Monday Morning Musings with Me "The Big E": More Rumors, Grabo, and Team Canada

Eric WarrenCorrespondent IIFebruary 22, 2010

SUNRISE, FL - NOVEMBER 27: Mikhail Grabovski #84 celebrates the go ahead goal scored by Niklas Hagman #9 (not pictured) of the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Florida Panthers on November 27, 2009 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Maple Leafs defeated the Panthers 6-4. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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It was reported over the weekend that Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski had been arrested and latter released in connection to a bar fight in Vancouver.

While Grabovski in not known for shying away from a fight, this is this first I've heard of an altercation outside of an arena.

Although Brian Burke will likely publicly admonish the actions of the injured member of the Olympic Belarussian team and Toronto Maple Leaf, privately he has most likely given him a pat on the back. 

Grabovski is widely regarded as a bit of a hot head and has been involved in several altercations with teammates over the years, most recently with fellow Maple Leaf, Francois Beauchemin.

Said coach Ron Wilson after the minor tussle during which the only punch thrown was a quick jab by Grabo:

"It happens. It's hockey. People get physical and upset with themselves or other people and it leads to a minor, little skirmish. It's nothing more than that," he said. "You have more crap like that going on at home when you were 10 years old, fighting with you brothers. It's the same situation here."


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Team USA Defeats Team Canada in Hockey, 5-3

Team Canada's Men Hockey Team was shocked last night as Team USA and more specifically USA goaltender Ryan Miller, beat them in what can only be called an upset on home soil.

The build up of this highly anticipated match up was almost unprecedented and for the most part (excluding the loss by Team Canada), it did not disappoint.

Team Canada outshot USA by a 43-22 margin. Ryan Miller was outstanding in the victory, while Martin Brodeur looked out of place early in the first period. Brodeur did make a few incredible saves, however, in a game that he has to stand on his head for, he simply couldn't get the job done.

Forty-one seconds into the first period should have been enough of a warning to Canada's coaching staff that Brodeur simply wasn't at his best. The normally deft puck handler had two glaring give aways in the first period alone, one which resulted in the first goal less than a minute in.

Another bad turn of events happened directly, because Broduer was trying out his baseball swing rather than simply allowing the puck to hit him in the chest and hold onto it.

It is not entirely fair to put this all on his shoulders, however. Team Canada's defensive zone play was sloppy for much of the night as well, as the defenders simply weren't quick enough or physical enough in their end to be of much help to Brodeur.

All in all, it was an entertaining game though. There was a stretch later in the second period where there were three breakaways in succession end to end. There was overall some really good checking as well, though none that could compare with Ovechkin's hit on Jagr earlier in the day!

With the victory, the Americans win Group A and earn the automatic berth to the quarterfinal round. Canada finishes second in the group and must now play Germany on Tuesday in a qualification game.

If Canada beats Germany, it may set up a monster quarterfinal match up. Since Russia has already earned a berth and is the third seed, it is likely that Canada will meet Russia on Wednesday.


Potential Leafs and Canucks Deal Brewing?

In yet another trade rumor surrounding the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ken Campbell , (THN.com Blog ) is reporting that the Leafs and Canucks may be looking at a deal involving Toronto's Tomas Kaberle and the Canucks Cody Hodgson.

Hodgson returned recently from back surgery and is currently play for the OHL Brampton Battalion .

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