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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Islanders sign Frans Nielsen to four-year deal

From Greg Logan of Newsday:

Restricted free-agent center Frans Nielsen reached agreement with the Islanders Friday night on a four-year contract worth $2.1 million. It has a one-way provision in each year of the deal, virtually assuring Nielsen will be on the NHL roster.

The $525,000 average salary might turn out to be quite a bargain for a 24-year-old player for whom the Islanders have high hopes. In 16 games with the Islanders last season, Nielsen had only two goals and one assist, but he received fourth-line time, averaging 8:42 per game.

Read the entire story here.

Nielsen is a smallish forward, but he has the ability to put some points on the board if paired with the right linemates. The fact that he signed a four-year deal (one-way contract too) should give him confidence. The Islanders also have to be happy with this contract because it is a mere $525,000 per season.

Ballhype: hype it up!

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