The Islanders have signed defenseman Freddy Meyer to a two-year contract extension through the 2009-2010 NHL season.
In recent weeks, Meyer has filled in more than capably on the blue line when Radek Martinek, Brendan Witt and Chris Campoli were sidelined with injuries and he has emerged as a regular on the Islanders defense, often playing more than 20 minutes a game. Earlier this season, Meyer was lost on waivers to Phoenix but was reacquired by the Islanders when the Coyotes tried to put him through re-entry waivers.
"Freddy has earned this contract extension with his talent, work ethic and perseverance," said Islanders general manager Garth Snow. "He has been through a lot this season, but his attitude never wavered. He is a solid defenseman in all aspects of the game and we're pleased he has made a commitment to us for two more seasons beyond this year."