Anssi Salmela leaves game with a concussion, won’t travel with Atlanta this weekend

Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Anssi Salmela left last night’s game vs. Buffalo with a concussion after a collision with teammate Nathan Oystrick and Buffalo forward Thomas Vanek. This is the second concussion that Salmela has suffered this year. His first one occurred while he was a member of the Lowell Devils. Anssi has scored a goal and added 3 assists in 9 games with Atlanta, after being acquired in exchange for defenseman Niclas Havelid. There is no word yet on whether or not he will travel with the team to Florida.

Boris back, Anssi out

The Thrashers sure timed this one right. Anssi Salmela, who took a blow to the chin in Wednesday night’s victory over Buffalo, won’t be making the trip to Florida and Washington this weekend and will be evaluated again next week. Salmela didn’t practice with the team on Thursday, but he told me he’s feeling better.