Updated: Thrashers sign defenseman Meyer

We interrupt this vacation to bring you some news from the Thrashers.

The Thrashers signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Freddy Meyer to a two-way contract on Thursday.

Meyer, 29, spent the past three seasons with the New York Islanders. He appeared in a career-high 64 games last season with 15 points (four goals, 11 assists). Meyer, 5-foot-10, 195 pounds, has also played for Philadelphia and Phoenix. An All-American at Boston University, Meyer was undrafted and signed by the Flyers in 2003.

Meyer’s two-way deal will pay him $500,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL level.

In 266 career NHL games, Meyer’s had 71 points (19 goals, 52 assists) with 147 penalty minutes. He was part of the Philadelphia Phantoms that won the Calder Cup title in 2004-05.

A native of Sanbornville, New Hampshire, Meyer played on the National Team Development Program. He has also represented the United States at the 2006 World Championships, 2001 World Junior Championships and the 1999 Under-18 World Championships.

The Thrashers currently have six defenseman signed to NHL contracts: Zach Bogosian, Tobias Enstrom, Ron Hainsey, Johnny Oduya, Brent Sopel and Boris Valabik. Meyer would join a list that currently includes Arturs Kulda, Jaimie Sifers and Noah Welch competing for a roster spot when training camp opens next month.

Also, stay tuned because another organizational move may be coming.

47 comments Add your comment

BC

August 19th, 2010
11:39 am

Never enough good defense.

J.B.

August 19th, 2010
11:40 am

Boy I hope so. Meyer certainly wasn’t the caliber of signing I was looking for…

Smoothie

August 19th, 2010
11:49 am

Oh snap! Another organizational move may be coming! Look for Waddell to be given the key to the city and part ownership of the Thrashers!!

Waaahoooo!!

Freddy Meyer for the hire, not bad. I like the depth move. I’ve always liked his game when playing against the annoying p-Isles. Hmmmm, will we finally ink a UFA forward capable of scoring 25+ goals? Ehh, probably not. Probably news of Zubarev finally agreeing to sign.

J.B.

August 19th, 2010
11:49 am

looking for goal scoring potential right now and another D-man isn’t going to cut it. Lots of competition in training camp this year i think. maybe a trade is coming… perhaps Valabik?

GaVaHokie

August 19th, 2010
12:00 pm

Would love to see a Defensive prospect get moved for another RFA forward like Bobby Ryan, Chris Stewart, Martin Hanzal or Peter Mueller.

GaVaHokie

August 19th, 2010
12:01 pm

Factoid: The Philadephia Flyers traded Freddy Meyer to the NYI for Alexei Zhitnik in 2006.

ChippersLoveChild

August 19th, 2010
12:04 pm

Thanks for that little tidbit Hokie, good stuff….. Curious to see what the other move might be, because this really isn’t doing much for me.

Jack

August 19th, 2010
12:04 pm

What exactly is an organizational move?

J(Z)

August 19th, 2010
12:08 pm

Ben just said via twitter “Hearing a lot of good things around the office today, none of which I can share yet.”

I trust him…something good is about to happen!!!!

Sage of Bluesland

August 19th, 2010
12:11 pm

Are the wittle sheeple done celebwating this latest move? Wake me when it’s over.

Oh wait, it already is.

(P.S. Mr. Waddell, please return my emails. Pretty please?)

ChippersLoveChild

August 19th, 2010
12:11 pm

Ben Wright’s twitter feed just said “Hearing a lot of good things around the office today, none of which I can share yet.” Move or moves are on the way… time to get our goal scorers.. or is this a tease for long deals with Bergy and Little? Meh.. wait and see I guess.

GaVaHokie

August 19th, 2010
12:14 pm

God, I hope they stepped up big time to get Bobby Ryan… I can dream.

At the very least, maybe they reached an agreement with Little and Bergfors.

8802

August 19th, 2010
12:16 pm

I believe an “organazational move” is asg speak for re-arranging the deck chairs.

KICK SAVE

August 19th, 2010
12:18 pm

GOOD NEW’S,HUH!?! HOW ‘BOUT DO NOTHIN’ DON CALLIN’ IT QUIT’S!?! NOW THAT WOULD BE SOME GOOD NEW’S,DAGGUMMIT!!

rob

August 19th, 2010
12:24 pm

could that be the first time “DAGGUMMIT” has been used on a hockey blog? I may have to ask Smoothie or Brendan to research this.

KICK SAVE

August 19th, 2010
12:34 pm

DAGGUMMIT rob,I DON’T KNOW IF IT IS OR NOT!?! IF Smoothie OR Brendan DON’T KNOW,DAGGUMMIT BUT I’LL BETCHA’ SARA WILL KNOW FOR SURE……DAGGUMMIT!!!!

Jack

August 19th, 2010
12:37 pm

KIck Save is really Bobby Bowden.

Smoothie

August 19th, 2010
12:39 pm

KICK SAVE – and a BEAUTY!!

I told that Sasquatch to “get, get” daggumit.

rob

August 19th, 2010
12:45 pm

KICK SAVE,
LMAO you have certainly done it now anyways. I may have to use that word if they continue to leave us up in arms about the “other” move! WTF! now if JA had said that, we could all play the drinking game! I may have to play the part of JA for a moment here

GaVaHokie

August 19th, 2010
12:45 pm

I prefer Dagnabbit to Daggummit, myself.

Farel

August 19th, 2010
12:46 pm

Enter your comments here

Farel

August 19th, 2010
12:48 pm

Really should take it easy on the beer this early! What I meant to say was, its great to see hockey season right around the corner. Greetings to all fellow Thrasher fans!!!!

George

August 19th, 2010
12:51 pm

Kick Save, cool it with the Billy Mays! :)

rob

August 19th, 2010
12:51 pm

I must question how many you have had already if you posted but forgot to write a post first! :)

Sage of Bluesland

August 19th, 2010
1:12 pm

Nice attempt at imitation, young one!

Not bad at all…but, you’re still not too observant on some things, are you?…

What is sadder, a pathetic imitator–or the fact that Don Waddell is still employed with the organization he has helped run into the ground?

As for the news of this “move”: Stanley Cup!

Jack

August 19th, 2010
1:13 pm

Glad to have something to talk about in August

PuckedUp

August 19th, 2010
1:17 pm

Yawn. What the heck crawled up the nether crack of Sage? Is Sage always like this? If so I would advise a visit to either the Cheetah or (if you prefer Sage) Little Richards. Either way it might help alleviate some of that irritation you have going. And if that doesn’t work, try preparation-H.

Jack

August 19th, 2010
1:18 pm

Sage is always like this. Why dont you think Waddell does not return his e-mails. :)

Sage of Bluesland

August 19th, 2010
1:32 pm

It would appear the sad imitator is you.

J(Z)

August 19th, 2010
1:34 pm

I hope this wasn’t what Ben was referring to as good things he was hearing but couldn’t share yet!

BenThrashers Was just at Team Gear in Philips Arena. Thrashers hats are buy one, get one free. Kovy lettering for jerseys reduced to $5.

GaVaHokie

August 19th, 2010
1:47 pm

Ben said it’s nothing huge, but still good news… per twitter

J.B.

August 19th, 2010
1:48 pm

i’d guess it’s little and/or bergfors signing then…

GaVaHokie

August 19th, 2010
1:51 pm

Maybe a few camp invites? Since Dudley/Waddell are talking to agents today, seeing as they got Meyers signed.

… it’s anyone’s guess.

Jack

August 19th, 2010
1:51 pm

Fudge so much for a trade

KAJames

August 19th, 2010
1:52 pm

Just another example of Waddell still in control of this train wreck.

These roster moves have not been “that” great by any means, playoffs…
Ah…. NO !

rob

August 19th, 2010
1:59 pm

James, meet Sage. Sage, meet James. I think you 2 will get along together nicely.

Jack

August 19th, 2010
2:06 pm

They are Fraternal Twins

Smoothie

August 19th, 2010
2:30 pm

Back-end friends??

J(Z)

August 19th, 2010
2:47 pm

Clint Malarchuk Hired as Goaltending Consultant…is that the “not so big” news we’ve been waiting on?

Zombie Steve

August 19th, 2010
2:51 pm

Who will be our Sheepherding Consultant?

Smoothie

August 19th, 2010
2:52 pm

Yet another Duds – Rammer – Torchetti sphere of influence hire.

Good to see Clint get the gig. Hope he’s back on top of his game from a confidence standpoint. Didn’t he go through a rough patch with terrible depression and anxiety?

Jack

August 19th, 2010
2:57 pm

Any signs that more news will be coming down the pipe? Chris, Ben ,Flames?

Get The Puck Out

August 19th, 2010
3:17 pm

HEY WAIT A MINUTE -

Get The Puck Out

August 19th, 2010
3:18 pm

I SAID THAT BEFORE DADGUMITT!!!

JR

August 20th, 2010
7:59 pm

who is ben wright?

SiCkOfThis

August 23rd, 2010
3:31 pm

I think Sage needs a hug. DROP THE PUCK!

Hockey Wall Decals

August 24th, 2010
1:27 am

This is often tolerated among Hockey players and team. It may happened again in a couple of months.