Yaaaa Florida…

Michael Grabner has been claimed by the New York Islanders.

I was pretty surprised hearing over the weekend that Florida had waived prospect Michael Grabner; this was a former 1st round pick who has a lot of skill and while he definitely didn`t meet expectations in training camp, he is a former 1st round pick who has a lot of skill!! I know the Panthers got a first round pick along with Grabner in the Ballard trade, but don`t you think they would do their research before acquiring Grabner. Now they have lost a former 14th overall pick for nothing to a team that they will fight it out for bottom in the NHL with.

Grabner to Long Island is very intriguing because the recent injury to Kyle Okposo leaves a pretty big spot in their top six on the right side. If Grabner could find some chemistry with John Tavares early, it could be a huge breakout year for him.

Other notable waived players:

  • Detroit – Maltby and Meech
  • NYI – Andy Hilbert
  • Buffalo – Mark Parrish
  • Calgary – Brent Sutter
  • NYR – Tim Kennedy and Todd White
  • Ottawa – David Hale
  • Chicago – Ryan Potulny

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