AtlantiPeg's Dudley out as GM

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: General Manager Rick Dudley of the Atlanta Thrashers speaks on the phone during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Toronto Globe and Mail is reporting Thrashers general manager Rick Dudley will not be retained as the franchise heads north for Winnipeg, Manitoba.

It's understandable that a housecleaning of some sort would be in order as the club moves in a (literally) new direction, but Dudley, with four years left on a contract signed just months ago, typically falls under the category of "in-demand" front office personnel.

A highly respected former player, coach, and manager, he spent five seasons assisting then-Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon in Chicago, which followed two years of service with the Panthers in various capacities.

Can't believe this guy remains unemployed for very long.

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