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Isles’ Grabner a healthy scratch vs. Leafs (Update: Vanek also out)

Nov 19, 2013, 11:37 AM EDT

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Michael Grabner‘s tough campaign looks like it’s about to get even tougher.

Grabner, the speedy Isles winger, appears to be a healthy scratch for tonight’s contest against Toronto, according to Newsday.

Update: He’s out, as per head coach Jack Capuano.

The 26-year-old Austrian — who’s scored 70 goals in three seasons with the Isles — has just two tallies through 19 games this year and is only averaging 14:35 TOI per game, his lowest since joining the team. He’s also missed a pair of games to suspension for an illegal check to the head of Carolina’s Nathan Gerbe and is currently mired in an awful slump, having failed to score a point in 12 games.

(What’s more, Grabner hasn’t found the back of the net in 18 straight. Both his goals this year came in a season-opening victory over the Devils.)

It’s unclear what the rest of New York’s roster moves will be. Doesn’t sound as though Thomas Vanek is ready to return from injury, and it’s possible Eric Boulton could draw in for Grabner.


Vanek is definitely out, according to Newsday, and Grabner didn’t even take regular line rushes with the team during the morning skate — further suggesting he’ll be out of the lineup tonight.

  1. davebabychreturns - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    *Canucks fan schadenfreude*

  2. islesjb - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Grabner for Boulton? Awesome upgrade- really gives them the best change to win.

    Slumping or not, taking out Grabs for a guy like Boulton is counter productive; especially when the Isles are desperate for more wins. I’m all for setting an example but Grabner is still probably their best PKer and Boulton really brings nothing to the table aside from a few penalties and a fight or two.

  3. 7mantel - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Will Capuano make to new years with the questionable moves and inconsistency of the Islanders ? This move makes no sense !

  4. isphet71 - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Grabner for Kyle Quincey!

    • bcisleman - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      Kindl would be a better match in terms of Islander needs and the contracts involved but trading Grabs for a talented D is an interesting idea especialy since Lubo and Straiter have no timetable for return.

  5. neeza06 - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Agreed about cappy not lasting. He’s made a ton of questionable decisions with lineups and personnel moves as a coach, especially so in the pens series and the start of this year. Isles also have a ton of flaws in there game stemming from last year beyond goaltending that he has done nothing to fix. Some has to do with talent but he’s shown no ability to maximize the talent or show improvement in any of those problem areas. I don’t think he should or will last this year. I’d like to see Doug weight get a shot to turn things around IMO but it could also be necessary to bring in an outside presence to shake things up

    • bcisleman - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:15 PM

      Improving the roster is Garth’s job. Garth did try to acquire a quality #1 G but failed. He greatly improved depth at F but should’ve added a quality D w/ Streiter’s departure. Isles lack of vet depth on D is showing now. Don’t see any coaching changes before this summer unless things get a lot worse.

      • neeza06 - Nov 20, 2013 at 4:52 AM

        I wasnt talking about adding or subtracting players or making trades when I said personnel decisions. Snow decides who will be on the roster but its the coach who chooses lineup and line pairings. He has a knack for tinkering too much. Improving the roster may be the job of the GM but its the coaches job to maximize what he has. Garth has been questionable at best as of late but isles fans act like he inherited a perennial contender and hes slowly tearing it apart. This team is still rebuilding and as much as some of snows recent moves have been frustrating ( niederreiter for clutterbuck i think was a lot worse than the vanek trade) it is a lot more frustrating seeing the islanders get beat on the same mistakes over and over again. And what is capuanos solution? scracth our best penalty killer while or PK looks like crap while putting boulton in a lineup that already has carkener martin and cluttberbuck. great decision

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