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.