Welch clears waivers, Pavelec in goal

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.

34 comments Add your comment

TableHockey

December 3rd, 2009
1:48 pm

Thanks for the update Chris – and yes Rosa’s is the best pizza intown.

Toby

December 3rd, 2009
2:05 pm

Poor Espo…I hope I’m wrong, but I’m thinkin it’s over.

Thrash will avenge the loss!!!!!!!!!!!!

sisu

December 3rd, 2009
2:10 pm

So was there some plan to bring Welch back up? If so that would be 9 dmen?

kracker

December 3rd, 2009
2:19 pm

Chris, I got nervous when I read “Without Ilya Kovalchuk…” above!

I think the book on the Thrash is that you have to get to them early if you expect to beat them so I look for the Islanders to come out hard just like every team now does vs the Thrashers. It would be really nice to see the team push back right from the opening puck instead of getting it going 5 minutes into the second period — or later.

kracker

December 3rd, 2009
2:21 pm

sisu — I think he meant Welsh cleared waivers going down to Chicago.

Hollywould

December 3rd, 2009
3:16 pm

Get up early tonite/play hard from the start and watch out for Sutton’s cheap shots.

J-man

December 3rd, 2009
3:23 pm

The Thrashers don’t need Welch. The Wolves don’t need Welch. Why was he even signed? I was hoping someone might claim him. What we really need is Waddell to think the ranks and stop filling the Wolves with yet more defensemen to compete with legitimate NHL prospects for playing time. Exactly how many defensemen does Waddell think that Chicago needs? There are 11 right now on the active roster. And if Welch plays even 1 game in Atlanta, something has gone horribly horribly wrong.

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MB

December 3rd, 2009
4:05 pm

J-man, the only thing I can think of with Welch is he could be a sweetener for a deal further down the line. He has good size and has played in a handful of NHL games with the Pens and the Panthers. I’ve never seen him play, so I don’t know what upside he offers.

Sadtoseeitthisway

December 3rd, 2009
4:42 pm

Well MB, Noah Welch sounds like a good guy with a good attitude, and seems to know his place considering he`d been placed on waivers, and cleared them in a 24 hour period. If a player was ever going to say something stupid, this would be the time. One has to be going through a lot of mental trauma at a time like this. However, your suggestion of including him in a deal as a “sweetener”, makes one wonder. He was just on waivers, other teams could have had him for nothing. Why would you expect one of those teams to come back later and give up a player for him? Where do we find these experts?

The Earl of Bud

December 3rd, 2009
5:24 pm

Sadtoseeitthisway – it was these experts who brought in Max (I can’t believe I’m typing that now, but I will), Antropov & Kubina. I see this as a Kiwi type deal. Sign ‘em in case you might need him, it costs nothing to cut him. And he isn’t taking a roster spot of anyone in Atlanta or Chicago. I can see the complaint of taking playing time from guys on the Wolves, but that hasn’t happened yet.

Chris, too bad it’s getting colder now, you missed out on eating Rosa’s on the roof. Reuben’s across the street and down a few steps used to be a favorite of mine too.

MB

December 3rd, 2009
5:40 pm

I wouldn’t, Sad. You see, a sweetener is a thrown in, not a central component of a trade. So say team A wants to trade two of its players for two of team B’s players, but team B isn’t quite sure. So team A throws in a Noah Welch as a sweetener to the deal. Maybe it works, maybe it doesn’t. Same basic concept as throwing in a later round draft pick or future considerations. Surely you’re familiar with the practice, given your expertise.

But then again, you clearly have a much better reason for why we’re hanging on to Welch, so please enlighten us. Is he the defensive version of Peverley? The next Bogosian? Or is it because he’s a Harvard man? Please, do tell!!!!

Chris Vivlamore

December 3rd, 2009
5:49 pm

Who can eat at Rosa’s on the roof? Who knew?

The Earl of Bud

December 3rd, 2009
5:55 pm

Chris, it’s a little confusing, so let me see if I can remember this. But if you are facing the counter (so the window to Broad street should be on your left) turn to the right with your back to the door to get in the place. Going towards the back wall, there should be a 1/2 flight of stairs to the right of the bathroom. Then you wrap around, and you go towards another flight which will actually take you up there. People used to eat on the roof all the time.

Of course, since I think it was Rosa’s who put all the tables and chairs up there, if you just ask one of the guys behind the counter they will point you in the right direction. Not only is it a bit confusing but it’s been a couple years since I was doing that a couple times a month. If you aren’t used to the cold you might not like it now, and if you are used to the cold, you will fry in July & August.

Great hideout though with a nice view depending where you are up there.

LAC

December 3rd, 2009
6:06 pm

Sutton should not be playing tonight as their website says he’s OUT
due to a groin injury…

Brendan

December 3rd, 2009
7:18 pm

Normally, I really don’t much care for the Islanders. But ever since they got Tavares, they’re a lot more fun to watch.

stendec

December 3rd, 2009
9:21 pm

Another totally heartless choke job at Loseland! I know it disappointed the two fans in attendance. Thrashers gave up against Islanders. DAMN ISLANDERS! No fire. No resolve. No clue! Fans are right to stay away en masse. These quitters do not deserve support from fans! No points. NONE! On home ice. Against Islanders. DAMN ISLANDERS! Wonder how long this new losing streak will last? Damn Pavs for doing impersonation of Sori Letemin! Moose should have been between pipes. Damn marshmallow goals! Thoroughly nauseated. Thanks Thrashers. FOR DAMN NOTHING! Bestards. ++STENDEC++

KLS1

December 3rd, 2009
9:26 pm

Enough with the maroon jerseys…they look bad and we play bad! Had our chances early but hit posts. Felt like the Islanders had weathered the storm after the first and then just poured it on. Let at least one point for this game slip away.

LAC

December 3rd, 2009
9:32 pm

I have to agree with Stendec, this was a NO EFFORT game.

Burn, get RID of those HORRIBLE red jersey’s they LOSE everytime they have them on !!!!

So much for John Anderson’s “revenge”… We let a fragile NYI team make us look like Carolina or worse, WORST effort of the season PERIOD.

No wonder ther were and ARE going to be Empty Sections until this team wins on a consistant basis, what 5,000 tonight ?…and lapses like this really make you wonmder is this team for real or just a 2 month fluke… Looks like a Fluke now !

Who wants to come watch these wreched type games ?…

Thrashy Thrashy

December 3rd, 2009
10:11 pm

stendec and LAC,

The Isles played a good game tonight. The Thrashers didn’t. Why does the world always fall apart for the two of you jag-offs whenever this team doesn’t play well? The Thrashers are not a great hockey team. We all know that. However, they aren’t a bad one. They’ll be fine. Suck it up for once, you pansies. You are the Mandy Suttons of this blog. Man up.

The Earl of Bud

December 3rd, 2009
10:51 pm

LAC – the Isles are only 1 point out of the playoffs, so I wouldn’t refer to them as “fragile”. As a matter of fact, when someone predicted on a previous blog that we would sweep 4 in a row, I said no because the Isles would be a tough game.

The Earl of Bud

December 3rd, 2009
10:53 pm

KLS1 – they really do need to scrap them soon.

Brendan, as we saw tonight Moulson is also exciting and Okposo is gonna be good some day. Imagine if Dipietro completes his comeback this month and starts playing hot, that will be very interesting.

The Earl of Bud

December 3rd, 2009
10:56 pm

LAC – correction, with tonight’s win NYI are in the playoffs, so that was a playoff team we lost to tonight. We are still in the #6 seed, Ottawa is losing now but we have a game in hand on them if they do get a point tonight, so all’s not lost in Thrasherville.

Brendan

December 3rd, 2009
11:44 pm

Allright, my post is in blog purgatory.

LAC

December 3rd, 2009
11:47 pm

thrashy thrashy get a life man… This was a game with NO passion, going through the motions from start to finish, simple as that, so I want to make it REAL simple so YOU will understand.

It was to avenge for the 6-3 loss,right ? We looked like a lower ECHL team tonight… With a tough road trip coming these were IMPORTANT points to get and Atlanta failed in every respect.

thrashy thrashy, you think I am wrong, go look at some comments on some blogs in Canada and I am like lukewarm water compared to some of those.

Bad Game period, and things may be tough to recover from…

thrashy thrashy, go stick it, you need to be more observant of the events that respond to !!!

So,

Gwinnett Fred

December 4th, 2009
12:13 am

I go as often as I can, but I really hope the organization doesn’t wonder why nobody comes to the games. This has to be the worst playing at home team that is great on the road in many years in the NHL.

It’s just sad – I really want a reason to go to more games, but spending $150 for a couple decent seats and associated costs just isn’t in the budget when the odds of winning are so poor.

Maybe I’ll try to catch them on the road more often.

Dray

December 4th, 2009
1:40 am

LAC – Have you thought about a career in coaching?

Dray

December 4th, 2009
2:20 am

LAC – There is skill and there is heart…Kovy, Max, Nik and Enstrom have skill but combined for a MINUS 10. Give me a break. Kovy you say you’re worth 10 large. Well show it ! This isn’t a part time job. You got all summer to spend your money. For now you’re on our dime. That goes for all of them.
That was 2.5 hrs. of my life I can’t get back.

stendec

December 4th, 2009
7:44 am

Hey Trashy Trailer Trash – The main point here is the totally unacceptable going through motions ON HOME ICE! Few fans are able to travel with the team on road. Choke jobs against inferior teams ON HOME ICE will not have folks scrambling to get into Loseland. Such debacles have a completely opposite effect! Suppose the Falcons upset the Saints in Louisiana and Colts in Indiana. Would that justify losses to the Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins at Georgia Dome? Not to a TRUE fan they would not! Fans such as you fail to grasp the overall picture! Foes should dread playing in Atlanta. Most teams consider Philips Milk Of Magnesia Arena a home away with from home! That must change to put INTELLIGENT hockey fans in seats. Apologists will be there regardless! Thrashers realize there is no accountability for heartless home debacles. Be proud Trashy Trailer Trash when Thrashers fail to make playoffs because of giveup home ice losses like this one to Islanders. DAMN ISLANDERS! Total bullshet. ++STENDEC++

Hockey Biltong

December 4th, 2009
8:55 am

Stendec,
I like your post game prediction of putting Moose in the net. What other post game suggestions will you wow us with next time???? Hindsight is 20/20 m8.
No one likes a loss, especially when you feel it shouldn’t happen.
So Arthropod never played in front of the net last night. He was always behind it.Little posted up, but he weighs 140lbs. Kovy took some lame shots and made some lame passes. Hainsey, well, he didn’t have a good game either. We weren’t physical at all, no good hits, almost as if we got the first goal and went on cruise control expecting to win…
So we ate humble pie and will learn from it…and the Islanders played well.Well enough for a 4-1 win.
We move on.

stendec

December 4th, 2009
9:40 am

Hey Hockey B…Move on with this comment:

“We lost a game at home again,” (Pavs) said. “We need to fight a little more for two points in our building.”

Believe starting goalie knows a bit more than you do!

You must be a Kari Lehtonen apologist!

Prim8.

++STENDEC++

stendec

December 4th, 2009
9:43 am

“We lost a game at home again,” (Pavs) said. “We need to fight a little more for two points in our building.”

Thanks for honest assessment but not two soft goals surrendered!

++STENDEC++

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Hockey Biltong

December 4th, 2009
8:16 pm

Just remember where we were 2 years ago. Way down at the bottom of the hole. So everybody climbed out but you????
Why???