Thrashers sign goaltender Mason; trade for Ladd

The Thrashers signed unrestricted free-agent goaltender Chris Mason to a two-year deal on Thursday.

The deal is worth $1.6 million next season and $2.1 million in 2011-12.

Mason, 34, appeared in 61 games last season for St. Louis. He went 30-22-8 with a 2.53 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.

“Chris has proven himself as an elite-level goaltender and we have the utmost confidence in his capabilities,” Thrashers general manager Rick Dudley said in a statement released by the team. “We are pleased to add him to our organization are excited to follow his lead into the playoffs.”

The 6-0, 200-pound goaltender earned five-straight victories from Feb. 9 to March 4, posting one shutout, a 1.74 goals-against average and a .949 save percentage during that stretch.

Mason was originally selected by New Jersey Devils in the fifth round (No. 122 overall) in 1995.

The Thrashers  also acquired winger Andrew Ladd, a first-round pick (No. 4 overall)  in 2004, from Chicago for defenseman prospect Ivan Vishnevskiy, obtained from Dallas in the Kari Lehtonen trade, and a second-round pick in 2011.

Ladd, 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, had 38 points (17 goals, 21 assists) and was a plus-2 in 82 games for Chicago last season. In 19 playoff games, he had six points (three goals, three assists) and was a plus-4.

In six NHL seasons, three with Carolina and three with Chicago, Ladd, 24, has scored 149 points (63 goals, 86 assists).

85 comments Add your comment

Buzzeng

July 1st, 2010
4:46 pm

Moving! Shaking!

Ryan C

July 1st, 2010
4:48 pm

Like the upside of a 2yr deal while Pav’s gets his feet under him. Like Ladd being added too, as long as the prospect isn’t too steep.

Ryan C

July 1st, 2010
4:50 pm

Ivan Vishnevsky I can deal with that, we’re going to be stacked on D.

chief of smoke

July 1st, 2010
4:53 pm

These seem like very good moves

Thrashy Thrashy

July 1st, 2010
4:55 pm

Looks like were serious about being a playoff team. Good to see.

Thrashy Thrashy

July 1st, 2010
4:55 pm

That’s “we’re,” but why correct myself?

Tony C.

July 1st, 2010
5:00 pm

Mason isn’t a bad option. Looks like his cap-hit is going to be around 1.85M (my guesstimate). Ladd-I’m not sure I’m that impressed with, however he is most certainly a capable player and I get the feeling he won’t be dogging it the way Armi did last season. as far as the prospect, I’m going to have to disagree with you Ryan Vishnevsky is really really nice. He’s the guy that Anaheim had projected to try and fill the void Neidermeyer’s departure created. Guy can skate, supposedly has a rifle-shot from the point…everything I’ve read about the guy is that he’s one of those guys with 3/4 ice ability… I don’t think you give a guy like him up for a grinder with hands like Ladd.

Just Curious

July 1st, 2010
5:03 pm

Can I also still wish for Nabokov for 2 yrs @ $1.5M-2M/yr? Mason & Nabokov, Nabokov & Mason. Has a good ring to it.

sisu

July 1st, 2010
5:15 pm

nice to see some moves for reasonable contracts! Any news on Kubina and the rest? TSN is very positive on the moves for ATL :)

P.I.G.

July 1st, 2010
5:17 pm

I like the moves we’ve made today, and feel we’re pretty close to being a very solid and formidable team. I still think we need another top 6 forward, whether that means re-signing Afinogenov, or acquiring one via trade or free agency. We also need someone to replace Reasoner on the PK, maybe someone like Eric Belanger if the price is right. A checking line of Ladd-Belanger-Byfuglien would be sick. Lastly, I would like to see us pick up a depth defenseman to have until Boris is healthy and ready to contribute again, maybe Popovic again?

Thrash On Way Up

July 1st, 2010
5:25 pm

GO THRASHERS!!!!! Good to see what appears to be real and significant progress!

cpsman_atlanta

July 1st, 2010
5:28 pm

Just announced on TSN, Moose is signing a one year deal with New Jersey….

Tony C.

July 1st, 2010
5:30 pm

My bad, Ryan I had Vishnevsky coming to us from Anaheim-clearly I need to pay more attention to details…. After stopping and looking at it, yes, the Ladd deal seems to be “OK”…still not crazy about giving up a 2nd-round pick.

MASHAPlayer7

July 1st, 2010
5:52 pm

Ladd is 24 with two Stanley Cups! (Carolina and Chicago). In the past couple of weeks, we’ve added 5 years of Stanley Cup experience. I like that!

joedaiceman

July 1st, 2010
5:53 pm

Not sure I am so excited yet. What is the advantage in being a second class Chicago spinoff? Maybe Ramsey can do something with what we got, but for cripes sake – so is going to power the defense (Kubina is good but not the man to lead the defensive corp), where are we going to get our goal scoring from? Maybe Dudley has a master plan, but I hope it is more than raid his old family back in Chicago.

Thrash-arrrrr

July 1st, 2010
5:55 pm

I knew that Dudley said he was looking for a 15+ goal scorer, here’s Ladd’s stats last year:
http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/players/profile?playerId=3191

jack

July 1st, 2010
5:56 pm

I would trust Dudley on his master plan, until he gives us reason not to. At this time I do not see a reason not too.

gcs

July 1st, 2010
5:59 pm

The Atlanta Blackhawks?

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Leedawg

July 1st, 2010
6:02 pm

See ya Moose. You will be missed.

Telfo

July 1st, 2010
6:08 pm

Kulda is ready to step in now… losing Kubina isnt the end of the world.

Bergfors, Little, Kane, Antropov will be the main goal scorers and all of them are capable of 25+ goals next year.

we are in pretty good shape right now, signing one more top 6 forward wouldnt hurt but is by no means needed either

joedaiceman

July 1st, 2010
6:14 pm

Good to see Ladd’s stat’s – but still count me skeptical. I like that moniker – Atlanta Blackhawks rule. What do you’all think about Mason. I’ve seen him play several times in St Louis. I would not count him as an elite goal tender, but the man is a damn site more dependable than OP.

The Real Thrash

July 1st, 2010
6:24 pm

Nice trade and signing.

The Real Thrash

July 1st, 2010
6:26 pm

IF!
Ladd is here for more than 1 year. He is an RFA and able to go elsewhere next year.
Sound familiar?

Thrashy Thrashy

July 1st, 2010
6:30 pm

Big difference between an RFA and a UFA, though.

Knuckles in Chicago

July 1st, 2010
6:37 pm

Listen you hicks down there…….Mason is very good and you are going to LOVE what Laddie brings………he plays hockey the right way….he will be sorely missed on the Hawks……Knuckles

Lee

July 1st, 2010
6:37 pm

Chicago gave up a lot of their players….

This is the last time I’ll say this…..MOOOOOOOOOOOSE!!!!! :(

KLS1

July 1st, 2010
6:42 pm

thought Ladd was much older…he may still have some upside, like this move more now.

Dave

July 1st, 2010
6:45 pm

Good to see the thrashers moving in the right direction but i am truly going to miss hedberg moose he was great for this organization. I still love him wish u all the best moose in new jersey!

Marcel Hossa

July 1st, 2010
6:51 pm

What next? Thrashers sign Marian Hossa? *hint hint*

Dave

July 1st, 2010
7:04 pm

wow the blackhawks are really going to miss these guys next year. Why did they have to commit so much $$$ to kane, toews, and hossa especially hossa? Terrible money management….

BG33Brown

July 1st, 2010
7:04 pm

Atlanta, the very-south side of chicago.

Barry

July 1st, 2010
7:15 pm

So we have the Atlanta Thrashawks and the Toronto Maplethrashers. :)

The Real Thrash

July 1st, 2010
7:20 pm

RFA this year UFA next year

KLS1

July 1st, 2010
7:25 pm

all the goalies overestimated ther value as FA. Moose could have signed here for more $

eddie

July 1st, 2010
7:33 pm

can they bring the italian beef places with them

Chris Vivlamore

July 1st, 2010
7:39 pm

Busy day folks. News story on the day’s events should be posted soon. I’ll let you keep talking on this blog. I will post a new blog with leftover items tomorrow. I’m wiped out. Thanks for the participation.

Beau Turner

July 1st, 2010
7:41 pm

I always knew this team had potential. Now, where the hell is my whiskey? Dad!!!

For the Record

July 1st, 2010
7:46 pm

Nice to be getting someone else’s #4 overall pick for a change, amiright?

BG33Brown

July 1st, 2010
7:49 pm

Eddie, they just opened a beef and dog placed called bobby g’s at lindbergh station. Good beefs and dogs. Its not portillo’s or al’s but it does the trick.

jp

July 1st, 2010
7:53 pm

no point in going after anyone else unless its a 2 for 1 with a talent upgrade. We’re basically set at almost every position but possibly depth at center. We have a lot of wings on top 2 lines and Burmistrov will be ready in a year and he’ll solidify depth there.

One place where we could seriously use an upgrade is Goalie but so can so many other teams. There just aren’t too many good goalies around and the 2 teams in the Stanley Cup finals this year did it with average to below average goal tenders. So there’s no reason for the Thrashers to go crazy bringing in a top line goalie as its an overvalued position right now. However if Pavs doesn’t develop than some maneuvering will be needed.

Finally, we’ve got some smashers in Buff and Kane but we don’t have anyone with great skating ability like a Marc Savard or Vinny Lecavalier. If either of the two are available than get em if it doesn’t cost too much.

GaVaHokie

July 1st, 2010
7:59 pm

Wow, it’s kind of embarrassing people trying to comment on Ladd on here… if you can’t realize the guy is a steal, you shouldn’t be evaluating this trade. It’s a great pick up for Atlanta!! Cormier, Eager and Ladd is going to be an awesome checking/energy line.

James Brown

July 1st, 2010
8:07 pm

I agree GaVaHokie ………………that would be a nasty line…………Exactly what kind of money is Pavs looking for? I just don`t think his camp is dealing from a position of strength………..still a lot of development needed……………..don`t get it

JT from Columbus

July 1st, 2010
8:10 pm

Any more news on Kubina?

ex-STH

July 1st, 2010
8:10 pm

Great pickups in the last few weeks! I would be satisfied in just signing Maxy Afiniginov for the last scorer that we need. Quit being so CHEAP! It really doesn’t matter what the number is for 2 years. Have the Thrashers even gotten to the salary floor yet?!?

Not Blind

July 1st, 2010
8:12 pm

I haven’t felt this positive about a Thrashers roster since ……………………….. :)

If Ramsey can get these guys to play near their potential and doesn’t stifle the team like Anderson then maybe the Thrashers can really compete for a whole season and solidly make the playoffs.

If so everything that happened in the past will be irrelevant.

James Brown

July 1st, 2010
8:16 pm

Hats off to Duds………since the Kovy trade(which I think had his imprint), this team has put together a very talented group of young players. Also with a emphasis on getting bigger and more physical……..amazing transformation since March!!!

KICK SAVE

July 1st, 2010
8:20 pm

THIS BY FAR WILL/COULD BE ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING THRASHER TEAM’S TO DATE!! PLENTY OF EXPIERENCE IN KEY AREA’S & A LITTLE TIME TO GEL=GOOD/FUN HOCKEY FOR A CHANGE!! DON’T STOP NOW DUD’S YOU SIR ARE ON A ROLL!!!

James Brown

July 1st, 2010
8:21 pm

If Kubina and Max are back……wow…………….it could be something special

Why are your updates so slow?

July 1st, 2010
8:25 pm

GaVaHokie

July 1st, 2010
8:44 pm

Amazing what happens when you spread Kovalchuk’s money around… this is what a lot of us have been preaching for awhile. Nobody on the team makes over $5 million. Look at the team balance and depth now.