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Islanders Sign Top Pick Connolly

September 30, 1999

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) _ The New York Islanders rewarded center Tim Connolly and defenseman Mathieu Biron for making the parent club by signing them to three-year deals Thursday.

Connolly was the first of the Islanders’ four first-round picks in this year’s Entry Draft and the fifth overall. The Kings made Biron the 21st choice in the first round. The choice was acquired from Los Angeles as part of the trade for Zigmund Palffy on June 20.

Both players signed for the rookie maximum three years, and general manager Mike Milbury said their bonus packages were along the lines of others drafted in their respective positions.

``They now become two of America’s youngest millionaires,″ Milbury said.

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