Thrashers reduce roster by eight

The Thrashers released six players on Wednesday. They re-assigned forwards Angelo Esposito, Michael Forney, Danick Paquette and Jared Ross and defensemen Paul Postma and Mike Siklenka to AHL Chicago. The team also released forward Andre Deveaux and Kyle McLaren from their tryout contracts.

Esposito, who missed the past three practices with a lower-body injury, was skating at the team’s practice facility prior to Wednesday’s practice. He hoped to return Thursday. Esposito is returning from two torn ACLs in his right knee.

The Wolves open training camp on Monday.

The Thrashers now have 38 players in training camp. Patrice Cormier and Andrew Kozek are injured.

Here are the new training camp groupings:

Group A

Goaltenders: Chris Mason, Peter Mannino

Defensemen: Brent Sopel, Zach Bogosian, Freddy Meyer, Noah Welch, Johnny Oduya, Tobias Enstrom

Forwards: Evander Kane, Bryan Little Patrick Rissmiller, Nigel Dawes, Niclas Bergfors, Anthony Stewart, Eric Boulton, Spencer Machacek, Akim Aliu. Jim Slater is not practicing today.

The Group A line pairings are:




Group B

Goaltenders: Ondrej Pavelec, Drew MacIntyre

Defensemen: Boris Valabik, Ron Hainsey, Jaime Sifers, Dustin Byfuglien, Andrey Zubarev, Arturs Kulda

Forwards: Andrew Ladd, Fredrik Modin, Enver Lisin, Ben Eager, Chris Thorburn, Riley Holzapfel, Rich Peverley, Alex Burmistrov, Fredrik Pettersson, Nik Antropov.

The Group B line pairings are:




64 comments Add your comment


September 22nd, 2010
10:46 am

Anyone else surprised Espo is reassigned so fast?


September 22nd, 2010
10:47 am

I know Espo has been injured but I thought that he would have at least gotten into one game. McLaren is not much of a surprise, not sure why he was even invited to camp. Hopefully Espo gets some quality time in down with the Wolves and gets a shot later in the season as a call up to show his wares.


September 22nd, 2010
11:00 am

I Love Slava.


September 22nd, 2010
11:12 am

Yeah, no one could sit in the press box like Slava did.


September 22nd, 2010
11:29 am

What happened to the Open triplets?


September 22nd, 2010
11:34 am

but slav already found job with good paycheck in kxl, what about the man who forced slava in the press box because could’t hanle the try. on my last check ja still selling some meat stuff in toronto, i am afraid it’s for the rest of his life.


September 22nd, 2010
11:39 am

this team is an embarassment to hockey. no 1st line talent. it never get any better year to year only worse


September 22nd, 2010
11:41 am

Hey smokemonster, piss off.

The Real Thrash

September 22nd, 2010
12:02 pm

I may not agree with you smokemonster but I do agree with your right to an opinion.
Unlike some others!


September 22nd, 2010
12:11 pm


When was Slava in the pressbox? At the end of last year? How about the other years when he was a fantastic player for the Thrash? Yeah.. no one could sit in the press box like him, eh? Come back when you can appreciate a good hockey player.


September 22nd, 2010
12:13 pm

I can’t believe they re-assigned Danica Patrick. She really had a chance to…oh, my bad.


September 22nd, 2010
12:14 pm

Real Thrash,
That was L-A-M-E! There’s never a reason to defend a turd like douchemonster.


September 22nd, 2010
12:21 pm

smokemonster: Do you keep up with Thrashers hockey? or do you just listen to Don Cherry? Here on Atlanta Thrashers blogs we like to have thoughtful, intelligent discussions about hockey (and other various topics). You are more than welcome to join us in those discussions. However, we do not engage in or tolerate name calling, insults, derision, etc. If you have something intelligent to say please do. Otherwise please take your comments somewhere else.


September 22nd, 2010
12:30 pm

Surprising to see Esposito get re-assigned so quickly. Thought he had a chance at the third line center job. At least he should’ve been given a chance to play in one of the exhibition games. Would have liked to have seen him play.


September 22nd, 2010
12:33 pm

Yeah I would have thought Esposito would have a chance to get in at least one game before being re-assigned but other than that no real surprises.

Hopefully Boris gets sent down in the next round of cuts. Either Kulda or Meyer deserve the 7th d-man position.


September 22nd, 2010
12:41 pm

I think Esposito might not be !00% yet (but probably close) and/or not use to constantly playing hockey. Hopefully he will be completely healed and up to speed in a month or two and get a call up.


September 22nd, 2010
12:47 pm

@ TheRealThrash……seriously??

So if I bad mouthed YOU, it will be no big deal, because I have the right to my opinion?


I just get tired of people complaining about a team that has not even played a single game yet. Pre-season games are nothing. They are a way for coaches to gauge their players, nothing more. Columbus did not beat the Atlanta Thrashers last night. A team beat another team last night. Plain and simple.

da' boomer

September 22nd, 2010
12:48 pm

11:45am session cancelled…WTF???

hip czech

September 22nd, 2010
12:53 pm

After last night’s performance I half expected (hoped) that Valabik was one of the first cuts. He was absolutely brutal last night. He made Andy Sutton look like Scott Neidermeyer.


September 22nd, 2010
1:27 pm

Chicago should be pretty good…question remains about the Thrashers. There was nothing else to do with Esposito. The guys has not played hockey in 3 years and is still unable to play. There is no way he makes this team unless he can get a solid year under him with the Wolves.


September 22nd, 2010
2:10 pm

Espo probably pushed it too hard and is feeling the strains of surgery. (I believe if he reinjured the knee he would not have been eligible to be released?) He was my darkhorse pick at center but KLS1 probably has it right in him not playing much in the past couple of years and is not 100% ready to return.


September 22nd, 2010
2:38 pm

Espo is getting an opportunity to rest before Chicago’s camp fires up on Monday. Maybe Burmistrov will have an opportunity to play in the first 8 to 10 NHL games at the beginning of the season before we send him back to the OHL, which will then open up a spot for either Cormier or Espo to come up from Chicago depending on which of the two is playing the best coming off of injuries.


September 22nd, 2010
3:01 pm

So do you all think willl be the (2) young-ens that will make this squad???

Kaiser Souze

September 22nd, 2010
3:12 pm

Preseason or not, good to have hockey back especially in light of all the football BS. Notes from last night, the first 30 days of the regular season will tell me more than than three periods in the summer. The huge scoreboard coming in from the CNN center is still out. I believe that’s five seasons and counting. Take care of your home Spirit and maybe it will take care of you. I do love the game of hockey, the Thrashers and Philips but fix the damn scoreboard and a little air freshner in the restrooms and people may not think your a “pissant” franchise. Let’s go Thrashers!

Kaiser Souze

September 22nd, 2010
3:19 pm

By the way what happened to the sushi stand in the Club seating? Loved the pizza’s we ordered at the Pricci stand. Along with those cinnamon almonds and pecans my wife doesn’t seem to share so I have to get my own bag. Any discounts for season ticket holders?


September 22nd, 2010
3:41 pm

Everybody has the right to an opinion. Everyone has the right to vent. I think that was venting. It’s best left ignored, than responded to, in my opinion. I am a little bit surprised Esposito got the hook so quickly. But, again, I do trust Ramsay to do what’s best for the team. If this is his decision, then it is what it is.

Folks, no one be freaking out in preseason. Or in October.


September 22nd, 2010
4:05 pm

Kane Antro Berg
Ladd Little Peverley
Dawes Thorburn Petersson
Eager Slater Modin

Bogosian Enstrom
Oduya Byfuglien
Sopel Hainsey



September 22nd, 2010
4:10 pm

**to Hokie**
Is it you roster fot October 8?


September 22nd, 2010
4:11 pm

Thorburn is playing Center. Interesting move!


September 22nd, 2010
4:12 pm

Russian… yes, that’s the way I see it… I’d almost put money on it… almost.

lemon drop the gloves

September 22nd, 2010
4:16 pm

Most in the national league have payed dues in the minors to learn the pro game. it is rare for an 18-20 year old to make it. Even Kyle Turris (an early first round pick) went back for a full year in the minors after playing his entire rookie year with the Coyotes. The only way I keep a youngster is if he is a can’t miss like a Kane or Toews or even Zach or Evander. The finals last year were loaded with AHL players. We should want our new players to be battle tested for the rigors of t

lemon drop the gloves

September 22nd, 2010
4:16 pm


September 22nd, 2010
4:19 pm

Boris looked lost. I would have looked better than he did and I also am willing to hit someone.


September 22nd, 2010
4:25 pm

Sorry Schubert… the Thrashers lost 26 of the 47 games you played last year. And you were a -6 with 7 points… You’ve been cut!


September 22nd, 2010
4:27 pm

Wow… Thrashers lost 16 of the 23 games Valabik played in last year.


September 22nd, 2010
4:37 pm

Kyle McLaren? I haven’t heard that name in a long time. He used to be a decent Dman what the hell happened to him?


September 22nd, 2010
5:00 pm

I’d say our forward lines should look a little more like this

Kane Antro Berg
Ladd Little Petersson
Modin Peverley Dawes
Eager Slater Thorburn


September 22nd, 2010
5:02 pm

I can play forward.


September 22nd, 2010
5:03 pm

tThrashers didn’t lose any games while i was on a forward line.


September 22nd, 2010
5:31 pm

Espo isn’t ready for the Thrashers and he is dinged up (maybe) or he is having post-surgery problems (worse). There is no reason to waste valuable pre-season ice time on a player in his condition. Let him get on down to Chicago and try to have a productive year there. If he is sound and shows he is ready, maybe he gets a call-up during the season.


September 22nd, 2010
5:54 pm

Unless Alex has some news that nobody else does, nobody has reported Slava Kozlov signing with the KHL (that’s what he means when he says “kxl”).

I was also disappointed that Espo didn’t play in a game in the pre-season, but I didn’t expect him to make the team anyway.

Don Waddell

September 22nd, 2010
9:05 pm

Some of you people are completely clueless to the game of hockey. Get a clue.

Sage of Bluesland

September 22nd, 2010
9:34 pm

Oh, so you can reply to a blog, but you can’t return an email?! What a professional!


September 22nd, 2010
9:37 pm

Donnie states “Some of you people are completely clueless to the game of hockey”. Time to look in the mirror buddy

Ghosts of Thrashers Past

September 22nd, 2010
11:15 pm

liquid fart

September 23rd, 2010
7:16 am

it’s good to have tough decisions to make..wheras these were easy decisions. espo was injured again. some of you must have missed that and the fact he wasn’t going to take a roster spot from anyone. i’m not sure why so many pencil him onto the roster every year when he gets hurts in practice and is recovering from major surgery. same can be said of boris..he is coming back major surgery..he at least has a plausible excuse, i’d like to hear one for ron hainsey? wait..he hasn’t been able to play with anyone other than oduya because..oduya refuses to be infected by his lazy effort. hainesy has already been called out by rammer. i’ll be glad when this DW mistake is finally gone when his NTC wears off. thanks DW.

mclaren was a long shot at best and he came up lame in practice.. end of the line, sad ending.

Sean Grace

September 23rd, 2010
7:23 am

GaVaHokie, I think your line predictions are very close to the truth. I have no idea how this club is going to score goals.


September 23rd, 2010
8:07 am

How come the Thrashers want be on tv(Sportsouth or FSN) this season?


September 23rd, 2010
8:30 am

Sean… they’ll be of the “ugly” variety. The era of the dangle goals is over in Atlanta.

Both goals from the preseason game from Little and Petersson is what you can expect. Bombs from the blueline with forwards redirecting them or crashing the net for rebounds.

James Brown

September 23rd, 2010
8:51 am

Hokie…….That`s about the way I see it too……although I think they may give Burmistrov a quick look when the season starts to see exactly where he is at…………I will get to take a look at him at practice Friday morning.