One only has to remember the mad-dog approach Mikhail Grabovski employed when he was a Maple Leafs facing another despised former team, the Montreal Canadiens, to guess what might arise here Saturday night.
Add in the profanity-laced tirade the Washington Capitals centre delivered to coach Randy Carlyle when the team bought him out in July and you know that emotions will be high for the Belarusian when the Caps square off against the Leafs for the first time with Grabovski in the lineup.
“We know he’s a great player and a great friend of all of ours,” Leafs centre Tyler Bozak said of Saturday’s date with Alex Ovechkin, Grabovski and the rest of the Caps. “I’m sure he’ll want to play well for sure. Hopefully we can hold him to a minimum out there, he’s been going hard.”