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Oilers, Canadiens ink free agents

Edmonton Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe turned his attention back to free agency Wednesday, convincing defenceman Matt Greene to agree to a two-year deal.

Greene stays in Edmonton; Montreal lures forward Kostopoulos

Edmonton Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe turned his attention back to free agency Wednesday, convincing defenceman Matt Greene to agree to a two-year deal.

Greene, 24, had 10 points in 78 games last season and topped the Oilers with 109 penalty minutes.

The six-foot-three, 223-pound restricted free agent played for the United States at the world championship in Russia, where he recorded two assists.

On Tuesday, the Oilers issued a statement claiming they had come to a contract agreement with free-agent centre Michael Nylander, who subsequently signed with Washington.

Calling the situation "unfortunate and unprecedented," Lowe said heagreed Sunday to a multi-year deal with Mike Gillis, Nylander's agent, who in turn confirmed in writing that an agreement had been reached.

But Edmonton didn't receive signed contracts from Nylander and Gillis and on Monday, Washington GM George McPhee announced that Nylander had agreed to a four-year deal with the Capitals, believed to be worth $19.5 million US.

In another Wednesday signing, former Los Angeles Kings forward Tom Kostopoulos joined the Montreal Canadiens for two years and $1.8 million US.

Kostopoulos, 28, had seven goals and 22 points in 76 games last season with the Kings.

The native of Mississauga, Ont., has 70 points in 231 career NHL regular-season games with Los Angeles and the Pittsburgh Penguins.