FINNISH right wing Jari Kurri, the highest-scoring European player in National Hockey League history, has signed with the Colorado Avalanche on undisclosed terms. The 37-year-old Kurri, who was a free agent, is eighth all-time with 596 career goals and has 1,376 points over 1,181 games in his 16-year NHL career. The six-time All-Star was a member of all five of the Edmonton Oilers' Stanley Cup championship teams and is the third leading all-time playoff scorer with 233 points on 106 goals and 127 assists. Kurri is no longer among the league's top scorers but remains one of the best penalty killers and will be used by Colorado to replace departed right wing Mike Keane, who signed a free agent deal with the New York Rangers earlier in the week. Kurri played all 82 games for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim last season and had 13 goals and 22 assists. He had one goal and two assists in 11 play-off games. Playing with superstar centre Wayne Gretzky for most of his 10 seasons in Edmonton, Kurri scored 474 goals for the Oilers. He played one year with Milan in the Italian League before joining the Los Angeles Kings in 1991-92. Kurri played parts of five seasons with the Kings before being traded to the New York Rangers in 1996. He was signed as a free agent by Anaheim last August. The NHL has returned the New York Islanders franchise to former owner John Pickett after the sale to John Spano fell through. Pickett will own the club until a new ownership group is found. But the future of the franchise on Long Island could be in jeopardy. The arbitration hearing extending over parts of three days was chaired by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.