The Toronto Maple Leafs placed Mikhail Grabovski on unconditional waivers Thursday with the intention of using a compliance buyout on him, the steam said in a statement.

Grabovski had four years remaining on a contract that would have paid him $21.5 million and cost the Maple Leafs $5.5 million per season against the NHL salary cap. This would be the second of two compliance buyouts allowed to the Maple Leafs, who also used one on defenseman Mike Komisarek.

After scoring 52 goals in the previous two seasons combined before signing a five-year, $27 million contract extension, Grabovski had nine goals and 16 points in 48 games for Toronto last season.


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