Grabner will be 11th to play for Rangers, Islanders, Devils
Forward joins New Jersey following stints with two New York rivalsNHL.com @NHLdotcom
When forward Michael Grabner makes his debut with the New Jersey Devils, which likely will be against the New York Islanders at Prudential Center on Saturday (6:15 p.m. ET; MSG+, MSG+2, NHL.TV), he will become the 11th player in NHL history to play for the Devils, Islanders and New York Rangers.
Grabner, 30, was traded to the Devils by the Rangers for a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and defenseman prospect Yegor Rykov on Thursday. It was the first trade between the Metropolitan Division rivals since the Devils began play in the League in 1982-83.
Grabner played 297 games with the Islanders from 2010-15, and played 135 games the past two seasons with the Rangers, who signed him as a free agent July 1, 2016.
He will join a group that also includes forwards Arron Asham, Pat Conacher, Sergei Nemchinov and PA Parenteau; defensemen Joel Bouchard, Vladimir Malakhov and Mike Mottau; and goaltenders Mike Dunham, John Vanbiesbrouck and Kevin Weekes, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.