that were the real players. I have no idea what these are for and I imagine it is a vendor giving a demonstration to sell the product if mgt fins it useful. But I have seen such items as the whole world of sports is becoming more computerized. Just imagine what it was like when the first pitch/slapshot was clocked with a radar gun.

The Earl of Bud

December 2nd, 2009
3:01 pm

“finds” it useful, not fins it useful…

trlblzr

December 2nd, 2009
3:11 pm

Chris, that’s what happens when the AJC gets rid of all its Macs in favor of crap PC laptops… (sorry, couldn’t resist… ;-)

I, too, am looking forward to avenging the loss to the Islanduhs tomorrow night… let’s go Thrashers!

Jimbo

December 2nd, 2009
3:21 pm

What’s with White. He seems to slip into oblivion every now and then. He definitely isn’t helping the second PP unit. Give someone else a shot, maybe Kane.

The Earl of Bud

December 2nd, 2009
3:26 pm

Jimbo, you can’t just flip players in and out that easy. If Kane is on the PP, that means he’s going to be worn out on the PK and what if that starts to suffer? Then what will you do?

Smoothie

December 2nd, 2009
3:37 pm

Who said anything about hitting the panic button?? Kozlov is barely scoring and Whitey and Little are on life support when it comes to staying relevant. It’s about rewarding Kane for playing well and to take advantage of his soft hands behind and around the net. Oh, and by the way, we only have 2 PPG in the last six games. That is hardly what I would call efficient.

LAC

December 2nd, 2009
4:02 pm

I see where Eric Christensen has been claimed by NYR, they need all the help they can get to try and score any goals !

So we will see him at MSG in a couple weeks…

Nice to see all the POSITIVE comments coming out of On The Fly lately…
Scott Cullen was on today explaining how Atlanta ranks 4th in the new power poll, credits SOLID goaltending for the rise to the top…
Very nice to see !

somaatl95

December 2nd, 2009
4:36 pm

Points to all the positive press of the Thrash lately and sings “OH Baby YOU – YOU GOT WHAT I NEED!….”

We needed a start like this to show all the naysayers we are for real – spent so much time trying to convince the people at tsn.ca that Hockey does in fact work in Atlanta that it makes me giggle thinking that Carolina has finally taken our curse away for themselves. As long as our core continues to improve further I’m confident that the players who aren’t producing so well will find their way. Lots of people outside of Thrasherdom have been trashing Mad Max, saying that his true colors will come out soon, then talk about (insert northern team name here) making blockbuster trades for him, Kovy and everyone else on the team.
Hey C-Viv, any talk on Kari’s future since Opie and Moose have been fantastic so far this season?
Thanks for the update, and its good to see them visiting kids before their forever long road trip starts later in the month – maybe Atlanta Spirit can cough up some tix to those kids that are able to leave and their parents for a few hours away from the hospital. Its amazing as much as the Thrashers do in the community you’d think they would have more screen time on local TV (I was surprised to see Fox 5 give more than 15 seconds to their coverage of the Panther @ Thrasher Game AKA Swipergate, then spend 10 seconds on Matt Ryans “Turf Toe”. About freakin time!)

msubearfan

December 2nd, 2009
5:30 pm

White needs to be removed from the PP asap. Kane is tied for 4th on this team and that without any real PP time. It doesn’t make much sense to keep giving White those minutes. Pevs does PK and PP duty, as do some of our D men, so I really don’t see how it would negatively impact that aspect of his game.

fes

December 2nd, 2009
5:34 pm

I’m guessing the JA will not put Kane on the PP just to keep the kid fresh. He’s not used to playing such a long season yet and there’s no reason to tire him out. I’d rather have him playing solid on the PK and no PP than just mediocre on each.

Dwayne

December 2nd, 2009
6:37 pm

At this point in the season, and playing so well, Coaches can tinker a little with the PK and PP. Should not affect anyone, even Kane.

sisu

December 2nd, 2009
6:38 pm

good call fes, it is easy to forget that Kane is a rookie. Plus, the PP is doing pretty well so no need to panic yet.

The Earl of Bud

December 2nd, 2009
7:54 pm

Smoothie, maybe “tinker” should have been used instead of “panic button”, to-may-to, to-mah-to.

But we have the #6 PP in the league. As for any recent struggles, yes, we didn’t get a PPG against Fla, but we also only had 1 PP opportunity the whole game!

We got a PPG against Philly, but we only had about 3-4 true opportunities the whole game. All of the other penalties that were called against Philly we also had offsetting penalties. But 1 out of 3 or 4 is good.

Against Carolina, there were only 2 penalties called against Carolina the whole game.

Now against Detroit there were 4 penalties called against the Red Wings, but we did convert on 1 of them so all is well at 25%.

Finally against Tampa we did get 3 penalties called against them but one was with 45 seconds left, so that makes it difficult because the intermission is a natural penalty killer in that you really only have 2 separate abbreviated PPs.

So, while it may seem like our production is down on the whole for the last few games, in reality we have not been getting as many chances to get some true scoring opportunities with the man advantage.

If you are only getting 1-2 PP chances a game, don’t expect to get that many goals off of it. That would mean you have to have a PP% of 50% and no team in the league is over 25%. It’s not the PP that is broke, it is our limited # of chances on it that is causing PP production to go down.

The Earl of Bud

December 2nd, 2009
10:22 pm

Chris, nice article on Max. I am curious though, why is Kozlov so bitter at Buffalo? He was barely there.

While Waddell clearly won that trade for Kozlov, Buffalo then took what they got from us and traded it for Hecht who was a guy that played a key role in their back-to-back conference finals, President’s Trophy, and is still on the team now as they are in first place in the division.

So I guess the real loser in the Kozlov trade between Buffalo and Atlanta was Edmonton.

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December 3rd, 2009
12:43 am

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[...] -The Thrashers took former Penguins defenseman Noah Welch (knee) off injured reserve and placed him on waivers with the hopes of demoting him to Chicago of the AHL. [...]

J-man

December 3rd, 2009
8:41 am

Please please please please please… somebody claim Welch. We have way too many d-men at Chicago already and don’t need another non-prospect fighting for playing time with guys who have a realistic chance of playing a useful role for the Thrashers in the near future.

Midfield

December 3rd, 2009
12:39 pm

If Buffalo fans and announcers accurately reflect that organization, I can see why Kozzy made his comments.

The Earl of Bud

December 3rd, 2009
12:52 pm

Midfield, can you enlighten us with something accurate? Keep in mind this is in reference to why Kozlov said it was bad, so don’t bring out examples of things that happened after he left. I look forward to your accurate reflection.

Toby

December 3rd, 2009
12:55 pm

Atlanta’s Noah Welch and New York Rangers’ Stephen Valiquette both cleared waivers today.

Midfield

December 3rd, 2009
2:16 pm

Earl, everything I said in my post is accurate. I’ve just double checked it. Give it another try.

The Earl of Bud

December 3rd, 2009
3:02 pm

Midfield, all you said was that you see why he made those comments. I didn’t say that was inaccurate, I just want to know why you feel that way.

Can you give an example? To just say “I see why the economy is good” doesn’t really tell us much as to whether it truly is good or not. You would have to point to the unemployment rate being down or GDP being high, or some piece of factual information. I look forward to you sharing those facts with the rest of us so I can understand better why you feel that Kozzy should make those comments.

Midfield

December 3rd, 2009
3:48 pm

Yes, Earl. I said that if Buffalo fans and announcers accurately reflect on that organization, I can see why Kozzy made his comments. I may add that I don’t think that neither Buffalo fans, not their announcers had drastically changed after Kozzy’s departure. I’ve had everybody in the office double check my statement. It appears to be accurate. Accurate enough for AJC board anyway.

Midfield

December 3rd, 2009
3:59 pm

Earl, I have an update. one guy from down the hall has just told me not to hold back and tell you what I really think of them. I think, I’ll pass for now, though. It’s a holiday season, after all.

The Earl of Bud

December 3rd, 2009
4:55 pm

Midfield, can you say why your coworkers think your statement is accurate? By that do you mean that they feel Kozzy wouldn’t want to play for a team that is front of sold out crowds on most nights and actually has a waiting list for their season tickets?

This is what I don’t understand. Most players enjoy that atmosphere versus the ghost town feeling that many on these boards have described Philips Arena as looking like. Many here have suggested that our team plays better on the road for that very reason. But you refuse to give us any explantion to why you and your coworkers feel that Slava Kozlov does not like playing in front of sold out crowds.

Midfield

December 3rd, 2009
6:01 pm

Why do we feel this way? Because most of the Buffalo fans we’ve seen are – what’s the appropriate term here – let’s just say, not pleasant people to be around. That’s taking into account all the expected hockey fan roughness and emotions and all that. Let’s just say that we would take Toronto fans over Buffalo fans any given night. But that’s just us. With the show of hands, how many people here like Buffalo fans at Philips?

The Earl of Bud

December 3rd, 2009
10:47 pm

Ooooohhhhhh, I’m sawee that some big bad Buffowoe fans hut your wittle feewings.

Dray

December 4th, 2009
1:24 am

I know a Buffalo fan I like. He’s also a Thrashers fan, a NHL fan, a hockey fan.
Seeing fans at games wearing different jerseys.. I can’t say feelings that are pleasant are required. They’re also fans. And without fans from different city’s we don’t have a league.
Also, so what if a player doesn’t like a coach, ect.. Also as a player knowing your boss has some coin in his pocket from a good fan base, is kinda nice.
Sounds to me like someone should get their ball back and play by themselves. EOB- I blame that one on you.

The Earl of Bud

December 4th, 2009
11:47 am

So is this Dray from Calgary or just someone else named “Dray” who wants to make it seem like he is Dray from Calgary? Why do people sign on with other people’s names? Dray – I blame that one on you. Stop impersonating other posters.

Dray from Calgary

December 9th, 2009
9:36 pm

EOB – No No No. That wasn’t what I meant. That will teach me being tired making a late post . I was actually backing you up but obviously failed miserably…. So insert: Midfield – at the beginning of my last post..While trying to reason with Midfield it was apparent it would make no difference. It reminded me as a kid that some kids no matter how hard one tries to reason with should just get their ball back and go play by themselves. Your last post cracked me up so in my failed attempt at humor while telling him this, blamed it on you. Thanks for responding, not thinking it was me, which was giving me the benefit of the doubt so I could explain what I meant.