Mikhail Grabovski to be bought out

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Mikhail Grabovski - 3/18/2013
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In a curious decision, a little over a year after signing him to a 5 year contract, at 5.5 million dollars on March 6th, 2012, the Leafs are going to be using their second compliance buyout on Mikhail Grabovski. With Tyler Bozak hopefully not resigning in Toronto, Toronto has only Kadri in their top 2 center slots. This almost certainly signals a trade of some sort, or Dave Nonis is making a very, very bad decision by buying out a very good player so that he can bring back an average player.

Here’s to hoping that this signals a trade for a legit 1C that fits the age group of the Leafs. Tomorrow is going to be interesting.

  • WendelGilmour

    Wow. Something is definitely up.

    • Benny8TheGreat

      WendelGilmour It bloody well better be.

  • LeafsBrass

    making room for flozak

  • mike1994

    fucked.

  • mike1994

    fucked..

  • mike1994

    fucked..

  • Reimocerous

    Something is coming for sure. They needed the dollars right now. And my guess it is not just to sign Bozak.

    • Great Dane

      Reimocerous I do hope you are right

    • Great Dane

      Reimocerous I do hope you are right

    • Bryan93

      Reimocerous Agreed, if they knew they wanted to keep Bozak they could have done this earlier.  I am guessing they have come to terms with Weiss or a trade is about to go down

      • Great Dane

        Bryan93 Reimocerous would be logical

      • Great Dane

        Bryan93 Reimocerous would be logical

  • djamon

    canuckintheuk Of course not.

  • Great Dane

    If this is any indication that Bozak is going to resign it is a major disappointment

  • mcloki

    Sorry to see you go Grabo. Put together a highlight package for sure. This is crazy. Where are teh Leafs getting squeezed for salary cap?

  • mcloki

    Sorry to see you go Grabo. Put together a highlight package for sure. This is crazy. Where are teh Leafs getting squeezed for salary cap?

  • Area49th

    Lots of players going to be hitting wire soon

  • Area49th

    Lots of players going to be hitting wire soon

  • Mattmark

    We’ve all been waiting for news, but this one’s a bombshell.  So much for Nonis’s endorsement of Grabo earlier in the week.

    • Jantz

      I’m shocked, I thought they would have waited until next summer. It’s going to be wild.

    • Jantz

      I’m shocked, I thought they would have waited until next summer. It’s going to be wild.

  • king leary

    Shocking — even if it ends up being the right move for the team, hard ate to see a real competitor go. If it’s for Bozak… yikes. Good luck Grabbo.

  • king leary

    Shocking — even if it ends up being the right move for the team, hard ate to see a real competitor go. If it’s for Bozak… yikes. Good luck Grabbo.

  • KingTon

    canuckintheuk many seem to think so

  • KingTon

    canuckintheuk many seem to think so

  • KingTon

    canuckintheuk many seem to think so

  • wiski

    Hello clarkson

    • djamon

      wiski There has to be a centre coming at some point…not just Clarkson. And if this is so they can pay Clarkson 30m I’m worried.

    • djamon

      wiski There has to be a centre coming at some point…not just Clarkson. And if this is so they can pay Clarkson 30m I’m worried.

  • wiski

    Hello clarkson

  • wiski

    Hello clarkson

  • Zep2

    WOW

  • Zep2

    WOW

  • 2minutes

    I don’t like it at all. Means we are probably signing Bozie or Weiss, and big money for Clarkson. Blah.

  • 2minutes

    I don’t like it at all. Means we are probably signing Bozie or Weiss, and big money for Clarkson. Blah.

  • Cameron19

    Ugh, this likely just means Weiss or Bozak take over that cap space, which is no improvement.

  • Reimocerous

    I absolutely dont believe this is just money to go to Bozak. Something bigger is happening.
    I hope its better than Weiss though.

  • GeorgeCastanza

    That’s Carliyle for ya !!

  • GeorgeCastanza

    That’s Carliyle for ya !!

  • Area49th

    CapGeek ‏@capgeek https://twitter.com/capgeek/status/352821653710970880
    The https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MapleLeafs&src=hash cap payroll is now 29th among 30 https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NHL&src=hash teams at around $40M, just ahead of the https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NYIsles&src=hash.

    • Great Dane

      Area49th no RFA will be signed until Nonis knows what is left in cap space.

    • Great Dane

      Area49th no RFA will be signed until Nonis knows what is left in cap space.

  • Area49th

    CapGeek ‏@capgeek https://twitter.com/capgeek/status/352821653710970880
    The https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MapleLeafs&src=hash cap payroll is now 29th among 30 https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NHL&src=hash teams at around $40M, just ahead of the https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NYIsles&src=hash.

  • lilgrnmen17

    Confused by this, totally. Miscast the guy, then toss him overboard? Gotta believe there is another move coming, and I hope it is not some ridiculous Bozak 8 year deal. Let’s hope it’s worthwhile, Grabo will catch on somewhere no doubt.

    • Reimocerous

      lilgrnmen17 No question Grabo will catch on elsewhere.

    • Reimocerous

      lilgrnmen17 No question Grabo will catch on elsewhere.

    • djamon

      lilgrnmen17 He’ll catch on and we’ll see what he’s actually worth by his next contract. This one was awful. He’s gone, essentially, because Burke gave him this terrible deal.

      • lilgrnmen17

        djamon lilgrnmen17 Agreed it was a bad contract. Hope not to replace it with another bad contract though, could be much worse.

      • lilgrnmen17

        djamon lilgrnmen17 Agreed it was a bad contract. Hope not to replace it with another bad contract though, could be much worse.

  • wiski

    Grabo is the top UFA now

    • maple1967leafs

      Somebodies going to get a hell of a deal when they sign grabbo

    • maple1967leafs

      Somebodies going to get a hell of a deal when they sign grabbo

  • Greg Fenton

    The Buyouts are there for teams to get out from under back contrats, and its what Nonis did.

  • Claymish

    YESSSS….Nonis clearly is planning on using that $5.5 on a number one center. Now don’t disappoint the majority of Leaf Nation by giving any of that money to Bozak.

  • Claymish

    YESSSS….Nonis clearly is planning on using that $5.5 on a number one center. Now don’t disappoint the majority of Leaf Nation by giving any of that money to Bozak.

  • LeafsBrass

    where’s grabo gonna sign next?

    • Zep2

      @LeafsBrass Detroit ?

      • LeafsBrass

        Zep2 my first thought too, maybe columbus since it’s the new FA haven

      • LeafsBrass

        Zep2 my first thought too, maybe columbus since it’s the new FA haven

  • LeafsBrass

    where’s grabo gonna sign next?

  • Yaknowwhat

    It could be that Grabos health is just not up to par..

  • ConnorCrisp

    Nooooooo.. I hope to GOD that this isn’t in aide of overpaying bozie

  • ConnorCrisp

    Nooooooo.. I hope to GOD that this isn’t in aide of overpaying bozie

  • Great Dane

    Looks to me that Nonis is still cleaning house after Burke. burke gave Grabo too much on that contract.

    • Reimocerous

      Great Dane Yeah it was definitely too much.

  • Great Dane

    Looks to me that Nonis is still cleaning house after Burke. burke gave Grabo too much on that contract.

  • LeGoon

    disappointing, must be part of a much bigger signing.

  • LeGoon

    disappointing, must be part of a much bigger signing.

  • Mattmark

    Is it possible Bozak is histort too and we’re getting both Weiss and Stastny?

  • Mattmark

    Is it possible Bozak is histort too and we’re getting both Weiss and Stastny?

    • Reimocerous

      Mattmark center and a D maybe?

      • Great Dane

        Reimocerous Mattmark have to be a center

      • Mattmark

        Reimocerous Mattmark We’re all waiting for the other shoe to drop!

  • Mattmark

    Is it possible Bozak is histort too and we’re getting both Weiss and Stastny?

  • Mattmark

    Is it possible Bozak is histort too and we’re getting both Weiss and Stastny?

  • canuckintheuk

    Funny both Grabo and his enemy Kosti are both bought out