Updated: Stapleton, Machacek re-called from AHL; Kane on IR

RALEIGH, N.C. It was a long time coming, but Spencer Machacek got another chance.

The Thrashers prospect returned to the NHL on Sunday, nearly 22 months after he made his debut. Machacek was re-called from AHL Chicago by the Thrashers, along with Tim Stapleton, after injuries and a suspension have left the team short of forwards. The right wing appeared in two games for the Thrashers March 16-17, 2009. He spent all of last season at Chicago.

“I tried to stay positive down there and work on the things I needed to work on to get up here,” the 22-year old said before Sunday’s game against Carolina. “It’s nice to be back up. It kind of feels like the first time again.”

The Thrashers needed to recall two forwards as Evander Kane (mid-body), Jim Slater (concussion), Fredrik Modin (mid-body) and Ben Eager (suspension) did not make the road trip to North Carolina. The moves give the Thrashers 12 forwards.

“I’m just going to keep it simple and play my game,” Machacek said. “Get pucks in deep, finish my checks, be a hard working guy and get all the pucks along the walls. That’s what I’ve been know for, my work ethic, and I have to bring that here.”

Machacek has played 39 games for the Wolves this season with 33 points (14 goals and 19 assists) and a plus-14 rating. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder has 130 points (57 goals, 73 assists) in 195 career AHL games with Chicago (2008-09 to 2010-11).

Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay gave Machacek a baptism by fire.

“As much as I can, I like to throw the kids in and let them play,” Ramsay said. “One of the hardest things for a kid coming up is to sit on the bench and then suddenly get tossed out [on the ice]. We want to get him in quickly and feeling like he’s a part of our hockey club. Let him go out there and play. We are not going to babysit you. If he struggles, then we have to make adjustments.”

Stapleton made his third appearance with the Thrashers since signing as an unrestricted free agent on Nov. 30. He has appeared in 10 games without a point. He did score a shootout goal in a victory over Boston.

Kane on IR

To make room on the roster for Machacek and Stapleton, the Thrashers placed Kane on injured reserve Sunday. The move is retroactive to Jan. 5.

Kane has missed two straight games with the injury. He was originally hurt Dec. 28 in Boston after being checked into the boards. He missed the following game and returned to play three more games. However, he has not played or practiced since the Jan. 5 game at Florida.

Kane, tied for third on the team with 13 goals, has played 40 games this season with 26 points.

18 comments Add your comment

lemon drop the gloves

January 9th, 2011
10:29 am

spence deserved this shot


January 9th, 2011
10:32 am

the team should have 12 forwards available,unless there is another injury

Ladd little Bergfors
Stapleton Peverly Stewart
Thorburn Cormier Machacek
bolton Burmi Antropov


January 9th, 2011
10:42 am

In the NHL, when you go on the IR, is that for the rest of the season like the NFL? Or is it more like the disabled list in baseball where you can come back in 15 days?

Gib Traf

January 9th, 2011
10:46 am

Ueeediot — the later is correct, although I don’t know off-hand what the minimum # of days for being on the IR is for the NHL.


January 9th, 2011
10:48 am

Ueeediot – It’s like in baseball. You can come back. I don’t know what the time limit is though or if there’s one at all.


January 9th, 2011
10:57 am

Agreed Lemon – Spencer deserves this opportunity and he needs to make the most of it. I hope he is in the lineup this afternoon. I would also like to see Meyer in for Bogosian.


January 9th, 2011
11:08 am

Duds needs to get Ramsey some help on the PK. Bring back Reasoner!


January 9th, 2011
11:16 am

The length of being on the IR must be at least 7 days.


January 9th, 2011
11:50 am

Amen Bluespark!

Good timing for EK to go on IR as we’re off for 4 days after today. It was probably done retroactive to Thursday. I sure hope Machacek impresses so he gets another call. If nothing else he ought to be better defensively than Modin.

Andy – I reckon those lines are likely but I don’t like that 4th line. We need Nik’s skill on a line with Pevs I think. How about these?

LL and Bergy





January 9th, 2011
12:02 pm

I’ve got:
Boult-Corms-Last forward

I think you’ve gotta move Thorburn up and keep cormier and boulton together with their style of play.


Gwinnett Fred

January 9th, 2011
12:02 pm

Missing a minimum of 7 days is correct, but not sure if, like in baseball, the IR move can be retroactive.

The retroactive part is the key here as if it is, then today is the only game he has to miss (not sure on his prognosis) – if not, he will miss this coming weekend games Friday & Saturday too!

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January 9th, 2011
2:54 pm

I’m already disappointed with the response. They’re down 3-2 with lots of time left, but swiss cheese defense.


January 9th, 2011
4:06 pm


January 9th, 2011
4:30 pm

Good game and a nice comeback from their previous outing. The biggest disappointment was the 2 to Carolina but 1 on the road against a good team is acceptable.

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