What is Mikhail Grabovski worth?

If there’s a Toronto Maple Leafs player who’s a little underappreciated around the league, it’s probably Mikhail Grabovski.

Although you can make an argument for Carl Gunnarsson, too.

But when some of those trade rumours began to start up last month with Grabovski’s name included, it appeared perhaps he was underappreciated by Leafs management as well.

The issue is going to be defining what some of those intangible qualities are worth and putting a dollar figure on Grabovski’s value, even as it appears to rise with every strong game he has.

The No. 1 comparable I’ve seen referenced these days is Tomas Plekanec of the Montreal Canadiens, who is making $5-million a season on a six-year deal that started last season.

(A few other names are those of David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron, both with the Bruins and both making relatively similar money to Plekanec.)

That puts Grabovski in the $4.5-million to $5.5-million range and likely means Burke will have to move out another body to free up that kind of raise.

Grabovski’s agent, Gary Greenstin, has been in Toronto of late, but he has kept negotiations relatively quiet. What’s clear is that Grabovski would like to stay, as his partner is from the GTA and they have two infants at home.

So my sense is they’re going to get a deal done before he becomes a free agent in July, but then again, there’s always the chance he asks for more than management considers reasonable.


28 Responses to What is Mikhail Grabovski worth?

  1. hockey_lover says:

    So we got Leafs v Wings in the winter classic next year.

    Im honestly shocked the it took this long.

  2. dumbassdoorman says:

    My buddy is a Wings fan and me well I am a Leafer, soooo hellz ya road trip….woooooo

  3. reinjosh says:

    Since it was first rumored? Or at since the idea of a winter classic came out?

    This is a huge thing for the NHL. It would represent the largest stadium they have ever played in, it would bring ludicrous prices for more than 100 000 tickets, and the alcohol sales would be astronomical (although they have some barriers to get over for that).
    I think I saw a number predicted of around 14 million dollars in revenue for the are alone. That was for an average Michigan football game. With jacked up ticket prices, and alcohol sales in the stadium (something that doesn't happen normally because of a state law with alcohol on College campuses), that number could rise even higher. 
    The NHL offered 3 million dollars to rent the building for one day. That alone should show you how big the amount of money they make could be.  
  4. KingCanada says:

    I dont know why people are knocking on Grabovski… Give him a raise, he deserves it!  He works his tail off every night and will always be good for 20-30 goals a year.  So he gets a 2 million dollar raise..Who cares?!?

    The Leafs have 13 million in cap space next season and have:

    UFA: Grabo, Crabb, Gustavsson, Boyce
    RFA: Kulemin, Franson, Rosehill

    Now only Grabo and maybe Franson will get a raise.  There is PLENTY of cap space to spare!  And if someone has to be burried itll be a guy like Lombardi, NOT Grabo…

    Grabo, Kulemin and Franson together will probably cost the Leafs 9-10 million which still leaves SOME cap space.  But like I said Lombardi will be cut before anyone else if we need the space to try and sign Parise.  Lombardi can replace Finger's salary on the Marlies since hes off the books in July.

    And lastly lets not forget we are over-loaded on defencemen..it is very possible one of them gets traded.

  5. LeafsFTW17 says:

    Lombo isn't going to the AHL…

  6. reinjosh says:

    Maybe Burke goes after David Jones. Big RW who plays a responsible game. UFA, not living up to the expectations he had coming out of last season, but could be a potential 20 goal big man. 

  7. GO_LEAFS_GO_Noni says:


    No player has won the art ross trophy more than once ever since Jaromir Jagr did it back 00-01. 
    This year the eastern conference is MUCH tighter than the western conference. Both the conferences have the same amount of points played in the same amount of game. 
  8. lafleur10 says:

    he will get tomas plekanec type money and contract

  9. 93killer93 says:

    I don't usually like to post Eklund rumours, but this one is something to think about.The Leafs are apparently waiting to see if LA ends up doing something big by the trade deadline.  If so LA would be willing to dump Penner to clear salary.  Which would make Penner available for very little.  If Burke does decide to stand pat he could just add Penner, who is a UFA at the end of the season, to add some size without moving out players.  Not a fan of Penner at all but he could add size for cheap.

  10. reinjosh says:

    Malkin is looking like he could win it his second time. 

  11. leafmeister says:

    If it really were for that cheap, then absolutely. Penner can get hot and pot a decent amount of goals. Definitely worth the risk, as long as it really is dirt cheap.

  12. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I would play him with Lombardi and Connolly…They need a little bit more of a talented power forward on that line.

  13. LeafsNation4Ever says:

    Sorry, we don't sign our players to retard contracts

  14. reinjosh says:

    David Jones! I have…philosophical differences with Dustin Penner. 

    But seriously, not Dustin Penner. The guy is a scrub and has no heart, at all. 
  15. dumbassdoorman says:

    Ya josh dont want no scrub, a scrub is a guy that can't get no love from he….lol

  16. mojo19 says:

    There a few names rumoured for that rugged winger who could plug in on our 2nd/3rd lines.

    -Dustin Penner is interesting because I don't think it would cost more than a 2nd round pick (probably less)

    -Ryan Smyth is a possiblity to be moved.

    -Shane Doan, outside chance.

    – I still believe Brendan Morrow could be available.

    – Ryan Malone rumours come and go…

  17. dumbassdoorman says:

    If i had a choice of any of those it would be Morrow, then Malone. Doan is going nowhere or he might interest me the most, all cost pending for any of them…..lol

  18. lafleur10 says:

    then you will lose grabovski plain and simple and with no replacement you'll struggle at that postion!

  19. KingCanada says:

    He certainly does if the Leafs need some cap space.  3.5 million for a checker doesnt make much sense now does it?

  20. TimTheBone says:

    First I wanna say that its FINALLY great to be back posting and not just lurking…. got my computer back!

    Second…. I'm going to make you eat your words! hahah… remember you said that…

    I easily predict a contract either at 2-4 years 5-6 mil per. Or 4-6 years at 4-5 mil per….

    I'm saying that the longer the term the less money or if its a shorter term he'll maximize his dollar amount… this is only if Burke manages to re-sign him… otherwise it'll be a hell of a bidding war for him july 1….

    Bottom line is that he will get plekanec money… as far as how many years… we can only wait and see

  21. KingCanada says:

    Interesting…  Hopefully he can be had for a mid to late round pick!  Unfortinatly the Leafs dont have a 3rd/4th so maybe 1 or 2 "B" prospects + pick?

    Combination of Mikus/Mitchell/D'Amigo/Nicholls??  And maybe a 2013 3rd rounder?

  22. Steven_Leafs says:

    still wont happen.

  23. Steven_Leafs says:

    he is guaranteed Plekanec money if he goes to FA. I get the feeling we will sign him cheaper if we do re-sign him.

  24. blaze says:

    Burke does rather well with contracts. I'm expecting around 3y, 4.75m. One thing I can guarantee is that Grabovski won't see 4+ years term. Likely 3 if not 2.

  25. blaze says:

    Liles could've done much better on the FA market. Burke is a players GM and the majority of his contracts so far have been quite solid.

  26. blaze says:

    I agree on Penner. Yes size would be a very welcome addition but at the moment I like the character of the group. I just can't see Penner fitting in with this group.

  27. blaze says:

    Ya Morrow interest me the most. Doan is getting a little long in the tooth and would be a better fit on a contender considering the assets.

    Malone's production has been steadily declining while not a horrible option I would only be interested in a Komisarak-Malone swap (salary for salary).

    Penner, thanks but not thanks. Morrow is young enough to still be productive for a few years and I think could fit in nicely with the group.

  28. reinjosh says:

    I wonder if you studied the Free Agent market every year if you would find that most guys going to the Free Agent market are coming from either bottom 15 teams with no end in site, or from teams that they have seemingly been pushed out of. It's a theory with no actual homework down behind it, but I would hazard a guess most guys going for the paycheck aren't in the same situation as Grabo.

    That's been one of Burke's biggest things, making an atmosphere in Toronto that players want to be in. THose things like giving a guy a shot somewhere else, not asking a guy to drop his NTC etc all might not make a lot of sense to people but they go to create an environment that players want to be in.
    Liles staying for a fairly cheap price is a good sign that Burke's created that. 

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