Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Grabovski Signs Pricey Extension With Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs have re-signed forward Mikhail Grabovski to a 5 year, $27 million contract extension, taking him off the July 1st unrestricted list. That price and that term is a hefty cost to pay, certainly there is no "home town discount" (but I guess he's not Ontario born). For the next two seasons he'll be making more money than Phil Kessel, who is the team's best forward and leading scorer. Kessel is 5th in NHL scoring, but will be collecting a smaller paycheque than Grabo for the rest of his contract. Not sure what Phil thinks of that, if he cares at all.

The Grabovski extension came not very long after a radio interview were Burkie hung up on a radio host who ask him about his job security. He's taking a lot of heat over his spats with the media, not the least of which is Don Cherry. Burke and his interactions with the media remind me of a player that I played minor hockey with that my father said had "rabbit ears"; he heard everything that everyone said, and it sometimes drove him bat shit crazy. Did Burke get paranoid about the interview and then agree to Grabo's ransom? Tough to say...but I'm sure that by writing this, Brian Burke will soon be lashing out at me...

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