Grabner excited to commit to the Islanders
The Islanders leading goal-scorer and Calder finalist signs five-year deal
Friday, 05.13.2011 / 1:34 PM ET / News
By David Hochman
Michael Grabner, the team’s leading goal-scorer this past season, committed to the Isles for five more years, guaranteeing he’ll be around for that shiny new rink’s opening in 2015-16.
“I’m really happy knowing I’ll be staying here on Long Island,” Grabner said. “It feels good. The new arena’s going to be exciting – for the fans and for me. I was hoping that I could stay here a while and it worked out.”
I want to be a part of the solution and a piece of the puzzle. - Michael GrabnerThe signing makes Grabner the second top scorer on the Islanders in the last four months to opt for a long-term deal to stay on Long Island rather than becoming an unrestricted free agent. Matt Moulson, who ranked second on the Isles in goals with his second straight 30-goal season, signed a three-year deal at the end of January.
“I’m excited to be a part of the future success here and I’m working to build on this year,” Grabner said. “We have a lot of young, talented, core players in the room. We have a great chemistry in the room and on the ice like we showed the last couple months, so hopefully most of these guys will stick around for a couple years and we’ll get some winning going.”
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“They gave me a chance in the beginning of the year and stuck with me,” Grabner said. “They let me get comfortable and just let me play. Hopefully we’ll win a Cup down the line. I want to be a part of the solution and a piece of the puzzle.”
For Isles fans, the contract means five more years of blazing speed, highlight-reel goals and classic tweeting. Add to that a brand new, state-of-the-art arena and something extraordinary is coming together on Long Island.
“The announcement of the new arena made this decision a lot easier,” Grabner said. “I like this area and I can’t wait to play here for the next five years.”
It’s only the middle of May, but with a long-term deal for a rising superstar and the declaration of a new arena, this off-season is shaping up to be one of the most memorable in Islanders history.