Habs deal Mikhail Grabovski to Leafs for second-round pick and prospect

MONTREAL – The rival Canadiens and Maple Leafs completed a rare trade Thursday, with Montreal sending forward Mikhail Grabovski to Toronto in exchange for prospect Greg Pateryn and a second-round draft pick in 2010.

Grabovski, 24, had nine points (3-6) in 27 NHL games with the Habs over the past two seasons. He was a fifth-round pick, 150th overall, in 2004. He also had 20 points (8-12) in 12 games with the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs last season.

“Mikhail had tremendous success at the most recent World Hockey Championship (for Belarus),” Leafs GM Cliff Fletcher said in a statement. “He has great upside and we will look for him to contribute for us right away at the centre position.”

Pateryn, 18, was drafted in the fifth round, 128th overall, by the Leafs last month in Ottawa. Last season in the United States Hockey League, Pateryn led all Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets defencemen with 27 points (3-24) in 60 games. He also led his team with 145 penalty minutes.

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The Royal Oak, Mich., native was also named to the Eastern Division Team in the USHL Prospects/All-Star Game. Pateryn, 6-2 and 212 pounds, will join the University of Michigan for the 2008-09 season.

The Habs also signed defenceman Alex Henry, 28, and goalie Cedrick Desjardins, 22, to minor-league deals.

The Maple Leafs also signed forward Dominic Moore, 27, to a one-year deal. Centre John Mitchell, 23, signed a two-year contract and winger Greg Scott, 20, signed a three-year entry-level contract.