I return … and so does Mannino … and Schubert

I’m back from a nine-day hiatus, well-rested and ready for the stretch drive.

With Ondrej Pavelec still participating in the Olympics, the Thrashers re-called goaltender Peter Mannino from AHL Chicago Wednesday. He will join the team as they resume practice at 2 p.m.

At Wednesday’s practice, defenseman Christoph Schubert was on the ice. It’s the first I’ve seen him skate since injuring his knee earlier this season.

On item of interest, on Friday night the Thrashers will hold a 3-on-3 scrimmage, skills competition and shootout at the Duluth IceForum for players not at the Olympics. The event begins at 7:50 p.m. and is scheduled to last an hour. The event is free and open to the public.

Viv the Sieve returns. If you are interested, I will be at Thrashers practice early on Thursday to write a first-person account of what it’s like to by a goaltender. I should be on the ice, getting a crash course tutorial, at 9:15 a.m. I’m sure there will be plenty to laugh at. Seriously, I believe it’s the hardest job in all of sports.

I will update later if there is anything from practice.

30 comments Add your comment

Schroeder

February 24th, 2010
11:25 am

Should we read anything into Mannino being there or is it just to fill both end of the rink,Chicago is still playing and to lose your #1 goalie so the parent club can practice? Jusy sayin.

The Real Thrash

February 24th, 2010
12:12 pm

Schroeder Good point dude.

DWTOO

February 24th, 2010
12:41 pm

Probably just an opportunity for Mannino to get some face time with the big club. Sucks for Chicago tho’. Top goalie getting called up for practice.

R. Stroz

February 24th, 2010
12:44 pm

C-Viv – You need to pick stendec up on your way to practice. I’m sure he would give you some pointers on how “not to be a sieve.”

Brendan

February 24th, 2010
12:48 pm

Bloggers, asking the questions that matter. I love it. If I were the AHL club, I’d say, “It costs NOTHING in air fare to take a backup goalie from Gwinnett for your practices.”

Unless … like I’ve pointed out numerous now … Hedberg’s trade value will NEVER, EVERRRRR be higher than it is right now. I have the feeling Moose isn’t going anywhere. And that Waddell fully expects Moose and Pavelec to be the “1-2 punch” that gets the Thrashers into the playoffs. That’s how Waddell’s brain works.

Then again, could Moose be packaged in a trade that brings a goalie here? Don’t say Marty Turco. We already gave them Lehtonen. Dallas probably isn’t looking for Hedberg, too. But there’s a surplus on Long Island. Could Biron be part of a trade to Atlanta? Could Rolosson?

I doubt anything will happen.

MASHAPlayer7

February 24th, 2010
12:57 pm

I think it’s just a small reward for Mannino, who has outplayed McIntyre in Chicago. The Wolves will do fine with McIntyre though. The guy is a two-time AHL All-Star team member.

MrDezzy

February 24th, 2010
1:14 pm

Good for Mannino, anybody know what happend to Caruso????

Wayne stuck in AL

February 24th, 2010
1:15 pm

Too bad we couldn’t send Bogosian to Chicago during the break so he could learn how to play D from Chelios…

Schroeder

February 24th, 2010
1:48 pm

Maybe a 3 way deal that would send out Armstrong and Moose and net us back Poni?

J.B.

February 24th, 2010
2:38 pm

I would love to see Poni in Atlanta, but that is paying WAY too much for him. Maybe if he was signed another year or two…

Sara

February 24th, 2010
2:44 pm

Not to burst any trade bubbles but the Bolts and Lightning also called up goalies today. Both teams also have goalies at the Olympics. Pretty sure this is just a practice fill-in.

Jimbo

February 24th, 2010
2:47 pm

Way to go Donnie Brilliane. The Wolves are burning up the AHL right now and you try to break up their momentum by pulling their best goalie up for practice. And Donnie wonders why the Chicago ownership hates its affiliation with the Thrash. Let’s stick Donnie in goal without a mask and let some of the more disgruntled fans fire away at him.

Alan R.

February 24th, 2010
3:03 pm

You guys are aware that Mannino is Thrashers property, right? This means the AHL club has no say whatsoever in what happens with him. None. We could call him up only to have him warm the bench for three weeks. Then demote and re-promote him for those same purposes.

None of us really know why he got called up, but here he is.

Only LOSERS Back into Parking Spaces

February 24th, 2010
3:07 pm

Wouldn’t it be GREAT if Freak-Nik returns to Atlanta just in time for the Thrashers to make the NHL Playoffs?

Bob

February 24th, 2010
3:52 pm

Sara pokes her head in. Hey Sara, how are you liking the job Brian Burke has done as GM building this USA Olympic team. Care to compare and contrast to the job your buddy Waddell has done?

Bonus question: Are you looking forward to Ilya Kovalchuk leading us in our playoff run after his return from the Olympics?!?

Lee

February 24th, 2010
4:09 pm

Yay, a new face in the NHL, and Schuby returns! Any news on Boris?

hock456

February 24th, 2010
4:30 pm

Bob great questions for Sara !!!!
Geez maybe a good response from her ! LOL

Darren

February 24th, 2010
5:04 pm

Dave Caruso signed with the New Jersey organization.

Chris Vivlamore

February 24th, 2010
6:38 pm

I asked John Anderson about replacing Kovalchuk as captain and he said that won’t happen this year. They will continue the captain by committee with the four alternates and talk about a new captain during the summer.

Chris Vivlamore

February 24th, 2010
6:39 pm

Lee: Nothing new on Boris. Was not there today (that I saw). He is done for the season.

Don (Not That One)

February 24th, 2010
6:39 pm

Mannino is just here for practice with the big team. It’s just a short fill in until our regular goalies return. And yes it’s a reward for good play, if they called McIntyre instead, it would be an insult. Also they can only call Gladiators goalies that are their property.

Also put an end to the Turco rumors. Dallas wavied Auld, so Dallas will finish the season with Turco and LeThemIn

StateBird

February 24th, 2010
8:31 pm

Has anybody noticed how good Doughty has looked at the Olympics and compared his progression to Bogo’s regression? I remember how good Bogo looked against him and the Kings last year in Los Angeles. Would love to get Bogo back to form.

Lovin the beatdown the Canucks are putting on the Russians!

Rone

February 24th, 2010
9:57 pm

Boyle should get booted from Olympic play right now. I could care less about the Ruskies, but the initial hit, which was called as a penalty (questionable) did not warrant the cheap shot that Boyle delivered to Semin. Don Cherry is right! Fighting relieves tension. But if you fight in the Olympics, you get suspended. Therefore! Boyle took matters into his own hands, in a game situation. Cheapshot, Cheap players, Cheap country. I hope the U.S.A. gets another chance to whoop you snow farmers!

StateBird

February 24th, 2010
10:10 pm

Well said Rone. I didn’t see much wrong with the original Semin hit. He led with his shoulder and didn’t hit in the head. Had the roles been reversed and it had been a Canadian I am sure the announcers would have praised him for “finishing his check”.

But the Russians are quitters. I would be nervous and worrying about my goalie if I was in San Jose now.

Bob

February 25th, 2010
9:11 am

Agreed, Semin’s hit was clean. However, it was late in a 7-3 blowout and there was no need for it, he did it out of frustration. Boyle should be suspended for what he did, it was dirty and premeditated. The gold medal game should be great if both the U.S. and Canada can get there.

So sad to see Ilya and his fellow Russians get their rears handed to them. Ok, not really, loved every minute of it. That looked like a Don Waddell assembled squad out there, bunch of fast skaters, can’t play as a team and got outworked. Can’t believe the Russian coach left Nabokov in there when it was obvious he was off his game, should have been pulled after the 3rd goal.

J-man

February 25th, 2010
9:27 am

For whatever it’s worth, a couple of years ago USA Today ran a series on the most difficult jobs in sports. Hitting a baseball was #1 and driving in NASCAR was #2. I’m sure playing goalie is pretty tough, but you might find it easier to do that than to hit a moving 90+ MPH pitch.

sisu

February 25th, 2010
9:34 am

Well, most of the team should be back soon from the Olympics :) Sweden was eliminated! So Toby is on his way back, so is Max and Kubina…

J.B.

February 25th, 2010
10:31 am

That of course means that Oduya and Pavelec are on the way back also.

[...] -With goaltender Ondrej Pavelec still playing for Slovakia, the Thrasher recalled goaltender Peter Mannino from Chicago of the AHL. [...]

MrDezzy

February 25th, 2010
12:23 pm

Thanks Darren, my old goalie, just wanted to see where he was