Which Thrashers will make the final cut this week?

Preseason is done and the regular season begins Friday. The only thing really left to happen between now and then is for the Thrashers coaching staff to make it’s final roster decisions…something C-Viv reports has not been done as of today.

See here in action against the Blue Jackets last Saturday, Alex Burmistrov may find himself on the Thrashers opening night roster (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

See here in action against the Blue Jackets last Saturday, Alex Burmistrov may find himself on the Thrashers opening night roster (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

The way I see things, given that Jimmy Slater is still nursing a wrist ailment and Andrew Kozak is coming off surgery, there’s only one forward and three defensemen left to trim off the roster to get the squad down to regular season levels.

The team is set between the pipes with Chris Mason and Ondrej Pavelec.

On the blueline, I think it’s safe to say Bogosian, Enstrom, Oduya, Byfuglien, Hainsey and Sopel are in, meaning one of the following four players are left to pick from to round out the defensive seven…Boris Valabik, Arturs Kulda, Andrei Zubarev and Freddy Meyer.

Personally, I take Valabik out of the mix right of the bat. His one showing in the first preseason match was enough for me…and given the fact that we never saw him in the other five might be telling that Ramsay and Co. saw enough too. I like Kulda’s defensive play, very sound positionally and not a lot of mistakes. So if he were to make the cut I’d be fine with that.

But I think Meyer gets the nod here for two reasons. He looked good as well during the exhibition seasons and Kulda and Zubarev would be better served playing everyday in the AHL then getting only spot starts here.

Up front, I think nine of the fourteen possible slots are already taken with Antropov, Kane, Little, Bergfors, Ladd, Peverley, Eager, Thorburn and Boulton. This would leave five open positions remaining.

So who is left to round out the forward lines?

Taking Jim Slater’s situation into account, one could see eighth overall draft pick Alexander Burmistrov starting the season in his place. That would give Jimmy a couple more weeks to get ready. Fredrik Pettersson has done more than enough to earn a spot on this roster and I believe Freddy Modin was brought in to play here.

Chris Rissmiller, seen here batting Columbus' Derick Brassard, may be the odd man this week when the Thrashers make their final cut (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Patrick Rissmiller, seen here batting Columbus' Derick Brassard, may be the odd man this week when the Thrashers make their final cut (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Burmistrov, Pettersson and Modin bring that total up to twelve, leaving two more to fill out a line up plus healthy scratches. One of those will be Nigel Dawes, in my estimation, which would leave the last remaining decision being whether or not to keep Anthony Stewart or Patrick Rissmiller.

If I had to fathom a guess here, it would be Stewart stays and Rissmiller goes.

So to recap, here is my projected opening night roster:

FORWARDS: Antropov, Bergfors, Boulton, Burmistrov, Dawes, Eager, Kane, Ladd, Little, Modin, Pettersson, Peverley, Stewart and Thorburn.

DEFENSE: Bogosian, Byfuglien, Enstrom, Hainsey, Meyer, Oduya and Sopel.

GOAL: Mason and Pavelec.

What say you, Thrashervillians?

214 comments Add your comment

Rawhide

October 4th, 2010
8:12 pm

Brendan – “He’s here, he’s there he’s…Peverywhere”! I think that line is credited to the lovely and vivacious Paminski.

BTW kids…NHL On The Fly is currently reviewing how the Eastern Conference stacks up.

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
8:21 pm

Well, we won’t have Natalie Taylor this year. So, might I ask who the “intermission babe” is supposed to be this year? Will we be getting a pretty face to smile and do interviews?

Rawhide

October 4th, 2010
8:43 pm

Brendan – I believe the “intermission babe” this season is…John Kincade.

Sage of Bluesland

October 4th, 2010
8:50 pm

Kincade on intermission? Great, the biggest sell-out of them all…(well, next to Darrin Eliot, that is).

Just great.

I’m sincerely sorry to hear that…

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
9:37 pm

John Kincaid may be a handsome, handsome man. But that ain’t gettin’ it done, for me. And all the other red-blooded American males. You’re telling me … that we don’t even have a love bunny to hold a microphone and smile a lot? Dayyyum. This season just got even longer.

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
9:40 pm

That’s it. I’m starting a petition. Door-to-door, if I have to. We’re GETTING an “intermission babe” this year. By hook or by crook, we’re getting an intermission babe. It’s a small concession for the organization to make. And it’s not like they wouldn’t profit from it, any.

HookyBob

October 4th, 2010
9:47 pm

Driving home from games I listen to the 680 post-game show. One of the announcers, who does the other NHL reveiws, really called out the Thrashers,…time and again,…absolutely no sugar coating. I’m thinking it was John Kincade (Kincaid?). Correct me if I am wrong.

Brednan: As for the intermission host,..at the intermission of the Predators game it was a blonde female. Wish I could recall her name. She spoke to Bogasian and asked reasonable qustions.

Fans, we are with-in 94 hours of puck-drop on the new season! ! ! ! ! !

IRBIT

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
9:57 pm

R.Stroz, have you peeked at capgeek lately? Here’s our new number: http://capgeek.com/charts.php?Team=7. Looks like I LOST the budget contest. Badly.

StateBird

October 4th, 2010
9:59 pm

Brendan – prefer that you not wish me luck when I’m picking 11th in the conference!

kracker

October 4th, 2010
10:03 pm

Breendan, you may have missed me on the last blog, so I copied it to here:

Ok, Brendan, put me down for 91 pts, 2nd in Division, and tied for 8th in East. I think I am already down for the over on Modin.

Plus, I predicted 20 goals for Bogosian. (Somebody has to score)

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
10:05 pm

Don’t feel like clicking the link? Fine. Here it is, the magnanimous budget of the 2010-11 Thrashers, 72 hours before Opening Night: $45,466,666. The floor is $43,400,000.

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
10:20 pm

kracker, thanks for repeating it. I did miss it, earlier. You’re in, now, at 91-points, 2nd in Southeast Division, 8th in the Conference, with “over” in the Modin Watch. Kracker, are you wanting to go with 30 goals for Bryan Little?

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
10:22 pm

Fair enough, Statebird. I hereby withdraw all the luck I previously bestowed on you.

Smoothie

October 4th, 2010
10:25 pm

Once they sign Burmie to his ELC, that number will jump up to $47.25 – $47.5 depending on bonuses. Also, I don’t think A Stewart was included in that figure last I checked so add another $632.5 to the $47.25ish. Its gonna end up closer to $48M unless Slater goes on the IR, so $47M then?

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
10:31 pm

Smoothie, that’s still far closer to the floor than the ceiling, and we’re FOUR YEARS removed from the playoff sweep by the Rangers. Sigh.

R. Stroz

October 4th, 2010
10:36 pm

Brendan – If Kane and Bogosian don’t make their full bonuses, the Thrashers will NOT meet the salary floor of 43.4 million. If Kane and Bogosian’ bonus numbers are backed out, the Thrasher payroll stands at $40,366, 667. Here’s the really funny part, the Thrashers will be unable to move anyone at the trade deadline that receives a substantial salary without the risk of falling below the salary floor.

As of this minute, capgeek has the Thrashers as the lowest payroll in the league.

Anyone wonder what type of message that sends to players and their agents?

I hear the ASG bird singing CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP.

R. Stroz

October 4th, 2010
10:39 pm

HookyBob – Glad to hear you can make game one. Come by Section 222 and say hello.

kracker

October 4th, 2010
10:47 pm

30 for Bryan works just fine for me, Brendan. Although, if he is a fixture at center, I’d prefer to subtract 5 from Bryan and add assists for 5 goal passes to each to his line mates.

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
10:50 pm

R.Stroz, the Colorado Avalanche are slightly below the Thrashers, in terms of salary cap. But hey! We’re 29th out of 30!! Do we call that, “incremental progress?” I hear the birdie singing.

sisu

October 4th, 2010
10:54 pm

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
10:55 pm

kracker, I can live with that. 25 goals for Little, with more assists on goals by his linemates works just fine for me.

R. Stroz

October 4th, 2010
11:00 pm

Brendan – Less of the Avalanche’s salary is bonus dependant.

sisu

October 4th, 2010
11:39 pm

rumors from Ottawa that white could be sent to minors by Rangers…

Brendan

October 4th, 2010
11:44 pm

I hadn’t thought of that, R.Stroz.

Sisu, that’s a little bit sad, for White. He might have been better off playing for the Chicago Wolves, in the Thrashers system.

Sage of Bluesland

October 4th, 2010
11:54 pm

I highly doubt it’s Kincade doing the post-game show…I think you’re confusing the tool Kincade for Mark Stollberger, the person who–in my listening experience–has serious trouble with the English language, at times.

But, in the figurative joke otherwise known as “Blueland”, I’m sure he’s as revered as Smoothie…

(I know–what a joke! But, there it is…I never wonder why…)

Sage of Bluesland

October 4th, 2010
11:57 pm

So, we are in the bottom five, salary-wise?

Gee, what a surprise.

See what you’re subsidizing? Feel appreciated yet? Do you honestly–honestly–feel that the ownership’s goal is to raise a championship banner (as directly stated by one of the cluster at the opening of a season a couple of years ago)???

Be honest, for once. Be honest with yourself, at least.

Oh well, you bought it. I hope I don’t hear you complain, though…You’ve been warned time and time again.

LAC

October 5th, 2010
2:09 am

Atlanta only NHL without preseason win… UNgood to say the very least. Loooong season ahead.

Tom Lysiak

October 5th, 2010
6:44 am

What if the “move” we’re all waiting for is Jamie Langenbrunner? Supposedly he might be reluctantly available, and Colorado is interested because of his leadership. If he were brought here, it seems it might serve several purposes. There is your leader. There is your captain. There is your 15-20 goal scorer. We obviously have the salary room. New Jersey has it’s cap problem solved. Seems like a very convenient fit overall. Almost too convenient.

Now, I’m pretty leery of this because of his age, so the price would have to be right. I do not want to give up another really good prospect or high draft pick. Lou would not give his captain away, especially if other teams are interested. But, his cap problems would be over.
Just a thought….

Tom Lysiak

October 5th, 2010
6:52 am

BTW, I know he has a NTC. He supposedly is on the last year of his contract and might accept for a small extension. And I agree with everyone who says “why would he agree to leave NJ to come here”? Just thinking of possibilities as a way to fill in the week until the puck drops Friday.

World Be Free

October 5th, 2010
7:47 am

Hooky Bob-For my money, the most hated rivalry in sports of all time is the Battle of Quebec, the Nordiques versus the Canadians or as Bob Cole of HNIC u-sta to called it “bad blood”. I have never seen 2 teams and fanbases that hated each other so much, so to see the Habs get cheered in Quebec City was a shock. If Nordique fans were so passionate, they should have showed up when the had the Nords and they would never have lost them in the first place.

Big Ben

October 5th, 2010
8:04 am

The clock is ticking…..3 days, 11 hours till puck drop.

rob

October 5th, 2010
9:19 am

Rawhide,
I suggested over on one of Vivs articles recently that they take the 2 “sports” writers (Schultz and that other guy) off of the Thrashers page as their material is outdated and irrelavent to the teams or the fans, and as outdated as they are it gives the paper a “second rate” image. I know imagine that huh? Anyway, maybe someone was told to remove them and accidentally took down one of the two REAL sports writers for the team?!?!

Red Light

October 5th, 2010
9:23 am

Hooky Bob:

Leafs have Colton Orr as their enforcer. No need for Boulton.

The name? Lets call it a combination of the Police’s Roxanne and former NY Rangers broadcaster Sal “Red Light” Messina, longtime partner of Marv Albert on the radio.

You and Cornbread have been added to the list of Hat trick predictions, along with R. Stroz and Putting on the Foil.

Brendan:I think I had $46 million or so in the opening day budget guess.

Joe Friday

October 5th, 2010
9:27 am

“the magnanimous budget of the 2010-11 Thrashers, 72 hours before Opening Night: $45,466,666. The floor is $43,400,000.”

There’s got to be a move made to bring in scoring, right? Right?!

What teams have to make a move yet to get under the cap?

Diego from Lilburn

October 5th, 2010
9:44 am

Red Light: my prediction for first hat trick is Evander Kane, Nov. 17th against the Panthers.

Also, I thought for sure they would spend some more money to bring in a scorer at the last minute but the final minutes are ticking away. I don’t remember what my prediction was but I think it was in the $49 million range. Waaaaaay off so far.

Diego from Lilburn

October 5th, 2010
9:51 am

I just noticed we only have to face the Caps once in 2011 (I mean the second half of this season) and that is on January 26th. We don’t play the Caps at all in February or March.

In fact, January and February look like they could shape up to be good months to be a Thrashers fan!

Diego from Lilburn

October 5th, 2010
9:54 am

No Caps those two weeks in April either!

I may be a rabid fan (baaaaa! baaaaa!) but I’m not so crazy to think that the Caps are gonna be chasing us.

Red Light

October 5th, 2010
9:59 am

You’re in Diego!

Red Light

October 5th, 2010
10:06 am

Hat trick by Thrashers predictions, in chronological order. Anyone else? Post them in any current or future blog. Deadline is Oct. 7.

Cornbread
Kane Washington 10/8/10

Putting On The Foil
Bergfors Buffalo 10/20/10

hip czech
Little Tampa Bay 10/22/10

Derrick
Kane Tampa Bay 10/22/10

Brendan
Thorburn NY Rangers 10/27/10

Rawhide
Kane Columbus 11/4/10

Tony C
Peverley Ottawa 11/6/10

Rob
Bogosian Ottawa 11/09/10

five hole
Bergfors, Minnesota 11/11/10

Joe Friday
Ladd Florida 11/17/10

Spud Webb
Little Florida 11/17/10

Diego from Lilburn
Kane Florida 11/17/10

JB
Dawes NY Islanders 11/21/10

Hooky Bob
Bergfors NY Islanders 11/21/10

Badger Bob
Antropov Toronto 12/20/10

Zoomo
Antropov Dallas 1/5/11

Red Light
Little Edmonton 2/19/11 *In his hometown!

Dwayne
None this year

R Stroztradmus
None this season

J(Z)
Burmistrov New Jersey 2013

Smoothie

October 5th, 2010
10:46 am

I’m going on the record by agreeing with Stroz that there will not be a hat-trick this season for the Thrashers. If it happens, it will be Antropov, but I do not care to hazard a guess as to when that will be.

I predict the Thrashers will score 3 goals Friday nite against the Caps, but lose 5 to 3. But we will turn around and beat Tampa 3 to 2.

And SOB will continue to be an a$$ho!e, actually a whole a$$ me thinks.

thebigharybeast

October 5th, 2010
10:48 am

Shoot been sleeping instead of lurking. Brendan here are my ever so wrong estimates for the season:

93pts 2nd in Southeast, 8th in conference
Modin: Im gonna say under.

On Rawhide’s receding hairline. . . Ill take the under 3 more years.

Red Light

October 5th, 2010
10:50 am

Smoothie = Cop Out!

kracker

October 5th, 2010
10:51 am

Roxanne….er Red Light

Bergfors Tampa Bay 10/09/10

Smoothie

October 5th, 2010
11:02 am

R/L – no offense man, but I’m not concerned about hat-tricks. I’m more concerned about this team scoring a hat-trick in the majority of their games. Sorry if you don’t like it! :-)

Practice lines this morning per Ben:

Kaner – Pevs – Stewart

Ladd – Lits – Bergie

Modin – Antro – Dawes (interesting, where’s the speed?)

Eager – Burmy – Thor (I think we’ll see this one on Friday)

Buff & Enstrom

Bogo & Oduya (me likey!)

Sopes & Hainsey (oh dear Christ)

Vlabs & Meyer

Just some Tuesday morning food for thought.

Adam

October 5th, 2010
11:12 am

Red Light – My hat trick prediction is:
A player yet to be named & sometime before the end of the 4th quarter 2011.

iamtheratio

October 5th, 2010
11:31 am

Sopes & Hainsey (oh dear Christ)

hahahahaha, that literally made me laugh out loud, but now I’m nervous.

Smoothie

October 5th, 2010
11:35 am

iamtheratio – they’ll make you laugh so hard you’ll cry…weep longingly for the days of Greg deVries and Andy Sutton.

rob

October 5th, 2010
11:41 am

Can we switch Meyer and Hainsey there? Hell for that matter bring back SCHUBERT instead of Hainsey, he has been hanging out on the blogs here! Oduya actually made Hainsey look good last year when they got paired up, but I don’t think Sopel can do that kind of magic!

R. Stroz

October 5th, 2010
11:52 am

Send Hainsey to the hair salon.

Derrick

October 5th, 2010
11:57 am

Well at least Bergfors is finally getting to play on a decent line. I wouldn’t object to that line being together on opening night. But i mean seriously, Stewart with Kane and Peverley? Put Antropov with Kane and Peverley (either Antro or Pevs can play center) Put Burmistrov with Modin and Dawes and put the Stewart on the 4th line with Eager and Thorburn (with Thorbs at center).