Contract: 4 Years, $20 Million Date: July 2nd, 2014
In July of 2014, Garth Snow took a shot at a veteran to help the Islanders depth scoring and to increase their cap number. Garth added Mikhail Grabovski on a four-year $20 million deal.
Grabo was coming off a 35 point (13 goals, 22 assists) season in 2013-2014 so the cap number seemed a little high right off the bat. In year one Grabo gave the Islanders 19 points in 51 games played.
That would’ve put him on pace for 31 points over a full season, but again the cap number wasn’t justified with the production in his limited games.
Injuries derailed Grabovski’s second season with the Islanders as well. He played just 58 games in 2015-2016. He had 25 points on the year, a step up from his first year but for the second year in a row, he was unable to give you a full season.
He didn’t make another appearance for the Islanders after that. He played zero games in 2016-2017 before being traded to Vegas at the expansion draft. Mikhail Grabovski has not played for Vegas either.
The Islanders got 109 games and 44 points (18 goals, 26 assists) out of the Mikhail Grabovski contract. You’d have to chalk this one up as a loss for Garth Snow.