Islanders trade Simon and Bergeron, sign Comrie to 1-year deal

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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 and acquired blue-liner Rob Davison from San Jose for a seventh-rounder. The moves 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."

Comrie, 27, hasn't missed a game this season and has scored 18 goals - second only to Guerin - and a team-high 27 assists. His current contract with the Islanders pays him $3.375 million.

"Mike Comrie has been everything we could have asked of him in his first season as an Islander," said general manager Garth Snow. "He's been our top centre, on the first unit of our power play and he has contributed in so many ways.

"He's also been a great teammate and a first-class pro, on and off the ice. We are delighted that he wanted to remain an Islander."

In 449 career NHL games with the Islanders, Edmonton, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Ottawa, 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.

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