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Thrashers extend Byfuglien's contract

Feb. 15, 2011 at 5:56 PM   |   Comments

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ATLANTA, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- The Atlanta Thrashers have signed all-star defenseman Dustin Byfuglien to a multiyear contract extension, the team announced Tuesday.

Byfuglien, 25, has racked up 17 goals and 26 assists in 58 games so far this year for the Thrashers, who obtained the 6-foot-5, 265-pound blueliner in a trade from the Chicago Blackhawks before the season.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported it is for five years and worth $26 million.

"Dustin has emerged into an elite player this season and been invaluable as a leader both on and off the ice," Thrashers General Manager Rick Dudley said. "It was a priority to sign him and we're looking forward to witnessing his all-star caliber play for many years to come."

Byfuglien helped lead the Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup title last season, logging 11 goals and 16 points in 22 post-season games after compiling 17 goals and 17 assists in 82 regular-season contests.

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