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Thrashers send RW Lessard to Isles for D Skinner

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -The New York Islanders acquired forward Junior Lessard from the Atlanta Thrashers for defenseman Brett Skinner and assigned the right wing to Bridgeport of the AHL on Tuesday.

Lessard, 28, had six goals and five assists in 41 games this season with Chicago of the AHL. In 27 career NHL games with Dallas and Tampa Bay, he has posted three goals and an assist.

The 25-year-old Skinner played in 11 games with the Islanders this season, but failed to record a point. He has recently been back at Bridgeport, where he had one goal and 11 assists in 24 games.

The Islanders also announced Tuesday that defenseman Andy Sutton, who broke a foot in December, had surgery and will be sidelined 8-to-10 weeks.

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