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NEW YORK, July 1, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Michael Grabner.
Grabner, 28, has skated in 397 career NHL games over parts of seven seasons (2009-10 – 2015-16) with Vancouver, the NY Islanders, and Toronto, registering 104 goals and 69 assists for 173 points, along with 70 penalty minutes. He is tied for fourth in the NHL in shorthanded goals since the start of the 2010-11 season (12). Grabner has recorded at least 20 goals in a season twice in his career, and he established career-highs in goals (34), assists (18), and points (52) with the Islanders in 2010-11. In addition, he was named to the NHL First All-Rookie Team in 2010-11. Grabner has skated in 17 career NHL playoff games, registering two goals and four assists for six points, along with a plus-five rating.
The 6-1, 185-pounder skated in 80 games with Toronto this past season, registering nine goals and nine assists for 18 points, along with 12 penalty minutes. Grabner established a career-high in games played in 2015-16. He ranked sixth in the NHL – and ranked second among NHL forwards – in shorthanded ice time this past season (248:29) while helping Toronto rank 13th in the NHL on the penalty kill. Grabner was one of three Maple Leafs who tallied a shorthanded goal in 2015-16, and he tied for second on the team in game-winning goals (two) this past season. He recorded his 100th career NHL goal, which was a game-winning goal, on December 27, 2015 against the Islanders.
From the Canadian Press's Stephen Whyno:
As the rebuild continues, the Maple Leafs might not be much better, even under Mike Babcock. But the star coach will make sure that at least they put up a fight.
"Two things that irritate me the most are lack of preparation and lack of compete," he said. "That's not happening. We're going to get that fixed."
The Leafs should be motivated by playing for a new coach and needing to impress a new general manager, Lou Lamoriello. Phil Kessel's already gone, and almost no one on the roster is untouchable.
Management brought in several players on one-year, "prove-it" contracts. Shawn Matthias signed for US$2.3 million, Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau $1.5 million, Matt Hunwick $1.2 million, Mark Arcobello $1.1 million and Brad Boyes $700,000.
They also have players with a year left on their deals, like centre Nazem Kadri, defenceman Martin Marincin (acquired from Edmonton) and winger Michael Grabner (acquired from the Islanders).
Toronto probably won't contend for a playoff spot, but it won't be because players aren't trying.
"We're not going to lose because of lack of effort this year," Kadri said. "It's something that's going to change. We're going to be a skating team, a team that is going to move quick and with pace."
added 12:34pm, Toronto release is below...
Brendan Shanahan with the explanation...
New York Islanders forward Michael Grabner will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Monday for an incident against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
At approximately 6:42 of the first period, Grabner collided with Hurricanes forward Nathan Gerbe in the left wing faceoff circle, sending Gerbe to the ice. There was no penalty called on the play and Gerbe took his regular shifts throughout the game.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: illegal check to the head. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
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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.”
Futility in Sunrise has persisted for far too long, with the Florida Panthers on the brink of a dubious record after nine consecutive non-playoff seasons. Incoming general manager Dale Tallon has moved quickly in putting his stamp on the team with several transactions since taking over, but nothing to this point appears bold enough to turn his club from last season’s Southeast Division cellar dwellers into a postseason participant.
Sadly, more patience may be in order for long-suffering Panthers fans.
Even so, all is not lost for the NHL’s southernmost franchise, with several key pieces already in place for the future (and others right around the corner) and it isn’t as though the current roster is without talent as is. Still, a couple of major stumbling points remain for the Panthers. The 24 games they will play versus fellow Southeast clubs, three of whom look to be vastly improved and the fourth being the stalwart Washington Capitals, certainly won’t help and the expiring contracts for defenseman Bryan McCabe and goaltender Tomas Vokoun will have to be dealt with (and quite possibly dealt altogether), without either situation becoming a distraction.
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