Islanders Re-sign Nielsen

Nielsen remains an Islander.

The NY Islanders have re-signed forward Frans Nielsen to a four-year, $11 million contract extension, effective 2012-13. Nielsen will earn $2.0 million in the first year of the contract, followed by $2.5 million, $3.0 million, and $3.5 million, with an  average cap hit of $2.75 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve noted several times when Nielsen’s name came up in trade rumors not to underestimate the Isles ability to re-sign their key players. Once again, they’ve kept another in the fold. It’s a significant raise for Nielsen, but he’s earned it with his play.


  1. With the Isles sitting near the bottom of the standings, would it not make sense to use forwards to deal for weaknesses elsewhere? May be a good signing but is this going to make the Isles a playoff team? If you were Mr. Snow…what would you he doing with this team Spector?

  2. Jeb – why wouldn’t the Isles want to re-sign Nielsen? He’s been a Selke candidate several times, scores a point every other game, has a high SO goals percentage, is a modest professional and a good presence in the locker room. Also, Nielsen has a reputation of being one of the most underrated players in the league, as voted by his peers. At a very manageable cap hit of 2.75 million/year, I’d say the Isles got him cheap (yes, I’m Danish, but I’m also a Rangers fan).

  3. Jeb, one thing I would do is what Snow has been doing over the past two years: re-signing quality players who want to stay and help rebuild the team, like Fransen.

  4. I think its a smart signing in long island. I believe that if they keep resigning all these key players who would have great value and this year get another solid pick, hopefully on defense they might begin to attract other agents to them. Yes the Isles need a deeper blueline and a healthy #1 goalie, but now could begin to be the time to start getting those pieces. Isles could pick up on someone like Emery in the off season and go for a recolomation project at a low cost.