Ondrej Pavelec

Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec will practice this week, may play again soon

Finally there’s more good news for ailing Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec. After Pavelec’s scary fainting spell during the Thrashers first game of the season and subsequent concussion from his fall, he’s been off the ice and not playing as he recovers. Now, according to the Blueland Blog, he’s been medically cleared to start practicing so long as he passes his post-concussion test.

While the mystery continues to swirl around why, exactly, Pavelec fainted it’s great to see that he’ll be able to get back out on the ice. The guy that’s most thankful for his return could be fellow goalie Chris Mason. Mason carried the load for Atlanta while Pavelec was out and he did rather well in his stead going 3-2-0 with a .915 save percentage and a 3.00 goals against. While the goals against average is a bit high, keep in mind that’s only a sampling of five games. Pavelec was being counted on to split time with Mason this season and keep things fresh. His eventual return can only mean good things for Atlanta.

Panthers’ Crouse is going back to junior

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Lawson Crouse is going back to junior. The big 18-year-old winger confirmed it today on Twitter.

Crouse was drafted 11th overall in June by the Florida Panthers. Despite the club’s belief that Crouse could make “an immediate impact” on the roster, he finished the preseason with just two shots and one assist in three games.

Crouse will return to the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, with whom he’ll look to improve on his modest point totals from last season.

“I don’t think there’s any pressure on the kid,” coach Gerard Gallant said last week. “If he doesn’t make the team this year he goes back to junior … and will have a lot of success.”

Yes! Jagr’s bringing back the mullet

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The greatest mullet in sports history is making a comeback.

According to the Miami Herald’s George Richards, Jaromir Jagr says he’s bringing back the party in the back.

“I have to,” Jagr, 43, said.

Jagr’s teammate with the Florida Panthers, goalie Roberto Luongo, appears to have been the lead lobbyist in all this.

Anyway, this is fantastic.