TV2Sport.dk, a Danish sports website, is reporting that Frans Nielsen is expected to sign with Lukko in SM-liiga, Finland’s top tier hockey league. Via Google Translate:
Herning have not managed to get Frans Nielsen homes during the ongoing NHL lockout, the Danish midfielder is ready to sign a contract with Finnish Lukko of the best Finnish series.
Lukkos President, Timo Rajala, confirms that you are close to having an agreement in place with Frans Nielsen, who currently trains with teammates in the New York Islanders.
- We would like him to the club and is in talks with him. We have not yet signed an agreement with him but expect it to happen soon, says Timo Rajala to tv2sport.dk.
The ‘Herning’ mentioned is a top-tier Danish club that plays in Nielsen’s hometown. They were reportedly interested in bringing the Dane home, but had concerns over how much it would cost to sign him.
An interesting note to add here is that Nielsen’s brother, Simon, plays for Lukko in Finland. Simon Nielsen is a goaltender and has played 55 games in the top tier Danish league for various teams including Herning.
Update, 11:20AM — Nielsen’s agent confirms to TV2Sport.dk that a deal is likely.