Thursday, July 3, 2014

Frans Nielsen Untouchable?

Yesterday, following the signings of Grabovski and Kulemin, Islanders Country started speculating about trade possibilities with the now glut of forwards the team has.  Following the signing of Casey Cizikas and Anders Lee the Islanders will have 17 forwards signed.

One name that repeatedly came up in speculation among fans was Islanders center Frans Nielsen who had a breakout season last year putting up 58 points as the teams second line center.  Well, according to Brian Compton, fans can breathe a little easier as Nielsen won't be going anywhere as he is reporting that Nielsen is not in play in trade talks and will not be put in play.
I wasn't one of the fans dead set against trading Nielsen.  While I certainly wouldn't shop him, if the right deal came along I would have a hard time not pulling the trigger.  Given that though, I am not at all disappointed to hear this.  Nielsen will be a key player for the Islanders this year as he looks to prove last years career year is now the norm for him and wasn't an aberration.

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