The New York Islanders
announced Wednesday night that they have signed defenseman Milan Jurcina
to a one-year extension.
Jurcina, 27, has 2 goals, 2 assists and a plus-1 rating in 19 games for the Isles this season. An unrestricted free agent last summer, Jurcina signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the club on July 2, 2010. He would have become an unrestricted free agent again this July.
"The Islanders have treated me extremely well ever since I joined the organization and I'm happy to be signed on for next season," Jurcina said. "We have a young team that has a bright future and I'm excited to be a part of that."
A former eighth-round pick of the Boston Bruins
(No. 241) at the 2001 Entry Draft, Jurcina has 17 goals and 40 assists in 338 NHL games with Boston, Washington, Columbus and the Islanders. Jurcina represented Slovakia at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.
He joins fellow Islanders Mark Streit
, Andrew MacDonald
, Mark Eaton
, Travis Hamonic
and Mike Mottau
as NHL defensemen signed for next season. New York is 11-5-3 this season with Jurcina in the lineup.
"Milan has brought solid defensive play and size to our defense this season," Isles GM Garth Snow
said. "We're excited to have him return to our lineup next year to help solidify our defense unit."
Newsday reports the deal will pay Jurcina $1.6 million next season.
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