Pavelec activated, could return Saturday vs. St. Louis

The Thrashers re-assigned goaltender Peter Mannino to AHL Chicago on Monday, clearing the way for Ondrej Pavelec to return to the lineup. Pavelec was activated from injured reserve after losing consciousness and collapsing in the Thrashers season opener on Oct. 8.

Pavelec said he felt fine following Monday’s practice, the first full workout he’s had since being cleared from concussion symptoms. He said he still needs another practice or two to get fully used to the speed of the game again.

The Thrashers have three games this week – Wednesday at the Rangers, Friday versus the Sabres and Saturday at the Blues. Coach Craig Ramsay said it looks like Pavelec’s return could come against the Blues.

“We haven’t made up our mind yet, but, possibly, St. Louis would make some sense,” Ramsay said. “I haven’t made a final decision but I’m guessing that’s where we are heading.”

In other news:

* Defenseman Freddy Meyer and forward Alexander Burmistrov missed practice on Monday. Ramsay said Meyer was visiting a doctor for a “mid-body” injury. Ramsay singled Meyer out for his play against Alexander Ovechkin Saturday. Burmistrov was attending to some immigration paperwork. The rookie will also miss Tuesday’s practice and join the team in New York for Wednesday’s game against the Rangers.

* Defenseman Zach Bogosian participated fully in Monday’s practice but is still day-to-day. He has missed the past five games with a shoulder injury.

* Ramsay did a great deal of teaching in Monday’s practice. The coach said he originally wanted an up-tempo pace to the practice. However, after three turnovers in the Thrashers’ defensive zone led to three goals Saturday against Washington, there were more lessons to teach.

“Having watched the game I felt there were issues that needed to be talked about and dealt with,” Ramsay said. “It’s a fine line pace versus teaching and we are still very much at the teaching stage. It would be very neat once we get a handle on the drills we are running they would take care of themselves, they would teach within the drill. For now, I really want to talk them through some of the things we saw. It’s not an ingrained thing yet, so you have to teach.”

* Here are the line combinations from Monday’s practice:





*  Nigel Dawes scored a goal for AHL Chicago in Saturday’s 4-3 overtime loss to Rockford.

21 comments Add your comment

Zombie Steve

October 25th, 2010
4:13 pm

Bogo’s gotta stay healthy this season.

Zombie Steve

October 25th, 2010
4:14 pm

Oh, and welcome back Pavs!


October 25th, 2010
4:20 pm

Glad to hear Pav’s is good to go, but I don’t understand why not start Mason against the Blues. He’s gotta be pretty familiar with what his former mates’ do!

Alan R.

October 25th, 2010
4:30 pm

I’d personally play Pavelec on Friday for the back-to-back. Slot Mason in for Saturday.

R. Stroz

October 25th, 2010
4:41 pm

I liked the way Mannino played. Too bad he was sent back to Chicago.


Alan R.

October 25th, 2010
4:50 pm


October 25th, 2010
5:45 pm

Those line combinations … leave a lot to be desired. I just don’t get the thought process. Other than, let’s punish the underachieving, by demoting them to lesser lines.

Byfuglien needs to be play forward with Antropov and Ladd. Bergfors needs to play with Kane. Peverley needs to play with Slater. Stewart needs to play with Thorburn. That’s how I see it, anyway. If you want to punish Little, demote him to 4th line center, between Boulton and Eager.


October 25th, 2010
6:07 pm

I see Little with a goal and an assist vrs the ilanduhs if they stick with that 3rd line.


October 25th, 2010
7:22 pm

Why break up the Ladd-Little-Stewart line that was good fine? I understand putting Antropov with Eager and Thorburn as he’s still trying to get 100% and probably wanting to cut down on his minutes. The Boulton-Peverley-Stewart line looks like something you end up with while playing backyard football and those are the last three people left to pick. I say HUH?

cousin Eddie

October 25th, 2010
7:40 pm

I like the idea Ramsay is doing with the lines. It seems his goal for the line combos is to put an even skill level across the board. It makes sense if you are trying to role 4 lines with equal ice time. You want any line to be able to handle the other team’s first line. If everything goes well with the 30-45 second shifts, the thrashers ideally would dictated the pace of the game and force the other team to have to adjust. The thing is, everyone has to be on board and giving everything they have every shift for the system to work. This system is not like Washington’s system, where top notch skill level and make up plays as you go along. This is simple approach that should work if executed the right way.


October 25th, 2010
9:11 pm

Mannino was a bright spot friday night. Antro needs to sit…he’s not healthy and it is hurting the team.


October 25th, 2010
9:21 pm

I would like to see Pavs play one game in Chicago to make sure he is ready. Mannino seemed to be a respectable back-up.

boulton orr

October 26th, 2010
6:34 am

i agree with KLS1, antro is playing at about 60%. he looks really slow. most agree that meyer, hanisey and modin are all dead weight. glad pavs is back..take some pressure off of mason. the rags are physical. good luck boults..might be his first fight against the boogey man. so far the heavies have been tying boogey up, shawn thornton nearly suffocated him, my advice for boults would be to do the same unless he wants to be on boogey’s highlight reel.


October 26th, 2010
8:41 am

Antropov always looks slow, even at 100%. Not really a knock against him, but that’s how it is. That’s why I think he needs to be parked in front of the net more – he’s big and slow. That also means he needs to be paired to 2 fast forwards who can get back and back check while waiting for him. Which also implies he shouldn’t play center, right? Isn’t the center supposed to be the first guy back? I’ve never played, so I’m just mouthing off here.


October 26th, 2010
9:08 am

Lucky Kane. He’s in there with Jimmy Board Hands and Freddy Slo-Mo.


October 26th, 2010
10:45 am

I see Little with a goal and an assist vrs the ilanduhs if they stick with that 3rd line.

I hope he scores before Nov 21st (when we play the Islanders). ;)


October 26th, 2010
12:10 pm

Ooooops, we must play the rangers tomorrow night.


October 26th, 2010
12:32 pm

As a poolie from afar who chose Antropov, I’m amazed that he has only one point – is he injured, not motivated or what?


October 26th, 2010
2:30 pm

We need to play better defense and stop making STUPID mistakes with the puck. The one thing that I thought would be a constant with this team is how physical we would play. It appears that I am wrong. In order to be successful in the NHL you have to play Great Defense and stop making stupid turn overs…

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Zombie Steve

October 27th, 2010
10:17 am

yup Flames- the games in which this team plays physical are the ones that end up in the W column.