In what has been an expected move for some time, Brock Nelson has signed up again with the New York Islanders. The deal, a six-year deal, will see the 27-year-old stay at his hold side. His contract was due to run out on the 1st July, so this will be a relief. According to the player himself, he knew after the Second Round win over the Carolina Hurricanes that he wanted to stick around and play further.
Speaking about his decision to stay put, Nelson said: “You could wait it out, but this is the only place I’ve ever been,
“It’s a great place to live, especially now with kids. We love it here, and we’re very happy to be here another six years.”
Indeed, it felt like it might have been time for the one-club man to move on. He’s a bit of a hero with the Islanders, but he did just post his best ever career record of 53 points. Interest was there from other teams, but he looks like that wasn’t the consideration we all expected. Sticking around with the team he feels so well connected to just feels right.
For many, though, Nelson might have made the right decision at just the right time. At the peak of his powers, the rush of the new deal – and the settling feeling it could produce in the side – could see them push on for even greater success. Who knows? It could help to propel Nelson and his team to the success some expected him to leave in search of.
After the loss of John Tavares last year, this will feel like a real relief to keep a star player once again. It shows the progress the Islanders are making, too, as a club.