TORONTO - One needs only to recall the mad-dog approach Mikhail Grabovski employed when he was a Maple Leaf facing another former team he despised, the Montreal Canadiens, to get a hint of what awaits Saturday night.
Short of frothing at the mouth, Grabovski was a wild man on skates in many of those contests, attacking anything in Bleu, Blanc et Rouge, especially if that player had the name Kostitsyn stitched on his sweater.
So what can we expect from Grabovski when he returns to the Air Canada Centre for the first time since the shock of an off-season buyout from the club?
“I’m sure he’ll be wanting to put on a good show here,” an understated Tyler Bozak said on Friday.
And that may just be the start of it.
Already seething at Leafs coach Randy Carlyle for the way he was used late in the season and in the playoffs, Grabovski let loose with a profanity-punctuated tirade at news of the buyout, which came on the eve of his wedding.