The Thrashers have re-signed forward Bryan Little to a three-year contract extension, meaning that the only hold-out remaining for a renewal is Niclas Bergfors. Little, who is 22, will get a nice little payraise – according to capgeek.com, the new hit is $2,383,333 a season. He’ll be making $3 million by the third season of the deal, and after the terms of the contract are up, he’ll still be a RFA thanks to his age. Always helpful when wanting to lock someone in to a long-term deal is the ability to talk with them and them alone about said deal. The Thrashers and Blues both this off-season have been good about using this strategy to make sure that they still retain the rights to their young stars.
Little is set for a break-out season, especially after the down year he had last year. His powerplay linemates Slava Kozlov and Todd White are both gone, meaning that Little should be seeing time this year with actual productive players – this should provide a bit of a boost to both little and his presumable line-mates of Bergfors and Antropov.