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Flyers, McGillis avoid arbitration

The Flyers signed hard-hitting defenseman Dan McGillis to a two-year contract, the team announced Thursday.

McGillis, 27, had eight goals and 37 assists in 78 games last season. He led the team and was seventh in the NHL with 220 hits.

McGillis was acquired in March 1998 in a trade that sent defenseman Janne Niinimaa to the Edmonton Oilers.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound McGillis is known for his physical style of play.

McGillis joined Rod Brind'Amour and Ron Hextall as Flyers who have settled with the club minutes before their hearings were to begin. Brind'Amour did it last summer, and Hextall did it in the summer of 1996.

KINGS: Stephane Fiset won his salary arbitration hearing. The 29-year-old was the team's No. 1 goaltender last season, finishing 18-21-1 with three shutouts and a career-best 2.60 goals-against average. Financial terms weren't disclosed. Fiset made $1.12-million last season.

MAPLE LEAFS: Free-agent center Steve Sullivan was re-signed to a two-year contract. Sullivan, 25, established career highs last season with 20 goals and 20 assists in 63 games. He added three goals and three assists in 13 playoff games. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

PENGUINS: A federal bankruptcy judge gave Mario Lemieux's group a second extension to wrap up what is becoming the much-delayed purchase of the bankrupt club. While granting the order sought by Lemieux, who was not in court, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Bernard Markovitz urged the myriad parties involved to move with haste to complete a sale he approved June 24. Lemieux lawyer David Salzman explained the delays "should not be read as there are any problems, and there are not," but result from the complexities in completing a deal involving numerous investors and more than $50-million in cash. The paperwork is expected to be thousands of pages. The delays are holding up a campaign to increase the season-ticket base from 8,500 to 12,000.

SABRES: Defenseman Jason Woolley was given a one-year contract after his arbitration hearing. Woolley, 30, established career highs last season with 10 goals and 33 assists. He added four goals and 11 assists in 15 playoff games, helping Buffalo to the Stanley Cup final.

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