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09-26-2008, 04:37 AM
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Originally Posted by GoHabsGo247 View Post
Maybe because both of them have paid their dues and earned their roster spots where as Mikhail just figured he should be given one?
How did Grabovski not earn his NHL ice time? He made some mistakes in his time with the Habs, but he did his part.

His first year, he went to the AHL. He worked on adapting to the league and trying to put into practice what his coaches were teaching him. For his efforts, he got put on a line with A.Kost and Milroy (later A.Kost and D'Ago). He was a bit inconsistent in his first year but he provided good attacking skills and was part of one of the better lines in the AHL that year. His playoff play wasn't quite as good but he played with an injury and helped his team win the Calder Cup. Pretty good first year IMO.

The next year, he makes the Habs out of camp. He shows a few glimpses of what he can do but ultimately is returned to the AHL. First game there, he gets injured, misses a number of weeks. First game after returning, he gets injured again because he came back too soon, he misses yet more time. When he eventually returns, he gives his team a spark with improved play all around and is, for a decent stretch of time, THE best player in the AHL. He gets called up to the Habs, has some ups, some down and gets traded in the off-season.

As mentioned, he made a couple of mistakes in his time with the Habs, but it isn't as though he sat around crying until he got what he wanted. He continually improved his game on the ice and he showed desire to make the NHL. He didn't always make his point the best way he could. But to say the brothers K earned their spots and Grabs figured he should have one? He earned what time he got fair and square. To suggest he did not do anything to deserve it would be wrong.

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