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So why hasn’t Grabovski signed anywhere yet?

Aug 18, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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Ever since Mikhail Grabovski was bought out by the Toronto Maple Leafs, it seemed likely that he’d find a new home quickly. He’s a productive center and tends to drive opponents crazy at times, especially teams he used to play for.

Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun heard from one NHL GM about why Grabovski is still waiting for an offer.

“He was trying to cash in on getting the buyout and double dipping,” a general manager said. “And once everybody who wanted a center signed them, there was no place for him to get the kind of deal he wanted.”

All right, so he’s not going to get another large contract like he did from the Leafs, but surely there are still teams out there willing to take a flier on him, right?

Just take a peek around the league at teams that could use a No. 2 center and you’ll find some teams sticking out like sore thumbs. Washington and Nashville stand out in particular. There’s still time before training camps open up and it’s hard to imagine he’ll still be without a job.

  1. tmathio - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    It’d be nice if he came to the Wild

  2. martysbetter - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    I wonder what is going on with Brunner as well, rumors have certainly died down for these two.

  3. snipedanglecelly13 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    I hope brunner comes back to the wings!

  4. datsyukdominates - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Wings have absolutely no room for Brunner or anyone else for that matter. In fact they need to dump two forwards from their roster as it stands to get to the 23 man limit before the season starts.

  5. ravenscaps48 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Grabbo will be in DC by Training Camp

  6. lowenni - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    As a Caps fan, I would love to see GMGM go out and sign Grabo. That being said, McPhee has a history of being quiet in free agency and has already said he plans on using Laich as his 2C. So I don’t really see Grabo coming to DC, especially if he’s asking a lot like this article says he was. Wish GMGM would be a bit more aggressive in free agency though because a trio of Backstrom, Grabo, and Laich would make us real deep at center. Laich is either an average 2C of one of the best 3C’s in the NHL.

  7. shanesander - Aug 18, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    how about FLA? Barkov-Bjugstad-Matthias-Goc will be good in 2-3 seasons but isn’t anywhere near ready now. Grabovski coming in can move one of these kids to the wing temporarily

  8. mnwildfan15 - Aug 18, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    If we could have dumped Heater we could have picked him up.

  9. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 18, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    When he left Montreal, the Habs labelled him as a problem in the locker room. When he left Toronto, he opened his mouth and confirmed it.

    I’m not sure too many teams will be risking a large amount of money on a guy like that. Not with the lack of cap space most teams have right now. You want depth players who are willing to do what is needed to win. Not someone who pouts because they aren’t getting the ice time they want.

  10. kaptaanamerica - Aug 18, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    MG likes reclamation projects, so he might fit if none of the young guys impresses enough on training camp.

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