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05-18-2007, 01:49 PM
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ATLANTA (August 23, 2005) -- The Atlanta Thrashers have acquired forward Marian Hossa (right) and defenseman Greg de Vries from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for forward Dany Heatley, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell.

“Our entire organization is thrilled to add a highly-skilled, proven scorer in Marian and a solid veteran defenseman such as Greg who has Stanley Cup experience,” said Waddell. “Marian is arguably one of the top players in the world and Greg possesses the invaluable intangibles you need to achieve success. We have now significantly upgraded our roster with six new, key veterans [Hossa, de Vries, Holik, Modry, Havelid, Mellanby], each of whom possess the qualities that will help us become an upper echelon team for many years to come. Today's transaction was set in motion when Dany requested a trade to another team due to his unique personal circumstances. Dany has made significant contributions to the Thrashers and we respectfully agreed to honor his wish while protecting the best short-and-long-term interests of our franchise. Though we are sad to see Dany go, we are very pleased to be able to add these two high-caliber players.”

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