Larry Brooks reports that Jeff Gorton has been in contact with Michael Grabner's agent about a contract extension but it's not expected that Grabner will be traded by the deadline if he does not sign an extension. (NY Post)
Grabner's agent told Brooks that he and Gorton have spoken but not started negotiations. He said that he doesn't sense any urgency for an extension because of the trade deadline. (NY Post)
He said that Grabner loves being with the Rangers and that "when the time is right, we'll get down to negotiating." (NY Post)
Brooks expects Grabner to look for a deal around four years and a total of $14 million after taking less money in his first contract with the Rangers because of his past connections to Alain Vigneault and Scott Arniel. (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: There is no doubt that Grabner deserves a contract in the $3 million to $4 million range after the amount he has produced and created the last two years. He's an important part of the Rangers, and like Carl Hagelin, the Rangers will miss Grabner and his speed if he leaves as a UFA. My hesitation with locking in Grabner on a multi-year deal at around double his current cap hit is what happens if he returns to the snakebitten player he was prior to joining the Rangers?In the same way that they didn't want to lose Carl Hagelin, I don't think the Rangers will want to lose Grabner, but I don't think they will give him a cap hit that might compromise other areas that need help.