New York Islanders Offseason Plan If John Tavares Leaves (Competitive)
Sign Michael Grabner: Two-Years $6 million ($3 million AAV)
The New York Islanders third line was brutally bad in 2017-2018. The Islanders could use an effective depth player, which familiar face, Michael Grabner is just that.
In 80 games with Rangers and Devils Grabner put up 36 points (27 goals, nine assists). Over the past two years Grabner has scored 27 goals per year and has come at an extremely cheap cost at just $1.65 million.
If the Islanders bump him up to $3 million and he gives you anything close to 20 goals and 35 points I think you’re more than happy. The Islanders just need some depth and some help on the penalty kill after likely losing Nikolai Kulemin.
That’s an underrated part of Grabner’s game. Yes, he’s fast and has scoring upside, but he also can help you out on the penalty kill. He’s essentially a rich man’s Jason Chimera from 2016-2017.
Grabner gets himself a nice raise, while the Islanders find some depth scoring at just $3 million. Grabs is the perfect bottom six player and actually worth a $3 million cap number, unlike Cal Clutterbuck.