SKA has signed a contract with New Jersey Devils forward Alexei Ponikarovsky, inking him to a two year pact.

Drafted by the Maple Leafs in the 4th round (87th overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Ponikarovsky had 114 goals, 143 assists and a plus-56 rating in 477 games with the blue and white, including a career high 61 in 2008-200. On March 2, 2010, Ponikarovsky was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Luca Caputi andMartin Skoula. Following the trade, he remained optimistic he would resume contract talks with Toronto in the off-season, however his best years were behind him.

Last season, Poni split time between the Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils. He had 15 points (7 goals, 8 assists), 26PIM and a -12 rating in 49 games with the Canes. After being traded to the Devils, he put up 7 goals, 11 assists, 8PIM and a +9 rating in 33 games. Ponikarovsky recorded 1 goal, 8 assists and 12PIM in 24 playoff games.

Poni has suited up for 636 regular season games and 62 post-season games so far in his career. He has put up 137 goals, 179 assists and 411 PIM over the 648 games. As for his stats in the playoffs, Ponikarovsky has recorded 4 goals, 15 assists and 28PIM, as for the most part, he never saw the playoffs due to his long tenure with the Leafs, but he did suit up for the Devils in their Stanley Cup finals loss to the Los Angeles Kings. After signing a deal with the Winnipeg Jets during free agency last season, he would later be re-acquired by the Devils during the 2012-2013 campaign.

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