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by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Islanders agree to terms with leading scorer on a one-year contract extension

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The New York Islanders and center Mike Comrie, the team's leading scorer, have agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension for the 2008-09 season.
"I'm extremely happy to have reached an agreement with the Islanders for the 2008-09 season," said Comrie early Tuesday morning. "I love being an Islander and wanted to stay. The management and the coaches have shown great belief in us as players and I am honored to be a part of this organization. I would like to thank Garth Snow and my representative, Ritch Winter, for making this a deal that both sides are comfortable and happy with. I look forward to the rest of this season and I'm thrilled to be an Islander for at least another season."
The 27-year old Comrie has played in all 63 games for the Islanders this season and has recorded a team-high 45 points. The native of Edmonton has scored 18 goals (second to Bill Guerin) with a team-leading 27 assists. Comrie originally signed a one-year contract with the Islanders on July 5, 2007.
"Mike Comrie has been everything we could have asked of him in his first season as an Islander," said general manager Garth Snow. "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 and we were able to work out a contract for next season."

In 449 career NHL games, Comrie has scored 141 with 166 assists for a total of 307 points. Comrie was selected by Edmonton in the third round (91st overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Besides Edmonton, he has also played with the Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes and the Ottawa Senators, whom he helped lead to the Stanley Cup Final last season.


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