Updated: Thrashers place Eager on IR, Slater to be re-evaluated

SUNRISE, Fla. – The Thrashers placed forward Ben Eager on injured reserve before Wednesday’s game at Florida with a lower-body injury. Eager has missed the past four games.

“He’s coming along,” Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said. “He’s starting to make some progress.”

The team had no immediate plans to call up a player from the minors to take Eager’s spot on the roster.

Eager has appeared in 33 games this season with nine points (three goals, six assists). He is a plus-3 and leads the team with 63 penalty minutes.

Jim Slater skated on Wednesday and will be re-evaluated when the Thrashers return to Atlanta on Thursday. The forward has missed two games with a concussion suffered Friday against New Jersey. Slater was injured when he collided with teammate Dustin Byfuglien.

New line combination

With Slater out of the lineup, Ramsay tried several different line combinations Sunday in Montreal. One of those combinations was to have rookie Patrice Cormier center Evander Kane and Chris Thorburn. The coach stuck with the combination Wednesday.

“I liked the way they played,” Ramsay said. “I thought Cormier was strong on the puck. He got good support from the other guys. It gives you a line with some size. I think we should be able to forecheck. They should be able to keep the puck. It gets Cormier a little experience and some toughness around him. He’s a pretty tough kid. I think they can battle.”

Road tripping

The Thrashers completed a three-game road trip Wednesday in South Florida. After arriving from Montreal on Sunday, the team had Monday off. They practiced on Tuesday but did not have a pre-game skate before taking on the Panthers.

“They get a chance to spend some time together and get a little rest,” Ramsay said. “… They enjoy some time together and get to bond a little bit. You would be surprised with all the travel you do, how little time you spend together. They got a chance to go out to dinner and bond some.”

Bronze for U.S.

The United States won the bronze medal at the World Junior Hockey Championships on Wednesday with a 4-2 over Sweden. The Swedish team featured two Thrashers prospects in forward Carl Klingberg and goaltender Fredrik Wentzel-Petersson.

Wentzel-Petersson, a fifth-round draft pick (No. 128 overall) in 2010, took the loss in the medal game.

Klingberg, a second-round pick (No. 34 overall) in 2009, had three goals in the tournament. He scored twice in a 6-5 shootout upset of Canada earlier in the tournament.

The Russian team did not inquire whether Thrashers rookie Alexander Burmistrov could play in the tournament.

18 comments Add your comment

lemon drop the gloves

January 5th, 2011
10:59 am

i would call up spence. check out his numbers including plus/dash.

DWTOO

January 5th, 2011
11:10 am

Splinters in his posterior from riding the pine?

Dwayne

January 5th, 2011
11:21 am

Enter your comments here

Smoothie

January 5th, 2011
11:27 am

No call-up probably because a trade is coming?? Thrashers need to make a move soon to keep up with the Joneses (ahem, Bolts & Caps). Both have already made moves, and the Bolts multiple moves, to bolster or deepen their line-ups.

Hockey Biltong

January 5th, 2011
11:27 am

Enter your comments here, part 2

Toby

January 5th, 2011
11:30 am

I agree with Dwayne and Biltong.

TrueBlue

January 5th, 2011
11:36 am

I really hope that this injury is what has caused Eager not to play the way he was advertised. I was hoping that he would be more like a “pest” and an “agitator”. I only saw this the first few weeks of the season. Hope he is able to turn it around!

Zombie Steve

January 5th, 2011
11:56 am

The FLY. Bring in The Fly.

Pettersson was one of the hardest working players in the preseason games.

Nouah

January 5th, 2011
12:30 pm

They won’t call-up anybody because Cormier will fill up Eager spot

Brendan

January 5th, 2011
12:53 pm

Get well, Eager!

lemon drop the gloves

January 5th, 2011
12:54 pm

freddy has had an upper body injury and has not played in awhile. he is close to returning though.

kracker

January 5th, 2011
1:17 pm

What’s up w/ that Versteeg rumor, Smoothie?

Smoothie

January 5th, 2011
1:54 pm

I nothing more kracker. I’ll tweet something as soon as I find out anything new. Think it might be more likely we end up trading for a D-man first, then deal Bergy for a pick which we’ll then flip at the deadline for scoring help. They may want to give Cormier a chance to find his stride and allow Nik A to find his scoring touch. If those two things don’t happen, then trading for a scoring winger will become a must-do IMO.

Monkey

January 5th, 2011
2:19 pm

How is Jimmy Slater? When is he expected to return? We need a complete Greek Gods line.

gcs

January 5th, 2011
3:00 pm

The schedule has been brutal. It will be nice to have four days off next week.

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Jimbo

January 5th, 2011
4:30 pm

Splinters in his posterior- A CLASSIC.

BLUELAND

January 6th, 2011
8:00 am

Could really tell the difference with a few day=s off.

kracker

January 6th, 2011
12:07 pm

gcs said The schedule has been brutal. It will be nice to have four days off next week.

Yeah. Followed by back-to-back games against the Flyers and Stars with travel to Dallas in between.