Back from morning skate and a quick lunch – Rosa’s Pizza on Broad Street. I love that place.
Here’s the news of the day:
Noah Welch has cleared waivers and team will assign him to AHL Chicago. I spoke with him yesterday. He would have liked a chance to begin practicing with the Thrashers but understood the decision to start working his way back from offseason knee surgery in Chicago.
Ondrej Pavelec will be in goal tonight vs. the Islanders. Without Ilya Kovalchuk, the Thrashers lost 6-3 on the island earlier this season. Thrashers coach John Anderson is looking to avenge the loss. This is what he said following the morning skate: “We had meetings on top of meetings after that game. Give the Islanders some credit, they played very well in that game. They were like rats on cheese with that puck. We couldn’t get near it. … It was a little bit of a reckoning that we just can’t throw our sticks and skates on the ice and expect to win hockey games.”
Angelo Esposito was at the arena following the skate. He said he is not sure when he will have surgery on his torn ACL, but it figures to be next week sometime. I’ll keep you updated on that.