Updated: Thrashers waive Dawes

The Thrashers waived forward Nigel Dawes on Thursday, trimming the roster to 22 active players.

Dawes signed a two-way contract ($600,000 over $105,000) with the Thrashers in September just before the start of training camp. If Dawes clears waivers by noon Friday, he can be assigned to AHL Chicago.

Dawes appeared in all six games this season without a point. He did give the Thrashers a victory with a shootout goal in last Friday’s win in Anaheim. He was a minus-6.

“I hope he gets through [waivers] and I hope we have a chance to have him back,” Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said. “I like Nigel. I like the way he had a good training camp. Pucks didn’t go in. In this day and age it becomes difficult for all of us. Nigel gave us a good effort. It’s very unfortunate with the circumstances of salary caps and rosters that it had to happen. He’s a good person. He tried to do everything I asked from him.”

General manager Rick Dudley told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week that it was his intention to carry 13 forwards. The team had 14 forwards after Jim Slater was activated from the injured list last week.

Dawes had 32 points for Calgary last season. In 205 NHL games he has 83 points.

“Smaller is better,” Ramsay said of the roster size. “It is difficult. He knew when he came in what the situation was. I have no doubt he’ll be back. If it’s not here, it will be somewhere else. I think the boy can play.”

The move appears to clear the way for Niclas Bergfors to return to the lineup on a regular basis. Bergfors has been a healthy scratch in two of the past three games.

No rest for Mason

Ramsay indicated following Thursday’s practice that goaltender Chris Mason would likely start both of the upcoming back-to-back games, Friday vs. Tampa Bay and Saturday at Washington.

Mason has played all but 2:25 of the six games this season after Ondrej Pavelec lost consciousness and collapsed in the season opener. Mason is third in the NHL in minutes for goaltenders at 360:13. He trails only Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller (399:30, seven games) and Chicago’s Marty Turco (371:19, six games).

They have not been easy minutes for Mason. The goaltender has faced 122 shots in the past three games alone. He is second in the NHL in saves with 223, trailing only Hiller (257).

Ramsay said his team needs to control the puck and spend more time in its offensive zone to take the pressure of Mason.

“Yeah,” Ramsay said when asked if it was tough on Mason carrying the load. “It is especially this time of year. You don’t want to do that if you don’t have to. I was hoping that we would be bouncing our goalies around and getting everybody to play. … He can do it, but it would be a lot easier if we could hold on to the puck more. We are now playing two teams that are very good when they get their hands on it. There are no easy games anymore, but we are playing teams that are pretty nifty if you turn over the puck.”

The Thrashers have Peter Mannino as their backup goaltender, but he has just three NHL games of experience.

Mason participated in half the team’s practice Thursday as a measure to get him some rest.

Line combinations

Here are the practice lines:

Modin-Antropov-Peverley

Ladd-Little-Stewart

Kane-Slater-Bergfors/Boulton

Eager-Burmistrov-Thorburn

Dustin Byfuglien is not at practice. Just a day off I’m told.

Chris Mason took part in the first part of practice and then left. He has been busy carrying all the goaltending duties of late and figures to be so on Friday and Saturday.

36 comments Add your comment

Dwayne

October 21st, 2010
1:00 pm

Howrya derrrn?

Dwayne

October 21st, 2010
1:01 pm

How come the d-pairings are never listed?

Dwayne

October 21st, 2010
1:02 pm

Next move will be too wave Slater and Comier Bergie and Kane.

Dwayne

October 21st, 2010
1:03 pm

oooops…wave slater and put Comier between Berg and Kane

Dwayne

October 21st, 2010
1:04 pm

Damn, I wanted to wave 25% of the forwards. A GM I am not.

Michael B. Shapiro

October 21st, 2010
1:18 pm

Putting us ever closer ($600,000 to be exact) to the lowest payroll in the NHL. Can’t say that his play has impressed though, and perhaps it’s time to bring a hungry kid up from Chicago, especially after last night’s “oh so (not) inspired” play.

TrueBlue

October 21st, 2010
1:22 pm

Dwayne…are you clueless? Cormier is hurt and on IR…and will start the season when he returns in Chicago….

Also, the word is “waive”…not wave…

A wave is a disturbance that travels through space and time, usually by the transfer of energy.

kent

October 21st, 2010
1:29 pm

will that hurt the effort to market to the black community?

liquid fart

October 21st, 2010
1:30 pm

wish we could “wave” hainsey. i will certainly “wave” when he goes bye bye. puts boults in there, he at least hits people.

liquid fart

October 21st, 2010
1:32 pm

kent, the black community doesn’t go to the games, either. if people were purple they wouldn’t go to thrasher games..especially after last nughts turd they laid at center ice for the entire game.

JPinChi

October 21st, 2010
1:42 pm

Michael B. Shapiro: You apparently didn’t skim the box scores and see that the affiliate club also rolled over last night. 3-0 loss to the Abbotsford Heat. Pretty uninspired, and set a new team record of only 13 shots on goal while being shut out.

Barry

October 21st, 2010
1:57 pm

Well didn’t expect anyone to get “waived” but was hoping for a line shake up or something. Again the Antropov line looked dead out there. I know most of the team looked dead last night but the Antropov line was like undead out there. They didn’t seem to generated anything at all and haven’t really done much all season. I still think Kane should be on that first line with Antropov and Peverley.

CatThrashFever

October 21st, 2010
2:04 pm

What is going on with Antro? He seems so slow.. and our Power Play is pitiful and pathetic. Last night’s game was really hard to watch after the great games on the west coast…seemed like a different team. Let’s get back on track Thrashers!

Derrick

October 21st, 2010
2:24 pm

Great news! I called for this move after last night’s game. Dawes only had less than 10 minutes of ice time last night (the least on the team) but during the time he was out there he was absolutely horrible. He was a -2 and the first goal was his fault as he let Tyler Ennis blow right by him on the board while he just stood there and watched him put it in the back of the net. If that’s the kind of effort he’s going to bring then he doesn’t deserve to be here. I’m very happy the the organization saw it and decided to waive him. Hopefully with Bergfors being back out there he’ll be able to give the team somewhat of a lift. Oh and I agree 100% about Antropov being horrible this year. He’s obviously not healthy right now so he should be put on the IR so we can bring someone up to play until he’s ready to go.

CatThrashFever

October 21st, 2010
2:28 pm

Happy 19th Birthday Burmie!

Brendan

October 21st, 2010
3:01 pm

Not alltogether shocking, but I am a bit surprised. Is Dawes a two-way contract?

DWTOO

October 21st, 2010
3:15 pm

Brendan – Dawes is on a two way. Made it easier to waive him.

Buff-n-stuff

October 21st, 2010
3:23 pm

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Buff-n-stuff

October 21st, 2010
3:25 pm

Now if we can just waive Modin, trade Hainsey & Boulton (not playing anyway) for a warm body or a draft pick or two, then we just need to bring up Kulda, get Cormier healthy (plus some playing time in Chicago) and i think we will be set.

Zombie Steve

October 21st, 2010
3:32 pm

*cough* PETTERSON! *cough*

Hokie P. Clisters

October 21st, 2010
3:35 pm

A few more games like last night and I’ll be waving a white flag on this season. Speaking of waves……I do recall a disturbance traveling through space and time while watching Sports South and I did notice a transfer of energy as soon as the Thrashers took the ice.

JR

October 21st, 2010
3:40 pm

here is the answer that i received from NHL center ice when i questioned the west coast blackouts:

Thank you for your email. Based on your location, you are in the Atlanta Thrashers local television territory. Atlanta Thrashers’ games are televised locally on the regional sports networks – Sports South and Fox Sports South; however, on a handful of nights Atlanta’s regional sports networks – Sports South/ Fox Sports South – will not be televising Atlanta games in the local market.

In past seasons, blackout lifts were implemented within NHL Center Ice so that the Thrashers games could be seen in their local television territory when Sports South/ Fox Sports South was not televising at home.

At midnight on September 30, Dish Network dropped FOX Sports South, Fox Sports South and 17 other Fox Sports regional networks and has refused to reach a fair agreement to distribute Fox programming.

As a result, Atlanta Thrashers’ fans with Dish Network service will miss Thrashers’ games this season until the dispute is resolved.

Also due to this dispute, we are not permitted by Fox to allow blackout lifts, at this time. Thrashers’ games will be unavailable in the local market on the NHL’s Center Ice package, regardless of your cable or satellite service provider.

For more information, please contact Fox Sports. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Thanks,
NHL TV

doesn’t make a hell of a lot of sense to me.

GaVaHokie

October 21st, 2010
3:48 pm

I think it’s time to give Boulton a game… every year he starts in the press box, and every year, when he finally gets on the ice, coaches can’t find a reason to scratch him again.

This team needs more energy.

Ben

October 21st, 2010
4:07 pm

Why is everyone criticizing Hainsey? He is the least of our problems. He is actually one of the few who is not a minus. I think he is playing just fine.

The Real Thrash

October 21st, 2010
4:24 pm

kent- will that hurt the effort to market to the black community?
Kent I respect your right to be an idiot.

kent

October 21st, 2010
4:45 pm

i was being facetious!

The Real Thrash

October 21st, 2010
5:00 pm

Doesn’t change the facts.
Maybe if you were a season ticket holder to some pro team in the city…

liquid fart

October 21st, 2010
5:35 pm

let Boults play !!

Michael

October 21st, 2010
5:40 pm

well antros still recovering plus i think we all have noticed he’s been paired with the slowest skaters on the ice. Put him back with little and bergfors let him recover and hes gold.
Thank god dawes is waived i can only hope this brings pettersson up

iamtheratio

October 21st, 2010
6:57 pm

JR
FOX doesn’t want any Dish users to go over to our houses and watch the games either, so they blocked the entire Atlanta audience from getting the Center Ice games!

iamtheratio

October 21st, 2010
6:58 pm

Sorry, I have no clue why that’s bold, I wasn’t even angry.

sisu

October 21st, 2010
6:59 pm

I am in favor of this move, Dawes had done close to zero for the team while occupying a roster spot better used by anyone else…

As to Antro, I think last season was a fluke, look at his career and you will see that he is not all that…he might get to 60 points but not much more. I cannot figure out why Bergfors has been riding the pine? He has potential to be the leading goal scorer on this team. One bad game does not make a season.

Smoothie

October 21st, 2010
7:00 pm

Viv – any word on if Bogey will be ready to go tomorrow nite against Tampa? Thanks!

Thrashers27

October 21st, 2010
7:09 pm

Wow, I feel like I was heard. I said the other night after the loss that Sopel has to go and that I woudn’t cry if Dawes was sent packing either….well, I guess my voice was kinda heard. Best of luck Dawes, but you really didn’t bring anything to the club that one of our youngsters couldn’t bring while getting experience with the big boys.

BlueSpark

October 22nd, 2010
7:46 am

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