Islanders pluck Grabner off waiver wire
Florida Panthers prospect Michael Grabner celebrated his 23rd birthday Tuesday by being claimed on waivers by the New York Islanders.
Had the Austrian-born winger cleared waivers, he would likely have been demoted to the AHL's Rochester Americans.
Grabner was expected to challenge for a roster spot on the Panthers, but he failed to impress at training camp.
Grabner played 20 games last season for the Vancouver Canucks, notching a natural hat trick in the 5-4 victory over the Anaheim Ducks that clinched a playoff berth for the Canucks on April 2.
He finished the season with five goals and six assists for 11 points.
Grabner was traded to Florida with Steve Bernier and a first-round draft pick in return for Keith Ballard and Victor Oreskovich on June 25.