Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec
has agreed to a new two-year deal with the Atlanta Thrashers
, his agent confirmed on Twitter on Thursday morning.
Pavelec, who turns 23 on Aug. 31, appeared in 42 games for Atlanta last season. He went 14-18-7 with a 3.29 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage. He will share the goaltending duties with newly-signed Chris Mason
The signing was finalized just a day after Thrashers brass reportedly decided to let forward Clarke MacArthur
become an unrestricted free agent. MacArthur was awarded $2.4 million in a salary arbitration hearing.
Atlanta has another hearing next week with forward Andrew Ladd
, who was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks
on July 1. Ladd had 17 goals and 21 assists for the Hawks last season and 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists) in 19 playoff games to help Chicago win its first Stanley Cup since 1961.