Kane leaves practice early

The good news: Evander Kane practiced on Wednesday.

The bad news: It was only for 10 minutes.

Kane, who has been hampered by a mid-body injury for more than a month, did not practice on Tuesday. Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said he hoped Kane could play Thursday against the Lightning, but the final decision would be made in the morning. Ramsay said the decision for Kane to leave practice was made by the training staff.

“We want to make sure he doesn’t get hit again and early so he’s not ready,” Ramsay said. “We’ll see tomorrow to make sure he’s OK. There is a difference between playing hurt and being injured. We want to make sure it’s a hurt.”

Ramsay said it was possible the team could re-call a player from the AHL as a “precaution.” It is also possible they could dress seven defensemen if Kane can not play.

Chris Thorburn missed practiced for the second straight day, but Ramsay said the forward would play against Tampa Bay.

On the other injury fronts, Jim Slater (concussion) did not practice. Fredrik Modin (mid-body) did practice for the second day. Neither will play Thursday.

Ondrej Pavelec will get the start in goal and be backed up by Peter Mannino. Chris Mason (knee) remains on injured reserve.

With Kane in, here were the practice lines:





After Kane left, defenseman Freddy Meyer and Antropov took turns skating with Little and Stewart.

7 comments Add your comment


January 19th, 2011
4:15 pm

Shoot, the longer this team is without Slater, the tougher it will be to beat good teams. Our depth was questionable before these injuries, but losing your best F/O man to a concussion and having one of your better snipers struggling to deal with a mid-body “hurt” is going to hurt your production. Let’s hope the boys can circle the wagons again and win a couple of very valuable points tomorrow nite.


January 19th, 2011
4:31 pm

Chris, have you had a chance to speak with Slater to get an idea about his timing?


January 19th, 2011
5:40 pm

Is the third line called the Molasses line? Thrashers version of the off speed pitch.


January 19th, 2011
6:37 pm

Chris, any news on a potential return of Mason? And if it is going to be a longterm injury, has Dudley indicated that he will go shopping for a goaltender?

[...] year, and that’s not exactly a rare occurrence for Thrashers players. This past practice Evander Kane and Chris Thorburn had to sit out for being banged up, and Jim Slater and Fredrik Modin are still hurt. Tuesday’s practice saw Bogosian suit up to [...]


January 19th, 2011
10:34 pm

If Kane’s not ready to go, it’s best not to play him. There’s still so much season left. No reason to lose him for longer. This team can win without him. It’s up to each player to pick up the slack, just like with any team that’s suffering injuries. Injuries can’t be an excuse.


January 20th, 2011
9:44 am

I thought Modin was on IR…If he’s hurt, why is he practicing?