Terrific for Mikhail Grabovski that on the day he signed a gigantic new contract he scored a spectacular third period goal.
It almost, but not quite, made up for his wanderings a little while earlier when Tyler Seguin scored the fifth goal of the night for the Boston Bruins.
Which was the winning goal.
And that, folks, is what Grabovski is going to learn in the coming months and years. Yes, he got the money ($27.5 million), and good for him. No man who works for another man is ever overpaid, the saying goes, and Grabovski, it can be argued, simply got market value.
What he's going to find, however, is that there was great anonymity and not much scrutiny in being a second line centre earning $2.9 million per season. He wasn't close to the highest paid Leafs, he didn't have prime time responsibility, almost never spoke to the media, he rarely had to play against the top defenders of the other team and generally speaking he was a non-core player who was seen as an over-achiever when he almost hit the 60-point mark.
Well, don't expect him to be described as an over-achiever again. Ever again.
Next season, he'll be the team's second highest paid player behind Dion Phaneuf - and ahead of Phil Kessel - and still won't be the No. 1 centre the team desperately needs. As the second-highest paid player on the club he'll be looked to for more than what he has been delivering, and when he fails to deliver that, look for the talk shows to start chattering about him being overpaid and the fingers to start being pointed.
See, Grabovski doesn't see that coming. He just sees the money. But don't be surprised if the money and the expectations get to him. Seen that one a million times.
He's nowhere near the second most important player on the team. But he now gets the distinction of being paid more than all his teammates save one.
It's not really a question of whether he deserved the money or whether it was market value.
It will now be a question of whether he can handle the money.