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Devils sign defensemen Tallinder and Volchenkov

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -Hours after losing Paul Martin to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New Jersey Devils quickly replaced him by signing veteran defensemen Henrik Tallinder and Anton Volchenkov.

Don Meehan, Tallinder's agent, confirmed on Thursday that the Swede had agreed to a $13.5 million contract on the first day of the NHL's free agent signing period.

A Devils spokesman confirmed the signing of Volchenkov. The Russian spent the past seven seasons with the Ottawa Senators. Volchenkov agreed to a six-year deal for $25.5 million.

Both moves came after Martin signed a five-year, $25 million contract with Atlantic Division-rival Pittsburgh. Martin had earned $4.5 million in the final injury-plagued season of his contract with New Jersey.

The 31-year-old Tallinder had four goals and 16 assists in 82 games last season with Buffalo. The stay-at-home defenseman has 20 career goals and 88 assists in seven seasons with the Sabres.

The 28-year-old Volchenkov is a tough defensive-minded defenseman, who has 16 goals and 78 assists in his NHL career.

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