Mikhail Grabovski Re-Signs: What Does It Mean for Toronto’s Future?

March 6th, 2012 by Jeff Langridge Leave a reply »
Mikahail Grabovski will be a Toronto Maple Leaf for quite some time longer after he signed a five-year, $27.5 million contract. Working out to $5.5 million per year, Grabovski will be the highest-paid Maple Leaf forward starting next season.

Some may argue that he has been overpaid, but with the contracts signed by Ales Hemsky and Tuomu Ruutu, the price was driven up. If he can continue to improve, I think he will eventually come to be worthy of that contract. It might be a stretch to say that, but first impressions are that Grabovski should play well under new coach Randy Carlyle.

With the signing, the Leafs will have just above $7.5 million in cap space next year if the salary cap remains the same. It could go down, but let's just continue with the assumption that it will stay the same.

The Leafs have two unrestricted free agents to go with three restricted free agents. The RFAs are Nikolai Kulemin, Matt Frattin and Cody Franson. Frattin will be retained as he will be the cheapest to re-sign. Kulemin and Franson are question marks.

Kulemin has been moved to the third line and has disappointed many this year. As a friend of Grabovski, I ...

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