Thrash NewsFlash: Valabik Is Out Four to Six Weeks with an Ankle Injury

RALEIGH, NC - SEPTEMBER 25:  Boris Valabik #48 of the Atlanta Thrashers handles the puck during the NHL preseason game against the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center on September 25, 2009 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Hurricanes won 4-3. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Peter BojarinovAnalyst IOctober 9, 2009

Just before tonight’s match of between the Atlanta Thrashers and The St.Louis Blues, the Thrashers announced they placed defenseman Boris Valabik on injured reserve after surgery to repair a high ankle sprain.

Valabik, a native of Nitra, Czechoslovakia, had surgery Thursday morning. Dr. Scott Gillogly performed the surgery at Atlanta Sports Medicine Surgery Center, the teams head physician and orthopedic surgeon.

- Thrashers activated forward Colby Armstrong from IR and should be in the game tonight.

- Earlier in the day, the Atlanta Thrashers traded prospect Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday for future considerations. Lavallee was a 4th round pick in 2005 draft.

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