The Islanders have offered pending free agent Frans Nielsen a contract worth $5.5 million per season, but are not optimistic about re-signing him, reports Larry Brooks of the New York Post.
The offer the Isles have out to the 32-year-old Nielsen would run through at least his age-36 season, according to Brooks.
Nielsen had 20 goals and 32 assists in 81 games during the regular season and added three goals and three assists in the Isles' 11 playoff games.
He was drafted by the Islanders in the third round of the 2002 NHL Draft and made his NHL debut with them in 2006.
I like Nielsen a lot, but if I'm Garth Snow, I'm not paying a $6 million AAV. When Nielsen was playing hurt in 2014-15, we saw just how much being able to skate at 100 percent is integral to his game. He just can't do the things he does well without having his legs.
So at 32 years old, what are the chances that he doesn't lose a step and remains worthy of a $6 million per year deal throughout the entirety contract? Not very likely. With other spots to upgrade and some team probably willing to go the extra mile, I'm not optimistic Nielsen will be back next season.