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Report: Caps, Grabovski closing in on deal

Aug 22, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

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If reports are true, Mikhail Grabovski could soon be on his way to Washington.

According to Belarusian sports outlet Pressball (and Belarusian TV channel ONT), Grabovski is on the verge of signing a one-year deal with the Capitals, believed to be in the neighborhood of $3 million.

Gary Greenstin, the player agent representing Grabovski, had no comment about any potential deal.

The Grabovski-to-Washington deal has been bandied about for quite some time, notably in late July when PHT’s very own Jason Brough asked if the Caps should make a move.

Washington lost major depth down the middle when last year’s No. 2 center, Mike Ribeiro, signed with Phoenix in free agency.  Ribeiro had 13 goals and 36 assists during the regular season and 49 points were the second most, behind Alex Ovechkin‘s 56, on the Caps and tied for 10th overall in the NHL.

GM George McPhee has indicated Ribeiro’s job would go to Brooks Laich, but Laich has struggled with injuries as of late and appeared in just nine games during the 2013 season.

So, enter Grabovski (reportedly).

Bought out by the Leafs during July’s compliance window, Grabovski will be paid $14.3 million over the next eight years by Toronto, plus what he earns on his new contract.

If he’s serious about wanting to “win something,” he could do worse than signing with the Caps, who have a number of intriguing wingers for Grabovski to play with: Martin Erat, Jason Chimera, Troy Brouwer, Joel Ward and Eric Fehr.

Signing with Washington and sticking in the Eastern Conference would also give him three opportunities to go up against his old Toronto team, something that — based on this rant — he’d probably enjoy doing.

  1. lowenni - Aug 22, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Would really like to see Grabo come to DC. That would give us a lot of depth down the middle and balance out our lineup.

    Johansson-Backstrom-Ovi
    Erat-Grabo-Brouwer
    Perreault-Laich-Fehr
    Ward-Beagle-Wilson/Chimera

    Caps could suddenly become relevant again if Grabo could produce like he did a few years ago.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Aug 22, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      I’m sorry but one thing you guys lack is depth down the middle, with or without grabovski

    • ravenscaps48 - Aug 22, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      How many thumbs down can I get for saying “I said this last week, haters!”?

  2. lidstrom5 - Aug 22, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Hmmmm Him and Ovie could have potential

    • lowenni - Aug 22, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      No way. No reason to break up Nicky Backstrom and Ovi when they’ve developed fantastic chemistry together. Backstrom is one of the best passers in the world and Ovi won’t score 50 ever again without Nicky dishing it out to him. Backstrom’s one of the top 10 centers in the league.

      • lidstrom5 - Aug 22, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        lol ok never realized it was going to get personal

  3. dipthatchip - Aug 22, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Backstrom was one of the top ten centers in the league, prior to head injury. I really hope he can turn it back on this year. Last year wasn’t awful, but h’s still not as comfortable as he used to be

    • lowenni - Aug 22, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      While you’re right about him not being as comfortable as he was before, last season for him was more than just ‘not awful’. He produced at a point per game clip (as he has done throughout his career) and put up 48 points in 48 games. If he starts shooting again, and assuming Ovi performs well, he can easily put up 90 points. One of the most underappreciated player in the league, great two way player, always overshadowed by Ovi.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Aug 22, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      I disagree

  4. jpelle82 - Aug 22, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    so much for all that confidence mcphee had in laich being the 2nd line center. grabovski fits there well and laich can continue to be a decent 2-way and matchup guy on the 3rd line. no way laich was going to live up to the 2nd line billing they were going to tag him with and grabovski aint going to deliver as a defensive forward as needed on the 3rd line. this move makes perfect sense to me. they still arent very deep there even with grabovski but its not dire with him signed.

    http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/08/mcphee-says-laich-will-be-caps-second-line-center/

    • ravenscaps48 - Aug 22, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      Laich goes from Average 2C to arguably the best 3C in the league with this move.

      • jpelle82 - Aug 22, 2013 at 4:11 PM

        i concur

    • brianforster - Aug 22, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      those comments came 4 days after the grabovski buyout was reported. its incredibly obvious that mcphee was using the media to drive the price of grabovski down.

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