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02-19-2013, 11:31 AM
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Leafs - Predators

To Toronto:
Austin Watson
2nd round pick 2013

To Predators:
Mikhail Grabovski (Leafs eat 1 million salary)

I'm imagining a scenario where Leafs trade for Ryan O'Reilly. Leafs can no longer afford to pay Grabovski, so they trade him for a defensively responsible centre prospect and a decent pick. Predators get a new offensive weapon, a category where they're currently lacking.

Thoughts?

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02-19-2013, 11:32 AM
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I love Grabo! He's usually a slow starter but takes off during the mid-way of the season. Last night was a great example of how his line can dominate against the opponent. It's hard to contain his speed and skill with likes of Komarov and Kulemin.

I'll do the deal. Value is good, but only if the Leafs have a deal in place for Ryan O'Reilly.

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02-19-2013, 11:37 AM
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I'm not opposed to shipping out Grabo but not if the Leafs have to eat part of his salary and for a so-so prospect like Watson and a mid to late 2nd rounder.

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Leafs pass. Even if we acquired a #1 center , I think Bozak would be the odd one out. Grabo would fetch a better return than that.

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Done from a preds perspective.

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Done deal. Though Watson is a good prospect, can't see the Leafs doing that trade.

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Won't happen with sk here

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02-19-2013, 12:31 PM
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There fine now.

They patched things up before the Olympics.

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02-19-2013, 12:41 PM
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MTL has Nashville's 2nd rounder for this year.

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MTL has Nashville's 2nd rounder for this year.
well give it back, so we can finalize this fake trade...

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02-19-2013, 04:01 PM
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To Toronto:
Austin Watson
2nd round pick 2013

To Predators:
Mikhail Grabovski (Leafs eat 1 million salary)

I'm imagining a scenario where Leafs trade for Ryan O'Reilly. Leafs can no longer afford to pay Grabovski, so they trade him for a defensively responsible centre prospect and a decent pick. Predators get a new offensive weapon, a category where they're currently lacking.

Thoughts?
Leafs don't make that trade unless another center is already lined up. Also Grabo has a NTC I believe.

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02-19-2013, 04:02 PM
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Why can't we afford Grabovski anymore exactly?

Leafs are not trading Grabovski. He is an important part to this team, and a big reason we are winning. Definitely not eating salary.

We don't want a mediocre shutdown prospect when we have a prime shutdown player who can put up top even strength points.

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02-19-2013, 04:32 PM
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Leafs fan, and I do this deal even without O'Rielly coming to Toronto in a seperate deal. I was, at one time a huge Grabovski/Kulemin fan but the production of that line and the reliance that coaching staff had on them to provide secondary scoring are both gone I believe.

With the recent emergence of Nazem Kadri as a bonafide 2nd line centerman, I believe the Leafs would benefit from shipping Grabo's salary out at the first available opportunity. The Kulemin - Grabo - Komarov line has been our third line this season regardless of what our depth chart may say, and I for one think Grabo's cap hit is a little high for a guy who's not winning face-offs or putting up points.

Bozak
Kadri
McClement
Steckel

With the cap savings perhaps we could target a legitimate #1 centerman (Getzlaf?) and fill a hole that has plagued this team since the departure of Mats Sundin.

It was mentioned that Tyler Bozak would be the odd man out if Ryan O'Rielly is traded to Toronto, I don't agree with that. Bozak has looked good - he's been our best face-off man and has contributed more offensively than Grabo has.

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02-19-2013, 04:48 PM
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the reliance that coaching staff had on them to provide secondary scoring are both gone I believe.
That is because they are now the shutdown line who spends every shift against elite opposition. Grabovski plays the 2nd-most TOI even strength among forwards, after Kessel, and his primary objective is no longer scoring. Also way too early to say his offense has dried up.

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With the recent emergence of Nazem Kadri as a bonafide 2nd line centerman
Nazem Kadri is a 3rd-line centerman, not a 2nd. He certainly has that potential, but his line is being sheltered by the Grabovski line doing the shutdown work.

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The Kulemin - Grabo - Komarov line has been our third line this season regardless of what our depth chart may say
Screw the depth chart. The TOI shows that the Grabovski line is the 2nd line, and is even more important than most 2nd-liners.

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I for one think Grabo's cap hit is a little high for a guy who's not winning face-offs.
He is 52.1% on face-offs...

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Bozak
Kadri
McClement
Steckel
That's so incredibly worse.

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With the cap savings perhaps we could target a legitimate #1 centerman (Getzlaf?) and fill a hole that has plagued this team since the departure of Mats Sundin.
And when Getzlaf signs with his team, or doesn't want to sign with us, you just traded our best center and one of our most important players for cap space that we didn't need in the first place, and didn't use.

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02-19-2013, 04:56 PM
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To Toronto:
Austin Watson
2nd round pick 2013

To Predators:
Mikhail Grabovski (Leafs eat 1 million salary)

I'm imagining a scenario where Leafs trade for Ryan O'Reilly. Leafs can no longer afford to pay Grabovski, so they trade him for a defensively responsible centre prospect and a decent pick. Predators get a new offensive weapon, a category where they're currently lacking.

Thoughts?
The biggest reason to trade Grabovski and bring in O'Reilly, would be to save some $$. That's going to be real difficult with Toronto retaining $1m in salary.

This is also a real cart-before-the-horse type proposal here.

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02-19-2013, 05:01 PM
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Would the Preds be willing to give up Colin Wilson (yes I know he's a winger now) in any trade scenarios with Grabo coming back your way?

Something like:

Tor:
Grabovski
MacArthur

for

Nsh:
C. Wilson
2nd rd 2013
Cap Dump?

I don't know if Preds consider that an underpayment? overpayment? Feel free to make a counter proposal using Grabo and C. Wilson and add in what you think are the necessary + players.

From a Leafs POV: I'd much rather have Wilson from Nashville because we can play him in a 3rd line shutdown role. Wilson - McClement - Kulemin. All great skating big bodies. Offense would be a black hole for that line but I think they would do an excellent job limiting other teams' top lines, night in night out.

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this is a pretty decent deal for both sides. Leafs would have to trade for O'Reilly first obvs

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02-19-2013, 05:08 PM
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Leafs pass. Even if we acquired a #1 center , I think Bozak would be the odd one out. Grabo would fetch a better return than that.
Kadri is better than Grabovski, right now and in the future. So, you want to pay our third line center $5.5M? We don't, thats why Grabo is the odd man out.

#1C or ROR
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02-19-2013, 05:13 PM
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Kadri is better than Grabovski, right now and in the future. So, you want to pay our third line center $5.5M? We don't, thats why Grabo is the odd man out.

#1C or ROR
Kadri
Bozak
Kadri is not better than Grabovski. Kadri faces the easiest match-ups. Grabovski faces the hardest.

The average fan does not seem to realize the difference this makes.

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A 4.5M Grabo should get us a legit player back...if we're eating salary shouldn't we at least try to get an NHL player in return?

Grabo puts up 55 points, wins faceoffs, and is defensively responsible.

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02-19-2013, 05:19 PM
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Kadri is not better than Grabovski. Kadri faces the easiest match-ups. Grabovski faces the hardest.

The average fan does not seem to realize the difference this makes.
Yeah, no. Kessel's line faces the hardest match ups...

Grabovski and his line have become more of a checking and cycling under Carlyle...

Kadri's line is definitely the most creative.

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Kadri is not better than Grabovski. Kadri faces the easiest match-ups. Grabovski faces the hardest.

The average fan does not seem to realize the difference this makes.
Grabovski's line has been so bad offensively, that RC uses them as checkers who play defence.

Kadri's line plays in the offensive zone, he's also stuck with Colton Orr and Clarke MacArthur on his wings, plus he's playing third line minutes.

Kadri >>>>> Grabo this season, and for the future. I'm not going to pay my third line C $5.5M.

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Grabovski's line has been so bad offensively, that RC uses them as checkers who play defence.

Kadri's line plays in the offensive zone, he's also stuck with Colton Orr and Clarke MacArthur on his wings, plus he's playing third line minutes.

Kadri >>>>> Grabo this season, and for the future. I'm not going to pay my third line C $5.5M.
That's not true at all. Carlyle uses them as checkers because there's literally no one else on the team who can do it.

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Don't you think Grab's been underrated too much?

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Yeah, no. Kessel's line faces the hardest match ups...

Grabovski and his line have become more of a checking and cycling under Carlyle...

Kadri's line is definitely the most creative.
I guess I said that wrong.

Kessel faces the top defensive players.
Grabovski faces the top offensive players.
Kadri/McClement lines face what is left.

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