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Islanders Sign Josh Bailey To 6-Year Contract Extension

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The New York Islanders have finalized a deal with Josh Bailey, signing the veteran to a 6-year contract extension on Friday, according to a team announcement.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that the new deal is worth $30 million, although financial terms have not officially been disclosed.

“Josh has become one of the core members of the New York Islanders,” said Islanders president and general manager Garth Snow. “He has developed within our system for several years and it’s exciting to see him mature into the player we always had confidence he would become.

“To come into the past few seasons and see Josh set new career highs each year has been impressive and we’re excited to see him continue to do that with the organization as we move forward.”

Bailey has notched 15 goals and 47 assists for 62 points through 58 games for New York this season.

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Red Wings’ Anthony Mantha Out Four To Six Weeks

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The Detroit Red Wings will be without bright spot forward Anthony Mantha, who has developed impressively this season, will miss four to six weeks with a hand injury and will undergo surgery today, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

Mantha injured his hand while fighting with Patrik Nemeth of the Colorado Avalanche, a game that resulted in the two-game suspension of Tyler Bertuzzi.

Mantha has picked up 14 points in 27 games this season.

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Flyers Hire Chuck Fletcher as General Manager

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The Philadelphia Flyers have announced the hiring of Chuck Fletcher as the team’s new general manager, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Fletcher, who becomes the eighth man to serve as GM in franchise history, will take over for Ron Hextall who was fired back in November.

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Devils’ Steven Santini Sent To AHL On Conditioning Loan

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The New Jersey Devils have sent defenseman Steven Santini to the AHL on a conditioning loan as the 23-year old works his way back from a broken jaw, according to NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti.

Santini has played in only one game for New Jersey this season, struggling to catch on as a full-time player for the Devils, and has only played in 76 NHL games during his short career after the Devils selected him with the 42d pick in the 2013 NHL draft.

 

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