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Whoops: Avs announce Carkner signing, Carkner signs with Islanders

Earlier this morning we passed along a tweet from the Colorado Avalanche claiming they’d signed Rangers forward John Mitchell and Ottawa defenseman Matt Carkner.

Turns out they only got it half right.

In an odd twist, Carkner has agreed to a three-year deal with the New York Islanders, leaving Colorado’s PR department to wipe egg off its collective face.

(Newsday’s Arthur Staple confirms it’s a three year deal worth $4.5 million.)

While the tweet snafu is amusing, the biggest development here is that Carkner moves to the Atlantic Division -- where his Islanders will face the New York Rangers six times next season.

That’s huge, because Carkner has a special kind of history with Rangers forward Brian Boyle:

Carkner, 31, has played 162 games over the course of five NHL seasons registering four goals, 18 assists and racked up 361 penalty minutes over that time.

Update: The Avalanche Twitter feed has deleted the Carkner tweet. I’m sure a screenshot will surface eventually.