According to Pierre LeBrun, a team was interested in Brock Nelson and New York Islanders General Manager Garth Snow did not pull the trigger.
With the trade deadline approaching the rumors begin circulating. Apparently, another team in the NHL showed interest in Brock Nelson and the New York Islanders G.M. decided not to pull the trigger on it.
According to Pierre LeBrun, someone went “hard” after Brock Nelson and the Islanders decided not to move him. LeBrun said this on the TSN Hockey Bobcast and if you’d like to listen to the show he says it at around the 1:04:00 mark of the episode.
The exact quote is:
"“I know for a fact there’s a team that went hard at them recently on Brock Nelson and I don’t think the Islanders obviously wanted to do it.”"
So you’re telling me, a team wanted some action on Brock Nelson and Garth Snow wouldn’t pull the trigger on it?!
Of course, we are never told which team it was and what they were offering but I think Islanders fans would take just about anything in return for Brock Nelson. If Michael Grabner just got traded for a second do you think you could make the case for a second round pick for Brock Nelson?
I would take that. Of course, I would prefer to add a pick and a prospect into the deal and try to get a big-time defenseman in here but I would take a pick potentially for Brock Nelson.
You could slot Anthony Beauvillier in his natural position of center on the third line and call Josh Ho-Sang back up here to replace Nelson and you might be able to make the case that the Islanders improved that line.
Again, we don’t know what was offered but passing up an opportunity to deal Brock is laughable. Especially if a team “went hard” that implies they made a pretty satisfying offer. It never ends with this G.M.