Leafs bench Grabovski

Mikhail Grabovski will watch tonight's game in Buffalo from the press box. (Sun Media/Greg...

Mikhail Grabovski will watch tonight's game in Buffalo from the press box. (Sun Media/Greg Henkenhaf)

STEVE BUFFERY and ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:42 PM ET

BUFFALO -- Rookie centre Mikhail Grabovski will be a healthy scratch for the Maple Leafs tonight against the Buffalo Sabres.

Grabovski, who has 13 goals and 13 assists in 48 games, had yet to be banished to the press box this season, but his indifferent play of late prompted head coach Ron Wilson to scratch him from the lineup for tonight's game at the HSBC Arena.

Grabovski played just over 10 minutes in Toronto's 4-3 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night and has only one point since returning from a three game suspension on Jan.16.

Wilson will dress winger Jeremy Williams in Grabovski's place. Williams has missed the last 14 games because of a shoulder injury suffered on Dec. 30. He has five goals in 10 games for the Leafs.

Justin Pogge has been recalled from the Marlies and will start in net against the Sabres. Regular starter Vesa Toskaka will be his backup.

The Leafs officially recalled the goaltending prospect from the Marlies this morning and Wilson said the plan was to leave regular backup Curtis Joseph behind for the quick cross border trip.

Both of Pogge's previous starts for the Leafs also were on the road and he has a record of 1-1-0. In his most recent outing last week in Minnesota, Pogge suffered a 6-1 loss in a terrible defensive outing by the Leafs.

The Leafs made a couple of other roster moves, sending defencemen Jonas Frogren and forward Andre Deveaux down to the Marlies. Deveaux appeared in 20 games for the Leafs since being called up on November 26 and leads the team with 75 minutes in penalties.

Frogren has a goal and four assists in 27 games this season with the Maple Leafs.


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