Thrashers GM Dudley signs extension

, Last Updated: 12:19 PM ET

Atlanta, Ga. -- The Atlanta Thrashers rewarded general manager Rick Dudley with a multi-year contract extension on Thursday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Rick has a proven track record of building successful teams and is dedicated to improving the Thrashers and constructing a perennial contender," said team president Don Waddell. "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."

The 62-year-old Dudley came to Atlanta as associate GM in June of 2009 and was promoted on April 14, 2010, becoming only the second GM in the club's history.

He has an extensive resume as an NHL front office executive. Dudley was the GM of Florida for two seasons (2002-03 to 2003-04), spent 2 1/2 seasons as senior vice president and GM of Tampa Bay (1999-00 to 2001-02) and was GM of the Ottawa Senators during the 1998-99 campaign.

Dudley also served in a variety of front office roles with Chicago from 2004 until joining the Thrashers.

"I'm excited to be part of this transformation and look forward to achieving our objective," said Dudley. "I firmly believe this team is heading in the right direction and we are continuing to piece the puzzle together in the proper way."

Atlanta currently sits in 10th place in the Eastern Conference with a 25-26-10 record. The Thrashers trail Carolina by five points for the eighth and final playoff spot.


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