The Thrashers agreed to terms on a one-year contract with unrestricted free agent forward Eric Boulton on Tuesday.
Boulton will earn $650,000 next season.
“This has been my family’s home for six years now,” Boulton said. “I’m very happy to stay. I really like the direction of the team and I’m looking forward to living in Atlanta and winning in Atlanta.”
Boulton is the second of the Thrashers’ 10 unrestricted free agents to re-sign this offseason. Jim Slater signed before the start of free agency. Colby Armstrong, Johan Hedberg and Pavel Kubina signed with other teams.
“It’s very stressful for you and your family,” Boulton said of the free-agent process. “You don’t know if you’ll have a job or you’ll be moving and uprooting your family. This made a lot of sense for us.”
Boulton had eight points (two goals, six assists) in 62 games last season. He had a minus-one rating, 10th best of the team of players who appeared in more than 20 games.
“I think we’ll be a lot different team next year,” Boulton said. “We will be a lot more responsible defensively. We’ll be bigger, stronger and a lot tougher to play against.”