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Thrashers lure Antropov from Rangers with four-year deal

Fri., July 3, 2009

The Atlanta Thrashers signed free-agent forward Nik Antropov to a four-year, $16 million contract on Thursday, setting up a reunion with Ilya Kovalchuk.

The 29-year-old Antropov played with Kovalchuk in Russia during the NHL lockout.

Antropov set a career high with 59 points and 28 goals with Toronto and the New York Rangers last season. He was traded to the Rangers on March 4.

In other signings:

•Defenseman Rob Scuderi signed a four-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings. Scuderi led Pittsburgh with a plus-23 rating and had a career-high 16 points in 81 regular-season games. He also had a team-high 164 blocked shots.

•Mark Recchi, the NHL’s sixth-leading active goal scorer, signed a one-year deal to return to the Boston Bruins.

•Defenseman Adrian Aucoin signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes. He played in 81 games with Calgary last season.

•Mikhail Grabovski signed an $8.7 million, three-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Belorussian forward had 20 goals and 48 points in 78 games last season, both ranking fourth on the Maple Leafs.

•The Dallas Stars signed free-agent defenseman Karlis Skrastins to a two-year deal worth $2.75 million. Skrastins played in 80 games for the Florida Panthers last season.

•Carolina re-signed Chad LaRose with a two-year deal. He had personal bests of 81 games, 19 goals and 31 points last year.

•The Chicago Blackhawks signed John Madden, adding a veteran center who has spent his entire 10-year career with the New Jersey Devils.


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