As you know from the previous version of this blog, Bryan Little did not travel with the Thrashers to St. Louis. The team announced Saturday that the forward also suffered a concussion against the Sabres on Friday, in addition to the facial lacerations that forced him to leave the game in the first period.
Little, who scored his first goal of the season Wednesday, was checked into the boards by Shaone Morrisonn. He played just 2:05 on two shifts.
According to Craig Ramsay the main issue is the concussion, the severity of which is not known by the coach.
“I haven’t heard what degree,” Ramsay said. “They are going to do a test on Monday. The trainers had him come in [Saturday] and then had him go home and rest and recoup a little bit.
“I don’t think it’s major, but that’s just me. Maybe it’s wishful thinking by the coach. I talked to him after the first period and he was visibly injured. He sounded fine to me just now you have to take care of business and make sure he’s OK.”
In other news, the Thrashers also re-assigned defenseman Noah Welch to AHL Chicago. Ramsay said the move was more about having six healthy defenseman than the progress of the injured Freddy Meyer (mid-body).
“We’ve got six,” Ramsay said. “I thought we might as well give him a chance to go back and play and if we need him again we’ll re-call him. We have enough players to get through the game. He did a fine job in New York. I was very pleased with his performance. He had a big body with a big stick. He showed, that if we need him, he can step in and play for us.”
Welch played 18:39 in Wednesday’s 6-4 win over the Rangers.
In what should come as no surprise, Ramsay juggled his lines again against the Blues Saturday.
Here they are:
Defensive pairings remain the same.
“We moved them around a little bit, as is my wont,” Ramsay said. ” … [Friday], once Little went out, we had a whole bunch of different lines. I don’t mind changing lines around. I don’t necessarily like to do it as much as we had to [Friday]. I don’t know if I played the same line twice for one 10 minute stretch. Andrew Ladd played right wing and left wing. So did [Evander] Kane. Kane played in the middle. We were dancing around quite a bit.”
Ramsay said he worked on the fly with line combinations once Little went out. However, he did draw up some lines in between periods.
That’s it folks. I will be flying home from St. Louis early Sunday morning and otherwise taking it easy. We’ll get back at it Monday.