Grabovski says arrest no big deal

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:05 AM ET

Mikhail Grabovski admits having some lingering pain in his surgically repaired left wrist.

No, not from the handcuffs slapped on him by Vancouver police over the weekend.

Grabovski was back practising with his Maple Leafs teammates at the MasterCard Centre Wednesday afternoon, his first full on-ice workout with the team since he broke the wrist Jan. 2 against the Calgary Flames at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

There were more questions about his potential legal problems than his health woes when he met with the media afterward.

Grabovski reportedly joined a small group of Belarusian fans in downtown Vancouver after their team lost to Swedes in the Olympic tournament Friday and eventually was arrested after fisticuffs allegedly broke out.

While Grabovski was released to his parents, police are continuing their investigation. No charges have been laid to date.

I cant speak about (the incident), Grabovski said. Thats my agents concern now.

I dont think its a big deal.

Neither, apparently, does general manager Brian Burke, who, when asked the other day about Grabovskis run-in with the law, described the young forward as being stupid but healthy.

Grabovski would have played for Belarus had he not fractured the wrist against the Flames six weeks before the start of the Olympic tournament. He said he had a wonderful time in B.C. prior to his encounter with Vancouver authorities.

I was actually with the team. My family stayed with me, Grabovski said. I went to dinner with the guys. I had a great time.

Hopefully (Ill play) in the next Olympics.

Grabovski insisted he did not return from Vancouver because of his legal woes or because Belarus was eliminated from the Olympics on Tuesday.

The plan was always to be back here because this was the first day of practice after the break, he said.

I feel pretty good, pretty strong. There still is a little pain.

Grabovski has not yet been cleared for contact and said it might remain that way for the rest of the week. He is hoping to be back in the lineup when the Leafs take on the Carolina Hurricanes in the first post-Olympic game for both teams Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre.

Loose Leafs

Forward Jamie Lundmark, the former Calgary Flame who was picked up on waivers by the Leafs prior to the Olympic break, participated in his first practice with Toronto. Its a team I grew up watching and always wanted to play for, said Lundmark, who had nine points in 21 games with the Flames this season ... With Swedish goalie Jonas Gustavsson still at the Olympics, the Leafs brought in Kori Coelho, who plays for the Ontario Provincial Junior A Stouffville Spirit, to line up in the opposite net from goalie J-S Giguere. His reward? Getting to face the howlitzer of Dion Phaneuf. Its not how hard he shoots, its how quick he gets rid of it, Coelho, 20, said, adding that working out with the Leafs was like a dream come true.


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