As I told you Friday, the Thrashers were close to re-signing forward Bryan Little. The deal is now official. Here are the details:
The Thrashers re-signed restricted free agent Bryan Little to a three-year contract worth $7.15 million on Monday. The deal will pay Little $1.65 million this season, $2.5 million in 2011-12 and $3 million in 2012-13.
The Thrashers made Little a qualifying offer in June. The team made re-signing Little, and its other restricted free agent Niclas Bergfors, a priority over the last several weeks.
Little, 22, told the AJC on Friday that he was close to signing a new contract and was looking forward to putting that business behind him and concentrating on the upcoming season.
“It’s probably the most excited I’ve been for a new season to start,” Little said Friday. “I’m excited about the new guys. Anyone who’s been here the last couple years and been through the disappointing seasons is really looking forward to this one.”
Little, a first-round draft pick (No. 12) in 2006, burst onto the Thrashers scene two seasons ago. In his first full year in the NHL, he scored 31 goals. He struggled last season with just 13 goals, admitting he put too much pressure on himself to repeat the success.
Little reported to the Thrashers practice facility early last week to begin voluntary on- and off-ice workouts.
“[The summer] was long, but it went by fast,” Little said. “Hopefully next year, it will be a little shorter. I watched teams like Montreal and Philadelphia make [playoff] runs and it was hard.”
Couple of other notes:
*According to his Twitter post, Evander Kane reported to the Thrashers practice facility today to begin voluntary workouts.
* I will let this blog stand for today and post a blog I was writing based on my talk with Boris Valabik on Tuesday morning. Some pretty good stuff, I think.
* As you can see, I survived the chaperoning of my daughter and friends at Maroon 5 concert Saturday night. I am getting old, it took me most of Sunday to recuperate. Actually, not a bad show.
*Back to final week of vacation, but I will keep you posted if anything else should happen.