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

Christoph Schubert

October 5th, 2010
12:01 pm

Vielen Dank, Rob. Ich schätze das

World Be Free

October 5th, 2010
12:08 pm

Smoothie-I have not predicted a hat trick either. I wanna see some evidence of scoring before we start tossing hats.

rob-good call on Schubert. I thought he played better here last year than he got credit for. He had alotta hits, which is always a plus with me.

GaVaHokie

October 5th, 2010
12:19 pm

NYR put Todd White on waivers today.

Badger Bob

October 5th, 2010
12:21 pm

Bottom 3 in attendance = bottom 3 in salary. This is right where you want us, isn’t it, Sage? And you are now saying “I hope I don’t hear you complain”. But if we don’t complain, we are sheep. Since my one desire in life is to please you, what am I to do? Gotta keep trollin the troll…

Badger Bob

October 5th, 2010
12:24 pm

BTW, under on Modin.

And over on the number of times SOB posts the same whiny garbage this year. I know the over/under hasn’t been set, but he’ll exceed it anyway.

five hole

October 5th, 2010
12:25 pm

SI.com has Darrin Eliott ranking all NHL teams goaltending tandems. I was floored when I saw the Thrashers come in at #11.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1010/nhl.rating.goaltenders/content.1.html

five hole

October 5th, 2010
12:26 pm

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

Ewww. Just ewwww.

J-man

October 5th, 2010
12:29 pm

GaVaHokie – Well, you gave me my laugh of the day. Rangers fans were crowing about how they got something for nothing with that trade. Looks like it was more of nothing for nothing.

J.B.

October 5th, 2010
12:30 pm

would y’all put in a claim for tim kennedy? he’s on waivers today from NYR. That’s another 10 plus goal potential for only 550K. If so, who would you replace him with in the lineup?

Smoothie

October 5th, 2010
12:34 pm

Anyone wanna take a flyer on Petr Sykora? Where the hell is he?

I don’t think he’s signed anywhere just yet. He’s relatively young, compared to Modin and certainly Guerin, and if his wheels are healed, still has very good hands.

Red Light

October 5th, 2010
12:39 pm

Sather on Sather: “Yes, it appears I am an idiot!”

Smoothie: You answered your own question. Dawes is the speed on that line, and frankly I’d like to see Nigel take a regular shift with a guy as talented as Antropov for awhile. Modin will break the over if he plays with those two for an extended period. One thing we know, he’ll never be offside unless caught in the zone coming back out.

Derrick: You didn’t honestly think Bergfors was going to be stuck with the neanderthals all season did you?

Badger Bob: You left out Top 3 in relocation talk = Top 3 in Canadian press misguidance

GaVaHokie

October 5th, 2010
12:46 pm

SI.com has Darrin Eliott ranking all NHL teams goaltending tandems. I was floored when I saw the Thrashers come in at #11.

Yeah, there’s no way our tandem is better than Luongo and Schneider.

GaVaHokie

October 5th, 2010
12:50 pm

The only two interesting people on waivers right now, to me, is Potulny and Maltby.

Potulny for offense and Maltby for leadership… I would pass on both though.

Smoothie

October 5th, 2010
12:50 pm

R/L – I’ve only seen Dawes play once in person and he didn’t strike me as someone who was lightning fast. I’m sure he’s more than sufficient in the speed dept, but I’d rather Modin play with Burmie and Peverley on the RW for now. Antro should be with Bergy and possibly Kane. The Ladd-Little-Dawes line seemed to be a very effective one so you start there and work backwards. I don’t want Burmie wasted on a 4th line either. If he’s gonna get an extended try-out, at least let him play 3rd line and hopefully take advantage of some team’s weaker 2nd lines.

Red Light

October 5th, 2010
12:51 pm

Eliot also ranked himself and Bob Janecyk above the Islanders Billy Smith and Kelly Hrudey prior to the 84-85 season!

Red Light

October 5th, 2010
12:56 pm

Well, lets just say Dawes is speedier than Modin and Antropov. I’ll defer to Ramsay in terms of line make-ups at this point. He’s 0-0-0 and can’t be under scrutiny in that regards just yet.

Any votes for Sopel wearing the “C” Friday night?

Rawhide

October 5th, 2010
12:57 pm

NYR put Todd White on waivers today.

GaVaHokie – There are so many one-liners for me to choose from here. I’ll let the reader decide though.

A. “Good…maybe I can get my milk carton back”.

B. “Quick…someone kidnap Don Waddell before he steps in and picks him up”.

C. “”Well, now we can say the deal was a ‘lose-lose’ for both the Randers and Thrashers”.

D. “Given his style of play, I’m sure he’ll recover from this news and make a ’soft’ landing”.

TableHockey

October 5th, 2010
12:59 pm

Rawhide – have they take your blog links off the main Thrashers page on AJC.com? I don’t see it there anymore.

I’m sure you guys have heard but the Rangers put White on waivers.

J.B.

October 5th, 2010
1:05 pm

Rawhide – “B” made me the Mayfield 2% come out my nose when I read it.

Tom

October 5th, 2010
1:21 pm

By screwing up the Thrashers AJC page, it will cost them a bunch of page views. I just linked directly to Rawhides blog as my entry point into the AJC. In the past I had the front page linked on my favorites and clicked my way through showing me lots of ads. Now, one stop shopping.

By screwing up the Thrashers page and hiding the best thing the AJC has to offer, Rawhide’s blog, I am ignoring the rest of the paper.

Rawhide

October 5th, 2010
1:29 pm

Rawhide – have they take your blog links off the main Thrashers page on AJC.com? I don’t see it there anymore.

TableHockey – No…it’s in the middle column just above the Sports Vent.

Rawhide – “B” made me the Mayfield 2% come out my nose when I read it

J.B. – Ooooo…yikes! But at least that doesn’t burn like when soda is snarfed outa the nose.

R. Stroz

October 5th, 2010
1:33 pm

Tom – You’re ignoring Cynthia Tucker? How can anyone ignore the village idiot?

TableHockey

October 5th, 2010
1:40 pm

Thanks Rawhide – I see it now

kracker

October 5th, 2010
1:42 pm

B. “Quick…someone kidnap Don Waddell before he steps in and picks him up”.

You have nailed it, Rawhide! The plan all along was to reclaim Toddy at half-price. But then there is Rissmiller and Brashear to consider….so I’m not sure DW thought this one through.

Brendan

October 5th, 2010
1:51 pm

Thebighairybeast: You’re in at 93-points, 2nd in Southeast Division, and 8th in the Conference. Good luck, sir.

kracker

October 5th, 2010
1:54 pm

This sounds familiar….

ajcthrashers #Thrashers will start season without a captain and will initially rotate alternates.

rob

October 5th, 2010
2:04 pm

DW and thought, what makes you not sure? I don’t see the cause for hesitation. Of course the man didn’t think!

Tom

October 5th, 2010
2:05 pm

Stroz, I have been ignoring Cynthia, and the whole editorial page, for years.

Red Light

October 5th, 2010
2:13 pm

Why exactly does this team have an aversion to naming a captain? Could it be that all others eventually were traded or not offered a contract after being “awarded” the “C”. Buchberger, Staios, McEachern, Mellanby, Holik and Kovalchuk never wore the “C” that long where it got to be a huge burden.

Antropov and Hainsey have some form of no movement clauses and are signed for two more years past this season, so why not give it to one of them and be done with it?

five hole

October 5th, 2010
2:14 pm

R. Stroz – Don’t go there, girlfriend.

Smoothie

October 5th, 2010
2:23 pm

Antropov should be captain, but perhaps he doesn’t want it. But who cares? We’ll be fine. The leader will emerge over time. Too much made of this captainship thingy. Just play hard with a relentless will and make the other team hate playing against you. Ramsay is our captain for the time being and I think he’ll see to it that the above statement is fulfilled, and done so earnestly.

kracker

October 5th, 2010
2:24 pm

I was hoping for an uncharacteristic fast start from Jimmy, building on his good 2nd half last year.

ajcthrashers All indications are that #Thrashers will place Jim Slater on IR to start season with wrist injury.

GaVaHokie

October 5th, 2010
2:38 pm

Here’s an interesting observation… Viv expects Slater to start the season on IR. Assuming the same for Cormier and Kozek, that puts the roster at 12 Forwards, 8 Defensemen and 2 Goalies for a total of 22 players.

That means ZERO press box scratches at forward (so far) and both Valabik and Meyer make the opening roster.

Are we going to carry all 8 Defensemen, and is this a head nod that Byfuglien will be our replacement forward in case of any future injury?

Red Light

October 5th, 2010
2:41 pm

Couldn’t agree with you less Smoothie. You should care because there are few NHL teams that have won the Cup that didn’t have a strong captain’s presence. Carbonneau, Messier, Yzerman, Stevens, Sakic, Andreychuk, Brind’amour, Crosby and Toews to name a few.

But, while we’re at it, name the last NHL team to win the Stanley Cup without a designated captain?

Zoomo

October 5th, 2010
2:41 pm

Per CViv, Rissmiller claer waivers and reports to Wolves.

I’m just not fired up for the opener like I usually am. I guess not seeing an exhibition game and only seeing a handful of training camp sessions, I just don’t have a good feel for the team personality or chemistry.

Looking at the roster, I see some nice “B” level players, a few potential “A’s” in Bogo, Kane and maybe Burmy and Buff, and then a bunch of “C” players and a number of players that couldn’t make it elsewhere.

I hope I see some hitting, cohension, and a willingness to “just play hard with a relentless will and make the other team hate playing against you”. That’d get me going.

GaVaHokie

October 5th, 2010
2:53 pm

Six teams still need to get under the Salary Cap by tomorrow. Should be an interesting 24 hours!

http://nhlnumbers.com/compare.php?season=1011&type=capspace&order=ASC

five hole

October 5th, 2010
2:57 pm

Red Light I think that’s because NHL teams almost always name captains. Name me teams that haven’t had a captain?

Now, I’ll grant you that it would be good to have someone who deserves the “C”, that would exemplify the work ethic, leadership skills, et al, embodied by that guy. We may not have that one guy. I wouldn’t award it, just to give it out.

Thrashers27

October 5th, 2010
2:57 pm

Well, well, well…I guess Todd White couldn’t cut in on Broadway either. Rangers put him on waivers. Seriously? How does a guy go from scoring 70-odd points to sucking wind?

Smoothie

October 5th, 2010
3:10 pm

Red Light – ease off man, we’re nowhere near winning a Cup. Give it time. If you think we need a captain cuz we’re Cup worthy, then why don’t you raise your points prediction (actually, I can’t remember where you came in) to back it up?

Smoothie

October 5th, 2010
3:14 pm

Well, I guess we shouldn’t expect any trade this week as Dudley is likely working out Burmistrov’s ELC, although that shouldn’t be too hard to do. But if a player like Zubrus DOES end up on waivers, do you claim him for insurance? Both for the salary cap floor requirement as well as veteran stability up the middle? Burmie may not stick and Slater’s injury could be awhile (see Zach Bogosian).

Smoothie

October 5th, 2010
3:29 pm

Per Viv: #Thrashers sign first-round pick Alexander Burmistrov to 3-year entry level deal.

Well, that didn’t take long! Anyone wanna hazard a guess as to how much bonus comp he’s gonna get? I say $900 + $850 for $1.75 M.

GaVaHokie

October 5th, 2010
4:22 pm

The Todd White waiver makes sense now… NYR has to dump salary to get under the cap. They’re currently $3.1 million over the cap… waiving White ($2.6) and Kennedy ($.500) frees up $3.1 million.

Brendan

October 5th, 2010
4:32 pm

I don’t mind that Kennedy kid. The price is right.

Rawhide

October 5th, 2010
4:35 pm

Per C-Viv: Burmistrov deal worth $810,000 a year plus a $270,000 signing bonus

Brendan

October 5th, 2010
4:35 pm

Badger Bob, you’re registered with “under” on “Modin Watch ‘10-11.”

Smoothie

October 5th, 2010
4:37 pm

$270 K signing bonus should help get the lad started on a new luxury apt rental here in ATL. Also, I reckon the performance bonus part of his contract hasn’t been obtained yet, but kudos to Viv for actually wresting salary figures from the ASG’s top-secret operation!

Brendan

October 5th, 2010
4:39 pm

Red Light: Where do you rank the Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference, now that they landed Jose Theodore on a 1-year deal, for $1.1 million? The tandem will be Nicklas Backstrom and Theodore, with Josh Harding on longterm IR. I’m just curious. I’m tempted to go with 9th, out West. But, with some breaks, maybe, they make the playoffs?

Brendan

October 5th, 2010
4:40 pm

Smoothie, capgeek.com does not yet list the Burmistrov signing against the Thrashers cap. Hopefully, they update it soon.

Brendan

October 5th, 2010
4:41 pm

R.Stroztradamus, you will be called upon, roughly around 8PM, on Friday, to announce the winning entry in the “Budget Contest,” which closed on September 20th, at 11PM.

Thrashers27

October 5th, 2010
4:47 pm

As much as I thought he’d stick throughout the summer, I can’t see Burmi sticking around beyond nine games now unless there’s a trade.