Jonas Siegel: After being bought out by the Maple Leafs, Mikhail Grabovski was pretty upset hours later.
“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.”
“I play in the [expletive] Russian KHL, I make lots of [expletive] points and what’s going to happen? He make me [expletive] play on the fourth line and he put me in the playoffs on the fourth line and third line again,” Grabovski spewed. “Yeah, I don’t score goals. I need to work more about that. I know that. But if you feel support from your coach [you'll find success]. I don’t feel any support from this [expletive] idiot.”
“Wilson [expletive] pushed me same hard as this,” Grabovski said, months of frustration finally bubbling to the surface, “but don’t be an [expletive] with me. If you don’t like something tell [expletive] right away, don’t put me on the bench, healthy scratch [me] or something. Don’t put me on a [expletive] third line and then [expletive] play me six minutes in a game.”
He won’t rule out returning to the KHL. Figures to get interest from several NHL teams.
James Mirtle: The Predators were interested in Grabovski in the past, so he could be a fit there.
Darren Dreger: Dreger thinks potential landing spots for Grabovski could be with the Ducks, Lightning and Blues.