Tavares inks six-year deal with Isles

John Tavares of the New York Islanders in warm up before playing the Calgary Flames during NHL...

John Tavares of the New York Islanders in warm up before playing the Calgary Flames during NHL hockey in Calgary, Alberta, Monday January 3, 2011. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 11:34 PM ET

The New York Islanders confirmed the signing Thursday of forward John Tavares to a six-year contract extension.

Tavares, who turns 21 Tuesday, is entering the final season of his three-year, entry-level deal and would have become a restricted free agent July 1, 2012.

"Over the past two years, John has shown a strong commitment to the Islanders organization and the Long Island community through his efforts both on and off the ice," general manager Garth Snow said. "He is a key component to the core of players we've decided to build this team around and we couldn't be happier to ensure that he will be a New York Islander for years to come."

Taken first overall by the Islanders in 2009, Tavares has 53 goals and 68 assists in 161 career games.


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