On Tuesday, the Atlanta Thrashers continued their preparation for Friday's season opener at home against the Washington Capitals. The roster stands at 22 players. Mike Hoffman did not practice and neither did forward Bryan Little and goaltender Johan Hedberg. according to head coach John Anderson, Hoffman is still bothered by a hand injury and will likely miss 10 days to two weeks. Little is day to day with a sore hip while Hedberg is day to day with a toe injury.
The injury to Hedberg comes on the heels (no pun intended)of the news regarding goaltender Ondrej Pavelec and his refusal to report to AHL Chicago. If Hedberg can't dress for Friday's opener, a roster move will have to be made by general manager Don Waddell.
Line combinations and defensive pairings today were as follows:
With the injury to Hedberg, the Thrashers borrowed one of Gwinnett's tenders for their one hour practice.
Random thoughts from John Anderson:
He seemed happier with the progress the team has made at learning the new system. But he did predict it will be a month or so before he feels it's working as efficient as possible.
When devising line combinations, Anderson said he's mainly interested in finding a good balance for all four of them heading into the season.
I'll post more thoughts as the week moves along.