Updated: Thrashers re-call Postma

The Thrashers re-called defenseman Paul Postma from AHL Chicago on Tuesday. The move comes a day after the team re-assigned defenseman Arturs Kulda to Chicago.

The move was made for two reasons. GM Rick Dudley said he feels both Postma and Kulda are NHL ready and they wanted to give Postma his chance. Also, Postma brings an offensive element. He is second among AHL defensemen with 37 points (eight goals, 29 assists).

“They’d like to see him get a chance,” Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said. “We wanted to make sure we had an extra player, especially going out on the road for a couple of games. He can skate. He can shoot. We could use some goals if he happens to get his chance to play. We’d like to see him shoot some pucks and add a little something to the offense.”

The Thrashers play at Phoenix on Thursday and at Edmonton on Saturday. Ramsay would not say when Postma might make his NHL debut, but it sounds like it could by against the Oilers. Postma said he was not told when he might play but “hopefully it will be this weekend.”

Postma, who will wear No. 60, got the call from Wolves GM Wendall Young on Monday and immediately caught a flight for Atlanta. That was after he made a phone call himself.

“For sure, it was my dad, my biggest fan and my biggest supporter,” Postma said. “I called him right away. We’ve been waiting for this call for a long time. It was fun call to make.”

Kulda played two games and was a healthy scratch the past two games with the return of Tobias Enstrom. The Thrashers also re-called Noah Welch earlier this season when they needed a defenseman.

“Finally, I’m part of the real thing,” Postma said. “It’s almost a relief being rewarded for some hard work. I’m really excited. I’m a little nervous. I got the call yesterday. …  I looked at my phone and said ‘Why is the GM calling me?’ I picked up and he said I was called up. It was pretty exciting. A lot of emotions hit you all at once. I’m trying to make the most of it and take it day by day.”

Postma can practice again on Wednesday before the team leaves for Phoenix.

“We need to see him,” Ramsay said. “I don’t know him very well and it would be nice to see him function in practice. Let him see what we do. If he does get a chance to play he’ll be ready. We don’t like to have guys just sitting around but it’s important that we have somebody with us. It’s important that if he gets the call he understands what it is he has to do and you could see from practice today a little bit of learning went on as he tried to figure out the speed of the players, the speed of the drills, et cetera.”

28 comments Add your comment

Paul

February 15th, 2011
10:37 am

Help is on the way!

– paul

J(Z)

February 15th, 2011
10:44 am

This can only help with our PP! hahahahahahahaha I kill me

Insider

February 15th, 2011
11:07 am

They’re showcasing Kulda for the blockbuster coming up.

Ooops. Gotta go pretend that I’m selling tickets. Waddell came out of the bathroom.

bulldog52

February 15th, 2011
11:08 am

if anyone thinks Paul is the help that is needed is badly mistaken. Postma makes more mistakes in one game then other players make in a month of games. You all will be shouting to send him back to chicago.

Thrashers

February 15th, 2011
11:15 am

Paul is a swell guy in the locker room, not much help on the ice, but he tidies up the bathrooms really well. Another cost saving move from the A$$ clown owners we have.

Barry

February 15th, 2011
11:18 am

Why are we sending down Kulda who plays like he belongs here and calling up Postma? I don’t understand that move.

duder

February 15th, 2011
11:39 am

Insider,

Having been a former ASG worker, you sound like somebody who actually works there.

Thomas Magnum

February 15th, 2011
11:39 am

Barry – You will understand when the trade happens.

DEAL WITH IT

February 15th, 2011
11:55 am

Just recycle the garbage we have. If you shine up a turd, is it still a turd?

xanax

February 15th, 2011
12:24 pm

I feel that a trade is about to happen as well. I know we have a lot of armchair GM’s here..but remember Dudley is in year 1 and it has always taken even him a few years to be successful in resurrecting dead franchises and he certainly has some obstacles in place regarding this one. Just saying it’s easy to criticize when I highly doubt any of you, myself included is an actual NHL GM. I hope the comment section here doesn’t turn into the anal hypocrisy of the official message-board population. Yikes. The resident “experts” there are why no one posts there.

kent

February 15th, 2011
12:33 pm

could we get a reprint of the Jim Slater interview-it was riveting!

Don Cherry

February 15th, 2011
1:11 pm

Winnipeg ownership group is barring Dudley from trading draft picks. Most likely approved trade would be Modin, a bag of pucks, and some duck tape to help the team in its new city.

Thrashers

February 15th, 2011
1:13 pm

We are not going anywhere Don. Well, not this year anyway.

Usher

February 15th, 2011
1:21 pm

Hey Grapes, Justin Bieber is going to save us from you pathetic canuckle-draggers!! You better “belieb” dat! Are you a belieber?

Mike

February 15th, 2011
1:40 pm

I know this may sound bad, but does anyone else besides me think that Burmi getting hurt is a good thing? The reason I say that is I’ve felt that recently he was trying to do too much and often players do that when they feel themselves one step too slow due to fatigue. Maybe the time off will give him a chance to recharge those 18 year old muscles for the stretch run. Just a thought…

@Thrashers

February 15th, 2011
1:46 pm

The arguments for the team staying are strong, but the winds are blowing in the direction of the Thrashers could beleaving for Canada as EARLY AS the end of the season. Please see this story:

http://www.arthurblankbuythethrashers.com/winnipeg.html

And please support this plea to have Atlanta leaders step up and help the fans find NEW OWNERS:

http://www.arthurblankbuythethrashers.com/

GO THRASHERS – Get a win in a desert!

Sherry Taylor

February 15th, 2011
2:52 pm

I agree with xanax . . . it is so easy to ‘coach’ and ‘GM’ from here, we don’t know what is going on behind the scenes. I may not like some things that I see, but I know that Rick Dudley and Craig Ramsey have a wee bit more experience than I and the rest of us have. I’ll admit I grouse about some of the goings on, especially the sorry leadership or lack there of of the owners, in name only, basically because it makes mes feel better to get some of the frustration out, but I hope, on the other hand, that the players don’t get on here and read some of the comments. If I were a player and read some of this vitirol I’d want to move the team, too.
Any way, I think we have to trust Dudley to do what Waddell never did, do the best he can to put a team together, and Ramsey to do his thing with the players he has.

FormerIslesFan

February 15th, 2011
4:10 pm

Thrashers’ Webpage is reporting Buff signed to multi-year extension. Anyone have confirmation or details??

FormerIslesFan

February 15th, 2011
4:10 pm

Make that Thrashers’ Facebook page… Sorry about any confusion.

da' boomer

February 15th, 2011
4:34 pm

http://thrashers.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=552839&navid=DL|ATL|home

buff on board for the long haul…good sign

Brendan

February 15th, 2011
6:42 pm

I didn’t catch the terms or the number of years on that Byfuglien contract. It’s probably a good job to keep him under contact for as long as possible. Did he forego any UFA eligibility? Or was it just a contract through the required RFA years?

Buff-n-stuff

February 15th, 2011
6:52 pm

There is likely a team intrested in Postma, so they are calling him up and are going to showcase Postma, and hope he plays well at the NHL Level.

JC44

February 15th, 2011
7:28 pm

5 yrs and $26M for Buff

Fmr Lightning fan

February 15th, 2011
9:53 pm

@JC44….easier to trade a player with a deal in place…..think about it.

JC44

February 15th, 2011
9:56 pm

Depends on the player…

Brendan

February 15th, 2011
10:16 pm

JC44, any indication of a ‘no trade clause?’ If so, Atlanta has landed its player. If not, Fmr Lightning Fan has a point. With Byfuglien locked up, the gaining GM doesn’t have to work out the details of the next contract.

GaVaHokie

February 16th, 2011
1:15 pm

There is likely a team intrested in Postma, so they are calling him up and are going to showcase Postma, and hope he plays well at the NHL Level.

I highly doubt it… if a team is interested in Postma, the last thing you want to do is showcase him in an NHL game and have him embarass himself. Better off as an ‘enigma’.

If anything, it’s a chance to have Ramsay evaluate Welch, Kulda, Postma, etc. and then decide who’s expendable.