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11-11-2010, 10:03 PM
Join Date: Apr 2009
This one makes no sense for either team.
Like you said, Grabo is a decent 2nd line centre, and as of right now he's by far the best centre the Leafs have. If they continue on this poor streak, by mid-season they'll look to make a massive trade to acquire another big player, not a 2nd round pick for a player who isn't a UFA. The only way he becomes expendable is if Bozak steps up his offensive game (getting off the top line should help him) AND Kadri looks like a #1 NHL centre when he does get into action. Alternatively he'd also be expendable for a better centre.
Meanwhile, Chicago is pressed right up against the cap, and Grabo makes $2.9m. It's just not practical to fit him in without sending significant salary the other way.... Brian Campbell is obviously a non-starter, and from there the Leafs will be glad to take on just about any player who makes $2.5m or more from the Hawks.
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