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Nielsen happy to be staying on Long Island

Tuesday, 02.07.2012 / 11:35 PM / News

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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Nielsen happy to be staying on Long Island
The Islanders announced Tuesday evening that Frans Nielsen had agreed to a new contract reportedly worth $11 million over four years.
PHILADELPHIA -- Evgeni Nabokov knows just how teammate Frans Nielsen should celebrate his contract extension.

"I know for sure we're going to have a dinner, that's for one," Nabokov said with a laugh following the Islanders' 1-0 shootout win against the Flyers on Tuesday. "I will ask him for a second dinner, for sure."

Nielsen certainly can afford it.

The team announced Tuesday evening that the sixth-year forward had agreed to a new contract reportedly worth $11 million over four years. The deal will be signed Wednesday and will keep the speedy 27-year-old center from becoming an unrestricted free agent.

"It's nice," he said. "I'm really happy about being in this organization. I believe in the rebuild that we're having right now. I'm really proud to be part of this organization for another four years. I just can't wait to keep going here because I know we're going to be good."

Nielsen was good Tuesday, opening the shootout with a goal and winning nine of 19 faceoffs in 19:17 of ice time. He has nine goals and 16 assists in 52 games, and is regarded as one of the best penalty-killing forwards in the League. His seven shorthanded goals led the NHL last season, and he's led the Isles' forwards in blocked shots two straight seasons, including 42 this season.

"He's a workhorse for us," Nabokov said. "He can play in any situation -- power play, penalty kill, even strength."

Nielsen said he had little interest in waiting to test the free-agent waters in July.

"When we started talking I knew what I wanted," he said. "They treat me so good here. I just can't wait until we get to be contenders -- hopefully soon. It'll be a real fun place to be."

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK
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