Free agent Frans Nielsen has signed a six-year deal with the Red Wings,the team announced.
The belief is that Nielsen got $30 million from Detroit, while the Islanders had offered a seven-year deal worth slightly more, reports Arthur Staple of Newsday.
Nielsen, 32, had 20 goals and 32 assists in 81 games during the regular season for the Isles in 2015-16.
He had been with the team since 2006.
Nielsen really was the only one of the Isles' UFAs with a chance to stay, and I thought that his love for the organization might be the ultimate tiebreaker. But with the report that he left money and years left on the table, it's obvious he wanted a change.
At 32, Nielsen is an interesting case. While I love the versatility he brings with his ability to play both wing and center, can he still be an elite penalty killer as he gets older? That's my ultimate concern. If he can keep his legs, he'll make his new club very happy, but I think there's a solid chance that, depending on how his body holds up, his new deal might not end up providing that much value.
I'll miss Frans. He loved being an Islander, and we all loved having him. But the roster shakeup is on, and now there's no turning back.