Thrashers likely to alternate goaltenders rest of season

PHILADELPHIA – The Thrashers will likely rotate goaltenders for the final games of the season, according to coach Craig Ramsay.

Chris Mason started in goal Thursday against Philadelphia. That would mean Ondrej Pavelec could start Saturday in Boston and Mason would return to face his former team in Nashville next week.

“Right now it would be nice if we just alternated,” Ramsay said Thursday. “I want to give everybody a chance to play. I think that is really important right now that everybody feels part of it and we continue to build that team atmosphere.”

Message received

Earlier this week, Ramsay said he wanted to send a message to his entire team by starting the veteran Mason three straight games. He wanted to reward a season of hard work and show that such an attribute is a necessity.

Ramsay said he has seen signs that message was received.

“I thought we’ve had some fire on the bench,” Ramsay said. “We had guys yelling at each other on the bench, coming off [the ice] and making statements. While you don’t want your team to be going after each other on a consistent basis, you need them to have some fire. You need them to hold each other accountable. I’ve seen that the last couple of games. I’ve liked it. I told them so. Guys are demanding things from each other. That’s what we are trying to accomplish.

“Mason is a veteran player. He’s been around and he still plays hard, practices hard. He’s a good example to a lot of the other players.”

Increased role

With the season winding down, you can expect to see players, especially the young ones, getting extended looks and expanded roles.

Ramsay said he was been impressed with the play of Ben Maxwell since being inserted into the regular lineup the past six games. Maxwell was used on the penalty kill Tuesday at Montreal. Ramsay said he would like to see Maxwell on the power play at some point over the remaining games with an eye toward the future.

Stewart back in

Anthony Stewart rejoined the Thrashers in Philadelphia after missing Tuesday’s game in Canada due to a travel documentation issue. The forward was back in the lineup for Radek Dvorak who suffered an upper-body injury in the first period against the Canadiens.

18 comments Add your comment

Brian

March 31st, 2011
6:52 pm

Byron Dafoe

March 31st, 2011
8:52 pm

they target Kane and again..we do nothing.

CrazyDiamond

March 31st, 2011
8:59 pm

Some day the Thrashers will have a quality goalie. Someone who will push the team to some sort of win streak. Rotate the guys we have for the rest of the season – but keep looking for the blockbuster we need for the future.

NHL Goalie = MLB Starting Pitchers. Imagine pitching Greg Maddux or Cy Young every day. That is what a blockbuster goalie is. Our goalies = MLB 5th starter.

You Can Have Them

March 31st, 2011
9:41 pm

Hel yes. We are still in it.

Michael B. Shapiro

March 31st, 2011
9:57 pm

Don’t care what anybody says, we won the game in spite of A. Stewart. Please somebody pack his bag and ship him out.

You Can Have Them

March 31st, 2011
10:22 pm

I don’t think you have to worry about A. Stewart and Stapleton next season.

Brendan

March 31st, 2011
10:27 pm

Great win. I think, by winning, the Thrashers are not mathematically eliminate yet. Someone double-check that. Good job, Mason, with 43 saves. Good goal by Antropov, on a nice feed from Kane, who “wheeled” none other than Braydon Coburn. Does this open the door for Washington to catch Philly? Philly had three (3) cracks at the Thrashers this March. They have no one but themselves to blame for not banking more points.

sisu

March 31st, 2011
10:29 pm

Steward really had an awful game, wonder what his “travel documentation issue” really was or why it was an issue now?

Great win, really starting to see the youth learning on the fly, they are coming together a little late. The math keeps the team alive but I would be shocked if the Canes will fold in front of Thrashers, the Rangers probably will sit at home once again ;)

tom

April 1st, 2011
12:18 am

I tire reading the headlines every time the Thrashers win. Still have a chance. Where are those headlines when they lose. They will not make the playoffs. A coach with no name and owners who could care less. Atlanta does not deserve a hockey team. Fans are few and fair weather at that. Off to Canada with those Thrashers. Oh yeah, get them a new name once they arrive.

WOW

April 1st, 2011
6:57 am

HOPE and Change: The Atlanta Thrashers

WOW

April 1st, 2011
7:23 am

Philly has to be losing all confidence now…they lost to one of worst coached teams in the NHL.

Bomb Canada

April 1st, 2011
8:01 am

Anthony Stewart and Stapleton continue to fade into oblivion, I am not impressed with Maxwell at all. That is 3 players to name a few who should not be on an NHL roster. Mason deserves a lot of credit, the guy is finally playing like he is capable, Byfuglien needs to shut it down, he’s obviously playing hurt and has been hurt since before the all-star game. Mark Stuart and Wheeler is the most lopsided trade we’ve ever had, I can’t fathom how the B’s took Valabik and Peverley for them. Of all the bad ”Coburn” type trades people harp on, lets have some faith in Dudley, he robbed beantown.

All in all..it stinks because our team isn’t as bad as those long losing streaks and most of the players have vowed a mass suicide pack if they have to relocate to Canada to play in front of d-bags like tom. I think we should have made the playoffs and it’s a miracle we still have not been eliminated..but It’s these Anthony Stewart type of players and poor coaching at times that have the Thrashers in this win or else position. Hopefully Rammer didn’t confront Burmistrov in the locker room because Burmy hit people and played like Wendell Clark. It was fun to watch, that Russian tries every shift unlike some that we’ve had in our jersey.

East Point Bob

April 1st, 2011
8:51 am

There must be big changes here next season or this franchise will completely fall to pieces.

jimcee

April 1st, 2011
9:38 am

Article in today’s Winnipeg Free Press about Phoenix and Atlanta indicating the situation here is much worse than people are letting on.Hope this is not entirely true and that there is some news soon regarding new potential owners coming on.It is amazing how much time the league has devoted to the Coyotes and it sounds like the Thrashers will not be given anything close to the same amount of time to iron things out.

schmeckdawg

April 1st, 2011
11:12 am

The Thrashers have two shots at the playoffs. Slim and none and slim just left town. Hello Winnipeg!

Brendan

April 2nd, 2011
2:54 pm

This team is not leaving for Winnipeg. Not now. Not ever. I notice that none of the posters who post that they are, will be, and that the contracts and all signed, sealed and delivered, are willing to bet their paychecks for their stance.

Brendan

April 2nd, 2011
2:57 pm

Right now, believe it or not, this team is on pace for 83-points, same as last year. Who’d've thought that, when this team was stuck on 60-points.

Winnipeg Jet

April 5th, 2011
11:09 am

Ladies and gentelmen…your Winnipeg ThrasherJets!!