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New York Islanders: Fans Mad At Michael Grabner

By Matt O'Leary
Feb 17, 2015; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Islanders forward Michael Grabner (40) skates against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Islanders defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 17, 2015; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Islanders forward Michael Grabner (40) skates against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Islanders defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Ex New York Islanders forward signed with cross town rival Rangers on the first day of free agency. Apparently Islanders fans have been giving Grabner a hard time on social media.

Michael Grabner played 5 years with the Islanders. His best year by far was his first year with the club, when the speedster scored 34 goals in 2010-2011. Unfortunately for him, and the Islanders his play has declined each year since then.

His playing time diminished his last year with the Islanders so much that they were forced to trade him. After signing with the Rangers, supposedly he’s been given a hard time on twitter.

Personally I don’t get all the hate, I’m certainly not going to call him a traitor for signing to play with the Rangers. Am I Rangers fan? Absolutely not, but the NHL is a business.

It’s not like, dare I even say it, John Tavares signed with the Rangers. The guy had a solid year or two with the club and that was about it.

Unfortunately for the Rangers they’re still trying to replace Hagelin and they’re trying to catch lightning in the bottle with Grabner. Grabner’s game is extremely fast, he might get his break away chances but as we learned as Islanders fans he’s probably going to miss the shot anyway.

It was a low risk signing for the Rangers, I don’t blame them for it one bit. I’d go into more depth about it but sense this is an Islanders website I’m giving you the Islanders perspective on these things.

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I know it’s the summer and there’s not a lot going on for New York Islanders fans at the moment but giving Grabner a hard time? Really? Stick with the trade proposals, it’s much more production and definitely more positive.

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