Comrie off open market after re-signing with Islanders
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Mike Comrie signed a one-year, $4 million contract extension with the New York Islanders on Tuesday, staying away from unrestricted free agency and avoiding being dealt before the trade deadline.
Comrie, who leads the Islanders with 45 points in his first season on Long Island, joined the team along with captain Bill Guerin last summer. He could've hit the open market again in July had he not come to terms to stay for another season.
The Islanders are chasing the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Heading into Tuesday night's home game against the Penguins, the Isles (67 points) are two points out of a tie eighth.
Without the contract extension, Comrie also would have been a prime candidate to be traded before Tuesday afternoon's NHL deadline.
"I love being an Islander and wanted to stay," Comrie said in a statement. "The management and the coaches have shown great belief in us as players and I am honored to be a part of this organization."
Comrie, 27, hasn't missed a game this season and has posted 18 goals -- second only to Guerin -- and a team-high 27 assists. His original contract with the Islanders pays him $3.375 million.
"Mike Comrie has been everything we could have asked of him in his first season as an Islander," general manager Garth Snow said in a statement. "He's been our top center, on the first unit of our power play and he has contributed in so many ways.
"He's also been a great teammate and a first-class pro, on and off the ice. We are delighted that he wanted to remain an Islander."
In 449 career NHL games with the Islanders, Edmonton, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Ottawa, Comrie has scored 141 goals and 307 points.
He was traded by Phoenix to Ottawa in January 2007 and helped the Senators reach the Stanley Cup finals.
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
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