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03-06-2006, 11:58 AM
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Islanders Sign Bates to 3-year deal

"Shawn has been a very good player for us for four seasons now and his wish was to stay an Islander," said general manager Mike Milbury. "We were happy to get a long-term deal done with him. Shawn is the kind of versatile and dedicated player that every team in the NHL wants. In a skater's game, he has become even more valuable."

"I've loved my four seasons with the Islanders. This is where I really developed as a player," Bates said this morning in Washington, where the Islanders play the Capitals tonight. "It was a priority for me to stay an Islander. I'm very appreciative that management was as enthusiastic about making a commitment to me."

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