Enstrom ‘darn close’ to return

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.”

12 comments Add your comment

GaVaHokie

February 9th, 2011
3:16 pm

“Our players will make errors. I will do the best job I can to deal with it in a positive way.”

I’m trying that myself. :)

Hockey Biltong

February 9th, 2011
3:57 pm

Andrew

February 9th, 2011
4:12 pm

A: Wow Ramsay, way to contradict yourself.

B: I wouldnt bench him either, hes too good a player (too valuable with 2 d-men out)

C: Umm

upnorththrasher

February 9th, 2011
4:56 pm

Bench him and play WHO?? Where is big Boris when you need him, oh yeah he and Modin are still trying to find out who is the slowest. I miss Oystrick.

EA

February 9th, 2011
5:27 pm

Great news on Enstrom.

Brendan

February 9th, 2011
6:06 pm

I just hope that when Toby returns, it’s on the proper timeframe, and not a “rush job” in some attempt to salvage the season at the expense of the player. While Toby is clearly an important piece to our blueline, we simply had to bank points vs. the Islanders, Maple Leafs, and Flames.

Are we sorry, now, that we didn’t proactively re-sign Pavel Kubina, back on Jan 2, 2010? Or even July 1, 2009? Actually, I don’t remember when we acquired Kubina. He might have been property of the Leafs on July 1. We certainly could have afforded the price tag Tampa paid for him. But alas, we can’t force UFAs who don’t want to be here … to re-sign here. Kubina was a serious candidate for team MVP last season.

J-man

February 10th, 2011
7:57 am

Ramsay translation – “I have 2 sets of rules for my players. Guys like Byfuglien don’t get scratched when they make mistakes.”

Brendan – The Thrashers did make an offer to Kubina to re-sign, but one can only presume since he rejected it that is was pretty low. After all the Thrashers have either the lowest or 2nd lowest salary total depending on your source for the numbers.

TrueBlue

February 10th, 2011
8:53 am

I am 100% happy that we never re-signed Kubina. He was slow and worthless.

ThrasherTim

February 10th, 2011
9:00 am

I believe I had read that our offer was actually higher than Tampa’s, but for 1 less year. He wanted to go back to Tampa. Simple as that. I would say he made the right call for him.

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BMF

February 10th, 2011
11:17 am

Trueblue, Kubina slow and worthless? I beg to differ, he was a solid player for us last year, very consistent, steady player and I was disappointed to see him leave, would love to have him about now.

Thrashers

February 10th, 2011
1:15 pm

We needed Kubina to say here, once again the A$$ Clowns that we have as owners would not pony up the extra year and money needed to keep him here. $ame $hit different day.