The Thrashers held practice Sunday before departing to New Jersey for Monday’s game with the Devils.
Evander Kane missed the practice. He appeared to injure his shoulder Saturday against the Lightning. He did return to the ice afterward, but did not skate Sunday. Coach John Anderson said he was checked out by doctors, was listed as day-to-day and will make the next leg of the road trip.
Tobias Enstrom will be playing in his first Olympics. He found out he made the Swedish team on Sunday – by text message from Johan Hedberg. Enstrom joins Ilya Kovalchuk and Max Afinogenov who were named to the Russian Olympic team Christmas Day.
Look for Boris Valabik to keep playing. I talked to Anderson about him this morning. He likes what he is seeing as Valabik continues to get in condition.
Chris Chelios signed another Professional Tryout Contract with AHL Chicago. He has appeared in 22 games and is second on the team with a plus-nine rating.
Thrashers prospects – and both second-round draft picks this year – Carl Klingberg and Jeremy Morin each scored goals in the opening round of the World Junior Hockey Championships Saturday. Klingberg, playing for Sweden, scored in a 10-1 win over the Czech Republic. Morin scored for the United States in a 7-3 win over Slovakia. Both teams are in action again Sunday.
Kari Lehtonen was again on the ice before practice. He was in full pads and did some skating and stretching before leaving the ice when players reported. He did face a few shots – from Nik Antropov’s young son.
Here are the lines this morning with Kane out:
That’s your Sunday report. Thrashers are on the road and don’t return home until Jan. 4. I will do my best to keep you up to date while they are away and I finish some college football stories in advance of the Chick-fil-A Bowl.