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