Updated: Burmistrov misses first game with cracked bone in foot

Cross Alexander Burmistrov off the list of Thrashers who have played every game this season.

The rookie forward missed Sunday’s game against Carolina with a cracked bone in his foot. Burmistrov was hit in the foot by a shot from teammate Zach Bogosian in the third period of Friday’s win over the New York Rangers. He played just two shifts in the final period for a total of 1:36. The Thrashers announced the news in a one-sentence statement and did not offer a timetable for his return.

With Burmistrov out, the Thrashers re-called forward Spencer Machacek from AHL Chicago Sunday. Machacek appeared in four games for the Thrashers in January without a point.

To make room for Machacek, the Thrashers placed defenseman Freddy Meyer on injured reserve. Meyer has not played the past four games since he lost consciousness at center ice in a game against Calgary Feb. 3. Meyer was hit by two Flamers player and told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution following the game that he felt dizzy after the collisions. While trying to make it back to the bench he lost consciousness and woke up on the ice while being attended to by trainers.

Meyer’s injury is described as an upper-body injury, but coach Craig Ramsay said before Sunday’s game the team is concerned about a possible concussion.

“I think that’s something they are trying to be careful with and make sure that’s not it,” Ramsay said. “It was a strange situation with Freddy and we want to make sure everything is done correctly. You can’t take chances with anything like that. Freddy, when you talk to him, feels good but I don’t think he feels 100 percent. We are going to make sure he’s 100 percent.”

Ramsay said to the best of his knowledge, Meyer is not experiencing headaches which would be a sign of a concussion.

The Thrashers who have appeared in all 58 games this season are Ron Hainsey, Anthony Stewart, Chris Thorburn, Johnny Oduya, Dustin Byfuglien and Rich Peverley.

Rebound position

Ramsay said his team is getting closer to consistently being in proper position to convert rebounds into goals. The Thrashers had several opportunities in Friday’s win over the Rangers.

“It’s far easy if you have that one person in front … and somebody is away from the net looking for rebounds,” Ramsay said. “We practice it every day. The first thing that happens is the first half dozen shots with rebounds go right by our second man because he’s going to show you how hard he’s working and he skates by it. It’s important to know where they go. Get yourself in that position. Anybody can go stand in the goal crease but if you are the guy whose decided and figured out where the rebound is going and keep yourself back from the net, now you are ready to explode.”

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February 13th, 2011
4:52 pm

Too Bad on Burmi


February 13th, 2011
4:53 pm

He Played one of his better games on Friday – a couple of “good checks”

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February 13th, 2011
5:39 pm

Sad news on Burmi, but all Thrasher rookies who get RUSHED into the lineups in their Draft Year ALWAYS DO get hurt in their rookie campaigns. There are no exceptions to that statement. It is what it is.

‘Canes 1, Thrashers 0. But Atlanta isn’t playing badly.

Brian west palm beach

February 13th, 2011
7:28 pm

efing pansies nobody on this team is willing to get nasty. would have loved it if we hit someone.


February 13th, 2011
8:00 pm

Another “gut punch” from Carolina.

I want all Hurricane fans to know and appreciate the kind of team they have. Two late goals vs. the division leader, to salvage a point, vs. Tampa Bay. Then immediate travel to Atlanta for an afternoon game, where they pull off a 4-point swing to push the Thrashers even farther into the rear view mirror. That’s a REAL team. You’d almost think Carolina is a team that’s been to the CF three times (3x) since 2002, with experience about what it takes down the stretch. Oh, that’s right. All that’s true … about Carolina.


February 13th, 2011
8:01 pm

That one hurt.


February 13th, 2011
8:02 pm

boys getting the golf clubs out of the closed tonight and shine them up

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February 13th, 2011
8:36 pm

Brendan, he got hit in the foot squarely by a Bogosian slapper, dumb luck. Has nothing to do with being young and getting rushed into action. If he was gonna get destroyed from being fragile and young, it would have happened long before now. Tough break (no pun) for one of the hardest working players we have. He was intently watching the game from the top part of section 106, no upper perch for him.


February 13th, 2011
10:02 pm

Smoothie, there were a few NHLers in the stands tonight.


February 14th, 2011
8:31 am

How long he will be out of play?
3-4 weeks or more? :-(
How is Slater condition?

Zombie Steve

February 15th, 2011
8:59 am

Seems like more and more players are getting foot injuries from puck impacts… I think there has been a trend in recent years among the top skate manufacturers to make skates as light weight as possible; sacrifice protection to improve speed.