February 3, 2010
By STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency
GRAB A SEAT
Maple Leafs centre Mikhail Grabovski, who has been out of action since Jan. 2 because of a wrist injury, will not be ready to play until after the Winter Olympics. Grabovski was evaluated on Tuesday and coach Ron Wilson said the wrist has not healed sufficiently enough. Grabovski will not be able to play for Belarus in Vancouver.
IT'S GOOD FOR MAX
Besides getting the chance to play regularly, goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere said there were many reasons why he waived his no-trade clause and agreed to be dealt to the Maple Leafs, including playing in a hockey market, playing in the Eastern Conference, where there is less travel, playing for GM Brian Burke, and because his son will get the medical care he needs. Giguere and Burke were part of the Anaheim Ducks squad that won the 2007 Stanley Cup.
"It's no issue now," said Giguere, when asked about his son Maxime-Olivier, who was born with a deformed eye. "He doesn't need to see a doctor on a regular basis. All he needs to see a doctor for now is, he's getting a prosthetic in his eye and it's a very long process, it's something we can do during the summer. I'm very confident, if there is a problem, this city being as big as it is, there's good doctors to take care of him."
IT'S IN YOU TO GIVE
Burke, along with Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo, will be donating blood at the Canadian Blood Services Donor Clinic on Wednesday to raise awareness for the need for blood donors.