Moulson Extended For Three Years
With the Nabokov saga allowing a spread of turmoil to overtake the Island, New York Islanders GM Garth Snow signed Matt Moulson to a three-year contract extension that will keep last season's leading goal-scorer with the team through the 2013-2014 season.
The contract is worth a total of $9.4 million, giving Moulson a slight increase in his salary - a much deserved and affordable contract since he gives nothing short of an honest effort on every shift each night. He currently has 17 goals and 12 assists for 29 points in 49 games played this year.
Moulson was quoted (via the New York Islanders official web-site) saying: “I’m extremely excited to be a part of the team for the next three years,” Moulson said. “I love this organization. I love the guys that are a part of it. I’m just happy I’m not going anywhere.”
Moulson and 2009 first overall selection John Tavares have been friends for several years and have trained together before either one of them had even made it to the NHL. With next season being the last one before JT's entry-level contract expires, locking up Moulson for a handful of years had become crucial. Since the two have always played well together, the Islanders will certainly look to lock up Tavares for a long-term contract once his current one expires; keeping Moulson around will likely be a helpful factor.
Moulson's extension also displays that the Islanders are all about rewarding the players that show the effort and desire to help this team continue rebuilding to a playoff contender. He might not be a 60-point player or score every night, but he is someone that the team respects and he serves an important role within the top-two lines.
It will be interesting to see what Garth Snow will do with other impending UFA's and RFA's over the next few weeks with the trade deadline approaching at the end of February.
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