The Atlanta Thrashers and General Manager Rick Dudley have agreed to a multi-year contract extension. It was announced Thursday by team President Don Waddell. The Length of the contract is expected to be four years.
Dudley, 62, joined the Atlanta Thrashers organization in 2009 as an associate General Manager. In April of 2010, he was named just the second GM in franchise history.
Having over 40 years of hockey knowledge as a player, coach and executive, Dudley has an ideal hockey mind to lead the way for the Atlanta Thrashers.
Prior to arriving in Atlanta, Dudley was a member of the Chicago Blackhawks organization for five seasons serving as assistant General Manager and the Director of player personnel. Before joining Chicago, Dudley spent four years in Florida, two as General Manager of the Florida Panthers and two as Vice President and General Manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“Rick has a proven track record of building successful teams and is dedicated to improving the Thrashers and constructing a perennial contender,” Waddell said when addressing the media today. “He has already taken great strides with our club and is committed to infusing our roster with key players. He has truly earned this opportunity and we look forward to his continued leadership.”
Dudley has already added crucial pieces to the puzzle in Atlanta with the additions of defensemen Dustin Byfuglien and forward Andrew Ladd. Byfuglien has inked a new five year deal with the Thrashers while Andrew Ladd moves closer to his restricted free agent status this summer.
Recent moves by Dudley have welcomed forward’s Blake Wheeler and Ben Maxwell along with defensemen Mark Stuart to the Thrasher organization.
With the trade deadline looming and set for Monday at 3pm EST, Rick Dudley will do what’s necessary to add tools to the farm system and continue to improve the parent club, in what will be his first NHL trade deadline as General Manager of the Thrashers.
“There’s a lot of talk. Every once in a while there are conversations that seem to make sense to both parties like the ones we’ve had with Boston and Montreal in the last week. We’re not satisfied with what has been happening on the ice lately and we’re going to try to put the right pieces in place,” Dudley said.
From now until late afternoon on Monday the 28th, we can expect Rick Dudley to do everything possible to improve the Atlanta Thrashers. Stay tuned for any breaking news stories as we follow Dudley’s activity as he begins his four year extension.