A few days after a bit of minor controversy around Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski following a bar fight of some sort in Vancouver, he spoke with the media briefly today about recovering from a broken left wrist and getting back into the lineup. What he wouldn't address is what exactly happened in Vancouver (where he was watching the Belarus men's hockey team) that landed him in police custody.
Grabovski's English isn't the greatest, but here's what he had to say at practice:
What's your understanding with the process now after the incident in Vancouver? Do you have to go back for a court date?
I don't want to speak about that. It's not a big deal. It's my agent's problem. If you have a question, just ask my agent, and maybe the general manager.
How does it feel to be back on the ice?
I feel very good, just a little bit of pain but, I think, one more week, I'm ready to play. I feel okay, I feel strong.
Are you able to do everything you want to do out there?
Probably this week I can have contact, with players, just now I'm trying to shoot and skate with the puck. That's it.
Do you expect to play Tuesday against Carolina?
Where's your fitness level at?
I think it's 80 per cent.
Did you enjoy your time in Vancouver, before the incident?
I had a great time in Vancouver, had my family stay with me. Stayed with my team, the Belarus team. A couple times we go to dinner with my buddies, have a great time. [It's too bad]I didn't play. Now I'm worried about the Maple Leafs.
Was it your choice to come back or did the Leafs send you back?
We started practice here in Toronto and I'm ready to practice here. Belarus lost yesterday and, doesn't matter, I didn't want to stay [after they were eliminated]
Yeah. Maybe next Olympics we'll play better.