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Islanders sign Bates to three-year extension

WASHINGTON -- New York Islanders forward Shawn Bates signed
a three-year contract with the team on Monday.

The 30-year-old was slated for unrestricted free agency July 1
and had attracted interest from other teams ahead of Thursday's
trade deadline.

"I've loved my four seasons with the Islanders. This is where I
really developed as a player," Bates said.

He entered Monday's game against Washington with 11 goals and 11
assists in 43 games this season. He left Boston and signed with the
Islanders as a free agent in the summer of 2001.

"We were happy to get a long-term deal done," Islanders
general manager Mike Milbury said. "Shawn is the kind of versatile
and dedicated player that every team in the NHL wants."