Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/13/11 at 11:04 AM ET
UNIONDALE, NY (May 15, 2011) – The New York Islanders announced today that forward Michael Grabner has agreed to terms on a five-year contract.
“I’m really happy knowing I’ll be staying here on Long Island, especially after Wednesday’s news of a new arena,” Grabner said. “We have a lot of young, talented players who came together last year and I am thrilled to have the chance to be a part of getting this team back to the playoffs.”
Grabner, 23, led the Islanders as well as all NHL rookies during the 2010-11 regular season with 34 goals, while his 52 points ranked third amongst league rookies and fourth overall on the team. The Villach, Austria, native also led all rookies and finished second in the NHL with six shorthanded goals. He ranked first amongst rookies and tied for second overall with seven shorthanded points.
“Michael showed last season that he is an elite player in this league,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. “In addition to providing speed and skill to our offense, he’s worked hard to elevate the defensive side of his game to become an all around player.”
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