Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Pre-season Schedule Out.

Nashville, Detroit, and St. Louis are the pre-season focus this year, along with a couple of prospect games up in Nashville that I REALLY wish were here.


Thrashers Announce Preseason Schedule
Atlanta to Host Three Games at Philips Arena
Atlanta Thrashers
Jul 9, 2008, 1:37 PM EDT

The Atlanta Thrashers announced today a six-game preseason schedule that features three games at Philips Arena against the Detroit Red Wings (Oct. 1), Nashville Predators (Oct. 3) and St. Louis Blues (Oct. 4). The Thrashers will visit Nashville, St. Louis and Detroit for preseason match-ups against the Predators (Sept. 25), Blues (Sept. 26) and Red Wings (Sept. 28).

2008 Atlanta Thrashers Preseason Schedule

Day Date Opponent Site Time (EST)
Thurs. Sept. 25 Nashville Predators Nashville, TN 8 p.m.
Fri. Sept. 26 St. Louis Blues St. Louis, MO 8:30 p.m.
Sun. Sept. 28 Detroit Red Wings Detroit, MI 5 p.m.
Wed. Oct. 1 Detroit Red Wings Philips Arena 7 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 3 Nashville Predators Philips Arena 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 4 St. Louis Blues Philips Arena 7 p.m.

In addition to its preseason schedule, the team will travel to Nashville and compete in two prospect games against the Predators on Sept. 22 (7 p.m.) and Sept. 23 (Noon). More information on the games will be provided at a future date.

Atlanta Thrashers Prospect Games

Day Date Opponent Site Time (EST)
Mon. Sept. 22 Nashville Predators Nashville, TN 7 p.m.
Tues. Sept. 23 Nashville Predators Nashville, TN Noon

The Thrashers will also participate in the annual Traverse City Prospect Evaluation Tournament, hosted by the Red Wings at the Center I.C.E. Arena in Traverse City, Mich., from Sept. 11-17. Details will be supplied in August.

Also, those random free-agent signings that refuse to pop up anywhere on the official site finally popped up on the AJC's (then on ours):

The Thrashers also signed three other unrestricted free agents, forwards Junior Lessard, Grant Stevenson and Mike Hoffman.

Lessard, 28, appeared in 21 games last season with Dallas and Tampa Bay. Lessard won the 2003-04 Hoby Baker Award as the nation's top college player while at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Stevenson, 26, led Quad City (AHL) with 73 points and 43 assists, and tied for the team lead with 30 goals in 80 games last season.

Hoffman, 27, had eight points (five goals, three assists) for Portland (AHL) last season.


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