F Street Faithful
Category: Washington Capitals
For the second time in three years, the Washington Capitals took a short trip up I-95 to play a preseason game in Charm City. This time around, it was the Boston Bruins paying a visit to the hockey-starved city. Baltimore welcomed the Caps with open arms, even chucking a crab on the ice after a Washington goal. Yet again the Capitals found themselves playing more than the mandated 60 minutes, going all the way to their 3rd consecutive shootout, this one going 7 skaters. As was the case last time NHL hockey was played in Baltimore, the Capitals could not send them home with win, falling 3-2 in the shootout.
Washington Goals: Wilson (1), Wellman (1)
Boston Goals: Florek, Kelly
Rumors circulating over the past couple of days have come true as the Washington Capitals have signed unrestricted free agent center Mikhail Grabovski to a one-year deal worth roughly $3 million. The move comes as a bit of a surprise as it had appeared that George McPhee was standing pat with the roster that he had. He even went as fair as to name Brooks Laich as the second-line center for the upcoming season. That probably is not the case anymore.
This should be nothing of a slight against Brooks Laich, but Mikhail Grabovski gives the Capitals a legitimate player to fill the hole left when Mike Ribeiro bolted for the desert. Grabovski, 29, has all the makings of a scoring center, if he can stay healthy. His best season came in 2010-2011 when he racked up 29 goals and 29 assists in 81 games with Toronto. He has scored 20+ goals in all 3 seasons in which he played more than 60 games. If his NHL numbers last season are combined with his KHL numbers, he actually posted a respectable 21 goals and 19 assists in 77 games.
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Welcome to the home of the F Street Faithful, run by Matthew Tate. This is a go-to blog for all things related to the Washington Capitals. The F Street Faithful is 5% news and 95% breaking down the news.
In the past I have written for several other sports blogs as well as the college newspaper while at York College of Pennsylvania. I am a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania but am based out of Southern Maryland.
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