Training camp has begun for the New York Islanders but Mikhail Grabovski was not part of it.
Mikhail Grabovski won't speak to the media here today, not cleared due to concussion symptoms. Also not cleared to skate.
— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) September 22, 2016
Grabovski has a history of concussions and has only played 11 games since the last All-Star break.
Unfortunately for the Islanders, Grabovski has been a disapointment ever since he signed on with the team. He remains a useful, skilled player when on the ice, but that has been all too rare in his two years with the Islanders. He’s suffered three concussions – two in 2014-15 and one last season – and he is still hampered by the effects of those head injuries. Last year he only obtained nine goals and 16 assists in 58 games and played just a little over 14 minutes per game.
He is under contract through 2017-18 for $5 million per year, but keep in mind that not being cleared for camp doesn’t mean Grabovski’s season or career are over. It’s just a crappy way to kick off a new season.