Gritty left wing Simon signs with Isles

Updated: July 11, 2006, 11:14 AM ET news services

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Chris Simon is being reunited with his junior hockey coach.

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The gritty left wing on Tuesday signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the New York Islanders.

Simon, 34, was coached by the Islanders' Ted Nolan while with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League in 1991-92. Both are Ojibwa Indians and active in the First Nations community.

"I was extremely interested in coming to the Islanders and I'm very happy things worked out," Simon said. "I've known Ted for a long time and I'm so excited about having him as my coach again. Neil Smith said I had an important role with the Islanders, and as a player you love to hear that from the general manager. I'm really looking forward to my first training camp as an Islander."

Last season with the Calgary Flames, Simon registered eight goals, 14 assists and 94 penalty minutes in 72 games. In 677 career games with Quebec/Colorado, Washington, Chicago, the New York Rangers and Calgary, the 6-3, 220-pound Simon has 133 goals, 142 assists and 1,690 penalty minutes.

"Chris brings so much experience and so many intangibles to the Islanders," Islanders vice president and GM Smith said. "He's been one of the game's most respected leaders and effective role players for more than a decade. As he proved in Calgary by averaging around 12 minutes a game, he still has plenty of hockey left in him."

Information from SportsTicker and The Associated Press was used in this report.