Maple Leafs grab Grabovski from Habs
The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired young forward Mikhail Grabovski from the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday in exchange for a draft pick and a prospect.
The centre from Belarus was dealt for a second-round pick in 2010 and Greg Pateryn, a United States Hockey League defenceman selected by Toronto in the fifth round in the NHL entry draft two weeks ago.
Grabovski, 24, bounced between the Canadiens and Hamilton of the American Hockey League the past season. He recorded three goals and six assists in 27 games with Montreal, and eight goals and 12 assists in 12 games with the minor-league squad.
Grabovski grew frustrated with being a healthy scratch and reportedly left the team in March to meet with his agent. His name came up in trade rumours involving Montreal's interest in longtime Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin.
The forward recorded three points in five games for Belarus at the world championships in May.
"He has a great upside and we will look for him to contribute for us right away at the centre position," Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher said in a statement.
Grabovski, who was born in Germany, recorded 65 points in 86 regular-season and playoff games with Hamilton in 2006-07 as the Bulldogs won the Calder Cup.
Pateryn, 18, hails from Royal Oak, Mich., and will join the University of Michigan for the 2008-09 season.
With files from the Canadian Press