NEW YORK (AP) The New York Islanders moved quickly at the start of NHL free agency, signing forwards Andrew Ladd and Jason Chimera but losing longtime stars Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo.
Ladd agreed to a seven-year contract Friday, and Chimera comes to New York on a two-year, $4.5 million deal. Nielsen signed for six years with Detroit. Okposo is headed to Buffalo on a seven-year contract.
Ladd totaled 25 goals and 21 assists last season in 78 games for Winnipeg and Chicago. The 31-year-old left wing was dealt to the Blackhawks at the trade deadline. He had eight goals and four goals in their playoff push, and one goal and one assist in Chicago's first-round loss to St. Louis. He has 210 goals and 256 assists in 12 seasons.
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The 37-year-old Chimera had 20 goals and 20 assists for Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington during the season and a goal and an assist in 12 playoff games. He has 163 goals and 206 assists over 15 seasons.