Stapleton to Wolves

     Forward Tim Stapleton was among the players Atlanta assigned to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League on Saturday.

     Also, former Minnesota Duluth defenseman Jason Garrison of White Rock, British Columbia, a Florida Panthers rookie, is with the team this week in Helsinki, Finland, to start the NHL season Friday against Chicago.

     Garrison, 24, spent nearly all of last season with Rochester (N.Y.) in the American Hockey League, while playing one game with Florida. He’s had significant playing time in the preseason and was among 26 players the Panthers brought to Finland on Friday. Garrison played 87 games for UMD from 2005-08.

An Atlanta report from Canadian Press:

     ATLANTA — The Atlanta Thrashers assigned nine players, including forwards Joey Crabb and Jason Krog, to AHL Chicago on Saturday.

     Crabb had nine points in 29 games with Atlanta last season. Krog signed with the Thrashers as a free agent after playing in four games with Vancouver last season. The Thrashers reduced their roster to 27 players with the moves.

     Also assigned to Chicago were forwards Spencer Machacek and Tim Stapleton, defencemen Arturs Kulda, Grant Lewis, Paul Postma and Mike Vernace and goaltender Drew McIntyre.