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CHRIS SIMON JOINS THE NYI

Tuesday, 07.11.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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CHRIS SIMON JOINS THE NYI
Respected veteran role player adds grit and experience

The Islanders have signed veteran left wing Chris Simon to a one-year contract, reuniting him with Ted Nolan, his head coach during his final year of junior hockey. Last season with the Calgary Flames, the 6-3, 220-pound Simon was 8-14-22 with 94 penalty minutes in 72 games. The previous NHL season, Simon helped lead the Flames to the Stanley Cup Final after he was dealt by the Rangers to Calgary at the trade deadline, scoring five goals in 16 playoff games.

"Chris brings so much experience and so many intangibles to the Islanders," said Vice President and general manager Neil Smith. "He's been one of the game's most respected leaders and effective role players for more than a decade. As he proved in Calgary by averaging around 12 minutes a game, he still has plenty of hockey left in him.  Chris is going to be a terrific mentor for our young players because he is all about the team. We're very proud to have Chris Simon as a member of the New York Islanders."

The 34-year old Simon won a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996. In 677 career NHL games with Quebec/Colorado, Washington, Chicago, the Rangers and Calgary, Simon has 133 goals, 142 assists, 275 points and 1,690 penalty minutes. He also has 10 goals and 18 assists in 79 playoff games.

As a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League in 1991-92, Simon was coached by the Islanders' new head coach, Ted Nolan. Like Nolan, Simon is an Ojibwa Indian and is very active in the First Nations community.
 
"I was extremely interested in coming to the Islanders and I'm very happy things worked out," said Simon, originally selected 25th overall by Philadelphia in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. "I've known Ted for a long time and I'm so excited about having him as my coach again. Neil Smith said I had an important role with the Islanders, and as a player you love to hear that from the general manager. I'm really looking forward to my first training camp as an Islander."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
9 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
10 PHI 51 22 22 7 140 151 51
11 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
12 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
13 NJD 50 19 22 9 113 138 47
14 CBJ 48 21 24 3 120 151 45
15 CAR 49 17 26 6 105 129 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 49 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 49 9 25 15 34
B. Nelson 49 15 16 5 31
F. Nielsen 49 9 18 4 27
J. Boychuk 39 4 21 15 25
J. Bailey 37 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 49 7 14 13 21
N. Kulemin 49 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 43 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 6 0 .865 3.43

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