Leafs report

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, Last Updated: 10:26 AM ET

OLYMPIC GRAB

The Leafs' Olympic contingent grew by one yesterday when centre Mikhail Grabovski was named to the Belarusian squad.

It sets up an interesting dressing room dynamic for coach Mikhail Zakharov, who also has the Kostitsyn brothers, Andrei and Sergei, on the team, both of whom have feuded with Grabovski on and off the ice in Montreal in a dispute that began in their home country.

Tomas Kaberle (Czech Republic), Niklas Hagman (Finland) and Mike Komisarek and Phil Kessel (USA) are also Leafs favourites to be picked for their nations in Vancouver. American/Leafs general manager Brian Burke chaired one last conference call yesterday before the U.S. team is announced prior to the Winter Classic at Fenway Park in Boston between the Flyers and Bruins.

LIGHTER LOAD

The Leafs let a few players with family ties in the New York/Long Island area stay behind after last night's game, including West Islip native Komisarek and ex-Ranger Colton Orr. All Leafs are required to be back in time for Saturday's morning skate as they take on the Canadiens that night.

ISLAND OF DREAMS

Isles' owner Charles Wang is once more at an impasse with civic officials on the long-delayed Lighthouse project to renovate aging Nassau Coliseum as part of a hotel/retail development. The Isles are still suffering at the box office and if they miss the playoffs again and no shovel is in the ground by next year, it is believed the team will be a prime candidate to relocate, at least as far at Queens or Brooklyn where other developers have invited them.


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