Modin off to slow start, scratched vs. Sabres

Fredrik Modin will be the Thrashers’ other healthy scratch against Buffalo Friday. The forward has a minus-8 rating this season. He had a costly turnover that led to a goal against Washington last week.

Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay insists those are not reasons Modin was scratched.

“When we brought Freddy in, we didn’t expect that he was going to play every game,” Ramsay said of the 36-year-old. “He’s a great person around the team. He’s scored one goal and we need him to score more but Freddy is a good person around your hockey club. We’d like to see better things happen for a number of our people and the fact that Freddy is out tonight, like I’ve said early, we have an extra person or two and somebody is going to be out.”

Modin’s minus-8 rating, after nine games, is higher than at the finish of his past 10 seasons.

That number, in the short-term, is not a concern to Ramsay.

“He’s had a couple of turnovers in the defensive zone that have worked against him,” Ramsay said. “The plus/minus I believe in over the course of a season but not in the short term. In the short term you can have some bad nights. You can have a lot of bad things happen. On a bad change you can step on the ice and get scored on. Vice versa, you can step on the ice and get a plus. Over the course of the season, I think it shows you something. But in the short term it’s suspect.”

In other news:

* Bryan Little said his left elbow is still very sore after being hit by a Dustin Byfuglien shot against the Rangers Wednesday. Little got hit early in the second period. He said he returned to the bench once X-rays determined his elbow was not broken.

“I braced for it,” Little said. “I can’t believe it didn’t hit my elbow pad. … The good thing is it doesn’t affect me on the faceoffs, so I should be good with that.”

Little scored his first goal of the season in the first period against the Rangers on a great individual effort. He said he has kept a positive attitude early this season, a lesson he learned from last year when his frustration mounted as he dropped from 31 to 13 goals.

“If anything, I learned don’t get as frustrated,” Little said. “Come to the rink everyday with a smile on your face. It sounds kind of funny but that’s how I treated the first eight games. I could have gotten frustrated, been in a bad mood and it could have gone on longer. I stayed positive. I knew if I kept trying to get chances they were going to go in. I think my mood has changed.

“Our line was getting a ton of chances. If you just stay patient and fight as much as you can to get your chances, it will come no matter what.”

* Ondrej Pavelec said his conditioning start at AHL Chicago went well, even though it was a 4-1 loss. Pavelec stopped 19-of-22 shots against Oklahoma City, which scored on two breakaways, a power play and an empty netter.

“It was good,” Pavelec said. “It was great to have a game up there and get in game shape and know how I was doing. It was only one day. …

“We lost but for me it was more about getting my confidence and getting a game, have some shots [against].”

Pavelec will back up Chris Mason Friday against the Sabres and return on Saturday at the Blues. It will be his first game since losing consciousness and collapsing minutes into the team’s season opener on Oct. 8 due to a fainting spell.

“I’m so excited to get in the game tomorrow night,” Pavelec said. “I haven’t played a game yet. It’s been a long time, like three weeks. I’m really excited.”

* Alexander Burmistrov confirmed Friday at that his pass to Evander Kane, who scored a goal for the rookie’s first NHL point Wednesday, was indeed intended for Dustin Byfuglien. The big defenseman was set up for a one-timer when Kane took the pass, skated in on Rangers goaltender Martin Biron and scored his sixth goal of the season.

“Yeah, that’s true,” Burmistrov said. “Buff was wide open for one-timer. Kaner just come and take it, but it was a good play actually, good skill.”

Kane did retrieve the puck and gave it to Burmistrov as a souvenir of his first point.

“Every thing was good,” Burmistrov said. “We won the game and I got a point. We played in New York and Madison Square Garden and that was unbelievable.”

27 comments Add your comment

Brendan

October 29th, 2010
1:08 pm

It’s about time Modin got scratched. How soon ’til he’s waived?

Alan R.

October 29th, 2010
1:09 pm

That’s actually pretty funny, about the Burmistrov pass for Byfuglien. Three Rangers collapsed in on Byfuglien when they saw the pass heading to him, and Kane picks it up and skates right in for the goal. It was really beautiful.

Alan R.

October 29th, 2010
1:10 pm

Brendan – Not soon enough.

Barry

October 29th, 2010
1:16 pm

I wonder if Kane thought that pass was for him. LOL You know Byfuglien had to give Kane a hard time in jest when they got back to the bench for stealing his puck from him.

GaVaHokie

October 29th, 2010
1:18 pm

Ladd Little Bergie
Thorsy Nik Eager
Stewart Peverley Boulton
Kane Burmie Slater

… would be my guess for tonight.

boulton orr

October 29th, 2010
1:26 pm

bogo is back! woo! rammer at least doesn’t play favorites..scratching a lifeless vet…i can’t wait to the day that we don’t always pollute our roster with at least one aged vet on his last fume taking the spot of a more deserving player. modin is a great locker room guy..but he is horrid on the ice and it’s because he is in the twilight of his career. cut the cord, duds..he is not the same version that helped tampa win. maybe modin gets the gas when cormier returns ? i hope so, no more dead weight.

East Point Bob

October 29th, 2010
1:29 pm

I totally agree with Brenden, We don’t need these guys who are great around the team, who themselves are not producing and he has been, like I expected, not very good. He never should have been brought in. When Comier returns, watch him go.

jb

October 29th, 2010
2:17 pm

Re: 1st NHL point, did somebody grab the puck for burmistrov, I hope

R. Stroz

October 29th, 2010
2:22 pm

Waive Modin!

Bill

October 29th, 2010
2:23 pm

How many goals did Modin score through the years against us? Seemed like everytime we played against him. We’re almost better off paying him to eat popcorn.

Joe Friday

October 29th, 2010
2:35 pm

“maybe modin gets the gas when cormier returns”

This. I really want Cormier on this club, he can take Slater or Thorburn’s spot.

TrueBlue

October 29th, 2010
2:40 pm

Joe Friday – Can you tell me why you really want him on the team? I am just curious because I really don’t know much about him but random reports here and there. What makes him special that you would be willing to “give up” two consistently hard working players? Thanks!

JLC

October 29th, 2010
2:48 pm

Thrashers, please go away!

Dented Puckhead

October 29th, 2010
3:23 pm

Why in the world was Modin signed anyway? He’s a typical Thashers signee from the Wads days as GM….wasted money, wasted time, wasted player on the roster…bring one of the better kids up from Chicago.
And send Burmistrov back down to develop a year or two in the minors — HE IS NOT READY FOR THE NHL!!!!

Joe McGrath

October 29th, 2010
3:58 pm

@JB, yep, Kane picked up the puck and took it to Burms.

Alan R.

October 29th, 2010
4:03 pm

And send Burmistrov back down to develop a year or two in the minors — HE IS NOT READY FOR THE NHL!!!!

I’m sorry you haven’t been paying attention.

First and foremost, Burmistrov is quite ready.
Second, Burmistrov can only go to the OHL. He cannot go “to the minors.” The OHL is not a minor league, it is a junior league.

Burmistrov has shown he can more than hang with the big guys in the league. He held his own against two very big teams in Anaheim and San Jose, despite having Thorburn and Eager there with him, in case things went awry. I would rather have him here, playing 15 minutes a game, than in Barrie playing against inferior competition. The latter does absolutely nothing for his development, and can actually hurt the kids confidence.

Obama-n-Pelosi Hater

October 29th, 2010
4:24 pm

Is “Modin” something puck bunnies take for PMS?

Fredrik’s play of late indicates he may need a good does of it himself.

Matt

October 29th, 2010
5:05 pm

Slow start?? I’ve seen glaciers with more zip than Modin has shown so far this season.

Tony C.

October 29th, 2010
6:50 pm

Blind clearing passes up the middle are NOT what I’m thinking of when I hear the phrase “Veteran Leadership”…. Say what you will about Ramsay, but scratching Modin is the right decision and this quote when asked about Modin’s (lack of) defensive prowess shows us that he’s going to be pretty popular with the players

He’s had a couple of turnovers in the defensive zone that have worked against him, … In the short term you can have some bad nights. You can have a lot of bad things happen. On a bad change you can step on the ice and get scored on.

I can think of at least three coaches who would be just fine with throwing Modin under the bus after not one, but two blind passes ended up in the back of our net. Kudos to Ramsay for not taking the bait.

Michael

October 29th, 2010
8:17 pm

Thrashers look terrible ofcourse
Stendec where u at?

sisu

October 29th, 2010
11:45 pm

Nice win, wonder how long Little will be out. Prevent defense does not work in any sports, bit the team in the behind with 5 seconds left….

Alan R.

October 30th, 2010
1:18 am

Prevent defense does not work in any sports, bit the team in the behind with 5 seconds left….

That wasn’t a “prevent defense.” That was a “Mason flubbed the puck, tried to get back, and got interfered with” issue. Pretty ameturish of Mason to come out of the goal like that to begin with, but that goal was most definitely not on any of our defense or forwards. It was totally on Mason. Had he not come out, this wouldn’t have happened.

We gave up a point, but we prevailed anyway. Stuff happens.

boulton orr

October 30th, 2010
7:58 am

can’t blame mason, gaustad was standing on top of him, just a poor time to basically retaliate. where are all the byfuglien detractors like roenick? this guy can play goalie if he wants, coast to coast in OT..wow. we at least have a team that does not quit, as we all know..most thrasher teams have quit after first periods like last night. way to go burmi, well deserved. time for pavs to shake off the rust and give us a spark tonight, please don’t put the empty sweater of modin back in there. i still say we go after dan carcillo, he is on the block without a doubt.

Alan R.

October 30th, 2010
12:26 pm

can’t blame mason, gaustad was standing on top of him, just a poor time to basically retaliate.

With ten seconds left in the game, you really shouldn’t be leaving the crease to play the puck. That goal is on Mason.

It doesn’t matter now, though. We won.

atlanta thrashers

October 30th, 2010
12:27 pm

JLC post at 2:48 pm “Thrashers, please go away” – thrashers answer to JLC at 12:24 pm ZLC please kiss ours @$$ everybody 23 on the roster + cormier and start from big buff. thank you JLC.

boulton orr

October 30th, 2010
12:43 pm

we survived, i guess i’m happy we didn’t fold after the first period. previous thrasher teams would lay a turd early and never recover, rammer at least has them believing it ain’t ever over until it is for the most part. i like the attittude of this team, we just gotta figure out how to not fall behind early so often. when will ladd be named captain ? i think he’s the guy. he gets my vote. it’s also nice to see a russian who isn’t lazy, burmy plays physical, great energy. we aren’t gonna blow anyone out of the water, but we have some hard workers on this team, i think that’s the new attitude dudley wanted..likewise for many fans who have suffered through some lifeless thrasher teams.

Acer

November 1st, 2010
4:47 am

I perceive Modin as a trade deadline acquisition. Okay…the timing is off, nevertheless I think that Modin will come alive in those moments when it really matters. Opening the season in winning fashino was vital for a team which has seen a lot of change over the course of the summer (you can also add the Pavelec scare here.)