The Atlanta Thrashers
have signed unrestricted free agent forward Glen Metropolit, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell.
Metropolit, 32, led Lugano to the Swiss National League Championship last season with 27 points (nine goals, 18 assists) in 17 playoff games. During the regular season, he led the league with 39 assists and 63 points in 44 games. He spent the previous two seasons with Jokerit-Helsinki of the Finnish Elite League from 2003-05, posting 97 points (31 goals, 66 assists) in 106 games.
The 5-10, 200-pound center has registered 47 points (10 goals, 37 assists) in 103 NHL games over parts of four seasons with Washington and Tampa Bay. He set NHL career highs with 16 assists and 17 points with the Capitals in 2001-02. The native of Toronto, Ontario, has collected 484 points (185 goals, 299 assists) in 455 minor-league games in the AHL, former International Hockey League and ECHL, including one game with the Atlanta Knights in 1995-96.