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Who will grab Grabovski?

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs are poised to buy out Mikhail Grabovski after putting the veteran forward on unconditional waivers Thursday.

The buyout will make Grabovski an unrestricted free agent as of Friday at noon ET.

The Leafs have already used their other non-compliance buyout on defenceman Mike Komisarek.

Grabovski, 29, had four years remaining on his $27.5-million contract, which he signed in March 2012.

Acquired in 2008 from Montreal, the Leafs had high hopes for Grabovski.

But he struggled this season, recording just nine goals and seven assists in 48 games. "This was not an easy decision to make as Mikhail made numerous contributions to our hockey club," Leafs general manager Dave Nonis said in a statement. "This is a roster move that will give us salary cap flexibility moving forward."

The move will free up $5.5 million of cap space for the Leafs.

In 367 career games, Grabovski has 94 goals and 123 assists.

 

Sens lock up MacLean

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators have locked up the NHL's coach of the year.

The team signed head coach Paul MacLean to a three-year contract extension Thursday.

MacLean won the 2013 Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach after leading the injury-riddled Senators to a 25-17-6 record.

The team missed star forward Jason Spezza and Norris Trophy-winning defenceman Erik Karlsson for most of the season.

"I thought the commitment that we made to go three more years is really a confidence thing," MacLean said Thursday. "At the same time, I was prepared to just do my job, but this is what I wanted and we're really excited about it."

 

Alfie will be back: Murray

OTTAWA -- Bryan Murray was there to talk about re-signing his award-winning head coach to a contract extension, but the main topic of conversation was his veteran captain's future.

"I guess it's the big issue in town now," the Ottawa Senators general manager told reporters Thursday. "I didn't realize it was that big an issue because we're going to get it done I would assume."

Murray is confident he'll re-sign Daniel Alfredsson despite reports that several teams may be courting the Swedish star when the free agency period begins Friday.

 

Boston-Dallas blockbuster

BOSTON -- Boston and Dallas have made a blockbuster seven-player deal, with the Bruins sending forward Tyler Seguin to the Stars for forward Loui Eriksson.

Boston also acquired forwards Matt Fraser, Reilly Smith and defenceman Joe Morrow. Dallas also received forward Rich Peverley and defenceman Ryan Button.

Seguin was drafted second overall by Boston in 2010 and won the team's scoring title in the 2011-12 season.

The winger was a member of the Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup championship team and was selected to the NHL all-star game in 2012.

Eriksson had 29 points in 48 games for the Stars last season. He has a career plus-31 rating and played in the 2011 all-star game.

 

Giroux in for eight more

PHILADELPHIA Flyers captain Claude Giroux agreed to an eight-year contract extension on Thursday, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the contract has not been signed and the extension not revealed by the Flyers.

The deal comes as Giroux was entering the final year of his contract and with the Flyers in the midst of reshaping a team that missed the playoffs last season.


-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 5, 2013 C4

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