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Offer “on the table” for Leafs’ Mikhail Grabovski

Feb 17, 2012, 12:10 AM EDT

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If you ask me, the Toronto Maple Leafs would be foolish to ship their underrated – and most talented – center out of town. Still, that rumor is picking up steam as TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the team has an offer “on the table” for Mikhail Grabovski.

The word is that the hypothetical deal would net the Buds a second-round pick and some sort of prospect, although the specific team in question remains a mystery.

Contract issues

One possible catalyst for GM Brian Burke’s flirtation with a move is that Grabovski is a pending free agent who some believe would fetch as much as $5 million per year. If the two sides are far apart on his asking price, shipping him out of town makes a bit more sense.

Grabovski’s value

It’s weird to say this in hockey-saturated Toronto, but Grabovski might be a rare Leafs forward whose value slips under the radar.

The versatile Belarussian’s five-game scoreless slump hurts his numbers a bit, but he’s still been nicely productive with 39 points in 52 games. He’s also decent in other areas of the ice and has shown the occasional mean streak, so he can do a little of everything. Grabovski has contributed solid-to-great offense even though he’s lining up with lesser wingers such as Clarke MacArthur and Nikolai Kulemin rather than stars Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul. (Kulemin has struggled mightily this season, too.)

Conclusions

Burke knows how to play the media, so perhaps he’s dipping his toe in the water to see if he can get a little more for Grabovski. It’s hard to imagine the team parting ways with him in the middle of what could be the Leafs’ first post-lockout playoff run, but you never know with Burke.

It would be rather amusing – Alanis Morissette might even call it ironic – if that potential Grabs trade does go through, though. After all, Grabovski joined the Maple Leafs in exchange for a second-round pick and a prospect in 2008.

  1. seaner44 - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    Wont trade him. He is the Leafs Best player right now

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    First of all he’s not Russian, he’s Belarusian. Second, he’s not going anywhere for a pick and a prospect. That’s would be absolutely foolish. Burke doesn’t make those kinds of trades, he talks other GMs into making them.

    • joshuakorr - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:24 AM

      Aside form the Kessel deal, Burke has done fairly well for himself with the Buds. As a Bruins fan, I hope the Leafs get in the playoffs at number 7, becuase I think it would be an awesome rivalry series. We all know Mtl isn’t going to make it, lets at least have some bad blood! Kinda rootin for the leafs anyway this year, but they’re a good bit away from being a contender.

    • James O'Brien - Feb 17, 2012 at 2:20 AM

      Thanks for the correction. I’d assume Burke is smart enough not to make the deal, but it was worth discussing.

  3. odj810 - Feb 17, 2012 at 8:03 AM

    he is well worth a 2nd round pick and mid level prospect even for a rental.

  4. brianforster - Feb 17, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    any speculation who the offer is from? the caps could sure use a center.

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