Around the NHL: Grabner to Toronto, Canadiens new captain and more

The New York Islanders have agreed to a five for one player swap that will send forward Michael Grabner to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Grabner was the 14th overall selection back in 2006 by the


Grabner was traded to the Florida Panthers at the 2010 draft and subsequently released by Florida at the end of camp. Florida intended on sending him to the AHL but the Islanders claimed him off waivers before he cleared.

Grabner had 144 points in 297 games with New York. His first season on Long Island was his best. He recorded 34 goals and 52 points in 76 games.

New will receive Taylor Beck along with prospects Carter Verhaeghe, Matt Finn, Tom Nilsson and goaltender Christopher Gibson.

Beck played 62 games with Nashville last season registering 16 points.


The Montreal Canadiens have named Max Pacioretty the 29th captain in franchise history. The 26 year forward was the 20th overall selection in the 2007 draft. He has scored at least 30 goals in three of the last four seasons. Since 2011-2012 only four players have more tallies.

P.K. Subban, Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher will be the alternate captains. Montreal did not have a captain for the 2014-15 season after Brian Gionta left in free agency. 

Huberdeau Extended

The Florida Panthers announced they have come to terms on a two year deal with former Calder Trophy winner Jonathan Huberdeau. The deal is reportedly worth 6.5 million dollars. The third year pro posted 54 points in 79 games last season.

The two year length is a typical bridge deal for a young player. The ball is in Huberdeau's court to be consistent in order to parlay this into a long term extension. 

Voynov Going Home

Earlier this week, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov announced he and his family will be returning to Russia. Voynov has been detained U.S. Immigration and Customs since being released after serving a portion of his 90 day domestic violence sentence.

The decision is not a surprise to some as the prospect of deportation seemed likely. By electing to return home on his own, the self deportation will allow him to return to the United States sometime in the future should he desire.

He was a part of both Stanley Cup winning teams in Los Angeles. He will forfeit the remaining four years and 19.5 million dollars of his current NHL contract.

Bill Minchin is a contributing writer for Flyerdelphia. Follow Bill on Twitter @wtfd103074

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