Defenseman will make $2.8 million

Updated: August 9, 2004, 11:44 PM ET
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The Philadelphia Flyers have agreed to pay their top defenseman, Kim Johnsson, $2.8 million for the 2004-05 season.

Johnsson, who made $1.25 million last season, was awarded the new salary by arbitrators Sunday following Wednesday's hearing. Per the collective bargaining agreement, the Flyers had 72 hours to determine whether or not they would tender him a contract.

"The arbitrator's decision was fair," said Flyers general manager Bob Clarke. "We would still like to get Kim signed to a longer term deal and we will talk to his agent, Rick Curran, about Kim extending his contract."

Johnsson, 28, set career highs with 13 goals and 29 assists in 80 games last season, leading Flyers defensemen with 29 points. He led the team in average ice time (24:27) and posted a plus-minus of plus-16.

The 6-1, 205-pound Johnsson twice has won the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the Flyers' most outstanding defenseman.

Acquired by Philadelphia in the deal that sent Eric Lindros to the New York Rangers on August 20, 2001, Johnsson has recorded 122 points and 106 penalty minutes in 244 regular-season games with the Flyers.

Johnsson, who was drafted in the 11th round of the 1994 draft by the Rangers, has collected 169 points in 395 NHL games with the two clubs.

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