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Islanders sign '04 pick Nokelainen

New York Islanders: The Islanders signed center Petteri Nokelainen, their first-round pick in 2004, on Tuesday.

Terms were not disclosed.

The 19-year-old Nokelainen was Team Finland's Most Valuable
Player in last year's World Junior Championships.

"It's great news for us to be able to bring Petteri to North
America just a year after drafting him," Islanders general
manager Mike Milbury said. "We're anxious to take a good look
at him in camp and see how he does against our NHLers and other
top prospects. Petteri is a very strong player that will have an
impact with the Islanders in the near future."

Nokelainen has spent the last three seasons with SaiPa
Lappeenranta of the Finnish League. In 2004-05, he recorded 15
goals in 52 games.

Vancouver Canucks:
The Canucks signed left wing Josh Green.

Terms were not disclosed.

Green, 27, played for Vancouver's American Hockey League affiliate in Manitoba during the NHL lockout last season and recorded 21 goals and 19 assists in 67 games. He added nine goals and five assists in 14 postseason games for the Moose.

The 6-3, 215-pound Green has played for six NHL teams (Los Angeles, the New York Islanders, Edmonton, the New York Rangers, Washington and Calgary) and amassed 29 goals and 32 assists in 232 games.

Los Angeles Kings:
Right wing Lauri Tukonen, the Kings' first-round selection in the 2004 NHL draft, has agreed to a multiyear entry-level contract.

The 18-year-old Tukonen had five goals and five assists in 43 games with the Espoo Blues of the Finnish Elite League this past season. He also had one goal and one assist in six games with Team Finland in the 2005 World Junior Championships.

"Were very pleased to have Lauri under contract at this time,"
Kings general manager Dave Taylor said Tuesday. "Kings fans will
enjoy his robust style of play. He brings a nice mix of skill and
determination to the rink each night. We look forward to him to his
continued development in our organization."

Boston Bruins:
The Bruins added some local flavor, signing right wing Eric Nickulas and defenseman Jay Leach.

Nickulas, a native of Hyannis, Mass., who played
collegiately at New Hampshire, inked a one-year contract and
Leach, who played four seasons at Providence College, signed a
two-year deal.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Also, the Bruins signed right wing Garret Stroshein to a
one-year contract. Stroshein played in three games with the
Washington Capitals in 2003-04 and had one assist and 109
penalty minutes in 42 games with Portland of the AHL last
season.