The Toronto Maple Leafs have reportedly decided to use their second compliance buyout on Mikhail Grabovski, making him eligible for unrestricted free agency on July 5.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Buying out Grabovski frees up $5.5 million per season in cap space over the next four seasons. Whether the savings this season goes toward re-signing Tyler Bozak or an unrestricted free agent like David Clarkson or Stephen Weiss remains to be seen.
After two straight seasons with 50-plus points, Grabovski struggled after returning from the lockout this season, with only 16 points in 48 games. While the coaching staff and management commended “Grabo” on his all-round play, his poor offensive stats were a significant issue, especially given his new contract. He shouldn’t have much difficulty landing with another NHL club as a free agent, though he certainly won’t see another $5.5 million per season contract.