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Islanders report upper-body injury for Grabovski, will not return.
No call, two minutes or a penalty shot?
I heard about this one on Twitter before I saw it, and even before I was able to see the video, I'd figured that this wouldn't yield a suspension. Philadelphia Flyers forward Zach Rinaldo gave Washington Capitals forward Mikhail Grabovski quite the elbow, receiving a major penalty and game misconduct for his efforts...
But Grabovski got back up and played on the Capitals' power play, and as we've seen regarding the Department of Situational Discipline, the NHL tends to penalize based upon injury as opposed to intent.
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,
As part of his background research into Mikhail Grabovski, who the Capitals signed to a one-year $3 million contract last week, General Manager George McPhee reached out to one of his mentors for an honest opinion on the 29-year-old center.
“We exchanged emails and I told him what I thought,” former Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke said Monday at KCI, where he is attending the U.S. Olympic orientation camp as USA Hockey’s director of player personnel. “I think Mikhail Grabovski is just a class act, he’s a warrior on the ice, he’s a gym rat off the ice. His preparation is unbelievable, he’s very serious about being a good hockey player and he was a joy while I had him in Toronto. He was a joy to have on the team.”
It was during Burke’s tenure as general manager in Toronto that Grabovski had his best career statistical seasons, and it was Burke who signed Grabovski to the five-year, $27.5 million contract that the Maple Leafs opted to buy out this summer.
The Washington Capitals have signed Mikhail Grabovski to a one-year deal.
The 29-year-old Belarussian spent the past five seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he posted nine goals and seven assists last year in a lockout-shortened season.
A six-year veteran of the NHL, Grabovski had signed a five-year, $27.5 million extension with the Leafs in March 2012, but was then bought out by the club in July of this year after a post-season campaign where he was playoff-worst minus-10.
And Sportsnet's Jeff Simmons:
It appears Mikhal Grabovski has found a new NHL home.
Grabovski told Sportsnet 590 the Fan’s Matt Brown on Thursday that he has agreed to a deal with the Washington Capitals that will be made official on Friday. An report early Thursday from a Belarus outlet said it was a one-year, $3-million deal.
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed center Mikhail Grabovski to a one-year, $3 million contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
“Mikhail adds speed and offense to our lineup, and we are very pleased to have him sign with the Capitals,” said McPhee. “We believe he will be an excellent addition to our club.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
If it’s true as a radio report in Belarus says that the much-maligned ex Maple Leafs’ centre Mikail Grabovski is signing a one-year $3 million deal with the Washington Capitals, two things come to mind: (1) what took the Caps so long to jump on this guy after losing Mike Ribeiro to Dallas as a free-agent with Mathieu Perreault and Jay Beagle as the No. 2 and No. 3 centres behind Nicklas Backstrom and (b) Grabovski is still going to get about what he was making in Toronto ($1.8 mil from the Leafs as part of his buyout, plus the $3 mil from Washington.
Grabovski is not as good as Ribeiro as a point-producer or set-up man for his wingers but he is a better two-way player. He was used in a checking role in Toronto last year by Randy Carlyle. He is a 50-point NHL centre with more bite to his game than Ribeiro; Ribeiro is a surefire 70-point guy; he will be the first-line centre in Phoenix this season.
continue for more on the possible signing and also for Matheson's take on the Douglas Murray signing...
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
While “several” NHL teams have shown an interest in Mikhail Grabovski, the just-married centre remains in no hurry to decide his fate, according to his agent.
“I have several teams talking to Grabovksi,” said agent Gary Greenstin. “We’ll see what direction we go.
“He’s not worried.”
Greenstin said Grabovski remains in Toronto and will leave in a few days for his honeymoon. Greenstin said Grabovski’s expletive-filled tirade was unfortunate following his buyout by the Maple Leafs.
“He was under pressure,” said Greenstin.
“I would like to thank Mikhail (Grabovski) for his contributions with the Leafs over the past five seasons. This was not an easy decision to make as Mikhail made numerous contributions to our hockey club. This is a roster move that will give us salary cap flexibility moving forward.”
-Dave Nonis, GM for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Jonas Siegel of TSN has more from Grabovski,
"Of course I feel [expletive] sad," he continued in a lengthy conversation, minutes later, "I played [expletive] five years here. I'm supposed to feel upset about that. I loved it [here]. Toronto fans are one of the best fans in the world."
read on for much more...
NEW YORK (February 11, 2013) – Following a telephone hearing conducted this morning, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety has decided not to assess Supplemental Discipline to Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski for an incident that occurred during NHL Game No. 160 Saturday night in Montreal.
After interviewing both players involved in the incident and reviewing all of the available video and medical reports, the League could not determine conclusively that Grabovski bit Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty.
The Department of Player Safety has concluded that there was not sufficient evidence to support imposing Supplemental Discipline
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
As Grabovski’s Maple Leafs and the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins were doing battle on their first shift, a whopping 2,649 respondents had answered the torontosun.com poll question: Did the Leafs overpay for Mikhail Grabovski.
In the end, an overwhelming 1,754 of you claimed general manager Brian Burke was too generous in locking up Grabovski to a five-year, $27.5-million US deal, a pact that was announced by the team Tuesday morning (sans $ figures, of course).
There were, on the other hand, a significant number of you who were in Grabovski’s corner. In fact, 895 voters thought the speedy Maple Leafs centre received market value for his new deal.
When you break down those numbers, 66% of those who took part in our survey felt the Leafs overpaid for Grabovski, who is now locked up through 2017. The other 34% supported the move, at least from a financial standpoint.
via David Amber tweet,
#Breaking #Leafs sign Grabovski to a 5 year contract extentsion
added 9:59am, via MapleLeafs.com,
“We are extremely pleased to have Mikhail under contract for the next five seasons,” said Burke. “His speed and skill are valuable commodities and fit perfectly with our style of play. He leads by example and his work ethic speaks for itself.”
No penalty on the play.
Mikhail Grabovski of the Leafs with the spin move in the shootout.
Am I the only one not really impressed with these?
By the way, Leafs won the game.
Sources tell TSN Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski was taken into custody on Friday night following an altercation in a Vancouver bar.
Grabovski, an injured member of the Belarussian team was later released.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing.
The National Hockey League is aware of the incident, however the League will not pursue anything or take any action until such time all information is in and completed by Vancouver police.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have re-signed restricted free agent forward Mikhail Grabovski to a three-year, $8.7 million deal, sources tell Sportsnet.
via Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Canadiens defenceman Mike Komisarek yesterday ripped into Grabovski for his actions, insinuating Grabovski is a coward.
“You are enraged and you are pissed off that a player like that, when the game is out of hand, runs one of your top players like that,” Komisarek told reporters in Montreal. “He knows (Markov) is in a vulnerable position. There’s no need for that.
“Early on in the game, there was a scrum and Grabovski wouldn’t even look you in the eye. (He) runs away from any confrontation with his tail between his legs. So for him to hit Markie like that, it’s something you don’t like to see.”
The hit in question came in the third period of the Habs’ lopsided 6-2 victory over the Leafs at the Air Canada Centre Saturday. While the check itself did not seem dirty, it did come late, something the Canadiens immediately took notice of.
When I first posted this topic a few days ago, the majority of KK readers thought it was a clean hit. Has anything changed since?
Mikhail Grabovski of the Leafs hits Andrei Markov of the Canadiens early in the thrid period.. Grabovski received two for boarding and a misconduct. Markov did not return.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Don’t expect Mikhail Grabovski and Jason Blake to exchange Christmas cards any time soon.
For the second time in a month, the two players were involved in an altercation, this time during the Maple Leafs practice at the St. Pete Times Forum yesterday afternoon.
The incident occurred when Grabovski hit Blake from behind during a drill, leading to a scrum that included veteran Jamal Mayers.
A couple of minutes later, Blake skated over to Grabovski and began chirping, causing Tomas Kaberle to come in and calm Blake down.
From the CP via TSN:
The reason for the rivalry remains unknown, however team mates on both sides believe it has something to do with sharing the same nationality. Older brother Andrei [Kostitsyn] would not discuss the feud but did state that [Mikhail] Grabovski “…talks too much in the Russian newspapers about me and my brother.”
While both players were born in Belarussia, Grabovski believes that Kostitsyn’s heritage should be questioned. “I think he is not Belarussian now, he is French because I never fight with Belarussian guys.”
Canadiens heavyweight Georges Laraque thought the prospect of the two flyweights throwing down would be hilarious.
“I think it would look really funny,” Laraque said of the potential tilt between the pair who are both generously listed at 5’11”.
read on for the full story
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
The 24-year-old Belarus-raised native of Potsdam, East Germany, was suspended an automatic three games yesterday by the NHL for abuse of an official. Grabovski tussled with linesman Scott Cherrey in his overzealous effort to get at Canadiens’ Sergei Kostitsyn.
The players never managed to dance, despite their best efforts, and both were handed misconducts for their vigorous efforts. Grabovski was given a game misconduct as a bonus.
There is bad blood between these two, litres of it. Apparently it has to do with Kostitsyn’s distaste for things Grabovski is alleged to have said about himself and his brother, Andrei, to Russia’s sensation-seeking sports media.
(Ask Alex Kovalev about that.) But a feud needn’t be based on anything, of course, and it seems that before theirs is done, these two are bound to change their names to Hatfield and McCoy.
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski has been suspended for three games after shoving an offical Thursday night. Sources tell Hockeycentral the Leafs are contemplating appealing the league decision.
Grabovski received a game misconduct for shoving a linesman late in the third period of Thursday’s 6-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
added 11:15am, via TSN,
The three game suspension for abuse of official is automatic, and the Maple Leafs have chosen not to appeal the ban.
Mikhail Grabovski of the Leafs trys to get at Sergei Kostitsyn of the Canadiens. The video tells the rest of the story…
Here is the game recap from the CP via TSN.
Toronto announced Thursday that the club has acquired forward Mikhail Grabovski from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for the rights to Greg Pateryn and a second-round draft pick in the 2010 draft.
“Mikhail had tremendous success at the most recent World Hockey Championships,” said Fletcher in a statement. “He has great upside and we will look for him to contribute for us right away at the centre position.”
from Habs Inside/Out,
RDS is reporting on its website that Mikhail Grabovski, upset at being a healthy scratch againet the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night, intentionally missed the team flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles.