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Antropov signs with Thrashers

Updated: July 3, 2009, 1:22 PM ET
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The Atlanta Thrashers signed Nik Antropov to a four-year, $16 million contract Thursday, setting up a reunion with Ilya Kovalchuk.

The 29-year-old Antropov played with Kovalchuk in Russia during the NHL lockout. General manager Don Waddell said Kovalchuk endorsed the signing with a text message saying, "Great job."

Kovalchuk's approval is important. The Thrashers' captain and biggest star is entering his free-agent season, and has said he wants to see the team's offseason moves ...

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