Bogosian returns from shoulder injury

Zach Bogosian is ready.

After missing the past six games with a shoulder injury, the Thrashers defenseman will be back in the lineup Friday against the Sabres.

“It feels good to be going,” Bogosian said Friday morning. “I was out for not too, too long, but long enough where I’m antsy to get back. It’s feeling pretty good and I have a chance to shoot a lot of pucks in the last few days to get ready for the game.”

The injury was to Bogosian’s left shoulder. It did not prevent him from practicing and shooting pucks, but he needed to be completely healed before getting back on the ice and delivering hits.

“I try to be a physical presence and if you want to be physical player out there you have to use your shoulders,” Bogosian said. “You have to make sure you’re ready to come back from an injury like this. …You can’t favor one shoulder when you are playing hockey.”

Bogosian injured his shoulder in the first period against Los Angeles on Oct. 12. He did not make road trips to Washington and New York.

Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay is hoping Bogosian’s return will be a spark. The Thrashers are playing their second of three games in four nights.

“It will be nice to see Zach play,” Ramsay said. “He’s a big man. He’s got a pretty big shot back there. We are hoping for a little enthusiasm. That’s the great thing when players actually miss games they often come back with a great feel, like they have a lot of jump in them. We are really hoping that he brings that. We’ve been busy with three games in four nights. It’s nice to get another fresh body back.”

Bogosian said it was difficult being out, but he used the time as a learning experience.

“It’s never fun sitting up in the press box,” Bogosian said. “You just have to use it to your advantage. As bad as a feeling as it is to be up there, you have to realize that it’s a place where you can learn. You can see a lot of plays develop up there that you don’t see on the bench. Up there it’s a lot slower and easier to see plays develop.”

With Bogosian back in the lineup, Noah Welch will be the healthy scratch. Freddy Meyer did not practice on Friday, the fourth straight session he has missed with a mid-body injury. Meyer was injured against Washington last week.

Ramsay said there was no timetable for Meyer’s return.

“Freddy is sore,” Ramsay said. “They are pushing him, but he’s been pretty sore. We are not going to rush anybody back this time of year. Freddy has done a good job for us and we are going to make sure he’s ready when he steps back out there.”

16 comments Add your comment


October 29th, 2010
12:42 pm


October 29th, 2010
1:11 pm

Good to have “Bogey” back.


October 29th, 2010
1:56 pm

Should have made Hainsey the healthy scratch and let Welch play.


October 29th, 2010
2:02 pm

It’s nice to have Bogosian back! I hope we can place some physical defense tonight. G.A.T.A

markie mark

October 29th, 2010
3:05 pm

wow…I thought it said BEDROSIAN set to return….and I started having old Braves flashbacks…


October 29th, 2010
3:56 pm

Glad your back Bogo. Looking for a great rematch.


October 29th, 2010
10:14 pm

Screw Marshmallow Mason! Damn Sori Letemin understudy. Team got baldheaded bestard off hook after two giveaway goals then a$$hole vacants net for tying goal with less than 10 seconds to play. What a damn loser! Trade his untalented a$$. Or cut him! Thrashers choke on home ice. Again! Totally worthless and heartless. OT win. Whoop de doo! Marshmallow man gets reprieve! Hate USA Olympic bust Crying Ryan anyway. Pity point never should have been surrendered! STENDEK


October 29th, 2010
11:34 pm

Don’t advertise the exact location of our boys injuries. It’s an upper body injury.

Michael B. Shapiro

October 30th, 2010
9:29 am

Sted1ck you obviously weren’t watching the same game I was. Defense (Buff on the 1st goal) hung Mason out to dry. Mason KEPT us in the game over and over again in the first period while the team was still getting off the bus and into the arena. As for the 7 1/2 seconds left tying goal, how about the failure to clear 3 times, including 2 icing calls? You are far too hard on Mason. He’s the reason we won that game. Buff’s OT goal was great, but in my book it bought him back out of the doghouse for the first goal (and perhaps part of the 2nd goal) that was ON HIM.


October 30th, 2010
10:37 am

Icy images frozen in time. Non photo is what I wanted for Marshmallow Mason after tying goal surrendered with just over seven seconds remaining in regulation. Yeck…


October 30th, 2010
10:54 am

Congratulations Thrashers. Way to defend home ice. Rare but pleasant experience. I never cut Kari Lehtonen any slack for brainless blunders so Marshmallow Mason will receive none. A tying goal in final 10 seconds! Are you kidding me? Thrasher netminder had skated behind net then lost focus jousting with a Sabre. Too busy with girlish stick swing to bother stopping puck! Result was pity point for New Yorkers. Damn! Have toned down because old timers on this site know what I would be saying about Sori Letemin at this point! Completely unacceptable. Thrashers did erase 2-0 deficit to win in overtime. The Thrasher keeper was flawless from the second Sabre goal until the third. But…Less than 10 seconds? Hell no! STENDEK


October 30th, 2010
11:05 am

A report card:

OFFENSE – Thrashers have displayed tendency to put puck in net. Young guys should only improve over time. Nucleus solid. Several potential high scorers on roster. No super stars so team much harder to defense. More than shutting down one scorer who gets fed puck endlessly. B-.

DEFENSE – Too damn much standing around. Cannot clear puck from zone despite full possession. Far too many times Thrashers are way out of position. Penalty killing is hit or miss proposition. Enforcers desperately needed. Thrashers still not tough enough physically. D-.

GOALTENDING – Chris Mason has been man since Pavs mystery ailment. No Mike Vernon but better than average keeper. Except when he allows goals early and late. Those types of goals deflate all teams. Especially young ones! C-.

COACHING – No real complaints yet. C.

PK – B+.

PP – C-.

Management – F-. Cannot grade any lower!



October 30th, 2010
11:21 am

Other old time fans like myself will understand this. Teams destined for greatness always have positive goal differential! Teams which step out of mediocrity win close games. Thrashers did at Philips Arena in overtime. Despite well chronicled ice bump at 19:03 more or less mark of third period. Great teams rarely get blown out. I consider a rout to be four or more goals. Thrashers rarely have laughers. Great teams post several during a long season. Anyone tell me the last three Thrasher victories by four plus goals? Believe Fred, Barney and Wilma were in attendance at that time. Oh well. Keep on keeping on Thrashers. Where have all the flowers gone? Long time passing. But I digress. STENDEK


October 30th, 2010
11:22 am

You are probably right Michael. Well said. GO THRASHERS! STENDEK


October 30th, 2010
11:29 am

Thrashers not talented enough to win without total team commitment. Thrashers can defeat ANY team when all players are hitting on all cylinders! Thrashers cannot whip ANY team with lazy or uninspired play. Best system in universe cannot succeed if players fail to play within it! Two of Sabre goals would have been avoided had Thrashers remained true to system. One goal on netminder alone. I see all of you shaking your heads! Sigh. C. Wish this one were much higher! STENDEK


October 30th, 2010
11:40 am

Know what molds champions people? Mental attitude! Hear many on here who seek nothing more than brief playoff appearance. WTF? Sorry folks. Champions set their goals much higher than that! Settle for mediocrity then mediocrity becomes acceptable. Champions abhor mediocrity! Want Thrashers to become Super Bowl Buffalo Bills guys? Bridesmaids but never brides/best men but never grooms? Do not settle for mediocrity! Set sights much higher than that. Okay? STENDEK