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Grabovski not interested in KHL

Jul 18, 2013, 12:27 PM EDT

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Bought out by the Maple Leafs earlier this month, Mikhail Grabovski has yet to land a new contract with an NHL team.

And make no mistake — the NHL is where the 29-year-old from Belarus wants to be.

Per Yahoo! Sports’ Dmitry Chesnokov, Grabovski says he’s not interested in the one KHL offer (from Atlant, apparently) he’s received.

Grabovski, a center, had four years remaining on his five-year contract with Toronto (cap hit $5.5 million). The buyout will cost the Leafs $14.3 million over eight years.

While Grabovski suffered through a frustrating 2013 season offensively and didn’t exactly leave Toronto on the best terms, his services could certainly be used somewhere. In 2010-11, he had a career-high 29 goals. In 2011-12, he scored 23 times.

Just to throw one team out there: how about Winnipeg? The Jets are looking a bit thin down the middle after Alexander Burmistrov bolted for the KHL.

  1. pr0jecktpat - Jul 18, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    I have this feeling that the Caps were interested but his price was too high, so now they are trying to wait him out.

  2. operwapitsai - Jul 18, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    caps!

  3. beerjunkie - Jul 18, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    St Louis.

  4. ravenscaps48 - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Capitals, if the price is right.

  5. rockyspond - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    The Oilers are a team with desperate needs in several areas. As much as MacT loves Gagner it would be difficult but he should consider: sign Grabovski as 2nd line centre then trade Gagner Plus N Shultz plus a top prospect off the OKC Barons roster (if necessary) to Winnipeg for Bogosian.

  6. dipthatchip - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    if GMGM doesn’t pick up his nuts and get Grabo, I’m going to be so pissed

  7. pavelfitzgerald - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    This is real life NHL & not NHL 2013 – Wpg would definitely NOT trade Bogo for a prospect & spare parts.
    Simply put Gagner is not that good & neither is N Schultz. Now if it was Justin that would be a different story.
    Wpg is quite content with Little, Schieffle, Jokinen & Slater. There is no room for Grabovski

    • rockyspond - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      ok. it was just a random thought. very unlikely to ever come together anyway.

  8. ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 18, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    SJ

  9. tmlhockeyfan - Jul 18, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Grabovski would probably be getting an offer in the price range he was hoping for if it wasn’t for his rant on the way out of Toronto. He had a bad reputation when he left Montreal too. GM’s around the league tend to avoid drama queens like the plague.

  10. bosoxfanpeds - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    The Bruins should sign him and have him compete on the second line…..either that or for thethird line….Rookies will be plentiful, but the B’s need another center just in case…..

  11. martysbetter30 - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    I think the devils should try and land this guy. He is exactly what they need. I know he may be a bit pricy given his cap hit in toronto, but i think lou may persuade this guy to jersey. It would be a great combo with him and the up and coming Loktionov in jersey,

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