Several teams interested in Grabovski: Agent
While Grabovski was not snapped up during rush hour of Friday’s free agency and is still available as of Sunday, Gary Greenstin says that is partly because he and the player are fielding multiple offers. “I never comment on negotiations, but several teams are interested,” Greenstin said Saturday.
Asked if that meant, say, three, four or five, Greenstin repeated “several.”
“Somebody wrote in Toronto that he wasn’t a playmaker. That’s totally wrong. He is a good playmaker,” Greenstin said.
There were some apparent exploratory talks with the Tampa Bay Lightning early Friday, which came before Steve Yzerman inked centre Valtteri Filppula from Detroit as his chosen replacement for Vinny Lecavalier. If anyone thought that opened the door for Grabovski in Detroit, the Wings opted for Stephen Weiss, who was among the Plan Bs for the Maple Leafs if Tyler Bozak wasn’t re-signed.
Grabovski was shocked and angered earlier in the week when Leafs general manager Dave Nonis cashed in the remaining four years of his $27.5-million US deal, which translates to $14 million over the next eight years. Grabovski blamed his leaving on coach Randy Carlyle’s alleged mismanagement of his ice time last season and called Carlyle “stupid” and an “idiot” for trying to turn him into a checker.