Thrashers activate Dunham, demote Garnett

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers are slowly getting healthier in net.

The Thrashers on Thursday activated goaltender Mike Dunham, who has missed 24 games this season with a groin injury.

To make room for Dunham, Atlanta assigned netminder Michael Garnett to AHL Chicago.

The 33-year-old Dunham is the latest goalie activated by the Thrashers, who have recently seen starter Kari Lehtonen and backup Steve Shields, on a conditioning assignment in Chicago, come off IR.

Dunham originally suffered the injury Oct. 12 and went on the IR for the second time this season after aggravating the groin one month later. He is 4-3-1 with one shutout and a 2.10 goals-against average in eight games this campaign and owns a 133-166-40 career record with a 2.68 GAA in 366 games.

Garnett, 23, became the Thrashers' starting goaltender with Lehtonen and Dunham sidelined. In 23 games -- 20 starts -- the rookie is 10-7-1 with a 3.44 GAA. He set a franchise record with a 151:55 scoreless streak from Dec. 22-28, including consecutive shutouts on Dec. 23 and 26.