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Devils bring back familiar face

In the head-scratching department, the New Jersey Devils signed RW Ilkka Pikkarainen to a free agent contract this week.

Yes, the same Ilkka Pikkarainen who mostly took up space during his previous three-year stint in the organization, all of it spent with the Albany River Rats, where he had 62 points (29g, 33a) and 305 PIM in 195 games from 2003-06.

Now 28, Pikkarainen spent the last three years with HIFK Helsinki. Last season, he led the team with 24 goals and 149 PIM in 54 games, adding 13 assists.

The 6-2, 220-pound Pikkarainen was originally drafted by the Devs 218th overall in 2002.

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July 4, 2009
9:55 a.m.

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maybe he is going to park cars for Lou and his staff.

July 5, 2009
9:06 a.m.

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Thanks Phil. I'm glad i don't have your job at the moment. between the news & goings on at the tracks & the silly season off the ice...we'd all be surprised if your hair wasn't white by now !! Thanks Phil...have a safe week...and try to enjoy..the key word is try !!

Go Rats !!

July 8, 2009
4:16 p.m.

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Don't underestimate Pikkarainen. He has the potential to be a great Finnish pest along the lines of Esa Tikkanen or Jarkko Ruutu. He has the size and the temper for sure.

July 13, 2009
9:31 p.m.

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Hair? What hair?

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