Thrashers sign Mason, trade for Ladd - 07-01-10

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The Thrashers signed former Blues goaltender Chris Mason to a two-year deal with an annual salary cap hit of $1.85 million.

In 61 games last season, Mason, 34, had a record of 30-22-9 with a 2.53 goals against average, .913 save percentage and two shutouts. He spent the past two seasons in St. Louis.

Additionally, the Thrashers acquired another member of the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks by way of a trade. They picked up forward Andrew Ladd from Chicago in exchange for defensive prospect, Ivan Vishnevskiy.

Ladd, 24, appeared in 38 games and recorded 38 points (17 goals, 21 assists) and was a plus-2 last season.

Vishnevskiy, was a first-round pick of the Stars in 2006 and was acquired by the Thrashers this past season in a deal which sent goaltender Kari Lehtonen to the Stars.

EN Says: The Thrashers have quietly added quite a bit of depth in the past month or so. First, they acquired forward Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager and defenseman Brent Sopel from the Blackhawks last month in a deal which was a pure salary dump by Chicago. Then, they add Ladd. Thye've added four viable contributors from a Stanley Cup championship team while giving up relatively little.

Second, they upgrade their goaltending significantly. Mason has kind of flown under the radar a bit in St. Louis the past two seasons, but he has probably been the Blues' most consistent player the past two seasons. He was the key to their miraculous late season push towards a playoff spot in 2008-09. The only reason he wasn't re-signed was because St. Louis was able to pull of a stunning trade for goaltender Jaroslav Halak.

Mason bring stability to a position which has constantly been in flux for Atlanta.

(Photo: Tom Gannam/Associated Press)

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