Will the Leafs trade Grabovski?

There will be lots of trade speculation involving the Leafs until the Feb. 27 NHL deadline, and one player whose name will be in rumours is forward Mikhail Grabovski, who happened to be the best Leaf on Tuesday. Due to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, Grabovski would be an attractive piece on the trade market, and general manager Brian Burke already is getting calls about the 27-year-old.
But Grabovski has developed into a solid performer under coach Ron Wilson and it would be tough to see him go. Plus, trading Nikolai Kulemin’s best friend on the team could kill what fragile resolve Kulemin has now … The Leafs were sloppy in their own end in the first period and were lucky to be down only 1-0. Carl Gunnarsson’s effort to tie up Tavares on the goal was non-existent … No Leaf is faster than Matthew Lombardi, whose quickness was on display on the opening shift of the game. A few strides and Lombardi was back to knock P.A. Parenteau off the puck and take away an Islanders scoring chance … Joey Crabb was the only Leaf in the first period who had a shot on goal other than each member of the Joffrey Lupul-Tyler Bozak-Kessel line.


78 Responses to Will the Leafs trade Grabovski?

  1. blaze says:

    Gunnarson has been a stud this year, very underrated. Also I would puke if we gave up Schenn in a package with Komi.

    Furthermore only 1 dman goes. No way Burke deals away all his depth and goes 6 deep. The Leafs overall depth has been their strength this year. A key injury or two could suddenly make the blueline very thin.

  2. blaze says:

    Definitely, I love Toronto management team. The Leafs have finally done the right thing and acquired depth in a very important position, management.

    Burke and Co do have one advantage though, money. Some of these deals other GMs just could not make despite the agressiveness and foresight to do so.

  3. blaze says:

    Draws against most top lines? Lots of top lines have poor face-off man and what makes you think he takes most of his draws against top lines. Steckel is the man for the critical draws not Bozak.

    I'm not even trying to knock Bozak, he's a useful player but to think he's superior to Grabovski shows you have some type of bias.

  4. reinjosh says:

    I've tried telling him that. He won't listen.

  5. reinjosh says:

    The difference in won draws between Grabovski and Bozak works out to be 20. 20 faceoffs out of the 500 – 600 they have taken so far…

  6. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Steckel AND Bozak. The team struggled greatly when Bozak was out because Connolly sucks tremendously at them…And Grabovski is not the greatest.

    As well, Bozak's line has been the only one that can consistently sustain a solid forecheck, while the others have been more counter-attack. Don't think its Lupul and Kessel…Bozak has done a tremendous job this year forechecking on that line.

    Grabovski, who I do like, does get knocked around quite a bit…No matter how resilient he is or how big his heart is. It's the truth.

  7. Steven_Leafs says:

    agreed, we only give up 2 defensemen in a trade if he get an older UFA defenseman back to serve as our 7th D-man. Holzer looks ready, but he may not be. Better to not make him the go to guy.

  8. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Just like I did not listen to you about Kaberle…And who was right?

  9. blaze says:

    Bozaks line? Which line is that again? If you think Bozak has become a tremendous forechecker this year than your opinion has very little weight with me.

  10. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Josh, I have a weird feeling you wrote this comment on TSN the moment the Phaneuf trade went down lol

    "Another in a growing list of Bumble moves! Ian White gone, you gotta be kidding me?? Phaneuf and two wanna be's for a bonifide goal scorer (Hagman) and a star defenceman (White) plus a decent third line guy (Stajan). Come on Burke get your head out of your Past and join the future, don't sell it"

  11. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Well, atleast its mutual if you think Grabovski can compete with the likes of Bergeron, etc.

    Hell, this team cannot even win against Spezza and Turris.

  12. Steven_Leafs says:

    in his defense, who didn't think that even a little? I was only happy with it because Phaneuf was having a career low year and we got him cheap (lots of room to improve), and that Stajan and White wanted waaaay too much money for their abilities.

  13. blaze says:

    What does that have to do with Grabovski? And what about this strawman comparison to Bergeron??

    So in your own words the Leafs are a stronger team without Grabovski with Bozak allotted more icetime, sensible.

  14. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I was?

    Stajan sucked, Hagman did not look right ever, Mayers was useles…And I actually did not care about White because we got Phaneuf?

    Honestly, I remember when we made the trade I was jumping for joy because we got Aulie. He was a beast in the World Jrs. for Canada…We got a solid prospect back, what more could you want?

    I knew we dumped garbage for gold when it happened. 100% That's why I was happy when Kaberle got dealt.

  15. blaze says:

    I will agree completely with you on this one, I was ecstatic when the Phaneuf trade went through.

  16. senators_choke says:

    True we don't really need more prospects, but he is a UFA. Why not get assets, and then look at the UFA market?

    Of course I'm assuming Grabo would yield a hefty return to make it worth it. I'm think along the lines of landing another Colborne. No good?

  17. Steven_Leafs says:

    yeah that comment is just incorrect. While I do agree that Stajan and Hagman blow, while they were with Toronto they were producing on the scoreboard which leads to wins which was very important since we gave up our 1st round pick.

    Hagman's and Stajan's stats in their last 2 years with Toronto:

    Hagman's stats:

    22G 20A 42PTS in 65 games
    20G 13A 33PTS in 55 games

    Stajan's stats:

    15G 40A 55PTS in 76 games
    16G 25A 41PTS in 55 games

    Obviously these stats were inflated and Burke knew this which is why the trade was brilliant of him but the key point I was making is that most people thought that we over-payed a little at the time.

  18. reinjosh says:

    Yeap totally. I love the dedication to going back and looking at it…

    No, if you've ever seen any comments on here you would have known Phaneuf's been my favorite player since he was drafted. Not hard to extrapolate from their…
    And Mojo can back me up on this next bit. I said that Aulie would factor into the trade quite nicely…
  19. reinjosh says:

    Ah see thats where we differ. I don't think he's valuable enough to get a Colborne. If he won't stay for a reasonable amount and we can get a Colborne, I'm all for it.

    I just would prefer we add NHL pieces instead of prospects as this point. 
  20. reinjosh says:

    Jumping for joy for Aulie? If that was the reason you were jumping for joy, I think we found the issue…

  21. TheLeafNation91 says:

    At the time, he was still a highly regarded prospect (still is). Why not jump for joy if he was a throw in

  22. NonLeafFansAreGay says:

    no one from st. louis this year…

  23. NonLeafFansAreGay says:

    Grabovski > Bozak

    Grabovski will not be traded.
    Grabovski = solid 2nd line centre.
    End of discussion.
    Now, when the hell is Liles gonna be back?
  24. reinjosh says:

    Right over your head…

  25. blaze says:

    Sadly by far the best UFA center on the market I would say by far is Grabovski. The only other UFA forwards of consequence might be Semin or Parise and neither, particularily Parise are guaranteed to be there.

  26. Steven_Leafs says:

    we are hoping after the All-Star break but you know how concussions go.

  27. MystifoLeafs says:

    I don't know if it is money but rather the day he came in he made it clear to the owners. This is going to be my team and I want 100% control over who I bring in. So by that logic he is always 1 step ahead in all trades. 

  28. MystifoLeafs says:

    I think it all factors down to the cap hit. If we can lock in Grabo to a reasonable cap hit and keep it between 3.1 and 4.5 then we are doing quite nicely. I mean if Grabovski wants to stay here then I could see him giving us a little break on the money. Like I have heard before if Grabovski asks for a number like Liles got I say you give him the choice of how long. I will take a 3.9 cap hit on Grabovski any day of the week. (Assuming his play stays as is.)

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