BUFFALO – The Thrashers agreed to a four-year contract extension with general manager Rick Dudley, according to two people familiar with the situation.
The team will make an official announcement Thursday. News of the extension first appeared in the Buffalo News Wednesday.
Dudley took over as Thrashers general manager this season after one year as assistant to now-president Don Waddell.
Dudley, with over 40 years of hockey experience as an NHL player, coach and executive, also served in the front offices with Chicago, Florida, Tampa Bay and Ottawa.
After taking over as general manager on April 14, 2010 – two days following the end of last season – Dudley began reshaping the franchise. He hired head coach Craig Ramsay and significantly reshaped the team’s roster. His moves included bringing in four players from last season’s Stanley Cup champion Chicago.
Dudley helped build two eventual Stanley Cup champions, although he left the franchises before they reached the pinnacle. As assistant general manager in Chicago, Dudley helped build the Blackhawks roster, including acquiring Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp. As general manager in Tampa Bay, Dudley helped build the team that won the Stanley Cup in 2004, two years after he left the organization.
Dudley played six NHL seasons with Buffalo and Winnipeg, appearing in 270 games with 131 goals, 146 assists and 516 penalty minutes.