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Center earned 52 points in 45 games

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.

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.