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11-18-2008, 09:30 PM
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I don't think he was ever a viable option from management's point of view. We were already small down the middle going into this season and needed a right-handed centerman to fill the gap on a third scoring line. If the situation was either keep him and hope he stays or trade him to get some value, then the team made the right choice. Grabovski himself said he had a hard decision over the summer on whether or not to play in Russia. My gut feeling is that if he was relegated to press-box duty or time in the A, he would've taken the next ship to Minsk. And maybe that would've been the right thing for him.

He wasn't the right man for a spot, and his stock was falling within the organization. The club made the right move to replace an asset (in this case, two) and it's paid off for both clubs, and especially Grabovski.

Good for him on his recent success, and I hope he keeps it up. Just not against Montreal.

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