The Thrashers moved Monday to retain a newly-acquired piece whom they seem to like and to part with one who was having trouble finding his place in the organization.
They re-signed defenseman Mark Stuart
, 26, to what the team called a "multiple-year contract." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the deal was three years and $5.1 million.
They also traded right wing Niclas Bergfors
, 23, a member of the 2010 All-Rookie team, to Florida for right wing Radek Dvorak
, who will be 34 next week.
In four games with Atlanta, Stuart has been even twice and minus-1 twice. He has averaged 14:38 during the past three games and become a mainstay on the penalty kill, a unit that ranked No. 28 entering Sunday's games. During those three games, the Thrashers have not allowed a power-play goal, killing all 12 chances.