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Injured Capitals forward Grabovski will use Olympic break to rest up

Feb 8, 2014, 9:58 PM EDT

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It appears Mikhail Grabovski is nearing a return to the Washington Capitals lineup once the National Hockey League resumes on-ice operations at the end of the Olympics.

The 30-year-old Grabovski hasn’t played since Jan. 24, when he suffered an ankle injury in a game against the New Jersey Devils. Bought out by the Toronto Maple Leafs last summer, Grabovski has 12 goals and 33 points in 49 games in his first season with the Capitals.

As per the Washington Post, Grabovski took part in his first full team practice on Friday. Difficult as it might’ve been to sit out the past few games, the break could be greatly beneficial to his recovery and eventually his return.

“Disappointed because we don’t have the best time of the year, our team. I’m more disappointed I have injury in this moment,” Grabovski told the Washington Post.

“But maybe that’s good and I can rest and see everything from different perspective.”

  1. rockthered1286 - Feb 9, 2014 at 7:07 AM

    Not that there is a direct correlation between the two BUT since Grabo went down in the previous Devils game the Caps have won 5 of 8. This following an insane losing streak. Assuming the Caps’ fortunes are turning around as opposed to the absence of Grabo being the cog here, getting him back post-Sochi will be a huge boost for a team finally turning it around.

    Only 4 points out of second place right now! RTR!

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