Well, I'm not surprised that the Habs traded Grabovski. I'm content with the 2nd round pick and the 5th round defenceman, who is scheduled to play for a good hockey program at the University of Michigan this fall. I wasn't sure if he was going to be traded, left in the AHL, or just released to go play in Europe. I think the handwriting was on the wall when he walked out on the team in Phoenix or LA. To me, it shows a sign of immaturity.
I do believe he has the talent to succeed in the NHL, but I'm not sure if he has the commitment to hard work and consistent play to pull it off for a long, successful NHL career. Toronto desperately needs forwards for this upcoming season, so he'll get a legitimate chance to show what he can do; unfortunately, Grabovski will have at least 6 games versus the Habs to show also show what he can do.
One last opinion about Grabo. I still think he's better suited as a winger than a centre; his speed and puck handling are top notch, but his decision making without the puck, and his playmaking skills are poor. He stands a better chance at producing if he's put on the wing.
What was the incident on the road trip that made him unpopular in the dressing room?
Can anyone fill me in please
He was pissed off being a healthy scratch during their game in phoenix so he intentionally missed a flight and "deserted the team" to meet his agent in LA. Nothing more than a childish tantrum, but in doing so showed that he believed he was "above" some players.
PJ Stock and Tony just said that Grabovski was not well liked at all in the dressing room.
I once had a chat with Grabovski..in front of Opera..while completely smashed..he seemed like a nice guy.
But maybe that's because I was talking to a guy that didn't understand a word I was saying and just smiled.
D man, captain of the Milwaukee Admirals, I go back and forth between there and NY, watch a lot of their games. Sucks to lose him. Big, physical D man, fights, Nashville had no room for him, he's probably not NHL caliber but could be, and maybe as a call up. Good pick up for your AHL squad imo.
Despite their smallish stature, Koivu, Plekanec, Zetterberg and Datsyuk can play in traffic, take a hit and stay on their feet. Can you honestly say the same about Grabovski when he tries to compete against NHLers?
Yes. Re-watch the Anaheim game. The goal Grabovski set up.
I guess you never have enough D prospects........... seriously, don't we have too much of them right now?
As for Grabo, I liked the kid but I don't think he would'v cracked the line up from the camp... so basically he would have asked for a trade or went back in the RSL. It's a very good deal on paper, IMO.
I think this is a great trade for Montreal, as others have said, Grabovski wasn't going to fit in with the Habs... to get a second round pick is great, let alone the prospect. Even when the Leafs are "rebuilding", they are still trading away draft picks...
The Henry pickup seems decent as well... a 6'5" 220lb defenseman, how bad could he be?
Considering we got a 2nd for Huet, this is kind of surprising, however, Grabs does have potential, I don't think anyone will deny that.
But the Laffs seem to be dismantling their rebuilding efforts by still giving up draft picks and signing medium-skilled players like Finger and Hagman. The real way to rebuild now is to do it like the Kings or Blues are doing, they've got promising prospects by the handfulls. I guess they're trying to do like us, a hybrid of rebuilding and trying to stay competitive; only time will tell how that'll work for them. But I don't take it that Leafs management is a patient bunch.