Mike Comrie re-signs with Islanders
As the NHL trade deadline approaches, the trade bait continues to disappear.
The latest player to re-sign with his club in advance of Tuesday's 3 p.m. ET deadline is New York Islanders centre Mike Comrie, who has agreed to a one-year, $4-million extension. The club confirmed the deal in the morning.
Comrie, who joined New York in the summer as a free agent, had previously signed a one-year deal worth $3.375 million.
General manager Garth Snow made it clear last week his goal was to re-sign the centre, who was slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
"He has been everything we had hoped he would be," Snow told CBCSports.ca's Scott Morrison.
Comrie, 27, leads the Islanders with 45 points in his first season in New York.
"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."
In 449 career NHL games with the Islanders, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes and Ottawa Senators, Comrie has scored 141 goals and 307 points.
He was traded by Phoenix to Ottawa in January 2007 and helped the Senators reach the Stanley Cup final last season.
Comrie is the latest in what is becoming a long list of players falling off the trade market.
Dan Boyle re-signed with Tampa Bay, earning a six-year deal worth $40 million. Then Barrett Jackman re-signed with St. Louis, getting a four-year, $14.4-million package.
Before those deals, the likes of Mats Sundin, Darcy Tucker and Tomas Kaberle all refused to waive no-trade clauses in their contracts, and Calgary announced that Alex Tanguay was not being moved.