Leafs to use second Compliance Buyout on Grabovski

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.

Michael Stephens has been writing for Maple Leafs Hotstove since 2010, and has featured in the 2010 and 2012 Maple Leaf Annuals. Former Editiorial Intern at The Hockey News. Undergraduate degree from the University of Windsor. Chat me up about all things hockey on twitter @MLHS_Mike

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leaping lou
leaping lou

I still think he just as dood or better then most players on the leaf team  they will be sorry

i,m a die hard leaf fan

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

I'm sure this was posted earlier but in case it wasn't, this was Grabbo on TSN.

"I play in the [expletive] Russian KHL, I make lots of [expletive] points and what's going to happen? He make me [expletive] play on the fourth line and he put me in the playoffs on the fourth line and third line again," Grabovski spewed. "Yeah, I don't score goals. I need to work more about that. I know that. But if you feel support from your coach [you'll find success]. I don't feel any support from this [expletive] idiot."

Grabovski found a favourite in Ron Wilson, from whom Carlyle took over in the latter stages of the 2011-2012 season, scoring 20 goals three times upon being acquired from Montreal. Inked to a hefty five-year, $27.5 million extension just three days after Wilson was fired in March of 2012, Grabovski never found a similar connection or rapport with Carlyle.

Communication – or lack thereof – was in some ways at the crux of the matter. Grabovski and the head coach rarely spoke, most of the conversation instead streaming through assistant coaches Greg Cronin and Scott Gordon.

"Wilson [expletive] pushed me same hard as this," Grabovski said, months of frustration finally bubbling to the surface, "but don't be an [expletive] with me. If you don't like something tell [expletive] right away, don't put me on the bench, healthy scratch [me] or "I play in the [expletive] Russian KHL, I make lots of [expletive] points and what's going to happen? He make me [expletive] play on the fourth line and he put me in the playoffs on the fourth line and third line again," Grabovski spewed. "Yeah, I don't score goals. I need to work more about that. I know that. But if you feel support from your coach [you'll find success]. I don't feel any support from this [expletive] idiot."

Grabovski found a favourite in Ron Wilson, from whom Carlyle took over in the latter stages of the 2011-2012 season, scoring 20 goals three times upon being acquired from Montreal. Inked to a hefty five-year, $27.5 million extension just three days after Wilson was fired in March of 2012, Grabovski never found a similar connection or rapport with Carlyle.

Communication – or lack thereof – was in some ways at the crux of the matter. Grabovski and the head coach rarely spoke, most of the conversation instead streaming through assistant coaches Greg Cronin and Scott Gordon.

"Wilson [expletive] pushed me same hard as this," Grabovski said, months of frustration finally bubbling to the surface, "but don't be an [expletive] with me. If you don't like something tell [expletive] right away, don't put me on the bench, healthy scratch [me] or something. Don't put me on a [expletive] third line and then [expletive] play me six minutes in a game."something. Don't put me on a [expletive] third line and then [expletive] play me six minutes in a game."

Radar O'Rielly
Radar O'Rielly

What I don't get is a lot of leafs nation is in civil war mentality, let this play out first before attaching bayonets!

MikeGartner11
MikeGartner11

When my brother text me the grabo news, I was pissed. Bozak over grabo was a terrible call..........

Area49th
Area49th

Jonas Siegel @jonasTSN1050 30s

Grabovski had some pretty blistering remarks toward Leafs coach Randy Carlyle. Called him a "stupid coach" among other things.

Did not know there was bad blood there

HeatherRickAkin
HeatherRickAkin

So, Clarkson was not solicited by Ottawa, just approached them of his own volition. If true, a little unsettling . It would be no fun playing against Clarkson, and those two jerks Neil and Smith, who forever come in late with a push to your back, or glove in your face. Now...Grabo . And Bozie. Two peas in a pod. Both good enough to play , but really, in what century are they going to outduel Bergeron and Kraji  ? So, you let Bozie split, and get Weiss , or Statsny. At the worst, these guys are break even with the two Leafs .I think Weiss with a couple of strong wingers does better than both Bozie and Grabo, and he is motivated to play in Toronto.  I just don't think Nonis and Carlisle believe that the incumbents would do any better in the coming years . I agree with that, so , let the bidding begin. 

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

Yeah, because Caryle won the cup for that stacked team. Not the two generational talents on the blue line, or the two budding star forwards.

Mike Bosse
Mike Bosse

@TheCanucksnaphook actually now he can collect 2 paychecks, bet his new wife ain't sore at all...at the Leafs anyways so that's not a bad wedding present. To bad they couldn't of waited till after the wedding or told him a day or two earlier! Bad treatment then we wonder why players won't come here.

MikeGartner11
MikeGartner11

@Radar O'Rielly I'm using a small shank I fashioned myself.....Grabo is the first thing that has bothered me this summer, but I loved his play. I haven't felt sad for a leaf to leave like this in a long time

MeIzGuest
MeIzGuest

@Radar O'Rielly Exactly! Too many ppl making assumptions "Bozak over Grabo" etc... better to wait for the next move/s to play out.

Area49th
Area49th

@Radar O'Rielly I like the entertainment value of these days. I will get upset or happy later when we put a team out there.

moimoi
moimoi

@DWCMLHS That's only if Bozak is the guy they're signing. I will admit I'll be pissed if it's for Bozie getting over 4 million a year.

MeIzGuest
MeIzGuest

@Area49th woah, not a good way to leave and endear yourself to a potential new coach

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

Grabo's a lot smarter than his broken English makes him sound.

mcloki
mcloki

@Area49th So you  don't have eyes MR. "Left Wing OV all Star" Siegel.

4evrblue
4evrblue

@-Keon- I don't see any more in him. Hopefully I'm wrong :)

Mike Bosse
Mike Bosse

@HeatherRickAkin I'm in the Weiss dingy thingy, won't call it a boat yet, as much as I'm not a big Ribiero fan he would do wonders as a set up guy, he is a set up machine and after all isn't that what we need for Loops and Kessel........also it's nice to have an ex Hab playing when we beat them. A little on Weiss that gives me pause......

Weiss, though injured, is the better player of the 3. Not sure if i’d go really long term with this player but he is a very good top 6 centre who can win draws, check, kill penalties.

He is a mix of bozak and grabo in one package. I’d only question his will. He has chosen to stay in Florida more than once, including turning down a trade with his NTC. He is also looking to find a way to stay in florida now. Does this guy want to really win or does he just want to stay where its comfortable?
http://hockeytraderumors.com/25838/#more-25838

Jay_Berg
Jay_Berg

I hate Ottawa but as a fan the thought of a Neil - Smith - Clarkson line would just be insanely awesome.

That being said I think he's jys using ottawa for leverage and will eventually sign with us :)

mcloki
mcloki

@HeatherRickAkin Im sure that's just agent talk to drive up price. Hey Leafs if it's not you he'll be playing up the 401 in Montreal or in Ottawa. Cough up the dough.

4evrblue
4evrblue

@MeIzGuest @Radar O'Rielly actually you're right Melz, it's not Bozak over Grabo, my original post of the night was off track. What it actually is is Bolland over Grabo. Last year our top 2 scoring centres were Bozak and Kadri, as of now, if Bozak is resigned our top 2 scoring centres will still be Bozak and Kadri. The change is Grabo will no longer be our checking 3rd line centre. It's now Bolland.

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

There is no UFA center worth buying out Grabo and getting into a bidding war over. Not a single one. And there are very few centers that are that much better than Grabo to justify buying him out and then spending a bunch of assets in a trade. We're probably coming out of this as a much worse team. We probably will hit re-sign Bozak, the way things have been going.

Jay_Berg
Jay_Berg

Ya not the best timing for your comment though lol

Knights2Leafs
Knights2Leafs

@Jay_Berg 

it wouldn't be the happiest thing in the world to do but if Ottawa wants to sign Clarkson at 5.5M x 6 years then knock your socks off - better them than us.

4evrblue
4evrblue

@canuckintheuk @4evrblue @Radar O'Rielly yes, thats exactly it. I think when NoNo traded for Bolland it immediately spelled the end for Grabbo. He tried to trade him, couldn't because of his contract so then bought him out. He was never in contention for a scoring role here.

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

Yep. His helmet heated it up too much.

4evrblue
4evrblue

@-Keon- wish you were on this one...... but just this one.... I read your posts lol