The Thrashers may be close to getting All-Star Tobias Enstrom back. The defenseman was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice. Although he did not take full shots, he was stickhandling and passing despite the broken finger on his right hand.
“There were not high hard slappers but he’s getting darn close,” Ramsay said. “I don’t know exactly, but he’s getting close. Today was a test to be involved in it.”
Enstrom has missed the past six games.
In other injury updates:
* Fredrik Modin did not practice on Wednesday after leaving Monday’s game against Toronto in the second period with an “upper-body” injury. Ramsay said the forward was examined by doctors for “previous sore spots” and could possibly practice on Thursday.
* Freddy Meyer did not practice Wednesday. He has been out since losing consciousness Thursday against Calgary. Ramsay did not have an update on Meyer’s condition but said “They are being real careful with Freddy.”
* Johnny Oduya and Evander Kane were given maintenance days Wednesday. Jim Slater (concussion) also did not practice.
No benching Byfuglien
Ramsay was asked Wednesday if he would consider sitting Dustin Byfuglien after the defenseman’s third-period turnover led to a goal in Monday’s loss to Toronto.
“I guess at some point you look at a player who makes a turnover and you say ‘That’s it, he’s out,’” Ramsay said. “Then, luckily, most of the time you have a chance to sit back and say ‘Wait a second.’ Buff won us a lot of hockey games. His style is conducive to some errors. But we said going in it’s a long process. We are not going to say to him ‘OK, now you are a forward because you threw a puck away.’
“I’m very doubtful about taking him out of the lineup because he made a mistake. I try to teach people when they make mistakes. He tries to win, sometimes too much but he’s still learning to be a defenseman. He’s the last guy. If you are a forward and you make that crazy play, somebody is going to save your [butt]. If you are a defenseman and you turn it over, now you only have one guy with a mask on. Our goalie has done that for us a lot. Our players will make errors. I will do the best job I can to deal with it in a positive way.”