Islanders sign Grabner to extension


The New York Islanders’ future just got a little brighter on Friday when it was offically announced that forward, Michael Grabner, who is coming off a 34 goal rookie campaign, just agreed to a five year contract extension. Grabner, who was picked off waivers by the Islanders last year, scored 34 goals and 52 points, which was good enough to get him named as a finalist for the Calder Trophy. In 2009/10 Grabner played 20 games with the Vancouver Canucks, before being traded in June to the Florida Panthers, who eventually lost him off waivers. In 96 career games Grabner has scored 39 goals and 63 points. His five year deal will net him 15 million. Grabner’s best month came in February when he scored 10 goals including six in as many games. He was also a +13 on the season which is quite a feat, given that the Islanders were one of the weakest defensive minded teams. “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.”


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