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Simon Gagne, Kim Johnsson, Branko Radivojevic and Patrick Sharp Accept Qualifying Offer

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers


The Philadelphia Flyers announced that forwards Simon Gagne, Branko Radivojevic and Patrick Sharp and defenseman Kim Johnsson have accepted the club's qualifying offer, according to General Manager Bob Clarke. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

Gagne, 25, recorded 24 goals and 21 assists for 45 points and 29 penalty minutes in 80 regular season games for the Flyers during the 2003-04 season. His 24 goals were second on the team. He added five goals and four assists for nine points and 12 penalty minutes in 18 playoff games as the Flyers advanced to the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals. This past season, Gagne was a member of the Canadian National Team for the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and the 2005 IIHF World Championships.

The 6'0", 195-pound left wing has registered 113 goals and 132 assists for 245 points and 117 penalty minutes in 354 career NHL games for the Flyers over five seasons (1999-2000 through 2003-04). Gagne was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team following the 1999-2000 season, played in the 2001 NHL All-Star Game and was a member of the gold medal-winning Team Canada at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. He was originally drafted by the Flyers from the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in the first round (22nd overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

Johnsson, 29, posted 14 points (4G,10A) and 61 penalty minutes in 24 games for HC Ambri-Piotta in Switzerland this past season. He was also a member of the Swedish National Team at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

The 6'1", 205-pound defenseman won the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the team's most outstanding defenseman for the 2003-04 season. He led the team in average time on ice (24:27) and was first among club defensemen in points with 42 (13G,29A). His 13 goals and 42 points set new career highs for goals and points in a season.

In three seasons with the Flyers (2001-02 through 2003-04), Johnsson has recorded 34 goals and 88 assists for 122 points and 106 penalty minutes in 244 regular season games. He has led the team in average time on ice and led the club defensemen in points in each of his three seasons as a Flyer. He also won the Barry Ashbee Trophy for the 2001-02 season.

Johnsson was acquired by the Flyers, along with Pavel Brendl, Jan Hlavac and a third round pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, from the New York Rangers in exchange for the rights to center Eric Lindros on August 20, 2001. In five career NHL seasons with the Rangers and the Flyers (1999-2000 through 2003-04), Johnsson has registered 45 goals and 124 assists for 169 points and 192 penalty minutes in 395 regular season games. He was originally drafted by the Rangers in the 11th round (286th overall) of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.

Radivojevic, 24, registered seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points and 114 penalty minutes in 31 games for HC Vsetin in the Czech Republic and six goals and five assists for 11 points and eight penalty minutes in 10 games for Lulea HF in Sweden. He also was a member of the Slovakian National Team at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

During the 2003-04 season, Radivojevic recorded 10 goals and 22 assists for 32 points and 72 penalty minutes in 77 games for the Phoenix Coyotes and the Flyers. He recorded nine points (1G,8A) and 36 penalty minutes in 24 games for the Flyers after being acquired from Phoenix, along with Sean Burke and the rights to Ben Eager, in exchange for Mike Comrie on February 9, 2004. In 53 regular season games with Phoenix, Radivojevic posted 23 points (9G,14A) and 36 penalty minutes.

In three seasons in the NHL with Phoenix and the Flyers (2001-02 through 2003-04), Radivojevic has recorded 26 goals and 39 assists for 65 points and 139 penalty minutes in 174 regular season games. A native of Piestany, Slovakia, Radivojevic was signed as a free agent by Phoenix on June 19, 2001. He was originally drafted from the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round (93rd overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

Sharp, 23, recorded 23 goals and 29 assists for 52 points and 80 penalty minutes in 75 regular season games for the Flyers' American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, this past season. He was second on the team in goals (23) and third on the team in points (52). Sharp added 21 points (8G,13A) in 21 games as the Phantoms captured the Calder Cup Championship.

In two seasons with the Flyers (2002-03 and 2003-04), the 6'1", 190-pound forward has registered five goals and two assists for seven points and 57 penalty minutes in 44 regular season games. He was originally drafted by the Flyers in the third round (95th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

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