Isles avoid arbitration with Moulson

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, Last Updated: 12:11 PM ET

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The New York Islanders agreed to a one-year contract with forward Matt Moulson, avoiding an arbitration hearing that was scheduled for Tuesday.

According to Newsday, the deal is worth $2.45 million.

Moulson just completed his third season in the NHL and first with the Islanders, registering a career-high and team-best 30 goals while adding 18 assists.

"Matt is one of our young core of players and we're excited to have him return this upcoming season," general manager Garth Snow said. "He was an integral part of our lineup last season, playing in all 82 games and hitting the 30- goal plateau for the first time in his career."

A ninth-round pick by the Penguins in 2003, Moulson played his first two professional seasons with the Los Angeles Kings after signing with the club as a free agent in 2006. He scored six goals and added four assists in 29 games through two seasons with Los Angeles before signing with the Islanders.


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