Thrashers sign newly acquired forward Andrew Ladd to 1-year contract

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Thrashers have avoided arbitration with restricted free-agent Andrew Ladd by signing him to a US$2.35-million, one-year deal.

The 24-year-old forward had 17 goals and 21 assists with the Chicago Blackhawks last season. He was traded to Atlanta on July 1 for defenceman Ivan Vishnevskiy and a second-round pick in 2011.

Ladd already has played on two Stanley Cup winners. He was with Carolina’s 2006 championship team before helping the Blackhawks win this year’s Cup.

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The Thrashers also avoided arbitration by signing forward Ben Eager on Wednesday. Eager was acquired from Chicago in June as part of the trade that also sent Dustin Byfuglien and two other players to Atlanta.