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Kings Trade Yushkevich to Flyers

March 1, 2003

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The Kings traded defenseman Dmitry Yushkevich to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday for a fourth-round draft pick this year and a seventh-round choice in 2004.

He originally was drafted by Philadelphia in 1991 and played his first three seasons there, tallying 15 goals and 61 assists.

``He’s a very competitive player, a gritty player that gives you 18-to-20 minutes a game,″ Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said at Saturday’s 3-2 overtime victory against the Boston Bruins. ``He’s a nice addition.″

Yushkevich had three assists and 24 penalty minutes in 42 games for the Kings, who acquired him from Florida in November. He had one goal, six assists and 14 penalty minutes in 23 games with Florida this season.

The 11-year NHL veteran also has played for Toronto. He has 41 goals and 180 assists in his career.

``It was a surprise, but at the same time, it is nice to come back to the team that drafted me 12 years ago and that I started playing hockey with in the NHL,″ Yushkevich said.

Flyers general manager Bob Clarke said the team traded for Yushkevich in an effort to add depth and experience to the Flyers’ young defense.

``We have been using two rookies in our group and you’re not going to go through the playoffs without getting injuries,″ Clarke said.

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