Flyers avoid arbitration with Handzus
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Handzus played in all 82 games for the Flyers last season and was the team's second-leading scorer with 58 points, tallying 20 goals and 38 assists. "Michal has been an integral part of our team for the past two seasons and will continue to be a key member in the future," said Flyers general manager Bob Clarke. "We are extremely happy to have him signed to a long-term deal." Handzus has not missed a game in his two seasons with Philadelphia, which acquired him from Phoenix on June 12, 2002. The Flyers also picked up goaltender Robert Esche in that deal that sent goaltender Brian Boucher and a draft pick to the Coyotes. Esche and Handzus were an integral part of Philadelphia's Atlantic Division title last season, as well as the club's run to the Eastern Conference finals where they lost in seven games to eventual Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay. Handzus had five goals and five assists in 18 playoff games last spring. In two seasons with the Flyers, he has registered 43 goals and 59 assists for 102 points. A fourth-round pick by St. Louis in the 1995 Entry Draft, Handzus has posted 101 goals and 147 assists for 248 points in 436 regular-season games over six NHL seasons with the Blues, Coyotes and Flyers.