I wouldn't offer him more than 2.5 if I were a team that wanted his services, only Burke would give him 5.5M. Clearly he is not worth half of that based on his last 2 seasons and even his best season of 58 points he is not David Krejci.
Only fits are weak teams, he's not a #2C on a good team, and his fans say he is misused as a #3C. So unless a crappy team wants him, he's going to have to move to wing or accept a role with a bad team. grabo is a #2C on bad teams, I said this last year, and am reiterating this again this year.
The cap really prevents the Caps from doing that. Way too much risk with Alzner still on the open market.
Meh. With the time allowance to match and the ability to go 10% over the cap in the off-season, the Caps could easily sign Grabo to that contract without fear of Alzner being snatched up. Granted, they would have to make another move (trading one or more of Ward, Neuvirth, or Chimera) to clear the cap space, but it's doable.
Whether McPhee is even interested is the bigger question.
Think he goes the KHL route, then returns next season or halfway through this one.
Highly, highly doubt that. He has laid roots here in Canada, loves the NHL, and I can assure you, his bride doesnt believe that to be true. If I were a betting man, he goes to Anaheim, under the suggestion of Grabo's old GM.
I could really see him leaving for the KHL. Wouldn't blame him.
"He’s going to stay here, he’s not going back to the KHL," said agent Gary Greenstin. "He wants to win a Stanley Cup. Toronto is a nice spot and he played with great respect for the fans. He wants to come back to that place (the Air Canada Centre) and a score a goal against the Leafs. That would be really fun." According to Greenstin, Grabovski is fielding multiple offers and will make a decision about his future soon.