Mikhail Grabovski is rattled. He's obviously had enough. He's tried to stay composed, but it's simply too much to take. Yes, frustration has finally set in for the Maple Leafs' talented second-line centre. All this trade talk must have gotten to him, right? Surely he must have seen the report that the Leafs have an offer on the table for him that would net Toronto a prospect and a second-round draft pick. "Nope," he said. "Haven't heard it. Don't think about it. Don't listen to the radio or read the papers. "I'm a Toronto Maple Leaf now. I play for the Leafs and I want to keep playing for the Leafs. That's all I'm thinking about." If the scuttlebutt isn't bugging him, then what has him so perturbed? "Sticks," he replies. Seems his weapons of choice just aren't getting the job done these days. He's in a bit of an offensive funk and his twigs just don't feel right. While Grabovski might not be concerned with all the trade chatter, here's the bottom line: the Maple Leafs are not going to move him unless the deal is significant. In the minds of Maple Leafs management, this is not a question of moving a player whose contract expires at the end of the season just to get some sort of return for the future. The goal remains to make playoffs this season. Dealing away the team's third leading scorer in Grabovski just to get help for down the road doesn't do anything to bring them closer to achieving that goal. This is not a team like Columbus that is attempting to rebuild from the ground up. If the Leafs are to deal Grabovski, the ideal swap would bring them back a player or players who could help immediately.
Grabovski in a sticky situation
Toronto Sun | Feb 18