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New York Islanders Sign Brock Nelson to Six Year Extension

Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders have signed pending unrestricted free agent Brock Nelson to a six-year deal with a $6 million AAV. The term is great for Brock and the price is great for the team.

One down, three more to go. The New York Islanders announced that they have come to terms with pending unrestricted free agent Brock Nelson to a six-year deal. According to The Athletic’s Arthur Staple, the deal carries an AAV of $6 million.

Brock Nelson was an important piece for the Islanders this season, and one of a few players who’s production actually improved under Barry Trotz.

Both sides have to be quite pleased with the deal. Brock Nelson gets stability with a six-year deal and gets a $1.75 million raise (per year) in the process. For the Islanders, they keep an important center at a reasonable cap hit.

We’re Happy, With Brock Nelson

What a difference a year makes. Just a year ago Brock Nelson was nowhere near the player he is today. He was consistently inconsistent, didn’t play any defense to speak of, and was absent for months in the season.

But Lou gave Nelson a single year prove-it deal. And Brock Nelson absolutely proved his value to the team.

This year he was the exact opposite. Not only did he put up career numbers with 53 points, but he was consistently one of the New York Islanders better players from the start of the season, and played well in both ends of the ice.

By putting his arm around Brock, Barry Trotz was able to get the best out the Islanders 30th overall pick int he 2010 NHL draft. Nelson needed someone to believe in him, and Trotz did exactly that.

Brock Nelson deserved this extension.

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Now the New York Islanders need to focus on re-signing some of their other vital pending UFAs; Andres Lee, Robin Lehner, and maybe Jordan Eberle

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