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Grabner Signs With Islanders For Five Years

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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Evilpens's avatar

showed he was an ELITE player in this League?? Snow is a MORON !

Posted by Evilpens on 05/13/11 at 12:15 PM ET


“showed he was an ELITE player in this League?? Snow is a MORON !”

Posted by Evilpens on 05/13/11 at 10:15 AM ET

...says the Penguins fan which has Crosby and Malkin because their team suffered mediocrity for a long time.

He’s no Crosby or Malkin but he certainly proved something getting 34 goals on a team like the Islanders.  Granted, 34 goals doesn’t prove anything until he matches it or exceeds it, but if you’re the Islanders GM, why wouldn’t you try to lock this guy up for some years?  Definitely can’t hurt…

Posted by Adam on 05/13/11 at 12:49 PM ET


How did i know the first comment would be a troll.

Posted by Hockey2219 on 05/13/11 at 12:55 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

hahahaha Mediocrity for a Long time? that is the Isles forever

Pens won a SC! what have the Isles won??????????????????????????????????

Lets see if you can answer a question honestly would you trade Grabner For Zetterberg? Datsyuk? Sid? Geno? Ovechkin? St. Louis ?kesler ? & On & On & On

He is an ELITE rookie! Not an ELITE Player in the NHL

Posted by Evilpens on 05/13/11 at 12:57 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Contract is reported at $15M.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/13/11 at 01:07 PM ET


just tossing in some facts.. The Islanders have won 4 Cups..  <end communique>

Posted by Kenora Guy from Kenora, ON on 05/13/11 at 01:10 PM ET

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Yep & the Flyers won some to NONE since 75 <end communique>

Posted by Evilpens on 05/13/11 at 01:12 PM ET


Penguins played seven more games than the Islanders this season, that makes them an ELITE NHL team.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 05/13/11 at 01:28 PM ET


Money seems a little low, but the term’s way too long. Giving 5 year contracts to guys who admit they didn’t really train in the offseason before coming into camp is a bad idea, no matter what their numbers are. You give guys like that 1 or 2 year contracts (see Semin, Alex).

Posted by steviesteve on 05/13/11 at 01:29 PM ET


Grabner has stated he has had bad training camps, not that he doesn’t come prepared or work in the off-season. Big difference.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 05/13/11 at 01:40 PM ET

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hockey1919 You’re a Flat out Buffoon

Posted by Evilpens on 05/13/11 at 01:55 PM ET

phillyd's avatar

Ok, for the troll on here, just stop. hockey1919, here‘s a link to show what he’s been quoted as saying which lines up with what you were alluding to. Also, if it’s only at $3M/season, not bad, especially if he can average 30 goals/season over those 5 years.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 05/13/11 at 02:22 PM ET


Grabner has stated he has had bad training camps, not that he doesn’t come prepared or work in the off-season. Big difference.

It’s different, sure. The second thing causes the first thing.

Maybe Grabner starts taking the offseason more seriously with this contract, maybe he doesn’t. If he doesn’t, this is going to be 3 more million of deadweight money hanging around the organization’s neck for too many years.

Grabner has exactly one thing he does better than everyone else, and it’s the one thing that’s most-effected by offseason conditioning (and age, which doesn’t apply to Grabner). He’s not Ovechkin, who can show up 20 pounds overweight and still post 80 points because, even slower, he’s still freakishly strong and can beat a goaltender on a wristshot from 50 feet away. If Grabner loses a step from bad offseason habits, he will not be remotely useful, which is why you sign guys like him to 1 and 2 year deals.

Posted by steviesteve on 05/13/11 at 02:33 PM ET

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phillyd how’s that Goaltending

Posted by Evilpens on 05/13/11 at 02:36 PM ET


The second thing causes the first thing.

It MAY be a cause, but that may not necessarily be THE cause. If it is THE cause then it is a problem, if it is a case of a guy not finding his groove in training camp then it is not as big a problem.  He doesn’t start the season being lead footed, he starts with the inability to hit the back of the net. He’s still relatively young and many young players have trouble with confidence and finding the net early on.

I would hope the Islanders took into account whether he was a white, doughy mess when he joined them after training camp and had a handle on his fitness throughout the season.  Its not like he arrives at camp and starts getting dizzy if he skates too hard or he can’t make contact in practice from repeated concussions either.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 05/13/11 at 03:40 PM ET


I’m not saying Grabner comes to camp fat (I have no idea if he does); just that NHL-ready guys that struggle early (especially in camp) generally didn’t do their due diligence in the offseason.

Justin Bourne (formerly of the Islanders’ org, no less) explains this well in reference to Ovechkin here, here in a mid-season observation that Leonsis admitted as true in a post-season interview this week.

“This leads me to believe that he`s simply “out of shape,” which is in quotations because he’s in better shape than everyone reading this article, but not better than himself in previous seasons. It doesn’t mean he’s eating bags of potato chips and skipping workouts, it means that the fitness bar in professional sports is insanely high, and if you don’t keep up, struggles inevitably ensue.

He plays a power game. He skates hard, he hits hard, he shoots hard. None of those things are easy to do when you’re a little gassed, and it doesn’t help that your thinking tends to falter in that state as well.”

Seems more likely an explanation than that Grabner just has a mental block at the beginnings of years, though that does exist in one case.

But hey, the only way to know if this is a good signing is to see what Grabner does in years 3-5.

Posted by steviesteve on 05/13/11 at 04:25 PM ET

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