Geoff Snider has signed a one-year contract with the Wings and will join the team for its National Lacrosse League opener Jan. 12 at the Wachovia Center.

Snider was third overall in penalty minutes in the NLL as a rookie last season and was a dominant force in face-offs, winning 201 of 268. The transition player also recorded 31 points (14 goals and 17 assists) and recovered a team-high 180 loose balls in 15 games. He was selected by the Wings in the first round of the 2006 NLL entry draft.

"I'm very happy to have reached an agreement and to be coming back to Philadelphia," said Snider, whose deal is pending league approval. "We have the best fans in the National Lacrosse League."

Snider, who has not been at training camp, will join the Wings when they open against the Chicago Shamrox.

"Geoff is a tenacious player who brings a great deal of intensity and passion to the floor every night," coach Dave Huntley said. ". . . He had a great rookie year in 2007 and we are looking for bigger things from him this year."

To make room for Snider on the roster, the Wings released rookie defenseman Brett Moyer.