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Flyers Sign Keith Primeau to a New Four-Year Contract

Center led the team in scoring in 2004 playoffs

The Philadelphia Flyers today announced that they have signed center Keith Primeau (PREE-moh) to a new four-year contract, according to club General Manager Bob Clarke. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

For our organization, it will be the biggest and most important signing we have this summer, said Clarke in making the announcement. Primeau is the player that we built this team around and will continue to do so. He's the leader of the group. Now that we have signed Keith it means that we can start filling in the other places. I don't think you have any chance of being good without top leadership and Keith is a great leader on this club. The players that are around him respond to Keith. His on-ice performance was obviously above anybody else in the playoffs. Had we made it to the Stanley Cup Finals he would probably have won the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the playoffs."

Excited is the very first word that comes to mind, said Primeau when talking about signing a new contract. I knew that making a deal wouldnt be difficult. They are always very receptive here as an organization. I said at the end of the season that this is where I wanted to be and Im comfortable in the decision that Ive made. Im pleased to be back and excited for next season.

Primeau, 32, recorded seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points and 80 penalty minutes in 54 regular season games this past season for the Flyers. In the 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he registered nine goals and seven assists for 16 points and 22 penalty minutes in 18 games. He led the Flyers in goals and points during the playoffs.

In five seasons with the Flyers (1999-2000 through 2003-04), Primeau has registered 86 goals and 120 assists for 206 points and 408 penalty minutes in 303 games. He was named the 13th captain in Flyers history on October 23, 2001. Primeau was acquired by the Flyers, along with a fifth round pick in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Rod BrindAmour, Jean-Marc Pelletier and a second round pick in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft on January 23, 2000.

In 14 career seasons in the NHL (1990-91 through 2003-04) with the Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers, Carolina and the Flyers, Primeau has recorded 265 goals and 347 assists for 612 points and 1,535 penalty minutes in 900 regular season games.