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Leafs Grabovski will have to ‘challenge’ for his ice time

Jul 2, 2013, 7:39 AM EDT

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Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis has offered a fairly straight forward assessment of Mikhail Grabovski‘s play from last season, and a challenge for the skilled 29-year-old forward.

Grabovski, who, according to, has four years remaining on his contract at a $5.5 million annual cap hit.

But last season, his offensive production hit a decline. He had only 16 points in 48 games played for the Leafs in 2013 – and only two assists in seven playoff games.

That’s down from his 2011-12 campaign, when he showed balance between scoring and set-up man, with 23 goals and 51 points in 74 games. The season before that: 58 points in 81 games.

But after his struggles this past season, and with the amount of money he earns in this cap era following the new collective bargaining agreement, the Leafs are looking for more from Grabovski.

“(Grabovski) didn’t have the best year he’s ever had, there’s no secret about that. He didn’t have a very good season and there’s a lot of reasons for that. His health was part of it,” said Nonis, as per the Globe and Mail.

“But I think in the postseason he was very good. He competed. He looked more like his old self. And he’s going to have to get ready this offseason and get back and try to challenge for the minutes that he was expecting.”

Nonis also discussed a variety of roster issues as it pertains to freeing up cap space.

The Leafs, having acquired center Dave Bolland from the Chicago Blackhawks over the weekend, are still trying to re-sign pending unrestricted free agent Tyler Bozak.


  1. kingsforever - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Old pic as that’s not even Toronto’s current jersey

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  3. stcrowe - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    He is an overpriced chronic underachiever, and he lacks character. His best season saw him score 58 points, but his salary is more appropriate for a guy who scores 15 or 20 points more in a good season. Brian Burke gave him this nutty contract after a year in which Grabovski netted the 58 points, and “grew up” because he and his girlfriend had a baby. Now, he has reverted to an underachiever. They really should buy him out.

    • sunderlanding - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      If he was a chronic underachiever he wouldn’t revert back to underachieving because he’d always be underachieving.

  4. Isaak Koenka - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Grabo is Great! I would give up two overpriced youngsters and Dustin Penner for him.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      Great! 16 points…. Underachiever! Lazy! Floater! Not great!

      • Isaak Koenka - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:01 AM

        There was meant to be a little sarcasm in that there… just a little.

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