Audio: Grabovski rips Carlyle

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Courtesy of TSN’s Jonas Siegel. Read his full story on the buyout and Grabovski’s reaction here. Listen to the audio below:

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  • ProfessorRance

    Whether he should of said it or not is not the question. You could tell that Grabovski was frustrated. it’s got to be a bad feeling to get a compliance buyout whether you have a bad contract or not. A team is basically saying signing you was a mistake and that would irk many professionals. I’m glad he wait to say this after the fact, than during the year right before the playoffs or during the playoffs in which would have caused a media frenzy.

    • WendelGilmour

      ProfessorRance No sympathy for him. He took full advantage of the situation and took the Leafs for all he possibly could with his contract.

      • ShotgunCharlie

        Remember…that grabo contract is no different then what we look to be doing today. Grabo was on the verge of being a ufa and was overpaid. Same will happen if we sign weiss or clarkson.

        • DAOLGY

          ShotgunCharlie bang on with that comment. Hope Nonis has something up his sleeve to placate the nervous  nellies on this site of which I am one.

        • Loric76

          DAOLGY ShotgunCharlie there’s one difference – the 1C Nonis brings in will play on the top line with Kessel.  This isn’t a knock on Grabo, but for whatever reason these two just couldn’t play together.

  • Aki Berg

    Love it.

  • DWCMLHS

    <3 Grabovski. Favorite player, no questions asked. Some team is going to sign him under $5 million and have an absolute bargain.

    • Knights2Leafs

      DWCMLHS 
      You mean sign for his proper FMV instead of the overpayment by $1m – $1.5M Burke gave him?

      • DWCMLHS

        $5.5 million was absolutely fine for a guy that can put up points in the top-30 by centers from only a 2C and 2PP role, while being good defensively and a possession-driving monster.

  • Kouba

    When the circus starts, so I can set my clocks? 12:00 ET?

    • LeafsForLife

      Kouba yes!

      • Great Dane

        LeafsForLife Kouba Still 6 hours to kill

        • Burtonboy

          Great Dane LeafsForLife Kouba Is it safe to come around here yet ? Holy crap people were emotional yesterday

        • Loric76

          Burtonboy Great Dane LeafsForLife Kouba NO!  GTFO!  Our Lives are over! /cry

        • Burtonboy

          Loric76 Burtonboy Great Dane LeafsForLife Kouba LOL figured that

        • Great Dane

          Burtonboy  LeafsForLife Kouba  should be – they were going on all night. LOL
          To be honest Grabos contract was bad, now it is corrected but signing Bozak at all or Weiss/clarkson over 5 million would just be another mistake.

        • Burtonboy

          Great Dane Burtonboy LeafsForLife Kouba Well you won’t get Weiss or Clarkson for less then 5 . As for Bozak the balls in his court I would imagine . I’m guessing Nonis offered 4.5 x 5 and even that is generous.

        • Burtonboy

          Yaknowwhat Burtonboy The cap forces a GM into making decisions a lot of people aren’t gonna like

        • Great Dane

          Yaknowwhat Burtonboy Burke did a lot of good things for the Leafs. However, at two things he failed completely:
          signing UFA’s and resigning players

        • Great Dane

          Burtonboy Great Dane LeafsForLife Kouba  Maybe not. Then it is better to stay away. Don’t you agree

        • Loric76

          Burtonboy Great Dane LeafsForLife Kouba I’m OK with big money or long term, but not both.  Lets hope with the cap stranglehold the market isn’t what it used to be and no teams are offering that amount for the likes of Bozak, Weiss, Clarkson, etc.

        • Burtonboy

          Great Dane Burtonboy LeafsForLife Kouba I would overpay some but not much.. If you want any player in FA you’re going to have too.

        • Great Dane

          Burtonboy  LeafsForLife Kouba Doesn’t matter 250-500K  but 6 or 6.5 no way.

        • Uncle Otis

          Burtonboy 
          Hahaha
          From our fearless leader on down!

        • ShotgunCharlie

          Thats my concern. I hate to see Grabo go. I know he was overpaid but replacing him for another overpaid centerman is something I hope doesnt happen

        • ShotgunCharlie

          I think the only goos ufa choice he made was mclemment

        • ShotgunCharlie

          Er good

        • Bernier_The_Boats

          Great Dane Yaknowwhat Burtonboy I disagree…when UFA opens up and the best available center is Tim Connoly and you sign him over a short term to help improve the team, you did your best.

  • Jeff_Mintz

    Going to miss Grabo.  Too bad he had such a hefty contract.  Im sure he will land on his feet

  • Great Dane

    Grabo is just another example of a contract that was overpaid.
    May on Sportsnet nailed it: Bad contract – good player.
    I do hope that Nonis is going to do the right thing. Weiss or Clarkson over 5 million are just going to be bad contracts then better stay away.

    • Loric76

      Great Dane Bad contract, good player, bad fit.  They clearly didn’t see him as top line capable, Kadri’s better/cheaper/the future for the secondary scoring line, and Bolland is now the shutdown line guy.  Square peg, round hole.  Simple as that.  Everyone I’m sure will miss him and wish him the bets of luck, but if they couldn’t trade him this was very likely the best move available.

      • Great Dane

        Loric76 that is pretty much it. Just facts and no reason to be sooooo emotional.
        A lot of usually calm bloggers went off like teenage girls.

        • Loric76

          Great Dane Loric76 LOL you mean they aren’t teenage girls?  fuck why am I here then lol

        • Great Dane

          Loric76 haha – you have a point

  • MaxwellHowe

    Clarkson will be signed and overpaid.  Weiss as well.  Then Ference.  The Leafs will be a very different team next year.  I just hope the young guys will be given a chance and won’t be Carlyled like Gardiner last year

    • ShotgunCharlie

      Thats why Gardiner is trade bait. He better bring in someone not named stastny

  • Great Dane

    Yaknowwhat I would do Clarkson and Weiss at that price if I couldn’t swing a deal for Stastny

  • Loric76

    Yaknowwhat but those numbers make sense…but 6-6.5 for Clarkson, 5.5 for Weiss, 4.5-5 for Bozak, fuck that.

    • Great Dane

      Loric76 Yaknowwhat  yep and then still get an upgrade on defense.

    • Loric76

      Yaknowwhat Loric76 I guess we’ll see what happens in a few hours.  My guess is Nonis either has a couple contracts lined up already ready to finalise, or is taking a gamble that after the UFA’s are signed that some better, younger RFA players will shake loose through arbitration later this summer.

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/aaronward_nhlhttps://twitter.com/aaronward_nhl/status/353096610428878849
    Indications are that Matt Cullen will test Free Agency after they were unable to work out a deal with the Minnesota Wild. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TSN&src=hash

    do we care?