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Flyers Sign Defensemen Nolan Baumgartner and Lars Jonsson

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have agreed to terms on a contract with 6'2", 205-pound defenseman Nolan Baumgartner and 6'2", 198-pound defenseman Lars Jonsson, according to club General Manager Bob Clarke. Baumgartner, a Group 3 free agent, signed a two-year contract, while Jonsson signed a one-year contract. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

"Baumgartner has a great shot, is very good skater and two-way defenseman, kills penalties and plays the power play," said Clarke in making the announcement. "He averaged about 17 minutes of ice time last year (16:29) and had 34 points, five of them goals, four on the power play. We think that he is going to be a real strong addition to our defense.

"Jonsson was the seventh player selected by the Boston Bruins in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He never signed with Boston and was a free agent. He is 6'2", 198 pounds and a left-handed shot. He recorded 11 goals and 16 assists in 50 games last winter in the Swedish Elite League. He is a very interesting player with very good potential. He is a really good skater, good with the puck and a good two-way player."

Baumgartner, 30, recorded five goals and 29 assists for 34 points and 30 penalty minutes in 70 games for the Vancouver Canucks this past season. He was tied for first on the team in plus/minus at +11 and led Vancouver defensemen in scoring with 34 points. His five goals, 29 assists, 34 points and 70 games were all new career highs for a single season.

In parts of eight NHL seasons with the Washington Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver, Baumgartner has registered six goals and 36 assists for 42 points and 46 penalty minutes in 118 regular season games. The Calgary, Alberta native was originally drafted by Washington in the first round (10th overall) of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.

Jonsson, 24, registered 11 goals and 16 assists for 27 points and 46 penalty minutes in 50 games for HV 71 Jonkoping (Sweden). Originally drafted by the Boston Bruins in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Jonsson played parts of six of the last seven seasons in the Swedish Elite League, recording 21 goals and 32 assists for 53 points and 136 penalty minutes in 207 games.
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