Updated II: Mason to face Panthers, Pavelec to face Blue Jackets

Here are a couple of notes from Tuesday’s practice before departing for Florida:

Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said Chris Mason will start in goal Wednesday at Florida and Ondrej Pavelec will get the start Thursday against Columbus at Philips Arena. It will be Pavelec’s first start at home since he lost consciousness and collapsed in the season opener Oct. 8.

Getting Pavelec the home start was the determining factor in setting the rotation, according to Ramsay.

“Mason deserves to play, of course, because he’s been so good,” Ramsay said. “He’s had a couple days rest. He should be ready to go in Florida. It’s time for Pavelec to play a home game. With the back-to-back, it just made sense.”

In other news:

*Bryan Little (concussion) and Freddy Meyer (mid-body) did not make the trip to Florida as they recover from injuries. They did not practice Tuesday. Meyer was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 23 later in the day.

“Freddy is just not coming and Bryan is still being evaluated just to make sure we are not pushing it,” Ramsay said.

Ramsay said there are no further test results for Little.

* Brent Sopel did not practice on Tuesday. He was given the day off but traveled with the team to Florida. The Thrashers re-called defenseman Noah Welch from AHL Chicago on Tuesday as a precaution.

* The Thrashers placed defenseman Boris Valabik on re-entry waivers on Tuesday. The Thrashers are likely looking to see if someone will claim him at half his NHL salary. This is the way the Thrashers obtained Christoph Schubert last season.

* The Thrashers line combinations remained the same for Tuesday’s practice.





14 comments Add your comment


November 2nd, 2010
1:23 pm

Ramsay read my previous post, and, as expected, is doing the “opposite.”


November 2nd, 2010
1:31 pm

Chris, have you seen Bryan personally? Does he have stitches or is he just scraped up? Just curious if the scene from Friday nite looked worse than it seemed on TV with the dripping blood etc. Obviously, a concussion is nothing to trifle with, but I was fearing he may have lost a couple of teeth or something. Thanks and have a safe trip to South Fla…hope there aren’t riots in the streets when there are “hanging chads” in the midst of a very close Governor’s race!


November 2nd, 2010
1:32 pm

Valabik on waivers today


November 2nd, 2010
1:49 pm

Valabik is taking Meyers’ place, presumably?


November 2nd, 2010
2:18 pm

Couldn’t another team pick Valabik up? So there is no guarantee he will be able to take Freddy’s place, right?


November 2nd, 2010
3:13 pm


Yes, another team could pick him up since these are re-entry waivers. If they do, the Thrashers would be responsible for 1/2 his salary, but the team that gets him would be required to keep him on their roster for the entire season (ala Schubert last year). That, in and of itself, may scare other teams away…


November 2nd, 2010
3:16 pm

Is it me or do the lines look different after every practice?

Zombie Steve

November 2nd, 2010
3:47 pm

Ramsey is a mad scientist when it comes to line selections. Get used to it


November 2nd, 2010
3:56 pm

Sounds like a trade is about to happen.

Joe McGrath

November 2nd, 2010
4:49 pm

Word on the street is the Ducks are looking to move players. Hmmm.


November 2nd, 2010
5:14 pm

Interesting Joe, where are you hearing this…


November 2nd, 2010
8:30 pm

Basically Boris would be gone for nothing other than the team paying 1/2 of his salary…guess they have seen enough.

Old Time Hockey

November 3rd, 2010
11:07 am

Little needs a Pure Power Mouthguard.

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