Thrashers unsure exact nature of Slater’s injury

Jim Slater’s wrist injury may be more serious than originally thought. The center has been limited to skating drills for much of training camp and continues to be listed as day-to-day.

Following Saturday’s morning skate, in preparation for the exhibition game against Carolina, coach Craig Ramsay said the team is still unsure of the exact nature of the injury.

“They are still trying to figure out exactly what is wrong with it,” Ramsay said. “They’ve had a couple different opinions on what it is and they are trying to sort that out. I’m staying away from that as far as I possibly can. I know [general manager] Rick [Dudley] is trying to get it done. Our trainers are trying to get it done. We want to figure it out as quickly as possible. So far there have been some different ideas about what is wrong. He doesn’t want to rush into anything too. He wants to make sure it’s done right.”

Slater’s injury and the rehab of Nik Antropov  leaves the Thrashers with a lack of centers. Rich Peverley has moved back to center and Chris Thorburn will get a game at the position against Carolina. Thorburn will center a line with Ben Eager on his left and Anthony Stewart on his right. Antropov is recovering from offseason hip surgery.

“We don’t know when Nik might be able to play a game,” Ramsay said. “He’s practicing pretty hard and he’s trying but we don’t want to force that issue. We are trying Thorburn at center tonight and see how he does. We have a lot of his confidence in his ability to play. That line tonight, if they do the little things we are talking about, they could be very difficult to play against and there is no reason they can’t score on top of that. How’d you like to look up and see these big guys coming down on you? It could be a long miserable night [for the opposition].”

The status of Antropov and Slater, and the injury to Patrice Cormier, is getting first-round draft pick Alexander Burmistrov a long look during training camp. Ramsay would not say if  Burmistrov would play all the exhibition games, but it’s clear they want to see if he can adapt to the NHL level.

“I have vague recollections of being a young player and it can be a bit overwhelming,” Ramsay said. “His attitude is so wonderful. He’s happy to be here and he’s such a great worker. He needs to see what it’s like. You go against a guy who is 6 foot 4 it’s a heck of a lot different game then he’s been playing. Especially because that 6 foot 4 guy can get around the ice pretty darn good. He’s got to figure that out. We need him to move the puck quicker.”

As a final note, Chris Mason will play in goal the entire game tonight. Ramsay said the Thrashers will alternate between Mason and Ondrej Pavelec during exhibition games. Peter Mannino and Drew McIntyre will not start the season in Atlanta and Ramsay said games will be used to evaluate the NHL goaltending.

“We think it should be a strength of our team,” Ramsay said of the goaltending. “ That’s what we are looking to find out. … We’ve got to see the guys play. That’s the most important thing right now, to make some decisions quickly if you can. They don’t all work and sometimes you have to make adjustments but, for now, we want to see these guys play.”

Here are the lines and pairings for tonight’s game:

Ladd-Little-Machacek

Modin-Peverley-Pettersson

Eager-Thorburn-Stewart

Holzapfel-Burmistrov-Bergfors

Estrom-Bogosian

Oduya-Byfuglien

Welch-Sopel

Mason

Pavelec

14 comments Add your comment

kracker

September 25th, 2010
1:54 pm

Tough news on Slates. I really wanted him to get off to a quick start this season. [duh] Also hoping the Thorburn experiment at C is successful. I guess that is another duh.

Playing a bit more together tonight after some more practices and Mason having a good game would help to calm those that are given to histronics.

kracker

September 25th, 2010
2:11 pm

Ben tweet – BenThrashers Looks like Enver Lisin isn’t in the lineup tonight. Probably not good news for him since he’s on a tryout and hasn’t played yet.

Heck, I was hoping he would be the poor man’s (= Thrashers) Afinagenov.

jake

September 25th, 2010
2:12 pm

Why would they split up Little and Petterson, and why do they keep the talent away from each other. Put Bergfors with Little, stop putting guys that are going to be in the AHL on the top lines

Tony C

September 25th, 2010
2:16 pm

That’s a sickass 4th line.

Really????

September 25th, 2010
2:23 pm

Jake darlin’ you put “AHL guys” on top lines during pre-season so you can see what they do and they get a real taste of the NHL. This is the time to experiment when games don’t really count.

Smoothie

September 25th, 2010
2:36 pm

Well, this is it for Machacek and Holzapfel to show they can do something playing on a more talented line with scorers. It’s put up or shut-up time for those two. Looks like Lisin is done. Not surprising as he doesn’t seem like the aggressive back-checking forward Ramsay’s looking for.

That Pettersson-Peverley-Modin could be pretty darn entertaining to watch. I can’t wait!!

Derrick

September 25th, 2010
2:38 pm

I would consider the Thorburn line to be the 4th line and the Burmistrov line to be the 3rd line but it’s just preseason so i guess it doesn’t really matter. And if it were me I would switch Little and Peverley since Little and Pettersson seemed to have good chemistry last game and Peverley and Ladd have played well together in camp so far but I’d sure they’re just trying different combinations and these aren’t the lines we’ll see once we get to the regular season.

J-man

September 25th, 2010
2:43 pm

It would be great if you are right about Thorburn, kraker, but I sort of feel like you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

lemon drop the gloves

September 25th, 2010
3:31 pm

smoothie, spencer is way ahead of riley. look at the games played and numbers from the past two years. mach will make team – mark my words. coaches and managment are aware of what he brings to the table even beyond his solid numbers. bottom 6 needs his type of game. yes-scoring with tonight’s line would be good – but not an absolute for his chances.

liquid fart

September 25th, 2010
4:00 pm

Thor will do fine, he’s a gamer. This isn’t entirely fair to Pavs. Mason appears to be getting the nearly pro version of our D and no Ron Hainsey. Mason must be smiling like he’s in heaven.

Michael B. Shapiro

September 25th, 2010
5:29 pm

and no Boris, I’m slow and out of position, V to screw things up

Chris Vivlamore

September 25th, 2010
6:50 pm

Couple of news items: Akim Aliu, Jaime Sifers, Drew MacIntyre and Peter Mannino released. Aliu will go to AHL Chicago. Others can go to Chicago if the clear waivers.

Bryan Little, Rich Peverley and Chris Thorburn wearing A’s for tonight’s game. Zach Bogosian is in lineup but not wearing a letter.

alex

September 25th, 2010
7:31 pm

who is out? slater… who? i feel sorry for ram and dud. they have to depend of slat. on my last check he is not on 200 best player nhl list, savard does, franzen here, boston and deitroit not in panic, also they don’t have to relay on 18 years boys burma like to lead to promise land, they develop in farm patiently, remember 2000, heater been much more skilled and mature, still don not pressed him immediately to play with man, instead one more year in college and this is rarely when i am been aggree with. ok ram and dud now you feel in real how to work with this asg, llc. wish you luck. need to be hero gm and head coach just to compete on current finacial restriction on levenson “blank check”.

Smoothie

September 26th, 2010
12:55 am

lemon – I like Machacek, but I don’t see how he’s going to beat out Eager, Slater, Thorburn, Burmistrov, Modin, Ladd et al for bottom 6. Even Stewart was as good as him tonite so despite being well ahead of Holzapfel, I just don’t see Spencer making this team. Too much depth. Wow, did I just say that?