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Thrashers sign Stuart to contract extension

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The Atlanta Thrashers have locked up defenseman Mark Stuart with a multi-year contract extension. Terms of the deal were not revealed, but TSN is reporting the contract is for three years at a total value of $5.1 million.

Stuart, who could have become an unrestricted free agent this summer, instead reportedly will earn $1.6 million next season, $1.7 in 2012-13 and $1.8 in 2013-14. He has 5 points in 35 games this season, but has not scored in four games with the Thrashers.

The Thrashers acquired Stuart, along with center Blake Wheeler, from the Boston Bruins on Feb. 18 in exchange for center Rich Peverley and defenseman Boris Valabik. Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay is familiar with Stuart, 26, from his time as an assistant coach in Boston.

Drafted by the Bruins in the first round (No. 21) of the 2003 Entry Draft, the Rochester, Minn., native spent nearly six seasons in Boston before his trade to Atlanta. In 287 NHL games, Stuart has 13 goals and 27 assists with a plus-35 rating.
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