Sunday, January 9, 2011

Thrashers Place Forward Evander Kane on Injured Reserve and Recall Forwards Tim Stapleton and Spencer Machacek from Chicago (AHL)

The Atlanta Thrashers have placed forward Evander Kane on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Jan. 5, and have recalled forwards Tim Stapleton and Spencer Machacek from the Chicago Wolves (AHL), according to General Manager Rick Dudley.

Kane, 19, has appeared in 40 games this season, recording 26 points (13 goals, 13 assists) and ranking third on the team in goals. The 6-2, 195-pound, left wing has earned 52 points (27 goals, 25 assists) in 106 career NHL games with the Thrashers (2009-10 to 2010-11).

The Vancouver, British Columbia, native was selected in the first round, fourth overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Stapleton, 28, has seen action in 10 games with Atlanta this season after originally being signed as an unrestricted free agent on Nov. 30. His NHL totals include three goals in 20 career games with Atlanta (2009-10 to 2010-11) and Toronto (2008-09). Stapleton added a shootout goal in a Thrashers 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Dec. 30.

The 5-9, 180-pound center has contributed with two points (two assists) in two games with the Wolves this season. Prior to signing with Atlanta he registered 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 20 games with the San Antonio Rampage (AHL). The Forest Park, Illinois, native has earned 160 points (66 goals, 94 assists) in 174 career games over four AHL seasons with Portland (2005-06), Toronto (2008-09), Chicago (2009-10 to 2010-11) and San Antonio.

Machacek, 22, has seen action in 39 games with the Wolves while registering 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists), which ranks third on the team. The 6-1, 200-pound right wing has tallied 130 points (57 goals, 73 assists) in 195 career AHL games with Chicago (2008-09 to 2010-11). Machacek, who played two games with the Thrashers during the 2008-09, made his NHL debut on March 16, 2009 vs. Washington.

The Lethbridge, Alberta, native was selected by the Thrashers in the third round, 67th overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Secure the option to purchase 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff seats by ordering pro-rated Atlanta Thrashers Season Tickets, or build your own flex plan by selecting the games that work best for you. For more information, please call 1-866-715-1500 or visit Individual game tickets for all home games are on sale at all Ticketmaster Ticket Outlets and the Philips Arena Box Office, or online at

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