The Islanders have agreed to terms on a three-year, $9.4 million deal with Matt Moulson. The two sides are still completing paperwork, but the deal is expected to be finalized later tonight.
When reached by phone Thursday, Moulson told Newsday he was thrilled.
"I'm very excited...and relieved," he said. "Now there won't be any more trade rumors."
On pace for another stellar season, Moulson was recently linked to Boston in trade rumors in the past few weeks. But Moulson was emphatic about wanting to remain a part of the team's future and said he had no interest in testing free agency this summer.
"From the get go, I told both sides--my agent and [GM] Garth Snow-- where I wanted to be. I didn't want to go into free agency. So there was a commitment from both sides. I want to be a part of the group that turns this back into a winning franchise," Moulson said.
Snow rewarded him accordingly, locking him up as he said he intended to do before the NHL's trade deadline February 28.
"I think there are some things people don't know about this team," Moulson said. "I've told my agent and other people around the league about how we're treated, how they treat our families. [Team owner Charles Wang] and Snow are involved in everything and that filters down to everyone on the team."
"I don't know if I've ever played on as close-knit as a team as this one," Moulson continued. "That's what makes it so fun, once we get wins. The biggest thing for me is the guys. I don't want to be apart from this group."
And so Moulson will stick with the team that gave him his first real chance after bouncing around for several season within the L.A. Kings system.
Moulson had a breakout 30-goal season after signing with the Islanders as a free agent in the summer of 2009 and is on pace for another impressive campaign. The North York, native has 17 goals and 12 assists in 50 games for the Islanders this season. He has also yet to miss a single game as an Islander.
"This won't affect how I approach my game," Moulson said. "I won't be satisfied until we bring home the Stanley Cup Championship."