Colin McDonald Inks Two-Year Extension

The New York Islanders announced today that the club will retain the services of forward Colin McDonald beyond this season with a two-year contract extension. 

McDonald has performed as one of the Islanders most consistent checking wingers on the "energy line" which also consists of Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas. 

Per the Isles official press-release:

UNIONDALE, NY (March 15, 2013) – The New York Islanders announced today that Colin McDonald has agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension, running through the 2014-15 season.

McDonald, 28, has appeared in 24 games this season with the Islanders, recording 10 points (four goals, six assists) and 25 penalty minutes. The Wethersfield, CT, native also appeared in 35 American Hockey League games this season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, adding 27 points (six goals, 21 assists).

The Edmonton Oilers selected McDonald in the second round (51st overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft. Prior to this season, he’d scored one goal in seven career NHL games with Edmonton and the Pittsburgh Penguins, while also appearing in 306 career AHL games with the Springfield Falcons, Oklahoma City Barons and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

McDonald's hustle and aggresive play has contributed to one of the more successful fourth line units that the Isles have seen in quite some time. Locking up McDonald to continue his play with Martin and Cizikas should hopefully maintain that stable play for the next few seasons.

-Rob McGowan

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