Free agency: What’s the Caps’ next step?

Among the free-agent centers still remaining is Mikhail Grabovski, a compliance buyout of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who bought out the final four years of his contract at $14.33 million.

Grabovski set career highs in 2010-11 when he recorded 29 goals and 29 assists, but struggled last season with nine goals, seven assists and a minus-10 rating in 48 games.

Grabovski went out with a bang in Toronto, saying the Leafs “made a mistake” by buying him out and calling coach Randy Carlyle an “idiot” for not using him in a scoring role.

Grabovski, who was married on Friday, said he would use Toronto’s buyout as motivation with his next team, but as of late Friday he remained unsigned.

Derek Roy, 30, was also still on the board late Friday. He managed seven goals and 21 assist with Dallas and Vancouver last season, but recorded 17 goals and 27 assist sin his last full season in Buffalo, where he set career highs in goals [32] and points [81] in 2007-08.

3 Responses to Free agency: What’s the Caps’ next step?

  1. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    With Roy now in St. Louis that kills that idea. I have often felt that Grabo would be a good fit in Washington.

    St.Louis is going to be interesting to watch. They have about $7mil in cap space left, But have yet to re-sign Pietrangelo or Stewart. I have heard they may be shopping any of Oshie, Perron, Steen and Halak. They signed centres Roy and Lapierre, so something has to give you would think.

  2. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    Got me to thinking who else might still move especially from teams close to or currently over the cap.
    Coburn, Mezaros, Grossman, Schenn, Couturier
    Fransen, Helm
    Jokinen, Orpik, Niskanen, Sutter
    Heatley, Brodziak, Mitchell
    Malone, Salo, Brewer
    Havlat, Burns, Stuart, Boyle
    Gionta, Moen, Bourque
    Umberger, Wisniewski

    Some are players teams would like to move and some may be available due to cap, contract status or they may not fit anymore due to other players in those positions etc.

  3. I think Penguins are only paying half the salary for Jokinen. Not sure how it works, but I thought if they trade the player, the former team is off the hook on partial salary.

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