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.
Hearing that Frans Nielsen is not and will not be in play. Garth still has plenty of assets, though. #IslesI 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.
— Brian Compton (@BComptonNHL) July 3, 2014