The Atlanta Thrashers, parent club of the AHL’s Chicago Wolves, have signed unrestricted free-agent forward Darren Haydar.
Haydar, 26, finished fifth in the AHL with 92 points (35 goals, 57 assists) in 80 games with Milwaukee last season while setting career highs in goals, assists and points. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound right wing led Milwaukee to the 2006 Calder Cup Finals, leading the league in postseason scoring for the second time in three years by registering 18 goals and 35 points in 21 games.
Haydar, a member of the Admirals’ 2004 Calder Cup championship team, recorded 110 goals and 166 assists for 276 points in 293 games with Milwaukee over the last four seasons. He added 33 goals and 40 assists for 73 points in 56 AHL playoff games.
He won the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL’s top rookie in 2002-03 and played in the AHL All-Star Classic that year, his first out of the University of New Hampshire.
A native of Milton, Ont., Haydar appeared in two NHL games with Nashville in his four seasons in the Predators organization, going without a point during the 2002-03 season.
Atlanta also signed goaltender Fred Brathwaite and forward Jason Krog on Tuesday.