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Oilers claim Petr Nedved off waivers @NHL

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -Petr Nedved rejoined the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday when he was claimed off waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers.

It was the third time this season the 35-year-old center was placed on waivers.

Nedved played for the Oilers at the end of the 2003-04 season and left a good impression.

"We liked the way he played for us last time he was here," Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe said. "We're adding some depth up the middle. He was a good fit last time and we think he can help us out again."

Because Nedved was claimed off re-entry waivers, the Oilers are only responsible for half of his $2.35-million salary. Nedved will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

During an NHL career that started in 1990 with Vancouver, Nedved has 309 goals and 712 points in 963 games.

He played 21 games with the struggling Flyers this season and scored one goal. His minus-20 rating was second worst in the league.

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