Days after signing Scottie Upshall to a 2-year contract, the Flyers locked up another one of their young players today.

Left wing Ben Eager signed a 2-year contract, the team announced. Eager, 23, had six goals and five assists in 63 games and led the NHL in penalty minutes with 233.

He was voted the winner of the Pelle Lindbergh Trophy as the Flyers' most improved player by his teammates.

"He is a big, physical presence on the ice and adds a key dimension to our lineup," general manager Paul Holmgren said in a statement. "We expect Ben to be an important part of our core of young players that we're going to continue to build upon."

Eager, 6-3 and 225 pounds, has been with the Flyers organization since February 2004 when he was acquired from Phoenix along with Sean Burke and Branko Radivojevic in exchange for Mike Comrie.

"The team is looking ahead and I'm happy to be a part of things, especially with the core group that we have here," Eager said. "There's going to be a lot of excitement over these next few years and I'm happy that I'll get to be a part of it."

The Flyers announced Friday that they had signed the 23-year-old Upshall to a 2-year, $2.45 million deal.

The team is expected to be among the youngest in the NHL next season as it tries to rebound from missing the playoffs with the league's worst record.