Updated: Thrashers re-sign Little

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.

44 comments Add your comment

GaVaHokie

August 23rd, 2010
10:21 am

Great numbers… and cheaper than Todd White, which will make people happy! ;)

Game On

August 23rd, 2010
10:30 am

Rock On!!!! Thanks Chris

Sage of Bluesland

August 23rd, 2010
10:36 am

Finally!!! Is it October 8 yet?

kracker

August 23rd, 2010
10:43 am

Chris, great news on Bryan. Now please dig for news on Bergfors. Is he back in-country yet?

kracker

August 23rd, 2010
10:46 am

This is pretty depressing! Octo-Spirit has bucks to burn!??

capgeek The #thrashers have the third-lowest cap payroll in the #nhl after the Bryan Little signing http://www.capgeek.com/charts.php?Team=7

h

August 23rd, 2010
11:08 am

Does this take Little past any UFA seasons? or are all of these upcoming seasons in the new contract RFA seasons?

The Real Thrash

August 23rd, 2010
11:08 am

cousin Eddie

August 23rd, 2010
11:12 am

Bryan Little was at the rink Sunday afternoon for the Jr. Thrasher jersey ceremony and handed out over 150 jerseys to all the players there. Looked truly happy to be there considering the amount of chaos going on with that many people. Must of been that the contract was signed, that put the smile on his face.

Joe Friday

August 23rd, 2010
11:17 am

I’d like to have seen them lock him up into his into his UFA years (mabye a 6 year deal or something). Mabye this is one of the guys they think Ramsay can coach up and $3m may be a deal for him in 3 years but if he doesn’t pan out, they’re not tied into him long term. I’d still like to see us lock some of our RFAs up into their UFA years, but I can see hesitating on the long term deal after the up year and then down year he had.

Hockey Biltong

August 23rd, 2010
11:18 am

Hot damn, now bring on Bergfors…

Simon

August 23rd, 2010
11:22 am

h – Little will be a RFA after this contract, but then eligible for arbitration

Flames

August 23rd, 2010
11:26 am

One down and one to go!

Dwayne

August 23rd, 2010
11:46 am

This is a great contract, Duds is the man!!!Berg-Force One is next.
Money being saved to see who K-Choke signs with. Some team might have to dump some salary.

Jack

August 23rd, 2010
11:48 am

Thanks Chris for the update. Next news we signed Bergfors and we picked up Toews. :)

Jack

August 23rd, 2010
11:49 am

Yea my gut says KCHOKE will not be resigning with the devils.

Old Time Hockey

August 23rd, 2010
11:55 am

He can play with Max again next year! Enjoy the vodka, Ilya…it will be the only warmth you feel.

Simon

August 23rd, 2010
11:56 am

If Bergfors is signed for a cap hit of 2.5-3.0mil our payroll is around 47million. What´s the maximum team payroll?

Diego from Lilburn

August 23rd, 2010
12:01 pm

Tablehockey came by my desk today to share the news with me and it was a great way to start a Monday! As soon as we get some ink on Bergfors’ paper I’m gonna be ready to party!

Thanks for the detailed info, Chris!!!

James Brown

August 23rd, 2010
12:06 pm

Great deal for both sides considering his production last year………….I think this takes the pressure off and he will bounce back with a solid if not a great year….It would be awesome if we could lock Bergie up for 4 to 5 years……he has really good skills that can be coached up to greatness………A potential 40 goal a year threat……….I still look for a top 4 foward to fall out there on a cap dump somewhere…..I hope Duds will make another move……..

Cliff Fletcher

August 23rd, 2010
12:31 pm

Leaving enough room under the cap to resign Kovalchuk?

A27

August 23rd, 2010
12:34 pm

Awesome deal!!! Always liked Little and here’s hoping that last season was a off year. Now let’s get Bergfors locked up.

Thrashfan01

August 23rd, 2010
12:58 pm

Good deal in term and dollars, this sets the bar for Bergfors. If Bergfors signs a three year deal both will have one RFA offseason for the team to re-sign them to longer term contracts into those pesky UFA years.

Buff-n-stuff

August 23rd, 2010
1:16 pm

if we can get Bergie Signed, perhaps work a deal for Stempniak, and trade (1) of our D-Men for depth or a future draft pick(s), we could be all set for a good start to 2010-2011 Season !!!

alex

August 23rd, 2010
1:47 pm

disagree, first priority to sign 25+ goal scorer this bringing winning, winning get no problem to sign berg. to any contract, bring desire to play here opposite now for players looking to atlanta like exile. example – braves, they winning, everybody want to be here.

J.B.

August 23rd, 2010
2:00 pm

I still think Mike Comrie wouldn’t be a terrible cheap pickup or camp invite. He’s had his health issues for sure, but when he’s on the ice, he seems pretty consistent, just looking at the numbers anyhow. If he can go for a whole season, I’d venture a guess of 15-20 goals and you could probably get hime really cheap considering he’s independently wealthy without playing hockey, as is his new bride.

d

August 23rd, 2010
2:25 pm

Mike Comrie is probably a happy man now that he’s married to Hillary Duff. Intersting how a lot of NHL’ers are hooking up with celebrities of late…

R. Stroz

August 23rd, 2010
2:27 pm

I’ll pass on Comrie. He’ll be preoccupied with other matters.

R. Stroz

August 23rd, 2010
2:28 pm

Now if Hillary Duff was interested in joining the Blue Crew, I might have a change of heart.

J.B.

August 23rd, 2010
2:40 pm

well, if nhl spouses joining the blue crew is the recruiting goal, then put a package together to trade for Mike Fisher.

kracker

August 23rd, 2010
3:02 pm

Ya know, this summer is not too bad. It’s late August and we are still signing players (RFA and UFA), after already having had a busy first part of the summer. Yet to be signed is Bergfors and perhaps another UFA. Or another trade may be coming.

Not too bad for the summer months in a hockey backwater operating on a shoestring budget.

Midfield

August 23rd, 2010
3:21 pm

Is it just me, or Atlanta players really seem more and more excited at the start of a new season year after year? There must be something in the water here.

Jim Friendly

August 23rd, 2010
3:38 pm

Still… There will be no playoffs again this upcoming season, too
few solid impact changes.

kracker

August 23rd, 2010
4:04 pm

AtlThrashers Thrashers head coach Craig Ramsay will be joining XM Radio’s “HomeIce” program at 4:05 this afternoon.

Somebody catch this!

Jack

August 23rd, 2010
4:26 pm

Jim Friendly should change his name to Joe Pessimistic

kracker

August 23rd, 2010
5:28 pm

I expect it’s the other JF. Either way, same difference.

Sage of Bluesland

August 23rd, 2010
5:57 pm

I agree, Jim Friendly…after all, what do you expect? It’s the first year of another “Five-Year Plan”…

As long as we show “incremental” progress–no matter how small–the ‘fans’ and the media will accept it unconditionally…Many will even be ‘thankful’ for it–as they’re just happy to have the honor and priviledge of getting their head handed to them…They’re happy to be fed from the port-a-potty trough of Don Waddell…

(See they’re moreso fans of the NHL than of the Atlanta Thrashers…There IS a difference…Think about it…)

Thus, ownership appeases these ‘fans’ by holding periodic “Townhall Meetings”–only when the need arises and then the anger, predictably, subsides…

Oh well, it is what it is.

Brendan

August 23rd, 2010
6:34 pm

So, did Bryan Little forego any of his UFA eligibility with this deal?

Swami

August 23rd, 2010
7:17 pm

How many points it take to win Southeast? 90? 95? Thrashers can do it. Even Kovy-less.

Jack

August 23rd, 2010
7:23 pm

It may take 100 to gtd, unfortunately washington is in the SE

James Brown

August 23rd, 2010
7:35 pm

Brendan..I think he becomes a UFA a year after this deal concludes……….but my math has always been bad

Telfo

August 23rd, 2010
8:12 pm

Little will be 25 after this deal which means he would still be an RFA. He would be eligible for arbitration however

Curly

August 23rd, 2010
9:42 pm

I’m not surprised Little signed a multi-year deal as he was an original Thrasher draft pick and I think Brian wants to be a part of a successful Thrashers Franchise. However I would be surprised if Bergfors signed a multi-year deal past the arbitration years, as I do not think he wants to be here (”Is it what it is”).

Brendan

August 23rd, 2010
11:33 pm

I know. I know. But just once, I’d like to see a Thrasher player sign beyond his his RFA years, besides Jim Slater and Eric Boulton. Maybe Exelby did, too. I think Havelid was already in his UFA years when we got him.

Brendan

August 23rd, 2010
11:51 pm

Sage, your are ‘en fuego’ tonight. What was that quote? They’re happy to be fed from the port-a-potty trough of Don Waddell…(See they’re moreso fans of the NHL than of the Atlanta Thrashers…There IS a difference…Think about it…)

Ahh, well Sage, what do you say to the fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates, then? They just clinched 18-straight years of losing seasons. I guess they must be fans of MLB moreso than they are of the Pirates, themselves? I kinda, sorta suspect the City of Pittsburgh props up the team, just because … ummn … because … it would ‘look bad’ if the Pirates left. Leo Mazzone and Perry Laurentino were discussing how the Pirates actually had no shortage of talent pass through their halls. Which I suspect is true. But I think it was Leo who said something to the effect of, “But they were just the ‘farm system’ for the rest of Major League Baseball.” Then Christopher Rude chimed in, “All the talent left as soon as they were able, or were traded out as a salvage job.” Laurentino told Mazzone, “You can’t pass off that line for 18 years, Leo.” (We’re headed in the right direction.) If you think about it, Sage, the Pirates are in their 4th “5-year plan.” And that one’s more than half-way (60%) over. Is there a Pirates fan in the house? I remember Willie Stargell and Dave Parker. But not much else.