Ondrej Pavelec has been medically cleared to begin practicing with the Thrashers and will do so on Tuesday. Pavelec was at the Thrashers practice facility on Monday but only went through a workout on an exercise bike.
Pavelec, who lost consciousness and collapsed 2:25 into the Thrashers season opener, still must pass a concussion test to be cleared to play. The team won’t have the results of those tests before Tuesday’s practice, but Pavelec will participate. He also must get back in game shape after missing more than a week.
Pavelec did not speak to the media, but will do so Tuesday.
“He has to do one more test tomorrow, but that shouldn’t interfere with a practice,” coach Craig Ramsay said. “It’s nice to see him get back out there and it’s one step closer to him playing a game. We are not at that level yet. We are just going to get him on the ice and see what comes of the test and get him started back.”
Ramsay said Peter Mannino will remain with the team until Pavelec is cleared to play in a game.
The Thrashers won’t take it easy on Pavelec on the practice ice, according to Ramsay.
“We tend to have our goalies be pretty busy [in practice],” Ramsay said. “In our practices where are lots of shots on them. … That’s what Pavs will get when he gets back. He’ll face all of those shots. He will see pucks pretty quickly.”