Grabner better off with Islanders

GUTS MCTAVISH, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:21 PM ET

Don't look now but Canucks cast-off Michael Grabner's 24 goals has suddenly made him a legitimate contender for the Calder Trophy.

This of course begs the question: Did the Canucks part with the speedy Austrian too soon? Yes.

Unfortunately, the Grabner lovers tend to forget he' a fixture on the New York Islanders first unit power play and is getting serious first line minutes.

If he was still a Canuck, believe me, it wouldn't come at the expense of Alex Burrows.

With Grabner as a Canuck would the NHL's top power play be improved? Would the NHL's most prolific offence really be that more potent? Hell no.

I'm sure Mike Gillis knew he gave up on him early, but that is the cost to be a true Stanley Cup contender.

The Canucks had the luxury to move an asset like Grabner to bolster the depth of their blueline, the main source of their painful playoff exits the past two years.

It's nearly impossible to look at the team's injury list and tell me Grabner's offence, on the NHL's highest scoring team, is more valuable than Keith Ballard come April.

Of course if Mason Raymond ever decided to go on a scoring spree of his own it might make Grabner's breakout season a little more palatable.


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