"I look forward to honoring this long-term commitment. This is an exciting team to be a part of right now. We have a group that I feel will contend every year for a championship, and I'm privileged to be a part of the Islanders' future." -- John Tavares
Not wanting any part of restricted free agency next July, the No. 1 pick in the 2009 Entry Draft signed a six-year extension Thursday with the Isles worth a reported $33 million.
In 161 career NHL games, Tavares has 53 goals and 68 assists, including 29 goals and 67 points in 2010-11. The Oakville, Ont., native has also represented Canada at the last two World Championships, totaling 16 points (12 goals, 4 assists) in 14 games.
Tavares had frequently talked about enjoying Long Island and wanting to stay after his entry-level contract ran out next summer.