Updated: Thrashers call up Kulda from AHL Chicago

Just arrived at the XCel Energy Center for Thrashers morning skate. I’m very early, but it’s better than sitting in a hotel room. I’ll watch the Wild skate.

The news so far today is that the Thrashers have called up defensman Arturs Kulda from AHL Chicago. The official announcement will come later today. He did not practice as his equipment is en route.

I did a feature on Kulda earlier this season (how about that?). At the time, GM Don Waddell said he would have no problem calling Kulda up if he need be. Kulda was paired with Zach Bogosian in juniors.

The Thrashers are carrying just six defensemen after the placing Christoph Schubert and Boris Valabik on injured reserve.

Mark Popovic and Nik Antropov did not skate. Could be reason for Kulda call-up without Popovic?

Looks like the lines are being tweaked. Here’s what they looked liked in practice (minus Antropov):

Light Blue: Kozlov-Peverley-Afinogenov

Gray: Bergfors-White-Little

Orange: Kane-Slater-Armstrong

Dark Blue: Boulton-Reasoner-Thorburn

Kari Lehtonen spoke to the Dallas media following his trade. Here is some of what the goaltender had to say:

“It’s a big opportunity for me. I had some rough times in Atlanta and some good times. Now I can start with a clean sheet and I just have to do well and play well. That’s what I believe I can give.

“I had a feeling something might happen in Atlanta. I didn’t know who of the three goalies in Atlanta it might be, but when it happened yesterday it was quite a big shock. I am really happy right now and I am grateful to the Stars that they want to give me a chance.”

For those interested, I did purchase a coat (don’t worry AJC bookkeepers, it won’t be appearing on an expense report). It was four degrees in St. Paul at 10 a.m.

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Season Ticket Holder

February 12th, 2010
12:22 pm

I just read this quote from Mark Cuban in an article commenting on his desire to become a minority owner of the Stars…”I’m not looking to outright buy the team,” Cuban said. “I have talked to somebody who is interested in buying the team and I told them I would try to help them get a deal done. From my end, I like hockey, I’m a fan, but I’m not a hockey guy. l’m not going to lie and pretend I can come in and bring the energy that I try to bring to the Mavs….”.
I wish the Atlanta Spirit ownership group were great sports businessmen and as forward-thinking as Cuban, with good heads on their shoulders. Instead, they are ego maniacs that don’t have a clue of how to run a hockey team nor fire a GM. No one in hockey can understand how Don still has a job. Fire Waddell and let Rick Dudley run the team you idiots.

Nibiru

February 22nd, 2010
9:02 am

Survival group against God?? LOL. Good luck with that. Truth is, no one knows the exact time this will happen except the man upstairs, however, I firmly believe that there are people placed here by God that post the warning signs and it’s up to you to take heed.