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Thrashers sign Chris Mason, acquire Andrew Ladd

The Atlanta Thrashers have signed unrestricted free agent Chris Mason, formerly of the St. Louis Blues. The 6-0, 200 pound goaltender could be a ready solution to Atlanta’s inconsistencies between the pipes. In the 2009-2010 season Mason, 34, went 30-22-8 with two shutouts, a 2.53 goals-against average, and .913 save percentage. He ranked 13th in the league for wins and goals-against average.

Atlanta GM Rick Dudley expressed his pleasure at having the Red Deer, Alberta native on the team, saying “Chris has proven himself as an elite-level goaltender and we have the utmost confidence in his capabilities…We are pleased to add him to our organization are excited to follow his lead into the playoffs.” Dudley feels that Mason will be a positive influence on young starting goaltender Ondrej Pavelec.

Mason has appeared in 253 career NHL games with Nashville and St. Louis. His overall stats are 115-86-27 with 20 shutouts, 2.54 goals-against average, and a .914 save percentage. Mason has also made an appearance in nine career Stanley Cup Playoff games, where he posted a 1-8 record with a 2.93 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage.

In other news, the Atlanta Thrashers have acquired forward Andrew Ladd from Chicago in what feels like an effort to relocate every Blackhawk to Atlanta’s little team that could. In exchange Atlanta traded defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy and a second-round draft pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

The 2009-2010 season was good to Ladd, seeing him achieve a career high in goalscoring and his first hat trick. The 6-2, 200-pound left wing appeared in all 82 of Chicago’s games last season, posting 38 points (17 goals, 21 assists). He racked up three goals and three assists in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, helping the Blackhawks go on to win the Cup.

Ladd has posted 149 points (63 goals, 86 assists) in 321 career games with Chicago and Carolina, adding 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 53 Stanley Cup Playoff contests. He has two Stanley Cup titles, one with Carolina in 2006 and this year’s with Chicago.

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