The New York Islanders announced that they have re-signed winger Chris Simon to a one-year contract. The deal was worth $475,000 according to the NHLPA Web site.
“Chris is just one of those old school guys who gave our team a little bit of everything last season,” Islanders head coach Ted Nolan said in a statement released by the club. Nolan also coached Simon in junior hockey with Sault Ste. Marie. “We can’t overstate Si’s leadership. He’ll have a big role with our team, just like last season.”
Simon had his most productive season in the last five years in 2006-07, finishing with 10 goals and 27 points in 67 games. He also added 75 penalty minutes. Simon has 143 goals and 302 points in 744 NHL games with Quebec, Colorado, Washington, Chicago, Calgary, the Rangers and Islanders. He also has 1,765 penalty minutes. Simon was with the Avalanche when they won the Stanley Cup in 1996.
Simon still has five games remaining on the 25-game suspension he received last March for attacking Rangers’ forward Ryan Hollweg over the head with his stick. Simon sat out the final 15 games of last season and the five playoff games the Isles played against Buffalo last year. That leaves five contests remaining to sit out at the beginning of this season.
“I take a lot of pride in being an Islander and I didn’t consider playing anywhere else this season but on Long Island,” announced Simon. “Everyone knows the respect I have for Ted Nolan but it goes well beyond that. Everyone connected with the Islanders, from the owner to the fans, have been first-class. I cannot wait to get the season started.”
Islanders GM Garth Snow was pleased with Simon’s return. “Our staff was unanimous in wanting to bring Chris Simon back,” Snow explained. “He’s an outstanding leader and year after year, he contributes on the offensive end.”