Grabner, a 30-year-old Austrian, has additionally performed for Vancouver and Toronto throughout his nine-year N.H.L. profession. He scored a career-best 34 targets for the Islanders in 2010-11.
The commerce is the second this week for the Rangers; they sent defenseman Nick Holden to the Boston Bruins for defenseman Rob O’Gara and a 2018 third-round draft choose.
The Rangers have misplaced 5 straight video games, and 12 of their final 15, falling into final place of their division. They’ve missed the playoffs solely as soon as within the final 12 seasons, and the lone absence got here right down to the final day of the 2009-10 common season.
Grabner and his fellow ahead Rick Nash have been scratched from the Rangers’ lineup for Thursday’s Three-1 loss at Montreal, fueling hypothesis that trades is likely to be close to.
Nash, who additionally will probably be an unrestricted free agent after the season, is predicted to be traded earlier than Monday’s deadline.
Nash, 33, has 18 targets and 10 assists in 60 video games this season. He scored a career-best 42 targets within the 2014-15 season. He’s within the closing 12 months of an eight-year, $62.four million contract that he signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets, who traded him to the Rangers in July 2012.
Ryan McDonagh, the Rangers’ captain who has not performed since a 6-1 loss to Boston on Feb. 7 due to an upper-body damage, has additionally been talked about in commerce hypothesis. His contract will expire after subsequent season.
The Rangers host Minnesota on Friday and Detroit on Sunday earlier than leaving for a visit to Western Canada after Monday’s deadline.