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.

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  • 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