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Veteran defenceman Sean Hill has signed with the New York Islanders. ((Graig Abel/Getty Images))

The New York Islanders bolstered its blue-line Tuesday by signing veteran defenceman Sean Hill to a one-year contract.

Financial terms of the deal were not released.

Hill, 36, scored two goals and had 20 points in 78 games with the Florida Panthers last season.

"I spoke with Sean a lot over the last two weeks because we felt he would be an excellent addition to our [defence]," Islanders general manager Garth Snow said in a statement.

"We're very happy that Sean is coming to [New York]. He has been a very good defenceman in our league for a long time, a consistent player in all zones, a strong competitor and a leader."

Hill is considered a solid defenceman thanks to his excellent point shot and poise on the power play. He's also one of the NHL's more resilient blue-liners, having missed just six games over the past three seasons.

Hill is set to join a revamped Islanders defensive unit that includes Alexei Zhitnik, Brendan Witt and Tom Poti.

Hill has 59 goals and 205 assists in 760 career games with Montreal, Anaheim, Ottawa, Carolina, St. Louis and Florida.

Originally drafted by Montreal in 1988, Hill won a Stanley Cup as a rookie with the Canadiens in 1993. Hill played for the Hurricanes team that lost the 2002 Stanley Cup final to Detroit.

Hill was also a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic men's hockey team.