4/15/18 | Larry Brooks writes that Grabner's " largely unproductive stint" with the Devils might make it more "feasible" for him to return to the Rangers. (NY Post)
Grabner, 31 next season, is likely going to double his current cap hit of $1.65 million, according to Brooks, but it's not clear if the Rangers would give the term he can likely command. (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: Grabner's time with the Devils is why it's risky to essentially double the contract the Rangers gave him two-years ago. He's a good role player but his streaky scoring makes it tough to invest that much cap hit and term for a player on a rebuilding team. There is also the belief some have that Grabner excelled with the Rangers because he hit perfectly with how Alain Vigneault wanted to play. He can/will certainly still be an effective player without Vigneault, but if he's not the scorer he was under Vigneault it's a lot to tie up when flexibility will be incredibly important as the Rangers go forward.
3/25/18 | Michael Grabner would be open to returning to the Rangers
Michael Grabner told Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post that while he isn't spending much time thinking about it now, he would be open to returning to the Rangers this summer.
Grabner said that he is trying to play out his season with the Devils and will then see what happens after. (NY Post)
Since joining the Devils, Grabner has two goals and one assist in 14 games.
The Rangers had spoken with Grabner's agent during the season about a possible extension.
Adam Rotter: If Grabner wants to return to the Rangers he will likely leave bigger and better offers on the table. Grabner was a really productive Ranger under Alain Vigneault but the Rangers would likely only offer one-year, maybe two, when Grabner might be able to get 3-4 years as a UFA.