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Thrashers sign forward Maxim Afinogenov, defenceman Mark Popovic

ATLANTA - Forward Maxim Afinogenov and defenceman Mark Popovic, who played in the pre-season with the Atlanta Thrashers on pro tryouts, have signed with the team.

Afinogenov had one goal and an assist in three pre-season games. The nine-year NHL veteran has 334 career points, including 134 goals, with the Buffalo Sabres. The 30-year-old native of Moscow also played in 49 playoff games with Buffalo.

Afinogenov played for Russia in the 2002 and 2006 Olympics.

Popovic, a native of Stoney Creek, Ont., previously played with the Thrashers from 2004-08. He spent the 2008-09 season in Russia playing for St. Petersburg of the KHL.



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