Dudley joins Thrashers' front office

The Atlanta Thrashers will announce Monday the hiring of veteran hockey executive Rick Dudley as associate GM, a source told ESPN.com Saturday.

Dudley resigned his job as assistant GM with the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday. The former Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers GM was instrumental in helping Chicago GM Dale Tallon rebuild the young Blackhawks team that reached the Western Conference finals this spring.

In Atlanta, Dudley will work alongside longtime Thrashers GM Don Waddell.

Pierre LeBrun covers the NHL for ESPN.com.