Thrash Talk: An Early Christmas

Atlanta got an early Christmas present, seeing Dany Heatley skate for the first time on Tuesday. I know, much too early to really get excited about his return. He still has a long way to go in his rehab, most of which will take place off the ice. Even without any setbacks, his return is likely 6-10 weeks from now. But it was still a step in the right direction, albeit a brief one.
ESPN has a few articles currently on their site regarding this story. But one of them is a superb piece. Most of the comments I’ve seen about this particular story simply say “Wow!” It is very much worth the read. If you haven’t seen it already, pretty please, check it out:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=1693071

News

- Ronald Petrovicky set a team record by scoring 8 seconds into the game against the Penguins

- The NHL has formally approved the sale of the Thrashers to an 8-man ownership group. The final details will be done after the holidays and the official change will occur sometime in January

- Atlanta has four of the top 27 scorers in the league, more than any other team

Injuries

Jeff Cowan: concussion, spotted working very hard at optional Christmas Eve practice, still day-to-day likely

Ivan Majesky: placed on IR with a knee injury, seen at same practice skating well

Serge Aubin: concussion as well, but not seen as serious

Tomas Kloucek: shoulder problems, likely related to an earlier injury

Prospects

Since the focus of most prospects has turned to the WJC, here are the Thrasher prospects participating in the tournament:

Tobias Enstrom Sweden

Brett Sterling USA

Braydon Coburn Canada

Trade Rumors

Nothing concrete to report. That’s not to say Don Waddell hasn’t been inquiring. I know that he has been in contact with at least 2/3 of the leagues GMs in the past month or two. Thankfully the press here doesn’t print all of the little tidbits they hear regarding trade rumors, which would ultimately end up leading to a bevy of meaningless speculation. Frankly the press here in Atlanta hasn’t followed hockey closely at all, but that is a different subject.

If you’re curious, Atlanta is more than likely looking for solid two-way Dman more than anything else (but who isn’t really?) When Hurme gets healthy, they will probably be more proactive in talks. Kloucek is good for depth but can’t be counted on too much because of his health. I think the paper-mache reference by Manta is a pretty good description.

Extras

The only extra is to sincerely wish all of you a very happy Holiday season. Please have fun, be safe and above all enjoy this time of year.

Happy Holidays everyone!!!