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Frans Nielsen is a pending unrestricted free agent going into July 1st. The New York Islanders and Frans’ representatives have met at least once, but to date have not formalized a deal.
As the days go it grows increasingly likely that Nielsen will be on his way out come the July 1st deadline. His current deal of $2.75 million and he will be looking for an upgrade on that number. Something the Islanders GM Garth Snow might not want to do.
If Nielsen goes, who do the Isles turn to instead? Today’s Slapshot have said that the Islanders could turn their attentions to St. Louis Blues center and pending free agent; David Backes.
Backes has great faceoff stats, hovering around 50% over his entire career. But at 32-years-old himself and coming off a $4.5 million cap hit, GM Snow should be wary of giving too much. Perhaps the real answer lies within the organization rather than going to free agency.
New York Islanders Round-up From Around the Web
The biggest Islanders presences at the World Cup of Hockey is going to be through team Europe. Three of the Islanders five players named to squads are part of this continental squad (Sportsnet)
In case you missed our World Cup of Hockey round-up yesterday, Sports Illustrated has combined all eight rosters. (Sports Illustrated)
The Stamkos chase heats up as the July 1st deadline approaches, but Hockey Buzz places the favor squarely on the Buffalo Sabres to land the all-star (Hockey Buzz)
The Hockey News dedicates it cover to the Steven Stamkos free agency frenzy. See if you can spot who’s missing. (The Hockey News)