Bogosian practices as forward

A lack of healthy forward continues for the Thrashers. More absences required defenseman Zach Bogosian to practice up front on Tuesday.

Evander Kane and Chris Thorburn did not practice and were “banged up” according to coach Criag Ramsay. Jim Slater (concussion) also did not practice and Fredrik Modin (mid-body) skated in non-contact drills only.

Ramsay said the move of Bogosian was done out of necessity. However, he did not rule out Bogosian playing forward when the Thrashers host Tampa Bay on Thursday if there is still a shortage of healthy players.

“Who knows?” Ramsay said. “I don’t know for sure. It depends on how there other guys go. It’s always a possibility to dress seven [defensemen]. We know, for instance, that he could play up front. Freddy Meyer can if necessary. …

“One thing, you wouldn’t want to be a defenseman with Zach bearing down on you because he can skate and is a physical guy.”

Bogosian was a healthy scratch in Monday’s shootout win over Florida. Meyer played as a forward one game earlier this season.

Chris Mason, who sprained the MCL in his right knee, also did not practice. He was scheduled to have an MRI Tuesday. There is still no timetable on the goaltender’s return.

Modin said his return will be determined by how he feels after the practice. He did experience some tightness after skating. The forward has battled several injuries this season. He has appeared in just 28 games and only twice has played seven straight games.

“I don’t like to say that I’m getting used to it,” Modin said. “You really don’t. It sucks. It’s been like this for awhile. It is frustrating. You are always looking forward to when you can get back. That’s kind of been what drives you.”

Modin said he will wait until after the season to determine his future.

Big win

Having won just four times in the past 13 games, including Monday’s dramatic win over Florida, the Thrashers are hoping the victory will mean good things. Bryan Little and Thorburn scored 44 seconds apart in the game’s final two minutes to tie the Panthers in a game the Thrashers won in a shootout.

“It has the potential to be a watershed game,” Ramsay said. “We really hope it to be so. I thought we played solidly against Philly but found a way to lose. The first half of the game were the dominate team in Dallas and found a way to lose and ruined that one. You have those instances and this one where it was a pretty tight game. We looked like we coughed it up again. Instead we battled through with two empty-net goals to make this thing work and get the shootout win which was great for us. These are the types of things a team can build off of.”

Andrew Ladd said he had the very same thought.

“That’s the kind of win that can turn a year around and get you headed in the right direction,” the captain said. “At the same time, we have to use that in the right way and go out there and start playing the way we can. We can’t wait until the last two minutes to get some urgency and really start taking it to a team. We know what we are capable of.


Anthony Stewart and Little were each fined $200 by the NHL for being the third and fourth fights in the melee in Boston on Dec. 23.

With Tuesday’s trade of Ben Eager, Spencer Machacek will get an extended look. Re-called from AHL Chicago last week, Ramsay said the forward is doing a good job but must get used to the speed of the NHL game.

Here are the line combinations from Tuesday’s practice:





28 comments Add your comment


January 18th, 2011
6:01 pm


January 18th, 2011
6:02 pm

Dang it I’m not first but anyways maybe that will be the spark he needs


January 18th, 2011
6:11 pm

Fined $200 bucks for fighting? Is that a typo?


January 18th, 2011
6:42 pm

Really????? Where is the “sting” in a $200 fine?


January 18th, 2011
6:52 pm

Ya those $200 fines are a complete joke. Is the league purposefully trying to take shots at this team and franchise? Seriously. Those practice lines look like something you throw together during the 1st preseason game to get a look at what some guys can do. I personally hope Bogosian sits in the press box for a few more games and let Meyer play. Zach is just completely lost out there and sitting out one game does not fix his problems.

East Point Bob

January 18th, 2011
6:56 pm

Zach Bogosian… Physical ? Not, he is like a feather on the ice, he never hits anything, even the puck. This kid is done, Good-Bye Zach !


January 18th, 2011
7:49 pm

I love it. I want to see Bogosian play forward. I’d even like to see him get a chance in the shootouts, too.


January 18th, 2011
8:23 pm

How cool. I called for Bogo to move to forward about a month ago on Rawhide’s blog. He has some skills but is lost now on defense.

I hope they give him a try up front.

hey brendan

January 18th, 2011
8:32 pm

no. bogo needs to sit and think about if he wants to be an nhl player or not.


January 18th, 2011
9:01 pm

Bogo is a no-go. He sucks at both sides Offense when he joins the rushes, and on defense where he is a flat-out joke and a bust. Trade Bogo for a couple of 2nd and 3rd round picks.


January 18th, 2011
9:03 pm

Even Thorbs (Thorburn) can make a better D-man than Bogo. That’s actually a good idea. Make bogo a 4th line LW or RW and make Thorbs a D-man. Love that idea!


January 18th, 2011
9:25 pm

If he plays offense it shows that he really is in trouble with having a home on this team. Seems like a last resort.

Better idea is to scratch him and bring up Kulda for some competition.

Puck Like A Porn Star

January 18th, 2011
9:29 pm

Buff as a defenseman, and Bogo as a forward. Define irony!


January 18th, 2011
9:34 pm

I’d just like to see it. If it’s an utter collapse of a failure, at least it can be said ‘it was tried.’ We ‘tried’ Byfuglien at defense, at the protest of many posters, including myself. It has worked. We can’t know if something will fail or succeed until it tried.

But, I’d say that Bogosian’s natural position is that of a blueliner. That’s where he needs to excel. Maybe we should bring in Matthieu Schneider to be his personal advisor. That used to work well.


January 18th, 2011
9:38 pm

That is where he needs to be on the ice keep him up their and his numbers will rise up.

lemon drop the gloves

January 18th, 2011
10:41 pm

just hoping an “extended look” for spence also means more than 5 – 8 minutes a game. tough to prove what you can do with those type minutes.


January 19th, 2011
7:37 am

Bolton-Andropov-Bogosian would be a fun line to watch. Talk about the Bruise Brothers.


January 19th, 2011
7:40 am

Bogo has a hard time getting the puck on net…not sure if he can shoot the puck with any accuracy. Comments?

HP Drifter

January 19th, 2011
8:41 am

That is too true Blueland, and the same with Hainsey!

Don Cherry

January 19th, 2011
9:30 am

Bogo is over and out. He quickly “lost it.” Sit him another 5 games and bring up Kulda! Does he have a 2-way contract? If so, he needs to do penance in the AHL. And here we’re short of healthy bodies and we trade Eager for a 5th round bag-of-donuts….


January 19th, 2011
9:53 am

The game with Tampa this Thursday is critical. The team has to make a statement and catch up to Tampa and Washington if they have any chance of making the playoffs. Oh and Andropov is a big whussy. A guy that big should be like Chara and intimadate players.


January 19th, 2011
10:18 am

There is a lot of hate for Bogo, and I can kind of understand that. But he isn’t the sole reason for the recent slide. He is a developing player and to take his ice time away would be a mistake. It is ironic though that Bogo will skate up and Buffy is holding the line, lol!

Glad to see Eager gone, he just didn’t fit the style and it is obvious he was not towing the company line.

Zombie Steve

January 19th, 2011
11:58 am

I remember Bogo making runs at the net his in his rookie season – he’s got the speed and offensive tools to be a decent forward… very intrigued by this.


January 19th, 2011
12:07 pm

Sucks to say, but the signing of Modin was by far one of the worst decisions of Dudleys young tenure here in Atlanta…the signing made no sense in any aspect…He made a career of being injury-prone and he has continued that tradition here in Atlanta.

Joe McGrath

January 19th, 2011
12:14 pm

For God’s sake, Duds, make a move. It’s very apparent we need a top 4 defenseman and a top 6 forward, both with experience. Work a two player deal for picks and prospects. Calgary and Ottowan need to move people. Edmonton too. I wouldn’t be against trolling Europe for any ex-NHLer looking to come back to NHL (if they can get out of their contract). I saw where Owen NNolan is looking to return to NHL, but also noticed he’s only played about 20 of his teams 40+ games, so he may have injury problems. I think a player of Nolan’s experience and character would help.

5150 P.O.A.D

January 19th, 2011
12:53 pm

Does he have a green card?


January 19th, 2011
1:02 pm

I liked Eager, he at least stood up for himself and other players, but that doesn’t fly well here. Too many Antro’s who stand there while Kane is given a concussion, too many Hainsey’s who do nothing physical no matter the circumstances. I wish Eager the best, I don’t mind him being’s just the fact that we get nothing in return. We have the empty jersey of Modin as well, this team desperately needs some sort of impact player and I don’t see Macheckshkusk or whatever his name is as being that player or Bogosian becoming a forward in some way “helping” the cause. We are doomed if Pavs, Buf or Toby gets hurt. They carry this team of mostly nobodies. Make a significant move Duds. It still shocks me that Kulda looks great every preseason and yet a scrub like Meyer automatically gets a spot over him..Kulda never getting the NHL experience, he could have a couple of seasons under his belt by now if it weren’t for our organization disloyalty.

Zombie Steve

January 19th, 2011
1:31 pm

meh….Eager was like Boults, but dumber. Won’t miss him much.