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Flyers sign three big defensemen, deal Markov

Updated: August 3, 2005, 12:29 PM ET
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PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers bulked up their defense Tuesday by signing hulking blueliners Derian Hatcher, Mike Rathje and Chris Therien to free-agent contracts.

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Hatcher, who captained the Dallas Stars to the 1999 Stanley Cup title under current Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock, signed a four-year deal worth $14 million. Rathje left the San Jose Sharks for a five-year, $17.5 million contract, and Therien rejoined the Flyers for one season at $500,000. ...

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