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Three teams ‘very interested’ in Grabovski: agent

Jul 24, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

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According to Mikhail Grabovski’s agent, Gary Greenstin, there are three “very interested” NHL teams in acquiring his client’s services.

Greenstin made the remarks Monday while speaking to ESPN’s Craig Custance.

In making his decision on where to sign, Grabovski, 29, will apparently look beyond the money that’s being offered and more to the role he can expect to play for his new club. (Which is no surprise, really, when you consider what he had to say about Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle after being bought out by Toronto. Suffice to say, Grabovski wasn’t too happy being turned into a checking center.)

“He’s great on power play,” Greenstin said. “Can play penalty killing. He’s a great play-maker. He would like to stay here. He’s an NHL player. He would like to win something.”

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.

Greenstin didn’t share which three teams are “very interested.” We’ve suggested Winnipeg before; however, it’s possible the Jets may be up against their budget once they get Blake Wheeler and Zach Bogosian signed.

Another team that could use a center is Calgary, except we’re not sure winning hockey games is a big priority for the rebuilding Flames.

Related: Grabovski not interested in KHL

  1. tomklassen - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    I bet Washington is one of the teams

  2. amityvillefun - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Oh, what a bummer! He’s gonna miss the big parade in Toronto!

  3. letsgopens8771 - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:57 PM


    Are the teams. They all look like good fits and are the most likely, not sure which one he liked the best.

    • tomklassen - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      I doubt Edmonton. Maybe if they just traded Gagner but they resigned him. Winnipeg will be up to the cap ceiling once they sign Wheeler and Bogo, so no there too

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

      Edmonton doesn’t want him. They already have top two centers and Grabo doesn’t want to play a checking role.

  4. jacketsfan7 - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Knowing holmgren he’d probably be interested , I’m sorry Philly , I feel for you guys

    • letsgopens8771 - Jul 24, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      They have waaaayy too many centers already! Giroux, Lecavalier, Couturier, AND Schenn! Imagine how unhappy Grabo would be there, especially if he had a coaching feud with Carlyle and he didnt want to be a 3rd liner.

      • letsgopens8771 - Jul 24, 2013 at 5:38 PM

        Oops, forgot another center. Max Talbot

  5. stevebass2 - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Besides Washington (which is an obvious suitor), where else would he fit? Nashville? Anaheim?

  6. amityvillefun - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    He’s been very productive against Boston for some reason. Guy always seems to find a way to score against the Bruins. Habs maybe?

  7. ray2013 - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    I wonder what kind of AAV & term he’s looking for. That could really narrow down the prospective teams. I keep hearing that Edmonton would be interested, but they’ve only got $1.4 m in cap space, and I can’t see that enticing Grabovski unless he’s interested in taking a big cut in pay from last season.

  8. 19to77 - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Nashville, I assume. Two-way forwards are always wanted there. Washington and Calgary? Maybe Dallas, in search of a #2? Horcoff’s not quite up for that role anymore.

  9. jax2626 - Jul 24, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    I really hope it’s Nashville but I’m sure it’s not. I love how Poile talked about the need to get primary scoring and then brought in four 3rd/4th line forwards. The only positive might to Stahlberg but it is nowhere near enough. You can’t tell me if Horton was willing to go to Columbus that he wouldn’t have been willing to give Nashville a shot.

  10. joey4id - Jul 24, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Don’t know where, but at this stage he will probably have to settle for less money.

  11. puckmepuckyou - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Blue Jackets have space and are going to make a cup run this year.

    • arlingtonrob - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:10 PM

      Really? are you referring to the STANLEY cup?

      Good luck with that…

      • donniesd - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:32 PM

        x2 sorry, doesn’t seem feasible… progress would be making the playoffs… The Oilers are one of my favorite teams, and I am just hoping 1 maybe 2 rounds in the SC Playoffs and I would be happy!

      • donniesd - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:33 PM

        Oh and you cant Thumbs up your own post…. that’s cheesy!!!

  12. pavelfitzgerald - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Even if Wpg wasn’t going to be up against the cap it would make no sense as they have depth at Centre w/:

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