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Grabovski re-signs, Leafs fans exhale


Mikhail Grabovski has signed a five-year contract extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

His cap-hit will be $5.5-million, making him the Leafs’ highest-paid forward---that is, until Phil Kessel signs an extension. The cap-hit ranks him 36th amongst forwards, tied with Shawn Horcoff. As a comparable, some of the players that make within $250-thousand more or less than Grabovski are:

Shawn Horcoff

32 points


.49 PPG

Martin St-Louis

61 points


1.02 PPG

Mike Richards

34 points


.60 PPG

Corey Perry

54 points


.81 PPG

Ryan Getzlaf

45 points


Grabovski: Valuable Trade Chip or Asset?

With the National Hockey League trade deadline approaching, Toronto Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski continues to be amid trade rumours.

The NHL’s first star of the week is a pending unrestricted free agent and could garner significant interest should he decided to test the free agent waters. But that’s not stopping teams from around the league to inquire on his availability for the current season. The 28-year-old (birthday is tomorrow, which means he’s going to light up the Pittsburgh Penguins) is on-pace for 28 goals and 56 points, almost identical to last season’s production, in five less games.

With general manager Brian Burke actively see...

What To Expect: MGK Line

Not a soul could have predicted it before the start of the 2010-11 season, but the trio consisting of Clarke MacArthur, Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin was the Toronto Maple Leafs' most productive line since the lockout.

In fact, the line amassed 110 points, which ranked as the second most productive line in the National Hockey League last season. Considering the fortunes of the Leafs in the past decade, the fact that all three players had breakout campaigns in the same season while also establishing chemistry was nothing short of a miracle.

However, with the Leafs missing the playoffs for a sixth-straight season, the short-term significance of the MGK line me...