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Forward Dale Weise signs 4-year contract with Flyers

Philadelphia also adds veteran Gordon @NHLdotcom

Forwards Dale Weise and Boyd Gordon signed with the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday.

Weise signed a four-year contract; Gordon's contract is for one year. Financial terms were not released, but The Associated Press reported that Weise's contract is worth $9.4 million with an average annual value of $2.35 million and that Gordon's is worth $950,000.

Weise, 27, had an NHL career-high 14 goals in 71 games with the Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks last season. He has 24 goals the past two seasons after scoring 13 goals in his first four seasons.

"Dale Weise gives us size (6-foot-2, 206 pounds), gives us some speed, he gives us some tenacious play, he plays with an edge," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said. "He's got some pretty good hands. He can add to our depth scoring, our top-nine scoring. One of the areas we identified that we wanted to add some depth to [was] our top three lines and we feel we did that with Dale."

Weise, who has played for three teams in the past three seasons, said the length of the contract was important to him.

"A four-year term for me was big," Weise told TSN. "I was pretty excited when we closed the deal on it. … Ron Hextall called me right away and I really liked what he had to say. I know a couple guys on the team. I like where they're going. They've got some good, young defensemen and some good forwards. I just really thought it would be a good fit for me."

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Gordon, 32, had four points in 65 games with the Arizona Coyotes last season. He'll replace Ryan White in a fourth-line role and kill penalties in Philadelphia.

"Boyd Gordon is a guy who's a role player, high-character guy," Hextall said. "We felt like the right shot on the [penalty-kill] faceoff was important. Kind of like how he blocks shots. He's got some versatility, can play the right side, can play the middle. One thing it does for us is it should free [Claude] Giroux up to not take quite as many [defensive] zone faceoffs on the [penalty kill] and hopefully give [Giroux] a minute or two more of offensive situations."

White, an unrestricted free agent, played on the fourth line the past two seasons. Hextall said Gordon's signing means White will not return. He had an NHL career-high 11 goals last season.

"We tried to sign White again this morning and we couldn't find common ground," Hextall said. "We appreciate everything White did for us. He was a good soldier and we certainly wish him the best."

The Flyers also signed forwards Andy Miele and Greg Carey and defenseman Will O'Neill to two-way contracts. 

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