Updated: Three new Thrashers will jump right in

Just back from morning skate and talking to the three new players. Radek Dvorak (No. 20), Rob Schremp (No. 13) and Ben Maxwell (No. 49) all made it to Atlanta – some delayed be yesterday’s weather. All three will play tonight vs. the Canadiens.

Here are the line combinations they Thrashers will start with, although coach Craig Ramsay made it clear they may well change on the fly.

Ladd-Little-Wheeler

Kane-Stapleton-Stewart

Schremp-Antropov-Dvorak

Boulton-Maxwell-Thorburn

Chris Mason gets the start in goal again as Ondrej Pavelec is still out with a injury to his right wrist. Ramsay had no timetable on when Pavelec might return. Pavelec skated the past two days. I talked to him briefly in the middle of trade deadline day and he said he was unsure when he might be back.

Former Thrashers defenseman Brent Sopel spent some time chatting with his old teammates and staff when the Canadiens arrived for their morning practice.

Here is my story on the new additions – and trade deadline day.

Radek Dvorak knew his future was uncertain.

His trade to the Thrashers was not a big surprise. He arrived from Florida which over the past month, culminating on Monday’s NHL trade deadline, moved Michael Frolik, Cory Stillman, Bryan McCabe, Dennis Wideman, Bryan Allen and Chris Higgins.

“I was expecting something,” Dvorak said. “The last couple weeks have been crazy in Florida. Everybody knows that. You see veteran guys going somewhere else. I was expecting a trade. It wasn’t that much shock. I’m glad it’s Atlanta. We have a great chance to push for the playoffs.”

Dvorak was one of three new players to arrive in Atlanta Monday on a revamped Thrashers roster. He was joined by waiver wire claim Rob Schremp and call-up Ben Maxwell, acquired in a trade last week. All three were in the lineup Tuesday against Montreal.

On the NHL’s trade day the hockey world seemingly stops everything to take note of the numerous transactions. Thrashers captain Andrew Ladd, not in danger of going anywhere, said he was glued to his phone and television to keep up with the news.

“It’s an intriguing day to see where everyone is going, to see what teams are doing, what changes your team is making,” Ladd said. “It’s probably one of the most exciting days in the hockey season.”

Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay, who tried to do video work while his roster was changing before him, said his wife was fielding phone calls from those interested in what the Thrashers were up to.

“It’s interesting,” Ramsay said. “You sit there and wonder if you are going to do anything. Then you see a change being made and you are tying to picture where it fits in your lineup. You’ve got to make some adjustments and figure out where they fit. It’s not easy to see how they package together in a short period of time.”

With the additions of Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart, acquired on Feb. 18, the Thrashers have a decidedly new look as they entered Tuesday’s game four points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

“All of my career, it’s all about my speed,” said Dvorak, who added his brings 15 years of NHL experience, including two trips to the Stanley Cup finals. “I work on it a lot during the summer. That’s always been my game. If you can skate, you create a lot of opportunities for you and your teammates and eliminate a lot of rushes for the other team coming back. I’ve been playing like this all of my career.”

Dvorak skated at right wing on a line with Schremp and Nik Antropov Tuesday.

Schremp said he went through the gamut of emotions over the past several days. He was placed on waivers by the New York Islanders on Saturday and found out the Thrashers had claimed in on Monday right in the middle of the trade deadline day.

“It’s tough on waivers when a team kind of gives up on you,” Schremp said. “It’s ups and downs. The downs are that you don’t know where you are going to play. It’s hard to have that feeling that a team gives up on you. Once I found out I was coming here, I was pumped. It’s a good chance for me to play.”

The Thrashers acquired Maxwell, a minor-leaguer, from Montreal on Feb. 24. At the time of the deal, Thrashers general manager Rick Dudley said it wouldn’t be long until Maxwell would play in the NHL. It took just five days as he was re-called Monday following the team’s rash of moves.

Maxwell, who called himself a playmaking center, made his Thrashers debut on a line with Eric Boulton and Chris Thorburn.

“I’m excited to be here because this is where the opportunity is at,” Maxwell said.”

31 comments Add your comment

Brendan

March 1st, 2011
1:44 pm

Let’s go “brand new” Thrashers!!! Clap, clap. Clap, clap, clap!

Thrasher Blue

March 1st, 2011
1:44 pm

I wonder if Bogosian and Dvorak talked about that hit Bogo laid on him last week. Dvorak got knocked back several feet and was clearly feeling the effects for a while.

Brendan

March 1st, 2011
1:45 pm

Wait, was I supposed to say, “first,” in the most exceptional use of bandwidth ever?

Jim N Buckhead

March 1st, 2011
1:45 pm

The moves seem like good ones…at least the thrashers are trying to put a winning team on the ice….

Brendan

March 1st, 2011
1:47 pm

Ladd-Little-Wheeler

Kane-Stapleton-Stewart

Schremp-Antropov-Dvorak

Boulton-Maxwell-Thorburn

Wow, can you tell we’ve been decimated by injuries??

Ronald Petrovicky

March 1st, 2011
1:56 pm

yeah Stapleton on the 2nd line.. yikes. We really aren’t a talented bunch, but part of me is hoping the 4th line meshes well and contributes tonight, hoping for some greek god like production out of them.

GaVaHokie

March 1st, 2011
2:17 pm

That 3rd line is pretty S.A.D… maybe they should swap Schremp with Boulton… oh wait. ;)

Darkhorse

March 1st, 2011
2:18 pm

Yeah, Stapleton and Stewart shouldn’t be on the second line for any team trying to make the postseason. We will need a few legit top line guys added in the offseason if they want to build a postseason roster.

GaVaHokie

March 1st, 2011
2:24 pm

I’m just happy we have a chance to actually score in the shootout now! What an embarrassment that’s been all season.

I’ve said it before, but, Love it or hate it, the shootout is part of the NHL, and we need to be good at it.

GaVaHokie

March 1st, 2011
2:26 pm

Certainly everyone has seen this at some point in time, but for the few that haven’t…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwovbIyPYJk&feature=related

Mooseberg

March 1st, 2011
2:43 pm

Who is out with injuries right now?

ThrasherTim

March 1st, 2011
2:44 pm

I can’t wait until we play Florida next and Boulton lays a hit on Bergfors for not playing hard while a Thrasher.

Bbbb

March 1st, 2011
2:48 pm

Thanks for the link. Hopefully Schremp will improve our SO statistics

JT from Columbus

March 1st, 2011
2:51 pm

C-Viv any updates on Ladd’s extension?

ThrasherTim

March 1st, 2011
3:00 pm

C-Viv has to be pretty happy Modin got traded. It was save him from typing 5 characters and a couple of spaces before every game on the listing of who is out.

Joe McGrath

March 1st, 2011
3:42 pm

Speedy Gonzoles is centering our 2nd line? Ay Caramba!

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Hotrod

March 1st, 2011
4:09 pm

Management – You are trying, Thats all I ask . May be right , may end up wrong, but you are trying!

Thanks!

MASHAPlayer7

March 1st, 2011
4:22 pm

Not a fan of Staptleton, but he’s been playing better. I’ll say it – he gets another goal tonight!

Thrashy Thrashy

March 1st, 2011
4:46 pm

At least the new guys are saying the right things. No “it is what it is” from this bunch. Despite the pathetic stretch this team has gone through, it still has a shot. Dudley has given the team a transfusion of new blood. Let’s hope it has the desired effect.

Ox Baker

March 1st, 2011
5:05 pm

Give Montreal the “Heart Punch”!!!!!!!

Blow Up this "team"

March 1st, 2011
5:10 pm

Rameer said he dosen’t check they standing but he might want to start.

Iron League 13

March 1st, 2011
6:13 pm

I think there’s a turd in the punch bowl so to speak of that second line. I don’t give a crap if Stapleton FINALLY scored he’s a flippin CAREER AHLer, PE-RI-OD!!! What is he a 28 year old prospect at this point? Hopefully I’m wrong, but this doesn’t jive to me.

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BlueSpark

March 1st, 2011
6:58 pm

Man, Milbury is not respecting Jonesy on VS’s Hockey Central.

Wayne stuck in AL

March 1st, 2011
8:49 pm

And after 2 periods, this team still sucks…

WTF?

March 1st, 2011
10:10 pm

wonder what kind of bs comments Ramsay will make after tonight’s loss. This clueless dirtbag must be fired before Atlanta can even begin to take advantage of their key players’ abilities

Smoothie

March 1st, 2011
10:21 pm

When is our dear master teacher going to teach these schmucks how to actually score a goal??

MLong

March 8th, 2011
3:24 pm

I don’t think the Islanders gave up on Schremp. I’m an Islander fan, and he had about 2 seasons, but things weren’t meshing, especially with a team that had a few too many centermen. You can’t deny his skill though. Hopefully it all translates in Atlanta and I hope the best for him. Seems like Atlanta was very productive right before the deadline.