The Islanders have signed defenseman Milan Jurcina to a one-year extension woth $1.6 million.
"He's a big body, well-liked by his teammates and a calming presence to our blue line,'" general manager Garth Snow said when reached by telephone Wednesday night. ''To me our troubles started when [Andrew MacDonald] and Jurcina went down.'"
Snow said the team was intent on locking up Jurcina before the trade deadline February 28. Jurcina has two goals and two assists in 19 games for the Islanders. The 27-year-old missed five weeks this season with a hamstring injury.
'"He had a good experience here the first half of the season and it worked out for both sides", Snow said.