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06-16-2013, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Interactif View Post
If we sign Weiss to 4M per, Grabo is good as gone. Either buy out or for a 3rd rd pick at most, 2nd if we take back a salary.

Then we can use the 1.5M savings and hopefully get Bozak signed. Grabo's albatross contract is setting a bad precedent for contract negotiations on this team.

In short, it is handcuffing any leverage Nonis has, sets a terrible precedent for player agents to use against us for salary negotiation.

Grabo not only hurt this team on the ice, he is still hurting this team in contract talks.
Solution:

Trade Grabovski for the rights to Stephen Weiss and then re-sign him to the money presently being paid Grabs.

That way you add a top 6 player and your cap hit consequences remain static and unchanged, but you have upgraded your team in the process of doing so.

With Weiss and Kadri now occupying the top 2 center ice roles, Nonis would have flexibility in negotiating with Bozak as you're now looking to fill the number #3 C hole, and the remuneration being offered for that position would be more in line with what Bozak provides and brings to the table.

If Bozak is not willing to accept then letting him walk with Weiss already secured is a lower risk move for the Leafs, that could potentially be filled with Colborne as Plan B.

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