Today Elliotte Friedman tweeted that the Arizona Coyotes have placed forward Michael Grabner on waivers for the purposes of buying out the final year of his contract.
Michael Grabner (ARIZ) on waivers for the purposes of a buyout.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 3, 2020
The move will provide the Coyotes with some cap relief, although they will likely need to make a few more moves.
After buying out Grabner final yr $3.35M Cap Hit (Cap Hit Yr 1 $833K Yr 2 $1.26M), #Yotes have Proj $3.8M Cap Space w/ 17 (9F/6D/2G) assuming bonus carryover split over 2 yrs ($197K/yr)— PuckPedia (@PuckPedia) October 3, 2020
RFA: Hinostroza, Fischer, Lyubushkin
UFA: Hall, Richardson, Soderberghttps://t.co/Q9vhTvX3ut
Grabner was brought in to provide secondary scoring and provided to be an effective penalty killer. He was key to the Coyotes having one of the top penalty kills in his first year and lead the team with six shorthanded goals.
Unfortunately, Grabner’s time in the desert was not without his problems. In his first season, he sustained a really bad eye injury which limited him to 41 games.
Coyotes forward Michael Grabner just posted this photo on Instagram. It's ugly and it's clearly his left eye that took the brunt of Blues forward Sammy Blais' stick. No official update yet from the Coyotes on his prognosis: pic.twitter.com/zhEdu0XBBv— Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) December 2, 2018
The injury appeared to have some lingering effects. Grabner seemed off this past season, and he frequently found himself a healthy scratch. He was limited to 46 games and finished with the shortened regular season with 8 goals and 3 assists.
Grabner would come alive in the playoffs though. He was at the top of his game and had three goals, including the game-winning goal in the Coyotes first game. That goal, of course, came short-handed.