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New Jersey Devils sign Finnish forward Ilkka Pikkarainen

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Devils’ President Lou Lamoriello announced the deal with the six-foot-two, 220-pound player from Finland on Thursday.

The 28-year-old was the Devils’ seventh-round pick in the 2002 NHL draft and spent three seasons with their top farm team in Albany, N.Y.

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He returned to Finland and played the last three seasons with HIFK Helsinki, leading the team this year with 24 goals in 54 games.