Leafs to use second Compliance Buyout on Grabovski

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In a shocking move early Thursday afternoon, The Toronto Maple Leafs placed centre Mikhail Grabovski on unconditional waivers with the purpose of buying him out.

Should Grabovski clear waivers tomorrow at noon, the Leafs will use their second Compliance Buyout, having bought out the final year of Mike Komisarek’s contract earlier in the week.

Grabovski was coming off a career-worst season in 2013 scoring a mere nine goals and seven assists for 16 points in 48 games and still had four years remaining on a contract signed last offseason that was paying him $5.5-Million per year.  The Belorussian is apparently set to get hitched tomorrow in Toronto, and as a wedding present will now be one of the best free agent centres available.

Grabovski, a 5-year veteran of the Maple Leafs, was originally acquired in 2008 for prospect Greg Pateryn and a second round pick in 2010.  He played 340 games for the blue and white collecting 208 points while primarily filling the role of a second line centre.  In the last three seasons, he was second on the team in points (behind Phil Kessel) with 125.

Ever the ESL charmer, apparently Grabo had this to say:

With the buyout the Maple Leafs will now have approximately $25-million in cap space with which to re-sign their significant RFAs, Bozak and potentially acquire one or two of the notable UFAs.  While this is a terrible move – in my opinion – it does allow the Maple Leafs a lot more freedom financially.  Unfortunately, as the case has been since the acquisition of Jonathan Bernier, the Leafs seem incapable of understanding the strength and depth within the organization.

Expect Tyler Bozak to receive his astronomically stupid contract demands soon.  More to come.

  • http://twitter.com/jmckelvie RielledUp

    fuck me.

  • happy_gilmour

    hope this means they can lock franson and kadri up now (and quickly)… hoping this also doesn’t mean automatic bozie resign

  • happy_gilmour

    hope this means they can lock franson and kadri up now (and quickly)… hoping this also doesn’t mean automatic bozie resign

  • KurtWhite

    if we did this so we can afford Clarkson Im gonna be pissed, grabbo contract was to high but eff me if we replace him with some other bum

  • steele123

    fuck this is crazy…if we resign Bozak now…I’ma cut a bitch

  • borjesundin

    Dave Nonis has cleaned up so much of the mess that Burke left. Grabbo, TC, MK, Lombardi – for all you lovers of Burke he was an absolute moron  with FA’ and pending FA’s. 
    Nonis has been so much more prudent – let’s hope this continues and he doesn’t make Bozie a very rich man.

    • Alec Brownscombe

      borjesundin Burke was everything for this team. Then Nonis took over office, Lieweke came in and it’s been a retarded string of decisions since.
      Let’s see if you’re saying that when Bozak gets a huge deal and that was the entire purpose of this buyout.
      My only hope is that we have a big trade for a true number one 1 in place.

      • Leafbites

        Alec Brownscombe borjesundin Retarded decisions? Not everyone shares that opinion. I for one, have loved all these moves to date.

      • Leafbites

        Alec Brownscombe borjesundin Retarded decisions? Not everyone shares that opinion. I for one, have loved all these moves to date.

      • KingTon

        Alec Brownscombe borjesundin I loved Burke but what are all these retarded string of decisions lately?  If you are referring to the Bernier trade, it was in talks before Lieweke came on board.

      • Mind Bomb

        Alec Brownscombe borjesundin  Afternoon Alec, we agree :) he better have a big trade lined up for a 1C. I was kinda joking with you yesterday when I said Bozak at 5 x 5

      • 2minutes

        If we don’t get something of substance instead, we should fucking riot at maple leafs square. Stop the madness. Bolland was a good trade, but if we don’t get a top center and end up paying big for Clarkson I will snap.

      • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Doit4Dougie

        Ya exactly, next summer it will be bozak getting bought out of a ridic comtract and us kissing him goodbye for nothing,

      • Alec Brownscombe

        borjesundin Should add I like the Bolland trade. Forgot that amid my anger.
        I will forgive him if this is more than just making space for Bozak.

        • bermudaboy

          Alec Brownscombe borjesundin Gotta be. Don’t need to make this much space just to re-sign Bozak.

      • Alec Brownscombe

        borjesundin Should add I like the Bolland trade. Forgot that amid my anger.
        I will forgive him if this is more than just making space for Bozak.

      • borjesundin

        Alec Brownscombe borjesundin 
        Nonis has been 10X better than Burke. Let me remind you that under Burke, that “supreme judge of talent” our goalie was Toskala and Jonas Gustavsson. Burke cost us several years of playoff hockey.

      • borjesundin

        Alec Brownscombe borjesundin 
        Nonis has been 10X better than Burke. Let me remind you that under Burke, that “supreme judge of talent” our goalie was Toskala and Jonas Gustavsson. Burke cost us several years of playoff hockey.

        • Bobsyouruncle

          borjesundin Alec Brownscombe Burke started out with a bunch of junk and turned it into pieces that Nonis can use. But you keep lying to yourself if it makes you feel better.

        • Bobsyouruncle

          borjesundin Alec Brownscombe Burke started out with a bunch of junk and turned it into pieces that Nonis can use. But you keep lying to yourself if it makes you feel better.

        • borjesundin

          Bobsyouruncle borjesundin Alec Brownscombe 

          Burke was ok. 
          But please do not overlook some of his dumb moves
          LACK + Goalies
          and Burke’s LACK of success.

        • borjesundin

          Bobsyouruncle borjesundin Alec Brownscombe 

          Burke was ok. 
          But please do not overlook some of his dumb moves
          LACK + Goalies
          and Burke’s LACK of success.

      • Alec Brownscombe

        Yaknowwhat Alec Brownscombe I don’t have time to argue with you Yak. You don’t really like Dion, you like Bozak, you don’t like Grabo… Clearly we don’t see player value the same at all.

      • mcloki

        Alec Brownscombe borjesundin I gotta think it’s for a big piece tomorrow. We don’t need that much cash free for just Bozak. Tomorrow will tell.

      • mcloki

        Alec Brownscombe borjesundin I gotta think it’s for a big piece tomorrow. We don’t need that much cash free for just Bozak. Tomorrow will tell.

      • Alec Brownscombe

        Yaknowwhat Alec Brownscombe Oh Nonis agrees with you! That means you’re definitely right. GMs never screw up.

    • KenBreadner

      borjesundin Regards Grabovski’s contract. The only alternative was to let him walk for nothing. Would you have done that?

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Doit4Dougie

    This was a shock. Noniis better have another skilled c on the way. Bozak fucking can’t be our 1c again. Fuck. I like him as a 3c that’s it.

  • Cloud09

    Fuck, Fuck, FUCK!!!

  • Mapleleafs1344

    So I guess Kunitz numbers aren’t inflated playing with Crosby or how about Dupuis? This whole Bozak bashing should stop he’s proven to be a solid top line Center doesn’t need to put up 100 points to be good he’s solid in many areas. Those who cry for Weiss or even Rebeiro are delusional they are def a downgrade over Bozak… 5 years 4 mill is wat I’m hoping for and sign Clarkson as well for around 4 million over 3-4 years

    • newkb

      Did you see what Kunitz resigned for? No way Bozak resigns for that money…so your whole post is moot and pointless.

    • Bobsyouruncle

      Mapleleafs1344 “(Bozak) doesn’t need to put up 100 points to be good.” lol   How about  50 he hasn’t done that either. Bozniak is junk, none of those names are a downgrade.

    • Bobsyouruncle

      Mapleleafs1344 “(Bozak) doesn’t need to put up 100 points to be good.” lol   How about  50 he hasn’t done that either. Bozniak is junk, none of those names are a downgrade.

    • KenBreadner

      Mapleleafs1344 Bozak is NOT a top line center and almost certainly never will be. No, he doesn’t need 100 points to have value but playing with Kessel and–well, let’s face it, Bozak doesn’t notice anyone else on the ice, he’s like a puppydog that way–he should be putting up MINIMUM 60-65 in an 82 game season.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Doit4Dougie

    I can see that having a little bit of pull in a decision but come
    On nonis . Grabo is a better option at c . I guess we’ll have to wait and see what unfolds

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Doit4Dougie

    I can see that having a little bit of pull in a decision but come
    On nonis . Grabo is a better option at c . I guess we’ll have to wait and see what unfolds

  • LN-093

    I CALLED IT!! Nya nya boo boo.

  • LN-093

    I CALLED IT!! Nya nya boo boo.

  • playoff nut

    LN-093 lol and u not so funny today imho :)

  • playoff nut

    LN-093 lol and u not so funny today imho :)

  • 2minutes

    Terrible asset management on behalf of the Leafs… We had grown him into a decent asset and destroyed him with a fat contract. Shoulda used him this year to get some value and get something for him. We didn’t have to use our buyout this summer. If we aren’t getting a big fish to replace him, this move is dumb. Better not throw big money at Clarkson.

    • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Doit4Dougie

      Well put. What a waste of decent assets

    • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Doit4Dougie

      Well put. What a waste of decent assets

      • Maneet4

        Doit4Dougie You think the Leafs chose to not trade him and get assets and instead use a compliance buy out?
        Want to cite the source that told you that? If anyone thinks this was done without looking at all other options, well, you assume your GM cares less than YOU about building a team.

        • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Doit4Dougie

          Ya actually they did choose to do that. They just did. I don’t need a source to figure that out , you don’t think they could have traded him at deadline or draft? They could have retained a little salary if that’s all that was stoping it. Grabo deserves better then the buyout and so do we

      • Maneet4

        Doit4Dougie You think the Leafs chose to not trade him and get assets and instead use a compliance buy out?
        Want to cite the source that told you that? If anyone thinks this was done without looking at all other options, well, you assume your GM cares less than YOU about building a team.

    • BruHawk

      2minutes My God. He had 16 points this season. We could replace him with Rich Peverley and still get the same production. Grabovski played well during a contract year and got rewarded for it. He had EVERY chance to perform this year and showed that he can’t be relied upon. Cut him loose while it costs us nothing.

      • 2minutes

        Doesn’t matter. He played a different role this year or the most part. We should have moved him before signing the contract if we are going to waste a buyout on him. With Bozak gone he would have been on a top 2 center position. We know he has the fire and skill. Just needs the opportunities to put it all together. Whoever sign him is getting a hell of a player, and just watch it will be 4.5 to 5M a year anyways.

        • BruHawk

          2minutes First: When they signed the contract, there was no lockout, and thus no inclination that the cap would decrease, and that each team would get two compliance buyouts. 
          Second: He was already a 2nd line center, and was completely ineffective this year. When they moved him around, he still could not create any solid chemistry with any of the players he played with. 

          We signed him at 5.5 for his offensive capabilities. HE scored 16 points this year. 9 goals, no powerplay goals. That is not worth 5.5 million dollars, and trust me, I’m sure the Leafs explored every option to trade him… no one is taking him at that price tag.

        • BruHawk

          2minutes First: When they signed the contract, there was no lockout, and thus no inclination that the cap would decrease, and that each team would get two compliance buyouts. 
          Second: He was already a 2nd line center, and was completely ineffective this year. When they moved him around, he still could not create any solid chemistry with any of the players he played with. 

          We signed him at 5.5 for his offensive capabilities. HE scored 16 points this year. 9 goals, no powerplay goals. That is not worth 5.5 million dollars, and trust me, I’m sure the Leafs explored every option to trade him… no one is taking him at that price tag.

        • 2minutes

          Get back to me when you see how much he gets this weekend. He will be scooped up quick for more than you think. You give him another year, and hope to get something for him… Not just waste a buyout when you know he can contribute.

        • Mike Bosse

          2minutes he’ll probably be first off the board, his agent is going to have a very long night,  tonight.

        • Mike Bosse

          2minutes he’ll probably be first off the board, his agent is going to have a very long night,  tonight.

      • 2minutes

        Doesn’t matter. He played a different role this year or the most part. We should have moved him before signing the contract if we are going to waste a buyout on him. With Bozak gone he would have been on a top 2 center position. We know he has the fire and skill. Just needs the opportunities to put it all together. Whoever sign him is getting a hell of a player, and just watch it will be 4.5 to 5M a year anyways.

  • 2minutes

    Terrible asset management on behalf of the Leafs… We had grown him into a decent asset and destroyed him with a fat contract. Shoulda used him this year to get some value and get something for him. We didn’t have to use our buyout this summer. If we aren’t getting a big fish to replace him, this move is dumb. Better not throw big money at Clarkson.

  • Cloud09

    Nonis better pull a golden phoenix out of his ass to justify this bullshit. And if Bozak resigns I’ll be burning his jersey out front of the ACC… Fuck

  • rjoynr

    WHat if he cleared the space to make room for Weiss and Clarkson?
    Lupul Weiss Kessel
    JVR  Kadri   Clarkson
    Kulemin  Bolland  MacA
    Orr McClement  _____

    • MaxwellHowe

      rjoynr Another Colborne hater. Yes, lets ice Orr and keep Colborne in the AHL

      • Dan39

        Agreed.

      • Dan39

        Agreed.

    • MaxwellHowe

      rjoynr Another Colborne hater. Yes, lets ice Orr and keep Colborne in the AHL

  • rjoynr

    WHat if he cleared the space to make room for Weiss and Clarkson?
    Lupul Weiss Kessel
    JVR  Kadri   Clarkson
    Kulemin  Bolland  MacA
    Orr McClement  _____

  • Tim Horton

    I used to say in Burke we trust if I wasn’t sure about a move he made. I don’t think I can say the same with Nonie. 

    Grabo will go on to be one of the most sought after UFA’s and we will end up giving  Grabo money or more to a lesser player. We have 12 players signed at the moment. You don’t win long term with this much turn over, the team needs to stay together for a while and gel. We are the going to be the new fucking Florida Panthers with a team of UFA’s thrown together. 

    Terrible asset management all together. If Grabo  threw together a decent season next year and the cap goes back up we could be getting a late 1st for him, but nope. Something tells me Nonis just wants to make his own stamp on the team and distance himself from Burke, when he should be Building off of what Burke has done.

  • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

    hmmmmm , figured grabbo would be dealt , i dont even like him being bought out ….

    • Area49th

      unclejakescards Contract was probably too high to trade

      • Tim Horton

        Area49th unclejakescards when the cap goes back up next year it would look like a completely reasonable contract again.

        • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

          Tim Horton Area49th unclejakescards yep , think other gms are really playin hardball with trades right now …….

      • Tim Horton

        Area49th unclejakescards when the cap goes back up next year it would look like a completely reasonable contract again.

  • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

    hmmmmm , figured grabbo would be dealt , i dont even like him being bought out ….

  • Area49th

    Grabo to Detroit? Seems like a fit

  • KurtWhite

    not 1 Free agent id take over grabbo

    • Mike Bosse

      KurtWhite yeah the kids got a ton of heart, but this is a $$$ first business so we had to downsize before we could re-tool! lol

  • Alec Brownscombe

    PLEASE DON’T BE MAKING SPACE FOR BOZAK  PLEASE DON’T BE MAKING SPACE FOR BOZAK  PLEASE DON’T BE MAKING SPACE FOR BOZAK  PLEASE DON’T BE MAKING SPACE FOR BOZAK  PLEASE DON’T BE MAKING SPACE FOR BOZAK  PLEASE DON’T BE MAKING SPACE FOR BOZAK  PLEASE DON’T BE MAKING SPACE FOR BOZAK  PLEASE DON’T BE MAKING SPACE FOR BOZAK  PLEASE DON’T BE MAKING SPACE FOR BOZAK  PLEASE DON’T BE MAKING SPACE FOR BOZAK

    • Area49th

      Alec Brownscombe He is not 1st line quality. No reason to keep him at the stupid numbers he wants

  • Alec Brownscombe

    PLEASE DON’T BE MAKING SPACE FOR BOZAK  PLEASE DON’T BE MAKING SPACE FOR BOZAK  PLEASE DON’T BE MAKING SPACE FOR BOZAK  PLEASE DON’T BE MAKING SPACE FOR BOZAK  PLEASE DON’T BE MAKING SPACE FOR BOZAK  PLEASE DON’T BE MAKING SPACE FOR BOZAK  PLEASE DON’T BE MAKING SPACE FOR BOZAK  PLEASE DON’T BE MAKING SPACE FOR BOZAK  PLEASE DON’T BE MAKING SPACE FOR BOZAK  PLEASE DON’T BE MAKING SPACE FOR BOZAK

  • ProfessorRance

    I’m livid. If this is to make room for Bozak I will puke.

  • rjoynr

    Leafs need to sign Clarkson. Imagine to grit this team would have when playing the Bruins. Clarkson, Orr, McLaren, Bolland, Kulemin (hits). Possibly add Horton????

    • KurtWhite

      rjoynr who cares about the bruins they are not even gonna be that good this year

    • KurtWhite

      rjoynr who cares about the bruins they are not even gonna be that good this year

    • KurtWhite

      rjoynr who cares about the bruins they are not even gonna be that good this year

    • Dan39

      I agree with your comment, we’ve had a hole at MW since Brown left, but don’t forget Mark Fraser.
      God I hope he’s back!
      He had a strong season with a high level of activity in the supporting HW role with wins over Aulie, MacDermaid, McQuaid, Crombeen, Prust and he was one slip away from doing Greening.

    • Dan39

      I agree with your comment, we’ve had a hole at MW since Brown left, but don’t forget Mark Fraser.
      God I hope he’s back!
      He had a strong season with a high level of activity in the supporting HW role with wins over Aulie, MacDermaid, McQuaid, Crombeen, Prust and he was one slip away from doing Greening.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

    https://twitter.com/garrettbaumanhttps://twitter.com/garrettbauman/status/352829320491831296
    Lot of heat on Nonis today. Worth remembering he wasn’t GM at the time of the extension. May well be undoing a decision he didn’t support.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

    https://twitter.com/garrettbaumanhttps://twitter.com/garrettbauman/status/352829320491831296
    Lot of heat on Nonis today. Worth remembering he wasn’t GM at the time of the extension. May well be undoing a decision he didn’t support.

  • KurtWhite

    Connor McDavid!! Yeaaaa!

    • rjoynr

      KurtWhite Are you serious? You think removing Grabovski makes us the worst team in the league? Give your damn head a shake guys. He was a plug all year and did squat. Bring in someone else.

      • ProfessorRance

        rjoynr KurtWhite He could have been joking you know.

        • KurtWhite

          ProfessorRance rjoynr KurtWhite half and half haha

        • KurtWhite

          ProfessorRance rjoynr KurtWhite half and half haha

    • rjoynr

      KurtWhite Are you serious? You think removing Grabovski makes us the worst team in the league? Give your damn head a shake guys. He was a plug all year and did squat. Bring in someone else.

  • KurtWhite

    Connor McDavid!! Yeaaaa!

  • mr_hanie

    Grabovski was terrible against Boston in the playoffs, but to be bought out, rather than traded seems unjustified.

    • Grahamzky

      mr_hanie Wonder if Grabs is being bought out to bring in  that 1st line centre? Figured one of Liles or Grabs would be going.
      Think a guy like Stastny or someone were not thinking of, is now on the way in?

    • Grahamzky

      mr_hanie Wonder if Grabs is being bought out to bring in  that 1st line centre? Figured one of Liles or Grabs would be going.
      Think a guy like Stastny or someone were not thinking of, is now on the way in?

  • mr_hanie

    Grabovski was terrible against Boston in the playoffs, but to be bought out, rather than traded seems unjustified.

  • wendelsfist

    Buying out Grabbo was necessary to give Phaneuf his Letang style extension.  Nonis is planning out cap for next year as well and Grabbo was a casualty being that he signed a contract that he never lived up to.

  • wendelsfist

    Buying out Grabbo was necessary to give Phaneuf his Letang style extension.  Nonis is planning out cap for next year as well and Grabbo was a casualty being that he signed a contract that he never lived up to.

  • 2minutes

    *sharpening pitchfork*

  • 2minutes

    *sharpening pitchfork*

  • ProfessorRance

    Watch him bounce back on a team like Detroit or Nashville. I hope he does well wherever he goes. And he was getting married soon too.

  • Lescott

    What if we couldn’t trade him because no one wanted him? You think they bought him out without asking around? Seriously?

    • ProfessorRance

      Lescott They probably did want him but not at the cap hit.

    • ProfessorRance

      Lescott They probably did want him but not at the cap hit.

    • lister

      Lescott That’s my guess.

    • lister

      Lescott That’s my guess.

    • Tim Horton

      Lescott Here is an idea, keep him, and don’t spend money on Wiess or someone who is a much bigger risk.

    • 2minutes

      Lots of teams are waiting on trades to see who gets bought out. Briere, Vinny, Grabo…. All decent players nobody would take on, knowing there’s a good chance they get bought out anyways.

    • 2minutes

      Lots of teams are waiting on trades to see who gets bought out. Briere, Vinny, Grabo…. All decent players nobody would take on, knowing there’s a good chance they get bought out anyways.

  • Yaknowwhat

    What is with all the Bozak hate? We all know he’s not a first line center…but the guy has been a very solid player for us…when he went down in the playoffs our team was simply not the same….if he can be signed at a reasonable number ..bring him back..if he wants anything above 3.75 mil….send him packing….but I don’t understand why there is so much hate for the guy..

  • Maneet4

    good riddance Grabo. Overpaid. Overrated.

  • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

    relax people … he wasnt an all star and was overpaid ……. leafs will still be fine without him . maybe even better , isnt that what we want …

  • LN-093

    Bolland replaced Grabo.  It made him expendable.  No one wanted Grabo’s contract for a defensive, shut down centre. Why would Nonis retain salary in a trade for Grabo when we could just buy him out.  That’s what the buyouts are for.  Look at the payscale, Grabo was the second highest paid, even more than Kessel!

  • Omac13

    Why all the grabs love ? He was crap most of last year and with a 5.5 cap hit he had to go, leafs now have loads of room to sign 2-4 free agents , even if boZie is one of the free agents he was far Better than grabs anyway , kadri is the number 2 man bolland 3

    • Tim Horton

      Omac13 He plays hard and leaf fans love that.

      • LN-093

        Tim Horton Omac13 If by playing hard you mean getting checked to the ground hard and getting back up.  All it did was pump up the opposing team and fans.

      • Omac13

        Sure I agree he does but is playing hard worth 5.5 mill a season , I think not

        • Tim Horton

          Omac13 Its a pretty rare trait nowadays… lol.

        • Tim Horton

          Omac13 Its a pretty rare trait nowadays… lol.

      • Omac13

        Sure I agree he does but is playing hard worth 5.5 mill a season , I think not

      • Mike Bosse

        LN-093 Tim Horton Omac13 if I remember right he is the only Leaf to take on Chris Neil one game and drop him….musta caught Chris way off guard lol!~

      • Mike Bosse

        LN-093 Tim Horton Omac13 if I remember right he is the only Leaf to take on Chris Neil one game and drop him….musta caught Chris way off guard lol!~

  • Omac13

    Why all the grabs love ? He was crap most of last year and with a 5.5 cap hit he had to go, leafs now have loads of room to sign 2-4 free agents , even if boZie is one of the free agents he was far Better than grabs anyway , kadri is the number 2 man bolland 3

  • Grabo Cant Ski

    Shit… How do I change my livefyre name…?

  • Area49th

    Toronto Maple Leafs ‏@leafsbuzztap https://twitter.com/leafsbuzztap/status/352830497669386240
    Pension Plan Puppets >> Grabovski Bought Out: Fire Nonis
    These guys are a little emo

    • Jawsh21

      Area49th You are just trolling yourself going over to that website.

    • Jawsh21

      Area49th You are just trolling yourself going over to that website.

  • MaxwellHowe

    There is another angle to this to consider.  Detroit has interest in Grabovski, but not on that contract.  Now they can sign Grabo and leave Weiss alone.  Nonis has less competition to sign Weiss.  Like using red meat to lure a bear away. 
    And another centre out there only further lowers Bozak’s expectations.  Lots of layers to this move.