Philadelphia Flyers sign Mike Knuble to $5.6-million, two-year contract extension

The 34-year-old would have been an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He’ll earn $2.8 million a season, a raise over the $1.52 million he’s making this year.

“We are very happy,” Knuble said in a statement. “My wife and I love the area. The people that we deal with in the organization have been great. I love my teammates and I’ve had a blast playing here. Even with what has gone on this season, my family and I decided that we wanted to stay here.

“(GM) Paul (Holmgren) approached us about giving us a chance to stay for another two years after this year. It’s great and everything that I could have hoped for.”

Knuble has seven goals and eight assists in 18 games this season. He had 34 goals and 31 assists in 82 games last season.

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“We are happy with Mike’s play since he joined us,” said Holmgren. “We think that he’s got more to give to us in the future. He is not only a good player, he’s a good person and a guy that we want in our organization moving forward.”

Knuble has 142 goals and 146 assists in 610 career games in a 10-year career that also had stops in Detroit, Boston and the New York Rangers.

“I feel that I have a lot of hockey left,” said Knuble. “I really didn’t start playing a lot until I was 30, so I feel that I have a lot of years left in me.

“Hopefully, I will stay even longer than that.”