“I was hoping for [Friday’s] game, but it wasn’t meant to be,” Slater said Friday morning. “It’s tough because you want to be in the lineup opening night. It’s better to get this thing ready for the whole season and not try to rush it. We’ve done it the proper way. It’s taken a little bit longer than I thought it would. It’s coming around.”
Slater has participated in Thrashers practices on a limited basis. He is skating and doing stick-handling drills. However, he has yet to shoot the puck with significant effort.