Posts Tagged ‘Mikhail Grabovski’

Top Line: Luongo questions NHL ’14; Yzerman talks Olympic locks; more links

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Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks

Pressing concern: Did NHL 14 rate Roberto Luongo higher than his new backup, Eddie Lack? (Bob Frid/Icon SMI)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

• Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo had a question about his player rating in NHL 14. Wyatt Arndt managed to get the answer while interviewing the game’s creators ahead of its highly anticipated September release.

• The Capitals see Mikhail Grabovski as a possible replacement for Mike Ribeiro on their second line. But after signing the high-profile UFA to a one-year deal, it’s clear they’re not entirely sure he’s up to the task.

• You think you know who should be on the roster when Team Canada attempts to defend its gold in Sochi? You might want to give Steve Yzerman call. Team Canada’s GM says he has about half the team set in his mind. “I’d say there are probably, conservatively, maybe 10 locks,” he said. “We’re taking 25 players. Ten may be a conservative number, sure, but half of this team is available for guys to make. At least half.”

• Team Canada won’t be on the ice this weekend in Calgary, but there’s still plenty to accomplish at the Olympic orientation camp.

• Pavel Datsyuk’s statement on Russia’s anti-gay law forces George Malik to struggle with defending, and being disappointed by, a favorite player.

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  • Published On Aug 23, 2013
  • Top Line: Hopes dim for second Toronto team; worst UFA signing; more links

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    Has defenseman Rob Scuderi passed his best-by date? One analyst thinks so. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

    Has defenseman Rob Scuderi passed his best-by date? One analyst thinks so. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to to a slow Sunday morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Did the salvation of the Phoenix Coyotes crush the chances for a second team in the Toronto area? A former supporter of the project to build an NHL-ready arena in Markham, Ontario believes the league is focused on Seattle and Quebec City for expansion, and without a viable relocation option like the Coyotes on the market, he is ready to kill the financial framework that would make the building possible. Disappointing, but probably a prudent move … for now. The league has no timetable for expansion, and while there has been no official talk of favorites, he’s probably right about the league’s preferred locales. A new building was always going to involve some risk, but with the odds stacked against it, spending that money now seems almost foolish.

    • Not sure if it’s fair to call an actual professor a “stats geek,” but one of ‘em ran the numbers and identified the summer’s worst free-agent signing. I’m guessing Pittsburgh fans won’t appreciate this. And, to be fair, the numbers don’t tell the whole story of what this vet brings to the table.

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  • Published On Aug 18, 2013
  • Top Line: Ottawa’s next captain; latest free agent signings; more links

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    Mike Babcock

    The Wings’ Mike Babcock is happy with the team’s offseason so far despite losses. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The Ottawa Senators will have to name a new captain to replace the departed Daniel Alfredsson. Don Brennan says there’s only one choice.

    • The Sens have another job to fill as well and they’re hoping they can find the answer internally.

    • Steve Simmons’ Sunday column kicks off with the thought that this week’s Mikhail Grabovksi-Randy Carlyle conflict sounds a lot like the 2012 krefuffle between Nazem Kadri and Ron Wilson. It doesn’t matter who you are or how good you are. Somewhere there’s a coach who is going to hate you.

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  • Published On Jul 07, 2013
  • Top Line: Seguin-Eriksson trade buzz; NHL free agency opens; more links

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    Tyler Seguin was traded from the Boston Bruins to the Dallas Stars

    Tyler Seguin may be a gamble, but the Dallas Stars know what they’re getting into. (Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • He may turn into a legend with the Dallas Stars, but Tyler Seguin was nothing but an infuriating tease for the Boston Bruins.

    • People around the Bruins organization never really warmed up to Seguin as a player or person, writes Stephen Harris, but Loui Eriksson fits Boston’s mold perfectly.

    • Both Boston and Dallas engaged in some risky business with this deal, but Kevin Dupont says the Bruins long ago lost faith that Seguin could develop into a No. 1 center.

    • Just a note here: Boston fans need to tap the brakes on canonizing Eriksson. He’s a heck of a player, but he’s not Patrice Bergeron-on-the-wing, as Dupont states. He doesn’t have the same compete level (who does?), he never hits and, like most scorers, he’s streaky. This was a fair deal, not a case of Peter Chiarelli fleecing new GM Jim Nill of his most prized assets.

    • The Stars understand the risks involved with Seguin. But thanks to executive advisor Mark Reechi, they also know exactly what he could become. This is a nice, well-rounded piece from the Dallas perspective by the great Mike Heika.

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  • Published On Jul 05, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Busy day ahead for Brendan Shanahan?

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    By Allan Muir

    Two days into the NHL playoffs and the wheels of justice already are turnin’.

    Multiple sources are reporting that Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference faces a hearing with the Department of Player Safety this afternoon at 2 p.m. EDT to discuss an elbow he allegedly delivered to the head of Toronto’s Mikhail Grabovski on Wednesday night.

    Well, maybe not so allegedly. See for yourself:

    Ference wasn’t penalized on the play. Grabovski, however, was forced to spend some time in the quiet room before being allowed to return to the contest.

    Pretty tough for Ference to defend himself here, so I have to believe that Shanahan will sit him for a game, possibly two, as a result. That likely would lead to Dougie Hamilton drawing in for the Bruins in Game 2 tomorrow night.

    No word yet on whether New York Islanders’ center Marty Reasoner will earn a sit down with Shanny for his cheapshot on Pittsburgh’s Jussi Jokinen in their series opener last night, although Arthur Staple of Newsday says he doesn’t see one forthcoming. Can’t argue with his point — the contact wasn’t knee-on-knee — but it was clearly reckless and caused an injury (though we don’t yet know the extent).

    Given how quickly the league reacted to the Ference incident, it could be safe to assume that Reasoner is in the clear if we don’t hear something in the next hour or so.


  • Published On May 02, 2013
  • Video: Did Grabovski bite Pacioretty?

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    By Allan Muir

    It was a wild one in Montreal tonight where the Maple Leafs humiliated the Habs 6-0 on Hockey Night In Canada.

    The highlights? A Phil Kessel goal. A 37-shot James Reimer shutout. Leafs fans whipping Montreal fans with their own Ole-ole-ole song. And enough fights to send Don Cherry to bed a happy man, including his that saw buddy Colton Orr one-punching Rene Bourque.

    But this is the moment everyone will be talking about:

    In the midst of a late third-period scrum, Montreal winger Max Pacioretty jumps Toronto’s Mikhail Grabovski from behind. In retaliation, the Leaf appears to sink his chompers into Pacioretty’s forearm.

    There’s plenty of video showing the moment (here’s another angle), and while there’s nothing as definitive as this, there’s certainly enough circumstantial evidence to take it seriously. Maybe even enough for Brendan Shanahan to clear his schedule for a meeting on Monday. We could hear something about that by tomorrow.

    Still..

    You know, it’s tough to defend a guy who may (or may not) have gone teeth first into another player. But if he did, I think Grabovski might be able to mount a reasonable defense. It looks as though Pacioretty’s paw not only covers Grabovski’s mouth, but his nose as well. If the guy can’t breathe and can’t free himself from Pacioretty’s grip, as he clearly tries to do, well, it’s hard to say what else he’s supposed to do there.

    What do you think? Did Grabovski channel The Walking Dead? And if so, should he be suspended?


  • Published On Feb 09, 2013


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