Thrashers send goalie Berkhoel to minors

Updated: October 17, 2005, 10:56 PM ET
Associated Press

Atlanta Thrashers: The Thrashers reassigned goaltender Adam Berkhoel to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League on Monday.

Berkhoel made 24 saves in his NHL debut in a 5-1 loss at the New York Rangers on Saturday. He was 1-1-0 with a 2.53 goals-against average with the Wolves.

The move leaves the Thrashers with only one goalie, rookie Michael Garnett. Starter Kari Lehtonen and top backup Mike Dunham are on injured reserve with groin injuries.

The team is expected to make another roster move before playing host to Tampa Bay on Thursday night.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, the No. 1 pick in the 2003 NHL draft, was reassigned by the Penguins to their Wilkes-Barre/Scranton minor league club on Monday.

Fleury was called up after starting goalie Jocelyn Thibault injured a knee during a game day practice Oct. 8. Fleury went 0-1-1 with a 4.05 goals-against average in three starts, including a 6-5 overtime loss Friday to Philadelphia in which he was pulled after allowing four goals on 20 shots.

With Thibault ready to play again -- he is expected to start Thursday night against New Jersey -- the Penguins want Fleury playing regularly. Fleury was 2-0 with a 1.00 goals against average at Wilkes-Barre in the American Hockey League before being called up.

Columbus Blue Jackets : Center Dan Fritsche was placed on injured reserve on with an injured right ankle on Monday.

Fritsche injured the ankle while being checked by a Los Angeles player in Columbus' 3-1 loss on Sunday to the Kings. He had to be helped from the ice during the first period and the Blue Jackets said he will be out indefinitely, pending the results of an MRI.

Fritsche, a 20-year-old from the Cleveland suburb of Parma, had two goals this season -- both in a 3-2 loss at Washington on opening night.

His absence is a blow to an already weak Columbus offense that is missing All-Star left wing Rick Nash, who is on the injured reserve with a sprained ankle. Rookie center Gilbert Brule, the No. 6 overall pick in this year's draft, has been sidelined by a fractured sternum.

The Blue Jackets have scored a league-worst 11 goals during a 1-5 start. They're off until Friday night, when they host San Jose in the first of five consecutive home games.


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