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Flyers bolster offense, sign left wing Sanderson

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers made another
move to bolster their offense on Wednesday, signing left wing
Geoff Sanderson to a two-year contract.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Sanderson, 34, registered 25 goals and 21 assists in 77 games
with the Phoenix Coyotes last season, his 15th in the NHL.

"I'm really excited to be joining the Flyers," Sanderson said.
"It's great to be on an elite team in the NHL that has high
expectations to win the Stanley Cup. You look at the lineup they
have and I am really excited to be part of it."

Sanderson joins a front line in Philadelphia which already
includes stars Peter Forsberg and Simon Gagne and promising
youngsters Jeff Carter, R.J. Umberger and Mike Richards.

The Flyers also improved their offense via free agency, signing
veteran left wing Randy Robitaille and second-year center Mark
Cullen this offseason.

"Geoff is an exceptionally gifted skater and goal scorer,"
Flyers general manager Bob Clarke said. "We have obviously
increased our goal scoring and increased the speed of our club.
It was the intent in the offseason to do that, and Geoff will
help us improve in that area."

A two-time All-Star with the Hartford Whalers in 1996 and 1997,
Sanderson has 341 goals and 317 assists in 1,005 career games
with Phoenix, Columbus, Buffalo, Vancouver, Carolina and
Hartford.

"I would describe myself as a speed-type forward," he said. "I
try to generate turnovers on the forecheck and just try to use
my speed, which is probably my best asset."