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Czerkawski back on Island; Wild sign Koivu's brother

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New York Islanders: The team signed unrestricted free agent Mariusz Czerkawski to a one-year contract.

Czerkawski, whose contract was bought out by Montreal earlier this month, was traded by the Islanders to the Canadiens in 2002 in exchange for forward Arron Asham.

Czerkawski, who scored 35 goals in 1999-2000, had 120 goals and 246 points in 389 games with the Islanders from 1997-2002. He has 182 goals and 376 points in 629 career NHL games.

Czerkawski struggled in Montreal and finished the season with Hamilton of the AHL. He had five goals and nine assists in 43 games with Montreal.

Los Angeles Kings: The Kings retained a key member of their offense, agreeing to terms with right wing Adam Deadmarsh on a one-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Deadmarsh collected 13 goals and four assists in 20 games, missing the final 52 games last season after suffering a concussion against Phoenix on Dec. 15.

"Adam has made a tremendous commitment to preparing for next season," general manager Dave Taylor said. "He continues to be a great example to our players with his dedication to the game of hockey and we look forward to seeing Adam return to being one of the top power forwards in the NHL."

Selected 14th overall by Quebec in the 1993 draft, the 28-year-old Deadmarsh has 373 points and 819 penalty minutes in 567 NHL games. He was a member of Colorado's 1996 Stanley Cup championship team before being traded to the Kings in February 2001 in the deal that sent All-Star defenseman Rob Blake to the Avalanche.

Los Angeles also agreed to terms with left wing Ryan Flinn.

Flinn signed with the Kings as a free agent on Jan. 9, 2002 and made his NHL debut two weeks later. In 29 games, the 23-year-old has one goal and 79 penalty minutes.

Minnesota Wild: The team signed center Mikko Koivu to a multiyear contract.

Koivu, 20, was the Wild's first-round selection and sixth pick overall in the 2001 NHL entry draft. He will play for TPS Turku of the Finnish Senior League this season and participate in the Wild's training camp at the start of the 2004-2005 season.

Terms were not disclosed.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Koivu played in 37 games last season for TPS Turku and finished sixth on the team in scoring, with seven goals and 13 assists for 20 points, despite missing 19 games due to injury.

The Turku native also played for the junior squad at TPS Turku from 1999-2001, won a silver medal in the 2001 World Junior Championships with three assists in seven games, and captained the Finnish under-18 team at the 2001 Under-18 World Championships.

Koivu is the younger brother of Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu.

New York Rangers: The Rangers signed free-agent goalie Jussi Markkanen to a contract Thursday.

Markkanen was 7-8-3 with a 2.59 goals against average for Edmonton last season. The Rangers acquired Markkanen and a fourth-round draft pick from the Oilers on June 30 in exchange for Brian Leetch.

The Rangers are still hoping to be able to re-sign Leetch -- one of the few remaining marquee players on the free-agent market.

Tampa Bay Lightning: The Lightning have re-signed restricted free-agent left wing Fredrik Modin to a one-year contract, General Manager and Executive Vice President Jay Feaster announced. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Modin, 28, was eligible to file for salary arbitration, but opted against it.

"Fredrik Modin was one of our best forwards over the last third of the season and into the playoffs," Feaster said. "He played very solid two-way hockey, really competed hard, and was strong on the puck and along the boards. That's the Fredrik Modin we have come to know and appreciate here in Tampa. When he's playing that way, we believe it's only a matter of time until the goals start coming again in bunches."

Acquired from Toronto for Cory Cross on Oct. 1, 1999, Modin recorded 17 goals and 40 points in 76 games last season. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound power forward also posted a +7 plus-minus rating, while finishing fourth among team forwards in shorthanded ice time. A native of Sundsvall, Sweden, Modin owns the franchise record with 17 career game-winning goals (four in 2002-03) and ranks among the franchise leaders in goals (fourth, 85), points (seventh, 175), and assists (ninth, 90).

Vancouver Canucks: The team re-signed restricted free agents Sami Salo and Mats Lindgren on Thursday.

Salo, who signed a two-year deal worth $1.6 million per season, had career highs of nine goals and 21 assists in 79 games last season.

Acquired by the Canucks from Ottawa in exchange for Peter Schaefer before the season, Salo had four points in 12 playoff games as Vancouver was eliminated from the postseason in the second round by Minnesota.

Lindgren, a forward, signed a one-year contract worth $500,000. He had five goals and nine assists in 54 games with Vancouver last season before injuring his back and missing the playoffs. He signed with the Canucks as a free agent in November 2002.

Lindgren has 54 goals and 74 assists in 387 NHL games.

Dallas Stars: The Stars signed forwards David Oliver and Jarrod Skalde and defensemen Bubba Berenzweig and Jeff MacMillan to one-year contracts.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Oliver, 32, played in six games with the Stars last season and had three assists. He was also scoreless in six playoff games with Dallas.

Skalde had seven goals and eight assists in 23 games with Lausanne of the Swiss National League last season.

Berenzweig, acquired by the Stars from Nashville with a conditional draft pick in exchange for Jon Sim on Feb. 17, split last season between Milwaukee and the Utah Grizzlies of the AHL. He went scoreless in four games with Nashville.

MacMillan had eight goals and seven assists in 78 games with Utah last season.

Nashville Predators: Center Denis Arkhipov, a restricted free agent who had a career-high 24 assists last season, re-signed with the Predators.

The Predators also re-signed unrestricted free agent goaltender Wade Flaherty and defenseman Robert Schnabel, a restricted free agent.

Defenseman Ray Schultz, an unrestricted free agent who played for the New York Islanders, also signed with the Predators on Thursday.

Terms for all four contracts were not disclosed.

The 24-year-old Arkhipov had 11 goals and 35 points in 79 games for the Predators last season. The Kazan, Russia native led Nashville with 20 goals in 2001-02.

Flaherty, 35, was acquired from the Florida Panthers in March and appeared in just one game for the Predators. He has played for four teams over 12 seasons and has a career record of 27-56-9 with a 3.51 goals-against average.

Schnabel, 24, spent most of last season at Milwaukee of the American Hockey League and appeared in one game for the Predators.

Schultz, 26, appeared in four games for the Islanders last season and spent most of the season in the minors.

Calgary Flames: The Flames signed left-winger Josh Green to a free-agent contract Thursday.

Green appeared in 45 games last season with the New York Rangers, Washington Capitals and Edmonton Oilers, recording a goal and four assists.

In 182 career NHL games, Green has 24 goals and 26 assists.

Phoenix Coyotes: The Coyotes signed twin brothers Peter and Chris Ferraro to one-year contracts.

The free-agent forwards played for the Portland Pirates last season. Peter, a right wing, led the Pirates in points and assists. Center Chris was the team's fourth-ranking scorer.

Peter has played for the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh, Boston and Washington. Chris has played for the Rangers, the Penguins, Edmonton, the New York Islanders and the Capitals.

The 30-year-old natives of Port Jefferson, N.Y., have previously played together on 11 hockey teams.

Financial terms were not released.

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