Atlanta Thrashers re-sign forward Jim Slater to multi-year deal

Slater and the Thrashers were scheduled for a salary arbitration hearing on Aug. 2. Slater, who was a restricted free agent, will earn $750,000 next season and $800,000 in 2008-09.

The 24-year-old had five goals and 14 assists in 74 games last season with Atlanta.

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He has 15 goals and 24 assists in 145 career NHL games, all with the Thrashers.

The six-foot, 190-pounder was drafted by the Thrashers in the first round, 30th overall, of the 2002 NHL entry draft.