Oversight: Sorry folks but I forgot to come back to the blog yesterday and update the contract numbers on Pettersson. The two-way deal is worth $500,000 in the NHL, $65,00 in minors. I added it to the print story, but forgot to update here. My apologies. I was covering the Braves game because some third baseman was making rumblings about retiring.
My friends at the Columbus Dispatch are reporting that Barry Brennan will be the Thrashers’ new strength and conditioning coach. Brennan, who was not retained by the new Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel, will start the new position on July 1.
Brennan replaces Ray Bear, who worked for the Thrashers for nine seasons before leaving this month for a position with the U.S. Army.
The Thrashers have not announced the deal but one should be made in the next few days.
Brennan has worked in the Columbus organization for nine seasons, five with the Blue Jackets and four with minor-league affiliate in Syracuse. According to the paper, Brennan interviewed with Thrashers GM Rick Dudley at the scouting combine and has signed a three-year deal.
“They told me I wasn’t going to be coming back,” Brennan told the newspaper after being informed his contract would not be renewed with the Blue Jackets. “That’s fair. It happens in this business. I really loved it here in Columbus — the guys, the fans, the city. It’s a great spot to be, and I’ll always remember it like that.
“I’m not bitter. I’ll take it like a man.”
In other news:
* The Thrashers signed forward Fredrik Pettersson, of the Swedish Elite League, to an two-way contract on Tuesday. The left wing had 38 points (20 goals, 18 assists) for Frölunda last season. He led the team in goals and was second in assists.
Pettersson, who turned 23 on June 10, was originally drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the fifth round (No. 157 overall) of the 2005 NHL draft. The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder opted to leave the Swedish Elite League earlier this week to pursue an opportunity in the NHL.
“I’ve been thinking about this for a while and concluded that it is the right thing,” Pettersson said in the Swedish newspaper Göteborgs-Posten. “I have really enjoyed the great Frölunda where I have my hockey heart, and hope to return one day, but now I feel that this is the right step to take.”
By signing a two-way contract, Pettersson could be sent to the Thrashers’ AHL affiliate in Chicago if he does not make the NHL roster.
Pettersson has represented Sweden in four international competitions, most recently at the 2010 World Championships.
* On the unrestricted free agent front, I can report that talks continue between the Thrashers and goaltender Johan Hedberg.