The Atlanta Thrashers have re-signed restricted free agent forward Bryan Little to a multiple-year contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Little, 22, scored 13 goals and 21 assists in 79 games with the Thrashers last season. He compiled seven multiple-point games, which included a season-high 2 goals on Jan. 30 at Nashville. He also posted 2 assists in the season-opener on Oct. 3 vs. Tampa Bay and tallied goals in back-to-back games on Nov. 3 at Montreal and Nov. 5 vs. Columbus.
Little was selected by the Thrashers in the first round, 12th overall, of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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