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The best Islanders team of players who left and came back

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C - Randy Robitaille (2003, 2006-07)

Randy Robitaille played in just 60 total games for the Islanders (10 in 2002-03 and 50 in 2006-07), but both times the team made the playoffs, and both times he was a contributor in the post-season.

Randy Robitaille
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The Islanders traded for Robitaille twice. In 2003 he was acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 9th for a 5th-round draft pick. “Randy is a gifted offensive player that we believe is a good fit for us,” Islander G.M. Mike Milbury said after the trade. In 10 games with the Isles to finish the season, he had 1 goal and two assists, playing 12:28 TOI a night. In the five-game series with the top-seeded Ottawa Senators, Robitaille had a goal and an assist.

Following stops in Atlanta, Minnesota and Philadelphia, Robitaille was reacquired by the Islanders on December 20, 2006 for Mike York. In the deal, the Islanders also acquired a 2008 5th round pick which was used to draft Matt Martin. Robitaille had six goals and 17 assists in 2006-07 and two assists in the team's opening round loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

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