Abid, Barney sign with Thrashers

The Atlanta Thrashers, NHL affiliate of the Chicago Wolves, have signed unrestricted free agent forwards Ramzi Abid and Scott Barney.

Abid set career highs with 26 goals, 29 assists and 55 points last season, skating in 78 games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He finished second on the team in goals, third in points and sixth in assists.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound left wing has registered 65 goals and 68 assists for 133 points in 188 career AHL games with Wilkes-Barre and Springfield over four seasons since 2000-01. He has also recorded 23 points (13g, 10a) in 49 career NHL games with Phoenix and Pittsburgh.

A Montreal native, Abid, 25, was selected by Phoenix in the third round (85th overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Scott Barney has battled injuries throughout his career.

Barney, 26, sat out the 2004-05 season, the fourth time in the last six years he has missed an entire year due to injury. A second-round draft pick by Los Angeles in 1997, Barney had 33 goals and 19 assists for 52 points in 101 games with Manchester from 2002-04, and made his pro debut in five games with Springfield at the end of the 1998-99 season.

In 19 NHL games with the Kings in 2003-04, Barney registered 11 points (5g, 6a).

Barney missed three full years from 1999-2002 recovering from a career-threatening back injury.