Islanders forward Frans Nielsen on his plans beyond this season, Manny Legace gets a training camp tryout, and the latest on former NHL defenseman Andrei Zyuzin.
NEWSDAY: Katie Strang recently reported NY Islanders forward Frans Nielsen could be the type of versatile, affordable forward every GM would clamour for if he hits the UFA market next summer, but he would prefer to remain an Islander “for many more years”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For all the dismissal of the Islanders in recent years as a joke, many of the players who’ve come up through their system over this period have expressed a strong desire to stay, especially after last season, the first in a long time where the club appeared to turn the corner following a horrific first half. No, it’s not because misery loves company, but rather, a genuine opinion they’re building toward playoff contention. If Nielsen wants to stay, he shouldn’t be too difficult to re-sign.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Joe Yerdon reports former NHL goalie Manny Legace has accepted a training camp tryout with the Vancouver Canucks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Legace obviously won’t be displacing Roberto Luongo or Corey Schneider in the Canucks goalie tandem, but if he plays well he could be headed to the AHL, where he would provide depth if needed in a call-up role. It’s also possible a strong camp might attract attention from rival clubs.
YAHOO! SPORTS: Dmitry Chesnokov yesterday “tweeted” former NHL defenseman Andrei Zyuzin wants to return to the NHL, but rejected a one-year offer from the San Jose Sharks, apparently because the offer was well below the $1 million he was seeking.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen if he’ll get that from another NHL club.