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Flyers add depth with Talbot, Lilja

Friday, 07.01.2011 / 3:06 PM / NHL Free Agency 2011

By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

After nailing down one of the bigger fishes of the free agent market in Jaromir Jagr earlier in the day, Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren opted for a little depth in the lineup.

Holmgren did just that when he signed pending unrestricted free agent center Maxime Talbot and defenseman Andreas Lilja each to multi-year contracts. Talbot, whose ability in the faceoff circle and playoff experience were probably areas coveted by Holmgren, inked a five-year deal reportedly worth $9 million.

Lilja, meanwhile, was signed to a three-year deal worth $5.1 million.

Talbot, who scored the game-winner that won the Penguins the Stanley Cup in 2009, is a solid third-line center and strong penalty killer. The 27-year-old fan favorite had spent his entire six-year career with the Penguins after being drafted by the team in the eighth round in 2002. He had 8 goals and 21 points in 82 games this past season.

Talbot totaled 52 goals and 108 points in 388 regular-season games with the Penguins. He also had 14 goals and 33 points in 66 Stanley Cup playoff contests. He'll certainly fill some of the tough minutes lost in the dealing of Mike Richards and Jeff Carter last week.

Lilja, 35, has spent 10 seasons in the League, including five with the Detroit Red Wings from 2005-10. He produced 16 goals and 81 points in 530 career games.

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