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Rick Dudley to sign extension with Thrashers: Bad hair, good GM

The Buffalo News’s Mike Harrington reported the following about an hour and a half ago...

[New Buffalo Sabres owner] Terry Pegula said yesterday that Darcy Regier is staying on as Sabres GM so the new owner isn’t eyeing any sort of search for a new man for the job. One candidate that fans and media have thrown around a lot if the job opened was Atlanta GM Rick Dudley, the former Sabres forward. That talk is now over.

Dudley has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Thrashers, NHL sources have confirmed. Terms are unknown but Dudley certainly would have been a hot commodity for the Sabres and other clubs had he become a free agent.

Concern the Thrashers might be moving from Atlanta to perhaps Winnipeg was no real concern to Dudley, who maintains a home in Lewiston and is on the road scouting much of the time. Dudley is not slated to be in Buffalo tonight.

Per Twitter, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Chris Vivlamore confirms the news and says that the man whose weaved-and-transplanted hairline is a bit of an adventure will indeed sign a 4-year extension on Thursday.

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Isn’t this the guy who Roenick insinuated was not very intelligent and didn’t know hockey?  (Putting in kinder words).

Posted by Russian Rocket on 02/23/11 at 05:19 PM ET

Russian Rocket's avatar

Playing him as a defenseman?  Maybe that’s why the Thrashers are 0-3 in preseason.  Maybe that’s why nobody comes to watch their games.  It’s crazy.  What are they thinking?  They already have a GM [Rick Dudley] that doesn’t know the game whatsoever.  But, hey, that’s just my opinion.  Like me or hate me if you don’t [agree].  I’m not a big fan of Atlanta for a lot of reasons but the fact that they’re going to play Dustin Byfuglien [as a defenseman], my goodness gracious.” - JR

Posted by Russian Rocket on 02/23/11 at 06:24 PM ET

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