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LUK TO NJ FOR 3RD ROUND PICK

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
Veteran defenseman now a Devil

The Islanders have acquired a third round pick in the 2006 NHL Draft from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for veteran defenseman Brad Lukowich.

The 29-year old Lukowich had one goal and 12 assists in 57 games for the Islanders this season. He signed a two-year contract with the Islanders as an unrestricted free agent last summer after playing the two previous seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

At today's practice at Nassau Coliseum, the Islanders had six defensemen:
Alexei Zhitnik, Chris Campoli, Radek Martinek, Joel Bouchard, John Erskine and the newly-acquired Denis Grebeshkov.

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