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.

Leafs to buy out Mikhail Grabovski.

Leafs to buy out Mikhail Grabovski.

 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.