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Michael Grabner signs with Arizona

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Grabner is not coming back to Broadway, he’s going to the desert.

New York Rangers v Arizona Coyotes Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Former New York Rangers winger Michael Grabner has signed with the Arizona Coyotes. The deal is for three years and carries an AAV of $3.35 million. Also, in typical Grabs fashion, he announced the deal himself on Twitter.

There had been some serious talk about Grabner returning to the Rangers in the weeks leading up to July 1. It was believed that the speedy veteran might have been a nice fit with the young locker room. However, we know that the Rangers have wanted to avoid deals with term beyond one or two years. It’s also worth mentioning that while Grabner flourished in Alain Vigneault’s system, there is no way of knowing what he would have looked like playing for new head coach David Quinn.

The Rangers dealt Grabner to the New Jersey Devils — in the first deal between the two franchises — for a 2018 second round pick and defensive prospect Yegor Rykov. The Rangers dealt that second round pick to move up in the first round on draft day to select K’Andre Miller.

In other former Rangers news: Nick Holden is headed to the Vegas Golden Knights.