Thrashers re-call Dawes, Stapleton

The Thrashers made several roster moves Wednesday due to an injury depleted forward corps.

Nigel Dawes and Tim Stapleton were re-called from AHL Chicago. To make room for the forwards, Spencer Machacek was re-assigned to the AHL and Fredrik Modin was placed on injured reserve.

Dawes began the season with the Thrashers and played six games. He did not have a point, but scored a shootout goal in a win over Anaheim. In 40 games with the Wolves, Dawes had 21 goals and 15 assists. Dawes has played 205 NHL games over five seasons with 39 goals and 44 assists.

Stapleton will be making his fourth appearance with the Thrashers after being signed as an unrestricted free agent in November. He has played 11 games during his stints without a point.

Machacek appeared in four games without a point after being re-called on Jan. 9.

Modin has missed the past four games with a mid-body injury. He practiced the past two days but had already been ruled out of Thursday’s game against Tampa Bay.

The Thrashers are also without Jim Slater, who has missed the past seven games with a concussion. Evander Kane, who has battled a mid-body injury for a month, did not practice Tuesday and was pulled off the ice by trainers after 10 minutes on Wednesday. A decision on his status will be made Thursday morning.

- Chris Vivlamore

11 comments Add your comment


January 19th, 2011
6:39 pm

Stapleton, again. Well, hope he makes the most of it. Loved him in the shootout!


January 19th, 2011
6:45 pm

we have no depth. Dawrs and Stapleton..yippie.

Iron League 13

January 19th, 2011
7:19 pm

Dawes and Stapleton have won us games in shootouts, but I’m not impressed when anyone scores on a free breakaway, just sayin’. We’ve gotta make some kind of move soon because the youth and the AHLers don’t cut it.


January 19th, 2011
7:35 pm

Good call. I think they both have the ability to play in the NHL, and in the past, they’ve proven a lot in shootouts…


January 19th, 2011
8:47 pm

Little, Stapes and Dawes in a shootout is not a bad trio.

Hockey Biltong

January 19th, 2011
8:51 pm

Extra speed maybe?


January 19th, 2011
8:52 pm

The Hopis, Mayans, and Web bot predict a Thrashers Stanley Cup.

Blueland Warrior

January 19th, 2011
10:30 pm

I agree with Iron League 13. I hope Duds is working the phones… we need a playmaker/spark!


January 20th, 2011
5:39 am

okay ..good for shootouts..i’d rather win the game in the first 60 minutes. the first 60 minutes in which Dawes and Stapelton will do nothing. Just saying. We need a veteran roster player..Stapelton has had numerous chances and he’s done what? helped us in one shootout? c’mon fellas. no team wanted Dawes when he was put on waivers. what’s next? gonna bring back Valabik because we are stacked in the minors with so much talent? Mad Max’s offense would look good in an ATL sweater right now. There were several players we balked on. I think Duds has done a good job..but just giving Eager away, letting MacArthur go was understandable, but Evgeny Artyukhin was servicable ..etc etc if Thor or A, Stewart can have a roster spot. I surely hope history repeats itself and Duds has a trade in the works..because we are looking very thin with these minor league plugs.

Harry the Hatchet

January 20th, 2011
9:40 am

I dislike the trade of Eager more and more. We give away proven veteran value in the playoffs for nothing, Duds can not pull the wool over our eyes and say that two empty jerseys in Dawes and Stapelton are better than Eager, if I remember correctly Dawes had to be told to hit people because he refused to battle in the corners while trying to “earn” a roster spot. He is small and soft..typical of the old model of Thrasher player DW seemed to covet considering how well they managed to lose games, I was hoping Duds would change the entire regime. These Stapelton types do nothing..I wasn’t against trading Eager..but at least get something of value in return and don’t replace him with two soft minor leaguers who have had numerous chances already and done nothing to prove they belong here. Surely with the availible roster spots..Dud can get a better player than these two, Eager was better.


January 20th, 2011
9:46 am

Just hope that Dawes and Antropov don’t end up on the same line again! That was a disaster last October! Modin-Antro-Dawes and Modin-Slater-Dawes were unmitigated disasters….hmmm, what is the common theme in these line combos? Okay, with Modin on the shelf, what are your line combos du jour? I’ll go with:





Time for Burmy to get some pressbox time with Bogey to gain some perspective and eat as much as he can at the buffet. I reckon the boy has lost 10 lbs of weight over the course of the season and he can no longer muscle other forwards off the puck or protect the biscuit like he did earlier in the year with a stronger body and fresher legs.