Islanders sign Bates to three-year extension

Updated: March 6, 2006, 4:25 PM ET
Associated Press

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

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2006 SEASON STATISTICS
GM G A PTS +/- PIM
43 11.0 11.0 22.0 -3 48

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."


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