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Capitals confirm signing of Grabovski: one year, $3 million

Aug 23, 2013, 9:59 AM EDT

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The Washington Capitals have confirmed that Mikhail Grabovski has agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with their club.

“Mikhail adds speed and offense to our lineup, and we are very pleased to have him sign with the Capitals,” said GM George McPhee. “We believe he will be an excellent addition to our club.”

Grabovski surpassed the 50-point milestone in back-to-back seasons going into the 2013 campaign, but he fell in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ depth charts last season and ended up with just nine goals and 16 points in 48 contests while averaging 15:34 minutes. That led to the Maple Leafs using a compliance buyout on him with four seasons left on his five-year, $27.5 million contract.

After that move, Grabovski had some choice words for Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle.

“He makes me [expletive] play on the fourth line and he put me in the playoffs on the fourth line and third line again,” Grabovski said last month. “Yeah, I don’t score goals. I need to work more about that. I know that. But if you feel support from your coach [you’ll find success]. I don’t feel any support from this [expletive] idiot.”

Grabovski’s agent, Gary Greenstin told the Canadian Press that he expects his client to surpass his career-high of 58 points in Capitals coach Adam Oates’ system, provided that Grabovski is used as a top-six forward. He should get that kind of opportunity following the departure of Mike Ribeiro.


Should the Caps try to sign Grabovski?

  1. ibieiniid - Aug 23, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    “This is our year.”

    -Every DC fan ever, during preseason.

    • crashinghero - Aug 23, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      And on that note, let’s not forget this will be the first real year for Oates. Last year was the lockout, and he had no training camp or preseason to implement his system. They started off really bad and went on an incredible run to end the season once they figured things out. It’s safe to say Oates never got the full vision in place, even despite that stretch.

      Plus, the Caps are in a much tougher division now, meaning they’ll be more battle-hardened in the playoffs (if they make the playoffs).

      • ibieiniid - Aug 23, 2013 at 10:40 AM

        yeah. i don’t think a single season playing the old atlantic divison teams twice more solves their playoff problems. They have a LONG way to go. If you watch the Caps all season and then watch a great team from out west like the Hawks, Blues, Kings, Ducks, etc. (don’t flame me for leaving your team out pls lol) it becomes very apparent how far the Caps are from being a contender. once again, this isn’t their year.

    • dglelite - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      “this is our year”

      Every fan for about half the teams in the NHL before the season starts

      Let’s be real!

      • ibieiniid - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        i’ve lived in several major sports markets…. DCians are by far, the most hopeful I’ve come across. I can’t tell you how many times my Redskins fan friends have told me it’s their year. No bowls since 91. Caps, no cups ever. Nats I won’t count in there… they’re a pretty solid team only 5ish years in the league, and probably on their way, but no titles yet. Bullets/Wizards, again, no championships. maybe it’s my current proximity to the teams, but Washington fans are over the top when it comes to overestimating their teams.

      • dglelite - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        I am a DC native and fan of the Caps, Skins and O’s (Nats wren’t around at that time). Wizards to a lesser extent only because i don’t really care for the NBA. I would rather fans be optimistic going into a season than pessimistic. That shows that, in most cases, you have a competitive team and one that COULD be in the talks for a championship.

        It would truly suck if you walked into a season and already had thoughts your team or teams could not even compete!

        Just curious, what area are you from and what are the teams you root for?

      • ibieiniid - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        optimism is cool. straight up naivety is what I mean by going overboard. maybe this is a better way to say it… those Caps fans who are moderate fans of hockey (ones that don’t watch games that the Caps aren’t in, and SURELY not western conference games) seem to always tell me they’re about to win the cup. it’s the hardest thing ever to convince them that there’s teams that are head and shoulders above the Caps right now.

        I currently live in VA Beach, but i lived in the Woodbridge, VA area before that for about 10 years. but look, I’m a Flyers fan first (Caps second), and I walk into every season liking the team, liking their chances, but i don’t convince myself that this is the year I’ll finally see a cup (hold the 1975 jokes please). if everybody did that, 29 out of 30 hockey fans would be devastated every year like all my Caps-fan friends seem to end up.

      • warchief65 - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:43 PM

        I bet that ibieiniid was one of those fans of the Flyers , watching paint dry ! Every other team says ” this is our season ” , all 29 teams ! This only one that doesn’t say that , are the Champs . And , the Flyers aren’t that good either , and the last couple of seasons proved that .
        It’s also funny how a fan of any team in this league , can call down a team that he doesn’t like , without saying what team he/she roots for , til the end of his/her point .By the way , I live in Buffalo .

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 23, 2013 at 7:02 PM

        @ dglelite,
        As a Leaf fan, I can totally relate to that. It’s crazy how people lose their minds when Leaf fans get even an once of optimism. God forbid any of us hope a good young team became and even better young team over the offseason.

  2. lowenni - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    I’m not gonna go and say that the Caps are contenders again, but this makes us a lot more dangerous. You can never count on the Caps to win the cup, but you can never count them out either.

  3. earpaniac - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Nice signing.

  4. goodellisruiningtheleague - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    They’ll probably blow it in the first round again #ShutOutathome

  5. therealjr - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Fact: It’s a lot better than having Laich as 2C.

    But otherwise let’s save the prognostications for March/April.

  6. misterwinston - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    @ ibieiniid I know it doesn’t mean much but check the NBA Champion from 1978. Washington Bullets > Seattle Supersonics 4 games to 3.

  7. ibieiniid - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    ah, true that. good call.

    • ibieiniid - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      wow lol i really pissed off some Caps fans above…. to get thumbs downs on me submitting that I was wrong on the Bullets Championship history.

      that’s ok, they know their team has work to do, regardless of which way their thumb is pointing.

  8. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Good price at least, but he’s not an upgrade over Ribeiro. He’ll fill the void in the mean time while the younger guys develop. Don’t be surprised if he starts crying about ice time when Johansson, Laich and/or Perreault surpass him as the #2 center on the team.

  9. thecrabcakestate - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    DC fans may be optimistic. But Caps fans aren’t. I’ve only been a caps fan since the early 2000s but I have met few fans more pessimistic and tortured than them. And this is coming from someone who has been an orioles fan for over 20 years.

    Honestly if I didn’t have the ravens my friends would probably have to talk me off a ledge every spring ( when spring training begins and the caps have just completed their yearly collapse).

    The orioles have given me reason to hope again, the caps just keep pulling the same crap every year.

    • babykaby - Aug 24, 2013 at 5:18 AM

      All I can say is No way you are a caps fan. Go watch your ravens that only won the super bowl because the refs blew a call, or the Os who will probably not make the playoffs (last season was a fluke).

      Yes the caps have a tough time in the playoffs, but they find a way to get there every year. They keep trying no matter what. A lot of teams wish they could just get to the playoffs. A true fan never gives up on their team (especially when the season hasn’t even started). Hockey is the toughest sport going and the cup is the hardest trophy to win. If you are down a team before the season begins you are not a supporter of that team. Go somewhere else we dont want or need you. You are a fine example of a bandwagoner.

  10. thecrabcakestate - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    And yes I realize the caps are a DC team. Doesn’t mean I can’t root for them. And no I don’t know why I torture myself by doing that.

  11. kantnockdahustle89 - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Been a Caps fan since 93. Optimism ended in the early 2000s then came back with Ovi but now its worse than ever. Its hilarious really how people hate the team but cant turn away. I guess its like the Cubs or something: love their team but always just tortured by being optimistic. Well thats not the case anymore Last place is what everyone says now just to not feel let down.

    • warchief65 - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:57 PM

      Kantnockdahustle89 , a TRUE fan roots for their own team , no matter what happens . If you don’t , you’re a bandwagoner .

  12. thecrabcakestate - Aug 23, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    It really is like watching a train wreck every playoffs. You can’t turn away.

  13. thecrabcakestate - Aug 23, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    I mean how many 2-0 and 3-1 leads in a series can one franchise blow? Just watch the caps if you want to find out.

    • warchief65 - Aug 23, 2013 at 7:05 PM

      You can look at the past of EVERY TEAM in this league , thecrabcakestate . Every team blew a 2-0 , 3-1 lead . Every one of them . But , a TRUE fan doesn’t leave their team for that . A true fan roots for their team , when they are winning , or LOSING .

  14. thecrabcakestate - Aug 23, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    I just meant the number of times they’ve blown those leads in their short(comparatively) history. And I’ll always root for them. I stuck with the orioles for 15 years of losing so why not?

    My point was that even if I root for them. There’s plenty of reason for being pessimistic. You can’t trust this team. Cause they’ve always found ways to collapse. I love the caps. It’s just painful sometimes

  15. bmoreredfury311 - Aug 24, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    I don’t care what other fan bases say/think, every team has bandwagon fans. You can call me, naive and optimistic, but what team fans aren’t.
    I think it speak volumes, of the true fans (they know who they are), that still cheer and get excited for a team that hasn’t won yet. Even after a disappointing end of the season, we come back every season, ready for a new shot at the cup. THAT’S THE WHOLE POINT TO BEING A FAN!

  16. thecrabcakestate - Aug 26, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    I won’t even point out the stupidity of the insults hurled my way. I am a fan. I am not a bandwagon fan. And the referees did not decide the Super Bowl

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