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Loktionov sent up the river

The Devils have sent center Andrei Loktionov back to Albany, the team's AHL affiliate.

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said there would be a corresponding move to accommodate the arrival of Alexei Ponikarovsky, re-acquired by the team in a trade Wednesday evening, and this appears to be it.

Ponikarovsky, who was acquired in a trade with the Jets for two draft picks, is expected to be available for the Devils' game against the Flyers on Friday.