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.