Originally created 11/20/02

Thrashers, Dafoe reach agreement



ATLANTA - The Atlanta Thrashers reached a tentative agreement on a contract with free-agent goalie Byron Dafoe on Tuesday.

"We're in great shape," said Bryant McBride, Dafoe's agent. "All we need to do is cross some T's and dot some I's."

Dafoe, who had a career-high 35 wins last season in leading the Boston Bruins to the best record in the Eastern Conference, has been working out with the Merrimack College hockey team in North Andover, Mass.

McBride said he expected all the details to be worked out by this morning. Thrashers general manager Don Waddell called a news conference between periods of Atlanta's game against Florida on Tuesday night.

The Thrashers went winless in their first nine games (0-8-0-1) this season and entered the day last in the NHL in goals-against average. They have been using Milan Hnil-icka and Pasi Nurminen in goal.

The 31-year-old Dafoe is yet to play this season. He had a 2.21 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage for Boston last season, finishing fourth in the league in wins.