Thrashers agree to terms with goaltender Hedberg

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

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

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.