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Comeau and Isles avoid arbitration; agree to terms on one-year deal

 The Islanders and forward Blake Comeau have avoided arbitration, settling on a one-year deal worth $2.5 million, multiple sources have confirmed to Newsday.

The 25-year-old winger, who is coming off a career-high season of 24 goals, was scheduled as the last NHL arbitration date on Thursday, August 4. 

Comeau is one of several signings by the Islanders made this summer to lock up the team's young core.

Back in May, the Islanders signed both Calder finalist Michael Grabner and Kyle Okposo to five-year deals. They also signed two-time 30-goal scorer Matt Moulson, top-line right wing PA Parenteau and hulking defenseman Milan Jurcina to contract extensions during the season.

The next order of business for the Islanders will be to sign former first-round pick Josh Bailey, who is a restricted free agent coming off his entry-level deal. Bailey opted against signing his qualifying offer and is likely seeking a multi-year deal to remain with the team.



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