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05-29-2013, 11:01 PM
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Something to keep in mind is those offensive totals came under coach Wilson's pond hockey no defense system that resulted in the Leafs finishing at the bottom of the league standings however. While individual players prospered statistically when defense wasn't a focus under his system, the team wasn't successful.
New coach, new system and different role and responsibilities and thus results for Grabovski. Stats padding cost the Leafs a big overpaying contract in the process for a player now that didn't and likely won't match that offense under the new system.
Grabo was placed in that role because Connolly wouldn't play it and wanted a top six role. Welcome to the AHL Mr. Connolly.
This threw a kink in Carlyle's plans and Kadri was moved from fighting for a wing position to Center. Worked out very well for the team.
Grabo was miscast all year but you don't take a rookie center and put him out against the best players on the other team.
Short memories around here.
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