Thrashers claim C Krog, lose C Kapanen, RW Hamel

ATLANTA (TICKER) —After making a pair of trades over the weekend, the Atlanta Thrashers were active on the waiver wire Tuesday, claiming center Jason Krog from the New York Rangers while losing center Niko Kapanen and right wing Denis Hamel.

Krog, who was signed as a free agent by Atlanta on July 4, recorded a goal and three assists in 14 games before being claimed by New York on January 12. With the Rangers, the 31-year-old netted two tallies in nine contests.

With 24 goals and 65 assists in 198 NHL games with the New York Islanders, Anaheim, Atlanta and the Rangers, Krog was assigned to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.

Acquired from Dallas in June, Kapanen was claimed by the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday. The 28-year-old Finn appeared in 60 games with Atlanta this season, registering four goals and nine assists.

A sixth-round pick of Dallas in 1998, Kapanen has 24 tallies and 89 points in 299 career games with the Stars and Thrashers.

Hamel joined his third team in less than three weeks Tuesday, when he was claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers. Atlanta had claimed the veteran from Ottawa on February 12.

Selected in the sixth round of the 1995 draft by St. Louis, Hamel recorded four goals and three assists in 43 games with Ottawa before notching one tally in three contests with Atlanta. The 29-year-old has collected 19 goals and 31 points in 185 career games with the Buffalo Sabres, Senators and Thrashers.

Atlanta, which occupies sixth place in the Eastern Conference with 74 points, acquired defenseman Alexei Zhitnik from Philadelphia on Saturday and obtained power forward Keith Tkachuk from St. Louis the following day.


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Updated Tuesday, Feb 27, 2007