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Tim Jackman Tim Jackman has been signed to one year extension. More to follow!

Edited with the Official Press Release and link to the story on the Islanders Website:

The New York Islanders have signed forward Tim Jackman to a one-year contract extension. Jackman, currently in his second season with the Islanders, has four goals and two assists for six points and 133 penalty minutes in 57 games this season. He has already established new career highs in games played, goals, points, penalty minutes and shots this season. The contract runs through the 2009-10 season.

“Tim earned this extension by showing his willingness to do whatever is necessary to help the Islanders succeed,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. “We know Tim is excited about being an Islander next season and we’re just as excited to have him back.”

Jackman (6-4, 210 lbs.) has played in 125 career NHL games and has scored six goals with seven assists for 13 points and 237 penalty minutes. He has played in 93 games as an Islander and has scored five goals and five assists for 10 points during the course of his two seasons with the club. Jackman has also played in 12 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League this season and scored six goals with one assist for seven points and 35 penalty minutes.

Jackman, a native of Minot, ND, originally signed with the Islanders as a free agent on July 5, 2007 and signed his first extension with the team last June. He also spent time in the Columbus Blue Jackets, Phoenix Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings organizations. He was drafted by the Blue Jackets in the second round (38th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Tim Jackman is the type of role player you want out there during tough situations. He can kill penalties, show good net presence and can even stick handle and skate fairly well. What Jackman is known best for is his fighting ability and ability to relish the role of enforcer. I don’t know how many times this season that I have been surprised at what Jackman walks into during a game, between scraps, dust ups in front of the crease or even a little shoving here and there – Tim Jackman emerges from the “pile”. The guy is a warrior too – at one point during this road trip he got into a fight and it was thought he may have broken his hand during the fight. He has also been cut I don’t know how many times this season – as evident by the scars on his cheek and on the bridge of his nose.

With guys like Jackman and Nate Thompson in the lineup – it offers a fair amount of protection for our up and comers on the team. There is the need to field players who will send the right message to the opposition – you mess with them, you deal with us.

I am happy to see that the man they call Jacko will be around another season. Congrats Tim, well deserved!