UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The New York Islanders have traded troubled forward Chris Simon to the Minnesota Wild for a sixth-round pick in this year’s draft.
Dealing Simon just before Tuesday’s 3 p.m. ET NHL trade deadline ended his eventful two-year stay with the Islanders. He missed 35 games this season while serving a pair of long suspensions.
The Islanders also dealt defenceman Marc-Andre Bergeron to the Anaheim Ducks for a third-round choice in this year’s draft. That capped a busy day in which the team signed leading scorer Mike Comrie to a $4-million, one-year extension.
Comrie was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
Comrie, who has 45 points in his first season on Long Island, joined the team along with captain Bill Guerin last summer. He could have hit the open market again had he not come to terms to stay for another season.
Without the contract extension, Comrie also would have been a prime candidate to be traded before the deadline.
"I love being an Islander and wanted to stay," Comrie said in a statement. "The management and the coaches have shown great belief in us as players and I am honoured to be a part of this organization."