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Flyers sign winger Kapanen to 2-year extension

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Right wing Sami Kapanen and the Philadelphia Flyers agreed on Monday to a two-year extension through the 2008-09 season.

Kapanen has seven goals and 14 points for the Flyers in 51 games this season.

"I'm happy to stay here and happy we got it done," Kapanen said. "I believe this team is rebuilding in the right direction and we'll be back and contending next year."

The 33-year-old Kapanen held off retirement talk with a solid season for the NHL-worst Flyers and was promoted to the top line, joining Simon Gagne and Peter Forsberg.

He has 180 goals and 439 points in 731 games over an 11-year career that also includes stints with Hartford/Carolina. Kapanen was a three-time Olympian for Finland and a two-time NHL All-Star.

"He is a quality person and he's a good utility player who can play anywhere in our lineup," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said.

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