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by Paul on 06/18/09 at 04:38 PM ET
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
The Atlanta Thrashers have raided the Chicago Blackhawks to bolster their front office. According to an NHL source, the Thrashers have hired Chicago assistant general manager Rick Dudley to be an associate general manager under executive vice president and current GM Don Waddell.
The source said Dudley wasn’t brought in to replace the longtime Thrashers GM and that it was a Waddell hire. Dudley has been with the Blackhawks since 2004 when he was hired as a hockey ops consultant and was named an assistant GM in July of 2006.
added 3:58pm, The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that Rick Dudley has resigned as assistant general manager, effective immediately.
“Rick has informed me that he has resigned from his position with the Blackhawks to pursue other opportunities,” General Manager Dale Tallon said. “I would like to extend my gratitude to him for his work with our organization and certainly wish him well in the future.”
Dudley served four years in the Blackhawks hockey operations, which includes each of the last three as the club’s assistant general manager.
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