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Philadelphia Flyers sign veteran forwards Boulerice and Dowd to one-year deals

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The Philadelphia Flyers signed veteran forwards Jesse Boulerice and Jim Dowd to one-year contracts Wednesday.

Boulerice, a six-foot-two, 215-pound right-winger, had one assist and a team-high 47 penalty minutes in six pre-season games. Dowd had one assist in four games. Both players were invited to training camp on a tryout basis.

"Jim and Jesse have both had good camps and have earned spots on our roster," GM Paul Holmgren said in a release. "Both have intangibles that they bring to the team."

Boulerice, 29, had seven points (4-3) and 36 penalty minutes in 16 games last season for the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League.

In four NHL seasons with the Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes and St. Louis Blues, Boulerice has recorded 10 points (8-2) and 304 penalty minutes in 165 career regular season games. He was originally drafted by the Flyers in the fifth round (133rd overall) of the 1996 NHL entry draft.

Dowd, 38, recorded eight points (4-4) and 20 penalty minutes in 66 regular season games for the New Jersey Devils last season.

In 655 career regular season games over 15 NHL seasons with nine teams, Dowd has posted 229 points (66-163) and 349 penalty minutes. He was selected by the New Jersey Devils with the 149th overall pick of the 1987 NHL entry draft.

In other moves Wednesday:

-The Boston Bruins signed free-agent centre Glen Metropolit to a US$500,000, one-year contract. He had participated in the team's training camp on a tryout.

-The Buffalo Sabres assigned forward Clarke MacArthur and defenceman Andrej Sekera to the Rochester Americans of the AHL.

-The Columbus Blue Jackets assigned centre Kris Beech and defenceman Marc Methot to the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.

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