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03-16-2006, 07:27 AM
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"I'm extremely happy," said Bates, following a 3-1 win over his old team the Boston Bruins at the TD Banknorth Garden, March 11. "To get the three years is special. I worked hard to get that so I'm very pleased. They've been loyal to me and I think my answer was to be loyal to them. They came up with a great offer and it was something I couldn't refuse."

"I've loved my four seasons with the Islanders. This is where I really developed as a player," Bates said. "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."

"Shawn has been a very good player for us for four seasons now and his wish was to stay an Islander," said 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."

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