Islanders re-sign RW Hunter to one-year deal after arbitration ruling

The 27-year-old right winger, who was a restricted free agent, had 20 goals and 15 assists last season in 77 games with the Islanders.

“Letting Trent go was never a consideration for us,” general manager Garth Snow said in a statement. “He’s an important piece to our team. That was never up for debate. We’re glad he’ll be in an Islanders uniform in September.”

Last season, Hunter’s fourth in the NHL – all with New York – ranked fifth in the league with 246 hits while picking up only 20 penalty minutes. In 244 career games, Hunter scored 61 goals and helped set up 64 others.

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He was a finalist for the rookie of the year trophy during the 2003-04 season, when he posted 25 goals and 26 assists.