Byfuglien gets morning off; Ladd could play

A couple of notes from the morning skate prior to tonight’s game with the Capitals (follow-ups of the tweets I sent this morning).

Dustin Byfuglien did not take part in the skate. He was at the arena but the Thrashers skated with five defenseman. Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said he was just giving the All-Star a rest.

“Like a lot of guys, he’s a little sore,” Ramsay said. “He’s fine. He’s going to play. I just felt it was a good idea to give him a little extra rest.”

* Andrew Ladd, who missed Sunday’s game in Tampa Bay with a lower-body injury, took part in the pre-game skate. He did not skate on the line combinations nor was he listed on a line in the lineup posted in the Thrashers’  dressing room. However, Ramsay said that Ladd could play, depending on how he felt following treatment.

“We are fairly certain he will play providing after the treatments following the skate that he still feels fine,” Ramsay said.

* Evander Kane, who will miss his fourth straight game tonight with a mid-body injury, was on the ice prior to the practice.

* Ondrej Pavelec will start in goal.

* Phoenix defenseman Keith Yandle was named Tuesday afternoon to replace Tobias Enstrom at the All-Star Game this weekend.

* Prospect Akim Aliu was assigned to ECHL Gwinnett from AHL Chicago on Wednesday. Aliu, obtained in the offseason trade with the Chicago Blackhawks, had nine points (four goals, five assists) in 43 games with the Wolves.

“Our young players need significant ice time to develop and that wasn’t happening in Chicago for Akim,” Thrashers general manager Rick Dudley said. “We feel the ECHL is a great opportunity to further his development, so much so, that we may eventually make similar moves with other players.”

* Minor-league defenseman Mike Siklenka, placed on waivers Tuesday, was not claimed. His contract with the Thrashers has been terminated.

* Here are the line combinations from this morning (minus Ladd):





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January 26th, 2011
2:33 pm

Hope Cormier gets a little nasty out there.

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why not?

January 26th, 2011
2:55 pm

Maybe the ASG will be explaining the legal proceedings.


January 26th, 2011
3:01 pm

So if Ladd goes, who do you sit? Dawes?


January 26th, 2011
3:04 pm

Rammer has to don a scary face (which shouldn’t be too tough) and threaten some of the guys with the loss of NHL playing status unless they start showing visiting teams that we cannot be pushed around at home. His constant references to “covering for one another” or being “fragile” ain’t the right leadership tactic for a bunch of guys who appear to be vying for a TEAM LADY BING award. No more Mr. Nice Guy Rammeroo. It ain’t producing the results. Send out the dogs! We’re got a ton of size and a couple of supposedly tough guys in Boulton and Thorborn. They’re auditing for the Ice Capades. How about THE PIT?

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why not?

January 26th, 2011
4:06 pm

Was reading on how Kovy has started to light it up.

Tony C

January 26th, 2011
4:36 pm

Wonder if this isn’t a shot across the bow of the Wolves:

“We feel the ECHL is a great opportunity to further his development, so much so, that we may eventually make similar moves with other players.”-Rick Dudley on Aliu re-assignment. I know that I’m not alone when looking at the relationship between Le Thrash and The Wolves and coming away a bit confused- often the two teams play completely dissimilar systems, and not infrequently Thrasher prospects are scratched in favor of AHL stalwarts… I wonder if Dudley’s shaking some branches with Chicago so as to change/correct the handling of ATL prospects and the TOI needed for them to develop. Conversely, You look at Detroit’s farm team and hey, they’re not really setting the AHL on fire year after year, but they deliver NHL-capable players to Hockeytown on a VERY consistent basis. The two teams reflect the same core of thought in regards to style of play-that’s not the only example I can give you of a symbiotic (and effective) AHL-to-NHL franchise relationship-Philadelphia seems to barely miss a beat when a Phantom is moved up to the National League…

Then again, for something close to the situation outlined above to happen here, methinks TheGangThatCan’tSueStraight would have to sign a lot more/bigger checks than they are wont to.

Hope Ladd can go-we miss him out there.

Old Time Hockey

January 26th, 2011
4:47 pm

The difference is the Thrashers have an “agreement” with Chicago, but do not “own” the team. Pretty common, but there are some teams (like the Flyers) that own the AHL team either directly, or indirectly. If you don’t own, you don’t call the shots.

Get Real

January 26th, 2011
6:07 pm

Chicago should fire Atlanta and move on. Atlanta can’t draft worth a lick. This all might change under Dudley but Waddell’s team couldn’t draft Wayne Gretzky at 30 years old. As for the AHL, they don’t really develop players. If you’re not NHL ready by 20, you’re not NHL material. It’s nothing but a holding pattern for players waiting to take slots in the NHL.

Hockey Biltong

January 27th, 2011
10:54 am

Akim Aliu may have been riding the pine too much. So Dudley figures, give him some skating time with the Glads to keep him learning and keep his fitness up. Or it could be to light a fire under his a$$.