Stapleton placed on waivers

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.”

12 comments Add your comment

Brendan

December 3rd, 2010
3:11 pm

My guess is that Stapleton won’t be claimed. But, I’ve been wrong before.

Smoothie

December 3rd, 2010
3:19 pm

C-Viv, thanks but did Stapleton have to clear waivers anyway before becoming eligible for the active roster? Or could he have played last nite regardless? Timing seems a bit odd when both Kaner & Modin are questionable for action.

AtlFlamesFan

December 3rd, 2010
3:20 pm

I think if a team claimed him, they would have to keep him on the NHL roster instead of having the flexibility of moving him up and down. Therefore, agreed; the likelihood of him being claimed is low.

BG33Brown

December 3rd, 2010
3:21 pm

Then why give him a 2 year deal? Did we have to in order to get the rights for him? Color me confused.

Brendan

December 3rd, 2010
3:28 pm

BG33Brown, Stapleton showed some nice progress last year. I think the thinking was that, down the road, next season, that he would be even better than he is this year, enough to warrant an NHL only pay provision. No matter if he does wind up somewhere in the AHL, or loaned to Europe, etc. It’s probably true that, next year, Stapleton will progress into an even better player. But, this contract won’t hurt Atlanta. It’s only $525K or $550K. Heck, the Thrashers need to increase payroll. If they decide to deal this player, at the deadline, he can be “sweetener” for that deal. In Stapleton’s shoes, he’s a UFA looking for an NHL contract. He found one, from Atlanta. I think Stapleton was part of the trade Atlanta made with Toronto that sent Center Colin Stuart and D-man Garnet Exelby to the Leafs for Stapleton and Pavel Kubina. But don’t quote me on that one. If that’s the same Stapleton, it can be argued that the organization has previously had some desire to obtain/retain this player’s services.

Barry

December 3rd, 2010
3:37 pm

Okay this is an odd move. You sign a guy and two days later place him on waivers. I fail to see the logic behind this.

hey barry

December 3rd, 2010
3:51 pm

leave the thinking to us adults

SCHUBERT

December 3rd, 2010
4:18 pm

They should have signed me.

sisu

December 3rd, 2010
6:06 pm

Main reason for this is so he can be sent down later without waivers as I understand it. And yes, it is the same player as last year but he did not have a training camp with Ramsey…

KLS1

December 3rd, 2010
9:42 pm

By the way, whoever does the Schubert posts makes me laugh every time!

Not sure why…but I literally laugh out loud.

Dwayne

December 4th, 2010
9:04 am

I like Schubert too…
Hey Chris, next time someone asks you to a fight in our zone during a faceoff kindly say “no thank you, but I’ll bust your a$$ on a neutral zone face off”

Dwayne

December 4th, 2010
9:05 am

Thats Chris Thorburn, not you Viv, we need you concious to keep us posted.