I think he didn't play against the Sens because he's too much of a liability defensively going against the Sens last change. Spezza Heatly Alfredsson would be matched against whatever line he centres for sure.
i just hope he will have a chance to play in the last 2 game and in the playoff otherwise i think he will back in russia next year...
While that may happen, a coach can't write out his lineup in the fear that a guy might not want to be there. It may be tough for Grabovski. If Koivu is available, and Komi returns, Streit will play forward, I assume.
Begin really shouldn't sit, so if we assume that Dandenault and Brisebois come out for Koivu and Komisarek, another forward who played last night would have to sit as Streit moves up to allow Bouillon to come back ?
If one of TK,Smolinski falters, maybe, but I think that line's played well since Begin returned. It's tough, and I see how Grabs wouldn't be pleased. I guess it depends who they play.
He is a bit of a defensive liability right now and as such, it's tough to have him against a team like Ottawa when they have the last change. The last thing they wanted was Grabs vs. the big line, stuck in his own end, especially when he cannot win faceoffs.
I like the job he did tonight. I think he could fill that spot as long as Koivu is out.
The more and more I see Higgins play, he makes me think about Mike Peca type of player, or Rod Brind'amour, I really like what he could bring to the team playing at centre. Good solid 2-way centerman, can play on the PK and PP and fights along the boards too, well, complete player.
I kind of hope it's true; I wasn't happy to see Grabo scratched last night.
The Canadiens held an optional skate Wednesday. Kovalev and Grabovski sat out with the flu. Hamrlik and Ryder took therapy days. All are expected to play Thursday against Buffalo. Francois Bouillon did not suffer a fracture and is listed as day-to-day. Carey Price will get the start against the Sabres. - TSN