Updated: Line changes for Thrashers

Thrashers players (left to right) Brent Sopel, Andrew Ladd, Ben Eager and Dustin Byfuglien and associate coach John Torchetti received their Stanley Cup rings Friday for winning the NHL title last season with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Thrashers players (left to right) Brent Sopel, Andrew Ladd, Ben Eager and Dustin Byfuglien and associate coach John Torchetti received their Stanley Cup rings Friday for winning the NHL title last season with the Chicago Blackhawks.

There will be some lineup changes for the Thrashers in tonight’s game against Tampa Bay.

Here are the line combinations (in no particular order):

Eager-Antropov-Peverley

Ladd-Little-Steward (unchanged)

Modin-Slater-Boulton

Thorburn-Burmistrov-Kane

Niclas Bergfors will the the forward scratch for the third time in four games. That mean Eric Boulton will see his first game of the season. Zach Bogosian continues to be out with a shoulder injury. He will miss his fourth straight game.

Here is coach Craig Ramsay’s comments about the line changes.

“We are finding our way, giving guys a chance to play with each other,” Ramsay said. “We made a few adjustments. No particular reason for any of it. We are just trying to see and let people play. Over the course of the season we will do that. Burmy’s (Alexander Burmistrov’s) line has been really good but I felt it was time just to shake it up a little bit.”

Ramsay was again asked about Bergfors. Here is his answer to the question “What does Niclas Bergfors have to do to get back in the lineup?”

“We took him out, put him back in. Right now we wanted a little spark and I thought Bolts (Eric Boulton) might just come in there with some enthusiasm and bang around a little bit. He’s a likeable player for the fans to watch. We are just looking for something. Nic just has to practice hard, work hard and when he gets his chance be ready.”

From the photo above (taken by your truly), I’m told the rings have eight carats worth of diamonds, 130 in all. Each player and coach were also given a necklace for their wives. It is the top of the ring that hangs from a chain.

50 comments Add your comment

Russian

October 22nd, 2010
10:51 am

I knew it. Damn! It was a big mistake tio sit Berg.

Thrashers27

October 22nd, 2010
10:55 am

I find it very odd that coach would skate Boults on the right side in place of Bergfors.

Nate

October 22nd, 2010
10:55 am

The more I see of Ramsay’s decion making and the team’s play that follows…the less I like. Bergfors is one of the few snipers we have on this team. He needs to be playing, especially given his age.

Mooseberg

October 22nd, 2010
10:58 am

You just can’t continue to sit Bergy, we need the offense and he needs to be on the ice. I would sit Antropov the way he is playing and till he’s healthy again.

Toby

October 22nd, 2010
10:59 am

Totally agree with Mooseberg.

Darkhorse

October 22nd, 2010
11:03 am

Chris-Would you mind asking Ramsay what Bergfors has done to get in his doghouse, where other like Little and Pevs have done similar, but still play?

JB

October 22nd, 2010
11:06 am

Dudley HAS to be working on a trade involving Bergfors and keeping him out to avoid injury. This is the ONLY logical reasoning for sitting him in favor of Boults.

DB

October 22nd, 2010
11:10 am

I seem to remember Bergfors was sat a bit in NJ last year. Effort? Attentiveness? Two-way play? Antro is still recovering from hip surgery, so he’ll be slow for a while.

Smoothie

October 22nd, 2010
11:14 am

DAMN IT! Was hoping Bogey would be back by now. That’s unsettling; guess he banged up his shoulder pretty good. Just please no Hainsey with Sopel! Hainsey and Oduya please!

JB

October 22nd, 2010
11:19 am

Per Ben, Cormier is at the skate sans cast, but still wearing a boot a la kovy last year about this time.

Frenchy

October 22nd, 2010
11:27 am

Noticed Kane on the 4th line?

Dwayne

October 22nd, 2010
11:31 am

Kane on the 4rth line, intresting, I say he scores 2 tonight.

Barry

October 22nd, 2010
11:39 am

I say huh? These lines make absolutely no sense. Kane-Burmistrov-Thorburn? HUH? Why break up the one line that was doing good. Here’s how the lines SHOULD BE.

Kane-Antropov-Peverley
Ladd-Little-Stewart
Modin-Slater-Bergfors
Eager-Burmy-Thorburn

Why in the world is Eager up with Antropov? Eager is a grinder player not a top line forward. Now I’m doubting Ramsey’s line of thinking on this one.

Smoothie

October 22nd, 2010
11:39 am

Technically there is no 4th line as the minutes for ES ice-time have been fairly well distributed thus far, to wit:

Kaner 13.33
Pevs 12.67
Ladd 12.58
Burmy 12.38
Litts 12.17
Stew 12.00
Thor 11.64
Eager 11.58
Bergy 11.14 (when he plays!)
Antro 10.93
Slats 10.20
Modin 10.07
Dawes who cares now eh? ;-)

smokeybear

October 22nd, 2010
11:43 am

It think BERGY told Ramsey he doesnt want to be a crappy hockey team thats why he is sitting. BTW nice attendance the other night. Still think there is not a problem with your town and the Thrashers.

Derrick

October 22nd, 2010
11:50 am

Yeah I doubt that the lines are listed in order from 1 to 4. If I were to guess how much time each line will be on the ice, it would be in this order

Ladd-Little-Stewart
Thorburn-Burmistrov-Kane
Eager-Antropov-Peverley
Modin-Slater-Boulton

gretschdrum

October 22nd, 2010
11:50 am

JB, you might be right re: trade involving Bergfors. He’s somehow gotten locked into Ramsay’s doghouse. Rammer may feel like he’s a lone holdout from buying into the team’s system and wants to set an example before anyone can turn into a locker room cancer.

Derrick

October 22nd, 2010
11:54 am

And while I want to see Bergfors back in the lineup, I think playing Boulton could turn out to be a good thing. If he can go out and get a couple big hits and fight somebody, maybe it’ll get the team going.

Wad

October 22nd, 2010
12:10 pm

I know that many have been optimistic about the new GM and Coaches this year, but I honestly don’t see much differnece between this year and last. Didn’t Anderson want his DM to join the rush. Last year our SA was something like 35 not any better this year. Kozlov landed in Anderson’s doghouse and never returned despite our need for a proven scorer. This year it looks like Begfors in the doghouse. Change? What Change?

Brendan

October 22nd, 2010
12:12 pm

Just like a deprived housewife who tears off her dress, directly in front of the TV on Sunday, smack dab in the middle of a Falcons game, Bergfors should say “Play me or trade me, Coach!” And play him, is exactly the order of the day.

We gave up Kovalchuk … to get Bergfors, among others. What’s the difference if he’s on another team’s roster or up in the pressbox? The bottom line is … he’s not playing for the Atlanta Thrashers. And that isn’t good. And if the husband tells the wife, “After the game, honey.” That ISN’T good, either. The dress is already on the floor. You’re 50-percent of the way there.

Tony C.

October 22nd, 2010
12:22 pm

hmmpf. At least Boults is seeing some action-C-Viv please at least get Ramsay to give us some sort of answer re: sitting Bergfors…well on second thought howabout this: If you do not provide us with Ramsay’s thinking, we’ll all just go ahead and assume it’s because Bergfors is about to be traded.

I will be more than a little P.O.’d if he just sits all season and then signs with another club in the offseason (although that would be better than Armstrong’s 50% effort of last season in a similar situation).

liquid fart

October 22nd, 2010
12:40 pm

Boults deserves to be in there, he doesn’t quit, whine or suffer severe Ron Hainsey lapses in “effort” like most of our team seemingly does year after year.

i agree that bergfors is being shopped, if we get a quality player in return, i am all for it. i think some bridges were burned during bergfors contract dispute, has anyone noticed an attitude problem from him? ramsay likes hard working players who don’t complain, guys like..eric boulton, eager, thor..etc etc. please package hainsey / sopel + bergfors (if hainsey would only waive his NTC)..get us a quality player. Ottawa went public about having a shake up..there is a trade partner.

Chris Vivlamore

October 22nd, 2010
12:44 pm

All: See the updated blog above for Ramsay’s comments about Bergfors. Trust me, I ask about it daily. The question couldn’t have been posed any more straight forward than today.

It is worth nothing, that Bergfors has played in 31 games as a Thrasher with eight goals. Six of the goals came in his first eight games with the team. He was scored just twice in his last 23 games.

Michael B. Shapiro

October 22nd, 2010
12:48 pm

Disagree with moving Eager off the 4th line, gives Kane less playing time; and with sitting Bergie over Boults. Sigh. These lines my fail worse than a lone cat in a dog fight.

BlueSpark

October 22nd, 2010
12:48 pm

I think we’ve reached consensus here on Bergfors: he needs to skate. Boulton’s always been a favorite of mine, but Bergfors needs to be in the line-up.

I also agree that these lines look crazy. “No particular reason” for these lines? WTF? Is the team that lost already? Isn’t the pre-season the time to try out all different lines?

Confusing…

Puck Like A Porn Star

October 22nd, 2010
12:50 pm

The effort in Wednesday night’s game was abysmal.

Did they plan on having an offense this season?

GaVaHokie

October 22nd, 2010
12:56 pm

I might be the only one who agrees with the line-up tonight… I think Boulton will bring the energy level up tonight. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Modin get a goal tonight from Boulton’s hard work at some point.

Let’s face it, you’re not going to out snipe Tampa Bay… gotta play them physical. Boulton gives you a better chance of that than Bergfors.

Alan R.

October 22nd, 2010
1:19 pm

I’m seeing a lot of complaining from people about the decision making going on here. Unlike with Anderson, Waddell, or Hartley, I’m not questioning Ramsay’s decision making. Ramsay is probably the best teacher of the game right now, and we are privileged to have him as head coach.

Yes, it is rather unsettling that Bergfors is still sitting; however, I trust the coach knows what he’s doing, and Bergfors has admitted that he needs to work on his game.

Everyone commenting on how they roll their eyes or .wonder aloud what Ramsay could possibly be thinking, I doubt very much that you could do a better job at this.

Tonight is game seven of the season. Calm down and stop being so impatient. We have a new coaching staff, and about half of the team wasn’t here at this time last year. I have to believe that Ramsay is doing everything he can to make us successful. Just be patient.

Sam

October 22nd, 2010
1:25 pm

No, I’m with you, Hokie. And I think Boults getting some ice time is way overdue. I think Eager’s got good hands and somebody’s got to get Antorpov going again. And I like Burmy skating with another player known for his speed.

The Ladd-Little-Stewart line has excelled. But IMO, after that top line, they’re all vying for a ranking. Wouldn’t make too much of Kane’s positioning.

Ramsay doesn’t seem to be a coach who panics and starts messing with his lines without giving guys time to develop chemistry. But when its time for a little spark, he goes with it. Makes sense to me. And Chris made a good point about Bergfors’ streaky scoring. Like Jim Slater last season, he’s just got to prepare well and make the most of his opportunities.

Glad the guys finallly got their Cup rings. ’bout time!

Smoothie

October 22nd, 2010
1:38 pm

Hokie – I don’t really have a problem with it and I actually tweeted that I like Kaner with Burmy. I just question Modin over Bergfors. I haven’t really seen a difference. And Bergy has yet to be on the ice for a goal against at ES…only player other than Thorbs who can say that…something is up: Bergfors must be on the trade block. Not like Rammer is going to tell us that!

As for the lines, stop thinking in terms of lines 1 thru 4. That doesn’t apply to this team. I posted the ES playing time for each player yet some of you actually continue to bitch about Kaner playing on the “4th line” tonite. It’s a promotion for Burmy and Thorbs. And don’t you notice a trend? 4 physical RW across the line-up (well, when Antro is playing RW and hitting people).

AThrasherfan13

October 22nd, 2010
1:40 pm

To all of us coaches out there, currently NOT coaching in the NHL, or for that matter, ANY OTHER hockey league that pays for play, look at the game the other night. Flat out terrible. No skating. Neutral zone errors. Sloppy puck handing and passing. Big Buff couldn’t get out of his own way, Burmy kept falling down, no one in front of the net for rebounds and a non-existent defense for Mason. On several occasions, the team had line change problems and couldn’t get in and out of the bench. At one point it was 18-2 SOG, advantage Buffalo. With a performance like that, what can it hurt to change around the lines. No one on this blog can predict what chemistry combination will work. The style of play of player X with players Y and Z cannot be presupposed with players A and B. The only way to see what fits is to try them out.

Bergie is disgruntled and has been since he was made his offer early in the off season and didn’t like it. Lifes tough bud. Suck it up and play your heart out….the contract will come…BUT YOU HAVE TO EARN IT! And for the record, Kovy was a goner from the git-go……we did not tradke Kovy for Bergie, Cormier and whomever else we got…..we just made the best deal we could for him at the time….and now, part of that deal will probably become trade bait.

I also think that sitting Bergie is a precursor for Cormier’s return…..hes back in ATL. My guess is that he will crack the lineup before Thanksgiving.

I predicted a 3-8 win loss for October if I remember correctly, for just this reason. New management, new players, new system. I know, I know, we’ve heard it before but the fact remains that this is going to be a tweeking process for a while. I’m just as frustrated as everyone else, but we need to find a way to deal with the reality of the team, fickle fans and the ownership group residing in dysfunction junction.

I think we’ll win one or two more this month, something in the vicinity of 4-7 or 5-6. They will progress. They need our support. They want fans. We want Wins…..and so do they. You all do your part and hopefully it will all happen.

AThrasherfan13

October 22nd, 2010
1:47 pm

Oh…..and Boults will drop the gloves by 13:15 of the first period.

AThrasherfan13

October 22nd, 2010
1:54 pm

Here-Here, ALAN-R

Zombie Steve

October 22nd, 2010
2:15 pm

Bergie’s attitude sucks. I’d rather watch a player that’s chomping at the bit – like Boults

Nate

October 22nd, 2010
3:12 pm

Alan R. – I couldn’t disagree with you more. It started with Byfuglien’s move to defense and it has continued with Bergfors sitting in favor of Boulton. Boulton has peaked. He is what he is now. Bergfors has the potential to be a really nice player, but he can’t reach that potential in the pressbox. Byfuglien is lazy as #$#% and shouldn’t be on D. I’ve seen at least three goals he’s allowed thus far where he’s just coasted down the ice without minding his surroundings or taking notice of where opponents without the puck are on the ice. The same crap he did in Chicago as a d-man.

Ramsay right now just looks like a nice old man trying his best to make everyone get along in a dysfunctional household. Whatever he may be teaching, his students aren’t listening because the defense continues to get worse instead of better.

Thrashpuppy

October 22nd, 2010
4:43 pm

Ramsey is a teaching coach. I know Atlanta fans are tired of losing after so many years of this stuff. But teaching and learning take time. Yet Rammer’s type of system is probably the best recipe for success that a low budget team can get. Until ASG can get the legal issues finally settled so we can get ownership that cares, this type of system is what we are going to need. It will just take some time to get to full player buy-in and consistent success. But if we wait it out, I think it can and probably will work. Good grief, we are at .500. Not so bad for a team learning a whole new system and concept.

Wed. may have been a little rebellion against the system by some of the guys. But it didn’t work so I expect things should be better this weekend in the effort dept.

Thrashpuppy

October 22nd, 2010
4:44 pm

In the meantime, I wouldn’t be surprised if Bergfors is having a hard time buying into the system and showing the level of commitment Rammer wants. So he is probably sitting out for an attitude adjustment. In a system like this, that’s probably very important this early on. Bergfors may want out of Atlanta right now. But he’s not even getting to show other teams what he can do if he is not on the ice. Hopefully he’ll get a clue and work his way into Rammer’s system. Then if he truly gives it a chance, he may find he actually likes it here.

rob

October 22nd, 2010
4:49 pm

Alan,
Well played. Everyone needs to relax and stop crying. Ramsey is what this team needs. Now if only the morons in charge of getting fans into the building would get off their collective a$$es and get tickets out into the publics hands to fill the arena better, we might get something going. Get fans back, excite the players with that, and watch what happens. Not rocket science or brain surgery. From what I heard at the Craps game the music sounded a little more fan involved than before, anyone else think so? Didn’t make last night or tonights but I will be back for the next Sabres game and there damn well better be more enthusiasm on the ice from the Boys in Blue!
Rebound tonight and play a SOLID hockey game!
LET’S GO THRASHERS!!!!!

Thrashpuppy

October 22nd, 2010
4:51 pm

We are a work in progress. I think we’ll see good progress come as the season current progresses. Maybe not as quickly as we might want, but better than we’ve seen in most years past.

I know many fans are tired of having patience. But we didn’t build a good foundation in earlier seasons on which for us to build. So we have to build a winner starting from this season, with players both old and new. I think with the current ownership, patience is our best bet and best hope for this team in Atlanta. We are building it as a team. I think it (success and hopefully increased attendance along with it) will come.

michael

October 22nd, 2010
8:25 pm

if anyones watching the game right now. it looks like its time for a trade.

Smoothie

October 22nd, 2010
8:35 pm

It’s a shame too cuz they showed a fair amount of vim and vigor and this time their overexuberance got the best of them with dumb penalties. PK is pretty shaky, but you can’t give an experienced team like Tampa a 5 on 3. Of course, we get one and piss it away with lazy passing and bad spacing. Kaner had a breakaway that could have tied it and calmed things down, but instead, he hits the blocker and the momentum stays with Tampa. And lastly, Mason has been less than sharp tonite so his teammates will have to pick him up this time rather than vice versa.

Thrashers27

October 22nd, 2010
8:46 pm

What’s that saying about monkeys and footballs? This is completely crappy hockey!!!

Russian

October 22nd, 2010
9:21 pm

What Bolt is doing today?
He is playing only 3:54 after two periods. This is a Plan to win a GAME???

Sage of Bluesland

October 22nd, 2010
10:24 pm

Really laughing at the dreaming posted by several–such as Gavasheep who “likes” the lineup that the old man has put out there…or the others dreaming the dream!

Never has someone (Gavasheep) been so wrong about so much for so long…I believe he’s a paid employee of this abominable ownership group/organization. I’m still laughing at his statement a few years ago about, “Don Waddell hasn’t made a bad move yet!”….

Wow, talk about a Sara-spreadsheet-special!

This team is back to being an expansion team. Welcome to 1999–it’s here again. Brendan keeps thinking this is year 4 (is that right?) of the next “Five-Year Plan”…No way; this is YEAR 1 of the new “Five Year Plan”, folks.

Oh, and the old guy (whose name I’m not bothering to remember) who’s coaching and the GM who looks like he has a bad rug on (whose name I’m not bothering to remember either) won’t be here three years from now…

I FEAR who will take their place(s)…You KNOW who I think it will be…

Stop subsidizing this embarrassing incompetence. Stop the ludicrous sunshine. STOP INSULTING MY INTELLIGENCE.

stendek

October 22nd, 2010
11:33 pm

Trying again. Sorry folks.

In wonderful mood. No World Series repeat for damn Yankees! Thanks Texas. Ohio Bearkittens lose at home! Thanks South Florida. As for blue uniformed Turkeys? Thanks for nothing. All these bums should all be flipping burgers for minimum wage! No professional hockey players on this roster. Another no show heartless debacle at Philips Arena. Turned away after second goal. Knew quitters had mailed another one in again. Never inclined to switch back. Glad I did not! First the positives…NONE! Now negatives…offense, defense, coaching, goaltending and basically everything else. Thought marshmallow goals would be at minimum with banishment of Sori Letemin. Did not take into account Marshmallow Mason. What a sieve! Fans should boycott all remaining home games. Studio hockey (empty home arena) is what these heartless scumballs deserve! No excuses necessary. There are no excuses for this shet! STENDEK

stendek

October 22nd, 2010
11:45 pm

I love your comments Sage! Always right on…STENDEK

stendek

October 23rd, 2010
12:03 am

Did these losers steal Stanley Cup rings? Just asking. STENDEK

stendek

October 23rd, 2010
12:21 am

Glad to see same number of FANS who were at Philips Arena have checked in on this site. Message received management? Most patrons with FREE tickets remained home! What a kick. STENDEK

stendek

October 23rd, 2010
1:28 am

New Thrasher record! Team has completely given up after seven games. SEVEN! How about that? STENDEK

stendek

October 23rd, 2010
1:45 am

Need marketing? New coach. New attitude. Same uncaring players. Outscored 9-3 in crucial back to back home games. Having troubles winning NHLers? Visit Atlanta! All ills will be cured. Guaranteed! Just show up. That is all it takes to send shakes into skaters in plug ugly blue uniforms. Giveups galore. Wink wink! STENDEK