Update II: Thrashers sign Burmistrov, will start without captain, etc.

Lots of news from the last two days. Here are the items from Tuesday’s practice and some leftovers from Monday that didn’t get mentioned because of the roster moves.

*The Thrashers signed first-round pick Alexander Burmistrov to a three-year, entry level contract on Tuesday. It clears the way for the rookie to start the season in the NHL. Here is what coach Craig Ramsay said about Burmistrov following practice.

“He’s a great kid and he’s played extremely well,” Ramsay said. “… At this point in time he looks like a National League player. We feel really good about the way he’s grown into his role, his progression and his willingness to do whatever it takes.”

* Here’s is what Ramsay had to say about the four players cut on Monday:

On Fredrik Pettersson: “I thought Pettersson had a really good camp. He started out great. Wonderful enthusiasm. He shoots the puck, which we love a lot. I can really see this kid playing in the league. There is an adjustment. We had other guys play well. It will be good for him to go down and have a crack at the pro game on this side of the [world]. He had a good start.”

On Aturs Kulda and Andrey Zubarev: “I thought Kulda had an excellent camp. Both defensemen (including Andrey Zubarev) played very well. I think Kulda showed a little more experience because he’s been over here. Both of them, to me, showed they can play in this league and it’s great for the future of the organization. We have two defensemen that came right down to the bitter end and have a chance to play in this league.”

On Patrick Rissmiller: “Rissmiller, he did great defensively. We need to see a little more offense out of him. If he comes up we are going to be all right.”

* Ramsay said the Thrashers will not have a captain to start the season and will rotate alternates. “I haven’t come to grips with anyone or anything at this point in time. We are probably going to have rotating people in all positions. We are going to have a lot of people taking a crack at it.

“It’s difficult. I’ve seen many teams try to force a captain on somebody before he’s ready or in an effort to make him a better player and neither one is good. We don’t want to do that. We are going to take our time and try to do something that’s more comfortable for everybody. There is pride involved in having a C or an A on your sweater but we feel we have lots of leaders and we want to reward them all with an opportunity to lead.”

*Ramsay would not name the opening night starter in goal Friday or even if the team would rotate with another game Saturday. It does appear that one goaltender will see more action over the course of the season. Management has indicated in the past that they see a near even split in playing time between Chris Mason and Ondrej Pavelec.

“I’m not going to get into a particular goalie,” Ramsay said. “We want to use both goalies. Every team, one is going to play more. …  We are going to pick a goalie and one will play more than the other.”

* All indications are that Jim Slater will start the season on Injured Reserve (along with prospect Andrew Kozek). That would get the Thrashers to a roster of 23 players. That is the maximum allowed by the 3 p.m. Wednesday deadline. It means the team may keep both defensemen Freddy Meyer and Boris Valabik on the initial roster. However, once Slater is able to play, one of those two will be sent down.

*Here are the line combinations the Thrashers used in practice on Tuesday. Ramsay said these lines, although not set in stone, will likely be used to start the season.

Modin-Antropov-Dawes

Ladd-Little-Bergfors

Kane/Boulton-Peverley-Stewart

Eager-Burmistrov-Thorburn

The defensive pairings were:

Byfuglien-Enstrom

Bogosian-Oduya

Hainsey-Sopel

Valabik-Meyer

* Look for Nigel Dawes to move over to right wing.  “I think what Nigel found out is he can play on either side,”  Ramsay said. “Nigel wasn’t sure. I asked him if he had played on the right. He told me he was a left winger. I told him he was going to play right wing and he did extremely well. Players are often surprised themselves what they can do given the opportunity and encouragement and have to find a way to do it.”

*Patrick Rissmiller cleared waivers and will be sent to AHL Chicago.

*Thrashers goaltender prospect Chris Carrozzi will start the season at ECHL Gwinnett.

52 comments Add your comment

Smoothie

October 5th, 2010
9:04 am

Viv – thanks for all the info in the 3 reports! Can you ask Rammer what other players might be candidates to play their “off-wing” like Dawes?

Pevs was a very effective LW for a time in 2009, Antro was a RW most of his career before ATL and Modin and Kaner certainly have the skill to do it.

JLH

October 5th, 2010
9:08 am

So is Bergfors still on the left or is he moved to the right?
I figured Petterson was sent down because of the glut of left-wingers and his 2-way contract.
Is Thorburn remaining at center?
Are these our lines?

Modin-Antropov-Bergfors

Kane-Peverley- Dawes

Ladd-Little-Burmistrov/Stewart

Eager-Thorburn/Burmistrov-Stewart/Thorburn

Boulton/Slater

Chris, will you ask Coach Ramsay why Valabik hasn’t played after the first game?
Is Thorburn set at center?
So, even if Burmistrov goes back to juniors after 9 games, Slater will fill his roster spot, not Petterson.
The roster will be more crowded if the plan is to bring Cormier up after some time at Chicago? Good problems to have, except the guys fighting it out for these spots are 10-15 goal scorers, not the 25 goal scorer we need.

Joe Friday

October 5th, 2010
9:13 am

This is the first thing I’ve head from Ramsay that I didn’t like (moving guys out of position and calling line 2 man pairs and slipping a third guy in there). Lines need to be 3 guys that work well together. Now, this may be because we have a lack of top line forwards and he has a bunch of third and fourth liners to shuffle around until he finds some combos that can score.

J.B.

October 5th, 2010
9:14 am

yeah, i really want to know what’s the deal with bergfors.. something wierd there.

War Eagle Hockey

October 5th, 2010
9:36 am

Has anyone seen a TV SCHEDULE for this YEAR!!!!????

Have tkts to opening night. Very excited about all the changes. CAN’T WAIT!!!!!

Puck Like A Porn Star

October 5th, 2010
9:48 am

I really starting to worry about this Fox/Dish face-off (no pun intended).

The Thrashers are looking like a contender (even some Canadians think so), and Fox is blocking the damn channels!!

Puck Like A Porn Star

October 5th, 2010
9:48 am

Make that “I’m.”

Darkhorse

October 5th, 2010
9:53 am

I would be inclined to think maaaaaybe a deal was trying to be struck to trade Valabik and Bergfors. But it’s not like other teams around the league have been making trades lately, let alone big names. It’s been really quiet on that front. Maybe Dudley does want to aquire another scorer, but can’t find anyone willing to deal with right now.

Chris-Like the amount of info you’re giving us in the blogs, but don’t like the multiple blog format. All the info in one is fine, which gives us a unified blog to post and discuss all the topics with each other.

rob

October 5th, 2010
10:01 am

This 3 blog thing is going to be annoying. As much as you want to get us info out Vivs, the blog really is taking what you give us and then hashing it out and seeing what everyone has to say about it. If your 3 blogs each end up with say 50+ blogs on top of Tiller’s 150+, that is quite a bit of reading for even those who have the time to do it, IMO

Smoothie

October 5th, 2010
10:36 am

Darkhorse – let’s just hope it’s not Bergy & Valabik to a team like CGY for Ales Kotalik or something like that. Although it looks like the Flames need help in the middle. To tell you the truth, it doesn’t look like many teams have a glut of wingers right now so a trade could be tough to pull off. In order to get a player of Zajac’s caliber, we would have to be willing to trade Peverley, not Bergfors because NJ would need a C as they have plenty of wingers.

Zombie Steve

October 5th, 2010
10:50 am

At this point, I think it would be a mistake to try to bring Cormier back directly after he heals up. He missed the entire preseason and would be a wild card (at best) on the roster.

chief of smoke

October 5th, 2010
11:00 am

Trading Bergfors would not make sense. Trading a top 4 d man for a scorer might ?
Ducks are one team very weak on the backline.

Thrashers27

October 5th, 2010
11:09 am

Hey C-Viv, what’s up with the formating issues on the AJC/thrashers page? Rawhides’ blogs are gone and yours are all jumbled up.

Adam

October 5th, 2010
11:52 am

I would really like to have see the “Thrashers/NHL columns” portion of the page deleted and not the Blog format.

R. Stroz

October 5th, 2010
11:56 am

Putting Modin and Antropov on the same line is a prescrition for disaster.

Why put two of the slowest guys on the team on the same line?

Jimbo

October 5th, 2010
12:22 pm

R. Stroz- right on. Makes no sense to have two slow guys on the same line. Put two speedy wings with Antropov as we did last year when Bergfors, Little, Afinogenov alternated with him and that gave him a number of open chances down the middle after the wingers carried the puck in or forechecked to shake it loose. I’m sorry but I see nothing left in Modin. In Tampa, he battled around the net and behind it to set up others but we haven’t seen any of that.

Mike

October 5th, 2010
12:29 pm

Bergfors-Antro-Dawes
Kane-Little-Peverly
Ladd-Burmistrov/Slater-Modin
Eager-Thorburn-Stewart

Boulton on the pine

Oduya-Sopel
Bogo-Hainsey
Buff-Enstrom

Meyer on the bench

Mason
Pavs

rob

October 5th, 2010
2:18 pm

Mike,
Bogo / Hainsey was the worst recipe we had last year. Oduya almost made Hainsey look good though, so pair them back up and give Bogo Sopel and see where that goes

HP Drifter

October 5th, 2010
3:31 pm

Let’s not trade Peverly, he does have natural scoring abilities. Hopefully Bogo will be on task, injury free and show more of the raw potential he has in place. Thorburn is a slight enigma. . and I like Chris but just have to wonder why he is on the roster. Must be the cheap labor — can’t seem to get around that anywhere these days.

[...] For comments from head coach Craig Ramsay on yesterday’s roster moves (and more) check Chris Vivlamore’s AJC blog. [...]

GaVaHokie

October 5th, 2010
3:34 pm

Burmistrov signs a 3 year entry level deal… don’t know details yet.

Smoothie

October 5th, 2010
3:34 pm

Congrats to Alex! Well done young man, you’re gonna be a great addition to this franchise for many years to come!

GaVaHokie

October 5th, 2010
3:40 pm

Explain this Puck Face

October 5th, 2010
3:47 pm

Where does the offense come from in these lines? I see a bunch of crap.

iamtheratio

October 5th, 2010
4:00 pm

“It is conceivable that if the right situation existed, we have eight defenseman- if the right situation existed could we exchange a defenseman for a forward? Possibly.” – Duds

I’m glad Duds sees this, I’m thinking there will be a trade for a scorer if one exists. However, I’m not too sure if one is out there. Maybe we can steal a piece or two from a cap strapped teams? Then again.. maybe I’m being too optimistic. We’ll see!

MashaPlayer7

October 5th, 2010
4:16 pm

Hey Duds – couldn’t we trade Dustin for Dustin? That would solve the Dman for a forward trade.

GaVaHokie

October 5th, 2010
4:17 pm

Hey Duds – couldn’t we trade Dustin for Dustin? That would solve the Dman for a forward trade.

Dustin Penner or Dustin Brown?

Russ

October 5th, 2010
4:34 pm

Looking at those line combinations, I hope the Buff on D experiment lasts about one period.

Don (Not That One)

October 5th, 2010
5:04 pm

Hey C-Viv, I second Thrashers27 and Adam, what’s up with the http://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-thrashers/ page. Rawhide is gone, and yet they still list 4 – 5 month old columns from Bradley and Schultz

Explain this Puck Face

October 5th, 2010
5:15 pm

OK…so everyone agrees with me, we don’t have any scoring threats within these lines/players. Put on your seatbelts. This season is going to be a rough ride.

Chris Vivlamore

October 5th, 2010
5:15 pm

All: I hear your comments about the new blogging format and will relay them. I will keep you posted (no pun intended).

litz

October 5th, 2010
6:06 pm

Chris – to put it bluntly, let’s put the stuff on the page that’s relevant, and fresh.

If Bradley and Schultz want to write daily Thrashers columns, fine … if they want to write occasional columns, fine. But jeez … why leave them up there for months at a time?

That thing about the hawks/thrashers sharing the same coach dates back to when Anderson was fired.

Why can we have a simple rule : new columns live on the page for 3 days, then poof.

- litz

Mr. Obvious

October 5th, 2010
6:11 pm

The Thrashers have been playing without a Captain since the 2003-04 Season.

(Yes, I am also counting the mangle-nosed quitter who wore a “C” on his jersey when Bob Hartley was here and the ONE-dimensional boy who wore one last year.)

Not having one this season should be no huge deal.

Mr. Obvious

October 5th, 2010
6:18 pm

Anybody hear who our new female intermission interviewer is going to be this year?

“So, Evander Kane, what about this great Philips crowd tonight?”

“What’s your favorite ice cream flavor, Chris Mason?”

“If you were a tree, what type would you be, Big Buff?”

JLH

October 5th, 2010
7:15 pm

Ladd-Little-Bergfors looks exciting…. I like moving Bergfors back to the right side. Not too excited by Modin-Antropov-Dawes…..too slow and it feels like a major waste of Nik’s skill set….he needs to be feeding the puck to a scorer like Kane or Bergfors. I assume Ramsay is attempting to achieve a balanced set of lines. I can see Peverley on a wing, but, I hope, wherever he lands he stays there…. switching positions every few weeks, or ever few games, has got to make it difficult to play consistently at the high level required in the NHL…….

ex-ex-STH

October 5th, 2010
7:28 pm

I agree w/ JLH, switching positions or lines every couple days does not bode well for a consistent high level of play. Look how the experimenting of lines failed miserably in the preseason! Modin and Antro can’t play together because they are too slow! There is not that last piece of the puzzle in the top six forwards. I’m ok with Buff on D as long as he plays more of a forward position on the PP (like in front of the net). Duds should just trade Valabik and the disgruntled Bergfors to NJ for Langenbrunner and name him Captain so this team has a veteran leader. A captain needs to be named now and start holding players accountable and kick them in the a$$ when they need it!

Puck Lover, Pelosi Hater

October 5th, 2010
9:24 pm

RE: “Nigel Dawes makes switch to Right Wing”

Don’t worry, Nigel.

This November, MILLIONS of Americans will be joining you.

kracker

October 5th, 2010
9:38 pm

LOL and a big amen to the Puck Lover!!

Terry

October 5th, 2010
10:13 pm

I was all excited about Thrashers Opening Night this Friday until I found out about this weekend’s Dominatrix Convention in Vinings.

DomCon, here I come.

(No pun intended)

Derrick

October 6th, 2010
12:06 am

These are likely the lines to start the season?! Are you kidding?! Putting Stewart with Kane and Peverley? As we all know, Kane and Peverley are both either first or second line guys and you’re gonna put Stewart with them? That’s gotta be one of the stupidest things I’ve heard. This is how the lines should look.

Kane-Antropov-Bergfors
Ladd-Peverley-Little
Modin-Burmistrov-Dawes
Eager-Thorburn-Stewart

ChippersLoveChild

October 6th, 2010
9:06 am

Yep, I like Derrick’s lines much more than the ones Ramer is using… I’m not the coach though, so in him I shall trust… much like I trusted Anderson, Waddell, Hartley, Waddell, Fraser…. oy…

Andrew

October 6th, 2010
9:21 am

So two budget signings are going to be playing on the top line? This will either make Dudley look like a genius or a goat.

ex-ex-STH

October 6th, 2010
9:44 am

I vote for Derrick to be the coach putting together the lines! And Andrew is spot on.

JR

October 6th, 2010
10:16 am

no tv schedule on the eve of a new season. something is really wrong here.

i suspect that we will see more games not televised than last year.

GaVaHokie

October 6th, 2010
10:51 am

TV Schedule will be released today.

ChippersLoveChild

October 6th, 2010
11:15 am

Praise heavens that we will get a tv schedule two days before the season starts… only here, with these owners and this market. I actually hope this team does get moved. I’d miss going to games, but it wouldn’t make me any less of a fan, and maybe then they would actually have a shot to win.

TrueBlue

October 6th, 2010
11:59 am

Derrick

October 6th, 2010
12:10 pm

Haha thanks guys. I’d be glad to take over the line combinations if only someone in the Thrashers organization were smart enough to offer me the job.

tuckatl

October 6th, 2010
1:06 pm

As far as the lines go, Ramsay did something similar in Boston with lines like Lucic on the top line with two skilled players.

Old Time Hockey

October 6th, 2010
1:36 pm

I don’t know…professional player/coach with years and years of hockey experience, or a guy who watches games on tv….hmmmm. Nothing personal Derrick, but I’m going with Ramsay…at least for a few weeks.