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Breathe easy, Toronto: Grabovski signs five-year extension to stay with Leafs

Mar 6, 2012, 10:04 AM EDT

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One of the key players the Toronto Maple Leafs worried about losing this offseason was impending UFA Mikhail Grabovski.

Worry no longer.

Grabovski signed a five-year contract extension with the Leafs with Chris Johnston of The Canadian Press confirming the deal is worth $27.5 million, good for annual cap hit of $5.5 million. While Grabovski may not lead the team in points or goals, he’s a three-time 20-goal scorer and with a tantalizing mix of speed and skill, things Leafs GM Brian Burke praised in announcing the deal.

“We are extremely pleased to have Mikhail under contract for the next five seasons,” said Burke. “His speed and skill are valuable commodities and fit perfectly with our style of play. He leads by example and his work ethic speaks for itself.”

This season, Grabovski has 20 goals and 25 assists while playing as the team’s second line center.

  1. govtminion - Mar 6, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    But he’s not from Ontario!

    Burn the witch!!!

  2. danphipps01 - Mar 6, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Overpaid pretty heftily there. He’s a good centre, no question, but the point production just isn’t there. He’d be lucky to crack sixty this season. 4.5 I’d have taken, but 5.5? He’s not quite that good.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      If Kulemin figures his game out and/or we add a solid goalscoring winger in the offseason his point production won’t be a problem. The Leafs overpaid but, looking at the list the guy below posted, I wouldn’t say by too much.

  3. derrico2 - Mar 6, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Wow, first signing Connolly to crazy money and now this? Keep it up Burkie, Sabres, Canadians, Bruins and Sens fans are loving these moves!

  4. ruddigervancity - Mar 6, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    That seems like a pretty big overpayment:

    I’ll stick with Kesler, thanks.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 6, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      They’ve put up the exact same numbers this year.

  5. davebabychreturns - Mar 6, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    That’s Shawn Horcoff money!

    In seriousness, this is why Burkie should’ve gone all-in on the rebuild. Now that the team is in playoff contention for the first five months of the year they can’t turn back and have to cave to the demands of the pretty good players that got them where they are – but won’t get them to the playoffs on a regular basis.

    First Grabovski, then next year Lupul and MacArthur, then Kessel and Phaneuf. Leafs fans had better hope Burke’s drafting and development record improves substantially if he’s going to re-sign those players and still fill out a decent NHL roster..

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