Grabo doesn't want to go

With the NHL trade deadline fast approaching, you have to figure some Maple Leafs are getting a little antsy — especially those whose names keep popping up as possible trade bait. You could count speedy centre Mikhail Grabovski among them.

What makes Grabovski’s situation a little more tenuous than, say, defenceman Luke Schenn’s, is that he can be an unrestricted free agent in the summer. Schenn, meanwhile, signed a new deal before the start of the season.

UFAs have contracts that expire this summer and, without a contract extension, they are free to sign with any team they choose on July 1. That makes current teams a little more likely to deal them, to make sure they get some compensation for the leaving player.

Leafs general manager Brian Burke has said he doesn’t make trade decisions based on a player’s free-agent status, but you have to figure the tires have been kicked on Grabovski more than once.

However, the centre said after the Leafs’ morning skate on Tuesday that he wasn’t thinking about the Feb. 27 deadline, nor had he talked to the team about his contract.

15 Responses to Grabo doesn't want to go

  1. KingCanada says:

    He is easily the Leafs 3rd best forward and generates quite a bit of chances.  If he is indeed traded..if its anything less than a 1st and a decent prospect Ill be dissapointed…

    Maybe he comes back this summer if the Leafs cant land Parise..?

  2. dumbassdoorman says:

    Or pending ability to clear cap space, maybe both? lol, one can dream right?

  3. KingCanada says:

    Yea definatly!  I think I would take Parise and Grabo together over Rick Nash.  Leafs need centers!!  No matter how appealing the thought of Rick Nash in the blue and white is…

  4. dumbassdoorman says:

    True that, though Parise is a winger, is he not?

  5. Steven_Leafs says:

    I think he meant we would have Parise in Nash's theoretical spot while adding Grabovski at center. I would definitely prefer that over giving up a fortune for Nash, who wouldn't?

  6. mapleleafsfan says:

    Fcuk it, we need a new look and I'm gonna combine everything I've been whining about for a while.

    Schenn, Gus, kadri, 1st for Carter + Mason
    Aulie + 2nd for Ott
    Gaustad for a 3rd + maybe a b prospect
    Grabo for McNeill + 2nd
    Lombardi to Phoenix for anything (might not happen now they have vermette)
    Lupul – Bozak – Kessel
    Connolly – Carter – Kulemin
    Macarthur – Gaustad – Ott
    Brown – Steckel – Armstrong
    Off season make a huge push for Parise, dump connolly and Komisarek for cap reasons… If it happens the top two lines would be
    Parise – Carter – Kulemin
    Lupul – Bozak – Kessel
  7. mapleleafsfan says:

    Added Mason because he can't really be much worse than what we are working with. He's a big boy which Allaire likes and can hopefully mold and he was fantastic in his rookie year, so who knows he may be able to bring it back.. Change of scenery may help although coming to toronto would be scary as hell for him. If it works, amazing, if not, his nhl career ends really close to home (he's from oakville).

  8. KingCanada says:

    Nah I definatly thought Parise was a center for one reason or another (long day, company quarterly review..)  BUT I like the way you put it instead 😉

    Still think were better off with Grabo/Parise!

  9. dumbassdoorman says:

    I figured you added him to help intice Howson to trade carter here, taking that large contrat off his hands, though I still think thats too much for Carter, IMO

  10. Steven_Leafs says:

    I know he played center a bit when NJ had injuries. I don't think he is still playing center.

  11. mapleleafsfan says:

    Yea I guess if he's a cap dump you can reduce the value of carter a bit… Maybe take Kadri or the first out… Either way I'm fine with it.. If we could get McNeill, having Colborne and McNeill gives us solid forward prospects… When the time comes, drop bozak and they can come in as 2/3 centers… That's some serious size at center. 6'3, 6'2, 6'5… Plus with the top 6 I stated earlier, there isn't really room for kadri anyways.. Bozak is the only player that could be seriously upgraded and hopefully McNeill/Colborne can do that (if we could get parise, if not we still need another LW).

    But I guess if we keep kadri/1st we could use them to target a real goalie.. Apparently the leafs were asking about backstrom (from hockeybreak, take it how you will)… Big cap hit for 2 years but he's definitely a solid starter. 
    Imagine Carter/Parise/Kessel/Lupul/Kulemin in the top 6… pretty much 3 players who will definitely hit 30+, and 2 who will break 20 (assuming Kulemin is just on an off year, but with parise and Carter he must be able to hit 20) and can possibly hit 30 too… AHH MAKE IT HAPPEN BURKE! lol
  12. toronto77 says:

    too much. schenn, gus, 1st would be perfect for carter and mason. remember we are doing clb a favour by taking carter's contract.

  13. lukeleim says:

    If Los Angeles lose out on the Nash and Carter sweepstakes, the next best forward available could be Mikhail Grabovski.

    Trade Mikhail Grabovski, Greg McKegg and Jonas Gustavsson to the Los Angeles Kings for Dustin Penner and Jonathan Bernier.
  14. Steven_Leafs says:

    I'd do it but I seriously doubt LA would. Grabovski and Gustavsson are both UFAs, if they both walk the deal becomes Bernier for McKegg. We may have to offer a conditional 1st in 2013 (if both players walk, LA gets the pick)

  15. mojo19 says:

    what exactly makes Jonathan Bernier so good? Besides all the hype. He hasn't done anything yet. He's had a couple chances to be the starter in the last couple years but that's not gonna happen. Let's not be the team that over pays for another young back up goalie.

    Rask for Raycroft
    1st, 2nd for Toskala, Bell
    Now a season invested in the Monster and Reimer. Not that they're bad goalies, they both have potential, but if were making moves for a goalie, why would you want another baby?

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