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“Mismanaged” Grabovski Drawing Interest From “Several” Teams

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

While “several” NHL teams have shown an interest in Mikhail Grabovski, the just-married centre remains in no hurry to decide his fate, according to his agent.

“I have several teams talking to Grabovksi,” said agent Gary Greenstin. “We’ll see what direction we go.

“He’s not worried.”

Greenstin said Grabovski remains in Toronto and will leave in a few days for his honeymoon. Greenstin said Grabovski’s expletive-filled tirade was unfortunate following his buyout by the Maple Leafs.

“He was under pressure,” said Greenstin.


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Primis's avatar

If DET could clear out some salary and forward deadweight, they’d have a place for him.

I don’t think they’re gonna’ though.  Even though a top line of Z-Pav-Mule and 2nd line of Grabo-Weiss-Alfredsson (wake your pick of Weiss and Grabo who plays C) would pretty much “wreck shop” as the kids say nowadays.  Or swap Mule and Grabo between the two lines.

I am fascinated by him not being in a hurry though.  Is he waiting to see how more dominoes fall first?  I don’t see it be advantageous to him to wait, in terms of maximizing his salary…

Posted by Primis on 07/08/13 at 04:58 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Love these buyouts.  “4 years remaining on a 5 year contract”,  “7 years remaining on a 9 year contract”, etc.

Glad the GMs are able to keep the long term in perspective and evaluate a player’s worth so well and be disciplined.

Posted by RWBill on 07/08/13 at 05:09 PM ET


i agree completely (and was typing the same thing as your post, but you beat me to it).  i really want the wings to sign grabovski!  yes, i know they have little cap room, and a gluttony of forwards, but grabovski could flourish with detroit.  as primis noted, he could switch between lines as a scoring winger.  he could be a replacement for alfredsson, if/when alfredsson moves on after this season (stanley cup or not).  he could also serve as a contingency plan at 2nd/3rd line center, if darren helm can’t make a full recovery, or has another issue with his back.  grabovski doesn’t get us any bigger, but he is feisty, skates well, and can score (all things the wings need).  if datsyuk is really his hero, maybe there’s a way to get a deal done (3 years x 4 millions?) that works for everyone.  in the meantime, the wings can make room for him on their roster by waiving and/or buying out samuelsson and tootoo.  they can trade for edler (or someone like him) and ship quincey, eaves (if necessary), emmerton, and oullett. and there you go, we have space, money, and a role for grabovski.  i know grabovski isn’t exactly a model citizen/teammate, but i don’t think he’d be any sort of problem/distraction on the wings.  my gut tells me babcock and holland are likely to nix this whole idea, but here’s to hoping.

Posted by ishkapp on 07/08/13 at 06:00 PM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

Is he good on the PP?

I agree, tho, that Babcock’s Abbey jones would quash any attempt to shove him down to the third line (tho Helm, Nyquist, Abbey would be a dynamite 3rd line!)

Posted by duhduhduh on 07/08/13 at 07:37 PM ET

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