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Grabovski thinks Oates understands him

Aug 24, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

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When Toronto used a compliance buyout on Mikhail Grabovski, the 29-year-old center responded by calling Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle an “[expletive] idiot.”

Grabovski didn’t feel Carlyle gave him enough support or playing time in a season where he averaged 15:34 minutes per game and recorded 16 points in 48 contests. He has since signed with the Washington Capitals and he thinks that his new bench boss, Adam Oates, gets him.

“I like everything [Oates] said [to me],” said Grabovski, according to CSN Washington.

His new deal is just for the 2013-14 campaign, but another lucrative contract could be on the way for Grabovski if he bounces back this season. He’s projected to serve as the Capitals’ second-line center, which sets him up nicely for his potential comeback.

As for his previous controversies with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Grabovski just wants to move on.

“It’s a new life now for me,” he said. “I’ll try my best to prove myself and play better than last year. Right now I just want to think about the future.”

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Capitals ‘needed’ Grabovski, says Backstrom

  1. dipthatchip - Aug 25, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Really hope Grabo is a stud for the Caps. Oates will def give him a longer leash than Carlyle did last year, and being on a ‘prove what you got’ contract year, I think he’s gonna tear it up.

  2. letsgocaps88 - Aug 25, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    I’m excited to see what comes about for this, I can’t recall a stable 2nd center for the caps in a long time that could be a offensive stud. fedorov was great but O wise was a bit lacking(granted he was up their in age) . “Joéyyy” Juneau and Michal Pivonka bring some memories but that’s history. If he does great i’m pretty sure GMGM will keep him around and with the CAP going up, plus Grabo is still double dipping till or around the time he will be hanging up the skates.

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