Grabovski sticks with Leafs

Mikhail Grabovski celebrates a goal against the Flames during a game at the Air Canada Centre in...

Mikhail Grabovski celebrates a goal against the Flames during a game at the Air Canada Centre in March 2009. (Mark O'Neill/Sun Media)

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 4:16 PM ET

The Maple Leafs signed centre Mikhail Grabovski to a three-year contract worth $8.7 million Thursday.

Grabovski, 25, played 78 games for Toronto last season, registering 48 points on 20 goals and 28 assists, along with 92 penalty minutes.

In his first full NHL season, Grabovski ranked third among all league rookies in assists and points. He led the Leafs with a 16.1% shooting percentage, and was second on the team in penalty minutes and power play goals.

He represented Belarus at the 2009 World Championships in Switzerland, averaging 27:23 of ice time and leading the team with three goals, six assists and nine points in seven games.

The Leafs acquired Grabovski on July 3, 2008 from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for the rights to Greg Pateryn and Toronto's second round choice in the 2010 Entry Draft.

The native of Potsdam, East Germany was originally Montreal's fourth choice, 150th overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft.

Meanwhile, Leafs GM Brian Burke was in Sweden yesterday attempting to sign free agent goaltender Jonas Gustavsson, who posted a stellar 1.96 goals against average and .932 save percentage for Farjestad in the Swedish Elite League last season.

Gustavsson visited four NHL cities this week that have expressed interest in signing him -- Toronto, Denver (Colorado), Dallas and San Jose.

Gustavsson's agent Par Larsson said yesterday that the young goaltender will not make a decision for a few more days.


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