Center earned 52 points in 45 games

Updated: August 3, 2004, 9:43 PM ET
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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers on Monday re-signed the NHL leader in points per game during the 2003-04 season, inking restricted free agent center Marc Savard.

Marc Savard
Savard

Terms of the deal were not disclosed at the time, but ESPN.com learned Tuesday that Savard will earn $2.7 million for 2004-05. He made $2 million last season as a member of the Thrashers.

Despite being limited to 45 games by injuries, Savard produced 19 goals and 33 assists last season. He led the league with 17 assists and 25 points in December and recorded a career-high five points against the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 20.

Savard, who is 27, missed significant time with ankle and knee problems and also was out for three games following a concussion.

When healthy enough to play, Savard was used heavily. He averaged 22:19 of ice time per game, good for third among all forwards last season.

Savard has produced 304 points in 421 NHL games with Atlanta, Calgary and the New York Rangers.

The Thrashers signed another center, Derek MacKenzie, who split last season between Atlanta and Chicago of the American Hockey League. He had one assists in 12 games with Atlanta and 19 goals and 16 assists in 63 games with Chicago.

Atlanta also signed defensemen Tomas Kloucek, Kyle Rossiter and Luke Sellars. Kloucek, the most experienced of the three, played in 42 games in time split between the Thrashers and the Nashville Predators last year.

Left wing Brian Maloney, who had nine goals and 11 assists in 69 games in the American Hockey League last year, was also signed.

Information from SportsTicker was used in this report.

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