Problem solved? Thrashers sign goalie Shields

Updated: October 27, 2005, 6:13 PM ET
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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers have been beset with injuries to their goaltenders since the start of the regular season.

Steve Shields
Shields

On Thursday, the Thrashers signed veteran goalie Steve Shields in the hope that they have found at least a temporary solution.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Shields, 33, had posted a 1.47 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage in two games with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League this year.

A nine-year NHL veteran, Shields hopes to inherit a position that has been in constant flux all season.

Mike Dunham, Atlanta's starting netminder at the beginning of the season, has been sidelined since Oct. 12 with a strained groin and is out indefinitely. Backup Kari Lehtonen has been on injured reserve since Oct. 5 with a similar ailment.

The Thrashers had hoped to fill the void with rookies Michael Garnett and Adam Berkhoel. The young duo has struggled, however, combining to go 1-4 with an .852 save percentage.

Garnett, who has posted a 6.33 GAA in three games, was assigned to Chicago to make room for Shields on the roster.

Berkhoel, 24, has been a little more consistent and will likely compete with Shields for the starting job until Dunham returns.

A Toronto native, Shields has posted a record of 72-109-39 with 10 shutouts and a 2.64 GAA in 241 career games.