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Islanders open NHL free agency by reaching deals to sign F Boyes, D Carkner

Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 3:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Islanders open NHL free agency by reaching deals to sign F Boyes, D Carkner

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - The New York Islanders got off to a busy start on the first day of NHL free agency by reaching deals with forward Brad Boyes and defenceman Matt Carkner.

Boyes agreed to a one-year deal after spending the past two seasons in Buffalo. Carkner agreed to a three-year contract after three-plus seasons in Ottawa.

Boyes is a two-time 30-goal scorer, but his production has tailed off. He managed just 13 goals and 37 points in 86 games after the Sabres acquired him in a trade with St. Louis in February 2011.

Carkner is a physical, stay-at-home defenceman. After having surgery to repair a right knee injury, he finished with a goal and two assists in 29 games with Ottawa last season.

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