Flyers re-sign Umberger to two-year deal

Updated: July 6, 2006, 2:22 PM ET
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PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers will be seeing more of center R.J. Umberger.

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The Flyers announced Thursday that they have re-signed the 24-year-old Umberger, who recently completed a promising rookie season, to a two-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

In 73 games with the Flyers last season, Umberger had a solid NHL debut, recording 20 goals and 18 assists.

"We think R.J. Umberger proved that he is a good, solid National Hockey League player with a tremendous upside, and he is only going to get better," Flyers general manager Bob Clarke said. "Last year he was really good for us and he is one of the future building blocks of our organization."

Signed as a free agent by the Flyers on June 16, 2004, Umberger helped lead the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League to the Calder Cup title in 2005. That season, he led the team in points (65) and assists (44) and set Phantoms rookie records for points and goals (21) in a season.

"I am extremely excited and glad that the contract is signed and over with," Umberger said. "I am just thrilled to be a part of the Flyers for another two years. I love it here in Philadelphia. I love the fans and the city and I am really looking forward to bringing a Stanley Cup here now."