Lots to cover from today’s practice before the Thrashers leave Friday for the final two preseason games – tomorrow at Carolina and Saturday at Columbus. I will not be on that trip (will enjoy a three-day weekend) before the final week of practice and season-opener on Friday.
Here are the highlights:
* As coach Craig Ramsay mention in his post-game interview after Wednesday’s 4-3 exhibition loss to Nashville, the veteran defense struggled.
Specifically on Thursday he noted the struggles of the pairing of Ron Hainsey (minus-1) and Brent Sopel (minus-2).
“That wasn’t a wonderful event for those two boys,” Ramsay said. “The upside, the other four defensemen were really good. … Those two veteran players will play better. There is no doubt about that. They got trapped on the ice a couple of times. One penalty kill was way too long. We should have got it down the ice. We had a couple chances and didn’t get it done. Once you get trapped out there, especially this time of year, you