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Islanders and defenseman Nick Leddy agree to 7-year deal

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) The New York Islanders have agreed to terms with Nick Leddy on a seven-year contract, keeping the 23-year-old defenseman away from restricted free agency.

Leddy, acquired on the eve of this season from the Chicago Blackhawks, agreed to the deal on Tuesday, six days before the NHL trade deadline. The contract is worth $38.5 million and will run through the 2021-22 season.

He is earning $3.4 million this season on the final year of his current contract.

Leddy leads Islanders defensemen with eight goals and is second in points with 25, heading into Tuesday night's home contest against Arizona. Leddy, who also has a plus-12 rating, has played in every Islanders game this season.

The Islanders began Tuesday in first place in the Metropolitan Division.