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Well Cross Him Off Then: Rick Dudley to the ATL

Dudley Craig Custance of the Sporting News continues to break one Atlanta story after another, today reporting that Rick Dudley is going to become the assistant GM of the Thrashers.

Custance, who used to cover the Thrash for the AJC before going to the Sporting News, says he's not going to replace Don Waddell since Waddell is the guy who made the hiring. Still, have to think Duds figures he's going to be running things there eventually.

Dudley, the former Florida GM, was interested in the Florida opening although he told Brian Biggane a few weeks ago that he had already had something else lined up. Looks like that was in Atlanta. After leaving the Panthers (and being replaced by Mike Keenan back in 2004), Dudley moved to the Blackhawks where he eventually became Chicago's assistant GM.

Talking to Bill Torrey here in a few minutes. Don't expect much earth shattering news, but will update here when we're done talking.

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