Updated: Enstrom out 2-4 weeks, will miss All-Star Game

An already injured and struggling team got another dose of bad news Tuesday.

The Thrashers will be without All-Star defenseman Tobias Enstrom for two to four weeks with a fractured finger on his right hand. He will not attend this weekend’s all-star activities in Raleigh due to the injury.

“Knowing him, it will probably be the shorter side of it,” Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said. “It has to be done correctly. Our doctors want to do it – for the long-term health of him and our team – correctly.”

Enstrom suffered the injury during Saturday’s game against the New York Rangers. He missed Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay, snapping his franchise record consecutive games played streak at 296.

There was no immediate word on who the NHL would name as Enstrom’s replacement.

“Obviously Toby has been an incredibly important part of our team,” Ramsay said. “He’s been a big part of this organization. We are going to miss him. It is a great opportunity for other guys to step in and fill that spot. Guys get a better chance to play and more ice time.

“If you look at what happens to our team, nobody is going to feel sorry for us. We have to fight through injuries.”

The Thrashers host Washington Wednesday in their final game before the All-Star break. They have lost three straight games, seven of the past eight and 12 of the past 16 (4-8-4). Only one of their last four wins has come in regulation.

Captain Andrew Ladd is questionable to play against the Capitals with a lower-body injury. He also missed Sunday’s game against the Lightning. Evander Kane (mid-body), third on the team in scoring, will not play. Jim Slater (IR, concussion) and Chris Mason (IR, right knee) are also out. Fredrik Modin, who had missed previous seven games with a mid-body injury, was activated from injured reserve in time to play against the Lightning.

“It happens to everybody every year,” Thrashers defenseman Ron Hainsey said. “You get key guys go down with injuries. Look around the league, there are a lot of players down. It’s an opportunity for other guys to step up. It’s always that. Teams need other players to step up and be more involved offensively, defensively, play more minutes. It’s an opportunity for the young players we have here to take some of those minutes, for some older players too. When you lose a couple of your best players, it’s a challenge. It’s an also an opportunity for other players to step into those minutes and use them.”

The Thrashers have a one-point lead over Carolina for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes have two games in hand on the Thrashers.

“All of these injuries, while we are building something and moving forward, to miss the worse thing you can do is feel sorry for yourself,” Ramsay said. “Woe is me. Poor me. No other team thinks that right now. We have to fight through it. We have to be better as a group. We have to support each other. We’ve talked about team. We need to make that a reality. We have to fight. We have to battle. We have to win close games. We have to understand the responsibilities of being in a close game. If we do, there is no reason we won’t be successful.”

The Thrashers are 3-1-1 against the Capitals this season as they meet for the final time during the regular season. The Thrashers have already finished their season series with the Lightning. After five days off for the all-star break, the Thrashers return in February, a month that may well determine their playoff fate. The Thrashers play 13 of their next 16 games following the break against teams that currently have fewer points. The stretch of games includes two matchups with the Hurricanes.

Note

The Thrashers have placed minor-league defenseman Mike Siklenka on waivers.

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Alan R.

January 25th, 2011
12:48 pm

We’ve gone to DEFCON 3. Sound the alarms!

GaVaHokie

January 25th, 2011
12:51 pm

I’m gonna go buy some can goods and head to my Thrashers bunker.

jb

January 25th, 2011
12:52 pm

yes, things are sucking quite badly right now… quite.

Byfdjhdfhdfghjdsfdflen

January 25th, 2011
12:52 pm

The end is upon us, everyone have their Nike’s on? The comet is almost here.

GaVaHokie

January 25th, 2011
12:52 pm

I’ll save you the trouble Chris… Ramsay is going to say, “We need some other players to step up.”

It’s on page 64 of the “Coaches: What To Say” handbook. :)

Barry

January 25th, 2011
12:56 pm

No we need the ASG to step up. All these injuries we don’t have enough NHL quality depth. This ship is sinking fast!

Thrashy Thrashy

January 25th, 2011
1:02 pm

Rammer should say something like, “Well, what’d you expect? Look at the ownership of this club. The Hockey Gods hate us. The end is nigh. I’ve got dibs on the canned peaches.”

ThrasherTim

January 25th, 2011
1:07 pm

Another winter of discontent is upon us. The Rangers have won two road games with Dubinsky, Callahan and others out. What are the chances we can win AT HOME against Caps tomorrow night without Kane, Enstrom, Slater and maybe Ladd.

Is it me or does it seem like Zach is a team killer in the locker room right now? The team totally folded after his egregious turnover while manning the point on the power play Sunday.

Sherry Taylor

January 25th, 2011
1:07 pm

This team isn’t deep enough to count on existing players to step up. There are two lines that can be counted upon and 1 1/2 defensive lines that can be counted on (Enstrom-Byfuglien, Hainsey). Stepping up requires players that can actually step up. Thrashers need some serious depth added. That is one reason for the collapse.

Dwayne

January 25th, 2011
1:13 pm

Bring on Doris!!!!!

wait'll next year

January 25th, 2011
1:13 pm

I hope at least it was his middle finger. He can keep showing the splint off to ownership for a month.

jeff97

January 25th, 2011
1:14 pm

Remember at the begginning of the year when we thought that this was the deepest team that we had ever had? what happened?
The normal January/February swoon that we had all hoped to avoid is upon us. All this amid more ownership issues…..just terrible.

Thrashers27

January 25th, 2011
1:14 pm

Zach B. needs to put his shield back on. He started sucking when he took it off.

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Barry

January 25th, 2011
1:43 pm

You know ThrasherTim I was thinking that same thing about Zach in that Tampa game. It was like like as soon as that happened this team just hung their heads low and quit playing and Tampa scores 2 more quick goals. I think the players are tired of seeing his gaffs and terrible play and like that play at the blueline was their last straw.

Sherry Taylor

January 25th, 2011
1:44 pm

Jeff97, it was the deepest team the Thashers had ever put on the ice, but compared to what? All of the other teams they’d put on the ice. The loss of a few players shouldn’t effect a team that has depth and playrs that can be counted on to rise to the top, but when you have one defensive line in double digit minus numbers and at least one forward line showing the same kind of numbers, that isn’t depth. You’ve got Antropov who is playing like an injured player on the ice who hasn’t fully recovered and three rookies who weren’t good enough to make the team initially, that isn’t good. At the beginning of the season, we did looked pretty deep especially at forward, but now one line is all rookies, one is in minus numbers and the other two are decimated with injuries. And, owners who could care less, no surprise there. I would say that Ramsey and Dudley have done the best they can with the team they were given, but unless they can pull a couple of rabbits out of their hats the play-offs aren’t looking too good right now.

[...] The Thrashers are hanging on to the eighth spot in the East right now by a thread and with the pile of injuries they’ve dealt with it’s no wonder the opinion on their play has cooled off quite a bit. Today they get a bit more bad news finding out that all-star defenseman Tobias Enstrom will miss the next 2-4 weeks with a broken finger. [...]

GaVaHokie

January 25th, 2011
2:05 pm

I wonder if Siklenka asked to be released from his contract, or if Dudley is releasing him on purpose to create cap space.

(By cap space, I mean the 50 contract limit).

Michael

January 25th, 2011
2:08 pm

I don’t think Zachs a team killer, I think his confidence is in the can. I think it’s time for a players meeting and i agree with what hainsey’s said this is an opportunity for burmy,cormier,bogy, and even an opportunity for buff to step up without toby.

Jerry Landfill

January 25th, 2011
2:09 pm

Saskatoon, here we come…

[...] meanwhile, will miss an All-Star Game that many were pleasantly surprised he was named to play in. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The Thrashers will be without All-Star defenseman Tobias Enstrom for two to four weeks with a [...]

HP Drifter

January 25th, 2011
4:19 pm

A big blow to a struggling team right now! Enstrom has been the smartest and most consistent player on the team. The Enstrom-Byfuglien tandem has been the driving force in many ways for the Thrashers success up to now. Unfortunately the team does not have the depth and/or experience to fill in for the loss of key players. The next couple of weeks will be critical (and scary). Hopefully we will not be dragged down by the stone.

Why Ramsay had Bogosian on the ice on the power play in replacement for Enstrom was beyond me. Probably thought a jump start could be had. In short order he was not there at all and should of had Oduya out there. His head was not in the game (again!!) and the short handed goal had broken the team — hate to say it but he appears to be a liability out there these days.

For all the lack of confidence statements about Bogosian, I can say I do not agree but it is true. [I do get tired of hearing about the "lack of confidence" descriptions about these professional athletes. Can we all use that one in our own day jobs ?? Let's try it next time ;-) ] Notwithstanding previous injury periods, he has shown he has (or had!!) the skill to be a legitimate force on the ice. Somewhere along the line has lost his focus and edge which is quite puzzling for he does not seem to be the player he could be. When Bogosian playes with “that edge” that includes a toughness bordering on a bit nasty and pissed, he is outstanding. I have not seen him play that way for quite some time now. I believe “that edge” can only reappear by choice. Hopefully Bogosian can find his way back because there is no better time than the near future to come.

[...] meanwhile, will miss an All-Star Game that many were pleasantly surprised he was named to play in. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The Thrashers will be without All-Star defenseman Tobias Enstrom for two to four weeks with a [...]

Brendan

January 25th, 2011
6:09 pm

Could we really be calling up Valabik? There’s cap room to make a trade or sign a free agent, if there are any left.

Brendan

January 25th, 2011
6:09 pm

Don’t say Chris Chelios!!

Terptwin

January 25th, 2011
6:41 pm

Tomorrow night, it’s going to be a battle of M*A*S*H units. Vivlamore has already written of the Thrasher’s injury woes. The Caps aren’t doing much better – if at all.

The Caps are missing sniper Alexander Semin (lower body), Eric Fehr (upper body), Matt Bradley (upper body), Tom Poti (head/groin – don’t laugh) and Michael Neuvirth (lower body). In addition, they’re playing Hershey Bear Braden Holtby in net while Varlamov rests his balky groin.

I wish your guys well in the long run but not against ‘ol D.C. Let’s go Caps!

Terptwin

January 25th, 2011
6:45 pm

I meant “…of the Thrashers’ injury woes…

Where’s STENDEC/STENDEK anyway? I hope he’s feeling OK.

Cornbread

January 25th, 2011
6:46 pm

The team is deep. Unfortunately when at the same time you lose your top D-man, Captain and top forward, top second line wing, and top center for your energy line they are not easily replaced. Then you force an injured Modin back in, use a way less than 100% Antropov, and elevate rookies and call-ups into those much higher roles and you are scraping the very bottom of the depth barrel.

It’s not that they don’t have depth, it’s who they have lost at the same time. Losing top talent is not easily replaced by the best and deepest teams. Ask Pittsburgh. Time to play D first and establish your game when you can – just like the Rangers are doing.

Buff-n-stuff

January 25th, 2011
6:49 pm

Could Borris really be “that much of a downgrade” from Bogo’s play this season? Don’t get me wrong, as I am “NOT” on the get rid of Bogo wagon…he is still “far too young” to give up on.

Cornbread

January 25th, 2011
6:50 pm

Terptwin – It should be a good battle then just like last night’s game, which I enjoyed watching. You still have Ovie and we have Buff. Thrashers need this one more.

Stendek is in time-out… or exile.

Let’s Go Thrashers!

Terptwin

January 25th, 2011
6:59 pm

The Caps could really use a couple of players like Buff and Ladd. I’m looking forward to seeing Buff play at the very least.

HookyBob

January 25th, 2011
9:00 pm

I may be dating myself but “You don’t know what you got til it’s gone” (from the song Big Yellow Taxi) was a big song line in my youth. I guess we’ll see with Toby what we’ve got with Toby”gone.” As we have with Slater and Kane. As well as injuries to Buf and Ladd, etc.

To me Toby is “Lidstrom light.” His is Lidstrom, but 3 inches shorter. Smart, good stick, positionally sound,….we’ll miss it,…and so will Buf. It is Toby’s ability to shutdown 2 on 1s (Toby is the 1,….eh) is what has allowed Buf to play offense like he has.

Get healthy Thrashers!

HookyBob

January 25th, 2011
9:08 pm

Terptwin: (I’m guessing you are a U of Maryland grad?) Seems like years ago now but I sent encouraging blogs your way (via Washington Post) shortly before Glenn Hanlon was let go.

I respect the Capitals and look forward to a good, if not great, hockey game when these two teams collide.

However, let me give a bit of advice if I may,…beat the Bolts!!!! OK.

Curly

January 25th, 2011
9:13 pm

I’m almost in agreement to bring up Boris to replace Bogosian tomorrow night. He can’t be any worse. However I’d like to see Kulda get a shot. Keep rotating guys in and out and see who can step it up and stick with the big club.

cousinEddie

January 25th, 2011
9:53 pm

I’m still perplexed as to why Zach was out there for the powerplay. Oduya would of been my choice to help set up the powerplay. Zach does not have the skill or the patience to command a powerplay. It is very demoralizing to see this team faulter year after year. I will always watch my thashers but to continue to show emotion, for me, is hard. I hope the ship is turned upright for my emotional wellbeing.

Terptwin

January 25th, 2011
10:09 pm

@HookyBob – Thanks for the well wishes during the Caps’ lean years. I’ve pulled for the Caps since their inaugural 8-67-5 season. So, as you can easily imagine, I’ve seen it all from that franchise.

Injuries and fatigue are weighing heavily upon both teams now. For our sake, I hope both the Caps and the Thrashers are able to rest up during the All-Star Break and return to some semblance of health – before it’s too late.

Wayne stuck in AL

January 26th, 2011
12:06 am

So, Chris…how did your speech at Mo’house go?

Eon Rodeo

January 26th, 2011
1:11 am

This team is deep all right; in deep s%@#!

Joe McGrath

January 26th, 2011
1:31 pm

To me, it seems Dawes and Stapleton aren’t cutting it–I’d like to see Jarod Ross and Andre Deveaux get a chance. I know the Flyers thought enough of Ross to bring him up for the playoffs the last two years. Deveaux could be intersting simply as a spark plug. Postma playing well in Chicago, maybe he needs some time up too. Can’t hurt.