Thrashers (lengthy) injury update

Just back back from Thrashers practice where I got an update on several injuries.

*Todd White will miss at least Thursday’s game with an upper-body injury. He got hurt along the boards Tuesday against the Bruins. “We are not sure what it is yet,” Thrashers coach John Anderson said.

*Chris Thorburn took part in practice. He missed the past few games with a back injury. Anderson said Thorburn will likely play. If he can’t go, they may dress seven defensemen. Thorburn, who skated on a practice line with Eric Boulton and defenseman Mark Popovic because of the rash of injuries, joked such a line “would grind the heck out of it.”

*Slava Kozlov will miss four or five more days, according to Anderson. Kozlov was hit in the face with a puck during Saturday’s pre-game skate. He rode an exercise bike Wednesday and Anderson was waiting for a report.

*Evander Kane, out with a fractured left foot, skated on Tuesday but reported soreness. Anderson estimated that it would probably be another week or 10 days until he can return.

*Christoph Schubert, out with a pulled muscle in his hip, is still several weeks away from a return. He is expected to begin skating shortly to begin returning  to game condition.

*Angelo Esposito is back in Atlanta rehabbing from his torn ACL. He said he expected to remain here through May to work with Thrashers doctors and trainers.

*In addition to White and Kozlov missing practice, Nik Antropov did not skate – making it necessary for Popovic to skate with forwards. Anderson did say a minor-league call-up was possible should Thorburn not be ready to play.

39 comments Add your comment

Fair Weather Fan

March 24th, 2010
2:15 pm

First…Wow…That was too easy!

J(Z)

March 24th, 2010
2:24 pm

Didn’t want White to get injured but he has GOT to GOOOOOOOO
Bogosian looked especially terrible last night too, but I guess everyone did.

We haven’t called up a single offensive player from Chicago all year, have we? Seems odd. Only defense.

Terrel

March 24th, 2010
2:24 pm

They need to work on the Power Play. Some have called it the “Flower Play” or “Power Pass”

Terrel

March 24th, 2010
2:25 pm

Oh yeah, and why is Tobias afriad to shoot the puck?

J.B.

March 24th, 2010
2:25 pm

what did they work on today? given everything that went wrong last night, it’s hard to guess. i hope some basic fundamentals, like passing for instance, were covered this morning.

i reiterate that i will not give up until mathematically eliminated. go thrashers!

TableHockey

March 24th, 2010
2:25 pm

Hey Chris – did coach give any idea as to who he might call up if he went that route?

GaVaHokie

March 24th, 2010
2:54 pm

Probably who he always calls up… Krog.

Chris Vivlamore

March 24th, 2010
2:57 pm

TableHockey: He wouldn’t mention names for potential call-ups. I think that’s a long shot. I talked to Thorburn and he most likely will play.

Jeff97

March 24th, 2010
3:06 pm

They better just come out and play on Thursday night. Dont even think about the playoffs or what the other teams are doing. Too much was made of the game last night and the Thrashers played like it. Unfortunately, this team seems to have a history of not performing well in really big games at home.

If we win on Thursday, there is still hope. I feel a another loss sends us on another losing streak and an end to the season….

Lee

March 24th, 2010
3:09 pm

I WANT MY MONEY BACK FROM LAST NIGHTS GAME!!!!!!

ChippersLoveChild

March 24th, 2010
3:14 pm

J(Z) I think Krog was up for a brief moment this year.

TableHockey

March 24th, 2010
3:18 pm

Hope they come out on fire – I’ll be in 116

rob

March 24th, 2010
3:37 pm

terrel,
I screamed at him to shoot the puck several several times last night. (oddly it has the same effect live that it does when you are sitting on the couch at home……none) The success he had the other night when he actually teed up and shot should show not only him, but THE COACH too, that he HAS TO SHOOT THE PUCK MORE!!!!! OMG I don’t know how else to put it and how OBVIOUS it is to anyone who has watched more than 2 games!!!! 100% of the shots you don’t take won’t score. Forcing the pass through 4 people for a shot from the far side isn’t your first option. I bet every goalie in the league starts moving to the far side as soon as they see he has the puck…. UGH!!! c’mon Toby we need the points you are capable of putting up! Make the first guy miss like you do SO VERY OFTEN, and then SHOOT!!!!!

Savannah Blueland Fan

March 24th, 2010
3:47 pm

Re: Todd White “We are not sure what it is yet”—–my thoughts exactly!

J(Z)

March 24th, 2010
4:00 pm

Yeah, I definitely didn’t get my “tree-fitty” worth last night!!!!!

I think they recalled Machachuk once too, but I don’t think either of them appeared in a game.
I’ve seen Esposito in the injured players suite a few times, he’s been in there a while now, it took me forever to figure out who it was – my company has a suite right next to that one :)

GT_thrasherfan

March 24th, 2010
4:57 pm

I was a few rows behind Hedberg when White got hurt. He couldn’t keep hold on his stick, and skated off very slowly holding his hand like it was severely bruised/broken. Not sure how true this ended up being but that was my initial reaction.

Ward

March 24th, 2010
5:10 pm

Every true fan remains positive until the “ice is taken away for the summer”…..The hill climb facing the team right now is daunting to say the least. Last night’s effort was sobering but somewhat typical of the season and even the last few seasons. Up, down, highs, lows, what the team still needs and must get is leadership on ice to remedy the group “fragility” Anderson speaks of. We got “outmanned” last night in every category…yet we did the same to Philly and Buffalo and Ottawa. How come it can’t be consistent? leadership on the ice.

Gwinnett Fred

March 24th, 2010
6:02 pm

What Lee said…… I want a refund – I am tired of shelling out money and seeing crappy efforts.

BTW- YOU FORGOT ONE MORE INJURY – THE TEAM AS A WHOLE SHOULD BE NURSING A BROKEN PRIDE AFTER THAT P.O.S. EFFORT AGAINST THE BRUINS.

I hate to say this, but I honestly don’t know if I even want them to sneak in as the 8th seed and get blasted 5-1, 7-2, 4-0 & 6-2 in another sweep against the Capitals.

Fair Weather Fan

March 24th, 2010
7:18 pm

The Flyers have come apart at the seams. Either we overtake them and get the Caps or we at least get the satisfaction of watching the Caps completely embarrass the Flyers. Wouldn’t be surprised if their 3 L’s in a row soon becomes 6 or 7 L’s in a row. I think I’d be happy with #8 because this young team needs true playoff experience…..Even if that means the Caps.

It’s funny to read some of the Philly blogs. There are some peed off fans in that town! They even got robbed of a goal last night like we were a couple of weeks ago….LOL

Kirk P

March 24th, 2010
8:19 pm

Hey Chris,

Today’s photo in the AJC wasn’t Armstrong on the penalty shot. It was the end of the play that created the penalty shot. See the ref’s arm up?

Gwinnett Fred

March 24th, 2010
8:25 pm

I think Chris has left the building – 1 reply is all the AJC can afford to spend on a Trashers blogger.

Sage of Bluesland

March 24th, 2010
8:44 pm

Did anyone hear our own bumbling, lisping, blustering fraud of a GM on the radio today? I heard enough on the way home from work to vomit a little in my mouth.

From the softball questions to the repetitive bluster that we’ve heard for, oh, a DECADE now…no wonder this town has what it does.

Most of the time, you do indeed get what you deserve. This is precisely one of those cases. It’s funny how all of the vim-and-vigor of the sheep has subsided a bit…but, I’m sure they’ll be spending more time attacking me at every turn–as opposed to actually offering up SOLUTIONS to the problems which afflict this organization.

Oh well. You get what you deserve–you have bought it, nurtured it, and subsidized it. Enjoy it. I’ll be sure to laugh at you as your bluster, hopes, and dreams matches that of Donny…

Fair Weather Fan

March 24th, 2010
10:31 pm

Sage, is it your “solution” that none of us should go to any more Thrashers games until there’s a new GM? Is that REALLY what you consider a solution “to the problems which afflict this organization”?

Brendan

March 24th, 2010
11:10 pm

Fair Weather Fan, I can’t imagine that Sage has a DIFFERENT solution other than the one you’ve outlined. To Sage’s credit, he’s been saying the same thing over and over again for years, without waivering an iota about it. Per Sage, according to Sage … the answer truly is … you STOP going … to FORCE the necessary changes that ownership cannot or will not make of their own intuition.

Now, many people disagree with Sage. Many people feel that Sage’s “solution” will serve no other purpose than to cause the team to be relocated. Or, at a bare bones minimum, sold. Actually, if someone asked me what I’d like to see … its one of these two choices, (1) The AS,LLC changes its business model, holds coaches, GM’s, scouts, and players accountable for results, and spends close to the max cap in October or (2) that the AS,LLC sells the team to one (1) person, a very, very wealthy person, who loves hockey, and will take proper care of this team, while KEEPING it here, in Atlanta, GA. Those are the two things I want to see. And either one would be fine with me. It’s NOT OKAY with me for the team to be sold to another CORPORATION. Corporations don’t care. Corporations make business decisions, not SPORTS decisions.

Do you know what a “camel” is? I’ll give some choices. Ready?

A. It’s a rare Siberian flower that only grows in the summertime.
B. It’s sort of like a dromidary. But not exactly.
C. It’s a name brand of cigarette.
D. It’s a “horse” as drawn up by a committee.

Despite some fun and debate choices, the CORRECT answer is “D.” If you let a “committee” of business try to run a hockey team, you’ll wind up with a product that most closely resembles rugby. If the Thrashers were a rugby team, that’d be great. But they’re not. They’re a hockey team. With no accountability. Whose core areas of “player development” and “player retention” are abysmal, and reflect the hallmarks of a subpar GM.

As poster Bob says, “nothing will change until meaningful changes are made.” He’s not wrong. He’s right. To renew Waddell will keep longtime fans of this team away from Philips Arena and inside their houses, watching hockey on TV, and subscribing to Center Ice.

East Point Bob

March 24th, 2010
11:31 pm

Don Waddell has done an excellent job running off fans of this team. With a playoff position
far less than a full arena show up. Main reason, People are sick and damn tired of Don Waddell and his constant BS and he is the biggest liar of any General Manager in the NHL.

I even have to ask why the writer here gives him so much lattitude with stories and comments, when, I feel, he should be doing his best to run him out of town.

Last night was this season’s final straw, no way we beat Toronto and this season like the last two are toast.

Look at the Phoenix team and heard on NHL network, how much their attendence is up and they are cutting the losses quite abit. Remember Washington a few short years ago, how bad they were
and their attendence was awful, now how many sellouts ? Just proves the old adage, winning it the best promotion in any sport. We need a change, it has to start with Waddell, he has run this franchise into the ground. He is out of control, cares less about the fan and is dishonest as the
day is long, when will he finally be gone and this team can start to recover ?

hawks

March 24th, 2010
11:46 pm

4 games is all we could muster!!! Gosh i wish the players would actually read some of these blogs, maybe they would put fourth a better effert. You cant give up so easy, 1 shot 1kill mentality. I was prior Marine Corp, you have to focus on 1 game at a time you cant look ahead. You cant play like champs for 4 games and than lose focus! Give it your all the last 9 games and have some heart for Gods sake,we protect the country u play in, so i expect a little more effert!!!! SEMPER FI!!!!!!!!

Brendan

March 24th, 2010
11:55 pm

East Point Bob, Phoenix is an amazing story. If you’ll indulge me. Born in Winnipeg, the team was forever running into the Oilers in the playoffs. It got to the point where … Jets fans honestly believed that the reason the NHL put a team in Winnipeg … was to give Gretzky and the Oilers a team to play and beat in the 1st round of the playoffs. That’s not a lie. Find a Winnipeg Jet fan, and ASK THEM if it’s true.

From 1979 to 1996, the Winnipeg Jets won two (2) playoff series. Both against Calgary. The franchise relocated to Phoenix, where … it continued to flounder. Oh, they did make the playoffs a few times, but they never won any series. So, flash forward, the team is in bankruptcy, and bleeds the NHL of $19 million-a-year to maintain operations in the desert. Truly, the market is artificial. Without the aid of revenue-sharing, the Coyotes could not survive.

They even had Wayne Gretzky to coach them, and didn’t make significant improvement. So, they bring in Dave Tippett, fired from the Dallas Stars. He tells the troops, “Look fellas, we CANNOT control our ownership situation. The best thing we can do … is ignore it … and just focus on hockey and winning games.” Smart man. The Phoenix Coyotes set an all-time franchise record for consecutive wins, at 9-straight this season. They were tied for 1st overall in the West, in late March of a season. That’s remarkable. So, here they are … an artificial hockey market, in the desert, being propped up by the overflow of revenues from Detroit, Chicago, Boston, Philly and New York … and they took that “spillover revenue” to build a playoff team. It’s a great story. They have a chance to match up with either Nashville or Los Angeles, or even Colorado, at a #4 vs. #5 matchup. It does reflect … a VERY SERIOUS CHANCE … for the Phoenix/Winnipeg franchise to win series #3 in their 30-year history. I wish them luck. I hope the Coyotes will make it to the Conference Semi-Finals (Round II).

hawks

March 25th, 2010
12:51 am

And another thing if u want fans in the seats u have to win games like yesterday period!! U cant come up short year after year and expect that they will come! Last nite was such a big disapointment and let down that i dont see how anyone could go back.If they dont make the playoffs DW should resign,he would have to be embaressed! 10 years and 1 playoff, thats why we cant have more than 10k at the games. The players know this to, have some class and heart and make a serious run!! COME ON THRASHERS!!!!

Bob

March 25th, 2010
8:53 am

“Now, many people disagree with Sage. Many people feel that Sage’s “solution” will serve no other purpose than to cause the team to be relocated.”

Actually, a “few” people disagree with Sage. The vast majority of us agree with him, and that is why you see night after night of empty rows, heck, empty sections. I have gone to 6 games this year. Not one of those games did I give one ticket dollar to the Spirit. I either bought the tix off eBay, StubHub, or was given a ticket by some very nice people!

There is one thing the Spirit will listen to and that’s money. Waddell’s contract is rumored to be up at the end of this season, I am really hopeful that they finally do the right thing this year and jettison him.

puckhead

March 25th, 2010
9:57 am

EP Bob – Phoenix’s attendance is 250 more per game than Atlanta – it has only picked up recentally when the locals were convinced the team would make the playoffs.

Bob the tickets you bought the Spirit has already cashed the check from the original purchaser. You can delude yourself all you want but the Spirit got there money. My ? to you and the sages of this blog what happens if DW is fired and the team doesn’t hire the management you want hired? Will we see your same old tired posts or will you move on to the Braves or Falcons?

puckhead

March 25th, 2010
10:06 am

EP Bob – sorry a big mistake (I looked at 08-09) on Phoenix attendance they are running 3000 fewer agame this year than last – 1900 a game fewer than the Thrashers (don’t know if the give away and discount as heavily as we do). The last several games of the season are showing much greater attendance for Phoenix because of the playoof race. Sorry for the mistake.

Bob

March 25th, 2010
10:15 am

“the tickets you bought the Spirit has already cashed the check from the original purchaser.”

And your point is? See, they didn’t receive any incremental funds from me for attending the game, see, ah, never mind . . .

Not Blind

March 25th, 2010
10:42 am

The only team ahead of the Thrashers that they can beat once or twice is Philly and that is only because Philly doens’t have a goalie and they don’t have an NHL coach. Those are basically the same problems that Atl has, inconsistent goaltending and a minor league coach. At least Philly plays physically [ although dirty imo].
9 more games and then this sad season will be over. Maybe by May we will be sans DW and JA. Otherwise we are screwed forever.

Dwayne

March 25th, 2010
11:14 am

From this point on, you can not use the “vomit a little bit in my mouth” quote any more. Why?? Because I said so!!!!

EA

March 25th, 2010
11:37 am

Brendan, I don’t care what Sage does. He just needs to quit insulting those of us he refers to as “sheep” as well as telling us what to do. For someone who wants you to believe he won’t support the team until DW is gone, he sure has a lot of opinions. I am trying to take a previous bloggers advice and skip over his name when I see it. Unfortunately he is on here quite a bit. Although, when the Thrashers win, not so much. Go figure.

To those of you wondering why Toby does not shoot more. According to Darren Elliot the other night, he is trying to break a long history of being told to set up #17.

Bob

March 25th, 2010
12:20 pm

“According to Darren Elliot the other night, he is trying to break a long history of being told to set up #17.”

I heard that on the postgame show as well, burst out laughing when I heard it. Isn’t that laughable? The guy is a professional athlete being paid millions and is working the PP from the point. Do you really think it should take more than 1, mabye 2 practices to figure out that Kovy ain’t there, the nets over there, mabye I just throw the puck at it?

Brendan

March 25th, 2010
1:36 pm

Bob, there’s no doubt that Waddell has run off quite a few STH’s from the Inaugural Season. “If Waddell’s in the house, I’m staying in mine” is the war cry. I don’t blame them. I think their point is valid. Newer fans don’t understand the outrage. They think, “my team, through thick and thin, no matter how incompetently run it may be.” Of course, some old school fans also share this opinion.

To me, and this is just meeee speaking, on behalf on no one else, I think ownership has disrespected the fans through the years, via their ticket pricing, via the retention of Waddell, via discounting seats after STH’s paid full price, via a lack of special deals for STH’s, based on their longevity with the team. Others may not share that opinion–AT ALL. And I’m fine with whatever other people think. It’s a free country with a diversity of opinions. But I just cannot fathom running a hockey team in the manner that AOL and the AS, LLC have. I think it’s a tremendous CREDIT to the level of hockey interest and commitment by fans in the Atlanta metropolitan area … that hockey has survived a decade’s worth of seasons without a playoff win. Okay, there’s still 9 games to go. And we’re not mathematically eliminated. By definition, we shouldn’t rule out playoffs until that time, etc.

Forbes Magazine is the SOURCE that reported, back in 2008, that Waddell’s contract expires in 2010. I only know what they published. If that’s factually inaccurate, we need to bug Forbes Magazine to make a correction. If I know Waddell, he’s got some automatic 1-year renewal if he isn’t fired by say, June 2010. This is what probably works best for the AS, LLC. They’ll say, “We didn’t renew him.” Well, you didn’t fire him, either, to prevent triggering the renewal clause, would be my response.

If Rick Dudley were named the GM of the team, I do think we’d be better off, provisionally. The provision is as follows. That Ric Dudley doesn’t have to ask, “Mother may I?” to every roster move, from Waddell, who presumptively will be promoted to BUDGET CZAR over the Hawks and Thrashers. To me, Waddell will always have “informal power,” if retained. How could he NOT have it? He’s been sitting in that chair for eleven (11) years!!! How do employees simply IGNORE that? No, they can’t. Which means, what? It means that to have REAL CHANGE, Don Waddell needs to be hired by Versus, TSN or NHL Network to be a commentator or analyst, or something. Shoot, Doug MacLean has a TV gig with Rogers SportsNet, I believe. Don Waddell won’t be destitute, without a job. He’s made HOW MANY million dollars, being the GM of an NHL franchise in Atlanta, GA, since 1998? Riight. Don Waddell does not need to make another nickel in life, unless he’s got a lifestyle issue. He has a wife. He has one (1) daughter. He probably owns his house. And if he doesn’t, there’s less than five years to go on that mortgage, if it was a 15-year note. And please, I don’t really want to know about the Waddell finances. It’s none of my business, or anybody else’s. My only point is … it’s not as if Waddell is about to be on some street corner, begging for change, and scrounging for money to pay the federally mandated health care coverage. He’ll be just fine, if the Thrashers fire him. He can land a TV or radio gig. I’m sure he could even join some team as an Assistant GM, if he just wanted to be connected to the game in some form. He’ll continue his association with TEAM USA Hockey. And if the Commissioner has some token vacancy position in his office, I’m sure he could fill it with Waddell. The man won’t be destitute and incapable of finding work, ever again in life. And to think so … would be incorrect. Why cry a river of tears if Waddell gets canned?

Brendan

March 25th, 2010
1:41 pm

EA, I’ve always counseled the Sage to bottle the acid and vitriol, if he wants his points to be taken seriously. But then, the Sage wouldn’t be THE SAGE if he weren’t true to himself.

“Everyone, to thine own self, must be true.” Was that Socrates who said that? I’m not an Historian. Do we have an Historian in the house?

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