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Bailey optimistic deal will be done soon

 With only one week from the start of training camp, Josh Bailey remains unsigned but the 21-year-old center said he's confident a new deal with the Islanders will be done soon.

"No question," Bailey said. "I don't even consider the other side of things. My focus is here. I'm an Islander and that's the way I want it to stay."

Snow declined to discuss contract negotiations when asked Friday; Bailey's agent Pat Morris told Newsday recently that "both sides were working hard to get the contract concluded."

Bailey said the ongoing contract discussions have not turned contentious or caused any fissure in his relationship with general manager Garth Snow or the organization.

"Me and Snowy have always had a great relationship and I've always only had the intentions of playing here," Bailey said. "This is home, this is where I wanna be, so I have faith that [agent Pat Morris] and Garth can find common ground."


Bailey, who skated with the team for the first time today, also emphatically ruled out the possibility of a holdout.

"Not something either sides have though of," Bailey said. "In no way does that help myself or the team.  I don't think either side wants that to happen."

The restricted free agent  said he's well aware of the team's policy--any player that is not signed by the first day of training camp forfeits that entire season (i.e. Sean Bergenheim in 2006).

"I've known about that before this summer," Bailey said. "I knew when it happened with Bergie. I've been aware of it and Garth knows that."




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