Tim Stapleton was placed on waivers Friday, four days after signing a contract with the Thrashers. The team will find out by noon Saturday whether the center was claimed. If not, the team then has up to 30 days or 10 games to decide to send him to AHL Chicago.
Stapleton signed a two-year deal with the Thrashers. This season, he has a two-way contract. Next season, he will have a full NHL deal.
The signing was a precaution after Alexander Burmistrov was shaken up after drawing a boarding call against Boston last week and with Fredrik Modin (ribs) still recovering.
New look for Boulton
No word if Eric Boulton lost a bet, but the forward emerged for Friday’s practice sporting a new look. A clean-shaven head.
When asked why the new look, Boulton had a succinct answer. “No reason.”
When his road roommate Chris Thorburn was asked the same question, he also used just two words for his answer. “Team camaraderie.”
Pleased with Meyer
Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said following Thursday’s 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh that he was pleased with the play of Freddy Meyer. The defenseman was pressed into duty as a forward due to injuries to Evander Kane and Modin.
“I thought Freddy did a great job,” Ramsay said. “He had some great back checks. He had some angles across that forced turnovers in the neutral zone. I thought Freddy stepped in, having not played in quite a while, and gave us a real good effort. That line had some good offensive zone time so I’d have to give Freddy a big pat on the back for that.”
Early fight for Thorburn
Thorburn and Pittsburgh’s Aaron Asham threw down the gloves 1:51 into the game for a fight. Thorburn said following the game that the two have a bit of a history.
“We’ve had some battles in the past,’ Thorburn said. “He’s just a gamer. He was looking for a fight and I thought it would be a good opportunity to do it. Looking back, Jimmy [Slater] won the draw cleanly and we could have got a shot on net. That’s kind of the only downfall of that.”