"We felt this move is the most beneficial for both the team and for Shawn going forward into next season," said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. "Shawn scored some memorable goals for the organization and was a great teammate. Although we are going in separate directions, we want to thank him for his contributions as an Islander."
Last season, Bates missed all but two games while recovering from groin/sports hernia and hip injuries. He was scoreless in those contests.
Bates' best season as an Islander came in 2001-02 when he recorded career bests 17 goals and 35 assists for 52 points. His most memorable moment as an Islander came in Game Four of the 2002 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals when he scored a game-winning penalty shot goal against Toronto at the Nassau Coliseum to tie the series.
The 33-year old Bates finishes his career as the franchise's 43rd all-time scorer with 170 points and sixth in franchise history with 13 short-handed goals.Click here
to watch a thank you message to Shawn produced by Islanders TV.