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Zhitnik to help Isles replace Aucion

Updated: August 2, 2005, 7:39 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders signed defenseman Alexei Zhitnik on Tuesday to a four-year deal just hours after losing Adrian Aucoin to the Chicago Blackhawks.

During the 2003-04 season, the last before the NHL lockout, the 32-year-old Zhitnik had four goals and 24 assists in 64 games. He played last season with Kazan Ak-Bars of the Russian Hockey League, with a goal and eight assists in 23 games.

Zhitnik was named to two All-Star teams during his nine-plus seasons with ...

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