Flyers Give Ragnarsson Two Extension

Flyers And Defenseman Marcus Ragnarsson

Agree To Two-Year Contract Extension

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have agreed to terms with 6’1”, 215-pound defenseman Marcus Ragnarsson on a new two-year contract extension, according to club President and General Manager Bob Clarke.

“Marcus was going to be an unrestricted free agent in July and we wanted to keep him,” said Clarke in making the announcement. “We believe that Marcus is one of the more solid defensemen in the league. He will give us a good 20 or more minutes each night, playing against the better lines in the league. He’ll also be a real solid player for Kim Johnsson to play with. Kim will develop more offensively with a solid defensive partner like Marcus.”

Ragnarsson, 31, has recorded three goals and 10 assists for 13 points and 40 penalty minutes in 43 games this season, including five points (2G,3A) and 10 penalty minutes in 18 games for the Flyers. He was acquired by the Flyers from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Dan McGillis on December 6, 2002. In eight NHL seasons with San Jose and the Flyers (1995-96 through 2002-03), Ragnarsson has registered 30 goals and 128 assists for 158 points and 402 penalty minutes in 537 career NHL games. He is the Sharks’ all-time leading scorer among defensemen and is eighth overall on the Sharks’ all-time scoring list.

13 Responses to Flyers Give Ragnarsson Two Extension

  1. phillyflyers97 says:

    With the Flyers signing Ragnarsson to this contract could this be sending a message to Desjardin. Clarke said early in the year that he would only keep one of them. Or…

    With the rumors that philly sending Ragnarsson to L.A. could he be making it easier for the kings since they already have to deal with so many ufa.

    Comment on this.

  2. chargematic says:

    i think he might be on his way out. this might have been a move to get schneider, like the other fella said. hopefully, the kings had some input to this signing. the only thiing i can’t figure, is, if the flyers have been saying all along they need a solid 8th on the blue line, why are they going to trade one of their defensemen? this deal doesn’t make much sense to me. anybody else?

  3. Glen says:

    Good, now the Kings or Sabres don’t have to worry about contract negotiations.

  4. dag12 says:

    Just curious…What does everybody think the Flyers could get for Desjardins?I keep reading that Tampa Bay is looking for a top four defenseman…Desjardins for Tampa Bay’s first round pick in the draft this year maybe?

  5. aafiv says:

    Rags has been ‘good’, not ‘great”, for the Flyers – as he was in San Jose. Clarke is grabbing on to consistency and that’s not a bad thing. In the long run this will have no effect on the Flyers prospects for acheivement either way – unless, of course, the offensive ability that he has shown in the last two weeks or so continues(Rangers game, Blues game).

  6. Glen says:

    Wouldn’t be the first time Clarkey raped the Lightning.

  7. big_booty says:

    This is exactly the kind of deal that Ragnarsson was going to get in free agency anyway. Credit Clarke for giving him a little measure of security somewhat early.

    Clarke does have alterior motives as well. The fact that he is signed to a relatively affordable deal for the next two years makes it that much easier for Clarke to trade him.

    But even if he doesn’t, I agree with the above comment that Ragnarsson has been solid and not spectacular – Clarke could just be holding on to some sort of consistency, which should be a boon come playoff time.

    I don’t think the Erics get moved, Desjardins and Weinrich are the heart of the Philadelphia defense. Desjardins in particular looks reborn under Ken Hitchcock.

    It will be interesting to see who gets left by the wayside in favor of Joni Pitkanen and Jeff Woywitka next year.

  8. calflyers says:

    a trade like that *might* happen AFTER the season…

    The Flyers are not “giving the farm away” for this years playoff run.

  9. aaron says:

    Consistant defenseman are always a plus come playoff time. Flyers have the most underrated defensive corp in the league. They just need some offense.

  10. dag12 says:

    They would have to sign him to an extension first of course.

  11. mikster says:

    Neither Pitkanen or Woywitka should be traded….your future one, two defensemen shouldn’t be traded.

    The whole idea to get Ragnarsson was to get a d-man that would fit Hitch’s system.

  12. orangestreak73 says:

    It’s very simple:

    1) trade Therien in the deal for Schneider

    2) pick up a tough veteran D-man (maybe Marchment)

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