Thrashers agree to terms with goaltender Hedberg

Updated: July 2, 2006, 1:07 AM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers found a capable backup for Kari Lehtonen on Saturday, when they agreed to terms with Johan Hedberg on a two-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

A ninth-round pick of Philadelphia in 1994, Hedberg burst onto the NHL scene with Pittsburgh during the 2000-01 season, going 7-1-1 in nine regular-season games before leading the Penguins to the Eastern Conference finals.

The 33-year-old Hedberg spent last season with Dallas, posting a 12-4-1 record and 2.67 goals-against average as the backup to Marty Turco. He also matched a career best by winning six straight games from Dec. 2 to Jan. 9.

"We focused our attention on strengthening our goaltending and made Johan a priority because he competes at a very high level and will give us the quality starts that will allow us to be successful," Atlanta general manager Don Waddell said. "We hold Johan in the highest regard and we're excited to add him to our lineup."

A native of Sweden, Hedberg represented his country at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. In 156 career games with the Penguins, Vancouver Canucks and Stars, he owns a 66-67-15 record with 10 shutouts and a 2.81 GAA.

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