Just moments before their arbitration hearing was set to begin, the New York Islanders and Matt Moulson agreed on a one-year contract Tuesday morning. Newsday is reporting Moulson, who made $575,000 last season, will be paid $2.45 million in 2010-11.
In his first full NHL season, the 26-year-old left wing led the Islanders with 30 goals. He also added 18 assists and appeared in all 82 games. He spent the previous two seasons bouncing between the Los Angeles Kings and their AHL affiliate in Manchester, N.H. He had 160 points (74 goals, 86 assists) in 188 AHL games, all with Manchester.
"Matt is one of our young core of players and we're excited to have him return this upcoming season," Isles GM Garth Snow said. "He was an integral part of our lineup last season, playing in all 82 games and hitting the 30-goal plateau for the first time in his career."
By signing only a one-year deal, Moulson can become an unrestricted free agent next summer. He was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the ninth round (No. 263) of the 2003 Entry Draft.
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