Isles Sign Jurcina to 1-Year Extension

The New York Islanders have signed defenseman Milan Jurcina to a one-year contract extension. The deal will keep the 27-year-old Slovak on Long Island through the 2011-12 season. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“The Islanders have treated me extremely well since I joined the organization,” said Jurcina about the contract extension. “I’m happy to be signed on for next season. We have a young team that has a bright future and I’m excited to be part of that.”

The Islanders inked Jurcina to a free agent deal on July 2, 2010. In 19 games, he has two goals and four points and a team-leading plus-1 rating. The Isles have an 11-5-3 record when Jurcina has been in the lineup.

“Milan has brought solid defensive play and size to our defense this season,” noted Isles GM Garth Snow. “We are excited to have him return to our lineup next year to help solidify our defensive unit.”

In addition to adding size and steady play in his own end, Jurcina adds experience to the Isles lineup. Their blueline corps features several young players with little career NHL playing time like Andrew MacDonald, Travis Hamonic, Dylan Reese and Jack Hillen. Prospects like Calvin de Haan and Ty Wishart may join the team by next year.  With the recent trade of James Wisniewski, keeping a veteran like Jurcina in the lineup makes a lot of sense.

Jurcina now has 17 goals and 40 assists in 338 career NHL games. He has played with the Bruins, Capitals and Blue Jackets in addition to the Islanders.

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