What impact could Mikhail Grabovski’s contract have upon Olli Jokinen’s contract negotiations? Could Jaroslav Spacek join the Bruins this summer?
SPORTSNET’s Doug MacLean posted the following on Twitter: “The Graboski contract will bother Jay Feaster.. What does he have to pay Jokinen? Making 3 mill now.. Terrible UFA market for centers.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It could have an impact, but Feaster can counter by saying the Maple Leafs were paying for potential, as Mikhail Grabovski is 28 and in his prime, while Jokinen is 33 and on the downside of his career. Jokinen may be willing to accept less than market value to remain in Calgary, where he and his family are happy, but it won’t be a “hometown discount”. In other words, it’s unlikely he’ll accept a modest raise, but could seek something between $4-$4.5 million per on a three-year deal. It’ll also depend on how well he finishes the season, if the Flames make the playoffs, and what direction Feaster wants to take the team if they don’t.
BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont recently reported the Bruins had made a pitch for Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaroslav Spacek prior to the trade deadline but the Hurricanes asking price was too expensive. A close friend of Spacek’s claims he’d love to play in Boston, and could get that chance if he becomes a UFA this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Spacek is 38 and not a very physical defenseman now. If he were to sign with the Bruins, it’ll only be a one-year deal, and less than the $3.833 per season on his current contract.