non-Leaf fans will label him as simply a 2nd line center not realizing that he carries our 2nd line and makes those around him look good.
Any many Leafs fans are homers. Grabo IS simply a 2nd line center. Can a 2nd line center not make others around him better? Isn't that what he's supposed to do? I like him, but let's not glorify him here either. He's a good 2nd line center, nothing more. Solid signing, hopefully it's 4.5-4.75, 5 is the absolute max.
YES. Anything less than 5 is awesome. Heck I wouldn't even mind more than 5 considering guys like Connolly and Lombardi are off the hook after next year. Plays every night with every inch of his body and doesn't take anything for granted...Couple that with the fact that he absolutely torches the Habs, I love this guy.
I still remember that game when he took two thunderous hits from Chara looked all but out with a concussion, kept playing and score the game winner with less than 3 mins to go in regulation by slipping right past two defenseman.
Anything under 5mil is good. You can't compare his cap hit to players that signed their contract 2 seasons ago, the cap has gone up considerably since then. It's like saying "if Kesler makes 5mil then Grabo should make no more than 3.25mil." It just doesn't work that way.
I'm gonna guess 4.83mil/yr, a bit of a home town discount.