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by Paul on 06/08/09 at 03:22 PM ET
from Ben Wright at AtlantaThrashers.com,
It’s clear that that the Thrashers have embraced a youth movement, but veterans will still play an important role moving forward. The trick, as Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell stated Monday morning, is to have the right veterans.
And that’s why forward Marty Reasoner, who set a new career high with 14 goals in 2008-09 in his first year as a Thrasher while playing a defensive role was re-signed for two more seasons with Atlanta. The 32-year-old from Honeoye Falls, NY led the Thrashers with six short-handed points (tied for fifth in NHL) and was the leader among Atlanta forwards in short-handed ice-time.
“He’s a very smart player,” explained Waddell. “We can play him in all situations. He’s very smart defensively and he’s an excellent penalty-killer. Even though our penalty-killing as a team wasn’t great, if you look at his stats he’s one guy who did a really good job when he was on the ice.”
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