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Islanders Sign Free Agents

The New York Islanders signed four free agents Thursday, including Mariusz Czerkawski.

Czerkawski, a restricted free agent, signed a one-year contract reportedly worth slightly over $1 million to stay with the Islanders. The deal also includes a second year at the team's option.

New York also signed three unrestricted free agents; center Daniel Lacroix and defensemen Dallas Eakins and Aris Brimanis.

Last season, Czerkawski played 78 games for the Islanders and finished with 21 goals and 17 assists. The 21 goals were his second highest season total, only eclipsed by the 26 goals he had with Edmonton in 1996-97. He will be counted on to score more with New York's trade of Zigmund Palffy to Los Angeles.

Lacroix spent most of last season with Hamilton of the AHL. In 46 games, he had 13 goals and nine assists to go along with 260 penalty minutes.

In 18 games last season with the Maple Leafs, Eakins had two points and 24 penalty minutes. Brimanis played 66 games for Grand Rapids of the IHL and scored 16 goals and had 21 assists.

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