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02-27-2010, 09:04 PM
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Atlantic Canada
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Look Leaf fans, you can sell us that Kaberle is a top offensive defenseman, you can sell us that Antropov/Poni are worth a 1st at the trade deadline...all that is a decent debate. But not that Grabo is anything but overpaid. Sorry, he's a one dimensional 26 year old that
can't find a spot on a toronto team devoid of centers.
Well, Grabovski is unquestionably overpaid right now. It happens with a lot of younger players, and the same could probably be said for Krejci, Wideman, and Lucic in Boston for example. It doesn't mean that a team should cut their losses and deal the player away for whatever they can get (whatever that may be). To some extent, it makes a lot more sense for a team to gamble that these players will realize the upside that they've proven to get that large contract, rather than cutting them loose and taking another gamble on a rookie or free agent.
I question why you say that he can't find a spot in Toronto though. He's a favourite of Wilson's, and would be playing premium minutes if he didn't break his wrist. Burke gave him a contract with term on it, so he presumably plans on keeping him. Like I said in an earlier post, the willingness (or lack thereof) of Leafs fans to trade a player doesn't have any bearing on their actual value in Toronto.
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