Updated: Pettersson among four released by Thrashers

The Thrashers trimmed their roster by four players following Monday’s practice as forwards Fredrik Pettersson and Patrick Rissmiller and defensemen Arturs Kulda and Andrey Zubarev were released.

Pettersson, Kulda and Zubarev can be sent to AHL Chicago without go through waivers. Rissmiller, acquired in the offseason trade with the New York Rangers for Todd White, will make $1 million next season even if he plays in the AHL.

The moves trim the roster to 25 players but that includes prospect Andrew Kozek who is recovering from surgery. Once a move is made with Kozek, the Thrashers need only trim one more player by the 3 p.m. Wednesday deadline to get to a maximum of  23 players. They could trim another to get down to 22, which would give them one extra forward and one extra defenseman. However with Jim Slater currently unable to participate in all drills as he battles a wrist injury he figures to be the second extra forward if not placed on injured reserve.

The final spot likely comes down to one blueliner – with the remaining players fighting for the spot being Boris Valabik and Freddy Meyer. Valabik the former 10th overall draft pick of the Thrashers, played in just one exhibition game. Meyer played in four exhibition games with two goals and a plus-4 rating. Each player would have to clear waivers if released before they could go to AHL.

It appears that Alexander Burmistrov, the team’s first-round pick in this year’s draft, will get at least a 10-game look. Burmistrov can be sent to juniors at any time, but if it’s after 10 games the clock starts on a pro contract. It also appears the Anthony Stewart has earned an initial spot on the team. Stewart, a former first-round pick of Florida, spent all last season in the AHL. Nigel Dawes, signed as a free-agent late in the offseason, is still on the roster after scoring two preseason goals.

The roster currently looks like this:

Forwards (14): Nik Antropov, Niclas Bergfors, Eric Boulton, Alexander Burmistrov, Nigel Dawes, Ben Eager, Evander Kane, Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little, Fredrik Modin, Rich Peverley, Jim Slater, Anthony Stewart, Chris Thorburn

Defensemen (8): Zach Bogosian, Dustin Byfuglien, Tobias Enstrom, Ron Hainsey, Johnny Oduya, Brent Sopel, Meyer and Valabik

Goaltenders (2): Chris Mason, Ondrej Pavelec

Dustin Byfuglien, who missed several practices and did not appear in the final two preseason games, skated in Monday’s practice. He reported feeling no ill effects of the ankle injury that has hampered him. He was one of several players that had X-rays Monday prior to practice and cuts. Coach Craig Ramsay would not reveal what players also had X-rays. Slater skated, but did not participate in all drills. He went through a rigorous pre-practice workout.

Here are the line combinations from the practice prior to the cuts.

Dawes-Antropov-Modin

Kane-Peverley-Stewart

Ladd-Little-Bergfors

Boulton-Rissmiller-Pettersson

Eager-Burmistrov-Thorburn

The cuts were made following practice and interviews so I will have to wait until Tuesday to find out why Pettersson, who is on a two-way contract, was sent to the AHL. He was impressive during training camp and had a goal and an assist during exhibition games.

Who is your guess for who gets the final spot on defense?

56 comments Add your comment

Mike

October 4th, 2010
10:07 pm

Why is everyone getting so bent out of shape about Petterson getting sent down today? It isn’t Friday yet. The roster has not been 100% finalized. You push the guys down that you can who don’t have to go through waivers. Keep others who have to go through waivers on the roster one day or two more if you are afraid to lose them and try to make trades. Has anyone seen Petterson get on a plane yet? Maybe he is hanging around Duluth, waiting for a few more dominos to fall.

Plus as others wrote, you send him to the AHL, let Burms play his 9 games and then call Petterson back up.

We are in really good shape right now with roster depth and due to that I have a feeling there will be a trade or two before the season kicks off.

So excited for Friday night! Go Thrashers!

Curly

October 4th, 2010
10:36 pm

I agree Mike (let Burmistrov play nine games then bring back “The Fly”)… but Burmistrov needs a contract. Currently he is not signed.

SCHUBERT

October 5th, 2010
12:46 am

Chris: my guess for the final defensive slot is Schubert.

Michael B. Shapiro

October 5th, 2010
10:12 am

Gawd, make it Boris the Dud who gets sent down PLEASE. Guy is slow, out of position, takes dumb penalties and has yet to score a goal. Other than his size, what does he offer?

Zombie Steve

October 5th, 2010
1:37 pm

Trade Doris and (insert name(s) here) for a freakin’ sniper please.

michael

October 5th, 2010
5:05 pm

noot a fan of this. Kulda should be in the line up doris needs to go maybe for a zamboni and a bag of pucks. meyer outplayed hainsey in the preseason make ron or sopel the 7th i say.