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Sami Kapanen | Winger

Team: Philadelphia Flyers
Age / DOB:  (45) / 6/14/1973
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 185
Drafted: 1995 / Rd. 4 (87) / CAR

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Sami Kapanen has announced his retirement from the NHL.
The diminutive winger played 12 seasons in the NHL, including four of them with the Philadelphia Flyers. He was relegated to fourth line duty this year for the Flyers, which probably figured in his decision to hang up his skates. Kapanen will play for KalPa Kuopio, of the Finnish Elite League, next campaign. He co-owns the team and still feels he can play hockey for at least one more year. Kapanen played in 831 career games, amassing 189 goals and 458 points. We wish you well, Sami. Wed, Jun 4, 2008 08:06:00 AM

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Sami Kapanen is apparently no longer a member of the Philadelphia Flyers.

He has returned to his native Finland to play for a team he co-owns. "It's a decision I was thinking about for a while and together with the Philadelphia Flyers, we took the decision to terminate the contract," Kapanen said to a Finnish newspaper. When asked to comment on the situation general manager Paul Holmgren and coach John Stevens said they were not aware of his intentions. Holmgren is scheduled to talk with Kapanen on Tuesday. He still has one year remaining on his current deal and hopefully this situation will become clearer after their discussions.
Tue, Jun 3, 2008 07:33:00 AM

Sami Kapanen plays well after being a healthy scratch for game one.

Kapanen played nearly 10 minutes on the fourth line and played very well on the penalty kill. He will be a small, but important key to the Flyers success or failure against the Capitals.
Mon, Apr 14, 2008 12:17:00 PM

Sami Kapanen is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Penguins.

He is currently suffering from the flu and has been experiencing ongoing sinus problems.
Sun, Apr 6, 2008 08:23:00 AM

Sami Kapanen returned to action on Thursday.

The veteran winger skated 14:51 after sitting out a game due to dental surgery.
Fri, Jan 11, 2008 01:50:00 AM

Sami Kapanen is expected to return to the lineup on Thursday.

Kapanen had dental surgery to repair his teeth after he was struck by an errant puck.
Thu, Jan 10, 2008 01:25:00 PM

Sami Kapanen is day-to-day after having dental surgery after being hit by a puck in Saturday's game.

Kapanen also need 25 stitches to close the gash around his lip. He is a gritty player, so he won't be out for long.
Tue, Jan 8, 2008 01:19:00 PM

Sami Kapanen exited Saturday night's contest in the first period after being struck in the face with the puck by an errant pass by teammate Mike Richards.

The veteran required 25 stitches to close the wound after suffering lip lacerations on the play. He will be re-evaluated on Sunday.
Sun, Jan 6, 2008 11:42:00 AM

The Philadelphia Flyers and head coach John Stevens have agreed in principle to a one-year contract extension.

Stevens has led the Flyers to a respectable 16-13-3 record this season, a vast improvement from last year's abomination, but has received much more notoriety for seemingly recreating a "Broad Street Bullies" atmosphere in Philly. He has seen five of his players suspended for a combined total of 52 games in this season alone, and in his last season with the club's AHL affiliate (2005-06) his squad had an league-high of 2,380 PIMs. Looks like we can expect another year of rough and tough hockey in the city of brotherly love.
Fri, Dec 21, 2007 03:19:00 PM

Sami Kapanen returned from a knee injury after missing four games.

He played just over 11 minutes and was minus two in the contest.
Sun, Nov 18, 2007 01:45:00 AM

Sami Kapanen is not ready to return for Thursday's game against the Rangers.

Kapanen continued to skate on his injured knee alone throughout the week, but it is not 100% yet. Keep the veteran benched until he actually plays in a game.
Thu, Nov 15, 2007 12:17:00 PM

Sami Kapanen will practice this week with the hopes of returning by Thursday.

Kapanen sprained his knee last Thursday. He will skate on his own on Tuesday and with his teammates on Wednesday. If all goes well, he will lace them up on Thursday against the Rangers. We will keep you updated on his status.
Mon, Nov 12, 2007 11:35:00 AM

Sami Kapanen missed Thursday's game with a sprained knee.

Kapanen will be out for the next seven-to-10 days. The Flyers have called up Stefan Ruzicka to replace him in the lineup.
Fri, Nov 9, 2007 11:45:00 AM

Sami Kapanen has scored three goals in as many games going into tonight's tilt with Carolina, his former team, and is looking to make it four consecutive games with a goal.

The penalty-killing machine has been seeing between 15:35 and 17:00 minutes of ice-time over those last three games and seems to have developed some nice chemistry with former first-round pick R.J. Umberger. His best offensive years seem well behind him, but his play is starting to spark recollections of his five-year stretch with Carolina when he was a legitimate scoring threat and netted 121 goals over that span. He still has that blinding speed and, therefore, always has a chance to find some scoring opportunities that others cannot.
Sat, Oct 20, 2007 12:26:00 PM

Sami Kapanen left Saturday afternoon's game against the Islanders with a bruised right foot.

Consider his status day-to-day until more details about his injury are announced.
Sat, Apr 7, 2007 04:40:00 PM

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