Updated: Little out with concussion; Welch re-assigned

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.

14 comments Add your comment


October 30th, 2010
12:59 pm

That sucks. Heal fast Bryan! We need you out there a lot more than Modin…


October 30th, 2010
1:03 pm

Yet no penalty on the boarding on Bryan Little (we had to beat the Buffalo and the Refs !!) Get better Bryan !!


October 30th, 2010
1:13 pm

bad news, get well soon bryan

atlanta thrashers

October 30th, 2010
1:31 pm

repeat from previous blog. 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.

[...] Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution passed along the report. The Thrashers forward did not travel with the team due to a concussion and facial lacerations suffered in the first period of Friday’s game against the Sabres. [...]


October 30th, 2010
3:06 pm

That big overtime score reminded me of a #17 that use to play here.
That look like a forward driving to the goal, not a d-man.

boulton orr

October 30th, 2010
3:16 pm

bad news for little..worse news that modin is his replacement.

Savannah Blueland Fan

October 30th, 2010
3:20 pm

Little out of the lineup…..boooooooooo
Replaced by Modin…..BOOOOOOOOOO

happy halloween everyone

Tony C.

October 30th, 2010
4:26 pm

Alan R.

October 30th, 2010
4:52 pm

Modin better play lights out tonight.

anton chigurh

October 30th, 2010
7:03 pm

lights out as in lifeless? pretty safe bet at this point, friendo.

Fredrik Modin

October 30th, 2010
7:15 pm

Hello fans, I promise to have a pulse tonight. I am much better than Hainsey guys, c’mon…I at least have an excuse, I’m old. I played for the Blue Jackets..etc etc.

five hole

October 30th, 2010
7:43 pm

Just when Brian was getting in his groove. Get well Brian.


October 30th, 2010
7:46 pm

I’ll have you know … that in “Modin Watch ‘10-11″ … the Rawhide posters voted 14-8 in favor of “over” with the bar set at 14 goals and 56 games played for the year. Don’t tell me … you all want to change your votes to “under” now. Too late!