Thrashers ink Afinogenov

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Thrashers agreed to contracts with unrestricted free agents Maxim Afinogenov and Mark Popovic on Tuesday.

Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Afinogenov had two points in three preseason games for the Thrashers after joining the team during training camp on a professional try-out agreement.

A veteran of nine NHL seasons, the 30-year-old forward has recorded 334 points in 569 games with the Buffalo Sabres, including 32 power play goals and 20 game-winning goals. Last season, the 6-0, 190-pound right wing tallied 20 points in 48 games with the Sabres.

Afinogenov has tallied 20 or more goals three times during his NHL career. He surpassed the 60-point mark twice, including a career-high 73 points in 2005-06.

Popovic, 26, was also on a training camp tryout and had two points in five preseason games. The 6-1, 210-pound defenseman is in his second stint with Atlanta after appearing in parts of three seasons for the Thrashers from 2005-06 to 2007-08.

Popovic spent last year in Russia playing for St. Petersburg of the KHL and recorded 23 points and a plus-eight rating in 52 games. He led team defensemen in goals and points and tied for first in assists.

The native of Stoney Creek, Ontario, has appeared in 44 games over parts of four NHL seasons with Atlanta and Anaheim. Forty-three of those were with the Thrashers, who originally acquired him from the Ducks in 2005.

Popovic has also appeared in 359 American Hockey League games with the Chicago Wolves and Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, recording 134 points and a plus-37 rating.

Syracuse releases Berti

Power forward Adam Berti was among four players released from AHL Syracuse's training camp roster Tuesday.

Berti spent the last three seasons as property of the Chicago Blackhawks, but signed with the Gwinnett Gladiators this summer. Syracuse and its NHL parent club in Columbus are new affiliates of the Gladiators and showed interest in the big left winger. Berti will now report to Gwinnett's training camp, which begins Thursday.