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Maple Leafs re-sign center Mikhail Grabovski for three years

Thursday, 07.02.2009 / 5:15 PM / 2009 NHL Offseason News

By Staff

The Toronto Maple Leafs re-signed forward Mikhail Grabovski to a three-year contract on Thursday. No financial terms were released, but TSN is reporting the deal is worth an average of $2.9 million.

Grabovski, a 25-year-old center, played 78 games for Toronto in 2008-09, his first full NHL season, scoring 20 goals and adding 28 assists for 48 points. He ranked third among all rookies in assists and points, led the Leafs with a 16.1 percent shooting percentage, and was second on the team in penalty minutes and power-play goals with six. He has 23 goals and 34 assists for 57 points in 105 NHL games.

Grabovski represented Belarus at the 2009 World Championships in Switzerland, averaging 27:23 of ice time and leading the team with 3 goals, 6 assists and 9 points in seven games.

The Leafs acquired Grabovski on July 3, 2008, from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for the rights to Greg Pateryn and Toronto’s second-round choice in the 2010 Entry Draft. The native of Potsdam, Germany, was Montreal’s fourth choice (No. 150) in the 2004 Entry Draft.
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