Blackhawks sign veteran center John Madden

ATLANTA --- The Thrashers have signed free agent forward Nik Antropov , the player general manager Don Waddell says was his top priority in free agency.


The Thrashers signed the 29-year-old Antropov to a multiyear deal on Thursday, one day after trading for defenseman Pavel Kubina .

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. He had 56 points with the Maple Leafs during the 2007-08 season.

Waddell said he already has received a message from team captain Ilya Kovalchuk "saying great job."

HURRICANES: Locked up another free agent, re-signing forward Chad LaRose to a two-year deal.

LaRose, 27, will make $1.5 million this upcoming season and $1.9 million in 2010-11. He made $875,000 last season.

BLACKHAWKS: Signed John Madden , a center who has spent his entire 10-year career with the New Jersey Devils.

The 36-year-old Madden joins the team a day after it signed Marian Hossa to a 12-year, $62.8 million deal and added forward Tomas Kopecky . Those two played last season with Detroit.

FLAMES: Signed center Garth Murray and minor-league forward Riley Armstrong .

Murray has eight goals and two assists in 116 career NHL games with Phoenix, Florida, Montreal and the New York Rangers.

BRUINS: Mark Recchi , the NHL's sixth leading active goal scorer, agreed to a one-year deal, a person familiar with the negotiations said on condition of anonymity because final details were still being worked out.

Boston obtained Recchi from Tampa Bay on March 4. He has been part of three Stanley Cup-winning teams.

COYOTES: Free agent defenseman Adrian Aucoin has signed a one-year contract, giving the team a veteran presence on and off the ice.

The team also signed left wing Stefan Meyer to a one-year contract.

PANTHERS: Defenseman Jordan Leopold , acquired in the deal that sent the rights to defenseman Jay Bouwmeester to Calgary, signed a one-year contract with Florida.

MAPLE LEAFS: Forward Mikhail Grabovski signed an $8.7 million, three-year deal.

ISLANDERS: Signed goaltender Scott Munroe , left wing Jeremy Reich and defenseman Brett Westgarth to one-year contracts.

DEVILS: Forward Ilkka Pikkarainen has rejoined the team. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.



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