The Atlanta Thrashers have resigned forward Chris Thorburn to a 3 year extension, it was announced Saturday by General Manager Rick Dudley. The deal is expected to be an average of $867,000 per year.
Thorburn, 27, has seven goals and nine assists through 62 games played for the Thrashers this season. The Sault St. Marie, Ontario native was originally acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 3rd round selection (78th overall) at the 2007 NHL entry draft in Columbus.
The 6’3 230 winger was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2nd round (50th overall) in the 2001 entry draft.
In four seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers, Thorburn has played in 293 games, accumulating 23 goals, 39 points and 336 Penalty Minutes.
Scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st 2011, Atlanta had discussed an extension earlier in the season, but luckily for the Thrashers players, the popular winger that does everything humanly possible to help out in a 60 minute hockey game, will be sticking around for awhile.
” He’s a guy you can count on late in the game to go out and block shots, take a big draw,” Thrashers Head Coach Craig Ramsey said when addressing the media. ” He’s a guy we can use if we are up a goal late in the game and we need a big guy in our end. He fills lot’s of roles. I still feel there is potential for growth. He hasn’t reached his potential. If he trusts himself, he can become an even better player and more significant part of the team.”
As for #27’s thoughts on the extension, things are moving right along, but plenty of work to be done.
” They’ve given me every opportunity to succeed, ” Thorburn said. ” At the same time, I’m not satisfied and there is still room for improvement.
Head Coach Craig Ramsey feels that having Chris Thorburn around long term, will be crucial for the team’s success on the ice.
” Most Important, I believe, he is a good person, a good teammate,” coach Ramsey said. ” He tries hard at practice. He works hard in the gym. He works hard in the games. He does everything he can to be a good player and teammate. For an organization, it’s absolutely vital that everyone is pulling in the same direction and he wants to be part of something.”
Forward Tim Stapleton has been placed on waivers.
Minor league goaltender Drew MacIntyre was recalled from the Chicago Wolves of the AHL as a result of a day to day injury for starting goaltender Ondrej Pavelec.
A little less then 27 hours until the 3pm EST trade deadline. Stay tuned for all Thrasher trade deadline acquisitions.