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Two months after tirade, Grabovski softens stance on Carlyle

Sep 20, 2013, 11:44 AM EDT

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Mikhail Grabovski has gone from calling Randy Carlyle an “[expletive] idiot,” to finding some positives about his old Leafs coach.

“It was a great experience for me, too, last year because I little bit struggle before with defensive [play],” Grabovski told CSN Washington. “After Randy I played better defensively.”

In July, Grabovski was singing a different tune.

He went on the offensive shortly after Toronto made him a compliance buyout, launching into a profanity-laced tirade to TSN.

“I play in the [expletive] Russian KHL, I make lots of [expletive] points and what’s going to happen? 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. “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, 29, took the summer to assess his options before agreeing to join the Capitals on a one-year, $3 million deal. He sounds excited about the opportunity to play for a more offensive-minded coach in Adam Oates — “the new coach likes more skills,” he explained — and insists his feud with Carlyle was blown out of proportion.

“Everybody looks at the bad words but I say a lot of good words, too,” Grabovski said. “We’re human and sometimes that’s good.”

  1. pxland - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Sometimes it is….

  2. capsfan19 - Sep 20, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    As opposed to being an android?! (Gary bettman??)

  3. duffsterca - Sep 20, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Go get em Grabo, we’ll miss you in Leaf land, now maybe I’ll enjoy watching Caps games more.

  4. watermelon1 - Sep 21, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Either this guy is going to help make the Caps what they were bout 5 years ago… An insane scoring machine. OR… They will be right back k where they were last few years: pretending to be a balanced team with no defense and relying totally on Ovechkin.

    By the time they realize mike green and John Carlson are NOT good defenders, the talent they DO have will be too old and too frustrated and ready to move on.

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