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:
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:
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: