Thrashers reward Afinogenov, Popovic

Updated: September 29, 2009, 7:40 PM ET
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ATLANTA -- Forward Maxim Afinogenov and defenseman Mark Popovic, who played in the preseason with the Atlanta Thrashers on pro tryouts, have signed with the team.

A source told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun that Afinogenov's deal is for one-year, $800,000.

Afinogenov had one goal and an assist in three preseason games. The nine-year NHL veteran has 334 career points, including 134 goals, with the Buffalo Sabres. The 30-year-old native of Moscow also played in 49 playoff games with Buffalo.

Afinogenov played for Russia in the 2002 and 2006 Olympics.

Popovic, a native of Stoney Creek, Ontario, previously played with the Thrashers from 2004-08. He spent the 2008-09 season in Russia playing for St. Petersburg of the KHL.

Pierre LeBrun covers the NHL for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.