Slater, others done for season

A couple of notes from Monday’s practice before flying to Montreal for Tuesday’s game against the Canadiens.

It looks like Jim Slater, Freddy Meyer and Patrice Cormier won’t play again this season. With only seven games remaining, Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said he doubted they would be able to return from various injuries.

“I don’t expect that,  even if they were suddenly cleared, they could mount any kind of comeback,” Ramsay said. “I wouldn’t think so. It just wouldn’t make any sense.”

Slater has missed 38 games with a concussion. Meyer has missed 21 games with an upper body injury. Cormier has missed 16 games with an upper body injury.

Message sent

I asked Ramsay if by starting Chris Mason in goal the past three games he was trying to send a message to Ondrej Pavelec. The coach said the message was not just for Pavelec but for the entire team.

“Everything we do at this time of year has a purpose,” Ramsay said. “It doesn’t matter what happens. Chris Mason is a professional. He went through long stretches without playing. He’s been a great practice player, a great teammate and he shows up with his battle and puts his game face on. I think it was important that everybody sees that.

“It’s not just for Pavs to see, but for everybody to see what an old professional guy does, how he shows up. Three games in three and a half days and he played in all of them. When we needed him in the shootout [Sunday vs. Ottawa] he was ready and raring to go. This is just a good message for everybody.”

Line combinations

All healthy Thrashers skated Monday prior to the team departing for Montreal. The line combinations remained the same.

Ladd-Little-Wheeler

Kane-Schremp-Antropov

Boulton-Burmistrov-Thorburn

Maxwell-Stapleton-Dvorak-Stewart

I will report from Montreal Tuesday. Also look for a story on Bryan Little on the website later today.

11 comments Add your comment

Barry

March 28th, 2011
2:12 pm

I like Schremp on a line with Kane but not Antropov. Nothing against Nic but honestly I think Antropov and Burmistrov should play on a line together. When they have they created things. They seem to work well together and are on the same page in the offensive zone. Thorburn should be on the 4th line. Move Dvorak up to Kane and Schremp. Put Antropov down with Boulton and Burmistrov.

JimG

March 28th, 2011
3:10 pm

Is Slater’s career over?

sisu

March 28th, 2011
3:59 pm

So finally it has been said by the team that this season is over as far as playoffs, nice to see that the coach is looking toward the next season. I think there has been many lessons for both the players and coaches this season. Hope that fire burns in the belly of the players all summer and motivates them to come in the best shape ever for training camp!

Back from NJ

March 28th, 2011
4:03 pm

I hope Slater’s career is not over. He never became a great scorer (or skater) but there never was any question about his heart or dedication.

wingsrule

March 28th, 2011
4:15 pm

Hope to see Slater back to next year.

kent

March 28th, 2011
4:34 pm

I wasn’t aware that Slater started the season.

Brendan

March 28th, 2011
5:05 pm

I understand that the playoffs are realistically out of reach, but does Chris Mason represent Atlanta’s “best chance to win” in any given game? If not, then there’s no reason to start him 3 games in-a-row. Pavelec is the # 1 goalie in Atlanta. What is Ramsay trying to do, prevent him from reaching certain milestones for the season, like wins, starts, etc.? If the Coach intends to play Mason for the rest of the season to ‘punish’ Pavelec, it’ll be a long offseason, with him stewing about it. If I’m Pavelec, I man up and realize there’s still a few weeks left in the season, finish up strong, then … I can party all summer long. Just don’t show up to training camp 35 pounds overweight, Kari Lehtonen-style.

I understand the situation. Pavelec is 23/24 years of age, still very young, perhaps he likes the ‘nightlife.’ Etc. Ramsay sees that and thinks, ‘unprofessional.’ If Pavelec DARES loaf it a bit in practice, during a season that’s over, the consequences are … ‘no starts’ for a while? Where was thisssss, when the team won six times in thirty (6/30) games? Ramsay gets tough on the players, NOWWWWW? The time for this action was Januaury, not the end of March. Sheesh.

Furious George

March 28th, 2011
6:00 pm

I’m sure Slater will be back and ready to go next season. We’re not talking about a Marc Savard situation here as he dealt with multiple concussions and tried to come back from the initial one too soon. The Thrashers in my mind have dealt with Slater very smartly and operated on the side of caution. With the team going nowhere just shut him down for the season. Hopefully a complete summers rest and he’ll be fully symptom free. We really need him on our fourth line next year and beyond.

B. Thenet

March 28th, 2011
11:09 pm

So playing a guy 3 games in a row who has had a terrible season, and let in several weak goals over the 3 game stretch, is Ramsay sending a message?

I think the real message Ramsay is trying to send is FIRE ME, I have no idea what I am doing.

Bbbb

March 29th, 2011
12:49 am

The real message Ramsay is trying to send is only 7 games left in this season:))

Old Time Hockey

March 29th, 2011
10:59 am

There are ways to help Slater that the team is unwilling to do. They defer to the trainers. Yes the great trainers who have our boys in such fine condition that they lead pro hockey in blown 3rd period leads. They get to make the decisions, apparently. Everyone is so afraid they might lose a job they paralyze themselves with archaic ideas and treatments. Very sad.