Thrashers Give GM Dudley 4-year Extension

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ATLANTA – The Atlanta Thrashers have signed general manager
Rick Dudley to a four-year contract extension.

The 62-year-old Dudley was named only the second general manager
in the team’s history in 2010. He followed Don Waddell, now the
team’s president.

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Waddell said Thursday Dudley has “taken great strides” with
several moves, including the addition of All-Star defenseman Dustin
Byfuglien from the Chicago Blackhawks. Dudley previously worked
with the Blackhawks for five years, including two years as
assistant general manager.

The Thrashers are 10th in the Eastern Conference, five points
behind eighth-place Carolina. Dudley says the team is building “in
the proper way.”

Dudley also has been the general manager for the Florida
Panthers and Ottawa Senators.