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05-30-2013, 01:04 AM
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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's road stats were not that far off his career average, and better than Bozak's again. The line matching at home seems to have been the likely culprit because he produced fairly well for Carlyle on the road. The split is just too extreme to ignore, although it does come down to suitability for the role he now has, and the fact that his old role has fallen to Kadri.

Road Goals: 7
Road Assists: 6
Road Points: 13
Road Plus-Minus -1

Per 80gms 23g 20a 43pts -3 with 2 minutes less ice time than last season, and trading MacArthur's ice time for McClement's so road Grabo still pulls his weight, if not his fat salary. I wonder if the road production is enough to convince another GM that he is still more or less who he was last year. I also wonder how McClement would do as the full time replacement for all Grabo's non pp minutes at center.

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