Flyers add another free agent in Kukkonen

Updated: May 17, 2007, 3:10 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Lasse Kukkonen agreed to a two-year contract with Philadelphia on Thursday, the third free agent the Flyers have signed in the last week.

Lasse Kukkonen
Kukkonen

Kukkonen had five goals and 14 points in 74 games for the Flyers and the Chicago Blackhawks last season. The defenseman led all NHL rookies in blocked shots with 151.

"He showed that he can move the puck extremely well and that he is a really steady defender," said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. "We look forward to him being part of our defense for the next two seasons."

The NHL-worst Flyers also signed wingers Scottie Upshall and Ben Eager to two-year deals in the last week as they try to build their way back through younger players.

The Flyers also signed right winger David Laliberteto to a three-year entry-level contract. He was originally drafted by the Flyers in the fourth round (124th overall) of the 2004 entry draft.


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